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  • Standoff in NH city after bus bomb threat

    05/06/2010 4:29:02 PM PDT · by Cindy · 116 replies · 5,258+ views
    (AP) via Google ^ | May 6, 2010 | n/a
    SNIPPET - quote: Standoff in NH city after bus bomb threat By KATHY McCORMACK (AP) – 45 minutes ago PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Authorities remained in a standoff with a man on a Maine-to-New York Greyhound bus Thursday, hours after a passenger called 911 to report an explosive device on board. The other 16 passengers and the driver safely got off the bus, which was parked in downtown Portsmouth, surrounded by a bomb squad and sharpshooters, including one in an armored vehicle.
  • Travel Like a VIP on a Small Budget in Asia

    04/30/2010 12:29:29 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 16 replies · 583+ views
    Associated Content ^ | April 30 2010 | Alice Winters
    Rarely are currency exchange rates as good for the American dollar as that of Asian countries. In Asia, the American dollar carries a lot of clout and with the recent devaluation of the USD; it is a good thing that these countries offer an excellent trip for so little cost to Americans.
  • City workers banned from official travel to Arizona (San Francisco)

    04/28/2010 10:14:13 PM PDT · by Nachum · 40 replies · 995+ views ^ | 4/28/10 | staff
    San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom announced today a moratorium on official city travel to Arizona after the state enacted a controversial new immigration law that directs local police to arrest those suspected of being in the country illegally. The ban on city employee travel to Arizona takes effect immediately, although there are some exceptions, including for law enforcement officials investigating a crime, officials said. It's unclear how many planned trips by city workers will be curtailed.
  • Shootings kill 16 people in Mexican border city

    04/28/2010 7:20:18 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 16 replies · 577+ views
    Chron ^ | April 28, 2010 | Olivia Torres
    CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — Gunmen stormed into a bar, dragged out eight people and killed them in the parking lot, the first of several shootings in this violent border city Wednesday that left 16 dead, including a man in a wheelchair. In one incident, a car chase and shootout killed three people in front of an elementary school, creating a panic among students, teachers and parents. Battles between rival drug gangs have made Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas, one of the world's deadliest cities. More than 800 people have been killed this year in the city...
  • Penelope Cruz the sultry seductress stirs up trouble in Sex and the City 2

    04/09/2010 10:53:46 AM PDT · by C19fan · 39 replies · 1,283+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | April 9, 2010 | Staff
    There's trouble ahead in Sex and the City 2 - and her name is Penelope Cruz. The Spanish actress appears in the new trailer for the highly anticipated film as a sultry temptress who catches the eye of Mr Big, played by Chris Noth. Sarah Jessica Parker's Carrie Bradshaw catches her husband flirting with Cruz at a bar, prompting her to question her two-year marriage.
  • Sneak peek of Carrie & Co's Moroccan adventure in Sex And The City 2 (Mega Hurl Alert)

    03/12/2010 6:52:07 AM PST · by C19fan · 24 replies · 617+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | March 12, 2010 | Emily Sheridan
    With only 11 weeks to go before the eagerly-awaited Sex And The City 2 movie, fans have been given a sneak peek of what to expect, The upcoming sequel is set two years after we last saw Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) and her friends and brings the girls out of their beloved New York on a trip of Morocco. Little has been given away about the plotline, but the film will definitely include a wedding and perhaps a baby for an unlikely mother. Apparently happily married to husband Mr Big (Chris Noth), it is not known why Carrie decides...
  • Secrets of the Lost City of Z

    02/23/2010 8:16:55 AM PST · by Palter · 15 replies · 740+ views
    CBS ^ | 21 Feb 2010 | Anthony Mason
    Since the dawn of the modern age, the notion of a pre-historic world, hidden deep in the jungle and untouched by the passage of time, has captivated our imaginations. Before "Jurassic Park," before "King Kong," there was "The Lost World." Written in 1912 by Sherlock Holmes' creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, "The Lost World" was in turn largely inspired by the real-life adventures of one remarkable man: Col. Percy Harrison Fawcett. David Grann, a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine, says in his time Fawcett was a larger-than-life figure: "Oh, he really was. I mean, he was the last...
  • America's Most Miserable Cities (anyone see a common theme?)

