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  • Trump Uses Outdated 'Enough Bushes' Clip to Attack Jeb Bush

    08/24/2015 3:10:07 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 31 replies
    Mediaite ^ | August 24, 2015 | Andrew Husband
    Donald Trump‘s campaign made use of a famous clip of Barbara Bush saying she didn’t want to see Jeb Bush to run for president since there had been “enough Bushes” in the White House. The attack ad popped up on Instagram Monday afternoon: (Video at link) Trump’s pull quote of choice comes from a famous interview on The Today Show back in 2013, during which Barbara was asked whether or not she thought Jeb should run for office. At the time, she said, “He’s by far the best qualified man, but no… There are a lot of great families, and...
  • Seven Shot in Drive-By Near Boys and Girls Club in Rochester, New York

    08/20/2015 5:31:42 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 33 replies
    NBC News ^ | August 20, 2015 | F. Brinley Bruton and Shamar Walters
    Three people were killed and four injured in a drive-by shooting outside a Boys and Girls Club in western New York on Wednesday. Shots were fired into a crowd that had gathered after a basketball game in Rochester a few minutes before 11:30 p.m. ET, police said. "Seven victims were shot and we've now confirmed that three were deceased," Rochester police chief Michael Ciminelli told reporters at the scene. Police said they were waiting to release the names of those killed until their families had been notified. None of those hurt — all men between 20 and 29 years old...
  • Brawling ends Carrick's St. Basil Catholic Parish summer festival permanently (Teen mobs)

    07/24/2015 5:59:44 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 60 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | July 24, 2015 | Andrew Goldstein
    In a 1½ hour span Wednesday night, Carrick lost a community tradition some six decades old. The St. Basil Catholic Parish summer festival — the parish’s biggest annual fundraiser — will cease to exist after brawling teenagers prompting its early closure out of fear for public safety, according to the parish’s pastor, the Rev. Stephen Kresak. --snip-- Father Kresak said the festival has been plagued by brawls before. He said a small group of teens who came from outside the Carrick community cause problems, and he believes the festival gave teenagers a place to congregate without being noticed as out...
  • President Obama coming to Pittsburgh, will address VFW convention next week

    07/17/2015 10:49:05 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 29 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | July 17, 2015 | Tracie Mauriello
    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is headed to Pittsburgh on Tuesday to speak to thousands of veterans in town for the Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown. It will be Mr. Obama’s fifth speech to the national convention since 2007, and his third as president. “What we hope to hear is how he will continue to take the fight to our enemies, while keeping America safe through strong national defense and homeland security programs,” said VFW National Commander John W. Stroud, a retired Air Force First sergeant from Nevada. “We also want...
  • 20-year-old suspect killed during Route 51 shootout with Pittsburgh police

    06/23/2015 7:39:50 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 39 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | June 23, 2015 | Liz Navratil
    Tyrone Harris’ life ended Monday morning on a crowded Bon Air road, moments after he aimed a rifle out the window of a stolen car and fired at officers, police and witnesses said. Five officers returned fire, striking Harris and killing him. It marked the end of a chaotic 30-minute period in which officers said Harris, 20, began opening fire about two blocks away from his previous home in Knoxville, stole a car from a man on Rochelle Street, and fired at a sheriff’s sergeant, prompting a chase through busy city streets. Anthony Miess, 33, of McKees Rocks watched from...
  • Pittsburgh Pride protesters will not be restricted to designated locations

    06/13/2015 4:17:29 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 22 replies
    WPXI ^ | June 13, 2015
    PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Pride in the Street is expected to draw protesters to downtown Pittsburgh Saturday, prompting police to make “sight and sound locations” available to demonstrators. “The purpose for these locations is to provide a safe venue for the expression of dissenting perspectives while securing reasonable separation between groups to prevent violence from occurring. It is the role of police to maintain reasonable separation to ensure the safety of all,” police Chief Cameron McLay said in a statement. --snip-- Protesters within the LGBT community are upset over the Delta Foundation’s leadership because they believe people of color and other...
  • Couple shares powerful side-by-side pregnancy photos

