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  • Dangerous drug 'Flakka' discovered in Maine community

    01/28/2016 9:44:53 PM PST · by Steely Tom · 22 replies
    WMUR 9 ^ | 28 Jan 2016 | David Charns
    ELLSWORTH, Maine —Maine police said they have discovered the dangerous drug Flakka for the first time. Flakka, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, is a synthetic drug similar to bath salts. It has been found commonly in the southern U.S. Ellsworth police said a test of a brown powder they seized from a man in August 2015 came back positive for Flakka. Police said, Ryan Miller, 33, of Southwest Harbor, Maine, was issued a summons for unlawful possession of a schedule W drug.
  • A Suspension for Melissa Click

    01/28/2016 4:08:00 PM PST · by Steely Tom · 26 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 28 Jan 2016 | Tajha Chappellet-Lanier
    The University of Missouri’s board announced the move just days after prosecutors brought third-degree assault charges against her. Following a special board meeting Thursday, the University of Missouri Board of Curators declared Click "suspended pending further investigation." The board didn't indicate whether she will be paid or not during her suspension. On Monday, Click was charged with third-degree assault, a misdemeanor to which she has pleaded not guilty.
  • Mizzou should fire the professor who pushed reporters ... board member says

    01/21/2016 12:31:39 PM PST · by Steely Tom · 11 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 21 Jan 2015 | David L. Steelman
    (...) One of those employees, Melissa Click, a professor with a courtesy appointment to the school of journalism, not only attempted to intimidate a student, but when he would not yield to her demands, she called for "muscle" to physically remove him from a place he had every right to be. Most of the world recognized Professor Click's actions as a clear and dangerous abuse of authority. (...)
  • Aberdeen general named in anthrax investigation

    01/15/2016 7:56:09 PM PST · by Steely Tom · 1 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 15 Jan 2016 | John Fritze and Ian Duncan
    Army investigators on Friday blamed a one-star general who now works at Aberdeen Proving Ground and 11 other people for management failures they say contributed to the accidental shipment of live anthrax to labs around the globe over several years. Army investigators who reviewed Dugway Proving Ground in Utah wrote that Brig. Gen. William E. King IV perpetuated a "complacent atmosphere" when he commanded the lab at the installation. Workers at Dugway mistakenly shipped live anthrax to 194 other labs in the United States and overseas, including to Aberdeen Proving Ground and other sites in Maryland.
  • University of Missouri Melissa Click Scandal Resulted in New Media Lesson for Old Media Institution

    01/15/2016 7:43:20 PM PST · by Steely Tom · 5 replies
    Photographi Is Not A Crime ^ | 15 Jan 2016 | Alexandra J. Gratereaux
    It only took a couple of hours for the video to go viral; a bizarre confrontation between a student journalist and a communications professor during a protest at the University of Missouri last November. And the fallout was unprecedented. Especially considering the university is home to the oldest journalism school in the United States, maybe even the world. An institution ranked first in the country by the Radio Television Digital News Association, which university officials say, sets the standards for journalism institutions. In fact, less than a month after the viral incident, the RTDNA announced it had created the First...
  • 3 Baltimore police officers suspended after hospital incident

    01/15/2016 7:26:41 PM PST · by Steely Tom · 3 replies
    WBAL TV ^ | 15 Jan 2016 | WBAL
    <p>BALTIMORE --Two Baltimore police officers were indicted Wednesday and a third officer received a criminal summons stemming from an assault reported a year ago, city police said Thursday.</p> <p>City police said the assault was reported to have taken place at Sinai Hospital on Jan. 14, 2015, involving three police officers and a juvenile.</p>
  • Jury in Officer Porter trial was one vote from acquittal on most serious charge

