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  • Bar accused of having 'racist' dress code: 'Steer clear of this place'

    01/16/2019 8:04:16 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 27 replies
    Yahoo Lifestyle ^ | January 16, 2019 | Kerry Justich
    A new bar in Jersey City, N.J., is already racking up a bad reputation — for displaying a dress code that was interpreted as “racist.” The Ashford is a highly anticipated addition to the up-and-coming area, but its debut seems to have fallen flat during the first week, based on some reviews. And although a number of people have posted some semi-flattering comments about the food and interior of the speakeasy-style eatery, others couldn’t get past a sign that was posted outside its front door. “Confused with the dress code,” a Yelp reviewer named Sam K. wrote. “My blonde female...
  • AG rolling out ‘Bias Incident Reporting System’ in response to Morris complaints

    01/16/2019 12:40:41 PM PST · by GreyHoundSailor · 2 replies
    VT Digger ^ | 01/13/19 | Colin Meyn
    Attorney General TJ Donovan will launch a new “Bias Incident Reporting System” on Monday during a press conference announcing the results of his investigation into criminal complaints made by former state representative Kiah Morris. Morris, who had been the only black woman in Vermont’s Legislature, decided not to run for reelection partly because of racism and hate speech directed at her over the past few years. She claims that police and prosecutors in Bennington county failed to properly investigate her complaints or protect her family. Donovan decided in September to take over the investigation, citing a “breakdown in Bennington” during...
  • Video shows people twerking on top of moving SUV on busy Interstate [Not FL]

    01/16/2019 12:33:50 PM PST · by Red Badger · 22 replies ^ | 01/16/2018 | Staff
    ST. LOUIS, Mo. (WCMH) – Video from a Missouri freeway shows two people ‘twerking’ on top of a moving vehicle. It happened Monday during rush hour in St. Louis. Video shows two people dancing on top of a Suburban. Another person is halfway out a window recording everything. The woman who recorded the video told KSDK she did not call police, but hoped posting the video to social media would lead someone to recognize the people. Police call this kind of behavior a safety hazard. “They could fall off of the car and cause other drivers to wreck. It’s a...
  • California set to seize 1,100 miles of coastline

    01/16/2019 9:10:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 67 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 16, 2019 | Chriss Street
    The California Coastal Commission is set to empower local government to take thousands of properties through eminent domain along 1,100 miles of coastline to prepare for sea level rise. Despite California being battered by 4-8 inches of torrential rain and flooding from an El Niño weather cycle, E&E News reported that the State of California in late January will authorize eminent domain authority for local jurisdictions to implement a “managed retreat” policy that will allow taking and demolishing coastal homes and businesses. […] CCC retreat guidance is expected to also entail dismantling and relocating of dozens of wastewater treatment and...
  • Former East Bay gang member launches completely green company, hires ex-felons

    01/15/2019 6:55:26 PM PST · by NohSpinZone · 16 replies
    KTVU ^ | 12/20/18 | By Rob Roth
    Vericool is a local company that is not only completely green, but it was founded by a former East Bay gang member who now hires ex-felons who are getting out of jail. Darrell Jobe launched the company in a factory in Livermore. There, workers make packing boxes and shipping containers, but they are also helping the environment. Half the people who work in the factory have been in jail or prison. When Kyil Parker got out of jail for dealing drugs, no one would hire him.
  • Prof who praised 'Black English' claims Trump's typos make him unfit for office

    01/15/2019 11:13:19 AM PST · by C19fan · 25 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | February 15, 2019 | Ema Gavrilovic
    A professor recently claimed that the way President Donald Trump formulates his sentences raises concern that he may be unfit to fulfill his duties as president of the United States—all just months after he defended "Black English" as an "alternate form" of the language. John McWhorter, a linguistics professor at Columbia University, pointed out how Trump’s grammatical and spelling mistakes disqualify him from serving as commander-in-chief, in an op-ed for The Atlantic. McWhorter further stated that Trump’s informal style "betray[s] his lack of fitness for the presidency."
  • Three Florida kids die after accidentally trapping themselves in freezer

