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  • Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch dead at 47

    05/04/2012 11:30:19 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    CBS ^ | 5/4/12
    Adam Yauch of the hip-hop trio the Beastie Boys has died, according to hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons. He was 47. "Our prayers go out to the family of Adam and the entire Beastie Boys crew," Simmons' site, the Global Grind, wrote. Yauch, who was known as MCA in the group, had been in treatment for cancer. He was diagnosed with cancer in his parotid gland and lymph node in 2009.
  • CHANGE

    05/04/2012 11:46:27 AM PDT · by tankrlm · 5 replies
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    VERY INTERESTING Wondering why there’s little or nothing left in the bank before next payday? It is because of the hopeless change! PRESIDENCY SOME WILL APPRECIATE THIS AND SOME WILL NOT. HOWEVER, ALL OF IT IS TRUE. After three years of Obama ...Here's your change! 3-31-12 gas here is (reg) $4.13 January 2009 TODAY % chg Source Avg. Retail price/gallon gas in U.S. $1.83 $3.44 84% 1 Crude oil, European Brent (barrel) $43.48 $99..02 127.7% 2 Crude oil, West TX Inter. (barrel) $38.74 $91.38 135.9% 2 Corn, No.2 yellow, Central IL $3.56 $6.33 78.1% 2 Soybeans, No. 1 yellow, IL...
  • Teen points out inaccurate map to NYC's Met museum

    05/04/2012 11:11:45 AM PDT · by Puppage · 12 replies
    WTNH Television ^ | 05/04/2012
    <p>WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut seventh-grader says workers at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City didn't believe him when he pointed out an inaccuracy with a map that was on exhibit. The map purported to show the Byzantine Empire at its largest size in the 6th century, but he noticed that Spain and part of Africa were missing from the depiction.</p>
  • Film Reveals Beetle from the Inside

    05/04/2012 10:27:27 AM PDT · by null and void · 12 replies
    Frame from the award-winning film, an anatomical study of a female aquatic beetle A biofilm that shows, from the inside, the anatomy of a small aquatic insect called Dryops has received the Best Film of the Year Award at the SkyScan Micro CT User Meeting 2012, an international conference of computed microtomography that took place in Brussels, Belgium, from April 3 to 5, 2012. Professor Javier Alba Tercedor, of the University of Granada’s Department of Zoology, was presented the award for his film titled “Micro-CT anatomical study of a female aquatic beetle (Insect: Coleoptera) of the genus Dryops”. The video...
  • Large, Mysterious Monster Fossil Puzzles Experts

    05/04/2012 10:07:30 AM PDT · by null and void · 21 replies
    UC Paleontologist David Meyer, left and Carlton Brett, right, flank Ron Fine, who discovered the large fossil spread out on the table. Around 450 million years ago, shallow seas covered the Cincinnati region and harbored one very large and now very mysterious organism. Despite its size, no one has ever found a fossil of this “monster” until its discovery by an amateur paleontologist last year. The fossilized specimen, a roughly elliptical shape with multiple lobes, totaling almost seven feet in length, was unveiled at the North-Central Section 46th Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America in Dayton, OH....
  • 'Unleash Hell': New Al Qaeda magazine describes how to start huge forest fires across the U.S.

    05/04/2012 9:12:31 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 28 replies
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | By Daily Mail Reporter
    Al Qaeda has called upon its followers to unleash massive forest fires upon the United States this summer. Published in the latest edition of the notorious terror magazine, 'Inspire', are graphic instructions for the creation and ignition of 'ember bombs' Detailed in the memorably titled, 'It is of your Freedom to Ignite a Firebomb', the magazine encourages any would-be terrorist to target Montana, because of the rapid population growth in its wooded areas. 'In America, there are more houses built in the countryside than in the cities,' explained the writer known as The AQ Chef according to ABC News. Reveling...
  • [MN] GOP leaders scrap roofless stadium plan, set end-of-session path

