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  • VANITY: Social Security Cuts/Paul Ryan Budget Mess

    12/19/2015 7:50:24 AM PST · by fatnotlazy · 29 replies
    NONE | 12/19/2015 | ME
    Ok, FRiends. There is a story going around that Paul Ryan's budget "compromise" includes a 19% cut in Social Security. I tried to find out what the bill says about SS, but no luck. I found some articles that referred to possible changes in SS, but they are all dated from October. Can anyone point me to language in the final version of this cr@p sandwich that deals with this issue? Thank you.
  • VANITY: "Birdman" Yuck!

    03/22/2015 11:44:43 AM PDT · by fatnotlazy · 52 replies
    NONE | March 22, 2015 | Self
    Yesterday, I broke my long-standing streak of not having seen an Academy Award winning/nominated movie in several years. A friend talked me into seeing "Birdman," the film starring Michael Keaton. It was perhaps the most excruciating 2 or so hours of my life. Much of the time I couldn't follow what was going on. The basic plot is about a one-time super hero actor now working on a Broadway play. Half the time I didn't know what was the play and what was "reality." Then there were the F bombs. Now I'm not a prude and can tolerate foul language...
  • VANITY: Apple Computer Scam

    03/08/2015 4:19:26 PM PDT · by fatnotlazy · 108 replies
    NONE | March 8, 2015 | Self
    A friend of mine called in a panic. She received a pop up on her IMac saying her computer was compromised ahd that she should call "Apple Tech Support" at 1-800-656-8559. She called the number and was scammed for her credit card number to allegedly fix the problem. She has canceled her card and was told the charge would be removed and a new card issued. It's unclear whether the scammer has harvested any other sensitive information from her computer. I told her to call the real Apple tech support number, but is there anything else she should do? If...

    02/03/2015 2:29:06 PM PST · by fatnotlazy · 24 replies
    VANITY | NONE | fatnotlazy
    Freeper Friends: A close friend lost her job a week ago. This afternoon she called me feeling very depressed and anxious. I'm trying to be there for her and offer her words of encouragement. As she is a devout Christian, I'm looking for some Scripture that might lift her up. Can any of you help me? Thank you.

    03/22/2013 11:47:14 AM PDT · by fatnotlazy · 74 replies
    My friends, may I ask for your advice? I am having my bathroom remodeled, but it's up to me to purchase the flooring. Of course, I know nothing about flooring. I'd like something easy to keep clean. I was thinking vinyl without seams or grouting, but I'm open to any and all suggestions. Thanks guys.
  • New Pa. Budget Cuts Education, Jobs, Keeps Movie Tax Credit

    03/08/2011 4:08:23 PM PST · by fatnotlazy · 9 replies
    WTAE-TV ^ | March 8, 2010
    Gov. Tom Corbett unveiled his first budget Tuesday, calling for no new taxes but an array of spending adjustments that would combine modest spending increases in some areas with deep cuts in education and the elimination of hundreds of state jobs. Corbett proposed $27.3 billion in spending for the fiscal year that starts July 1, a decrease of about 3 percent from this year's budget. It assumes that improving state tax collections will produce a surplus of more than a half-billion dollars by the end of the current year and grow by 4 percent next year. "I bring you a...
  • Cops: Man Applies For Job At Subway, Robs Person Outside

    11/08/2010 5:46:03 PM PST · by fatnotlazy · 9 replies
    WTAE-TV ^ | November 8, 2010 | Staff
    Homestead Police Use Job Application To Nab Robber On 8th Avenue Police said they used a job application to help nab a young man who's accused of robbing someone in the parking lot of the local Subway sandwich shop. "This isn't regular criminal behavior," Homestead Police Chief J.A. DeSimone said. "He's not a rocket scientist, but this one takes the cake." DeSimone said 18-year-old Kris Johnson is accused of pulling a gun on a man in front of the restaurant on West Eighth Avenue and robbing him of $15 just before 5 p.m. Sunday. DeSimone said the robbery victim flagged...

