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  • Why I Like It When My 8-year-old Loses at Sports

    11/23/2015 9:22:28 AM PST · by wbill · 34 replies
    Yahoo ^ | November 20, 2015 | Erin Zammett Ruddy
    My son, who's in third grade, loves playing soccer. And while I'm under no delusions that he’s going to be a professional athlete, I want him to reap the benefits of team sports for as long as possible. That includes making great friends, developing a strong work ethic, understanding how to be a team player - and learning how to deal with disappointment. Last weekend, his team lost and it was hard to watch, but after hearing my son's rationale on the car ride home, I realized that he needed to experience what it was like to lose. He explained...
  • Teen Sent Home Over ‘Disruptive’ Shirt — but Did the School Go Too Far?

    09/15/2015 11:00:05 AM PDT · by wbill · 46 replies
    Yahoo Parenting ^ | ‎September‎ ‎14‎, ‎2015 | Beth Greenfield
    A South Carolina teenager was sent home from school recently after she refused to change her T-shirt — which bore the tongue-in-cheek phrase “Nobody Knows I’m a Lesbian,” and was deemed “offensive and distracting” and in violation of the school’s dress code. I was told to change my shirt or go home, so I went home because I wasn’t going to allow him to tell me I can’t wear a shirt that shows who I am,” Brianna Popour, 18, tells Yahoo Parenting through a Facebook message, apparently referring to either the principal or assistant principal of Chesnee High School in...
  • Don’t chase bears with dull hatchets if you’re drunk

    06/29/2015 5:41:52 AM PDT · by wbill · 23 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | May 14, 2015 | John Holyoke
    In more than 20 years of writing for this newspaper, I’ve learned plenty. For instance, I now know that Election Day is a newsroom holiday, and the company will feed you scrumptious snacks, even if you write outdoors stories that have nothing to do with politics. Also, I’ve learned that coffee exists as its own food group …. and that after waiting for six hours for a single callback from a source, that source will finally phone you while you’re in the men’s room. And today, I’ve learned this: Don’t chase bears. Especially with a dull hatchet. Super-duper especially if...
  • Kaci Hickox, nurse who fought Ebola quarantine, leaving Maine

    03/10/2015 11:29:33 AM PDT · by wbill · 31 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | March 10, 2015 | Jackie Farwell
    Kaci Hickox, the nurse who grabbed headlines for defying quarantines in New Jersey and Maine after treating Ebola patients in West Africa, is leaving the state. Hickox, a Texas native, told me in an email that she’s moving to Oregon to take a job with a large health care system. She arrived in Maine in October following a trip to Sierra Leone to care for Ebola patients, bringing the national debate over travel restrictions for health care workers returning from West Africa to Fort Kent’s doorstep. Hickox lived in the Aroostook County town during her showdown with the LePage administration,...
  • Are 529 plans really just a tax break for the rich?

    01/23/2015 6:44:06 AM PST · by wbill · 31 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | Jan 22 | Liz Weston
    LOS ANGELES, Jan 22 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's proposal this week to roll back tax benefits for so-called 529 plans exposes a fundamental disagreement about who is benefiting from these state-sponsored college savings plans. 529 plans are sponsored by states and run by investment management companies. Withdrawals from the accounts can be used tax-free to pay for qualified education expenses at any college or university in the country, such as tuition, fees and books. Supporters of Obama's proposal point to a 2012 government report showing the plans being used by less than 3 percent of all U.S. families and...
  • Bangor store stands firm after getting complaints for Jesus-themed windows

    12/19/2014 10:27:55 AM PST · by wbill · 29 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | December 18, 2014 | Aaron Prill
    This story passed through my social media feed the other day and I couldn’t resist giving it a virtual ‘shout out’. Discount Mattress and Furniture in the Airport Mall in Bangor currently has their windows decorated with a nativity, and the words ‘Jesus is the Reason for the Season.’ Nothing wrong with that, right? Jesus is the reason for this season after all. Well, apparently some “window watchers” are not having a happy holiday upon seeing this display because the furniture store recently posted the following message to their Facebook Page – “We are getting some calls that people don’t...
  • US new-home sales plummet in June

