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  • Use of e-cigarettes now banned in all national parks

    09/24/2015 7:07:34 AM PDT · by redreno · 76 replies ^ | September 23, 2015 - 10:57amUpdated September 23, 2015 - 11:26pm | By Faith Heaton Jolley
    The National Park Service announced Monday that the use of electronic cigarettes is now banned anywhere tobacco smoking is prohibited in the national parks. Existing National Park Service policies regarding tobacco smoking were originally issued in 2003 and later revised in 2009, according to a National Park Service internal memo. The new policy was issued in an effort to "protect employees and park visitors from the health hazards and annoyances associated with exposure to environmental tobacco smoke, commonly known as secondhand smoke, which is a known human carcinogen," the memo stated. The use of e-cigarettes will not be allowed in...
  • Ex-Vegas madam dishes on old profession

    09/22/2015 8:57:35 AM PDT · by redreno · 8 replies ^ | September 22, 2015 - 6:17am | By Doug Elfman
    Jami Rodman makes it sound as if she were born for high-priced prostitution. "I was addicted to it. I was working every day," she told me over midday coffee in a bustling convention hall. "It's very liberating. I enjoyed the sex part. I enjoyed the sociology part. "It's a great way to meet really cool people," she said. "You're basically dating but without the hassles." Rodman even rose to madam of VIP sex workers, but it wasn't emotionally or financially fulfilling: "That was so much work — 60 women at any given time that were having issues and problems." Two...
  • EDITORIAL: McDonald's state juice job jabs taxpayers

    09/21/2015 1:26:28 PM PDT · by redreno · 5 replies ^ | September 19, 2015 - 3:36pm | Las Vegas Review-Journal
  • Arbitrator awards union contract in county's favor

    08/26/2015 10:32:54 AM PDT · by redreno · 3 replies ^ | 08/25/2015 | By Ben Botkin
    An arbitrator has awarded a contract in favor of Clark County, ending the county's two-year stretch of negotiations with its largest union. The arbitrator sided with the county, agreeing to end longevity pay for future hires. The Service Employees International Union Local 1107, which represents more than 4,000 county workers, had sought to preserve longevity pay for future employees. Under the decision, county employees get a cost-of-living increase of 2.5 percent retroactive to July 1, 2014; and a 2 percent cost-of-living increase retroactive to July 1. The decision, which the county received Tuesday, almost entirely ends a longevity system for...
  • Man who poisoned youth football team oversees North Las Vegas water

    08/19/2015 7:24:51 AM PDT · by redreno · 12 replies ^ | 18 August 2015 | By Bethany Barnes
    State officials are investigating a complaint that raises this question: Should a man who was convicted of poisoning children on his son's football team in 2000 be in charge of an entire city's water? Jerome M. Breland is interim utilities operations manager for North Las Vegas, meaning he's head of the city's water and sewer system, though he's been safeguarding the water for the city of 230,000 for several years as a water systems supervisor. State law says a water operator's certificate, issued by the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, can be revoked if the operator "has demonstrated disregard for...
  • 22-year-old college student blows her $90,000 college fund and blames her parents

    07/17/2015 3:40:21 AM PDT · by redreno · 63 replies ^ | 07/16/2015 | By Mandi Woodruff
    The woman, a 22-year-old college junior named Kim, who did not give her last name on air and was allowed to use a voice disguiser to even further shield her identity, came to the three hosts with a confession: in just short three years she had managed to blow through a $90,000 college fund left to her by her grandparents. Kim has one year left of school and no way to cover her remaining $20,000 tuition balance. The show’s hosts try to give Kim the benefit of the doubt. She’s come to them (for some untold reason — perhaps a...
  • Family, survivor call for federal probe of police shooting

    07/15/2015 3:14:08 PM PDT · by redreno · 67 replies ^ | 07/15/2015 | AP By BRIAN MELLEY and AMANDA LEE MYERS
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The family of an unarmed man fatally shot by police in suburban Los Angeles called for a federal civil rights investigation into the police department involved Wednesday, saying newly released video of the shooting raises significant questions. Newly released videos of the shooting show Diaz-Zeferino with his palms open at waist level when officers shoot him eight times. A second man who had his hands up, Eutiquio Acevedo-Mendez, survived a gunshot wound to the back.
  • CCSD teachers protest salary freeze for 2015-2016 school year

