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  • Interstate 10 Shut Down Mile Post 352-Mile Post 378.

    04/28/2016 4:12:58 PM PDT · by SandRat · 44 replies
    Pat Call
    Interstate 10 Shut Down Mile Post 352-Mile Post 378. The Cochise County Sheriff's Office is assisting with closing Interstate 10 both east and west bound lanes near San Simon. The closure is the result of zero visibility and multiple vehicle accidents. Please be advised to avoid this area until further notice. At least one semi-truck has collided with several vehicles, a San Simon Fire Truck and DPS vehicle have been involved in crashes as well. Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office is sending emergency vehicles to assist. DPS is re-routing traffic to Exit 352 through Highway 191 to Safford and back around...
  • State responds to I-69 environmental concerns

    09/26/2015 8:09:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    The Indiana Daily Student ^ | August 27, 2015 | Annie Garau
    Years ago, the Tokarski family gathered with friends around a kitchen table in an old Indiana farmhouse. They were discussing the looming construction of Interstate 69 and how they could possibly stop it. The group suspected a project of such magnitude, an interstate route stretching across the southern half of Indiana, would cause severe environmental 
damage. “We really had the project almost at a standstill until Mitch Daniels came into office,” said Thomas Tokarski, now the president of Citizens for Appropriate Rural Roads. “We still have huge amounts of support from the people in Indiana.” Since that farmhouse meeting, Tokarski...
  • AZ: Gun Friendly Rest Stops (and a snake)

    06/23/2015 6:36:48 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 20 June, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    I have been doing some traveling the last couple of days, so the output is down. The scenery has been great, and in getting ready for the trip I encountered the snake pictured above. I believe it is a red coachwhip, aptly named, as it is so long and slender. This specimen was about four feet long. It was sunning itself in a tire track on the way out to the ranch. I find desert wildlife fascinating, and I try not to kill any without good reason. I stopped, took some pictures, and intimidated the snake off the track...
  • Judge Takes a Swipe at Common Core

    02/26/2015 11:39:05 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 11 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Feb 25 2015 | Fred Lucas
    Ahead of the controversial Common Core exams being administered across the country, a judge ruled Tuesday that the state of Missouris membership with a testing company aligned with the Common Core State Standards is illegal, the Associated Press reported. Missouri conducts its Common Core math and English exams in grades three through eight under by the Smarter Balanced Consortium of 16 states, out of more than 40, who have adopted the standards. Cole County, Missouri Circuit Judge Daniel Green said the states membership with the testing company is illegal interstate compact not authorized by the U.S. Congress. snip Two private...
  • StopRush now targeting Limbaughs STAFF

    02/25/2015 6:35:49 PM PST · by GulliverSwift · 31 replies
    Apparently not satisfied with their effort to intimidate Rush Limbaughs advertisers, the lefts StopRush crusade is now allegedly targeting his spokesman. In their view, simply working for the talk host is apparently a crime, with an online and legal harassment campaign as punishment. Even sharing a surname with an EIB employee can now mean being pulled into this battle! As a result of his position with the show, longtime spokesman/ advisor Brian Glicklich has found himself on the receiving end of a harassment campaign after he began to investigate the inner workings of this secretive group. Considered one of the...
  • Washington (DC) opens door to charging interstate tolls

    05/02/2014 12:46:32 PM PDT · by nascarnation · 21 replies
    Autoblog ^ | 5/2/2014 | Chris Bruce
    Using America's interstate system could get more expensive in some places in the near future. Provisions in the White House-endorsed, $302 billion transportation bill would allow states to get permission from the federal government to impose tolls on them to raise money for infrastructure upkeep. Of course, some states already charge to drive on the interstates the New Jersey turnpike, for example but for the most part charges are rare on the federally funded roads. "We believe that this is an area where the states have to make their own decisions," said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to the...
  • Obama Proposes Tolls on Interstates Across Nation

    05/01/2014 6:52:51 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 53 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 30 Apr 2014 | Chuck DeVore
    As with many federal accounts, the Highway Trust Fund is running on empty. Refilled with the 18.4-cent per gallon gas tax and disbursed by politicians and bureaucrats in Washington, the federal highway fund faces a $63 billion shortfall through 2018. Texas gets $2-3 billion per year from the fund which goes towards the roughly $7 billion in yearly Texas Department of Transportation expenditures. A shortage of funds tends to concentrate the mindwhich is why the White House just proposed lifting an old federal restriction against tolling on 46,000 miles of interstate roads. This would allow states to collect tolls on...
  • Taking a Toll: Administration wants to let states charge on interstate highways

