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  • Awash in red ink, Detroit pays out nearly $500k in bonuses

    12/14/2012 5:24:13 AM PST · by haffast · 20 replies ^ | 12/13/2012 | Martha C. White
    Detroit is dangling at the edge of insolvency, but the city reportedly has enough funds to pay workers nearly $500,000 in bonuses, the Detroit News reported Thursday. The newspaper said the annual longevity bonuses, which went out last Friday to 1,148 workers, ranged from $150 to $750, depending on how long a worker had been employed. The city, which has fewer than 10,000 employees, eliminated longevity bonuses for union employees three years ago, the Detroit News added. But a statement emailed to NBCNews by Mayor Dave Bing’s spokesman Anthony Neely said the majority of workers — 697 of them —...
  • Swedish Christmas goat engulfed in flames—again

    12/14/2012 5:24:05 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 18 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-14-12 | ap
    STOCKHOLM—Not even a layer of ice was enough to keep three people from torching the giant straw goat in a Swedish town where the annual challenge of charring it to the ground has become an unusual Christmas tradition for vandals. The 13-meter (43 foot) high and 3.6 ton heavy straw goat in the Swedish town of Gavle, meant to symbolize the seasonal spirit, was engulfed in flames for the 26th time overnight Thursday after the assailants crossed the fence surrounding it before setting it on fire.
  • Wisconsin: 11 doctors disciplined for handing out fake sick notes during protest

    12/14/2012 5:20:42 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 24 replies
    MADISON, Wis. -- The state Medical Examining Board disciplined 11 doctors this week for giving out questionable sick notes to public workers at a 2011 rally to fight Gov. Scott Walker's limits on collective bargaining. The discipline was handed down Wednesday, eight months after 20 other doctors were punished for similar activity. In the latest round, six doctors were reprimanded and five residents were given administrative warnings, a lesser form of discipline. The six doctors who were disciplined were Susan Carson, Jennifer Edgoose, Laurel Mark, Dipesh Navsaria, Richard Schmelzer and Melissa Stiles. Carson is retired; the others are with the...
  • Brady Campaign Lawsuit Against — Preempted by Federal Law?

    12/14/2012 5:12:39 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 13 December, 2012 | Eugene Volokh
    The Brady Campaign has filed a lawsuit against (Complaint here). The theory: On April 13, 2011, Jitka Vesel, a 36-year-old immigrant from the Czech Republic was shot and killed by Demetry Smirnov, a Russian immigrant residing in Canada who had met Jitka online a few years earlier. Smirnov stalked her to her workplace parking lot where he shot her 11-12 times with a .40-caliber handgun.... The complaint alleges that [Smirnov] illegally purchased from a private seller whom he located through, an online gun auction site owned by defendant Armslist, LLC. The complaint alleges that the website’s design facilitates...
  • Act in self-defense, Illinois (barf alert)

    12/14/2012 5:11:23 AM PST · by rellimpank · 2 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 14 dec 2012
    No wonder Illinois has such a turbulent relationship with firearms: Many downstate residents grow up comfortable with guns; many city dwellers flinch at the sight of one. Hunters' weapons echo across flat prairies and thickly wooded bluffs; on urban streets, where the prey often knows the predator, gunplay leaves residential streets red with blood. Those differences in our experiences provoke clashing opinions about gun laws — and especially about proposals to legalize the carrying of concealed weapons in public. On Tuesday, a federal appellate panel in Chicago surveyed the broader national landscape and essentially told Illinois lawmakers and Attorney General...
  • Police: Man caught with Mac 11 machine pistol after South Loop robbery

    12/14/2012 5:06:29 AM PST · by rellimpank · 29 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Peter Nickeas
    Police caught a robbery suspect with a Mac 11 machine pistol in the South Loop neighborhood late Thursday night, authorities said. The 23-year-old man was arrested in the alley between Wabash and Michigan avenues just south of 18th Street just before midnight. He was also carrying a small amount of marijuana and the gun had an extended clip that could hold more than 30 rounds, police said.
  • Union man (Wheeler Marsee - city council) speaks out about run-in with reporter Steven Crowder

