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  • Dubai tower is now 'world's tallest'

    07/22/2007 6:32:32 AM PDT · by xrp · 19 replies · 1,140+ views ^ | 7/22/2007 | AP
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Developers of a 1,680-foot (512 meters) skyscraper still under construction in oil-rich Dubai has claimed that it has become the world's tallest building, surpassing Taiwan's Taipei 101 which has dominated the global skyline at 1,667 feet (508 meters) since 2004.

    06/13/2007 5:27:50 PM PDT · by xrp · 63 replies · 2,570+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | 6/13/2007 | Matt Drudge
    Cannot post due to copyright. Follow the link off of Drudge.
  • Study: Flu outbreak in U.S. could spark recession

    03/22/2007 8:32:41 AM PDT · by xrp · 26 replies · 754+ views ^ | 3/22/2007 | CNN
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A severe flu pandemic "would almost certainly lead to a major economic recession," according to a new report from a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization. The report, titled "Pandemic Flu and the Potential for U.S. Economic Recession," projected that a pandemic would kill 2.25 million people and force 87.75 million people to miss work for three weeks That could cause the U.S. gross domestic product to drop more than 5.5 percent, resulting in an economic loss of $683 billion.
  • Elderly man kills would be burglar

    11/29/2006 5:27:06 AM PST · by xrp · 26 replies · 1,076+ views
    KARE 11 ^ | 11/29/2006 | KARE 11
    Police say a 73-year-old man wasn't doing anything wrong last night in his Coon Rapids home when something wrong came to him. "While he was in bed he heard someone breaking into the house," Anoka County Sheriff Captain Bob Aldrich said. A burglar, police say broke in, and when he got to the second floor the 73-year-old man was waiting. "He keeps a rifle in his room for protection and in this instance he felt the need to use it and in this case he shot the intruder," Aldrich said. The intruder died and the shooter, investigators say, will probably...
  • Report: Half of runways don't have safety zone

    11/04/2006 9:09:42 AM PST · by xrp · 29 replies · 583+ views
    CNN dot com ^ | 11/3/2006 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- More than half of U.S. commercial airports don't have a 1,000-foot margin at the end of a runway, an overrun area the federal government says is needed as a safety zone, according to a new report. Some of the busiest airports in the country -- including Los Angeles International Airport, Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport -- have more than one runway that doesn't meet safety standards, according to statistics supplied by the Federal Aviation Administration. "Our runways are out of shape, and the Bush administration has failed to move to correct the problem,"...
  • Denmark an Example After Transfat Ban

    10/17/2006 7:08:12 AM PDT · by xrp · 63 replies · 1,084+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 10/16/2006 | Maria Cheng
    Two years ago Denmark declared war on killer fat, making it illegal for any food to have more than 2 percent transfats. Offenders now face hefty fines _ or even prison terms. The result? Today hardly anyone notices the difference. The french fries are still crispy. The pastries are still scrumptious. And the fried chicken is still tasty. Denmark's experience offers a hopeful example for places like Canada and the U.S. state of New York, which are considering setting limits on the dangerous artery-clogging fats. Transfatty acids are typically added to processed foods such as cookies, margarine and fast food....
  • Air Force chief: Test weapons on testy U.S. mobs

    09/12/2006 6:36:50 PM PDT · by xrp · 72 replies · 2,239+ views
    CNN dot com ^ | 09/12/2006 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Nonlethal weapons such as high-power microwave devices should be used on American citizens in crowd-control situations before being used on the battlefield, the Air Force secretary said Tuesday. The object is basically public relations. Domestic use would make it easier to avoid questions from others about possible safety considerations, said Secretary Michael Wynne. "If we're not willing to use it here against our fellow citizens, then we should not be willing to use it in a wartime situation," said Wynne. "(Because) if I hit somebody with a nonlethal weapon and they claim that it injured them in...
  • Good Samaritans slain while interrupting attack, police say

    09/01/2006 10:53:26 PM PDT · by xrp · 54 replies · 1,664+ views
    CNN Dot Com ^ | 9/1/2006 | Associated Press
    PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (AP) -- A couple found a man raping a young woman in their driveway and tried to flee with her but were shot to death by the attacker, police said. The teenager was also shot and was expected to recover, police said. A suspect was arrested. The couple came upon the attack when returning to their home in the Fern Rock neighborhood from a night out late Wednesday, police said.
  • Hannity and Colmes