    07/24/2014 8:09:04 AM PDT · by wbill · 29 replies
    Yahoo Finanace ^ | 7/24/2014 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new U.S. homes plunged in June, a sign that real estate continues to be a weak spot in the economy. New home sales fell 8.1 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 406,000, the Commerce Department said Thursday. The report also revised down the May sales rate to 442,000 from 504,000. (snip)
  • Feline fans flock to London's first cat cafe

    04/23/2014 7:24:03 AM PDT · by wbill · 11 replies
    Greensboro News and Record ^ | Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | Associated Press
    <p>LONDON — Would you like some kitten with your coffee?</p> <p>Feline company is exactly what one of London's newest cafes is offering — and stressed-out city-dwellers are lapping it up.</p> <p>"People do want to have pets and in tiny flats, you can't," said cafe owner Lauren Pears, who opened Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium last month in an area east of the city's financial district.</p>
  • Life on $5.49 a day

    11/19/2013 12:19:47 PM PST · by wbill · 68 replies
    Greensboro News and Record ^ | Saturday, November 16, 2013 9:26 pm | Emily Enders Odom
    GREENSBORO — Cathy Coons has been passionate about fighting hunger since she was a teenager in Westchester County, N.Y. It was there that she first joined in a fast to raise money for Save the Children, the well-known charitable organization for children in need in the United States and around the world. Since moving to Greensboro in 2004, Coons has continued to take part in a variety of volunteer initiatives to alleviate hunger and poverty, primarily through Starmount Presbyterian Church, where — as a member of the mission committee — she is actively involved in such local ministries as senior...
  • Beaver steals hunter’s rifle

    11/19/2013 9:40:20 AM PST · by wbill · 76 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | November 19, 2013 | John Holyoke
    Odd things happen to Nathan Baron. One of his teachers at Madawaska High School says it’s true. Nathan himself admits it. Like the time he bought a new riding mower … put in a battery … cranked it up … and watched, alarmed, as the battery exploded and his mower burst into flames. “I thought I was going to die,” he said with a chuckle. “I wasn’t burnt or anything, but I was afraid I was going to light some trees on fire.” That teacher, Maine hoop legend Matt Rossignol, said that every time he sees Nathan, the teen has...
  • No Sanctions for Voting Twice

    11/18/2013 10:30:45 AM PST · by wbill · 5 replies
    The Rhino Times ^ | November 14th, 2013 | BY JOHN HAMMER
    If you have ever thought about voting twice, you might want to give it a try because unlike some crimes that the government takes seriously – such as speeding or parking for 35 minutes in a 30 minute zone – there is no penalty for voting illegally. At least no penalty that is enforced, even if you are caught. Imagine being pulled over by a police officer who says, “I clocked you going 100 mph in a 35 mph zone, but don’t worry, we are not going to give you a ticket. I just want you to understand that in...
  • Could you eat on $5 a day?

    09/23/2013 1:20:00 PM PDT · by wbill · 238 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | Posted Sept. 23, 2013, at 12:27 p.m. | Georgia Clark-Albert
    In my work, I see more people who want to focus on losing weight rather than gaining weight, so I don’t often stop to think about the problem of hunger. It’s easy to overlook the fact that hunger is still a big problem in in the United States. According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in 2011 about 50 million Americans were living with food insecurity — 33.5 million adults and 16.7 million children. What is food insecurity? It’s the inability to provide adequate food on a consistent basis. For adults, not getting enough food can have harmful...
  • Canada mounting aggressive ‘moose sex’ project

    08/29/2013 10:01:09 AM PDT · by wbill · 70 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | 6/27/13 | John Holyoke
    First, I apologize for using the words “mounting” and “moose sex” in the headline. It was a juvenile thing to do. I accept full responsibility. (And I still think it was funny). Now that the first mea culpa of the day is out of the way, in the immortal words of Salt-N-Pepa, “Let’s talk about sex.” Not for you and me. For the moose. Earlier this week I learned that up north of the border — along the boundary that separates the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia — those wily Canadians are preparing for an influx of...
  • 200 teens gather near downtown (Greensboro, NC) Thursday night; gun fired