    04/30/2014 8:05:46 PM PDT · by DBCJR · 45 replies ^ | 4/30/14
    Ever driven down I-95 in Maryland, or the New Jersey Turnpike, and parted ways with $10, $20 in tolls? If the Obama administration has its way, highways across the country could someday be that way. In a major shift for how governments fund transportation projects, the administration wants to let states charge tolls on interstate highways. A federal ban currently bars states from doing so in most places, but the latest White House push could change that.
  • White House Wants to Lift Ban on Interstate Tolls

    04/29/2014 6:24:18 PM PDT · by Nachum · 95 replies
    New York Times ^ | 4/29/14 | Ron Nixon
    Washington - Drivers on the nations Interstates could soon be paying more to travel. A transportation proposal sent to Congress by the Obama administration on Tuesday would remove a prohibition on tolls for existing Interstate highways, clearing the way for states to raise revenue on roads that drivers currently use at no cost. Congress banned tolls on Interstates in 1956 when it created the national highway system under President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The administration said lifting the toll ban would help address a shortfall in funding to pay for highway repairs. The tolls, along with other changes, could provide an
  • Victim in I-4 shooting in Tampa ID'd as Orlando man

    06/30/2013 5:40:16 AM PDT · by rarestia · 44 replies
    BayNews 9 ^ | Sunday, June 30, 2013, 7:30 AM | Staff
    The motorist killed in a shooting that closed eastbound Interstate 4 in Tampa for nearly eight hours Saturday has been identified as a 47-year-old Orlando man. Fred William Turner Jr. was fatally shot while he was on a cell phone telling a 911 dispatcher someone with a gun was pursuing him, authorities said. The shooting happened around 3 p.m. and prompted authorities to close I-4 at I-75 while they examined the scene and searched for clues. The closure eventually stretched west to U.S. 301 and didn't end until nearly 11 p.m. Turner, who was driving a newer model Ford Mustang,...
  • Push for online sales taxes picks up steam in Congress

    02/15/2013 3:27:45 PM PST · by CutePuppy · 23 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | February 14, 2013 | Reuters
    U.S. states could collect millions of dollars in online sales taxes, with members of both parties in Congress sponsoring legislation Thursday that would resolve states' decades-long struggle to tax businesses beyond their borders. "Small businesses and states alike are suffering from the inability to collect due not new taxes from purchases made online," said Rep. Steve Womack, R-Ark., adding the legislation is a "bipartisan, bicameral, common-sense solution that promotes states' rights and levels the playing field for our Main Street businesses." Legislation on the Amazon tax, named for the colossal Internet retailer, has languished for years. ..... <...
  • States, cities finding ways to tax businesses outside their borders

    02/12/2013 2:21:25 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 8 replies
    The Washington Guardian ^ | February 11, 2013 | Phillip Swarts
    While American companies expect to pay taxes to Uncle Sam and the states where they operate, they weren't exactly ready to face levies from states where they aren't physically located. But thinning budgets and a weak economy have prompted about 30 states and many more local communities to begin imposing "cross-border" taxes and fees designed to raise revenues from firms that don't locate or regularly operate in their jurisdictions. These new taxes are taking aim at everything from trucks crossing state borders to sales and communications from out-of-state firms. And that long arm of taxation is creating a howl in...
  • Firearms Interstate Commerce Reform Act Introduced

    10/13/2011 5:10:16 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies ^ | 12 October, 2011 | Office of U.S. Senator Mark Begich
    October 12, 2011 Wednesday (SitNews) - U.S Senators Mark Begich (D-Alaska) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) have introduced the Firearms Interstate Commerce Reform Act. The bill allows for the interstate sale of firearms and removes several antiquated and unnecessary restrictions imposed on interstate firearms transactions. Current laws restricting interstate commerce of firearms not only lag behind common sense and new technology, they are unfair and burdensome, Sen. Begich said. This legislation cleans up decades-old laws that are unnecessarily restricting the rights of Alaskans and other Americans to purchase and sell firearms. Utahns and Americans everywhere have a right to bear arms,...
  • Infrastructure Spending

