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  • Mosquito Control Experts Say EPA Regs Hamper Efforts to Fight Zika-Carrying Mosquitoes

    05/11/2016 5:00:25 PM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 17 replies
    cns news ^ | 5/11/16
    Members of the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) gathered on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to request the help of Congress in combatting the Zika-carrying Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes, particularly urging Congress to ease the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulation of insecticides and products being developed to kill the mosquitoes. Karl Malamud-Roam, Public Health Pesticides Program Manager at Rutgers University, said at the “Mosquito Control to Minimize Zika Virus Risk” event that the tools in place to confront the Aedes breed of Zika-carrying mosquitoes were “okay, we will do a good job with the tools we have, they’re good...
  • Dracula's Castle Up for Sale

    05/19/2014 7:51:16 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 37 replies
    Global Post ^ | May 13, 2014 | Jess Zimmerman
    Now you can own Dracula’s castle Transylvania's Bran Castle, long connected with Bram Stoker's indelible creation, is for sale. Count Dracula never lived in Bran Castle, in the Transylvania region of Romania, because he was a fictional character. But look, it’s a Gothic-looking castle in Transylvania — plus, Vlad the Impaler, the historical figure who inspired Bram Stoker’s indelible creation, was reportedly imprisoned here. So it’s no surprise that it’s commonly called “Dracula’s Castle,” and that (like Transylvania’s Hunyad Castle and Poenari Castle in Wallachia) it’s often linked with the vampire legend. And now, you can own it. If you...
  • Chicago Is Top City for Bedbugs

    03/04/2013 6:41:45 PM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    abc ^ | Jan 18, 2013 | Carmen Cox
    Bedbugs are on the rise again in the U.S., which means business is booming for pest control companies like Orkin. With increased travel, both internationally and domestically, and higher bedbug resistance to existing pesticides, Orkin has seen an almost 33 percent boost in bedbug business compared to 2011. The company has just released its rankings of U.S. cities in order of the number of bedbug treatments from January to December 2012. The “Windy City” of Chicago tops the list, followed by Detroit, Los Angeles, Denver and Cincinnati.
  • YOUTUBE: Teachers Unions Explained (funny cartoon movie)

    01/14/2013 8:16:34 PM PST · by doug from upland · 10 replies
    youtube ^ | 1-2013
  • Bedbugs in firehouse have staff sleeping in trucks

    12/15/2012 3:01:50 PM PST · by george76 · 12 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 13, 2012 | Andrea Noble
    A bedbug infestation at a Northwest Washington fire station left firefighters sleeping in their personal vehicles or in the firetrucks to avoid being bitten by the bugs in their bunkrooms, a report on the conditions at D.C. firehouses found. The 180-page report by the Office of the Inspector General details a wide swath of problematic conditions at D.C. fire stations across the city, including a lack of working smoke detectors, leaking roofs, flooded basements, rodent infestations and inoperable heating or cooling systems. Among the findings, 19 stations had significant rodent problems with one reporting that dead mice had been found...
  • Lampreys from Great Lakes Destined for Queen's Pie (Britain's Queen Elizabeth II)

    04/28/2012 3:38:46 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 45 replies
    U-T San Diego ^ | April 27, 2012 | AP
    Lampreys from Great Lakes destined for queen's pie DETROIT — A few unwanted, invasive sea lampreys from the Great Lakes have been shipped to England for use in a traditional pie for Queen Elizabeth II. The Detroit Free Press reports ( the City of Gloucester, which has given the pie as a gift to the monarch since the Middle Ages, requested the eel-like creatures from the Great Lakes Fishery Commission because they're a protected species in England. The pie is for June's Diamond Jubilee, the 60th anniversary of the queen's ascent to the throne. Commission spokesman Marc Gaden shipped 2...
  • Religious objection to union dues not limited to a few

    04/09/2012 1:53:48 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 4 replies
    Religious objection to union dues not limited to a few by The HR Specialist: Ohio Employment Law on August 3, 2007 12:00am in Employment Law,Human Resources,Small Business Tax,Small Business Tax Deduction Strategies An Ohio public employee collective-bargaining law exemption that allows workers to forgo paying union dues because of religious beliefs has been applied too narrowly, the U.S. District Court, Southern District, has decided. A Roman Catholic woman, who objected to her union’s support of abortion rights, sued the Ohio State Employment Relations Board for access to the exemption, which the board denied. The statute allows some workers to make...
  • Exclusive: Upper West Side Mosquito Mystery: Families Terrorized By Swarms Of Underground Insects...

