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  • Despite court ruling, Rowan County (NC) commissioners say they'll continue Christian prayers

    02/22/2012 7:19:36 AM PST · by mykdsmom · 32 replies · 7+ views
    AP ^ | 2/21/2012 | The Republic
    SALISBURY, N.C. — Commissioners in one North Carolina county plan to continue offering Christian prayers at public meetings, regardless of a letter from a civil liberties group citing a recent Supreme Court action upholding a federal court's ban on the practice. The Salisbury Post reported ( ) that a huge crowd turned out for the Rowan County Board of Commissioners meeting Monday night to offer their support to the elected officials, who say they'll defy a decision by the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals striking down so-called sectarian prayer, or prayer that's explicitly linked to a particular religion, such...
  • Couple’s Web Site Lets Public Vote: Give Birth or Have Abortion

    11/18/2010 10:14:05 AM PST · by mykdsmom · 14 replies ^ | 11/18/10 | Steven Ertelt
    A Minneapolis, Minnesota couple is making waves across the Internet with a web site they created allowing the public to vote on whether or not they should give birth or have an abortion. Pete and Alisha Arnold are both 30 and they are 17 weeks pregnant with a perfectly healthy baby nicknamed “Wiggles.” The unborn baby is just weeks away from viability and past the point at which most women have had an abortion. However, the Arnolds have set up a website, because they aren’t sure whether they want to become parents — despite the fact that that journey...
  • Baby Aborted for Cleft Lip and Palate Survives 2 days

    10/11/2010 10:47:34 AM PDT · by mykdsmom · 22 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | May 11, 2010
    ROSSANO, ITALY -- A baby who survived nearly two days before dying in an Italian hospital was aborted only because he had a cleft lip and palate. Scans of the boy, who was at 22 weeks gestation, had shown the conditions that can be corrected by surgery, but his mother chose to abort him in a hospital in her hometown of Rossano in southern Italy, the Telegraph in London reported. The 11-ounce baby survived the April 24 abortion, but doctors left him to die. The hospital's Roman Catholic chaplain, Antonio Martello, discovered the boy still alive the next day, about...
  • Obama's Staff Slips Up With Muslim Outreach

    10/10/2008 8:20:54 AM PDT · by mykdsmom · 43 replies · 1,869+ views
    WSJ ^ | OCTOBER 10, 2008 | SUSAN SCHMIDT
    The Obama campaign said it was a mistake for an outreach coordinator to join a meeting last month attended by leaders of two controversial Muslim groups as it seeks votes from large Muslim populations in swing states. Nihad Awad, executive director of CAIR, also attended the session, as did the group's legislative director. The government named CAIR an unindicted coconspirator in the Justice Department's racketeering prosecution last year of alleged Hamas fund-raisers. CAIR said the designation was unjustified; the case ended in a mistrial, but is being brought again by the government.
  • Obama steps into N.C. immigration debate

    09/30/2008 6:34:24 AM PDT · by mykdsmom · 27 replies · 319+ views
    The News & Observer ^ | Sept. 30, 2008 | Rob Christensen
    Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama suggested this weekend that the children of illegal immigrants should have an opportunity to attend public community colleges -- thereby interjecting himself into a contentious North Carolina issue. Obama said children who attended public schools should have the chance to continue to improve themselves rather than being consigned to the fringes of society. "For us to deny them access to community college, even though they've never lived in Mexico, at least as far as they can tell ... is to deny that this is how we've always built this country up," Obama said in an...
  • Metropolitan Opera in HD at your local movie theater

    12/10/2007 11:21:43 AM PST · by mykdsmom · 18 replies · 351+ views
    Metropolitan Opera – Live in HD Series – 2007-08 12/15/2007 - 4/27/2008 “The Met’s experiment of merging film with live performance has created a new art form,” said the Los Angeles Times of the groundbreaking series of live, high-definition performance transmissions to movie theatres around the world. In 2007-08, the Met offers its second season of international HD transmissions—this time with eight live events, up from last year’s six, and eight encore (recorded) events. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy thrilling, world-class opera at your neighborhood theatre!The first performance is this Sat. MET - Romeo et Juliette 12/15/2007 Roméo et...
  • Pitching jihad to America, North Carolina blogger is an Internet foot soldier for violent Islamists

    10/15/2007 1:04:59 PM PDT · by mykdsmom · 15 replies · 311+ views
    News & Observer ^ | October 15, 2007 | Michael Moss and Souad Mekhennet, The New York Times
    When Osama bin Laden issued his videotaped message to the American people last month, a young jihad enthusiast went online to help spread the word."America needs to listen to Shaykh Usaamah very carefully and take his message with great seriousness," he wrote on his blog. "America is known to be a people of arrogance." Unlike bin Laden, the blogger was not operating from a remote location. It turns out he is a 21-year-old American named Samir Khan who produces his blog from his parents' home in North Carolina, where he serves as a kind of Western relay station for the...
  • Fewer trying to cross border; New rules could deter more Mexicans

