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  • List: The Obama Shutdown (file)

    10/09/2013 8:55:23 AM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Nachumlist ^ | 10/8/18 | Nachum
    The Obama Shut Down10/8/2013President Obama Admits Real Reason Why He's Been Rejecting GOP Funding BillsMilitary chapel closed in Georgia: 'Shutdown: No Catholic service till further notice'Priest: Obama Admin. Denied Mass to CatholicsObama Warns "No Magic Bullets", Exploring "All Default Contingencies"Deja vu... Obama repeats the condemnation of striking workers....againObama: Republicans Using 'Extortion' On Debt LimitObama Says He Will Negotiate Once G.O.P. Ends 'Threats''Gestapo' tactics meet senior citizens at YellowstoneArmed Guards Kick Senior Citizens Out of Yellowstone ParkDigging In: Obama calls Boehner to say won´t negotiate, plans to make statementExclusive Gyms For Members Of Congress Deemed 'Essential,' Remain Open During ShutdownDepartment of...
  • WWII Memorial Barricade Wired Shut

    10/04/2013 7:54:51 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 228 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | OCT 4, 2013 | JOHN MCCORMACK
    Tuesday morning, seven National Park Service employees were seen erecting and tending to a barricade around the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C. One NPS employee was operating a forklift. There usually aren't any NPS employees working at the World War II memorial. A couple hours later, when an Honor Flight of World War II veterans arrived, accompanied by Democratic and Republican members of Congress, the fences blocking the memorial were easily moved away, allowing the veterans to enter. But the barriers are still at the memorial, and they've been reinforced. This morning, I walked by the memorial and...
  • Shut. It. Down.

    09/28/2013 5:23:58 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 48 replies
    New Zeal ^ | 9-28-13 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    House Republicans will vote to pass a one-year delay of Obamacare in exchange for funding the government, a plan that drastically increases the chances of a government shutdown this Tuesday. The decision was announced by the GOP leadership in a closed meeting Saturday afternoon, according to sources present. Republicans will also pass a separate bill to fund U.S. troops if the government shuts down, GOP lawmakers said. The House’s funding measure will keep the government open until mid-December. Additionally, Republicans will adopt a “conscience clause” that delays until 2015 an Obamacare requirement that employers cover birth control as part of...
  • Changes To NJ Anti Gun Bills Include 7 Day Waiting Period & Electronic On/Off Switch for Rights

    05/12/2013 7:55:06 PM PDT · by OL Hickory · 12 replies
    Ammoland ^ | friday may 10th 2013 | Ammoland
    According to Senate President Stephen Sweeney, the right to purchase a firearm under the new card could be electronically switched off by local police “if they have a suspicion or concern.” Under current law, Second Amendment rights can only be suspended after conviction of a serious crime – not based on mere “suspicion or concern.” The new approach turns the presumption of innocence on its head and violates due process.
  • Sequester: IRS to shut down for five days

    04/19/2013 11:32:35 AM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4/19/19 | Stephen Dinan
    The IRS will shut down entirely for five days this year in order to try to meet its slimmed-down budget under the sequesters, a labor union that represents Treasury Department employees said on Friday. The IRS will close its doors on May 24, June 14, July 5, July 22 and Aug. 30, and employees are being told there could be two other days as well. “On those days all public operations of the IRS will be shut down, leaving taxpayers without access to information and assistance from frontline workers,” the National Treasury Employees Union said.
  • EPA To Shut Down 20% of Coal Plants in 2012

    09/24/2011 9:26:48 PM PDT · by Nachum · 82 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 9/24/11 | Helen Whalen Cohen
    This article is a few days old, but it is worth a mention nonetheless. Susan Kraemer at CleanTechnica can barely contain her excitement at the prospect of environmental regulations. In an article titled "Obama's EPA Cues 130 Billion Race to Cut Pollution By 2015", she reports that the EPA will shut down 20 percent of coal plants through the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule. (Snip) The EPA will shut down an estimated 20% of the nation’s coal plants through the ground-level ozone rule (the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) ) through cap and trade that is about to be implemented in
  • Lemonade stand shut down by officers in Texas

