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  • Cops in Freddie Gray's death: Could politics tangle prosecutor's case? (+video)

    05/03/2015 7:31:46 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 1 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 5-2-2015 | Patrik Jonsson
    State prosecutor Marilyn Mosby bears a heavy burden in prosecuting six Baltimore police officers for the death of Freddie Gray. The activist sweep of her announcement could complicate the task. A questionable arrest, a moment of lost humanity, and actions of a "depraved heart" – those ideas are at the center of the legal case against six Baltimore police officers whose actions on April 12, the state alleges, led to the “homicide” of Freddie Gray, whose death roiled Baltimore and intensified anti-police brutality protests nationwide. “To the youth of this city, I will seek justice on your behalf," Baltimore state...
  • "The Big Broadcast" Live Sunday 5/3 7-11pm est

    05/03/2015 6:43:22 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies
    WAMU ^ | 5/3/15 | Ed Walker
    Friends, it's Sunday night again and time to relax. Warm up the tubes for another 4 hours of classic radio Americana. Listen LiveInfo *tonight's show will be available at the "Info" link starting tomorrow.Official OTR blog of "The Big Broadcast" thread: http://kallmansalley.com/
  • Trooper at center of Palin probe loses police certificate

    05/03/2015 5:33:27 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 7 replies
    Peninsula Clarion ^ | Saturday, May 2, 2015 | http://www.ktuu.com
    ANCHORAGE (AP) — Officials have revoked the law enforcement certification of the former Alaska State Trooper at the center of the so-called Troopergate scandal that led to investigations into whether Sarah Palin abused her power as governor. http://m.peninsulaclarion.com/news/2015-05-02/trooper-at-center-of-palin-probe-loses-police-certificate#gsc.tab=0
  • The Obama State China Service (Video)

    05/02/2015 10:15:37 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 6 replies
    YouTube ^ | 4-27-2015
    For a new state china service, First Lady Michelle Obama wanted it to have modern elements, but also for it to be practical, in the sense that it would be complementary to the preceding historic state services. The Obama State China Service consists of eleven-piece place settings for 320. Mrs. Obama sought a different color from the more primary red, green, blue, and yellow used on the more recent state services. She chose a blue inspired by the waters off the President’s home state of Hawai’i, calling it “Kailua Blue.” A fluted band of the Kailua Blue color, framed by...
  • High School Thug Bullies Classmate for ‘Talking White,’ Teacher Does Nothing As Thug Gets Pummeled

    05/02/2015 9:24:32 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 49 replies
    www.inquisitr.com ^ | may 2, 2015
    Bullying, at any age, is horrific in and of itself. However, when the bullying is initiated simply because someone does something in a manner that the bully does not agree with, and for no other reason, and the bully refuses to back down and leave things as they are, the bully becomes a much bigger threat. This was the case in a high school where a bully, described as a “thug,” would not back down and followed a student back and forth between two classrooms while students looked onward, refusing to step in and help the bullied boy out. The cause of...
  • Mayweather VS Pacquiao LIVE THREAD

    05/02/2015 8:18:05 PM PDT · by Manic_Episode · 261 replies
    Mayweather VS Pacquiao LIVE THREAD
  • The Future of Guns: Political Battle Will Focus on States

    05/02/2015 7:39:58 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 17 replies
    WSJ ^ | 4-27-15 | Jennifer Carlson
    Sociologist Jennifer Carlson says Americans will become more bitterly divided over the place of guns in society. The most significant development won’t be a nationwide swing toward gun rights or gun control—but a widening and entrenched gulf that will divide Americans politically, socially and even technologically. Gun-control initiatives will follow the approach blazed by the gun lobby, shifting away from the national stage and focusing increasingly on state-level efforts in places like California, Colorado, Connecticut and Washington. With the gun debate focused on state-level politics, high-profile shootings will exacerbate the division between these two Americas: in restrictive states, a demand...
  • Why Sarah Palin should run for U.S. president: Hepburn

