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  • Under Obamacare, Small Business Owner Could Face Fine Up to $500K

    05/31/2016 8:09:07 AM PDT · by milton23 · 27 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 5/30/16 | Melissa Quinn
    When Maryland business owner Thomas Kunkel first learned about the Affordable Care Act, he was excited about the prospect of the new health care law. “From the small business standpoint, it was actually one of the first times I felt like a bit of a social program might actually benefit a small business,” he told The Daily Signal. “Usually it’s the opposite.” Kunkel owns Full House Marketing and Print in Edgewood, Maryland, and employs 21 full-time workers and up to 10 part-time employees. While he doesn’t provide them with health insurance, Kunkel cuts his workers a monthly check through a...
  • Rubio fined over improper donations (2012)

    02/18/2016 11:27:15 AM PST · by justlittleoleme · 17 replies
    Politico ^ | 04/27/12 | John Bresnahan
    The Federal Election Commission has fined Sen. Marco Rubio $8,000 for accepting more than $210,000 in improper contributions during his 2010 run for the Senate. In a negotiated settlement finalized last month but only publicly released now, Marco Rubio for Senate acknowledged taking in more than $210,000 in "prohibited, excessive and other impermissible contributions" during his Senate campaign and failing to refund or "redesignate" the funds within the allowed time frame. Even after an internal audit, the Rubio campaign failed to identify more than $83,000 in improper or incorrectly characterized contributions, according to a March 19 agreement between the campaign...
  • Canadian Football Player Fined for Anti-Semitic Tweets

    05/14/2015 10:33:30 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    INN ^ | 5/14/15 | Ben Ariel
    A football player in Canada has been fined by both the Canadian Football League (CFL) and his team over anti-Semitic tweets, The Toronto Star reports. The CFL and the Montreal Alouettes fined defensive lineman Khalif Mitchell an undisclosed amount for “tweets violating the league’s social media policy”, according to the report. The CFL and the Alouettes began looking into Mitchell’s social media conduct after B’nai Brith Canada, the Jewish human rights advocacy group, alerted them to “hateful content” on his Twitter account. Mitchell recently tweeted a link to a 2015 YouTube video titled “The greatest lie ever told – The...
  • Christian Bakers Who Refused to Make Cake for Lesbian Wedding Found Guilty

    02/04/2015 1:28:16 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 87 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 2/4/15 | Leonardo Blair
    Christian owners of a bakery in Gresham, Oregon, who were forced to close their business in 2013 due to backlash over their refusal to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding based on religious objections, were found guilty of discrimination Monday and now have to pay the couple up to $150,000 in fines. The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries announced that the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery, Aaron and Melissa Klein, will have to pay the sapphic couple. Whether or not they pay the maximum $150,000 fine will be determined at a hearing on March 10 BOLI...
  • Couple fined for refusing to host same-sex wedding on their farm

    11/10/2014 4:47:53 AM PST · by Crazieman · 76 replies
    New York Post ^ | 11/10/2014 | Andrea Peyser
    Cynthia and Robert Gifford are caught in a same-sex nightmare. They’ve been forced to defend themselves against claims that they’re lesbian-hating homophobes. “We respect and care for everyone!’’ Cynthia Gifford told me. “We had an openly gay man working for us this past season,’’ she said. “We’ve had a woman who’s transitioning to be a man. We don’t discriminate against anyone.’’ But the government of the state of New York sees things differently. The Giffords, who own the bucolic Liberty Ridge Farm in upstate New York, were ordered to pay a total of $13,000 — a $10,000 fine to the...
  • Planned Parenthood Fined $25,000 For Running Filthy Abortion Clinic

    08/02/2014 2:58:00 PM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies
    life news ^ | Steven Ertelt
    A Planned Parenthood abortion clinic has been fined by the state of Ohio for running a filthy, unsanitary abortion clinic that puts the lives and health of women at risk. Today, Ohio Right to Life obtained documentation of enforcement actions against three abortion facilities by the Ohio Department of Health. Among them is a $25,000 fine issued to Planned Parenthood of Bedford Heights due to severe violations of health and safety standards. Such violations include the facility’s failure to adhere to infection control policies, including exposed urine samples. plannedparenthood121The violations include the state health inspector found include: no experienced director...
  • Mom fined $10 for lack of grains in kids' lunch

