Free Republic 4th Quarter Fundraising Target: $85,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $20,300
23%  
Woo hoo!! And the first 23% is in!! Thank you all very much!!

Articles Posted by TCats

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • The Obama Orphans: Lost in Transition

    06/04/2009 7:34:34 AM PDT · by TCats · 13 replies · 762+ views
    Good Magazine/MSNBC ^ | 06/04/2009 | Michael Ames
    When President Obama took over the White House, thousands of campaign workers—who had abandoned the stability of education, careers, and even marriage to work for him—found themselves jobless. We spoke with a few of them. Politically, the timing of the economic crash was perfect. For the campaign staff, it couldn’t have been worse. Wandering a desolate economic landscape, many moved in with parents for the first time in a decade. A few were appointed to positions in the administration. Some got jobs in the White House. The others shared breakfast cereal with mom and dad and wondered if uncertainty elsewhere...
  • Nadya Suleman zeroing in on reality show (More Garbage from the 'Entertainment' Pimps)

    04/10/2009 10:37:49 AM PDT · by TCats · 12 replies · 626+ views
    People/MSNBC ^ | 04/10/2009 | People Mag
    Nadya Suleman will probably sign a deal very soon to feature her and her 14 children in a reality TV show, sources tell PEOPLE exclusively. Czech says Suleman doesn't have health insurance and that all medical costs associated with delivering the octuplets on Jan. 26 were funded by taxpayers through state Medi-Cal.
  • Financial crisis hits Irish middle class (Portent of Obamaland?)

    03/07/2009 8:41:32 PM PST · by TCats · 6 replies · 555+ views
    AP/MSNBC ^ | 03/07/2009 | AP
    DUBLIN - As a veteran nurse, Margaret Horan is used to feeling overworked and underpaid. A steady flow of coughing, moaning and bleeding Dubliners must wait hours to be seen because of staff shortages at her hospital in the working-class heart of the capital. (Snip) A government that long profited from a property boom is now raising income taxes and pension charges to combat a sudden, gaping hole in the public finances that means borrowing one euro for every three spent. Its emergency approach is fueling rebellion throughout the bedrock of Irish society — teachers, bus drivers, police officers and...
  • Train crash probe focuses on cell phone use

    03/03/2009 2:48:07 PM PST · by TCats · 32 replies · 548+ views
    AP/MSNBC ^ | 03/03/2009 | AP/MSNBC
    WASHINGTON - A commuter train engineer text messaged a promise to a teenage railroad fan — "I'm gonna do all the radio talkin' ... ur gonna run the locomotive" — minutes before a crash that killed 25 people in California last year, according to documents from federal investigators. The transcript of text messages sent and received by engineer Robert Sanchez were released Tuesday as the National Transportation Safety Board opened a two-day hearing into the Sept. 12 collision in the Los Angeles suburb of Chatsworth that also injured at least 130 people.
  • IOUSA - The Movie - Questions

    10/04/2008 8:07:13 PM PDT · by TCats · 10 replies · 432+ views
    Vanity | Tcats
    Does anyine know where this movie is playing? Also, why isn't it on Pay-Per-View or available on DVD. I just wonder why it is in such limited screening as comapred to Al Gore's masterpiece or a Micheal Moore hit job. Sorry about vanity but the Offivial Website doesn't have much info about screenings, etc.
  • America's most miserable cities (Guess who is No. 1? Hint: It's Kwame's Town)

    05/17/2008 7:34:54 PM PDT · by TCats · 64 replies · 218+ views
    Forbes.com ^ | 05/17/2008 | Kurt Badenhausen
    Imagine living in a city with the country's highest violent-crime rate and second-highest unemployment rate. As an added kicker, you need more Superfund dollars allocated to your city to clean up toxic-waste sites than just about any other metropolitan area.
  • NBC says no way to O.J. on ‘Apprentice’

    04/24/2008 6:54:14 PM PDT · by TCats · 3 replies · 48+ views
    MSNBC/Reuters ^ | 04/24/2008 | Reuters
    LOS ANGELES - NBC on Thursday dismissed speculation that O.J. Simpson, who was acquitted in 1995 of murdering his ex-wife, would appear on an upcoming version of its reality TV program, “The Apprentice.” “NBC representatives have never considered O.J. Simpson for the next season of ‘The Apprentice,’ nor will,” NBC spokesperson Amanda Ruisi said. (Msnbc.com is a joint venture between NBC Universal and Microsoft.)
  • U.S. weapons upgrade faces big hurdles (Future Combat Systems)

