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  • Kirsten Gillibrand: Interstate 81 grid would help revitalize Syracuse

    11/16/2018 11:56:33 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The Syracuse Post-Standard ^ | October 22, 2018 | Mark Weiner
    U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Monday said she will support the construction of a street-level community grid to replace the elevated portion of Interstate 81 in Syracuse.Until now, Gillibrand declined to take a position on the issue, saying it was up to Central New Yorkers to choose the best option for replacing the 1.4-mile viaduct that cuts through the heart of Syracuse.Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said during a visit to Syracuse on Monday that she decided to speak out after discussions with community stakeholders who favor the grid over a tunnel or new elevated highway."Given where the stakeholders are -- and given what...
  • UPDATE: Four injured in I-84 crash near Burley (work zone mayhem)

    11/16/2018 8:16:10 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Magic Valley Times-News ^ | November 1, 2018 | Times-News
    BURLEY — A multiple-vehicle crash sent four people to Idaho hospitals Oct. 30 east of Burley. Idaho State Police investigated the crash just before 3 p.m. on westbound Interstate 84 near the Interstate 86 junction. The crash included a truck and two semi-trailers, blocking eastbound and westbound lanes for two-and-a-half hours. John Greigg, 31, of Sonoma, Calif., was driving a 2018 Ford F250 east on I-84 near milepost 221.5. Kolton King, 49, of Layton, Utah, was driving west on I-84 in a 2017 Freightliner commercial vehicle pulling two trailers. Greigg attempted to make a U-turn from the eastbound lane of...
  • Denmark withholds aid to Tanzania over homophobia

    11/16/2018 5:19:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies ^ | 16 November 2018 10:56 CET+01:00 | Ritzau/The Local
    Persecution of LGBTQ+ people by a Tanzanian governor appears to have resulted in Denmark withdrawing millions of kroner in aid to the developing country. Minister for International Development Ulla Tørnæs said in parliament this week that the government will withhold 65 million kroner which was scheduled to be paid to the east African country this year. “I am very concerned over the negative developments in Tanzania, most recently with the completely unacceptable homophobic statements from a commissioner,” Tørnæs, who did not name the official in question, said. “Respect for human rights is one of the most important priorities in Denmark’s...
  • TRAGIC: Frequent Finebaum caller and Auburn super fan Tammy Bullard killed in crash

    11/16/2018 5:03:52 PM PST · by RushIsMyTeddyBear · 7 replies
    WRBL.COM ^ | 11/16/2018 | Elizabeth White
    TALLADEGA COUNTY, Ala. - Law Enforcement sources tell News 3 that Tammy Renae Bullard, a long-time and frequent caller into the popular sports call-in program, "The Paul Finebaum Show," was killed in a vehicle crash Friday in Talladega County. The crash happened along Hwy. 280 between Merkel Mountain and Old Sylacauga Hwy. south of Childersburg. Bullard was a popular fixture on "The Paul Finebaum Show," from its origins in the 1990'a as a Birmingham-based statewide radio broadcast to its current run as part of ESPN's SEC TV Network.
  • Diesel driving bans 'self-destructive': German transit minister

    11/16/2018 4:14:54 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies ^ | 16 November 2018 13:32 CET+01:00 | AFP
    Efforts by courts to impose diesel driving bans are “self-destructive” and put German prosperity at risk, the transport minister warned Friday, as tempers flared in the battle against urban air pollution. Speaking a day after a court in Essen became the first to order that sections of a major western highway be closed to older diesel vehicles, Andreas Scheuer lashed out at the “disproportionate” ruling. “Judgments like these endanger the mobility of hundreds of thousands of citizens. Nobody understands this self-destructive debate,” Scheuer told Bild daily, adding that such bans “were unheard of in the rest of the world”. The...
  • San Francisco chokes on toxic air as wildfires rage

    11/16/2018 3:25:53 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 55 replies
    Schools and tourist attractions across the San Francisco Bay Area were shut Friday and residents were urged to remain indoors as smoke from California’s deadliest ever wildfire — a three-hour drive away — produced air quality levels worse than in polluted megacities in South Asia. The closures came as the number of people missing from the giant Camp Fire, which has devoured an area roughly the size of Chicago since it broke out last week, soared to more than 600, with 63 confirmed dead. President Donald Trump is set to visit the tinder-dry state on Saturday to meet victims of...
  • Fight over dinosaur fossils comes down to what’s a mineral

