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  • Are employers required to grant Muslim employees prayer breaks?

    05/25/2016 6:56:14 PM PDT · by detective · 35 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 25 May 2016 | Lucy Schouten
    The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) filed a religious discrimination complaint on Tuesday, in an ongoing debate over prayer breaks between a Wisconsin manufacturing company and Muslim workers. Ariens Co., which manufactures snow blowers and lawnmowers at a plant outside Green Bay, Wis., fired seven of its Muslim employees in January, and another 14 resigned, after the company told Muslim workers they should stop taking an extra break for prayer, Laura Putre reported for Industry Week. The prayer break dispute has reached its fifth month without resolution and highlights the challenges of balancing religious accommodation with work schedules, especially in...
  • Here's what Trump gets wrong

    03/15/2016 3:17:52 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 53 replies
    CNBC ^ | 2016 March 14 | Ron Insana
    In many ways, Donald Trump's political talking points are Orwellian at best. His constant insistence that the U.S. is not "winning" is being repeated with such pneumatic regularity that voters believe it. Or if they don't yet, they may soon. Whether we are getting killed on trade or being flooded with illegal immigrants, Donald Trump has been making arguments that were, in part, true thirty years ago, but most certainly not today. The "INGSOC" slogans in Orwell's epic dystopian novel, "1984": "War is Peace" "Freedom is Slavery" "Ignorance is Strength" Would fit nicely among Trump's litany of incongruous phrases: "The...
  • Company says Muslims can pray on scheduled breaks only or find another job

    01/20/2016 5:38:28 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 35 replies
    Biz Pack Review ^ | 01/19/16 | Michael Dorstewitz
    When a Wisconsin manufacturer changed its previously liberal policy on Muslim prayer times, dozens of Somali Muslims claimed they were forced to walk out of their jobs. Before Thursday of last week, Muslims employed at Ariens Manufacturing were permitted to leave the production line two times per shift to pray two of their daily prayers to Mecca, according to local ABC affiliate WBAY Channel 2 News. A spokesman for the company said they were forced to change that policy, however. His statement said: We are asking employees to pray during scheduled breaks in designated prayer rooms. Our manufacturing environment does...
  • Elderly Couple Honk At Off Duty Police Officer: Cop Breaks Man’s Nose, Smashes Teeth Out With Gun

    05/13/2015 1:55:04 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 188 replies
    Man suffers broken nose, teeth in South County road rage incident ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – St. Louis County Police are investigating a road rage incident that happened Sunday near Jefferson Barracks. FOX 2’s Rebecca Roberts sat down with the Bonne Terre couple, who feel they’re lucky to be alive.
  • The Other Man In The Van With Freddie Gray Breaks His Silence

    04/30/2015 10:27:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 114 replies
    CBS Balitimore ^ | 4/30/15 | staff
    BALTIMORE (WJZ ) — From the beginning, the investigation into what killed Freddie Gray has centered on what happened inside the police transport van. We knew there was another prisoner inside the van and tonight we hear from him. WJZ‘s Mike Schuh is the first to speak with Donta Allen about what he heard.
  • Breaking News: Fight Breaks Out at Democratic Party Caucus in Minneapolis

    02/04/2014 7:26:54 PM PST · by Nachum · 60 replies
    Power Line ^ | 2/4/14 | John Hinderaker
    Party caucuses are going on tonight in precincts across Minnesota. Caucuses are an old-fashioned civic tradition, more noted for boredom and long nights than anything else, but tonight there was some excitement at a DFL caucus in Minneapolis. A fight broke out: A very tense night at a caucus site in Minneapolis where DFLer Mohamud Noor is challenging longtime DFL state Rep. Phyllis Kahn. The heat in one Minneapolis location resulted in police being called out. With 300 people at the Byan [sic] Coyle Center, a fight broke out and people rushed the stage. After the melee, the Minneapolis police
  • Glenn Beck Breaks Down Petraeus Scandal: ‘What Are the Odds?’

