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  • The return of Driscoll: A new gig in Arizona and gigs on the road

    06/10/2016 12:51:35 AM PDT · by ppaul · 13 replies
    SeattlePI ^ | 05/31/2016 | JOEL CONELLY
    The ex-senior pastor at Seattle's Mars Hill megachurch, which imploded in 2014, formally launches his new operation in Scottsdale, Arizona. Driscoll is still facing a federal RICO racketeering suit by former church members in Seattle. But he is preaching at evangelical conferences around the country... He was brought down, in Seattle, after a complaint by 21 Mars Hill pastors and worship leaders that Driscoll had bullied, intimidated and manipulated those who worked at the church. The charges were sustained, in a report never released by church elders. Driscoll brought misogyny and homophobia to the pulpit. He famously called women "penis...
  • Federal Lawsuit: Controversial Pastor Ran Mars Hill Megachurch Like a Crime Syndicate

    03/10/2016 12:15:02 AM PST · by ppaul · 37 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 02/29/2016 | Brandy Zadrozny
    Just when controversial pastor Mark Driscoll was hoping to make a new start, former members of his old stomping grounds at Seattle’s Mars Hill Church have filed a lawsuit alleging Driscoll and his chief elder ran the now-shuttered megachurch like an organized crime syndicate, in which church members became unwitting participants. The lawsuit was filed on Monday in the Western District of Washington U.S. District Court in Seattle under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, a law originally created for prosecution of Mafia figures. Former members have been threatening to file such a lawsuit for months to find out...
  • Police: Man in Bra and Wig Found in Women's Bathroom

    01/27/2016 8:26:07 AM PST · by ppaul · 37 replies
    KOMO News ^ | 03/15/2013 | KOMO Staff
    EVERETT, Wash. - A man wearing a bra and wig was arrested Friday after he was spotted in a women's bathroom at Everett Community College, police said. Officers responded to the scene at about 1:30 p.m. after a college staff member said she saw the man go into the women's rest room and alerted security personnel. An investigation found that the suspect had gone into the rest room while two women were inside, according to a police report. The women were later interviewed and said they had no idea that the man was there. When police interviewed the man, he...
  • Protesters face off with police during Black Friday festivities - officer injured

    11/27/2015 10:50:58 PM PST · by ppaul · 12 replies
    KIRO News ^ | Thursday, November 26, 2015 Updated: 5:36 p.m. Friday, November 27, 2015 | Natasha Chen
    UPDATES: 6:30PM After the tree lighting ceremony, shoppers and revelers dispersed from the area while protesters sat down in a circle in front of the entrance to Westlake Center. Speakers continued to address the rally for the next hour while officers in riot gear stood guard blocking them from entering the shopping center.
  • 2013-Sweden in flames: Gangs of migrants riot for 5 nights now. Multicultural utopia turns to ashes

    10/10/2015 11:58:50 PM PDT · by ppaul · 37 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | May 24, 2013 | Christian Gysin
    It is supposed to be the model multicultural state. But Sweden is facing problems of its own after gangs of immigrants spent a fifth consecutive night rioting in Stockholm. Officers are battling to keep the capital under control after hundreds of cars were torched, a police station set alight and fire services kept from a major blaze by a stone-throwing mob of youths. To make matters worse, rioting has now spread to Sweden’s two other major cities, Gothenburg and Malmo... Growing unrest turned to violence last Sunday in a north-western suburb called Husby – where more than 80 per cent...
  • Thought the Republicans Were Nuts? Wait 'til Bat**** Craziness of Next Week's Democratic Debate

    10/08/2015 1:22:45 PM PDT · by ppaul · 42 replies
    The Stranger ^ | 10/08/2015 | Matt Baume
    I started with a simple enough question: how do I watch the October 13 Democratic debate on CNN? And I wound up learning the answer to so many more questions I didn't know I had. Among those answers: Cheryl Crow, virtual reality, Las Vegas, and maybe Joe Biden or maybe not. Crazily, CNN itself seems to be offering no information about whether they will livestream the debate, as they did with the Republicans last month, or whether they'll shunt it over to cable-only like Fox did with their debate. Mashable is the only site reporting that CNN will be livestreaming...
  • Student Punished for American Flag Tshirt

