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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 (http://bit.ly/xtafV5 ) 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
    LifeNews.com ^ | 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, http://www.birthornot.com 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 · 584 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...
  • Plane passenger with suicide note arrested

    07/14/2004 3:41:19 PM PDT · by mykdsmom · 40 replies · 1,501+ views
    CNN ^ | July 14, 2004 | Kelli Arena and Kevin Bohn
    Customs and Border Patrol agents arrested the passenger, Ali Mohamed Almosaleh, on July 7 in Minneapolis after he was picked randomly for a search, sources said. Agents found Almosaleh to be carrying what they described as a suicide note and DVDs containing "anti-American material," officials said.
  • Bowles Trying To Woo Veterans Away From Republicans

    06/08/2004 12:55:29 PM PDT · by mykdsmom · 20 replies · 155+ views
    680 WPTF Radio.com ^ | 6/8/04 | AP
    (Raleigh-AP) -- US Senate hopeful Erskine Bowles is among the North Carolina Democrats who are crossing into enemy territory, trying to woo veterans who typically vote Republican. In recent campaign stops, Bowles has called for reform in the way veterans benefits are administered to those who've fought for the United States and their families. Bowles touted his veterans plan in Greensboro today. He was joined by US Representative Mel Watt, a Democrat who was one of just three members of North Carolina's House delegation to vote against the 2002 resolution that authorized President Bush to use military force in Iraq....
  • Straight Couples Say Fla. Hotel Unfriendly

    04/16/2004 6:32:17 PM PDT · by mykdsmom · 7 replies · 171+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | April 16, 2004 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) - Three heterosexual couples said they were turned away from a hotel in this gay-friendly tourist spot because of their sexual orientation. The six were vacationing with a gay couple and had reservations at a hotel called Big Ruby's when the three straight couples were turned away. "The manager literally said, 'We don't want you here,'" said Jim Pirih, who was vacationing with his partner and straight friends. The group was already settled in their rooms Wednesday when the manager told the straight couples they would have to leave, citing a policy of not allowing heterosexuals...
  • Academia under seige

    04/01/2004 2:15:09 PM PST · by mykdsmom · 27 replies · 374+ views
    Independent Online ^ | March 31, 2004 | B A R B A R A S O L O W
    While it may look like a spontaneous uprising, recent complaints of "liberal bias" on local college campuses fit into a well-funded national strategy of the right For weeks, the 33 students in Elyse Crystall's "Literature and Cultural Diversity" class at UNC-Chapel Hill had been tackling sticky issues like racism, sexism and various forms of privilege. Discussions were lively and respectful, students recall, even when they touched on emotional subjects. On this particular day in February, talk turned to why some straight men feel threatened by gay men. There was the usual back-and-forth, with people expressing a range of views. Someone...
  • E-mail sparks federal probe (UNC-CH, update to previous thread)

    03/27/2004 8:31:05 AM PST · by mykdsmom · 22 replies · 288+ views
    News and Observer ^ | March 27, 2004 | JANE STANCILL
    CHAPEL HILL -- UNC-Chapel Hill is under investigation by federal authorities for an incident in February in which an English instructor singled out a student for "hate speech" after the student spoke out against homosexuality. The university was notified of the investigation in a letter March 22 from the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights. "Specifically OCR will be investigating whether an e-mail sent by a teacher on or about Feb. 6 ... constituted harassment based on race or sex and whether the university responded appropriately," the letter said. "Our review will include whether any similar incidents had...
  • Vet aims to stop Kerry (N.C. activist gains notice for crusade)

    03/13/2004 10:51:12 AM PST · by mykdsmom · 16 replies · 277+ views
    News and Observer ^ | March 13, 2004 | JERRY ALLEGOOD
    KINSTON -- Vietnam veteran Ted Sampley has his mouth locked, loaded and ready to fire. Ask him about Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry and he cuts loose. He calls the Massachusetts senator "Hanoi John" because of his opposition to the Vietnam War. Kerry is a traitor, he says, not fit to be commander in chief. It's a view that might ordinarily be dismissed as political rhetoric in an election year. But Sampley, an outspoken advocate for missing servicemen, is not easily ignored. Tapping his extensive contacts with veterans and the range of the Internet, he has mounted a campaign against...
  • 'Gay wedding' in Durham really protest art