    05/02/2015 6:24:36 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 30 replies
    The Star.com ^ | By: Bob Hepburn Politics, Published on Sat May 02 2015 | By: Bob Hepburn Politics, Published on Sat May 02 2015
    Supporters increase calls for former Alaskan governor to seek Republican nomination for president.
  • Why the ‘5 Best Baseball Movies’ Are Actually Terrible

    05/02/2015 4:38:18 PM PDT · by PROCON · 119 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | April 20, 2015 | James Jay Carafano
    $212.46. That is what the average family of four spent at a major league ballgame last year. For the budget-conscious, that price tag makes it mighty tempting to stay home and enjoy the boys of summer on TV—either a live game or a classic baseball movie. But watching some of the most fondly remembered films about the national passtime suggest that maybe both the game’s time and what made America great are passing. Here are five films that make the case.5. Moneyball (2011) Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill take the Oakland Athletics from a mediocre, going-broke franchise to a cash-cow...
  • 'Hacktivists' from around the world take to social media to stir Baltimore unrest

    05/02/2015 4:37:26 PM PDT · by familyop · 8 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | May 2, 2015 | Scott Dance
    What they found was that much of the activity was coming from well outside of Baltimore, in some cases from Russia, China, India and the Middle East. "I just killed a pig," wrote one tweet, showing a bloodied police officer slumped on the ground. Not only was the photo of an officer in South America, but the account sharing it was not in Baltimore. Another tweet, which appeared to be coming from the Baltimore police, asked, "Why are we even tweeting?" and suggested that the protesters couldn't read. It also referred to them with a racial slur.
  • My son (5year old) acting Bruce Lee's Nunchaku scene (video)

    05/02/2015 1:51:16 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 19 replies
    youtube ^ | may 1, 2015 | bruce ryu
  • Isis militants slaughter more than 300 Yazidi captives in northern Iraq ...

    05/02/2015 1:34:12 PM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 18 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 5/2/15 | By JENNY STANTON
    Isis militants slaughter more than 300 Yazidi captives in northern Iraq after thousands were taken captive from villages Isis militants slaughter more than 300 Yazidi captives in northern Iraq after thousands were taken captive from villages Hundreds of Yazidi prisoners have been killed near Mosul in northern Iraq Yazidi Progress Party condemned the 'heinous criminal acts' by extremists More than 300 Yazidi prisoners have been slaughtered by Islamic State militants near Mosul in Iraq. According to the Yazidi Progress Party, hundreds were murdered by Isis on Friday in the Tal Afar district, although it is not known how they were...
  • Santorum expresses support for Bruce Jenner

    05/02/2015 1:11:53 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 66 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 02, 2015 | Bernie Becker
    “If he says he’s a woman, then he’s a woman,” Santorum, the former GOP senator from Pennsylvania, said about Jenner in South Carolina... Santorum, who is considering a second straight bid for the Republican nomination... Santorum did add that “these are tough issues” for both businesses and society, including the question of whether Jenner could use a women’s bathroom.
  • Of Course Democrats Deserve The Blame For What’s Happening In Baltimore

    05/02/2015 12:58:43 PM PDT · by PROCON · 10 replies
    thefederalist.com ^ | April 30, 2015 | David Harsanyi
    If a person happens to point out that Baltimore’s criminally inept government has been run exclusively by Democrats since 1967 (with one Republican mayor since 1947), and features not a single council member who isn’t a liberal, they may be called a “lazy apparatchik.” Because not everything, you see, is reducible to mere party politics. Now, if an economic renaissance sparked by the progressive policies of Stephanie Rawlings-Blake had lifted Baltimore from poverty, I imagine Democrats would be eager to claim credit for the accomplishment. Entire political debates are predicated on the effectiveness of partisan ideas. We blame presidents for...
  • Danger in the Heartland: Man-Made Quakes Mark New Hazard Map

