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  • I can clone John Lennon from his tooth, Canadian dentist claims

    04/11/2014 3:52:33 PM PDT · by billorites · 47 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 11, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Put this in the column of seriously strange news. A dentist in Canada who bought an old tooth that came Beatles icon John Lennon's mouth now thinks he can turn DNA from that tooth into a baby via cloning. Michael Zuk, who paid $33,000 for the tooth at an auction three years ago, told Britian's Channel 4 during an episode of "Dead Famous DNA" that he now is going to try to make a John Lennon-like baby that he can raise as his own. "If there is enough DNA to sequence it, it could be basically genetic real estate," Mr....
  • Mozilla Makes the World a Better Place

    04/10/2014 8:47:05 AM PDT · by billorites · 28 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 9, 2014 | Holman Jenkins
    Of all the cheap thrills that life affords, self-righteousness is one of the grossest: A moment on the lips, forever on the hips, with a moral weight for which the only relief is repentance. The online dating site OkCupid should be feeling the bloat right now. Their site played a role in last week's purge of Mozilla's Brendan Eich, when they hectored visitors to stop using Firefox because Eich donated money to a 2008 California referendum in favor of reserving marriage for a man and woman. Ranted OkCupid co-founder Christian Rudder : "Those who seek to deny love and instead...
  • United Auto Workers Union Stunned by Devastating Defeat in Tennessee

    02/15/2014 7:34:10 AM PST · by billorites · 30 replies
    The Blaze ^ | February 14, 2014 | Jason Howerton
    Workers at a Volkswagen factory in Tennessee have voted against union representation, a devastating loss that derails the United Auto Workers union’s effort to organize Southern factories. The 712-626 vote released late Friday stunned many labor experts who expected a UAW win because Volkswagen tacitly endorsed the union and even allowed organizers into the Chattanooga factory to make sales pitches. The UAW for decades has tried without success to organize a foreign-owned plant in a region that’s wary of organized labor. The loss now makes it even harder for the union to recruit members at another Southern factory. “If they...
  • Southwest Airlines flight lands at wrong Mo. airport

    01/13/2014 5:09:11 AM PST · by billorites · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 13, 2013 | AP
    A Southwest Airlines flight that was scheduled to arrive Sunday night at Branson Airport in southwest Missouri instead landed at an airport 7 miles north -- with a runway half the size of the intended destination. Southwest Airlines Flight 4013, carrying 124 passengers and five crew members, was scheduled to go from Chicago's Midway International Airport to Branson Airport, airline spokesman Brad Hawkins said in a statement late Sunday. But the Boeing 737-700 landed about 7 miles northeast at Taney County Airport, which is also known as M. Graham Clark Downtown Airport. Hawkins did not have information on why the...
  • Ford Exec: ‘We Know Everyone Who Breaks The Law’ Thanks To Our GPS In Your Car

    01/09/2014 10:06:54 AM PST · by billorites · 131 replies
    Business Insider ^ | January 8, 2014 | Jim Edwards
    Ford's Global VP/Marketing and Sales, Jim Farley, said something both sinister and obvious during a panel discussion about data privacy today at CES, the big electronics trade show in Las Vegas. Because of the GPS units installed in Ford vehicles, Ford knows when its drivers are speeding, and where they are while they're doing it. Farley was trying to describe how much data Ford has on its customers, and illustrate the fact that the company uses very little of it in order to avoid raising privacy concerns: "We know everyone who breaks the law, we know when you're doing it....
  • Nashua’s Campbell issues apology over duck deaths

    01/01/2014 5:35:56 AM PST · by billorites · 18 replies
    Nashua Telegraph ^ | December 31, 2013 | Jim Haddadin
    State Rep. David Campbell offered an apology after striking several wild ducks with his car outside a Nashua hotel last week. Meanwhile, Nashua police are pledging an open, thorough and impartial investigation into the matter, which unfolded late on the evening of Dec. 23 outside the main entrance of the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Campbell, D-Nashua, issued a statement early Sunday evening addressing controversy over the episode, which was first reported in The Sunday Telegraph. “I am deeply sorry that I accidentally ran over several wild ducks near the Crowne Plaza last Monday night,” Campbell wrote. “This occurred while some people...
  • Barack Obama's portable secrecy tent (some assembly required)