    11/13/2012 6:30:20 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 44 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 11/13/2012 | Glenn Beck
    During Tuesday’s broadcast, Glenn Beck delved into the developing sex scandal involving David Petraeus, former director of the CIA. The former four-star general resigned his CIA post last week after acknowledging an extramarital affair. However, the timing of his resignation — just days before he was scheduled to testify before Congress about the Benghazi terrorist attack — seems a little too coincidental, Beck explained. “Petraeus was set to be the key witness in the Benghazi testimony this week,” he said. “But wouldn’t you know it, the FBI…accidentally stumbled upon some private emails and determined that he was having an affair.”...
  • Sharpton breaks promise to Trayvon supporters, fails to show up in Sanford for Easter ‘Occupation’

    04/08/2012 4:07:30 PM PDT · by Libloather · 70 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/08/12 | Matthew Boyle
    Sharpton breaks promise to Trayvon supporters, fails to show up in Sanford for Easter ‘Occupation’By Matthew Boyle - The Daily Caller – 4 hrs ago MSNBC host and the Rev. Al Sharpton has broken a major promise he made to those supporting him and Trayvon Martin’s family: he didn’t show up in Sanford, Fla., to “occupy” the town over Easter weekend. On March 26, Sharpton had vowed to “occupy” Sanford over Easter weekend to show support for Trayvon, the 17-year-old black teen who was shot by Hispanic man George Zimmerman on Feb. 26. “We’re going to have a full blown...
  • Obama’s FEMA Breaks Disaster Declaration Record

    08/10/2011 9:09:18 AM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies ^ | Matt Mayer
    On August 8, President Barack Obama’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued a disaster declaration for flooding in Utah. With that declaration, FEMA hit 158 declarations in 2011 and in so doing surpassed the 15-year record of 157 declarations, set in 1996 by President Bill Clinton’s FEMA, led by James Lee Witt. At this pace, FEMA will end the year with roughly 288 declarations, or almost twice the previous record. When FEMA issues a declaration, costs shift from the state where the declaration occurred to the federal government—which really means the states where the disaster did not occur are paying...
  • Obama breaks 50 percentdisapproval barrier

    07/28/2011 6:12:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7/28/11 | Neil Munro
    A new poll shows President Barack Obama’s disapproval rate among political independents has broken above 50 percent, even while he is using the debt ceiling debate to seek approval from those critical swing voters. Support for Obama among independents has fallen from 42 percent in May to 31 percent, and disapproval has risen to 54 percent, according to a late July poll of 1,500 registered voters by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. The drop in support among independents is critical because both parties have a roughly similar number of die-hard supporters.
  • NLRB breaks Obama’s rule on ‘quickie’ union elections, Senate Republican says

    07/11/2011 3:15:34 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    daily caller ^ | 7/11/11 | Matthew Boyle -
    Senate Republicans ripped into the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for ignoring a new executive order from President Barack Obama regarding to “quickie” union elections. Obama’s most recent executive order asked all federal agencies, including independent ones like the NLRB, to refrain from making quick decisions without much public input. The new “quickie” election rules the NLRB just finalized make it easier for labor unions to organize. They allow unions to request a unionizing election date mere days after initiating an organization effort. Because unions got their way, many working men and women who are subjected to the NLRB’s new...
  • Waxman breaks own rule by outing whistleblower at NRC hearing

    05/09/2011 8:26:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5/9/11 | John Rossomando
    California Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman was among the loudest proponents of whistleblower protections during the Bush years ̶ particularly when the subject was the Iraq war ̶ but GOP staffers say his attitude seems to have changed with the shift to a Democratic administration. Waxman spoke out loudly for protecting whistleblowers from “incompetent management” (Snip) Waxman chose to ignore a large stamp stating “NOT FOR PUBLIC DISCLOSURE” on a series of emails between Dan Grazer, the data manager for the NRC’s Yucca Mountain licensing program, and Judge Roy Hawkins, the chief administrative judge of the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board,
  • Birtherism Breaks Out!

