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  • Thirty-Two Individuals Charged in Manhattan Federal Court

    01/16/2013 12:13:39 PM PST · by RitchieAprile · 4 replies
    FBI ^ | January 16, 2013 | U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern District of New York
    Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York; George C. Venizelos, the Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); and George N. Longworth, the Commissioner of the Westchester County Police Department, today announced the unsealing of charges against 32 individuals as part of a multi-year investigation into organized crime’s alleged continuing control of large aspects of the commercial waste-hauling industry in the greater New York City metropolitan area and in parts of New Jersey. The main indictment charges 12 defendants under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt...
  • More Navy leaders relieved of duty after rowdy port visit

    11/09/2012 9:25:37 AM PST · by RitchieAprile · 31 replies
    MyNorthwest.com ^ | November 8, 2012 @ 10:32 pm (Updated: 8:31 am - 11/9/12 ) | Linda Thomas
    Drunken behavior during a port visit has led to the dismissal of another Navy commander and three other top officers, days after the leader of the USS Stennis carrier group was sent back to Bremerton. The Navy hasn't said much about why they've removed Rear Admiral Charles Gaouette from his command October 27. They are conducting an internal investigation involving his judgment. The Navy is offering more explanation about the commander of the USS Vandegrift, which is a frigate based in San Diego that was built at the Todd Shipyards. This frigate was not with the Stennis carrier group. Vandegrift...
  • Powerful earthquake hits B.C. northern coast

    10/27/2012 10:17:30 PM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 21 replies
    Toronto Star ^ | 10/27/2012 | Petti Fong
    VANCOUVER—A tsunami warning was issued late Saturday for the coastal areas of northwest British Columbia following a 7.7 magnitude earthquake off the waters near Prince Rupert. It was followed by at least aftershocks. People in coastal areas were told to move inland to higher ground while residents in low-lying coastal areas were ordered to be on alert for instructions from their local emergency officials after the tsunami warning was issued just before 8 p.m. local time. The epicentre was reported in coastal waters about 40 kilometres south of Sandspit, B.C. at a depth of 19 kilometres. Natural Resources Canada issued...
  • Navy spy Jeffrey Delisle pleads guilty to all charges

    10/10/2012 10:56:22 PM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 4 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | 10/10/2012 | Jane Taber and Oliver Moore
    Navy spy Jeffrey Delisle has pleaded guilty to charges under the Security of Information Act, the first time in Canada that someone has been charged and pleaded under this act. In a surprise move on what was to be the first day of his preliminary hearing, Mr. Delisle, 41, entered a guilty plea to the Criminal Code offence of breach of trust and two counts of “communicating with a foreign entity” that fall under the security act.
  • Cancelled NHL Season Would Have Canada Missing Goals

    10/03/2012 11:04:11 AM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 9 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | October 3, 2012, 9:29 AM ET | By Karen Johnson
    For many Canadians, the prospect of a lost–or even delayed–National Hockey League season is heartbreak enough. Now it turns out, it also might high-stick the country’s economy. Associated Press Montreal Canadiens’ Colby Armstrong, left, and Ryan White take a break during an informal training session last month at the team’s training facility in Brossard, Quebec.From his desk at one of Canada’s big banks, economist and hockey fan Doug Porter has been crunching numbers, as labor strife between players and owners threatens to scupper the NHL season. Mr. Porter, deputy chief economist at BMO Capital Markets, figures a canceled season would...
  • NHL lockout: Edmonton Oilers eye Seattle for talks about possible relocation

    09/25/2012 8:12:16 AM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 21 replies
    Toronto Star ^ | 9/25/2012 | Dean Bennett
    EDMONTON—With a deadline looming to complete a deal to build the Edmonton Oilers a new arena, the team’s brass turned up the heat on city councillors by paying a visit to Seattle. Oilers owner Daryl Katz, team president Patrick LaForge and president of hockey operations Kevin Lowe were in Seattle on Monday for meetings about a possible relocation to the city, the Oilers said in a statement. “The Katz Group has been listening to proposals from a number of potential NHL markets for some time,” the statement read. “After more than four years of trying to secure an arena deal...
  • A U.S. Envoy Who Plunged Into Arab Life

