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  • IBN: Oberoi Trident hotel is secure

    11/28/2008 1:16:43 AM PST · by kms61 · 13 replies · 2,019+ views
    IBN ^ | November 28, 2008
    just breaking, Oberoi Trident hotel is secure
  • Ballesteros brain tumor is cancerous

    10/24/2008 4:01:20 AM PDT · by kms61 · 6 replies · 822+ views ^ | 24 Oct, 2008 | Breitbart
    MADRID, Spain (AP) - Seve Ballesteros' brain tumor is cancerous and he will undergo another operation to relieve pressure caused by swelling and bleeding that have recently developed. The remaining parts of the malignant tumor, located in a very deep part of the brain, will be removed in Friday's procedure. La Paz Hospital said Thursday that the surgery is "of great complexity." Three doctors will operate on Ballesteros. Javier Heredero, head of the hospital's neurosurgery unit, will be accompanied by neurosurgeons Marcelino Perez Alvarez and Alberto Isla. The operation is due to begin early in the morning and is expected...
  • New WaMu CEO to get at least $12.65M pay (for less than 3 weeks work)

    09/26/2008 2:31:32 PM PDT · by kms61 · 42 replies · 841+ views
    Businessweek ^ | September 11, 2008
    Washington Mutual Inc.'s new CEO, Alan Fishman, will be eligible for at least $12.65 million or more in salary and bonuses next year, the company said Thursday in a securities filing. Fishman, who replaced Kerry Killinger as CEO on Monday, also received a $7.5 million signing bonus for joining the company, according to a regulatory filing made with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Under his employment agreement, Fishman will receive a base salary of $1 million, a target bonus of up to $3.65 million and a long-term incentive award starting in 2009 of at least $8 million. In addition, he...
  • China banks told to halt lending to US banks-SCMP (Ruh Roh)

    09/25/2008 12:04:31 AM PDT · by kms61 · 111 replies · 5,674+ views
    Reuters ^ | September 24, 2005 | Reuters
    BEIJING, Sept 25 (Reuters) - Chinese regulators have told domestic banks to stop interbank lending to U.S. financial institutions to prevent possible losses during the financial crisis, the South China Morning Post reported on Thursday. The Hong Kong newspaper cited unidentified industry sources as saying the instruction from the China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC) applied to interbank lending of all currencies to U.S. banks but not to banks from other countries. "The decree appears to be Beijing's first attempt to erect defences against the deepening U.S. financial meltdown after the mainland's major lenders reported billions of U.S. dollars in exposure...
  • Gas $5 a gallon by Friday?

    09/11/2008 3:32:57 PM PDT · by kms61 · 51 replies · 622+ views
    WAFB TV ^ | September 11, 2008 | George Sells
    Expect gasoline prices to rise overnight as much as a dollar and-a-half a gallon. That's the warning from several business sources including one major Baton Rouge multi-station operation. However, a spokesman for Triple A Louisiana discounted the report. "We still have at least a 20 day supply, said spokesman Don Redman. "We certainly wish we had a healthier supply than that but we are certainly asking the service station industry to refrain from any panic pricing," Redman said. The approach of Hurricane Ike to the Houston area has produced a panic gasoline markets. The fears are driven by the fact...
  • Ted Stevens Wins Primary in Alaska

    08/27/2008 3:40:25 AM PDT · by kms61 · 19 replies · 205+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 27, 2008 | WILLIAM YARDLEY
    Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska won the Republican primary in his home state on Tuesday, soundly defeating six Republican challengers less than a month after he was indicted by a federal grand jury for concealing more than $250,000 in gifts from an oil services company. The victory for Mr. Stevens, 84, means he now moves to a tough general election campaign against Mayor Mark Begich of Anchorage, who easily won the Democratic primary on Tuesday and leads the senator in polls. Mr. Stevens enters the general election also having to prepare for his trial, which is scheduled to begin in...
  • State officials assail McCain's remarks on Colorado River Compact (McCain misstep in Colorado?)

