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  • East Coast states want to tax drivers’ travel, not their gas

    06/25/2016 6:18:43 PM PDT · by upchuck · 56 replies
    Wa Po ^ | June 25, 2016 | Michael Laris
    Delaware, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and New Hampshire are proposing pilots to figure out how they might charge motorists a fee for the miles they travel — rather than taxing their gas, as state and federal officials do today. The I-95 Corridor Coalition, which represents transportation officials from 16 states and the District of Columbia, applied for a federal grant last month to test the idea. Officials would stitch together the policies and technologies needed to count the miles driven by 50 recruits from each of the four states, including state legislators, transportation officials or other willing guinea pigs. They would send...
  • 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...