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  • No charges for US widow Sarah McKinley who killed intruder [BBC]

    01/05/2012 3:32:32 PM PST · by grundle · 17 replies · 1+ views
    BBC ^ | 5 January 2012
    A US woman who shot dead an intruder after asking the emergency services for permission will not face charges, but the man's alleged accomplice will. Eighteen year-old widow Sarah McKinley was at home with her baby on New Year's Eve when 24 year-old Justin Martin broke in, armed with a knife. Prosecutors in Blanchard, Oklahoma say she shot Martin in self-defence. Martin's alleged accomplice in the break-in, Dustin Stewart, has been charged with his murder. In a tape released to the media of the emergency 911 call, Mrs McKinley can be heard asking the operator: "I've got two guns in...
  • Survivorman Les Stroud is making new episodes

    01/04/2012 7:47:44 PM PST · by grundle · 26 replies
  • Thief Steals Car, Prosthetic Legs From Florida Army Veteran

    01/04/2012 7:05:51 PM PST · by grundle · 8 replies
    tampa.cbslocal.com ^ | January 4, 2012
    MIAMI (CBS Tampa) – An Army veteran who has lived the last 20 years of his life in a wheelchair had his car stolen with his prosthetic legs and wheelchair mount inside the car. Armando Fontaine, 71, lost his legs about 20 years ago due to an infection, rendering him to full-time use of his wheelchair in order to get around. On Monday night, his 1996 Nissan Sentra, which was parked right outside his Miami home, was stolen. But the stolen car is even more devastating for Fontaine as his prosthetic legs and wheelchair mount were inside the car, making...
  • The Rise of Consumption Equality

    01/03/2012 4:39:26 PM PST · by grundle · 5 replies
    Wall St. Journal ^ | January 3, 2010 | Andy Kessler
    Getting rich requires serving a mass market, which means the rest of us can buy what the rich buy. What does Google founder Larry Page have that you don't have? Luxury suite at the Super Bowl? Why bother? You can recline at home in your massaging lounger and flip on the ultra-thin, high-def, 55-inch LCD TV you got for $700—and not only have a better view from two dozen cameras plus Skycam and fun commercials, but you can hit the pause button to take a nature break. The greedy tycoon played by Michael Douglas had a two-pound, $3,995 Motorola phone...
  • 50 reasons why no decent human being should vote to reelect President Obama

    01/03/2012 1:16:35 PM PST · by grundle · 11 replies
    January 2, 2012 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    50 reasons why no decent human being should vote to reelect President ObamaIn April 2009, antiwar activists who helped elect Obama accused him of using the same “off the books” funding as his predecessor George W. Bush when Obama requested an additional $83.4 billion from Congress for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – a provision which Obama had voted against when he was a Senator. In May 2010, it was reported that the Obama administration had selected KBR, a former subsidiary of Halliburton, for a no-bid contract worth as much as $568 million through 2011 for military support services...
  • California Raises Booster Seat Age To 8

    01/02/2012 8:55:31 PM PST · by grundle · 61 replies · 1+ views
    wtae.com ^ | January 2, 2012
    California, which has more drivers than any other state, has raised its cutoff age for car seats to 8. The new law took effect Sunday, with stiff fines for parents who don't comply. Children must be buckled into booster seats in vehicles until they turn 8 or grow to a height of 4-foot-9, under SB929 by Sen. Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa. That's two more years than under the previous law, which required the restraints until children turned 6 or reached 60 pounds.
  • Electronic keys stop working at the stroke of midnight [Denver Marriott hotel with 628 rooms]

    01/02/2012 12:55:20 PM PST · by grundle · 27 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 2nd January 2012
    Chaos descended on a Denver hotel at the stroke of midnight on Sunday when the transition to 2012 appeared to prompt a disastrous security glitch. New Year's guests at the 628-room Marriott were locked out of their rooms when the clock struck 12 and their electronic keys stopped working - for a staggering three hours. Local KUSA-TV some revellers got sick in the hallways and the elevators were not working at the Denver Tech Center Marriott. Denver police were called to the scene at 4900 South Syracuse Street but said no one was seriously hurt. Police said a room key...
  • 50 reasons why no decent human being should vote to reelect President Obama