    04/08/2008 6:55:30 AM PDT · by TCats · 7 replies · 53+ views
    MSNBC/WASH POST ^ | 04/08/2008 | Alec Klien
    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Army is in the early stages of developing the most expensive weapons program in its history, but the project could already be in jeopardy because it largely depends on three separate military programs that have been plagued by cost overruns, immature technologies and timetable delays. At stake is what the Army calls its most ambitious modernization since World War II -- Future Combat Systems, a new generation of weapons, combat vehicles, robots and sensors connected to a wireless network.
  • Probation botched in UNC student's killing

    04/02/2008 9:46:22 PM PDT · by TCats · 55 replies · 128+ views
    MSNBC/AP ^ | 04/02/2008 | AP
    RALEIGH, N.C. - A probation officer assigned to a teenager charged with killing the University of North Carolina's student body president was handling 127 cases without benefit of training, state corrections officials said Wednesday. A state investigation into the case also found that Laurence Lovette never met with probation officer Chalita Thomas, while the other defendant in the killing, Demario Atwater, had his probation cases handled by 10 different officers.
  • Quilt show delays U.S. soldier’s murder trial (Iraqi Girl Rape/Muder Scum)

    04/02/2008 5:38:20 PM PDT · by TCats · 21 replies · 447+ views
    MSNBC/AP ^ | 04/02/08 | AP
    PADUCAH, Kentucky - The trial of a former U.S. soldier charged with raping a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and murdering her and her family near a checkpoint near Mahmoudiya, a village 20 miles south of Baghdad, Iraq, has been delayed by two weeks to accommodate a quilt show.
  • IOC to Beijing: Open Internet during Olympics

    04/01/2008 11:33:28 AM PDT · by TCats · 6 replies · 47+ views
    MSNBC/AP ^ | 04/01/2008 | AP Sports
    The Internet must be open during the Beijing Olympics. That was the message a top-ranking International Olympic Committee official delivered Tuesday to Beijing organizers during the first of three days of meetings — the last official sessions between IOC inspectors and the Chinese hosts before the games begin in just over four months.
  • FR Down For Hours Today?

    04/01/2008 11:11:31 AM PDT · by TCats · 57 replies · 93+ views
    Vanity | 04/01/2008 | Self
    I could not get on FR for several hours and just now brought it up. Anyone know why?
  • Gas Station Owner Charged With Murder Slain (Detroit Mayhem)

    03/28/2008 4:44:32 PM PDT · by TCats · 34 replies · 1,297+ views
    DETROIT - A gas station owner charged with fatally shooting a rival gas station owner was found shot to death Friday in front of his southwest Detroit home. As Marathon Gas station owner, Hassan Masbouth, 51, rolled down the window of his GMC Yukon to talk to his wife, a shooter came out of the brushes and shot him, police said.
  • Mayor Solicits Support For Legal Fund (Kwame - Detroit)

    03/26/2008 8:12:32 PM PDT · by TCats · 29 replies · 900+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 03/26/08 | ClickonDetroit.com
    DETROIT, Mich. - Rescue 4 has learned from sources close to Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick that a legal defense fund is in the works for the mayor and will be set up soon. City employees are being asked to give between $100 and $1,500. And city contractors are being asked to give between $10,000 and $100,000. Business leaders tell Rescue 4 they were contacted in the days before Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy brought charges on Kilpatrick.
  • Mexican law panics South Texas car dealers (Fair Trade?)

    03/02/2008 6:41:12 PM PST · by TCats · 39 replies · 430+ views
    MSNBC/AP ^ | 03/02/2008 | AP
    updated 6:18 p.m. ET, Sun., March. 2, 2008 HIDALGO, Texas - Some are dented, scratched and rusty. Others rattle and belch under faded paint jobs. But the "'98" soaped onto their windshields and a surprise change in Mexican import rules have turned a single year's worth of used cars into pick of the used-car lot. Beginning Monday, only cars built in 1998 — none older and none newer — can be legally imported into Mexico. Car dealers were given notice only a month ago....
  • MSNBC Declares Romney Winner In Nevada

    01/19/2008 10:05:21 AM PST · by TCats · 175 replies · 13,635+ views
    MSNBC/CNN | Vanity
    Romney Winner source AP, MSNBC
  • Court Rejects Aging Death Row Inmate's Plea (Too Old To Die?)