    05/04/2012 8:37:57 AM PDT · by topher · 31 replies
    Politics in Minnesota ^ | May 3, 2012 | by Briana Bierschbach
    An 11th-hour Republican Vikings stadium plan that would have paid for the state’s share with general obligation bonds was declared dead late Thursday morning, and in its wake House GOP leaders pledged to hold a long-awaited floor vote next Monday on the stadium bill authored by Rep. Morrie Lanning and Sen. Julie Rosen. House leaders said they also hope to vote on their 2012 bonding bill Monday. GOP leaders said that serious questions about using general obligation bonds to pay for the state’s portion of a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings have forced them to drop the plan, which...
  • AP apologizes for firing reporter over WWII scoop (Barf alert)

    05/04/2012 8:22:24 AM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 4, 2012 7:45 AM (ET) | DAVID B. CARUSO
    In World War II's final moments in Europe, Associated Press correspondent Edward Kennedy gave his news agency perhaps the biggest scoop in its history. He reported, a full day ahead of the competition, that the Germans had surrendered unconditionally at a former schoolhouse in Reims, France. For this, he was publicly rebuked by the AP, and then quietly fired. snip "Once the war is over, you can't hold back information like that. The world needed to know," he said in an interview. ( president and CEO Tom Curley.)
  • Best Buy Employee Wrongly 'Outed' Denver Man

    05/04/2012 7:20:49 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 43 replies
    ABC News ^ | 05-03-2012 | Susanna Kim
    A heterosexual man in Denver claims that a Best Buy employee wrongly "outed" him on Facebook after he left his phone for repair. Rich Dewberry said he brought in his mobile device to get fixed and was given a new phone. Shortly afterward, his Facebook status read, "I am gay, I'm coming out." "The phone just started ringing constantly after that from [an] ex-spouse to friends," he told ABC's Denver affiliate, KMGH. Dewberry said he was logged into his Facebook account on the phone he left with the store. "I feel I have been humiliated. My reputation has been tarnished,"...
  • Argentina Politicizes the Olympics with Commercial shot stealthily on the Falklands

    05/03/2012 6:35:52 PM PDT · by sinsofsolarempirefan · 7 replies
    Argentina has riled the Falkland Islands by broadcasting a political advert filmed on the territory without authorisation. The advert features an Argentine athlete training in the Falklands ahead of the London Olympics in July. It ends with the slogan: "To compete on English soil, we train on Argentine soil." Falklands legislator Ian Hansen dismissed it as a piece of "cheap and disrespectful propaganda". The advert - broadcast in Argentina on Wednesday night - is the latest measure by Argentina to reassert its claim to the British overseas territory it calls the Malvinas.
  • OK I(actually my Daughter) got on of those "Red Light Camera" "Tickets". Any Advice...

    05/03/2012 8:48:26 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 124 replies
    03 May 2012 | US Navy Vet
    ...on how to fight it?
  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Aaron's 499 at Talladega - Sunday 5/6/12 @ 1200 ET on FoX

    05/03/2012 11:36:54 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 152 replies
    NASCAR.com ^ | 5/3/12
    Talladega. 2.66 miles of what some call some mighty mean track.. See Ya There! This thread dedicated to our armed forces and coalition forces. God Blessings on our nation and allies and prayers of comfort to the families of our fallen patriots.
  • Post Poll: Obama leads Romney as campaigns converge on Virginia

    05/03/2012 3:56:14 PM PDT · by muawiyah · 94 replies
    The Washington post ^ | May 3, 2012 | Ben Pershing and Jon Cohen
    Obama is ahead of Romney, the presumed Republican nominee, 51 percent to 44 percent among registered voters. And Romney does no better against Obama than he did a year ago, despite his emergence as the GOP standard-bearer.
  • Suggested Liz Warren campaign song: I'm An Indian Too