    09/28/2011 9:10:06 AM PDT · by MosesKnows
    9/28/2011 | MosesKnows
    Infrastructure Spending There is a great deal of talk today about additional Federal taxation or borrowing for infrastructure repairs. The depth of the talk appears to have a linear relationship with the lack of growth in the economy. This talk caused me to ponder several related questions. I started with information readily found on the Internet The Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956 authorized the construction of the Interstate Highway System. $425 billion is the estimated cost of construction in 2006 dollars. The government obligation to provide for the common defense was the constitutional rationalization for Congress authorizing funds. Prior to...
  • Paving way for open-road tolling

    04/05/2010 10:49:46 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 13 replies · 602+ views
    South Bend Tribune ^ | April 05. 2010 | KEVIN ALLEN
    Eventually, drivers will be electronically scanned without slowing down It's been two years since electronic tolling debuted on the Indiana Toll Road. Drivers no longer have to fumble with coins and cash at toll booths if they have i-Zoom transponders or a similar device from another state. And, eventually, they won't even have to slow down to pay their tolls. The next step for the 157-mile tollway will be implementing open-road tolling, which uses scanners to collect tolls electronically while vehicles are traveling at highway speeds. Toll roads in several other states have already installed open-road tolling. The Illinois Tollway...
  • North Carolina discusses I-95 as a toll road

    03/31/2010 8:06:04 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 35 replies · 890+ views
    Land Line Magazine ^ | March 30, 2010 | David Tanner
    Tolling and public-private partnerships are on the table in North Carolina as state officials look into improving Interstate 95. The North Carolina Department of Transportation recently hired two consulting firms, PBS&J and Baker Engineering at a cost of $6.4 million to evaluate the states 182 miles of I-95 and to develop recommendations for financing. The report, titled I-95 Corridor Planning and Finance Study, is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2011. Renewing I-95 through upgrades and widening is an expensive process, and NCDOT is researching both traditional and non-traditional methods of funding as part of this...
  • Toll border war looms with N.H.

    03/04/2010 7:29:25 AM PST · by GOPsterinMA · 41 replies · 739+ views ^ | Thursday, March 4, 2010 | Jessica Van Sack
    Bay State lawmakers are declaring a new border war, charging that a New Hampshire plan to snag Massachusetts motorists in an Interstate 93 toll trap is unfair, fiscally irresponsible and just plain unneighborly. New Hampshire Gov. John Lynchs administration is pushing a proposal to put up toll booths in Salem, N.H., to fund the $780 million cost of the widening the roadway between there and Manchester. But State House lawmakers are lobbying their colleagues on both sides of the aisle to sign a bipartisan petition to block the move and to urge Gov. Deval Patrick to step into the fray.
  • Bring Tolls Back To State's Highways

    02/28/2010 6:36:59 AM PST · by Willie Green · 80 replies · 1,067+ views
    The Hartford Courant ^ | February 28, 2010 | editorial
    LOST REVENUE Could finance transit projects, road and bridge repairsState Rep. Tony Guerrera, D- Rocky Hill, is the latest among Connecticut lawmakers to propose restoring tolls to finance the repair and maintainance of the state's aging highway infrastructure. We agree with Mr. Guerrera that a new revenue stream to help solve Connecticut's woeful transportation problems is desperately needed. We also agree with him that more money is needed to help pay for transit projects. High-speed rail, light rail, more commuter train routes, busways and the like would decrease the bedlam of congestion on highways, cut harmful emissions and give...
  • Interstate Health Insurance - some strengths ... and some weaknesses

    01/06/2010 1:51:10 PM PST · by Pete · 6 replies · 601+ views
    Interstate Health Insurance - some strengths ... and some weaknesses Does anybody actually think: 1. that any insurer would charge the same price for identical products sold in a low-medical-cost state and in a higher-medical-cost neighboring state?, 2. that any large insurer isn't already licensed in every state?, 3 hmm ... insurers are regulated now by state insurance departments...the federal government wants insurance "sold across state lines", a federal matter ...does somebody have a hidden agenda here? - Strengths of Interstate Health Insurance - "About 18 million Americans today buy health insurance in the individual market because they don't have...
  • Interstate Confiscation Clause

