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  • FEMA grounds Minnesota coloring book with pic of 9/11 attack

    04/29/2009 1:44:45 PM PDT · by wallcrawlr · 14 replies · 673+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | April 29, 2009 | PAUL WALSH
    In a statement, FEMA spokesman Clark Stevens said, "The coloring book, which was put online in 2003, was removed last week and FEMA is currently reviewing all web content designed and posted by the previous administration." Stevens declined to take any questions, including about any complaints the agency may have received.
  • Teacher breaks wall of silence at state's Muslim public school

    04/09/2008 6:06:29 AM PDT · by wallcrawlr · 32 replies · 428+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | April 9, 2008 | KATHERINE KERSTEN,
    < snip > Now, however, an eyewitness has stepped forward. Amanda Getz of Bloomington is a substitute teacher. She worked as a substitute in two fifth-grade classrooms at TIZA on Friday, March 14. Her experience suggests that school-sponsored religious activity plays an integral role at TIZA. Arriving on a Friday, the Muslim holy day, she says she was told that the day's schedule included a "school assembly" in the gym after lunch. Before the assembly, she says she was told, her duties would include taking her fifth-grade students to the bathroom, four at a time, to perform "their ritual washing."...
  • Elaborate gas siphoning system nets felony charge

    03/18/2008 5:58:40 PM PDT · by wallcrawlr · 35 replies · 2,138+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | Last update: March 18, 2008 - 7:07 PM | Pat Pheifer
    If the accusations against Chad M. Storey are true, give the North Oaks man a big fat E for effort, along with some jail time. Storey, 34, is accused of concocting an elaborate system of hoses and switches that allowed him to siphon gasoline from another vehicle into his own, all from the comfort of the driver’s seat of his shiny red Dodge Ram 1500 4x4.
  • Tribe likely to vote on UND nickname

    02/02/2008 8:57:24 AM PST · by wallcrawlr · 1 replies · 316+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | February 2, 2008 - 10:33 AM | BLAKE NICHOLSON
    BISMARCK, N.D. - Members of the Spirit Lake Nation likely will vote on whether to support the University of North Dakota's "Fighting Sioux" nickname, the tribe's leader says. Chairwoman Myra Pearson said Saturday that the tribe has grown tired of the issue. "It's been something that's not as important as our health care or housing or everything we're faced with out here, but it's been popping up all the time, and I think we need to put it to rest here pretty quick," she said. Under a settlement with the NCAA reached last October, UND has three years to win...
  • Five drops of blood: Invasion of privacy?

    11/10/2007 8:00:33 PM PST · by wallcrawlr · 15 replies · 115+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | November 10, 2007 | Chen May Yee
    About 24 hours after a baby is born in Minnesota, a hospital nurse pricks a heel and squeezes five drops of blood. Three blood spots go straight to a state Department of Health lab in St. Paul. Two spots are sent by courier to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Within days, the family will know if the child has one of more than 50 rare hereditary conditions that can now be detected and treated. For little Ella Madison, it may have made the difference between life and death. Ella has cystic fibrosis, where mucus clogs the lungs and pancreas. Such...
  • Sioux Nickname Could Be Dropped In 3 Years Unless Tribes OK It

    10/26/2007 10:18:29 AM PDT · by wallcrawlr · 63 replies · 624+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | October 26, 2007
    GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The state Board of Higher Education settled a lawsuit with the NCAA over the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux nickname, giving the school three years to get tribal approval to keep it. The board voted unanimously Friday to approve the settlement after a closed-door briefing from Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem. If the school does not get approval from the Spirit Lake Sioux and Standing Rock Sioux tribes by Nov. 30, 2010, it will have to change to a new name and logo. "The settlement confirms that the Sioux people and no one else should decide...
  • In Eyes Of A Prominent Seminary, A Woman's Place Is At Home

    10/12/2007 8:09:18 AM PDT · by wallcrawlr · 52 replies · 332+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | October 11, 2007 | Stephanie Simon
    This fall, the internationally known seminary -- a century-old training ground for Southern Baptists -- began reinforcing those traditional gender roles with college classes in homemaking. The academic program, open only to women, includes lectures on laundering stubborn stains and a lab in baking cookies. Soon there will be classes teaching how to set tables and sustain lively dinner-time conversation. It all sounds wonderful to sophomore Emily Felts, 19, who signed up as soon as she arrived on campus this fall. Several relatives have told Felts that she is selling herself short. They want her to become a lawyer, and...
  • Thursday