    07/26/2013 6:07:23 AM PDT · by wbill · 47 replies
    Greensboro News and Record ^ | Friday, July 26, 2013 | Staff Reports
    GREENSBORO — Six teens were arrested or cited Thursday night after a gun was fired near downtown Greensboro among a large group of teens. There were also fights breaking out amongst the group. Those charged or cited Thursday included: •Kenyon C. Jordan, 20, charged with carrying a concealed gun and discharging a firearm inside the city limits; •George McCoy, 16, charged with affray; •Steven Lloyd, 16, cited for disorderly conduct; •Shyquan Chavis, 16, cited for assault on a law enforcement officer and resist, delay and obstruct a law enforcement officer. •Two juveniles were charged on juvenile referrals for disorderly conduct....
  • Five Days Below the Poverty Line

    05/09/2013 1:00:07 PM PDT · by wbill · 26 replies
    Yahoo Finance, reuters ^ | Dan Wilchins | Dan Wilchins
    My wife Becky and I experimented with radically cutting our food costs last week as part of a fundraising campaign created by a hunger charity. Under the "Live Below The Line" campaign sponsored by the Global Poverty Project, an Australian charity, for five days we spent $1.50 per person per day on food, which is the extreme poverty line globally, according to the World Bank. Living in New York, we typically spend about $140 a week on groceries for our family of four. What drew me to the campaign was seeing if we could shrink that amount drastically. It was...
  • What Type of Consumer Are You

    04/22/2013 6:32:20 AM PDT · by wbill · 21 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | Fri, Apr 19, 2013 | Melanie Hicken
    Truckin' & Stylin'. Shooting Stars. Timeless Elders. Based on where you live, how much money you make and where you shop, you may be classified into one of these categories by one of the country's largest data brokers. (snip, excerpt required) Married Sophisticates: You're in your late 20s or early 30s, recently married and likely have a household income between $50,000 and $100,000. You probably own a home, most likely in an upscale suburban neighborhood. You're a fan of "green and trendy cars," shop at Banana Republic and The Gap and are a loyal Netflix Inc. subscriber. Truckin' & Stylin':...
  • Gubernatorial candidate Steve Woods says 108 Maine towns ‘basically insolvent’

    03/13/2013 5:57:24 AM PDT · by wbill · 40 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | March 12, 2013 | Seth Koenig
    FALMOUTH, Maine — Gubernatorial hopeful Steve Woods unveiled an economic strategy Tuesday that could result in the closure of more than 100 small Maine towns and redirect their state dollars — and potentially their residents — toward more urban centers. Woods said the state now invests too much maintaining infrastructure to reach a widely dispersed population and it’s unsustainable. In his report, Woods states that 108 Maine towns receive five times as much in state and federal subsidies as they generate in local taxes and fees. In short, the study contends the state’s “underlying problem” can be summed up as...
  • What are the loons doing? We’ve got answers

    08/17/2012 6:05:02 AM PDT · by wbill · 7 replies
    The Bangor Daily News ^ | August 16th, 2012 | John Holyoke
    A few years back, a BDN colleague who shall remain nameless (for the next few sentences) told me a story that sounded a bit unbelievable. Loons were herding up … or flocking up … or forming up for battle (or something like that), and she’d spotted 13 of them on her favorite lake, all heading the same direction. I promptly dismissed the report and accused my BDN colleague of spending a bit too much time comparing the relative strengths of coffee brandy brands … or something like that. You see, at that point, I’d never heard of such a thing,...
  • NCAA announces Sanctions to North Dakota for use of nickname, logo

    03/05/2012 6:43:06 AM PST · by wbill · 31 replies · 1+ views
    US College Hockey Online (USCHO) ^ | Feb. 29, 2012 | USCHO Staff Report
    The NCAA spelled out its punishments to North Dakota for resuming use of the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo in a letter addressed to the school’s provost, Dr. Paul LeBel, on Wednesday. The most pressing hockey-related concern is that UND won’t be able to host a women’s hockey NCAA quarterfinal game. The full text of the letter [.pdf] contains three sanctions that go into effect immediately. The full text of the letter is below: Dear Dr. LeBel: President Robert Kelly (sic) recently informed me that the University of North Dakota was resuming its use of the Fighting Sioux nickname and...
  • First Person: My $50,000 Salary Felt Like Minimum Wage

