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  • Writer-Teacher Slain In Oakland Park Where He Loved To Hike

    11/28/2014 1:04:43 PM PST · by Main Street · 23 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | November 26, 2014 | Kurtis Alexander
    A 60-year-old man found shot to death in the Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve was a longtime writer, editor and English teacher who loved to hike in the Oakland hills park, his wife said Wednesday. David Robert Ruenzel of Oakland was found on a park trail by a woman who had reported hearing gunshots about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to the East Bay Regional Park Police Department. Investigators said they were looking into whether Ruenzel had been killed during a robbery....He was also an award-winning writer and editor at Teacher Magazine. Most recently, Ruenzel worked at the Bill and Melinda Gates...
  • GOOGLE: BARACK OBAMA 'KING OF THE UNITED STATES'

    11/28/2014 9:51:41 AM PST · by lilyramone · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11-26-14 | Matthew Boyle
    “Ask Google who is the [King Of United States] and Google will inform you that it is Barack Obama, the current President of the United States,” Barry Schwartz writes for SearchEngineLand.com.
  • UC Davis Economics Professor: There Is No American Dream

    11/28/2014 9:28:39 AM PST · by SES1066 · 34 replies
    CBS Sacramento CA ^ | 11/26/14 | Steve Large
    DAVIS (CBS13) — A UC Davis economics professorhas determined there is no American Dream. Gregory Clark is sharing his research as a hard truth with no hope—whether or not you can get ahead in America is as predictable as any formula.
  • Netflix CEO: Broadcast TV Will Be Dead By 2030

    11/28/2014 9:18:30 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 103 replies
    Beat Beat ^ | 11/28/14 | Jack Smith IV
    Nielsen Ratings are going to finally factor in Netflix traffic. Reed Hastings thinks it's too little, too late.
  • Akron police officer shoots man holding knives to woman's throat

    11/28/2014 8:48:33 AM PST · by Deadeye Division · 24 replies
    cleveland.com ^ | November 28, 2014 | Adam Ferrise
    AKRON, Ohio — An Akron police officer shot a man threatening to kill a woman while holding two knives to her throat. Earion R. Feaster, 31, of Akron, faces charges of felonious assault, abduction and domestic violence in Akron Municipal Court. He is booked into the Summit County Jail. The officer, a 7-year police veteran, is on paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated, which is the department's policy for an officer-involved shooting. Akron police were called about 10 p.m. to the home in the 200 block of East North Street for a report of a domestic dispute. Dispatchers...
  • Sadie Robertson Gives “All Glory To God” After Dancing With The Stars Finale

    11/28/2014 7:48:32 AM PST · by McGruff · 19 replies
    Western Jornalism ^ | November 26, 2014 | Justin Koski
    Sadie Robertson and the Duck Dynasty clan said their goodbyes to Dancing with the Stars after finishing second to actor Alfonso Riberio, better known as Carlton from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. On Sadie’s Instagram, she posted a message thanking everyone for the experience and wanted to give “all glory to God” for the time on the show. Robertson and her partner Mark Ballas performed well in their last dance and earned a perfect score of 40. But even the perfect score was not enough to land them the “glitter ball” trophy as Riberio took it home. After their performance,...
  • Exclusive: Obama plan to 'Power Africa' gets off to a dim start [more lies from Obama]

    11/28/2014 7:20:17 AM PST · by grundle · 25 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | November 28, 2014 | Joe Brock
    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Barack Obama last year told a cheering crowd in Cape Town that a $7 billion plan to "Power Africa" would double electricity output on the world's poorest continent and bring "light where currently there is darkness". A year later, the U.S. president's flagship project for Africa has already achieved 25 percent of its goal to deliver 10,000 megawatts of electricity and bring light to 20 million households and businesses, according to its annual report. But the five-year plan has not yet delivered the power. Power Africa has not measured its progress by counting actual megawatts added to...
  • The odd joys of government lunacy