    08/15/2006 6:28:28 PM PDT · by xrp · 21 replies · 892+ views
    Hannity & the Other Guy ^ | 8/15/2006 | Sean Hannity
    Profiling on planes
  • Rare snowfall across South Africa

    08/03/2006 6:45:18 AM PDT · by xrp · 15 replies · 1,609+ views
    Yahoo News! ^ | 08/02/2006 | AFP
    JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - Snow fell on South Africa's biggest city Johannesburg for the first time in 25 years as icy temperatures gripped vast swathes of the country, the weather office said. "It (the snow) is by no means freakish but I would certainly classify it as rare," said Kevin Rae, assistant manager of forecasting at the South African Weather Service in Pretoria. Forecasters said snow was reported in the southern Johannesburg township of Soweto and the posh northern suburb of Sandton, as well as the nearby towns of Carletonville and Westonaria. Johannesburg last had snow on September 11, 1981. "Sleet...
  • Tropical Storm Chris loses steam

    08/03/2006 6:21:18 AM PDT · by xrp · 7 replies · 232+ views
    CNN Dot Com ^ | 08/03/2006 | Associated Press
    Tropical Storm Chris loses steamHurricane watch discontinued in BahamasSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Tropical Storm Chris weakened slightly as it swept through the eastern Caribbean early Thursday, dumping rain on the Virgin Islands and prompting tourists to flee Puerto Rico's east coast.
  • Marriott to make all US, Canada hotels non-smoking

    07/19/2006 4:47:01 AM PDT · by xrp · 322 replies · 2,759+ views
    Reuters ^ | 7/19/2006 | Reuters
    Marriott to make all US, Canada hotels non-smoking Wednesday July 19, 6:34 am ET NEW YORK (Reuters) - Marriott International Inc. (NYSE:MAR - News) on Wednesday said it will make all of its hotels in the United States and Canada entirely non-smoking, beginning in September. The company said the policy change, which it called the largest in its industry, covers more than 2,300 hotels and corporate apartments with nearly 400,000 rooms. Marriott, based in Bethesda, Maryland, said more than 90 percent of its guest rooms are already non-smoking. It said more customers have been demanding non-smoking rooms. The change covers...
  • Savage 111 vs Remington 710? (Vanity)

    07/16/2006 1:23:23 PM PDT · by xrp · 19 replies · 12,504+ views
    My Brain ^ | Today | Me
    Savage 111 rifle vs Remington 710 rifle
  • Rival Fatah and Hamas factions have agreed on a plan calling for implicit recognition of Israel

    06/27/2006 5:37:09 AM PDT · by xrp · 10 replies · 290+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 6/27/2006 |
    The Associated Press reports Palestinian negotiators say rival Fatah and Hamas factions have agreed on a plan calling for implicit recognition of Israel. CNN working to confirm.
  • Aviano mourns airman, wife who died in car crash.

    06/25/2006 11:48:50 AM PDT · by xrp · 5 replies · 372+ views
    Stars & Stripes ^ | 6/23/2006 | Geoff Ziezulewicz
    Aviano mourns airman, wife who died in car crash AVIANO, Italy — Air Force Tech Sgt. Michael Knight and his pregnant wife, Laura, were remembered Thursday as solid members of the Aviano community whose lives were taken too soon in a car accident June 16. Their 3-year-old son, Alex, who suffered a broken arm, is on his way back to the States to live with relatives, Brig. Gen. Robert Yates, 31st Fighter Wing commander, told the hundreds of mourners assembled Thursday at Aviano Air Base. Throughout emotional eulogies, friends and co-workers remembered a consummate Air Force professional and his selfless...
  • Former Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell is sentenced to 30 months in prison.