    09/17/2015 2:50:34 PM PDT · by ppaul · 42 replies
    FOX5 News ^ | September 17, 2015 | Staff
    A North Texas student was punished recently for wearing an American flag T-shirt to school. An administrator at Seagoville High School determined that the shirt violated the dress administrator asked Jaegur to lift his hoodie. “Underneath that shirt, he was wearing [the American flag] shirt,” said Shelly. When Jaegur lifted his hoodie, he was sent to in-school suspension...
  • Council postpones vote on Columbus Day renaming [Seattle]

    09/02/2014 6:57:27 PM PDT · by ppaul · 28 replies
    KING 5 News ^ | 09/02/2014 | Michael Konopasek
    SEATTLE– The vote to rename Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day in Seattle has been postponed so the Mayor and other elected officials can hold a signing ceremony next month to mark the change. Columbus Day has been celebrated throughout the United States for decades, but the Human Rights Commission pushed for the name change. The proposal is being sponsored by council members Bruce Harrell and Kshama Sawant...
  • President Obama honors Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey with Presidential Medal of Freedom

    11/20/2013 12:37:22 PM PST · by ppaul · 47 replies
    President Barack Obama opened a day of tributes to former President John F. Kennedy on Wednesday by bestowing the Presidential Medal of Freedom on prominent Americans, 50 years after Kennedy was assassinated weeks short of the medal’s first award ceremony. Obama presented the medal — the highest award the U.S. gives a civilian — to Oprah Winfrey, former President Bill Clinton...Gloria Steinhem...
  • Obama honors Clinton, Oprah with Medal of Freedom

    11/20/2013 12:27:05 PM PST · by ppaul · 24 replies
    AP ^ | 11/20/2013 | David Jackson
    <p>WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is bestowing the Presidential Medal of Freedom on more than a dozen prominent Americans 50 years after the death of the award's founder, President John F. Kennedy.</p>
  • The Tea Party's War on America

    08/02/2011 9:09:40 AM PDT · by ppaul · 19 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 8/2/2011 | Joe Nocera
    You know what they say: Never negotiate with terrorists. It only encourages them. These last few months, much of the country has watched in horror as the Tea Party Republicans have waged jihad on the American people. Their intransigent demands for deep spending cuts, coupled with their almost gleeful willingness to destroy one of America’s most invaluable assets, its full faith and credit, were incredibly irresponsible. But they didn’t care. Their goal, they believed, was worth blowing up the country for, if that’s what it took. Like ideologues everywhere, they scorned compromise. When John Boehner, the House speaker, tried to...
  • Husband Explains Why Mother Of 5 Disappeared

    04/20/2011 12:29:17 PM PDT · by ppaul · 39 replies
    wsb-tv 2 ^ | 04/20/2011 | Linda Stouffer
    The husband of a Bartow County woman who went missing for nearly a week has explained why his wife disappeared. Abed Suleiman said it all started as a misunderstanding..."Problem No. 1 was she lied to me," Abed Suleiman said. He then texted her, stating, "I'm gonna kill you."
  • Arizona Sheriff’s News Conference No Place For Personal Political Opinion

    01/09/2011 10:37:43 AM PST · by ppaul · 45 replies
    Gulf1 - Straight Talk ^ | 1/9/2010 | Dr. Alan Bates
    In the midst of a local tragedy committed by a young man with some type of mental derangement, the Democrat Sheriff of Pima County in Tuscon hosted a news conference which violated the code of conduct of such informational sessions by repeatedly injecting his personal political views and opinions rather than sticking to the facts of the case. His comments are an insult to upstanding law-abiding citizens who support Arizona’s immigration law and Americans who find the secular progressive destruction of our Constitution outrageous. Every reasonable person knows the Arizona law was the consequence of willful failure of the Federal...
  • Osama's Niece Strips for US Magazine

