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  • A State-by-State Map of Where Immigrants Came From

    10/04/2015 7:24:35 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 30 replies
    citylab ^ | 10-1-15 | Tanvi Misra
    U.S. migration patterns changed plenty from 1850 to 2013. A nifty interactive map, created by the Pew Research Center, visualizes these shifts by showing the origin of the dominant immigrant group in each state for every decade during this time period.
  • Bill Clinton’s address touches on gun checks, coal’s demise

    10/03/2015 6:52:20 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 42 replies
    WV Metro News ^ | 10-2-15 | Matt Macarro
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Former President Bill Clinton, in a keynote address to West Virginia Democrats on Friday night, touched on background checks for gun owners in the wake of the Oregon community college mass shooting. “Those of us who grew up in hunting country—and who believe the 2nd Amendment guarantees everybody the right to keep a gun to go hunting, to sports shoot and to protect themselves and their families—most of us think it’s crazy that we don’t do background checks,” Clinton said. Ticket sales for the party’s Jefferson-Jackson fundraising dinner spiked upon news of Clinton’s appearance. About 2,000 people...
  • White House calls for tougher gun laws in wake of Oregon shooting

    10/01/2015 1:34:46 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 95 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10-1-15 | Jordan Fabian
    Passing tougher laws to help prevent gun violence remains a high priority for President Obama, the White House said Thursday after reports of a mass shooting resulting in multiple casualties. “The issue of sensible steps that can be taken to protect our communities from gun violence continues to be a top priority of this administration,” press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters. Up to 10 people were killed at shooting at a community college in Oregon, according to reports. Obama was briefed on the shooting by homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco and will receive updates throughout the day, according to a...

    10/01/2015 8:40:38 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 20 replies
    ABC7 (KGO) ^ | 9-30-15 | Vic Lee
    There may be a new development connected to the incident recorded on video of a cat being taken from its home the South Bay. It's a startling development, and neighbors wonder if there could there be a cat killer on the loose in the Cambrian District of San Jose. We showed you security video on Tuesday night of a 17-year-old cat named GoGo who was apparently cat-napped last Monday. In the video you see him lounging on his front lawn when a car stopped by the house and a person got out and approached GoGo. The cat tried to escape,...
  • Cancer-Stricken Goalie's Mom Wants Artificial Turf Answers

    10/01/2015 7:57:01 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 48 replies
    NBC ^ | 10-1-15 | Stephanie Gosk
    University of Miami athlete Austen Everett died from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2012. Her mother said it was soon after that, as she found out about even more sick players, that she came to believe that artificial turf used on soccer fields was the culprit. "I realized, 'Oh my God, the thing that she loved most probably killed her,'" June Leahy told NBC News. "And that was hard." Leahy says since her daughter's death, she still hasn't gotten enough answers — or action from lawmakers and regulators.
  • Church of Scotland minister says to teach Jesus died for sins is "ghastly theology"

    09/29/2015 8:26:04 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 51 replies
    Premier Christian Media ^ | 9-29-15 | Hannah Tooley
    Revd Scott McKenna, minister of Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church in Edinburgh, openly denies one of the most accepted teachings of mainstream Christianity and told his congregation that it was "ghastly theology" to believe that Jesus Christ died for sinners. Following the comments, the footage was uploaded online and the current Free Church Moderator Revd David Robertson responded by writing a blog post on the subject, saying such preaching was profoundly anti-Christian. Mr McKenna, who has the potential to be a Church of Scotland Moderator, then contacted Robertson and the men met to discuss theology. A debate has been set for...
  • John Boehner: Pope asked me to pray for him

    09/29/2015 8:06:25 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 37 replies
    youtube ^ | 9-25-15 | youtube USA Today channel
    Speaker John Boehner discusses a private moment he shared with Pope Francis.
  • 13,000 miles in VW bus: Argentine family arrives in Philly to see Pope