    01/15/2016 5:46:49 PM PST · by Steely Tom · 4 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 15 Jan 2016 | Kevin Rector and Justin Fenton
    he jury in the trial of Baltimore Police Officer William G. Porter was one vote from acquitting him of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Freddie Gray, the most serious charge he faced, according to sources familiar with the deliberations. Judge Barry G. Williams declared a mistrial because the jury deadlocked on all four charges last month. Jurors were two votes from convicting Porter of misconduct in office, and more divided on charges of assault and reckless endangerment, sources said. How the jury voted was not publicly revealed, and the judge ruled that jurors' names should not be revealed.
  • A few Baltimore stories

    01/13/2016 4:39:12 PM PST · by Steely Tom · 12 replies
    Baltimore Media ^ | 13 January 2016 | Several
    In case you'd forgotten about Baltimore, here's a few stores from the past 12 hours: 3rd Teen Confessed To Stabbing Man Biking Home From WorkWoman shot in chest, neck in NW Baltimore Tuesday nightBaltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake calls killing of bicyclist 'tragic' Family, friends remember Baltimore stabbing victimNeighborhood activist grapples with son's alleged role in murder
  • Hunting With Gas

    01/07/2016 5:33:39 PM PST · by Steely Tom · 24 replies
    Popular Science ^ | April 1963 | Tear Gas Devices
    Hunting With GasA Growing Sport Rattlers run, gophers go and fox fume ... when you hunt with TEAR GAS ... It's been a long hard winter cooped up in the living room looking at TV. The spring woods beckon! Your trigger finger is itching, and your hound dog instincts are at fever pitch. If you've got some experimenting blood in those hunter's veins of yours, you might want to try the fast-growing sport of hunting with TEAR GAS ... the equipment is cheap and simple. You can use a special .22 caliber automatic or a single-shot .38 caliber, fountain-pen-type, TEAR...
  • Steely Dan Donald Fagen Arrested For Attacking Wife

    01/05/2016 9:17:33 PM PST · by Steely Tom · 86 replies
    TMZ ^ | 5 Jan 2016 | TMZ Staff
    Steely Dan's Donald Fagen was arrested Monday evening after allegedly assaulting his wife inside their NYC home. According to the criminal complaint 67-year-old Fagen pushed his wife, Libby Titus, into a marble window frame in their Upper East Side pad. Cops say she suffered bruising and swelling to her right arm. Fagen was arrested and charged with one count of misdemeanor assault and cited for harassment. He's also been ordered to stay away from Titus, who told the NY Post she's divorcing Fagen. The Rock Hall of Famer was released without bail. Read more:
  • Shaun King Says He's Suing Over Accusations He Has Misappropriated Funds

    12/27/2015 3:41:57 PM PST · by Steely Tom · 23 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 27 Dec 2015 | Chuck Ross
    Shaun King fired back at critics on Saturday with a blog post threatening legal action against "every person and outlet" who has reported that he misappropriated money he's helped raise for the Black Lives Matter movement, though the New York Daily News columnist's lengthy post avoids addressing many of the complaints leveled against him. King - who was prompted to post his response on Medium.com after being contacted by a CNN reporter - did not provide names of those he plans to sue, but most of his ire was aimed at Goldie Taylor, a progressive activist and editor at The...
  • European capitals warned of potential terror assaults earlier than the New Yr, Vienna police say

    12/27/2015 12:23:24 PM PST · by Steely Tom · 5 replies
    The Westfield Times ^ | 27 Dec 2015 | The Times
    A "friendly" intelligence service has warned several European capitals of the possibility of fresh terror attacks being carried out before the New Year, in the form of shooting or bomb attacks, police in Austria have said. The European capitals have not been named, but security measures in Vienna have been increased after the city's police service said the warning had detailed a possibility of an attack between Christmas and the New Year, and could be expected to take place in "crowded places". "Several possible names of potential attackers were mentioned, which were checked, and the investigation based on [these checks]...
  • German police tackle mass brawl at Berlin refugee shelter

