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  • Charge dropped against 10-year-old who carried toy gun on school bus

    02/26/2013 5:33:32 PM PST · by eagleye85 · 18 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 26, 2013 | Donna St. George and Allison Klein
    Three weeks after a 10-year-old Alexandria boy was arrested for showing a toy gun to another student on a school bus, prosecutors dropped charges against the child Tuesday and his record was scrubbed clean. “We did not feel it was appropriate or productive to proceed with criminal prosecution and believe the matter can be best handled administratively within the school system,” said Alexandria Commonwealth’s Attorney S. Randolph Sengel. The child’s mother, Nakicha Gilbert, said that she was glad her son’s courtroom travails had ended but that “it should’ve never happened” in the first place. The fifth-grader at Douglas MacArthur Elementary...
  • State deer herd hit with hemorrhagic disease (LA)

    02/26/2013 5:28:16 PM PST · by neverdem · 15 replies ^ | October 15, 2012 | Andy Crawford
    Southcentral, Southeast Louisiana hit particularly hard, LDWF veterinarian says. Hunters could see sick deer this season, as hemorrhagic disease makes its way through the deer herd. The LDWF said deer in Southcentral and Southeast Louisiana have been particularly hard hit. user “papa-p” was shocked when he checked his trail camera recently and found a photo of what could only be described as a very sick deer. “Hate seeing this picture on trail cam,” papa wrote on Oct. 12. “We had also found a young deer dead last month.” User “sportsman0917” worried it could be chronic wasting disease spreading from...
  • Senator: If Boehner Agree’s To Tax Hikes He’s Finished As Speaker

    02/26/2013 5:27:46 PM PST · by Starman417 · 18 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 02-26-13 | Curt
    Is he right? I don't think so. Boehner has caved many times already and he still got elected to the speakership. How many times have I pondered 'is THIS the time the Republicans will show some backbone' and each time I am disappointed. Girding for disappointment again: WI Sen. Ron Johnson warned yesterday that he believes John Boehner would lose his speakership if he caved on higher taxes. "I don't quite honestly believe that Speaker Boehner would be speaker if that happens. I think he would lose his speakership," Johnson told FOX News' "Special Report. Boehner is sending the right...
  • Middle Skills, Middle Money?

    02/26/2013 5:22:52 PM PST · by eagleye85 · 13 replies
    Eagleye Blog ^ | February 26, 2013 | Bethany Stotts
    People with an Associate’s degree may earn less in their lifetime, but they might just be earning more right now. New data shows that an Associate’s degree may impart the ‘middle skills’ which are the ticket to the middle class. “Nearly 30% of Americans with associate’s degrees now make more than those with bachelor’s degrees, according to Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce,” reports Jon Marcus for CNN Money. “In fact, other recent research in several states shows that, on average, community college graduates right out of school make more than graduates of four-year universities.” However, “Although these...
  • India financed problems for Pakistan in Afghanistan, says US Defence Secretary nominee Chuck Hage

    02/26/2013 5:18:13 PM PST · by ravager · 9 replies
    NDTV ^ | February 27, 2013 00:03 IST | Mala Das
    New Delhi/Washington: India has sharply rejected that it "financed problems" in Afghanistan to create trouble for Pakistan, as alleged by Chuck Hagel, President Barack Obama's Defence Secretary nominee. Despite the controversy, the US Senate on Tuesday cleared the way for confirmation of Mr Hagel to be the US' next Defense Secretary. The confirmation is expected later in the day. "Senator Hagel's remarks are in sharp contrast to the viewpoint of the Obama Administration that has always been in praise of India's developmental role in Afghanistan and in fact has been pressing New Delhi to do more in Afghanistan," a statement...
  • Dreams of gas riches fading for NY landowners

    02/26/2013 5:10:10 PM PST · by posterchild · 31 replies
    AP via ^ | Tues Feb 26, 2013 | Mary Esch
    BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) -- When word spread about the potential natural gas riches of the Marcellus Shale, Kimberly More saw it as the hope for saving her horse farm. She figured that leasing her 170 acres to a drilling company could bring an upfront bonus of nearly half a million dollars, plus a monthly royalty when gas starts to flow, enough to pay for a new house, a new barn and her own riding business. "I have three young girls. My husband left," More said. "I don't want to be on social services. I want to take care of my...
  • Sure, the economy is creating jobs; guess where?