    11/04/2011 7:25:46 AM PDT · by ETL · 55 replies
    CBS Local News - NYC ^ | November 3, 2011 | Dave Carlin
    Families Terrorized By Swarms Of Underground Insects That Invade Homes NEW YORK (CBS 2) — An insect invasion is terrorizing New York City homeowners, making life miserable, even dangerous, for many families. Parents have been forced to take extreme measures to protect their children and their homes. CBS 2’s Dave Carlin investigates the growing Upper West Side mosquito mystery: These rare mosquitoes are extra blood-thirsty and active year-round. Carlin saw some of them in a lab after they were collected in the unlikeliest of places, Bernard Lagan’s home on West 84th Street. “They trapped 150 mosquitoes in the basement in...
  • Boxing Gym Fighting Eminent Domain Gets Day in Court

    03/15/2011 6:25:31 PM PDT · by Palter · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Institute for Justice ^ | 11 Mar 2011 | Institute for Justice
    National City, Calif.—A San Diego-area boxing gym that serves at-risk kids is showing what it takes to fight for what is right and to win.  A trial is scheduled to begin on Monday, March 14, 2011, to decide whether National City, Calif., may declare nearly 700 properties—including the gym—“blighted,” thus freeing the city to bulldoze these properties and make way for luxury condos among other private developments.  The trial will be held before the Honorable Steven R. Denton, Superior Court of California, Hall of Justice, 330 W. Broadway in San Diego, Calif. The Community Youth Athletic Center (CYAC) has had...
  • Get ready for a blitz of bedbug cases in summer 2011, experts say

    03/04/2011 8:43:46 PM PST · by george76 · 55 replies · 2+ views
    DAILY NEWS ^ | March 3rd 2011 | Jennifer H. Cunningham
    Here's some news to make your skin crawl: Bedbug infestations will explode this year, particularly in the summer, experts say. Once you've got bedbugs, it can cost $1,200 to get rid of them professionally, White said. "The big problem is not getting bit, it's bringing them home," .
  • New Zealand nurses wear flea collars to ward off blood-suckers

    12/18/2010 10:04:11 PM PST · by george76 · 23 replies · 1+ views
    NewsCore ^ | December 19, 2010
    A FLEA problem in hospitals in New Zealand's largest city, Auckland, is forcing some nurses to wear flea collars to ward off the blood-suckers... The fleas were believed to be brought in by patients who have pets at home and come from their clothes or blankets.
  • White House Calls on Religious Leaders to Help Push DREAM Act Over the Finish Line

    12/16/2010 10:31:51 AM PST · by La Lydia · 52 replies · 2+ views
    Fox News Latino ^ | December 15, 2010
    ... the White House is again pushing for final passage of the Dream Act, hosting a conference call with religious leaders who are hoping to drive the deal home before everyone on Capitol Hill heads home for the holidays...According to Fox News producers on Capitol Hill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., does intend to bring up the DREAM Act during this lame duck session. So, while lawmakers on the Hill scramble to get everything done, the White House put together another in a series of conference calls on the DREAM Act. Rabbi Jack Moline, from Congregation Agudas Achim in...
  • 50 Immigrant Chipotle Workers Fired in Twin Cities

    12/10/2010 9:22:41 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 34 replies
    Fox ^ | 12-9-10 | Fox Twin Cities
    MINNEAPOLIS - Dozens of workers at Chipotle restaurants in the Twin Cities have been fired. An immigrant rights group said the employees lost their jobs after the feds starting searching for undocumented workers. Brad Sigal with the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee said around 50 workers lost their jobs after so-called “desktop raids” at several Chipotle restaurants in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro.
  • Illegal immigrants cashing in on federal tax credits, study shows (Flashback)