    11/14/2011 9:24:02 AM PST · by wbill · 41 replies
    Yahoo! Finance ^ | u, Nov 10, 2011 11:28 PM EST | Laura Cone, Yahoo! contributor network
    I used to think I was making a lot of money until I sat down and calculated how much I was really getting paid. Several years ago, I made the decision to leave my work-at-home writing career to work full-time at an office. When I crunched the numbers, I discovered I was not making as much as I thought due to hidden career costs. Just because I made $50,000 a year or $1,000 a week and worked 40 hours, did not mean I was making $25 an hour. It seemed to me I was practically paying to have the job,...
  • How Obama lost my vote

    11/09/2011 8:35:38 AM PST · by wbill · 28 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | Nov. 08, 2011 | Robert Klose
    I was part of the wave that was aghast at the George W. Bush presidency and thanked God Almighty when that dissembler of democracy passed from office. He and his claque had done as much damage to the Constitution as was humanly possible in the span of eight years (where was the tea party then?) and I was one of millions who whooped to Barack Obama as much-needed remediation for a wounded nation expedited into two wars at the whim of its chief executive. I believe Bush’s successor, Obama, is at root a good man, an honest man. Until recently...
  • Hermon man accused of continuing to expose himself

    07/26/2011 10:53:15 AM PDT · by wbill · 8 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | Last modified July 26, 2011 | Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff
    HERMON, Maine — A Hermon man who has been charged several times over the summer after exposing his buttocks and genitals to passing motorists was in trouble with the law again last week. Stephen Thibodeau, 52, was arrested Wednesday afternoon on a disorderly conduct charge after Sgt. William Burgess of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department was called to Thibodeau’s Route 2 home twice within less than four hours, Deputy Jay Hallett said Monday. The first visit occurred shortly after noon, after two passing motorists called police to complain that Thibodeau was standing in the doorway exposing his genitals, Hallett said....
  • The 10 Best Cities for Families.

    06/20/2011 7:39:01 AM PDT · by wbill · 48 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Fri Jun 17, 2011 8:28am PDT |,
    You want the best for your family, and that includes great schools, affordable homes, low crime rates, plenty of jobs, and lots of parkland. So we crunched more than 8,000 bits of data in 84 categories to determine this year's top places to raise kids. Plus, see the complete list of Best Cities! 1. Washington, DC The history, the government, the breathtaking architecture and inspiring monuments—you don't have to be a child to get an amazing education in this city. Our nation's capital is also known for its plenitude of museums—in fact, there are 44, second only to the Big...
  • First Person: How We're Planning to Save More Than $12,000 This Summer (two-bag barf alert)

    05/19/2011 8:24:38 AM PDT · by wbill · 71 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | Wednesday May 11, 2011, 12:40 pm EDT | Tal Boldo
    How do you explain to your kid that he can't have a summer vacation because of inflation? Instead, my family and I looked for meaningful ways to save on our summer activities. By doing some of the work ourselves, looking at money more rationally, and committing to stuff, not fluff, we plan to save $12,975 in summer 2011. Summer entertaining Garden parties, barbecues, and family reunions make summer special. To keep our menus rich while saving money, my sister and I agreed to serve ground beef instead of steak at all 10 of our family get-togethers. In this way, we...
  • Jiggle TV is back

    05/17/2011 11:15:02 AM PDT · by wbill · 35 replies
    Greensboro News and Record ^ | Tuesday, May 17, 2011 | Maureen Dowd
    The remake of "Charlie's Angels" that ABC is adding to its fall TV lineup is a masterpiece of subtlety. It takes at least 15 minutes before the three girls get wet. The "Playboy Club" pilot on NBC's schedule is also a stirring moment in feminism. Set in mobbed-up Chicago in the '60s, the script glories in "chasing Bunny tail" and opens panting: "The Door Bunny at the entrance to the Playboy Club. The ears. The tail. The satin. The breasts." Bunny Janie's "cleavage could pick up a salt shaker." Our leading lady, Maureen, a Cigarette Bunny in corset, fishnets and...
  • Burr bill would merge EPA, Energy