    12/25/2005 11:25:14 PM PST · by ppaul · 13 replies · 6,143+ views
    SofiaNewsAgency ^ | 12/25/2005 | staff
    The niece of Osama Bin Laden has posed for provocative photographs for an American magazine. Wafah Dufour, the al Qaeda leader's niece, who took her mother's maiden name after the terrorist attacks in the US on September 11 is an aspiring musician struggling to make a name for herself, GQ magazine wrote. She appears stripped to ostrich feather lingerie, and in a bubble bath, in photos for American GQ magazine. She says she has never met Osama bin Laden. "Everyone relates me to that man, and I have nothing to do with him," she said in the article. "There are...
  • New Orleans mayor seeks gambling to rebuild city

    10/08/2005 7:01:17 AM PDT · by ppaul · 30 replies · 786+ views
    Reuters ^ | October 7, 2005 | Matt Daily
    New Orleans' mayor on Friday proposed building a casino zone near the historic French Quarter to jump start the hurricane-ravaged city's economy, saying a bold move was needed to restore lost tax revenue. "I'd like to have another solution for the citizens ... but I don't know what else we can do at this point," Ray Nagin told a news conference. New Orleans is struggling to rebound from Hurricane Katrina in August which fractured flood walls and flooded 80 percent of the city. Hurricane Rita hit the Gulf Coast on September 24, triggering renewed flooding in parts of the city....
  • Supreme Court Rules for Lesbian Couple in Bias Dispute With Country Club

    08/03/2005 1:23:07 AM PDT · by ppaul · 14 replies · 717+ views
    Metropolitan News-Enterprise ^ | 8/3/2005 | KENNETH OFGANG
    A private club violates California’s law prohibiting discrimination by businesses if it fails to extend to members’ registered domestic partners the same privileges it grants to spouses, the California Supreme Court unanimously ruled yesterday. While the granting of special privileges to married couples by businesses is consistent with longstanding public policy, Justice Carlos Moreno wrote for the court, the Domestic Partner Rights and Responsibilities Act of 2003—operative Jan. 1 of this year—requires that those privileges extend to domestic partners who have registered with the state. “The Legislature has made it abundantly clear than an important goal of the Domestic Partner...
  • Attacks on UK will continue, radical cleric says

    07/23/2005 7:07:39 AM PDT · by ppaul · 114 replies · 2,480+ views
    Reuters ^ | 7/23/05 | Gideon Long
    LONDON (Reuters) - Militant Islamists will continue to attack Britain until the government pulls its troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan, one of the country's most outspoken Islamic clerics said on Friday. Speaking 15 days after bombers killed over 50 people in London and a day after a series of failed attacks on the city's transport network, Sheikh Omar Bakri Mohammed said the British capital should expect more violence. "What happened yesterday confirmed that as long as the cause and the root problem is still there ... we will see the same effect we saw on July 7," Bakri said....
  • Harry Potter and the Lavender Brigade

    07/23/2005 6:56:25 AM PDT · by ppaul · 452 replies · 9,582+ views
    VisionForum ^ | 7/23/05 | Douglas Phillips
    As well as being extraordinarily popular, the [Harry Potter] books have encouraged millions of children to start reading for the first time.... For those who have a problem with the idea of fantasy and alternative universes alongside ours, we need to recognize that almost all children play imaginative games in their minds starting at a very young age and have no difficulty whatsoever in distinguishing between fantasy and reality.... Additionally, the Harry Potter books send a strong message about moral order. There are beautiful and enjoyable human relationships among the characters, and there is a depth of commitment and service...
  • LONDON Suspect's killing by police rattles a city on edge

    07/23/2005 5:26:00 AM PDT · by ppaul · 119 replies · 2,421+ views
    San Francisco Chronicile ^ | 7/23/05 | Alan Cowell, NYT
    London -- At about 10 a.m. on a sunny, summery Friday morning, London crossed a once-unthinkable line in its unfolding war on terror. In a city where most police officers do not carry guns, the shock from the shooting death of a man in a subway car was palpable. It raised questions about police firearms practices, kindled uncertainty among Muslims and deepened the anxiety of a city that looks, these days, under siege. The police said they had trailed a man, described as South Asian in appearance, from a house in Stockwell, a hardscrabble neighborhood of South London. He was...
  • Police in huge manhunt for London bomb suspects