    11/16/2018 2:04:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 16, 2018 | Amy Beth Hanson
    About 66 million years after two dinosaurs died apparently locked in battle on the plains of modern-day Montana, an unusual fight over who owns the entangled fossils has become a multimillion-dollar issue that hinges on the legal definition of “mineral.” The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week that the “Dueling Dinosaurs” located on private land are minerals both scientifically and under mineral rights laws. The fossils belong both to the owners of the property where they were found and two brothers who kept two-thirds of the mineral rights to the land once owned by their father, a...
  • Florida Counties Abandon Recount As Numbers Favor Republicans

    11/16/2018 1:18:25 PM PST · by Steve1999 · 36 replies
    NN ^ | 2018-11-16 21:00 | Jacky Murphy
    A total of two counties in Florida did not submit the election results of the recount in the expected time frame, which would have otherwise raised the Republican candidates’ leads over their Democrat opponents, Tampa Bay Times reports.
  • 24-year-old drag racer Kat Moller killed in jet car crash

    11/16/2018 12:12:49 PM PST · by ETL · 32 replies ^ | Nov 16, 2018 | Gary Gastelu
    Drag racer Kat Moller was killed in an accident at Sebring International Speedway on Thursday night. Moller was making an exhibition run in her jet-powered car, which is capable of speeds of over 300 mph. A witness told that her main chute failed to open at the end of the 1/8-mile strip and that she veered into the wall, but an official investigation into the crash is ongoing.The 24-year-old was driving for Larsen Motorsports, which fields several jet-powered cars. “Kat has been part of our racing family for 5 years and we cannot begin to express our sorrow,” team CEO...
  • Dems Planned To Use Altered Forms to FIX Mail Ballots in Florida after Deadline

    11/16/2018 11:11:30 AM PST · by McQ444 · 8 replies
    NN ^ | 2018-11-16 21:00 | Paul Bedard
    Just a day after Florida's election left top state races too close to call; a Democratic party leader instructed staffers to share altered election forms with voters to fix signature issues on absentee ballots following the state's deadline.
  • Report: Democrat-Directed Voter Fraud Uncovered In Florida

    11/15/2018 7:26:26 PM PST · by Morgana · 21 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | November 15, 2018 | Molly Prince
    The Florida Democratic Party allegedly violated election laws by asking voters to fix their vote-by-mail ballots after voting already concluded. The state’s party instructed workers and volunteers to reach out to the voters who submitted mail ballots with signature issues and requested that they resolve the discrepancies, reported The Naples Daily News. The instructions came after Election Day already passed, making the effort a violation of Florida’s election rules. The Democratic Party sent modified “cure affidavit” forms showing a deadline of Nov. 8, three days beyond the state’s actual deadline. The altered forms were distributed in multiple Florida counties including...
  • Tustin Man Accused of Making Bombs in Condominium

    11/15/2018 4:29:42 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    ktla ^ | 11/15/2018 | Brian Day
    A bomb squad responded to the 12700 block of Newport Avenue in an unincorporated county area near Tustin about 9 a.m. Wednesday after neighbors reported hearing an explosion, officials said. Two other mysterious explosions had been reported in the same area in recent weeks. Deputies soon found pieces of a shattered terra cotta chiminea in Welch's backyard, according to the statement. Welch told investigators he accidentally caused the explosion by placing an aerosol can in the burning chiminea. No injuries were reported. Deputies noticed items in plain sight at Welch's home that appeared to be explosives and fireworks. An OCSD...
  • Fudge says she's 'overwhelmed' by support as she weighs speaker bid

    11/15/2018 8:35:19 AM PST · by McQ444 · 29 replies
    sfgate ^ | 2018-11-15 21:00 | Robert Costa
    Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, said on Thursday that she is "overwhelmed" by the support from many of her colleagues for her possible entry into the race for House speaker, becoming the first Democrat to publicly acknowledge a challenge to longtime party leader Nancy Pelosi.
  • 1st snow of the season hits DC region