    03/11/2004 1:00:47 PM PST · by mykdsmom · 8 replies · 85+ views
    The Herald-Sun ^ | March 10, 2004 | MARK SCHULTZ
    DURHAM -- Gay couples can't get married in Durham, but that hasn't stopped one couple from exchanging vows in Durham Central Park. The couple stood on the hillside off Foster Street on Tuesday morning, holding hands, their hair and make-up done, beneath a just-married banner. Unless you looked inside the matching wedding dresses, you almost didn't notice the chicken wire holding up the foam mannequin heads. "From a distance, it's so lifelike," said Leigh Scott, the director of Durham Central Park, who first noticed it Monday. Scott was working with volunteers across the street when one of them noticed the...
  • Radical feminism series planned (UNC-CH, NC) BIG TIME BARF ALERT!!

    03/11/2004 12:49:15 PM PST · by mykdsmom · 18 replies · 221+ views
    The Herald-Sun ^ | March 10, 2004 | ERIC FERRERI
    CHAPEL HILL -- Three UNC student organizations have teamed up to put together a weeklong series of events addressing issues related to radical feminism. The series of talks, workshops and seminars is called "Making the Political Personal: Radical Feminism in Action," and it kicks off Friday, March 19. The goal, organizers say, is to address feminist issues on both a local and global scale. "With nearly everything progressive feminists believe in under attack, it's more important than ever that we have a place to come together to discuss, teach, learn and unify," said Jessica Albrecht, one of the event's organizers....
  • Anti-Semitic Graffiti Brings Community Together

    03/11/2004 7:38:37 AM PST · by mykdsmom · 1 replies · 79+ views
    Fox News ^ | March 11, 2004
    <p>DENVER, Colo. — Rabbi Daniel Cohen was shocked to find anti-Semitic symbols such as swastikas spray-painted on the walls of his Denver synagogue last weekend, but the community's response surprised him as well.</p> <p>The graffiti was especially hurtful because the messages were sprayed the night before Purim — a time during which Jewish people remember past suffering. The congregation's Holocaust survivors who came to temple the next morning were horrified.</p>
  • Public education? Bag it

    03/10/2004 5:46:20 PM PST · by mykdsmom · 20 replies · 186+ views
    WPTF (Raleigh NC) Website ^ | February 28, 2004 | Jerry Agar
    RALEIGH -- Public education is a monopoly controlled by the government and defended in part on the principle that education is too important to be left to the private sector. Should we then decide that food is too important to be left to the private sector? Is it only government that can equitably distribute groceries? After all, if we don't eat, we can't learn. What would it be like if we purchased food the same way we purchase education? Grocery stores would be government-owned and -operated. There would be a Department of Groceries with a highly paid superintendent of groceries,...
  • Teen sniper Malvo sentenced to life in prison

    03/10/2004 9:35:46 AM PST · by mykdsmom · 25 replies · 649+ views
    News and Observer ^ | March 10, 2004 11:57AM | MATTHEW BARAKAT/AP
    CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) - Teenage sniper Lee Boyd Malvo was sentenced to life in prison without parole Wednesday for an October 2002 killing spree in the Washington, D.C., area that left 10 people dead. Malvo, 19, was sentenced a day after sniper mastermind John Allen Muhammad was given the death penalty. Malvo did not speak at the brief hearing. Malvo was convicted in December of the slaying of FBI analyst Linda Franklin, 47, outside a Falls Church, Va., Home Depot store. His defense team had argued that Malvo had been molded into a killer by the charismatic Muhammad. Muhammad used...
  • Florida county orders recount in primary (Gephardt wins 2:1)BWHAHAHA!!