    12/14/2012 5:05:58 AM PST · by Darren McCarty · 53 replies
    Fox2news ^ | 12-13-2012 | Andrea Isom
    MELVINDALE, Mich. (WJBK) -- It's a video seen all over the world. An attack on a Fox News contributing reporter at the right to work protest in Lansing earlier this week was caught on video. Now, one of the union members seen in the footage is speaking out to FOX 2. By now, almost everybody knows who he is, reporter Steven Crowder, the guy who got sucker-punched outside a pitch tent where the pro-right to work crowd had gathered. (See the video above in the upper right corner) "I'm under rested and overworked right now and still tough enough to...
  • Medical companies brace for 'devastating' ObamaCare tax, prepare for layoffs

    The Obama administration earlier this year defended the medical device tax, saying companies actually stand to benefit from the law. lol
  • Inaugural Speech by the New Speaker of the House

    12/14/2012 4:47:04 AM PST · by matt1 · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 14, 2012 | J.T. Hatter
    Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, fellow congressmen and women, and my fellow citizens. I'm pleased to take up the gavel as your new Majority Leader and Speaker of the House of Representatives. I wish my predecessor all the best as he resumes his duties as a member of the House from Ohio.
  • Chairman of Chicago City Council black caucus applauds demise of gun carry ban

    12/14/2012 4:44:46 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 13 December, 2012 | Kurt Hofmann
    Monday's U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruling striking down Illinois' outright ban of defensive firearm carry received support from a perhaps unexpected direction. Chicago Alderman Howard Brookins, chairman of the Chicago City Council black caucus, sees legal defensive firearm carry as a safety measure for peaceable citizens, according to the Chicago Tribune: Ald. Howard Brookins, 21st, chairman of the City Council black caucus, welcomed the decision, saying allowing Chicagoans to carry concealed weapons would help level the playing field in neighborhoods where law-abiding citizens feel like they need firearms to protect themselves. "Certain people will have a sense of...
  • Prominent Second Amendment attorney foresees ‘shall issue’ carry in Illinois

    12/14/2012 4:38:12 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 13 December, 2012 | David Codrea
    A law being crafted by the Illinois state legislature in Springfield to comply with Tuesday’s order from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals will result in a “shall issue” gun carrying permit, one of the foremost scholars, law professors, authors and attorneys on Second Amendment issues believes. David B. Kopel, who was cited in both the majority and dissenting opinions in Moore vs. Madigan, shared that opinion with Gun Rights Examiner this morning in response to an inquiry about the type of permitting gun owners can expect. Illinois is the only state that currently provides no options for bearing arms...
  • Bill Allowing Guns In Schools, Churches Moves Through Legislature(MI)

    12/14/2012 4:31:47 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies ^ | 13 December, 2012 | WWJ
    LANSING (WWJ) - It could soon be legal to carry concealed weapons into Michigan churches, schools, hospitals and sports arenas. A bill that would wipe out most so-called “gun free zones” is speeding through the lame duck legislature, despite some vocal opposition.
  • Rape victim used tongue to dial 911 while hands were bound (10 mins after)

    A woman raped in a Long Island, N.Y., home used her tongue to dial 911 while her hands were bound with duct tape, officials say. The woman was house-sitting last month for a friend when she was brutally attacked, said James Chalifoux, of the Suffolk County Major Crimes Bureau. Chalifoux said the woman managed to place the 911 call about 10 minutes after the hour-long assault ended. The woman and her alleged attacker did not know each other, according to Newsday, which first reported the assault. Patrick O'Sullivan, 20, pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from the attack, including predatory...
  • Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer recovering after teen allegedly attacked him

    12/14/2012 3:42:49 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 12 replies
    COLUMBIA, Ky. – Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer is recovering after allegedly being attacked by a teenager over the weekend in Kentucky, but details of the fight and what provoked it remain unclear. Police said Thursday they arrested 18-year-old Kanissa'a Thompson and charged him with second-degree assault in the altercation, which occurred early Sunday at a facility called Red Barn Event Rental, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported. The facility near Colombia, Ky., is used to host various events, from wedding receptions to class reunions. WYMT-TV reports Meyer was injured badly enough that he was treated at a local hospital and...
  • United States to send troops and Patriot missiles to Turkey