    05/03/2012 1:29:16 PM PDT · by raccoonradio · 28 replies
    youtube.com ^ | 5/3/12 | raccoonradio
    From Annie Get Your Gun...a good song for Liz Warren to use. Written by Irving Berlin. Use link above Like a Seminole, Navajo, Kickapoo, like those Indians I'm an Indian too, a Sioux, a Sioux... Some Indians someone say, without a sound I may hide away with Big Chief Hole in the Ground And I'll have Totem pole, tomahawk, pipes of peace Which will go to prove, I'm an Indian too ...Looking like a flour sack with two papooses on my back and three papooses on the way
  • Mom Stumbles Onto Meteorite Worth About $20,000

    05/03/2012 12:28:31 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 11 replies
    http://sacramento.cbslocal.com ^ | 01 MAY 2012 | Staff
    LOTUS (CBS13) – People from all over the world are in the tiny town of Lotus in El Dorado County looking for something that’s out of this world, but leave it to a stay-at-home mom walking her dog to find a precious meteorite. The rock Brenda Salveson found is 17 grams, equal to just over a tablespoon of sugar. But when it comes in the form of an asteroid, its weight has no boundaries. “I was lucky, blessed, good karma,” Brenda said. “It was sitting there at my toes like an Easter egg.” An egg? More like a diamond in...
  • Bird's flying high, you know how I feel: Cat's cunning plan to ambush feathered foe end in tears

    05/03/2012 12:28:20 PM PDT · by khelus · 8 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | May 2, 2012 | Simon Tomlinson
    With the bird cornered, it seemed like guaranteed lunch. But this patient puss was ultimately left disappointed after trying to catch his feathered foe as it flew out of a nesting box. The pet cat was spotted sitting next to the box, which was attached to a fence at a farm in Roseburg, Oregon, U.S. ...
  • Supermoon This Weekend!

    05/03/2012 11:22:05 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 23 replies
    http://www.universetoday.com ^ | 02 MAY 2012 | by Nancy Atkinson
    This weekend will provide the full Moon’s closest approach of the year to Earth. On Saturday, May 5, 2012 the Moon could appear as much as 14% bigger and 30% brighter than other full Moons of 2012, according to some calculations. Will you notice it? Not if you haven’t really been paying attention, or have a reference point to compare it to other full Moons. And it certainly won’t have any adverse effects on Earth, as this closest approach happens every year — just a fact of orbital mechanics. But perhaps a great way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo is...
  • Unemployed African refugees turning Tel Aviv beaches into high crime spots

    05/03/2012 10:03:03 AM PDT · by cowboybeebop · 17 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 5-2-12 | Yaniv Kubovich
    Police say small groups composed of up to five refugees roam the beach looking for easy pickings. Young lovers or teens in the water are the preferred targets, but the main goal is to find a bag or something else lying around that is easy to grab and then sell at the city's Central Bus Station. Police describe the gangs' activities as follows: they begin by surveying the beach. The moment one of the thieves spots a likely item, he signals his buddies. Then the group strolls toward the promenade to plan the theft.
  • Yalta summit divides Europe, again

    05/02/2012 11:38:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 02 May 2012
    A summit of the presidents of Central European countries due in Yalta, Ukraine, on 11-12 May, will be attended by some EU leaders and boycotted by others, EurActiv has learned. Ironically, Yalta is a symbol of the division of Europe during the Cold War, following the February 1945 meeting there between Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin. At least four EU countries will boycott the Black Sea resort meeting. German media reported on 26 April that the country's new President Joachim Gauck canceled a trip to Ukraine this month amid worries about the health of imprisoned opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko. Then Czech...
  • Brussels to push for EU-wide minimum wage