    03/10/2004 7:54:02 AM PST · by mykdsmom · 14 replies · 159+ views
    CNN ^ | March 10, 2004
    <p>"I'm not the happiest camper," Andersen said hours before the recount was scheduled to get under way. "We're going to redo everything."</p> <p>The recount in the Panhandle county will not affect the outcome of Florida's primary, which handily went to Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, who secured 77 percent of the state's vote.</p>
  • Debate begins over book assignment (UNC again)

    02/24/2004 9:41:18 AM PST · by mykdsmom · 14 replies · 305+ views
    News and Observer ^ | February 24, 2004 | JANE STANCILL
    Debate begins over book assignmentHere we go again For the third straight year, UNC-Chapel Hill's freshman reading assignment is igniting hot debate. But this time, it is happening even before the book is picked. related  How should UNC make its decision on a freshman reading selection? the search for balance This year the reading committee started with 500 suggestions, from the Bible to Nabokov's "Lolita." to "Dude, Where's My Country," by Michael Moore. PREVIOUS PICKS Freshman summer reading list selections at UNC-CH for the past five years: 1999: "There Are No Children Here" by Alex Kotlowitz 2000: "Confederates in the...
  • Teacher 'sorry' for singling out UNC student

    02/20/2004 6:43:18 AM PST · by mykdsmom · 74 replies · 1,539+ views
    News and Observer ^ | February 20, 2004 | JANE STANCILL
    A UNC-Chapel Hill instructor has apologized after a student said during a class discussion that he opposed homosexuality -- and found himself singled out by the teacher for hate speech. In an e-mail message sent Feb. 6 to her "Literature and Cultural Diversity" students, the lecturer, Elyse Crystall, wrote, "[W]hat we heard [T]hursday at the end of class constitutes 'hate speech' and is completely unacceptable. [I]t has created a hostile environment." Crystall went on to name the student, identified as Tim, and said he was a perfect example of the topic of discussion during class: privilege. She referred to Tim...
  • Avian flu discovered in Delaware, birds to be destroyed

    02/06/2004 7:08:33 PM PST · by mykdsmom · 30 replies · 425+ views
    DOVER, Del. (AP) -- Delaware officials ordered the destruction of some 12,000 farm chickens on Friday after confirming that the flock was infected by avian influenza. State agriculture secretary Michael Scuse said the flu strain is different from the one that has spread to the human population in Asia, and that there is no threat to human health. Scuse would not disclose the location of the infected chicken houses or identify the grower, saying only that it was an independent operation in Kent County. The strain, known as H7, has the potential to cause severe economic damage if it spreads...
  • Caption this debate picture

    01/23/2004 4:52:57 AM PST · by mykdsmom · 29 replies · 128+ views
    AP | 1/22/04 | AP
  • Reward offered in hit-and-run (another dead chemist)

    01/09/2004 1:19:58 PM PST · by mykdsmom · 23 replies · 268+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Jan. 9, 2004
    A reward of up to $20,000 was announced Thursday for tips leading to the arrest and charges of a hit-and-run motorist who killed a chemist walking in the Texas Medical Center. Robert Leslie Burghoff, 45, a postdoctoral fellow at Baylor College of Medicine's molecular virology and microbiology department, was walking to his car Nov. 20 when he was hit from behind by a white or light-colored cargo van that jumped the sidewalk in the 1600 block of South Braeswood. Burghoff, a father of three who lived in The Woodlands, had been studying the Norwalk virus plaguing cruise ships. Broken glass...
  • Democratic contest 'just started,' Edwards says

    12/13/2003 9:20:05 AM PST · by mykdsmom · 10 replies · 101+ views
    News and Observer ^ | December 13, 2003 | JOHN WAGNER
    SAN FRANCISCO -- With some pundits starting to write off the chances of Howard Dean's Democratic presidential rivals, Sen. John Edwards tried to make the case Friday that he could give the party a more optimistic -- and electable -- messenger. "If all we are is divisive and angry, if all we do is attack President Bush and each other, then we will not win the White House in 2004, and we won't deserve to," the North Carolina Democrat said in a speech at the Commonwealth Club. Though he did not mention Dean by name, the former governor of Vermont...
  • Candidates Confused on Gun Ban

