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  • Alexander Dale Oen, gold medal swimming favorite, found dead in Arizona

    05/01/2012 9:50:44 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 9 replies
    Norway's Alexander Dale Oen, the defending world champion in the 100 breaststroke and a top contender for a gold medal at the London Olympics, was found dead in his bathroom late Monday night. The 26-year-old, who was training with the Norwegian national team in Arizona, died of cardiac arrest. The country's swimming federation said he was found sprawled on the bathtub. Teammates became worried when repeated knocks on the door went unanswered. A team doctor performed CPR before an ambulance arrived, but the young swimmer was never resuscitated and was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
  • French organization says Google search engine's auto-complete is anti-Semitic.

    05/01/2012 9:05:55 AM PDT · by trotskylvalia · 5 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 4/30/2012 | Eriq Gardner
    Google has been hit with a lawsuit in France for suggesting that certain celebrities, including News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch and Mad Men star Jon Hamm, are "Jewish." French organization that fights discrimination, say that by connecting persons with an often persecuted religious minority, the web giant is overseeing “the creation of what is probably the biggest Jewish file in history.”
  • Mom accused of putting bleach into toddler's eyes

    05/01/2012 8:58:05 AM PDT · by ducttape45 · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/1/2012
    Authorities say a Washington mother repeatedly put bleach into her toddler daughter's eyes, causing permanent vision loss in child's right eye, Q13 Fox reports. 29-year-old Jennifer Mothershead pled not guilty to charges of first-degree child assault Monday. Authorities say Mothershead was given antibiotics and eye drops in March 2011 for her toddler daughter after the child came to a local hospital with an eye issue. Mothershead told doctors her daughter had scratched her eye while playing in a barn, according to Q13 Fox.
  • Jukebox Time Machine

    It's sort of a "Jukebox Time Machine" of music. Each of the years connects to the best 20 hits of that year via a Jukebox. Click on a year, wait a few seconds, and a Jukebox will appear showing you 20 hits from that year to select from.
  • Not a day goes by

    05/01/2012 8:02:12 AM PDT · by whiteclockinthetrees · 5 replies
    Not a day goes bythat we do not hear dreadful news. Even'no news is good news'hardly applies. For our hearts tell us the world wags on in an ever more sped up downhill trend. Each day that goes by more loved ones are lost in the noisy raucus crowd as it edges its way into the fibers of our once simple,trusting life -oftimes via evil schemes we can scarcely imagine.(The devil he wears a slippery shoe and if you don't watch out he will slip it on you). But it helps to know there are freepers and friends out there...
  • Duran Duran to headline outdoor Olympic concert

    05/01/2012 7:55:55 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 1, 2012, 9:35 AM EDT | unattributed
    LONDON (AP) -- There will be a retro feel at a concert to mark the start of the 2012 London Olympics, with 1980s heartthrobs Duran Duran among the headliners. Organizers said Tuesday that the band, which had hits three decades ago with songs including "Rio" and "The Reflex," will represent England at the July 27 concert in London's Hyde Park, which features acts from each of the...
  • Occupy squatters finally flushed from B’klyn home

    05/01/2012 7:20:55 AM PDT · by Morgana · 14 replies
    NYP ^ | 5/1/2012 | CANDICE M. GIOVE
    It’s finally un-Occupied. Police arrested six Occupy Wall Street members squatting inside a Brooklyn home five months after the movement seized the property amid grand promises to “renovate” it and move in “a homeless family.” Instead, the group moved itself in, wrecked the place, and made a hard situation even worse for a single father who actually owned the East New York home and was trying to save it from foreclosure. Cops cuffed the occupiers after they allegedly smashed a window to get into 702 Vermont St. on April 1.
  • NY Tabloids Responded To Amar'e Stoudemire Punching A Fire Extinguisher With Some Epic Headlines

    05/01/2012 6:58:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/01/2012 | Tony Manfred
    <p>Amar'e Stoudemire went and attacked a fire extinguisher last night after the losing to the Heat, and now he'll possibly be out for the season with a lacerated hand.</p> <p>This morning, as you can imagine, the New York tabloids responded with some solid headlines.</p>
  • Upcoming annular eclipse - May 20

    05/01/2012 6:44:31 AM PDT · by djf · 12 replies
    Good time to ping people about the upcoming annular (almost total) eclipse of the Sun on May 20th. The eclipse starts in Russia/China, sweeps across the Pacific, and goes into North America. A limited number of places in America (Reno, Albuquerque), will see the actual ring of fire! Site above has simulations for your local area.
  • America's Useful Idiots

    05/01/2012 6:43:55 AM PDT · by RoadTest · 5 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | May 1, 2012 | Steve McCann
    Many years ago, a phrase was coined by the leaders of the Soviet Union to describe those in the West who naively promoted the cause of Russian Communism when in reality they were held in contempt and were being cynically used by the Soviet hierarchy. The term "useful idiot" more than ever applies to a vast swath of citizens in the United States who have been cynically used by the hardcore left for a cause they are unwilling to understand.
  • Word for the Day, Tuesday May 1, 2012

