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  • U.S. Steel Corp. to idle McKeesport's Tubular Products plant

    06/04/2014 6:22:14 PM PDT · by RS_Rider · 23 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune Review ^ | June 2, 2014 | Patrick Cloonan
    Three years after it resumed operation of the last vestige of the old National Tube Works, U.S. Steel is pulling the plug on pipemaking in McKeesport. McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko said he is “extremely disappointed” with U.S. Steel Corp.'s announcement on Monday that it will idle indefinitely its McKeesport Tubular Operations effective in early August. “I think it is devastating for the entire Mon Valley region,” the mayor said shortly after receiving word about the shutdown of plants in McKeesport and Bellville, Texas, two of 10 plants in the Pittsburgh-based steelmaker's Tubular Products division. The announcement came 60 days before...
  • Canadian rehab center installs crack pipe vending machine

    02/09/2014 2:39:23 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/09/14 | Sean Piccoli
    A drug treatment center in Vancouver, Canada has installed a crack pipe vending machine at its facility — going retail in an effort to reach hardcore addicts and keep them off the streets. The bright, polka-dotted machine dispenses crack pipes like candy or snacks: Each glass pipe costs a quarter, and rolls off a spindle into a tray. A sign on the machine says simply, “Pipes 25¢” About all that’s missing is a picture of Toronto’s crack-smoking mayor, Rob Ford.
  • Family Finds Marijuana, Pipe In Burger King Kids Meal

    07/18/2013 8:12:45 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 31 replies
    CBS Detroit ^ | July 18, 2013 | CBS Detroit
    DUNDEE (WWJ/AP) - Police say a family found a pipe stuffed with marijuana inside a Kids Meal bought for a 4-year-old boy at a Burger King restaurant in southern Michigan.
  • Gates Foundation Water Energy Vision

    06/26/2011 7:33:32 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 9 replies · 1+ views
    RDWaterpower.com ^ | June, 2011
    The healthy growth of mankind depends on continuously decreasing the cost and increasing the availability of water and energy everywhere. Nice thought. Why mention it? Its a mission statement. For who? Microsoft founder Bill Gates and through him America's billionaires. Why Bill Gates? His passion; According to a recent interview Understanding science and pushing the boundaries of science is what makes me immensely satisfied. What I’m doing now involves understanding maths, risk-taking. The first half of my life was good preparation for the second half.’ Now in the context of the interview he was talking about the development of a...
  • Pipe Bomb Explosion Reported Outside Jewish Synagogue in Los Angeles

    04/07/2011 10:31:05 AM PDT · by Nachum · 36 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/7/11 | staff
    DEVELOPING: Police are responding to an apparent pipe bomb explosion outside a Jewish synagogue in Los Angeles
  • Man hospitalized after pipe bomb goes off behind his house (three perps in Lakeland, Tennessee)

    01/30/2011 4:58:57 PM PST · by Libloather · 33 replies
    WLBT ^ | 1/30/11
    Man hospitalized after pipe bomb goes off behind his houseUpdated: Jan 30, 2011 7:25 PM EST LAKELAND, TN - A pipe bomb explodes behind a house in Lakeland, Tennessee. Investigators say it happened as three men were making pipe bombs behind the home Saturday. The explosion severely injured one man's foot. He was taken to the hospital and will be questioned in the case when his condition improves. Investigators say the pipe bomb went off about a half mile behind the house at 7:30 Saturday morning. When deputies arrived they found the man with an injured foot and two others.
  • Homeless woman charged in pipe bomb episode ($5 million bail in Pacheco, California)

    01/29/2011 8:06:33 AM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Martinez Gazette ^ | 1/27/11 | Greta Mart
    Homeless woman charged in pipe bomb episodeBy Greta Mart Staff Reporter January 27, 2011 A homeless woman arrested at her rented Pacheco storage unit for alleged possession of pipe bombs was charged this week with 10 felonies for allegedly possessing explosive devices. 40-year-old Debra Cole faces up to 65 years in prison if convicted on five charges of wrongful possession of an explosive device with the intent to injure and five counts of possession of an explosive device near a public place. She also faces enhancements of the charges due to prior felony convictions, according to police. On January 18,...
  • Man wielding pipe busts up beer delivery