    07/02/2015 6:14:36 PM PDT · by redreno · 13 replies ^ | 07/02/2015 | Kelsey Thomas
    LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) – Teachers who work for the Clark County School District may not get a pay raise in the upcoming school year. They are not happy about it and they are making sure the district hears them loud and clear. Teachers say they feel under valued at a time when the district is offering a sign-on bonus to new teachers of up to five thousand dollars. They say the district should focus on retention, rather than recruitment. "My stomach just dropped. It was just another punch to the stomach," said Elizabeth Harris.
  • Sign inside Baltimore police van under investigation

    07/02/2015 4:36:27 PM PDT · by redreno · 31 replies ^ | 5:17 PM EDT Jul 02, 2015 | By Kate Amara
    BALTIMORE —The Baltimore City Police Department has launched an internal investigation after a WBAL-TV 11 News viewer shared four photographs of a sign inside a city police wagon. The photos show the doors of the parked police van left open. On the inside of the back door is a sign, attached or possibly stenciled on, that reads: "Enjoy your ride, cuz we sure will!" The pictures were taken Tuesday near the Central District Police Station on Baltimore Street.
  • Corrections Officer Gene Palmer Gave Prison Escapees Paint and Tools in Exchange for Art

    06/25/2015 7:50:46 AM PDT · by redreno · 7 replies
    A veteran New York state corrections officer rolled out the red carpet for two convicted murderers who have made a spectacular prison break -- giving them art supplies, tools and access to the catwalks behind the walls of their cell to do electrical work, stunning court documents say. Gene Palmer, 57, of Dannemora, was arrested Wednesday and hit with promoting prison contraband and tampering with physical evidence, both felonies, and official misconduct, a misdemeanor in connection with the "Shawshank Redemption"-style June 6 escape of Richard Matt and David Sweat from Clinton Correctional Facility
  • Los Angeles sheriff's deputies found guilty in jail beating

    06/25/2015 7:45:01 AM PDT · by redreno · 7 replies ^ | 06/24/2015 | By AMANDA LEE MYERS
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies were convicted Wednesday in federal court in the beating of a bloody, handcuffed jail visitor and an attempt to cover it up. Sgt. Eric Gonzalez and deputies Sussie Ayala and Fernando Luviano were found guilty of deprivation of civil rights and falsification of records in the 2011 beating of Gabriel Carrillo. Gonzalez and Ayala were also convicted of conspiracy to violate constitutional rights. The three face at least six years in prison when sentenced Nov. 2. "An individual who carries a badge and a gun and who uses their authority...
  • Nevada to offer transgender health coverage starting July 1

    06/18/2015 1:45:58 PM PDT · by redreno · 30 replies ^ | 06/18/2015 | By SANDRA CHEREB
    CARSON CITY — State employees and covered family members will have health coverage for gender reassignment and other transgender procedures under a new insurance policy that takes effect July 1. The Public Employee Benefits Program board voted in November to remove language in the state’s self-funded and HMO plans that specifically excluded therapy for gender dysphoria. Brock Maylath, president of the advocacy group Transgender Allies Group, on Wednesday hailed the change as a “significant step” for the transgender community. Previous language in the state insurance design plan excluded treatment designed to alter physical characteristics and any other treatment related to...
  • New NASA data show how the world is running out of water

    06/16/2015 12:50:40 PM PDT · by redreno · 83 replies ^ | June 16 at 2:01 PM | By Todd C. Frankel
    Drought-stricken California is not the only place draining underground aquifers in the hunt for fresh water. It’s happening across the world, according to two new studies by U.S. researchers released Tuesday. Twenty-one of the world’s 37 largest aquifers – in locations from India and China to the United States and France -- have passed their sustainability tipping points, meaning more water is being removed than replaced from these vital underground reservoirs. Thirteen of 37 aquifers fell at rates that put them into the most troubled category. “The situation is quite critical,” said Jay Famiglietti, senior water scientist at NASA’s Jet...
  • Arkansas Cops Caught on Video Assaulting Blind Man Before Lying on Arrest Report