    11/28/2014 3:10:01 AM PST · by W.
    New York Post ^ | 26 Nov 2014 | George F. Will
    Before the tryptophan in the turkey induces somnolence, give thanks for living in such an entertaining country. This year, for example, we learned that California’s legislature includes 93 persons who seem never to have had sex. They enacted the “affirmative consent” law directing college administrators to tell students that sexual consent cannot be silence but must be “affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement” and “ongoing throughout a sexual activity.” Claremont McKenna College requires “all” — not “both,” which would discriminate against groups — participants in a sexual engagement to understand that withdrawal of consent can be any behavior conveying “that an...
  • Walmart greeters face-to-face with a gun

    11/27/2014 3:06:17 PM PST · by digger48 · 80 replies
    wthr ^ | Nov 26, 2014 | Jennie Runevitch
    INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis Metro Police are searching for a pair of thieves who pulled a gun on a greeter at a local Walmart store. Surveillance cameras got a good look at the people responsible and investigators hope that leads to a break in the case. Police say the two thieves stole from a Walmart and threatened employees with a gun. The store near 73rd and Keystone does have surveillance and cameras captured images of the suspects. "So that's the two that did it?" asked shopper Tajuanea Dobbins. "That's scary to hear, yeah. That is scary to hear something like that."...
  • Marc Lamont Hill on Ferguson Riots: "This Is What Democracy Looks Like"

    11/27/2014 7:14:23 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 60 replies
    DON LEMON, CNN: First With Marc Lamont Hill, let's talk. You are in New York City. The gentleman there, he said he is up in Harlem. He's marching. He said listen, this generation, we have a voice and they don't want police brutality. He's got to get back to Staten Island. That's another issue. But we're looking, you know, at the protesters there. Is this a generational thing? Is this a young people's movement, Marc Lamont Hill? MARC LAMONT HILL, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: It absolutely is. You know, Dr. King used to say when dogs bite us in Birmingham, we...
  • Benjamin Watson makes great statement on Ferguson event

    11/27/2014 4:02:17 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 10 replies
    Facebook ^ | 25 November 2014 | Benjamin Watson
    At some point while I was playing or preparing to play Monday Night Football, the news broke about the Ferguson Decision. After trying to figure out how I felt, I decided to write it down. Here are my thoughts: I'M ANGRY because the stories of injustice that have been passed down for generations seem to be continuing before our very eyes. I'M FRUSTRATED, because pop culture, music and movies glorify these types of police citizen altercations and promote an invincible attitude that continues to get young men killed in real life, away from safety movie sets and music studios. I'M...
  • I-5 protest: Driver fed up with protesters rips away bullhorn (Video)

    11/26/2014 4:32:24 PM PST · by South40 · 23 replies
    10NewsSanDiego ^ | 11/25/2014
    SAN DIEGO - As dozens of UC San Diego students blocked northbound I-5 at Nobel Drive as part of a protest Wednesday morning, thousands of irate commuters were left stranded and unable to get to work. At least one of those drivers was angry enough to push a protester and steal his bullhorn. Tyree Landrum told 10News he was on his way to work at an area Ross store when he was caught in the standstill. He got out of his car, and in front of 10News cameras, he reached out and pushed one male protester towards the center-divide. The...
  • 'We need to stand up for something better ...

    11/26/2014 12:30:27 AM PST · by South40 · 7 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 11/25/2014
    Dorian John stands by his story and the leftist media eats it up. Click on image for video or Click Here
  • Most of the Businesses Destroyed in the Ferguson Riot Were Owned By Minorities

    11/25/2014 5:09:16 PM PST · by grundle · 99 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | November 25, 2014
    The fact that Ferguson, MO’s businesses played no role at all in the shooting of Michael Brown did not save them. Many were destroyed Monday night. Unknown rioters set fire to some, and either those same rioters or others fired upon the fire fighters who braved the violence to try putting the fires out. Some rioters looted stores and shops that were owned by minorities who live in the community. The orgy of violence will leave Ferguson a “ghost town,” according to this bewildered resident. She says that she came out Monday night just to make sure that the rioters...
  • Supreme Court to Review EPA Rule on Power Plant Emissions

    11/25/2014 2:03:01 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 16 replies
    Wall St Journal ^ | Nov. 25, 2014 | Brent Kendall
    WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to review the first-ever national environmental standards requiring power plants to reduce emissions of mercury and other toxic air pollutants, saying it would decide whether the government should have considered how much the rules would cost utilities. The court’s action extends a saga that dates back more than two decades. Congress first required the Environmental Protection Agency to issue regulations in 1990, but the agency’s efforts had been stalled for years because of several factors, including lengthy court battles. The EPA rules, adopted in 2012, require coal and oil-fired power plants to cut...
  • NASA/JPL's Airship Challenge (A NASA Centennial Challenges Program)