    12/27/2015 12:10:44 PM PST · by Steely Tom · 27 replies
    The Daily Star ^ | 29 November | Gabi Sajonz-Grimm, John O'Donnell
    BERLIN: Hundreds of refugees fought each other on Sunday in a mass brawl at a Berlin shelter and more than 100 police were called in to restore order, in an episode underlining the challenges Germany faces in handling hundreds of thousands of migrants. Although violent incidents in such centres are frequent, the chaos in the shelter at Berlin's disused Tempelhof airport, which erupted as lunch was being served, was worse than normal. "There were apparently many hundreds of people involved," a spokesman for the police told Reuters TV. Police made an unspecified number of arrests. Michael Elias, who is in...
  • Officer Hit By Rock During Altercation With Teens Near Towson Mall

    12/27/2015 10:54:33 AM PST · by Steely Tom · 41 replies
    CBS Baltimore ^ | 26 Dec 2015 | CBS News
    TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) -- The area around Dulaney Valley Road in Towson is briefly blocked off. Police say a group of teenagers began throwing rocks at officers near the Towson Town Center. It happened around 10 p.m. Saturday night. At least one officer was hit by a rock, but did not need medical attention. Dozens of officers responded to the scene. Police say no one was arrested. Cell phone video appears to show a teen wrestling with an officer, before being brought to the ground. It's unclear at this time what started the altercation. The area has since been reopened.
  • Trump slams Bill Clinton's 'sexism' in attack on Hillary Clinton

    12/27/2015 9:47:25 AM PST · by Steely Tom · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | 27 Dec 2015 | Jake Tapper, Bill Crystal, Anita Dunn
    JT: You saw it in the piece, just a second ago, in which he basically said "do not play the woman card, the war on women card, or the woman being degraded card, Hillary... he was warning her, it seemed very clear he was saying "I will be talking... you keep doing that, I'm going to talk about Bill." JT: Isn't that a risk? AD: No, I... I want to take issue... JT: Not Bill Crystal. AD: I understand... and I will defend Bill Crystal... BC: Thank you. AD: But no, I actually want to take issue with something Bill...
  • Complete Transcript; Trump Amazing Interview With George Stephanopoulos on ABC This Week

    12/20/2015 10:43:02 AM PST · by Steely Tom · 72 replies
    ABC News ^ | 20 Dec 2015 | Donald Trump
    John Carl: Clinton Lied GS: OK John Carl, thanks very much. Let's talk to Mr. Trump, ah, right now, we saw that tweet Mr. Trump, you gonna stand by it? DJT: Well of course I'm standing by it, it was vetted, they went to the Washington Post, Fox News went out in great detail, and looked for it, and there's no such video, and they may make one up, knowing the Clintons, and knowing Hillary, but there's no... there's nobody, and... she just made it up. I mean she made it up, it was a soundbite, just like Bernie Sanders...
  • Five Black Lives Matter Protesters Arrested At Rockefeller Center: "The NYPD Went Berserk"

    12/15/2015 11:47:02 AM PST · by Steely Tom · 21 replies
    Gothamist ^ | 15 Dec 2015 | Emma Whitford
    Five Black Lives Matter protesters—four of them women, including a 17-year-old and an intellectual property attorney—were forcefully arrested near the north entrance to Rockefeller Plaza on Monday night, after NYPD officers erected metal barricades to disrupt their weekly People's Monday march. An extension of larger protests last winter, People's Monday highlights specific victims of police brutality year-round. This week, protesters met at Grand Central around 7:00 p.m. to stage a call-and-response reading of several facts pertaining to the October 2014 death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, a Chicago teenager who was shot sixteen times by Officer Jason Van Dyke. The shooting...
  • #BlackLivesMatter Protestor Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison For Convenience Store Arson