    07/22/2005 9:34:20 PM PDT · by ppaul · 15 replies · 593+ views
    Reuters ^ | 7/22/2005 | Gideon Long (Additional reporting by Peter Griffiths)
    LONDON (Reuters) - Police were engaged in one of the biggest manhunts in British history on Saturday, scouring London's streets and houses for four suspects who botched their attempts on Thursday to bomb the city's transport network. Police released photographs of the suspects hours after plain-clothes officers shot and killed a man in front of shocked passengers on an underground train following a chase. Armed officers later swooped on an apartment block in south London, arresting a man in connection with Thursday's failed attacks while rooftop snipers covered them. It was one of a series of raids across London by...
  • Lieberman: Roberts Probably Not Extremist

    07/21/2005 6:37:36 AM PDT · by ppaul · 62 replies · 1,158+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 7/21/05 | JESSE J. HOLLAND
    WASHINGTON (AP) - A moderate Democratic senator who helped broker a deal over President Bush's judicial nominations said Thursday that Supreme Court nominee John Roberts doesn't seem to be the kind of right-wing candidate they feared the president would select. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, one of 14 senators who helped avoid a confrontation over judges, said their message to Bush essentially was, "Don't send us an extremist that's going to blow the place up, and first look is that that's exactly what he has not done." "In other words, he's sent us somebody that's got impressive academic and legal credentials and...
  • The Top 50 Most Influential Churches in America

    07/12/2005 7:31:32 AM PDT · by ppaul · 225 replies · 7,016+ views
    The Church Report ^ | 7/12/05 | staff
    Top 50 Most Influential Churches The 2005 survey was sent to 2,000 church leaders with the goal of ranking the nation’s fastest growing churches and churches with more than 2,000 weekend attendance. The 127 churches nominated for the 50 Most Influential Churches survey were located in 32 states and represented 27 affiliation groups and/or denominations. The term affiliation is used to include networks of unaffiliated, independent churches.
  • Can Spokane Diocese survive bankruptcy?

    07/11/2005 11:22:06 PM PDT · by ppaul · 3 replies · 506+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | 7/10/05 | NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS
    SPOKANE, Wash. -- The bankruptcy filing of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane raises the prospect that some or all of the 82 parishes could be sold to pay victims of sexual abuse by priests. It could also prompt Catholic schools to close; Catholic cemeteries to be sold and the bodies disinterred; and charities tied to the Catholic church to scale back their work. That has outraged some Catholics who wonder why they must pay for the depredations of a few pedophile priests. "Do 90,000 innocent people deserve to be punished for the sins of those few," said Robert Hailey,...
  • McDermott makes list of author's 100 worst Americans

    07/05/2005 2:13:38 AM PDT · by ppaul · 21 replies · 2,325+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | 7/5/05 | Alicia Mundy
    Paris Hilton's parents; the Rev. Al Sharpton; the guy who gave us "Fear Factor;" and Rep. Jim McDermott. At first glance, they don't have a lot in common. But they are linked for eternity in a new book, "100 People Who Are Screwing Up America (and Al Franken Is # 37)." McDermott, as it happens, is No. 38. The Democratic congressman from Seattle apparently doesn't pose as big a threat to democracy as comedian-and-leftist radio talkster Franken. But McDermott presents more of a problem than, say, feminist Gloria Steinem, at No. 42, or Enron's disgraced chief executive, Kenneth Lay, who...
  • SHARK ATTACK Surfer had to fight off shark to rescue girl, punching the animal

    06/27/2005 8:39:11 AM PDT · by ppaul · 83 replies · 9,000+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 6/26/05 | MONICA HATCHER
    A Florida surfer said he acted as ''bait'' to try to distract the shark while he wrestled the 14-year-old girl onto his surfboard: ''I've never been so scared in my life.'' The teen later died. Off Miramar Beach on the Gulf Coast of Florida's Panhandle, longtime surfer Tim Dicus has seen the dark, lithe shadows dart beneath the water -- the glistening gray fins split the waves. He was once even bumped by a shark, he said. But Saturday was different. Dicus tussled in the water with what experts say was most likely an 8-foot-long hungry bull shark hellbent on...
  • United Nations: Forget the 'or else' [BARF ALERT]

