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Articles Posted by Locomotive Breath

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  • Five little Wards are IRS darlings

    04/18/2011 3:56:40 AM PDT · by Locomotive Breath · 16 replies
    News and Observer ^ | 4/18/2011 | Locomotive Breath
    This morning, when she kisses all five of her beautiful deductibles on the cheek, straps on their backpacks and nudges them out the door for the school bus, Thelma Ward will relax and wait for her reward in the mailbox - all $54,242.
  • Japan charges New Zealand whaling activist Pete Bethune

    04/02/2010 10:25:57 AM PDT · by Locomotive Breath · 7 replies · 333+ views
    BBC ^ | 4/2/2010 | Locomotive Breath
    A New Zealand anti-whaling activist who boarded a Japanese harpoon ship has been charged with five offences, including trespass and causing injury.
  • Atheist barred from office in North Carolina?

    12/11/2009 5:33:11 AM PST · by Locomotive Breath · 49 replies · 1,268+ views
    Hotair ^ | 12/11/2009 | Locomotive Breath
    A strange story surrounding a North Carolina city council election has suddenly become national news. Cecil Bothwell won his election fairly, a fact no one disputes. However, the former head of the Asheville NAACP has attempted to block Bothwell’s seating by pointing out an obscure clause in North Carolina’s state constitution that bars atheists from holding public office. The dispute will likely have to be settled in federal court:
  • Jim Thompson POW and Legendary Badass

    07/21/2009 5:24:11 AM PDT · by Locomotive Breath · 3 replies · 580+ views
    cracked.com ^ | July 21, 2009 | Son Tran
    #5 Jim Thompson POW and Legendary Badass Who was he? Jim was just a store clerk, until he decided he could probably impress more girls by telling them he was a Green Beret, which he became. How He Stared Down Death: During the Vietnam War, Jim was captured and held as a prisoner of war, at which time he was beaten and tortured. The time we're speaking of by the way was a period of nine years, giving him a pretty bittersweet record for being held as a POW.
  • WHY CONSERVATISM SUCKS RIGHT NOW ["Some Freeper named Jim Robinson off the deep end!"]

    07/19/2009 10:34:15 AM PDT · by Locomotive Breath · 104 replies · 3,196+ views
    Rightwing Nuthouse | 10:40 am | Rick Moran
    <p>Some Freeper named Jim Robinson has an off the deep end post up at Free Republic that illustrates in a nutshell why no one is taking conservatism very seriously these days.</p> <p>You have to read the whole thing to grasp the underlying hysteria, the exaggeration, the misperceptions, and the paranoia, but a few choice passages should suffice.</p>
  • Rocket Record: The Largest, Heaviest Amateur Rocket Ever Launched

    04/28/2009 3:28:41 PM PDT · by Locomotive Breath · 21 replies · 1,229+ views
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 4/28/2009 | Locomotive Breath
    Steve Eves broke two world records Saturday, when his 1/10th scale model of the historic rocket—built in his garage near Akron, Ohio—lifted off from a field on Maryland's Eastern Shore. The 36-ft.-tall rocket was the largest amateur rocket ever launched and recovered successfully—and at 1648 pounds, also the heaviest. Eves' single-stage behemoth was powered by nine motors—eight 13,000 Newton-second N-Class motors and a 77,000 Newton-second P-Class motor. (Five Newton-seconds is equivalent to about a pound of thrust.) All told, the array generated enough force to chuck a Volkswagen more than a half-mile—and sent the Saturn V more than 4440 feet...
  • [Duke] Lacrosse [false] accuser to speak

    04/22/2009 9:42:24 AM PDT · by Locomotive Breath · 43 replies · 1,191+ views
    The Daily Tar Heel ^ | 4/22/2009 | Locomotive Breath
    Lacrosse accuser to speak To address justice system, the media Rachel Coleman, Staff Writer Published: Wednesday, April 22, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, April 22, 2009 The woman involved in the Duke University lacrosse team scandal more than three years ago will make a rare public appearance today at UNC as part of an event about social injustice. Crystal Gail Mangum, who accused three Duke lacrosse players of rape in 2006, will speak in the Sonja Haynes Stone Center about “the harsh realities of minority treatment both in the justice system and the media,” according to the event’s press release. The lacrosse...
  • iPhone game saves a family's home