    09/15/2012 7:13:31 PM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 44 replies
    The NY Times ^ | September 15, 2012 | STEVEN ERLANGER
    J. Christopher Stevens, the American ambassador to Libya who was killed in an assault on a diplomatic mission there last week, was happy to gossip, but was revered for listening. A northern Californian with a toothy grin, he had a passion for the Arab world and its language, and he went out of his way to use it, whether with officials or shopkeepers, in an effort to show respect. In his willingness to allow others to be heard, even when he had an important message to impart, Mr. Stevens was an unusual American diplomat, friends and colleagues say. He allowed...
  • Bergevin selected as new Montreal GM

    05/02/2012 7:27:12 AM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 6 replies
    NHL.com ^ | Wednesday, 05.02.2012 / 8:34 AM | NHL.com
    The Montreal Canadiens have tabbed former NHL player Marc Bergevin as its new GM and will introduce him in a Wednesday afternoon press conference at the team's practice facility. Bergevin, 46, will replace the fired Pierre Gauthier, who was let go near the end of the 2011-12 season, and become the 17th GM in Canadiens history. The Canadiens not only missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season, but finished last in the Eastern Conference and No. 28 in the League with a 31-35-16 record. A Montreal native, Bergevin has spent the past seven seasons in Chicago's front office. This past...
  • Preds' Radulov, A. Kostitsyn to miss Game 3

    05/01/2012 4:42:42 PM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 6 replies
    NHL.com ^ | Tuesday, 05.01.2012 / 2:50 PM | By John Manasso
    NASHVILLE -- The Nashville Predators announced on Tuesday morning that they will hold top-six forwards Andrei Kostitsyn and Alexander Radulov out of Game 3 of their Western Conference Semifinal series with the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday (9 p.m. ET, CNBC, TSN) for an unspecified violation of team rules. "The Nashville Predators have a few simple rules centered around doing the right things," general manager David Poile said in a statement. "We have always operated with a team-first mentality and philosophy. Violating team rules is not fair to our team and their teammates." Poile expanded upon that statement in a brief...
  • San Jose Sharks likely to get roster makeover after early playoff exit

    04/23/2012 8:33:18 AM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 13 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 4/22/2012 | David Pollak
    Todd McLellan stopped short of labeling the Sharks' regular season a disappointment. "We got where we wanted to go," the coach said Saturday night after the Sharks were eliminated by the St. Louis Blues in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series. "We wanted to get into the tournament." But whenever a franchise loses its standing as one of the NHL elite, it's a disappointment. So now what? The angriest segment of the fan base has been calling for a roster makeover for weeks, and the volume will only increase after a five-game playoff stay that was the shortest in...
  • Hawks' Quenneville fined $10,000 for remarks

    04/19/2012 3:25:52 PM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 23 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 5:01 p.m. CDT, April 19, 2012 | Chris Kuc
    Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville paid the price Thursday for criticizing officials after Game 3 of the Western Conference quarterfinals. After the officials failed to call a penalty on the Coyotes' Raffi Torres following the winger's hit on the Hawks' Marian Hossa that sent Hossa to the hospital during the first period Tuesday night, Quenneville said: "I saw exactly what happened, it was right in front of me and all four (officials) missed it, The refereeing tonight was a disgrace." The NHL lowered the boom on Quenneville, fining the coach $10,000 "for public comments critical of the officiating." A day...
  • Men at Work musician Greg Ham found dead

    04/19/2012 3:11:40 PM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 23 replies
    MSN Entertainment ^ | April 19, 2012, 7:05 AM EST | MSN Entertainment
    SYDNEY (AP) -- Greg Ham, a musician with the iconic Australian band Men at Work, was found dead in his Melbourne home on Thursday, Australian reports said. Victoria state police confirmed that the deceased was the 58-year-old resident of the house but did not identify him by name, in keeping with local practice. Ham was 58 and neighbors said he was the lone occupant of the house. Bing music: Men at Work Two concerned friends who had not heard from Ham for some time found the body after going to check on him, police said, declining to release any details...
  • Emotions boil over in Game 3 for Pens, Flyers