    02/18/2010 8:50:13 AM PST · by PGR88 · 32 replies · 1,445+ views
    Forbes ^ | February 18, 2010 | Kurt Badenhausen
    Cleveland leads a slew of Midwestern towns on our annual list, but thanks to high taxes New York and Chicago make it too. The city of Cleveland has had a colorful history. The Cuyahoga River, which runs through the city, famously caught fire in 1969 thanks to rampant pollution, and it wasn't the first time. In 1978 it became the first U.S. city to default on its debts since the Great Depression. Cleveland sports fans have had to endure more anguish than those in any other city. The city has been dubbed with a less than endearing nickname: the Mistake...
  • Green Police Aren't Just in Super Bowl Ads

    02/10/2010 6:30:55 AM PST · by dmartin · 11 replies · 882+ views
    American Thinker ^ | February 10, 2010 | Peter Wilson
    If you've been watching the daily scandals destroy the credibility of the U.N. IPCC, then you might not realize that Cambridge, Massachusetts is in a state of climate emergency. This is not hyperbole, but an official policy order, passed by the City Council in May 2009, "recogniz[ing] that there is a climate emergency" and requesting the City Manager "to direct the appropriate city departments to increase the City's responses to a scale proportionate to the emergency."
  • One city just says no to more spending [Cut the lights, fire the cops, let the grass go brown]

    02/04/2010 6:53:02 PM PST · by canuck_conservative · 36 replies · 1,292+ views
    National Post [Canada] ^ | Thursday, February 4, 2010 | Kelly McParland
    Colorado Springs, second biggest city in the state, has decided that enough is enough. Confronted by a $38 million budget shortfall, and opposed to a proposal to triple property taxes to make up the gap, residents are instead bracing for spending cuts that make "draconian" sound tame. According to the Denver Post: More than a third of the streetlights in Colorado Springs will go dark Monday. The police helicopters are for sale on the Internet. The city is dumping firefighting jobs, a vice team, burglary investigators, beat cops — dozens of police and fire positions will go unfilled. The parks...
  • The town that apparently isn't

    01/17/2010 9:54:21 AM PST · by Saije · 12 replies · 765+ views
    LA Times ^ | 1/17/2010 | Ashley Powers
    Beatty is, evidently, less of a town than a state of mind. When locals tried in recent years to find the original borders of this 1,000-person desert dot, they discovered an unsettling fact: Beatty was apparently never officially formed with official boundaries and therefore might not really exist -- officially, at least. Ever since, Nye County leaders have been flummoxed over what to do with the maybe-town about 120 miles northwest of Las Vegas: Adopt the borders of one of Beatty's tax districts? Draw town limits from scratch? "When we went to the county," said Harold "Bert" Bertram, the town...
  • Newburgh(NY)to conduct gun buyback program next week

    01/14/2010 8:11:07 PM PST · by greatdefender · 9 replies · 459+ views
    NEWBURGH – City officials say Newburgh will participate in Orange County’s latest gun buyback program on January 16 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The buyback program is part of a countywide effort to get guns off the streets and keep them out of dangerous hands. In exchange for the weapons being turned in, no questions asked, the person turning the gun in will receive Shoprite gift cards. They range from $25 to $150 depending upon the condition and type of weapon turned in. Since this program began in the county, over 100 weapons have been recovered. Mayor Nicholas Valentine...
  • City to vote on assault rifle buy; Cops want an M-4 in every patrol car