    06/17/2005 11:58:24 PM PDT · by ppaul · 18 replies · 605+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | 6/18/05 | P-I Editorial Board
    The U.S. Congress is all knowing. Just ask the leadership. The most recent proof is the proposal by the chairman of the House International Relations Committee. The Henry J. Hyde United Nations Reform Act of 2005. This legislation would "require" Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to press for restructuring that international body. Or else. The "or else" is the United States would hold back 50 percent of its U.N. dues and obligations (an estimated $439 million in 2006). Some of Hyde's proposals make sense, such as the creation of a U.N. ethics office or increased oversight and auditing. But this...
  • WARNING: Whooping Cough Outbreak

    06/09/2005 12:26:04 AM PDT · by ppaul · 211 replies · 11,722+ views
    Whooping Cough Outbreak Communities throughout the U.S. are experiencing whooping cough (pertussis) outbreaks - the worst in 40 years. If the school nurse or the health department informs you that there is a pertussis outbreak in your school or community, you may need to call your pediatrician. The school or health department will tell you if your child was directly exposed and requires antibiotics. Health departments across the country are acting quickly to prevent the spread of pertussis, so your cooperation in contacting your pediatrician is crucial. Please follow the instruction of the health department. The care of children in...
  • Bush Plans to Give More to Palestinians

    05/26/2005 7:50:36 AM PDT · by ppaul · 73 replies · 672+ views
    AP/San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/26/05 | LARA SUKHTIAN
    The Palestinian Authority could receive more direct aid from the United States, a Bush administration officials and congressional aides said Wednesday ahead of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas' meeting with President Bush. Abbas is hoping Bush will reaffirm his commitment to the internationally backed road map peace plan for ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and creating a Palestinian state. Abbas is concerned that U.S. support for Israel's unilateral plan to withdraw from Gaza has diverted attention from the road map. On Wednesday, the Palestinian leader sought support on Capitol Hill, hoping to convince lawmakers that he was serious about democracy, peace, and...
  • Israel's Decision to Retaliate Returns Tension to Middle East [BARF Alert]

    05/20/2005 5:26:03 AM PDT · by ppaul · 11 replies · 341+ views
    ZAMAN Daily ^ | 5/20/05 | Cihan News Agency
    The decision by the Israel army to retaliate immediately against any Palestinian attack has weakened the mutual cease-fire. Top-level Israeli military officers met as Palestinian armed group HAMAS attacked Jewish settlements, and decided on immediate reprisals for these kinds of attacks. Anti-Sharon slogans were chanted at the funeral of a Hamas member, who was killed by Israeli troops as Palestinian groups committed two counter attacks on Israeli settlements by using Qassam missiles. One person was injured in the attack. Meanwhile, the Israeli Military Court sentenced an Israeli Sergeant to 18 months imprisonment for killing a Palestinian trying to fix a...
  • U.S. officer blames superior over Abu Ghraib abuse (BARF Alert)

    05/12/2005 11:36:00 PM PDT · by ppaul · 20 replies · 599+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5/13/05
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The former commander of the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq blamed a ranking officer for introducing the use of human pyramids and dog leashes in the abuse of detainees and said in an interview on Thursday that abuse may be continuing there. Col. Janis Karpinski, a former one-star Army Reserve general who was punished in the scandal, blamed Gen. Geoffrey Miller for the methods that were used to humiliate detainees. Miller headed the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba and was sent to Iraq to recommend improvements in intelligence gathering and detention operations there. "I...
  • Afghans riot over abuse of Koran

    05/11/2005 8:40:07 AM PDT · by ppaul · 132 replies · 5,286+ views
    Kabul: Three people were killed and at least 60 injured when police clashed with more than 5000 Afghans infuriated by reports that US soldiers had desecrated the Koran at Guantanamo Bay prison camp. "We have two dead in our hospital and 47 wounded. Three of the people injured are in a serious condition," said Mohammed Ayob, deputy director of the public health hospital in the eastern city of Jalalabad. "The medical university hospital, the second hospital of the city, has registered one dead and 12 wounded are in hospital. Some other people with light injuries were cared for and have...
  • Bush, Leaders Remember World War II Victory

