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  • Lawmakers consider borrowing $107B to pour into Illinois pensions

    02/02/2018 7:08:32 AM PST · by glorgau · 29 replies
    Illinois Policy ^ | Jan 31, 2018 | Joe Tabor
    Illinois state lawmakers on Jan. 30 heard a proposal to borrow more than $107 billion to fund pensions. If implemented, it would be the biggest debt sale in municipal bond market history. Lawmakers discussed the proposal in the House Personnel & Pensions Committee. The State Universities Annuitants Association, or SUAA, claims the plan will save the state $103 billion in the next 25 years. But baked into that estimate are assumptions regarding borrowing and investment returns that are by no means guaranteed. Illinois’ pension debt is as high as $250 billion, according to Moody’s Investment Service. The SUAA plan is...
  • Jerry Brown’s administration blocks public review of Oroville Dam records

    04/12/2017 10:25:11 AM PDT · by glorgau · 27 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | April 11, 2017 3:59 PM | Ryan Sabalow and Dale Kasler
    Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration is using federal security regulations written to thwart terrorism to deny public access to records that experts say could guide repairs to the Oroville Dam and provide insight into what led to the near catastrophic failure of its emergency spillway. The administration also is blocking public review of records that would show how Brown’s office handled the February crisis at Oroville Dam that led to the two-day evacuation of nearly 200,000 Northern Californians.
  • These high school journalists investigated a new principal’s credentials. Days later, she resigned.

    04/05/2017 6:32:23 AM PDT · by glorgau · 62 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 5 at 5:33 AM | Samantha Schmidt
    Connor Balthazor, 17, was in the middle of study hall when he was called into a meeting with his high school newspaper adviser. A group of reporters and editors from the student newspaper, the Booster Redux at Pittsburg High School in southeastern Kansas, had gathered to talk about Amy Robertson, who was hired as the high school’s head principal on March 6. The student journalists had begun researching Robertson, and quickly found some discrepancies in her education credentials.
  • Early voting data shows World War I veterans overwhelmingly support Hillary Clinton

    11/07/2016 8:59:36 AM PST · by glorgau · 53 replies
    Duffel Blog ^ | Oct 28 1016 | Yossarian
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — With over seven million votes cast so far in the U.S. presidential election, early voting data is pointing to a tight race in most key battleground states. But there is one battleground upon which the Donald Trump campaign appears to be headed towards utter defeat: The fight for votes from World War I veterans. With at least 25,000 World War I veterans casting their votes thus far, the party affiliation breakdown of submitted ballots is suggesting a hard break towards the Clinton camp among veterans who fought in the Great War from 1914-1918, sources say. Some 98...
  • Busted:Feds,Chelsea Police Squash ES$G and 18th Street Gangs

    06/20/2016 7:48:06 AM PDT · by glorgau · 11 replies
    Chelsea Record ^ | June 17, 016 | Seth Daniel
    In an affidavit issued in federal court late last week, special agents detailed numerous firearms sales, attempted murders, huge amounts of drug sales and a gang that said it was ready to go to war with the Chelsea Police. In an early morning raid last Thursday, June 9, federal, state and local law enforcement cracked down on the East Side Money Gang (ES$G) and the 18th Street Gang in Chelsea – arresting at least 12 targeted members in Chelsea alone and leveling charges against 66 members of those two gangs and another gang in Jamaica Plain. In total, 53 defendants...
  • It’s Hard to Tell War Heroes From Paper-Pushers When Everybody Gets So Many Dumb Ribbons

    04/25/2016 7:36:14 AM PDT · by glorgau · 45 replies
    War is Boring ^ | JAMES PERRY STEVENSON
    Time to reform the Pentagon’s award system There has been a jarring addition to U.S. military uniforms since the end of World War II. Seventy years ago, high-ranking officers wore relatively few ribbons or medals — and awards for valor were rare. Go back farther to the Civil War, and it was common for officers to not wear military decorations at all. But for the modern officer, it’s now possible to perform one’s duties without being a hero and still have a chest full of ribbons that are indecipherable to all but the most dedicated students of phaleristics. Most of all, the...
  • State Rep's Daughter Charged in Staple Gun Attack On Mom's Opponent