    05/02/2012 11:33:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 17 April 2012
    The European Commission will propose tomorrow (18 April) introducing a minimum salary in countries like Germany where it does not exist yet, and raise wages where they are considered too low, according to a draft seen by EurActiv. Having a job is not a recipe against poverty in Europe. Indeed, more than 8% of European workers live with salaries that keep them below the poverty threshold, EU figures show. “The risk of in-work poverty is high, particularly in countries with uneven earnings distribution and low minimum wages, among people with temporary contracts and in low work intensity and single parent...
  • With Venezuelan Food Shortages, Some Blame [Chavez's] Price Controls [milk, chicken, toilet paper]

    05/02/2012 8:27:24 PM PDT · by grundle · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 20, 2012 | WILLIAM NEUMAN
    a full hour and a half before the store would open, about two dozen people were already in line shortages of staples like milk, meat and toilet paper are a chronic part of life here The shortages affect both the poor and the well-off “I’m wasting my day here standing in line to buy one chicken and some rice.” Venezuela was long one of the most prosperous countries in the region, with sophisticated manufacturing, vibrant agriculture and strong businesses, making it hard for many residents to accept such widespread scarcities. many economists call it a classic case of a government...
  • Gingrich exits presidential race; vows to help Romney

    05/02/2012 2:08:34 PM PDT · by South40 · 77 replies
    Newt Gingrich, the colorful former House speaker and fiery partisan, formally exited the Republican presidential contest Wednesday and vowed to help Mitt Romney's bid to defeat President Barack Obama. Ending a campaign that seesawed between implosion and frontrunner and back again, Gingrich threw his support to his one-time rival as expected and promised his supporters he would continue to push conservative ideas. Gingrich bowed out of the race more than $4 million in debt and his reputation perhaps damaged. "Today, I am suspending the campaign. But suspending the campaign does not mean suspending citizenship," Gingrich told a hotel ballroom in...
  • End of the manual transmission?

    05/02/2012 1:50:24 PM PDT · by Sopater · 151 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 02, 2012 | Thomas Bey
    Go to any given dealership with 100 new cars. On average, just four of the 2012 models will have manual gearboxes. The trend of the vanishing third pedal is nothing new, notes The Detroit News. Even a decade ago, just 8.5 percent of 2002 models were manuals. The paper’s own automotive reporter even confesses she never learned to drive a stick shift until it essentially became a job requirement. It’s more than a little contradictory to automotive reviews (including many you’ll read here) extolling the pleasure of enthusiastic driving with a true manual gearbox. Likewise, purists gravitate to manuals for...
  • Gingrich formally ends tumultuous White House bid

    05/02/2012 12:42:09 PM PDT · by South40 · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/2/2012
    (Reuters) - Newt Gingrich ended his tumultuous run for U.S. president on Wednesday after dazzling in televised debates but winning only two of the dozens of nominating contests in the Republican primary race.
  • Tsunami-Swept Harley Found In Canada

    05/02/2012 8:19:16 AM PDT · by palmer · 14 replies
    AP ^ | 5/2/2012 | Malcolm Foster
    TOKYO (AP) -- It must have been a wild ride. Japanese media say a Harley-Davidson motorcycle lost in last year's tsunami has washed up on a Canadian island about 6,400 kilometers (4,000 miles) away. The rusted bike was found in a large white container where its owner, Ikuo Yokoyama, had kept it. He was located through the license plate number, Fuji TV reported Wednesday. "This is unmistakably mine. It's miraculous," Yokoyama told Nippon TV when shown photos of the motorcycle. Yokoyama lost three members of his family in the March 11, 2011, tsunami...
  • Obama Gives Himself a Shout Out While Addressing Troops: ‘We’ve Got Me In the House’

    05/02/2012 7:08:38 AM PDT · by Texas Eagle · 77 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | 5-2-12 | Jonathon Seidl
    While addressing soldiers at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, the president started giving shout outs to different military units “in the house,” each time eliciting cheers from the crowd. But after calling out a couple of those names, he quickly turned to evoking his own: “And we’ve got me in the house.” They cheered. The Washington Free Beacon captured the moment: Obama to troops: You've got me in the house
  • CNN Has Lowest-Rated Month In More Than A Decade In April

