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  • The World’s Most Expensive Coffee Goes Through An Elephant Before It Gets To The Cup

    08/21/2014 1:58:31 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 4 replies
    Consumerist ^ | August 21, 2014
    We are all mature adults, so I’m sure you can handle the news that the No. 1 most expensive coffee in the world first passes through an elephant as a No. 2. That, and we’ve all heard of those civet cat coffee beans, so now we can just move on and talk about expensive caffeine. And poop. Poop. The stuff’s called Black Ivory, and it’s made by a Canadian businessman in Thailand’s Golden Triangle region, reports Michael Sullivan on All Things Considered.
  • 4 officers not back to work 5 weeks after Jersey City cop shot dead

    08/21/2014 1:35:17 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 2 replies
    NJ.com Jersey Journal ^ | August 21, 2014
    Four Jersey City police officers who were at the scene of the fatal shooting of Police Det. Melvin Santiago last month are still out on administrative leave.
  • Republicans Apparent Victors in Va. State Senate Race

    08/19/2014 6:12:27 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 16 replies
    NBC Washington ^ | August 19, 2014
    Republicans appear likely to retain control of the state Senate with the apparent victory of GOP candidate Ben Chafin in a special election for the 38th district.
  • Revel money missing after falling off armored truck's roof

    08/19/2014 5:11:27 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 12 replies
    Press of Atlantic City ^ | August 19, 2014
    The soon-to-be-closed Revel just can’t seem to catch a break. Earlier this month, more than $20,000 was lost when an armored car company picked up money from the Atlantic City casino — and left one of the bags on the roof.
  • President Obama Declines Ice Bucket Challenge, But Here’s 3 Other Politicians Who Took It

    08/16/2014 12:11:38 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 35 replies
    ABCNews ^ | August 13, 2014
    Despite spending his vacation in the summer heat of Martha’s Vineyard, President Obama has declined an offer to partake in the Internet’s favorite charitable wet t-shirt contest. Obama was nominated to take the challenge Sunday by Ethel Kennedy, the widow of former Sen. Bobby Kennedy. On Facebook, the 86-year-old challenged the president to join her in the #StrikeOutALS challenge by dumping a bucket of ice water on his head.
  • 'Survivor' editors go on strike, might delay premiere

    08/13/2014 3:41:40 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 39 replies
    EW.com ^ | August 14, 2014
    The editors have spoken: Just six weeks before the 29th cycle of Survivor is set to premiere, the long-running reality hit’s editing team has gone on strike.
  • A 12-Year-Old Girl Just Made $100,000 By Selling Her Grand Champion Steer

    08/13/2014 3:07:59 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 39 replies
    Consumerist ^ | August 13, 2014
    When you and I were 12, we were really lucky to make $10 selling lemonade on even the hottest of days. But one very special 12-year-old isn’t making the big bucks on shilling drinks — she’s just sold a grand champion steer for a whopping $100,000.
  • Lauren Bacall dead at 89

    08/12/2014 5:02:16 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 135 replies
    EW.com ^ | August 12, 2014 | EW staff
    She looked so terrific and strong for such a long time that it was easy to imagine Lauren Bacall might just hang around forever. And who wouldn’t want her to, for the pleasure of hearing her firing off smart, unvarnished remarks about old Hollywood in that husky voice? But the end came at last on Tuesday, when the 89-year-old actress died from a stroke at her home, according to a report on TMZ.
  • Cowboys' Jerry Jones says racy photos of him are a misrepresentation

    08/11/2014 3:55:54 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 17 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | August 10, 2014
    Jerry Jones couldn't avoid the media forever. The Cowboys owner has been relatively silent since Aug. 5, when racy photos of him hit the internet. However, Jones broke that silence on Sunday and briefly talked about the leaked images that showed him in suggestive positions with two women. The Twitter user who published the photos online said the pictures were part of an extortion plot. Jones didn't use the word extortion when talking about the photos, but he did say he was 'misrepresented.'
  • Dwayne Johnson's Mother and Cousin Struck by Drunk Driver

    08/10/2014 5:15:54 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 9 replies
    TVGuide ^ | August 10, 2014
    Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is feeling thankful days after his mom and cousin survived a horrific car accident. Johnson, 42, revealed on Sunday that his mother, Ata Johnson, and his cousin, WWE Diva Savelina "Lina" Fanene, were hit head-on by a drunk driver earlier this week when he posted a grisly photo from the accident on Instagram Sunday. Thankfully, both survived the wreck.
  • With DesJarlais Up 35 Votes, What’s Next in Tennessee Primary?

