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  • 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 ^ | 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. ( 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 |
    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.