    05/02/2012 5:21:19 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 23 replies
    It’s no April Fool’s joke — last month CNN delivered its lowest-rated month in total day in over a decade, since August 2001, the month before the September 11 attacks. The once-dominant cable news network posted decade-lows among both total viewers (357,000) and Adults 25-54 (108,000). Versus April last year, CNN was down 21% in total viewers and 29% in 25-54. In comparison, leader Fox News CHannel was up 2% in total viewers (1.1 million) and 1% in 25-54 (273,000) and No.2 MSNBC was flat in total viewers (425,000) and down 5% in 25-54 (139,000).
  • Iron Willed: Iron Maiden frontman to create '1,000 jobs' in Wales (modified headline).

    05/02/2012 3:05:21 AM PDT · by AnAmericanAbroad · 33 replies
    The Sun (U.K.) ^ | March 5th, 2012 | Staff
    Rock star Bruce Dickinson has vowed to create 1,000 jobs at a “centre of excellence” for British aviation. The Iron Maiden frontman, a fully qualified pilot, yesterday bought 132,000sq ft of old RAF hangars in South Wales. He aims to use the site at St Athan, Vale of Glamorgan, to service Boeing 737s, train pilots on simulators and, one day, build airships. His firm, CARDIFF AVIATION, hopes to take on the first 50 to 60 staff this July. Hundreds more would follow as contracts come in.
  • 75-Year-Old Man Bitten, Dragged by Alligator at a Golf Course Pond

    05/01/2012 7:48:49 PM PDT · by rawhide · 42 replies
    theledger.com ^ | 4-30-12 | By Phil Attinger
    LAKE WALES | "You'll never get me to look at a gator, touch a gator or eat a gator," Albert Miller said. He's seen enough of alligators for a while. Miller, 75, is at home recovering from being bitten and dragged by a 9-foot alligator while he was playing golf last Wednesday. Miller was playing a four-ball tournament with his friend, 66-year-old Ted Price last Wednesday at Lake Ashton Golf and Country Club. Price said his ball landed closest to the 15th hole, but Miller had hooked his into the water that borders the green. The golf course uses the...
  • Third flash mob theft in past month caught on camera (Portland)

    05/01/2012 6:36:59 PM PDT · by cowboybeebop · 32 replies
    CBS ^ | 4-30-2012
    A third flash mob theft in a one-month span in Portland left a mess behind at a convenience store Friday. Surveillance video showed unwelcome visitors enter the Max Mart and Deli in the 12000 block of East Burnside in Portland late Friday night. Store manager Prakash Thapa said about 15 to 20 teenagers ransacked the store and stole multiple items. "Some of them went toward the beer cooler, some went toward the candy section and some of them headed for the milk cooler," Thapa said. Portland police said a man and woman joined store workers in trying to get the...
  • Kim Jong Un Provides Field Guidance to Work for Developing Rungra Pleasure Ground for People

    05/01/2012 3:56:19 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 11 replies
    (North) Korean Central News ^ | 4-30-12 | unattributed
    Pyongyang, April 30 (KCNA) -- Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea and first chairman of the DPRK National Defence Commission, provided field guidance to the work for developing the Rungra Pleasure Ground for People. He was accompanied by Jang Song Thaek, member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the WPK and vice-chairman of the National Defence Commission. The Rungra Pleasure Ground for People covering an area of nearly 100 hectares consists of the Rungra Dolphin Aquarium, Rungra Wading Pool, Rungra Funfair, etc. The first leg...
  • NYC: Barbers Can’t Charge Women More Than Men