    12/15/2015 11:15:08 AM PST · by Steely Tom · 26 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 15 Dec 2015 | J. D. Durkin
    (excerpted) However, after the shooting death of 18-year-old Antonio Martin on December 23, 2014, Williams reportedly torched a QuikTrip convenience store. According to KMOV, surveillance video combined with news cameras aided local law enforcement to identify Williams. Police say he stole an “undisclosed amount of money” from the store. Late last week, Williams pleaded guilty to trying to burn down the store in Berkeley, Missouri. He was sentenced to eight years for first-degree arson according to KSDK in Missouri. Additionally Williams was charged with three years for second-degree burglary and three months for stealing.
  • Trump’s false claim that the 9/11 hijackers’ wives ‘knew exactly what was going to happen’

    12/06/2015 12:24:45 PM PST · by Steely Tom · 71 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 6 Dec 2015 | Glenn Kessler
    No text, Washington Post. Go to link to read.
  • Trump: These people are animals, these people are not "masterminds"

    12/06/2015 11:12:02 AM PST · by Steely Tom · 23 replies
    Face The Nation ^ | 6 Dec 2015 | Donald Trump
    FTN: There are links between ISIS and this attack in San Bernardo, but there are no red flags. So how do you stop this kind of attack? Trump: Well, I think there are red flags, and some people knew what was going on in that house, or apartment, and people were not wanting to call because they thought it would be inappropriate to call. FTN: Inappropriate, why? Trump: Well they saying that it was... that they would have been "profiling," and a person said "we sort of knew what was going on, but we didn't want to profile." Can you...
  • FBI offers $10,000 reward in Baltimore shooting

    12/03/2015 5:50:41 AM PST · by Steely Tom · 5 replies
    WBAL TV ^ | 3 December 2015 | Jayne Miller
    The Baltimore FBI Office is involved in the investigation because of suspected ties to the workings of the Black Guerrilla Family gang. This comes at a time when the city police's clearance rate for homicide cases is 31 percent, about half of the national average. "This particular case does have a federal nexus. It's related to a BGF gang investigation, and we believe when it happened, where it happened, the time of day that (it happened), that someone out there knows what happened," said Scott Hinckley, with the Baltimore FBI office.
  • Live Stream at Minneapolis 4th Precinct Protest Over Jamar Clark Shooting

    11/18/2015 8:50:50 PM PST · by Steely Tom · 8 replies
    Livestream ^ | 18 Nov 2015 | Steely
    Look for location on map: Minneapolis 4th Police Precinct, Plymouth and Penn Streets, North Minneapolis.
  • Editorial: Your right to free speech does not preclude anyone else’s

    11/18/2015 11:26:48 AM PST · by Steely Tom · 20 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | 17 Nov 2015 | Unsigned
    But recognizing absurdity when we see it is no less troubling, especially when such hypocrisy tarnishes essential institutions of higher learning and threatens to turn out young people woefully unprepared for life in a democratic society.
  • Police mulling charges against Mizzou professor Melissa Click

    11/17/2015 9:27:09 AM PST · by Steely Tom · 37 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 16 Nov 2015 | Hot Air
    Police at the University of Missouri are determining whether to file charges against Melissa Click, the assistant professor who generated an uproar this week when she was filmed blocking media access to protests at the school. Major Scott Richardson told CNNMoney that the investigation remains “open and active.” Mark Schierbecker, the University of Missouri student who filmed Click, filed a complaint against the professor on Wednesday alleging simple assault.
  • Black Lives Matter Bursts Into University Library, Shouts 4 Shocking Words At Crying White Girl

    11/16/2015 3:05:04 PM PST · by Steely Tom · 123 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | 16 Nov 2015 | Kevin Whitson
    The Dartmouth Review, campus newspaper of the Ivy league Dartmouth campus, reported on the chaos a group of Black Lives Matter protesters brought to their campus over the weekend. The newspaper reported: "The tactics, tone, and words of the Black Lives Matter protesters eerily mirrored everything they claim to stand against." "Those who tried to close their doors were harassed further. One student abandoned the study room and ran out of the library. The protesters followed her out of the library, shouting obscenities the whole way," according to the Review. "'Stand the f-k up!" "You filthy racist white piece of...
  • Quick Survey of Coverage: Black Church Arsonist Suspect Nabbed in St. Louis

