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  • Unappreciated Tax on the Poor

    01/06/2016 5:24:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies ^ | January 6, 2016 | Walter E. Williams
    A few years ago, BET had a commentary titled "Where Are the Grocery Stores in Black Neighborhoods?" One wonders whether anyone thinks that the absence of supermarkets in predominantly black neighborhoods means that white merchants do not like dollars coming out of black hands. Racial discrimination cannot explain the absence of supermarkets in black communities. Compare the operation of a supermarket in a low-crime neighborhood with that of one in a high-crime neighborhood. You will see differences in how they operate. Supermarkets in low-crime neighborhoods often have merchandise on display near entrances. They may have merchandise left unattended outside...
  • St. Joseph's Parish in Cleghorn and the Cleghorn Neighborhood Center

    12/02/2014 8:25:38 AM PST · by cleghornboy
    La Salette Journey ^ | December 2, 2014 | Paul Melanson
    In the past I have warned about demonic activity and doctrinal dissent at Saint Joseph's Parish in Cleghorn; things ranging from a priest viewing child pornography to a parish secretary who is photographed in a state of undress and sporting devil's horns to a Deacon who promotes the writings of an admitted sexual predator to a priest who would omit the Creed. This same parish has been intimately connected with the Cleghorn Neighborhood Center in Fitchburg. See here. The problem? As the Lepanto Institute reports: For Fiscal Year 2014-2015, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development provided a $35,000 grant to...
  • NYC Announces Plan to Equalize Neighborhoods

    05/27/2014 10:17:58 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 13 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 23 May 2014 | John Semmens
    Concerned that the City is an inhomogeneous hodgepodge with pockets of great wealth in some neighborhoods and squalor in others, newly appointed Housing Preservation and Development Commissar Vicki Been announced a plan to move 80,000 to 120,000 poorer families into middle class neighborhoods. “This way instead of having blight and filth in every direction they might look poorer families will be within easy walking distance of a better kept neighborhood,” Been boasted. “The crimes that plague poorer sections of our City would be more evenly dispersed throughout the whole City. Victims will come from a more broadly representative subset of...
  • Family Witnesses Bigfoot Squatting Among Abandoned Detroit Homes

    02/19/2014 7:35:54 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 54 replies
    Cryptozoology News ^ | February 15th, 2014 | Michael Bachman
    Bigfoot Living Among the Ruins of Detroit! DETROIT (Cryptozoology News) — A family claim they saw a strange ape-like creature Thursday afternoon coming out of the window of an abandoned house on the outskirts of the desolate city. C. Brown, his wife, and their two children said they were “driving around, looking to buy a new house”, when they allegedly witnessed the unidentified beast. “The economy has been devastating here man,” Brown explained. “One day, you are living in this beautiful city with over a million and a half working people, next day all you know is all is gone…crime...
  • Upper Manhattan Residents Say Skunks Are Stinking Up Neighborhood

    09/29/2013 7:36:30 AM PDT · by shove_it · 59 replies
    SeeBSNY ^ | 27 Sep 2013
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Something stinks in upper Manhattan. Residents claim skunks have invaded Inwood and Washington Heights, roaming the streets surrounding Fort Tryon Park and stinking up the neighborhood. “I tell my friends down in midtown or Hells Kitchen that there’s a skunk problem up here and they don’t believe it,” resident Mark Bailey said. “They’re in front of every building…they’re not just in the parks, they’re all over.” [...]
  • Earth's Milky Way Neighborhood Gets More Respect

    06/04/2013 8:28:19 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 10 replies
    NRAO ^ | 6/3/13
    Earth's Milky Way Neighborhood Gets More Respect Old picture: Local Arm a small "spur" of Milky Way. New picture: Local Arm probable major branch of Perseus Arm. CREDIT: Robert Hurt, IPAC; Bill Saxton, NRAO/AUI/NSF. Our Solar System's Milky Way neighborhood just went upscale. We reside between two major spiral arms of our home galaxy, in a structure called the Local Arm. New research using the ultra-sharp radio vision of the National Science Foundation's Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) indicates that the Local Arm, previously thought to be only a small spur, instead is much more like the adjacent major arms,...
  • Man walks neighborhood with rifle, scares neighbors