    06/15/2015 11:33:06 AM PDT · by redreno · 47 replies ^ | 06/14/2015 | Cassandra Fairbanks
    A blind man in Arkansas sustained a back injury after being assaulted by Little Rock police who failed to identify themselves before lying about the incident. After missing the bus from his job at Lighthouse for the Blind on June 1, Eric Wilson was walking home when he was approached by police and ordered to walk over to them. Wilson is legally blind and says that he can only see shadows. He complied, despite not knowing if he was about to be robbed or about to be confronted with actual police officers as they did not identify themselves.
  • Can the manager of a local public pool ban citizens from taking photographs at the pool?

    06/12/2015 5:47:17 PM PDT · by redreno · 35 replies
    VanityQuestion | 06/11/15 | vanity question by Redreno
    A local pool manager has decided that taking video or photographs at the public pool is banned. Is this allowed?
  • Bradford teacher stabbing: Boy, 14, hunted by police

    06/11/2015 7:57:29 AM PDT · by redreno · 30 replies ^ | 11 Jun 2015 | By Gordon Rayner, and Martin Evans, Crime Correspondent
    A boy of 14 is being hunted by police after a teacher was stabbed at a school. The 50-year-old man was taken to hospital from the Dixons Kings Academy, in Bradford, for treatment to a stab wound to his body on Thursday morning. His condition was described as stable. The teenager is described as Asian, with short dark hair. Police said he was last seen wearing a blue uniform blazer.
  • High school principal loses job after defending Texas officer

    06/11/2015 7:17:26 AM PDT · by redreno · 44 replies ^ | June 11, 2015 - 12:04am | REUTERS
    A Florida high school principal has been removed from his job after commenting online in support of the Texas police officer who resigned after a video surfaced showing him manhandling a black bikini-clad teenager and pulling his gun on other black teens, according to officials and local media. Miami-Dade County Public Schools said in a brief statement on Wednesday that North Miami Senior High School principal Alberto Iber had been removed. It added a replacement would be announced shortly. The statement did not specify what prompted the move, but stated that district employees “are required to conduct themselves, both personally...
  • Clark County stops pay increases for SEIU members

    06/11/2015 7:12:04 AM PDT · by redreno · 4 replies ^ | 06/10/2015 | By BEN BOTKIN
    Clark County management has informed its largest union that employees won’t receive salary or benefit increases anytime soon, citing a new state law and contending that the contract between the county and Service Employees International Union Local 1107 has expired. The freeze is expected to end in August or early September, when the county expects to have a new contract in place with the union. The county and union go to arbitration on July 1. Both sides had already planned to go to arbitration before a new state law was passed, after two years of fruitless negotiations for a new...
  • Crowley PD out of control?

    06/10/2015 7:56:29 AM PDT · by redreno · 30 replies ^ | 06/09/2015 | By Patrick Flanagan
    On May 25, officers with the Crowley Police Department busted through the front door as a family was sitting down for Sunday dinner. Footage from an officer’s body cam was eventually leaked to the press, showing the home’s owners, well-known attorneys J. Clay LeJeune and his wife Mitzi Mayeaux, engaged in a dispute with the officers. It quickly turned ugly, with LeJeune receiving the business end of one officer’s Tazer. Both were arrested and later indicted by an Acadia Parish grand jury on charges of public intimidation, retaliation and resisting an officer with force of violence.
  • County orders union boss to work, citing new law

    06/09/2015 12:05:01 PM PDT · by redreno · 21 replies ^ | June 8, 2015 - 3:02pmUpdated June 8, 2015 - 6:30pm | By BEN BOTKIN
    Clark County management has ordered Martin Bassick, president of the Service Employees International Union Local 1107, to report for work at a county job in a move that reflects the county’s interpretation of a new state law concerning paid leave for union representatives. The county’s human resources department notified Bassick in a letter Thursday to report at his county public works job at 8 a.m. Monday, according to correspondence obtained by the Review-Journal. The letter cites a bill that the Legislature passed this session and Gov. Brian Sandoval signed into law. An attorney for the SEIU, the county’s largest union,...
  • Transgender woman says bar refused to serve her