    02/26/2013 5:08:10 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/26/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    California Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration yucked it up when Texas Gov. Rick Perry offered an open invitation to California companies to come on down and check out the Lone Star state's business climate, chiding that maybe Texas should devote a little more of their time and resources to fixing their own domestic troubles and claiming that California is doing just fine in terms of job creation.But in Forbes' latest survey of The Best Cities for Good Jobs, Texas totally spanked California, snagging the top four spots and five out of the top six, while only San Francisco managed to take...
  • John Kerry says Americans 'have a right to be stupid' and tells how he lost his diplomatic passport

    02/26/2013 5:08:03 PM PST · by yoe · 33 replies
    Mail On LIne ^ | February 26, 2013 | Hayley Peterson
    'In America, you have a right to be stupid, if you want to be... and we tolerate that,' Kerry said to a packed Internet cafe in Berlin.Kerry stopped in Berlin as part of his nine-country trip abroad - his first trip as secretary of state He recalled how he learned about the divide in postwar Berlin as a young man living with his American diplomat father
  • US defence secretary nominee backs Pakistan against India

    02/26/2013 5:06:48 PM PST · by ravager · 17 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Feb 27, 2013, 01.06 AM IST | Chidanand Rajghatta
    WASHINGTON: American conservatives trying to torpedo the confirmation of Senator Chuck Hagel, President Obama's nominee for US defence secretary, have pulled out an "India card". Hagel has been accused of fingering India for its alleged disruptive role against Pakistan in Afghanistan. A shocked New Delhi, which sees Hagel as a friend, angrily denied any suggestion that India is a troublemaker in the region. The provocative remark, in which Senator Hagel accuses New Delhi of "financing problems" for Pakistan in Afghanistan, was dredged out by a conservative publication on the eve of his confirmation hearing which his former Republican colleagues have...
  • Home, Where the Fizz Is

    02/26/2013 5:01:35 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 26, 2013 | Julia Moskin
    It can take just 90 seconds and a rubber band. Curious cooks have begun hacking carbonators, the soda-making machines that are proliferating in American home kitchens. Most buyers are happy to use them for their intended purpose: turning tap water into sparkling water. But off-label, they have been used to make herb-infused sparkling wine, newfangled sangria, heady cocktails and nonalcoholic — but intoxicatingly delicious — sodas. Recently, in a storefront laboratory in Chinatown, Piper Kristensen, a bartender and occasional lab assistant who works for the avant-garde bar Booker and Dax in the East Village, studied a SodaStream Penguin. It had...
  • 7 things that must be at the top of Hagel's 'to do' list

    02/26/2013 4:59:52 PM PST · by US Navy Vet · 8 replies ^ | February 26, 2013 | By Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer (ret.)
    It’s official. Former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel is our new Secretary of Defense. What challenges does he face as he takes over the Defense Department? Here's the truth: a broken Pentagon is in desperate need of an overhaul. Let’s start with the draconian budget reductions facing DoD as the “sequester” looms. If the sequester happens this week it will, for better or worse, have a direct impact on a full spectrum of Pentagon operations. For starters, the sequester will cut about $1 trillion dollars out of the Pentagon budget. That money will disappear without any considerations regarding either national security...
  • Alabama City Considering Ordinance to Disarm Citizens During Natural Disasters (VIDEO)

    02/26/2013 4:59:38 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 30 replies
    Guns. com ^ | Feb 26, 2013 | S.H. Blannelberry
    An Alabama city is considering an ordinance that would allow law enforcement to disarm citizens who appear to be acting “unruly” during a natural disaster or statewide crisis. Guntersville Mayor Leigh Dollar spoke to local news affiliate ABC 31 about the impetus behind what’s been described as the ‘emergency powers resolution.’ “We are not trying to infringe upon anyone constitutional rights whatsoever. It’s just to protect the workers working out there in a disaster,” Dollar said. In April of 2011, the city was hit by tornadoes causing lawmakers to rethink the way in which power is delegated during a state...
  • Democrats, specifically Maxine Waters slips admitting socialism

    02/26/2013 4:59:11 PM PST · by Capt.Michaels · 6 replies
    You Tube poster ^ | Apr 9, 2010 | CornerTalker
    Democrats describe their worldview and plans In Their Own Words
  • Warming climate could mean bigger blizzards, less snow