    09/13/2007 12:38:42 PM PDT · by wallcrawlr · 169 replies · 1,505+ views
    Its like a Friday...but one day earlier...
  • Naked TV News Stripped Of Subsidy, Carries On

    08/17/2007 11:57:17 AM PDT · by wallcrawlr · 12 replies · 948+ views
    Reuters - Japan ^ | Fri Aug 17, 2007 11:48AM EDT
    TOKYO (Reuters) - An embarrassed Japanese government has cut the subsidy, but a Tokyo TV company said on Friday it would carry on making a striptease news show with sign language for hearing-impaired viewers. The government made grants totaling 400,000 yen ($3,500) to help cover production of the weekly five-minute program on satellite TV, which features a newsreader who removes her clothes between news items that she delivers in sign language. The funding dried up when the government, under fire for supporting "Naked Sign Language News," changed funding guidelines for programming aimed at the disabled to exclude pornography, local media...
  • Soldier Accuses Wife Of Stealing Assets

    05/14/2007 3:31:04 PM PDT · by wallcrawlr · 48 replies · 1,777+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | May 14, 2007 | PAUL GUSTAFSON
    A Minnesota soldier deployed in Iraq has accused his wife of selling the couple's Maplewood home without his consent, withdrawing about $25,000 from his IRAs by forging his signature, and moving to Fargo, North Dakota. Dana Marie Kieser, 37, the wife of John Paul Kieser, has been charged in Ramsey County District Court with two counts of felony check forgery. She is not in custody and has been ordered to appear in court in St. Paul June 4. John Kieser, deployed with the U.S. Army in Iraq, contacted Maplewood Police last Dec. 27 and alleged that his wife falsely claimed...
  • 16 Officers Investigated In Jailing Of Deaf Man

    12/09/2006 8:27:13 AM PST · by wallcrawlr · 32 replies · 1,013+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | 12.09.06 | Herón Márquez Estrada
    At least 16 Ramsey County deputies and correctional officers are being investigated for allegedly keeping a jailed deaf man incommunicado by denying him an interpreter or communication device, Sheriff Bob Fletcher said Friday. The 16 are still on duty, but Fletcher said he is looking into how they dealt with Douglas Bahl, an internationally known deaf advocate who was arrested Nov. 17 in St. Paul for running a red light. "We are taking this very seriously," said Fletcher. "Mr. Bahl seems very credible. If one or more of our employees have failed to act in the appropriate way, we will...
  • The Official Friday Silliness Thread Salutes Bad Cartoons

    11/23/2006 9:36:05 PM PST · by wallcrawlr · 105 replies · 3,696+ views
    November 25, 2006 | wallcrawlr sitting in for Sully777
    When I salute something, everyone notices. Dudes, youre stuck at work. HAHA...that sucks for you.Sully777 asked me to create this thread for him while he's away...that alone is a sure sign of silliness. There are some sick, twisted, lame and even perverted kids shows and cartoons out there. For example this one:Lazy Town What sick twisted mofo paired 2 older dudes with a preteen girl?? ...and of course, we all knew this dude was perverted before self love night at the movies. Pee Wee's Playhouse Add some of your own favorites memories...or pics...or hot babes. Whatever it takes to make...
  • Muslim Scholar Calls For Airline Boycott

    11/21/2006 9:57:04 AM PST · by wallcrawlr · 156 replies · 3,321+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | 11.21.06 | Bob von Sternberg
    One of the Muslim scholars removed from a US Airways flight on Monday today called for imams around the country to boycott the airline after employees refused to sell him new tickets for his flight home. On Monday, Omar Shahin and five other imams had gone to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to fly home to Phoenix after attending a conference in Minneapolis of the North American Imams Federation. Shahin is president of the group. But after passengers raised concerns about the imams — three of whom said their normal evening prayers in the airport terminal before boarding the Phoenix-bound plane...
  • Howard A. Rodman: If Uncle Sam had in 1950 what he has now

    10/27/2006 6:03:56 AM PDT · by wallcrawlr · 26 replies · 960+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | October 27, 2006 | Howard A. Rodman
    I grew up in Brooklyn, in Red Brooklyn, in the arms of the Henry Wallace campaign and the Committee for the Negro in the Arts. At camp, I learned baseball and folk songs and equality, and instead of color war, we played war of nations, and somehow the Soviet team always won. My mother was a Communist who testified for the defense during the second Smith Act trials. My father served as a front for blacklisted writers. With his pals, my uncle chained himself to the Lincoln Memorial in 1946 to protest the continued incarceration of the remaining Scottsboro Boys....
  • Everyday Ethics: Should he report an illegal voter?