    04/22/2015 4:44:34 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 37 replies
    WPXI ^ | April 22, 2015
    It's a striking image that forces you to do a double take. Yes, they're both pregnant, but about a year apart. Vanessa Iris Roy is pregnant in the first photo, and her wife, Melissa, is pregnant in the second and joined by their son Jax. The photo, captioned "trading places" was posted by the couple two months ago, but didn't hit viral status until several LGBT-focused sites picked up the portrait. The couple says they've been blown away by the outpouring of attention and support.
  • Woman attacked after 'shushing' teens at movie theater

    04/08/2015 5:52:28 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 41 replies
    WPXI ^ | April 8, 2015
    STROUDSBURG, Pa. — A Pennsylvania woman said she was attacked, after urging a group of teens to be quiet during a movie. Cindy Santamaria-Williams, of Stroudsburg, said the three girls were loud and cursing, so she “shushed” them. After the movie, the girls were waiting for her outside with five other teens. Santamaria-Williams suffered a broken eye socket and bruises during the attack. "They immediately jumped on me and knocked me to the ground, punched me in the face," she said. She said she hopes someone will come forward to help police catch the young suspects. “They were in my...
  • Obama concerned by ‘less-than-loving’ Christians

    04/07/2015 7:57:50 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 62 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 7, 2015 | Jordan Fabian
    President Obama appeared set to go after his political opponents on Tuesday during an Easter Prayer Breakfast, but he stopped himself before veering further off script. “On Easter, I do reflect on the fact that, as a Christian, I am supposed to love,” the president said during the breakfast at the White House. “And I have to say that, sometimes when I listen to other less-than-loving expressions by Christians, I get concerned.” Obama paused, then remarked “that’s a topic for another day,” sparking laughter from the audience gathered in the East Room.
  • Teacher accused of selling heroin is superintendent’s daughter

    03/27/2015 1:19:05 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 11 replies
    WPXI ^ | March 27, 2015
    PITTSBURGH — A Norwin High School health and physical education teacher was arrested on charges of dealing heroin, officials said. Agents charged the defendant, 37-year-old Lisa Rodnicki, with one count each of delivery of heroin, possession with intent to deliver heroin and possession of heroin, Attorney General Kathleen Kane said. According to the criminal complaint, agents made a controlled purchase from Rodnicki utilizing a confidential informant, who paid Rodnicki $300 for 45 bags of heroin. According to Channel 11’s news exchange partners at TribLIVE, Rodnicki is the daughter of the district’s superintendent.
  • Pa. governor says death penalty flawed, imposes moratorium

    02/13/2015 10:12:14 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 15 replies
    WPXI ^ | February 13, 2015
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Newly elected Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is imposing a moratorium on the death penalty. He calls the state's current system of capital punishment "error-prone, expensive and anything but infallible." The Democrat had announced during his fall campaign he intended to issue such an order. Wolf said Friday the moratorium will remain in effect at least until he receives a report from a legislative commission that's been studying the topic for about four years.
  • 3 Muslim students shot to death in apartment near UNC Chapel Hill

    02/11/2015 4:22:24 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 102 replies
    CNN ^ | February 11, 2015 | Saeed Ahmed
    (CNN)—A 46-year-old man has been charged with murder in the shooting death of three Muslim students in an apartment near the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus. Police haven't said what may have compelled the accused, Craig Stephen Hicks, to allegedly carry out the attack Tuesday evening. He turned himself into police later in the night. But given the victims' religion and comments the alleged shooter apparently left on a Facebook page, many social media users wondered what role, if any, the victims' faith played. The victims were Muslims: Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23; Yusor Mohammad, 21; and Razan...
  • US attorney general [Holder] to attend terror talks in Paris Sunday