    11/15/2018 6:57:48 AM PST · by EdnaMode · 50 replies
    WTOP ^ | November 15, 2018 | William Vitka
    WASHINGTON — Say it ain’t snow! The weather outside really is frightful Thursday, and staying home for a lot of school kids in the Washington area is surely delightful. But D.C.’s first snowfall has created conditions that are cold, wet and dangerous for many commuters. It isn’t just snow either. There’s also sleet and freezing rain to contend with. Check out photos of winter’s first slap of the season below.
  • Burlington County woman had 44 dead dogs wrapped in plastic in freezers, State Police say

    11/14/2018 7:55:57 PM PST · by Coleus · 27 replies
    Press of Atlantic City ^ | 11.14.18 | NICOLE LEONARD
    A woman in Shamong Township, Burlington County, was found living with 44 dead dogs and 130 living dogs in "deplorable" conditions, State Police said. Donna Roberts, 65, was charged with animal cruelty Tuesday after State Police from the Red Lion Station inspected her home on Oakshade Road. With the Burlington County Health Department, authorities discovered "evidence of animal cruelty inflicted upon various breeds of dogs on the property," State Police said in a statement. The odor of animal feces and ammonia permeated the inside of the residence, which caused several responders to feel dizzy and nauseous, State Police said. The...
  • Prince Charles is 'infatuated' with squirrels, keeps 'nuts in his pockets'

    11/14/2018 6:12:43 PM PST · by Innovative · 76 replies
    Fox News ^ | Nov. 14, 2018 | Leah Bitsky
    Prince William has revealed that his father, Prince Charles, is absolutely obsessed with a certain type of squirrel. “He is completely infatuated by the red squirrels that live around the [Birkhall] estate in Scotland,” Prince William told Country Life in a special edition of the British weekly guest-edited by Prince Charles himself. He added that the Prince of Whales likes them, “to the extent that he’s given them names and is allowing them into the house.”Prince Charles, who celebrated his 70th birthday Wednesday, noted that the rodents are “incredibly special creatures.”
  • Video Shows Wild Boar Attacking Salaryman On Fukuoka Street [Video]

    11/14/2018 11:05:15 AM PST · by Gamecock · 16 replies
    JapanKyo ^ | 11/13/2018
    Ferocious and fairly common, wild boar are a major problem across Japan. Run into one of these beasts and, as one man in Fukuoka found out firsthand recently, you could end up in serious trouble. The video below shows a while collar worker walking down a street in Fukuoka City’s Nishi Ward near JR Imajuku Station on October 26 at a little after 7 a.m. when all of a sudden a wild boar charges at him and hits him head on completely knocking the man off of his feet. Following the first charge the wild boar turns around and continues...
  • California Wildfires: Rethinking Forest Management in the Sierra Nevada

    11/14/2018 10:23:06 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 10 replies
    During its review, the Commission found that California’s forests suffer from neglect and mismanagement, resulting in overcrowding that leaves them susceptible to disease, insects and wildfire. The Commission found commitment to long-lasting forest management changes at the highest levels of government, but that support for those changes needs to spread down not just through the state’s massive bureaucracy and law- and policymaking apparatuses, but among the general public as well. Complicating the management problem is the fact that the State of California owns very few of the forests within its borders – most are owned by the federal government or...
  • Acting AG Whitaker: Special Counsel 'Required' To Investigate Clinton Foundation

    11/14/2018 9:55:10 AM PST · by McQ444 · 23 replies
    NN ^ | 2018-11-14 21:00 | Jacky Murphy
    The acting attorney general of the United States and a former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Iowa, Matthew Whitaker, claimed in a 2016 interview that there is "enough evidence" to investigate the Clinton Foundation.
  • Man charged after crossbow death of pregnant woman in east London

    11/14/2018 5:35:53 AM PST · by Gamecock · 14 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 11/13/2018 | Haroon Siddique
    A man has appeared in court charged with murder after a pregnant woman was killed with a crossbow at her home in east London. Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo appeared at Barkingside magistrates court on Tuesday charged with the murder of Sana Muhammad and will appear at the Old Bailey on 15 November. Muhammad, 35, was shot in the stomach at her home in Ilford at 7.40am on Monday. She was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead at 11am. Doctors managed to deliver the baby boy, named Ibrahim, by emergency caesarean. Police said he was in hospital in a stable condition....