    09/24/2015 3:45:21 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 86 replies
    CNN ^ | 9-24-15 | Moni Basu
    They traveled 13,000 miles in a Volkswagen bus through 13 countries and were only 30 miles from their destination, Philadelphia, when it broke down. Again. By now, they were accustomed to the idiosyncrasies of their beloved bus. Still, after 194 days on the road and on the city's outskirts, they dealt with one more disappointment. But again with the help of Good Samaritans, they got the bus going again and finally arrived this week in the City of Brotherly Love, the culmination of a journey of epic proportions. They had embarked on the long trip to spend time together as...
  • New York City Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Attempted Murder in Drunken Shooting

    09/23/2015 8:52:13 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 14 replies
    NYT ^ | 9-22-15 | Al Baker
    A New York City police officer pleaded guilty to attempted murder on Tuesday for firing a barrage of bullets at a car in Westchester County last year, an unprompted, drunken attack that seriously injured a 47-year-old passenger. Under a plea deal, the officer, Brendan Cronin, 28, will be sentenced to nine years in state prison in December, a spokesman for the Westchester district attorney, Janet DiFiore, said. The plea occurred in State Supreme Court in White Plains, the spokesman said. The shooting, shortly before midnight on April 29, 2014, came amid a series of alcohol-fueled episodes involving off-duty police officers,...
  • Gastonia man accused of conspiring to kill military members is indicted

    09/17/2015 10:18:28 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 7 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 9-17-15 | Cleve R Wootson, Jr
    CHARLOTTE, NC - A Gastonia man has been indicted in connection with an alleged conspiracy to kill members of the U.S. military. Walter Eugene Litteral, 50, was indicted on Thursday for allegedly conspiring to violate federal firearms laws and related gun and drug charges, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of North Carolina. If convicted of the worst charges, Litteral could spend up to 20 years in prison. Two co-defendants — Christopher James Barker, 41, of Gastonia, and Christopher Todd Campbell, 30, of Mount Holly — were indicted separately on Thursday and indicated...
  • White House takes Swipe at GOP candidates on debate stage

    09/17/2015 8:13:02 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 8 replies
    NBC ^ | 9-17-15 | N/A
    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest shares his view of Wednesday's GOP presidential debate.
  • Delta State shooting suspect Shannon Lamb Dead

    09/14/2015 10:51:54 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 35 replies
    KSPR ^ | 9-15-15 | Via CNN
    Shannon Lamb -- the suspect in two homicides, including the shooting death of an assistant professor at Delta State University -- shot and killed himself as police closed in on him.

    09/07/2015 6:59:07 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 48 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9-1-15 | Awr Hawkins
    Officials in Tacoma, Washington, want to put a drop box in the city where individuals who want to turn in guns for destruction can do so anonymously. According to The News Tribune, the plan is to create a box where “people turn in guns for destruction without getting their names on a police report.” Officials believe it will provide an outlet for those who now have guns they want to dispose of but can’t because there is no way to do so without interaction with police. The box will be designed as “a secure receptacle where people can turn over...
  • Maine firm thinks it has solution to New England’s energy woes

    09/05/2015 4:33:41 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 34 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | 9-4-15 | Darren Fishell
    It just so happens that climate-changing carbon dioxide, worked up to a semi-liquid state, could play a part in reducing emissions of its gaseous counterpart and helping to solve New England’s energy challenges. And it could create a range of new jobs in Maine, too. David Stapp, president of the Wiscasset-based Peregrine Turbine Technologies, said the properties of carbon dioxide in a “supercritical” state — and its suitability for propelling a turbine — aren’t new. But the circular system his company is developing for heating that supercritical carbon dioxide could be the new take on an old technology that helps...
  • Dead man found hanging from Queens highway exit sign

    09/02/2015 10:52:36 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 27 replies
    AOL ^ | 9-2-15 | unattributed
    A man's corpse was seen hanging by the neck from a highway sign on Wednesday morning on the Cross Island Parkway in Queens. John Rynne, 57, was found hanging from the traffic advisory board at Exit 31 in Bayside. Police are currently investigating the case as a suicide.
  • Why Is This Northern Pike Neon Green? Experts Have Answers