    08/16/2008 4:08:32 PM PDT · by kms61 · 37 replies · 200+ views ^ | August 15, 2008 | MIKE SACCONE
    Water experts of all stripes were left questioning the prudence of Republican presidential candidate and Arizona Sen. John McCain after he told a newspaper the critical 1922 water compact between seven Western states should be revisited. “I don’t think there’s any doubt the major, major issue is water and can be as important as oil. So the compact that is in effect, obviously, needs to be renegotiated over time amongst the interested parties,” McCain told The Pueblo Chieftain. “I think that there’s a movement amongst the governors to try, if not, quote, renegotiate, certainly adjust to the new realities of...
  • Bank policy frustrates grieving family

    07/31/2008 6:15:26 AM PDT · by kms61 · 43 replies · 359+ views ^ | July 30,2008 | KABC
    HEMET, Calif. (KABC) -- He gave his life serving this country in the war zone of Afghanistan. But a local bank has refused to cash the government check to pay for his burial. Now his family is fighting back. Navy Corpsman Marc Retmier was the 500th Californian to die in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He had dreams of coming home to Hemet to become a doctor. Click in the Eyewitness News Story Window above to watch the accompanying video to this story. But now his family says a controversy involving a bank and his bereavement check is adding...
  • How College Football Could be the Death of Obama's Campaign

    07/26/2008 10:51:15 PM PDT · by kms61 · 9 replies · 164+ views
    New York Observer ^ | July 8, 2008 | Steve Kornacki
    Maybe there’s another reason Barack Obama decided to deliver his convention acceptance speech in a football stadium. As Howard Mortman points out this morning, Obama’s August 28 address will coincide with the start of the college football season, with at least four nationally televised games on the docket. Sure, most of the games scheduled are of regional interest at best, involving middling Division I-A schools and even I-AA teams, and the kickoff times for most of the televised games are early enough to allow viewers to flip over to Obama’ speech (which will probably start around (10 p.m.) without missing...
  • Jindal's Move on LSU

    07/09/2008 8:22:09 PM PDT · by kms61 · 4 replies · 327+ views
    Ouachita Citizen ^ | July 8, 2008 | Sam Hannah, Jr
    Is Gov. Bobby Jindal at odds with LSU? Better put, does Jindal have a beef with LSU system president John V. Lombardi, or vice versa? Those are fair questions to ask in light of the governor's recent appointments to the LSU Board of Supervisors, a powerful board that's responsible for setting the direction of the state's flagship university. The new men on the block, or Jindal's appointments, are R. Blake Chatelain of Alexandria and James W. Moore of Monroe. If confirmed by the state Senate, Chatelain and Moore will represent the 5th District on the LSU board, or the two...
  • Mechanic Claims Car Gets 110 Miles Per Gallon

    07/06/2008 1:13:59 PM PDT · by kms61 · 53 replies · 505+ views
    WOAI ^ | July 2.=, 2008 | NBC News
    To find the future of the auto industry, Doug Pelmear looked to the past. He says he's perfected an engine developed by his grandfather 60 years ago. An engine that gives his 1987 mustang 110 miles to the gallon. Doug Pelmear says "my grandfather had the idea back in the 40's that he can make a difference then. There was quite a need at that time also with the war going on and everything, there was quite the need then." And quite the need now. So, Pelmear, a mechanic in Napoleon, has been tweaking this engine for the past 10...
  • Labor Dept To Probe Immigration Law Firm (helped companies disqualify US citizen applicants)

    06/25/2008 11:47:36 PM PDT · by kms61 · 18 replies · 215+ views ^ | June 25, 2008 | Suzanne Gamboa
    The nation's largest immigration law firm is under federal scrutiny over whether it helped major U.S. corporations disqualify American job applicants and give thousands of high-paying positions to immigrants. The unprecedented Labor Department inquiry centers on Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy -- a New York firm at the forefront of a political effort to ease hiring of skilled foreign workers. The Labor Department is auditing all pending applications for legal immigrant workers the firm has filed on behalf of its corporate clients. Fragomen's prestigious client roster includes General Electric Co., IBM Corp., Cisco Systems Inc., Intel Corp. and Bank...
  • U.S. company: crash lawsuit governed by Islamic law (Blackwater affiliate)