    01/06/2011 12:47:39 PM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    slate ^ | 1/6/11 | David Weigel
    During the reading of Article II, Section I of the Constitution -- the clause that requires the president of the United States to be a "natural born citizen," an unidentified woman in the gallery screamed "Except Obama! Except Obama!" Politico's Marin Cogan adds that the woman yelled, "Help us, Jesus!" She was removed immediately. UPDATE: I'm told that the woman who made the disruption was Theresa Cao, a birther activist and supporter of court-martialed birther Lt. Col. Terry Lakin. On December 16, she told WorldNetDaily that she was "taking his message to the White House and Congress."
  • 'Sarah Palin's Alaska' Breaks TLC Ratings Record

    11/15/2010 11:30:16 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 66 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 11/15/10 | Hollywood Reporter
    Sarah Palin's documentary / travelogue / reality-tainment / promotional-biopic shattered TLC ratings records Sunday night. The debut of Sarah Palin's Alaska delivered a whopping 5 million viewers. The first episode of the eight-part series was the most-watched program launch in TLC's history.
  • ‘Sarah Palin’s Alaska’ Premiere Draws 5 Million, Breaks TLC Ratings Record

    11/15/2010 11:29:26 AM PST · by Beaten Valve · 163 replies
    TV Newser ^ | November 15, 2010 | Alex Werpin
    The ratings are in, and it looks like “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” is a hit. TLC says nearly 5 million total viewers tuned in to the premiere of the series. In case you haven’t seen our previous coverage, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” is a documentary series from producer Mark Burnett and starring former Alaska governor and Fox News Channel contributor Sarah Palin. TLC says 4.96 million total viewers tuned in, including 1.8 million adults 25-54, and 1.6 million adults 18-49, two of the network’s key demos. That is the best premiere in network history with regards to total viewers, beating the 2003...
  • Key Tax Breaks at Risk as Panel Looks at Cuts .

    10/25/2010 8:19:02 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/25/10 | Damian Paletta
    Sacrosanct tax breaks, including deductions on mortgage interest, remain on the table just weeks before the deficit commission issues recommendations on policies to pare back with the aim of balancing the budget by 2015. The tax benefits are hugely popular with the public but they have drawn the panel's focus, in part because the White House has said these and other breaks cost the government about $1 trillion a year.(Snip)At stake, in addition to the mortgage-interest deductions, are child tax credits and the ability of employees to pay their portion of their health-insurance tab with pretax dollars.
  • Ford to Fix Brake Problem on the Fusion Hybrid & Milan Hybrid (VIDEO)

    02/04/2010 4:33:26 PM PST · by wrrock · 11 replies · 330+ views
    Car Dealer Review ^ | 2/4/2009 | Car Dealer Review
    After customer reports of issues with braking in their 2010 Fusion and Milan hybrid vehicles, Ford has announced it will update a software upgrade to the brake system. 17,600 Mercury Milan and Ford Fusion gas-electric hybrids are to be repaired. WATCH VIDEO REPORT...The automaker says the problem occurs in transition between two braking systems and at no time are drivers without brakes. The decision to fix the 2010 model cars came after a test driver for Consumer Reports magazine experienced the problem as he was driving a Fusion Hybrid.
  • Obama vows to cut tax breaks of firms that ship jobs abroad

    01/28/2010 10:28:06 AM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 38 replies · 949+ views
    Yahoo India News (IANS) ^ | January 28, 2010 | Arun Kumar
    Washington, Jan 28 (IANS) US President Barack Obama has revived the bugaboo of outsourcing by vowing to slash tax breaks to American firms that move jobs abroad and to help those who create employment within the country. 'Job creation would be the country's number-one focus in 2010,' Obama said, pushing for a new jobs bill in his first State of the Union address to a joint session of the Congress Wednesday even as he acknowledged the step would not compensate for the seven million jobs lost over the last two years. 'To encourage ... businesses to stay within our borders,...
  • Obama breaks promises regarding Freedom of Information Act

    11/23/2009 4:55:44 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies · 513+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 11/23/09 | Mark Hemingway
    After seven months of stonewalling their FOIA requests, Don Loos and the National Right To Work Legal Defense Foundation have been forced file a complaint with the U.S. District Court demanding the Department of Labor be compelled to give them the information they seek. So much for Obama's promise to run the the most open and transparent administration in history. On Obama's first day in office, the Department of Justice issued the following memorandum regarding FOIA requests: The President directed that FOIA “should be administered with a clear presumption: In the face of doubt, openness prevails.” Moreover, the President instructed...
  • Obama breaks from Bush, avoids divisive stands