    11/17/2013 11:57:06 AM PST · by billorites · 33 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 11, 2013 | Michael S. Schmidt and Eric Schmitt
    When President Barack Obama travels abroad, his staff packs briefing books, gifts for foreign leaders and something more closely associated with camping than diplomacy: a tent. Even when Obama travels to allied nations, aides quickly set up the security tent which has opaque sides and noise-making devices inside in a room near his hotel suite. When the president needs to read a classified document or have a sensitive conversation, he ducks into the tent to shield himself from secret video cameras and listening devices. American security officials demand that their bosses not just the president, but members of Congress, diplomats,...
  • High School Student Ordered To Remove NRA T-Shirt Because It Promotes Gun Violence

    10/03/2013 7:25:24 AM PDT · by billorites · 49 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | October 2, 2013
    A student at a high school in Anaheim Hills said administrators ordered her to change out of a T-shirt that promoted the National Rifle Association. Sophomore Haley Bullwinkle said when she wore her NRA shirt to Canyon High School last month, she landed in the principal’s office for violating the school’s dress code that forbids offensive, violent or divisive clothing. “They were treating me like I was a criminal,” she said. “I was not allowed to wear that at school because it promoted gun violence.” The shirt, which was a gift from Bullwinkle’s father when he became a card-carrying member...
  • AOPA demands answers on aircraft searches: Federal agency silent so far

    06/20/2013 5:11:33 AM PDT · by billorites · 16 replies
    Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association ^ | June 19, 2013 | Jim Moore
    With a growing number of reports from law-abiding pilots stopped by armed federal agents on the ramp, their aircraft searched by federal agents, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection remains silent, and outrage is building. AOPA is questioning CBP’s authority to conduct the searches, and demanding a response from officials at the highest level. There has been no meaningful response to date from CBP to Freedom of Information Act requests filed months ago by AOPA and affected pilots. “We don’t even know why they’re being stopped,” said AOPA General Counsel Ken Mead, adding that the association...
  • Carr: Paul Cellucci wasn’t perfect, but he really tried

    06/09/2013 3:09:06 AM PDT · by billorites · 4 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | June 9, 2012 | Howie Carr
    Paul Cellucci was not a nuisance. That’s what H. L. Mencken
wrote on the passing of 
another Republican governor of Massachusetts — Calvin Coolidge — and can there be any higher praise for a politician, especially one of the Bay State variety? OK, he wasn’t perfect — Jane Swift and Margaret Marshall come immediately to mind. But he really 
always did try to do the right thing, and when he departed 
office in 2001, the state was in immeasurably better shape than when he and Bill Weld took over in the wreckage of the Dukakis disaster known as the Massachusetts miracle....
  • Umbrella mistaken for assault rifle

    05/24/2013 4:57:16 PM PDT · by billorites · 30 replies
    Fox NY ^ | May 24, 2013 | Luke Funk
    <p>A New Jersey light rail shutdown was due to an umbrella that was mistaken for an assault rifle.</p> <p>Someone had reported to police that a man wearing black pants, white dress shirt, with a cast on his arm was "armed with a long barrel assault weapon" had gotten on the train.</p>
  • A Person of Privilege? Lois Lerner was too clever by half.

    05/23/2013 7:22:56 AM PDT · by billorites · 69 replies
    National Review Online ^ | May 23, 2013 | Fred Thompson
    Lois Lerner, the IRS official in charge of tax-exempt groups, took her too-clever-by-half act to Congress yesterday and may have waived her right to claim her Fifth Amendment privilege in the process. Appearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, she couldn’t resist citing a little history, bragging on her public service, instructing the committee as to the purpose of the Fifth Amendment, and proclaiming her innocence of everything the committee might be interested in — all before asserting her Fifth Amendment privilege. Chairman Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) was a bit taken aback. He had never seen anybody try...
  • 'Robin Hoods' who feed parking meters are hit with lawsuit in New Hampshire

    05/18/2013 3:52:34 AM PDT · by billorites · 65 replies
    NBC News ^ | May 18, 2013 | Erin McClam
    A group of self-styled Robin Hoods who scamper around the streets of a New Hampshire city and feed expired parking meters for strangers has been hit with a harassment lawsuit. The city of Keene says its three parking inspectors have been taunted, insulted and followed by the group — to the point that one of them says he has suffered heart palpitations and is thinking about quitting his job. In its lawsuit, the city is asking a court to order the group not to come within 50 feet of the parking inspectors. The suit names six defendants, most of them...
  • Is Russia Kicking Dirt in John Kerry’s Face?