    12/14/2012 3:13:07 AM PST · by John W · 49 replies ^ | December 14, 2012 | CNN Staff
    (CNN) -- The United States is to deploy 400 troops and two Patriot air-defense missile batteries to Turkey in the coming weeks to defend against potential threats from Syria, defense officials said Friday. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta signed the order en route to Turkey, where he is visiting Incirlik Air Base, Pentagon spokesman George Little told reporters.
  • Quinn & Rose - America’s Morning Show - December 14, 2012

    12/14/2012 2:57:44 AM PST · by sneakers · 11 replies
    Before yunz head dahntahn to work, or start to red up the house n‘at, join us every morning for coffee (or whatever gets yinz started) and maybe some serious discussion of the issues (or not!) Listen to the Quinn & Rose Morning Show from 6:00 to 9:00 Eastern on: (104.7 Pittsburgh, Pa) (Rochester, NY) (Frostburg, MD) (Salisbury/Ocean City, MD WOBX - Outer banks NC http (Ashland, OH) :// for archived shows And now on 166 XM
  • University of Michigan protest over tuition held on behalf of undocumented students

    12/14/2012 2:21:43 AM PST · by equaviator · 13 replies
    Ann Arbor News ^ | Dec 13 2013 | Kellie Woodhouse
    With red tape over their mouths, roughly 100 University of Michigan students wearing maize T-shirts pushed their chairs aside and sat on the ground during a Board of Regents meeting Thursday. The students were silently protesting against current tuition practices at the university, which don't offer illegal immigrants who attended Michigan high schools in-state tuition. [ University Students, Faculty and Staff Receive 5% off purchases of $25 or more. ] For more than a year, a large group of students have petitioned U-M for tuition equality. "What's happening isn't right. Undocumented students unfairly have a barrier," said John D'Adamo, a...
  • Michigan House, Senate OK phasing out tax on business equipment; final votes expected soon

    12/14/2012 2:10:23 AM PST · by equaviator · 20 replies
    MLive ^ | Dec 14, 2012 | Tim Martin
    LANSING, MI - A proposal aimed at eliminating taxes that Michigan manufacturers and some other businesses pay on equipment won final approval from the Legislature early Friday morning. The plan does not guarantee 100 percent replacement of all revenue for the cities and schools that rely on money from the personal property tax – frustrating Democrats and organizations such as the Michigan Municipal League. Key bills in the package passed the Republican-led House by 57-52 and 56-53 votes late Thursday. The Senate voted early Friday, after which they were sent to Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature. Phasing out the...
  • Wedding on the twelves

    12/14/2012 12:51:03 AM PST · by Category Four · 3 replies
    Quad-City Times ^ | 12/13/2012 | Brian Wellner
    “I love you” works for most couples, but it was just too long to type at the end of messages Dana Landis would send to her new spouse, Tamara Landis-Waldridge. So they shorted the note of affection to “Italy,” which they say stands for “I’ll truly always love you.” There were plenty of shouts of “Italy” on Wednesday at Davenport’s Vander Veer Botanical Park conservatory. The two wanted to get married on Dec. 12, 2012, and their wish came true. Dana Landis and Tamara Landis-Waldridge, both 42, made the four-hour trek from their home in South Bend, Ind., to get...
  • Knife attack at Chinese school wounds 22 children

    12/13/2012 11:44:08 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 18 replies
    CNN ^ | 12-14-12 | CNN Staff
    Twenty-two primary school children have been wounded in a knife attack in central China, the state-run news agency Xinhua reported Friday. The attack took place Friday morning at the entrance to the Chenpeng Village Primary School in Henan province, Xinhua said, citing local authorities. A local resident was also wounded in the attack, it said. Police say they have detained a suspect, a 36-year-old village resident, the agency reported.