    05/10/2011 7:06:04 AM PDT · by wbill · 23 replies
    Greensboro News and Record ^ | Tuesday, May 10, 2011 | Winston-Salem Journal
    WASHINGTON (MCT) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy would merge under a bill introduced last week by U.S. Sen. Richard Burr. The merged agency would be called the Department of Energy and Environment. Burr, a North Carolina Republican, said the merger would result in $3 billion in savings next year. Critics counter that such a move would weaken the government's role in protecting the environment. Burr introduced the bill Thursday. It has 16 co-sponsors, all Republicans. Burr acknowledged Monday that the bill doesn't have a good chance being heard in committee, a required for...
  • Area college students protest voter ID bill

    04/04/2011 12:05:08 PM PDT · by wbill · 57 replies
    Greensboro News and Record ^ | Monday, April 4, 2011 | Jonnelle Davis
    GREENSBORO — A voter ID bill would keep young people and the elderly from voting, a group of college students and state legislators said Monday at Bennett College. Students from area universities have been working behind the scenes to protest the proposed voter ID bill that is currently in the House. They held a forum Monday morning to discuss the bill and followed it with a press conference to voice their concerns. “This bill makes it more difficult for me to exercise my vote and my voice,” said UNCG junior Caleb Patterson. “The voter ID bill would add one more...
  • Rich Americans flock to fast food

    02/28/2011 2:11:14 PM PST · by wbill · 89 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | Monday February 28, 2011 | Jessica Dickler
    When it comes to cutting back, the rich are learning a little secret the rest of us have always known: fast-food is cheap and good (if not good for you). Quick service restaurants, such as McDonald's and Subway, saw a bigger rise in spending by ultra-affluent consumers than any other restaurant type last year, according to the most recent data by American Express Business Insights. Lori and Santiago Riviere are among those that have recently been turned on to fast-food dining. They call themselves "dinks" -- as in dual income no kids. She's an attorney, he works in finance and...
  • U.S. fast food caught in immigration crosshairs

    02/08/2011 12:52:15 PM PST · by wbill · 31 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Mon Feb 7, 5:25 pm ET | By Lisa Baertlein, Mary Milliken and Ed Stoddard Lisa Baertlein, Mary Milliken And Ed Stoddard
    LOS ANGELES/DALLAS (Reuters) – Chipotle Mexican Grill has a lot going for it -- an upscale burrito concept, a hip and eco-friendly image, expansion plans galore and a 500 percent-plus stock price gain in just over two years. And then it has something not going its way -- a federal crackdown on its immigrant labor force that has so far forced Chipotle to fire hundreds of allegedly illegal workers in the state of Minnesota, perhaps more than half its staff there. The probe is widening. Co-Chief Executive Monty Moran told Reuters on Friday that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)...
  • American Express to close Greensboro service center

    01/19/2011 9:32:26 AM PST · by wbill · 1 replies
    Greensboro News and Record ^ | Wednesday, January 19, 2011 (Updated 12:08 pm) | Staff Reports
    GREENSBORO — American Express said today it will close its customer service center in Greensboro, moving the work to other locations in the United States. The company has about 1,900 full-time employees at the Greensboro facility on Airport Center Drive. About 400 employees are expected to be set up to work from home after the service center closes by the end of 2011. The other employees will be offered jobs at one of the company's facilities in Fort Lauderdale, Phoenix and Salt Lake City. American Express cited a significant reduction in call volume as the main factor for the service...
  • New Experience with Health Insurance (total vanity)

    01/11/2011 12:20:38 PM PST · by wbill · 34 replies
    The Free Republic ^ | 1/11/11 | me
    OK, this is a complete vanity. I can fault myself, to a certain extent, for not reading all of the fine print when I signed up this past November for my Employer-sponsored health insurance. I just received an email, stating that I needed to fill out some sort of "Health Risk Assessment" survey form. (I've not logged in to their site to read it yet, trying to keep this thing at arm's length). After filling this out, I'm requested (it's really an order, but couched as a request) to sign up for a number of *extra* programs, such as exercise,...
  • TJX to close A.J. Wright brand, cut 4,400 jobs