    01/16/2006 3:31:00 PM PST · by TCats · 20 replies · 401+ views
    AP/MSNBC ^ | 01/16/2006 | AP
    Scheduled to die Tuesday, 76-year-old said execution was unconstitutional. Convicted killer Clarence Ray Allen is scheduled to die early Tuesday morning. The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal Monday from a convicted killer who argued that he was too old and feeble to be executed. Clarence Ray Allen, whose 76th birthday was Monday, was set to die by lethal injection just after midnight. He stood to become the oldest person executed in California — and the second-oldest put to death nationally — since the Supreme Court allowed capital punishment to resume in 1976. Allen— legally blind, nearly deaf and in...
  • German Cannibal Returns to Courtroom (Warning - Not for sqeemish stomachs)

    01/12/2006 5:22:14 PM PST · by TCats · 14 replies · 381+ views
    REUTERS/MSNBC ^ | 01/12/2006 | REUTERS
    44-year-old could face stiffer sentence for killing, eating willing victim FRANKFURT - A convicted German cannibal returned to court on Thursday for a retrial to determine if his killing and eating of a willing victim amounted to murder. Photographers’ flashbulbs greeted the arrival in a packed court of a handcuffed Armin Meiwes, a computer repairman who had cut up and consumed a man he had met via the Internet. Meiwes was first sentenced in January 2004 to 8-1/2 years for manslaughter, but the Supreme Court ruled last April that the judges had been too lenient and ordered a retrial.
  • Oprah Defends James Frey Amid Allegations (The 'Essential Truth?)

    01/12/2006 7:59:18 AM PST · by TCats · 19 replies · 656+ views
    AP/MSNBC ^ | 01/12/2005 | AP
    What is relevant is that he was a drug addict,’ says talk show host. An online publication is alleging that Frey's best-selling memoir about substance abuse, "A Million Little Pieces," wildly exaggerates his past, with inflated claims about his criminal record and about his involvement in an accident that killed two high school students. James Frey and the publishing world can relax a little: Oprah isn’t angry. For days, Frey has been intensely criticized — and defended — over allegations that his best-selling memoir of addiction, “A Million Little Pieces,” was far from the candid self-portrait that he, his publisher...
  • Lobbying giant is scandal casualty (Now - Investigate Daschle's Wife, Please)

    01/09/2006 9:38:47 PM PST · by TCats · 3 replies · 438+ views
    Wash Post/MSNBC ^ | 01/09/2006 | Jeffrey H. Birnbaum and James V. Grimaldi
    Abramoff, DeLay publicity blamed as firm closes. One of Washington's top lobbying operations will shut down at the end of the month because of its ties to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff and former House majority leader Tom DeLay. Alexander Strategy Group, which had thrived since its founding in 1998 thanks largely to its close connections to DeLay (R-Tex.), will cease to operate except for a relatively small business-development division, Edwin A. Buckham, the former top DeLay aide who owns the company, said yesterday.
  • Koppel Leads Ex-‘Nightline’ Group to Discovery Channel (He's Not Gone)

    01/04/2006 9:53:47 AM PST · by TCats · 16 replies · 443+ views
    AP/MSNBC ^ | 01/04/2005 | AP
    Former ABC News show anchor named managing editor of cable channel. NEW YORK - Ted Koppel has joined the Discovery Channel to make news documentaries, bringing his former top producer and eight other ex-"Nightline" staff members, the cable channel announced Wednesday. Koppel was named managing editor of Discovery, and his first program for the network is due next fall. The longtime ABC News anchor left "Nightline" after 25 years in November. The late-night news show he originated has continued on ABC with three new anchors.
  • 23 Dog Deaths Linked To Contaminated Food (Apparently cat food as well - Diamond Pet Food)

    12/30/2005 6:52:37 PM PST · by TCats · 46 replies · 2,030+ views
    AP/MSNBC ^ | 12/30/2005 | AP
    Diamond brand dog food recalled after toxin detected in 23 states. Contaminated dog food which was sold in 23 states killed nearly two dozen dogs and sickened 18 more, the Food and Drug Administration said Friday. The deaths and illnesses sparked an FDA investigation into the pet food made by the Diamond Pet Food Company at its Gaston, S.C., manufacturing plant. The FDA said so far 23 animal deaths have been linked to the pet food. The company, based in Meta, Mo., issued a recall of 19 varieties of dog and cat food on Dec. 21 because some of the...
  • 84 Detainees On Hunger Strike In Guantanamo (MSM in a Tizzy)