    09/02/2010 5:13:50 PM PDT · by fatnotlazy · 45 replies
    Personal ^ | September 2, 2010 | Moi
    Maybe some of you high tech types can help me here. I have a Facebook account. I had one for several months, but all of a sudden, Facebook now requires me to verify my account before I can post anything. The only ways offered are to link the account to a mobile phone or to provide Facebook with a valid credit card. Well, I don't have a mobile phone and I don't get why I would want to give Facebook a credit card number which it could use fraudulently. There should not be any charges for using Facebook. There is...
  • Old Horse 'Sonny' Rescued From Mud After Hours

    08/26/2010 3:31:47 PM PDT · by fatnotlazy · 9 replies
    WTAE-TV ^ | August 26, 2010 | Staff
    McCANDLESS, Pa. -- Stuck in the mud since the middle of the night, with no way to cry for help, a horse was rescued Friday morning at a McCandless farm. "I came down to feed the horses at about a quarter to 8 this morning. We have three down here. Two were at the gate to let in, and the older guy was missing," Patty Quatchak said. That "older guy" is a 35-year-old quarter horse named Sonny. Sometime during the night, he must have wandered into a muddy bog or creek and didn't have strength to free himself because of...
  • Stand With Me to Save Net Neutrality (Al Franken)

    08/07/2010 8:47:22 AM PDT · by fatnotlazy · 42 replies ^ | Unknown | Al Franken
    The Comcast-NBC merger is the first domino. If it falls, the rest will soon follow. If no one stops them, how long do you think it will take before 4 or 5 megacorporations effectively control the flow of information in America not only on television, but online? How long do you think it will take before the Fox News website loads 5 times faster than DailyKos? It's almost too late to stop this from happening, but not quite. The government can stop them. . . but first the government has to be MADE to act. Net Neutrality is THE First...
  • Awww! Very Rare White Lion Cub Born At Nemacolin

    07/15/2010 1:57:11 PM PDT · by fatnotlazy · 15 replies
    WTAE-TV Channel 4 ^ | July 14, 2010 | Staff
    WTAE Channel 4 Action News anchor Michelle Wright went to the resort's wildlife academy on Wednesday to meets its newest white lion cub up close and personal. "There are only 30 white lions in the world. We've had our lions for about 3 1/2 years now, and this is our first litter, so it's very special. Most of the babies are in South Africa, so for us to have one in the U.S. is very special," said animal program manager Mandy Burnsworth.
  • Family says dog tried to pull baby out of burning home

    07/09/2010 9:19:38 AM PDT · by fatnotlazy · 85 replies · 1+ views
    WSBT TV ^ | July 8, 2010 | Jason Overholt
    BRISTOL — The Elkhart County Red Cross is calling a Bristol pit bull a hero after he alerted his family to a fire, and even tried to pull a 3-month-old baby girl away from the danger. The fire started around 3 a.m. Thursday in a hallway and quickly spread throughout the home. “It sounds like the real hero here is the family pit bull,” said Frank Connolly, assistant executive director of the Elkhart County Red Cross. “Apparently ‘Thor’ woke the family up and even tried to pull the baby and bassinet out of the house. Lately we have learned how...
  • Here Kitty! Pros To The Rescue As Cat Falls In South Park Sewer

    07/08/2010 5:58:16 PM PDT · by fatnotlazy · 23 replies · 1+ views
    WTAE-TV Channel 4 ^ | July 7, 2010 | Staff
    SOUTH PARK, Pa. -- It took a big effort Wednesday to rescue a tiny kitty that fell into a sewer in South Park. Channel 4 Action News reporter Shannon Perrine said neighbors on Riggs Road began hearing cries two days ago and called police for help. "We had the cops come and we got two of them that way, but one dropped down to the lower level that we can't get to," Heidi Fedor said. Ron Swidorsky climbed in before the professionals arrived, although it wasn't safe for him to be there. "Spent some hours last night trying to get...
  • Help for Low Techie (Adobe)

    06/09/2010 10:05:27 AM PDT · by fatnotlazy · 13 replies · 41+ views
    None | June 8, 2010 | Fatnotlazy
    I have Adobe 10 installed on my computer to help me read and create/edit PDF documents. For some reason now, when I open a PDF document I haven't created, I can't open it properly. I might get the first page; then the rest of the pages take forever to load, or they don't load at all. Some PDF documents won't even partially load. I can't figure out why. I've made sure that every update has been installed. Since I'm a total dummy when it comes to computers and software, could one of you high tech experts give me some advice...
  • Tornado Warning In Effect In Pittsburgh Area