    05/01/2012 1:03:12 PM PDT · by rawhide · 58 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 5-1-12 | By Todd Starnes
    A New York City barber was accused of violating the city’s discrimination policy because he charged women three dollars more for a hair cut than men. “I’m here for 21 years and I’ve never heard of such a thing,” said Leon Kogut, the owner of Leon’s Fantasy Cut in Brooklyn. “The guy tells me this is discrimination of a woman.” An inspector slapped the barber with three violations totaling $650 in fines. Kogut said the inspector took issue with the fact that he charged $13 for a man’s haircut and $16 for a woman’s. “A woman’s haircut requires a lot...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Richard Grenell hounded from Romney campaign by anti-gay conservatives

    05/01/2012 12:53:34 PM PDT · by DesertRenegade · 57 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 5/01/2012 | Jennifer Rubin
    Richard Grenell, the openly gay spokesman recently hired to sharpen the foreign policy message of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, has resigned in the wake of a full-court press by anti-gay conservatives. In a statement obtained by Right Turn, Grenell says: I have decided to resign from the Romney campaign as the Foreign Policy and National Security Spokesman. While I welcomed the challenge to confront President Obama’s foreign policy failures and weak leadership on the world stage, my ability to speak clearly and forcefully on the issues has been greatly diminished by the hyper-partisan discussion of personal issues that sometimes comes...
  • Narcissist: Obama Tweets No Red or Blue States ... Barack States!

    05/01/2012 12:01:29 PM PDT · by GlockThe Vote · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 1 2012 | Ben Shapiro
    In other words, there are no red or blue states … just the Obama States. You have to love the narcissism of a president who posts a picture of himself at the center of America, presenting himself as greater than the country, all of which is united under his hopey-changey administration. This is 1984-type stuff. This is the most polarizing president in American history, and he's busy telling us that we're all united under his auspices. War is peace. Poverty is wealth. Polarization is unity. United States is Barack States.
  • Narcissist: Obama Tweets No Red or Blue States ... Barack States!

    05/01/2012 12:01:19 PM PDT · by GlockThe Vote · 76 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 1 2012 | Ben Shapiro
    In other words, there are no red or blue states … just the Obama States. You have to love the narcissism of a president who posts a picture of himself at the center of America, presenting himself as greater than the country, all of which is united under his hopey-changey administration. This is 1984-type stuff. This is the most polarizing president in American history, and he's busy telling us that we're all united under his auspices. War is peace. Poverty is wealth. Polarization is unity. United States is Barack States.
  • Ted Deutch calls out Allen West; West channels Johnny Carson

    05/01/2012 11:38:44 AM PDT · by T.O.K. · 11 replies
    BizPacReview ^ | May 1, 2012 | Michele Kirk
    Things got tense at Monday’s Forum Club of the Palm Beaches meeting when sparks flew between guest speakers Ted Deutch and Allen West. The two congressmen were scheduled to speak in front of a few hundred guests at the Palm Beach County Convention Center for 10 minutes each on the Affordable Care Act, then take questions from the audience. The festivities began cordially enough, with the gentlemen displaying mutual respect for each other, but the day took a turn for the ugly
  • Rising from the Ooze

    05/01/2012 9:33:07 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 15 replies
    The Daily Scan ^ | May 1, 2012
    Researchers from the University of Oslo have discovered a protozoan species that may belong to a new branch of the tree of life, says Popular Science's Rebecca Boyle. The researchers, who describe their findings in Molecular Biology and Evolution, say they found the microorganism — called Collodictyon — in lake sludge in Norway, and that it may be related to some of the planet's earliest life forms. "It is not a fungus, alga, parasite, plant, or animal, yet it has features associated with other kingdoms of life," Boyle says. "It could be a founding member of the newest kingdom on...
  • Police arrest man for having real $50 bill