    12/10/2010 9:37:44 AM PST · by wbill · 11 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | Friday December 10, 2010, 11:58 am | Mae Anderson
    NEW YORK (AP) -- TJX Cos. says it is shuttering its A.J. Wright discount stores by mid-February, cutting 4,400 jobs and converting some stores to other brands such as T.J. Maxx. Ninety-one stores will be converted into T.J. Maxx, Marshalls or HomeGoods stores, and 71 will close entirely, along with two distribution centers. About 3,400 staffers will remain employed at the converted stores.
  • Companies brace for end of cheap made-in-China era

    07/08/2010 11:57:17 AM PDT · by wbill · 9 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | Thursday July 8, 2010 | Elaine Kurtenbach,
    SHANGHAI (AP) -- Factory workers demanding better wages and working conditions are hastening the eventual end of an era of cheap costs that helped make southern coastal China the world's factory floor. A series of strikes over the past two months have been a rude wakeup call for the many foreign companies that depend on China's low costs to compete overseas, from makers of Christmas trees to manufacturers of gadgets like the iPad. Where once low-tech factories and scant wages were welcomed in a China eager to escape isolation and poverty, workers are now demanding a bigger share of the...
  • Motorist sues city, seeks $7 million over traffic ticket (Greensboro, NC)

    04/20/2010 10:24:06 AM PDT · by wbill · 32 replies · 1,056+ views
    Greensboro News and Record ^ | 4/20/10 | Ryan Seals
    GREENSBORO — A man is suing the city for $7 million, claiming a police officer trespassed and violated his rights by writing him a traffic ticket in March. In a civil lawsuit filed Friday in federal court, Tornello Fontaine Pierce El-Bey, 43 — who says he is a member of the Washitaw Empire — accuses the police department and Officer B.J. Nida of causing him financial distress and violating his rights. He also accuses the city of copyright infringement for using his name on the ticket. As a member of the Washitaw de Dugdahmoundyah Muur’s Indigenous People, El-Bey claims he...
  • Greensboro, NC Tea Party (after action report, vanity)

    04/15/2010 7:32:31 PM PDT · by wbill · 6 replies · 666+ views ^ | 4-15-10 | Wbill
    OK, so this is a total vanity, but I didn't see anything on FR about the Greensboro Tea Party today. Zot away, if I'm out of line, here. So, I was there. I'd guesstimate 2500-3000 people - the entire plaza in front of the courthouse was full, along with all of the staircases and balconies on the buildings surrounding the area. It was a really good turnout in my opinion. Parking was hard, Traffic was terrible - the worst I've ever seen in the city. I was hoping to hear from / talk to some of the local conservative candidates....
  • Tea Party rally draws more than 400 in Old Town (Maine)

    03/29/2010 6:41:21 AM PDT · by wbill · 20 replies · 701+ views
    Bangor Daily News ^ | 3/28/10 | Judy Harrison
    OLD TOWN, Maine — Seven months ago Gene Goodine invited eight people to his home in LaGrange to talk about the “progressive direction” the nation appeared to be taking. On Saturday, more than 400 people concerned about that trend turned out for a meeting at the Herbert Sargent Community Center on Bennoch Road. “Our purpose is to educate people about the history of this government and the progressive turn it is taking under liberal leadership. We want the masses to learn what’s actually happening in Washington,” Goodine said in an interview. The event was part of the national “Tea Party”...
  • Transformers, Land of the Lost Top Razzie Noms

    02/02/2010 7:13:18 AM PST · by wbill · 7 replies · 356+ views
    TV Guide ^ | Feb 1, 2010 12:13 PM ET | by Gina DiNunno
    Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Land of the Lost tied for most Razzie nominations with seven nods each, including worst picture of 2009. Other worst picture nominees include All About Steve, G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra, and Old Dogs. Ironically, Sandra Bullock, who is considered to be an Oscar frontrunner for her performance in the Blind Side, was nominated for worst actress in All About Steve, and could be the first person to ever win an Oscar and Razzie in the same weekend. Other nominees include: Miley Cyrus and her dad, Billy Ray (Hannah Montana: The Movie);...
  • Kings paying way home for Maine troop