    06/13/2006 2:51:51 PM PDT · by xrp · 16 replies · 708+ views
    CNN Dot Com ^ | 6/13/2006 |
    Former Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell is sentenced to 30 months in prison for tax evasion and racketeering.
  • FDA: Restaurants on front lines in obesity fight

    06/02/2006 2:15:16 PM PDT · by xrp · 74 replies · 986+ views
    CNN Dot Com ^ | 6/2/2006 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Those heaping portions at restaurants -- and doggie bags for the leftovers -- may be a thing of the past, if health officials get their way. The government is trying to enlist the help of the nation's eateries in fighting obesity. One of the first things on their list: cutting portion sizes.
  • Heinz Profit Falls, Plans 2,700 Job Cuts

    06/01/2006 6:26:14 AM PDT · by xrp · 24 replies · 669+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 6/1/2006 | AP
    Ketchup Maker Heinz Sees 4Q Profit Fall, Plans 2,700 Job Cuts PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Food producer H.J. Heinz Co. on Thursday said fiscal fourth-quarter profit dropped 19 percent, and said it plans to cut 2,700 jobs, or 8 percent of its work force, and exit 15 plants this year as part of a plan to cut costs and resume earnings growth. Heinz is facing pressure from billionaire investor Nelson Peltz to improve shareholder return. Earlier in the month Peltz and his Trian Group outlined a plan, which was rejected by Heinz, to improve profit by cutting costs and reducing incentives...
  • Feds cut off phone tax after 108 years

    05/26/2006 6:13:48 AM PDT · by xrp · 44 replies · 1,419+ views
    Yoo Ess Eh Today Dawt Com ^ | 5/26/2006 | Paul Davidson
    Can't post because of copyright stuff and's hatred of Free Republic, so you just go to and look for the article.
  • Sebelius vetoes concealed weapons bill (law abiding Kansans left defenseless)

    03/21/2006 3:53:05 PM PST · by xrp · 25 replies · 604+ views
    KC Star ^ | 3/21/2006 | Kansas City Star
    TOPEKA — Gov. Kathleen Sebelius vetoed a bill today that would allow Kansans to carry concealed weapons, setting up a face-off with lawmakers already vowing to attempt to overrule her. It’s uncertain whether the majority of lawmakers who support the bill can meet the two-thirds votes required to override a gubernatorial veto, which was widely expected. An attempt in the Senate is expected as early as today. Sebelius, who vetoed a similar proposal in 2004, wrote in her veto message that she “cannot support allowing hidden weapons into businesses, restaurants, malls and any number of other public places.” Overriding the...
  • Ready or Not, Bird Flu Is Coming to America (sky is falling alert)

    03/13/2006 7:45:57 AM PST · by xrp · 61 replies · 1,293+ views
    ABC News ^ | 3/13/2006 | Brian Ross
    March 13, 2006 — - In a remarkable speech over the weekend, Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael Leavitt recommended that Americans start storing canned tuna and powdered milk under their beds as the prospect of a deadly bird flu outbreak approaches the United States.
  • Bush touts $4.2 billion plan for Louisiana homeowners

    03/08/2006 9:32:49 AM PST · by xrp · 72 replies · 999+ views
    CNN Dot Com ^ | 3/8/2006 | CNN
    Bush touts $4.2 billion plan for Louisiana homeowners President eyes recovery efforts on 10th trip to devastated Gulf Wednesday, March 8, 2006; Posted: 12:29 p.m. EST (17:29 GMT)NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CNN) -- During a tour of the hurricane-damaged Gulf Coast, President Bush on Wednesday pressed Congress to pass a proposal that would offer up to $150,000 to each Louisiana homeowner who lost a residence to Katrina.
  • Next pistol? SigPro?

    01/13/2006 11:23:01 PM PST · by xrp · 92 replies · 3,421+ views
    My House ^ | Today | Me
    Next firearm?
  • Disappearance of Connecticut man spurs probe of cruise ship safety

    12/13/2005 7:03:39 PM PST · by xrp · 19 replies · 761+ views ^ | 12/13/2005 | ASSociated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The mysterious disappearance of a Connecticut man during a honeymoon cruise is drawing congressional attention to a seamy side of the glitzy cruise industry.
  • Congress Helps Self to $3,100 Pay Raise

    11/18/2005 9:22:44 PM PST · by xrp · 14 replies · 662+ views
    Congress Helps Self to $3,100 Pay Raise By DAVID ESPO The Associated Press Friday, November 18, 2005; 11:44 PM WASHINGTON -- The Republican-controlled Congress helped itself to a $3,100 pay raise on Friday, then postponed work on bills to curb spending on social programs and cut taxes in favor of a two-week vacation.