    06/18/2008 10:03:27 PM PDT · by kms61 · 11 replies · 183+ views
    Raleigh News and Observer ^ | June 18, 2008 | Joseph Neff and Jay Price
    RALEIGH - To defend itself against a lawsuit by the widows of three American soldiers who died on one of its planes in Afghanistan, a sister company of the private military firm Blackwater has asked a federal court to decide the case using the Islamic law known as Shari’a. The lawsuit “is governed by the law of Afghanistan,” Presidential Airways argued in a Florida federal court. “Afghan law is largely religion-based and evidences a strong concern for ensuring moral responsibility, and deterring violations of obligations within its borders.” If the judge agrees, it would essentially end the lawsuit over a...
  • Governor Jindal, Legislature Mooning Louisiana Over Pay Raise

    06/17/2008 1:23:19 PM PDT · by kms61 · 34 replies · 245+ views
    Bayou Buzz ^ | June 17, 2008 | Stephen Sabludowsky
    Is our Governor--Jindal the Spineless, the Bonehead or the Deceiver? It pains me to express such since two weeks ago I praised him effusively after a press conference. Now, the question is whether Dorothy should help him find a noggin, starch for his courage shirt or a light beam to honesty. Something is now sorely lacking in our Governor. Meanwhile, the honeymoon clock is screeching. The love affair with Bobby Jindal is officially dead. More importantly, the public needs answers, now, for Jindal to be effective in the future. It appears that certain legislators put a legislative gun to Jindal’s...
  • Gallot considers run for Congress

    06/13/2008 2:45:21 PM PDT · by kms61 · 2 replies · 101+ views
    wire reports | June 13, 2008 | Greg Hilburn
    story can't be excerpted due to copyright issues, here's the URL: This is LA-05, which is basically the eastern half of north Louisiana. Rodney Alexander was a Democrat who switched parties, and the Democrats have never forgiven him, but this is the first time they've been able to recruit a serious candidate to challenge him. This is probably a safe sear (although in this climate who knows) but the GOP will have to play defense in a district that they ordinarily wouldn't have to worry about.
  • Stranded divers chase off Komodo dragon on island

    06/08/2008 10:47:04 PM PDT · by kms61 · 16 replies · 144+ views
    Yahoo ^ | June 8, 2008 | ALI KOTARUMALOS
    JAKARTA, Indonesia - Scuba divers swept away in strong currents survived 12 hours in shark-infested waters before scrambling onto a remote Indonesian island where they faced yet another threat: a Komodo dragon. ADVERTISEMENT The divers — three from Britain and one each from France and Sweden — came face-to-face with the giant, carnivorous lizard on Rinca's palm-fringed beach, and fought it off by pelting it with rocks and pieces of wood, Pariman, a port official said Sunday. "Luckily, they were able to chase it away," said Pariman, who, like many Indonesians, goes by only one name. The beasts have sharp,...
  • Jindal’s choices may lose validity

    06/07/2008 10:32:47 PM PDT · by kms61 · 34 replies · 73+ views
    Baton Rouge Morning Advocate ^ | June 7, 2008 | Marsha Shuler
    Every appointment that Gov. Bobby Jindal has made since he took office in January is in jeopardy because he has not forwarded their names for Senate confirmation. The appointments by Jindal for 437 jobs — including his top aides — will no longer be valid and they will have to stop working as of June 23, when the legislative session adjourns, according to the state law governing the confirmation process. Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman state Sen. Bob Kostelka, R-Monroe, asked Jimmy Faircloth, the governor’s executive counsel, Wednesday to send the official list. As of 5 p.m. Friday, the...
  • Hopefuls eye second run

    05/30/2008 3:23:12 PM PDT · by kms61 · 3 replies · 150+ views
    Baton Rouge Morning Advocate ^ | May 28, 2008 | Sarah Chacko
    The two top Republican candidates from the spring election for the 6th U.S. Congressional District seat are considering another go at it this fall. Meanwhile, another potential GOP contender withdrew his name from consideration Tuesday. Former state Rep. Woody Jenkins and health industry consultant Laurinda Calongne, the two Republicans who made it to the second closed primary election for the 6th District seat in April, indicated Tuesday that they are strongly considering another run. Jenkins won the April runoff against Calongne. But Jenkins lost to Don Cazayoux, a Democratic state representative from New Roads, in the general election on May...
  • You asked for it (sociopathic kids)