    12/08/2010 10:58:07 AM PST · by Qbert · 11 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/15/2009 | Kevin Mooney
    Illegal immigrants cashing in on federal tax credits, study shows. Large numbers of illegal immigrants file tax returns using phony Social Security numbers to cash in on the federal Earned Income Tax Credit, thanks to lax government management, according to the author of a new study.   “Technically, only people authorized to work in the U.S. are eligible for the credit, you need a valid Social security number,” said Ed Rubenstein, a financial analyst and economist, speaking at a news conference Tuesday at the National Press Club.   “But identity theft, stolen Social Security numbers, and other scams effectively nullify...
  • Must Read Before You Vote (Pass it on)

    11/01/2010 7:08:00 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 12 replies
    Email | Nov. 1, 2010 | Received as Email
    This came from the Senior Tax Editor for Kiplinger Letters In just three months, on January 1, 2011, the largest tax hikes in the history of America will take effect. They will hit families and small businesses in three great waves. On January 1, 2011, here's what happens... (read it to the end, so you see all three waves)... First Wave: Expiration of 2001 and 2003 Tax Relief In 2001 and 2003, the GOP Congress enacted several tax cuts for investors, small business owners, and families. These will all expire on January 1, 2011. Personal income tax rates will rise....
  • Ex Whitman Housekeeper: 'Undocumented' (Illegal Nannygate) *Video*

    09/29/2010 4:04:35 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 190 replies
    KFIAM640 ^ | 9/29/2010
    A former housekeeper for Meg Whitman was "emotionally and financially abused'' during her nine years of employment, an attorney alleged today, adding that the Republican gubernatorial candidate knew the woman was an illegal immigrant. "In short it was a nightmare,'' said attorney Gloria Allred, who said Nikki Diaz Santillan worked as a housekeeper for Whitman for nine years before she was fired last year. Allred said that during the woman's years of employment, Whitman caused her "to feel exploited, disrespected, humiliated and emotionally and financially abused.'' "The relationship was terminated last year by Ms. Whitman for what appeared to be...
  • Bedbugs back, hit U.S. households with a vengeance

    08/31/2010 10:55:48 PM PDT · by george76 · 58 replies · 1+ views
    ap ^ | 08/31/2010 | Matt Leingang
    Bedbugs are infesting U.S. households on a scale unseen in more than a half a century, and homeowners and apartment dwellers are taking desperate measures to eradicate the bloodsuckers, with some relying on dangerous outdoor pesticides and fly-by-night exterminators. The problem has gotten so bad that the Environmental Protection Agency warned this month against the indoor use of chemicals meant for the outside. The agency also warned of an increase in pest-control companies and others making "unrealistic promises of effectiveness or low cost." Ohio authorities, struggling against widespread infestations in Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton and other cities, are pleading with the...
  • Illegal immigrant held on rape, kidnap charge

    08/25/2010 8:37:04 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 4 replies
    Murfressboro Post ^ | 8/25/2010 | LISA MARCHESONI
    Aggravated rape and kidnapping charges were filed against a former boyfriend accused of holding a Nashville woman against her will and raping her, sheriff's deputies reported. Esgardo Pinto-Torres, 29, of Nashville was charged after an investigation Saturday. He is being held for federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.
  • Feds moving to dismiss some deportation cases

    08/25/2010 3:37:50 AM PDT · by Man50D · 12 replies ^ | August 24, 2010 | Susan Caroll
    The Department of Homeland Security is systematically reviewing thousands of pending immigration cases and moving to dismiss those filed against suspected illegal immigrants who have no serious criminal records, according to several sources familiar with the efforts. Culling the immigration court system dockets of noncriminals started in earnest in Houston about a month ago and has stunned local immigration attorneys, who have reported coming to court anticipating clients' deportations only to learn that the government was dismissing their cases. Richard Rocha, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman, said Tuesday that the review is part of the agency's broader, nationwide strategy...
  • Report: NYC, Philly, Detroit top bedbug list

    08/24/2010 10:40:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    ap ^ | August 24, 2010
    Bedbugs can be found in mattresses, furniture and clothing, and they feed off animal and human blood. Insect scientists say bedbugs are appearing on a scale not seen since before World War II. High-traffic areas such as hotels, airplanes and cruise ships are especially prone to infestations. Ohio has three cities in the top 10 — Cincinnati is fourth, Columbus is seventh and Dayton is eighth.
  • Long lines for section eight housing in atlanta