    01/15/2019 10:13:11 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 39 replies
    mnbc ^ | Jan. 15, 2019, 6:48 AM PST / Updated 9:34 AM PST | Minyvonne Burke
    The mother of the 4-year-old told investigators that she was outside watching the children and went in to use the bathroom. When she returned, the children were gone. The mother said she woke up the grandmother of the other two children and they began to search around the house as well as a vacant home next door, the sheriff’s office said. Sheriff Sam St. John told NBC News that the two women, who are friends and live together at the home with the children, spent between 30 to 40 minutes looking for the kids before they checked the freezer.
  • Controlled demolition of old Tappan Zee Bridge set for this morning

    01/15/2019 7:37:06 AM PST · by katnip · 34 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 15, 2019 | Eyewitness News
    Waiting to see them blow it up
  • South Africa vs Pakistan Test cricket series: Mark Nicholas mistakes dwarfs for kids

    01/15/2019 5:48:32 AM PST · by Gamecock · 8 replies
    NZ Herald ^ | 1/15/2019
    Former Nine Network cricket commentator Mark Nicholas had a day to forget as he managed to mistake a pair of cricket-playing dwarfs for precocious preschoolers while calling the first Test between South Africa and Pakistan. The incident happened on Friday when the cameras picked up the pair getting some practice in on the oval at The Wanderers with one bowling to another, who was using a miniature bat. Nicholas thought he might have spied a bowling prodigy in the making as he was using a rather advanced technique to send down left-arm tweakers. Okay well, it’s important to start young,”...
  • Naked man walks into courthouse on dare, gets arrested

    01/15/2019 5:29:26 AM PST · by Gamecock · 36 replies
    KJRH ^ | 1/15/2019
    TULSA — A naked man walked into the Tulsa County Courthouse. No, this isn't the start of a joke. It happened on Monday at approximately 10 a.m. when Brian Edward Johnson was caught on courthouse surveillance cameras walking into the building wearing only a blue t-shirt, black shoes and a black leather harness without any pants or underwear on. Tulsa County Sheriff's deputies said Johnson parked his Porche 911 outside the courthouse and entered the courthouse fully exposed from the waist down. After he was arrested, Johnson said he was dared to go to the courthouse nude and appear naked...
  • Celebrities Tweet Support For Striking L.A. Teachers (tr)

    01/14/2019 5:01:58 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 24 replies
    Deadline ^ | January 14, 2019 | Denise Petski
    Celebrities are showing their support for Los Angeles teachers, who walked off the job Monday, the union’s first strike in 30 years. After nearly two years of talks, negotiations, talks between officials at the Los Angeles United School District and the United Teachers Los Angeles union broke down Friday over issues of wages, the expansion of charter schools, class sizes and staffing levels. Approximately 30,000 UTLA members, including school nurses and librarians as well as teachers are off the job as of today with about 500,000 students affected. Charter and private schools in L.A. are not affected by the strike....
  • Wag! dog walker charged with animal cruelty; customers concerned about industry background checks

    01/14/2019 2:44:29 PM PST · by NohSpinZone · 15 replies ^ | 1/9/19 | KTVU Staff
    A Danville couple is questioning the vetting process of walkers hired through a popular dog-walking app after home video appears to capture a man kicking and whipping their family pet. What makes them worry even more is that the on-demand dog-walking service, Wag!, only conducts background checks on applicants once before they are hired and does not do continuous checks. The dog-walking app has no relation to Wag Hotels.
  • Mel Stottlemyre, pitcher and legendary Yankees and Mets pitching coach, dies at 77

    01/14/2019 1:41:10 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 11 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | January 14, 2019 | Liz Roscher
    Mel Stottlemyre, who spent over 40 years in baseball as a New York Yankees pitcher and pitching coach for both the Yankees and the New York Mets, died on Sunday at 77. Stottlemyre, who is survived by his wife and two sons, had been battling bone marrow cancer for 20 years. Stottlemyre spent almost 25 years as a pitching coach, and built a reputation as a legend. From 1984 to 1993 he worked with the New York Mets and tutored the rotation — which included guys like Ron Darling and Doc Gooden — that led the Mets to their 1986...
  • Suspect chose Jayme Closs because he saw her boarding school bus, according to complaint