    05/29/2008 3:32:27 PM PDT · by kms61 · 50 replies · 197+ views
    WPEC ^ | May 29, 2008 | WPEC
    click the link to see video of these two specimens who stole from a girl scout selling cookies. There's a commercial first, then the video.
  • Stevens focuses on GI Bill during visit

    05/26/2008 8:30:19 PM PDT · by kms61 · 4 replies · 68+ views ^ | May 25, 2008 | Chris Freiburg
    Sen. Ted Stevens warned of a “mass exodus” from the military Saturday if the so-called 21st Century GI Bill goes into law without major changes. The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 passed the Senate on Thursday with wide bipartisan support, but with many differences from the version earlier passed by the House of Representatives. While visiting Fairbanks with Secretary of Veterans Affairs James Peake, Stevens took issue with the bill giving benefits to veterans after only three years of military service. “There are worries that people who are already in for two years will serve one more and...
  • The Things They Caarried

    05/13/2008 11:42:25 PM PDT · by kms61 · 1 replies · 95+ views
    Esquire ^ | May 6, 2008 | Chris Jones
    Four thousand American soldiers have died in Iraq. This is the true story of how one of them came home.
  • Bill Would Ban Adult Mags From Bases

    04/28/2008 2:48:39 PM PDT · by kms61 · 175 replies · 209+ views ^ | April 25, 2008 | Atlanta Journal Constitution
    April 25, 2008 Atlanta Journal Constitution Washington - Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga., has introduced a bill to prohibit the sale of "sexually explicit" material at military installations. "Our troops should not see their honor sullied so that the moguls behind magazines like Playboy and Penthouse can profit," Broun said in a statement. Broun said his bill, titled "The Military Honor and Decency Act," is needed to close a loophole in current law that allows the sale and rental of sexually explicit material on military bases both in the United States and abroad. "Allowing the sale of pornography on military bases...
  • Soldier ended his life rather than live incapacitated

    09/24/2007 12:47:03 AM PDT · by kms61 · 79 replies · 149+ views ^ | September 21, 2007 | Associated press
    DAMASCUS, Ore. (AP) - Family and friends got to hear Army. Capt. Drew Jensen's voice one last time. Jensen, 27, died from combat wounds this month after he decided to be removed from life support at the Puget Sound Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Seattle. But before his death, he recorded a message for those who would attend his memorial service. "Family, friends and acquaintances, thank you for your support," the audio recording began, a ventilator audible in the background. "Understand that I will miss all of you and, to those who don't fully understand, I apologize." Jensen said he...
  • Lagat wins 1,500-meter race for U.S.

    08/29/2007 7:56:02 PM PDT · by kms61 · 7 replies · 408+ views
    Yahoo Sports ^ | August 30, 2007 | Bob Baum
    OSAKA, Japan - In his first big race as an American, Bernard Lagat won the world championship that had long eluded him. His stirring victory in the 1,500 meters Wednesday night was something he never quite accomplished as a Kenyan. "This is a dream come true," the 32-year-old runner said. "I'm a champion for the United States of America." Lagat, an American citizen since 2004, became the first U.S. runner to win a world 1,500-meter championship. "When you're carrying this flag, it means a lot," Lagat said. "You're representing everybody, the victims of Katrina, everybody. Those who are serving in...
  • 2 Bastrop police officers killed (Louisiana)

    08/10/2007 2:47:34 PM PDT · by kms61 · 50 replies · 3,120+ views
    KNOE TV ^ | August 10, 2007
    BASTROP (TV8) - Morehouse Parish Sheriff Danny McGrew confirms two Bastrop police officers were shot and killed Friday afternoon in downtown Bastrop. McGrew says one suspect was also shot and killed. Two emergency medical technicians were shot and wounded. One was reported to be in surgery at Morehouse General Hospital. At least one other suspect was said to be in a standoff with police at the Best Budget Inn on South Franklin Street near the courthouse square. McGrew said the suspects were possibly persons of interest in a double homicide in Texas, but that was not confirmed. TV8 News reporter...
  • Nunn not ruling out White House bid, criticizes partisanship