    04/26/2013 7:05:36 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 204 replies
    WCNC ^ | 4/25/13 | Tony Burbeck
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A man who walks around his neighborhood with a rifle strapped to his back says he is not a threat to harm anyone, but some neighbors fear he is an incident of vigilante justice waiting to happen. John Schultz, 19, also wears a bullet-proof vest, carries ammunition and has a knife in a holster as he walks through Walnut Creek, which is off Sunset Road in north Charlotte. The gun is his grandfather’s 303 British Enfield from WWII. His walks cause double-takes as well as safety concerns for some. Schultz says others thank him and wave at...
  • New Mosque in the Heart of Large US Jewish Neighborhood

    06/04/2012 9:24:14 AM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    inn ^ | 6/14/12 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    A Muslim movement has bought a posh house in the heart of a large upscale Jewish neighborhood in Baltimore, whose main artery is known as “Synagogue Row.” The Muslim sect is considered to be pacifist and at the opposite end of Islam extremism. Located on the edge of Pikesville – synonymous with “Jewish” – the Colonial-style house known as “Slade Mansion” was sold for $900,000 to the Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam, according to the Baltimore Sun. Baltimore’s Jewish population is unusual in that it is almost totally contiguous despite its size of an estimate 100,000 Jews. It stretches for miles...
  • Obama Walks His Chicago Neighborhood (Did Not bump into Bill Ayres during morning stroll)

    06/02/2012 5:18:49 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 6/2/12 | Devin Dwyer | ABC OTUS News
    CHICAGO - President Obama went out for a four-block stroll through his Hyde Park neighborhood this morning after spending his first night at home in over a year. The president, dressed in tan slacks and a white, open-collared shirt with sleeves rolled up, walked down South Woodlawn Avenue alongside senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, both clearly enjoying the sunny and seasonable weather, according to pool reporters on scene. A Secret Service agent followed closely behind. "Nice day, huh?" Obama called out to members of the press who were positioned to observe the stroll. ... Obama and Jarrett ended at the home...
  • Egyptian neighbors creating local militias

    01/30/2011 7:01:20 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 42 replies
    CNN ^ | January 30, 2011 | Ivan Watson
    Cairo, Egypt (CNN) -- Until recently, Seif Awad worked a day job as an account manager for Cisco. But since Saturday he has begun volunteering at nights, protecting his neighborhood with a volunteer defense squad of young male neighbors armed with makeshift weapons. Last night he armed himself with a big stick. On Sunday, Awad bought gasoline canisters and started making Molotov cocktails. "If anyone comes on the street we're going to throw those at them," Awad said. "And I have a friend here who has a gun." Shortly before he spoke on the phone Sunday night with CNN, Awad...
  • For black men with high blood pressure, the barber can be a lifesaver

    10/27/2010 12:58:17 AM PDT · by thecodont · 16 replies
    Los Angeles Times / ^ | October 25, 2010|2:25 p.m. | Melissa Healy/Los Angeles Times
    A little off the top, some spirited sports commentary, neighborhood gossip and a bit of man-to-man advice on domestic affairs: it’s all there at the barbershop, an institution that plays a beloved and central role in the African American community. Increasingly, in recent years, the black barbershop owner has become an influential source of health advice too. Public health officials and researchers have been actively enlisting his help in an effort to narrow gaping disparities in healthcare access and uptake that put black men at a deep disadvantage compared with whites. And deputizing the barber—an already respected figure in many...
  • Lock your doors, Mister Rogers - there's a thief in the neighborhood!

    10/25/2010 7:36:39 PM PDT · by xjcsa · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | October 25, 2010
    Cedar Falls, IA – The latest ad from Doris Kelley makes a number of ridiculous accusations, but it’s the use of a song from the classic television show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood that puts it over the top. The Walt Rogers campaign has learned that Family Communications, Inc., the nonprofit corporation that administers copyrights related to the show, did not grant permission for Kelley to use the song in her attack ad; in fact, the organization never permits political use of its copyrights, according to Chief Operating Officer Kevin Morrison. The group will be issuing a “Cease and Desist” letter to...
  • Lebanese Neighborhood Erases Jewish Name