    10/30/2015 6:56:22 PM PDT · by Steely Tom · 15 replies
    Several ^ | 30 September 2015 | Several
    A quick survey of several MSM outlets that have covered the arrest of David Lopez Jackson, suspect in St Louis black church burnings. Of course, now the stories all point out that (a) the fires were all "minor," mostly involving damage to front doors, and (b) one of the church fires was at a "predominantly white" church. In addition, the stories all mention that Mr. Jackson was remanded for a mental health evaluation in 2009, after one of his (many) earlier arrests. Results: Fox News 2 St. Louis: no mention of subject race, but has a picture of him. NY...
  • Escort who blew whistle on Louisville basketball stripper scandal says NCAA ignored her

    10/28/2015 10:06:42 AM PDT · by Steely Tom · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 23 October 2015 | Marissa Payne
    The woman who claims to have been an escort hired by former Louisville basketball assistant coach Andre McGee to attend dorm parties with players and recruits said when she first approached the NCAA about the scandal, the organization ignored her.
  • Freeman Dyson's Remarkable View of the Future Is Worth Your Time To Examine

    10/16/2015 7:15:36 AM PDT · by Steely Tom · 12 replies
    Speech at Boston University ^ | 5 November 2005 | Freeman Dyson
    A couple of days ago, there was a quite successful thread here entitled Top Physicist Freeman Dyson: Obama 'Took the Wrong Side' on Climate Change. As an admirer and follower of Professor Dyson, I enjoyed it greatly, and posted several items on it. That thread got me interested in Dyson once again, and in looking for Dyson material I found this remarkable lecture on YouTube. I believe it is worth anyone's time to listen to in its entirety. At a little more than an hour in length, it is a bit long for one sitting, but I am sure most...
  • Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King addresses race reports

    08/21/2015 12:55:36 PM PDT · by Steely Tom · 45 replies
    CNN ^ | 21 Aug 2015 | Doug Criss, Dana Ford
    "The reports about my race, about my past, and about the pain I've endured are all lies," wrote King, who blogs at the Daily Kos. "I refuse to speak in detail about the nature of my mother's past, or her sexual partners, and I am gravely embarrassed to even be saying this now, but I have been told for most of my life that the white man on my birth certificate is not my biological father and that my actual biological father is a light-skinned black man," he said.
  • Family Member Confirms to CNN That #BlackLivesMatter Activist Shaun King Is White

    08/20/2015 9:45:55 AM PDT · by Steely Tom · 38 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 20 August 2015 | Alex Griswold
    During a segment on #BlackLivesMatters activist Shaun King and the allegation he isnt black at all, CNN host Don Lemon revealed that he had spoken to a family member of Kings who confirmed he was white. A family member tells CNN that both of Kings parents are white,Lemon said on Wednesday nights edition of CNN Tonight. Conservative websites have also accused King of embellishing or fabricating a racial hate crime during his high school days. The same family member told Lemon that the altercation he had in high school was racially motivated but because King was a white guy dating...
  • Shaun King Threatened To Sue Former Classmate For Slander After Posting Article

    08/20/2015 7:47:05 AM PDT · by Steely Tom · 13 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 19 August 2015 | Chuckk Ross
    As questions have swirled for nearly a month about the background of Shaun King, the Black Lives Matter activist has refused all requests for comment and clarification from the media. But he has fought back against the allegations made against him, just behind the scenes. King, 35, has threatened to sue a former high school classmate for slander after he posted and commented on his Facebook page about a Daily Caller article laying out evidence undermining Kings claim that as a high school student in Versailles, Ky. he was attacked by a dozen redneck students in a 1995 hate crime....
  • Man shot, killed ... in northeast Baltimore; Shooting marks city's 200th homicide of 2015