    11/19/2003 11:25:32 AM PST · by mykdsmom · 69 replies · 433+ views
    Fox News ^ | November 19, 2003 | John R. Lott Jr.
    <p>A new career awaits Democratic presidential candidates: offering advice to hunters.</p> <p>Tuesday, Vermont Gov. Howard Dean explained his support for extending the assault weapons ban next year because “deer hunters don't need to have assault weapons.” Gen. Wesley Clark says: “I like to hunt. I have grown up with guns all my life, but people who like assault weapons should join the United States Army, we have them.” Sen. John Kerry offered, “I never contemplated hunting deer or anything else with an AK-47.”</p>
  • DWI laws hit language barrier

    11/13/2003 6:51:13 AM PST · by mykdsmom · 62 replies · 653+ views
    News and Observer ^ | November 13, 2003 | AISLING SWIFT
    The light turned red just as Carlos Estudillo Pineda drove through the intersection, and within seconds the flashing blue lights were behind him. The Raleigh officer who pulled him over early one morning in September 2002 spotted three Bud Lite cans in the car's rear and smelled alcohol. Officer Mike Inguanta had Pineda perform the usual battery of sobriety tests, which the 27-year-old Chapel Hill man failed miserably. Walk nine steps in a straight line, turn around and walk back, Inguanta ordered. Pineda cried as he continued past nine steps without turning. Stand on one leg, Inguanta instructed. Pineda lifted...
  • Aliens vow to keep working

    10/28/2003 8:01:38 PM PST · by mykdsmom · 34 replies · 171+ views
    News and Observer ^ | October 28, 2003 | MICHAEL EASTERBROOK
    The arrest of 250 illegal workers at Wal-Mart worries them. But if deported, they say, they will come back Days after federal agents arrested more than 250 illegal workers at Wal-Mart stores across the country, Efrain Ramirez had a simple plan for avoiding capture. If immigration agents show up at the intersection in Carrboro where he often waits for work as a day laborer, Ramirez said, he won't stick around. "If they come, I'll run," Ramirez, 47, vowed Monday as he reclined in a lawn chair among a group of about 40 men waiting at the corner in hopes of...
  • Edwards Promises Five million new jobs in his first two years

    10/09/2003 1:48:20 PM PDT · by mykdsmom · 29 replies · 254+ views
    Goldsboro News Argus ^ | October 7, 2003 | GENE PRICE
    Sen. John Edwards blames President George Bush for the net loss of almost 2.7 million jobs during his tenure in the White House. Politicians properly can be challenged about whatever happens "on their watch." They can be asked what they might have done that contributed to loss of jobs -- and what they failed to do that might have stopped the economic hemorrhaging. Thousands of those almost 2.7 million lost jobs disappeared from North Carolina. We can be comforted by Sen. Edwards' promise to create five million new jobs during his first years as president. In order to keep from...
  • Epithet shows cultural divide (New word for Iraqis)

    09/30/2003 5:52:26 AM PDT · by mykdsmom · 18 replies · 296+ views
    News and Observer ^ | September 30, 2003 | JAY PRICE
    BAGHDAD -- World War II had its "krauts," Vietnam had its "gooks," and now, the War on Terrorism has its own dehumanizing name: "hajji. " That's what many U.S. troops across Iraq and in coalition bases in Kuwait now call anyone from the Middle East or South Asia. Soldiers who served in Afghanistan say it also is used there. Among Muslims, the word is used mainly as a title of respect. It means "one who has made the hajj ," the pilgrimage to Mecca . That's not how soldiers use it. Some talk about "killing some hajjis" or "mowing down...
  • Payment as phony as, well, a $200 bill (GW Bush has his own bill now)

    09/10/2003 6:11:05 AM PDT · by mykdsmom · 45 replies · 351+ views
    News and Observer ^ | September 10, 2003 | The Associated Press
    ROANOKE RAPIDS -- Police are searching for a man who paid for $150 in groceries at a Food Lion grocery store with a $200 bill. The man walked out of the store with his groceries and $50 in change before the fake bill was discovered Sept. 6. The bogus bill -- the U.S. Mint does not print a $200 bill -- bore the image of President Bush on the front and had the White House on the back. It also included signs on the front lawn of the White House with slogans such as "We like broccoli" and "USA deserves...
  • Hillary Clinton hopes to rally young Democrats