    05/09/2005 8:38:14 AM PDT · by ppaul · 67 replies · 1,519+ views
    NBC17 ^ | 5/9/2005
    MOSCOW -- President George W. Bush joined leaders from around the world Monday in Moscow for the 60th anniversary of the Allies' victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. An estimated 27 million Soviets died during the conflict known in Russia as the "Great Patriotic War." Bush sat alongside Russian President Vladmir Putin during the parade marking the allied victory over Nazi Germany 60 years ago. It featured goose-stepping soldiers and flags with the old Soviet hammer-and-sickle. White House counselor Dan Bartlett said it demonstrates "how far we've come in the world." Ten years ago, then-President Bill Clinton came...
  • Why democracy stirs in the Mideast [with poll to FReep regarding Bush's Mideast policies]

    03/16/2005 6:07:34 AM PST · by ppaul · 2 replies · 190+ views
    C.S. Monitor ^ | 3/16/05 | Howard LaFranchi
    The factors behind the political opening from Baghdad to Beirut, and beyondWASHINGTON – The letters came from the Committee on the Present Danger - an international group established to support the war against terror - and carried the imprimatur of such figures as former Secretary of State George Shultz and "Velvet Revolutionary" Vaclav Havel. One letter invited Egyptian prisoner Ayman Nour, leader of the political opposition party Al Ghad, to join the organization. The other asked President Hosni Mubarak for permission to meet with the jailed leader. On Saturday, under the mounting international pressure, Mr. Nour was released on bail....
  • Wouded Italian journalist returns home

    03/05/2005 7:21:13 AM PST · by ppaul · 28 replies · 800+ views ^ | 3/5/05 | staff
    Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena returned home Saturday after being wounded by U.S. gunfire shortly after being released by her Iraqi captors. She told her colleagues at the daily Il Manifesto newspaper that she was never treated badly by her Iraqi abductors, the Italian news agency ANSA reported. On Friday, Sgrena was wounded in the shoulder and an Italian secret service agent was shot dead by U.S. forces at a Baghdad checkpoint. Her brother Ivan Sgrena, told reporters she was very happy to be back in Italy, but was "very sorry and sad" about the death of intelligence officer Nicola Calipari,...
  • Dean elected Dem party chairman

    02/13/2005 2:04:41 AM PST · by ppaul · 36 replies · 965+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | 2/13/05 | Steven Thomma
    WASHINGTON — Howard Dean won the chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) yesterday, vowing to lead a crusade back to power by competing for values-minded voters in "red" Republican states while continuing blistering criticisms of President Bush that rank-and-file Democrats love. "Today will be the beginning of the re-emergence of the Democratic Party," the former Vermont governor and presidential candidate said to cheers and applause from party activists and leaders. "We are going to take this country back for the people who built it." The 447-member DNC elected Dean by acclamation, his triumph locked up in recent weeks as...
  • "Jihadists" living in Oregon, FBI says

    01/26/2005 6:26:25 AM PST · by ppaul · 47 replies · 1,590+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | 1/26/05 | RUKMINI CALLIMACHI
    PORTLAND — The FBI knows of "jihadists" who have trained in terrorist camps in Afghanistan and are now living in Oregon, the agency's Oregon chief said in an interview with The Associated Press yesterday. "We don't have an imminent threat that we're aware of. But I will say this: We have people here in Oregon that have trained in jihadist camps in bad areas. In the bad neighborhoods of the world," said FBI Special Agent in Charge Robert Jordan. Asked what he meant by "bad neighborhoods," he said Afghanistan, as well as several other countries he would not specify. During...
  • Stoning Ritual Made Safer for Muslim Pilgrims

    01/20/2005 10:43:04 PM PST · by ppaul · 15 replies · 3,899+ views
    JournalNow ^ | 1/21/04 | staff
    MINA, Saudi Arabia - Millions of white-robed pilgrims threw pebbles at pillars yesterday, symbolically stoning the devil in an act of purification - a ritual made safer this year because of remodeling that widened bridges and reduced congestion. The construction work was undertaken to prevent the crushes of people that have led to fatal stampedes in the past - such as the ones that killed 1,426 pilgrims in 1990 and 244 last year. The stoning, which lasts several days, is one of the main rituals in the annual hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. Across the Muslim world, the faithful marked the...
  • Crossing the line: A tainted record [Male coaches & sex with pubescent girl players]