    05/02/2015 12:38:19 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 11 replies
    weather.com ^ | 5-1-2015 | Zain Haidar
    There's a new hazard in the Heartland.  The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) recently released a map highlighting the future risk for man-made earthquakes, and up to eight states have an increased chance to see ground shaking.  Azle, Texas, which had no recorded quakes for 150 years, felt 27 tremors from November 2013 to January 2014. The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex continues to feel regular earthquakes. As Science Magazine reports, earthquakes hit areas of Kansas bordering Oklahoma 192 times in the last two years; the same counties were only hit twice in the preceding 35 years.  For the most part, the scientific...
  • Palin: Obama 'flirting with the devil' on Iran

    05/02/2015 12:28:50 PM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 02, 2015, 12:35 pm | By Mark Hensch 6661521 298
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Saturday urged Congress to stop President Obama’s nuclear arms negotiations with Iran at any cost. http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/240867-palin-obama-flirting-with-the-devil-on-iran
  • Dumb question

    05/02/2015 10:22:21 AM PDT · by patriot08 · 11 replies
    vanity | 5/2/15 | patriot08
    I'm trying to post a direct link to 'my profile' to a friend. (we're discussing endangered Texas animals, and I have a large essay on this on my page) How do I post a direct link to my page? When I copy the url at the top, I get Patriot08 and what I've posted, etc.
  • Earthquake felt in West MI

    05/02/2015 9:55:57 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 46 replies
    Wood TV ^ | May 2, 2015 | Dan Boers
    (WOOD) An earthquake rattled West Michigan and other parts of the Midwest. The shaking happened around 12:20 p.m. It was felt around the Michigan. The USGS registered it as a 4.0 earthquake centered near Galesburg.
  • Feminist Media Hail Satanists for Deeming Abortion a ‘Religious Belief’

    05/02/2015 9:26:14 AM PDT · by PROCON · 13 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | May 2, 2015 | Katie Yoder
    The pro-abortion media crowd is embracing new ally in their fight: Satanists. “Mary” from Missouri is hoping to bypass her state’s 72-hour abortion waiting period by citing “sincerely held religious beliefs” – as a Satanist. The Friendly Atheist blog broke the story of how the Satanic Temple plans to aid a woman it calls Mary who believes in its “tenets.” The media followed suit, from a Think Progress editor expressing “love,” to a Salon editor concluding, “[R]eligious exemption laws are maybe cool when Satanists use them to get abortions.”Damien Ba’al, the head of the Satanic Temple’s St. Louis chapter, described...
  • Why Bernie Sanders is the Democratic Ron Paul — and why he isn’t

    05/02/2015 7:51:05 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5-1-2015 | Hunter Schwarz
    Similarities: Devoted online followings. Popularity. Both were opposed to TARP. Both want to legalize marijuana. Both have expressed views on foreign policy of less involvement. Both cautious of the country's surveillance apparatus. Both say police officers should scale back. Both okay with same-sex marriage. Differences: Basic beliefs about the role of government Sanders doesn't necessarily have a problem with the government getting involved in things — hence "socialist" — and Paul generally does — hence "libertarian." Conspiracy theories Paul has floated several conspiracy theories, including that 9/11 was an inside job and that the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was connected to Russia. Sanders isn't known for such...
  • Here Come The "Absurd Liberal Solutions" To Solving The Misery Of Baltimore, Maryland.

    05/02/2015 7:44:19 AM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 37 replies
    From FOX's Jehmu Greene to Donna Brazile and the "Laughable Cast" of MSNBC. By now we have already heard the typical excuses to fix any of the sad and terminal crises caused by Democrats in places like Detroit and South Chicago. "We Need To Spend More On Infrastructure","We Need To Invest In Education/Job Training","We Need To Raise The Minimum Wage". Those are likely the top three solutions we have heard or will hear on all cable news outlets. And aren't we all yelling back to our televisions, "Yah Right!, And what happened to the trillions we have already wasted in...
  • Obama: Every student should have a library card

    05/02/2015 7:43:02 AM PDT · by PROCON · 40 replies
    investors.com ^ | May 2, 2015 | Andrew Malcolm
    Hi everybody. I’m speaking with you from the DC Public Library in Anacostia, where I just met with a group of promising middle school students. We spent some time talking about their lives, and how we all care about their success — and how that starts with a good education. So one thing I announced here in Anacostia is a new project by libraries and major publishers to provide more than $250 million in free e-Books for low-income students.