    02/26/2009 7:07:43 AM PST · by Locomotive Breath · 34 replies · 1,245+ views
    The Raleigh News and Observer ^ | 2/26/09 | Locomotive Breath
    iPhone game saves a family's home Matt Ehlers - Staff Writer WAKE FOREST -- With unexpected medical bills piling up and his employer suspending its bonus program, Ethan Nicholas and his family faced a financial crisis. So he struck a deal with his wife, Nicole: If she took on more responsibility in caring for their two young boys, he would devote the hours before and after his regular job to building a video game for the Apple iPhone.
  • Fox News reads Freerepublic (vanity of a sort)

    10/23/2008 10:07:03 AM PDT · by Locomotive Breath · 16 replies · 803+ views
    Fox News ^ | 10/23/2008 | Locomotive Breath
    Duke Lacrosse Rape Accuser Insists She Was Attacked in Memoir The woman state prosecutors determined falsely accused three Duke lacrosse players of rape maintains in a memoir that she was attacked. [snip] Click on the link near the bottom Click here to see the release.
  • Duke LAX accuser pens memoir

    08/21/2008 6:20:47 PM PDT · by Locomotive Breath · 67 replies · 7,806+ views
    abc11.com ^ | 8/21/2008 | Locomotive Breath
    By Tamara Gibbs DURHAM (WTVD) -- Since three former Duke Lacrosse players were declared innocent of rape and assault charges, the alleged victim in the highly publicized Duke Lacrosse case has remained out of public view until now. In a press release, Crystal Mangum's manager has announced plans to release a tell-all memoir entitled "The Last Dance for Grace: The Crystal Mangum Story." According to the book's co-author Vincent Clark, the book will be released in October.
  • Banned From Church

    01/18/2008 3:46:31 AM PST · by Locomotive Breath · 31 replies · 254+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 1/18/07 | Locomotive Breath
    Banned From Church Reviving an ancient practice, churches are exposing sinners and shunning those who won't repent. By ALEXANDRA ALTER January 18, 2008; Page W1 On a quiet Sunday morning in June, as worshippers settled into the pews at Allen Baptist Church in southwestern Michigan, Pastor Jason Burrick grabbed his cellphone and dialed 911. When a dispatcher answered, the preacher said a former congregant was in the sanctuary. "And we need to, um, have her out A.S.A.P." Half an hour later, 71-year-old Karolyn Caskey, a church member for nearly 50 years who had taught Sunday school and regularly donated 10%...
  • Freepers take a bow: Duke Lacrosse -> we had it right (Freeper Vanity)

    01/01/2008 5:49:58 PM PST · by Locomotive Breath · 29 replies · 186+ views
    1/1/08 | Locomotive Breath
    I recently was looking for an old quote and ended up assembling a list of FreeRepublic threads as the Duke lacrosse case broke. We had the whole thing nailed pretty quickly while the MSM floundered in their biases and preconceptions. Let's hear it for the decline of the dino media and hats off to all you Freepers.
  • Unindicted Duke LAX players sue Duke University

    12/18/2007 11:12:12 AM PST · by Locomotive Breath · 354 replies · 2,409+ views
    abc11 ^ | 12/18/2007 | Locomotive Breath
    By Tamara Gibbs DURHAM -- In a filing Tuesday in Federal Court, unindicted Duke Lacrosse players are suing Duke University, the City of Durham, Duke University professors, Mike Nifong and the DNA lab involved in the case. The suit also names doctors and nurses who treated the alleged victim the night she claimed she'd been raped at a party. The players are also suing City Manager Patrick Baker and former Durham Police Chief Stephen Chalmers. As part of the investigation, the unindicted players had to give up DNA samples and were named in the school paper. In the 404-page lawsuit,...
  • This is one vote (John) Edwards never had

    04/11/2007 4:27:54 AM PDT · by Locomotive Breath · 55 replies · 1,928+ views
    Raleigh News and Observer ^ | 4/11/2007 | Locomotive Breath
    This is one vote Edwards never had Elizabeth gripes; neighbor is famous Leah Friedman, Staff Writer CHAPEL HILL - Monty Johnson was heading home Monday with a cooler full of catfish when he learned his new neighbor had turned him into a minor celebrity. The first calls on his cell phone came from two lawyers asking to represent him in a slander case. Elizabeth Edwards, they told him, had called him a "rabid, rabid Republican." That wasn't all. The Democratic presidential candidate's wife also told The Associated Press she didn't want her children near Johnson because, she said, he once...
  • Duke Lacrosse Suspect Arrives in North Carolina