    11/25/2014 12:15:34 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 11 replies
    NASA/JPL ^ | 25NOV2014 | JPL Staff Writer
    Airships aren't just powered balloon-like vehicles that hover above sporting events. Researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, are floating the idea that airships have potential for important scientific and commercial uses. NASA is considering issuing a challenge for developing stratospheric airships that can break records in terms of duration of flight at high altitudes. The agency has issued a request for information for this contemplated "20-20-20 Airship Challenge." Submissions will be accepted until December 1. "We are seeking to take astronomy and Earth science to new heights by enabling a long-duration, suborbital platform for these kinds of...
  • Woman says, ‘We’re ready for Ferguson,’ accidentally shoots self in head

    11/25/2014 7:47:21 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 85 replies
    Fox 13 SLC ^ | 24NOV2014 | Ashton Edwards
    ST. LOUIS, Mo. – A woman appears to have accidentally fatally shot herself in the head with a gun bought to prepare for possible Ferguson-related unrest, according to sources briefed on the police investigation. The shooting occurred Friday night in downtown St. Louis, the city’s Metropolitan Police Department said, in an area dominated by vacant lots beside a football stadium. The female victim, identified in a police report as Becca Campbell, 26, was a passenger in a car involved in an auto accident. Her 33-year-old boyfriend was driving, the sources told CNN. The boyfriend, who wasn’t identified, told police that...
  • Obama Did Not Watch St. Louis County Prosecutor’s Announcement

    11/25/2014 5:44:35 AM PST · by LittleSpotBlog · 52 replies
    CBS News ^ | 11/25/14 | CBSDC/AP
    President Barack Obama appealed for calm and understanding in Ferguson on Monday after a grand jury decided not to indict in the death of Michael Brown, pleading with both residents and police officers to show restraint. “We are a nation built on the rule of law, so we need to accept that this decision was the grand jury’s to make,” Obama said. CBS News reports that Obama did not watch St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch’s announcement, but his aides did and briefed him. It was the fifth time Obama addressed Brown’s death.
  • Black Activist Supports Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

    11/25/2014 3:03:03 AM PST · by maddog55 · 20 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 24 Nov 2014 11:47 PM
    The Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, a conservative black civil-rights activist and national radio talk show host, said Monday night that he supports the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown shooting case. The grand jury ruled that Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson should not face charges in the shooting death. Peterson called the people rioting and causing chaos in Ferguson "racist black thugs." He released the following statement: "The decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson proves that our justice system works. The outcome shows that justice prevailed despite a concerted effort by rabble rousers, corrupt civil-rights 'leaders,' Attorney...
  • Officer Darren Wilson gets married to fellow Ferguson cop as grand jury decision looms

    11/24/2014 3:50:34 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 17 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | November 24, 2014 | Laura Bult
    He said “I do” while protests raged. Amid an uncertain future and an impending grand jury decision, Ferguson, Mo., police Officer Darren Wilson married his girlfriend, fellow Ferguson cop Barbara Spradling, last month. The 28-year-old, awaiting news on whether he will stand trial for fatally shooting unarmed black teen Michael Brown in August, tied the knot Oct. 24 with 37-year-old colleague Spradling, a 10-year veteran of the suburban St. Louis police force. The couple, who share a home in nearby Crestwood, Mo., applied for a license last month in Clayton and were married in Oakland, Mo., by a municipal judge.
  • Ebola survivor Amber Vinson requests refund from Ohio bridal store

    11/24/2014 5:21:44 PM PST · by SweetAkitoRose · 24 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Monday, November 24, 2014 | Rachelle Bildner
    Coming Attractions Bridal and Formal, Inc., had to shut down for three weeks after Vinson visited with a low-grade fever days before checking into the hospital with Ebola. Vinson is now asking for nearly $500 from the store so her bridesmaids can purchase dresses elsewhere to avoid 'public scrutiny,' according to a letter from attorney Stephen Malouf. The Ebola survivor who visited an Ohio bridal store with a low-grade fever and forced the shop to temporarily shut down is asking for a refund. Amber Vinson, now Ebola-free, is requesting nearly $500 from Coming Attractions Bridal and Formal, Inc., to the...
  • Anger at family who dressed their transgender daughter Jennifer Gable as a man in open casket