    08/11/2010 9:50:26 AM PDT · by abortionisalwaysmurder · 115 replies
    Fox, the only honest news ^ | 8-11-2010 | MYFOXATLANTA STAFF/myfoxatlanta
    EAST POINT, Ga. - Video showed chaos unfolding in the city of East Point on Wednesday morning as hundreds of people waited for their chance to get federal housing assistance. Aerials from above the East Point Housing Authority showed a large group of people congregating around police cars and causing a scene as several people handed out applications. Mobs of people surrounded police cars, and FOX 5 has learned workers were handing out applications to the crowd, but they would only do so with police presence. Those in the crowd would receive an application, then fill it out and wait...
  • Students rally at Nebraska Capitol in support of DREAM Act

    06/10/2010 2:50:24 PM PDT · by stan_sipple · 22 replies · 581+ views ^ | 6-9-10 | Jordan Pascale
    For five years, Bryan Corkle taught undocumented students at O'Neill High School and didn't know it. He coached some of them in wrestling, became friends with some of them. About 10 months ago, he learned about the plight of these students: After high school, they have limited options without citizenship. He's become so personally involved with these teens that he started advising an organization, and Wednesday he rallied with students for legislation that would give them a path to citizenship. Standing on the steps of the Capitol on Wednesday afternoon, Corkle preached this message: "Providing undocumented students with an opportunity...
  • Three attempts to flee fail

    06/05/2010 11:31:25 AM PDT · by epithermal · 6 replies · 318+ views
    Wenatchee World ^ | June 4, 2010 | K.C. MeHaffey
    A passenger in a routine traffic stop attempted to run from police three times before he was booked into the Chelan County Regional Justice Center Thursday, police said. When Wenatchee police stopped the vehicle at about 7:50 p.m. at South Mission and Ferry streets for having a broken mirror, the passenger jumped out and tried to run away, said Sgt. Cherie Smith. The officer tackled the 28-year-old Orondo man, then found a stolen pistol in the vehicle and took both the passenger and 18-year-old driver into custody. While under questioning at the station, the officer had to step away for...
  • Student immigrants use civil rights-era strategiesBy AP News

    06/02/2010 4:40:15 PM PDT · by SJackson · 14 replies · 334+ views
    WIND ^ | June 02, 2010
    They gather on statehouse steps with signs and bullhorns, risking arrest. They attend workshops on civil disobedience and personal storytelling, and they hold sit-ins and walk out of class in protest. They're being warned that they could even lose their lives. Students fighting laws that target illegal immigrants are taking a page from the civil rights era, adopting tactics and gathering praise and momentum from the demonstrators who marched in the streets and sat at segregated lunch counters as they sought to turn the public tide against racial segregation. "Their struggle then is ours now," said Deivid Ribeiro, 21, an...
  • East Germans lost much in 1989

    11/09/2009 3:41:40 PM PST · by inflorida · 47 replies · 1,723+ views
    The Guardian ^ | November 8, 2009 | Bruni de la Motte
    For many in the GDR, the fall of the Berlin Wall and unification meant the loss of jobs, homes, security and equalityOn 9 November 1989 when the Berlin Wall came down I realised German unification would soon follow, which it did a year later. This meant the end of the German Democratic Republic (GDR), the country in which I was born, grew up, gave birth to my two children, gained my doctorate and enjoyed a fulfilling job as a lecturer in English literature at Potsdam University. Of course, unification brought with it the freedom to travel the world and, for...
  • Archaeologists Discover ‘Count Dracula's’ Cellar

    10/02/2009 11:39:12 AM PDT · by mgstarr · 13 replies · 869+ views
    Digital Journal ^ | 10/2/09 | Christopher Szabo
    Archaeologists have found a cellar in the university town of Pécs in southern Hungary, which they believe to have belonged to Wallachian Duke Vlad III, more commonly known as ”Dracula.” Tamás Fedeles, tutor of medieval and early modern history at Pécs University said his research showed that Vlad III Tepes alias ”Dracula,” lived in a two-story town house on what is now the city’s central square. Fedeles says the Duke of Wallachia (modern-day southern Rumania) owned the house in the 1460s and this is confirmed by a 1489 document that refers to it as ”Drakulya House.” The document contains a...
  • Undocumented patients wary of offers to return to home countries