    12/30/2005 7:20:02 AM PST · by TCats · 22 replies · 470+ views
    AP/MSNBC ^ | 12/30/2005 | AP
    Number of protesters has doubled in the past week, U.S. official says. SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - The number of detainees on hunger strike at the U.S. military detention facility in Guantanamo Bay more than doubled in the last week to 84, an official said Thursday. Forty-six detainees joined 38 already on strike on Dec. 25, said Guantanamo spokesman Lt. Col. Jeremy Martin, who added that the number of fasting detainees “routinely fluctuates.” “On the anniversary of Sept. 11, the number of strikers spiked to 131,” Martin said. “They steadily decreased over the weeks and months until Dec. 25, and...
  • Billy Crystal Too Busy to Host Oscars (Gasps of a dying Cabal?)

    12/23/2005 10:47:10 PM PST · by TCats · 16 replies · 378+ views
    MSNBC/AP ^ | 12/23/2005 | AP
    LOS ANGELES - Billy Crystal won't be singing his movie parodies at the Oscars in March. Crystal tells Variety that he was asked last week to host, but he had to turn down the job. Crystal's one-man show "700 Sundays" opens in Los Angeles next month, he's going to direct a movie and is writing another book.
  • Where’s the Outrage? (Newsweek Hit Piece - Mega Barf/Punch Hole In Wall Alert)

    12/21/2005 8:07:24 PM PST · by TCats · 50 replies · 1,712+ views
    Newsweek ^ | 12/21/2005 | Arlene Getz
    Dec. 21, 2005 - Back in the 1980s, when I was living in Johannesburg and reporting on apartheid South Africa, a white neighbor proffered a tasteless confession. She was "quite relieved," she told me, that new media restrictions prohibited our reporting on government repression. No matter that Pretoria was detaining tens of thousands of people without real evidence of wrongdoing. No matter that many of them, including children, were being tortured—sometimes to death. No matter that government hit squads were killing political opponents. No matter that police were shooting into crowds of black civilians protesting against their disenfranchisement. "It's so...
  • Canadian Court Lifts Ban on ‘Swingers’ clubs (Group sex not a threat to society, it says - Right!)

    12/21/2005 11:49:30 AM PST · by TCats · 21 replies · 802+ views
    Reuters/MSNBC ^ | 12/21/2005 | Reuters
    Group sex among consenting adults not a threat to society, it says. Group sex among consenting adults is neither prostitution nor a threat to society, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled on Wednesday as it lifted a ban on so-called “swingers” clubs. In a ruling that radically changes the way courts determine what poses a threat to the population, the top court threw out the conviction of a Montreal man who ran a club where members could have group sex in a private room behind locked doors.
  • Fast Chat: Cindy Sheehan (Sheehan Accuses MSM of Ignoring Her - Book to come)

    12/21/2005 8:30:44 AM PST · by TCats · 56 replies · 1,755+ views
    Newsweek 12/26 Edition ^ | 12/21/2005 | Martha Brant
    Dec. 26, 2005 - Jan 2, 2006 issue - Antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan, who lost her son Casey in the war, staked out President George W. Bush at his Crawford, Texas, ranch last August looking for answers about U.S. involvement in Iraq. She spoke with Martha Brant from London, where Sheehan addressed the International Peace Conference and is currently the subject of a one-woman play . . . One thing that has prevented the peace movement in America is the media. I spoke with 5,000 people in North Carolina on March 19, 2005, and the press called the protest "insignificant."...
  • Texas CB part of robbery, assault probe (Texas Longhorn Football Player Problems)

    12/16/2005 10:42:57 PM PST · by TCats · 21 replies · 696+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 12/17/05 | MSNBC Sports
    Cedric Griffin talks to Austin police amid investigation of Longhorn athletes. AUSTIN, Texas - Texas standout cornerback Cedric Griffin has talked with police, a lawyer advising the player said Friday night, amid reports authorities are investigating an alleged assault and a robbery they believe might have been committed by Longhorns athletes. Police would not identify the suspects, say how many are being investigated or if they are members of the second-ranked Longhorns football team, which is scheduled to play top-ranked Southern California in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 4 for the national title. The Houston Chronicle and News 8 Austin...
  • DirecTV Fined For Do-Not-Call Violations (About Time)