    09/01/2015 3:13:20 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 32 replies
    Outdoor Hub ^ | 9-1-15 | Daniel Xu
    It’s not nuclear mutation or a new species, so that rules out the more interesting answers, but why is this northern pike fluorescent green? Canadian angler Randy Straker caught this bizarre-looking fish from Great Slave Lake in Canada’s Northwest Territories on Sunday, but he still has not figured out what gave the fish its strange color. “The whole top of the fish had a different green,” he told the CBC. “If you look at the mouth, it looked like green lipstick. It was so bright.” Straker was fishing with a friend, Craig Thomas, and neither men immediately noticed the fish’s...
  • Wichita police release name in deadly officer-involved shooting

    08/24/2015 4:14:26 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 13 replies ^ | 8-24-15 | Anne Meyer
    Wichita police release more details about an officer-involved shooting that left one man dead and an officer hurt. Interim Chief Nelson Mosley said the driver who was killed was 26-year old Nicholas Garner and described the chain of events beginning Saturday at 10:10 p.m. He said that is when the officer made a traffic stop on a silver Prius on W. Kellogg Drive. Mosley said the officer was speaking through an open door of the Prius, when the driver put the vehicle in drive. "Investigators believe that the officer may have tried to stop Mr. Garner from driving to leave...
  • John F. Kennedy's M1 Garand Rifle Is Up For Auction September 2015 At Rock Island Auction Company

    08/24/2015 12:31:17 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 24 replies
    PR Web ^ | 8-13-15 | unattributed
    The War Department Appropriations Bill of 1903 established many things, but the one that begins our story today is its founding of the National Board for the Promotion of Rifle Practice. Teddy Roosevelt was in office at the time and his enthusiasm for the shooting sports, and this bill, also gave rise to the National Rifle and Pistol Trophy Matches. Needless to say that the government wanted its citizens proficient in firearms use, perhaps spurred on by the recently ended Spanish-American War (1899) and the numerous other conflicts in which America involved itself in the Caribbean, Pacific islands, and Central...

    08/24/2015 8:51:03 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 77 replies
    abc13 ^ | 8-23-15 | Christine Dobbyn
    RICHMOND, TX (KTRK) -- One man is now in police custody after a bizarre incident this morning at William Velasquez Elementary in Richmond. Fort Bend County authorities tell us two men -- and not teens as previously reported -- were apprehended around 8am in the 400 block of Macek Road today after one man was shooting on the school's roof while the other man played bagpipes. Authorities determined one of the men -- the bagpipes player -- was not involved in the incident and was later released, saying he was "in the wrong place at the wrong time." The other...
  • World's Oldest Cat lives in Oregon

    08/22/2015 4:51:07 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 28 replies
    KOMO ^ | 8-22-15 | Kelly Andersen
    When she was 6 1/2, Ashley Okura picked a kitten from a litter and named him Corduroy. That was 1989. It's now 2015, and Corduroy keeps on purring. “He's very mellow, unless there's a critter that catches his attention," Ashley said. "Then he perks up and he'll go after it.” Ashley's brother picked a cat from the same litter and named him Batman. Batman died at age 19. Corduroy is now 26 - and considered the world's oldest living cat by Guinness World Records. "All of these types of records, they require a vast amount of documentary evidence to ensure...
  • Retire the Myths; Women Are Ready for Combat

    08/22/2015 4:25:02 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 118 replies
    NYT ^ | 8-20-15 | Anu Bhagwati
    The defense secretary has an incredible opportunity to usher in the end of legalized sex discrimination in the military. As tens of thousands of women have proved over 13 years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, women are capable of the combat skills necessary to fight alongside their male counterparts. The question now is whether to give women the opportunity to compete for coveted combat arms assignments, such as infantry and special forces. Since the Pentagon formally rescinded the combat exclusion policy in 2013, well over 100 women have successfully passed the Marine Corps’ enlisted infantry school and two female...
  • The New Black Panther Party protests the Waller County jail

    08/12/2015 8:12:34 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 58 replies
    Fox 26 ^ | 8-12-15 | Isaia Carey
    WALLER, Texas - They're bold, unapologetic, and packing assault rifles.The new Black Panther Party protested the Waller County jail Wednesday afternoon. Yahcanon with the Black Panther Party says, "we have to take back the power, it will define who we are." They're the latest group to target the Waller County Sheriff after the July 13th death of Sandra Bland. The group took to the streets in what appeared to be a stand off with deputies from Waller County backed up by Harris County and the weapons were everywhere.

