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  • Proud to SERVE (NJ Diners)

    11/23/2008 5:13:34 PM PST · by Coleus · 10 replies · 606+ views ^ | 11.16.08 | ELISA UNG
    "How do you feel, good?" Eva Diakakis says to a longtime customer, Murray Rifkowitz, who is in for his daily breakfast at the Bendix Diner. To his son, Sheldon: "You want more coffee, Shelly? More coffee?" Diakakis grabs the pot of decaf, delivers their egg whites, potatoes and wheat toast. She makes it all look easy, when in fact under her quiet manner is a trove of knowledge honed from spending the past 27 years waitressing at the Hasbrouck Heights diner.  She knows that Murray Rifkowitz has health issues and requires salt-free food, and she even makes sure he occasionally...
  • Wisconsin city's horse-manure rule gets dumped

    11/23/2008 4:45:52 PM PST · by SJackson · 9 replies · 374+ views
    Country Today ^ | 11-23-08
    LOYAL, WIS. (AP) - Let the horse apples fall where they may - as long as they're on the right path. The Loyal City Council has relented and repealed an ordinance that would require horses within city limits to have manure-catching devices. But that 7-1 vote this week was followed by a 5-3 vote approving a new ordinance requiring that horse-drawn vehicles follow certain routes through town. Mayor Carol Lampsa said merchants raised concerns that the area's Amish residents who use horse-drawn vehicles would avoid the city because of the manure-catching ordinance passed Oct. 21. Also, area Amish residents said...
  • Princeton students, state prison inmates face off in chess challenge

    11/23/2008 4:32:30 PM PST · by Coleus · 11 replies · 863+ views
    star ledger ^ | 11.20.08 | Brian T. Murray
    "I lost a bishop quickly, and I couldn't get back. He's very good," Petkov explained. To an "expert"-ranked chess player, the fight was fair enough. Petkov tried to take on six New Jersey State Prison inmates at once, standing over a long table and moving from board to board in what has become known as the "Inmates and Ivy" tournament - an unusual and occasional competition celebrating its seventh season. Before they were led into the stark gymnasium of the aging maximum-security prison, a group of six polite and humble Princeton students stepped out of the cold Trenton air today,...
  • Santa comes to Sierra Vista early, as kids get first chance to make a wish

    11/23/2008 11:55:18 AM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 245+ views
    SIERRA VISTA — Sierra Vista children were able to give Santa Claus an early heads up on their Christmas wishes on Saturday. Kris Kringle and his wife were at the Ethel Berger Center as part of the Department of Parks and Leisure Services Annual Children’s Holiday Party. Along with the man from the North Pole, children could write letters to Santa, make Christmas cards, get their faces painted or play bowling for snowmen, among other fun games, said Laura Killberg-Dolak, recreation supervisor for the Department of Parks and Leisure Services. Meeting Santa was free, but parents also could purchase tickets...
  • Pastor Manning: Produce the Dog Gone Birth Certificate

    11/22/2008 9:18:53 PM PST · by Velveeta · 58 replies · 1,893+ views
    YouTube ^ | 11/21/2008 | Pastor Manning
    The Hon. James David Manning says: "Produce the birth! That's all you got to do."
  • Alleged pit bull attack leaves 2 dogs dead, owner facing charges

    11/22/2008 4:45:33 PM PST · by familyop · 46 replies · 1,227+ views
    WWL-TV ^ | 18NOV08 | Bigad Shaban
    Two neighbors, three dogs, and one gun. It all made for a very terrifying and troublesome scene today on the Northshore. On Maris Stella Street in Slidell, a pair of makeshift tombstones now rest where a pair pit bulls used to play. "I treat my dogs like family," said owner Brian McGrath. "I can't replace those dogs now." McGrath says his dogs were needlessly killed. "It just doesn't add up," he said. "The story doesn't make sense." Slidell police officers say the dogs broke through two fences to get into a neighbor's backyard, where they attacked another dog and allegedly...
  • Father Shoots Neighbor's Pit Bull

    11/22/2008 3:16:17 PM PST · by familyop · 102 replies · 1,896+ views
    cbs, News12 ^ | 21NOV08 | Chuck Weber
    A local father shot and killed a neighbor's pit bull. The dog was loose and had followed a child into the dad's home. Law enforcement says no one will face charges because of the incident-- not the father for shooting the dog in front of children, nor the pit bull's owner for letting the dog get out. It happened in a quiet neighborhood west of Lantana, the dog shot in the driveway of the home of J.R. Martin. Martin declined comment. But here's what the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office and Animal Control say happened. At least two girls were...
  • Couple sues McDonald's over nude photos on Web!