    05/12/2013 4:21:43 AM PDT · by billorites · 33 replies
    American Interest ^ | March 11, 2013 | Walter Russell Mead
    Here’s an early sign of how successful the Obama administration’s plan to get Russia on board vis-ŕ-vis Syria: Sergei Lavrov, the Russian Foreign Minister, told the press today that Moscow will send air defense missiles to Syria after all. Moscow plans to deliver already contracted ground-to-air missile systems to Syria, Russian officials said Friday, pressing ahead with an arms transfer that U.S. officials say could significantly strengthen Damascus’s ability to ward off an attack. [...] Russian state television, reporting on Mr. Lavrov’s trip, went beyond the official line: “After the S-300s are put into service, a repeat of the Libyan...
  • All Europeans are related if you go back just 1,000 years, scientists say

    05/09/2013 3:00:00 PM PDT · by billorites · 34 replies
    NBC.com ^ | May 7, 2013 | Alan Boyle
    A genetic survey concludes that all Europeans living today are related to the same set of ancestors who lived 1,000 years ago. And you wouldn't have to go back much further to find that everyone in the world is related to each other. "We find it remarkable because it's counterintuitive to us," Graham Coop, an evolutionary biologist at the University of California at Davis, told NBC News. "But it's not totally unexpected, based on genetic analysis." Family researchers have long known that if you go back far enough, everyone with a European connection ends up being related to Charlemagne. The...
  • Woman survives after husband accidentally shoots her in the mouth with harpoon

    A 28-year-old woman miraculously survived after her husband accidentally shot her in the mouth with a harpoon, Brazilian officials said Wednesday. The Rio de Janeiro State Health Department said in a statement that the woman's husband was cleaning his spear gun when it went off, firing a harpoon that hit her cervical spine. Elisangela Borborema Rosa was rushed to the hospital and underwent emergency surgery after Monday's incident in the coastal city of Arraial do Cabo. The statement quotes neurosurgeon Allan da Costa as saying that the harpoon came within 1 centimeter (less than half an inch) of killing the...
  • Air Force strips 17 officers of authority to launch ICBMs

    05/08/2013 7:28:10 AM PDT · by billorites · 60 replies
    Waterville Sentinel ^ | May 8, 2013 | Robert Burns
    The Air Force stripped an unprecedented 17 officers of their authority to control — and, if necessary, launch — nuclear missiles after a string of unpublicized failings, including a remarkably dim review of their unit's launch skills. The group's deputy commander said it is suffering "rot" within its ranks. "We are, in fact, in a crisis right now," the commander, Lt. Col. Jay Folds, wrote in an internal email obtained by The Associated Press and confirmed by the Air Force. The tip-off to trouble was a March inspection of the 91st Missile Wing at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., which...
  • The Benghazi Talking Points

    05/03/2013 10:10:00 AM PDT · by billorites · 47 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | May 3, 2013 | Stephen F. Hayes
    Even as the White House strove last week to move beyond questions about the Benghazi attacks of Tuesday, September 11, 2012, fresh evidence emerged that senior Obama administration officials knowingly misled the country about what had happened in the days following the assaults. The Weekly Standard has obtained a timeline briefed by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence detailing the heavy substantive revisions made to the CIA’s talking points, just six weeks before the 2012 presidential election, and additional information about why the changes were made and by whom. As intelligence officials pieced together the puzzle of events...
  • Mass. Buddhist accuses 5 people of distributing recording of her having sex with another monk

    04/28/2013 4:04:14 PM PDT · by billorites · 69 replies
    FoxNews ^ | April 23, 2013
    A Buddhist monk has filed a lawsuit against five people she alleges illegally distributed a video of her having a sexual encounter with another monk. Maya Men says in her lawsuit filed last week in Middlesex Superior Court that the five defendants violated her right to privacy and her constitutional rights. She also says their actions intentionally inflicted emotional distress. The Sun of Lowell (http://bit.ly/17NhkJB ) reports that, according to the lawsuit, Men "has been held up to her relevant community as an individual who should be shunned and scorned, called a thief, and referred to by a plethora of...
  • Obama's hubris problem