    06/08/2015 12:28:04 PM PDT · by redreno · 52 replies ^ | June 8, 2015 - 11:20amUpdated June 8, 2015 - 11:38am | By ERIKA FLORES
    A transgender woman said Tempe Tavern in Tempe, Ariz., refused to serve her Saturday. The woman said she walked into the bar to get a soda and instead was kicked out. “All I wanted to do was see a horse race and have a drink,” Briana Sandy said. But Sandy said she didn’t expect what happened. “‘I can’t serve you any drinks,’ and I go, ‘What? What’s the problem?’ And she goes, ‘We don’t serve your kind,’ and I’m like, I didn’t just hear that. And then all of a sudden, this guy, who was I guess the bouncer, walked...
  • Ex-SC officer indicted for murder in shooting of black man

    06/08/2015 8:53:11 AM PDT · by redreno · 7 replies
    NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A white former North Charleston police officer was indicted on a murder charge Monday in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man who was running away from the officer after a traffic stop. The shooting April 4 was captured on video by a bystander and showed officer Michael Slager firing eight times as 50-year-old Walter Scott ran away. The shooting rekindled an ongoing national debate about the treatment of black suspects at the hands of white officers
  • US won't enforce Nevada grazing restrictions in new dispute

    06/07/2015 10:14:54 AM PDT · by redreno · 75 replies ^ | 06/01/2015 | AP
    BATTLE MOUNTAIN, Nev. (AP) — Federal land managers say they won't immediately enforce drought-related grazing restrictions in northern Nevada so as to avoid confrontation with ranchers openly defying the order. Conservationists say it's another example of the government caving in to scofflaw ranchers like Cliven Bundy, who continues to graze his cattle illegally in southern Nevada after the Bureau of Land Management backed down from an armed standoff last year. Ranchers Dan and Eddyann Filippini have been notified they are violating the closure ordered in 2013 in an area covering more than 150 square miles near Battle Mountain about 200...
  • Texas Police Officer Suspended After Pulling Weapon On Teens During Pool Party

    06/07/2015 9:12:22 AM PDT · by redreno · 71 replies ^ | Jun. 7, 2015, at 8:20 a.m. | David Mack
    A police officer in McKinney, Texas, has been suspended from duties after being filmed aggressively handcuffing, and then pulling a weapon on, a group of black teens following an “incident” at a local pool party on Friday night.
  • Nevada Legislature OKs record budget, adjourns

    06/02/2015 7:53:55 AM PDT · by redreno · 2 replies ^ | June 2, 2015 - 1:28am | By SANDRA CHEREB and SEAN WHALEY
    CARSON CITY — The Nevada Legislature came to a halt at midnight Monday, capping a day that saw approval of a record $1.1 billion general fund tax package to fund Gov. Brian Sandoval’s aggressive education package and a dizzying day of dealmaking. When combined with $336 million directed to the state school fund, the total tax measure stretches to $1.4 billion. With two hours left in the session, the Assembly gave final approval to the last of five budget bills authorizing Sandoval’s $7.3 billion two-year general fund spending plan. Committees met on short notice and on the chamber floors throughout...
  • Assembly OKs Sandoval’s big tax package (Nevada)

    06/01/2015 11:24:35 AM PDT · by redreno · 10 replies ^ | Updated May 31, 2015 - 9:49pm | By SANDRA CHEREB
    CARSON CITY — The Nevada Assembly late Sunday approved Gov. Brian Sandoval’s $1.1 billion package of new and extended taxes, embracing the popular Republican governor’s ambitious education agenda and determination to position Nevada’s workforce for a high-tech economy. On a 30-10 vote, the Assembly amended Senate Bill 483, the so-called “sunset bill” that also adds a $1-per-pack increase in cigarette taxes, with provisions of Assembly Bill 464, Sandoval’s latest tax compromise that includes a business gross receipts “commerce tax” imposed on revenue of $4 million or more. Sandoval, who lobbied hard for his tax plan, praised the Assembly’s action. “I...
  • Unions pounce on membership bill in Assembly. (Nevada)