    11/22/2008 10:43:59 AM PST · by fella · 21 replies · 7,786+ views
    Northwest Arkansas Times ^ | Saturday, November 22, 2008 | SCOTT F. DAVIS
    Couple sues McDonald's over nude photos on Web! Husband left phone with wife's naked pictures at restaurant SCOTT F. DAVIS / Northwest Arkansas Times Posted on Saturday, November 22, 2008 A Bella Vista couple found out the hard way that when a wife sends nude pictures of herself to her husband's cell phone, these pictures can end up on the Internet. Phillip and Tina Sherman filed a lawsuit Friday against McDonald's Corp.; Mathews Management Co., which owns the McDonald's franchise on Sixth Street in Fayetteville; and Aaron Brummley, a manager of the restaurant. The Shermans seek more than $ 3...
  • Former adult star working at local school (Former female porn star, that is)

    11/22/2008 3:49:18 AM PST · by Stoat · 165 replies · 6,300+ views
    6ABC Action News ^ | November 21, 2008 | Chad Pradelli
    VINELAND, N.J. - November 21, 2008 - (WPVI) -- She was an adult film star who went by the name Crystal Gunns. But she reportedly says that's part of her past. She now an aid at D'Ippolito Elementary in Vineland, New Jersey, and that has some parents furious. "I understand it's her personal life, but I don't feel someone with that background should be working with young children at all," said preschool teacher Maria Martin. Crystal Gunns is apparently retired. She's now Louisa Tuck, a cafeteria and playground aide at D'Ippolito Elementary.  District officials were tipped off about the...
  • More response from Sarah's rep about Turkeygate.

    11/21/2008 10:47:13 PM PST · by davek70 · 52 replies · 2,255+ views
    There's a new flap involving Sarah Palin: In honor of Thanksgiving, she pardoned one turkey while other birds met their demise right behind her. Now the former VP hopeful's rep is speaking out to ET about the turkey pardon-gone-wrong! "The [Alaska] governor did not know it was going on behind her," Palin's spokesperson tells ET of the reportedly grisly scene at Triple D Farm & Hatchery outside Wasilla. Cameras captured Palin extending the annual Thanksgiving pardon to one turkey while a farm hand slaughtered the bird's feathered friends in the background. Palin's spokesperson tells ET the bird butchering wasn't going...
  • Road Detour for Depp Movie Shoot Cost WI County ($116K)

    11/21/2008 5:23:54 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 5 replies · 320+ views ^ | November 21, 2008 | Scott Bauer
    MADISON, WI -- When Johnny Depp came to Columbus, WI to play famed bank robber John Dillinger, local officials got left holding the bag.And now they're fighting over who's going to pay a $116,000 bill from the filming of the Depp film "Public Enemies."Traffic was diverted so cars and trucks on state Highways 16/60 wouldn't interfere by going through the center of Columbus where part of the movie was shot in March. But the country road the vehicles were forced to drive on couldn't stand the load and collapsed.Dodge County was left with a $116,000 repair bill that no one...
  • Hard-working, Decent, Honest People Right?

    11/21/2008 10:20:29 AM PST · by dbz77 · 12 replies · 976+ views
    TownHall ^ | November 21, 2008 | Mike Gallagher
    It was just an ordinary Wednesday evening for me. Run to the bank, grab some groceries, and head home. As I approached a busy intersection, I watched as a pick-up truck made a crazy, unexpected left turn directly into the path of an oncoming car. The crash sent pieces of metal flying in all directions. Smoke poured from the front of the sedan occupied by a young woman. The pick-up driver backed up a few feet -- and then, unbelievably, he sped off. It took my brain a few seconds to comprehend what was happening: in broad daylight, during rush...
  • 4 women say they were inappropriately touched by lawyer

    11/21/2008 1:03:50 PM PST · by SmithL · 18 replies · 1,403+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 11/21/8 | Andy Furillo
    Two sheriff's detectives testified in Sacramento Superior Court today about four women who said they were inappropriately touched by their divorce lawyer, who has been charged with sexual battery. Detectives James Barnes and Anthony Brantley gave their accounts based on interviews with the four alleged victims in the case against attorney Gary Appleblatt. The testimony came in a preliminary hearing for Appleblatt. He is facing 10 counts of felony sexual battery, three counts of misdemeanor sexual battery and one count of forced sexual penetration. The detectives testified that the four women said in interviews that Appleblatt told them he had...
  • Palo Alto Police Chief Throws in Towel (Over Alleged Racial Profiling Remark)