    04/16/2012 8:11:01 AM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 15 replies
    NHL.com ^ | Sunday, 04.15.2012 / 6:27 PM | By Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor
    PHILADELPHIA -- Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby summed up the feelings between his team and the Philadelphia Flyers pretty succinctly after Game 3 of the teams' Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series. "I don't like any guy on their team there," he said. The feeling appears to be mutual, as Sunday's game featured three fights, three game misconducts, four 10-minute misconducts and a match penalty among the 38 penalties totaling 158 minutes. When it was finished, the Flyers had a 8-4 victory and a three-games-to-none stranglehold in the series, which continues Wednesday night. The physical play started early. Just 2:39 into the...
  • Mariners against arena in vicinity

    04/04/2012 9:41:26 PM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 2 replies
    AP ^ | April 4, 2012, 11:54 AM ET | ESPN
    SEATTLE -- For now, the Seattle Mariners believe a proposal to build a new NBA/NHL arena in Seattle needs to find a different home. The Mariners sent a formal letter to the city of Seattle and King County officials Tuesday opposing the idea of a new multipurpose arena in the same neighborhood as the Mariners' home of Safeco Field. The letter, signed by Mariners chairman Howard Lincoln, cited concerns about traffic and scheduling of events taking place in an area that already features Safeco Field and CenturyLink Field -- the home to the Seattle Seahawks and Sounders. In the letter,...
  • Report: Rangers' forward Avery retiring?

    03/13/2012 8:42:53 AM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 18 replies · 1+ views
    NHL.com ^ | 03.13.2012 | NHL.com
    Is Sean Avery done with hockey? Avery said Monday night during an After Show segment of Bravo TV's Watch What Happens Live that he was leaving the game. When asked about his hockey future, Avery said, "I am officially retired. I threw my skates in the Hudson." If true, the announcement would close out a tumultuous final season for Avery spent with the New York Rangers and their American Hockey League affiliate, the Connecticut Whale. After being waived by the Rangers earlier this season, Avery was assigned to the Whale before re-joining New York on Nov. 5. In 15 games...
  • Deals haven't helped smooth San Jose Sharks' road

    03/12/2012 12:38:50 PM PDT · by RitchieAprile
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 3/11/2012 | David Pollak
    EDMONTON, Alberta -- General manager Doug Wilson does not want to discuss how his struggling Sharks have come to be fighting for their playoff lives with 15 games left. "To me there is nothing to be said other than just line up and play," Wilson said Sunday. The Sharks aren't performing the way Wilson and his staff envisioned last May when they analyzed their elimination from the Western Conference finals and began building this year's team. Players came, players left. Now time is getting short. A woeful 3-9-3 record over the past 15 games gives the Sharks only four weeks...
  • State trooper shot dead during traffic stop in Kitsap County

    02/23/2012 8:09:22 AM PST · by RitchieAprile · 36 replies
    KOMONews ^ | Feb 23, 2012 at 7:52 AM PST | KOMO Staff
    BREMERTON, Wash. - All available officers from multiple law enforcement agencies launched a massive manhunt for the person who shot and killed a Washington State Patrol trooper during a traffic stop early Thursday. The trooper had stopped a pickup around 1 a.m. Thursday on Highway 16 near Gorst and radioed the location and license plate number, said Trooper Russ Winger.
  • 3 killed in Cascades avalanche; snowboarder dies at Alpental

    02/19/2012 4:23:02 PM PST · by RitchieAprile · 4 replies
    KOMONews.com ^ | Feb 19, 2012 at 1:08 PM PST | KOMO Staff
    STEVENS PASS, Wash. - Three people were killed Sunday in a deadly avalanche near Stevens Pass that swept down on three group of skiers, officials said. And in a separate incident, a snowboarder was killed Sunday at Alpental after plunging over a cliff.
  • IDF chief: Iran's nuclear program must continue to be disrupted