    08/08/2014 3:54:28 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 6 replies
    RollCall ^ | August 8, 2014
    Tennessee Rep. Scott DesJarlais held a 35-vote lead over his GOP primary challenger, state Sen. Jim Tracy, as of Friday afternoon, nearly 24 hours after polls closed in the 4th District. The vote tally fluctuated a bit Friday morning, but Republican operatives and election administrators pointed to close-of-business Monday as the next big ballot counting deadline.
  • Teens' Bagpipes Seized at US Border Over Ivory

    08/08/2014 2:18:06 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 29 replies
    ABC ^ | Audust 5, 2014
    Campbell Webster, of Concord, and his friend Eryk Bean, of Londonderry, were returning from Canada on Sunday after a bagpipe competition that served as a tuneup for the world championships in Glasgow, Scotland. The 17-year-olds, fresh off winning several top prizes in Canada, got to a small border crossing in Vermont when they were told they'd have to relinquish their pipes because they contain ivory.
  • Accused robber claims clerk just gave him cash

    08/05/2014 4:14:36 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 2 replies
    KRQE ^ | August 5, 2014
    ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A man accused of robbing a Smith’s cashier at gunpoint claims he never asked for the money but the clerk just gave it to him. Albuquerque police say Sunday a cashier told them Patrick Silva said he had a gun and would shoot her if she didn’t turn over the money. He ran out of the Smith’s on Coors and Central with more than $1,600.
  • Assembly sends bail reform package to New Jersey’s voters

    08/05/2014 2:17:08 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 9 replies
    NJToday ^ | August 4 , 2014
    Today, the New Jersey State Assembly passed a legislative package to reform New Jersey’s broken bail system. On any given day in New Jersey, more than 10,000 people sit in jail not because they are dangerous, but because they cannot afford bail. In fact, the majority of people held in jail are not charged with violent crimes, sex crimes or weapons offenses. Thousands of people are held because they cannot come up with $5,000. At the same time, more dangerous persons with large financial resources can more easily make bail and be free pending trial. Further, while less than one-third...
  • A decade after scandal, Jim McGreevey finds kindred spirits amid ex-offenders

    08/03/2014 10:12:24 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 10 replies
    Star Ledger ^ | August 3, 2014 | Jim McGreevey
    '.... Trends in American capitalism are creating more frustration and cynicism. Income equality is worsening; children, growing numbers of poor children, are disproportionately bearing the brunt of this shift of wealth. How many of their lives will be taken by the street, by prison? ...'
  • Cantor says he'll resign sooner than expected

    08/01/2014 1:36:42 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 1, 2014
    RICHMOND, Va. – U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor tells a Virginia newspaper he will resign his seat in the House of Representatives months earlier than expected.
  • New Jersey medics break into car to rescue baby doll

    07/31/2014 6:31:35 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 29 replies
    6ABC ^ | July 31, 2014
    Thursday, July 31, 2014 HOBOKEN, New Jersey (WPVI) -- After receiving numerous reports of a baby left inside of a locked vehicle alone, medics in Hoboken, New Jersey broke the driver's side window of the vehicle to rescue the apparently lifeless looking child. After gaining entry to the car, the EMTs discovered the reason the baby seemed lifeless was because it was a doll belonging to the granddaughter of the owner of the car.
  • ‘Bones’ actor David Boreanaz thinks the president needs to ‘grow some’