    09/30/2009 7:22:43 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 28 replies · 1,496+ views
    CNN ^ | September 30, 2009 | Madison Park
    Going back to Mexico is not an option, said the 43-year-old man, kneeling next to his wife's wheelchair.His wife, 45, lost her eyesight to diabetes. She also has high blood pressure. And her kidneys are failing. For years, he has taken her to a dialysis clinic attached to a public hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. The facility that gave her free care plans to close Saturday. They are illegal immigrants with no health insurance and, they say they have nowhere to go for his wife's vast medical needs. The closing clinic offered to help return them to Mexico...the latest known case...
  • Senators turn back ID requirement for immigrant healthcare

    09/30/2009 12:01:19 PM PDT · by markomalley · 45 replies · 2,380+ views
    The Hill ^ | 9/30/2009 | Jeffrey Young
    Senate Finance Committee Democrats rejected a proposed a requirement that immigrants prove their identity with photo identification when signing up for federal healthcare programs. Finance Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said that current law and the healthcare bill under consideration are too lax and leave the door open to illegal immigrants defrauding the government using false or stolen identities to obtain benefits. Grassley's amendment was beaten back 10-13 on a party-line vote. The bill, authored by committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), would require applicants to verify their names, places of birth and Social Security numbers. In addition, legal immigrants...
  • Heather Podesta, The Insider's Insider

    Social Connections, Political Savvy and Boundless Energy Have Made Heather Podesta The It Girl of a New Generation Of Lobbyists The chairman beams. So many people just dying to see him, the business guys, the pols, the lobbyists -- lots and lots of lobbyists. They circle Charlie Rangel -- birthday boy, Democrat and, of course, House Ways and Means chairman -- circles like rings on a tree planted in the party room here at Tavern on the Green. Simple math: the more powerful the pol, the more rings on the tree. This is a very thick tree. Not a problem,...
  • Welch: Unions Wreck The Economy

    05/30/2009 6:11:13 AM PDT · by FromLori · 13 replies · 778+ views
    Because they don't differentiate between good workers and bad ones
  • Recession, Credit Woes Hit Hospitals

    12/29/2008 8:02:20 PM PST · by Lorianne · 15 replies · 711+ views
    Red Orbit ^ | 29 December 2008
    Gainesville, Florida's first community hospital has been struggling since it was acquired by the Shands Healthcare system in northern Florida twelve years ago. But now the plug is being pulled from the 80-year-old, money-losing Shands AGH because of the recession. Its eight-hospital not-for-profit parent company will close the 220-bed hospital next fall. Patients and staff will be moved to a nearby newer, larger teaching hospital as part of an effort to conserve $65 million over three years throughout the healthcare system. Like many U.S. hospitals, Shands is being hit by higher borrowing costs, tight credit, investment losses and a spike...
  • REGION: Illegal immigrants finding it hard to get work

    12/20/2008 5:28:51 PM PST · by HollyButler · 30 replies · 939+ views
    North County Times ^ | December 20, 2008 | EDWARD SIFUENTES
    For the first time since he arrived in the United States 27 years ago, Isidro Alvarado, a day laborer in Vista, says he's thinking about going home to Mexico. Alvarado said he is finding it increasingly hard to get work here. He's not alone. A recent study by the Pew Hispanic Center, a research organization, reported that Latino immigrants ---- legal and illegal ---- have been hit hard by the nation's struggling economy, and some are returning home. That's playing out locally. Officials with two North County day labor centers run by nonprofit agencies said they have seen a steady...
  • Auto workers union head questions VW subsidies [Chattanooga, Tennessee plant]