    01/24/2009 9:01:11 PM PST · by Nachum · 46 replies · 812+ views
    ap ^ | 1-24-09 | LIZ SIDOTI
    WASHINGTON – Barack Obama opened his presidency by breaking sharply from George W. Bush's unpopular administration, but he mostly avoided divisive partisan and ideological stands. He focused instead on fixing the economy, repairing a battered world image and cleaning up government. "What an opportunity we have to change this country," the Democrat told his senior staff after his inauguration. "The American people are really counting on us now. Let's make sure we take advantage of it." In the highly scripted first days of his administration, Obama overturned a slew of Bush policies with great fanfare. He largely avoided cultural issues;...
  • Partisan Rancor Seeps Into Talks on Stimulus Plan

    01/24/2009 7:19:29 AM PST · by yoe · 32 replies · 307+ views
    WSJ ^ | January 24, 2009 | JONATHAN WEISMAN and GREG HITT
    President Barack Obama and congressional leaders are struggling to maintain an atmosphere of bipartisanship as the House moves toward a critical first vote next week on an $825 billion economic-stimulus plan that has Republicans increasingly nervous. At a White House meeting Friday, the president and congressional leaders from both parties hashed over the plan, with Mr. Obama showing he wasn't afraid to flex his muscles in an ideological debate. Challenged by one Republican senator about why Congress should accept a certain piece of the package, participants said the new president replied simply, "I won." [snip] It came after Senate Minority...
  • Jimmy Carter: Calls for the EU to Break with USA over Gaza

    05/26/2008 7:13:09 PM PDT · by mondoreb · 49 replies · 118+ views
    DBKP ^ | May 26, 2008 | Mondoreb
    The Jimmy Carter TrifectaBeep! Beep! Come on, Jimmy! Time to go! Jimmy Carter continues his brave but losing battle against diarrhea of the mouth. Carter, ex-president, continued his nearly 3-decades-long "Crusade to Be Relevant" by calling for the European Union to break with the U.S. over Jimmy's Kids, the Palestinians. Britain and other European governments should break from the US over the international embargo on Gaza, former US president Jimmy Carter told the Guardian yesterday. Carter, visiting the Welsh border town of Hay for the Guardian literary festival, described the EU's position on the Israeli-Palestinian dispute as "supine" and its...
  • Police not giving O.J. celebrity breaks

    09/17/2007 7:09:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 48 replies · 155+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/17/07 | Ryan Nakashima - ap
    LAS VEGAS - News conferences, a slew of felony charges, a perp walk in handcuffs and detention in a holding cell without bail — it's clear authorities aren't giving O.J. Simpson any celebrity breaks. Police insist such treatment is prudent for a man whose name is synonymous with a slow-speed chase from officers in a white Ford Bronco. But legal experts are questioning whether Simpson is being singled out for extra-tough prosecution in his casino-hotel robbery case as payback for his murder acquittal more than a decade ago. "It is regrettable that America has not gotten over the O.J. Simpson...
  • Tourists hurt by giant wave after Arctic glacier breaks

    08/09/2007 10:06:54 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 458+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 8/9/07 | Reuters
    OSLO (Reuters) - A chunk of an Arctic glacier broke into the sea and triggered a huge wave that injured 18 people on a sightseeing boat, almost all of them British tourists, Norwegian officials said on Thursday. Four people were seriously hurt in the accident by Hornbreen glacier on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard and were flown south to a hospital in Tromsoe on the mainland. The others were treated at a local hospital, mostly for minor injuries. "The glacier calved (split off) and a big wave washed over the boat," Elisabeth Bjoerge Loevold, acting governor of Svalbard, told Reuters....
  • Bonds Breaks Aaron's NL Home Run Record

    09/23/2006 6:39:43 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 158 replies · 3,081+ views ^ | 9 23 06 | Associated Press
    51 minutes ago MILWAUKEE - Barry Bonds hit his 734th career home run Saturday night, breaking Hank Aaron's NL record in the same city where the Hall of Fame slugger started and ended his major league career. The San Francisco Giants star hit a 1-0 pitch from Milwaukee's Chris Capuano over the right-center fence in the third inning, just out of the reach of outfielders Brady Clark and Corey Hart. Bonds, who hit No. 733 and drove in a season-high six runs Friday night, is 21 homers shy of Aaron's career mark of 755. It was Bonds' 26th home run...
  • KFC Advert Breaks Complaints Record