    08/15/2003 6:24:32 AM PDT · by mykdsmom · 14 replies · 307+ views
    AP, CBS NY ^ | August 15, 2003 | MARC HUMBERT
    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Hillary Rodham Clinton, leading in the polls for a presidential nomination she says she isn't seeking, sought Friday to rally young Democratic Party activists bent on ousting President Bush. The New York senator and former first lady was to be the star attraction on Day 3 of the biennial convention of the Young Democrats of America, being held this year in Buffalo and expected to attract about 850 people. ``Hillary is a symbol of where we were and where we are going,'' said Lauren Worley, executive vice president of the more than 43,000-member group. ``She will meet...
  • Edwards PAC Donor Indicted

    07/31/2003 4:35:30 AM PDT · by mykdsmom · 16 replies · 487+ views
    News and Observer ^ | 7/31/03 | John Wagner
    Mississippi lawyer Paul Minor, a major contributor last year to U.S. Sen. John Edwards' political action committee, was indicted last week in a judicial corruption scandal.Minor contributed $75,000 in so-called "soft money" to Edwards' PAC, the New American Optimists. Edwards used the organization to boost his visibility in the year leading up to the launch of the presidential race. A conservative organization, the American Tort Reform Association, has called on Edwards to return Minor's money. But Edwards' spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri said that's not possible. "The New American Optimists is no longer operational, and all the funds from the organization have...
  • Health plan has mandate, help for parents (John Edwards)

    07/29/2003 11:06:59 AM PDT · by mykdsmom · 14 replies · 55+ views
    News & Observer ^ | Tuesday, July 29, 2003 | JOHN WAGNER
    MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Sen. John Edwards on Monday put forward a plan to help parents buy health insurance for their children -- and said that if elected president he would make them do so. The mandate, which Edwards said should be as important as parents' obligation to send their children to school, was in a health-care proposal the North Carolina Democrat released during a campaign swing. "Children don't raise themselves. That's what parents do," Edwards said at a downtown health center . "Parents must take responsibility to enroll their child in a health-care plan, and America will make sure that...
  • Students upset over summer reading selection (UNC-CH at it again)

    07/09/2003 12:32:40 PM PDT · by mykdsmom · 70 replies · 492+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | Jul 8, 2003 | Associated Press
    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The reading selection for the summer reading program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has generated controversy for a second year, but the issues doesn't appear headed for court this year. The book "Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America," by Barbara Ehrenreich, is being protested by a student group, the Committee for a Better Carolina. University officials battled last summer in court with a group that opposed a book about Islam assigned to incoming freshmen for discussion sessions. This year's book selection chronicles the experiences of its author, who traveled...
  • Beach Boys aid Edwards

    06/27/2003 7:46:43 AM PDT · by mykdsmom · 26 replies · 352+ views
    News and Observer ^ | June 27, 2003 | JOHN WAGNER
    On Monday, U.S. Sen. John Edwards will be surrounded by California girls. He's likely to be feeling good vibrations and having fun, fun, fun. And he may ask himself: Wouldn't it be nice to be president of the United States? This is all possible because the Beach Boys are scheduled to provide entertainment for the North Carolina Democrat at a backyard fund-raiser in Los Angeles. The gathering falls on the final day of the second quarter of presidential fund raising. Edwards led the nine-member Democratic pack during the first quarter of the year, raking in $7.4 million for his White...
  • After Rally Report from Raleigh NC

    03/22/2003 4:44:09 PM PST · by mykdsmom · 134 replies · 1,107+ views
    ME | 3/22/03 | mykdsmom
    We had a GREAT turnout for our Rally for America in Raleigh today. Crowd estimates are between 500-750 people. The weather was great, the speakers and singers were awesome and awe inspiring.I am SO PROUD to be an American and part of Free Republic. I can't begin to tell you the dozens of people that came up to us today to thank us for sponsoring this rally. I'll let all that attended post their reports here and I'll have the pictures up soon.Freepers in attendence were :Spacewarp, Wise Counsel, Goosie, Skeet's Wife, Skeet, Howlin, mykdsmom & husband, Freedom'sWorthIt, Constitution Day...