    03/18/2016 11:04:04 AM PDT · by glorgau · 24 replies
    DNAinfo ^ | March 18, 2016 7:48am | Alisa Hauser
    WEST TOWN — The daughter of state Rep. Cynthia Soto is facing criminal charges along with her boyfriend for hitting former Soto opponent Bob Zwolinski over the head with a beer bottle and stapling his forehead, Chicago Police said. Jessica Soto, 26, of the 1500 Block of West Ohio Street, and Bradley Fichter, 26, of the 4700 Block of North Kewanee Avenue, were each charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery causing great bodily harm and aggravated battery in a public place. Additionally, Fichter was charged with one felony count of disorderly conduct for filing a false...
  • Obama says first family staying in Washington after he leaves the White House

    03/03/2016 11:45:10 PM PST · by glorgau · 39 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | march 3, 2016 | Christi Parsons
    President Obama says he plans to stay in Washington after the end of his presidency so that his younger daughter can finish high school with her class, a rare disclosure about his family’s personal plans for the future.
  • The Republican winner in Chelsea is ... Jim Gilmore?

    03/02/2016 7:42:04 AM PST · by glorgau · 6 replies
    The Republican primary election in the city of Chelsea was dominated by a surprising name: Jim Gilmore. Wait, who? Gilmore, the former Virginia governor, ran a near-nonexistent campaign, hovered at zero percent in the polls, repeatedly failed to qualify for the undercard debates, and finally dropped out of the race in mid-February. You’d be forgiven if you didn’t know he even ran for president.
  • Chinese Detection/Defense Capabilities in the South China Sea

    02/29/2016 6:26:25 AM PST · by glorgau · 2 replies
    https://csis.cartodb.com/viz/4c461308-d73e-11e5-9a49-0e3ff518bd15/embed_map ^ | February 22, 2016 | Published by the CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative
    No story, just a link to a neat map. Chinese Detection/Defense Capabilities in the South China Sea
  • Flight Grounded At Dulles After Unruly Passenger Charges Toward Cockpit

    03/17/2015 9:03:36 AM PDT · by glorgau · 62 replies
    DCist ^ | Mar 17, 2015 9:40 am | Matt Cohen
    A Denver-bound United Airlines flight had to turn back and return to Dulles International Airport after an unruly passenger allegedly charged toward the cockpit. According to multiple reports, the passenger was subdued by several passengers near first class before he made it to the cockpit, the Post reports. A Reddit user whose father was on the plane posted pictures and a video of the incident and says that the passenger in question "was screaming and sprinting towards the cockpit" before he was tackled and subdued by "several large passengers." A government official with "direct knowledge of the incident" told CNN...
  • Mali-born Paris siege hero to receive French nationality

    01/15/2015 1:09:48 PM PST · by glorgau · 29 replies
    Agence France Presse (AFP) 9news.com.au ^ | 1:52am January 16, 2015 | Agence France Presse (AFP)
    <p>A Malian described as a "hero" after he helped hostages at a Jewish supermarket to hide during last week's Paris attacks will be awarded French nationality Tuesday, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said.</p> <p>Lassana Bathily, who has lived in France since 2006, had applied in July last year for French nationality, and Mr Cazeneuve, praising his "bravery", said in a statement he would be given it at a ceremony on Tuesday.</p>
  • Dallas Ebola patient had contact with children, Texas governor says

    10/01/2014 11:42:56 AM PDT · by glorgau · 42 replies
    CNN ^ | 2:23 PM EDT, Wed October 1, 2014 | Ashley Fantz, Holly Yan and Dana Ford,
    Some school-age children have been in contact with the U.S. Ebola patient being treated in Dallas, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Wednesday. Five students at four different schools have come into contact with the Ebola patient, Dallas Superintendent Mike Miles added, but none has exhibited symptoms. The children are being monitored at home, and the schools remain open, Miles said. Between 12 and 18 people have been identified as coming into contact with the patient, officials added.
  • Influx Has Everything to Do with Remittance Culture

    08/05/2014 7:53:40 AM PDT · by glorgau · 3 replies
    Chelsea Record ^ | July 25, 2014 | Seth Daniel
    The idea that the streets in America are paved with gold has always been a nearly undefeatable idea in the Third World. The hope that if one can just get to the promised land – the American land of opportunity – that earning money will be easy and relative riches will literally be handed over. I’m sure it’s a belief that brings about the necessary hope that is required to make it through a difficult life of poverty; in fact, I’m certain that’s the case because I have personally heard those laments over the telephone and in e-mails or Facebook...
  • The whole truth: Children can tell when a teacher commits “sins of omission.”

