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  • Murrieta Residents Preparing for Riot Squads, Ready to 'Be Detained'

    07/07/2014 11:03:16 AM PDT · by Nachum · 46 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/7/14 | Kristin Tate
    HOUSTON, Texas--A busload of illegal immigrants is expected to show up in Murrieta, California in spite of a furious group of residents who claim their town is no place for the migrants. On Sunday Breitbart Texas broke the news that federal agents accompanying the bus will have riot gear and shields, in order to push back the crowd. Despite this, the protesters have no intentions of backing down--rather, the group is preparing for a showdown that one resident told Breitbart Texas "might get ugly." Sources on the ground in Murrieta told Breitbart Texas that many protesters have already gathered in...
  • 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.” [...]
  • VA Paid $11K Bonus to Surgeon Who Left Op Room Before End of Surgery

    08/24/2013 11:30:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 23, 2013 - 5:06 PM | Dennis M. Crowley
    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) paid an $11,189 performance pay bonus to a surgeon who left the operating room before a surgery was completed, leaving residents to continue the procedure without him, according to a Government Accountability Office report released on Friday. The “[s]urgeon who was supervising residents left the operating room and medical center before the surgery was completed, allowing residents to continue the surgery without supervision until another surgeon was found to supervise the residents,” said the report. “The surgeon was suspended without pay for 14 calendar days.” Despite this particular performance, the VA still gave the...
  • Behind the scenes in health care

    06/14/2013 3:03:59 PM PDT · by Oldpuppymax
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/14/13 | Michael D. Shaw
    Venture behind the scenes in any hospital, and you will be astounded by the amount of time taken up with paperwork. Detailed reports, for every single patient encounter (largely for defensive purposes), are input into ever more sophisticated computer systems. The latest wrinkle allows medical billing experts to view these reports as they are being entered in real time, so that they can issue helpful pop-ups suggesting how additional billing items can be added. Hospitals need the additional revenue since insurance limits reimbursements, and they are forced to treat many patients at no charge. Hospital poverty can also be used...
  • Mystery Aircraft Frightens Quincy Residents

    05/10/2013 4:27:17 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 59 replies
    WBZ-TV ^ | May 9, 2013 11:59 PM | Bill Shields, WBZ-TV
    QUINCY (CBS) – A mystery in Quincy continues to deepen: Who is flying around the city from dusk to dawn, for the past ten days or so? “It’s frightening, not just weird, but frightening,” said one resident of the Wollaston section. Every night for nearly the last two weeks, residents have spotted a low-flying aircraft doing loops over the city. WBZ has learned the FAA knows what’s going on, but the agency isn’t telling. “I mean it is strange. I don’t know if they’re looking for somebody, I have no idea,” one resident told WBZ. It’s not the state or...
  • Utility workers pelted with eggs after Bridgeport, Conn. mayor blasts provider

    11/02/2012 9:42:02 PM PDT · by njslim · 45 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | 11/2/02 | Staff
    Angry residents pelted utility crews with eggs as they tried to restore power in Bridgeport, Conn., after the mayor claimed the local power company had "shortchanged" the state's largest city as it tries to recover from superstorm Sandy.
  • Yitzhar Residents: We Stopped a Terrorist

    12/31/2011 1:26:16 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 31/12/11 | David Lev
    Residents of Yitzhar in central Samaria say they prevented a possible terrorist attack when they used force to halt a truck that ignored numerous orders to halt, and careened around several checkpoints at high speed. Their account was disputed by the IDF, which claimed that the residents attacked an innocent driver who had lost his way. The incident occurred Saturday night, when a truck with Arabic writing on it drove through a checkpoint into Yitzhar. According to the soldiers, the truck driver had lost his way and passed the checkpoint unintentionally. He then drove on the access road to Yitzhar...
  • Study: Illinois, NJ tie for most outbound migration