    06/15/2009 11:13:48 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies · 598+ views
    City Journal ^ | Spring 2009 | Daniel J. Flynn
    Massachusetts wants even more tax revenuefrom New Hampshire.___ Should New Hampshire businesses have to collect Massachusetts sales taxes from border-crossing shoppers? Thats the issue in Town Fair Tire v. Massachusetts, a case before the Bay States Supreme Judicial Court with ramifications for commerce and constitutional law well beyond New England. In 2003, a Massachusetts Department of Revenue audit uncovered invoices from three New Hampshire outlets of the Town Fair Tire company (TFT) to customers with Massachusetts addresses. Because Connecticut-based TFT also has locations in Massachusettsand therefore benefits from various public services there, from police protection to road maintenancethe Massachusetts Appellate...
  • Beer and burgers hold up traffic (Utah truck accidents)

    02/17/2009 5:37:15 PM PST · by Libloather · 23 replies · 674+ views
    UPI ^ | 2/17/09
    Beer and burgers hold up trafficPublished: Feb. 17, 2009 at 4:45 PM SALT LAKE CITY, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- The Utah Highway Patrol said a truck lost its load of hamburgers on Interstate 15 Tuesday and another truck dumped beer on Interstate 84. Trooper Cameron Roden said the driver of the semi-tractor trailer rig carrying the hamburgers fell asleep behind the wheel on his way out of the Salt Lake City area just after 5 a.m. Tuesday and struck a wall and an overhead sign. The hamburger patties in the back of the trailer spilled out onto the north and...
  • Race car sponsor promotes God's love

    08/31/2008 12:34:59 AM PDT · by dbehsman · 4 replies · 262+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | August 30, 2008 | Chelsea Schilling
    The No. 1 automotive replacement battery brand in North America has launched a commercial aimed solely at spreading God's love. Interstate Batteries, a company selling approximately 15 million batteries a year, is an associate sponsor for Joe Gibbs Racing car No. 18 driven by Kyle Busch. Chairman Norm Miller explained why the company decided to promote God's love in a video statement. "Well I was really burdened with man's inhumanity to man all the violence and abuse and murder and mamas killing their babies and all these things that you get," he said. "It came into my heart and...
  • Illinois Gov hopes to raise millions to fight crime by putting cameras on interstates

    08/07/2008 4:17:02 AM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 33 replies · 224+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 8/7/08 | Frank Main
    To make good on his offer to help Chicago combat violence, Gov. Blagojevich envisions putting speed cameras on interstates across Illinois -- and using the revenue to form an "elite tactical team" that would operate in Chicago and other cities. The idea is in its infancy, with no budget and no timetable. About 50 Illinois State Police employees have been assigned to work with Chicago Police on everything from tracking down illegal gun buyers to hunting for criminals on Chicago's expressways, Guerrero said. "I want to be judged not by the number of people we provide, but by the results...
  • Louisiana - Interstate 20 shut down because of pipeline fire

    12/14/2007 3:57:17 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 74 replies · 877+ views ^ | December 14, 2007
    Excerpt - DELHI, La. (AP) - Interstate 20, a major east-west route across north Louisiana was shut down Friday afternoon after a nearby oil pipeline erupted in flames. Sgt. Markus Smith of the Louisiana State police says the explosion happened about 1 pm. Details were sketchy, but Smith says the pipeline was burning just east of Delhi, a small town about 200 miles northwest of New Orleans. The dispatcher for the Richland Parish Sheriff's Department, who would not give his name, says the oil line is about 50 yards from the interstate. He says the four-mile stretch from Delhi to...
  • Giuliani Worried About Bernard Kerik

    10/22/2007 4:21:53 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 25 replies · 152+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 10/22/07 | NewsMax
    Rudy Giulianis presidential campaign is increasingly concerned that the controversy swirling around former New York Police Department Commissioner Bernard Kerik could negatively impact his White House aspirations. Kerik pleaded guilty in 2006 to state conflict-of-interest charges for accepting $165,000 in gifts from an allegedly mob-linked construction firm. He currently faces a possible indictment from the U.S. attorneys office for tax crimes and other offenses stemming from renovations to his Bronx apartment from the firm Interstate Industrial Corp., while he was corrections commissioner under then New York City Mayor Giuliani. Giulianis law partner Marc Mukasey has now been told to monitor...
  • FReep This Poll! What Is The Best Way To Reduce Traffic Congestion?