    08/12/2015 7:36:47 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 23 replies
    Abc13 ^ | 8-12-15 | Unattributed
    The Bradford County Sheriff's Office has released video of a confrontation between a motorist and a police officer who stopped to help him in north Florida. Sheriff Gordon Smith said Lawtey police officer Jay Raulerson was dispatched after passing cars called to report a man in a silver Toyota stopped in the median of Highway 301 who was out of the SUV and trying to wave down vehicles. After Raulerson pulled up behind the Toyota, the video shows the man jump out and begin yelling at the officer as he approaches the driver side of the police car.
  • Poll: Should Planned Parenthood receive government funding?

    08/06/2015 8:58:38 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 22 replies ^ | 8-5-15 | Susan Livio
    A national poll released Tuesday by Monmouth University found a majority of people support Planned Parenthood, although that support has eroded since the videos have been released in the last several weeks. The poll said that 47 percent of registered voters opposed Republican efforts to cut off federal funding to the organization, compared with 42 percent who favored an end to U.S. support. In a February 2012 Quinnipiac University poll, only 31 percent supported ending federal funding for Planned Parenthood while 60 percent opposed it. What do you think?
  • World's Glaciers Are Melting Faster Today Than Any Time in History

    08/04/2015 10:30:48 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 76 replies ^ | 8-4-15 | Rick Adams
    The world's glaciers are losing ice at a faster pace so far this century than at any time since record-keeping began more than 120 years ago, according to a new study that says glacial melt is a worldwide phenomenon and will continue even if the world stopped warming any further than it already has. In the study, published last month in the Journal of Glaciology and conducted by the World Glacier Monitoring Service at the University of Zurich, scientists compared observations of tens of thousands of glaciers around the world with all other data available on the world's glaciers. They...
  • Man throws chainsaws at deputy during East Texas chase

    08/04/2015 8:32:04 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 18 replies ^ | 7-3-15 | unattributed
    Police in Lufkin say an East Texas man is in custody after he was involved in an hour-long chase that involved eight law enforcement agencies, covered three counties and included chainsaws being tossed at an officer by the fleeing driver. Authorities say 27-year-old Richard Kay finally was caught after troopers shot out two of his tires and the radiator of his pickup truck. The chase where speeds reached 100 mph started late Sunday afternoon in Lufkin when police tried to pull Kay over for speeding. Police says that at one point he threw chainsaws, believed to have been stolen in...
  • Lindsey Graham: "Make Me Commander-in-Chief"

    08/01/2015 8:33:49 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 48 replies
    Iowa Public Radio ^ | 7-31-15 | Joyce Russell
    South Carolina Senator and candidate for the Republican nomination for President Lindsey Graham addressed a crowd of about a hundred people in West Des Moines today. Graham is travelling the country arguing for a "no" vote in Congress for the Obama Administration’s nuclear agreement with Iran. Flanked by a banner proclaiming “No Nukes for Iran,” Graham says the agreement will promote terrorism in the Middle East. He presents himself as the strongest security hawk in the race. And he vows to fight radical Islam with more U.S. ground troops overseas.
  • Chris Froome celebrates his Tour de France victory with trip on a private jet and bacon buttie [tr]

    07/28/2015 11:51:13 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 7 replies ^ | 7-27-15 | Steph Cockroft
    Tour de France winner Chris Froome flew back to the UK on a private jet this morning - before heading straight out for a victory bacon battie. The 30-year-old rider, who clinched the historic win in Paris yesterday, said he tucked into the sandwich for the 'first time in months' as he relaxed into a few days' rest following the three-week race. He told Sky Sports News: 'It’s not only just the Tour, it’s the whole build-up to it. We spend months and months just doing every little thing right and getting every little detail right to try to get...
  • 4 shot in assault rifle attack at Desire's Sampson park