    09/04/2006 10:09:39 AM PDT · by wallcrawlr · 71 replies · 1,499+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | 09.01.06 | Jeremy Iggers
    Q I have an acquaintance who is studying in the United States on a student visa. In a social contact following the last national election, he made it clear he had voted. Since he is not a U.S. citizen, I was somewhat taken aback by this, so I questioned him. He said he simply went to the polls, presented a driver's license and was registered to vote. He rationalized that if it was so illegal for him to vote, then the poll judges should not have so readily accepted his eligibility, and he added that he felt he had a...
  • Former SLA member [OLT] says time in prison made her 'paranoid'

    08/14/2006 7:08:26 AM PDT · by wallcrawlr · 21 replies · 1,215+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | August 14, 2006
    Sara Jane Olson, a former Symbionese Liberation Army member serving a 13-year sentence for the attempted bombings of Los Angeles police cars, says she survives time behind bars by writing letters, working on the prison yard and hiding her past from other inmates. She was discovered living in St. Paul, Minn., in 1999. In letters and interviews with the Los Angeles Times, Olson said living in what she called "enforced idleness'' at the Central California Women's Facility has altered her in many ways. "I'm older — oh, who am I kidding, I'm old — and I've become really paranoid,'' said...
  • From Norway to U.S., family ties still bind

    08/13/2006 7:38:45 AM PDT · by wallcrawlr · 13 replies · 208+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | August 12, 2006 | Chuck Haga
    At a hilltop cemetery named for a church that no longer stands, Ragnhild Teppen of Trysil, Norway, walks among the old oaks and scans the worn but familiar names on stone markers: Sogaarden, Aasen, Grondahl, Lordalen. "I am reading the stones, and my eyes get bigger and bigger," Teppen said. "Half the population of Trysil went to America." More than 200 descendants of those immigrants, scattered now across North America, will gather Sunday at the old cemetery here for a reunion and church service on blankets spread under the trees. Joining them: nearly 40 Norwegians from Trysil, descendants of those...
  • Culture now celebrates the guy's guy

    08/10/2006 6:05:09 AM PDT · by wallcrawlr · 65 replies · 4,738+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | August 09, 2006 | Johnny Diaz
    Metrosexuals may have had their 15 minutes of fame. The cultural pendulum is swinging back to manly men. Aaron Swan is a guy's guy. He's a personal trainer. He drinks beer with his buds at Whiskey's on the weekends. He's a big Red Sox fan. Jack Bauer, who tortures terrorists on the television drama "24," is one of his heroes. Why? "He doesn't really follow the rules. He doesn't have time for the petty stuff," says Swan, 23. "Jack Bauer does whatever he has to do to get the job done." The man's man may have seemed MIA in recent...
  • Emory Dively for House [local Republican candidate profile]

    07/19/2006 9:12:14 AM PDT · by wallcrawlr · 5 replies · 169+ views
    Emory Dively is seeking to be the Republican Endorsed Candidate for the House of Representatives for District 64B. He is the Pastor of Twin Cities Deaf Assemblies of God and serves on numerous organizations throughout the country. Emory has a unique background. He was born Deaf in Flint, Michigan and attended the state school for the deaf. Following the state school for the Deaf, Emory went to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (a part of R.I.T.) in New York where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Social Working. He went on to graduate with a Master's Degree from...
  • Some rich Minnesotans want to pay more taxes

    06/22/2006 6:18:48 AM PDT · by wallcrawlr · 60 replies · 1,112+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | 06.22.06 | Myron P. Medcalf
    Memo to Minnesota: Some of our wealthiest residents think state government needs more money and say they're willing to pay the bill. More than 200 wealthy Minnesotans signed a full-page ad that appears in the Star Tribune today asking the state to raise $2 billion for various initiatives by increasing the state's tax burden for high-salary earners. "We need to invest more in our future," said Joel Kramer, former publisher of the Star Tribune and founder of think tank Growth and Justice that organized the "Invest for Real Prosperity" fiscal strategy. The new money should be used to improve educational...
  • Justice report critical of Rowley [FBI "whistleblower"], others in Moussaoui probe