    01/15/2011 5:16:42 AM PST · by csvset · 45 replies
    Journal Sentinel ^ | 14 Jan 2011 | Jesse Garza
    A man wielding a metal pipe attacked a truckload of beer being delivered to a west side grocery store Friday afternoon, destroying about $2,000 worth of suds, police and witnesses said. While whacking at the cases of canned beer, the attacker scolded the deliverymen for bringing what he called poison into his neighborhood. Not everyone walking past Mid-Town Groceries at the time agreed with the man's characterization of the beer. Several passers-by helped themselves to some of the cases of beer as a deliveryman tried to talk the man into putting the pipe down. "He beat on the beer for...
  • Officials: Dad finds naked boy in daughter's room, hits him with pipe (Dad arrested)

    09/12/2008 4:05:35 PM PDT · by rawhide · 73 replies · 3,914+ views
    news-journalonline.com ^ | 9-12-08 | PATRICIO G. BALONA
    A Deltona father ended up in jail Thursday after finding his daughter's teenage boyfriend naked in the girl's bedroom and hitting him with a pipe, sheriff's officials said. Raul Colon, 45, didn't even know his daughter had a boyfriend -- or that the youngster had been sneaking into the home for more than a year. So when he heard noises coming from his daughter's room early Thursday and saw a naked stranger standing on the girl's bed, he swung a metal pipe he had taken from the garage, hitting the 15-year-old, according to a Volusia County sheriff's report. Colon was...
  • Fla. father whacks teen daughter's boyfriend with pipe after finding boy naked in her room

    09/12/2008 12:05:43 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 76 replies · 530+ views
    StarTribune ^ | 9/12/08 | AP
    An angry Deltona father whacked his teenage daughter's boyfriend with a metal pipe after finding the boy naked in his daughter's room. Authorities say the father, 45, didn't even know his daughter had a boyfriend or that the youngster had been sneaking into the home for more than a year. When he heard noises coming from his daughter's bedroom Thursday morning and saw a stranger standing naked on the girl's bed, he swung a metal pipe. He then chased the teen out the front door and called police.
  • No puffing allowed at pipe convention (Chicago - land of the not-so-free)

    05/03/2008 8:15:03 PM PDT · by Libloather · 22 replies · 151+ views
    Moldova ^ | 5/04/08
    No puffing allowed at pipe convention The United States' largest gathering of pipe smokers is being held near Chicago but none are lighting up inside the convention center, aficionados lament. Illinois law requires pipe smokers attending the Chicagoland International Pipe & Tobacciana Show to retreat to a tent 15 feet away from the St. Charles convention center if they want to enjoy a puff or two, the Chicago Tribune reported Saturday. How would you like it if you went to a wine tasting and you couldn't taste the wine? asked Al Shinogle, 53, of Denver, who was smoking a hand-carved...
  • Highland Bagpipe Is A Recent Invention For Nostalgic Scotish Emigrés, Expert Claims

    04/19/2008 7:19:17 AM PDT · by blam · 30 replies · 1,589+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4-19-1008 | Patrick Sawer
    Highland bagpipe is a recent invention for nostalgic Scotish émigrés, expert claims By Patrick Sawer Last Updated: 9:34am BST 19/04/2008 Whisper it if you dare, but the age-old Highland bagpipe - beloved of sentimental Scots and American tourists in search of their Highland roots - is in fact a recent invention. Queen Victoria appointed a 'personal piper to the sovereign' A controversial new study has claimed that far from being the time-honoured instrument which led the clans into battle against the Auld Enemy, the bagpipe as we know it was developed in the early 1800s. It now seems that, like...
  • Pipe bomb locks down Ariz. nuclear plant

    11/03/2007 1:48:52 PM PDT · by monkeycard · 3 replies · 638+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 3, 7:40 AM | CHRIS KAHN and AMANDA LEE MYERS
    WINTERSBURG, Ariz. - As authorities tried to understand why a contract worker would bring a pipe bomb to the nation's largest nuclear power plant, one thing was immediately clear: The security worked. Guards stopped Roger William Hurd, 61, at the entrance to the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station when they spotted the bomb. He was detained about a half mile from the containment domes where the nuclear material is stored. Officials pulled his security clearances and placed the facility on lockdown. ...
  • Giant Ocean Pipes a Quickfix to Warming?