    01/13/2010 3:15:33 PM PST · by greatdefender · 58 replies · 1,504+ views
    El Paso, Inc. ^ | Timothy Roberts
    Members of the El Paso City Council appear to favor the purchase of over 1,000 assault rifles for the police department, which says it needs them to protect the city from increasingly better armed criminals. The council will be asked on Tuesday to approve the purchase of 1,145 assault rifles at a cost of $772,646. That would supply all patrol officers with the civilian version of the M-4 military rifle. The lowest bid is from recommended bidder GT Distributors Inc. of Austin. The money would come from a federal grant of up to $899,287, funds targeted at stimulating the economy....
  • Looks Matter More in a City

    01/08/2010 11:15:12 AM PST · by Ellendra · 2 replies · 406+ views
    Yahoo news ^ | 1-8-10 | Melissa Mahony
    For women, looks may matter more if they live in the city than in rural areas, a new study finds. The results, which are based on body shape rather than overall beauty, showed that in cities the most attractive gals had higher social and psychological well-being. That same link wasn't found for country residents. The researchers suggest with higher population densities, cities offer more potential friends and sexual partners, allowing city folks to be choosier and so theoretically able to select the cream of the crop to associate with. Though the study is based on women, the researchers suspect similar...
  • A financial shortfall leads to a 'only me' attitude by the community

    12/10/2009 6:05:07 AM PST · by mshoffner · 8 replies · 475+ views
    Huntington Political Examiner ^ | 12/10/2009 | Mark Shoffner
    As reported here over the last few weeks, Huntington has been facing a shortfall of over a million dollars in tax revenue. Mayor Updike has tried to acquire a trash fee, has laid of a minimum of 12 people (including 6 fire fighters), closed one fire station and gotten a lot of bad reactions. The city employees have tried to help. City employees volunteered their time to decorate the city with Christmas cheer, only to find that the city has to pay overtime. The reason, a labor law states that a worker can not do anything while off duty that...
  • Firearms bill sponsor speaks in Bozeman(MT)

    12/03/2009 6:42:51 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies · 815+ views ^ | 1 December, 2009 | na
    Montana state law says that guns made and shot in the state are not under the jurisdiction of the federal government and that the federal should not tread on state law. Montana District 61 representative Joel Boniek sponsored House Bill 246, the bill says state law trumps federal law when it comes to gun laws. Firearms that are made and stay in Montana do not fall under the interstate commerce clause in the U.S. Constitution and is not in Congress' jurisdiction, according to Boniek who spoke Wednesday at the Big Sky Pachyderm luncheon. His law is in court at the...
  • Decline of the City (and) State

    11/30/2009 5:50:59 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies · 500+ views
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11/29/09 | Marla Singer
    Decline of the City (and) State Submitted by Marla Singer on 11/29/2009 19:29 -0500 /snip After all, direct democracy (and the mob rule that accompanies it) had killed Socrates, hadn't it? That Plato dedicates The Republic partly to the import of the Philosopher King years later might have been predictable. In the spirit of this background, enter San Diego, a year ago last week: Lame duck City Attorney Michael Aguirre will ask the City Council during a closed-door hearing today to consider hiring legal counsel to explore taking San Diego into bankruptcy. Aguirre said Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection would allow...
  • Huntington Planning Commission and City Council hear displeasure from local citizens

    11/23/2009 5:50:53 AM PST · by mshoffner · 1 replies · 317+ views
    The Huntington Planning Commission had a major item on their desk last week. It was a new proposed signage ordinance. The first ordinance was established in 1984. The new proposal had business owners showing up at the meeting, causing the vote to stall. Because of the outcry, the vote has been set to take place in December.
  • Han Dynasty city ruins discovered in China's Inner Mongolia