    06/19/2006 7:00:51 AM PDT · by wallcrawlr · 2 replies · 359+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | 06.19.06 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — Coleen Rowley, the former FBI agent who exposed the FBI's failings in its pre-Sept. 11 probe of al-Qaida terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui, was criticized today in a government report for some of her own decisions in the Moussaoui case. < snip > Specifically, they allege that she was improperly single-minded in her desire to obtain a search warrant from a special intelligence court that operates in secret, rather than to seek a traditional criminal search warrant. "At the outset, she assumed that (the U.S. Attorney's Office) would not support a criminal warrant,'' the report states. "Contrary to the implication...
  • Higher Education Board backs UND in fight to sue NCAA over nickname [Fighting Sioux]

    06/15/2006 4:42:15 PM PDT · by wallcrawlr · 7 replies · 350+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | June 15, 2006 | Chuck Haga
    Stung by the NCAA allegation that its 'Fighting Sioux' nickname is disrespectful, University of North Dakota wants to sue. GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- In their showdown over the use of an American Indian nickname and logo, the NCAA leads its series with the University of North Dakota 3-0. But the Fighting Sioux are still fighting. Trounced last year by an NCAA mandate to change its 80-year-old Fighting Sioux nickname or lose some post-season rights, then rebuffed twice on appeals, the university now wants to take the battle of wills into federal court. A defiant UND President Charles Kupcella will confer...
  • Fledgling DFL showed its mettle in bold battle against Communists

    06/12/2006 6:26:36 AM PDT · by wallcrawlr · 2 replies · 207+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | June 10, 2006 | Nick Coleman
    It was recently revealed in these pages that the DFL Party of Minnesota was "penetrated" by Communists in its early days, with the implication that even to mention this out loud takes courage. This kind of hyperventilation, delivered from the rear area of an ancient battle, serves an obvious political purpose. But only someone unfamiliar with Minnesota or uninterested in its history would suggest that the Communist attempts to hijack Minnesota's progressive politics in the 1930s and '40s are unknown. In fact, it was the fight for control of the fledgling DFL Party after World War II that became the...
  • A Last Plea For Clemency For A Young, Deaf Immigrant

    05/09/2006 9:50:38 AM PDT · by wallcrawlr · 191 replies · 1,960+ views
    Phily Inquirer ^ | 05.09.06 | Julie Shaw
    Lost in the current debate over illegal immigration is the story of Joshua Tantoro, a 9-year-old severely deaf boy, who after two years in this country has finally begun to communicate. Now he and his family may be forced to return to Indonesia, where once his condition became apparent he faced shunning and worse. His father, Beni Tan, 40, was picked up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents last month and now is at York County Prison awaiting deportation. The rest of the family - Tan's wife, and Joshua, and younger brother Jeremy, 7 - have moved out of South...
  • Canada's dollar now worth 90 U.S. cents

    05/03/2006 6:45:32 AM PDT · by wallcrawlr · 17 replies · 1,060+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | May 02, 2006
    Canada's dollar rose above 90 U.S. cents Tuesday -- the first time it's been worth that much since the Camp David accord for Middle East peace was signed, the Jonestown massacre took place in Guyana, the Bee Gees topped the pop music charts with "Stayin' Alive" and Guy Lafleur and the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Boston Bruins for the Stanley Cup. Known as the "loonie," Canada's dollar coin advanced to 90.44 U.S. cents from 89.82 Monday. It touched 90.45 U.S. cents earlier Tuesday, the highest since 90.62 cents on Jan. 24, 1978. One U.S. dollar buys $1.1057 Canadian. The Canadian...
  • Pastor says love, not fear, is the basis of salvation

    04/29/2006 6:40:00 AM PDT · by wallcrawlr · 19 replies · 380+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | April 28, 2006 | Pamela Miller
    CRELLY042906 Last update: April 28, 2006 – 1:06 PMPastor says love, not fear, is the basis of salvation • North Central University was not an easy place for a Christian college student to come to terms with "gay tendencies." Pamela Miller, Star TribuneAs a fervently Christian student at North Central University, the Minneapolis college run by the Assemblies of God, Laurie Crelly believed "you had to be straight to be a Christian.""I had internalized a belief from the teachings of the church and school that I should fear and reject gay people as wicked, void of God's presence," she...
  • Dogged by Terror-Threat Decision, [D-MN]Dayton is Fighting Back