    08/05/2007 5:53:15 PM PDT · by kms61 · 37 replies · 1,265+ views ^ | August 30, 2007 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Democratic Senator Sam Nunn of Georgia said today he is frustrated with the direction of the presidential race and acknowledged talking with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and others about an independent challenge to the major parties. Nunn said of Bloomberg, "We've had conversations about frustration with the fact that the process is flawed. I've told him ... it may be time for some serious people to look at what I call a time-out and having people of good faith in the Democratic and Republican parties to come together and address the issues that the parties...
  • Labor Dept. probe of H-1B video sought

    06/22/2007 12:15:24 AM PDT · by kms61 · 9 replies · 677+ views
    Computerworld ^ | June 21, 2007 | Patrick Thibodeau
    June 21, 2007 (Computerworld) -- WASHINGTON -- That explosive H-1B YouTube video offering advice on how to hire foreign workers instead of Americans has gotten the attention of U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, (R-Iowa), and Rep. Lamar Smith, (R-Texas), who called it evidence of abuse of the visa program. Both men want a federal investigation and are seeking answers from the law firm that posted the original video on YouTube. In a letter to U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, Grassley and Smith characterized the video as "exposing the blatant disregard for American workers and deliberate attempt to bring in...
  • Marines bring in his Wildcat

    06/08/2007 8:42:39 PM PDT · by kms61 · 57 replies · 2,167+ views
    Daily Iberian ^ | June 7, 2007 | Alicia Duplessis
    It wasn’t for keeps or to park in his garage, but being surprised with the type of aircraft he used to shoot down six Japanese fighter planes over the Pacific Ocean in 1943 set up a memorable day for retired U.S. Marine Corps pilot Jeff DeBlanc, 86, of St. Martinville. “I am so very humbled and it’s so nice to see everyone who came out to do this for me,” said DeBlanc as he looked into the crowd sprinkled with young uniformed officers. “As one Marine to another I look at them as veterans that survived the war just like...
  • Report: AP Cameraman, Carrying Rifle, Killed in Iraq Opposing Al-Qaeda

    06/02/2007 7:42:58 PM PDT · by kms61 · 26 replies · 1,897+ views
    Editor and Publisher ^ | June 1, 2007 | Greg Mitchell
    NEW YORK Jane Arraf, the well-known CNN and NBC correspondent now writing for the popular Web site, IraqSlogger, reveals tonight that the brothers of the Associated Press cameraman killed in Baghdad on Thursday say that he was carrying a rifle in trying to hold off al-Qaeda militants in his neighborhood. A picture of the photographer, taken by Arraf, also appears on the front page of the site, being treated in vain by a U.S. Army medic. Other pictures show brothers of the slain man -- also journalsits -- grieving, along with his coffin. Arraf has been embedded with the Army...
  • Coast Guard search continues for NFL player

    05/28/2007 10:19:48 AM PDT · by kms61 · 48 replies · 2,891+ views ^ | May 28, 2007 | staff reports
    Authorities have turned their search from rescue to recovery for former LSU football standout Marquise Hill, now a defensive end for the New England Patriots, who went missing Sunday night after falling off a jet ski in Lake Pontchartrain. Lt. Steve McManus of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said officials decided to focus on recovering Hill's body after witnesses saw him go under the water without resurfacing. Authorities are trying to determine with the help of family members Hill's exact location at the time he and a woman fell from the craft, McManus said. Petty Officer Tom Atkeson...
  • WTO rebuffs U.S. on Internet betting ban

    04/02/2007 12:13:22 PM PDT · by kms61 · 9 replies · 576+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | Mar 31, 007 | AP
    GENEVA - The U.S. has failed to change its ban on Internet betting to comply with a World Trade Organization ruling that said the legislation unfairly targets offshore casinos, the global trade body said Friday. The ruling opens the door to possible commercial sanctions against the U.S. In a 215-page decision, a three-member WTO compliance panel sided with the twin Caribbean island nation of Antigua and Barbuda, which has argued that Internet gambling is a lucrative source of revenue and provides an income for hundreds of islanders. The Geneva-based trade referee has said Washington can maintain restrictions on online gambling,...
  • Support is relative for Florida's Brewer