    04/27/2013 5:59:36 AM PDT · by billorites · 31 replies
    Politico ^ | April 27, 2013 | Keith Koffler
    Tuesday morning, a peculiar announcement trickled out of the White House press office: President Barack Obama would be holding a moment of silence for the victims of the Boston bombings. At the White House. By himself. No press or other intruders allowed. Except the White House photographer. That Obama assumed Americans would want an iconic photo of him privately mourning the victims of the bombings was emblematic of a kind of hubris that has enveloped the president and his White House as the president commences his second term. Hubris in a leader is an obnoxious thing, leading to imperiousness in...
  • Too close for comfort? French bus drivers striking over new skintight uniforms

    04/22/2013 11:18:36 AM PDT · by billorites · 18 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | April 22, 2013 | Lee Moran
    Their pants are just too tight. Bus drivers in France are going on strike because of their new close-fitting uniforms. Some 1,600 workers for RTM in Marseille are angry about not being consulted on the updated garments - and are now planning a 24-hour walkout in June in protest. "I won't be wearing them. They make us look like we work for the Speedy! car repair company. The shirts are alright, but these trousers are far too tight," one bus driver told La Provence. Union bosses are also mad about the new lavender color, and perceived lower quality of the...
  • Was Benghazi a Honey Pot Trap?

    04/14/2013 11:55:07 AM PDT · by billorites · 30 replies
    PJMedia ^ | April 14, 2013 | Michael Ledeen
    I knew there was something missing from the Benghazi story, something fundamental that had thus far escaped my attention. Not that the questions being asked by the hundreds of Special Forces guys aren’t important. I, too, want to know why–if this is accurate–we didn’t have military forces ready to move in. I, too, want to know why the top political figures–the president and the secretaries of state and defense (Obama, Hillary and Panetta)–were so clearly disinclined to take action. That whole phony charade about the “video” bespeaks an effort to get the world to focus on the wrong thing. The...
  • After 27 years of burglaries, 'North Pond Hermit' is arrested

    04/11/2013 7:20:46 AM PDT · by billorites · 34 replies
    Portland Press Herald ^ | April 10, 2013
    Christopher Knight went into the central Maine wilderness 27 years ago. He built a hut on a slope in the woods, where he spent his days reading books and meditating. There he lived, re-entering civilization only to steal supplies from camps under the cover of darkness. During those nearly three decades, he spoke just once to another person – until he was arrested during a burglary last week. In between, Knight told police, he committed more than 1,000 burglaries, always taking only what he needed to survive. He became so familiar for his thievery and elusiveness that he spawned the...
  • State-Wrecked: The Corruption of Capitalism in America

    03/31/2013 8:28:29 AM PDT · by billorites · 12 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 30, 2013 | David Stockman
    The Dow Jones and Standard & Poor’s 500 indexes reached record highs on Thursday, having completely erased the losses since the stock market’s last peak, in 2007. But instead of cheering, we should be very afraid. Over the last 13 years, the stock market has twice crashed and touched off a recession: American households lost $5 trillion in the 2000 dot-com bust and more than $7 trillion in the 2007 housing crash. Sooner or later, within a few years, I predict this latest Wall Street bubble, inflated by an egregious flood of phony money from the Federal Reserve rather than...
  • Silence in House speaks volumes

    03/23/2013 12:51:39 PM PDT · by billorites · 1 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | March 23, 2013 | Howie Carr
    Call him “Rep. Weiner,” this unnamed solon whose name you already know, and if you don’t, you can find it easily enough in the Daily Mail of London. His extinguished colleagues in the Mass. General Court have lowered the Cone of Silence over Rep. Weiner’s latest alleged unspeakable actions. If the Boston Mafia had observed its own code of omerta this rigorously, they’d still be running organized crime around here. It’s all about Rule 16, which seems to boil down to this: Dummy up, lest somebody someday drop a dime on you when you get a bad ice cube, or...
  • Ted Cruz Gets A Scolding, Not An Answer