    11/13/2009 7:02:25 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies · 504+ views
    People's Daily Online ^ | November 11, 2009 | unattributed
    Han Dynasty (206 B.C.-220 A.D.) city ruins have been discovered in Wuyuan County, Hetao Plain, China's Inner Mongolia. It's said that the scale of the city ruins is rarely seen in Hetao Plain. The city ruins are located in Taal Town of Wuyuan County, Bayannaoer City in China's Inner Mongolia and once covered with grassland. The city wall was about 2 km long and 1 km wide and is made up of compressed earth. The east wall is 2 meters high and remarkably preserved, while, the south wall has already collapsed and is now a road base 80 centimeters high...
  • Prolific Serial Burglar Lands City Job

    11/06/2009 4:16:23 PM PST · by greatdefender · 5 replies · 377+ views
    KIRO-TV7 ^ | November 5, 2009 | Chris Halsne
    KIRO Team 7 Investigators have discovered a career criminal, nicknamed "the obituary burglar," is out of prison and into a new job. It's one that has victims, police and taxpayers alike shaking their heads in disbelief. Now, Investigative Reporter Chris Halsne reveals who hired a 22-time felon to work around senior citizens. Terry Lee Alexander gained notoriety a decade ago by ransacking the homes of elderly victims while they were away attending funerals. With that resume, the City of Kent thought Alexander would be a good employee and handed him the keys to the publicly-funded Senior Activities Center. It's Saturday...
  • How Detroit, the Motor City, Turned Into a Ghost Town

    10/31/2009 7:08:56 PM PDT · by Son House · 154 replies · 6,280+ views
    Guardian News and Media Limited ^ | Sunday 1 November | Paul Harris
    The city that was once one of the wealthiest in America is a decrepit, often surreal landscape of urban decline. It was once one of the greatest cities in the world. The birthplace of the American car industry, it boasted factories that at one time produced cars shipped over the globe. Its downtown was studded with architectural gems, and by the 1950s it boasted the highest median income and highest rate of home ownership of any major American city. Culturally it gave birth to Motown Records, named in homage to Detroit's status as "Motor City". Decades of white flight, coupled...
  • LOIT increase denied - City has shortfall

    10/28/2009 9:02:32 AM PDT · by mshoffner · 5 replies · 482+ views
    Huntington Examiner ^ | 10/28/2009 | Mark Shoffner
    Monday night, the citizens entered the GAR room to voice their opinions on a proposed increase in the local LOIT tax. Over the preceding week, the forum style had changed a bit. At first, any comments to be made by citizens, were to be in writing before....
  • Attorney: Oklahoma City bombing tapes appear edited

    09/27/2009 3:35:40 PM PDT · by Nachum · 88 replies · 3,884+ views ^ | 9/27/09 | ap
    Long-secret security tapes showing the chaos immediately after the 1995 bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building are blank in the minutes before the blast and appear to have been edited, an attorney who obtained the recordings said Sunday. The real story is what's missing," said Jesse Trentadue, a Salt Lake City attorney who obtained the recordings through the federal Freedom of Information Act as part of an unofficial inquiry he is conducting into the April 19, 1995, bombing that killed 168 people and injured hundreds more.
  • Mount Vernon to award Glenn Beck key to city (WA)

    09/02/2009 7:34:39 AM PDT · by SonOfDarkSkies · 15 replies · 1,005+ views ^ | 9/1/2009 | Bryan Johnson
    The mayor of Mount Vernon has made it official. Mayor Bud Norris says he will give the key to his city to conservative talk show host Glenn Beck on September 26. Norris says Beck will deliver a short talk that night and become the first person to receive a key to the city in the six years Norris has been mayor. Protesters from the Skagit County Young Democrats walked outside city hall Tuesday with protest signs, one reading "Change the locks!"
  • Council advises homeowners to leave sheds open for thieves

    10/02/2008 4:13:57 AM PDT · by Renfield · 26 replies · 1,006+ views
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9-30-08 | Richard Savil
    A council is urging allotment holders not to lock their sheds in case thieves damage the structures while breaking in.Tenants have been warned that padlocks can lead to thieves forcing their way through doors and windows of the council-owned sheds to steal garden equipment. Bristol City Council claims its 'Don't Use a Padlock' initiative will save taxpayers' money because fewer sheds will have to be repaired or replaced. Its guide reads: "Don't padlock your shed; it can save the shed being damaged if someone does try to get into it.....
  • Today’s Stimulus Debate: City vs. Country