    12/22/2011 6:24:39 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Dec 21, 2011
    Study: Illinois, NJ tie for most outbound migration The Associated Press 12:20 PM CST, December 21, 2011 An annual study of interstate moving trends by United Van Lines shows that Illinois and New Jersey tied for the states with the largest outbound migration this year. Americans continue to migrate toward the South and West and away from parts of the Northeast and Midwest, according to United Van Lines, the nation's largest moving company.
  • New York high-rise residents warned of extra-strong winds

    08/27/2011 9:36:42 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | August 27, 2011
    The National Hurricane Center warned that wind hitting upper floors will be stronger than those in most storms during Irene. New York (CNN) -- The National Hurricane Center on Saturday warned residents of tall structures in the path of Hurricane Irene that the wind hitting upper floors will be stronger than those in most storms. "As Irene moves through areas with high-rise structures, these structures will experience winds significantly stronger than indicated by the advisory intensity," forecasters said. "Winds at the 30-story level will likely be 20% higher than at the surface. And winds 80-100 stories up could be about...
  • Final spacewalkers of Nasa's 30-year shuttle mission complete construction of ISS

    05/29/2011 12:24:40 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 6 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Last updated at 2:22 PM on 28th May 2011 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    These stunning images capture the final stage of the construction of the International Space Station. But as they marked the beginning of a new era in space exploration, the spacewalk undertaken by Gregory Chamitoff and Mike Fincke also represented an end - of Nasa's 30-year shuttle programme. All future spacewalks - including one during the final shuttle voyage this summer - will be performed by full-time space station residents.
  • Atlanta residents paying $1000 a month in water bills

    03/01/2011 2:26:58 PM PST · by Nachum · 52 replies
    yourjewishnews.com ^ | 3/1/11 | staff
    Imagine paying as much for water as you do for your mortgage. Residents throughout Atlanta are outraged by hundreds, even thousands of dollars in monthly spikes in their water bills, and have questioned the legitimacy of the charges for years. Now, they're demanding answers. "I thought we were sinking in a hole of water," said Debbi Scarborough. "It scared me to death. I thought we had a major leak when I got the bill." Over two months last summer, her family's monthly water bill, shot up to $1,805 In July and then $1,084 in August, leaving a balance due of...
  • Two East Jerusalem residents arrested over Hamas plot to fire rockets into Israeli soccer game

    01/02/2011 11:34:53 AM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 1/2/11 | Anshel Pfeffer
    The Shin Bet security service has arrested two Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem suspected of plotting to fire rockets at a major sports stadium in the capital on behalf of Hamas, a gag order lifted Sunday revealed. Mussa Hamada and Basem Omri, both Israeli citizens, were allegedly planning to carry out the attack on Teddy Stadium during a Premier League soccer game, but the plot never came into fruition. Both suspects have allegedly been affiliated with terrorist activities organized by Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood for a number of years.
  • Detroit to offer incentives for residents to relocate

    12/10/2010 10:19:00 AM PST · by Nachum · 45 replies · 1+ views
    Detroit News | 12/10/10 | Darren A. Nichols*
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  • Plans to haul big oil refinery loads spark battle

    09/27/2010 9:24:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies
    CNBC ^ | September 27, 2010 | The Associated Press
    KAMIAH, Idaho - Two of America's largest oil companies want to drive mammoth truckloads of refinery equipment along a narrow ribbon of spectacular mountain road that borders national forests, wild and scenic rivers, historic sites and campgrounds. Local residents are not pleased. "This is something that weighs 600,000 pounds (272,150 kilograms), is two-thirds the length of a football field and 30 feet (9 meters) high," said Linwood Laughy, who has sued the Idaho Department of Transportation to stop the mega-loads. "I don't think it belongs on the highway."
  • Resident To Clintons: Pay For Extra Wedding Cops