    03/20/2013 11:51:35 AM PDT · by billorites · 20 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | March 19, 2013 | Ruben Navarrette Jr.
    <p>Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California wants us to know that she is "not a sixth-grader."</p> <p>Anyone who saw the recent exchange before the Senate Judiciary Committee between Feinstein and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas over guns and the Constitution might speculate that the reason she said this is because she couldn't pass the entrance exam.</p>
  • Savor the Richly Deserved Defeat of Feinstein's 'Assault Weapon' Ban

    03/19/2013 4:12:39 PM PDT · by billorites · 78 replies
    Reason ^ | March 19, 2012 | Jacob Sullum
    Yesterday Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) revealed that her "assault weapon" ban will not be part of the gun control bill that Senate Democrats plan to offer next month. Although her bill still can be offered as an amendment, Politico reports, "its exclusion from the package makes what was already an uphill battle an almost certain defeat." At the risk of reading too much into this delightful development, I count it as a victory not just for the Second Amendment but for rationality in lawmaking. As a comparison of the testimony pro and con readily reveals, supporters of Feinstein's bill never...
  • Register reporter tries hand at NRA pistol safety course

    02/18/2013 8:22:34 AM PST · by billorites · 42 replies
    New Haven Register ^ | February 17, 2012 | Michael Bellmore
    MERIDEN — When I pulled into the parking lot of 35 Pleasant Street, it looked like any other suburban office building — the kind of place where podiatrists look at feet and optometrists look at eyes. What removed it from the ordinary was a laminated sign in the lobby directing me to my destination. It depicted the white silhouette of handgun on a red background. Underneath was written “ctpistolclass.com,” with an arrow pointed to the elevator. On the third floor, Michael Pear, an NRA certified pistol, rifle and shotgun instructor, was preparing to teach the NRA basic pistol safety course...
  • Chubby Checker sues HP over manhood app

    02/17/2013 12:45:17 PM PST · by billorites · 38 replies
    NBC News ^ | February 15, 2013 | Devin Coldewey
    Chubby Checker, the musician best known for his 1960 hit recording of "The Twist," is suing HP over a novelty app for Palm OS of the same name that claims to check the size of your "chubby." The sum sought is a mind-boggling half a billion dollars. The rock-and-roll star, whose real name is Ernest Evans, filed the suit this week in a Florida federal court, simultaneously releasing a statement describing the reasoning behind the suit. Willie Gary, an attorney who has already chalked up a number of large-sum legal wins, says that the app has caused "irreparable damage" to...
  • Futuristic rifle turns novice into sharpshooter

    01/14/2013 8:44:13 AM PST · by billorites · 39 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 10, 2013 | Wilson Rothman
    It all goes back to "Top Gun." In the heads-up display on Maverick's Tomcat, you can see a computer compensate for human aim with precision laser guidance and careful calculations. How long before that technology made its way to to a conventional hunting rifle? It's here now, with a price tag of $17,000 to $21,000. We came to Las Vegas the first week of January, the way we always do, for the Consumer Electronics Show. The vast trade show features over 3,300 exhibitors, and covers 1.9 million square feet. But there are no shooting ranges at CES. To check out...
  • Woman Found Dead On Plane That Is Diverted To Houston

    01/05/2013 4:57:58 AM PST · by billorites · 19 replies
    CBS Hourston ^ | January 2, 2012 | Cicely Mitchell
    A woman died on an international flight Wednesday. The flight was American Airlines flight 962 and originated from Sao Paulo, Brazil. According to police, the 25-year-old woman made her way to the airplane’s lavatory then collapsed and died after walking from the lavatory. The plane was headed to the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport but was diverted to Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport; it landed around 6:30 a.m. Officials are scheduled to perform an autopsy on the woman who was not identified at the time of this report. After several hours later, the flight continued onto Dallas and landed there just before before...
  • Court case query: Is Topeka man a sperm donor or father? State wants Craigslist donor to pay