    04/02/2007 1:13:13 AM PDT · by kms61 · 2 replies · 639+ views
    LA Times ^ | March 30, 2007 | Bill Plashke
    PORTLAND, TENN. — In a patch of farmland on the edges of this tiny hill town, there's a pristine subdivision with two-story brick houses, deep lawns and backyard pools. The Brewers live across the street, in a matchbox house with a weed-choked yard and a backyard beer tub. In the subdivision, smooth driveways lead to fancy garages on which are mounted basketball hoops. The Brewers have a gravel driveway, no garage for their 100,000-mile cars, and a couple of warped lawn chairs around that beer tub. Every morning, when Glenda Brewer leaves for her job as a special education teacher...
  • Air Force legend Col. Chase Nielsen passes away

    03/29/2007 1:33:29 AM PDT · by kms61 · 7 replies · 222+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Mar 25, 2007 | Lt. Col. Stephen Clutter
    /25/2007 - SAN ANTONIO (AFNEWS) -- Retired Lt. Col. Chase J. Nielsen, one of the famed "Tokyo Doolittle Raiders" who helped boost American morale in the early days of World War II with a surprise air attack on Japan and spent a lifetime as an advocate for American airpower, died March 23 at his home in Brigham City, Utah. Born Jan. 14, 1917 in Hyrum, Utah, Colonel Nielsen attended Utah State University and graduated in 1939 with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering. In August 1939, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a flying cadet....
  • LSU walk-on has seen it all in Iraq

    03/26/2007 9:50:57 PM PDT · by kms61 · 2 replies · 658+ views ^ | march 26, 2007 | Glenn Guilbeau
    BATON ROUGE -- On the four-year anniversary of the start of the Iraq war last Tuesday, Joey Stutson was playing football for LSU. It was just a spring practice. And he is a freshman walk-on fullback from Mandeville High with a lot of guys ahead of him and little chance of playing. ADVERTISEMENT But that's better than being working as a machine gunner on a Humvee in Iraq, which is where Stutson was from the fall of 2005 through the summer of 2006 as a specialist in the National Guard. "The last six months I was there we patrolled a...
  • Legislation to Repeal Online Gambling Ban May Be Coming

    03/15/2007 1:04:39 PM PDT · by kms61 · 155 replies · 2,114+ views
    24/7 Wall Street ^ | March 14, 2007 | Jon C Ogg
    The Financial Times online edition (subscription required for full article) has noted from an interview that Barney Frank, the democratic House Financial Services Committee chairman, is working on legislation to repeal the ban on online gambling in the US that was passed last year. "Working on" is hard to define without more information It is not clear at all if this is a "total repeal" or just a loosening of the laws. It is also a question as to whether or not this legislation could even make it to the White House through Congressional votes, and it is unclear of...
  • WTO raps US over online gambling law

    02/03/2007 11:12:20 AM PST · by kms61 · 8 replies · 654+ views
    The Register UK ^ | Feb 1, 2007 |
    The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has ruled against the US in an online gambling dispute with the Caribbean island of Antigua and Barbuda. The US is breaking international trade rules, it is expected to say. Though the ruling is still private, Reuters has reported that the WTO has found the US guilty of not complying with a 2005 order in the case. Antigua and Barbuda has built up a significant internet gambling industry to replace falling tourist revenue and took the US to the WTO over entry to the US gaming market. Laws passed previously banned non-US companies from operating...
  • Army Col. Shirly Ray Trumps; Led Commando Units in WWII

    12/10/2006 9:53:00 PM PST · by kms61 · 16 replies · 1,061+ views
    Washington Post ^ | December 5, 2006 | Joe Holley
    Shirly Ray Trumps, 84, a retired Army colonel who led commando operations behind German lines in support of the Normandy invasion, died of lymphocytic leukemia Nov. 15 at his home in Annandale. Born along the Bayou Teche in Breaux Bridge, La., in the heart of Louisiana's French-speaking Cajun parishes, he joined the Army in 1940 as a member of the Louisiana National Guard and was commissioned a second lieutenant of infantry in 1942. On a weekend pass to Washington in 1943, he heard that the Army was searching for French-speaking volunteers to train for special missions. He applied for and...
  • Jim Leavelle: Handcuffed To History