    05/02/2015 5:53:21 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 38 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 5/2/15 | by IAN HANCHETT
    CLARKE: FREDDIE GRAY CHARGES ‘DUKE LACROSSE CASE ALL OVER AGAIN’ by IAN HANCHETT Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke (D) declared the charges brought against six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray “George Zimmerman and the Duke Lacrosse case all over again” and said “these cops are political prisoners,” offered up as human sacrifices, thrown like red meat to an angry mob” on Friday’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto” on the Fox News Channel. Clarke said of the charges, “it’s a miscarriage of justice. This neophyte prosecutor stood up there and made a political statement, Neil, and I say...
  • Pet Peeve: Why Are Most Amateur Cell Phone Videos Still Recorded Vertical?

    05/02/2015 5:04:53 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 75 replies
    Self | May 2, 2015 | PJ-Comix
    I just saw an amateur video of actor Chad L. Coleman of "The Wire" and "Walking Dead" going berserk on a NYC subway. Well, I feel like going just as berserk watching that video. Why? It had nothing to do with Coleman and everything to do with whoever recorded the scene on his cell phone because once again it was VERTICAL. Why, oh WHY do people STILL record in the VERTICAL when it is obvious that turning the cell phone HORIZONTALLY allows for a much fuller field of vision in stark contrast to the NARROW band of the vertically held...
  • Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, is 'doing well' after giving birth to her second child

    05/02/2015 4:02:06 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 76 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 5-2-15 | Rebecca English & Jennifer Smith
    The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a baby girl, Kensington Palace has announced. The princess was born at 8.34am this morning weighing 8lbs 3oz, with the Duke of Cambridge present for the birth. Kensington Palace announced the birth shortly after 11am this morning, some five hours after Kate was admitted to the private Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in Paddington. The Duchess and her newborn daughter are both 'doing well', a palace spokesman said. The announcement came by way of a statement released by Kensington Palace shortly after 11am. It was then posted on the palace's official...
  • Lenin's Body Improves with Age

    05/02/2015 1:08:04 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 41 replies
    Scientific American ^ | 4-22-2015 | Jeremy Hsu
    Russian scientists have developed experimental embalming methods to maintain the look, feel and flexibility of the Soviet Union's founderÂ’s body, which is 145 years old today. For thousands of years humans have used embalming methods to preserve dead bodies. But nothing compares with Russia's 90-year-old experiment to preserve the body of Vladimir Lenin, communist revolutionary and founder of the Soviet Union. Generations of Russian scientists have spent almost a century fine-tuning preservation techniques that have maintained the look, feel and flexibility of Lenin's body. This year Russian officials closed the Lenin Mausoleum in Moscow's Red Square so that scientists could...
  • Bill Maher Owns Guns For Protection, But Others Have a “Sickness”

    05/01/2015 11:58:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    Range365 ^ | April 29, 2015 | Frank Miniter
    Like many publications, Playboy magazine interviews many celebrities, but what’s interesting is the title’s habit of asking them if they own guns. Bill Maher, the comedian who hosts “Real Time with Bill Maher” on HBO, has said before that he has guns. In the May issue of Playboy, the editors asked him why. Maher told Playboy he has “two guns. They’re for protection. We live in a gun country, even Los Angeles. I’m not expecting anything to happen, but I want to be ready for it. So I have a lot of security measures at my house. If somebody gets...
  • Charm City Live Thread

    05/01/2015 7:08:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 54 replies
    At 22:09 the scanner is telling the cops to move in. Looks like no messing about so far...see how it goes.
  • B.B. King Daughter Claims Elder Abuse Police Called in Dispute Over Care

    05/01/2015 6:49:56 PM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 23 replies
    tmz.com ^ | 5/1/15 | TMZ
    B.B. King Daughter Claims Elder Abuse Police Called in Dispute Over Care Blues legend B.B. King's daughter believes he is being abused ... and called police Thursday to settle a dispute over whether he needed to be hospitalized. TMZ has learned there's a huge battle over B.B.'s care -- between his daughter Patty King and his longtime manager Laverne Toney. Patty, who lives with her father in Las Vegas ... tells us she wanted to take him to the hospital because his urine was orange and he wasn't eating. She claims Toney -- who has power of attorney over B.B....
  • Vanity: Panther Whizz Ale Welcomes New Spokesface!

