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  • Upper Dublin HS locked down after umbrella mistaken for weapon

    12/18/2012 2:18:14 AM PST · by dirtboy · 14 replies
    Pottstown Mercury ^ | 12/17/2012 | Linda Finarelli
    UPPER DUBLIN — Students videotaping a project at Upper Dublin High School sent the school into a lockdown a little before 9 a.m. Monday, with police rushing inside and closing off access to the building. The incident began when surveillance video picked up a student in the hallway with what looked like a gun, according to Upper Dublin police Chief Terrance Thompson. “I saw the video; it looked like a big gun,” Thompson said. “We didn’t know what we had; the activity was suspicious. Our units were over there as part of the rapid response,” which police developed after Columbine,...
  • Cameron: British EU exit is “imaginable”

    12/18/2012 2:10:48 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 12/18/2012 @ 09:51 | Benjamin Fox
    UK Prime Minister David Cameron has conceded that withdrawal from the EU is “imaginable,” in the latest indication that the Conservative leader is preparing the ground for a radical change in the country’s EU status. During a statement in the House of Commons on Monday (17 December) on last week’s EU summit in Brussels, the Prime Minister said: “Clearly all futures for Britain are imaginable. We are in charge of our own destiny; we can make our own choices. I believe the choice we should make is to stay in the European Union, to be members of the single market,...
  • South Carolina Lawmakers Propose 5-Year Jail Sentence for 'Obamacare' Implementation

    12/18/2012 2:09:43 AM PST · by yoe · 9 replies
    US News ^ | December 17, 2012 | Steven Nelson
    Nullification is yet again picking up steam in Dixie. Pursuing an archaic legal theory that punctuated pre-Civil War disputes between the federal government and states, South Carolina state Rep. Bill Chumley last week pre-filed a bill for the upcoming legislative session that would criminalize implementation of President Barack Obama's 2010 healthcare reform law. If his bill becomes law, any state official caught enforcing the healthcare law would be guilty of a misdemeanor and "must be fined not more than one thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than two years, or both." [snip] "I think we're within our rights to do...
  • Spain accused of “act of war” off Gibraltar after two naval vessels enter waters around The Rock

    12/18/2012 1:22:35 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 15:27 EST, 13 December 2012 | Richard Hartley-Parkinson
    Spain was accused of an “act of war” today after its naval ships repeatedly entered the territorial waters of Gibraltar. Bob Stewart, Tory MP for Beckenham, said the British Government needed to “respond robustly to this aggravation” after Commons Leader Andrew Lansley said two Spanish naval vessels entered the waters of Gibraltar on Monday. He said they were given radio warnings before leaving, but Mr. Stewart, a former colonel, said the incursion was illegal and the Government needed to “do something about it”. …
  • DOJ: Murders of School-Age Children Down 42%; Only 1% Take Place at School

    12/18/2012 1:14:55 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 17, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Murders of school-age children—those between the ages of 5 and 18—declined by 42 percent between the 1992-93 school year and the 2008-2009 school year, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, and only about 1 percent of the school age children murdered during the 2008-2009 school year were murdered at school. In February 2012, the Bureau of Justice Statistics published a report—Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2011—that included statistics on homicides committed at schools for the school years from 1992-93 through 2009-2010. … The report showed a decline over an 18-year period in both the number of school-age children...
  • Shurat HaDin Helps U.S. Citizens Win Lawsuit Against Syria

    12/18/2012 12:34:16 AM PST · by ilcenter
    Israel National News ^ | 12/18/2012 | Elad Benari
    A Tel Aviv based law center has represented two families of American citizens in their successful $338 million lawsuit against the government of Syria. The decision, handed down Monday in the United States district court for Washington D.C., found that the government of Syria was responsible for providing material support and resources to the Kurdish Workers Party ("PKK"), a terrorist organization designated by the U.S. State Department. Chief District Court Judge Royce Lamberth ruled that Syria was vicariously liable for the PKK's 1991 kidnapping of a group of American biblical archeologists leading an excavation in Turkey. The Americans, who were...
  • Radio host Frank Pastore dies

