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  • Aid to Africa: donations from west mask '$60bn looting' of continent

    07/16/2014 5:34:29 AM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 13 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 15 July 2014 | Mark Anderson
    Western countries are using aid to Africa as a smokescreen to hide the "sustained looting" of the continent as it loses nearly $60bn a year through tax evasion, climate change mitigation, and the flight of profits earned by foreign multinational companies, a group of NGOs has claimed. Although sub-Saharan Africa receives $134bn each year in loans, foreign investment and development aid, research released on Tuesday by a group of UK and Africa-based NGOs suggests that $192bn leaves the region, leaving a $58bn shortfall.
  • 'Bigfoot' hair samples found to be mostly from bears, wolves

    07/01/2014 6:52:14 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 01, 2014 | Associated Press
    LONDON – DNA testing is taking a bite out of the Bigfoot legend. After scientists analyzed more than 30 hair samples reportedly left behind by Bigfoot and similar mythical beasts like the Himalayan Yeti, they found all of them came from more mundane creatures like bears, wolves, cows and raccoons.
  • Maundy Thursday

    04/17/2014 11:49:58 AM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 3 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | unknown | unknown
    HOLY THURSDAY is the most complex and profound of all religious observances, saving only the Easter Vigil. It celebrates both the institution by Christ himself of the Eucharist and of the institution of the sacerdotal priesthood (as distinct from the 'priesthood of all believers') for in this, His last supper with the disciples, a celebration of Passover, He is the self-offered Passover Victim, and every ordained priest to this day presents this same sacrifice, by Christ's authority and command, in exactly the same way. The Last Supper was also Christ's farewell to His assembled disciples, some of whom would betray,...
  • Former Manson Family killer Bruce Davis granted parole

    03/14/2014 8:37:32 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 32 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 12, 2014 | Dan Whitcomb
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former Manson Family member Bruce Davis, who was sentenced to life in prison for two 1969 murders carried out with other members of the cult, was granted parole on Wednesday by a California parole board, although it was not certain he would be freed. Davis' parole must still be affirmed by California Governor Jerry Brown, who reversed a similar decision by the same board last year, saying that the 71-year-old convicted killer remained a danger to the public.
  • Gaza fisherman hooks statue of ancient Greek god Apollo

    02/19/2014 7:58:17 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 47 replies
    http://www.cnn.com ^ | February 15, 2014 | Nic Robertson and Talal Abu Rahma
    Gaza (CNN) -- When Jwdat Abu Ghrb spotted a dark shape last summer in the waters off Gaza, where he was diving for fish, he initially thought it was a corpse. "I was afraid," he told CNN. "I put on my goggles, dove underneath and still couldn't tell what it was. I resurfaced and got some help from other people and family members and came back, and after full four hours of trying we managed to get it out of the water and I was shocked by what I found." It was a life-size bronze statue, believed to be a...
  • San Francisco Liberals Outlaw Storing Items in Your Own Garage

    01/10/2014 9:54:50 AM PST · by Beowulf9 · 109 replies
    AmericanOverlook.com ^ | unsure | unnamed
    How far will the government go to infringe on your rights? In San Francisco, residents aren’t even allowed to store their own belongings in their home. Residents of the liberal city are banned from using their garage to store any personal property other than a vehicle. Chapter Six of the San Francisco Housing Code states, “Private and public storage garages in apartment houses and hotels shall be used only for storage of automobiles.” Those who violate the law can be slapped with a $500 fine.
  • Poor reporting by Boston Globe "Arrest made in connection with death of Fall River man"

    01/05/2014 7:58:50 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 13 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | January 05, 2014 | Anne Steele
    A Rhode Island man was arrested this afternoon in connection with the death of a 26-year-old Fall River man early this morning, according to the Bristol district attorney’s office. William Tate, 34, of East Providence, R.I., was charged in the killing of David Rodriguez, 26, who was found near a loading dock outside the Ship’s Cove Apartment complex at 130 Canal St., where he lived, around 1 a.m., according to a statement from the district attorney’s office. Tate was taken to St. Anne’s Hospital in Fall River, where he was pronounced dead. The medical examiner will perform an autopsy to...
  • Ancient Etruscan Prince Emerges From Tomb: Photos