    05/01/2012 8:50:30 AM PDT · by Brandonmark · 38 replies
    WKYT ^ | May 1, 2012 | WKYT
    Tennessee police are apologizing after arresting a man for using a $50 bill they thought was fake but that turned out to be real. Police in Shelbyville thought the bill was counterfeit after a convenience store clerk called them. The clerk said a marker used to detect false money didn't show the bill was real. The Shelbyville Times-Gazette reported Officer Brock Horner arrested Lorenzo Gaspar on Friday. But a police evidence technician told the arresting officer that some old bills don't react to the markers. So police gave the money to two banks to check, and they said it was...
  • Obiwan Kenobi arrested on charge of hit-and-run

    05/01/2012 8:06:16 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 33 replies
    Obi-Wan Kenobi was always a bit of a rogue Jedi, even lamenting his own former lack of patience during a dramatic exchange with Yoda in "The Empire Strikes Back." But a California man who legally changed his name to match that of the fictional "Star Wars" hero may have given in to the temptations of the dark side of the Force, as he was charged with a hit-and-run.
  • Baby's first birthday party turns to tragedy when he is killed by family's mastiff dog

    05/01/2012 4:32:59 AM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 134 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4-29-2012 | Laura Pullman
    A baby boy has died after he was attacked by his family’s mastiff dog during his first birthday party. A day after turning one, Jeremiah Eshew-Shahan was at his grandmother’s house in Las Vegas when he crawled over to the dog – a mastiff-rhodesian mix weighing about 120 pounds – and started to pet him. The dog then attacked the baby, sinking his teeth into Jeremiah’s head and shaking him...
  • Parents: Driver lacks remorse for running over, killing child (Ran over baby-twice! )

    04/30/2012 2:00:07 PM PDT · by cowboybeebop · 24 replies
    WBSTV ^ | 4-28-2012
    On September 17, 2011, his wife was walking with Olivia in a crosswalk at Lenora Park in Snellville when Glass slammed into her and Olivia's stroller. "She came at us so hard and so fast out of nowhere, in reverse, In the wrong lane," Hellwig said. "She hit us once in reverse the first time, and if that's not enough kept driving, drove forward, and drove backwards again." "Her lawyer issued an apology, but there was nothing from her," Hellwig said. "I didn't feel any real remorse from her in court."
  • Stephen King: Tax Me, for *&^$’s Sake! (another victim of Buffitis)

    04/30/2012 11:03:16 AM PDT · by pabianice · 45 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 4/30/12 | King
    The iconic writer scolds the superrich (including himself—and Mitt Romney) for not giving back, and warns of a Kingsian apocalyptic scenario if inequality is not addressed in America. Chris Christie may be fat, but he ain’t Santa Claus. In fact, he seems unable to decide if he is New Jersey’s governor or its caporegime, and it may be a comment on the coarsening of American discourse that his brash rudeness is often taken for charm. In February, while discussing New Jersey’s newly amended income-tax law, which allows the rich to pay less (proportionally) than the middle class, Christie was asked...
  • Collective dislike among ex-presidents for former president Jimmy Carter

    04/30/2012 8:46:39 AM PDT · by jakerobins · 16 replies
    WASHINGTON — Former presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush have united — in their hatred of Jimmy Carter. The former commanders-in-chief share a disdain for their fellow ex-president because he conducted foreign policy after leaving office without any authority from the White House, according to a new book. In “The Presidents Club: Inside the World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity,” former staffers even use the word “treason” to describe Carter’s actions.
  • Arianna Huffington: President's bin Laden ad "despicable"

    04/30/2012 7:13:03 AM PDT · by South40 · 23 replies
    CBSNews ^ | 4/30/2012
    (CBS News) Arianna Huffington, founder and editor-in-chief of the The Huffington Post, called the Obama campaign's decision to tout the assassination of Osama bin Laden in a campaign advertisement "despicable." The ad questions whether presidential candidate Mitt Romney would have ordered the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. "I don't think there should be an ad about that," Huffington said Monday on "CBS This Morning." "I think it's one thing to celebrate the fact that they did such a great job (with television specials). All that is perfectly legitimate. But to turn it into a campaign ad is one of...
  • Harvard’s ‘populist’: Liz Warren’s pathetic pose