    09/29/2007 8:19:39 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 61 replies · 248+ views
    The Times of India ^ | September 28, 2007 | Reuters
    (LONDON) -- A series of giant pipes in the oceans to mix surface and deeper water could be an emergency fix for the Earth's damaged climate system, the scientist behind the Gaia theory said on Wednesday. James Lovelock, whose Gaia hypothesis that Earth is a living entity has fuelled controversy for three decades, thinks the stakes are so high that radical solutions must be tried even if they ultimately fail. In a letter to the journal Nature, he proposes vertical pipes 100 to 200 meters long and 10 metres wide be placed in the sea, so that wave motion pumps...
  • Create jobs or create extremists, says Arab minister

    09/28/2007 3:46:48 PM PDT · by Flavius · 20 replies · 159+ views
    ft ^ | 9/27/07 | September 28 2007
    Business and social entrepreneurs need to take urgent action to create 80m jobs for young people in the Middle East and north Africa over the next decade to stop them falling prey to extremists, Mohammed Al Gergawi, minister of state for cabinet affairs in the United Arab Emirates, said on Friday. Mr Al Gergawi told the final day of the Clinton Global Initiative “either we have in the next ten years 80m productive young people…or we have 80m radical extremists in the Middle East.”
  • Now on eBay: Saadam Hussein Meershaum Pipe - Never Used!

    01/06/2007 10:28:36 PM PST · by Redcloak · 6 replies · 544+ views
    More "It" from eBay! ^ | Jan-02-07 18:12:39 PST | Unknown artist
    Saadam Hussein Meershaum Pipe - Never Used! Item number: 140070667795 View larger picture Starting bid: US $500.00  End time: 20 hours 12 mins ( Jan-07-07 18:12:39 PST) Shipping costs: FREEStandard Flat Rate Shipping Service Service to United States Ships to: United States Item location: Pepperell, MA, United States History: 0 bids You can also: Get alerts via Text message, IM or Cell phoneSell one like this Listing and payment details:   HideShow Starting time: Jan-02-07 18:12:39 PST Starting bid: US $500.00 Duration: 5-day listing Payment methods: PayPal See details Meet the seller Seller: deluca9130 ( 0 ) Member: since Nov-13-05 in United...
  • Michigan: Hospitals require workers be smoke-free (More hard news for smokers)

    09/30/2006 8:41:28 AM PDT · by SheLion · 269 replies · 3,108+ views
    woodtv.com ^ | Sep 28, 2006
    GRAND RAPIDS -- Spectrum Health and Saint Mary's Health Care will require all their employees to not use tobacco at any time during their work shift beginning January 1. The staffs of both hospitals will need to arrive without smelling of smoke, and they can't use any tobacco products until they leave hospital property after their shift. Metro Health is also joining in the Smoke-Free Work Day Every Day campaign. In 2003, the Grand Rapids hospitals became the first in the country to jointly declare their hospital campuses smoke-free. Today, more than 30 Michigan hospitals have smoke-free campuses. This...
  • Washington: Smoking Ban Crippling Local Casinos

    09/30/2006 3:20:05 AM PDT · by SheLion · 69 replies · 2,261+ views
    kirotv.com ^ | August 16, 2006 | Chris Halsne
    SEATTLE -- Non-tribal casinos have already lost tens of millions of dollars because of Washington’s new indoor smoking ban. A new financial study, conducted by our own KIRO Team 7 Investigators, discovers taxpayers could loose millions as well. Card-rooms, charity bingo halls, and some bars and restaurants are required to report financial information to the state every year. The state hasn't had a chance to look at the figures since the smoking ban took effect. I have. It looks like "no smoking" means economic devastation for the non-tribal gaming industry. If there was ever any doubt that gamblers are also...
  • Snapshot - Smoking Ban Impact on Bars/Bowling Centrs

    09/28/2006 9:12:24 PM PDT · by SheLion · 107 replies · 4,018+ views
    congress.org ^ | 28 September 2006 | Darnet Dawn
    Following are actual statistics reflecting examples of the negative impact upon individual businesses following the recently instituted smoking ban ordinances, effective in Springfield, Illinois and surrounding unincorporated Sangamon County this September 15, 2006 (less than two weeks ago). When small businesses account for about two-thirds of our country's economic growth and new jobs, it is difficult to comprehend elected officials' reasoning in voting to implement an intrusive ordinance which will hurt those same business owners. A restaurant owner who does not permit smoking will see it as a violation of his property rights if a coalition uses the political...
  • Smoking ban raises problems for nursing homes