    12/07/2006 8:14:06 PM PST · by kms61 · 2 replies · 874+ views
    KGMB ^ | December 4, 2006 | Jim Mendoza
    When Pearl Harbor was attacked, Jim Leavelle could only watch from his ship anchored away from battleship row. He was a helpless spectator. "I could see what was happening and the carnage that was taking place over there with the blowing up and burning and all of this," he said. Leavelle was 21 years old, two years into his hitch in the U.S. Navy. On December 7, 1941, he was a supply man on board the U.S.S. Whitney. Fast-forward from 1941 to 1963. Leavelle, now a Dallas detective, was handcuffed to Lee Harvey Oswald the moment Jack Ruby fired his...
  • Online Gambling Bill Sponsor Jim Leach Defeated

    11/08/2006 1:30:21 PM PST · by kms61 · 26 replies · 1,373+ views
    Poker News ^ | November 8, 2006 | Amy Calistri
    While the rest of the US will be discussing the Democratic victories that secured a House majority and a potential Senate majority, most online poker players will be discussing a single victory; the one that unseated 30 year incumbent Republican Jim Leach. Leach was the sponsor of the House bill that became the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act. With his stated goals of "protecting American families" and addressing a "national security concern," Leach introduced HR 4411. In a 51% to 49% victory, political science professor Dave Loebsack defeated the longtime Republican Congressman from Iowa. In the legislative world, Leach was...
  • Keeping Pat Tillman on the front lines

    10/13/2006 12:51:13 PM PDT · by kms61 · 6 replies · 784+ views
    ESPN ^ | October 13, 2006 | William Weinbaum
    On Veterans Day weekend, the Arizona Cardinals will honor the late Pat Tillman with a special halftime ceremony and give him a place on the team's Ring of Honor at University of Phoenix Stadium. But a less-publicized tribute in the Phoenix area is paid to Tillman every time a 24-year-old war veteran and student at Scottsdale Community College takes the stage as the lead singer of the punk rock band Second Stint. Sgt. Brad "Jake" Jacobson was among the Army Rangers on a mission in southeastern Afghanistan when Tillman was killed by friendly fire in April 2004. Jacobson wrote and...
  • Monroe Boy Linked to Foley Scandal

    10/03/2006 9:42:51 PM PDT · by kms61 · 130 replies · 3,945+ views
    KARD TV ^ | October 3, 2006 | Joseph Pleasant
    When a Monroe teenager first contacted a member of Rodney Alexander's staff about email messages from former Florida Congressman Mark Foley the young man asked the staff member not to say anything. But once a reporter contacted Representative Alexander, the congressman said he had to report the incident. The young man in question says he wants all the media attention to just go away. "He's in school and trying to understand whats going on," U.S Congress Rep. Rodney Alexander said. "He is upset, needless to say, and his parents are concerned." Out of Washington and in his Monroe office, Representative...
  • North Dakota a gambling haven?

    09/18/2006 11:13:06 PM PDT · by kms61 · 25 replies · 591+ views ^ | September 15, 2006 | Roy Mark
    Outside the Beltway, way out there in flyover land on the prairies of North Dakota, not all Republicans are lining up to support U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's call to ban Internet gambling. In fact, North Dakota State Rep. Jim Kasper says, "My fellow Republicans just don't get it" when it comes to Internet gambling. In July, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006, which updates the 1961 Wire Act banning sports wagering over the telephone to include all forms of online gambling. Frist (R-Tenn.) wants the Senate to approve the same...
  • automotive question-car trouble (vanity)

    09/11/2006 7:51:38 PM PDT · by kms61 · 26 replies · 440+ views
    September 11, 2006 | vanity
    I've been a member here for several years, but this is my first post on this particular forum. I gather that this is the place for general non-political talk, if I'm out of line posting this here, Moderator please feel free to delete. My question: I own a 1992 Chevy S10 pickup truck with about 78K miles on it. Runs like a dream, and I have had very little trouble with it. Today while I was driving around town, the "check gages" light came on and my oil pressure gauge went to zero. I pulled over as soon as I...
  • Collaps of the Flanks

    08/19/2006 4:49:03 PM PDT · by kms61 · 14 replies · 294+ views
    DNI,Net ^ | August 10, 2006 | William S Lind
    n Iraq and Afghanistan, the “coalition” defeats continue slowly to unroll. In Lebanon, it appears Hezbollah may win not only at the moral and mental, strategic and operational levels, but, astonishingly, at the physical and tactical levels as well. That outcome remains uncertain, but the fact that it is possible portends a revolutionary reassessment of what Fourth Generation forces can accomplish. If it actually happens, the walls of the temple that is the state system will be shaken world-wide. One pointer to a shift in the tactical balance is the comparative casualty counts. According to the Associated Press, as of...
  • BetOnSports shuts down service to U.S. gamblers