    09/05/2010 3:44:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies · 1+ views
    inn ^ | 9/5/10 | Hillel Fendel
    A long-time Jewish neighborhood in the Lebanese city of Sidon that kept its Jewish name throughout the tribulations of Lebanese-Israeli tensions has finally lost the name. The residents renamed the neighborhood, known for decades as Haret al-Yahud (Neighborhood of the Jews), Haret Gaza. It happened at the end of last week, when the Arab world commemorated International Quds Day (Jerusalem Day). Sidon is the third-largest city in Lebanon, located about midway between the two largest cities, Tyre and Beirut, and only some 60 kilometers from Israel. Haret al-Yahud was long populated mostly by Jews, part of the Lebanese Jewish population...
  • Waxing Philosophical

    07/20/2010 6:39:21 AM PDT · by bsaunders
    Beyond the Cusp ^ | B. Saunders
    We are barraged by reminders that the economy is oh so slowly pulling out from a deep and broad recession. The jobs are lagging, as is their usual reaction to slow recoveries. For those of us old enough to remember the times are reminiscent of the late 1970s and early 1980s. The similarity is further reinforced by the constant comparisons coming from the more conservative commentaries of President Obama to President Carter. The liberals are touting the same President Obama as a savior much in the same mold as President Reagan, though they would never mention Reagan. But all of...
  • Farrakhan followers, press have minor 'stand-off' in Obama's neighborhood

    05/30/2010 12:45:41 PM PDT · by ulster · 37 replies · 1,622+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 5-30-10 | ABDON M. PALLASCH
    An interesting “stand-off’’ of sorts developed outside a barbecue President Obama was attending at a friend’s house Saturday night between followers of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan on one side and members of the press and the U.S. Secret Service guarding the president on the other. Just a few blocks from Obama’s home in the Kenwood/Hyde Park neighborhood, Obama’s friend Marty Nesbitt lives across the street from the ornate yellow-gold home where Farrakhan lives.
  • Farrakhan, press have minor 'stand-off' in Obama's neighborhood

    05/30/2010 7:10:22 AM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 41 replies · 2,008+ views
    Sun Times ^ | May 30, 2010 | ABDON M. PALLASCH
    An interesting “stand-off’’ of sorts developed outside a barbecue President Obama was attending at a friend’s house Saturday night between followers of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan on one side and members of the press and the U.S. Secret Service guarding the president on the other. Just a few blocks from Obama’s home in the Kenwood/Hyde Park neighborhood, Obama’s friend Marty Nesbitt lives across the street from the ornate yellow-gold home where Farrakhan lives. For the past two years...
  • Obamas getting new neighbors [House next door sells for $1.4 million]

    04/07/2010 5:19:35 AM PDT · by mlizzy · 16 replies · 658+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 4-7-10 | Mark J. Konkol
    President Obama has new neighbors. The first family's pals next door, Bill and Jacky Grimshaw, closed Wednesday on a $1.4 million deal for their 6,000-square-foot 1906 colonial mansion with an unfettered view of the Obama's Kenwood estate. The new owners, who plan to spend an additional $1 million renovating the house, asked their real estate agent, Matt Garrison, not to reveal their identity. "They want their privacy respected. They're not interested in notoriety. They're just a normal Chicago home buyer who happened to buy next to the president," Garrison said. "They'd probably prefer not being next to the president, but...
  • There'll be nowhere to run from the new world government

    12/20/2009 3:47:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 109 replies · 2,826+ views
    The London Telegraph ^ | December 19, 2009 | Janet Daley
    There is scope for debate – and innumerable newspaper quizzes – about who was the most influential public figure of the year, or which the most significant event. But there can be little doubt which word won the prize for most important adjective. 2009 was the year in which "global" swept the rest of the political lexicon into obscurity. There were "global crises" and "global challenges", the only possible resolution to which lay in "global solutions" necessitating "global agreements". Gordon Brown actually suggested something called a "global alliance" in response to climate change. (Would this be an alliance against the...
  • Diversity is Great – Somewhere Else

    10/20/2009 1:55:48 PM PDT · by B-Chan · 7 replies · 639+ views
    The Bitpig Rant ^ | 2009.10.20 | Bitpig (B-Chan)
    Over the years, I've noticed that most white "progressives" (= liberals) that I've known -- the ones who are on hair-trigger Al Sharpton Alert for the slightest hint of racism in others -- have one feature in common: they live at the corner of Whitebread Avenue and Mayonnaise Lane. The same people who bray the loudest about how "diversity is our strength" and how great the "diverse inner city" is almost always live in the lily-white outer suburbs themselves -- places where a black or Hispanic person had better have a rake or lawn mower in his hands if they're...
  • 'Serial spitter' targets cars in Portland's Richmond neighborhood