    08/11/2015 1:55:40 PM PDT · by Steely Tom · 32 replies
    WBAL TV 11 ^ | 11 August 2015 | Barry Simms
    Officers were called around 4:45 p.m. to the 2700 block of The Alameda near Kennedy Avenue on reports of shots fired. When officers arrived, they found a man with gunshot wounds to his upper body. Emergency responders pronounced him dead at the scene. "I heard three shots, and then I heard police running, and they all went in the alley," said Maxine Isabelle, a resident who lives across the street from the shooting scene. "It was so close to home now. You hear about it but not right here. That could have been my alley, not that alley over there....
  • Donald Trump: 'I keep whining and whining until I win'

    08/11/2015 12:50:33 PM PDT · by Steely Tom · 35 replies
    CNN ^ | 11 August 2015 | Jeremy Diamond
    Excerpt: "I do whine because I want to win and I'm not happy about not winning and I am a whiner and I keep whining and whining until I win," Trump told CNN's Chris Cuomo on Tuesday.
  • Baltimore Police Solving Disturbingly Low Number Of The Citys Murders

    08/05/2015 1:38:42 PM PDT · by Steely Tom · 24 replies
    CBS Baltimore ^ | 5 Aug 2015 | Derek Valcourt
    Hundreds upon hundreds of shootings and murders, and the mayor tells WJZ its all happening at the hands of a small group of violent criminals. We are working very hard to not just identify those individuals, but to build cases against them so we can extract them from the streets, Mayor Rawlings-Blake said. As of Tuesday morning, there have been 192 murders in Baltimore. Police tell WJZ their clearance rate on murder cases is about 33 percent, or, a third. Baltimore police declined to tell WJZ how many open cases each homicide detective is currently working. In fact, they even...
  • Feds Deploy Agents to Fight Baltimore's Record Slayings

    08/03/2015 2:57:05 PM PDT · by Steely Tom · 23 replies
    ABC News via Good Morning America ^ | 3 Aug 2015 | Meghan Keneally
    Federal agents have joined with Baltimore police as part of a wide-reaching effort to curb the recent violence that one expert says appears to be modeled on Los Angeles response to the 1992 riots. The effort, launched today, involves personnel from the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Secret Service, with two agents from each agency directly embedding with the Baltimore police departments homicide unit, acting police commissioner Kevin Davis said Sunday. The collaboration, which Davis dubbed B-Fed, comes after two people were fatally shot in Baltimore...
  • Feds won't reverse denial of Baltimore riot disaster aid

    07/30/2015 2:29:18 PM PDT · by Steely Tom · 27 replies
    WBAL TV 11 ^ | 30 July 2015 | Staff
    The Federal Emergency Management Agency has refused to reverse its denial of disaster aid to help Maryland and Baltimore recover millions of dollars in costs stemming from rioting in the city in April, Gov. Larry Hogan's office said Thursday. FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate said in a letter to the Republican governor Wednesday that after thoroughly reviewing Hogan's appeal, the agency had reaffirmed its June 12 finding that a major disaster declaration is "not appropriate for this event."
  • Tyrese: WHITE RADIO IS RACIST (They Won't Play My Song!)

    07/28/2015 5:36:21 AM PDT · by Steely Tom · 39 replies
    TMZ ^ | 28 July 2015 | TMZ Staff
    White radio will ONLY play R&B/Soul if it's performed by white guys ... so claims the black guy who has the #1 R&B/Soul album ... Tyrese. Tyrese does not mince words ... he says he can't get white radio DJ's to play his single "Shame" to save his life ... it's only played on black stations. He then ups the ante, claiming white radio would love "Shame" if it was performed by Justin Timberlake, Sam Smith or Robin Thicke.
  • Man arrested in shooting of 3 teens in east Baltimore

    07/24/2015 6:53:33 AM PDT · by Steely Tom · 7 replies
    WBAL TV 11 ^ | 24 July 2015 | WBAL Staff
    "... Officers have arrested Keon White, 25, saying this shooting was over "neighborhood nonsense." and that the victims were intentionally shot. He faces 17 charges in the case, including first-degree attempted murder. Police said the incident happened because of a fight between two girls.
  • 10 Dead, 34 Wounded In Weekend Violence