    05/01/2015 10:14:52 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 34 replies
    meshuga mikey | May 1, 2015 | meshuga mikey
  • 2015 Kentucky Derby

    05/01/2015 6:10:44 PM PDT · by ETL · 66 replies
    several | Commie May Day | self
    Just wanted to share a couple excellent links for info on tomorrow's Kentucky Derby. A ton of info at this one, included prior races charts, prior races video, etc.http://www.kentuckyderby.com/horsesFree Past Performances: (on PDF File—Adobe required)http://www.brisnet.com/brisnet_promos/KentuckyDerby15.pdf
  • Space radiation may harm astronauts' brains

    05/01/2015 4:42:44 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 5/1/15 | AFP
    Miami (AFP) - Flying people to deep space -- like Mars or an asteroid -- is high on NASA's wish list, but research on mice suggested Friday that extended radiation exposure permanently harms the brain. Central nervous system damage and cognitive impairments were observed in lab animals that were exposed to highly energetic charged particles -- similar to the galactic cosmic rays that astronauts would encounter during long space flights -- said researchers at the University of California, Irvine. "This is not positive news for astronauts deployed on a two- to three-year round trip to Mars," said lead author Charles...
  • Here's what the Pillars of Creation look like in three dimensions

    05/01/2015 4:09:45 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies
    CNet ^ | 5/1/15 | NASA, ESA/Hubble and the Hubble Heritage Team
    Researchers have been able to map how the Eagle Nebula's Pillars of Creation are distributed in three-dimensional space for the first time, using new data from the Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer instrument on the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope in Chile. Given the tremendous size of this section of the Eagle Nebula and its distance from Earth (around 7,000 light-years), researchers previously thought we were unlikely to ever see the shape of it in anything other than two flat dimensions, as in Hubble's famous photograph.
  • Brian Williams Knows He’s Dead

    05/01/2015 2:06:53 PM PDT · by PROCON · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | April 30, 2015 | JACK SHAFER
    At this point, Brian Williams knows he’s dead: He’s simply negotiating the terms of his burial. For a brief moment earlier this week, it looked as though Williams might have found a champion in Andrew Lack, the newly returned chief of NBC News. According to a blind-sourced story in the Daily News, Lack was hoping to reseat his old friend Williams in the network’s anchor chair. But whoever launched that trial balloon—presumably a Williams loyalist—must have been ducking for cover the next day when the Hollywood Reporter and the New York Post sent high-velocity rounds through the Daily News item...
  • Officers Charged In Freddie Gray’s Death, State’s Attorney Said Arrest Was Illegal [Knife Was Legal]

    05/01/2015 2:03:52 PM PDT · by familyop · 51 replies
    WJZ, CBS Baltimore ^ | May 1, 2015 | Derek Valcourt
    City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby says Freddie Gray received his critical injuries in Baltimore police custody and has charged all six officers involved in his death...“Lt. Rice, Officer Nero and Officer Miller failed to establish probable cause for Mr. Gray’s arrest, as no crime had been committed by Mr. Gray,” Mosby said...They found a knife clipped inside his pants packet — the knife was not a switchblade and is lawful under Maryland law, she said.
  • 7,377 Built, Two left flying...The Lancaster Bomber