    12/13/2005 9:53:55 AM PST · by TCats · 24 replies · 808+ views
    MSNBC/AP ^ | 12/13/2005 | AP
    Firm to pay $5.35 million in FTC's largest civil penalty protecting consumers. Updated: 11:46 a.m. ET Dec. 13, 2005 WASHINGTON - DirecTV Inc. will pay $5.35 million to settle charges that its telemarketers called households listed on the national do-not-call registry to pitch satellite TV programming, Federal Trade Commission officials said Tuesday. The proposed settlement, if approved by a federal judge in Los Angeles, would be the FTC’s largest civil penalty in a consumer protection case. The DirecTV complaint, filed by the Department of Justice at the FTC’s request, named the company and five telemarketing firms it hired, as well...
  • ‘I Should Give Up?’ (On the eve of his execution,Tookie Discusses bid for clemency - Cites 'Racism')

    12/09/2005 8:34:18 PM PST · by TCats · 70 replies · 1,618+ views
    Newsweek Web Edition ^ | 12/09/2005 | Karen Breslau
    Updated: 10:20 p.m. ET Dec. 9, 2005 - Unless California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger grants his appeal for clemency, Stanley (Tookie) Williams is scheduled to be executed late Monday night at San Quentin State Prison, where he has been on death row since 1981 following a conviction for quadruple murder. Williams spoke Friday with NEWSWEEK’s Karen Breslau by phone from his cell on San Quentin’s death row. Excerpts: Why do you want to go on under the conditions you live in? Williams: First and foremost, I have the heart, the fortitude and the redemption to fight. I’m not culpable. I’m not...
  • Court: Social Security Can Be Used To Pay Debt (Student Loan Payment)

    12/07/2005 11:30:38 AM PST · by TCats · 49 replies · 1,897+ views
    P/MSNBC ^ | 12/07/2005 | AP
    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that the government can seize a person’s Social Security benefits to pay old student loans. Retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor wrote the decision that went against a disabled man, James Lockhart, who had sued claiming he needed all of his $874 monthly check to pay for food and medication. Lockhart, 67, a former postal worker who now lives in public housing in Seattle, has heart disease, diabetes and other health problems. He has about $77,000 in student loan debt....
  • Al Sharpton Wants His Own Sitcom [And CBS May Accommodate Him]

    12/02/2005 3:43:59 PM PST · by TCats · 57 replies · 1,267+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12/02/2005 | Arthur Spiegelman
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - He has led civil rights marches, scolded the nation's leaders and even run for president, but the Rev. Al Sharpton now wants to do something completely different -- star in his own television sitcom. Sharpton, in an interview with Reuters on Friday, confirmed a report in Daily Variety that he would soon be filming a pilot for a family show called "Al in the Family" that would revolve around his larger-than-life personality. "I don't know if I am a good actor or not but I will be playing myself and I have been practicing that for...
  • Live Thread - Anybody Watching W's Speech On Immigration - Only on Fox (Vanity)

    11/28/2005 1:55:47 PM PST · by TCats · 376 replies · 5,351+ views
    Fox News Channel | 11/28/05 | Self
    They say better late than never but......
  • Why the 'Dateline' Predators Were Not Charged (Pervs caught on video walk free)

    11/09/2005 1:30:41 PM PST · by TCats · 52 replies · 3,082+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 11/09/2005 | Dan Abrams
    Abrams asks why men looking for underage sex were allowed to walk free. TRANSCRIPT - During "Dateline NBC's" recent hidden camera investigation, 19 were caught going to a suburban home where they thought they'd be meeting with sexually available teens. Some made a run for it when they went into the kitchen and saw NBC's Chris Hansen waiting. One came into the house completely naked and sat down in the kitchen, where Hansen met him and kindly handed him a towel to cover himself up. A rabbi was so upset at being caught that he even seemingly went after Hansen....
  • Carter Book Pimping Interview Coming Up On CNN (Don't eat before looking!)

    11/04/2005 4:16:00 PM PST · by TCats · 20 replies · 679+ views
    CNN | 11/04/08 | Self
    This should be real good if you don't take anything he say seriously - And who does?
  • Israel: Rabin’s Assassin Demands New Trial (Textbook Definition of Chutzpah)

    11/02/2005 5:55:09 PM PST · by TCats · 1 replies · 186+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Dan Ephron and Joanna Chen
    ‘He Had No Choice’ - The wife of Yitzhak Rabin’s assassin on why her husband wants a new trial, his life in prison and his desire to have a child. Yigal Amir, the right-wing extremist serving a life sentence for assassinating Israeli leader Yitzhak Rabin a decade ago, is demanding a new trial. Though he admitted in court to pulling the trigger and was even filmed in the act, the 35-year-old religious Jew now claims new evidence suggests there might have been a high-level plot to kill Rabin--and that Amir’s bullet therefore may not have been the fatal one. The...
  • Laborers rally for larger slice of Katrina work ('Rev.' Jackson and Blanco Mouth Alert)