    07/28/2015 8:50:24 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 29 replies ^ | 7-26-15 | Ken Daley
    A man armed with an assault rifle opened fire at a crowded park in Desire Sunday (July 26), shooting at least four people, including a man left critically wounded, New Orleans police said. The attack came around 6:20 p.m., when Edith Sampson Playground Park at the corner of Piety and Treasure streets was crowded with family gatherings and several children were playing inside two inflatable "space walkers," witnesses said. "I was scared for my life," said one woman, who asked that her name be withheld for fear of retaliation. "All those children was out there. I just got down and...
  • Thousands gather for Pierce-Arrow National Meet

    07/26/2015 6:32:56 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 48 replies
    WIVB4 ^ | 7-25-15 | Dan Schrack
    BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – More than 60 classic cars were on display Saturday, for the annual Pierce-Arrow Society National Meet. Owners of the classic automobiles traveled from as far as California to participate in the event. Over 10,000 guests turned out to get a glimpse of the vintage antiques. Made in Buffalo, Pierce-Arrow vehicles played a big role in the automobile industry. Founder of Pierce-Arrow Museum, James Sandoro told News 4, “Pierce was a leader…
  • Chris Christie Scolds Iowa Gun Activist on Record

    07/25/2015 5:28:08 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 36 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 7-25-15 | Todd Beaman
    Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie Saturday scolded a gun-rights activist in a testy exchange at a town hall event in Iowa, saying at one point: "Give me one. One fact. Got one?" "I'm still waiting for one fact from you, one fact about me being anti-gun," Christie told the man at a community college in Ankeny, Iowa, The Des Moines Register reports. About 120 people attended the event. The man, who only said that he was a member of the Iowa Gun Owners group, questioned Christie on a 2013 proposal for a statewide gun-owner identification program, according to the Register....
  • In rural Georgia, there’s a junkyard of Classic Cars

    07/25/2015 10:24:14 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 32 replies
    KLFY News ^ | 7-20-15 | AP story
    Nestled in a north Georgia forest, over 4,000 classic cars decorate 32 acres that have been turned into a junkyard museum. Owner Walter Dean Lewis’ parents started the business in 1931 as a general store that also sold auto parts. Lewis grew the collection, which had just 40 cars in the ’70s, over time. “The only thing I ever knew was cars and trucks,” Lewis says. “I like to say I work for tomorrow, always thinking about the future. Someday they would be valuable.” Lewis stopped selling parts about six years ago, soon after realizing he could sustain the business...
  • Police: ‘Disrespect’ over a cigarette lighter was behind last month’s DART train shooting

    07/22/2015 8:15:52 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 20 replies
    Dallas News ^ | 7-22-15 | Tristan Hallman
    Last month’s DART train shooting that left two men wounded was sparked a month earlier by a cigarette lighter, authorities say. Patrick Klaypenh told police the dispute began after he got off a train early May 10 at the LBJ-Skillman Station and was approached by Curtis Langrum, who asked if he could borrow Klaypenh’s lighter. Langrum and Klaypenh “then started to verbally argue about how (Langrum) disrespected (Klaypenh) about borrowing the lighter,” according to an arrest warrant affidavit. DART Police have said the two are in rival gangs. Still, the two walked away after the argument, police said. But the...
  • 911 call from Salty Brine beach blast released

    07/21/2015 11:10:09 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 11 replies
    NBC 10 ^ | 7-21-15 | unattributed
    Narragansett police on Tuesday released a 911 call made after an explosion on Salty Brine State Beach. A Waterbury, Connecticut, woman was injured in the blast. A family member said she was thrown about 10 feet. The caller tells the 911 operator she doesn't know exactly what happened, but that the injured woman needs help. Caller: "Hi, I'm at Salty Brine Beach ... The rock, like, fell on her." Operator: "The rock fell on her? At Salty Brine? Do you know if they're pinned under the rock?" Caller: "I heard a bang. People are saying that the rocks exploded." Operator:...
  • Family spokesman: Mental health issues dogged shooter who killed 5

    07/19/2015 10:48:26 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 60 replies
    A Kuwait-born man who shot and killed five service members in Tennessee suffered from depression since his early teen years and also fought drug and alcohol abuse, spending time in Jordan last year to help him clean himself up, a family spokesman said Sunday. The representative, who spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid unwanted publicity, said relatives of 24-year-old Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez believe those personal struggles are at the heart of last week's killings at a pair of military sites in Chattanooga. "They do not know of anything else to explain it," said the representative, who has been involved...
  • Pat Buchanan: Is capitalism diabolic?