    12/03/2013 9:10:36 AM PST · by Beowulf9 · 18 replies
    http://news.discovery.com ^ | Sep 20, 2013 | Rossella Lorenzi
    Italian archaeologists have unearthed a 2,600-year-old intact Etruscan tomb that promises to reveal new depths of one of the ancient world’s most fascinating and mysterious cultures.
  • MI6 spy found dead in bag probably locked himself inside, Met says

    11/13/2013 10:55:59 AM PST · by Beowulf9 · 27 replies
    http://www.theguardian.com ^ | November 13, 2013 | Josh Halliday
    The MI6 spy found dead in a bag three years ago probably locked himself in the holdall and died as a result of a tragic accident, Scotland Yard has said. Outlining the results of a three-year investigation on Wednesday, the Metropolitan police said Gareth Williams most likely died alone in his flat. But Detective Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt said the police could not "fundamentally and beyond doubt" rule out the possibility that a third party was involved in his death. Williams's naked body was found in the padlocked bag, with the keys discovered under his body, in the otherwise empty...
  • Art Bell - Dark Matter Cancelled by Art as of tonight!

    11/04/2013 2:55:12 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 79 replies
    Artbell.facebook.com ^ | November 4th 2013 | Art Bell
    Art Bell show on Sirius radio was being pirated by many and streaming free, he said, everywhere. Many haven't been able to hear Art's show as they could not pay for Sirius radio so Art tried to get Sirius radio to cut a deal with Sirius for the show be free as it aired. Only the night it aired. Today the news came through, the deal didn't: "Sometimes when you are "all in" you win, sometimes lose. By mutual agreement Dark Matter will no longer air as of tonight" ~ Art Bell
  • Valley students take part in earthquake safety drill

    10/19/2013 8:40:02 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 19 replies
    FOX 10 News ^ | October 17, 2013 | Staff report
    PHOENIX - It's called the Great Shakeout Earthquake Drill. Even though earthquakes are not common here in Arizona, they do happen. And today the Red Cross wanted to make sure everyone is ready just in case. Kids are learning to drop to the floor, cover themselves and hold on at Tumbleweed Elementary. "There are three steps, one you drop to the ground, number two cover, get under your desk, and three hold on to your desk," says student Thomas Harris. "You hold on to your desk until the principal announces over the intercom that we're all clear," says student Erica...
  • Scientists discover the world's oldest globe of the New World - carved on OSTRICH eggs

    08/23/2013 6:55:36 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 15 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 23 August 2013 | Sarah Griffiths
    An intricate etching on ostrich eggs joined together to make a sphere is the oldest globe of the New World ever to be discovered. Latin inscriptions and delicate outlines of countries informed by knowledge of explorers such as Christopher Columbus, made in the early 1500s cover the sphere, but the origin of the globe is a mystery. A cartographer believes the globe could have been made in Florence, Italy and claims that the skillful engraver could even have crafted the object in the workshop of Leonardo da Vinci.
  • Mayan pyramid bulldozed: Ancient pyramid flattened by construction crew

    05/15/2013 10:27:49 AM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 41 replies
    http://www.examiner.com ^ | May 14 2013 | Jay Petrillo
    Officials in Belize say a construction company has destroyed one of the country's largest Mayan pyramids, reports. Head of the Belizean Institute of Archaeology Jaime Awe said the Noh Mul temple was leveled by a road-building company seeking gravel for road filler.
  • Groundhog terrorizes Bridgeton Little League

    05/06/2013 8:57:05 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 25 replies
    The Star Ledger ^ | May 06, 2013 | Jack Hummel
    BRIDGETON — It started with kids looking across the street at a groundhog in the Bridgeton Midget Football parking lot on Saturday. They crossed the street to get a closer look. They had never seen a groundhog before. What they didn’t count on was the groundhog chasing them back across the street to where Bridgeton Little League was playing. Bedlam broke out.
  • Mysterious Hebrew stone depicts archangel Gabriel, called a 'Dead Sea Scroll in stone'