    09/29/2009 9:48:32 AM PDT · by llevrok · 10 replies · 881+ views
    Video story at link
  • Soldiers Help Iraqi Media Spread Word on Neighborhood Improvements

    05/12/2009 6:09:32 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 218+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Dustin Roberts, USA
    BAGHDAD, May 12, 2009 – A partnership among the local government, Iraqi security forces and the 1st Infantry Division’s 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, has given citizens of northwestern Baghdad’s Hurriyah neighborhood an improved community. Sheik Maqmoud al-Falahi, right, a tribal leader in northwestern Baghdad, speaks to attendees of the “Hurriyah Walkthrough” ceremony in the Kadamiyah district of northwestern Baghdad, May 11, 2009. After the ceremony, civic leaders and members of the Iraqi media walked through a thriving market street in Hurriyah to see security and economic gains in the neighborhood. U.S....
  • CONGRESS $HOPPING CARTS (Millions For Green Golf Carts)

    02/11/2009 9:20:45 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 9 replies · 785+ views
    New YorkPost ^ | 2/11/09 | GEOFF EARLE
    WASHINGTON - "Fore!" The federal government is preparing to spend millions to purchase a fleet of small electric vehicles that critics compare to golf carts. The $838 billion economic stimulus bill that passed the Senate yesterday contains $300 million for the government to purchase a fleet of "green" cars. But the money won't just go to buy fuel-efficient hybrids such as the Ford Escape or Chevy Volt. The cash also can be used to purchase "neighborhood electric vehicles." The NEVs, which resemble streamlined golf carts, scoot at up to 25 mph, operate on battery power and can be plugged into...
  • Obama’s Bill Hands ACORN $5.2 Billion Bailout

    01/28/2009 2:26:32 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 43 replies · 3,564+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 1/27/09 | David A. Patten
    A rising chorus of GOP leaders are protesting that the blockbuster Democratic stimulus package would provide up to a whopping $5.2 billion for ACORN, the left-leaning nonprofit group under federal investigation for massive voter fraud. Most of the money is secreted away under an item in the now $836 billion package titled “Neighborhood Stabilization Programs.” Ordinarily, neighborhood stabilization funds are distributed to local governments. But revised language in the stimulus bill would make the funds available directly to non-profit entities such as ACORN, the low-income housing organization whose pro-Democrat voter-registration activities have been blasted by Republicans. ACORN is cited by...
  • Sadr City Residents Take Pride in Their Neighborhood

    12/03/2008 9:26:21 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 306+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | 2nd Lt. Clayton Merkly, USA
    BAGHDAD, Dec. 3, 2008 – In the not-too-distant past, Baghdad’s Sadr City district was considered by many to be one of the worst places to live in Iraq. Violence riddled the district, sewage-filled gutters overflowed onto the roads, and children played on trash piles containing concertina wire and rubble from houses -- the remnants of the violent fighting that drove Iranian-backed criminal elements out of the area. An Iraqi man digs a hole while repairing the sewer system in Baghdad’s Sadr City district. U.S. Army photo by 2nd Lt. Clayton Merkly  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Now, when...
  • Engineers Help Beautify Neighborhoods (Area Beautifican Collateral Duty)

    11/17/2008 4:51:17 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 306+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | 2nd Lt. Janeene Yarber
    BAGHDAD — Army engineers are making things a lot easier for Iraqi contractors to clean up trash on the streets of Baghdad. The project, in conjunction with 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment’s Task Force Iron Gimlet, calls for engineers to remove large rubble and debris so that Iraqi contractors are able to clean up trash. The 955th Engineer Company, a U.S. Army Reserve unit based out of Missouri, which is attached to the 46th Engineer Combat Battalion, 926th Engineer Brigade, serving with Multi-National Division - Baghdad, has been assigned the vital job of picking up what can’t be...
  • PG County takes on cluttered lawns - Fines help offset low tax revenue