    04/30/2012 6:39:50 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 21 replies
    New York Post ^ | 4/29/12 | Howie Carr
    BOSTON — There’s a reason why most would-be politicians start by running for lesser offices, as Massachusetts Democrats are finding to their chagrin this spring, as their anointed US Senate candidate springs one unpleasant surprise after another. Elizabeth Warren, a 62-year-old Harvard Law School professor, seemed to have all the right stuff to regain the lost Senate seat of the late Ted Kennedy from Republican usurper Scott Brown. In this bluest of states, she remains competitive, out-fund-raising the incumbent 2 to 1 in the last quarter. In recent statewide polls, she’s been running even or slightly ahead. Yet her campaign...
  • Student harassed, expelled by school after demanding sexual abuse awareness

    04/30/2012 5:49:27 AM PDT · by AirborneDhampir · 55 replies
    Wspa.com ^ | 26 April 2012 | Melissa Keeney
    GREENVILLE, SC --- Just a week before graduation, 23 year old Chris Peterman should be preparing his cap and gown. Instead, the Bob Jones University student says he's fighting for the degree he believes he's earned, and he believes the popular television show "Glee" may be partly to blame.
  • EU auditor used public funds to hamper anti-fraud inquiry

    04/29/2012 9:36:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 27.04.12 @ 06:50 | Valentina Pop
    The secretary general of the European Court of Auditors used public funds to hire lawyers and to sue the EU's anti-fraud office (OLAF) over an inquiry into how he hired security guards. He lost the case, but no action was taken against him. A ruling by the European Court of Justice dating back to 28 February dismissed Eduardo Ruiz Garcia's claim for OLAF to withhold publication of a report into alleged irregularities regarding the security tender he had overseen. It also dismissed his claim for the EU commission, which is the overarching body OLAF is part of, to pay €6,000...
  • Sales of women and girls booms in Europe (slavery)

    04/29/2012 9:32:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 26.04.12 @ 18:21 | Nikolaj Nielsen
    Human trafficking is booming in Europe, the Hague-based Eurojust, the EU’s crime-fighting unit, said on Thursday (26 April). But the number of cases brought against traffickers is grossly disproportionate to the number of reported victims. “Something is wrong; not enough people are being brought to justice. One thing is sure is that it is a booming business,” said Michèle Coninsx, President-elect of Eurojust. Eurojust, which coordinates with national judicial authorities on serious cross-border crimes, is aiming to get member states to bring more cases to it. Despite the alarming numbers, Eurojust handled 74 registered cases in 2009, up from only...
  • History's Most Overlooked Mysteries

    04/29/2012 7:17:10 AM PDT · by wildbill · 38 replies
    Live Science ^ | July 25, 2007 | Tuan C. Nguyen
    1. Disappearance of the Indus Valley Civilization With a culture that stretched from western India to Afghanistan and a population numbering over five million, the ancient Indus Valley people—India's oldest known civilization—were an impressive and apparently sanitary bronze-age bunch. The scale of their baffling and abrupt collapse rivals that of the great Mayan decline. But it wasn't until 1922 that excavations revealed a hygienically-advanced culture which maintained a sophisticated sewage drainage system and immaculate bathrooms. Strangely, there is no archaeological evidence of armies, slaves, social conflicts or other vices prevalent in ancient societies. Even to the very end, it seems,...
  • Meth Lab Explodes in Oklahoma Man's Pants

    04/29/2012 6:55:22 AM PDT · by njslim · 26 replies
    A portable meth lab exploded in an Oklahoma man's pants Friday during a scuffle with a state trooper. David Williams ran from a police officer who noticed a chemical smell as he was issuing a speeding ticket to the driver of the SUV that Williams was a passenger in, KOTV reported. Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/04/27/portable-meth-lab-explodes-in-oklahoma-man-pants-police-say/#ixzz1tRBLh3Nj