    11/24/2014 3:56:16 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 74 replies
    http://www.nyooztrend.com ^ | November 24, 2014 | James Gordon
    Friends of a transgender woman from Idaho who died suddenly have reacted with shock after her family dressed her for an open casket funeral as a man. 32-year-old Jennifer Gable died suddenly of an aneurysm last month. Her friends who attended the service were disgusted to find that she had been prepared like a man with her long hair cut off and dressed in a suit.
  • Poll "divided" along racial lines (CNN)

    <p>Washington (CNN) -- Americans are sharply divided along racial lines as to whether Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson should be charged with murder in the shooting death of Michael Brown, a new CNN/ORC poll out Monday finds.</p>
  • Bring back Christmas: Marshfield residents miffed about vacation name change

    11/24/2014 1:24:13 PM PST · by raccoonradio · 21 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 11/24/14 | Laurel Sweet
    With their campaign to save Christmas snowballing, traditionalists are expected to pack Marshfield High School’s auditorium tonight in hopes of persuading the School Committee to reverse its decision to rename the late December vacation as the “holiday break.” “There are signs all over town: ‘There’s Still a Christmas,’ ‘Bring Back Christmas.’ There’s some little kids in town picking up on this and wondering if Santa is going to come to their house,” said attorney Dennis Scollins, the Marshfield School Committee’s longest-serving member and one of two who stood up for St. Nick when the board voted 3-2 on Sept. 9...
  • Brominated vegetable oil can be a real no-no

    11/24/2014 1:08:31 PM PST · by John David Powell · 31 replies
    Newsfix ^ | 11/14/14
    Ever notice how people wear breathing masks and other protective gear when handling pesticides? That’s because you do not want to get this stuff on ya or in ya. Trust us. This stuff is aimed to kill. So why, then, until just recently were soft drink makers putting it in their products? Ok, to be fair, they were using brominated vegetable oil. BVO is an emulsifier. In other words, it distributes all of those fake flavors so we don’t have to shake the bottle. But like the sign says, studies suggest BVO hinders brain development, reduces fertility, and could cause...
  • LA Times Reporter injured while covering protests in South St. Louis

    11/23/2014 9:16:18 PM PST · by reagandemocrat · 57 replies
    KMOV St. Louis ^ | 11-23-14 | Adam McDonald / KMOV.com staff
    SOUTH ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – L.A Times Reporter Matt Pearce was injured during protests in south St. Louis Sunday night. News 4 crews say Pearce was hit in the head at Vandeventer and 44 after citizens were seen throwing rocks. It is unclear why rocks were being thrown or if Pearce was the target. Read more: http://www.kmov.com/news/talkers/LA-Times-reporter-injured-while-covering-protests-in-south-St-Louis-283653611.html#ixzz3Jxai0eL8
  • Cat predicts 50 deaths in RI nursing home

    11/23/2014 4:27:28 PM PST · by Sawdring · 76 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 01 Feb 2010 | Tom Leonard
    A cat with an uncanny ability to detect when nursing home patients are about to die has proven itself in around 50 cases by curling up with them in their final hours, according to a new book.
  • Pray for Our American Heroes and Nation

    11/23/2014 10:21:53 AM PST · by Faith · 14 replies
    November 23, 2014 | Faith
    Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise; be thankful unto Him, and bless His Name. Psalm 100: 4
  • Smithsonian makes list of 100 Most Significant Americans.(Bush, Palin, NOT Obama..)

    11/23/2014 9:09:39 AM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 29 replies
    Smithsonian ^ | 11/23/14 | TA Frail
    How much does Thomas Paine matter? More than Harriet Beecher Stowe? Less than Elvis? On a par with Dwight Eisenhower? Would you have answered these questions differently ten years ago? Will you answer them differently ten years from now? In a culture so saturated with information and so fragmented by the search possibilities of the Internet, how do we measure historical significance?
  • Obama Schoolhouse Rock (SNL skewers Obama)

    11/23/2014 8:42:06 AM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 12 replies
    Youtube ^ | 11/23/14 | SNL
    Got to admit...pretty accurate... Obama Schoolhouse Rock
  • What price to achieve a progressive utopia?