    04/30/2013 1:16:50 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 27 replies
    http://www.Foxnews.com ^ | April 30, 2013 | Associated Press
    JERUSALEM – An ancient limestone tablet covered with a mysterious Hebrew text that features the archangel Gabriel is at the center of a new exhibit in Jerusalem, even as scholars continue to argue about what it means. The so-called Gabriel Stone, a meter (three-foot)-tall tablet said to have been found 13 years ago on the banks of the Dead Sea, features 87 lines of an unknown prophetic text dated as early as the first century BC, at the time of the Second Jewish Temple.
  • HIV vaccine trial shut down

    04/27/2013 5:02:06 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 64 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 25 2013 | Melissa Healy,
    Federal researchers shut down a clinical trial of an HIV vaccine involving about 2,500 subjects after it is found to be ineffective at preventing healthy subjects from contracting the virus.
  • Illinois man tried to join Al Qaeda-linked group, FBI says

    04/21/2013 2:01:18 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 6 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | April 21, 2013 | FoxNews.com
    CHICAGO – A suburban Chicago teenager has been arrested on terrorism-related charges and accused of seeking to join an Al Qaeda-affiliated group in war-torn Syria, the FBI announced Saturday. Abdella Ahmad Tounisi was arrested Friday night as he attempted to board a flight from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport to Turkey, which borders Syria, the FBI said. He hoped to join Jabhat al-Nusrah, a group fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime in a bloody civil war...
  • Two explosions near finish line at Boston Marathon

    04/15/2013 12:11:58 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 4 replies
    bostonglobe.com/ ^ | April 14 2013 | unknown
    BREAKING NEWS: Multiple people injured near the Boston Marathon finish line after explosion
  • Loch Ness monster expert to reveal findings

    04/08/2013 2:09:44 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 20 replies
    http://www.scotsman.com ^ | Monday 8 April 2013 | ALISTAIR MUNRO
    AN EXPERT delving deep into the history of Nessie spotters is to reveal his findings on the 80th anniversary of the first modern-day sighting. Dr Charles Paxton, a statistical ecologist from St Andrews University, is working on the first catalogue of all known sightings of the Loch Ness monster in modern times. The researcher will present his findings at a conference this weekend, organised as part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival. The special event organised by the St Andrews academic marks the 80thanniversary of the first official sighting of Nessie.
  • This Guy Is Obsessed With Becoming A Mermaid

    04/04/2013 9:37:54 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 67 replies
    http://www.buzzfeed.com ^ | April 2, 2013 | Whitney Jefferson
    What's that in the water? A fish? Dolphin? Nope! It's Eric Ducharme — the subject of TLC's My Crazy Obsession. Can you guess what his "crazy obsession" is? If you guessed "being a mermaid," you'd be right!
  • Pluto's 'Gate to Hell' uncovered in Turkey

    04/02/2013 1:36:33 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 35 replies
    www.iTech Post.com ^ | April , 2013 | Pierre Dumont
    Italian archaeologists have uncovered Pluto's Gate, the so-called "gate to hell," in southwestern Turkey. In Greco-Roman mythology the cave was considered the portal to the underworld. It was found in the ancient ruins of Hierapolis, now called Pamukkale, and was described by Cicero and the Greek geographer Strabo in their writings. According to Strabo, the opening was filled with deadly vapors. "This space is full of vapor so misty and dense that one can scarcely see the ground. Any animal that passes inside meets instant death," Strabo wrote. "I threw in sparrows and they immediately breathed their last and fell...
  • Medieval plague victims unearthed in City of London square

    03/14/2013 10:10:16 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 15 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Thursday 14 March 2013 | Gwyn Topham
    Seven centuries after their demise, the skeletons of 12 plague victims have been unearthed in the City of London, a find which archaeologists believe to be just the tip of a long-lost Black Death mass burial ground. Arranged in careful rows, the bodies were discovered 2.5 metres below the ground in Charterhouse Square in works for a Crossrail tunnel shaft beside the future ticketing hall for Farringdon station. Tests are needed to confirm the skeletons' provenance, but the discovery should shed more light on life and death in 14th-century Britain and help scientists to understand how the plague mutated.
  • EXCLUSIVE: ACLU Backs Paul's Filibuster