    12/30/2012 5:39:04 AM PST · by billorites · 57 replies
    Capital-Journal ^ | December 28, 2012 | Tim Hrenchir
    Topekan William Marotta sought only to become a sperm donor — but now the state of Kansas is trying to have him declared a father. Nearly four years ago, Marotta donated sperm in a plastic cup to a lesbian couple after responding to an ad they had placed on Craigslist. Marotta and the women, Topekans Angela Bauer and Jennifer Schreiner, signed an agreement holding him harmless for support of the child, a daughter Schreiner bore after being artificially inseminated. But the Kansas Department for Children and Families is now trying to have Marotta declared the 3-year-old girl’s father and forced...
  • N.R.A. Envisions ‘a Good Guy With a Gun’ in Every School

    12/22/2012 6:42:18 PM PST · by billorites · 40 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 21, 2012 | ERIC LICHTBLAU and MOTOKO RICH
    After a weeklong silence, the National Rifle Association announced Friday that it wants to arm security officers at every school in the country. It pointed the finger at violent video games, the news media and lax law enforcement — not guns — as culprits in the recent rash of mass shootings. “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” Wayne LaPierre, the N.R.A. vice president, said at a media event that was interrupted by protesters. One held up a banner saying, “N.R.A. Killing Our Kids.” The N.R.A.’s plan for countering...
  • Journalists slam NRA throughout press conference

    12/21/2012 11:14:46 AM PST · by billorites · 45 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 21, 2012 | Alex Pappas
    When National Rifle Association leader Wayne LaPierre took the stage on Friday to address the media about last week’s elementary school massacre, he made it clear multiple times that the organization has issues with how the press reports on guns. At one point, LaPierre said “the media demonize lawful gun owners, amplify their cries for more laws and fill the national debate with misinformation and dishonest thinking.” If the NRA doesn’t like reporters, the feeling is apparently mutual. As Jeffrey Goldberg, a national correspondent for The Atlantic, put it: Reporters on my Twitter feed seem to hate the NRA more...
  • Worker injured during sex wins compensation

    12/20/2012 3:51:55 PM PST · by billorites · 27 replies
    The Australian ^ | December 17, 2012
    A WOMAN who was injured while having sex in her hotel room during a work trip has won compensation. After a five-year legal battle, the Federal Court dismissed an appeal from the woman's former employer, which argued that having sex during a work trip had nothing to do with her job. However the court ruled that if the applicant had been injured while playing a game of cards in her motel room she would be entitled to compensation and the fact that the woman was "engaged in sexual activity rather than some other lawful recreational activity while in her hotel...
  • How Business Tackled Mass Shooters

    12/19/2012 3:54:43 PM PST · by billorites · 5 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 19, 2012 | Holman Jenkins
    Dean Martin was once pulled over on a Los Angeles freeway and found to have an unregistered pistol. A reporter asked if the singer thought everyone should be allowed to carry a gun. "No, just me," he answered, stating most people's ideal of gun control. This column got interested in the mass shooter puzzle years ago because so many shootings at the time were happening in workplaces. The perpetrators were generally old enough to have accumulated a record and to have exposed their personalities to plenty of observant parties. The red flags were numerous enough that, even allowing for hindsight...
  • Another casualty of shootings

    12/18/2012 10:28:25 AM PST · by billorites · 4 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 18, 2012 | Charles Lane
    “Falsehood flies, and truth comes limping after it,” wrote Jonathan Swift, “so that when men come to be undeceived, it is too late; the jest is over, and the tale hath had its effect.” Surely Ryan Lanza, the brother of Adam Lanza, who committed a massacre on Dec. 14 in Newtown, Conn., would agree with Swift. Ryan was miles away, minding his own business, when the media, including The Post, named him as the author of the bloodbath — and for the next few hours he was no longer an anonymous office toiler but a notorious mass murderer. Yes, the...
  • Man falls under street sweeper and dies after Brooklyn Nets game

    12/16/2012 6:35:48 PM PST · by billorites · 27 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 16, 2012 | REBECCA HARSHBARGER, KAYLEE OSOWSKI and NATALIE O’NEILL
    This was not a clean death. A slow-moving street sweeper struck and killed a man near Barclays Center just hours after the Brooklyn Nets won with a homecourt buzzer-beater Friday night, cops said. Ronald Sinvil, 36, was crossing Flatbush Avenue near Atlantic Avenue at 1 a.m. and moved right into the path of the Sanitation vehicle — but was at first able to get back onto the curb when he heard the driver honking his horn and yelling at him, police sources said. The driver, who was headed northbound on Flatbush, then believed he was in the clear and continued...
  • Justin Bieber security team taking ‘every precaution’ details of alleged murder, castration plot