    07/02/2008 11:16:42 AM PDT · by JZelle · 13 replies · 111+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 7-2-08 | Amanda DeBard
    The Prince George's County Revenue Authority, its tax receipts sputtering as home prices plunge, has adopted a novel way to brake the slide. By cracking down on front lawns that resemble used-car lots and on trucks parked in residential areas, the authority reckons it can collect some of the $15 million in unpaid tickets and make neighborhoods more attractive to potential home buyers and prospective businesses. "A lot of the enforcement is for aesthetics because things are disorderly looking, but we also want to increase property values and make the community more livable," said Troy Thompson, director of parking operations...
  • Your Neighborhood Can Affect Your Health

    04/11/2008 3:16:47 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 68+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 4-11-2008 | The Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry.
    Your Neighborhood Can Affect Your Health ScienceDaily (Apr. 11, 2008) — Research carried out at the Peninsula Medical School, South West England, has found strong links between neighbourhood deprivation and the physical and intellectual health of older people. Two studies were conducted, both using data on participants in the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA). The first study investigated over 7,000 individuals aged 52 and older who lived in urban areas across England. The study found that even when individual differences in education and income were taken into account, people who lived in the most deprived areas were significantly more...
  • Iraqis Join Cavalry Regiment for Joint Operation in Tameem

    02/23/2008 10:47:19 AM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 83+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Spc. Ben Hutto, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER — Soldiers from Troop C, 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment conducted an operation with the 3rd Brigade, 1st National Police (NP) division, supporting the Iraq Civil Conservation Force and Sons of Iraq (SoI) in Tameem, a small village southeast of Baghdad, Feb. 18. The operation, planned by Salam Bedin, the nahia council chairman, Lt. Col. Emad, commander of the 3/1 NP, and the SoI, led to the establishment of several SoI checkpoints and allowed the Iraqi Civil Conservation Force to conduct cleaning projects in the village. “The future of Iraq is about cooperation between all players...
  • Neighborhood Checkpoints Keep Residents Safe

    02/20/2008 3:36:54 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 116+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Pfc. April Campbell, USA
    QAHIRA, Iraq, Feb. 20, 2008 – Citizens in the northern Baghdad neighborhood of Qahira play a large role in securing their backyard through local checkpoints. Army Lt. Col Michael Pemrick, deputy commander of the 4th Infantry Division’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team in Multinational Division Baghdad, greets Sons of Iraq members at a neighborhood checkpoint while on a patrol in Baghdad’s Qahira neighborhood, Feb. 14, 2008. Pemrick talked to the group members about their security operations in the area. Photo by Pfc. April Campbell, USA  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Army Lt. Col. Michael Pemrick, deputy commander of the...
  • Judge says Wal-Mart can be built at Northcross Mall

    12/22/2007 6:12:56 AM PST · by Kolb · 20 replies · 163+ views ^ | Saturday, December 22, 2007 | Katie Humphrey and Sarah Coppola
    A judge has ruled that a Wal-Mart Supercenter can be built at Northcross Mall, despite the objections of some neighbors. A group of residents called Responsible Growth for Northcross tried to stop the North Austin store by suing the City of Austin and Lincoln Property Co., arguing that the store plans proposed by Lincoln and approved by the city violate city rules. State District Judge Orlinda Naranjo sided with the city and Lincoln in her ruling Friday, saying it was fine for the city to approve a second site plan for the store without holding a public hearing about a...
  • Civil Military Operations Platoon Helps Neighborhood

    11/26/2007 3:51:57 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 40+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Robert Timmons, USA
    CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq, Nov. 26, 2007 – Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery Regiment’s Civil Military Operations Platoon, stopped at the Daklea Market in Baghdad Nov. 18 to take a census of sorts among the shop owners. Army Spc. John Ackerman, a medic with the Civil Military Operations Platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, keeps watch as members of his platoon conduct a census of the Daklea Market in the Yarmouk neighborhood of Baghdad, Nov. 18, 2007. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Robert Timmons,...
  • A Baghdad neighborhood returns to life (Amariyah)

    11/07/2007 9:48:49 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 56+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/7/07 | Douglas Birch - ap
    BAGHDAD - Twilight brings traffic jams to the main shopping district of this once-affluent corner of Baghdad and hundreds of people stroll past well-stocked vegetable stands, bakeries and butcher shops. To many in Amariyah, it seems little short of a miracle. Just six months ago, this mostly Sunni neighborhood was one of the centers of al-Qaida in Iraq operations. The district in western Baghdad was hit by more than a dozen bombings and shootings some days. Few people dared to venture onto the streets. On Tuesday, women shopped and men drank tea in sidewalk cafes. Occasionally, U.S. soldiers walking the...
  • School Renovation Under Way in Baghdad Sunni-Shiia Neighborhood