    12/15/2009 8:31:12 AM PST · by wbill · 25 replies · 663+ views
    Bangor Daily News ^ | 12/12/09 | Eric Russell
    BANGOR, Maine — Stephen and Tabitha King had no problem donating money to ensure that the 150 members of Bravo Company of the 3rd Battalion, 172nd Infantry Unit could come home for the holidays. They did have a slight problem with the requested amount, though. “Steve is such a numbers person,” said Julie Eugley, one of the author’s personal assistants. “When we were approached for $13,000, he thought that number was a little unlucky. He didn’t want any bad whammies associated with these troops.” So instead the Kings donated $12,999 and Eugley chipped in the $1 to complete the request....
  • Rep. Pricey Harrison wants Blue Cross probe

    11/06/2009 12:14:31 PM PST · by wbill · 12 replies · 737+ views
    Greensboro News and Record ^ | Friday, November 6, 2009 | Mark Binker
    RALEIGH — Rep. Pricey Harrison has asked the state’s attorney general and Department of Insurance to investigate Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina’s use of campaign-style tactics aimed at defeating controversial federal health insurance legislation. The Greensboro Democrat wants to know whether the insurer violated the state’s do-not-call registry law with an automated message in late October. And she questions whether it is proper for the insurer to use its premiums to pay for the calls and two recent pieces of direct mail. “I have heard from a number of constituents who were really upset about the postcard campaign,”...
  • Rock salt blizzard slams Snowe after health vote

    10/22/2009 8:25:14 AM PDT · by wbill · 32 replies · 1,800+ views
    Bangor Daily News ^ | 10/21/09 | Kase Wickman
    WASHINGTON — One week after lending her vote of support to the Senate Finance Committee’s health care reform bill, Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, has gained countless column inches of newspaper exposure and at least 115 pounds of rock salt. Though the analysis and recaps were inevitable, the influx of rock salt came as a surprise to the senator’s staff, who said they received a bundled UPS shipment of 23 5-pound bags of salt to Snowe’s Portland office. Popular conservative blog RedState sparked the makeshift protest with a post a week ago. In a play on Snowe’s name, Erick Erickson, managing...
  • Obama versus a Hurricane....Who Wins?

    10/09/2009 1:32:13 PM PDT · by wbill · 9 replies · 434+ views
    FR ^ | 10/9/09 | WBill
    Wait..... The name of the storm is "Hurricane Obama". Discuss.
  • BREAKING! Barack Hussein Obama's likeness to be carved into Mount Rushmore!

    10/09/2009 10:06:44 AM PDT · by wbill · 24 replies · 1,187+ views
    Total Vanity ^ | 10/9/09 | me
    When asked "Why?", BO replied, "Well, let me be clear. This is not at all about me. However, it's not like those guys have done much lately, anyway. I think our national parks need some refreshing."
  • U.S. Sept non-farm payrolls plunge 263,000

    10/02/2009 7:04:30 AM PDT · by wbill · 3 replies · 233+ views
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 10-02-09 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. employers cut a deeper-than-expected 263,000 jobs in September, lifting the unemployment rate to 9.8 percent, according to a government report on Friday that fueled fears the weak labor market could undermine economic recovery. The Labor Department said the unemployment rate was the highest since June 1983 and payrolls had now dropped for 21 consecutive months. Analysts polled by Reuters had expected non-farm payrolls to drop 180,000 in September and the unemployment rate to rise to 9.8 percent from 9.7 percent the prior month. The poll was conducted before reports, including regional manufacturing surveys, showed some deterioration...
  • Unity man charged with OUI on mower

    09/18/2009 7:55:56 AM PDT · by wbill · 9 replies · 459+ views
    Bangor Daily News ^ | 9/18/09 | Walter Griffin
    UNITY, Maine — A local man was arrested Wednesday night and charged with operating a vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants after he was stopped while driving a riding lawn mower on School Street. Jeffrey S. Cookson, 39, also was charged with operating after license suspension and operating beyond license restriction after the 9:20 p.m. incident. He was taken to the Waldo County Jail where he is being held for violating his probation. Waldo County Chief Deputy Robert Keating said the department had received complaints Wednesday about a man driving a lawn mower around town. Keating said Deputy Dave...
  • Alaska's Rat Island apparently rid of its namesake pest