    01/13/2005 5:28:51 PM PST · by ppaul · 20 replies · 1,892+ views
    The Albuquerque Tribune ^ | 1/13/05 | Jeremy Fowler
      Charlotte HillTribuneTribune reporter Jeremy Fowler's three-part series will explore how Albuquerque high schools are working to provide tougher checks for male coaches, how female players are being protected, and what exactly is appropriate between coaches and players. Dan Simmons will win you a basketball game. Hire him and he produces - just as he did with the Rio Grande High School girls program, which he molded from a 1-23 squad in 1991-92 to a state champion by 1998. "He was the type of coach who built rapport with his players," said Pete Pino, now Rio Grande's athletics director...
  • Guardsman killed Iraqi after sex

    12/20/2004 12:07:30 AM PST · by ppaul · 30 replies · 1,942+ views
    NewsObserver ^ | 12/20/04 | Jay Price
    A North Carolina National Guard member thought to be the first U.S. soldier convicted of murdering an Iraqi said he "snapped" and shot the 17-year-old boy after they had consensual sex, according to court-martial records released this week. Pvt. Federico Daniel Merida, 21, of Biscoe, a tiny town south of Asheboro, pleaded guilty during a court-martial in Iraq to shooting the Iraqi national guard private, whose name the Army withheld. Merida was sentenced Sept. 25 to 25 years in prison and reduced in rank. He will be dishonorably discharged. Army officials at Forward Operating Base Danger, where the court-martial was...
  • Teacher Tapes Released - Teacher Accused in Sex Case

    12/02/2004 5:30:23 PM PST · by ppaul · 73 replies · 3,747+ views
    WNBC NewYork ^ | 12/2/04 | staff
    Phone conversations between a teacher and the 14-year-old student she allegedly had sex with have been made public. The boy's voice has been altered.Link to video:
  • SALVATION SCROOGE - Salvation Army protested by PFLAG, dumped by Target

    11/27/2004 10:45:02 AM PST · by ppaul · 63 replies · 4,869+ views
    SouthernVoice ^ | 11/19/2004 | Van Gower
    Bell-ringers and red kettles are a familiar site around retail centers each holiday season. But some activists hope to put a dent in the collections of the Salvation Army for what they say are the religious charity's anti-gay policies. For the fourth consecutive year, the PFLAG chapter in Genesee County, Mich., will protest the Salvation Army red kettle program, hoping their supporters will drop enough dollar bill-sized protest notes in the kettles to make an impact in the fund-raising, which brought in $93 million last year. This isn't a project the national office is sponsoring, but we're happy to direct...
  • MUSLIM POLL: Will the US Fallujah offensive increase violence and chaos in Iraq? [FReep it!!!]

    11/16/2004 12:12:00 PM PST · by ppaul · 39 replies · 1,844+ views
    MuslimWakeUp! ^ | 11/13/04 | staff
    FREEP THIS POLL!!! The US Fallujah offensive will: [ ] smooth the road for democracy in Iraq [ ] increase violence and chaos in Iraq LINK TO POLL:
  • The More Progressive Candidate Won

    11/10/2004 2:38:49 PM PST · by ppaul · 15 replies · 672+ views
    The Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | 11/10/04 | Julia A. Youngs
    The bluest skies I've ever seen are in Seattle ... As the dust settles from this past election cycle, the Seattle horizon is thick with the whirlwinds of post-mortem analysis rife with out-of-touch incredulity. Out of this analysis, one clear though counterintuitive theme emerges: George W. Bush kept the presidency because he was the more progressive candidate. Some assert that the Republicans carried this election by pandering to their far-right extremist base. Nonsense. Elections are lost, not won, by catering to the fringes. Despite many attempts, Ralph Nader has seen declining support of his presidential bids. Whoever best embodies the...
  • Madonna calls for US troops to leave Iraq