    07/21/2011 10:19:57 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 52 replies ^ | July 20, 2011 | Jacquie Levy
    McAllen, TX -- Gone are the days when a kid could make a few extra bucks by selling lemonade on the corner of their street. These days, it's against the law. A 12-year-old girl and her little brother were just trying to earn a few dollars for their two hermit crabs when a city code enforcement officer in Texas came and shut them down. The officer told their grandmother that the children needed a permit to sell lemonade, and their grandmother was ticketed for the offense. "I was mad," the 12-year-old said. "I don't understand why someone would want to...
  • Borders to Shut Down

    07/18/2011 3:21:56 PM PDT · by Sprite518 · 49 replies
    Wall Street Journal via Drudge ^ | 7/18/20111 | MIKE SPECTOR
    Borders Group Inc. said it would liquidate after the second-largest U.S. bookstore chain failed to receive any offers to save it. Borders, which employs about 10,700 people, scrapped a bankruptcy-court auction scheduled for Tuesday amid the dearth of bids. The chain said it will ask a judge Thursday to approve a sale to liquidators led by Hilco Merchant Resources and Gordon Brothers Group. The liquidation of the company's remaining 399 stores could start as soon as Friday, and the chain is expected to go out of business for good by the end of September, the company said.
  • They Haven't Shut Up Sarah Palin

    04/25/2011 3:29:38 AM PDT · by Son House · 26 replies
    Rush Limbaugh Show ^ | April 19, 2011 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Here's Palin. Now, I'm playing these sound bites here because Obama's delivering himself to us on a silver platter. Folks, I'm serious. "Obama Says We Cannot Spend More Than We Take In" bill. Pass it. We simply reduce spending to current expenditures, current revenues, that's it, and credit him for the inspiration, make them defend it. That's what I don't understand is our inability. I don't know why we can't take it to 'em. I'm exempting Paul Ryan from this 'cause he's done it, but why can't we take what this guy says and run it right back at...
  • Obama to offer “scalpel, not machete” for entitlement reform in response to Paul Ryan.

    04/11/2011 7:24:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/11/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    Barack Obama has belatedly discovered that Americans want to see reductions in government spending. How else to explain David Plouffe’s appearance on a series of talk shows yesterday announcing that the President would unveil a new proposal this week to counter Paul Ryan’s roadmap on entitlement reform? However, it seems as though Obama still hasn’t figured out the scale of the problem: In an effort to go on the offensive in the battle over government spending, Obama will look for cuts in “all corners of government,” senior adviser David Plouffesaid on several Sunday talk shows.Although Obama’s health-care law is projected...
  • Obama: I’ll Shut Down the Government and Suspend Military Pay

    04/07/2011 3:12:51 PM PDT · by Nachum · 60 replies
    Big Government ^ | 4/7/11 | Mike Flynn
    Rather than accept a few billion in budget cuts (read rounding error), President Obama has signaled his willingness to shut down the federal government. (Yah!) For those keeping score at home, any government shutdown that happens is on Obama’s plate. He is the President. All on him. The worst part of this whole debate is the Obama Administration’s decision to hold military pay hostage to the budget debate. For the last few decades, government shutdowns have been guided by an OMB directive issued during the Reagan Administration. Under this directive, military personnel would continue to receive the paychecks while politicians...
  • Bernanke: Shut banks if threat to the system