    05/28/2015 7:45:09 AM PDT · by redreno · 2 replies ^ | 05/26/2015 | By BEN BOTKIN
    CARSON CITY — Two longstanding pillars of organized labor — union membership and employee seniority — would face changes under a Nevada collective bargaining bill that addresses how local governments and unions do business together. The Assembly Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday heard Assembly Bill 182, which would allow government employees to quit their union membership whenever they wish. AB182, sponsored by Assemblyman Randy Kirner, R-Reno, also would allow local governments to look at employees beyond simply their seniority level when making layoffs. Kirner said the bill’s purpose falls in line with Nevada’s standing as a right-to-work state in...
  • Commission removes advisory board member after Facebook post

    05/20/2015 9:02:57 AM PDT · by redreno · 14 replies ^ | 05/20/2015 | By Kristine Crane
    The Marion County Board of Commissioners voted to remove Marcel “Butch” Verrando from the Marion County Industrial Development Authority on Tuesday afternoon after a television reporter brought to their attention that Verrando had posted racially offensive remarks on Marion County Political Forum’s Facebook page. Verrando, one of the founders of Tea Party Solutions in Ocala, Tuesday morning wrote on Facebook, “My experience was that the only time a black guy applied for work it was because they were on probation and HAD to have a real job.”
  • Patriots Should Suffer Same Punishment As Stricken Black Little League Champs

    05/07/2015 12:13:51 PM PDT · by redreno · 20 replies ^ | 05/04/2015 | Tommy Christopher
    The fallout from the “Deflategate” report released Wednesday remains very much up in the air (sorry), with most informed opinion pointing to at least a several-game suspension for quarterback Tom Brady. The media coverage of the report has focused largely on the highly-qualified language of its conclusion (“more probable than not” that Patriots staff cheated, and that Brady “was at least generally aware”), rather than on the far more damning details of the report. Patriots (and Brady) apologists like to point to this language as an indication that the report doesn’t meet the “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard of proof,...
  • Chicago votes to pay millions over police torture

    05/07/2015 9:54:33 AM PDT · by redreno · 17 replies ^ | /May 6, 2015, 7:14 PM | Dean Reynolds
    CHICAGO -- Jon Burge is an old man now, but he was once one of the most feared cops in Chicago, the master of a detective unit that allegedly tortured criminal suspects for decades. Operating out of the notorious Area 2 headquarters, Burge and his men were accused of choking, shocking, burning and beating people -- most of them African-Americans -- until they confessed. Chicago's city council voted Wednesday to pay $5.5 million to victims of police torture that date back from the 1970s into the '90s. The city has already spent more than $100 million after losing some lawsuits...
  • Role of government powers at issue in pension case

    05/07/2015 7:32:46 AM PDT · by redreno ^ | 05/06/2015 | By GEOFF MULVIHILL
    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's top court weighed the budget repercussions of ruling on a pension dispute between Gov. Chris Christie and public workers' unions on Wednesday while one justice wondered if the state had engaged in a "bait and switch." The state Supreme Court probed whether the state has a contractual obligation to pay what it agreed to in a 2011 pension overhaul law and tried to get lawyers from both sides to explore whether such a finding would represent an overstepping of the courts' role and put it in the middle of the state budget process every...
  • No reason to oppose ban on anti-gay therapy

    05/06/2015 10:05:53 AM PDT · by redreno · 7 replies ^ | May 6, 2015 - 12:01am | By STEVE SEBELIUS
    What’s the holdup with Senate Bill 353, anyway? That bill, sponsored by state Sen. David Parks, D-Las Vegas, would ban what’s called “conversion” or “reparative” therapy for people younger than 18, basically a psychological assault intended to turn a gay person into a straight one. It’s been widely discredited by mental health professionals, but it still happens. The bill had a hearing back on April 6, but it hasn’t moved since. Why? It’s not the opposition: Only one witness opposed it, one who’s known for somewhat exotic testimony. In this instance, the word salad ranged from musings about where the...
  • Baltimore Officer Accused in Freddie Gray Death Served as 'Outstanding & Dedicated' Firefighter