    12/12/2008 10:44:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 89 replies · 2,665+ views
    The Chattanooga Times Free Press ^ | December 12, 2008 | Staff
    UAW President Ron Gettelfinger said today that U.S. automobile companies are being put at a disadvantage by government in competing against Volkswagen’s new auto assembly plant in Chattanooga. The union leader questioned why government leaders in Tennessee are willing to provide assistance to the German-based Volkswagen while the state’s U.S. senators declined to back a federal loan to help the Big Three U.S. car makers. Mr. Gettelfinger said that trying to equalize UAW pay with what foreign car makers pay in the United States, as urged by U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., is like comparing apples to oranges. In its...
  • Illegal Immigration Costs Colorado $1.1 Billion Annually Finds Newly Released FAIR Study

    12/12/2008 7:50:50 PM PST · by T.L.Sink · 7 replies · 400+ views
    A report prepared by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) finds that illegal immigration costs Colorado about $1.1 billion a year. The report, "The Costs of illegal Immigration to Coloradans," looks at just three essential state services and programs: K-12 education, public health care, and incarceration from criminal illegal aliens. While the state spends more than $1 billion on services for illegal aliens, Colorado is faced with a $101 million budget shortfall for the current fiscal year. EDUCATION K-12: Education for the estimated 84,000 children of illegal aliens attending public schools costs taxpayers $925 million and an additional $68...
  • Study: Illegal immigrants' care costs state [or Texas] $677 million

    12/12/2008 6:49:19 AM PST · by Zakeet · 24 replies · 992+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | December 11, 2009 | Janet Elliott
    The state of Texas and local hospital districts spent an estimated $677 million to provide health care to illegal immigrants in a year, a new study says. The survey, issued by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, said that most of the money — $597 million — was spent by local hospital districts for the immigrants' care during the state's fiscal year that ended on Aug. 31, 2007. Lawmakers from both parties said they were not surprised by the millions spent and expressed hope that the report, required by the 2007 Legislature, will help prompt Congress to pass comprehensive...
  • LULAC Leader Decries Anti-Hispanic Bias

    12/10/2008 9:42:37 AM PST · by HollyButler · 25 replies · 634+ views
    El Paso Times, Texas ^ | December 9, 2008 | Darren Meritz
    Building a border fence, tougher immigration laws and resources that could allow local law enforcement agencies to target immigrants are all symptoms of a bias against Hispanics that must change, Rosa Rosales, national president of the League of United Latin American Citizens, or LULAC, said in El Paso this weekend. "One of our top priorities is civil rights. It was the same way before me," she said. "To this day, we feel there's still a lot of discrimination in employment, discrimination in housing, discrimination in the overall issues that pertain to minorities." Rosales, in El Paso for a quarterly LULAC...
  • The Hidden Costs of Retiring Early

    12/05/2008 4:32:22 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 28 replies · 1,192+ views
    yahoo ^ | Friday, December 5, 2008 | Angie C. Marek
    Back when Mark Turetsky was an entrepreneur, building a business empire that sold pork rinds, cotton candy and beef sticks in bulk, he seldom worried about insurance. His only health hiccups were high cholesterol and acid reflux—common problems for a guy his age. So he had no qualms about coverage when he decided to take the plunge and retire early, at age 55. The qualms kicked in later, when Turetsky, still eight years away from qualifying for Medicare, looked into buying new health coverage. His insurer told him that now that he was buying on the so-called individual market instead...
  • Documenting the Undocumented ( illegals using legal SS#'S Medical Identity Theft)

    12/01/2008 4:46:05 AM PST · by HollyButler · 9 replies · 679+ views
    ADVANCE, PA ^ | Dec 1, 2008 | Cheryl McEvoy
    The immigration debate isn't just on Capitol Hill; documentation woes are hitting home-and hospitals-as well. Recently, a North Carolina judge ordered the release of medical records for an investigation involving an undocumented immigrant. The woman allegedly used a deceased person's social security number to obtain medical care, a crime more commonly known as medical identity theft. But in addition to serving as evidence for criminal charges, the medical record also raises a red flag for deportation because the woman has no documented permission to reside in the country. While lawmakers have long been grappling over immigration issues, this case draws...
  • Put aside political double standards; Detroit automakers need bridge loan