    01/01/2012 9:34:08 PM PST · by grundle · 18 replies
    wordpress.com ^ | January 2, 2012 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    50 reasons why no decent human being should vote to reelect President ObamaIn April 2009, antiwar activists who helped elect Obama accused him of using the same “off the books” funding as his predecessor George W. Bush when Obama requested an additional $83.4 billion from Congress for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – a provision which Obama had voted against when he was a Senator. In May 2010, it was reported that the Obama administration had selected KBR, a former subsidiary of Halliburton, for a no-bid contract worth as much as $568 million through 2011 for military support services...
  • Judge: Sex Offenders May Stay In Homeless Shelters Near Schools [ACLU defends child molesters]

    12/29/2011 2:41:37 PM PST · by grundle · 8 replies
    detroit.cbslocal.com ^ | December 29, 2011
    GRAND RAPIDS (WWJ/AP) – A federal judge has ruled that homeless sex offenders may stay overnight at shelters near schools in Grand Rapids despite a state law prohibiting them from living within 1,000 feet of a school.U.S. District Judge Gordon Quist issued the ruling Tuesday, after determining that homeless people do not “reside” in emergency shelters if they only go there at night to sleep and have no guarantee of a place to stay on a given night. Both of Grand Rapids’ shelters are within that student-safety zone. Quist narrowed his ruling to this case, and rejected a request for...
  • Are the liberal New York City public schools "racist" for requiring ID for student enrollment?

    12/28/2011 5:06:06 PM PST · by grundle · 10 replies
    What to Bring When you come to register, please bring your child with you. You also must bring: Child’s birth certificate or passport Child’s immunization records Proof of residence, which will be verified by any two of the following: A residential utility bill (gas or electric) in the resident’s name issued by National Grid, Con Edison, or the Long Island Power Authority; must be dated within the past 60 days Documentation or letter on letterhead from a federal, state or local government agency, including the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), City Housing Authority, Human Resources Administration (HRA), the Administration for Children’s...
  • Rare Violin Worth $172K Lost On Bus

    12/23/2011 6:44:23 AM PST · by grundle · 26 replies
    thebostonchannel.com ^ | December 23, 2011
    PHILADELPHIA -- Police are asking for the public's help recovering a rare violin worth $172,000 that was left on board a Boston-to-Philadelphia bus by a groggy music student from Taiwan. Philadelphia police say the instrument was left in an overhead bin on a Megabus late Tuesday. Muchen Hsieh told KYW-TV she noticed she didn't have the violin after getting picked up by the family hosting her visit to the Philadelphia area. She called the bus company but was told the instrument hadn't been found. Hsieh said a Taiwanese culture foundation lent her the violin as she studies at the New...
  • Facebook Photos Lead Police To Suspects In Burglary [thieves bragged about their crime on Facebook]

    12/22/2011 5:27:45 PM PST · by grundle · 27 replies
    pittsburgh.cbslocal.com ^ | December 22, 2011
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Police say they stole thousands of dollars in cash and goods, and then posed with their loot and posted the photos to a popular social media site. Police say the three suspects, along with another teen, posted the photos on Facebook about an hour after they burglarized Elliott’s Town Market on Chartiers Avenue in the West End. “We received information the day after the burglary that these pictures were posted on Facebook, and if you look at the pictures, you can see that the individuals are holding a large amount of cash,” Sgt. Kevin Gasiorowski, of the...
  • Rober Ebert seems unaware that Obama is the biggest recipient of Wall St. campaign contributions

    12/18/2011 12:10:40 AM PST · by grundle · 10 replies
    wordpress.com ^ | December 18, 2011 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    In this December 7, 2011 blog entry, Roger Ebert wrote, “The GOP is owned by Wall Street.” He then goes on to praise Barack Obama for a recent speech.
  • [Stoned] Mt. Lebanon driver [who ignored stop sign] gets [only] 1-2 years in jail for killing jogger

    12/16/2011 7:58:09 PM PST · by grundle · 26 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | December 16, 2011 | Paula Reed Ward
    The man who struck and killed a mother jogging with her two young children last year in Mt. Lebanon was ordered to the Allegheny County Jail this morning. Benjamin T. Cope, 21, convicted of involuntary manslaughter, driving under the influence and recklessly endangering in September, was sentenced to serve from one year less one day to two years less two days incarceration. The odd wording of the sentence allows Mr. Cope to serve the sentence at Allegheny County Jail. During a heart-wrenching 2-1/2 hour hearing this morning, the family members and close friends of Lisa Clay Styles explained to Allegheny...
  • Rift Between Occupy and Unions?