    08/13/2006 9:36:18 PM PDT · by kms61 · 25 replies · 1,341+ views
    Buffalo News ^ | Aug 13. 2006 | Suzette Parmley
    PHILADELPHIA - BetOnSports PLC, the embattled London-based Internet gambling company that has been charged with fraud and racketeering by U.S. prosecutors, announced Friday that it has shut down its services for gamblers in the United States. On Thursday, the company told its employees that it was shutting down its Costa Rican and Antiguan offices, where it accepted wagers from tens of thousands of customers in the United States, its primary market. The shutdown will result in the elimination of about 800 jobs, the company said in a statement. The case against BetOnSports is being watched closely by the $12 billion...
  • Yahoo! Sports report: Reggie Bush's family home

    04/23/2006 2:15:18 PM PDT · by kms61 · 21 replies · 685+ views
    Yahoo Sports ^ | April 23, 2006 | Charles Robinson
    SPRING VALLEY, Calif. – In this sprawling hilltop community with a breathtaking view of Sweetwater Lake, it was no secret who lived in the 3,000-square-foot house at the corner of Apple Street and Luther Avenue. That home, residents would tell you, was where Reggie Bush's family lived. That is, until this weekend, when the family abruptly packed up and vacated the residence – less than 24 hours after Yahoo! Sports approached Bush's mother about information linking the property to Michael Michaels, a man who is alleged to have tried to play a role in steering Bush toward an agent and...
  • TV station refuses to air game on Good Friday

    04/14/2006 6:49:39 PM PDT · by kms61 · 11 replies · 544+ views
    AP via Fox Sports ^ | April 14, 2006 | associated press
    WNEP-TV, which traditionally televises the home opener of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons, said it would not air Friday night's game against Norfolk at Lackawanna County Stadium. "Good Friday is not an appropriate day for us to do that," C. Lou Kirchen, the station's president and general manager, said on a recent broadcast. Instead, the station was to air local news, followed by the tabloid show "Inside Edition," an episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" and then "Primetime," featuring an interview with Tom Cruise.
  • Pol: No More Web Bets (nanny state alert)

    02/19/2006 6:58:56 PM PST · by kms61 · 48 replies · 782+ views
    New York Post ^ | February 19, 2006 | staff
    February 19, 2006 -- A Virginia Congressman is trying for the fourth time to outlaw most forms of Internet gambling. Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) reintroduced the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act last week, in hopes of wiping out what has become a $12 billion a year industry — off-shore casinos taking bets from Americans.
  • Judge takes Congress to task in bankruptcy case

    02/05/2006 12:57:00 AM PST · by kms61 · 109 replies · 2,102+ views
    Austin American Statesman ^ | February 5, 2006 | Robert Elder
    FREDERICKSBURG — Alfonso Sosa, a house painter here who made about $20,000 last year, filed for bankruptcy the morning of Dec. 6, hoping to avoid the foreclosure on his family's mobile home scheduled for later that day. Judge Frank Monroe of Austin rejected the case 16 days later — with a bang. In his ruling, Monroe said the new federal bankruptcy law is full of traps for consumers, calling some of its provisions "inane," "absurd" and incomprehensible to "any rational human being." He stopped just short of accusing Congress of being bought and paid for, dryly noting, "Apparently, it is...
  • Q&A: James Webb, former secretary of the Navy

    10/31/2005 8:56:51 PM PST · by kms61 · 8 replies · 546+ views
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | October 30, 2005 | Union-Tribune editorial board
    Webb, a 1968 Naval Academy graduate, was a highly decorated Marine infantry officer in Vietnam. He was an assistant secretary of defense and later secretary of the Navy in the Reagan administration. Webb is the author of six novels, the non-fiction "Born Fighting" and several Hollywood screenplays. He lectured at the James Bond Stockdale Leadership and Ethics Symposium at the University of San Diego Oct. 19 and was interviewed by members of the Union-Tribune's editorial board.