    09/14/2007 4:43:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 215+ views
    BAGHDAD, Sept. 14, 2007 – Families in a neighborhood that sits between Sunni and Shiia areas of west Baghdad are looking forward to the re-opening of their secondary school. An Iraqi construction crew renovates a school in west Baghdad, a project that will double its size. The project is about 30 percent complete. U.S. Army photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Thifaf Al Neel School -- near the Baghdad International Airport in the Al Bayaa Beladiya neighborhood -- is being doubled in size, said Maj. Clark Johnson of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is overseeing the...
  • Soldiers help set Adhamiyah neighborhood on the road to recovery

    09/05/2007 5:34:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 244+ views
    Eastman, Ga., native Staff Sgt. Edrese Johnson of C Troop, 3rd Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, hands out some candy to a little girl while on patrol in a poor section of Baghdad's Adhamiyah neighborhood. Photo by Sgt. Michael Pryor, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division Public Affairs. BAGHDAD — “How’s business?” is the question on the tip of Capt. Albert Marckwardt’s tongue as he strolls through the main market of the Iraqi capital’s Adhamiyah District. The answer, though, is evident all around him. Business in Adhamiyah is booming. The formerly run-down market is bustling. Merchandise spills out of the...
  • Good Neighborhoods/Cities in the Baltimore Area?

    08/25/2007 8:53:44 PM PDT · by Reaganesque · 13 replies · 257+ views
    08/25/07 | Reaganesque
    Mrs. Reaganesque and I are moving to the Baltimore, MD area. Are there any Freepers out there that can give us a good idea of where to look for a home or apartment, either in Baltimore or nearby? We would much appreciate the info! Thanks!
  • Obama's neighborhood rich in diversity

    07/23/2007 11:15:57 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies · 822+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/23/07 | Deanna Bellandi - ap
    CHICAGO - Barack Obama could have lived anywhere. He was born in Hawaii, had family in Kenya, worked in New York and went to school in California and Massachusetts. But he settled here, in a prominent neighborhood on Chicago's South Side that has a history of influential residents. In many ways, the Democratic presidential candidate is the epitome of the place he calls home: a mix of black and white residents who are wealthy, well-educated and liberal-leaning. Ringed by communities where people are poorer and more likely to have a high school diploma and not a college degree, the neighborhood...
  • Troops renovate neighborhood

    01/18/2007 6:34:45 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 277+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Spc. Amanda Morrissey
    AL ZAHRAH — It is a small neighborhood about 12 blocks long and five blocks wide, just a few miles away from Balad. The main street is roughly paved; the rest are just dirt tracks filled with trash and mud, teeming with kids. All in all, there is nothing remarkable about Al Zahrah. It has, however, managed to capture the attention of the U.S. forces at Forward Operating Base Paliwoda. “The people in this neighborhood have been good to us here. We’d like to do something in return for them,” said 1st Lt. Anthony Fazio, projects purchasing officer for Headquarters/Headquarters...
  • Troops Help Iraqis Secure Neighborhood

    01/10/2007 5:21:32 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 260+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Spc. Shea Butler
    Salman Pak Iraqi Police and U.S. soldiers patrol the area together. U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Bronco Suzuki. Troops Help Iraqis Secure Neighborhood Joint U.S and Iraqi Forces operation uncovers cache of rocket launchers and small arms. By Spc. Shea Butler 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment BAGHDAD, Jan. 10, 2007 -- The ramp drops, the sun rises and the troops emerge. The missions vary and everyone has a different, but equally important job. The troops on the ground in Baghdad work every job from quick reaction force to humanitarian missions. The mission for soldiers with Company B, 1st...
  • Iraq’s 4th Brigade assumes security responsibility in Baghdad neighborhood