    09/26/2006 12:45:51 AM PDT · by SheLion · 196 replies · 6,066+ views
    Ft Wayne.com ^ | Sep. 24, 2006
    Delaware County's ban on smoking in most work places has become a problem for some nursing homes, which are both work places for employees and homes for the residents. The smoking ordinance does not prevent people from smoking in their homes, but it does ban smoking in most public buildings and work spaces. If a nursing home bans smoking, they could lose federal funding for failing to comply with regulations, but if they allow smoking they could face fines or a lawsuit from the county health department, officials said. Federal regulations state that if a nursing home changes its...
  • Churchill Downs: Smoking ban will hurt track

    09/22/2006 2:01:03 PM PDT · by SheLion · 18 replies · 1,570+ views
    United Pro Smoker's Rights ^ | September 20, 2006 | Joseph Girth
    Churchill Downs could be hurt financially if it is forced to go completely smoke free, a company official said Wednesday. Kevin Flanery, Churchill Downs Inc.’s vice president for national public affairs, told a Louisville Metro Council committee considering a new, tougher smoking ban, that the race track is already facing heavy competition from Indiana and from computer and telephone betting services.And he said the company’s experience at a Florida track shows some people will stop betting when a smoking ban takes effect. But the former head of the Greater Louisville Medical Society testified that his group favors a complete...
  • Private club challenges Ontario smoking ban

    09/22/2006 11:02:46 AM PDT · by SheLion · 9 replies · 1,286+ views
    CBC News ^ | September 15, 2006
    A private smokers club in Smiths Falls challenged Ontario's indoor smoking ban with its grand opening Friday — and Ontario officials did not brave the fumes to attend. Instead, the club's founder was charged under the province's Smoke-Free Ontario act the day before it opened. Since Ontario's indoor workplace and public smoking ban went into effect, ashtrays and cigars have been illegal in bars. The grand opening of Do' Little's pub as a club for members of a private smokers association took place at noon at the Comfort Inn on Centre Street in Smiths Falls, about 65 kilometres south of...
  • IL: Restaurant complaints relight smoking debate

    09/21/2006 6:39:52 PM PDT · by SheLion · 34 replies · 1,381+ views
    Herald Advocate ^ | Sept. 21, 2006 | JENNIFER JOHNSON
    Park Ridge aldermen will resume discussion of the city's public smoking ban, following complaints from three restaurant owners that their businesses have been adversely affected by it.The restaurant owners spoke briefly to the City Council Monday night, prompting Mayor Howard Frimark to ask the aldermen if the smoking ban should be brought back before the Procedures and Regulations Committee. Alderman Jeannie Markech agreed that it should, and made a motion for the discussion. Eight aldermen voted in favor of the issue going back to committee and five voted against. One alderman was absent.The next meeting of the Procedures and Regulations...
  • No Smoking in the Green Zone

    09/19/2006 6:31:35 AM PDT · by SheLion · 26 replies · 1,135+ views
    NPR ^ | September 18, 2006
    There have been a bunch of books about the mistakes made after the American invasion of Baghdad, George Packer's Assassin's Gate and Thomas Ricks' Fiasco being the two best in my opinion.Yesterday, the Washington Post published an excerpt from Rajiv Chandrasekaran's effort. He was their bureau chief there for a few years and his book, Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone, will be released tomorrow.I haven't read the book, but the excerpt is as damning as anything could be. It outlines how people were recruited to serve in the Coalition Provisional Authority, the group that ran...
  • It's time for a full scale congressional investigation

    09/10/2006 7:02:08 AM PDT · by SheLion · 59 replies · 1,773+ views
    Congress.org ^ | September 9, 2006
    Jobs are being eliminated by special interest activist organizations Now that air quality test results by the likes of the American Cancer Society are proving that the secondhand smoke kills argument is completely fabricated. http://cleanairquality.blogspot.com/2004/04/american-cancer-society-test-results.html It's time for lawmakers to investigate why this fallacy has permeated the local government debate.....and specifically who is funding and spreading that false information. http://www.rwjf.org/about/founder.jhtml The "who" is in large part the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. And since RWJF is an affiliate of the Johnson & Johnson Company (the manufacturer of competing nicotine product interests Nicoderm & Nicoderm CQ), it stands to reason that the...
  • Maine: State bills smoker for online buys