    07/27/2010 11:35:51 AM PDT · by greatdefender · 26 replies · 2+ views
    Wedding bell buzz is kicking into high gear in Rhinebeck, and as the town prepares for Chelsea Clinton's big day more details are emerging about the groom. Clinton's fiancé, investment banker Marc Mezvinsky, is about to become the man of the hour. The daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is expected to marry Mezvinsky on a private estate on the river on Saturday. The two met as teenagers at a leadership retreat in 1993, both went to Stanford and, like Chelsea, Mezvinky has dealt with adversity -- his father, a former congressman, served...
  • Zombies Want Recognition as 'Undocumented Dead' (argh... satire)

    06/02/2010 3:06:48 PM PDT · by SvenWaring · 12 replies · 247+ views
    DotPenn.com ^ | 06-02-2010 | Sven Waring
    After years of divisively being called Zombies and the Living Dead, flesh-eating creatures are now demanding respect. Residents of the netherworld between life and death are now being asked to be called, "Undocumented Dead," to better describe their citizenship status. Glrrp Grrp, who once went by the name John Rogers before he became undead, said that the more common referrences for his status are hurtful. "Errr. Me no like Zombie. Very dehumanizing," said Grrp. "Argh. Me eat humanizing." Grrp is hoping his efforts will pave the way for a new acceptance of Undocumented Dead among Americans. "Me have dream. Errr....
  • Obama Tells Gulf Coast Residents They're Not Alone

    05/28/2010 2:53:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies · 379+ views
    aol ^ | 5/28/10 | Ben Nuckols and Greg Bluestein, ap
    COVINGTON, La. (May 28) - BP's chief executive cautioned Friday that it will be two more days before anyone knows if the latest fix attempt will stop the oil spewing into the sea, and President Barack Obama arrived on the Gulf Coast to tell residents they are not alone in dealing with it. The spill has already become the worst in U.S. history, and there are no guarantees the so-called "top kill" being tried for the first time 5,000 feet underwater will work.
  • Soldiers deliver donations to Iraqi residents

    03/28/2010 1:53:15 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 208+ views
    U.S. Forces Iraq ^ | Sgt. Ryan Twist, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary)
    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE TAJI – U.S. Soldiers with the 3666th Support Maintenance Company provided clothing and other donated items to local residents during a humanitarian aid mission near this base, March 21. The items were donated through the Arizona Army National Guard by the Arizona organization called “Students Helping Students,” started by a U.S. Soldier to help Iraqis in need. Staff Sgt. Rose L. Mattie, the operations non-commissioned officer in charge with the 3666th SMC out of Phoenix, 541st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 15th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and a Phoenix native, said the mission provided a chance...
  • (CA PPIC)Poll: 74% Of Residents Say Calif. On Wrong Course

    01/28/2010 9:45:30 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 390+ views
    AP on CBS 5 ^ | 1/28/10 | Judy Lin -ap
    SACRAMENTO (CBS 5 / AP) - Californians are in a dour mood, with three-quarters of adults believing the state is on the wrong course, according to a poll released Wednesday by the Public Policy Institute of California. Residents also have little faith that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and lawmakers can work together to solve the state's fiscal problems, but would favor a tax increase if the money was targeted for schools. "Residents have deep concerns about the economy and their own budgets, and they don't see how California's leaders will help guide the state through these difficult times," said Mark Baldassare,...
  • Residents fleeing liberal states

    12/27/2009 9:13:39 PM PST · by aquapub · 171 replies · 4,033+ views
    The latest numbers from the Census Bureau show that there is a mass exodus of taxpayers happening in all the most liberal states. This means that such states are not only losing urgently needed revenues at the worst possible time, but also representation both in the electoral college and in the House. As I have noted before, studies also unsurprisingly show that these states are the most bankrupt. This is how liberals "help" people. As usual, California topped off the list. Even including the illegal immigrants perpetually pouring into the state, it still managed to lose almost 100,000 more residents...
  • Troops stocking winter aid for Iraqi residents