    04/28/2006 6:29:07 AM PDT · by wallcrawlr · 10 replies · 434+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | April 27, 2006 | Rob Hotakainen
    WASHINGTON - As Sen. Mark Dayton contemplated closing his office because of a terrorist threat 18 months ago, he huddled privately with his top aides, who warned him that such an unprecedented decision would spell his demise. "I said, 'If you close the office and you do so alone, you'll be committing political suicide. You'll be isolated.' ... I think my prediction bore out," said Jack Danielson, Dayton's chief of staff. For Dayton, D-Minn., it is the one issue that won't go away, dragging him down more than a year after he announced he wouldn't run for a second term...
  • Miner tells story of life and death far below ground

    04/27/2006 10:03:24 AM PDT · by wallcrawlr · 22 replies · 1,065+ views
    BUCKHANNON, W.Va. — Trapped deep below ground by poisonous gases, the Sago miners realized at least four of their air packs did not work and were forced to share the devices as they desperately pounded away with a sledgehammer in hopes of letting rescuers know where to find them, the sole survivor says. Then, resigned to their fate, the men recited a "sinner's prayer," scrawled farewell notes to their loved ones, and succumbed, one after another, some as if drifting off to sleep. "As my trapped co-workers lost consciousness one by one, the room grew still and I continued to...
  • States May Lose Health Mandates [Health Ins Marketplace Modernization and Affordability Act]

    04/26/2006 10:38:26 AM PDT · by wallcrawlr · 11 replies · 334+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | April 24, 2006 | Rob Hotakainen
    Congress looks to make health insurance more affordable, but some fear legislation might cost consumer protections. WASHINGTON - Over the years, Minnesota legislators have passed many laws telling health insurers exactly what they must pay for: blood tests to screen for prostate cancer, mammograms and supplies to treat diabetes, to name a few. They passed a law saying it's illegal for insurers to discriminate against unmarried women in providing maternity benefits. And they set minimum standards for health plans that cover mental health services. The U.S. Senate will vote soon on a landmark bill that would effectively strip Minnesota and...
  • Bar owner plans to take on governor

    04/21/2006 8:31:58 PM PDT · by wallcrawlr · 10 replies · 445+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | April 21, 2006 | Dane Smith
    A feisty bar owner named Sue Jeffers has suddenly emerged as a challenger to Gov. Tim Pawlenty for Republican Party endorsement. She faces just one big obstacle: Top party officials say Jeffers is not a real Republican and are blocking her attempts to participate in the process. "We cannot give [Pawlenty] a free ride," said Jeffers, a 49-year-old activist who has been in the news recently leading opposition to bar-and-restaurant smoking bans and to taxpayer subsidies for pro sports stadiums. "I am the only fiscal conservative running in this race," Jeffers said. "It's clear Tim Pawlenty does not know how...
  • Moussaoui is mentally ill, psychologist says

    04/18/2006 10:41:01 AM PDT · by wallcrawlr · 64 replies · 1,237+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | 04.18.06
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Zacarias Moussaoui's behavior is abnormal even for an al-Qaida terrorist, a defense psychologist testified Tuesday. Xavier Amador diagnosed the Sept. 11, 2001, conspirator with paranoid schizophrenia after observing his actions and writings since 2002. He cited delusional beliefs firmly held by Moussaoui, including his conviction that President Bush will free him from prison and that his court-appointed lawyers are in a conspiracy to kill him. He also contrasted Moussaoui's erratic behavior with that of several other al-Qaida terrorists who have been tried in U.S. criminal court. The defense introduced affidavits filed by lawyers for Ramzi Yousef, serving...
  • They write the tax laws, but most don't prepare own returns

    04/17/2006 5:54:28 AM PDT · by wallcrawlr · 11 replies · 358+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | April 16, 2006 | Mary Dalrymple
    WASHINGTON - When it comes to their own tax returns, many members of Congress who specialize in writing tax laws turn to professional preparers rather than complete the paperwork themselves. "It's onerous and everybody knows it," said Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass. Three of the four top members of the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means committees, which are in charge of writing tax laws, pay a professional to file their annual tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service. The exception is the Ways and Means chairman, Rep. Bill Thomas, R-Calif. < snip > New York Rep. Charles Rangel, the...
  • Wal-Mart halting gun sales by area