    03/06/2013 4:02:40 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 22 replies
    www.breitbart.com ^ | March 6 2013 | Ben Shapiro
    On Wednesday afternoon, Christopher Anders, Senior Legislative Council at the American Civil Liberties Union in Washington D.C., spoke with Breitbart News exclusively about Senator Rand Paul’s filibuster of the John Brennan nomination to CIA director over the administration’s failures to answer questions about domestic use of drones. Anders backed Paul to the hilt, and was highly critical of the Obama administration.
  • Ancient Arctic camel a curious conundrum

    03/05/2013 3:17:09 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 28 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | Published March 05, 2013 | Associated Press
    OTTAWA – Ancient, mummified camel bones dug from the tundra confirm that the animals now synonymous with the arid sands of Arabia actually developed in subfreezing forests in what is now Canada's High Arctic, a scientist said Tuesday. About 3.5 million years ago, Strathcona Fiord on Ellesmere Island's west-central coast would have looked more like a northern forest than an Arctic landscape, said paleobotanist Natalia Rybczynski of the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa.
  • Time, Meredith Explore Magazine-Spinoff Deal

    02/13/2013 7:01:00 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 8 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 13, 2013 | KEACH HAGEY and JOHN JANNARONE
    Time Warner Inc. TWX +0.67% is in talks to divest most of its Time Inc. magazine group in a deal with Meredith Corp., MDP -0.13% said people familiar with the situation, potentially ending its long reign as the biggest U.S. magazine publisher. Under the proposal being discussed, Time Warner would retain its flagship newsweekly Time, along with Sports Illustrated and Fortune. But the rest of its magazines, including People, InStyle and Real Simple, would end up combined with Meredith's titles, which include Better Homes and Gardens and Family Circle, whose readers are mainly women. The proposal calls for both companies...
  • Couple Faces Jail Time for Saving Baby Deer’s Life

    02/08/2013 8:43:35 AM PST · by Beowulf9 · 47 replies
    http://blog.heritage.org/ ^ | January 30 2013 | Daniel Dew
    An Indiana couple is facing up to 60 days in jail and $2,000 in fines for saving a deer from death. Jeff Counceller, a police officer, and his wife Jennifer spotted an injured baby deer on their neighbor’s porch. Instead of turning a blind eye to the dying fawn, the Councellers took the deer in and nursed it back to health. They kept the deer, Little Orphan Dani, in their backyard as it recovered. Everything was fine until an Indiana Conservation Officer spotted Little Orphan Dani in the Councellers’ yard. The Councellers were charged with unlawful possession of a deer,...
  • Making Merry at Knossos or their's a sucker born every minute

    01/03/2013 7:17:33 AM PST · by Beowulf9 · 19 replies
    The Economist ^ | May 14th 2009 | unknown
    ARCHAEOLOGY is an inexact science, as Sir Arthur Evans, a flamboyant early practitioner, knew. However painstaking the digging process, an excavator can always promote an extravagant theory under the guise of interpreting the finds. As he started to unearth a prehistoric mound at Knossos in Crete at the turn of the 20th century, Evans put his imagination into high gear. He rebuilt parts of a 3,500-year-old palace in modernist style using cement and reconstructed fragmentary frescoes to suit his views on Bronze Age religion and politics.
  • Why We Should Stop Obsessing About The Federal Budget Deficit

    11/18/2012 9:29:56 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 40 replies
    http://robertreich.org/ ^ | November 18 2012 | Robert Reich
    wish President Obama and the Democrats would explain to the nation that the federal budget deficit isn’t the nation’s major economic problem and deficit reduction shouldn’t be our major goal. Our problem is lack of good jobs and sufficient growth, and our goal must be to revive both. Deficit reduction leads us in the opposite direction — away from jobs and growth. The reason the “fiscal cliff” is dangerous (and, yes, I know – it’s not really a “cliff” but more like a hill) is because it’s too much deficit reduction, too quickly. It would suck too much demand out...
  • Sheehan announces bid for Albany Mayor

    11/17/2012 8:50:38 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 11 replies
    Timesunion ^ | November 17, 2012 | Kristen V. Brown
    ALBANY — City Treasurer Kathy Sheehan has officially announced her candidacy in next year's mayoral race. Sheehan, 48, who was elected treasurer in 2009, had long dropped hints about a planned mayoral run. On Saturday afternoon, in front of Washington Park's Moses Statue, the Democrat made it official. "Let's face it: There is only one office in Albany that can deliver the changes many of us want," Sheehan said. "I am here to announce that I am running for mayor." Read more: http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Sheehan-to-make-a-run-for-mayor-4046442.php#ixzz2CXwLxZ3I
  • Magnitude-2.0 quake shakes New Jersey