    09/06/2006 10:08:11 AM PDT · by SheLion · 85 replies · 1,747+ views
    bangordailynews.com ^ | September 06, 2006
    Robin Brayman, a 44-year-old Greenfield resident, thought she had saved quite a bit of money buying cigarettes online, until she received a bill from the state demanding more than $2,000 in unpaid sales and cigarette taxes. "I had no idea. When I first started buying, the Web site said the cigarettes were tax-free, duty-free. You assumed you didn't have to pay anything," Brayman said. Brayman, like many other smokers, purchases cigarettes online because they are offered at a deep discount. A carton of Marlboro Full Flavor 100s costs $29.45 plus shipping from BuyCheapCigarettes.com, the site Brayman patronized. The same...
  • IL: Rockton Village Trustees Snuff Out Smoking Ban

    08/24/2006 3:25:04 PM PDT · by SheLion · 16 replies · 780+ views
    wrex.com ^ | 24th of August 2006 | Andy Myers
    ROCKTON -- Rockton leaders snuff out an idea to ban smoking at public places. Tuesday night at their meeting, a motion to draft an ordinance banning smoking in public places failed to get anywhere. Rockton Village Trustee Dennis Meade put the issue before board members, but no one seconded the motion. The proposal would've kept people from lighting up on streets, sidewalks, parks and in businesses. Several community members including business owners spoke out at the meeting against a ban saying it would hurt their business. Others claimed it a ban would go against their rights. One person at...
  • Ground Zero ma: Mike (Bloomberg)heartless

    08/18/2006 12:32:17 PM PDT · by SheLion · 45 replies · 1,014+ views
    The Front Page ^ | August 17, 2006 | MICHAEL SAUL
    The mother of deceased Ground Zero worker James Zadroga described Mayor Bloomberg as a "cold, heartless person" for opposing a series of new laws that address the health battles of 9/11 rescuers."I don't think he realizes how the common people live - maybe for one month he should try and live on $500 a week," Linda Zadroga wrote in a letter to the Daily News. "But when [you're] a billionaire, you have no concept of the so-called middle class. Well, one day he may have some tragedy in his family he will need to deal with, and then maybe...
  • Light up or leave

    08/14/2006 5:07:19 AM PDT · by SheLion · 59 replies · 1,508+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | August 14, 2006 | David Fisher
    NON-SMOKERS are being banned from drinking in outdoor smoking areas in pubs and clubs under draconian council rules. Some councils are forcing licensed venues to hire bouncers to enforce the bans, costing tens of thousands of dollars a year, while preventing non-smokers from using outdoor areas. It has raised concerns about discrimination against non-smokers and suggestions that councils are going beyond the State Government's legislation and imposing their own rules. The Daily Telegraph has learned that at least two councils – Fairfield and North Sydney – have already employed the tactic when approving development applications from premises wishing to...
  • CA: Child Molester Raises $$ for Garamendi: Put that in your pipe and smoke it

    08/09/2006 10:00:00 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 615+ views
    FlashReport ^ | 8/8/06 | Karen Hanretty
    The San Francisco Chronicle Blog "broke" the story and the Associated Press is now running with it: Mel Gibson wrote a fundraising letter for Tom McClintock. Gasp! And McClintock stopped using it earlier this year. Uh, gasp? No gasp? Nothing? Meaningless? Well, if Gibson writing a fundraising letter for McClintock carries any weight or significance, then surely it is significant to point out that John Garamendi, McClintock's opponent in the race for Lt. Governor, benefited from a fundraising letter written by Peter Yarrow, of Peter, Paul and Mary fame. Yarrow, you may or (probably) may not recall, was convicted of...
  • Sen. Collins Introduces Legislation To Stop Tobacco Shipments Through the Mail

    08/08/2006 5:32:31 AM PDT · by SheLion · 107 replies · 3,268+ views
    United Pro Smoker's Newsletter ^ | August 7th, 2006 | Melissa Campanelli
    Senator Susan Collins introduced legislation on Aug. 3 to help crack down on illegal sales of tobacco to children by banning the shipment of cigarettes and other tobacco products through the U.S. mail. Specifically, the bill would add cigarettes and smokeless tobacco to the U.S. Postal Service's list of restricted, non-mailable products. A first violation of mailing such a product would be liable for a civil penalty of up to $5,000 or 10 times the estimated retail value of the tobacco products, including all federal, state, and local taxes, whichever is highest. Civil penalties of up to $100,000 would...
  • Ark. governor: Day will come when cigarettes no longer sold

    08/02/2006 2:28:12 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 229 replies · 2,786+ views
    Excerpt - LITTLE ROCK - Gov. Mike Huckabee, who successfully pushed for a statewide workplace smoking ban earlier this year, predicted Wednesday that cigarettes eventually won't be sold because of their health risks. "I think the day will come when we probably won't" sell cigarettes, Huckabee said on his monthly call-in radio show. "If cigarettes were introduced to the marketplace today, they wouldn't be sold. They'd never make it because what we didn't know when they were first created, sold and marketed is just how deadly harmful they were." Huckabee was responding to a caller's question of why cigarettes are...
  • Surgeon General Carmona Leaves Post (Dancing in the streets alert!)