    07/09/2009 10:29:25 AM PDT · by BGHater · 1 replies · 242+ views
    ProPublica ^ | 09 July 2009 | Amanda Michel
    We’ve heard this story before [1]: America’s metropolitan areas are losing out to its rural areas [2] when it comes to getting stimulus dollars. What we didn’t know is by how much. “The 100 largest metropolitan areas are getting less than half the money from the biggest pot of transportation stimulus money” and they “contribute three-quarters of the nation’s economic activity,” according to today’s New York Times. The Times tells you that this trend will continue. That may or may not be the case. States had a June 29 deadline to obligate, or decide how to spend, 50 percent of...
  • City Workers Must Wear Underwear, Deodorant

    06/18/2009 6:06:53 AM PDT · by greatdefender · 41 replies · 1,433+ views ^ | 18 June 2009
    BROOKSVILLE, Fla. -- A Florida city has written common sense into its employee dress code: Wear underwear to work. The Brooksville city council recently approved a revised dress code as part of its effort to update existing policies. The revision instructs employees to observe "strict personal hygiene," including the use of deodorant. It lists "the observable lack of undergarments and exposed undergarments" as "unacceptable attire." It also prohibits clothing with foul language or messages promoting drug use, "sexually provocative" garments, halter tops and piercings anywhere except the ears. Repeat offenders can be fired. The city council approved the dress code...
  • City in Oklahoma Appoints Ambassador to Military Families

    06/03/2009 6:11:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 208+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 3, 2009 – Having been part of their tightly knit community all her life, Teresa Vance always has had an interest in military families. Her father made a career out of the Army, serving in World War II and Korea. Her husband was a career surface warfare officer in the Navy, and her son spent four years in the Marine Corps. The city commission of Enid, Okla., has appointed Teresa Vance as the city’s official ambassador to military families. Vance was born into an Army family and married a career naval officer. Courtesy photo   (Click photo for...
  • Poverty link to Democrats

    04/20/2009 3:29:32 PM PDT · by pantherskincreek · 15 replies · 699+ views
    US Census Bureau | 2006
    Top 10……Poverty in Our Major Cities City, State, % of People Below the Poverty Level 1. Detroit , MI 32.5% 2. Buffalo , NY 29.9% 3. Cincinnati , OH 27.8% 4. Cleveland , OH 27.0% 5. Miami , FL 26.9% 5. St. Louis , MO 26.8% 7. El Paso , TX 26.4% 8. Milwaukee , WI 26.2% 9. Philadelphia , PA 25.1% 10. Newark , NJ 24.2% U.S. Census Bureau, 2006 American Community Survey, August 2007 What do the top ten cities (over 250,000) with the highest poverty rate all have in common? Detroit, MI (1st on the poverty rate...
  • Shushan, Iranian Biblical City of Purim Drama, a Garbage Dump

    03/09/2009 5:20:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies · 466+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/9/09 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    ( Iranians have turned a huge excavation site in the city of Shush, site of "Susa," the ancient city of Shushan -- center of the events in the Purim story -- into a garbage dump. Culture heritage backers put a stop to construction of a hotel on the site, according to the Tehran News, which added that residents of the Shush municipality are now filling the huge, gaping 300-foot by 300-foot hole with rubbish.
  • Municipalities continue to be upset with Ohio Supreme Court over gun rights

    02/21/2009 5:41:01 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies · 627+ views
    Buckeye Firearms Association ^ | 20 February, 2009 | Tim Inwood
    An old friend of mine, who is on the city council in my hometown, has given me the February 2009 copy of Risky Business, a newsletter put out by the Miami Valley Risk Management Association. He was concerned over comments made on the second page. Though the article is subtle, it is clearly an advocacy piece about a ruling with which they are unhappy. MVRMA seems to be bothered that the Ohio Supreme Court found for the citizens of Ohio in their desire to exercise their right to keep arms for self-defense, and not for home rule by the cities....
  • What if Republicans became the party talking up the economy, and being optimistic?