    08/24/2009 7:22:08 AM PDT · by wbill · 16 replies · 1,638+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Mon Aug 24, 6:00 am ET | Erika Bolstad
    WASHINGTON — After two centuries of an epic infestation, Alaska's Rat Island finally may merit a name change. The island, part of a national wildlife refuge in the sprawling Aleutian chain, appears to be pest-free for the first time since rats overran it after a Japanese sailing ship wrecked there in the late 1700s. Scientists stopped by in early August to check on the progress of the $3 million eradication. So far, "no sign of rats whatsoever," said Steve MacLean , the polar marine program director for The Nature Conservancy in Alaska , one of the partners in the rat-ridding...
  • Pick your green battles

    04/22/2009 9:36:01 AM PDT · by wbill · 10 replies · 411+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Thu Apr 16, 2009 | Lori Bongiorno
    The sheer number of "green" choices we can make is astounding. And, since it's totally overwhelming (not to mention impossible) to try to do everything, it makes sense to stop worrying about the stuff that ultimately doesn't matter. Instead focus on the areas where your actions will make the most difference. Making changes in what you eat, the way you get around, and how you use energy at home (and work) will have the biggest impact on the planet.
  • Bangor 'Tea Party' protest draws hundreds

    04/16/2009 8:27:08 AM PDT · by wbill · 5 replies · 431+ views
    Bangor Daily News ^ | 4/15/09 | Eric Russell
    BANGOR, Maine — There are people in Maine and across the country who are fed up. They are fed up with taxes. They are fed up with President Obama’s spending initiatives. They are fed up with their local elected officials, who they feel haven’t done enough to stop the prevailing tax-and-spend ways. That anger was brought to light in a very public way on Wednesday with a nationwide series of protests that evoked demonstrations of the country’s Founding Fathers. Reminiscent of the famous Boston Tea Party that protested taxation without representation, Republican and conservative groups all over the U.S. held...
  • Friday Political Humor (Total Vanity)

    03/06/2009 11:43:49 AM PST · by wbill · 32 replies · 1,117+ views
    Free Republic ^ | 3/6/09 | wbill
    Three contractors are bidding to fix a broken fence at the White House. One is from Chicago, another is from Tennessee, and the third is from Minnesota. All three go with a White House official to examine the fence. The Minnesota contractor takes out a tape measure and does some measuring, then works some figures with a pencil. "Well", he says, "I figure the job will run about $900: $400 for materials, $400 for my crew and $100 profit for me." The Tennessee contractor also does some measuring and figuring, then says, "I can do this job for $700: $300...
  • Innkeepers lobby for same-sex marriage

    02/27/2009 12:46:21 PM PST · by wbill · 37 replies · 733+ views
    Bangor Daily News ^ | 2/25/09 | By Judy Harrison
    AUGUSTA, Maine — Innkeepers and others who make their livings in Maine’s tourism and wedding industries headed to the Statehouse today to ask legislators to support a bill that would allow same-sex couples to marry in Maine. They are expected to take part in a 10:30 a.m. press conference sponsored by the Maine Freedom to Marry Coalition, which is supporting the bill. Jim Davitt, the owner of Nonesuch Farm Bed and Breakfast in Bangor, will be one of them. He and others will present lawmakers with a report estimating that same-sex marriage would boost the state’s economy by $60 million...
  • Suspect Appears In Court With Vulgar Face Tattoo

    01/26/2009 7:08:11 AM PST · by wbill · 40 replies · 3,421+ views
    WLWT ^ | 1/23 | unlisted
    CINCINNATI -- Two robbery and shooting suspects appeared in court Friday morning. One of the suspects had an expletive tattooed on his face. Joshua Isome and Ahmed Tibtani, both 19, are charged with three counts of aggravated robbery and two counts of felonious assault for robbing and shooting two people on Wednesday and then robbing a third person on Thursday. Isome appeared in court with the “F” word tattooed under his right eye and the word “you” tattooed under his left eye. Isome also has other tattoos on his face. According to the prosecutor, Cincinnati police also suspect the pair...