    08/12/2007 10:17:28 PM PDT · by mykdsmom · 20 replies · 916+ views
    The News & Observer ^ | Aug 12, 2007 | Traci Carl, The Associated Press
    TECATE, MEXICO - Mexicans are increasingly giving up on the American dream and staying home, and the federal crackdown on illegal immigrants announced Friday is likely to discourage even potential migrants from taking the risks. U.S. border agents detained 55,545 illegal migrants jumping over border walls, walking through the desert and swimming across the Rio Grande between October and June. That is down 38 percent for the entire border compared with the same period a year before. U.S. and Mexican officials say increased border security, including 6,000 National Guard soldiers, remote surveillance technology and drone planes, have thwarted smugglers who...
  • The Metropolitan Opera Goes To The Movies

    12/02/2006 6:04:45 PM PST · by mykdsmom · 17 replies · 6,036+ views
    The Metropolitan Opera ^ | unknown | The Met website
    Experience the excitement of the Metropolitan Opera Saturday Matinees-LIVE in HD on the big screen! Six performances will be broadcast straight from the stage of one of the world's greatest opera houses into select movie theaters equipped with high definition screens and surround sound. These are one day only events, and seating is limited, so purchase your tickets now. Don't miss the chance to enjoy world-class opera from the comfort of your neighborhood theater. Tickets on sale now for 12/30 and 1/6 performances. Tickets $18 adult/$15 child. All HD broadcasts are live at: 1:30 pm EST (12:30 pm CST, 11:30...
  • Council backs impeachment of Bush

    05/09/2006 12:18:48 PM PDT · by mykdsmom · 55 replies · 1,583+ views
    The Herald-Sun ^ | May 8, 2006 10:29 pm | ROB SHAPARD
    CHAPEL HILL -- The Town Council unanimously backed a call Monday for the impeachment of President George W. Bush, in a meeting in which it managed to touch on politics, panhandling and downtown parking. The council also heard that feelings were somewhat divided about a possible "neighborhood conservation district" for Coker Hills. On the political front, the council voted 8-0 in favor of a call for impeaching President Bush, reacting to a petition from the Elders for Peace group from the Carol Woods retirement community in Chapel Hill. The council members, all registered Democrats, passed the resolution without comment. "The...
  • Duke to Establish Islamic Studies Center, Create $1.5 Million Endowed Professorship

    11/13/2005 9:45:34 PM PST · by mykdsmom · 37 replies · 1,294+ views
    Duke University ^ | Wednesday, November 9, 2005 | Blake Dickinson
    The center's primary focus will be undergraduate education, international outreach Durham, N.C. -- Duke University will create an Islamic studies center that will focus on undergraduate education and expand partnerships with universities in Muslim-majority countries, Provost Peter Lange announced Wednesday. “The Duke Islamic Studies Center (DISC) will seek to advance interaction and understanding between citizens of American and Muslim cultures,” said Lange, the university’s top academic official. “The center’s ultimate objective is to provide interdisciplinary learning with a humanistic approach to the world’s future western and Muslim leaders. This complements many of the university’s top priorities, including advancing the undergraduate...
  • NC Has Highest Gas Price In Continental US (5th highest gas TAX in nation)

    10/04/2005 12:44:41 PM PDT · by mykdsmom · 81 replies · 2,026+ views
    680 WPTF radio ^ | 10/04/05 | AP
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina has the highest gas price in the continental United States. Triple-A says the average price per gallon here is three-dollars-seven cents. The state is topped only by the District of Columbia and Hawaii, where a gallon of gas averages three-14 and three-24, respectively. Triple-A says regular unleaded in Asheville is the highest in the state at three-19 a gallon. A key reason for that dubious title here is North Carolina's gas tax. The 27 cents paid on each gallon is the highest among Southern states and fifth-highest nationally. By comparison, Virginia's gas tax is...
  • Sisters describe bombings (London bomb Survivors from TN)

    07/22/2005 11:31:57 AM PDT · by mykdsmom · 22 replies · 656+ views
    News and Observer ^ | Jul 22, 2005 | Anne Blythe
    Emily Benton, left, and Katie Benton, right, both seated, are all smiles with Duke Hospital staff, background, including Duke surgeon Dr. Gregory S. Georgiade, upper right, as they were about to hold a press conference this morning in the Duke Children's Hospital lobby. They were slated for release to go home with family to Tennessee later today. DURHAM -- The two sisters from Tennessee injured in the London bombings will leave Duke University Medical Center today with plans to use the limelight cast their way to talk about how their Christian faith carried them through the ordeal. Emily and Katie...
  • Edwards gets rid of mole