    11/23/2009 4:07:10 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 249+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Pfc. Adam Halleck, USA
    Killeen, Texas native, Sgt. Chester Temple, unloads water filters during the stocking of a humanitarian aid warehouse on Camp Taji, Nov. 21. The unit, along with their counterparts from the 37th Brigade, 9th Iraqi Army Division, will distribute water filters and blankets to Iraqi residents in the coming months. Photo by Pfc. Adam Halleck, 1st Cavalry Division. CAMP TAJI — In an effort to provide local Iraqi residents with supplies and extra comforts during the winter months, U.S. Soldiers here are stocking warehouses full of humanitarian aid items. For troopers from 1st Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat...
  • Residents Return Fire In Orlando Home Invasion

    10/31/2009 11:25:51 AM PDT · by greatdefender · 20 replies · 1,344+ views
    WESH 2 ^ | 30 OCT 2009
    ORLANDO, Fla. -- Orlando police said that intruders broke into a home Friday night and gunshots were exchanged, putting the entire neighborhood on edge. The home invasion happened on Mary Church Court at Prince Hall Boulevard in the Richmond Estates neighborhood, police said. Officers with the Orlando Police Department cleared the scene at about 11 p.m. Investigators took pictures of where stray bullets hit the side of homes nearby. Several officers looked through the trash of one home on Mary Church Court. Police said that just before 8 p.m., three armed men pulled up to the home, the homeowner saw...
  • Kirkuk Residents Helped by Iraqi Police

    08/05/2009 3:53:54 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 185+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Staff Sgt. Jason Douglas, USA
    Iraqi Police in Kirkuk give a food bag to an elderly Iraqi woman during a humanitarian aid delivery, July 27. The IP, with assistance from the U.S. Army, delivered food, toys and school supplies to at least 200 residents. Photo courtesy of 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs. FOB WARRIOR — In several sub-districts of Kirkuk city in northern Iraq, some of the less fortunate occasionally need assistance to make ends meet. That assistance arrived in late July with the delivery of humanitarian goods to the sub-district of Arafa and Aruba by Iraqi Police (IP) and U.S. Soldiers. The IP delivered...
  • US residents in military brigs? Govt says it's war

    05/24/2008 9:36:30 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 195+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/24/08 | Matt Apuzzo - ap
    WASHINGTON - If his cell were at Guantanamo Bay, the prisoner would be just one of hundreds of suspected terrorists detained offshore, where the U.S. says the Constitution does not apply. But Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri is a U.S. resident being held in a South Carolina military brig; he is the only enemy combatant held on U.S. soil. That makes his case very different. Al-Marri's capture six years ago might be the Bush administration's biggest domestic counterterrorism success story. Authorities say he was an al-Qaida sleeper agent living in middle America, researching poisonous gasses and plotting a cyberattack. To justify...
  • Warij Residents Become Sons of Iraq

    04/24/2008 4:46:39 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 69+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Jason Stadel, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU — One hundred and fifty residents of Warij volunteered to become Sons of Iraq last week. On April 20, the new SoI began guarding a stretch of the southern Baghdad community, which falls in the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division’s area of operation. The Warij program is unique in its make-up. “It is the only area within the brigade that has both sects operating jointly at SoI checkpoints,” said Capt. Gregory Curry, commander of Troop A, 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 4th BCT, 3rd Inf. Div. “It is the so-called ‘check and balance’ that...
  • Abu Amer Residents Receive Medical Treatment

    04/03/2008 4:40:53 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 19+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Tami Hillis, USA
    Pfc. Takeysha Washington, a medic assigned to 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division, measures an infant’s vital signs—pulse, temperature and blood pressure—during a medical civil action program in Abu Amer, Iraq, March 28. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Tami Hillis. FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU — Residents of Abu Amer, a small village in the Wasit province of Iraq, received medical assistance March 28 from Coalition forces during a medical civil action program designed to provide basic primary care.Using a school as a makeshift clinic, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, attached to 1st Battalion, 76th Field Artillery,...
  • Electrical Project Benefits Residents