    02/01/2012 9:17:33 PM PST · by RitchieAprile · 1 replies
    Ha'aretz ^ | 20:56 01.02.12 | Gili Cohen
    Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz said on Wednesday that the threats facing Israel have increased and intensified in recent years due to regional instability. He also said that Iran's attempts to acquire nuclear weapons must continue to be disrupted. Speaking to the Herzliya Conference, Gantz said that Iran's nuclear program is a "global problem and a regional problem". He added that Iran could cross the nuclear threshold within a year, if it decides to do so. "There is no doubt that Iran is seeking military nuclear capability," Gantz said. Gantz said that Gulf states are...
  • Peres: Iran's 'evil' leaders must not be allowed to gain nuclear weapons

    01/31/2012 6:34:11 PM PST · by RitchieAprile · 3 replies
    Ha'aretz ^ | 17:28 31.01.12 | Haaretz
    Iran's "evil" leaders cannot be allowed to obtain nuclear weapons, President Shimon Peres said on Tuesday, calling the Islamic Republic's nuclear ambitions the world's single most important issue. Peres' comments came at the opening of the Herzliya Conference, which was attended by World Bank President Robert Zoellick, Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg, and former Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou. Referring to Iran's contentious nuclear program, the president called the issue "ours and the world's central problem at this time, accusing Iran of attempting to achieve regional and "even global hegemony." "Nuclear weapons mustn't be allowed to fall into the hands...
  • Mossad chief holds secret U.S. meetings on Iran nuclear threat, Senate panel reveals

    01/31/2012 6:27:27 PM PST · by RitchieAprile · 13 replies
    Ha'aretz ^ | 19:18 31.01.12 | Barak Ravid
    Mossad chief Tamir Pardo held secret talks with top U.S. officials in recent days, cursory comments made during a public Senate hearing indicated on Tuesday. The clandestine Washington visit was exposed during a hearing of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, which was participated by CIA Director David Petraeus, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and Dianne Feinstein, who chairs the Senate panel. During the meeting, Feinstein asked Clapper whether or not Israel intended to strike Iran's nuclear facilities, with the top U.S. intelligence official answering that he would rather discuss the issue behind closed doors. Feinstein then indicated that...
  • SPD officer commits suicide following cocaine arrest

    01/06/2012 8:30:47 AM PST · by RitchieAprile · 20 replies
    KING 5 ^ | January 5, 2012 | KING 5 News
    SEATTLE – A Seattle police officer who was arrested for possession of cocaine Thursday morning committed suicide after he was released from jail. The body of Officer Richard F. Nelson, 50, was found on the John Wayne Trail near Rattlesnake Lake with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Seattle Police said. Just hours earlier, Nelson was arrested and booked into the King County Jail after police officers in the Rainier Valley area provided him with an unknown amount of cocaine. Nelson was pulled over in his personal vehicle and arrested following the end of his shift. Nelson was the subject of an...
  • Hasek pursuing various interests, thinking comeback

    11/03/2011 12:01:07 PM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 3 replies
    NHL Insider ^ | Wednesday, 11.02.2011 | Michael Langr
    Don't be surprised if you see in the news one day that Dominik Hasek climbed Mt. Everest. While he's currently stepped away from his hockey career, the veteran goalie has been pursuing a variety of interesting activities. He played beach volleyball, skied on a glacier in the Alps with Czech Olympic downhill skiing medalist Sarka Zahrobska, crossed Albania by bike (he even thought about cycling through Kamchatka), and in the last weekend he competed with professional drivers while racing at the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Race in Barcelona. For complete Hasek photo gallery, click here. "All those activities keep me in...
  • Class Warfare: Yuck!