    09/20/2007 7:47:01 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 56 replies · 168+ views
    North County Times/The Californian ^ | September 19, 2007 | North County Times/The Californian
    FReep This Poll! What is the best way to reduce traffic congestion? * Widen and/or build more freeways. * Add more carpool only lanes. * Improve mass transit options. * Encourage working from home. * Limit new housing development. Go to the North County Times/The Californian link provided. Scroll down a bit and look for the poll on the right hand side. Vote your choice. Poll should remain active until Thursday (09/20/07) evening.
  • Truck carrying cheese goes up in flames on Sacramento interstate

    07/19/2007 11:02:01 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 526+ views
    A tractor trailer hauling blocks of cheese erupted into flames early Thursday, heating some of its precious cargo into freeway fondue. No one was hurt, but hundreds of pounds of provolone, cheddar, American and other cheeses littered the side of Interstate 80 north of downtown Sacramento. "It went pretty quick," said truck driver Frank Barker, who pulled over at 3:45 a.m. when he saw smoke coming from under his truck. Barker said he initially tried to put out the flames with his truck's fire extinguisher, but the fire was too big. He gave up and rescued his dog, who was...
  • (I-80) County may get toll booth

    07/03/2007 11:50:08 AM PDT · by Kay Ludlow · 50 replies · 1,606+ views
    Centre Daily Times ^ | 7/3/07 | Mike Joseph
    BELLEFONTE -- One of up to 10 Interstate 80 toll booths would be put up in Centre County near the Clinton County line and another would be located 40 miles to the west in Clearfield County, according to unofficial plans seen by state Sen. Jake Corman, R-Benner Township. Corman, majority policy chairman of the Senate Republicans, made the disclosure during a news conference Monday where he assailed Gov. Ed Rendell as "irresponsible" for holding the state budget "hostage until he gets everything he wants done." The senator said the I-80 map he saw is an early draft and could change...
  • Golden silence on statewide tolls

    04/01/2007 8:19:56 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 477+ views
    Virginian Pilot ^ | April 1, 2007 | Virginian Pilot
    You've heard about this 36,000-word bill that proposes to pay for new roads with a menu of taxes and fees, including a sales tax on gas, and on house and car purchases. You've also heard the pleas - from, well, everybody - for simplicity and fairness and maybe enough money to actually fix the problem we've got. The kind of money Virginia could reap from a higher gas tax, or a bump in the sales tax. Or from wider tolling. But instead of either simplicity or fairness, Virginia will end up with a transportation-funding plan that gathers an inadequate mess...
  • HOT lane drivers may pay high cost[Va,DC,MD-Area]

    03/05/2007 3:57:04 AM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 18 replies · 675+ views
    The Free Lance Star | 04 March 2007 | STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
    Commuters who want to take proposed high occupancy toll lanes may pay high cost Commuters using planned high occupancy toll lanes on Interstates 95 and 395 could pay as much as $1 per mile to drive on certain segments. The prices are in a project proposal from the Virginia Department of Transportation and the private companies that want to build the lanes, according to The Washington Post. The document was submitted Friday to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. It was unknown what the prices would be for motorists using Interstate 95 HOT lanes south of Prince William County. The...
  • Michigan: Hospitals require workers be smoke-free (More hard news for smokers)

    09/30/2006 8:41:28 AM PDT · by SheLion · 269 replies · 3,108+ views ^ | Sep 28, 2006
    GRAND RAPIDS -- Spectrum Health and Saint Mary's Health Care will require all their employees to not use tobacco at any time during their work shift beginning January 1. The staffs of both hospitals will need to arrive without smelling of smoke, and they can't use any tobacco products until they leave hospital property after their shift. Metro Health is also joining in the Smoke-Free Work Day Every Day campaign. In 2003, the Grand Rapids hospitals became the first in the country to jointly declare their hospital campuses smoke-free. Today, more than 30 Michigan hospitals have smoke-free campuses. This...
  • Washington: Smoking Ban Crippling Local Casinos

    09/30/2006 3:20:05 AM PDT · by SheLion · 69 replies · 2,261+ views ^ | August 16, 2006 | Chris Halsne
    SEATTLE -- Non-tribal casinos have already lost tens of millions of dollars because of Washingtons new indoor smoking ban. A new financial study, conducted by our own KIRO Team 7 Investigators, discovers taxpayers could loose millions as well. Card-rooms, charity bingo halls, and some bars and restaurants are required to report financial information to the state every year. The state hasn't had a chance to look at the figures since the smoking ban took effect. I have. It looks like "no smoking" means economic devastation for the non-tribal gaming industry. If there was ever any doubt that gamblers are also...
  • Snapshot - Smoking Ban Impact on Bars/Bowling Centrs

