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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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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...
  • Is 'Duke' Case Headed to Civil Court?

    05/17/2006 7:09:30 AM PDT · by Locomotive Breath · 156 replies · 2,935+ views
    Fox News ^ | 5/17/2006 | Locomotive Breath
    A man stands in the background of the Duke Lacrosse 'rape' case…watching. While the alleged rape of a black woman by three wealthy, white male students remains in criminal court, he is not likely to step forward.[snip]Even at this early stage, however, the accuser's mother is "very much interested" in "getting [him] involved." Nicknamed "the Giant Killer," attorney Willie E. Gary is a litigator renowned for winning huge settlements.
  • Report: PD Said Accuser Was Not Credible

    05/08/2006 1:57:24 PM PDT · by Locomotive Breath · 313 replies · 3,434+ views
    ABC11TV ^ | 5/8/2006
    [snip] A committee said Monday that Duke University administration was slow in addressing the alleged rape involving members of the lacrosse team. It said key administrators relied too heavily on initial reports from Durham police that the alleged victim "kept changing her story and was not credible." [snip]
  • False Rape Accusations May Be More Common Than Thought

    05/03/2006 5:48:12 AM PDT · by Locomotive Breath · 113 replies · 1,171+ views
    Fox News ^ | 5/3/2006 | Locomotive Breath
    They stated, "Every year since 1989, in about 25 percent of the sexual assault cases referred to the FBI where results could be obtained, the primary suspect has been excluded by forensic DNA testing. Specifically, FBI officials report that out of roughly 10,000 sexual assault cases since 1989, about 2,000 tests have been inconclusive, about 2,000 tests have excluded the primary suspect, and about 6,000 have "matched" or included the primary suspect." The authors continued, "these percentages have remained constant for 7 years, and the National Institute of Justice's informal survey of private laboratories reveals a strikingly similar 26 percent...
  • The rape charge as weapon (Duke Lacrosse)

    05/01/2006 11:00:11 AM PDT · by Locomotive Breath · 24 replies · 770+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | 5/1/2006 | Cathy Young
    [snip] Feminism has achieved real and important progress in the treatment of sexual assault victims. A couple of generations ago, a stripper at a party with athletes would have been viewed by many as fair game. That this is no longer the case surely makes us a more decent society. But even some people who applaud this change believe that in some cases, the pendulum has swung too far. Many feminists seem to think that in sexual assault cases the presumption of innocence should not apply. Appearing on the Fox News show ''The O'Reilly Factor," Monika Johnson-Hostler of the North...
  • DA, police to be 'tried,' too (Duke lacrosse)

    04/30/2006 2:34:40 AM PDT · by Locomotive Breath · 23 replies · 609+ views
    Raleigh News and Observer ^ | 4/30/06 | Locomotive Breath
    DA, police to be 'tried,' too Two Duke lacrosse players face charges after allegations of a rape at 610 N. Buchanan Blvd. If a trial proceeds, the case's evolution will be scrutinized Joseph Neff, Michael Biesecker and Samiha Khanna, Staff Writers DURHAM - If and when the Duke lacrosse case gets to a courtroom, more than the defendants will be on trial. So will the Durham police and the prosecutor leading the case. Durham officials and defense lawyers expect withering scrutiny of the most publicized criminal investigation in city history. A woman hired to dance at a lacrosse team party...
  • Panther group plans to visit Duke (Old News Revisited now Charges have been Dropped)

    04/28/2006 4:07:53 AM PDT · by Locomotive Breath · 57 replies · 1,683+ views
    Raleigh News and Observer ^ | 4/28/2006 | Locomotive Breath
    [snip] "We are conducting an independent investigation, and we intend to enter the campus and interview lacrosse players," Shabazz said Thursday. "We seek to ensure an adequate, strong and vigorous prosecution." Duke is a private institution, and its campus is private property. Shabazz said he has not sought permission to enter but that his group has "received no word that we are not welcome." John Burness, Duke's vice president for public affairs and community relations, said Thursday that the university will allow a controlled march on campus, as long as the New Black Panthers follow specific rules. "As an institution...
  • One in Four? Rape myths do injustice, too.

    04/27/2006 7:44:58 AM PDT · by Locomotive Breath · 14 replies · 319+ views
    National Review ^ | 4/27/2006 | Carrie Lukas
    One in four women is the victim of rape or attempted rape. This familiar statistic comes to mind as the rape indictment of two Duke University lacrosse players dominates national news. It may be a fitting backdrop for this scandal, not just because the statistic reminds us that all women are vulnerable to this terrible crime, but also because the evidence behind the number is dubious.
  • Why Would Accuser in Duke Rape Case Lie? (Susan Estrich barf alert)

    04/24/2006 7:53:17 AM PDT · by Locomotive Breath · 37 replies · 949+ views ^ | 2/24/2006 | Locomotive Breath
    Let’s start with the team parents, who should be furious with their sons for blowing their season and embarrassing their school. And yet apparently not one parent, not one, has said to her son, “you go in there and tell the police the truth about what happened.” Yes, I know the Fifth Amendment says criminals don’t have to talk. I teach criminal law. But what are we dealing with here? The mafia, or a sports team from a first-class university. Instead, they hire them lawyers to trash the victim and the prosecutor.
  • DA on the spot for comments (Tide turns in Duke lacrosse rape case)

    04/22/2006 4:15:31 AM PDT · by Locomotive Breath · 22 replies · 983+ views
    The Raleigh News and Observer ^ | 4/22/06 | Locomotive Breath
    DURHAM - Defense lawyers and legal experts say District Attorney Mike Nifong may have crossed ethical lines in public comments about rape allegations involving Duke University lacrosse players, potentially prejudicing jurors and setting off a media maelstrom. For his part, Nifong says that he has done nothing wrong, though he has ceased talking with reporters about allegations made by an escort service dancer hired to perform at a March 13 team party. He would speak only about his handling of the case Friday. "In terms of what I said, no, I wouldn't say I regret anything I've said," Nifong said....
  • Mother, dancer, accuser [Duke lax liberal media barf alert]

    04/16/2006 4:18:29 AM PDT · by Locomotive Breath · 640 replies · 8,501+ views
    Raleigh News and Observer ^ | 4/16/06 | Locomotive Breath
    Mother, dancer, accuser Duke scandal peels back layers of Durham woman's identity She is a 27-year-old mother of two who married young, served in the Navy and was once in serious trouble because of an episode of drunken driving and assault that left her with a criminal record. On the campus of N.C. Central University, where she is a full-time student, few people know her. Today she may be the nation's best-known unnamed person [my bold]. She is the woman whose report of rape at a Duke lacrosse team party, where she had been hired to dance, has riveted people...
  • Duke: Police Tried to Enter Players' Rooms

    04/14/2006 7:52:06 AM PDT · by Locomotive Breath · 494 replies · 9,741+ views
    Durham Herald Sun / ^ | 4/14/06 | Locomotive Breath
    By TIM WHITMIRE : Associated Press Writer Apr 14, 2006 : 10:22 am ET DURHAM, N.C. -- Police attempted to search the dorm rooms of Duke University lacrosse players amid an investigation into the alleged rape of an exotic dancer at a team party, the school's president said Friday.