    11/01/2005 10:09:42 PM PST · by xrp · 29 replies · 1,836+ views
    Contact Music ^ | 11/1/2005 | Contact Music
  • Battle for school site taints day (Eminent Domain threatens Jewish private school)

    09/19/2005 7:09:09 AM PDT · by xrp · 27 replies · 847+ views
    The Atlanta Journal/Constitution ^ | 9/19/2005 | Paul Donsky
    Colorful balloons bobbed in the breeze. A huge banner reading "The Weber School" lay across a backhoe. A large tent teemed with people eating cake. The groundbreaking ceremony Sunday afternoon was supposed to celebrate the start of construction of the private Jewish high school's 18-acre campus in Sandy Springs. Instead, a mood of uncertainty and apprehension mixed with the hot late-summer air as parents and school officials grappled with the realization that all the plans they've made may be in jeopardy. The Fulton County school system wants to buy the Weber School site and use the land to build a...
  • Evacuee Frustration

    09/10/2005 12:07:53 PM PDT · by xrp · 155 replies · 3,655+ views
    Fox News Channel ^ | 9/10/2005 | Fox News TV
    Anyone watching Fox News right now?
  • Michelle Malkin on O'Reilly RIGHT NOW

    07/13/2005 5:16:06 PM PDT · by xrp · 17 replies · 939+ views
    Fox News Channel ^ | 7/13/2005 | Fox News
    She is on TV right now
  • Laura Ingraham coming up on Hannity and Colmes TONIGHT

    02/15/2005 5:55:46 PM PST · by xrp · 34 replies · 1,065+ views ^ | 2/15/2005 | Fox News
    Laura Ingraham coming up on Hannity and Colmes TONIGHT
  • Laura Ingraham coming up on Whiffleball (PMSNBC) with Chrissy Matthews

    01/05/2005 4:43:37 PM PST · by xrp · 46 replies · 1,438+ views ^ | 1/5/2005 | Laura Ingraham
  • Ann Coulter on Scarborough Country NOW! (PMSNBC)

    10/06/2004 7:03:48 PM PDT · by xrp · 34 replies · 2,448+ views ^ | 10/6/2004 | Ann Coulter
    Ann's on and she looks FANTASTIC.
  • Explosions in Istanbul! (Hannity and Colmes)

    08/09/2004 6:43:16 PM PDT · by xrp · 12 replies · 450+ views
    Fox News ^ | 8/9/2004 | Alan Colmes
    Alan Colmes just mentioned this on Hannity & Colmes
  • Turkey won't truck goods to U.S. troops Follows killing. (Turkey surrenders)

    08/02/2004 7:06:13 AM PDT · by xrp · 14 replies · 392+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 8/2/2004 | Associated Press
    Iraq militants kill Turkish hostageBAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A video posted on the Internet shows a masked gunman pumping three bullets into the head of a Turkish hostage, and the Turkish truckers' union said Monday it would stop bringing supplies to U.S. forces in Iraq, bowing to militant demands in hopes of saving two other captive Turks.
  • Palestinian Gunmen Abduct Three Foreign Church Volunteers

    07/30/2004 4:41:24 PM PDT · by xrp · 7 replies · 202+ views
    Fox News Dot Com ^ | 7-30-2004 | AP and FoxNews
    NABLUS, West Bank — An American was among three foreigners abducted by Palestinian gunmen in Nablus on Friday, FOX News has learned. The other captives were from New Zealand and Finland. The three foreigners — reportedly church volunteers — were seized from a restaurant by eight gunmen in the West Bank (search) city late Friday night.
  • Syria preparing sanctions against United States

    06/19/2004 6:52:53 PM PDT · by xrp · 98 replies · 285+ views
    CNN DOT BOMB ^ | 6/19/2004 | AP
    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Syria is preparing a law that would prohibit trade dealings with the United States in response to U.S. sanctions imposed on the Arab country last month, Syrian legislators said Saturday. More than 130 members of the 250-seat legislature have prepared a draft of the "America Accountability Act" that would impose "strict sanctions" on American interests in Syria.
  • Herman Cain on WSB AM 750 (Atlanta) TONIGHT!