    06/02/2010 3:56:53 PM PDT · by fatnotlazy · 10 replies · 355+ views
    WTAE=TV Pittsburgh ^ | June 2, 2010 | via National Weather Service
    PITTSBURGH -- A severe thunderstorm cell moving into southwestern Pennsylvania early Wednesday evening prompted the National Weather Service to issue a tornado warning. The tornado warning is in effect until 7:15 p.m. for northern Washington County, central Allegheny County and southwestern Beaver County in southwestern Pennsylvania.
  • No-Nonsense Nun Foils Pittsburgh Wallet Theft

    05/27/2010 9:48:53 AM PDT · by fatnotlazy · 16 replies · 405+ views
    WTAE-TV 4 ^ | May 27, 2010 | WTAE
    PITTSBURGH -- A Pittsburgh thief turned out to be no match for a little nun with a commanding voice. Sister Lynn Rettinger didn't even have to break out a ruler for a man who reached into an open window and stole a wallet from a car on Tuesday. She just needed the voice honed by nearly 50 years in Catholic schools. After a teacher saw the man swipe the wallet, the 5-foot-3-inch-tall principal of Sacred Heart Elementary School in the Shadyside neighborhood went outside and firmly told the man, "you need to give me what you have." The unknown thief...
  • Teen Census Workers Attacked In Indiana County [Pennsylvania]

    05/26/2010 8:23:07 AM PDT · by fatnotlazy · 22 replies · 747+ views
    WTAE-TV 4 ^ | May 26, 2010 | WTAE
    Police Say Census Workers Chased, Attacked, Threatened In Burrell Township. BURRELL TWP., Pa. -- State police have charged an Indiana County man with assault, saying he allegedly attacked two teenage census workers. According to police reports, 18-year-old Austin Kwisnek and a female juvenile were collecting data for the U.S. Census when Timothy Cowan chased them from his property on Hebenthal Lane in Burrell Township. Police said Cowan, 43, proceeded to follow the workers' vehicle down the road after they left. At one point, the workers' vehicle went off the side of the road and Cowan went up to Kwisnek's window...
  • Pennsylvanians: Please Vote Today!

    05/18/2010 8:13:50 AM PDT · by fatnotlazy · 13 replies · 306+ views
    Me | May 18, 2010 | Self
    I went to vote this morning at the local polling place and was the only voter there. May have been the wrong time of day or something, but the turnout prediction as of yesterday was around 20-30% of eligible voters. That is not good. So please, guys, if you haven't voted, get out and vote today. Our lives literally depend on it.
  • Peg Luksik: Please stop calling me! (Vanity)

    05/12/2010 6:19:30 PM PDT · by fatnotlazy · 21 replies · 340+ views
    May 12, 2010 | Self
    I just now received an automated telephone call from Peg Luksik, Republican Candidate for the U.S. Senate (Pennsylvania). This makes THREE annoying phone calls from her campaign in the last month. All three have the same message, and you can't disconnect them. Now I wouldn't vote for Ms. Luksik even if she paid me, but I've already decided that any candidate who places one of those automated calls to me will not get my vote. Ok, I'm done ranting now. Back to more important issues.
  • Peregrine falcons hatch at Gulf Tower& Cathedral of Learning (Pittsburgh)

    05/12/2010 10:00:20 AM PDT · by fatnotlazy · 14 replies · 336+ views
    Thought you nature lovers would be interested in seeing the peregrine falcons and their hatchlings. This is a live webcam, and there is a button where you can toggle between the two nesting sites.
  • Dude There's My Car! Owner Spots His Ride, Wrestles Woman Out

    05/04/2010 6:04:21 PM PDT · by fatnotlazy · 39 replies · 1,358+ views
    WTAE-TV Channel 4 ^ | May 4, 2010 | Unknown
    PITTSBURGH -- A man ran up to the scene of a three-car crash, opened one of the vehicles' doors, took the female driver into a headlock and manhandled her to the ground -- but it was the woman who was eventually taken away in handcuffs, not him. (snip) Valentino Amaro told Channel 4 Action News reporter Ari Hait that he met the woman in the same area last night and let her spend the night at his home because she needed a place to stay. But when he woke up to go downtown to his job at the Omni William...
  • Winter Storm Warning (Parts of Western PA, Ohio, West Virginia and Maryland)