    11/05/2012 7:27:44 AM PST · by Beowulf9 · 32 replies
    Cnn.com ^ | November 5 2012 | Cnn wire staff
    (CNN) -- As if they haven't had enough headaches in New Jersey in the past week, on Monday morning they added earthquake to the list. The magnitude-2.0 temblor struck at 1:19 a.m. and was centered two miles south-southeast of Ringwood, New Jersey, not far from the border with New York. The depth was 3.1 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
  • Mark Zuckerberg just got married to a liberal

    05/19/2012 6:31:27 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 78 replies
    Facebook ^ | May 19 2012 | Facebook
    Got married to Pricilla Chan, from Braintree Ma, now living in Palo Alto Ca. Last night? Spent it with Obama. What are her likes? Obama. Guess who is nosing up the campaign money trail?
  • You picked a fine time to lead us Barack

    02/27/2012 4:07:47 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 15 replies
    You Tube ^ | Jonathan McWhite
    Two marines have it down, alright: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_W57aBMYKvU
  • US advisers shot dead 'after Koran row'

    02/26/2012 1:17:01 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 27 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 27, 2012 | Massoud Hossaini
    Two United States advisers who were shot dead in Afghanistan's interior ministry by an Afghan colleague had been mocking anti-US protests over the burning of the Koran, a government source said. The description of the shooting - which led to NATO pulling all its advisers out of Afghan government ministries - came amid renewed violence in a sixth day of anti-American demonstrations.
  • Clear Channel elevates John Hogan to chairman and CEO

    02/26/2012 8:29:20 AM PST · by Beowulf9 · 4 replies · 2+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 24, 2012 | Mark Boster
    Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, the nation's largest radio operator, has upped John Hogan to chairman and chief executive. The promotion of Hogan, who had been president and CEO, comes as the company continues to try to make itself over as a general entertainment company. It recently changed its name to Clear Channel Media and Entertainment from Clear Channel Radio and is planning an expansion into television and live entertainment. Hogan has been with Clear Channel since 1999 and has managed to survive a few ownership changes during that time. The company is now part of CC Media Holdings Inc.,...
  • Train Whistle heard at night though not near any tracks for miles

    02/25/2012 7:04:02 AM PST · by Beowulf9 · 115 replies · 1+ views
    February 25, 2012 | Beowulf9
    At night I hear a train whistle where I live, only occasionally and actually rarely. Have heard it about 3 or 4 times in about 7 years. Thing is I live about 7 miles from a train track. Is it possible to hear a train whistle that far away? and it does sound kind of ghostly, echoey, resonates. I wondered if anyone else hear knows how far a train whistle can be heard. I live in Phoenix Az, by Camelback Mountain.
  • Dept. of Public Health is reporting increase in cases of syphilis among gay men

    02/23/2012 8:37:42 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 34 replies · 1+ views
    WGMD News ^ | Feb 23, 2012 | Andrew Koch
    Syphilis cases are up in gay men, according to the Delaware Department of Public Health. 76 cases of syphilis were reported to the Health Department last year. Nearly all of them were diagnosed among gay men, and the majority of those cases were in New Castle County. The department says this may be part of a rising trend in syphilis among gay men throughout the country, as increases in cases have been reported in cities such as New York, Miami, San Francisco and Chicago. Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease that’s transmitted from contact with an infected person. The disease...
  • Sign petition urging Congress to vote NO on PIPA and SOPA before it is too late.