    12/18/2012 12:32:17 AM PST · by South40 · 10 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | Dec. 17, 2012 | GARY LYCAN
    KKLA/99.5 FM Christian radio talk host Frank Pastore died Monday afternoon from injuries suffered Nov. 19 in a motorcycle accident on the I-210 Freeway. An announcement posted on the website said, "Gina Pastore informed us that in the early afternoon of Monday, December 17, Frank passed away. We will update you with any additional information as soon as it is available. Please continue to pray for Gina and the family. Blessings to you, KKLA Management". KKLA-FM talk host Frank Pastore died Monday from injuries sustained in a Nov. 19 motorcycle accident. Pastore had been doing an afternoon Christian...
  • Faster, Safer Method for Producing Stem Cells

    12/18/2012 12:06:26 AM PST · by neverdem
    ScienceDaily ^ | Dec. 3, 2012 | NA
    A new method for generating stem cells from mature cells promises to boost stem cell production in the laboratory, helping to remove a barrier to regenerative medicine therapies that would replace damaged or unhealthy body tissues. The technique, developed by researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, allows for the unlimited production of stem cells and their derivatives as well as reduces production time by more than half, from nearly two months to two weeks. "One of the barriers that needs to be overcome before stem cell therapies can be widely adopted is the difficulty of producing enough cells...
  • Iran: “No Difference” Between Conn. Shooting Victims and Those in Gaza, Iraq, Afghanistan

    12/17/2012 11:52:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 17, 2012 | Patrick Goodenough
    The 20 young victims of Friday’s school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut are no different than those “who fall victim to armed actions” in the Gaza Strip, Iraq or Afghanistan, Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman said at the weekend. An Iranian student paramilitary group, meanwhile, criticized U.S. gun laws, while President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad used the tragedy to criticize what he called the “profiteering ambitions of a certain group … which have various destructive effects on the society and particularly innocent children and youths.” An article on the foreign ministry website said ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast “urged the American society to trigger a...
  • The 2012 Most Devastating Stats of 2012 In Quotes

    12/17/2012 11:42:30 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | December 18, 2012 | John Hawkins
    20) As baby boomers retire and health costs rise, this spending will mount. In 2010, there were 40 million Americans 65 and older. By 2020, that number is projected to be 55 million; by 2030, 72 million. -- Robert Samuelson 19) A college degree used to mean that a person would add on average $1 million to their income over their lifetime. Today a college degree only guarantees an average $300,000 in added income over a lifetime. -- Ron Meyer 18) J.P. Morgan estimates that American companies currently hold a cool $1.7 trillion in profits outside the U.S. They keep...
  • The Children of Hannibal (MICHAEL J. TOTTEN)

    12/17/2012 11:22:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies
    City Journal ^ | Autumn 2012 | MICHAEL J. TOTTEN
    The rich heritage of Tunisia, maybe the only place where the Arab Spring stands a chance Modern-day Tunisians, more Westernized than most Arabs, see themselves as descendants of the great Carthaginian general who invaded Italy. The Arab Spring began in Sidi Bouzid, a small Tunisian town, at the end of 2010. In a desperate protest against the corrupt and oppressive government that had made it impossible for him to earn a living, food-cart vendor Mohamed Bouazizi stood before City Hall, doused himself with gasoline, and lit a match. His suicide seeded a revolutionary storm that swept the countryside and eventually...
  • Cerberus to sell gunmaker Freedom Group after U.S. school shooting

    12/17/2012 11:17:30 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 93 replies ^ | December 18, 2012
    U.S. private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management said on Tuesday it will immediately begin selling its investment in gunmaker Freedom Group in light of last week's school shooting in Connecticut. Cerberus acquired Bushmaster in 2006 and later merged it with other gun companies to create Freedom Group, which reported net sales of $677.3 million for the nine months ending September 2012, up from $564.6 million in the same period a year ago. Bushmaster is the manufacturer of the AR 15 rifle used by the shooter in the Newtown killings that claimed 27 lives, including 20 school children. "We do not...
  • Rainbow PUSH holds vigil for gun violence victims

    12/17/2012 10:58:31 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies ^ | December 17, 2012 | Karen Jordan
    December 17, 2012 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- A call for action against gun violence was made at Rainbow PUSH in Chicago Monday evening. The vigil, which came in the wake of a massacre Friday at a Connecticut elementary school, was made in the memory of the young people killed by gun violence in Chicago this year. The chapel at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition headquarters was crowded with people who came to pray for the victims of the Newtown shooting and demand that their elected officials take action to prevent any further gun violence. "Congress should revive the ban on assault weapons....
  • Man Attempts to Open Fire on Crowd at Movie Theater, Off-Duty Sheriff Deputy Drops Him W/ One Bullet

    12/17/2012 10:57:38 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 58 replies
    The Blaze ^ | December 17, 2012 | Jason Howerton
    Man Attempts to Open Fire on Crowd at Movie Theater, Armed Off-Duty Sheriff’s Deputy Drops Him With One Bullet The Blaze December 17, 2012 With one shot, an off-duty sheriff’s deputy took down a gunman who attempted to opened fire at a crowded movie theater lobby during a late night showing of “The Hobbit” in San Antonio, WOAI reports.