    02/07/2005 6:10:57 AM PST · by mykdsmom · 41 replies · 5,005+ views
    News and Observer ^ | Feb 7, 2005 | ROB CHRISTENSEN
    MANCHESTER, N.H. -- John Edwards was frequently asked about the large mole on his lip during last year's national elections. Radio personality Don Imus even gigged him for "that thing on your lip." Now the mole is gone, or at least barely visible. But Edwards said part of it was removed to provide a medical biopsy, rather than for any cosmetic reasons. "I didn't want to do it," Edwards said in an interview before a speech to a Democratic dinner. "What the doctor told me last summer when I got the physical for the v.p. thing that the thing on...
  • When Vietnam vets came home (Soldiers being spit on is just an urban myth)

    11/10/2004 3:35:05 PM PST · by mykdsmom · 585 replies · 36,819+ views
    News and Observer ^ | Nov 10, 2004 | JOHN LLEWELLYN
    WINSTON-SALEM -- Last week voters went to the polls to select a vision for the future. Now Americans must find a way forward together. This week, as we honor service and sacrifice on Veterans Day, an image from this political season must be put to rest. The presidential campaign featured the resurgence of a myth from the early 1990s. That myth is that soldiers returning from Vietnam were spit upon by citizens or war protesters. That claim has been used to turn honest differences of opinion about the war into toxic indictments. As a scholar of urban legends I am...
  • Muslim community protests woman's arrest (Greensboro, NC)

    11/08/2004 10:23:21 AM PST · by mykdsmom · 112 replies · 2,563+ views
    News 14 Carolina ^ | 11/8/2004 | Associated Press
    (GREENSBORO) - Greensboro's Muslim community wants an apology from a police officer who they say broke the shoulder of a 68-year-old Egyptian-American woman. Afaf Saudi, who's accused of resisting police officers and assaulting an employee of a Wal-Mart store on Saturday, also suffered a broken rib, a mild heart attack and cuts and bruises on her wrists. She remains in Moses Cone Hospital awaiting shoulder surgery. Wajeh Muhammad, treasurer of the Islamic Center of the Triad, wants the city to pay for the woman's medical bills and for the officer responsible to issue an apology in a language she can...
  • Last-minute law hobbles Ballantine

    08/08/2004 8:06:07 PM PDT · by mykdsmom · 9 replies · 334+ views
    News and Observer ^ | Aug 8, 2004 | AMY GARDNER AND DAVID RAYNOR
    A new campaign spending rule seems to put the GOP candidate at a disadvantage to Gov. Mike EasleyEasley has millions for his run. If money matters in the contest for governor, Republican candidate Patrick Ballantine is perilously behind Gov. Mike Easley -- and could stay that way because of a new campaign finance law that Democrats pushed through the state legislature. The law prohibits advocacy groups from spending corporate or union money to help any candidate within 60 days of a general election. That could thwart Ballantine, whose campaign is hoping for a million-dollar infusion from a national Republican group....
  • Teresa's Ted K tirade

    07/26/2004 6:54:02 PM PDT · by mykdsmom · 170 replies · 8,466+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | Monday, July 26, 2004 | David R. Guarino
    Teresa Heinz Kerry, years before becoming a Democrat, railed against the party's ``putrid'' politics, said she didn't trust Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and angrily called the liberal lion a ``perfect bastard.'' In comments published in a little-known 1975 book about political wives called ``The Power Lovers: An Intimate Look at Politicians and Their Marriages,'' Heinz Kerry lashed out at the senator she'll share the primetime convention stage with tonight. ``I know some couples who stay together only for politics,'' Heinz Kerry said at the time. ``If Ted Kennedy holds on to that marriage (to ex-wife Joan) just for the Catholic...
  • Senate Approves $12B Tobacco Farm Buyout

    07/15/2004 8:21:03 PM PDT · by mykdsmom · 2 replies · 307+ views
    YahooNews ^ | 7-15-04 | NANCY ZUCKERBROD
    WASHINGTON - The Senate approved a plan Thursday to put new restrictions on cigarette makers and pay tobacco farmers $12 billion to give up federal quotas propping up their prices. An unlikely alliance of anti-smoking advocates and tobacco-state senators teamed up to secure the 78-15 vote to combine a 10-year buyout for tobacco growers with new Food and Drug Administration powers. The measure was added as an amendment to a corporate tax bill and broke weeks of deadlock over how to proceed with negotiations on that bill. The Senate approved the tax bill by voice vote and sent it to...
  • Theater owner invites Republicans to anti-Bush movie

    07/15/2004 8:13:10 PM PDT · by mykdsmom · 25 replies · 750+ views
    WQAD News Channel 8 ^ | 7-15-04 | AP
    Lewisburg, Pennsylvania-AP -- A theater operator is offering Republicans the chance to see the movie, "Fahrenheit 9/11" for free. Eric Faden (FAY'den) of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, says he found that few of his conservative friends were watching the movie because they didn't want to support the film's director financially. So on Saturday he's offering to buy tickets for any card-carrying Republicans who want to see it at a special showing. Faden says he's not trying to convince anyone that director Michael Moore is right. He says the film is "fantastic" but also "fantastically flawed." A local Republican leader is praising Faden...