    08/15/2006 5:13:04 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 264+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Sgt. Trevor Snyder
    Soldiers from the 4th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division capture insurgents during a demonstration of military ability that took place at Forward Operating Base Mahmudiah South Monday. Story and photos by Sgt. Trevor Snyder124th Mobile Public  Affairs Detachment BAGHDAD -- Iraqi forces took control of another area of Baghdad on Monday after the latest in a series of transfer of authority ceremonies near the capital. Army Col. Claude Ebel, commander of the 2nd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division said responsibility for Forward Operating Base Mahmudiyah South, a base of operations for security forces south of the capital, was transferred to...
  • Operation combs Baghdad's Al-Doura neighborhood

    08/11/2006 5:38:49 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 212+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Sgt. Trevor Snyder
    Brig. Gen. Obd al-Karim, commander of the 6th Brigade, 2nd Iraqi National Police Division, holds up a homemade grenade seized from an improvised explosive device facility during recent operations in the Al-Doura district of Baghdad as Col. Michael Beech, commander of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division looks on during a press conference to discuss Operation Together Forward. Story and photo by Sgt. Trevor Snyder124th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment BAGHDAD -- Iraqi and Coalition forces are systematically combing through businesses and homes in the southern Baghdad neighborhood of Al-Doura as part of a continuing operation to stem the...
  • Joint Operation Targets Insurgents in Ramadi Neighborhood

    05/30/2006 4:42:18 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 319+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Sgt. Jeremy Pitcher
    U.S. Army Pfc. Jason Allen, assigned to 101st Airborne Division's 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, takes aim with his M-240 machine gun during a battle with insurgents in east Ramadi, Iraq. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jeremy Pitcher Operation Dragon's Breath Joint Operation Targets Insurgents in Ramadi Neighborhood By U.S. Army Sgt. Jeremy Pitcher 124th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment RAMADI, Iraq, May 30, 2006 — As the sun rises above the horizon, the silence of a neighborhood is shattered by the roar of armored vehicles. The convoy kicks up dust and rocks, tearing along the makeshift road. It passes...
  • U.S., Iraqis, Clean Up Neighborhood for Hajj

    01/25/2006 6:12:50 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 313+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Jan 25, 2006 | Spc. Michael Pfaff
    U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ignacio A. Betancourt, a civil affairs team sergeant with the 451st Civil Affairs Battalion, speaks with an Iraqi youth in a neighborhood reportedly troublesome to coalition forces, Jan. 10, 2006. Civil Affairs has been working with the Iraqi police for several days to develop a relationship with the community. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Michael Pfaff U.S., Iraqis, Clean Up Neighborhood for Hajj U.S., Iraqi Police joint effort restores electricity, removes trash, and establishes trust. By U.S. Army Spc. Michael Pfaff KIRKUK, Iraq, Jan. 25, 2006 — On many days in this city, a city...
  • [SAN FRANCISCO] A nightmarish neighbor: noisy, nosy, now in jail

    01/19/2006 7:57:26 AM PST · by SmithL · 15 replies · 965+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/19/6 | Jaxon Van Derbeken, Cicero A. Estrella
    Police say they hauled guns, ammo, drugs from his home. Don Bertone is not your usual problem neighbor, San Francisco authorities say. For three years, Bertone, who once worked for the city Housing Authority and ran for the Board of Supervisors in 2000, has wreaked all sorts of havoc in an otherwise quiet community in the southeastern part of the city known as Little Hollywood, officials and his neighbors said Wednesday. Bertone, 54, doesn't just play loud music, authorities say. At all hours of the day and night, he has blasted police radio broadcasts, shrill oscillating tones, Spanish dance tunes...
  • Iraqi Police Take Lead in Neighborhood Visit

    12/05/2005 3:31:22 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 351+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Dec 5, 2005 | Pfc. Matthew Clifton
    An Iraqi police officer (right) prepares to hand out supplies to local Iraqi schoolchildren during a humanitarian aid mission to their school in Baghdad, Iraq, Nov. 20, 2005. U.S. soldiers from the 108th Military Police Company, 16th Military Police Brigade, Fort Bragg, N.C., assisted with the delivery of the material. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Matthew Clifton Iraqi Police Take Lead in Neighborhood Visit U.S. soldiers assist Iraqi police to establish improved community relations between the Iraqi police and the Iraqi civilians they protect. By U.S. Army Pfc. Matthew Clifton Multinational Corps-Iraq BAGHDAD, Iraq, Dec. 5, 2005 — U.S. soldiers...
  • Troops Bring Food, Water to Baghdad Neighborhood