    01/08/2015 1:24:20 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 37 replies
    Washington (AFP) - US Attorney General Eric Holder will attend international terror talks convened by France in Paris on Sunday after a deadly attack on a satirical newspaper, a Justice Department official said Thursday. "The meetings will include discussions on addressing terrorist threats, foreign fighters and countering violent extremism," the official told AFP. The ministerial-level meeting was convened by French Justice Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.
  • Target’s ‘Annie’ ads stir up controversy

    12/31/2014 5:41:05 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 89 replies
    Target is fighting back after being criticized for “Annie”-themed clothing ads showing a white model as Annie, as opposed to an African-American model, or Quvenzhané Wallis, the actress who plays the character in the holiday remake. LaSean Rinique told Yahoo she launched a Change.org petition after her daughter, an “Annie” fan, noticed that a girl in the ads sporting Annie’s signature red dress and locket was white, unlike Wallis, who appears alongside Jamie Foxx in the movie remake.
  • Obama: ‘I Spend Most of My Time Watching ESPN in the Morning’

    12/12/2014 11:55:32 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 87 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | December 12, 2014
    While on ESPN radio with Colin Cowherd, President Obama admitted that he gets a little overwhelmed by politics in the morning and looks to a different kind of news channel. “Listen, I spend most of my time watching ESPN in the morning,” Obama said. “I get so much politics I don’t, you know, want to be inundated with a bunch of chatter about politics during the day.”
  • Man killed when tire flies off trailer, strikes car on Route 28; Driver (illegal) to be charged

    11/21/2014 3:10:02 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 64 replies
    WPXI ^ | November 21, 2014
    SHALER TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Investigators said one person is dead after a detached truck tire bounded across Route 28 Friday morning and smashed into an oncoming car. Officials said the accident happened just before 11 a.m. near the Shaler Water Facility. Channel 11’s Alan Jennings reported the tire came from a Ford F-450 with a tarp-covered trailer that was heading southbound on Route 28. Channel 11’s Rick Earle has learned the victim’s car was driving north when the tire hopped over the jersey barrier and hit the driver’s side windshield. A man was driving and his wife was in the...
  • Police say teacher found intoxicated, without pants in empty classroom

    08/06/2014 9:20:22 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 115 replies
    WPXI ^ | August 6, 2014
    WAGONER, Okla. — Police arrested a woman they said was intoxicated and not wearing any pants at an Oklahoma high school Monday. The woman, Lorie Hill, was a newly hired teacher for Wagoner Public Schools. She was found by two other teachers in a Wagoner High School classroom on the first day back at school for teachers. Police said Hill admitted she had been drinking, police said they found an empty cup in her car. Wagoner Police Chief Bob Haley said that even though evidence of alcohol consumption was found in Hill's car, there was only enough evidence to arrest...
  • Glenn Beck’s audacious defense against Boston Marathon bombings defamation suit

    07/24/2014 8:25:40 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 29 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 24, 2014 | Terrence McCoy
    On April 15 of last year, a thin kid with a bright smile named Abdulrahman Alharbi decided he would stop and watch the Boston Marathon for a few minutes. A Saudi Arabian studying English in Boston, he had heard of the famous marathon, but wanted to see it in the flesh, he later explained to one journalist. Ten minutes later, he witnessed what he first mistook for fireworks. --snip-- Alharbi, like numerous others in the chaotic few hours following the deadly bombings, was questioned by police. They asked for his Facebook password. He gave it to them. They asked to...
  • This White House Photo is Just Begging for a Caption

    07/16/2014 6:22:55 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 59 replies
    Whitehouse.gov ^ | July 16, 2014
  • The movie 'America: Imagine the World Without Her' is a loser (Letter to Editor)

    07/15/2014 10:01:31 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 64 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | July 12, 2014 | RUDY M. KUCHTA
    My wife and I are avid movie attendees — dinner and a movie every Friday for more than 50 years. This past Fourth of July was no exception. In the movie guide that day, the PG listed “America: Imagine the World Without Her” (not reviewed). This seemed to be the perfect movie for us, so off we went to the Galleria theater. It started out pretty well, and then George Washington was shot by a sniper and the colonies supposedly lost the American Revolution. That is where the premise of the title ends and the growth of America was described....
  • Police: Illegal immigrant threatened to kill, sexual assaulted Washington teen