    09/02/2010 12:54:39 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 9/2/10 | Staff
    Washington - Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told a panel investigating the financial crisis that regulators must be ready to shutter the largest institutions if they threaten to bring down the financial system. "If the crisis has a single lesson, it is that the too-big-to-fail problem must be solved," (Snip) Bernanke also said it was impossible for the Fed to rescue Lehman Brothers from bankruptcy in 2008 because the Wall Street firm lacked sufficient collateral to secure a loan. Lehman's former chief executive told the panel a day earlier that the firm could have been saved, but regulators refused to
  • CBS's Giles Tells Tea Party's Loesch 'Shut Your Mouth', Asks King to Cut Her Mike

    07/16/2010 7:17:58 PM PDT · by Nachum · 108 replies
    NewsBusters, ^ | 7/16/10 | by Noel Sheppard
    CBS News contributor Nancy Giles rudely told St. Louis Tea Party founder Dana Loesch to shut her mouth during a panel discussion on Wednesday's "Larry King Live." In the midst of a heated debate about allegations of racism within the movement, Giles asked, "Where is the Tea Party's outrage when members of their own party spit on members of the United States [Congress]? "Loesch accurately replied, "That was proved false. Let's not engage in defamation and libel." "Excuse me," barked Giles. "I'm talking so shut your mouth." When Loesch told Giles, "Be honest when you speak and I wouldn't have...
  • Obama Internet kill switch plan approved by US Senate [Committee]

    06/27/2010 6:08:49 AM PDT · by OL Hickory · 49 replies
    techworld ^ | 11:02 GMT, 25 June 10 | Grant Gross
    A US Senate committee has approved a wide-ranging cybersecurity bill that some critics have suggested would give the US president the authority to shut down parts of the Internet during a cyberattack.
  • O'Reilly! Just shut up!

    04/20/2010 7:47:41 PM PDT · by JimVT · 84 replies · 2,528+ views
    FOX News | 04/20/10 | JimVT
    O'Reilly! Just shut up!
  • Europe's largest windfarm shut down after 14-tonne turbine blade snaps

    03/23/2010 6:15:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies · 1,327+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/23/10 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Europe's largest windfarm was shut down after a blade snapped off one of the huge turbines, operators said today. All 140 turbines at the Whitelee windfarm on Eaglesham Moor near Glasgow are being inspected by engineers following Friday's incident. ScottishPower Renewables said mechanical failure or a lightning strike could be to blame for the breakage, which it described as 'highly unusual'. The 150ft, 14-tonne, fibreglass blade broke off in the early hours in windy conditions and landed at the base of its tower.
  • No money, political power = Shut up.

    02/23/2010 6:06:17 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 14 replies · 297+ views
    23 February 2010 | Mene
    If you don't have a significant amount of money and/or political backing, keep your mouth shut. It is more the situation now than I've ever seen before. No one cares what you think or what you say unless you can back it up with money and or political force. Other than that, just shut up what I have learned. If one doesn't keep the mouth shut, someone will shut it for you.
  • Pier 1 could shut 80 stores as it posts losses

    03/20/2009 5:45:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies · 486+ views
    Business Week ^ | 3/20/2009 | staff
    Retailer Pier 1 Imports Inc. said Friday it lost $29.4 million in its fourth quarter and could close 80 stores this year. While better than expected, that net income amounted to a loss of 33 cents per share and showed a dramatic reversal for the three months ending Feb. 28. During the same period last year, the company earned $14 million, or 16 cents per share.

    02/15/2009 11:27:23 AM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies · 938+ views
    NY Post ^ | 2/15/09 | staff
    With the mega-pork, er, stimulus bill done, Democrats will now turn to regulating political speech they don't like. That is, they're revving up to resurrect the so-called Fairness Doctrine. Created in 1949, the doctrine required broadcast radio and TV outlets (then relatively few in number) to present balanced viewpoints on issues. The FCC repealed it in 1987, noting the dramatically expanded media landscape of the intervening four decades allowed sufficient competition of ideas.
  • Obama vows to shut Guantanamo in 60 Minutes interview