    07/30/2014 5:29:39 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 16 replies
    Twitchy ^ | July 30, 2014
    Actor David Boreanaz from successful TV series like “Bones,” “Angel,” and “Buffy the Vampire Slyer” had some blunt words for President Obama today. David Boreanaz @David_Boreanaz · 2h So here we are in a Cold War now with Russia.Sanctions aren't going to cut it.Putin is Nuts and a serious threat to the USA.Grow some Obama
  • Over 100 more movies that really ought to be on DVD

    07/30/2014 2:39:02 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 35 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 30, 2014
    I’ve learned a lot from the outpouring of reader response to my two recent columns — 64 clips of movies you can’t find on DVD and Even more clips (70, in fact) of flicks you can’t find on DVD — about movies you can’t find on DVD.
  • Jersey City, Newark and Paterson mayors launch partnership to fight crime

    07/28/2014 4:48:30 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 9 replies
    Jersey Journal ^ | July 28, 2014
    The mayors of Jersey City, Newark and Paterson announced a major initiative to fight crime and strengthen communities by sharing intelligence, police officers and purchasing agreements.
  • Possible New 'View' Host S.E. Cupp Slams 'Liberal' NYT for Pot Editorial

    07/28/2014 3:18:57 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 10 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | July 28, 2014
    Possible new View co-host S.E. Cupp got a tryout on Monday for the token conservative slot on the morning program. Wasting no time, the conservative commentator got in a fight with Whoopi Goldberg over the New York Times's endorsement of federally legalized marijuana. After Goldberg described herself as "very, very, very happy" with the Times, Cupp shot back, "Luckily, it is not up to the New York Times, a New York City liberal paper, to decide what everyone around the country does."
  • ‘What happens when Obama comes to your hood’? Ask Sarah Michelle Gellar [photos]

    07/25/2014 3:09:32 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 24 replies
    Twitchy ^ | July 24, 2014
    Sarah Michelle ✔ @RealSMG This is what happens when Obama comes to your hood. So much for groceries and dry cleaning #ObamaJam pic.twitter.com/76XM9yJdpi President Obama was in L.A. yesterday for some very important presidential business. Just kidding! He was fundraising, natch. And, just like so many times before, making L.A. traffic even more hellacious than usual. “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” actress Sarah Michelle Gellar was just trying to run some errands. Obama had other plans:
  • Jersey City to launch citywide initiative to collect rainwater

    07/21/2014 2:20:34 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 28 replies
    Jersey Journal ^ | July 20, 2014
    Mayor Steven Fulop and the Jersey City Municipal Utilities Authority, in partnership with Sustainable JC and the Jersey City Environmental Commission, will hold a press conference tomorrow to announce the Jersey City Rain Barrel Initiative.
  • Want to 'kill white people,' says Jersey City man arrested trying to cut through funeral procession

    07/18/2014 5:09:27 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 51 replies
    Jersey Journal ^ | July 18, 2014
    A Jersey City man was arrested today when he tried to cut through the funeral procession of Jersey City Detective Melvin Santiago and began shouting that he wanted to kill “white people,” officials said.
  • Calif. City Will Fine Couple $500 For Not Watering Brown Lawn, State Will Fine’em $500 If They Do

    07/18/2014 1:52:49 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 39 replies
    Consumerist ^ | July 18, 2014
    When you’re in a steady relationship, communication is clear. Because when mom says to do one thing, and dad says another, the kids get really confused. Such is the case in California, where the state has issued rules for homeowners to conserve water in the midst of extreme drought, with fines of $500 per day or violating those guidelines, but one city is threatening to fine a couple $500 — unless they water their lawn.
  • Fulop's foul: Jersey City cop-killer shrine was still free speech (Editorial)

    07/17/2014 2:00:41 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 4 replies
    Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop says he ordered police to take down the sidewalk memorial to cop-killer Lawrence Campbell because it was a threat to public safety. “I made the decision,” he said. “This is in the best interest of safety until things can calm down. That’s where we are.” It is a perfectly understandable reaction from this heartbroken rookie mayor. But it is also exactly the wrong reaction
  • Seattle man sets house on fire while trying to kill spider: officials