    08/01/2006 4:15:27 AM PDT · by SheLion · 280 replies · 3,731+ views
    United Pro Smoker's Newsletter ^ | uly 31, 2006 | KEVIN FREKING
    WASHINGTON -- Quietly leaving his post as surgeon general, Dr. Richard Carmona said he would judge himself successful if he had persuaded one student to make good health choices or one mother to stop smoking. Carmona's report condemning secondhand smoke was a hallmark of his tenure as the nation's 17th surgeon general.
  • CO: Ban Damage: CO And now, the roofs begin tumbling down

    07/31/2006 5:15:29 AM PDT · by SheLion · 220 replies · 3,042+ views
    United Pro Smoker's Newsletter ^ | July 26, 2006 | Bill Johnson
    The issue is no longer just about smoking. Passing a state law outlawing smoking in most public places was, by this comparison, the easiest thing to do. The law was not required to address the inevitable hardships such a bill was destined to inflict. There was clapping and backslapping on the floor of the state Senate the afternoon it passed there. But none of that really matters now, when the issue is one of how it impacts people's lives. They are men and women who once ran tiny, yet prosperous, packed-to- the-kegs establishments, who now tend mostly empty bars. The...
  • Beaumont,Texas: Smoking Ban Opponents Making One Last Push

    07/31/2006 4:06:41 AM PDT · by SheLion · 17 replies · 1,470+ views
    KFDM.com ^ | July 30, 2006 | Camille Briggs
    They're making one last attempt to force the City of Beaumont to continue to allow smoking in bars and restaurants. Opponents of a ban on smoking in public buildings say they don't have enough signatures right now, but they plan to work hard in the next 24 hours getting the support they need. Lee Melton/Comedy, Texas "I own a business and pay a lot of Taxes and now I can't smoke in my own building." Smoking ban opponents say they are not quitting when it comes to getting enough signatures on this petition. Lee Melton/Comedy, Texas "Four ladies on...
  • New Brunswick: Smoking ban blamed as VLT profits dive

    07/22/2006 5:50:36 PM PDT · by SheLion · 25 replies · 1,424+ views
    cbc.co ^ | July 21, 2006
    Revenue from video lottery terminals in New Brunswick declined last year, in part because of the province's ban on smoking in bars and restaurants, the Atlantic Lottery Corporation says.The lottery corportation's 2005-06 annual report shows that money generated by VLTs fell by almost $8 million, or six per cent, from the previous year.ALC spokesman Robert Bourgeois said a province-wide smoking ban imposed in October 2004 was one of the major reasons for the decline."There were other factors as well, such an increase in competition from unregulated internet sites," Bourgeois said Friday. "But definitely, the smoking ban would have been one of the factors."The...
  • Detroit: Smoking ban causing nearly 300 to be laid off at Casino Windsor

    07/22/2006 3:57:14 PM PDT · by SheLion · 47 replies · 1,570+ views
    Nearly 300 union workers will be laid off by Casino Windsor due to declining revenues caused by Ontario's new smoking ban, casino officials said Wednesday. The casino, which has nearly 4,000 employees, will lose 297 union workers over the next two weeks and immediately terminate 32 salaried employees, officials said, who also cited an unfavorable exchange rate and high gas prices for the decrease. The law, which went into effect May 31, bans smoking in all public facilities, including bingo halls, bars, restaurants, sporting venues, stores, office buildings and Casino Windsor. "This is a day that no one takes...
  • The anti-smoking lobby's hidden agenda

    07/21/2006 3:15:06 PM PDT · by SheLion · 154 replies · 2,472+ views
    United Pro Smoker's Newsletter ^ | June 12, 2006 | Klaus Rohrich
    Poor Heather Crowe, the Ottawa waitress who recently died of lung cancer and had lent her persona to the anti-smoking lobby as the typical victim du jour. Crowe was said to be a "typical" restaurant worker who spent 40 years working in Ottawa restaurants, all the while breathing the second-hand smoke that’s said to have claimed her life.There are so many things wrong with Heather Crowe’s case that it begs for an official inquiry, but like all politically correct causes the anti-smoking lobby can do no wrong. Crowe, who really did die of lung cancer, was anything but a typical...
  • CWA Says Marriott Should Stop Blowing Smoke About Porn