    11/19/2013 3:14:47 AM PST · by rickmichaels · 26 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | NOVEMBER 18, 2013 | KRISTEN ANNABLE
    WINNIPEG -- After sending her children to daycare with a lunch of roast beef, carrots and potatoes, Kristen Bartkiw was fed a $10 fine. The reason: An unbalanced meal. Despite the presence of a meat, vegetable, fruits and juice, the meal was missing a grain. The solution was to give the Rossburn, Man., school teacher a $10 fine and give her children Ritz Crackers as a supplement. "I don't blame the daycare," said Bartkiw, who was actually on the board of The Little Cub's Den when they decided to start fining parents. According to Manitoba Early Learning and Child Care...
  • 84-year-old pro-lifer fined 10,000 euro for seeking to counsel women at abortion clinic: France

    09/19/2013 7:51:41 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 17 replies
    Lifesitenews ^ | Sep 17, 2013 | Jeanne Smits
    Dr. Xavier Dor An octogenarian and veteran pro-life activist in France was fined 10,000 euro ($13,360 US) on Monday for having twice visited a Paris abortion clinic where he met with staff and attempted to counsel abortion-bound women. The conviction is one of the first cases pleaded under a French law that prohibits putting “moral and psychological pressure” designed to obstruct abortion. The hefty fine is 2,000 euro more than had been demanded by the public prosecution. Since 2001, when the offense of “obstruction to abortion” was given a wider definition in law, the maximum fine for violating the statute...
  • Clothing Store Fined $3.9 Million by Feds Over Drawstrings

    08/26/2013 9:10:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 54 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 8/26/13
    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) wanted to send a “message” by fining a department store almost $4 million after they failed to “report immediately” to the federal government that they were selling children’s clothing with drawstrings. Ross Stores, Inc. settled with the agency in June, agreeing to pay a $3.9 million civil penalty after they “knowingly failed to report to CPSC immediately, as required by federal law, that it sold or held for sale, about 23,000 children’s upper outerwear garments with drawstrings at the neck or waist.” The company said it settled to avoid costly litigation and denies...
  • TGI Fridays in NJ fined $500K for switching booze

    08/03/2013 7:35:49 AM PDT · by Libloather · 28 replies
    MSN ^ | 7/31/13
    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - An operator of TGI Fridays restaurants in New Jersey has agreed to pay a $500,000 fine for serving customers cheap booze when they paid for top shelf. **SNIP** The franchisee also faces a lawsuit in state court by two women who claim Briad had instituted a uniform policy to substitute cut-rate liquor for premium brands for over at least a year, in violation of the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act. It seeks reimbursement for all customer losses and punitive damages of three times the price of each drink. Twenty-nine establishments, including 13 TGI Fridays, had been...
  • Amsterdam fined, taxed Holocaust survivors in hiding

    04/03/2013 9:58:37 AM PDT · by Nachum · 84 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 4/2/13 | JTA
    THE HAGUE (JTA) — The City of Amsterdam fined hundreds of Jewish Holocaust survivors for failing to pay taxes while they were in hiding or in concentration camps. The affair was exposed in an article in Het Parool, a local daily, on March 30. Many of the houses in question were confiscated and used by members of the NSB Dutch Nazi party while the Jewish owners were in hiding or in camps. The city went after survivors as late as 1947, the report said. Other Dutch municipalities waived such debts, Het Parool reported. The following year the city agreed to...
  • Beitar Team Fined for Fans’ Racism