    03/29/2008 5:01:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 138+ views
    SALAH AH DIN PROVINCE — The town of Tuz, Iraq has played a significant role in Coalition operations since 2003, and today more of its 15,000 residents have reliable electricity. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in northern Iraq completed an electrical network project in February that brings electricity generated at the Bayji power plant to approximately 3,000 Iraqi homes in this village located 110 miles north of Baghdad. “We expanded the existing distribution system so that the same amount of electricity could be provided to more homes in the neighborhood,” said Oni Gomez, resident engineer in the Gulf Region...
  • CA: Smoking law murky for some residents (El Cajon)

    03/14/2008 10:56:57 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 850+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 3/14/08 | Liz Neely
    EL CAJON – The six-month grace period on El Cajon's strict new smoking law ends today, but it's hard to tell what has changed. No signs alert people that smoking is banned in virtually all public places. Visitors may not even know the law – the strictest in the county – exists. That was the case with Poway resident Kimberly Frederico, 38, who was smoking a cigarette outside the El Cajon courthouse yesterday while on a break from jury duty. “I think it's a little too extreme,” Frederico said. Smoking is prohibited in many places across the county, but El...
  • Soldiers Strengthen Relationships with Hamiyah City Council, Residents

    03/08/2008 11:19:22 AM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 148+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | 1st Lt. William Perdue, USA
    Spc. Gregory Touzani, from Des Moines, Iowa, and Pfc. Troy Buford from Wichita, Kan., both with Company A, 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, pose for a picture with children in Hamiya, Iraq, March 1. Photo by 2nd Lt. William Perdue. 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division Public Affairs. FOB KALSU — There were no doors being kicked in and no shots being fired in Hamiyah during the March 1 patrol. Soldiers were geared up and prepared for anything. They had pockets full of toys and candy for children who approached them as...
  • 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...
  • Iraqi Army Invites Coalition Brothers to Tour Villages, Meet Residents (They're Learning)

    02/17/2008 6:54:18 AM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 97+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Staff Sgt. Margaret C. Nelson, USA
    Air Force Cpt. Todd McGraw with the K-1 Coalition Army Advisory Training Team gives an Iraqi boy some candy during an Iraqi Army-driven Civil Military Operation in Kirkuk, Iraq, held Feb. 12 and 13. The CAATT team, comprised of Army, Air Force and Navy members, was invited by their Iraqi counterparts. Photo by Staff Sgt. Margaret Nelson, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment. KIRKUK — The 2nd Brigade, 4th Iraq Army (IA) Division’s Civil Affairs Office extended its reach recently to include educating and training their fellow Soldiers in Civil Military Operations during two village visits, Feb. 12 and 13, in...
  • Iraqi Residents See Conditions Improve in Arab Jabour

    02/13/2008 3:18:59 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 56+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Kevin Stabinsky, USA
    BAGHDAD, Feb. 13, 2008 – Abas Rashed lives in Arab Jabour, 20 miles southeast of the Iraqi capital, and is a member of the local “Sons of Iraq” security group made up of local residents. He patrols the streets of his community and watches for insurgent activities, he said, because he knows the damage insurgents can do firsthand. Yassen Kodaier Hussein (left), a Sunni living in Arab Jabour, Iraq, and Abas Rashed (center), a member of the local “Sons of Iraq” citizen security group, talk with Alex, an interpreter from the 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment,...
  • Afghan, Coalition Forces Help Brighten Residents’ Lives

    12/21/2007 3:18:09 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 75+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2007 – Afghan and coalition forces brightened the lives of Afghan adults and children alike with a wave of humanitarian efforts in Afghanistan this week. Villagers from Familia village, in the Shindad district of Herat province, enjoyed the security of well-lit homes and streets after Afghan national security forces and coalition forces repaired the village's generator Dec. 18, just in time for Eid al-Adha celebrations. “We brought a mechanic to fix the generator. The village had no electricity for more than a month,” an Afghan soldier said. “The children smiled as the lights came on.” But the...
  • Sha’ab residents stand up for security