    05/10/2004 5:51:19 AM PDT · by xrp · 7 replies · 1,645+ views
    WSB AM 750 ^ | 5/10/2004 | WSB AM 750
    I just heard on the Neal Boortz show that Herman Cain is going to be on Royal Marshall's show tonight.
  • U.S. Lifts Libya Travel Restrictions

    02/26/2004 6:46:40 AM PST · by xrp · 2 replies · 21+ views
    Fox News dawt com ^ | 2/26/2004 | Associated Press
    U.S. Lifts Libya Travel Restrictions WASHINGTON — The United States lifted a long-standing ban on travel to Libya on Thursday after Moammar Gadhafi's government affirmed that it was responsible for the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 (search) in 1988. The White House announcement lifted travel curbs that have been in place for 23 years against Libya, a country which the United States had long branded a sponsor of state terrorism. The lifting of the ban came after the Jamahiriya news agency disavowed assertions by the Libyan prime minister that Libya had not acknowledged it blew the jetliner out of...
  • Nation Amps Up New Year's Eve Security

    12/30/2003 6:52:07 PM PST · by xrp · 1 replies · 92+ views
    My Way Dot Com ^ | 12/30/2003 | Laura Wides
    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Security will be extra tight at this year's New Year's celebrations around the country, with military helicopters patrolling over the Rose Parade, Times Square and the Las Vegas Strip. "I think the level of security this time around within the United States is absolutely unprecedented," Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said on CBS's "The Early Show." As revelers prepare for New Year's Eve, the nation's terrorism alert is at its second-highest level, though officials said there were no specific threats against the holiday gatherings and urged people to go ahead with their plans. In Las Vegas,...
  • Gwinnett OKs state's toughest smoking ban

    12/16/2003 8:40:07 PM PST · by xrp · 6 replies · 430+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 12/17/2003 | Doug Nurse
    Gwinnett County on Tuesday enacted the toughest smoking restrictions in Georgia. The County Commission, in a 4-0 vote with one abstention, approved a far-reaching ban covering virtually every business and public building in unincorporated Gwinnett. "I think it was a great thing they did," said Dr. Richard Loyd, a Lawrenceville oncologist. "They set the standard for the state. I think it was a courageous thing to do in a political world." The ordinance, which takes effect April 1, bans smoking in all buildings, except for private residences, smoke shops and designated smoking rooms in motels and inns. It makes no...
  • Relocating from Atlanta to Kansas City, KS or MO, request FReeper advice

    12/05/2003 5:03:34 PM PST · by xrp · 1 replies · 192+ views
    My brain ^ | Today | Me
    Hi,I am relocating from Atlanta, GA to Kansas City. I haven't yet decided if I want to be in Missouri or Kansas, but either will do. I'll preferably be on the south side of Kansas City as that is where most of my business will be.I've been looking hard at Overland Park. I'm going to need a 2 bedroom apartment at around $1000/month or less. I also would like information on local/state taxes, car taxes, and any recommendations on a moving company. I've been looking on the Internet and doing research on moving companies and seeing a lot of horror...
  • Ronald Reagan Dime (FREEP this POLL!)

    12/05/2003 5:49:29 AM PST · by xrp · 33 replies · 287+ views
    USA Today dot com ^ | 12/5/2003 | Associated Press
    Conservatives want FDR to be replaced with Reagan on dimesWASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative Republicans angry over an unflattering television movie about Ronald Reagan want to put his image on the dime in place of Democratic icon Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Democrats are just as determined to keep FDR's profile in coin purses. Reagan on the Dime poll
  • Explosions in Riyadh?