    11/16/2008 5:34:52 PM PST · by Nachum · 131 replies · 3,582+ views ^ | November 17, 2008 | Agency Press France
    US President-elect Barack Obama says he will shut down the "war on terror'' internment camp at Guantanamo Bay and rebuild "America's moral stature in the world,'' in a major interview aired overnight. "I have said repeatedly that I intend to close Guantanamo, and I will follow through on that,'' the Democrat, who takes office on January 20, told the CBS program 60 Minutes. "I have said repeatedly that America doesn't torture. And I'm going to make sure that we don't torture. Those are part and parcel of an effort to regain America's moral stature in the world,'' Senator Obama said....
  • Man sues Md. doctor, says butt stapled shut

    09/25/2008 11:12:07 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 82 replies · 1,109+ views
    baltimore exampiner ^ | 9-23-08 | Luke Broadwater
    BALTIMORE – A man alleging a Maryland doctor stapled his rectum shut during an operation — causing him to go without defecating for 17 days — took his federal lawsuit to trial Monday in Baltimore. Ronald Watkins, 64, of West Virginia, is suing Manuel Casiano, a doctor in Frederick County, for allegedly botching a 2004 surgery that left Watkins with permanent bowel problems. “The reason for suing Dr. Casiano is very simple: His rectum was stapled shut,” said Julia Lodowski, who with attorney Emily Malarkey is representing Watkins and his wife, Brenda.
  • Factories to shut to clean Beijing's air

    04/14/2008 1:07:58 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 126+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/14/08 | Stephen Wade - ap
    BEIJING - Construction will halt, heavy industries will close, and even spray painting will stop in order to clean Beijing's polluted air for the Olympics — an issue that suddenly has taken a back seat to political protests. An aggressive plan to temporarily shutter belching steel and chemical plants, cut back emissions by 30 percent at 19 heavy-polluting companies and stop excavation and pouring of concrete at hundreds of sites around the city was explained Monday by the city's Environmental Protection Bureau. "From the suggestions of experts we think that we need to take these measures to guarantee the air...
  • Troops Shut Down Terrorist Network

    05/23/2007 9:44:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies · 582+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 23, 2007 – Coalition forces killed eight terrorists, detained scores of others and confiscated money, weapons and bomb-making materials in various recent operations, military officials reported. A raid today in Baghdad’s Sadr City neighborhood targeted an individual suspected of funneling weapons and money from Iran to a clandestine terrorist network that operated in Baghdad, Basrah and Maysan provinces, officials said. Four armed terrorists fired on coalition troops during the raid. Coalition troops returned fire, killing two of the terrorists. Coalition troops searched 11 buildings during the operation, which yielded bomb-making materials, large amounts of Iranian money, and more...
  • [Australian] Feds may shut down DNA test kit [lead to couples terminating unwanted children]

    05/11/2007 11:33:21 AM PDT · by bedolido · 12 replies · 591+ views ^ | May 12, 2007 01:00am | Clare Masters
    A DNA mail order kit that checks the sex of an unborn child at just six weeks is under investigation after concerns it will lead to couples terminating unwanted children. The do-it-yourself home test can be ordered over the internet and shipped to Australia for less than $500. But the futuristic "pink or blue" kit has sparked an uproar among ethicists and anti-abortionists, who fear it will be used as a "sex select" tool.
  • Snow slams region: Fort Huachuca and most schools shut down; roads affected

    01/23/2007 5:33:46 PM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies · 562+ views
    LATEST NEWS (Monday night, Jan. 22) AFFECTING THE FORT AND U.S. FOREST ROADS: Continued severe winter weather affecting the Sierra Vista area has caused Fort Huachuca officials to delay work start until 9 a.m. today, according to post spokesman Maj. Matt Garner. The late start is for all non-essential military and civilian personnel. All mission-essential military and civilian personnel will report to work as directed by their commander or supervisor, he said. Additionally, the Fort Huachuca Accommodation Schools will start classes at 9 a.m. as well, Garner added. School staff are to be on site at 8 a.m., to support...
  • Forces Shut Down Known Terrorist Group