    01/18/2012 1:12:38 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 12 replies
    Google.com ^ | January | Google
    Tell Congress: Don’t censor the Web Fighting online piracy is important. The most effective way to shut down pirate websites is through targeted legislation that cuts off their funding. There’s no need to make American social networks, blogs and search engines censor the Internet or undermine the existing laws that have enabled the Web to thrive, creating millions of U.S. jobs. Too much is at stake – please vote NO on PIPA and SOPA.
  • Amish men jailed over reflective triangle dispute

    01/14/2012 8:15:50 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 38 replies
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | January 15 2012 | unknown
    A group of Amish men in western Kentucky have been jailed after refusing to put reflective triangles on the back of their horse-drawn carts. Jacob Gingerich was one of eight men sent to prison for a few days in September after ignoring state law that requires all slow-moving objects on the road to display reflective triangles. The group of Swartzentruber Amish men in rural Graves County, USA, refused to pay their fines and disobeyed orders from a judge, landing them in jail.
  • Murder Probe Under Way After Woman's Body Found on Queen Elizabeth's Estate

    01/04/2012 8:10:01 AM PST · by Beowulf9 · 28 replies · 1+ views
    foxnews.com ^ | January 03, 2012 | FoxNews.com
    A murder investigation is under way in England after a woman's body was found on the grounds of Queen Elizabeth's Sandringham country estate. The remains were discovered on the vast estate in Eastern England shortly after 4 p.m. on New Year's Day, according to multiple reports. Sky News reported that the body was found by a member of the public in woodlands in Anmer, a tiny village 115 miles northeast of London that is situated on the 20,000-acre Sandringham estate. The remains were reportedly located about a mile from the main gate to Sandringham House, where the queen spent New...
  • After Struggle on Detainees, Obama Signs Military Bill

    12/31/2011 3:09:38 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 13 replies
    Nytimes.com ^ | December 31, 2011 | Mark Landler
    HONOLULU — President Obama, after objecting to provisions of a military spending bill that would have forced him to try terrorism suspects in military courts and impose strict sanctions on Iran’s oil exports, signed the bill on Saturday. He said that although he did not support all of it, changes made by Congress after negotiations with the White House had satisfied most of his concerns and had given him enough latitude to manage counterterrorism and foreign policy in keeping with administration principles.
  • Acorn playing behind the scenes role in 'Occupy' Movement

    12/29/2011 5:45:40 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 16 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | October 26, 2011 | Jana Winter
    The former New York office for ACORN, the disbanded community activist group, is playing a key role in the self-proclaimed “leaderless” Occupy Wall Street movement, organizing “guerrilla” protest events and hiring door-to-door canvassers to collect money under the banner of various causes while spending it on protest-related activities, sources tell FoxNews.com. The former director of New York ACORN, Jon Kest, and his top aides are now busy working at protest events for New York Communities for Change (NYCC). That organization was created in late 2009 when some ACORN offices disbanded and reorganized under new names after undercover video exposes prompted...
  • Tucson's ethnic-studies program violates Arizona law, judge rules

    12/28/2011 9:39:48 AM PST · by Beowulf9 · 1 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 27, 2011 | Stephen Ceasar
    Tucson's Mexican American studies program violates state law, an Arizona administrative law judge ruled Tuesday, paving the way for the program's possible demise. Judge Lewis D. Kowal affirmed a prior decision by the state's schools chief that the Tucson Unified School District's program violates a new law prohibiting divisive ethnic-studies classes. John Huppenthal, the state superintendent of public instruction, had deemed the program in violation in June. Among other things, the law bans classes primarily designed for a particular ethnic group or that "promote resentment toward a race or class of people."
  • South Carolina Voter Law Barred by Administration .

    12/26/2011 5:11:37 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 38 replies
    US News ^ | DECEMBER 24, 2011. | EVAN PEREZ
    WASHINGTON—The Justice Department blocked South Carolina's new voter identification law, citing concerns about the law's effect on African-American voters and setting up a new conflict between the Obama administration and Republican-led state governments. The South Carolina proposal would require voters to provide state-issued or military photo identification in order to cast a ballot. Current law allows voters to use a printed voter registration card as identification. Under the federal Voting Rights Act, South Carolina must prove that any changes in voting law don't have the effect of discriminating against minorities. The state can either change the law or, more likely,...
  • Queens ripper will rot

    12/26/2011 12:55:35 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 25 replies
    New York Post ^ | , December 22, 2011 | CHRISTINA CARREGA
    A modern-day Jack the Ripper who admitted that he “wanted to kill” a Queens woman he viciously murdered was sentenced yesterday to up to 29 years in prison. Huang Chen, 49, an illegal immigrant from China, admitted he murdered his former employment agent by tying a plastic rope around her neck and smashing her head with a hammer 30 times. Chen showed no remorse as he was sentenced for the 2010 killing of Qian Wu. “This crime shouldn’t have happened; the system failed Qian Wu,” said Queens Supreme Court Justice Richard Buchter, referring to Chen not getting deported in 2006...
  • Department of Justice Releases Investigative Findings on the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office