    11/24/2003 10:25:24 AM PST · by xrp · 21 replies · 115+ views
    None yet ^ | 11/24/2003 | None
    An acquaintance of mine online just said that he's hearing lots of booms in Riyadh. He knows it isn't thunderstorms and there shouldn't be construction going on right now (night). Anyone else hear anything?
  • Man bitten by rattler while shopping at Wal-Mart

    09/30/2003 10:06:30 AM PDT · by xrp · 63 replies · 531+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 9/30/2003 | Associated Press
    BROWNWOOD, Texas -- Police say a man was bitten by a rattlesnake while shopping for shoes in a Wal-Mart store in Texas. Douglas Hatchett of Brownwood was examing shoes on a rack when a rattlesnake concealed behind a shoebox bit him yesterday. The snake fell to the floor, where Hatchett stomped it to death. Police, fire and emergency medical crews were called to the scene. The 31-year-old shopper and the dead snake were hustled to Brownwood Regional Medical Center. There, the snake was confirmed as a rattler, and Hatchett was treated and released. Wal-Mart officials say the matter's being investigated...
  • Did anyone just watch Bill O'Reilly's interview with Richard Gephardt? (Vanity)

    09/29/2003 5:53:10 PM PDT · by xrp · 30 replies · 185+ views
    Fox News Channel ^ | 9/29/2003 | Fox News Channel
    Well, it was just on the O'Reilly Factor, but I was surprised to watch as Gephardt really didn't directly answer any question except for the one on taking the 10 Commandments out of the Alabama courthouse.
  • Park omits 'Thank you, Jesus' from brick

    09/26/2003 9:29:21 AM PDT · by xrp · 12 replies · 168+ views ^ | 9/26/2003 | Associated Press
    <p>SEATTLE, Washington (AP) -- A couple who purchased an inscribed brick for a state park playground are suing because the words "Thank you Jesus" were not included as they had wished.</p> <p>Residents had organized an effort to build a playground this spring at Saint Edward State Park, located on the northeastern shore of Lake Washington.</p>
  • Global Eye -- Last Rights (EXTREME BARF ALERT)

    09/15/2003 8:39:32 AM PDT · by xrp · 8 replies · 2+ views
    The Moscow Times dot com ^ | 9/12/2003 | Chris Floyd
    Once again, the dispiriting spectacle of the American media in full campaign cry is upon us, as coverage of the 2004 presidential race begins in earnest. But this time around, the usual inanities, inaccuracies and insipidities have a more melancholy flavor, an almost elegiac feel. It's like watching priests of a dead cult, vacantly enacting their rituals in a ruined temple whose gods have been broken, desecrated and cast down. The difference from past campaigns lies in the media mandarins' sad belief that there will actually be a genuine, open, presidential election in November 2004. This childlike faith stems, of...
  • More families opting for home schooling

    09/04/2003 3:34:37 PM PDT · by xrp · 9 replies · 45+ views ^ | 9/03/3003 | Associated Press
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) -- Scott Butler could not stand high school. On the days he made it to class, it felt like a waste of time.</p> <p>"It was hard to pay attention," he said. "I really wasn't learning anything -- a lot of distractions."</p>
  • Housing starts rise in July to highest level since 1986

    08/19/2003 9:40:53 AM PDT · by xrp · 1 replies · 75+ views ^ | August 19, 2003 | The Associated Press
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) — Home construction jumped in July to the highest level in more than 17 years as the red-hot housing market showed no signs of slowing even as mortgage rates began to rise. The Commerce Department said housing construction totaled 1.87 million units at a seasonally adjusted annual rate last month, an increase of 1.5% over June's 1.85 million level.</p>
  • Telemarketers on the ropes

    08/11/2003 8:33:31 PM PDT · by xrp · 299 replies · 881+ views
    CINCINNATI BUSINESS COURIER ^ | 8/11/2003 | Lance Williams
    Popular do-not-call list bringing industry to its kneesAug. 11 — In the past three months, the hallways at Groesbeck-based Tel-A-Sell Marketing Inc. have become a lot less crowded. CEO Edd O’Connor has been forced to trim his telemarketing staff from 72 to 18. “I WAS RUNNING a full house earlier this year,” said O’Connor, who also serves as president of the American Teleservices Association’s Great Lakes Chapter, which covers Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan. One of the big reason for the cuts: the chilling effects of the National Do Not Call Registry and other similar efforts in statehouses across the...