    04/10/2007 1:15:12 PM PDT · by Locomotive Breath · 97 replies · 2,740+ views
    WRAL ^ | 4/10/2007 | Locomotive Breath
    Duke Lacrosse Suspect Arrives in North Carolina Reade Seligmann Posted: 13 minutes ago Updated: 8 minutes ago Raleigh — In what could signal a new development in the Duke lacrosse case, one of the three accused in the case was seen arriving at Raleigh-Durham International Airport Tuesday afternoon. Reade Seligmann and his family, arrived just after 3 p.m. on an American Air flight from Newark, N.J. Seligmann had no comment. The North Carolina Attorney General's Office has yet to announce whether it will proceed with the case against him, Collin Finnerty and David Evans. Has video
  • Duke looks within for solutions (Duke Lacrosse)

    04/09/2007 3:39:47 PM PDT · by Locomotive Breath · 73 replies · 1,586+ views
    Newsday ^ | 4/9/2007 | Locomotive Breath
    Steven Marcus LOCAL COLLEGES Duke looks within for solutions April 9, 2007, 4:21 PM EDT Whatever the state attorney general says and whenever he says it, do not expect Duke University to give the lacrosse players named in last spring's scandal any commendations from the university. Reade Seligmann, David Evans and Garden City's Collin Finnerty were indicated on charges of rape, kidnapping and sexual offense after a female dancer claimed she was assaulted at a team party. The rape charge was dropped by District Attorney Mike Nifong, who himself is under investigation for ethics violations. North Carolina Attorney General Roy...
  • [Duke University] Faculty speak out on threats, intimidation [at "Shut Up and Teach" event]

    02/13/2007 1:36:04 PM PST · by Locomotive Breath · 54 replies · 1,862+ views
    The Duke Chronicle ^ | 2/13/2007 | Locomotive Breath
    By: Naureen Khan Issue date: 2/13/07 Section: News Last update: 2/13/07 at 5:57 AM EST Six members of the Duke faculty said Monday night that they refused to be silenced by what they termed as attempts by critics to intimidate them or censor their opinions. The charged panel discussion-entitled "Shut Up and Teach?"-addressed criticism toward academics who comment on controversial social and political issues. The panelists at the talk-five of whom were signatories of an advertisement called the "listening statement" that was published in The Chronicle April 6, 2006-said the problems of faculty repression go beyond the events of last...
  • Easley: Nifong broke his word

    02/03/2007 4:16:51 AM PST · by Locomotive Breath · 169 replies · 3,784+ views
    The Raleigh News and Observer ^ | 2/3/2007 | Locomotive Breath
    Gov. Mike Easley said last month that picking Mike Nifong to be Durham's district attorney was the worst appointment of his career, and he said Nifong broke his promise not to run for the office. Easley told law students in New York that Nifong's decision to seek office in last fall's election almost prompted him to consider yanking Nifong from office. "I almost un-appointed him when he decided to run," Easley said. "I rate that as probably the poorest appointment that I've," the governor trailed off before adding "I've made some good ones."
  • Duke Lacrosse 60 Minutes Broadcast (Live Thread)

    10/15/2006 5:52:10 AM PDT · by Locomotive Breath · 1,331 replies · 24,550+ views
    CBS News ^ | 10/15/2006 | Locomotive Breath
    (CBS) The three Duke lacrosse players indicted for a rape they say they didn't commit are indignant over the effect the charges are having on their lives and their families. In their first interviews, they speak to Ed Bradley this Sunday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. ET/PT.
  • Shifting the Goalposts (Duke, Lacrosse, and the African American Professors)

    06/17/2006 12:52:57 PM PDT · by Locomotive Breath · 29 replies · 718+ views
    History News Network ^ | 4/17/2006 | Locomotive Breath
    As the presumed “facts” initially associated with the Duke lacrosse case have melted away, those on campus who aggressively condemned the lacrosse players have found themselves in an uncomfortable position. While a few columnists (such as David Brooks and Nicholas Kristof) have revised their opinions in light of the Coleman Committee report and the recently released prosecution documents, no one at Duke has publicly done so. A small minority have ignored the new material, and even leveled new charges against the lacrosse players. But most still condemn the lacrosse players, though now with a focus on issues relating to alcohol—acting...