    06/11/2014 12:17:41 PM PDT · by glorgau · 5 replies
    MIT News Office ^ | June 10, 2014 | Anne Trafton
    Children learn a great deal about the world from their own exploration, but they also rely on what adults tell them. Studies have shown that children can figure out when someone is lying to them, but cognitive scientists from MIT recently tackled a subtler question: Can children tell when adults are telling them the truth, but not the whole truth? Led by Laura Schulz, the Class of 1943 Career Development Associate Professor of Cognitive Science, the researchers found that not only can children make this distinction, but they can also compensate for incomplete information by exploring more on their own....
  • In the cloud: How coughs and sneezes float farther than you think

    04/08/2014 1:33:52 PM PDT · by glorgau · 19 replies
    MIT News Office ^ | April 8, 2014 | Peter Dizikes
    The next time you feel a sneeze coming on, raise your elbow to cover up that multiphase turbulent buoyant cloud you’re about to expel. That’s right: A novel study by MIT researchers shows that coughs and sneezes have associated gas clouds that keep their potentially infectious droplets aloft over much greater distances than previously realized. “When you cough or sneeze, you see the droplets, or feel them if someone sneezes on you,” says John Bush, a professor of applied mathematics at MIT, and co-author of a new paper on the subject. “But you don’t see the cloud, the invisible gas...
  • Pattern developing for President Selfie

    12/11/2013 4:17:27 AM PST · by glorgau · 73 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 11, 2013 | John Kass
    There are many ways to remember President Barack Obama's appearance at South Africa's memorial for Nelson Mandela. Some may remember Obama as Mandela's spiritual son, our president riding on his own soaring rhetoric at that stadium, wrapping himself in Mandela's mantle, dreaming of the father of the new South Africa. And others will seize on Obama shaking hands with the executioner of Cuba, our president bowing to Raul Castro just as he once bowed to the lords of the Chicago Democratic Machine before beginning his climb. But those images — Obama riding on his magic rhetorical carpet, reaching for dreams...
  • Ex-mayor under oath in city’s Millennium Park lawsuit: ‘I don’t know what I knew’

    10/20/2013 5:44:59 AM PDT · by glorgau · 5 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | Oct 18, 2013 | Tim Novak
    Former Mayor Richard M. Daley says he doesn’t remember much about the planning of Millennium Park, his wildly over-budget project that has become one of Chicago’s civic treasures. The sprawling downtown park, with its gleaming stainless-steel sculpture known as “The Bean,” is seen as one of his crowning achievements. Daley, though, shrugs it off. He says it wasn’t even his idea to build the $475 million park, instead crediting Daniel Burnham, the legendary planner who created Chicago’s master plan more than a century ago. As Chicago’s longest-serving mayor, Daley had a reputation as a micromanager and stickler for details. But...
  • What the hex: OUI suspect charged in wild crash threatened cop with voodoo curse

    08/07/2013 6:13:32 AM PDT · by glorgau · 41 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | Wednesday, August 7, 2013 | Jack Encarnacao
    A Cadillac-driving OUI suspect — charged with running a Boston Globe delivery truck off Interstate 93 and onto the Leverett Connector — was carrying three EBT cards, mocked a cop “for paying for food when she gets it for free” and threatened to put a voodoo curse on him, according to a police report. “I questioned her as to why she had other peoples (sic) EBT cards and she 
began screaming that I was a ‘dumb (expletive)’ for paying for food when she gets it for free,” trooper William Koko­cinski wrote of Vivencia 
Bellegarde, 25, of Everett, noting she had...
  • Woolwich attack: meat cleaver, knife and jihadist claims filmed on mobile

    05/22/2013 2:49:53 PM PDT · by glorgau · 64 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Wednesday 22 May 2013 16.39 EDT | Vikram Dodd, Shiv Malik and Ben Quinn
    A man suspected of staging a terrorist attack that left a British soldier dead near a military barracks in London, was caught on camera clutching a meat cleaver and knife in hands apparently covered in the blood of his victim, as he justified the violence as part of a jihadist-inspired fight against the west. The incident happened in broad daylight, 400 metres from the perimeter of the Royal Artillery barracks, in Woolwich, south-east London, sparking a terrorist alert that saw the government crisis committee Cobra convene in emergency session. Hours later, David Cameron described what had occurred as "an absolutely...