    02/24/2010 12:25:26 PM PST · by fatnotlazy · 14 replies · 767+ views
    WTAE TV, Channel 4, Pittsburgh, PA ^ | February 24, 2010 | National Weather Service
    The NWS in pittsburgh has issued a winter storm warning for heavy snow and blowing and drifting snow, which is in effect from midnight tonight to 6 am est Saturday. The winter storm watch is no longer in effect. The national weather service says severe winter conditions will occur across these counties during Thursday and Friday. Snowfall will be heavy and accompanied by gusty winds that will also cause considerable blowing and drifting snow.
  • (Vanity) Question Regarding Prescription Meds from Canada

    02/17/2010 1:30:47 PM PST · by fatnotlazy · 30 replies · 32,269+ views
    My insurance company has denied coverage for one of my meds. I am appealing the denial, but in the meantime, I need this medicine. I already priced the drug locallly -- about $200 for a 3-month supply without insurance coverage. Does anyone here use Canadian pharmacies for their prescriptions; if so, can you recommend one to me? If you have had bad experiences with Canadian pharmacies, I'd like to know about that too. Thank you in advance, everyone!
  • Starving Dog Saved From Westmoreland County Trailer [Pennsylvania]

    02/14/2010 4:08:35 PM PST · by fatnotlazy · 24 replies · 700+ views
    WTAE-TV ^ | February 13, 2010
    LUXOR, Pa. -- Humane Agents rescued a dog that was left to die inside a Westmoreland County trailer. The dog was found living in a crate, lying on top of another dog that was already dead. A veterinarian gave the dog a bag of I-V fluids and glucose, and she appears to be doing much better. Kathy Burkley, Executive Director of the Westmoreland County Humane Society, said the dog has made a miraculous recovery. “She seems to be extremely traumatized,…although she seems very nice today. I think she is very happy to be here,” Burkley said. This wasn't the first...
  • Senior Citizen Fends Off Attacker With Bread Loaf

    02/04/2010 5:23:28 PM PST · by fatnotlazy · 4 replies · 199+ views
    74-Year-Old Woman 'Didn't Put Up With Any Nonsense' In Munhall POSTED: 2:16 pm EST February 4, 2010 UPDATED: 7:11 pm EST February 4, 2010 MUNHALL, Pa. -- A 74-year-old Allegheny County woman refused to give in to the would-be robber who tried to snatch her purse on a Munhall street. "I wasn't afraid of her," said Grace, who only wants her first name used. "I felt sorry for her. She was so miserable." Grace told Channel 4 Action News' Marcie Cipriani that she had just bought a loaf of bread at CoGo's and was walking on Main Street when a...
  • Freezing Rain Advisory (Western Pennsylvania)

    12/13/2009 6:42:17 AM PST · by fatnotlazy · 14 replies · 777+ views
    We're not a weather forecasting website, but I wanted to urge everyone in Western PA to stay home or wherever you are. Freezing rain and sleet have shut down our major arteries; religious services and classes have been delayed or cancelled, and there have been numerous traffic accidents, including at least one fatality. So...go back to bed or just stay on FreeRepublic and read/post. Certainly, a lot safer than going outside right now.
  • Ex-Convict Guilty in Florida Girl's Slaying

    03/07/2007 1:25:50 PM PST · by fatnotlazy · 52 replies · 1,494+ views
    Fox News ^ | March 7, 2007 | Associated Press
    MIAMI — A jury found a sex offender guilty Wednesday of kidnapping and raping a 9-year-old girl and burying her alive in a crime that led to a crackdown around the country on sex offenders.
  • Courage Under Fire? He's Your Man

    08/18/2005 5:47:01 PM PDT · by fatnotlazy · 16 replies · 560+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune Review ^ | August 12, 2005 | Brian Bowling
    A Bronze Star might seem like a lot to give someone for closing some valves, but the ones Lt. Col. Wayne Dudding shut down were connected to a burning oil-pumping plant near Haditha, Iraq. "It was really raging when we first showed up there," said Dudding, a Freeport native, who spent two days working single-handedly to close the valves -- and the illegal flow of oil into neighboring Syria -- as Army Rangers stood by to protect him from enemy soldiers. He completed the mission in early April 2003, just weeks after the start of the U.S.-led invasion. Dudding, 43,...