    07/21/2015 8:44:08 PM PDT · by Steely Tom · 23 replies
    The Chicago Tribune (via Second City Cop) ^ | 20 July 2015 | Chicago Tribune Staff
    At least 10 people were killed or found dead under suspicious circumstances since 3 p.m. Friday afternoon across Chicago. Among the dead were the decomposing bodies of a mother and her three children found in an East Chatham home with evidence of trauma and a fire that was never reported, and three men dead in a double-murder-suicide in the Mayfair neighborhood Friday afternoon. Thirty-five people were also wounded in shootings as far north as the Albany Park neighborhood and as far south as Roseland. Some of the wounded were in critical condition. No side of the city was without a...
  • 48F In The Middle Of July

    07/15/2015 6:39:42 AM PDT · by Steely Tom · 85 replies
    My Outdoor Thermometer | 15 July 2015 | Steely
    I just thought this was worth noting. I live in Upstate New York, where in years past it would often be in the upper nineties at this point in the annual weather cycle. The leaves are beginning to turn on some of the trees in my neighborhood. We've had a succession of below-normal days. "Accuweather" (BTW) says it's 57 where I live. Last year, there was one evening on which Accuweather said it was eighteen degrees hotter where I live than what my outdoor thermometer said. I haven't heard President Obama saying much about global warming this summer, other than...
  • Harry Reid holds out on endorsing Hillary Clinton

    07/14/2015 1:36:30 PM PDT · by Steely Tom · 9 replies
    Politico ^ | 13 July 2015 | Burgess Everett
    When Hillary Clinton meets with Senate Democrats on Tuesday, there will be one especially prominent lawmaker in the room who has yet to endorse her: Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid. The Nevada Democrat declined to explicitly endorse the former secretary of during an interview with Nevada public radio station KNPR on Monday, though Reid strongly suggested that he would soon. Clinton is visiting House and Senate Democrats on Tuesday in whats likely to be a circus-like atmosphere on Capitol Hill.
  • Violent weekend continues in city as three killed late Saturday and early Sunday

    07/12/2015 8:08:22 PM PDT · by Steely Tom · 20 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | 12 July 2015 | Yvonne Wenger, Justin Fenton
    Violence continued in Baltimore as three people were killed late Saturday and early Sunday. In all, as of Sunday evening, at least 17 people had been shot since Friday, including six who died. Among them is a man shot in the head in the Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park area early Friday morning who died over the weekend.
  • Violence Spikes in Syracuse: 10 People Shot in Less Than 24 Hours

    07/06/2015 9:09:13 AM PDT · by Steely Tom · 17 replies
    Syracuse.com ^ | 5 July 2015 | Catie O'Toole
    "Unusual spike in violence." "It's unusual an it's unfortunate," Syracuse police Lt. Eric Carr said. One 16-year-old has been caught, accused of shooting a 20-year-old man in the head. The shooter is identified as Shaquez Collins. Two other people may have been shot in the same incident, but the story is not clear on this. Four were shot in a crowd watching a fireworks display. Thre others were shot in two other incidents elsewhere in the city.
  • Mystery power plant

    07/04/2015 10:00:39 AM PDT · by Steely Tom · 30 replies
    Google Maps ^ | 4 July 2015 | Steely
    Can anyone identify this somewhat mysterious installation? It is located about twenty miles south of Farmington, New Mexico, in an area identified as "Navajo Nation Off-Reservation Trust Land." It is connected to a great deal of electric power transmission capacity, has no visible chimney, but has a supply of cooling water brought to it by means of a canal from Morgan Lake. I was not able to find it on any list of power plants in the state of New Mexico. The nearest listed power plant is the Four Corners generating station in Fruitland New Mexico. Morgan Lake supplies cooling...
  • Michael Sam & Vito: ALL SIGNS POINT TO BREAKUP