    11/26/2008 2:46:07 PM PST · by ari-freedom · 40 replies · 652+ views ^ | November 26, 2008 | Rep. Thaddeus McCotter
    Back home after the congressional circus recessed with no relief for the working men and women of America's auto industry, I was driving past a Detroit assembly plant when Bob Seger blared from my speakers: "The big line moved one mile an hour So loud it really hurt The big line moved so loud It really hurt Back in '55 We were makin' Thunderbirds..." It wasn't the "big line" that was so loud it really hurt during the House and Senate hearings on the auto industry's bridge loan. What hurt were the condemnations and ridicule both political parties, late night...
  • States find dialysis for illegal immigrants a costly dilemma

    11/09/2008 5:52:11 PM PST · by Tennessee Nana · 67 replies · 608+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | November 9, 2008 | Alan Zarembo and Anna Gorman
    Roughly 2,000 times over the past 17 years, Marguerita Toribio, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, has climbed into a cushioned recliner for the three-hour dialysis treatment that keeps her alive. She has never seen a bill. U.S. taxpayers have covered the entire cost of her treatment in California: more than $500,000 and rising, not including a kidney transplant in 1993. The kidney failed when Toribio briefly moved to North Carolina, which refused to pay for her anti-rejection drugs. She needed to go back on dialysis three days a week to clear toxins from her blood, but North Carolina didn't cover...
  • UK: Dramatic rise in bedbugs infesting seats on buses and trains

    08/26/2008 5:47:18 PM PDT · by yankeedame · 13 replies · 182+ views ^ | 26th August 2008 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    Dramatic rise in bedbugs infesting seats on buses and trains ....The number of bedbugs on public transport has risen dramatically in the past year... a 40 per cent increase in the the past year. More than two-thirds of infestations involved bedbugs. Don't let the bedbugs bite: The critters cause itchy white lumps on the skin Savvas Othon, technical director at Rentokil, said: 'The short turnaround times for planes and other forms of transport means they are sometimes not inspected as thoroughly as they used to be. ... ...have increased 51 per cent for cars, 24 per cent for airlines...
  • Chattanooga Agencies Ask for Help to Fight Affects of Pilgrim's Pride Immigration Raid (BARF ALERT

    06/02/2008 6:25:55 PM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 35 replies · 98+ views
    Chattanooga Times Free Press ^ | June 2, 2008 | Renee LaSalle
    The fallout from April's Immigration Raid continues in Chattanooga's immigrant community. Local Social Service Agencies, already stretched to the max, have combined forces to help those affected. Still, the need is great... April 16th in Chattanooga hundreds of lives were disrupted in an immigration raid at Pilgrim's Pride Poultry Plant. More than 100 accused illegal immigrants were arrested, leaving families without an income and children without caregivers. Local social service agencies stepped in for assistance. Rev. Mike Feely, Executive Director of the St. Andrew's Center says, "The reality is, like a lot of other situations, whether it's a flood or...
  • Border schools get tough on Mexican students

    05/23/2008 3:13:07 AM PDT · by Man50D · 15 replies · 100+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | May 23, 2008 | Randy Dotinga and Mary Knox Merrill
    If you cross the US-Mexican border at the town of Calexico you might run into a photographer named Daniel Santillan. But he's not likely to be shooting pictures of tourists. He only has eyes for Mexican schoolchildren who want an American education. Mr. Santillan is a residency enforcer, assigned by local education officials to make sure students live in the US, not Mexico. When he's not tracking students on weekday mornings at the border crossing, he visits local homes to make sure children live where their parents say they do. Santillan isn't thrilled about busting youngsters for living south of...
  • ICE: Law Doesn't Bar Illegals from College

    05/10/2008 7:18:55 AM PDT · by T.L.Sink · 36 replies · 71+ views
    UPI ^ | May 9, '08 | Staff
    There is no federal law banning states from admitting illegal immigrants to colleges and universities, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said. The statement contradicts a letter issued this week by the North Carolina Attorney General, who advised the State Community College System that federal law prohibits the admission of illegal immigrants to public colleges and universities. "The Department of Homeland Security does not require any school to determine a student's status," the department said.
  • Hiring After the Baby-Boom Brain Drain (Federal Government)