    06/20/2014 8:03:06 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 8 replies
    WPXI ^ | June 20, 2014
    WASHINGTON COUNTY, Pa. — Police in Washington County said an illegal immigrant threatened to kill a 16-year-old girl before sexually assaulting her earlier this year. According to the criminal complaint, Roger Acosta Pagoada, of Honduras, met the girl on a social media website. Investigators said the teen and Pagoada kept in touch via the Internet and texting, before arranging to meet one day in April. Police said Pagoada picked the girl up from school, and was supposed to take her home. However, investigators said he took the victim to his apartment where he threatened to kill her if she didn’t...
  • Tennessee woman defends walking down the aisle with baby on train of wedding dress

    06/02/2014 1:23:31 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 26 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | June 2, 2014
    A Tennessee woman has fired back at critics for the unusual way she included her baby daughter in her recent wedding. Shona Carter-Brooks, of Jackson, Tenn., secured her 1-month-old daughter on the train of her wedding dress as she walked down the aisle. Carter Brooks, who married Johnathan Brooks at the Elam Baptist Church in Ripley, Tenn., last weekend, walked down the aisle with her daughter dragging behind wrapped in the enormous amount of material on her David's Bridal dress by Vera Wang, according to her Facebook page. A company spokeswoman told The News it was not actually a Vera...
  • Rush Limbaugh Show Live Thread Tuesday, May 27, 2014

    05/27/2014 9:03:20 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 224 replies
    EIB Network ^ | May 27, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    Call The Rush Limbaugh Show program line between 12 Noon and 3PM Eastern Time at: 1-800-282-2882 E-mail Rush: ElRushbo@eibnet.com Fax Rush at: 212-445-3963 Write a letter to Rush and mail it to: The Rush Limbaugh Show 1270 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10020 Join This Ping List Now! Click Here To Join this Ping List! AND NOW . . . amidst billowing clouds of fragrant, aromatic first- and second-hand premium cigar smoke. . . it is time for . . . that harmless, lovable little fuzz ball, the highly-trained broadcast specialist, having more fun than a human being...
  • Corbett says Pennsylvania won't appeal same-sex marriage case

    05/21/2014 12:39:31 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 57 replies
    WPXI ^ | May 21, 2014
    HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania's governor says he won't appeal a court decision that struck down the state's gay marriage ban. Gov. Tom Corbett's decision Wednesday means that same-sex marriage will remain legal in Pennsylvania, without the threat that a higher court will reinstate the ban. "I have thoroughly reviewed Judge Jones' opinion in the Whitewood case. Given the high legal threshold set forth by Judge Jones in this case, the case is extremely unlikely to succeed on appeal. Therefore, after review of the opinion and on the advice of my Commonwealth legal team, I have decided not to appeal Judge...
  • Democrat Crisco dies suddenly at home (Clay Aiken runoff opponent)

    05/12/2014 1:27:46 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 83 replies
    WNCN News ^ | May 12, 2014 | Dane Huffman
    RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina Congressional candidate Keith Crisco died suddenly at his home on Monday, WNCN confirmed. MOREAdditional Links A woman at his company, Asheboro Elastics Corp. in Asheboro, confirmed that he died at his home Monday around 1 p.m. She said employees at the company were being told what had happened. Crisco had faced Clay Aiken in a tense battle for the Democratic nomination in the 2nd Congressional District.
  • Average U.S. Retirement Age Rises to 62