    02/26/2013 4:56:52 PM PST · by tobyhill · 44 replies
    cnn ^ | 2/26/2013 | Matt Smith and Brandon Miller
    OK, go ahead and get the "Where's my global warming?" jokes out of your system. With the U.S. Midwest trudging through its second blizzard in a week, we understand. But while it may seem contradictory at first, scientists say bigger blizzards fit the pattern they expect to see from a changing climate. The immediate meteorological cause of the back-to-back snowstorms is a colder-than-normal mass of air that's been hovering over the central United States, combined with an amped-up jet stream that's been dipping south from Canada. That makes conditions ripe for major snowstorms after a warmer-than-normal January for most of...
  • EPA Increases Mandates For Fuels That Don't Exist

    02/26/2013 4:56:20 PM PST · by raptor22 · 13 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 26, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Energy: In yet another green folly, the lawless Environmental Protection Agency continues to fine gasoline producers for not using cellulosic biofuels in quantities that don't exist, making only more pain at the pump. Last month, a federal court dealt a serious blow to the Environmental Protection Agency's renewable fuels push by ruling that the agency exceeded its authority by mandating refiners use cellulosic biofuels, which aren't commercially available. The EPA's lawless response in a lawless administration was to raise its requirements. In 2005 and 2007, Congress twice amended the Clean Air Act to establish a renewable fuel standard (RFS) that...
  • Group Pimping Out Obamas

    02/26/2013 4:53:23 PM PST · by WXRGina · 2 replies
    Big Hairy News ^ | February 26, 2013 | Scooter Van Neuter
    WASHINGTON (BHN) - Recent shocking reports claim the shadowy liberal big money group "Organizing for Action" is pimping out the President and First Lady for intimate White House sessions. A source in the organization reports that $500K will buy two hours of "private time" at the White House, and includes "everything but protection - bring your own." "For an extra $100K the First Lady agrees to wear a mask, for $250K she'll stay dressed, or for $500K she'll stay out of the room altogether," said the source. The arrangement appears so improper that even MSNBC's Chuck Todd criticized it, making...
  • Police: Man Calls 911 Nine Times for Cheeseburger

    02/26/2013 4:50:26 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    WISHTV ^ | Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 | David Barra
    A New Castle man's hunger for a cheeseburger landed him in jail. Fifty two-year-old Gregory Jackson Sr. was so hungry this past Friday night, he called 911 to get it. Not just once, but according to the New Castle Police incident report, nine times in about a 90 minute span. Instead of sending him a cheeseburger, however, New Castle police sent an officer to Jackson's apartment and arrested him. Friday night, New Castle 911 emergency dispatchers got a phone call from Gregory Jackson Sr. The 911 calls obtained by 24-Hour News 8 show at first, the dispatcher didn't know it...
  • Susan Docherty Has a Great Idea How To Kill Cadillac

    02/26/2013 4:39:33 PM PST · by jjotto · 38 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | February 25, 2013 | Bertel Schmitt
    Uh-oh: Susan Docherty, dispatched from China to Europe to teach the Eurotrash the proper appreciation and respect for Chevrolet and Cadillac, has come up with a strategy that assures the destruction of Cadillac outside of the U.S. Cadillac’s global aspirations hinge on its success in Europe, Docherty told WardsAuto. Again:” To be successful in China, Cadillac must first be successful in Europe. No blond jokes please, show some respect. “If a luxury brand is successful in Europe, whether that brand is Chanel or Prada, or Mercedes or BMW, people in parts of Asia look to see what Europeans validate as...
  • British Government Seeks to Limit Disclosure in Litvinenko Case

    02/26/2013 4:33:57 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 26, 2013 | Alan Cowell
    The British government sought on Tuesday to limit the information it would disclose at a planned inquest into the death of Alexander V. Litvinenko, a former officer in the K.G.B. who succumbed to radiation poisoning in London more than six years ago. The coroner hearing the case said that it may now be postponed. “Due to the complexity of the investigation which necessarily precedes the hearings,” the coroner, Sir Robert Owen, said, “it may not be possible to adhere” to the planned May 1 start date for the hearings. The inquest would be the first — and probably the only...
  • 9-year old rapper's adult-themed videos prompt state probe

    02/26/2013 4:27:46 PM PST · by Bon of Babble · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | Feb 26, 2013 | Dominique Debucquoy-Dodley
    (CNN) -- A 9-year-old rapper's adult-themed music videos are finding some new viewers -- Massachusetts child welfare authorities. The child, Luie Rivera Jr., whose stage name is "Lil Poopy," is seen in videos posted online, including on YouTube, smacking a woman's backside, flashing wads of cash, riding in a Ferrari and rapping about how "coke is not a bad word."