    12/17/2012 10:49:43 PM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies
    Singularity Hub ^ | 12/17/12 | Peter Murray
    Stem cells derived from patients with disorders, such as these Parkinson’s cells, could foster drug screening to find treatments and also provide researchers a valuable tool to study disease. Europe certainly believes in the promise of stem cells.A joint public-private collaboration between the European Union and Europe’s pharmaceutical industry, called the StemBANCC project, will spend nearly 50 million euros to create 1,500 pluripotent stem cell lines. But the initiative’s goal isn’t to find a stem cell-based cure for diabetes or Alzheimer’s disease. They hope instead that their stem cell lines will prove to be faster and more effective drug screens...
  • Texas school district will allow teachers to carry guns

    12/17/2012 10:39:55 PM PST · by Brandonmark · 26 replies
    Examiner ^ | 12/17/12 | Jennifer L. Cruz
    The Harrold Independent School District in Texas has passed a policy change in an effort to increase safety for its students and staff. According to a report published by Fox News on Saturday, December 15, 2012, the policy will allow teachers and other staff to carry concealed guns. The school district, which has 110 students ranging from kindergarten to 12th grade, admitted to researching several options for better safety in the school and debated the issue for about a year before the final decision was made. The policy was changed last October and will go into effect later this month....
  • Society Is Crumbling Right In Front Of Our Eyes And Banning Guns Won’t Help

    12/17/2012 10:33:46 PM PST · by Mozilla · 16 replies
    .thedailysheeple ^ | 12/17/12 | Michael Snyder
    What in the world is happening to America? I have written many articles about how society is crumbling right in front of our eyes, but now it is getting to the point where people are going to be afraid to go to school or go shopping at the mall. Just consider what has happened over the past week. Adam Lanza savagely murdered 20 children and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. 42-year-old Marcus Gurrola threatened to shoot innocent shoppers and fired off more than 50 rounds in the parking lot of Fashion Island Mall in Newport...
  • Des Moines mayor calls for gun control discussion

    12/17/2012 10:25:40 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 16 replies ^ | December 17, 2012
    DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie said it is time to start the discussion of outlawing private ownership of assault weapons and multiple-round ammunition clips. City leaders say the Sandy Hook school shooting must signal a change in the country and in Des Moines. In a rare move, the Des Moines City Council spent much of it's Monday night meeting discussing a national tragedy. Cownie said he spent an hour on the phone with 100 frustrated mayors from across the country discussing how to prevent another senseless mass killing. The mayors agreed on the need for better...
  • Discovery of 100 million-year-old regions of DNA shows short cut to crop science advances

    12/17/2012 10:15:21 PM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies
    Biology News Net ^ | December 5, 2012 | NA
    Scientists have discovered 100 million-year-old regions in the DNA of several plant species which could hold secrets about how specific genes are turned 'on' or 'off'. The findings, which are hoped will accelerate the pace of research into crop science and food security, are detailed by University of Warwick researchers in the journal The Plant Cell. By running a computational analysis of the genomes of the papaya, poplar, Arabidopsis and grape species, scientists have uncovered hundreds of conserved non-coding sequences which are found in the DNA of all four species. These non-coding sequences are not genes, but are located in...
  • Report: Fiscal cliff deal emerging — including one-year debt-ceiling increase; Update: ...

    12/17/2012 10:07:19 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 21 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 5:51 pm on December 17, 2012 | Allahpundit
    Full Title: Report: Fiscal cliff deal emerging — including one-year debt-ceiling increase; Update: Obama concedes on new, higher income threshold for tax hikesI didn’t believe this when I saw it at WaPo yesterday, then I started to wonder when I read Ed’s post this morning, and now Ezra Klein claims Democrats are telling him the same thing. I thought the GOP’s big Plan B alternative to a grand bargain was to extend the Bush tax cuts for the middle class, let them lapse for the rich, and then go home so that they can fight another day when it’s time...