    04/25/2006 7:31:01 PM PDT · by blam · 25 replies · 1,340+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4-26-2006 | David Derbyshire
    KFC advert breaks complaints record By David Derbyshire, Consumer Affairs Editor (Filed: 26/04/2006) A fast food commercial that featured call centre staff singing with their mouths full has become the most complained-about advert of all time. The ASA received a record 1,671 objections to the advert for Kentucky Fried Chicken The Advertising Standards Authority received a record 1,671 objections last year to the television advert for Kentucky Fried Chicken. Most callers said that it set a bad example to children, or ridiculed people with speech impediments. Some even claimed that it placed call centre employees in a bad light. It...
  • C-17 Cargo Aircraft Breaks Airdrop Record

    03/20/2006 3:15:53 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 563+ views
    SOUTHWEST ASIA, March 20, 2006 – A single U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III transport jet set a record by airdropping 32,400 pounds of humanitarian aid within 40 minutes to four locations in central and eastern Afghanistan March 16. Airdrop missions involve delivering cargo without landing the airplane. This airdrop marked the most cargo dropped to this many drop zones in the shortest amount of time from a single aircraft in the history of U.S. airdrop operations, said Air Force Lt. Col. Charles Ciuzio, chief of the Air Mobility Division at the Combined Air Operations Center. It is the policy...
  • Sania Mirza breaks silence on dress fatwa against her(fatwa issued against tennis star)

    11/16/2005 4:05:45 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 12 replies · 985+ views
    Today's celebrities are well aware of their responsibilities as role models but can well do without public interference in their private lives. As tennis star Sania Mirza says, “As long as I'm winning, people shouldn't care whether my skirt is six inches long or six feet long.” Speaking at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit on Wednesday, Sania said, “How I dress is a very personal thing.” Wearing a long-sleeved black-and-white shirt with conservative black pants, she was speaking out in public for the first time since a cleric issued a fatwa against the way she dressed on court. Sania, who...
  • The Peculiar Peculations of PECUSA

    11/13/2005 11:32:26 PM PST · by WaterDragon · 4 replies · 706+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | November 14, 2005 | Thomas Lipscomb
    In a meeting last week in Pittsburgh, an international panel of prominent Anglicans has called for an open break between members of the Anglican Communion and what they view as the wayward Protestant Episcopal Church of the United States. The meeting was hosted by the Bishop Duncan of Pittsburgh and presided over by seven archbishops from the West Indies, South East Asia, and Africa. The collapse of the authority and membership of mainstream churches in the United States has paralleled the collapse of the influence of other institutions from the media to academia as a yawning gap has continued to...
  • Frist Breaks With Bush on Stem-Cell Bill

    07/29/2005 10:56:25 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 73 replies · 1,458+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/29/05 | H. Josef Hebert - AP
    WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist on Friday threw his support behind House-passed legislation to expand federal financing for human embryonic stem cell research, breaking with President Bush and religious conservatives in a move that could impact his prospects for seeking the White House in 2008. "It's not just a matter of faith, it's a matter of science," Frist, R-Tenn., said on the floor of the Senate. Frist's announcement immediately dented his support among Christian conservatives but won lavish praise from former first lady Nancy Reagan, who said it "has the potential to alleviate so much suffering." Her husband,...
  • Commission Says Too Many Tax Breaks Exist ( )

    04/24/2005 11:14:15 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 45 replies · 779+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/24/05 | Mary Dalrymple - AP
    WASHINGTON - As taxpayers recover from finishing their annual filing chores, a presidential commission studying the tax laws has reached the conclusion that there are just too many deductions and credits. Three credits and a deduction help taxpayers cut college costs. Special urban and rural tax zones encourage investment and job creation. Dozens of other tax benefits help families raise children and save for retirement, encourage adoption, nudge drivers toward hybrid cars and push businesses to invest in new equipment. "We have lost sight of the fact that the fundamental purpose of our tax system is to raise revenues to...
  • Schwarzenegger video news release gets bad reviews