    09/28/2006 9:12:24 PM PDT · by SheLion · 107 replies · 4,018+ views ^ | 28 September 2006 | Darnet Dawn
    Following are actual statistics reflecting examples of the negative impact upon individual businesses following the recently instituted smoking ban ordinances, effective in Springfield, Illinois and surrounding unincorporated Sangamon County this September 15, 2006 (less than two weeks ago). When small businesses account for about two-thirds of our country's economic growth and new jobs, it is difficult to comprehend elected officials' reasoning in voting to implement an intrusive ordinance which will hurt those same business owners. A restaurant owner who does not permit smoking will see it as a violation of his property rights if a coalition uses the political...
  • Smoking ban raises problems for nursing homes

    09/26/2006 12:45:51 AM PDT · by SheLion · 196 replies · 6,066+ views
    Ft ^ | Sep. 24, 2006
    Delaware County's ban on smoking in most work places has become a problem for some nursing homes, which are both work places for employees and homes for the residents. The smoking ordinance does not prevent people from smoking in their homes, but it does ban smoking in most public buildings and work spaces. If a nursing home bans smoking, they could lose federal funding for failing to comply with regulations, but if they allow smoking they could face fines or a lawsuit from the county health department, officials said. Federal regulations state that if a nursing home changes its...
  • Churchill Downs: Smoking ban will hurt track

    09/22/2006 2:01:03 PM PDT · by SheLion · 18 replies · 1,570+ views
    United Pro Smoker's Rights ^ | September 20, 2006 | Joseph Girth
    Churchill Downs could be hurt financially if it is forced to go completely smoke free, a company official said Wednesday. Kevin Flanery, Churchill Downs Inc.s vice president for national public affairs, told a Louisville Metro Council committee considering a new, tougher smoking ban, that the race track is already facing heavy competition from Indiana and from computer and telephone betting services.And he said the companys experience at a Florida track shows some people will stop betting when a smoking ban takes effect. But the former head of the Greater Louisville Medical Society testified that his group favors a complete...
  • Private club challenges Ontario smoking ban

    09/22/2006 11:02:46 AM PDT · by SheLion · 9 replies · 1,286+ views
    CBC News ^ | September 15, 2006
    A private smokers club in Smiths Falls challenged Ontario's indoor smoking ban with its grand opening Friday and Ontario officials did not brave the fumes to attend. Instead, the club's founder was charged under the province's Smoke-Free Ontario act the day before it opened. Since Ontario's indoor workplace and public smoking ban went into effect, ashtrays and cigars have been illegal in bars. The grand opening of Do' Little's pub as a club for members of a private smokers association took place at noon at the Comfort Inn on Centre Street in Smiths Falls, about 65 kilometres south of...
  • IL: Restaurant complaints relight smoking debate

    09/21/2006 6:39:52 PM PDT · by SheLion · 34 replies · 1,381+ views
    Herald Advocate ^ | Sept. 21, 2006 | JENNIFER JOHNSON
    Park Ridge aldermen will resume discussion of the city's public smoking ban, following complaints from three restaurant owners that their businesses have been adversely affected by it.The restaurant owners spoke briefly to the City Council Monday night, prompting Mayor Howard Frimark to ask the aldermen if the smoking ban should be brought back before the Procedures and Regulations Committee. Alderman Jeannie Markech agreed that it should, and made a motion for the discussion. Eight aldermen voted in favor of the issue going back to committee and five voted against. One alderman was absent.The next meeting of the Procedures and Regulations...
  • No Smoking in the Green Zone

    09/19/2006 6:31:35 AM PDT · by SheLion · 26 replies · 1,135+ views
    NPR ^ | September 18, 2006
    There have been a bunch of books about the mistakes made after the American invasion of Baghdad, George Packer's Assassin's Gate and Thomas Ricks' Fiasco being the two best in my opinion.Yesterday, the Washington Post published an excerpt from Rajiv Chandrasekaran's effort. He was their bureau chief there for a few years and his book, Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone, will be released tomorrow.I haven't read the book, but the excerpt is as damning as anything could be. It outlines how people were recruited to serve in the Coalition Provisional Authority, the group that ran...
  • It's time for a full scale congressional investigation