    02/21/2009 4:42:41 AM PST · by Cringing Negativism Network · 30 replies · 609+ views
    "It's morning in America". Those words, defined greatness, and conservativism for a generation. "Mr. Gorbachev... tear down this wall!". What if Republicans, and conservatives, simply were to reject the gloom and doom of the socialist left - and be about real hope. Liberals are such pathetic whiners. It won't take long for Americans to tire of them, if presented a real contrast.
  • The City Welcomes Back Its Favorite Mascot The "Healthy Penis" campaign is back!

    02/15/2009 8:10:33 AM PST · by OL Hickory · 36 replies · 1,186+ views
    Philadelphia news ^ | 14-FEB-09 | SAJID FAROOQ
    Yup, the Healthy Penis campaign is back in San Francisco and organizers claim it is better than ever. Not since the Sexual Harassment Panda or Larry the Lobster has a mascot been so confusing.
  • Discerning the Times.An invitation from Cooper City Church of God

    01/21/2009 9:27:42 AM PST · by Corazon · 2 replies · 296+ views
    An invitation from Cooper City Church of God. South Florida Israel Awakening Weekend.
  • How the City Hurts Your Brain

    01/11/2009 5:17:25 PM PST · by SolitaryMan · 17 replies · 523+ views ^ | January 2, 2009 | Jonah Lehrer
    THE CITY HAS always been an engine of intellectual life, from the 18th-century coffeehouses of London, where citizens gathered to discuss chemistry and radical politics, to the Left Bank bars of modern Paris, where Pablo Picasso held forth on modern art. Without the metropolis, we might not have had the great art of Shakespeare or James Joyce; even Einstein was inspired by commuter trains. (Yuko Shimizu for the Boston Globe) And yet, city life isn't easy. The same London cafes that stimulated Ben Franklin also helped spread cholera; Picasso eventually bought an estate in quiet Provence. While the modern city...
  • How the city hurts your brain (or Why Cities are Mostly Democrat)

    01/08/2009 2:00:53 PM PST · by helpfulresearcher · 36 replies · 1,151+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 2 Jan 09 | By Jonah Lehrer
    Now scientists have begun to examine how the city affects the brain, and the results are chastening. Just being in an urban environment, they have found, impairs our basic mental processes. After spending a few minutes on a crowded city street, the brain is less able to hold things in memory, and suffers from reduced self-control. While it's long been recognized that city life is exhausting -- that's why Picasso left Paris -- this new research suggests that cities actually dull our thinking, sometimes dramatically so.

    12/18/2008 2:17:03 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 8 replies · 601+ views ^ | 12/18/08 | BobLonsberry
    Hey, Cuomo, stand up and fight. I’m talking to Andrew Cuomo, the attorney general of New York. Stand up and fight. For the last two weeks, as the Caroline Kennedy coronation has been going on, the man whose career she is destroying has been silent. It’s as if he fell off the face of the earth. The story is that Caroline Kennedy has announced that she wants to be a U.S. senator from New York. She has no experience, no preparation, no training. She has never stood before the voters. She has never even visited vast stretches of the state...
  • Derinkuyu, the mysterious underground city of Turkey

    12/15/2008 9:37:10 AM PST · by BGHater · 15 replies · 2,626+ views
    Corner Mystery ^ | 11 Dec 2008 | CM
    In 1963, an inhabitant of Derinkuyu (in the region of Cappadocia, central Anatolia, Turkey), knocking down a wall of his house cave, discovered amazed that behind it was a mysterious room that he had never seen, and this led him room to another and another and another to it ... By chance he had discovered the underground city of Derinkuyu, whose first level could be excavated by the Hittites around 1400 BC Archaeologists began to explore this fascinating underground city abandoned. It managed to forty meters deep, but is believed to have a fund of up to 85 meters. At...