    11/01/2005 3:57:09 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 351+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Nov 1, 2005 | Army Spc. Ben Brody
    Iraqi Army Sgt. Maj. Nameer Mohammed (left) and U.S. Army Capt. Roger Miick, a civil affairs officer assigned to the 448th Civil Affairs Battalion, discuss a humanitarian aid mission in Baghdad, Oct. 26, 2005. U.S. Army photo Troops Bring Food, Water to Baghdad Neighborhood Iraqi, U.S. Soldiers conduct a humanitarian mission to residents of the Seven Palaces neighborhood. By U.S. Army Spc. Ben Brody 2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs SEVEN PALACES, Iraq, Nov. 1, 2005 — Iraqi Army troops, in coordination with U.S. soldiers from 448th Civil Affairs Battalion, distributed food and water to residents of Seven Palaces...
  • Guardsmen to Assume Mission in New Orleans Neighborhood

    09/20/2005 9:44:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 182+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sep 20, 2005 | Gerry Gilmore
    NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 20, 2005 – A National Guard unit soon will be conducting security and recovery missions for residents in Algiers, a New Orleans neighborhood located across the Mississippi River from the French Quarter. "We're going to put soldiers in grocery stores helping them to stock shelves, whatever we have to do," said Army 1st Lt. Richard J. Chappell, executive officer of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 185th Armor Regiment, of the California National Guard. The 185th is headquartered in Escondido, Calif. The Golden State guardsmen will continue to assist Algiers residents and help the area's business community get back...
  • OK ..Now lets plan for the next time (Katrina & other disasters)

    09/03/2005 5:46:04 AM PDT · by FlatLandBeer · 30 replies · 795+ views
    Look at this current disaster we can see that all levels of government had (to be kind) shortcomings. So what now? Well lets remember 1st the level of government. The 1st level is YOU the citizen (or resident). What is your responsibility? Do you have a disaster kit available? has a list of what you need. Do you have a plan as how to evacuate if you need to? The second level of government is your neighborhood. Get to know your neighbors, who has special needs, who has what training in 1st aid, medical, building trades, contacts etc. From...
  • Jerusalem OKs neighborhood construction

    07/26/2005 7:01:01 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 231+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 7/26/05 | Ramit Plushnick-Masti- AP
    JERUSALEM (AP) - Jerusalem planners have approved the construction of a new Jewish neighborhood in the city's Muslim Quarter, officials said Tuesday, threatening to further inflame tensions between Israelis and Palestinians in the city claimed by both as a capital. The plan to build 21 apartments for Jews in the walled Old City's Muslim Quarter was approved 5-2 by a local planning board late Monday, said Yosef Alalu, a dovish city council member who is on the committee. The plan has to go through several more bureaucratic stages before final approval. The plan was presented to the planning board by...
  • Border Tunnel Discovered In Upscale Neighborhood

    02/28/2005 10:03:54 PM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies · 812+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Feb. 28, 2005 | ap
    Federal authorities from San Diego are investigating a border tunnel discovered by Mexican authorities over the weekend, it was reported Monday. The tunnel connected a luxurious Mexicali residence to neighboring Calexico in Imperial County, officials with the Mexican Federal Attorney General's Office told The San Diego Union-Tribune. Inside the passageway, investigators discovered lighting and ventilation equipment, a closed-circuit security system, hydraulic machinery and various tools, Mexican authorities told the newspaper. The finding led agents to believe that the tunnel was presumably used for drug trafficking, Mexican authorities told the Union-Tribune. A middle section of the tunnel was initially discovered in...
  • Appeals court rejects bid by Clinton friend to block huge Vineyard home

    11/29/2004 11:33:06 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 21 replies · 754+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | November 29, 2004
    The state Appeals Court on Monday rejected a bid by a friend of former President Clinton to block a huge vacation home from being built near his estate on Martha's Vineyard. Developer Richard Friedman was one of more than a dozen people that own homes near Oyster Pond, in Edgartown, who sued to stop the construction of a 15,600-square-foot house in their neighborhood. Friedman has loaned his island home to President Clinton and his wife, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., who spent several summer vacations there during their White House years. His would-be neighbor, Robert Levine, co-founded Cabletron Systems Inc. with...