    05/01/2015 11:27:45 AM PDT · by Doogle · 29 replies
    YOUTUBE ^ | 01/21/15 | CWHMuseum
    It has been 50 years since two Avro Lancaster bombers flew side by side. The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum's Avro Lancaster, VeRA, flew from Hamilton, Ontario to meet her British counterpart, Thumper—the only other surviving flight worthy Lancaster bomber in the world—the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight's (BBMF) Lancaster in England. Suddenly SeeMore...Productions Inc's specialty is reality adventure television and the people who make it. REUNION OF GIANTS documents this historic mission as it unfolds, through the eyes of the flight crews, veterans, friends and family—all part of the bombers’ history, including this new chapter as VeRA crosses the...
  • World Protests Capitalism, Austerity on May Day

    05/01/2015 10:12:24 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 11 replies
    Telesur ^ | 5-1-2015
    The holiday is a symbol of the labor movement and used to speak out againt austerity, racism and other oppressive policies.  People around the world took to the streets Friday to mark May Day, the international rallying date for the labor movement. The day started in the United States in the late 1800s, when unions first called for an eight hour work day, but countries throughout the world soon followed suit in demands for better working conditions.   Although some countries can claim certain victories over the years in terms of labor rights, millions of people around the world are still underpaid,...
  • What Is May Day?

    05/01/2015 9:40:55 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 22 replies
    InvestorPlace ^ | 5-1-2015 | William White
    Today, March 1, 2015, is May Day, which is also known as International Workers’ Day. May Day’s origins date back to May 1, 1886. It was on this day that 200,000 U.S. workers protested across the country. Their goal was an eight-hour workday and some of the protests turned violent. This became known as the Haymarket affair and it was declared a holiday by the International Socialist Conference three years later, reports Time. The holiday spread to the rest of the world, while never quite picking up steam in America. Instead, we have Labor Day, which takes place in September. This is likely due...
  • Chinese builder puts up 57-story skyscraper in 19 days

    05/01/2015 8:09:54 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 39 replies
    seattletimes. ^ | April 30, 2015 | PENG PENG DIDI TANG
    CHANGSHA, China (AP) — A Chinese construction company is claiming to be the world’s fastest builder after erecting a 57-story skyscraper in 19 working days in central China. The Broad Sustainable Building Co. put up the rectangular, glass-and-steel Mini Sky City in the Hunan provincial capital of Changsha using a modular method, assembling three floors per day, company vice president Xiao Changgeng said.
  • Q&A: Why have rural hospitals been closing?

    05/01/2015 7:39:33 AM PDT · by PROCON · 15 replies
    apnews.myway.com ^ | May 1, 2015 | DAVID A. LIEB
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — There are more than 4,700 hospitals in the U.S, spread about evenly between urban and rural areas. But that number has been dwindling. More than 100 hospitals have closed since 2010, and the pace has quickened in the past couple of years. Hospitals are closing at about the same rate in urban and rural areas, but health care analysts say the effect often is more pronounced in small towns, where residents typically must travel farther to get to the next nearest hospital. Some answers to common questions about hospital closings:
  • Why Do Women Wear Makeup?

    05/01/2015 7:21:55 AM PDT · by newb2012 · 161 replies
    I have always wondered what makes a woman feel beautiful and comfortable stepping out of their homes only after wearing their makeup, most of them despite having flawless and beautiful skin and features. As silly as it sounds, I have always been intrigued by this. Guys, you can have all the fun you want with your comments but I’m really looking to see the girls’ perspective on this.
  • Downers Grove sperm bank seeks dismissal of case involving biracial child

    05/01/2015 7:14:02 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 18 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 5-1-2015 | Christy Gutowski
    In their first response since the case sparked a national race debate months ago, lawyers for Midwest Sperm Bank this week pushed for the suit's dismissal because they said Illinois law does not recognize damages or extra costs associated with raising a healthy child. In her lawsuit, filed last fall, Jennifer Cramblett said she became pregnant in December 2011 through artificial insemination with sperm donated by a black man instead of a white donor as she and her same-sex partner had intended. Cramblett said she learned of the alleged mistake five months into her pregnancy, when she called the sperm...
  • Law professors take up Purvi Patel feticide appeal for free