    11/02/2008 1:36:54 PM PST · by Lorianne · 194+ views
    City Limits ^ | October 27, 2008 | Jarrett Murphy
    The presidential candidates have staked out very different positions on housing, schools, crime, infrastructure and other issues key to urban America.
  • Mullen Gets First-Hand Look at Sadr City Improvements[Mullen "Success Is A Marathon, Not A Sprint."]

    07/27/2008 4:37:11 AM PDT · by Son House · 1 replies · 113+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Tuesday, 08 July 2008 | By Army Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden
    The U.S. military’s top-ranking officer encountered one of Iraq’s most dangerous areas July 7 and saw first-hand the improvements Iraqi and U.S. forces have made during recent months. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, received a glimpse of the success that has seen attack levels in Iraq fall to their lowest in four years - a 90 percent decline in attacks during the past year alone. The progress in security has allowed Coalition forces to focus more on other issues, military officials in Baghdad said. Less than 60 days ago, the streets of Jamilla Market...
  • US Mayors Vote to Curb Bottled Water

    06/23/2008 3:54:20 PM PDT · by anymouse · 29 replies · 70+ views
    AFP ^ | 6/23/08
    The US Conference of Mayors on Monday passed a resolution calling for a phasing out of bottled water by municipalities and promoting the importance of public water supplies. (snip) The mayors, meeting in Miami, approved a resolution proposed by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom along with 17 other large-city mayors to redirect taxpayer dollars from bottled water to other city services.
  • Hidden City Provides Fascinating Insight Into The Structures Of Hellenistic Settlements

    06/23/2008 1:58:45 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 345+ views
    FWF ^ | 6-23-2008 | Prof. Schmidt-Colinet
    Archaeology - Hidden City Provides Fascinating Insight into the Structures of Hellenistic SettlementsSix centuries of Hellenistic culture lay hidden under the sand. The site has provided a unique insight into the structures of settlements at that time. (Excavations as at 2007, © A. Schmidt-Colinet) The discovery of an ancient city buried beneath the sands of modern-day Syria has provided evidence for a Hellenistic settlement that existed for more than six centuries extending into the time of the Roman Empire. The site provides a unique insight into the structures of a pre-Roman Hellenistic settlement. The project, funded by the Austrian Science...
  • Americans Migrate Back To The Cities

    06/19/2008 2:35:55 PM PDT · by blam · 68 replies · 151+ views
    Americans migrate back to the cities By Tom Leonard in New York Last Updated: 2:23AM BST 19/06/2008 Americans are choosing to abandon the suburban sprawl in favour of a more comfortable, cheaper and greener life in the city centre. Americans flocked to the suburbs after the WWII. Soaring energy prices and the sub-prime crisis are driving them back to the cities The mass migration of America's middle classes from urban areas to the suburbs amounted to a demographic revolution in the years after the Second World War. But the so-called "driveable suburb" is becoming increasingly unfeasible as soaring fuel costs...
  • 'Sunken City' A Reminder Of An Ill-Fated Residential Area

    06/13/2008 5:43:39 AM PDT · by blam · 4 replies · 203+ views
    Daily Breeze ^ | 6-11-2008 | Josh Grossberg
    Sunken City' a reminder of an ill-fated residential area By Josh Grossberg, Staff Writer Article Launched: 06/11/2008 01:00:00 AM PDT Jessica Bagwell of Walnut photographs the ruins at Sunken City as a school project on landscape architecture and plant resilience at Cal Poly Pomona. (Sean Hiller/Staff Photographer)But the property also features a less-savory aspect of life in Southern California: treacherous and unstable terrain. Now ominously known as "Sunken City," the 6-acre parcel overlooking the cliffs at the southernmost tip of Los Angeles, in San Pedro, was once dotted with homes - a community of bungalows owned by Harbor Area developer...
  • Magellan Tank Farm Fire - Kansas City, KS