    03/04/2005 12:01:40 PM PST · by Ol' Dan Tucker · 6 replies · 609+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 1, 2005 | Not Attributed
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A Schwarzenegger administration video packaged as a television news story has labor leaders and one lawmaker outraged.The video promotes regulations that give workers the choice of taking a meal break or going home early. "It's a blatant attempt to manipulate the media," Assemblyman Paul Koretz, D-West Hollywood, said yesterday. "If a television station is lazy enough just to take this video (and run it), it completely manipulates and skews the story."He suggested the video violated a ban on spending tax money to produce propaganda and said he would ask the attorney general's office to investigate.But an administration...
  • Archaeological Argument Breaks Out Over Indonesian Sunken Treasure

    11/20/2004 11:04:20 AM PST · by blam · 29 replies · 746+ views
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | 11-18-2004
    Archaeological argument breaks out over Indonesian sunken treasure Thu Nov 18,10:36 PM ET Science - AFP JAKARTA (AFP) - In the blue waters of the Java Sea, a drama is unfolding around an ancient cargo of sunken treasure, but with corruption and bureaucracy never far from the surface in Indonesia, the tale owes more to Franz Kafka than Indiana Jones. A team of divers, including two Australians, two Britons, two French, a Belgian and a German, has been working for months to excavate a vessel laden with rare ceramics which sank more than 1,000 years ago off Indonesia's shores. Their...
  • Centenarian breaks 100M sprint record

    07/10/2004 11:58:31 AM PDT · by varina davis · 50 replies · 2,163+ views
    AP Wire ^ | July 10, 2004 | AP Wire
    Centenarian Breaks 100M Sprint Record July 10, 2004 01:09 PM EDT CAPE TOWN, South Africa - It took him two tries, but South African Philip Rabinowitz made it into the Guinness Book of World Records Saturday as the fastest 100-year-old to run 100 meters. Rabinowitz made his run at the Green Point stadium in 30.86 seconds, beating the previous record of 36.1 seconds. Last week Rabinowitz also broke the record, clocking 28.7 seconds at the Mandela Park Athletics stadium in Khayelitsha, outside Cape Town. But a power outage stopped the official electronic clock, so the time was not recorded or...
  • The Science of Luck

    05/14/2004 8:34:12 AM PDT · by TBP · 3 replies · 2,206+ views
    SKEPTICAL INQUIRER ^ | May/June 2003 | Richard Wiseman
    Here is an article on the "science of luck," based on a ten-year study. It provides some very interesting reading. Apparently the author found consistent patterns of behavior between people who would be considered lucky in life and those considered unlucky. Over the years I have interviewed these volunteers, asked them to complete diaries, personality ques-tionnaires, and intelligence tests, and invited them to my laboratory to participate in experiments. The findings have revealed that luck is not a magical ability or the result of random chance. Nor are peo-ple born lucky or unlucky. Instead, although lucky and unlucky people have...
  • The Hill's big appetite for pork(illegal under global trade rules)

    04/23/2004 7:38:16 AM PDT · by truth4 · 4 replies · 87+ views ^ | 4/23.2004 | Gail Russell Chaddock
    The Hill's big appetite for pork Targeted spending and tax breaks may hit a record this year, as the deficit surges. WASHINGTON – Call it an offer Americans probably can't refuse. House lawmakers recently decided US taxpayers should send $500,000 to Montezuma, Ga., in a transportation bill. It's not to upgrade an interstate highway but to improve the sidewalk, lighting, and landscaping between Cherry and Hampton Streets. Hey, it's only half a million dollars, but that is one small reason why the bill is now $19 billion bigger than the president's $256 billion request. Then there's a new tax bill,...