    04/15/2006 5:40:19 AM PDT · by wallcrawlr · 116 replies · 3,037+ views
    Pioneer Press ^ | 04.15.06 | MARCUS KABEL
    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has decided to stop selling guns in about a third of its U.S. stores in what it calls a marketing decision based on lack of demand in some places, a company spokeswoman said Friday. The world's largest retailer decided last month to remove firearms from about 1,000 stores in favor of stocking other sporting goods, in line with a "Store of the Community" strategy for boosting sales by paying closer attention to local differences in demand. "This decision is based on diminished customer relevancy and demand in these markets," said Wal-Mart spokeswoman Jolanda Stewart. Hunting and shooting...
  • At Toyota, a worker oasis

    04/15/2006 5:38:00 AM PDT · by wallcrawlr · 52 replies · 1,641+ views
    Pioneer Press ^ | 04.15.06 | STEPHEN FRANKLIN
    PRINCETON, Ind. — Janet Greenwell and her husband, Richard, scraped by for years. Now they live in a 4,000-square-foot brick house, their income has grown 40 percent and Janet can stay home to care for their two kids. Their improved lifestyle descended upon them like a pale white spaceship, which is exactly what Toyota's massive auto plant looks like and where Richard Greenwell now works. "You feel as if you just hit the lottery and you are blessed," she said. The existence of the auto plant, plopped in the middle of a windswept cornfield, separates this southwest corner of Indiana...
  • Is Good Friday still a Holiday? How does your work treat that day?

    04/13/2006 8:03:09 AM PDT · by wallcrawlr · 38 replies · 582+ views
    04.13.06 | SELF
    For many years the company where I work observed Good Friday as a paid day off holiday. Just as July 4, Thanksgiving, Christmas...etc...are treated. This year the policy has changed. Sign of the times I suppose. Now work is open on Good Friday and that paid holiday has become a "floater day" to be used whenever an employee wants to use it. My current employer is actually one of the few that Ive been with that actually (previously) observed Good Friday. I was pleasantly surprised when I started here as I was not used to that. Obviously thats changed now....
  • Installing Central Air in my Home (Freeper help please) [Vanity]

    04/12/2006 9:59:56 AM PDT · by wallcrawlr · 25 replies · 503+ views
    SELF
    I'm purchasing a central air unit for my house. I'm getting quotes for $2,000 & up. Thats for a 2 to 2.5 ton unit 13 seer. How tough is it to purchase a unit online (ebay) and install myself? FYI: My house is less than 2 years old. My furnace is an Armstrong 93 high efficiency gas furnace with a VenMar fresh air mixer box with de-humidifier. These units are from $448 - $1233 only.Unit 1Unit 2Unit 3Is the wiring really that tough? Whats so special about installing these things? Feedback please.
  • Season-opening slide continues for frustrated Biffle [NASCAR catfight!!]

    04/10/2006 2:05:34 PM PDT · by wallcrawlr · 6 replies · 421+ views
    Associated Press ^ | April 10, 2006 | Jenna Fryer
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Exactly one year ago, Greg Biffle was NASCAR's hottest driver. He had two wins, solid footing in the points standings and was well on his way to becoming a championship contender. My, how things have changed. Biffle can't seem to catch a break this year, with his latest bout of bad luck coming Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway. He had led 49 of the first 82 laps and established himself as the driver to beat, only to see his day come to a crashing end when contact with former teammate Kurt Busch wrecked his car. Then things...
  • Science and Religion [Editorial on the Academic Freedom Act]

    04/08/2006 5:01:20 AM PDT · by wallcrawlr · 13 replies · 513+ views
    Tulsa Today ^ | Friday, 07 April 2006 | Jonathan Bartlett
    Science and Religion By Jonathan Bartlett, Tulsa Today    Friday, 07 April 2006 The nature of science requires open, honest inquiry.  As such, it is disconcerting that the CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Alan Leshner, argues against proposed Oklahoma legislation through an onslaught of misrepresentations, half-truths, and faulty logic in a March 19 editorial in The Oklahoman.  Using such tactics to suppress opposing viewpoints seems to be in direct opposition to the scientific enterprise. First, let's look at the bill which Leshner's editorial comes out against: House Bill 2107, also called the Academic Freedom...
  • [Tom] Cruise speaks about childhood abuse