    01/29/2013 3:27:48 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/1/13
    The Beitar Jerusalem team has been fined 50,000 shekels by a Football Association court for fans’ recent anti-Muslim chants. In addition, the east seating section at Beitar’s home field in Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem will be closed for the next five games. The team was also given a suspended sentence of a 35,000 shekel fine and five games with no audience if there are additional incidents in which racist calls are heard...
  • Elizabeth Warren Claims Not to 'Know' Whether Union Members Were Fined for Not Supporting Her

    10/13/2012 11:32:56 AM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 10/13/12 | MICHAEL WARREN
    Elizabeth Warren Claims Not to 'Know' Whether Union Members Were Fined for Not Supporting HerBy MICHAEL WARREN 12:21 PM, Oct 13, 2012 Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat challenging Republican Scott Brown for the U.S. Senate, dodged questions about claims that a local union was fining its members for not publicly supporting her campaign. This week, Warren repeatedly told Boston's local FOX TV affiliate, "I don't know anything about" the possibility that union members were threatened with fines if they did not attend a debate and hold signs to support the Democrat. After being pressed about her thoughts on those allegations...
  • After government says it misled users, Facebook pledges to address privacy concerns

    11/30/2011 5:36:29 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 9 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 11-30-11 | ap
    SAN FRANCISCO - Government regulators are sharing some alarming information about Facebook: They believe the online social network has often misled its more than 800 million users about the sanctity of their personal information. The unflattering portrait of Facebook's privacy practices emerged Tuesday in a Federal Trade Commission complaint alleging that Facebook exposed details about users' lives without getting legally required consent. In some cases, the FTC charged, Facebook allowed potentially sensitive details to be passed along to advertisers and software developers prowling for customers. To avoid further legal wrangling, Facebook agreed to submit to government audits of its privacy...
  • Family Fined $300 For Having Apple, Tomato, 3 Cucumbers In Backpack At Newark Liberty

    08/11/2011 9:58:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    New York CBS Local ^ | 8/11/11 | Sean Hennessey
    Steinbergers Had Just Gotten Off Flight From Israel, Forgot About Kid's Snack MONSEY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A family of four from Florida visiting relatives in New Jersey got an unwelcome surprise at the Customs gate — all because of some forgotten fruit and vegetables. The oversight was an expensive one that has the family fuming, reports CBS 2’s Sean Hennessey. “I don’t have to be traumatized like this. Nobody should have to be traumatized,” Suri Steinberger said. Suri and Peter Steinberger are livid after what they call an over-reaction by customs agents at Newark Liberty Airport. They were told they...
  • Obama fined during London visit

    07/24/2011 7:10:34 PM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 13 replies
    GeoTV ^ | July 21, 2011 | Geo News
    LONDON: US President Barack Obama was fined £120 for not paying the London congestion charge during his state visit to Britain. London mayor, Boris Johnson wanted the £10 congestion fee to be paid for the Presidents armor plated limo "The Beast" and all other cars during his visit in May. Johnson is understood to have raised the issue with Obama at a Buckingham Palace
  • Cops: Man who found $17K didn't tell the truth (fined $500)

    06/29/2011 10:19:22 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 15 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 6/29/11 | Deanese Williams-Harris
    An Arlington Heights man was fined $500 after he turned in $17,000 but lied about how and where he actually found the cash, police said today. Robert Adams, 54, was cited today for filing a false report with the Rolling Meadows Police Department. On the evening of June 6, Adams found a Chase Bank bag full of cash totaling about $17,000 near a Walgreens ATM in Midlothian, police said. Instead of turning the cash in at that location, Adams drove to Rolling Meadows and turned in the bag at a Chase Bank. He later told police he found the cash...
  • Disgraced attorney owes $15 million to teenager he raped

    05/25/2011 8:22:22 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 38 replies
    mpls star tribune ^ | 5-24-11 | ABBY SIMONS
    Disgraced former attorney Aaron Biber, imprisoned for raping a 15-year-old friend of his son, has been ordered to pay $15 million to a trust in the teen's name for acts a judge deemed "utterly intolerable to the civilized community." Hennepin County District Judge Denise Reilly ordered Biber, 48, formerly of Shoreview, to pay $10 million in punitive damages and $5 million for assault, battery and emotional distress inflicted on the teen, leading up to and including the October 2009 assault. Attorney Michael Schwartz, trustee for the teen, said he and other attorneys will immediately work toward collecting on the civil...
  • Renewable energy (biomass) plants fined for Clean Air Act violations