    06/30/2015 6:52:42 AM PDT · by Steely Tom · 58 replies
    TMZ ^ | 30 June 2015 | TMZ Staff
    Hold off on the wedding gifts ... 'cause it seems Michael Sam and his fiance Vito Cammisano are DUNZO ... just 6 months after the couple got engaged. Sam's people and Vito's camp are being unusually tight lipped about the couple's official status -- but the signs are all over social media. Here are the clues ... Clue #1 -- Michael has REMOVED several affectionate photos of himself and Vito from Twitter and Instagram recently, including their famous engagement pic taken at St. Peter's Basilica. Clue #2 -- The couple hasn't been spotted together in almost 2 months ... even...
  • Bristol Palin: Second Out-of-Wedlock Pregnancy (Sorry Mom)

    06/25/2015 2:19:07 PM PDT · by Steely Tom · 329 replies
    TMZ ^ | 25 June 2015 | TMZ Staff
    Bristol Palin just threw cold water on what's supposed to be a joyous occasion ... being pregnant. Palin's in the early stages of her second out of wedlock pregnancy, and this time she's full on grumpy, saying she knows it will be "a huge disappointment to my family, to my close friends, and to many of you." Bristol says she's "trying to keep [my] chin up on this one." Sarah Palin's daughter was engaged to U.S. Marine veteran Dakota Meyer, but they broke things off last month. Bristol didn't say if Dakota's the dad. Bristol was full of piss and...
  • Donald Trump: I'm Suing Univision for Hundreds Of Millions Over Miss USA

    06/25/2015 11:55:49 AM PDT · by Steely Tom · 112 replies
    TMZ ^ | 25 June 2015 | TMZ Staff
    Donald Trump has a vision for Univision ... it involves a courtroom, a jury and a bank account that will be bled dry. Trump tells TMZ, he will sue Univision for "hundreds of millions of dollars" for breaching what he says is a binding, 5 year deal to air the Miss USA pageant. The Donald says Univision had no legal right to back out of the deal Thursday, based on his comments about Mexico and Mexicans, saying many of them who come here are drug dealers and rapists. Trump tells us, the contract, which was signed in January of this...
  • New Orleans teen pleads guilty to killing high schooler, gets 35 years

    06/23/2015 8:43:23 PM PDT · by Steely Tom · 11 replies
    The Times Picayune ^ | 23 June 2015 | Paul Pupura
    A New Orleans high school student who was just 15 when he was charged in the shooting death of a 17-year-old boy pleaded guilty to the crime Tuesday (June 23), and was sentenced to 35 years in prison. Just as jury selection was to begin in his second-degree murder trial, Justin Walker, 18, accepted prosecutors' offer to plead guilty to manslaughter in the Jan. 8, 2013, death of Aaron "Rasta" Ganier in the 7th Ward.
  • Freddie Gray Case: Court Rejects Prosecutors Gag Order

    06/09/2015 10:01:54 AM PDT · by Steely Tom · 29 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 9 June 2015 | Andrew Branca
    Once again, Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby seems to be having difficulty grasping fundamentals of the practice of law. Indeed, shes now reduced to making exactly the same errors she only recently accused opposing counsel of making. In this most current instance, Mosbys motion for a gag order on the Freddie Gray case has been rejected, reports the Baltimore Sun (h/t Conservative Treehouse). The reason? She filed her motion in Circuit Court on May 14, but while the matter was still jurisdictionally in the lower District Court. The matter was not moved into Circuit Court until May 21, a week later. Ironically,...
  • Whats Behind Baltimores Record-Setting Rise in Homicides

    06/02/2015 6:21:23 PM PDT · by Steely Tom · 24 replies
    Time.com ^ | 2 June 2015 | Josh Sanburn
    Clueless article. Not worth summarizing or excerpting. Click the link if you want a grim chuckle. Most obnoxious line: "Protests following Grays death, which at first experienced little police pushback, have led to elevated levels of violence around the city by criminals who some experts say appear emboldened."