    04/06/2006 11:17:42 AM PDT · by wallcrawlr · 5 replies · 311+ views
    entertainment.iafrica.com ^ | Thu, 06 Apr 2006 | Staff reporter
    Celebrity Scientologist Tom Cruise has revealed during a candid interview with PARADE magazine that he constantly lived in fear of his father because of the abuse he suffered as a child. "He was a bully and a coward. He was the kind of person where, if something goes wrong, they kick you," he told the magazine. He also claimed that his father was a "merchant of chaos" which made his childhood very difficult, alongside the frequent bullying he got while at school. "I had no really close friend, someone who understands you." "I was always the new kid with the...
  • I've Got Issues: NHL Boasts Best Playoffs

    04/06/2006 11:11:52 AM PDT · by wallcrawlr · 14 replies · 219+ views
    The Penn Online ^ | April 06, 2006 | Rick Gerlach
    Though considered by most to be the fourth major sports league in this country (fifth for those of you that consider NASCAR a sport), in my opinion, no playoffs can match the experience that comes about during the NHL playoffs. Sure, the NFL’s one-and-done system means each game is life or death, but despite that, how many times have Super Bowl or wild card games been over before the end of the first half? MLB’s playoffs are often times predictable; I mean, how many times can someone sit there and watch the Braves get knocked out in the first round...
  • For Deaf Kids, Driver's Ed Has Extra-Fee Debate

    04/05/2006 8:13:50 PM PDT · by wallcrawlr · 398 replies · 2,766+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | April 05, 2006 | Darlene Prois
    ST. CLOUD -The big smile on Heather Breitbach's face gave away her news. The 16-year-old had passed the written portion of her driving test Tuesday, the first step in getting her learner's permit. "I finally did it!" she said in sign language to friends and family members. Most teenagers take getting a driver's license for granted. But for Heather, of Melrose, Minn., who is deaf, it has already taken a year and cost her family several thousand dollars in costs for an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter. Hours of behind-the-wheel training still await. Breitbach and her family don't think it's...
  • Charges dropped against Culpepper in Viking boat scandal; case against Williams moves forward

    04/04/2006 9:55:47 AM PDT · by wallcrawlr · 2 replies · 129+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | 04.04.06 | Margaret Zack
    Misdemeanor charges filed against former Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper were dismissed today for lack of evidence, Hennepin County District Judge Kevin Burke ruled. Co-defendant and former Viking Moe Williams had his motion for dismissal denied. Burke set an April 18 trial date for Williams. Burke said that he believed the testimony from a hearing two weeks ago when Culpepper and his friend Larry Tucker said that they were playing dice on the boat last fall during the player party and had rejected offers for sexual favors from women on the private Lake Minnetonka boat cruise. Burke declined to rule on...
  • Freepers...a baby and mother need your prayers

    04/03/2006 9:59:27 PM PDT · by wallcrawlr · 69 replies · 742+ views
    self vanity | 04.03.06
    I just rcv'd this email from a dear family friend: Dear Friends and Family, My mom just called with an urgent prayer request for my brother Paul and his pregnant wife Lynette. What I have been told is that she has a disease called "Fatty Liver of Pregnancy" and that the doctors may consider delivering the baby n sometime within the next few weeks without much hope of the baby surviving. The baby is due the end of June. What my parents have been told is the baby would probably not make it if Lynette carried her to term and...
  • 70th Masters Tournament Preview [Golf]

    04/03/2006 2:33:49 PM PDT · by wallcrawlr · 60 replies · 596+ views
    seattlepi.com ^ | 04.03.06 | Jim Brighters
    Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The golf season finally begins in earnest Thursday as the Masters tees off at a newer Augusta National Golf Course. All of the talk pre-Masters has been the decision to lengthen the course in spots. A total of 155 yards has been added to six different holes, most notably the par-three fourth. This beaut plays to 240 yards and four-time winner Tiger Woods, certainly not the shortest hitter in golf, admitted he needed a wood to get there last month. Change is always met with some resistance and the renovations at Augusta National have not...
  • Does Richard Louv's "Last Child in the Woods" say anything new? [Nature-Deficit Disorder]