    11/23/2014 8:10:40 AM PST · by Michael.SF. · 26 replies
    Benicia Herald ^ | Nov. 22, 2014 | Dennis Lund
    WE ARE FAST APPROACHING THE POINT WHERE we may be forced to make the choice described by de Tocqueville: Capitulate to the ever-increasing demands of “progressives,” thus resigning ourselves to tyranny under the guise of benevolence, or stand up for the inherent freedom of the nation as originally envisioned.
  • Ben Carson's Fans Await Him in Iowa [link only]

    11/22/2014 1:04:13 PM PST · by grundle · 7 replies
    bloomberg.com [link only] | November 22, 2014
    http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2014-11-22/ben-carsons-fans-await-him-in-iowa
  • Study says golf-obsessed CEOs bad for business (Obama is an obvious example)

    11/22/2014 9:49:56 AM PST · by jerod · 9 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Friday, Nov. 21 2014 | Jeff Gray
    Despite the notion that big business deals are done on the golf course, a new statistical study suggests the more time a chief executive officer spends playing golf, the less profitable his or her company is. The statistical analysis, based on a sample of 363 golfing chief executives in the United States, concludes that companies with CEOs who played more than 22 rounds of golf a year “have lower operating performance and firm values.”
  • $weet dreams: Obama billed taxpayers $295,227 to fly home to 'sleep in his own bed'

    11/22/2014 8:34:25 AM PST · by W. · 32 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 18 Nov 2014 | Paul Bedard
    In what a taxpayer watchdog group called an unusual abuse, President Obama’s decision over Labor Day to fly home from New York to sleep in his own bed instead of overnighting and then attending the New York wedding of his chef cost Americans $295,227. It was just one expensive leg of a Labor Day work and fun trip with an overall price tag of $1,539,402.10 in flight expenses alone — not including security costs, food, housing or those associated with his staff.
  • Congressman suggests moat around White House

    11/22/2014 1:43:39 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 62 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 11/19/14 | Steve Goldstein
    Faced with an increasing number of White House intrusions that led to the resignation of a Secret Service director, a congressman on Wednesday suggested that maybe a moat should be erected around the president’s home. The suggestion was made by Rep. Steve Cohen, a Tennessee Democrat, at a House Judiciary Committee hearing. With hand gestures, Cohen suggested a moat roughly six-feet wide may be “attractive” and “effective.” Joseph Clancy, the acting director of the Secret Service, didn’t dismiss the suggestion out of hand. “Sir, it may be,” he said. Clancy said the Secret Service and the National Park Service were...
  • Why is HealthCare.gov hiding its most affordable plans?

    11/21/2014 10:57:54 PM PST · by grundle · 14 replies
    Consumer Reports/yahoo.com ^ | November 21, 2014
    One little-known feature of the Affordable Care Act is the availability of special health plans with low deductibles and copays to consumers whose incomes are low, but not low enough to be enrolled in Medicaid. (For 2015 that's up to $29,175 for a single person, $39,325 for a couple, and $59,624 for a family of four. Details here.) Unfortunately, many people eligible to buy these plans may never realize it because of the way HealthCare.gov, the site that sells health insurance to individuals in 38 states, displays plan results. Instead, they may end up with plans that, although their premiums...
  • Lawrence Berkeley Lab team helps lead charge to revolutionize energy storage

    11/21/2014 2:07:57 PM PST · by ckilmer · 18 replies
    libreprensa ^ | 11/20/2014 10:53:33 AM PST | Jeremy Thomas
    Lawrence Berkeley Lab team helps lead charge to revolutionize energy storage By Jeremy Thomasjethomas@bayareanewsgroup.comPosted:   11/20/2014 10:53:33 AM PST2 Comments | Updated:   a day ago     BERKELEY -- Imagine an electric car with the range of a Tesla Model S -- able to reach Lake Tahoe from the Bay Area on a single charge -- but at one-fifth the $70,000 price tag for the luxury sedan.    Or a battery not only able to provide many times more energy than today's technology but also at significantly cheaper prices, meaning longer-lasting and less expensive power for cellphones, laptops and...
  • EPA get out of my life. Ice/Water dispensers filters now low flow (Vanity rant)