    07/16/2014 5:18:35 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 34 replies
    New york Daily News ^ | July 16, 2014
    The man used a can of spray paint and a lighter as 'a self-made blowtorch to kill a spider in the laundry room' of a rental house Tuesday night, said Kyle Moore, a spokesman for the Seattle Fire Department. The resulting blaze caused $60,000 worth of damage.
  • Reporter Who Spoke About Black Families Suspended "Won't return"

    07/16/2014 2:45:10 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 47 replies
    ABCNews ^ | July 15, 2014
    A white TV reporter who voiced his opinions about black families and relations with police during a segment about a fatal police shooting said Tuesday he was suspended from his station and won't return.
  • Jersey City police officer fatally shot in line of duty

    07/13/2014 5:48:10 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 8 replies
    Jersey Journal ^ | Junly 13, 2014
    “Today was a horrible day for Jersey City,” said Jersey Mayor Steven Fulop who held a press conference this morning at the Jersey city Medical Center announcing the death of Officer Melvin Santiago. Santiiago was pronounced dead at the Jersey City Medical Center after being shot while responding to a report of an armed robbery at the Walgreen’s store at Communipaw Avenue and Kenndy Boulevard early this morning, Fulop said
  • Jersey City police chief: Fulop devised 'illegal' operation to snarl traffic at Holland Tunnel

    07/12/2014 3:06:10 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 17 replies
    Jersey Journal Nj.com ^ | July 11, 2014
    Jersey City Police Chief Robert Cowan is alleging that Mayor Steve Fulop planned to snarl traffic outside of the Holland Tunnel the same month he announced plans to sue the Port Authority for $400 million.
  • 'Dating Naked' trailer: And you thought Tinder was brutal (NSFW)

    07/11/2014 6:48:14 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 28 replies
    ew.com ^ | July 11, 2014
    It’s naked and really afraid! Below is the first full trailer for VH1′s next-level dating show experiment Dating Naked, where singles go on tropical dates in the buff. The skin-n-blur preview shows attractive nervous singles as they awkwardly navigate first dates without clothes at a tropical resort. Each close-ended episode will feature a man and a woman as they each date two different, naked suitors and each other. At the end of the episode, the two romance seekers decide whether or not to move forward with their prospective love matches. There’s naked dining, naked swimming, naked horseback riding and even...
  • Student goes blind after keeping her contact lenses in for 6 months & bug EATS her eyeballs(edit)

    07/10/2014 4:23:31 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 10 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | July 10, 2014
    Single-cell amoeba ate away Taiwanese pupil Lian Kao's sight She didn't take out and clean the contacts once during that time Kao even kept her contact lenses in while swimming and washing
  • Target Field Introduces Self-Serve Beer Machines For MLB All-Star Game

    07/08/2014 2:49:21 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 24 replies
    Consumerist ^ | July 8, 2014
    This year, Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game will be held at Target Field in Minnesota. In advance of the game, the stadium has solved one of the great sporting-event dilemmas of our time: the possibility that you might miss some of the action on the field while waiting in line for a cold beer. What do you do? Target Field’s answer: vending machines. Now, Target isn’t starting some kind of underage drinking utopia. Customers will have to prove that they’re over 21 in order to buy a prepaid card to use in the beer-o-mat. The machines also limit the quantity...
  • Total strangers meet at the altar and marry at ‘first sight’

    07/08/2014 2:09:40 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 33 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 8, 2014
    Carrion is one of six singles who agreed to legally marry a stranger for the new show “Married at First Sight,” premiering Tuesday at 9 p.m. on FYI (formerly Bio). The extreme social experiment uses four experts — a sexologist, spiritualist, psychologist and sociologist — to create three perfect couples based on scientific matchmaking.
  • Qantas Flight Returns to LAX After Water Leaks Inside Plane