    09/10/2006 7:02:08 AM PDT · by SheLion · 59 replies · 1,773+ views ^ | September 9, 2006
    Jobs are being eliminated by special interest activist organizations Now that air quality test results by the likes of the American Cancer Society are proving that the secondhand smoke kills argument is completely fabricated. It's time for lawmakers to investigate why this fallacy has permeated the local government debate.....and specifically who is funding and spreading that false information. The "who" is in large part the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. And since RWJF is an affiliate of the Johnson & Johnson Company (the manufacturer of competing nicotine product interests Nicoderm & Nicoderm CQ), it stands to reason that the...
  • Maine: State bills smoker for online buys

    09/06/2006 10:08:11 AM PDT · by SheLion · 85 replies · 1,747+ views ^ | September 06, 2006
    Robin Brayman, a 44-year-old Greenfield resident, thought she had saved quite a bit of money buying cigarettes online, until she received a bill from the state demanding more than $2,000 in unpaid sales and cigarette taxes. "I had no idea. When I first started buying, the Web site said the cigarettes were tax-free, duty-free. You assumed you didn't have to pay anything," Brayman said. Brayman, like many other smokers, purchases cigarettes online because they are offered at a deep discount. A carton of Marlboro Full Flavor 100s costs $29.45 plus shipping from, the site Brayman patronized. The same...
  • IL: Rockton Village Trustees Snuff Out Smoking Ban

    08/24/2006 3:25:04 PM PDT · by SheLion · 16 replies · 780+ views ^ | 24th of August 2006 | Andy Myers
    ROCKTON -- Rockton leaders snuff out an idea to ban smoking at public places. Tuesday night at their meeting, a motion to draft an ordinance banning smoking in public places failed to get anywhere. Rockton Village Trustee Dennis Meade put the issue before board members, but no one seconded the motion. The proposal would've kept people from lighting up on streets, sidewalks, parks and in businesses. Several community members including business owners spoke out at the meeting against a ban saying it would hurt their business. Others claimed it a ban would go against their rights. One person at...
  • Ground Zero ma: Mike (Bloomberg)heartless

    08/18/2006 12:32:17 PM PDT · by SheLion · 45 replies · 1,014+ views
    The Front Page ^ | August 17, 2006 | MICHAEL SAUL
    The mother of deceased Ground Zero worker James Zadroga described Mayor Bloomberg as a "cold, heartless person" for opposing a series of new laws that address the health battles of 9/11 rescuers."I don't think he realizes how the common people live - maybe for one month he should try and live on $500 a week," Linda Zadroga wrote in a letter to the Daily News. "But when [you're] a billionaire, you have no concept of the so-called middle class. Well, one day he may have some tragedy in his family he will need to deal with, and then maybe...
  • Light up or leave

    08/14/2006 5:07:19 AM PDT · by SheLion · 59 replies · 1,508+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | August 14, 2006 | David Fisher
    NON-SMOKERS are being banned from drinking in outdoor smoking areas in pubs and clubs under draconian council rules. Some councils are forcing licensed venues to hire bouncers to enforce the bans, costing tens of thousands of dollars a year, while preventing non-smokers from using outdoor areas. It has raised concerns about discrimination against non-smokers and suggestions that councils are going beyond the State Government's legislation and imposing their own rules. The Daily Telegraph has learned that at least two councils Fairfield and North Sydney have already employed the tactic when approving development applications from premises wishing to...
  • Sen. Collins Introduces Legislation To Stop Tobacco Shipments Through the Mail

    08/08/2006 5:32:31 AM PDT · by SheLion · 107 replies · 3,268+ views
    United Pro Smoker's Newsletter ^ | August 7th, 2006 | Melissa Campanelli
    Senator Susan Collins introduced legislation on Aug. 3 to help crack down on illegal sales of tobacco to children by banning the shipment of cigarettes and other tobacco products through the U.S. mail. Specifically, the bill would add cigarettes and smokeless tobacco to the U.S. Postal Service's list of restricted, non-mailable products. A first violation of mailing such a product would be liable for a civil penalty of up to $5,000 or 10 times the estimated retail value of the tobacco products, including all federal, state, and local taxes, whichever is highest. Civil penalties of up to $100,000 would...
  • Surgeon General Carmona Leaves Post (Dancing in the streets alert!)