    12/13/2012 11:25:14 AM PST · by billorites · 44 replies
    National Post ^ | December 13, 2012
    After New Mexico police revealed they’d uncovered an alleged murder-for-hire plot to kill Justin Bieber, the Canadian pop star’s management has released a statement saying they take “every precaution to protect and insure the safety of Justin and his fans.” Other than that, the star and his security team have been tight-lipped about how seriously they take the threat. News of the bizarre assassination plot made news around the world Wednesday after Albuquerque’s KRQE reported that Mark Staake, 41, and his nephew Tanner Ruane, 23, had allegedly been hired to castrate and murder the singer. The puppet master behind the...
  • Gay Mosque to Open in Paris, Address to Be Secret

    11/28/2012 1:54:24 PM PST · by billorites · 36 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 28, 2012 | DRAGANA JOVANOVIC
    Ludovic Mohammed Zahed is braced for controversy, maybe even worse. A gay Muslim and an expert on the Koran, Zahed plans to open Europe's first gay-friendly mosque in Paris at the end of this month. He calls it a place of shelter as well as a place of worship. "We need to have a safe space for people who do not feel comfortable and at ease in normal mosques," Zahed told ABC News. "There are transgender people who fear aggression, women who do not want to wear head scarf or sit in the back of the mosque. This project gives...
  • Sickly, obese Bronx woman dies in Hungary after airlines say she's too fat to fly

    11/26/2012 11:23:14 AM PST · by billorites · 68 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 26, 2012 | Chuck Bennet
    A sickly, obese Bronx woman was left stranded in Hungary then died from kidney failure after airline officials booted her from three New York-bound flights because she was too fat, her husband says. “All we wanted was to come back home to get her treatment,” said a grieving Janos Soltesz, a Staten Island Ferry security guard whose 56-year-old wife, Vilma, died in Hungary nine days after she was kicked off the first of three jets. Vilma, who weighed about 425 pounds, had only one leg and used a wheelchair. She traveled with her husband of 33 years to Hungary on...
  • Cortland County district attorney admits acting in porn movies in 1970s

    11/18/2012 6:19:02 AM PST · by billorites · 29 replies
    Syracuse Post-Standard ^ | November 18, 2012 | John O'Brien
    Mark Suben, the Cortland County district attorney, said today he acted in pornographic movies in the 1970s. In a 3 p.m. news conference today, he admitted that he lied about his history to The Post-Standard and other news operations in the days before the Nov. 6 election. He was re-elected to a second term. He said he would continue as district attorney. After he was done, he walked out without responding to reporters' questions. Suben is a Democrat. He defeated Republican defense attorney Keith Dayton 9,815-7,507, according to unofficial results. Speaking from a conference room in his private-practice law office,...
  • Congress Receives Confusing Benghazi Briefing From Administration

    11/16/2012 4:13:02 AM PST · by billorites · 6 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | November 16, 2012 | Eli Lake
    After weeks of requests and political back and forth, the Obama administration on Thursday shared with Congress video evidence, debriefings, and photographs collected from the evening of the Sept. 11 assault on the diplomatic mission and CIA base at Benghazi, Libya. On Thursday the director of the CIA, the director of National Intelligence, as well as senior military, State Department, and FBI officials were in Congress all day for two separate hearings before the House and Senate intelligence committees. The prescheduled hearings capped off a week of high-level, classified briefings to eight congressional committees on the details of the government’s...
  • Feinstein Says Petraeus Will Testify on Libya

    11/14/2012 8:58:04 AM PST · by billorites · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 14, 2012
    WASHINGTON—The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee said former CIA Director David Petraeus has agreed to testify to Congress about the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) said Wednesday that Mr. Petraeus, who resigned from the Central Intelligence Agency post on Friday because of an extramarital affair, "is very willing and interested in talking to the committee." No date for his testimony has been set. Ms. Feinstein has been among those in Congress who have complained that lawmakers should have been notified about a Federal Buerau of Investigation probe that led...
  • General demoted for lavish travel, spending