    06/03/2008 9:03:19 PM PDT · by gpk9 · 21 replies · 852+ views
    5-3-08 | George Kelley
    A cloud-to-ground ligtning strike from a severe thunderstom hit a large gasoline storage tank at the Magellan Petroleum tank farm in Kansas City, igniting 2 million plus gallons of unleaded gasoline, rapidly growing into a huge inferno of flame belching over 200 feet in the air. Local authorities have elected to let the fire burn itself out, which is anticipated to take a day or more. The fire is presently contained to the burning tank. Authorites and company officials feel confident the fire poses no danger to other large storage tanks nearby. Video from local news helicopters shows tank walls...
  • Jiroft Is Ancient City Of Marhashi: US Scholar

    05/08/2008 6:25:35 PM PDT · by blam · 10 replies · 119+ views
    Tehran Times ^ | 5-7-2008
    Jiroft is the ancient city of Marhashi: U.S. scholarWednesday, May 7, 2008 Tehran Times Culture Desk Jiroft is the ancient city of Marhashi: U.S. scholar TEHRAN -- Piotr Steinkeller, professor of Assyriology in Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations of Harvard University, believes that the prehistoric site of Jiroft is the lost ancient city of Marhashi. He developed the theory in his paper during the first round of the International Conference on Jiroft Civilization, which was held in Tehran on May 5 and 6. Marhashi, (in earlier sources Warahshe) was a 3rd millennium BC polity situated east of Elam,...
  • Port City is Open for Business

    04/13/2008 4:00:31 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 71+ views
    Commodities are offloaded from ships at the UMM Qasr Port, from all over the world to be distributed throughout Iraq April 11. These goods will be transported to different provinces through out the country. The Port of Um Qasr, is a small port city southeast of Basra. DoD photo. UMQASR — UmQasr, a port city southeast of Basra, is filled with daily activities, as Iraqi workers load export and unload imports last week.“The estimated flow of goods into Iraq is 60,000 tons with 15,000 passing through UmQsar,” said Todd Stratton, Task Force to Support Business and Stability Operations in Iraq.“The...
  • Londoners could pay $50 a day to drive in city[UK]

    04/04/2008 3:42:05 PM PDT · by BGHater · 13 replies · 75+ views
    NBC News ^ | 04 Apr 2008 | Gregory White
    Mayor Livingstone stakes re-election bid on hefty tax for big vehicles LONDON - As New York commuters brace for possible charges for driving into the midtown area, they can at least be thankful they don't live in London, where Mayor Ken Livingstone has staked his re-election hopes on boosting the "congestion tax" to as much as $50 a day. The New York State Legislature still needs to approve Mayor Michael Bloomberg's pricing plan this month or the city stands to lose $354 million in funding to help kick-start the project. The proposal involves raising tolls for entering New York via...
  • Police see no pattern in San Jose homicide spike

    03/21/2008 7:54:12 AM PDT · by Technoman · 14 replies · 685+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 3-21-08 | Sean Webby
    As police sped toward West San Jose on Wednesday night where Homer Bejarano Resendez lay fatally shot, the city of San Jose was accelerating through one of its bloodiest stretches in years.
  • Running a City in Southern Iraq

    03/18/2008 5:51:30 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 131+ views
    CAMP BUCCA — Sewers, water, electricity, trash and fuel are services vital to any city in the United States, and urban populations simply cannot function effectively without proper city management oversight. Approximately 30 members of Oklahoma’s 1st Battalion, 160th Field Artillery, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team face these same challenges in the middle of a desert in southern Iraq. The Guard members manage a facility with a population of more than 26,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen, contractors, Department of Defense civilians and detainees at Camp Bucca, Iraq. The camp sits starkly in the middle of the desert -- all commodities and...