    07/19/2015 3:11:41 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 32 replies ^ | 7-19-15 | Pat Buchanan
    On arrival in La Paz, Pope Francis was presented by Bolivian President Evo Morales with a wooden crucifix carved in the form of a hammer and sickle, the symbol of Lenin, Stalin, Mao and Fidel. Had Pope John Paul II been handed that crucifix, he might have cracked it over Evo’s head. For John Paul II had seen up close what communism did — to his country, his church and his people in 45 years of Bolshevik rule. On his arrival in the Nicaragua of Daniel Ortega in 1983, Pope John Paul castigated a priest-collaborator who dared to serve that...
  • UPDATED: Seaside police shoot an off-duty federal police officer early Friday

    07/18/2015 9:09:42 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 105 replies ^ | 7-17-15 | Nic Coury and Sara Rubin
    A 48-year-year old off-duty black federal police officer is still alive after being shot by Seaside Police officers early Friday morning. Just before 1:30am, officers responded to a call reporting a loud, drunk woman at a house in the 1100 block of Amador Avenue, according to a statement by the Seaside Police Department. Officers gave her a courtesy ride back to her house in the 1200 block of Palm Avenue. As officers were helping the woman to her door, her husband stepped outside with a gun and officers shot at him. He is Eric Glazier, a federal police lieutenant since...
  • Ga. man who shot robber: 'I just did what I had to do'

    07/18/2015 8:38:49 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 24 replies ^ | July 18, 2015 | AP story
    SYCAMORE, GA. — Authorities say a man who attempted to rob a southwest Georgia gas station with a gun is hospitalized after a customer shot him twice. WALB-TV reports
  • Austin police searching for cobra believed to have killed man

    07/16/2015 9:15:29 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 58 replies
    Austin American Statesman ^ | 7-16-15 | unattributed
    Police are searching for a cobra that is believed to have bitten an 18-year-old man who died Tuesday evening. Police believe Grant Thompson, 18, owned a monocled cobra and that it bit him in his car while at the parking lot of a Lowe’s at 13000 North Interstate 35. Thompson died after going into cardiac arrest, medics have said. Police said it is possible that the snake is still in the area and are asking anyone with information about the animal to call police at 512-974-5210. Police described the cobra as black with a distinctive circle on its back and...
  • Store clerk shoots 2 would-be robbers in southwest Houston

    07/14/2015 10:27:03 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 50 replies ^ | 7-14-15 | Keith Garvin
    A convenience store clerk fought back during a robbery, shooting two thieves Monday. Store clerk Dien Tu says he was surprised but prepared when he saw a masked man pistol-whipping his co-worker. Tu had just returned from a quick break in the back of the Super K convenience store on Beechnut Street and Jorine Drive in southwest Houston. "Maybe he scared, so they hit him," Tu said. "I think he put him down and he hit him." Surveillance cameras show the moment four men drive into the parking lot. With their faces covered, three jump out with guns and rush...
  • Little People of America fed up with Illinois high school's nickname

    07/14/2015 9:51:23 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 115 replies ^ | 7-14-15 | Don O'Brien
    The Midgets are under attack. Freeburg High School, in the Metro East area of St. Louis, was approached last week by members of the Little People of America and asked to change their nickname. The athletic teams at Freeburg have been known as the Midgets since the 1930s. The Little People were in the area for their convention in St. Louis and made a trip to Freeburg to let school officials that they were offended by the school's nickname. The Little People of America posted a petition on asking that Freeburg change its mascot. "The term ‘midge' dehumanizes and...
  • The Trail Less Traveled: Dinosaur hunting, anyone?