    12/15/2011 10:11:23 AM PST · by Beowulf9 · 37 replies
    Department of Justice ^ | December 15, 2011 | Office of Public Affairs
    WASHINGTON – Following a comprehensive investigation, the Justice Department today announced its findings in the ongoing civil rights investigation of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO). The Justice Department found reasonable cause to believe that MCSO, under the leadership of Sheriff Joseph M. Arpaio, has engaged in a pattern or practice of misconduct that violates the Constitution and federal law. The investigation, opened in June 2008, was conducted under the provisions of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Title VI implementing regulations. The department...
  • Seoul project design criticized for evoking Twin Towers disaster

    12/12/2011 8:03:47 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 11 replies
    LATimesblogWorld Now ^ | December 12, 2011 | unknown
    REPORTING FROM SEOUL -– Even at first glance, the design renderings for the soon-to-be-built pair of apartment towers here pack a wallop: They evoke New York’s World Trade Center towers in mid-explosion in the terrifying moments after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. But wait. The Dutch designers say the images have nothing to do with debris flying off two towers that have just been rammed by a pair of commercial airliners. It’s more like a dreamy cloud formation inspired by a gaze up at the sky. Netizens aren’t buying the explanation. In recent days, an international frenzy of criticism...
  • Tommaso the black cat inherits $8.5 million from his Italian owner

    12/10/2011 9:47:16 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 34 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | December 10 2011, | Kevin Deutsch
    Rags to riches tale of kitty who went from living on the streets to lap of luxury once down-on-his-luck stray cat has become the world’s richest kitty — thanks to a childless widow who left him $8.5 million in her will. Tommaso the black cat, who once scoured the streets of Rome for food, can now afford a gilded litter box with the inheritance. In a handwritten will penned shortly before her death last month, Maria Assunta, 94, ordered that the money from her real estate empire should keep the green-eyed feline she rescued in the lap of luxury. Animals...
  • Gov. Jan Brewer, Arizona panel battle over redistricting

    11/07/2011 8:44:04 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 4 replies
    latimesblogs.latimes.com ^ | November 7, 2011 | Ashley Powers
    If you’re not a political junkie, the redistricting process can be about as thrilling as an afternoon of C-SPAN. Unless you're paying attention to Arizona. This year, the state's redistricting efforts are rife with personality clashes and political intrigue. In 2000, Arizona voters approved a ballot measure that made redistricting the responsibility of a panel comprised of two Democrats, two Republicans and an independent chair, which was supposed to tamp down the partisan warfare that retooling political boundaries invites. (This year, California’s political lines were drawn for the first time by a similar independent panel.) But Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission...
  • Occupy Wall Street May Occupy Lease Building Space To Get Through Winter

    10/28/2011 4:40:02 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 26 replies
    gothamist.com ^ | October 28, 2011 | Bethany O'Grady
    Around 7:30 this morning, the FDNY, along with the NYPD, confiscated the generators and bio-diesel fuel at Zuccotti Park, claiming that they pose a fire and health hazard to the occupants. Soon after, we spoke to members of some of the working groups at Occupy Wall Street, to find out how the loss of generators and fuel might affect the functionality of the 99%. James, who works with the Info group in Zuccotti Park but declined to give his last name, tells us, "The Fire Department and police came and spoke on a bullhorn saying the generators and the fuel...
  • White House eliminates insurance program for long-term care

    10/14/2011 10:20:45 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 20 replies
    Washingtonpost.com ^ | October 14 | N.C. Aizenman
    The Obama administration cut a major planned benefit from the 2010 health-care law on Friday, announcing that a program to offer Americans insurance for long-term care was simply unworkable. Although the program had been dogged from the start by doubts about its feasibility, its elimination marks the first time the administration has backed away from a key piece of President Obama’s signature legislative achievement. Republican critics of the law immediately said the decision proved that the legislation is unsound and unsustainable. Every major GOP presidential candidate has pledged to work to repeal it.