    07/02/2014 4:05:08 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 11 replies
    NBC New York ^ | July 2, 2014
    A Melbourne-bound Qantas flight returned to Los Angeles Wednesday after water began leaking inside the plane. Passenger Yvette Nicole Brown, who stars in NBC's "Community," described the leak on Twitter as a "river" of water running down the aisles as a result of a pipe that had burst.
  • Bridenstine: I couldn't get in to see illegal minors at Fort Sill (OK Rep)

    07/02/2014 3:42:14 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 35 replies
    NewsOK ^ | July 2, 2014
    Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Tulsa, said he was denied access Tuesday to the Fort Sill facility housing unaccompanied minors who have illegally crossed the U.S. border. Bridenstine made a visit to the Health and Human Services Department facility at the U.S. Army post in southwestern Oklahoma and was told he couldn’t enter and should email an HHS official to make an appointment. He was told July 21 would be the earliest date he could visit. Gov. Mary Fallin and Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, visited the facility on June 20. Bridenstine said, “There is no excuse for denying a federal representative from...
  • Seinfeld’s 25 greatest contributions to the English ...

    07/02/2014 2:41:32 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 127 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 1, 2014
    Twenty-five years ago this Saturday, “Seinfeld” debuted on NBC. It didn’t do particularly well at first, but it slowly began gathering viewers and then — yada yada yada — it permanently changed the way that we, as New Yorkers, talk. In honor of those 25 years, here are 25 things that “Seinfeld” added to the popular vernacular over the course of its nine seasons on the air (1989-98).
  • Jersey City man surprised in middle of burglary bites man, gouges eyes: cops

    07/01/2014 1:57:47 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 4 replies
    A Jersey City man has been charged burglarizing a home after he was surprised by the return of the residents and then bit a man, gouged his eyes and then scratched a woman, authorities said.
  • ‘Employee Of The Year’ Postal Inspector Charged With Stealing Passports, Pills, (edit)

    06/27/2014 2:27:29 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 9 replies
    Consumerist ^ | June 27, 2014
    A U.S. postal inspector and 2012 Federal Employee of the Year award recipient probably won’t be getting a trophy for his latest noteworthy achievement, as he stands accused of stealing pills, jewelry, passports, Playboy magazines, knives, marijuana, and an autographed Joan Rivers collectible from the mail he was entrusted to protect. Unlike previous postal pilferers that we’ve featured on the site who did their thieving in secret, this 52-year-old was apparently making little effort to cover his alleged theft. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, he directed his employees at a San Jose, CA, processing and distribution center to alert...
  • Miss Delaware Amanda Longacre: 'Not fair' she was stripped of crown due to her age

    06/27/2014 2:09:30 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 27 replies
    Zap2it ^ | JUne 27, 2014
    Amanda Longacre was riding high as the new Miss Delaware, looking forward to competing in the 2015 Miss America pageant in September -- until officials stripped her of her crown due to an age violation. You must be 17-24 to compete in the Miss America pageant. While Longacre is 24 now (and will be at the time of the 2015 Miss America pageant), she turns 25 in October and apparently that is not allowed. However, Longacre says that pageant officials told her that as long as she was 24 at the time of the pageant, she was fine. What is...
  • Obama Warns Central Americans: ‘Do Not Send Your Children To The Borders’

    06/26/2014 5:03:59 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 25 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 26, 2014
    President Obama says tens of thousands of Central American children flooding into the U.S. along the southern border have created a “humanitarian crisis,” and he appealed directly to parents to stop sending kids north. “Our message absolutely is don't send your children unaccompanied, on trains or through a bunch of smugglers,” Obama told ABC’s Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos in an exclusive interview here. “We don't even know how many of these kids don't make it, and may have been waylaid into sex trafficking or killed because they fell off a train. “Do not send your children to the borders,” he...
  • Thinking they lost, 2 men threw out $1M Powerball ticket; now they're suing New Jersey Lottery