    09/30/2011 8:40:00 AM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 12 replies
    Ted's Take ^ | 25 September 2011 | Ted Leonsis
    Class Warfare - Yuck! Let me get this on the record. My dad was a waiter. My mom was a secretary. Neither attended college. I grew up in Brooklyn, NY and Lowell, Massachusetts. I attended public schools. My parents - in their best year - earned $31,000 combined. My dad worked for tips - often received in change - as he worked a counter for breakfast and lunch at a diner. My dad, too, once lost his job. I remember the angst in our household. I attended Georgetown University which at the time wasn’t a need blind school via college...
  • NHL family mourns passing of Wade Belak

    09/02/2011 7:58:27 AM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 8 replies
    NHL.com ^ | Thursday, 09.01.2011 | NHL.com
    The National Hockey League community was forced to deal with the tragic loss of one of its own again Wednesday after Wade Belak, who played in the League for 14 years, was found dead in his Toronto condominium. Belak was 35. Although Belak's playing days ended this past season after he was waived by the Nashville Predators in February, he was so popular around the League that it seemed certain he would remain in the public eye. He stayed with the Predators in an organizational role and was set to appear on CBC's upcoming season of "Battle of the Blades"...
  • Travel guru Rick Steves gives $1M to arts center

    08/26/2011 3:21:46 PM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 33 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | August 26, 2011 | The Associated Press
    EDMONDS, Wash. — Travel guru Rick Steves says he's trying to make a political statement by giving $1 million to an arts center in his hometown. He says the amount equals what he saved from tax cuts approved by former President George W. Bush beginning in 2001. The Herald newspaper of Everett reports ( http://bit.ly/quuOap) that Steves says he's alarmed that the tax burden on rich people has dropped while public funding for important local programs has been slashed.
  • Jets forward Rypien found dead in Alberta home

    08/16/2011 11:42:06 AM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 1 replies
    NHL.com ^ | Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 11:05 AM | NHL.com
    Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Alberta have confirmed that Winnipeg Jets forward Rick Rypien, 27, was found dead in his home in Crowsnest Pass, AB, on Monday. According to a report in the Toronto Globe and Mail, RCMP officials confirmed the death was not of a suspicious nature. National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman issued the following statement regarding the death of Rypien: "The National Hockey League sends its deepest condolences to the family, friends and teammates of Rick Rypien, who played the game with so much energy and emotion and whose passing fills us all with a sense of...
  • Army approves atheism-themed concert at Fort Bragg

    08/08/2011 9:26:40 PM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 36 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 8, 12:51 PM EDT | TOM BREEN
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A concert event organized by atheist, agnostic and other non-theist soldiers has been cleared by the Army to take place next spring at Fort Bragg, concert organizers and a spokesman for the post said Monday. Organizers planned to hold the Rock Beyond Belief event this year, but they canceled after saying Bragg leadership was not providing the same support it gave to an evangelical Christian concert last fall. Supporters hailed the Army's decision
  • Feds hunt men missing from Pakistani ship docked in Alberni (Port Alberni BC)

    07/28/2011 11:34:05 PM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 4 replies
    Alberni Valley News ^ | July 28, 2011 | Wawmeesh G. Hamilton
    A warrant has been issued for five men who went missing from a foreign freighter docked in Port Alberni. The men were reported missing to the RCMP by officials from the Port Alberni Shipping Corporation at approximately 3 a.m. July 27. The ship they were crewmen aboard was the Pakistani registered Chitral, which arrived in Port Alberni on Tuesday morning at 11:40 a.m. Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) issued the warrants on Wednesday, RCMP Cpl Dennis Suave said. The men are of Pakistani descent and are carrying valid passports, but didn't have permission to leave the ship. “The warrant is...
  • Seattle police 'embarrassed' by rifle left unattended on cruiser

    06/28/2011 3:42:11 PM PDT · by RitchieAprile · 16 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 06/28/2011 | Christine Clarridge
    Seattle police concede it's "very embarrassing" that a semi-automatic rifle was left on the back of a patrol car. The AR-15 was left on the trunk lid of the patrol car that was parked outside of the Roosevelt Hotel on Pine Street around 9 p.m. Monday. A man snapped a photo of the rifle and flagged down bicycle patrol officers, Seattle Police Department spokesman Sgt. Sean Whitcomb said. The same man also notified The Stranger and sent the alternative weekly the photo, police said. According to The Stranger, the car was unattended when the photo was snapped. Another witnesses reportedly...