    05/08/2008 10:35:43 AM PDT · by qam1 · 25 replies · 529+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 5/08/08 | Stephen Barr
    The Federal Aviation Administration. The Social Security Administration. The National Science Foundation. The Treasury Department. All could lose as much as a quarter of their employees by 2012, mostly because of retirements. They are not alone. Across the government, about a third of full-time employees will retire in the next five years, according to estimates prepared by the Office of Personnel Management. The turnover could be even higher in the ranks of federal executives and supervisors. From the start of the Bush administration, agencies have been preparing for the churning that will be caused by the baby boom retirement wave....
  • Fair shake on tuition

    01/22/2008 2:06:26 PM PST · by businessprofessor · 13 replies · 54+ views
    State Sen. Paula Sandoval, D-Denver, wants to end some of the uncertainty that may surround young adults in Colorado who are U.S. citizens and qualify for in-state tuition - but whose parents are in the country illegally. Senate Bill 79 would help remedy one of the unintended consequences of a 2006 law that was meant to tackle illegal immigration. It would give students the legal standing to establish residency without exposing their parents to added scrutiny. Students could then receive the significant financial benefit of in-state tuition without risking getting their own parents into trouble with immigration authorities. ...
  • A Pay Raise for Poor Performance

    01/13/2008 4:43:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies · 78+ views ^ | January 13, 2008 | Robert Bluey
    Members of Congress return to Washington this week $4,100 richer. During their three-week vacation, the annual cost-of-living adjustment kicked in, bringing the salary of a congressman to $169,300. At a time when partisan bickering has dragged congressional approval ratings to just 25 percent, Democrats and Republican can agree on one thing: a pay raise for poor performance. Any American workers who had such dismal reviews would be fired. But in the case of lawmakers in Washington, it’s business as usual. Support for the pay raise was among the most bipartisan issues Congress grappled with last year. An attempt to block...
  • [AMNESTY BILL COMING BACK NEXT WEEK -- 100%] Senate Leaders Agree on Immigration Bill

    06/14/2007 6:45:29 PM PDT · by Moseley · 62 replies · 1,362+ views
    FOX NEWS ^ | June 14, 2007 | Major Garrett and Trish Turner
    WASHINGTON — Senate leaders have agreed on a way to bring a pulled immigration bill forward, breaking the impasse that had stalled the bill, Fox News confirms. The compromise legislation could come up as early as the middle of next week, once the Senate completes a large energy package. Legislators will consider 19 amendments (10 from Republicans and nine from Democrats) that are in need os some 'polishing' a senior Republican aide tells Fox News.
  • Lawmakers approve financial aid to illegal immigrants [The Giveaway To Illegal Aliens Continues]

    08/30/2006 7:04:12 AM PDT · by conservativecorner · 20 replies · 626+ views
    Union Tribune [San Diego] ^ | Aug. 29, 2006 | Samantha Young
    SACRAMENTO – Students who came to the country illegally could apply for state financial aid when they attend California colleges and universities under legislation approved Tuesday by the Assembly in a party-line vote. Supporters said immigrant children who have graduated and completed at least three years of high school in California should not be penalized for their parents' decision to bring them to the U.S. illegally. “It is one small measure to help these kids that are working their butts off to live the American dream,” said Assemblyman Hector De La Torre, D-South Gate. The bill would build upon existing...
  • I.R.S. to Cut Tax Auditors (government moving to eliminate nearly half of the lawyers)

    07/23/2006 8:35:51 PM PDT · by Libloather · 29 replies · 1,419+ views
    NY Times ^ | 7/23/06 | DAVID CAY JOHNSTON
    I.R.S. to Cut Tax AuditorsBy DAVID CAY JOHNSTON Published: July 23, 2006 The federal government is moving to eliminate the jobs of nearly half of the lawyers at the Internal Revenue Service who audit tax returns of some of the wealthiest Americans, specifically those who are subject to gift and estate taxes when they transfer parts of their fortunes to their children and others. The administration plans to cut the jobs of 157 of the agency’s 345 estate tax lawyers, plus 17 support personnel, in less than 70 days. Kevin Brown, an I.R.S. deputy commissioner, confirmed the cuts after The...