    11/21/2014 11:44:26 AM PST · by UB355 · 31 replies
    Samsung parts ^ | 11/21/2014 | Me
    Low flow toilets, low flow hose nozzles now apparently low flow refrigerator water dispensers. I recently purchased the third replacement water filter for my Samsung refrigerator. Mine last about 9 months before water flow has been reduced. I put the new one in then dispensed water to flush it. The water flow was about the same as the old filter. I removed the new filter and discovered the hole in the end used to be ice pick sized was now large paperclip sized. Thanks EPA now it takes twice as long to fill a glass of water. I will curse...
  • Kim Kardashian’s butt on Paper magazine cover can help kids do math.

    11/21/2014 11:28:21 AM PST · by machogirl · 90 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | November 19, 2014 | Jeanette Settembre , Zoe Lake
    Here’s a cheeky way to do math. Kim Kardashian’s naked butt broke the internet — but now it’s helping to fix students’ understanding of basic geometry. Catalyst, a test prep company, is using the ultimate semi-circle in its latest pop-culture-inspired questions to get kids primed for the SAT. (See questions below). Catalyst’s interest in Kardashian’s image from the cover of Paper magazine is not just sexploitation. It’s downright Platonic. “Kim Kardashian’s backside is almost perfectly circular,” company founder Jared Friedland tells the Daily News. “As soon as we saw that, it occurred to me that we could teach three types...
  • Calif. Assault Law Requires College Students [but not anyone else?] To Give Consent Before Sex

    11/20/2014 9:47:28 PM PST · by grundle · 21 replies
    NPR/Associated Press ^ | September 29, 2014
    Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday that he has signed a bill that makes California the first in the nation to define when "yes means yes" and adopt requirements for colleges to follow when investigating sexual assault reports. State lawmakers last month approved SB967 by Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, as states and universities across the U.S. are under pressure to change how they handle rape allegations. Campus sexual assault victims and women's advocacy groups delivered petitions to Brown's office on Sept. 16 urging him to sign the bill.
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Just Hangin' Cafe ~ 21 November 2014

    11/20/2014 5:58:49 PM PST · by beachn4fun · 106 replies
    November 20, 2014 | Canteen Crew
    FR CANTEEN MISSION STATEMENT Showing support and boosting the morale of our military and our allied military and the family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. FReeper Canteen Just Hangin' Cafe Come on in, we're open Need a place just to hang out? This is it. We serve coffee, tea, conversation and music. Our AWESOME military, our AWESOME allies, and their families are welcomed and honored here. No worries in the FReeper Canteen Just Hangin' Cafe. Grab a cup and start a conversation. You never know who you might meet in the Cafe. Glad you could...
  • BAMN interrupts U-M Board of Regents meeting with protest that turns physical

    11/20/2014 1:10:01 PM PST · by cripplecreek · 28 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | November 20, 2014 | Jeremy Allen
    About 25 members of the pro-affirmative action group By Any Means Necessary -- also known as BAMN - broke out with chants of "Minority enrollment's been going down, open it up or we'll shut it down" and "We don't need another committee, open it up to Detroit city," during the University of Michigan's Board of Regents meeting Thursday afternoon. The chants quickly turned physical as the protester pressed forward toward the regents. Security responded and the group continued to press forward as multiple protesters were forced to the ground after refusing to back down and move their protest out of...
  • Grand jury decision on Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson could come Friday

    11/20/2014 11:32:43 AM PST · by BunnySlippers · 58 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/20/14 | Evan Perez, Shimon Prokupecz and Moni Basu
    Ferguson, Missouri (CNN) -- The grand jury hearing evidence on the Michael Brown shooting is preparing to meet Friday for what might be its final session, and a decision on whether to charge Officer Darren Wilson could come the same day, law enforcement officials briefed on the plans said. St. Louis County prosecutors are preparing to present more evidence to the grand jury before starting deliberations, and a decision on an indictment is expected soon after, the law enforcement officials said. If a decision comes Friday, prosecutors are expected to provide law enforcement with 48 hours notice before making a...
  • Terry Bean's (major Obama fundraiser) Former Boyfriend Arrested