    04/03/2006 1:40:15 PM PDT · by wallcrawlr · 2 replies · 117+ views
    Grist Magazine ^ | 03.30.06 | Naomi Schalit
    OK, call me a crank, a malcontent, a hypercritical reviewer with a small, crabbed heart. But despite all its earnestness, despite its heartfelt message, which an environmentalist and concerned parent like me should embrace -- in brief, that nature is good for children -- Richard Louv's plea to reengage our children with nature left me strangely uninspired. As with all good ideas, it is one worth repeating, but I would have been happier reading Emerson, I think, for the lesson. Louv, a columnist for the San Diego Union-Tribune, has written a number of books about child rearing. His latest,...
  • [MN]Senate Passes Amendment To Raise Sales Taxes For Outdoors, Arts

    04/03/2006 12:30:28 PM PDT · by wallcrawlr · 12 replies · 487+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | April 03, 2006 | Mark Brunswick
    A constitutional amendment that would raise the sales tax and dedicate funding to hunting and fishing, environment and arts programs came one step closer to reaching the voters in November when the Minnesota Senate overwhelmingly passed the measure today. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Dallas Sams, DFL-Staples, calls for an addition to the state sales tax of 3/8 of 1 percent, with most funds dedicated to wildlife habitat and water conservation. Significant amounts also would go to parks, trails and the arts. The dedication would extend for 25 years and provide $94 million a year for fish and wildlife resources,...
  • Fargo mayor declares emergency to prepare for flooding [Red River]

    03/30/2006 1:36:31 PM PST · by wallcrawlr · 11 replies · 399+ views
    GF Herald ^ | Mar. 30, 2006 | Associated Press
    FARGO, N.D. - Mayor Bruce Furness declared an emergency Thursday to help the city prepare for spring flooding. Officials said they closed some streets near the Red River but they believe the city is in good shape. "We've decided again to provide free sandbags to people along the river. And at this point, we think it's just a very few people," Furness said. "I want to emphasize that it's not a real critical situation at this point, but it is one that we have concern about," the mayor said. "We've ordered sand, we've ordered pumps to do the pumping that...
  • Vikings coach chides Culpepper's rehab choices

    03/30/2006 6:19:39 AM PST · by wallcrawlr · 7 replies · 199+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | 03.30.06 | Kevin Seifert
    ORLANDO - Brad Childress took another look back at the Vikings quarterback situation Wednesday before turning his gaze forward. < snip > Childress sent athletic trainer Eric Sugarman to visit Culpepper last month, and the two met at a HealthSouth clinic near Orlando. According to Childress, the facility was small and its resources were vastly inferior to what the Vikings use at Winter Park. "You ask, 'Where is he rehabbing?' " Childress said. "He's rehabbing in a HealthSouth place in Orlando. ... I've spent some time in this state. ... I close my eyes. I'm seeing a Chinese restaurant, a...
  • Jeff Gordon fined $10,000 for shove at Bristol

    03/29/2006 6:09:36 AM PST · by wallcrawlr · 19 replies · 323+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 28, 2006 | Jenna Fryer
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Jeff Gordon has always been a model of good behavior off the track, the rare driver able to keep his emotions in check. That changed when he angrily shoved Matt Kenseth following the race at Bristol Motorspeedway, an action that drew a $10,000 fine from NASCAR on Tuesday. It's the first time in Gordon's 14-year career that he's been penalized for his conduct. Don't expect Gordon, who was placed on probation until Aug. 30, to turn into another Tony Stewart or Kurt Busch. But the image-conscious driver is committed to letting loose the emotion he's kept bottled...
  • Ex-official Helps Erect Anti-evolution Billboard [pic included]

    03/23/2006 1:15:20 PM PST · by wallcrawlr · 62 replies · 784+ views
    LJWorld.com ^ | March 23, 2006 | Dave Ranney
    Dave Penny isn’t shy. Everybody knows he thinks evolution is a bunch of hooey. So when a group of Johnson County businessmen asked him to help put up a billboard that poked fun at evolution, he said OK. “I’m just a point man,” said Penny, who lives in Lawrence and served on the City Commission from 1989 to 1991. The group’s members, he said, don’t want their names in the newspaper. “They’re not scientific types,” he said. “They’re businessmen. They don’t want to get beat up like the State Board of Education did.” The billboard, near the 151st Street exit...