    02/17/2011 6:46:56 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies
    California Watch ^ | 2/17/11 | Sam Pearson
    Two Central Valley biomass plants have agreed to pay more than $830,000 in fines for violating the Clean Air Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced yesterday. “Today’s enforcement actions are a victory for human health,” Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s regional administrator for the Pacific Southwest, said in a statement. The plants in Chowchilla and El Nido, both owned by Global Ampersand, LLC, of Boston, were fined $343,000 and $492,000, respectively. Company representatives did not respond to requests for comment. David Kim, assistant regional counsel for the EPA, said that the fines showed that even the renewable energy industry could run...
  • Brett Favre to be fined $50,000, not suspended, over Jenn Sterger texts

    12/29/2010 12:53:52 PM PST · by Nachum · 38 replies · 16+ views
    New York Post ^ | 12/29/10 | Staff from agencies
    The NFL announced today that Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre will be fined $50,000 for the Jenn Sterger episode. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed the announcement on his Twitter account, writing that the NFL found “no violation of league policy,” during its investigation into accusations that Favre sent lewd photographs to Sterger in 2008. Aiello added that Favre’s fine stemmed from a “lack of cooperation” into the investigation. (Snip) Favre, 41, acknowledged earlier this year that he left Sterger voicemails while trying to woo the stunning ex-model in 2008.
  • Freehold Attorney Fined $2,500 for Trapping, Drowning Squirrels (Wife Turned Him In)

    11/21/2010 10:08:31 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 54 replies
    NOVEMBER 19, 2010 | Charles Webster
    Freehold Attorney Fined $2,500 for Trapping, Drowning Squirrels
  • 150 people fined for throwing plastic bags in drains

    07/01/2010 7:39:44 AM PDT · by greatdefender · 2 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | June 30, 2010
    Cracking the whip on all those throwing plastic bags in drains, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has fined nearly 150 people and collected a fine of Rs 1.32 lakh in a fortnight. After having learnt lessons from July 26 deluge, when plastic bags had blocked drains and led to flooding in the metropolis, the civic body has formed two 'plastic ban' squads consisting of six people. "We have collected a fine of Rs 1.32 lakh from 146 people who were caught throwing plastic in drains in the last 12-13 days. These people are largely hawkers and shopkeepers," Deputy Municipal Commissioner...
  • Schwarz campaign, GOP group settle FEC violations

    07/07/2009 6:37:13 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 8 replies · 384+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7-7-09 | David Eggert
    LANSING, Mich. - The campaign of former Rep. Joe Schwarz and a Republican group have paid $5,000 in civil fines to settle federal campaign finance violations. The Federal Election Commission said Tuesday that the Battle Creek lawmaker's campaign and the Republican Main Street Partnership PAC coordinated communications for radio ads during the 2006 primary. The FEC said coordinating the work meant the campaign accepted, but did not report, excessive in-kind financial contributions. The Schwarz campaign and GOP group each paid fines of $2,500. Tim Walberg defeated Schwarz in the August 2006 GOP primary and served one term in Congress. Democrat...
  • Australian fined for buckling in beer, not child

    05/13/2008 11:14:28 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 40 replies · 160+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/13/08 | AP
    DARWIN, Australia - An Australian man has been fined after buckling in a case of beer with a seat belt but leaving a 5-year-old child to sit on the car's floor, police said Tuesday. Constable Wayne Burnett said he was "shocked and appalled" when he pulled over the unregistered car Friday in the central Australian town of Alice Springs. The 30-can beer case was strapped in between two adults sitting in the back seat of the car. The child was also in back, but on the car's floor. "The child was sitting in the lump in the center, unrestrained," Burnett...
  • Driver fined for leaving engine running as car defrosted outside his home[UK]