    05/01/2012 6:27:18 AM PDT · by SoothingDave · 54 replies
    Word For The Day, Tuesday, May 1, 2012 In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day". ullage [uhl-ij] -n 1. the amount by which the contents fall short of filling a container, as a cask or bottle. 2. the quantity of wine, liquor, or the like, remaining in a container that has lost part of its contents by evaporation, leakage, or use. 3. Rocketry the volume of a loaded tank of liquid propellant in excess of the volume of the propellant; the...
  • How Elite Colleges Still Feed Wall St.’s Recruiting Machine

    05/01/2012 6:21:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    New York Times ^ | 05/01/2012 | Laura Newland
    Three and a half years have passed since the onset of the financial crisis, and the public hasn’t changed the way it talks about Wall Street and its future. Journalists, politicians and even the Occupy movement have shaped our discussion by analyzing — and often attacking — the bankers at the helm. Again and again we read about the forces driving the industry today, when we should be looking to the people who will lead Wall Street tomorrow. Though recent media reports suggest that elite students are growing disillusioned by Wall Street, the numbers are unconvincing. Among the class of...
  • Roses: Old is New Again

    05/01/2012 4:58:35 AM PDT · by orsonwb · 8 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | April 30, 2012 | Rick Bickling
    Many “Old Garden” “Heritage” or “Antique” roses are being rediscovered. They are prized for their beauty, ease of growth, heat and drought tolerance, and adaptability to a wide variety of soils...
  • Sarcastic May Day poster?

    05/01/2012 4:38:27 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 24 replies
    May 1 | ctdonath2
    Looking for office-suitable poster/picture retorts to May Day. If anyplace has 'em it'll be FR!

    05/01/2012 4:28:27 AM PDT · by Homer_J_Simpson · 14 replies
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 5/1/42 | Craig Thompson, Hanson W. Baldwin
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  • Today's Toons 5/1/12

    05/01/2012 1:43:17 AM PDT · by pookie18 · 13 replies
    The Briefing Room ^ | 5/1/12 | pookie18
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  • Tea Party-Friendly Talk Radio Arrives in Philly With WWIQ

    05/01/2012 1:04:22 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 1 replies
    Philly Post ^ | 4/30/12 | Victor Fiorillo
    Can hosts like Sean Hannity, Larry Mendte and Al Gardner sink KYW and 1210 AM? For years, 106.9FM WKDN Family Radio served as the local soapbox for zealot Harold Camping, who memorably predicted that the world would end in May 2011. Disgraced, Camping has sold the station to 59-year-old Midwestern radio mogul Randy Michaels, who’s ditching Jesus but retaining the Far Right with WWIQ, his just-debuted station that has launched one year after the Apocalypse didn’t happen. Former TV anchor (and Philly Post contributor) Larry Mendte and Philadelphia native and radio veteran Al Gardner will helm mornings from 6 to...
  • Amy's Place ... Poetry and Potpourri ... May, 2012

    04/30/2012 10:02:37 PM PDT · by JustAmy · 1,222 replies
    5-1-2012 | JustAmy; St.Louie1; MamaBear; Billie; Meg33, Friends
    Welcome To.... 'Amy's Place' welcomes all poets and those who enjoy poetry.'Amy's Place' is more than just about poetry.Come in, relax, and share with fellow FReepersyour thoughts about any of the things on the *Menu*. Enjoy! :) Never Forget! Bad Penny Amy's personal guardian ~ the ever charming, lovable, huggable, LouieWolf Many thanks for stopping by. : )
  • That's Going To Hurt In The Morning: Brutal Knockout Blow Turns Boxer's Face Turns To Jelly

    04/30/2012 10:01:26 PM PDT · by Lmo56 · 22 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | 4/30/12 | Daily Mail Reporter
    This brutal knockout blow turned a boxer's face to mush - making him look more like jelly than a prized jouster. Tony Pietrantonio came crashing to the canvas in the 31st second of the third round following the devastating right-hander from fellow U.S. light heavyweight Lavarn Harvell. Harvell, 23 - dubbed Baby Bowe because of his resemblance to former heavyweight champ Riddick Bowe - said: 'I felt that punch all the way up my shoulder and back, so I knew he wasn’t getting up.
  • Farmer refuses to sell rude-shaped plant

    04/30/2012 9:36:58 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 31 replies
    Metro [UK] ^ | 27th April, 2012
    A Chinese farmer who pulled a bizarrely shaped root out of the ground has said he will not part with his plant. The root, from the He Shou Wu plant, was unearthed in southern China by local farmer Lu Chen. No doubt he was shocked when he pulled the root from the ground due to its resemblance to a human being, albeit with an overgrown appendage. The root is often used in Chinese medicine to rejuvenate virility and strength and Lu Chen believes the obscene shaping of the root is a sign his farm will produce a good harvest next...