    11/13/2012 10:40:27 AM PST · by billorites · 73 replies
    Boston.com ^ | November 13, 2012 | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has demoted the former head of U.S. Africa Command who was accused of spending thousands of dollars on lavish travel and other unauthorized expenses, a senior U.S. official said Tuesday. Panetta stripped Gen. William ‘‘Kip’’ Ward of a star, which means that he will now retire as a three-star lieutenant general despite arguments from the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff against the demotion. Ward also has been ordered also repay the government $82,000. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the person wasn’t authorized to discuss a personnel matter. The...
  • Scandal probe ensnares commander of U.S., NATO troops in Afghanistan

    11/13/2012 4:10:47 AM PST · by billorites · 112 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 13, 2012 | Craig Whitlock
    The FBI probe into the sex scandal that prompted CIA Director David Petraeus to resign has expanded to ensnare Gen. John R. Allen, the commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced early Tuesday. According to a senior U.S. defense official, the FBI has uncovered between 20,000 and 30,000 documents — most of them e-mails — of “potentially inappropriate” communications between Allen and Jill Kelley, a 37-year-old Tampa woman whose close relationship with Petraeus ultimately led to his downfall. Allen, a Marine, succeeded Petraeus as the top allied commander in Afghanistan in July 2011. He also served...
  • Beyond Petraeus Biographer’s TV Interviews, a Family-Focused Life

    11/11/2012 1:19:01 PM PST · by billorites · 26 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 11, 2012 | SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
    WASHINGTON — Paula Broadwell became a fixture around the Kabul headquarters of the American-led coalition in Afghanistan soon after Gen. David H. Petraeus assumed command in June 2010. She was seen as ambitious and as a striver who aimed to join Washington’s national security elite, and she drew resentment from officers for playing up her connection to their boss. In television interviews, Ms. Broadwell — a Petraeus biographer whose affair with him led to his resignation on Friday as director of the central intelligence — appears assertive and confident, appearing on “The Daily Show” sporting bare, toned arms that have...
  • FBI Probed Woman Linked to Petraeus

    11/11/2012 7:29:39 AM PST · by billorites · 67 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 11, 2012 | EVAN PEREZ, DEVLIN BARRETT, and SIOBHAN GORMAN
    A complaint about potentially harassing emails sent by a woman romantically linked to Central Intelligence Agency chief David Petraeus to a second woman sparked the security investigation that led Mr. Petraeus to suddenly resign on Friday, according to people familiar with the investigation. U.S. officials familiar with the probe said the Federal Bureau of Investigation began its investigation following a complaint from a woman in Florida about Paula Broadwell, Mr. Petraeus's biographer and the woman identified by officials familiar with the probe as having had an extramarital affair with him. Enlarge Image image image Associated Press David Petraeus in September...
  • A General Lesson: Why did he risk everything on an affair?

    11/10/2012 4:03:39 PM PST · by billorites · 82 replies
    Slate ^ | November 10, 2012 | Fred Kaplan
    Among those who have long known Gen. David Petraeus, those who served under his command in wartime, sat with him in the White House Situation Room, or helped him rewrite Army doctrine at Fort Leavenworth, the most gnawing question about the scandalous affair that led to his resignation and doomed his career on Friday is this: How could he—this acclaimed leader and figure of rectitude—allow such a thing to happen? Seen in context, the mystery, while shocking, is not so unfathomable. Paula Broadwell, the woman with whom he had this affair, writes in her fawning biography of Petraeus that they...
  • A Brilliant Career With a Meteoric Rise and an Abrupt Fall

    11/10/2012 1:58:15 PM PST · by billorites · 23 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 11, 2012 | SCOTT SHANE, SHERYL GAY STOLBERG and PETER BAKER.
    David H. Petraeus’s “Rules for Living” appeared on The Daily Beast Web site on Monday, posted by his biographer, a fellow West Point graduate 20 years his junior named Paula Broadwell. The fifth rule, beneath his familiar portrait in full military regalia, began: “We all make mistakes. The key is to recognize them and admit them.” Mr. Petraeus took his own advice on Friday and resigned as director of the Central Intelligence Agency after admitting to an extramarital affair; officials identified the woman in question as Ms. Broadwell. The full back story is not yet clear, though his affair came...