    03/12/2004 7:35:39 PM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 92 replies · 961+ views
    AP Breaking News ^ | 12 March 2004
    PURVIS, Miss. (AP) - A dam holding back an 1,100 acre lake in southern Mississippi broke on Friday, damaging dozens of homes and several roads in two counties, authorities said. Following the failure of the Big Bay Lake dam, state emergency officials found 43 homes damaged and 12 mobile homes destroyed. Gov. Haley Barbour declared a state of emergency for Marion and Lamar counties. Officials had not determined whether anyone was missing or injured, search crews were going door to door in areas below the dam, west of Purvis. Chip Gibson, a local pilot, said when he flew over the...
  • Troops Get Federal Tax Break For Combat Zone Service

    03/11/2004 7:17:46 PM PST · by Calpernia · 10 replies · 253+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | March 11, 2004 | By Gerry J. Gilmore
    American troops serving in designated combat zones in support of the war against terrorism continue to get a tax break from Uncle Sam. Depending upon rank, eligible service members can exclude from federal income tax either all or some of their active duty pay – and certain other pays – earned in any month during service in a designated combat zone. The Internal Revenue Service's Armed Forces' Tax Guide for 2003 says "a combat zone is any area the president of the United States designates by executive order as an area in which the U.S. armed forces are engaging or...
  • Schwarzenegger Breaks Fundraising Record At Up To $500,000 For Dinner Seat

    02/20/2004 7:25:59 PM PST · by blam · 139+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 2-21-2004 | Dan Glaister
    Schwarzenegger breaks fundraising record at up to $500,000 for dinner seat Dan Glaister in Los Angeles Saturday February 21, 2004 The Guardian (UK) During his movie career, Arnold Schwarzenegger could demand the highest fees in Hollywood. And he's lost none of his knack for raising money now that he's a politician. Next week the California governor heads to New York for a dinner that is being billed as the biggest fundraiser in the history of politics. Guests have been invited to donate between $50,000 and $500,000 for a seat at the meal. Even President George Bush cannot command such sums....
  • Michael Jackson sister La Toya breaks big toe during video shoot

    01/15/2004 5:04:34 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 201+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 1/15/04 | AP - Los Angeles
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - La Toya Jackson broke a toe while rehearsing for a music video for her upcoming single "Just Wanna Dance," her business partner said Thursday. The sister of entertainer Michael Jackson was rehearsing in Las Vegas on Jan. 10 when she broke the big toe on her left foot, Jeffre Phillips said. "The base to a microphone stand fell off a speaker and landed right on her toe," he said. "She was rushed to the hospital." She will be "out of commission" for 10 to 12 days, Phillips said. She was told to stay off her feet...
  • Rural areas questioning incentives (NC RAT Gov gets tax breaks for Big Tobacco & Pharmaceuticals)

    12/11/2003 3:37:47 PM PST · by Libloather · 219+ views
    News & Observer ^ | 12/11/03 | AMY GARDNER, CHRIS SERRES
    Rural areas questioning incentives Thursday, December 11, 2003 5:58AM EST By AMY GARDNER AND CHRIS SERRES, Staff Writers Robert Neal, a laid-off textile worker from Cabarrus County, traveled to Raleigh this week looking for good news for his community and others that have lost thousands of manufacturing jobs. He came away disappointed. In a special session called by Gov. Mike Easley, lawmakers passed a $240 million package that provides tax breaks for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., other cigarette makers and pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. Most of the immediate benefits will go to companies doing business in two of the...
  • Area Professor Breaks New Ground On Maya

    09/28/2003 5:04:31 PM PDT · by blam · 38 replies · 945+ views
    San Antonio Express ^ | 9-28-2003 | Roger Croteau
    Area professor breaks new ground on Maya By Roger Croteau San Antonio Express-News Web Posted : 09/28/2003 12:00 AM Findings by a Texas State University-San Marcos professor at an archaeological site in Belize have pushed back the date for the rise of the Maya civilization to 300 years earlier than previously believed. Anthropology professor James J. Garber has worked at the site, known as Blackman Eddy, each summer since 1990. Although smaller than many other Maya ruins, it was a major cultural center in the Upper Belize Valley. "I would say it's a very important finding," said Sandra Noble, executive...
  • CA$h-strapped state starts eyeing business tax breaks

    02/09/2003 8:52:33 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 247+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 2/9/03 | Aurelio Rojas
    <p>California chicken farmers do not pay state sales taxes for products they use as litter and resell as fertilizer.</p> <p>Fuel sold to commercial airlines with destinations outside the United States also is exempt from the state sales and use tax.</p>