    05/01/2015 3:11:35 PM PDT · by redreno · 26 replies ^ | 05/01/2015 | By Dan Stamm
    A Baltimore Police officer facing decades in prison if convicted for his role in the death of Freddie Gray has ties to South Jersey. Officer Edward Nero served as a member of the Washington Township Fire Department in Gloucester County for a decade, said township Fire Chief John Hoffman.
  • Anti-gay Republican state lawmaker comes out after Grindr account exposed

    04/29/2015 9:43:51 AM PDT · by redreno · 20 replies ^ | Wednesday, April 29, 2015 | By Jessica Chasmar
    North Dakota state Rep. Randy Boehning has come out as bisexual after a 21-year-old man claimed the Republican sent him a photo of his genitals via the gay dating site Grindr. Mr. Boehning, 52, says the man who came forward is retaliating against him for a recent vote against expanding gay rights, The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead reported. Dustin Smith, 21, contacted the newspaper earlier this month, saying he recognized Mr. Boehning from Grindr, chatting under the user name Top Man! According to exchanges reviewed by The Forum, Mr. Boehning sent Mr. Smith an unsolicited photo of his penis on March...
  • Straight Vegas teen asks gay best friend to prom — PHOTO

    04/25/2015 10:30:51 AM PDT · by redreno · 44 replies ^ | April 24, 2015 - 12:56pm | By ASHLEY CASPER
    A 17-year-old gay student from Las Vegas’ Desert Oasis High School was completely caught off guard when his straight best friend asked him to prom. Anthony Martinez posted the promposal on Twitter with a giant sign that read: “You’re hella gay, I’m hella str8. But you’re like my brother. So be my d8?” Jacob Lescenski came up with the plan after Martinez, who often plans school dances with his student council, said he’s never asked to go, New Now Next reports.
  • Cities And States Paying Massive Secret Fees to Wall Street: Report

    04/17/2015 1:38:19 PM PDT · by redreno · 6 replies ^ | 04/17/2015 | By David Sirota
    CaliforniaÂ’s report said $440 million. New JerseyÂ’s said $600 million. In Pennsylvania, the tally is $700 million. Those figures are public worker pension fees being paid annually by taxpayers to Wall Street firms, and they have kicked off an intensifying debate over whether such expenses are necessary. Now, a report from an industry-friendly source says those huge levies represent only a fraction of the true amounts being raked in by Wall Street firms from state and local governments. In all, CEM Benchmarking concludes that AmericaÂ’s public pension funds are paying billions of dollars in undisclosed fees to private equity firms....
  • Oregon gold miners in BLM dispute call on armed supporters to stand down

    04/17/2015 10:23:14 AM PDT · by redreno · 15 replies ^ | April 16, 2015 at 8:01 PM | AP
    GRANTS PASS -- A man who owns a gold-mining claim on federal land in southwestern Oregon asked for help defending it after U.S. authorities ordered him to stop work, but he is now telling his armed supporters to back off. Rick Barclay said Thursday that he hoped to prevent his fight with federal regulators from turning into the kind of high-profile standoff at a Nevada ranch last year. He initially called in a local chapter of constitutional activists known as the Oath Keepers because he thought the U.S. Bureau of Land Management would seize the equipment on his mining claim...
  • Seventh officer refuses to testify in trial of Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo

    04/17/2015 9:23:55 AM PDT · by redreno · 9 replies ^ | 04/16/2015 | Ida Lieszkovszky
    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A seventh police officer invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination Thursday in the voluntary manslaughter trial of fellow Cleveland officer Michael Brelo. Officer Erin O'Donnell, who participated in the Nov. 29, 2012 police chase and shootings that resulted in charges against Brelo, entered the courtroom with her attorney, Mark Stanton. Prosecutors asked her if she had told investigators the "whole story" of what happened on the night of Nov. 29, 2012, at which point O'Donnell invoked her Fifth Amendment right. After brief discussion, Judge John P. O'Donnell agreed that since the officer was present and fired...
  • PERS reform bill author touts alternative to pensions (Nevada)