    04/28/2014 12:14:25 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 20 replies
    Gallup ^ | April 28, 2014 | Rebecca Riffkin
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The average age at which U.S. retirees report retiring is 62, the highest Gallup has found since first asking Americans this question in 1991. This age has increased in recent years, while the average age at which non-retired Americans expect to retire, 66, has largely stayed the same. However, this age too has slowly increased from 63 in 2002.
  • Rush Limbaugh Show Live Thread - Monday, April 28, 2014

    04/28/2014 9:02:44 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 124 replies
    EIB Network ^ | April 28, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    Call The Rush Limbaugh Show program line between 12 Noon and 3PM Eastern Time at: 1-800-282-2882 E-mail Rush: ElRushbo@eibnet.com Fax Rush at: 212-445-3963 Write a letter to Rush and mail it to: The Rush Limbaugh Show 1270 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10020 Join This Ping List Now! Click Here To Join this Ping List!
  • Glenn Beck Really Regrets Gift He Gave to Romney: ‘P*sses Me Off to This Day’

    04/23/2014 8:57:59 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 45 replies
    Mediaite ^ | April 21, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    The Blaze radio host Glenn Beck revealed on Monday that he deeply regrets giving Mitt Romney the gift he gave him when the former Massachusetts governor ran for president. Beck revealed that he gave Romney a rare, first-edition copy of President George Washington‘s farewell address for which he never even received a thank you. “I was trying to cement in his mind, ‘You have run an honorable race,’” Beck said said, explaining the rationale behind the gift. “‘I don’t agree with you on everything. But please understand the time that we’re in, and if you win, you have to be...
  • Westmoreland Co. (PA) Woman (Patient) Sold Drugs from Hospital Room

    04/22/2014 4:54:14 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 8 replies
    CBS Local Pittsburgh ^ | April 21, 2014 | Ralph Ianotti
    GREENSBURG (KDKA) — Greensburg City police are expected to file charges as early as Tuesday against a woman from Youngwood who was leading two lives at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. She was not immediately identified by name. She was not only a patient at the hospital, but she was allegedly selling heroin from her hospital room. Jennifer Miele, Excela’s Vice President of Marketing, said staffers in the ICU saw numerous visitors coming and going, spending only a moment or two with the patient before leaving. “What the staff was noticing in our Intensive Care Unit, was that many visitors were...
  • UPMC: As many as 27,000 employees' personal info exposed in breach

    04/21/2014 7:21:49 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 7 replies
    WTAE ^ | April 18, 2014 | Marcie Cipriani
    PITTSBURGH —As many as 27,000 UPMC employees may have had their personal information exposed in a data breach and nearly 800 have been victimized by tax fraud, a spokeswoman for the nonprofit confirmed Thursday evening. "We want to assure our patients that no patient information was breached," media relations director Gloria Kreps said in a statement. Employees of the several Pittsburgh-area hospitals told Pittsburgh's Action News 4 that they received a packet in the mail, telling them that their information was stolen and what they need to do to protect themselves. "We're telling our employees that they should take steps...
  • Woman living in luxury sentenced for stealing up to $377,000 in government benefits

    04/15/2014 9:50:52 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 50 replies
    Palm Beach Post via WPXI ^ | April 11, 2014 | Jane Musgrave
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — With a round pool in the backyard, a Mercedes and a boat in the driveway and a greenhouse and an aviary nearby, the Florida house doesn’t look like it was owned by someone who qualified for public assistance. But it was. While living the life of luxury on a 1-acre manicured lot, Gloria Valle-Clas collected between $305,000 and $377,000 in food stamps, housing assistance and Medicaid benefits. Using two separate Social Security numbers and as many as 12 aliases, she duped government agencies into sending her monthly assistance checks and picking up her medical bills...
  • Pa Dems: Raise minimum wage to $12 an hour

    04/03/2014 12:02:17 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 44 replies
    Fox 43 Central PA ^ | April 1, 2014 | Paul Smith
    <p>In legislative session today, state Sens. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware), and Mike Stack (D-Philadelphia) introduced legislation, S.B. 1317, a bill that would end the allowance of a sub-minimum wage for employees who receive tips and raise the overall minimum wage to $12 an hour.</p>
  • Got Obamacare, can't find doctors