    07/21/2006 5:42:37 AM PDT · by SheLion · 189 replies · 3,340+ views
    Concerned Woman For America ^ | July 20, 2006 | Stacey Holliday
    Concerned Women for America (CWA) says that if the Marriott hotels care so much about their customers, as indicated in their recent decision to ban smoking from hotel rooms, they should stop offering hard-core porn in their hotel rooms. “Creating a smoke-free environment demonstrates a new level of service and care for our guests and associates,” said J.W. Marriott Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of Marriott International. “Our family of brands is united on this important health issue and we anticipate very positive customer feedback. … Demand for nonsmoking rooms continues to rise with new information from the...
  • North Platte, NE: County Attorney Says Tobacco Smoke In Cars Is Not Child Abuse

    07/21/2006 3:37:38 AM PDT · by SheLion · 19 replies · 789+ views
    Cops in North Platte won’t be busting anyone for exposing children to secondhand smoke in motor vehicles.Lincoln County Attorney Jeff Meyer says he personally doesn’t like the idea of smoking around children, but it is not barred by law and doesn’t qualify as child abuse. Police Chief Martin Gutschenritter sought the county attorney’s advice based on a recent national study, reporting on the danger of secondhand tobacco smoke. Gutschenritter wanted to know if police could ticket people, who smoke when children are in their vehicles, for child abuse. ”Generally, acts that are not specifically proscribed against by statute do not...
  • Pittsburgh, PA: Restaurants fuming over smoking ban

    07/15/2006 7:30:05 AM PDT · by SheLion · 280 replies · 4,044+ views
    The Pennsylvania Restaurant Association has thrown its support behind a statewide ban on smoking in restaurants, bars, casinos and private clubs. So why couldn't we find any local establishments who agree with them? Admittedly, we used a small sample, but when staff writer Jeff Pikulsky talked to owners of Mon Valley clubs and restaurants last week, he found angry opposition to the proposed ban. Monessen Elks Club Steward Marcy Zites estimated that 70 percent of her club patrons smoke and feared that a ban would be bad for business. Those sentiments were echoed at the Foster House in North...
  • American Cancer Society catches the Surgeon General in an outright lie...

    07/09/2006 10:11:30 AM PDT · by SheLion · 108 replies · 4,094+ views
    The Surgeon General showed up very regal looking to provide a press release rehashing the tired old argument that secondhand smoke is deadly and must be banned. And with his next statement: Separate "no smoking" sections DO NOT protect you from secondhand smoke. Neither does filtering the air or opening a window. It seemed a feable attempt to pre-empt any action short of a total smoking ban.....as if to confirm that pro-smoking ban activists' credibility in the public is failing miserably. Well I am sorry to report that the American Cancer Society conducted air quality testing at several smoking...
  • Report's all smoke and mirrors

    07/06/2006 4:08:08 AM PDT · by SheLion · 72 replies · 1,452+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | July 5, 2006 | Sidney Zion
    If President Bush announced that secondhand smoke kills more Americans than the Iraqi insurgency, AIDS, drunken drivers and Katrina put together, would we nod in agreement — or look to Bellevue, if not to impeachment? Comes now Richard Carmona, the surgeon general of the United States, telling us that secondhand smoke kills 49,000 Americans a year — and there's no outcry, no notion that maybe this is nuts. Instead, the mass media buys it without question, and so apparently do the people.Does anybody out there know anything about Carmona, or even that he's the surgeon general? In 2003, he...
  • Maine: Maine touts smoking bans to its visitors

    07/01/2006 5:33:12 AM PDT · by SheLion · 62 replies · 1,225+ views
    MaineToday.com ^ | une 27, 2006 | TESS NACELEWICZ,
    Everyone knows the traditional reasons why Maine is a great place to take a vacation - it has ocean, mountains, lakes and lobsters.Now the state is promoting one more inducement for people to visit: No smoking is allowed in Maine's public buildings.The state is putting up five signs at various points this week along the Maine Turnpike and Interstate 95 that advertise the fact."Breathe easy, you're in Maine," said the blue signs with white lettering. "All indoor public places are smoke-free."Dr. Dora Anne Mills, who heads the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said Maine may be "the...
  • Holy tobacco warriors take aim at the womb