    04/17/2015 8:18:25 AM PDT · by redreno · 1 replies ^ | April 15, 2015 - 1:41pm | By SEAN WHALEY
    CARSON CITY — A state lawmaker pushing for major changes to the state public employee retirement plan told a committee Wednesday that long-term workers would do better under his proposal than with the current defined-benefit pension plan. Assemblyman Randy Kirner, R-Reno, testified in support of his Assembly Bill 190 in front of the Ways and Means Committee. The bill would establish a new hybrid retirement plan for public employees hired as of July 1, 2016. The bill is fiercely opposed by public employee groups who argue the existing Public Employees Retirement System plan is well-managed and does not need to...
  • Get a job? Most welfare recipients already have one

    04/15/2015 9:53:04 AM PDT · by redreno · 12 replies ^ | 04/15/2015 | By Eric Morath
    It’s poor-paying jobs, not unemployment, that strains the welfare system. That’s one key finding from a study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, that showed the majority of households receiving government assistance are headed by a working adult.
  • Nebraska senator won’t back down or apologize for saying he’d shoot a cop

    03/26/2015 11:46:50 AM PDT · by redreno · 83 replies ^ | March 26, 2015 | By Deena Winter
    LINCOLN, Neb. — State Sen. Sen. Ernie Chambers isn’t backing down. The state lawmaker froma Omaha defiantly stood Thursday on the floor of the Nebraska Legislature and rejected many of his colleagues’ calls for him to apologize — or even resign — for comparing cops to ISIS terrorists and suggesting he’d shoot a cop if he weren’t nonviolent and had a gun. “I meant what I said and I said what I meant,” Chambers said. He said the irony is that lawmakers were discussing freedom of expression on Wednesday, and said it was ignorant and “idle talk” to suggest taking...
  • Some Republicans want to throw the feds in jail?

    03/26/2015 7:20:11 AM PDT · by redreno · 18 replies
    There came a time during the Assembly Judiciary Committee’s hearing Monday when Las Vegas Republican Michele Fiore wondered — out loud — why it was that county sheriffs weren’t arresting federal law enforcement officers (she called them “thugs”) for impersonating police officers. Oh, yes, that happened. Fiore recounted her experience at the Bunkerville ranch of Cliven Bundy in April 2014, when hordes of well-armed, self-styled militia types showed up to confront federal Bureau of Land Management officers who were there to serve a duly issued court order to seize cattle that Bundy had been illegally grazing on federal land for...
  • White House: US 'to reevaluate' backing for Israel at UN

    03/19/2015 5:04:10 PM PDT · by redreno · 24 replies ^ | 03/19/2015 | By Peter Foster
    The Obama administration made an unprecedented threat to withdraw United States support for Israel at the United Nations on Thursday night after Benjamin Netanyahu cast doubt over his support for a two state solution. In a sign of how deeply relations between Barack Obama and Mr Netanyahu have now been ruptured, the White House announced it would “re-evaluate” the American veto that has long blocked international efforts to win UN recognition for a two state solution. “Steps that the United States has taken at the United Nations had been predicated on this idea that the two-state solution is the best...
  • Nine-Year-Old Declares Transgender Identity

    03/19/2015 10:18:29 AM PDT · by redreno · 103 replies ^ | Jul 27, 2014 | unknown
    RENO, Nev. -- Hundreds of LGBT supporters marched through downtown Reno Saturday afternoon for northern Nevada's Pride Parade, where for one nine-year-old, it was a place to express who she really is. "I really like sleepovers and make up parties and tea parties," Cee Cee Ott, 9, said. It wasn't always like that for Ott. Cee Cee was born Conrad. "We didn't see the transgender come out until she was about three. It didn't really start hitting that she wanted to wear her sister's clothes, she wanted to wear wigs," said Shanna Ott, her parent. It became a struggle for...
  • University of Minnesota Duluth offers minor in LGBTQ studies to ‘prepare students for life’