    03/20/2014 5:45:26 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | March 20, 2014 | Tami Luhby
    Terri Durheim and her family now have health insurance, thanks to Obamacare. What they don't have are local doctors and hospitals who will take it. This worries the Enid, Okla., resident since she has a teenage son with a serious heart condition. They now have to find a pediatric cardiologist in Oklahoma City, more than an hour away. And if there's an emergency ... "obviously we'd have to pay out of pocket and go here in town, but that defeats the purpose of insurance. I'm truly grateful we have insurance. It's reasonable and affordable, but it's not doing me a...
  • The states people are fleeing in 2014

    03/17/2014 11:30:33 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 97 replies
    Forbes via MSN ^ | February 13, 2014 | Susan Adams
    More people are moving out of New Jersey than are moving in. The same is true for Illinois and New York. Those three states top the "outbound" list compiled by United Van Lines, the big St. Louis-based moving company that has put together an annual survey of where Americans are moving for the last 37 years. The company analyzed a total of 125,000 moves across the 48 continental states and the District of Columbia in 2013 and came up with a picture of migration patterns across the U.S. According to Professor Michael Stoll, chair of the Department of Public Policy...
  • Wanted by Ecuador, 2 Brothers Make Mark in U.S. Campaigns (donated $90K to Obama)

    03/12/2014 5:09:12 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 7 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 11, 2014 | FRANCES ROBLES
    MIAMI — The donations kept pouring in: hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions to President Obama and more than a dozen members of Congress, carefully routed through the families of two wealthy brothers in Florida. They had good reason to be generous. The two men, Roberto and William Isaias, are fugitives from Ecuador, which has angrily pressed Washington to turn them over, to no avail. A year after their relatives gave $90,000 to help re-elect Mr. Obama, the administration rejected Ecuador’s extradition request for the men, fueling accusations that such donations were helping to keep the brothers and...
  • Family calls 911 after crazed cat attacks baby, holds owners hostage

    03/11/2014 5:03:14 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 73 replies
    WPXI ^ | March 11, 2014
    PORTLAND, Ore. — A crazed cat is behind bars after it attacked a baby and held an Oregon family hostage in a bedroom, forcing them to call 911. According to KPTV, the ferocious feline — a 22-pound Himalayan named Lux — “went over the edge” Sunday evening after it was punished for scratching a couple’s 7-month-old baby. The baby was not injured. When the peeved pet began charging at its owners, the family and their dog hid in a bedroom, where they called 911. "He's got kind of a history of violence," the caller said, adding that the cat continued...
  • Feds open investigation of Md. ObamaCare site

    03/10/2014 1:15:17 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 10, 2014 | Jonathan Easley
    The Health and Human Services inspector general (IG) will launch an investigation into the failed ObamaCare exchange in Maryland, Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) announced Monday. “Maryland officials ignored early warning signs and chose to waste and abuse federal taxpayer money by opening up what they knew was a flawed exchange to the public,” he wrote in a statement. “I have confidence that the nonpartisan and independent HHS Inspector General will thoroughly investigate and bring to light how hundreds of millions of dollars were wasted on one of the worst exchange roll outs in the country,” he added. An official with...
  • Venezuelan middle class seeks refuge in Miami

    03/07/2014 9:56:38 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 20 replies
    AP via WPXI ^ | March 7, 2014 | CHRISTINE ARMARIO
    Carlos Salamanca fled Venezuela's growing political turmoil in January with his wife, two teenage children and $7,000. Two months into their journey to the United States, he and his wife are sleeping most nights in an old, worn Nissan. Salamanca had no family or business contacts in the U.S. No property he'd purchased on a previous trip. No idea where the children might attend school. "Once we started getting threats, we couldn't take it anymore," he said of the family's last days in Venezuela. Early waves of Venezuelan immigrants who fled after the late President Hugo Chavez and his socialist...
  • Diner Attacked After Refusing Seattle Man's Demand For A Bite Of His Burrito