    05/01/2015 7:04:11 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 2 replies
    South Bend Tribune ^ | 4-30-2015 | Christian Sheckler
    As a Granger woman fights to overturn her conviction and 20-year prison sentence in a highly publicized child neglect and feticide case, she will have cost-free help from two prominent experts in criminal appeals. Stanford University law professor Lawrence Marshall and Indiana University law professor Joel Schumm have filed to represent Purvi Patel before the Indiana Court of Appeals, and both are offering their services pro bono, or for free. Before he began teaching at Stanford, Marshall founded the Center for Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University, while Schumm founded an appellate clinic at the IU Robert H. McKinney School of...
  • Norway study links mental illness to drugs

    05/01/2015 6:54:25 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 11 replies
    The Local ^ | 4-27-2015
    A new Norwegian study has shown that alcohol and drug abuse is much more common among patients suffering from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression than in the population at large. The study, conducted by the Norwegian Institute for Public Health, looked into the extent of drug and alcohol dependence among Norwegians diagnosed with serious mental health disorders. Every fourth patient with schizophrenia and every fifth with bipolar disorder also suffered problems with substance abuse.  One in ten people who were severely depressed also had problems with alcohol or drug-related health problems.  It is estimated that one in forty Norwegians indulge...
  • Couple Rents Out Home Using Popular Website – and Returns to Something Almost Unimaginable

    05/01/2015 5:24:47 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 67 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | may 1, 2015 | jon street
    The Kings rented out their Calgary, Alberta, home in Canada using the popular renting service Airbnb. They thought it would be an easy way to help offset the cost of their travel with their two kids, CTV reported. They were wrong. The Airbnb renters told the King family that only four people would be staying at the home while they attended a wedding. So on Saturday, they handed over the keys and were off on their trip. But it wasn’t long before they their neighbors called and sent them text messages, explaining that they were concerned about what was going on. Later,...
  • Police Officer Pulls Over Toddler — And Makes His Day

    05/01/2015 1:28:19 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 25 replies
    yahoo ^ | april 23, 2015 | Rachel Bertsche
    For most parents, watching their child get pulled over is a nightmare. But when Ashley Crawford saw the flashing lights of a police car behind her son’s vehicle, she happily whipped out her camera. Jaxon Arbuckle, Crawford’s son, is a 2-year-old who loves his toy car. So when Crawford saw that a local Louisville, Ky., police officer was tending to a small car wreck on her street on Tuesday, she had an idea. “I thought, ‘How cute would it be if I got a picture of Jaxon pulled over?’” she tells Yahoo Parenting. “I waited for him to finish up...
  • Law suit in Baltimore?

    04/30/2015 6:53:50 PM PDT · by NGC 6822 · 17 replies
    Is it possible that the business owners of the 140 business that were destroyed in Baltimore, plus their employees that lost their jobs, plus the insurance companies that insure these businesses, plus the police that were injured because they were not permitted to wear protective gear--in short--all those that were injured because of the decision and announcement by City Hall in Baltimore that ordered the police to stand down: CAN THEY MAKE A CLASS ACTION SUIT AGAINST THE CITY OF BALTIMORE FOR FAILURE TO PROTECT BODY AND PROPERTY? These citizens pay taxes for the police to protect them. This looks...
  • Couple to give away their $350,000 Alabama goat cheese farm

    04/30/2015 6:35:56 PM PDT · by Roos_Girl · 97 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | April 30, 2015 | Lydia Warren
    If you've ever dreamed of owning your own patch of land and a successful home-grown business then a 200-word essay and $150 is all is could take for it to become a reality. Paul and Leslie Spell, of Humble Heart Farms in Elkmont, Alabama, are giving away their goat cheese farm - complete with their house, 20 acres of land, 56 goats, cheese-making equipment, recipes and even a dog - to the person who writes the best essay about why they should run it. It will cost entrants just $150 to apply and, with an expected 2,500 applications, the couple...
  • complaints of bloggers

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