    03/19/2015 8:19:41 AM PDT · by redreno · 26 replies ^ | 03/19/2015 | By Jessica Chasmar - The Washington Times
    The University of Minnesota Duluth will begin offering a minor in LGBTQ studies so that students can be better prepared for life in “an increasingly diverse society.” To complete the minor, students will have to take classes such as “An Introduction to LGBTQ” (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer), “Queer Theory,” “Queer Media,” “Queer Cinema in International Perspective” and “History of the Homosexual Rights,” Campus Reform reported. “This minor will prepare students for life,” Gesa Zinn, head of the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department, told Campus Reform. ” ‘The job’ the LGBTQ minor prepares students for is to understand and...
  • Virginia school suspends an 11-year-old for one year over a leaf that wasn’t marijuana

    Earlier this school year, a sixth-grader in the gifted-and-talented program at Bedford Middle School in Bedford, Virginia was suspended for one year after an assistant principal found something that looked like a marijuana leaf in his backpack. The student, the 11-year-old son of two school teachers, had to enroll in the district's alternative education program and be homeschooled. He was evaluated by a psychiatrist for substance abuse problems, and charged with marijuana possession in juvenile court. In the months since September, he's become withdrawn, depressed, and he suffers from panic attacks. He is worried his life is over, according to...
  • Dr Nancy Snyderman resigns as NBC's chief medical editor months after she sparked public outcry

    03/12/2015 4:59:40 PM PDT · by redreno · 10 replies ^ | 03/12/2015 | By Snejana Farberov
    Today Show's veteran chief medical correspondent Dr Nancy Snyderman announced her departure Thursday, months after she sparked a controversy by violating a quarantine upon her return from covering the Ebola epidemic in Africa. In a statement released this morning, Snyderman, 62, said that her decision to leave NBC was partially informed by her desire to return to her medical ‘roots.’ However, she noted that the Ebola scandal also played a role in her resignation.
  • Stray dog kicked by driver for being in his parking bay returns … and trashes his car

    03/12/2015 4:54:47 PM PDT · by redreno · 39 replies ^ | 03/11/2015 | By Ted Thornhill
    They say you should let sleeping dogs lie - advice that one driver in China paid the price for ignoring. He drove back to his home in Chongqing to find a stray dog lying in his favourite parking spot, so he got out and kicked it. However, as far as the dog was concerned, that was not the end of the matter.
  • Its existence kept secret throughout the war, the US naval base at Ulithi.

    03/11/2015 12:56:36 PM PDT · by redreno · 15 replies ^ | Wed May 07, 2014 | BY GEORGE SPANGLER
    In March 1945, 15 battleships, 29 carriers, 23 cruisers, 106 destroyers, and a train of oilers and supply ships sailed from "a Pacific base." What was this base? The mightiest force of naval Power ever assembled must have required a tremendous supporting establishment. Ulithi, the biggest and most active naval base in the world was indeed tremendous but it was unknown. Few civilians had heard of it at all. By the time security released the name, the remarkable base of Ulithi was a ghost. The war had moved on to the Japanese homeland, and the press was not printing ancient...
  • UPDATED: Retired Correction Officer Shoots Man During Dispute In Brooklyn Subway

    03/11/2015 9:41:53 AM PDT · by redreno · 59 replies ^ | 3/11/2015 | Mark Hirshberg
    A 68-year-old retired correction officer shot and killed a 32-year-old person of color and wounded another, after a short dispute in Borough Hall subway station in Brooklyn Tuesday night, police sources said. EMS spokesperson told JP they responded at 6:36 pm to a call of a shooting at the Brooklyn Borough Hall Subway Station located at Court Street and Joralemon Street, and treated two men for serious gun shot wounds. According to police, the three men got into a verbal dispute on the 5 train. When they got off at Borough Hall station, Gilbert Drogheo, 32 spat at the retired...