    03/07/2014 8:18:21 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 60 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | March 6, 2014
    “Give me a bite of your burrito,” Mahamed Abdi, 24, allegedly demanded of a stranger noshing Saturday afternoon outside a Seattle restaurant. When the burrito owner declined Abdi’s request (and remarked “That is rude”), Abdi pushed him and again demanded a bite of the Mexican food favorite. As the diner then arose from his seat, Abdi allegedly punched him in the forehead and fled on foot, according to a Seattle Police Department report. Witnesses described the attacker as a black male in his 20s wearing “a gray ‘beanie’ and white fur coat.” Cops subsequently caught up to Abdi as he...
  • Climate Change Could Mean No Guac For You — At Least At Chipotle

    03/04/2014 2:39:54 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 35 replies
    TIME ^ | March 4, 2014 | David Winograd
    Bad news for burrito lovers: Chipotle warned in its latest annual report that climate change might lead it to leave guacamole out of its burritos and bowls. The chain blames the possible change on higher prices. “In the event of cost increases with respect to one or more of our raw ingredients we may choose to temporarily suspend serving menu items, such as guacamole or one or more of our salsas, rather than paying the increased cost for the ingredients.” The company acknowledged such a move would be a massive disappointment to some of its customers. But, as ThinkProgress points...
  • Workers, bused-in activists target UPMC offices

    03/03/2014 8:03:08 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 2 replies
    WPXI ^ | March 3, 2014
    PITTSBURGH--An estimated 300 workers and bused-in labor activists tied up Pittsburgh traffic when they marched downtown to rally outside the corporate offices of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Monday's rally follows demonstrations outside the same building last week when police cited nine demonstrators for trespassing. The activists from the Service Employees International Union, which is trying to organize some of the hospital network's workers, and others were also pressing for higher wages for cooks, custodians and other blue-collar health workers.
  • Bald eagle fends off raccoon from nest

    02/28/2014 6:42:36 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 17 replies
    WTAE ^ | February 27, 2014
    PITTSBURGH —A female bald eagle defended her nest and the three eggs inside it from an intruding raccoon late Wednesday night. PixController, which is providing a live-stream camera of the nest, captured the close call near the Monongahela River in Hays. (Mobile users: Click here to watch the video) The video showed the eagle being startled by the raccoon before she sprung up and spread her wings. After only a few seconds, the raccoon fled the nest and the mother settled back down. It's not believed any of the three eggs inside were harmed. The 5 1/2-year-old female laid the...
  • ‘I’m a broken man’: Ex-Pittsburgh police chief sentenced to prison

    02/25/2014 11:30:30 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 26 replies
    WPXI ^ | February 25, 2014
    PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh former police chief Nathan Harper was sentenced to 18 months in a federal prison for conspiring to create an unauthorized slush fund from which he spent more than $30,000 on himself. U.S. District Judge Cathy Bissoon handed down the sentence Tuesday morning. She also ordered 61-year-old Harper on Tuesday to repay $31,986 from the fund that he spent on himself. Target 11 investigator Rick Earle was in the courtroom for the sentencing hearing. Earle reported that Harper made an emotional apology moments before the judge handed down his sentence. “I am a broken man,” Harper said. “I...
  • Bag of pot found in pants donated to Pa. charity

    02/21/2014 1:02:38 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 12 replies
    WTAE ^ | February 21, 2014
    SUGARCREEK, Pa. —An act of charity may end badly for one donor to a Pennsylvania Salvation Army outlet. Sugarcreek Borough police say they were called when workers found a large plastic bag of marijuana among some donated clothes. Police Chief Matt Carlson tells the (Oil City) Derrick (http://bit.ly/1gnLZm2 ) he suspects the owner of the drugs has noticed them missing by now, if only because the bag contained a "substantial quantity" of pot. Police were working with store employees to determine who donated the clothes and when. Police say the drugs were found earlier this week.
  • Teachers Union Opposes $40 Mil Grant’s New Evaluation System