    06/26/2014 4:42:33 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 30 replies
    FOX News ^ | June 26, 2014
    MAHWAH, N.J. – Two New York men are suing the New Jersey Lottery after they threw out a Powerball ticket worth $1 million. Salvatore Cambria and Erick Onyango, of Suffern, New York, argue in their federal lawsuit that the lottery didn't quickly update its website with the winning numbers from the March 23 drawing. Cambria tells The Record (http://bit.ly/1lgeKlD ) newspaper he asked Onyango to check the website soon after the 11 p.m. drawing. Cambria tossed the ticket when the numbers didn't match. The men now think the site was showing the previous drawing's numbers.
  • Obama: I won't run in 2016

    06/26/2014 1:48:36 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 67 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 26, 2014
    1 . At least one high-profile Democrat won't be challenging Hillary Clinton for the party's nomination in 2016. President Obama was asked Thursday if he would ever consider running for a third presidential term during a town-hall meeting Thursday in Minnesota. But the president said even if the 22nd Amendment — which limits presidents to two terms — didn't exist, he'd still be out of the running. "Not only the Constitution bars it, but Michelle bars it — and you can’t change Michelle’s mind," Obama quipped. Last month, a satirical
  • NY homeless angry at China tycoon 'publicity stunt'

    06/26/2014 2:19:00 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 18 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | June 26, 2014
    A three-course lunch hosted by an eccentric Chinese millionaire for 250 homeless New Yorkers in a posh restaurant degenerated into fury when guests were denied $300 cash handouts.
  • Chinese tycoon to treat homeless New Yorkers to fancy lunch

    06/25/2014 2:17:31 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 5 replies
    WPIX11 ^ | June 25,2014
    NEW YORK (AP) - A Chinese tycoon is feeding hundreds of homeless New Yorkers some fancy food – in Central Park.
  • Eli Wallach, dead at 98

    06/25/2014 1:36:40 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 17 replies
    EW.com ^ | June 25, 2014
    Eli Wallach, the actor best known for his roles in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and The Godfather franchise, has died. He was 98.
  • May Was the Hottest in Recorded History

    06/23/2014 3:53:04 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 72 replies
    NBCnews ^ | June 23, 2014
    The globe just experienced the hottest May in recorded history, according to reports from multiple organizations. Ocean and land temperatures rose 0.74 degrees Celsius (1.33 degrees Fahrenheit) over the 20th Century average, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). That makes May 2014 the warmest May since the agency started tracking those figures in 1880. Both NASA and Japan Meteorological Agency came to the same conclusion — this was the warmest May ever recorded. Overall, this was the second warmest spring ever, trailing only the March-May period in 2010, according to the NOAA.
  • Gillibrand Works to Reduce Barriers to Online Voter Registration

    06/23/2014 2:58:25 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 15 replies
    NY! ^ | June 22, 2014
    Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is working to bring the country's election process into the 21st century. Gillibrand is expected to introduce legislation to modernize the nation's voter registration process Sunday. It would effectively allow anyone who is eligible to vote to register online without a state issued I.D. Currently, according to the senator, only half the country can register electronically—shutting out roughly 100 million eligible Americans and costing the state millions of dollars.
  • Schumer Concerned World Cup Fans Returning To U.S. Might Bring Back Mosquito-Borne Virus

    06/22/2014 5:01:21 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 33 replies
    CBS NYC ^ | June 22, 2014
    ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is asking the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to issue a health alert to medical professionals in New York and around the country for identifying, treating and containing the chikungunya, or “chik-v,” virus, a mosquito-borne illness that causes fevers, joint and muscle pain, headaches, joint swelling and rashes.
  • Longtime congressman Rangel finds himself in political peril in New York primary

    06/22/2014 4:52:32 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 21, 2014
    This year, many of the speakers were lesser-known Dominican activists and political strategists. The headliner was Dominican entertainer Frederick Martinez, also known as “El Pacha,” a popular Spanish-language radio and television host. Those changes to the guest list tell almost the entire story of the political peril that threatens to end one of the iconic careers in American politics