    11/21/2008 9:42:53 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies · 496+ views
    NBC 11 ^ | Fri, Nov 21, 2008 | Janette Williams
    In a public letter sent the day after the meeting, Johnson said, "Unfortunately my statements have been misconstrued, so that some members of the public believe officers will be stopping all African American males in Palo Alto. That is definitely not the case." She's been fighting a firestorm of criticism since it came out she told her officers to question any African-Americans in her city. Today Palo Alto Police Chief Lynne Johnson announced she is retiring. Watch VideoJust three weeks after it came out she told her officers to question any African-Americans in the city, Palo Alto Police Chief Lynne...
  • Venezuela's CHAVEZ and US Bailout similarities

    11/20/2008 8:38:46 PM PST · by neverbluffer · 6 replies · 322+ views ^ | 11/20/2008 | NEVERBLUFFER
    Read the article in the link provided. Way down in the articvle is a paragraph which talks about how Hugo Chavez "nationalized" industries by buying the stocks of the corporations on the free market. Sound familiar? Thats what Paulson is doing with the bailout money. Buying the stocks of companies (mainly banks) in effect nationalizing them like Venezuela. SOCIALISM PEOPLE!
  • Space heater one possible cause of Shreveport duplex fire (doggie missing)

    11/20/2008 8:04:13 PM PST · by the OlLine Rebel · 10 replies · 342+ views
    KSLA TV (LA) ^ | 11/20/08
    MISSING DOG The owner of the duplex where the fire started is looking for his dog, which ran away after firefighters broke out the window of the home.
  • Universal Health Insurance ... can you help me with my letter?

    11/20/2008 5:33:53 PM PST · by JustSurrounded · 8 replies · 437+ views
    Yikes, Universal Health coming to a state near you! They aren't waiting for the feds. Here is a list of what some of the states are planning: Maryland is looking at $15.5B (yes BILLION) health care initiative to make health care more affordable (am I the only one who sees the irony in that?). I live in Maryland and am appalled. Below is a draft of a letter I intend to send to our legislature and, with modifications, our governor. I'm thinking of something similar to send to our US legislators as well. But, I'm not a poster...
  • Lesbian Lovers Found Dead [Fugitive Murderers]; Search Continues For Missing Son

    11/19/2008 2:39:23 PM PST · by TaxRelief · 11 replies · 1,020+ views
    America's Most Wanted ^ | Nov. 19, 2008 | Staff
    After years on the run, the saga of Tina Loesch and her lover, Sky Hanson, ended hours after AMW aired their story on Nov. 15, 2008. While the couple took their own lives in what cops are calling a suicide pact, the investigation is far from over as authorities in three states search for Kristopher Loesch. Capture archive:
  • Tech Companies Hiring Despite Slowdown

    11/19/2008 1:40:07 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies · 470+ views
    KCBS ^ | Monday, 17 November 2008
    While the sluggish economy contributed to announcements of thousands more layoffs Monday, it may be helping some Silicon Valley companies grow. Fears of a recession seem to be making many people even more eager to protect their money, which has proved to be a boon to companies like Barracuda Networks, a Web security company based in Campbell. The company had about 20 job openings as of Monday. "Our market continues to grow and our business continues to grow, so we need to hire people," said President and Chief Executive Officer Dean Drako. The Barracuda head attributed the company's continued expansion...
  • Ind. inmates sneak through ceiling to have sex

    11/19/2008 12:47:37 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 35 replies · 1,802+ views
    Times-Mail [Indiana] ^ | 11/19/08 | LAURA LANE
    BLOOMFIELD — With nothing but time on their hands, three men and three women lodged at the Greene County Jail apparently figured out how to travel from one jail cell to another through the ceiling and engaged in late-night card games, drinking and sex while the rest of the prisoners slept. All six have been charged with escape, a felony, for leaving their cell blocks without permission or knowledge of the jail staff. Bond in each case was set at $10,000. An Oct. 8 search of cell block F1, which houses women, and F2, where men are incarcerated, revealed letters...