    12/30/2007 12:11:12 AM PST · by BGHater · 65 replies · 360+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 28 Dec 2007 | Daily Mail
    A motorist has been fined for defrosting his car outside his home because he left it unattended with the engine running. Ken Hardman was given a £30 fixed penalty notice for leaving his engine on to warm up his car during the cold snap in the morning. He was prosecuted under the Road Traffic Act offence of 'quitting' which is when a person leaves their vehicle's engine running while they are not in it. The 45-year-old was visited by a police officer as part of Operation Cold Start which targets residential areas of Chorley and Leyland in Lancashire where car...
  • ACT fined $775,000 (Soros funded group)

    08/31/2007 10:02:29 PM PDT · by epow · 12 replies · 463+ views
    I'm With Fred ^ | 8/30/07 | Michael Shear
    August 30, 2007 Washington Post FEC SENDS A MESSAGE ACT Fined $775,000 The Federal Election Commission yesterday issued the latest in a string of six-figure fines against partisan political groups -- this time, against America Coming Together, a group financed by George Soros and labor organizations that sunk more than $100 million into campaign activities intended to help Democrats in the 2004 elections. The decision to fine the group $775,000, the FEC's third-largest penalty in its three-decade history, was intended to send a stern message to independent groups. The FEC has said it will crack down on groups that raise...
  • Energy Department fined $1 million (Hanford nuclear reservation clean-up agreement violations)

    03/28/2007 7:18:03 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 229+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/28/07 | AP
    RICHLAND, Wash. - The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday fined the federal Energy Department $1.1 million over violations of an agreement to clean up the Hanford nuclear reservation, the nation's most polluted nuclear site. The fine involved operations at a landfill that is the primary repository for contaminated soils, debris and other hazardous and radioactive waste from cleanup operations across the site. After first shutting down operations upon discovery of the failures, the EPA has permitted the landfill to resume operations under strict oversight. The EPA pointed out problems in a letter to the Energy Department on Tuesday, saying that...
  • Illegal Workers Hired By Border Wall Co.

    12/18/2006 8:46:31 PM PST · by stainlessbanner · 16 replies · 630+ views
    wesh ^ | December 14, 2006
    SAN DIEGO -- A Southern California fence-building company, its founder and another executive have pleaded guilty to knowingly hiring illegal immigrants. They will pay a combined penalty of $5 million. Among Golden State Fence's projects in recent years was part of a 14-mile border fence in San Diego. Prosecutors will ask for sentences of six months, but prison time is rare in such cases. The fine, however, is one of the biggest ever imposed in an immigration case. The company will pay most of it. Founder and president Mel Kay will forfeit $200,000. Manager Michael McLaughlin will pay $100,000. The...
  • Steelers' Porter Fined For Using Gay Slur

    12/15/2006 3:16:56 AM PST · by beyond the sea · 134 replies · 4,220+ views ^ | 12/14/06 | unknown
    Pittsburgh Steelers' linebacker Joey Porter was fined $10,000 by the NFL on Thursday for a gay slur he made towards Cleveland Browns' tight end Kellen Winslow after the game on Thursday. During the game, Winslow was flagged for a personal foul for hitting Steelers linebacker James Farrior after a play. In a post-game interview, Porter referred to Winslow with a derogatory word used to describe homosexuals. On Tuesday, Porter apologized, saying he didn't intend to offend anyone but Winslow. "I guess, how we used that word freely, me using it growing up, I didn't think anything of it," Porter said...
  • Undocumented workers could get bosses fined - Reply would be required to Social Security letters

    08/15/2006 10:15:52 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 451+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 8/15/06 | Hiram Soto
    The federal government is considering new rules that would toughen laws against companies hiring undocumented immigrants. The proposed regulations would require companies to respond promptly to letters from the government alerting them to discrepancies between the names of employees and their Social Security numbers, or else be liable for violating immigration laws. Employers currently are under no obligation to respond to these “no-match” letters from the Social Security Administration; there are no criminal or administrative penalties. But if the new regulations are enacted, companies would be liable for having “constructive knowledge” of hiring undocumented immigrants – if they were to...
  • NY Gas Stations Fined for Gouging (NC state gas tax going up - twice in 2006)