    11/20/2014 10:19:03 AM PST · by DesertRenegade · 7 replies
    Willamette Week ^ | November 20, 2014 | Nigel Jaquiss
    Kiah Lawson, a former boyfriend of prominent Portland real estate developer and political fundraiser Terry Bean was arrested last night in Portland. Lawson, 25, was arrested in connection with the same alleged crimes that prompted Portland police to arrest Bean yesterday: allegations of sodomy in the third degree and sexual abuse of a 15-year-old boy in Lane County last year. Lawson and Bean's tempestuous relationship, which included mutual restraining orders and Bean's allegation that the younger man tried to extort money from him led a WW cover story earlier this year. As WW reported, Bean went to the Multnomah County...
  • [Washington] Museum Will Remove World World II-Era Rifles Because Of New State Law

    11/20/2014 9:54:21 AM PST · by grundle · 13 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | November 19, 2014 | Chuck Ross
    A museum in Lynden, Wash. has decided to return 11 World World II-era rifles to their owners because of a state law passed earlier this month that requires background checks on gun transfers. The Lynden Pioneer Museum will comply with the law, Initiative 594, rather than fight it, The Bellingham Herald reports. The museum’s exhibit, “Over the Beach: The WWII Pacific Theater,” had the 11 rifles on display along with photographs and journals from the era as well as military vehicles and radios. It will continue until May 1, but without the guns. “The museum will be returning these guns...
  • Former Fairbanks borough mayor Jim Whitaker picked as Walker chief of staff

    11/20/2014 9:20:44 AM PST · by vpintheak · 15 replies
    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ^ | 11/20/14 | Staff
    FAIRBANKS — Former Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Jim Whitaker has been picked by Gov.-elect Bill Walker as his chief of staff, according to a news release sent out by Walker’s campaign Wednesday night. The former mayor’s selection is one of the first official positions to be announced as the independent candidate begins the transition to the governor’s office after Republican Gov. Sean Parnell conceded defeat during the weekend.
  • Westminster Ends Bid To Ban Tobacco Sales After Outcry (Mass.)

    11/20/2014 7:03:30 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 7 replies
    WBZ ^ | 11/20/14 | WBZ
    A proposal that would have made the town the first in the nation to ban all tobacco sales has gone up in smoke. Westminster’s board of health voted 2-1 to drop the proposal at its regular meeting on Wednesday, a week after rowdy opposition led board members to end a public hearing early. The board had initially said the ban would help keep a variety of tobacco products from young people, but businesses strongly opposed it.
  • A number of Muslims in Europe are publicly abandoning their religion to become Christians.

    11/20/2014 5:54:48 AM PST · by wyowolf · 22 replies
    BRUSSELS: A number of Muslims in Europe are publicly abandoning their religion to become Christians or agnostics despite their former community's taboo against such acts.
  • Racial divide in U.S. arrest rates is 'staggering,' study finds [media bias barf alert]

    11/19/2014 10:48:04 PM PST · by grundle · 69 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | November 19, 2014
    ... at least 1,581 police departments arrest black people at a higher rate than Ferguson, where blacks are arrested nearly three times more than people of other races. That includes police departments in cities like New York, Chicago, Detroit, San Francisco and St. Louis. The St. Louis County Police Department arrested black people (113.7 per 1,000 residents) at more than three times the rate of nonblacks (32.4). "Something needs to be done about that," Ezekiel Edwards, head of the ACLU's Criminal Law Reform Project, told the paper. "In 2014, we shouldn't continue to see this kind of staggering disparity wherever...
  • Ebola Nurse Amber Vinson Gets Free Engagement Ring [decontamination crew "destroyed" her old one]

    11/19/2014 9:23:27 PM PST · by grundle · 33 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 19, 2014
    The Dallas nurse who flew to Ohio to plan her wedding in the days before she was diagnosed with Ebola and then said her engagement ring was destroyed when her apartment was decontaminated now has a new ring. Amber Vinson and her fiancé, Derrick Markray, visited a Zales Jewelers jewelry store in Dallas Tuesday where they were able to pick out a new ring free of charge. "When I found out that Zales had offered to give a ring, I was taken aback by the generosity because I've had so much negativity towards me," Vinson told ABC affiliate WFAA, which...