    10/08/2007 12:13:02 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 159+ views
    BAGHDAD — Inside a stuffy conference room in a makeshift recruiting station, a dozen men from eastern Baghdad’s Sha’ab neighborhood stood with their right hands raised. The men were all different sizes and shapes, some in their teens, some with gray hair, some in oxford shirts and dress shoes, others in sports jerseys and flip-flops. In front of each man was a piece of paper with a statement of loyalty to the Iraqi government. Haltingly at first and then louder as their voices joined together, the men recited the words on the paper, pledging to serve the government and obey...
  • Al-Huda residents celebrate new fresh-water well

    10/02/2007 5:37:50 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 58+ views
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER — Mada'in Qada Mayor Abu Bahar and al-Huda village's Sheik Shanno cut a ribbon, marking the opening of a new fresh-water well pumping station in al-Huda Sept. 23. Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, along with the Nahia council, members of local Iraqi Security Forces, the Qada mayor and members of the village, attended the ceremony. The project started in July and ended with the pumping station opening 72 days later. The well system is comprised of a gated building, a 40-meter well, four 5,000-gallon water storage tanks, a water...
  • Northwest Baghdad residents welcome variety of improvements

    09/14/2007 6:18:57 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 256+ views
    Sgt. 1st Class Mendez J. Frith, Bravo Battery 9th Engineer Battalion, enjoys a brief chat with neighborhood youngsters while checking on a variety of essential service projects in northwest Baghdad. USACE photo. BAGHDAD — U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is overseeing more than $50 million in essential service projects in northwest Baghdad. Water and sewer lines are being repaired, roads paved, and electrical distribution networks upgraded under contracts USACE is managing. “And that’s just a portion of the work being carried out there,” said Lt. Col. Glen Masset, commander of the U.S. Army’s 9th Engineer Battalion, who keeps track of...
  • Paramus Residents Parade Patriotism at Freedom Walk

    09/10/2007 2:07:22 PM PDT · by SandRat · 210+ views
    PARAMUS, N.J., Sept. 10, 2007 – Nearly 400 residents here took a stroll yesterday in support of U.S. servicemembers, veterans and emergency responders and commemorated victims of the Sept. 11, 2007, attacks during the community’s first Freedom Walk. Matthew Kaplan (left) and Michael Wirth, both 15, lead the way with a Sept. 11, 2001, commemorative banner during their community’s first Freedom Walk, in Paramus, N.J., Sept. 9, 2007. Photo by Gerry J. Gilmore  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. About 230 similar Freedom Walks co-sponsored by the Defense Department’s America Supports You program were held nationwide and in 10...
  • Soldiers Visit Adhamiyah Residents (Housecalls lay groundwork for trusting relationship.)

    08/28/2007 5:17:55 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 205+ views
    BAGHDAD, Aug. 28, 2007 — Other than the fact that he is heavily armed, dressed in body armor, and flanked by several soldiers, 1st Lt. John Gassmann shows up at Ahmad Ali's doorstep just like any friendly new neighbor. He even brought a gift. "The bottom line is, we can drive through this neighborhood three times a day for a year, but if we don't stop to talk to anyone, we'll never know anything about it." 1st Lt. John Gassmann "We're just going through the neighborhood introducing ourselves, seeing if there are any problems, and seeing if there's anything we...
  • Residents join Guard Force to improve neighborhood security

    08/27/2007 5:31:09 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 145+ views
    BAGHDAD — It’s just after 10 a.m., and a large crowd has gathered outside the Adhamiyah District Advisory Council building. Dozens of men mob the entrance. Normally, the DAC building is where citizens come to complain about potholes and power outages, and where wailing mothers come to plead for the release of their detained sons. But the men gathered here this morning didn’t come to complain about problems, they came to be part of a solution. The men are all here to apply for jobs with Adhamiyah’s new Critical Infrastructure Guard Force, a security force made up of local men...
  • Paleolithic Residency Traced in Bushehr Province