    06/30/2006 10:20:03 PM PDT · by SheLion · 61 replies · 1,180+ views
    United Pro Smoker's Newsletter ^ | June 27, 2006 | Kathleen Parker
    First they came for the workplace, then for people's homes and cars, and then the great outdoors.Now the anti-tobacco jihadists, having helped ban smoking in most public and many private places, have turned their attention to the most private space of all — the womb.  That very personal place where humans incubate could be the next battlefield between smokers and those who have never uttered the words: “It's none of my beeswax.” This latest brainstorm comes from Arkansas, where Rep. Bob Mathis successfully shepherded legislation making it unlawful to smoke in cars in which small children are passengers. Apparently...
  • IL: Liquor trade group challenges Springfield smoking ban

    06/30/2006 3:20:31 AM PDT · by SheLion · 9 replies · 1,152+ views
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A trade group that represents liquor retailers is mounting a legal challenge to Springfield's new indoor smoking ban for public places. The Illinois Licensed Beverage Association filed a lawsuit in Sangamon County Circuit Court Wednesday, seeking an injunction to prevent the ban from taking effect Sept. 17 in all indoor workplaces. The association has also asked the court to nullify the sections of Springfield's Clean Indoor Air Ordinance that apply to bowling alleys and taverns, saying state law does not give the city the authority to include such establishments in its definition of "public places." "We have...
  • Puff, Puff, Bash - The smoking ban is based on an agenda of lies.

    06/28/2006 10:39:04 PM PDT · by SheLion · 124 replies · 2,250+ views
    Philadelphia City Paper Net ^ | June 29, 2006 | Michael J. McFadden
    Psst! Hey kid! Come over here and jump off this bridge! All the cool kids've done it 'n you're the only one left! It won't hurt, it'll be fun. Anyhow, if ya don't do it, I'm gonna come back 'n bugya, 'n bugya, 'n bugya forever till ya do. With that sort of reasoned discourse in the background, accompanied by taunts of "You smell like an ASHTRAY!", Philadelphia finally jumped on the bandwagon and banned smoking. Well, sorta. They banned it unless you're a bar that agrees not to feed its customers anything healthy, one that's well-off enough to have...
  • Colorado: Bar owners still fuming

    06/28/2006 2:40:06 AM PDT · by SheLion · 46 replies · 2,458+ views
    Steamboat Pilot & Today ^ | June 25, 2006 | Dave Shively
    STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of Steamboat Springs' controversial municipal smoking ban, but local businesses that once catered to the smoker's dollar have no reason to celebrate.  Mike Miller, owner of Sun�--pie's Bistro, thinks the city's ordinance goes too far, banning smoking anywhere within the restaurant or bar's liquor license boundaries. "It's almost impossible to enforce," Miller said about enforcing a ban that encompasses Sunpie's entire 5,000-square-foot outdoor seating area along the Yampa River. "You can be 150 feet from being indoors, and you're not allowed to smoke. You can inform customers of the law and...
  • Smokers' airline ready for take-off

    06/27/2006 4:38:32 AM PDT · by SheLion · 74 replies · 1,522+ views
    Telegraph.CO.UK ^ | 6-27-06 | Kate Connolly
    A German businessman has founded an airline dedicated to smokers.Smintair, or Smokers' International Airways, aims to cater for smokers who feel excluded in an age when all major airlines have banned the habit.A Dusseldorf-Tokyo service is due to begin in October and is expected to serve mainly Japanese businessmen.Smintair's founder, Alexander Schoppmann, a 30-a-day man, said: "There are no laws banning smoking on board. The airlines have made these rules themselves because no-smoking planes are cheaper. It means you don't have to change the air filter system so regularly."
  • Colorado: For some, smoking ban is a bitter pill to swallow

    06/26/2006 8:19:38 PM PDT · by SheLion · 30 replies · 851+ views
    LovelandFYI ^ | 6/25/2006 | Christine Steele
    While some say the introduction of the statewide smoking ban next Saturday will level the playing field, a group of restaurants and bar owners are fuming over what they say are unfair exemptions.Smokers who travel to Colorado’s casinos and Denver International Airport will be able to light up.Puffing on a Basic Ultra Light last week over a game of bingo at Loveland Elks Lodge 1051, Frank Bustos said the law is unfair. “They shouldn’t hold the bar and pool hall owners back,” said Bustos, who has been a smoker for 53 of his 65 years. “Bars are traditionally a...