    08/01/2006 4:15:27 AM PDT · by SheLion · 280 replies · 3,731+ views
    United Pro Smoker's Newsletter ^ | uly 31, 2006 | KEVIN FREKING
    WASHINGTON -- Quietly leaving his post as surgeon general, Dr. Richard Carmona said he would judge himself successful if he had persuaded one student to make good health choices or one mother to stop smoking. Carmona's report condemning secondhand smoke was a hallmark of his tenure as the nation's 17th surgeon general.
  • CO: Ban Damage: CO And now, the roofs begin tumbling down

    07/31/2006 5:15:29 AM PDT · by SheLion · 220 replies · 3,042+ views
    United Pro Smoker's Newsletter ^ | July 26, 2006 | Bill Johnson
    The issue is no longer just about smoking. Passing a state law outlawing smoking in most public places was, by this comparison, the easiest thing to do. The law was not required to address the inevitable hardships such a bill was destined to inflict. There was clapping and backslapping on the floor of the state Senate the afternoon it passed there. But none of that really matters now, when the issue is one of how it impacts people's lives. They are men and women who once ran tiny, yet prosperous, packed-to- the-kegs establishments, who now tend mostly empty bars. The...
  • Beaumont,Texas: Smoking Ban Opponents Making One Last Push

    07/31/2006 4:06:41 AM PDT · by SheLion · 17 replies · 1,470+ views ^ | July 30, 2006 | Camille Briggs
    They're making one last attempt to force the City of Beaumont to continue to allow smoking in bars and restaurants. Opponents of a ban on smoking in public buildings say they don't have enough signatures right now, but they plan to work hard in the next 24 hours getting the support they need. Lee Melton/Comedy, Texas "I own a business and pay a lot of Taxes and now I can't smoke in my own building." Smoking ban opponents say they are not quitting when it comes to getting enough signatures on this petition. Lee Melton/Comedy, Texas "Four ladies on...
  • Interstate Shootings Suspect in Court Today

    07/26/2006 4:17:08 AM PDT · by Samwise · 41 replies · 815+ views
    WISH TV ^ | July 26, 2006 07:05 AM EDT
    Wednesday morning, a 17-year-old accused of the interstate shootings is in jail. Zachariah Blanton is accused of killing one man and wounding another in the Sunday morning shootings. It's been a quick turn of events. Early Sunday morning, four separate shootings took place on I-65 and I-69 in Indiana. Tuesday evening, State Police announced they had arrested a suspect, and now that suspect is scheduled to appear in court in Jackson County at 11:00 a.m. Blanton has been charged with murder, attempted murder, and criminal recklessness. Police believe he was the only shooter, but they have not given a motive...
  • New Brunswick: Smoking ban blamed as VLT profits dive

    07/22/2006 5:50:36 PM PDT · by SheLion · 25 replies · 1,424+ views ^ | July 21, 2006
    Revenue from video lottery terminals in New Brunswick declined last year, in part because of the province's ban on smoking in bars and restaurants,the Atlantic Lottery Corporation says.The lottery corportation's 2005-06 annual report shows that money generated by VLTs fell by almost $8 million, or six per cent, from the previous year.ALC spokesman Robert Bourgeois saida province-wide smoking ban imposed in October 2004 was one of the major reasons for the decline."There were other factors as well, such an increase in competition from unregulated internet sites," Bourgeois saidFriday. "But definitely, the smoking ban would have been one of the factors."The...
  • Detroit: Smoking ban causing nearly 300 to be laid off at Casino Windsor

    07/22/2006 3:57:14 PM PDT · by SheLion · 47 replies · 1,570+ views
    Nearly 300 union workers will be laid off by Casino Windsor due to declining revenues caused by Ontario's new smoking ban, casino officials said Wednesday. The casino, which has nearly 4,000 employees, will lose 297 union workers over the next two weeks and immediately terminate 32 salaried employees, officials said, who also cited an unfavorable exchange rate and high gas prices for the decrease. The law, which went into effect May 31, bans smoking in all public facilities, including bingo halls, bars, restaurants, sporting venues, stores, office buildings and Casino Windsor. "This is a day that no one takes...