    12/19/2005 4:41:01 PM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies · 708+ views
    R News ^ | 12/19/05
    Gas Stations Fined for Gouging by R News Staff Published Dec 19, 2005 Fifteen gasoline stations statewide have been fined more than $63,000 dollars by New York state for jacking up prices after Hurricane Katrina Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's office released Monday the results of a three-month investigation into the gouging. The No-Co gas station on West Main Street in Webster is among those fined for the gouging. State officials say three oil companies, Getty, B.P. Amoco and Lukoil set prices for the service stations they control. Spitzer's office says the investigation of other retailers continues. Local gas prices hit...
  • CA: (Ron) Roberts fined over campaign records (San Diego - Whole lotta fining going on.)

    11/11/2005 11:17:49 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 270+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 11/11/05 | Craig Gustafson
    The city of San Diego's Ethics Commission has levied the largest fine in its history against San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts for misidentifying contributors to his mayoral bid last year. The Roberts campaign incorrectly identified at least 30 contributors as homemakers or retired when in fact they were employed. Roughly 900 of Roberts' 3,740 contributors were identified in that fashion, and the campaign is trying to confirm how many actually had occupations. The commission's executive director called the campaign's efforts to inform voters of the sources of the funds as "woefully inadequate" – a characterization the Roberts campaign did...
  • US soldier fined for posting classified information

    08/29/2005 1:09:43 AM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 5 replies · 598+ views
    Mail&Guardian ^ | Amanda Keim
    An Arizona national guardsman serving in Iraq has been demoted for posting classified information on his blog, an army official said. Leonard Clark (40) was demoted from specialist to private first class and fined $1 640 said Colonel Bill Buckner, a spokesperson for the Multi-National Corps-Iraq, on Monday. Soldiers in Iraq are allowed to maintain blogs but cannot post information about army operations or movements. They also are barred from posting information about the death of a soldier whose family hasn't yet been notified. "The intent of the policy is not to violate soldiers' rights, but to safeguard soldiers," Buckner...
  • Driver fined for ‘having a face like a moron’

    05/09/2005 3:00:18 PM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 15 replies · 1,130+ views
    daily times Pakistan ^ | 5-9-05 | daily times staff
    A Romanian traffic cop has been demoted after he fined a driver for “having a face like a moron and being a big monkey”. Marius Vlasceanu pulled over Gheorghe Tosa as he drove through Craiova in Romania, local daily Jurnalul National reported. But Tosa failed to see the funny side as Vlasceanu fined him £22 and handed him a ticket explaining the reason for the fine was “having a face like a moron and being a big monkey”. ananova
  • Rockets Coach Van Gundy Fined $100,000 for Comments

    05/03/2005 6:42:02 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 104 replies · 2,187+ views
    AP Sports via aol ^ | 5 3 05 | JAIME ARON
    DALLAS (May 2) - The NBA fined Houston Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy $100,000 - the largest amount ever for a coach - on Monday, a day after he accused officials of targeting center Yao Ming this postseason and said Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is to blame. While Van Gundy laughed off the penalty and Yao offered to pick up half the tab, the matter jumped to another, far more serious level. Commissioner David Stern called the fine "an intermediary step," adding that an investigation will continue once the Rockets finish their playoff run. He said further punishment is...
  • MTV's 'Pimp My Ride' shop fined by feds (Replacing air bags with video screens illegal)