    12/14/2011 11:01:43 PM PST · by grundle · 5 replies
    The country watched as Occupiers along the West Coast held a massive day of action attempting, and in some cases briefly succeeding to shut down major ports from Portland to Oakland and San Diego. At the end of the day, it's port workers themselves who suffer from shutdowns, and losing a day's pay. Unions didn't participate in the event, although there were letters by port workers sent thanking the protesters, and in an essay for the New Labor Forum, Stephen Lerner who explained that this movement could do what labor couldn't, free from the constraints of the political and economic...
  • Penny wise? Medford man gets 1 cent check [from eBay class action lawsuit]

    12/14/2011 12:49:50 AM PST · by grundle · 26 replies
    mailtribune.com ^ | December 9, 2011 | Teresa Ristow
    Ed Chun was caught off guard earlier this month when he received a settlement check from an eBay class-action lawsuit in the mail. "I don't remember being part of a class-action suit," said Chun, the owner of Sunrise Café and Catering in downtown Medford. A letter that came with the check explained the $30 million settlement of the class-action lawsuit, which alleged that eBay had overcharged users for fees in the "auto parts and accessories" section of the online auction website. Chun's portion of the settlement was 1 cent. "The penny check was priceless," said Chun, who vaguely recalled selling...
  • I canceled my cable TV because they cover up shows with ads for other shows

    12/12/2011 3:50:34 PM PST · by grundle · 16 replies
    wordpress.com ^ | December 11, 2011 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    I did this, because in recent years, every time I tried to watch a show on TV, the TV stations would cover it up with advertisements for other shows. Sometimes these ads were in the form of words covering up the program I was trying to watch. Other times, characters from the show that was being advertised would start walking across the screen, covering up the show I was trying to watch. All of this is horribly annoying, and very insulting to my intelligence. When I pay money for cable TV, I should be allowed to watch the programs that...
  • 35 reasons why no decent human being should vote to reelect President Obama

    12/12/2011 4:39:59 AM PST · by grundle · 10 replies
    wordpress.com ^ | December 11, 2011 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    In April 2009, antiwar activists who helped elect Obama accused him of using the same “off the books” funding as his predecessor George W. Bush when Obama requested an additional $83.4 billion from Congress for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – a provision which Obama had voted against when he was a Senator. In May 2010, it was reported that the Obama administration had selected KBR, a former subsidiary of Halliburton, for a no-bid contract worth as much as $568 million through 2011 for military support services in Iraq, just hours after the Justice Department had said it would...
  • West New York felon dies after he crashes in stolen car in North Bergen, police say

    12/11/2011 9:48:02 PM PST · by grundle · 5 replies
    nj.com ^ | December 11, 2011
    A 36-year-old West New York felon died early yesterday morning after crashing in a stolen car on 81st Street in North Bergen, police said. Michael Maldonado was traveling westbound on 81st Street between Kennedy Boulevard and Tonnelle Avenue around 2 a.m. when he lost control of the 1997 Toyota Corolla he was driving, police said. Maldonado slammed into a parked pickup truck and caused a chain reaction that damaged four other parked vehicles, police said. North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue firefighters had to use cutting equipment to get Maldonado out of the Toyota, police said. Rushed to Palisades Medical...
  • Occupy Pittsburgh vows to seize and rename Mellon Green [currently it's a privately owned park]

    12/11/2011 12:14:14 PM PST · by grundle · 14 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | December 11, 2011 | Amy McConnell Schaarsmith
    Organizers of the Occupy Pittsburgh tent encampment said today they are "seizing" the BNY Mellon's privately owned park in Downtown...