    01/14/2019 12:06:21 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 48 replies ^ | 1/14/19 | KSTP staff
    The suspect in the disappearance of 13-year-old Jayme Closs and the murder of her parents in the family's Barron County, Wisconsin residence on Oct. 15 reportedly told authorities he decided to abduct her after seeing her boarding a school bus. That's according to the criminal complaint filed against 21-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson Monday. He was due to make his first court appearance later Monday afternoon. The complaint lists two counts of first-degree homicide, one count of kidnapping and one count of armed burglary. Patterson was arrested Thursday in Gordon, Wisconsin - shortly after authorities say Jayme was able to escape...
  • Mecca's Grand Mosque Plagued By Swarms Of Locusts

    01/14/2019 9:56:33 AM PST · by McQ444 · 14 replies
    NN ^ | 2019-01-14 21:00 | Jay Greenberg
    Mecca's grand mosque in Saudi Arabia was hit with a plague of biblical proportions this week when a huge swarm of locusts descended upon the Islamic holy site. A number of videos were uploaded online showing locusts creeping around the Islamic pilgrimage hub, crawling their way across the stone slabs, providing a small snapshot of what Pharaoh saw during the Passover thousands of years ago.
  • BREXIT: Airlines told to URGENTLY prepare for no deal ahead of vote on May's plan

    01/14/2019 9:15:26 AM PST · by McQ444 · 13 replies
    Express ^ | 2019-01-14 21:00 | JOE BARNES
    BRUSSELS has warned the remaining 27 European Union countries that they must urgently explain how their airline licenses comply with the bloc’s rules on ownership or face losing their rights to fly after Brexit. In a letter sent last week, Violeta Bulc, the EU commissioner responsible for transport, revealed not every national government had set out detailed plans on how airlines would meet “ownership and control requirements in all possible scenarios” of Brexit.
  • Most people don't support changing hospital names to remove religious references [Ireland]

    01/13/2019 11:03:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies ^ | 01/13/2019 | Órla Ryan
    Most people don’t support changing the names of hospitals to remove religious references. In a Claire Byrne Live/ opinion poll conducted by Amárach Research, 52% of people said they are against such a move, while 34% are in favor and 14% are unsure. Last weekend, hundreds of people marched through Drogheda to protest a proposal to change the name of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in the town. A petition calling for the name to be retained has been signed by over 8,000 people to date. […] It is understood that staff members were given the option to vote for...
  • Industry wary of alternatives tries to protect a word: meat

    01/13/2019 6:31:48 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | January 12, 2018 | Grant Schulte
    More than four months after Missouri became the first U.S. state to regulate the term “meat” on product labels, Nebraska’s powerful farm groups are pushing for similar protection from veggie burgers, tofu dogs and other items that look and taste like real meat. Nebraska lawmakers will consider a bill this year defining meat as “any edible portion of any livestock or poultry, carcass, or part thereof” and excluding “lab-grown or insect or plant-based food products.” It would make it a crime to advertise or sell something “as meat that is not derived from poultry or livestock.” Similar measures aimed at...
  • 51-Year-Old Man Shoves And Knocks Out 11-Year-Old Girl Outside Of Mall

    01/13/2019 12:32:36 PM PST · by Trump20162020 · 392 replies
    LiveLeak ^ | January 13, 2019
    There’s an arrest recorded for him on my local PD’s website. The charge was “assault on a child under 12.”
  • Walmart bans woman who rode cart while drinking wine from Pringles can

    01/13/2019 10:36:35 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 86 replies
    Fox News ^ | By Christopher Carbone |
    According to USA Today, employees at the store in Wichita Falls had asked officers to ban the woman after she had been drinking wine from a Pringles can for several hours as she rode around on an electric cart. The incident reportedly began just after 9 a.m., when officers received a call about a suspicious person in the parking lot. Police said they were told that the woman had been riding around the parking lot since 6:30 a.m. while drinking the wine.