    12/31/2004 9:47:28 AM PST · by Libloather · 75 replies · 8,672+ views ^ | 12/31/04 | Danny Hakim
    'Pimp My Ride' shop fined by feds Replacing air bags with video screens illegal By Danny Hakim NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE Posted on Fri, Dec. 31, 2004 DETROIT - Pimp the ride, pay the price. In the first of what is expected to be a broader crackdown against auto customization shops, federal regulators this week levied a $16,000 fine on West Coast Customs, the celebrity auto body shop affiliated with MTV's "Pimp My Ride," a reality show that makes over rundown cars. The shop, which has customized sport utility vehicles for celebrities such as Shaquille O'Neal, was fined for...
  • Exploiting the Koran to Terrorize

    12/14/2004 8:13:38 AM PST · by forty_years · 12 replies · 1,070+ views ^ | December 14, 2004 | Daniel Pipes
    Counterterrorism efforts got a major boost last week when an American district court found three Muslim organizations and one individual, mostly based in the Chicago area, guilty of funding Hamas and fined them an astonishing US$156 million.The four were found liable for their roles in the murder of an American teenager, David Boim, on May 13, 1996, when he was shot by Hamas operatives as he waited for a bus near Jerusalem. This case is important in itself, providing some measure of justice and relief for the Boim family. Beyond that, it helps fight terrorism in four ways.First, it validates...
  • Ex-beauty queen convicted of fraud (Mrs Minnesota/Iowa gets 4 years, ordered to pay $193,000)

    12/11/2004 3:26:11 PM PST · by Libloather · 62 replies · 3,483+ views
    Daily Times ^ | 12/12/04
    Ex-beauty queen convicted of fraud A former beauty queen who collected Social Security benefits by claiming she was disabled was sentenced yesterday to nearly four years in prison and was ordered to pay $193,000 in restitution. Denise Henderson – Mrs Minnesota International in 1999 and Mrs Iowa International in 2001 – also must complete three years of supervision once she’s released. Defense lawyers said they will appeal. The judge instructed Henderson, 44, and her attorneys not to comment afterward. She was ordered to begin serving her three-year, 10-month prison sentence after the holidays. In August, a federal jury found Henderson...

    12/06/2004 3:33:26 PM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 183+ views
    CBS Market Watch ^ | 6 December 2004 | Stephanie I. Cohen
    WASHINGTON (CBS.MW) -- Mirant Americas Energy Marketing, a subsidiary of Mirant Corp. will pay a $12.5 million civil penalty to settle charges that it tried to manipulate natural gas markets in 2000 and 2001, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission said Monday. From January 2000 through December 2001, Mirant Americas (MIRKQ: news, chart, profile) reported false information on natural gas transactions in order to manipulate indexes compiled by industry newsletters, the CFTC said in its order. The commission also found that between January 2000 and October 2000, Mirant traders located in the West inflated the volumes and prices of trades it...
  • CA: Machado (D-Stockton) fined $61K, returns illegal funds

    09/01/2004 9:43:18 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 177+ views
    Stockton Record ^ | 9/1/04 | Audrey Cooper
    SACRAMENTO -- State Sen. Michael Machado has paid a $61,000 fine and returned more than $56,000 in illegal campaign contributions to resolve a complaint from the Fair Political Practices Commission, the commission announced Tuesday. The penalty and fines stem from a complaint originally filed with the commission by one of Machado's constituents, who argued that the senator used an old campaign account to illegally accumulate and spend campaign funds. Commission attorneys filed notice Monday that the two sides had agreed on a settlement. Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Loren McMaster must approve the settlement for it to become final. In...
  • Fresno lawmaker fined $23,000 for campaign disclosure violations (Sarah Reyes - D

    08/05/2004 6:49:27 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 375+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/5/04 | AP - FResno
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - A Fresno assemblywoman, her campaign committee and campaign treasurer were fined $23,000 Thursday by the state's elections watchdog for violating contribution disclosure requirements. The Fair Political Practices Commission said Assemblywoman Sarah Reyes, her Friends of Sarah Reyes campaign committee and campaign treasurer Gustavo Corona failed to properly disclose $80,000 in donations made to other Democrats and $105,000 in late contributions received by the campaign in 2000. Reyes acknowledged the violations in a stipulation that she signed on July 12. --- On the Net:
  • US Attorney General Fined For Breaking Law (Ashcroft)