    08/25/2007 9:14:05 PM PDT · by blam · 9 replies · 355+ views
    CHN Press ^ | 8-26-2007
    Paleolithic Residency Traced in Bushehr Province Parts of mountaneous region of Jam city in bushehr province Iranian archeologists have succeeded in tracing 40,000-year-old evidence of human beings residency in Jam-o Riz city in Bushehr province. Tehran, 25 August 2007 (CHN Foreign Desk) – For the first time, during excavating operations in city of Jam-o Riz in Bushehr province, Iranian archeologists have succeeded in tracing evidence of human beings settlement dating back to Paleolithic epoch to Middle Stone Age (40,000-10,000 years ago) in this region. Prior to this, some excavations were conducted by British archeologists in different parts of Bushehr province....
  • Iraqi, U.S. Forces build on residents’ stand against terrorism

    08/15/2007 6:36:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 400+ views
    BAGHDAD — Multi-National Division-Baghdad Soldiers operating in the Adhamiyah District of the Iraqi capital used to wager bets on what kind of attack they would come under when patrolling near the Abu Hanifa Mosque. “We’d be like, 'I wonder what we’ll get hit with today?'” said Maj. Jim Schaffer of Cleveland, Ohio, a civil affairs team leader who has been based in Adhamiyah since February. Small arms fire, rocket-propelled grenades and roadside bombs struck patrols traveling near the mosque on such a regular basis that Schaffer and the other Soldiers were convinced insurgents had made the Abu Hanifa their base....
  • Residents of Hababiyah welcome Cavalry troops

    08/14/2007 7:00:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 212+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Spc. Courtney Marulli
    Members of Company D, 1st Squadron, 8th Cavalry, attached to 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, went door-to-door recently in the neighborhoods of Hababiyah, in eastern Baghdad, to greet the people and collect information. Photo by Spc. Courtney Marulli, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division Public Affairs. FORWARD OPERATING BASE RUSTAMIYAH — Knowing the lay of the land is important for a successful operation, but just as important is knowing the local people and showing them that coalition forces are here to help, and not harm them.Soldiers from 2nd Platoon, Company D, 1st Squadron, 8th Cavalry, attached...
  • Local residents lead Soldiers to huge weapons cache

    07/28/2007 1:01:20 PM PDT · by SandRat · 19 replies · 960+ views
    PATROL BASE INCHON — The rural areas south of Baghdad have long been a trouble spot for Coalition Forces. The fertile land was given by Saddam Hussein to Baath Party members and close friends, and the ties made it a hotbed of terrorism. Increasingly, however, residents are combating terror in their areas. On July 23, a local Iraqi man came to Patrol Base Inchon, near the Euphrates River, staffed by Company D, 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) out of Fort Drum, N.Y., and elements of the 4th Battalion, 4th Brigade, 6th...
  • Trend Lines Improve in Baghdad As Residents Step Forward

    06/29/2007 5:02:40 PM PDT · by SandRat · 9 replies · 353+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 29, 2007 – Americans still face a tough fight inside Baghdad, but the trend lines are improving, the commander of Multinational Division Baghdad said today. Army Maj. Gen. Joseph F. Fil Jr., speaking from Iraq, told Pentagon reporters that the overall trend lines in the city are positive. “The number of attacks, first of all, has come down,” he said. “The effect of those attacks has come down significantly.” One example is in car bombs. While the number of car bomb attacks has remained relatively constant since November 2006, the effects of those attacks have dropped. “That's...
  • Concrete Barriers Safeguard Adhamiyah Residents in Baghdad