    11/09/2004 11:56:13 AM PST · by ppaul · 153 replies · 3,539+ views
    Photo : AFP LONDON (AFP) - US pop star Madonna made a rare foray into politics, calling for her home country to withdraw its troops from Iraq during an interview with British radio."I just don't want American troops to be in Iraq, period," she said on BBC Radio."My feelings are 'can we just all get out?'," said the 46-year-old star, who lives mainly in London with British film director husband Guy Ritchie, who said she believes the US-led war will not help in the fight against terrorism.
  • Campaign Toast

    11/04/2004 11:46:55 AM PST · by ppaul · 10 replies · 773+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | 11/4/04 | Warren Peterson
    Campaign ToastOh! Seattle, Seattle. Drink a cup of Jim Jones Kool-Aid. Call in the grief counselors. Close the Volvo dealerships. Break out the French wine and Prozac. Throw yourselves on a burning pyre of stolen and vandalized Bush-Cheney yard signs. Open your windows, hear the cheers — Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! And live with it! -- Warren Peterson, Seattle

    11/03/2004 8:33:59 AM PST · by ppaul · 112 replies · 1,930+ views
    SwiftVets ^ | 11/3/04 | ppaul
    Thank you Swift Boat Veterans and POWs for Truth. You good men came to the aid of your country - again. Heroes for a new generation.We are indebted to you.A debt a grateful nation can never repay. May God bless you and your legacy.
  • Newspapers in Poland proclaim: THE WORLD IS FOR KERRY, POLAND IS FOR BUSH

    10/31/2004 10:40:08 PM PST · by ppaul · 86 replies · 2,234+ views
    Serwisy Gazeta Polska ^ | 10/31/04 | various authors
    Swiat za Kerrym, Polska za Bushem "The World is for Kerry, Poland is for Bush",53004,2278483.html MORE GREAT HEADLINES FROM POLAND:,53004.html HEADLINES: Bush & Kerry Fight for Votes Teresa Heinz Kerry is not embarassed that she gets her eyes done at a cosmetician to look younger/sexy. ___________________________________________________ POLL: Sondaz Który z kandydatów ma, po serii debat, większe szanse na wygraną? "Who has the best chance of getting elected?" BUSH 51% KERRY 49% ____________________________________________________
  • Pimp costumes ill-fitting? Some see popular Halloween garb as more trash than flash

    10/30/2004 7:10:56 PM PDT · by ppaul · 47 replies · 2,134+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | 10/30/04 | Ron Harris
    Pimp (pimp) n. One who provides means and opportunities for unlawful sexual intercourse; a panderer, v. to act as a pimp or pander; to pander, to scrounge off; to take advantage of. — Oxford English Dictionary ST. LOUIS — As Halloween revelers head into this weekend of festivities, they can expect to see lots of pimps, or at least people pretending to be pimps. Dressed in colorful, often-garish costumes will be teenage pimps, adult pimps, female pimps, even children dressed as pimps, thanks to a Los Angeles-based firm that has been selling thousands of the outfits for the past two...

    10/17/2004 2:45:23 PM PDT · by ppaul · 33 replies · 950+ views
    Middle East Newsline ^ | 10/17/04 | staff
    MOSCOW [MENL] -- Russia has concluded that at least five Arab nationals participated in the bloody takeover of a high school in August. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said an investigation determined that five Arab nationals participated in the Beslan attack by Al Qaida-aligned insurgents. Ivanov, in an address to the NATO-Russia Council in Romania on Oct. 14, would not identify the Arab nationals or their native countries. In September, Russian officials said that at least 10 of the 32 attackers in Beslan were Arab nationals. The Arabs were identified as coming from Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Syria. Ivanov told...
  • Hiding Behind the Skirts...Insulting the Intelligence of America [PUKE ALERT]

    10/16/2004 9:15:30 PM PDT · by ppaul · 22 replies · 593+ views
    OpEdNews ^ | 10/16/04 | Anthony Wade
    We live in dangerous times. There is a war being conducted on multiple fronts. Our children are dying every day in the haze of desert sands. There are deficits in excess of 400 billion dollars which threaten our currency. There are civil liberty abuses occurring daily because people have the temerity to politely dissent to the way this country is being run. Fifty million people have no healthcare. We have three straight years of increases in the number of families living in poverty. The specter of a military draft hangs over the lives of our children. Our environment is in...