    12/17/2003 5:48:51 PM PST · by blam · 14 replies · 308+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12-18-2003 | Marcus Warren
    US attorney general fined for breaking law By Marcus Warren in New York (Filed: 18/12/2003) John Ashcroft, the US attorney general, has been fined £21,000 for breaking election laws during his defeat by a dead rival for a seat in the Senate. During his unsuccessful campaign in 2000, America's top lawman illegally accepted £62,700 from a body set up to support a run for the presidency, the Federal Election Commission found. John Ashcroft A controversial, deeply religious figure, Mr Ashcroft was standing for re-election as a senator from Missouri. Humiliatingly, he was beaten by an opponent who died in a...
  • Teenager's love bites back

    11/12/2003 8:14:56 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 40 replies · 816+ views ^ | November 8, 2003 | Knight Ridder
    A 13-year-old boy who gave a girl a lovebite at school is facing an assault charge, an allegation his parents call excessive. Police in Richland, Texas, issued the teenager with a summons for assault by contact after the girl's parents reported the incident to Richland Middle School, officials said. The boy's mother, Patricia Singh, said her son had been punished with a three-day suspension from school. He was not named because of his age. Assault by contact, a class C misdemeanour, carries a fine of about $US280 ($400). The boy, who pleaded not guilty at his court hearing, told the...
  • 'Bridezilla' Fined $90 for Bad Behavior (Update!)

    08/29/2003 8:19:08 AM PDT · by bedolido · 38 replies · 400+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 08/29/03 | LAURA WALSH
    MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) -- A woman dubbed "Bridezilla" after police said she went on a rampage at her wedding reception pleaded guilty Thursday to a reduced charge of creating a public disturbance. Adrienne T. Samen, 18, was fined $90. Samen, of North Haven, was arrested on criminal mischief and breach of peace charges on Aug. 16 after police responded to her wedding reception at The Mill on the River restaurant in South Windsor. Samen allegedly became enraged after restaurant workers closed the bar at the party. She began throwing things, including wedding cake and gifts, police said. Samen left the...
  • 'I Saw the Suffering'

    08/28/2003 6:36:21 AM PDT · by TastyManatees · 8 replies · 299+ views
    Newsweek ^ | 8/28/03 | Lynn Waddell
    `I Saw the Suffering' By Lynn Waddell, Newsweek Web Exclusive Faith Fippinger, a 62-year-old retired teacher of the blind, was one of more than 200 international human shields who hunkered down in Iraq early this year in hopes of discouraging a U.S. attack. FOR FIPPINGER, it was the latest in a long series of global-idealist adventures. She's lived in Alaska with Eskimos, with the Aborigines in Australia and taught in Fiji and Japan. But it may be the first time her travels land her in jail. While more than half the human shields left Iraq before the war started, Fippinger...
  • Great White, club fined $90,000 for fatal fire

    08/21/2003 12:00:42 PM PDT · by bedolido · 2 replies · 213+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 08/21/03 | Staff Writer
    PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island -- Six months after a nightclub fire that killed 100 people, the U.S. federal agency that regulates workplace safety has fined the club's owners and the band Great White more than $90,000 US. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined Derco LLC, which operated The Station club, $85,200 for one "wilful" violation and six serious ones. OSHA said the wilful violation was the installation of an exit door that swung the wrong way. The others involved the use of highly flammable foam in the club, inadequate safety planning and an exit door that was concealed by foam,...
  • NBA Coach Suspended Seven Games for Shoving Ref.

    01/30/2003 11:44:43 AM PST · by GulliverSwift · 18 replies · 235+ views
    <p>NEW YORK (AP) -- Jazz coach Jerry Sloan was suspended seven games Wednesday by the NBA for shoving an official, a steep penalty that will keep him off the sidelines until the middle of February.</p> <p>Sloan pushed referee Courtney Kirkland in the chest and was ejected during the first quarter of Utah's 102-92 victory at Sacramento on Tuesday night.</p>