    02/18/2014 5:04:42 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 8 replies
    KDKA ^ | February 17, 2014
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A group of community leaders expressed their support today, for a teacher evaluation system within the Pittsburgh Schools. The evaluation system is being funded by a $40 million grant by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. But the money is in jeopardy because of opposition by the teachers union. Gathering in the cold, community leaders and parents called on the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers to adopt high standards of evaluation — saying lower standards hurt teachers, parents. “And most especially, lowering the bar isn’t good for our children who deserve the highest quality education we can provide...
  • Actor spared death after avoiding ambush hit with coke dealers

    02/10/2014 5:34:29 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 21 replies
    NY Post ^ | February 10, 2014 | Jamie Schram
    A Hollywood actor was spared the real-life role of victim in a fatal shooting because he failed to show up for a Midtown meeting that turned into a hit on a drug-dealing associate, The Post has learned. Quran Pender, 35, and his alleged partner, Brandon Woodard, 31, along with a third unidentified accomplice, were invited to the Big Apple in December 2012 by their Queens associates to discuss their coast-to-coast cocaine operation, law-enforcement sources said. But Woodard, a law student, made the trip to New York alone and was murdered execution-style by a gunman in broad daylight on busy West...
  • Realistic statue of man in underwear freaks out women's college

    02/06/2014 7:52:51 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 94 replies
    KRMG ^ | February 6, 2014 | Rick Couri
    300 students have signed a petition to have the creepy, yet lifelike statue removed. In part, the petition reads; "This highly realistic sculpture has, within just a few hours of its outdoor installation, become a source of apprehension, fear, and triggering thoughts regarding sexual assault for many members of our campus community. While it may appear humorous, or thought-provoking to some, it has already become a source of undue stress for many Wellesley College students, the majority of whom live, study, and work in this space." The Boston Globe reports the piece is called "Sleepwalker," it was put up to...
  • Obamacare may prompt people to work less

    02/05/2014 12:53:31 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 13 replies
    CNN Money ^ | February 4, 2014 | Tami Luhby
    Many workers may opt to work less to retain their eligibility for Medicaid or federal subsidies under Obamacare, a new report has found. The Affordable Care Act could reduce the labor force by the equivalent of 2.5 million workers in 2024, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office's annual outlook. That doesn't mean employers will start swinging the ax or even that that many jobs will be lost, CBO says. Rather, more people will likely opt to reduce their hours, or leave the workforce entirely, so they stay under the income caps for Medicaid and federal subsidies.
  • Queen orders Kate Middleton to wear longer skirts

    02/04/2014 6:33:37 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 85 replies
    News 96.5 ^ | February 4, 2014
    LONDON — Fashion icon Kate Middleton won’t be having anymore wardrobe malfunctions if Queen Elizabeth has her way. According to The Mail on Sunday, the queen has ordered the Duchess of Cambridge to wear lower hemlines during a 3½-week trip to Australia this spring. The royal makeover won’t just focus on toning down Kate’s leggy style. The duchess also will wear more tiaras and statement jewelry “favored by the Queen and Queen Mother,” the Mail reported.
  • Obama says Fox News's O'Reilly 'absolutely' unfair in extended interview

    02/04/2014 5:07:10 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 53 replies
    NBC News ^ | February 3, 2014 | Andrew Rafferty
    President Barack Obama said that he is “in a lot of ways” less liberal than former Republican President Richard Nixon and said Fox News Channel's Bill O’Reilly has been “absolutely” unfair to him throughout his presidency in an interview that aired Monday night. “In a lot of ways Richard Nixon was more liberal than I was,” Obama said. “He started the EPA, started a whole lot of the regulatory state that has helped keep our air and water clean.” Obama's comments came in response to O'Reilly asking him if he was “the most liberal president of all time.” Obama also...