    06/06/2007 5:47:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 299+ views
    Concrete Barriers Safeguard Adhamiyah Residents in Baghdad Temporary walls keep out vehicle-borne explosives By 2nd Brigade Combat Team 82nd Airborne Division Public Affairs BAGHDAD, June 6, 2007 — The thick chains attaching the “T-Wall” barrier to the crane shuddered as the slab of heavy concrete was lifted into the air. The crane operator worked his control stick, first swinging the barrier through the air, and then slowly lowering it into place.As the 14,000 pounds of concrete settled onto the ground with a grinding crunch, the project to secure a neighborhood in Baghdad’s Adhamiyah District behind miles of protective barriers...
  • Iraq residents rise up against al-Qaida (Yes, an AP headline. Pinch me. )

    05/31/2007 9:30:38 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 858+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/31/07 | Sinan Salaheddin - ap
    BAGHDAD - A battle raged in west Baghdad on Thursday after residents rose up against al-Qaida and called for U.S. military help to end random gunfire that forced people to huddle indoors and threats that kept students from final exams, a member of the district council said. Elsewhere, a suicide bomber hit a police recruiting center in Fallujah, killing as many as 25 people, police said. The U.S. military said only one policeman was killed and eight were wounded. The American military also reported the deaths of three more soldiers, two killed Wednesday in a roadside bombing in Baghdad and...
  • Residents say militants armed, reclusive (Tripoli, Lebanon's Nahr el-Bared camp)

    05/22/2007 3:38:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 337+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/22/07 | Scheherazade Faramarzi - ap
    TRIPOLI, Lebanon - The militants began trickling into the camp about 10 months ago, distinguished by their beards, combat uniforms and the assault rifles they carried openly. They rarely smiled and spoke only to rebuke camp residents for smoking or other perceived "sins" against Islam. Residents of the Nahr el-Bared camp and surrounding areas on Tuesday described the men of the Fatah Islam militant group at the heart of the fighting as deeply religious and reclusive, rarely associating with those who lived there. Some roamed about with Kalashnikov rifles, wearing traditional Arab robes and beards without mustaches, a trademark of...
  • Western Baghdad Residents Get Free Medical Care

    05/15/2007 5:34:03 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 458+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Sgt. Juan Santiago
    Pfc. Willie Green, of 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, gives an Iraqi child an immunization while the child’s mother watches during a medical assistance mission in Baghdad’s Hurriyah neighborhood May 8. The paratroopers teamed up with Iraqi Ministry of Health physicians to treat more than 400 patients. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Juan Santiago, 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment) Western Baghdad Residents Get Free Medical Care More than 400 patients treated by daylong Iraqi, coalition operation By Sgt. Juan Santiago 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment Multi-National Division – Baghdad...
  • Cooperation pays off for farmers, residents

    05/11/2007 5:30:20 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 284+ views
    KIRKUK — Iraqi government officials have agreed to immediately increase water flow from Northern Iraq’s Dokan Dam to assist rural farming communities in western portions of Kirkuk Province as a result of joint, cooperative efforts between Coalition Forces and local and provincial government representatives. Agriculture is a primary sustainable resource in portions of Kirkuk Province and most farmers rely on water from the lower Zaab River to irrigate crops, said to John M. Schnittker, agricultural adviser, Kirkuk Provincial Reconstruction Team, U.S. Department of State. Inadequate rainfall and water levels in the Zaab’s primary water source – the northern Dokan Dam...
  • Report: New Orleans May Lose Residents

    04/18/2007 5:14:18 PM PDT · by blam · 6 replies · 467+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 4-18-2007
    Report: New Orleans may lose residents NEW ORLEANS, April 18 (UPI) -- A recent poll of 608 residents from various Louisiana parishes has found many are pessimistic regarding New Orleans' future and are considering leaving. The poll conducted for the Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse found that 47 percent of those polled had a dour outlook concerning the city's future and 25 percent of metropolitan respondents said they are going to move away, the New Orleans Times Picayune reported Wednesday. With the city attempting to recover from Hurricane Katrina, nearly 60 percent of those polled said the Louisiana city...