    10/29/2005 7:09:12 PM PDT · by TCats · 13 replies · 423+ views
    AP ^ | 10/29/05 | AP
    Louisiana governor blasts feds over out-of-state rebuilding contracts. Hundreds of people rallied at the state Capitol Saturday, pushing state officials to give more hurricane reconstruction work to Louisiana residents. “This is not just a New Orleans struggle,” said the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who spoke along with the Rev. Al Sharpton. “Our nation’s character is on trial. This is our nation’s challenge.” The storms left as many as 296,000 Louisiana residents without jobs, costing $300 million in unemployment benefits, state officials say.
  • Screaming Con Artist Gets 25 Years In Prison (Pension Pirate Alert)

    10/28/2005 6:42:14 PM PDT · by TCats · 16 replies · 893+ views
    AP ^ | 10/29/05 | AP
    Ringleader of $12.7 million scheme hauled from courtroom before sentence. GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The ringleader of a scheme that bilked investors out of millions of dollars was sentenced to 25 years in prison Friday, but not before the screaming defendant was removed from the courtroom. Janet Mavis Marcusse was convicted of defrauding 577 people of $12.7 million and laundering the money through bank accounts opened under the names of nonexistent churches. Marcusse, 49, spoke for more than an hour at the hearing, accusing the government of setting her up. She walked away from the lectern as U.S. District Judge...
  • Ad Accuses Media Of 'Lynching' Mayoral Candidate (Detroit's Kilpatrick Gets Desparate)

    10/27/2005 7:18:08 PM PDT · by TCats · 8 replies · 457+ views
    ClickonDetroit.com ^ | 10/27/2005 | ClickonDetroit.com
    DETROIT - An advertisement in a local weekly newspaper has caused some controversy over its words and a photograph, Local 4 reported. The full-page ad on the back page of this week's The Michigan Citizen carries the headline, "Lynching Is Still Legal in America," and bears a photograph of three black men being lynched. The ad was purchased by the Citizens for Honest Government with the intention of depicting Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick as a victim of media lynching, Local 4 reported. The price of the ad was not disclosed, but according to the rates posted on the newspaper's Web site,...
  • Turkey Tossing Victim Asks For Light Sentence (Teens threw turkey through windshield)

    10/18/2005 5:24:21 PM PDT · by TCats · 24 replies · 779+ views
    AP ^ | 10/18/2005 | AP
    Teen threw frozen bird through windshield, crushing woman’s face. A teen who severely injured a woman by tossing a 20-pound turkey through her car windshield was sentenced to six months in jail after his victim requested a light sentence. Ryan Cushing, 19, also received five years of probation Monday and was ordered to undergo psychiatric treatment and do community service. Victoria Ruvolo underwent a 10-hour operation to repair her crushed face and spent a month in the hospital following the incident last November. She said she requested a light sentence for Cushing because she wanted to give him a second...
  • Numerous Violations Alleged in Bus Fire (Texas/Rita Bus)

    10/18/2005 6:29:58 AM PDT · by TCats · 4 replies · 423+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 10/18/2005 | Bill Brubaker
    Twenty-three Hurricane Rita evacuees died in blaze. The chartered bus that exploded near Dallas last month, killing 23 elderly Hurricane Rita evacuees from a long-term-care facility, had a defective brake, an illegal license plate and a driver -- charged yesterday with negligent homicide -- whose Mexican license wasn't valid in the United States, according to state and federal officials. The operator of the bus, Global Limo Inc., had a low federal driver safety rating. A government investigation after the accident found 168 alleged violations involving the four other buses in Global Limo's fleet, and the federal Department of Transportation has...
  • FEMA in Chaos From Start, Memos Show

    10/17/2005 5:01:09 PM PDT · by TCats · 20 replies · 550+ views
    AP ^ | 10/17/2005 | AP
    Memos after Katrina reveal bureaucratic infighting, concerns about image. WASHINGTON - FEMA struggled to locate food, ice, water and even body bags in the days following Hurricane Katrina, a frantic effort punctuated by bureaucratic chaos, infighting and concerns about media coverage, according to memos obtained Monday by The Associated Press. Five days after the storm hit on Aug. 29, Michael Brown, then director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, e-mailed an aide saying there had been “no action from us” to evacuate storm victims using planes that airlines had made available.