    07/12/2015 6:32:38 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 20 replies
    Dalton Daily Citizen ^ | 7-8-15 | Larry Case
    I’d really like to shoot a dinosaur. I know that some of you are going to think that is just a little weird, but maybe if you have been reading this column for very long you might be getting accustomed to such things. Now that the movie “Jurassic World” is out I felt that it might be more socially acceptable to talk about such things, what with all the dinosaur blasting going on in this flick. You see, here is what is really great about all this. Once we accept the premise that we are going to hunt dinosaurs we...
  • Inside a B-29 Superfortress as Aviation Museum turns 20

    07/11/2015 4:31:43 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 45 replies ^ | 7-9-15 | Mark Cornelison
    See the inside of Fifi, the only B-29 Superfortress currently flying. It's part of the Aviation Museum of Kentucky's 20-year anniversary celebration.
  • $40K a day in med bills for shooting survivor

    07/09/2015 10:41:12 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 9 replies
    Burlington FP ^ | 7-8-15 | Paris Achen
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  • Body camera video shows East Texas police shoot, kill man who pulled fake gun

    07/05/2015 7:32:03 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 30 replies
    my san antonio ^ | 7-215 | JOSHUA FECHTER
    The Palestine Police Department has released graphic body camera footage of a fatal altercation in May between two of its officers and a man accused of stealing beer outside of an Applebee's restaurant. Footage uploaded to YouTube shows Palestine Police Sgt. Gabriel Green and Officer Kaylynn Griffin confronting James D. Bushey, 47, in the Applebee's bathroom on May 31 before leading him outside. The two officers had been alerted that Bushey had allegedly attempted to lift a case of beer from a nearby Walmart. "What do you need?" Bushey asks the officer Green in the videos. Green tells the man...
  • Baltimore prosecutors release witness list in Gray case

    06/29/2015 2:37:42 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 4 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 6-29-15 | Donna Owens
    Baltimore prosecutors have listed more than 30 potential witnesses, including an expert on forensic pathology and a DNA expert, in the trial of police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray in April. The list also includes police officers, detectives, firearms examiners and civilians, according to the filing in Baltimore City Circuit Court. The filing was among thousands of pages of print and electronic documents submitted by State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby late on Friday, the deadline for prosecutors to share evidence with defense lawyers. The documents were made available on Monday. Six police officers have been charged in the...
  • Oregon men hospitalized - recovering after rare beaver attack

    06/27/2015 7:02:05 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 83 replies
    NewsDaily ^ | 6-26-15 | Courtney Sherwood
    PORTLAND, Ore. – Two Oregon hikers who were assaulted by a beaver after they climbed onto its dam have been hospitalized for injuries incurred during the rare attack, law enforcement officials said on Friday. Clayton Mitchell, 23, told the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office that he and a friend had been hiking along a river near his central Oregon home..
  • Authorities: Singer Killed in Gunfight With Bounty Hunter

    06/11/2015 1:47:21 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 59 replies
    ABC News ^ | 6-11-15 | AP story
    Authorities say a country music singer has been killed in a gunfight with a bounty hunter trying to detain him. Several media outlets report the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is looking into the Tuesday night shooting of 65-year-old Randy Howard in Lynchburg. Media report Howard has performed with country music stars Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings.
  • Record Flooding Could Mean Big Problems for Gulf of Mexico

    06/11/2015 12:07:50 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 77 replies
    KBTX ^ | 6-10-15 | Texas A&M University Press
    COLLEGE STATION - Record rainfall totals in many parts of Texas the past few weeks means a record amount of freshwater pouring into the Gulf of Mexico – as high as 10 times the normal rate – and that could lead to huge problems for marine life and commercial fishermen very soon, warns a Texas A&M University oceanographer. Steve DiMarco, professor of oceanography, says the huge rainfall amounts in the last month mean that such rivers as the Brazos, Trinity, Colorado and others currently are carrying record amounts of water flowing southward to the Gulf, similar to a situation that...
  • A game of beer pong led to a fatal shooting in Texas, a witness says

    06/04/2015 10:04:08 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 28 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 6-4-15 | Aliza Chasan
    A game of beer pong taken too seriously ended with the death of a 19-year-old college student in Texas, a news site reported. Ronald McNeil, 39, is currently being held in Brazos County Jail on charges of murder, deadly conduct for discharge of a firearm and two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. McNeil crashed the graduation party of Texas A&M student Landon Duke along with some friends, Duke told The Eagle in College Station. One of McNeil’s friends got in an argument with one of Duke’s friends over beer pong rules around 1 a.m. on May 3...