    01/18/2007 6:13:32 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 374+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Multi-National Corps, Iraq PAO
    BALAD RUZ, Iraq, Jan. 18, 2007 — After a nine-day operation in the Turki Village area, soldiers from 1st Brigade, 5th Iraqi Army, together with 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, defeated “The Council,” a known terrorist group which has historically targeted families and tribes with violence throughout the region. Coalition Forces continue to maintain a presence to further the peace and stability of the area. “The group, made up of former Ba’ath Regime members, Al Qaeda and Sunni extremists, refused to participate in any political dialogue and preferred attacking innocent civilians in the Diyala province, killing as many...
  • Anti-Semites Routed Again

    09/24/2006 3:23:25 PM PDT · by forty_years · 13 replies · 1,409+ views ^ | Sept. 24, 2006 | Bill Levinson
    Hard pounding, gentlemen: but we shall see who can pound the longest.- Arthur Wellesley. Duke of Wellington at the Battle of Waterloo by Bill Levinson Editor's note: The difference between 400 GB and 800 GB of “bandwidth” per month at my service provider is about $10/month. GB is GIGA-bytes. A gigabyte is 1 billion bytes. An average blog/message board web page is 150 KB — 150 kilobytes. A kilobyte is 1000 bytes. So they’re saying the Democratic Party, with millions in its war chest, can’t spend $20.00 over the next two months for 5,333,333 (that’s 5.3 MILLION) page hits? Yeah,...
  • Just got bounced off Democratic Underground 3 times

    09/11/2006 7:36:39 AM PDT · by Paloma_55 · 60 replies · 1,676+ views
    Vanity ^ | 9/11/06 | Paloma 55
  • Shut Up, Chinese Diplomat Tells US

    08/17/2006 6:49:10 PM PDT · by blam · 66 replies · 2,284+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-18-2006 | Harry Mount
    Shut up, Chinese diplomat tells US By Harry Mount in New York (Filed: 18/08/2006) One of China's most senior diplomats has made an extraordinary attack on America, saying that it should "shut up" about China's growing military capacity when America dominates global military spending. Sha Zukang, China's ambassador to the UN in Geneva, launched his diatribe in an interview with the BBC yesterday during a progamme about China's booming economy and military strength. "It is much better for you to shut up, keep quiet," the ambassador said, referring to America, raising his voice to a high-pitched yell. "Are you the...
  • Texas Town's Police Dept. Shut Down

    03/04/2006 1:13:43 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 17 replies · 630+ views ^ | 3 4 06 | Associated Press
    TROUP, Texas - The police chief and a sergeant in this eastern Texas town were arrested on drug and evidence tampering charges and the department shut down. Police Chief Chester Kennedy was charged Friday with tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. He was released from jail on a $400,000 bond. Sgt. Mark Turner, last year's chamber of commerce Officer of the Year, was booked into Smith County Jail late Thursday on a misdemeanor delivery of marijuana charge and a third-degree felony charge of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. Turner was being held on bonds totaling $500,000. The department's equipment...
  • Saudi Paper 'Shut' In Cartoon Row

    02/20/2006 5:00:52 PM PST · by blam · 7 replies · 422+ views
    BBC ^ | 2-20-2006 | Sebastian Usher
    Saudi paper 'shut' in cartoon row By Sebastian Usher BBC World media correspondent Saudis have begun boycotting Danish products A newspaper in Saudi Arabia has stopped publishing after printing some of the cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. Shams (Sun) has been suspended as part of an investigation into its decision to publish the cartoons that have caused anger across the Muslim world. It printed them next to articles urging Saudis to take action against Denmark where the cartoons first appeared. Three weeks ago, Shams, became one of few newspapers in the Arab world to print some of the cartoons. The...
  • Beijing Poultry Markets Shut on Bird Flu Fears

    11/07/2005 1:53:17 PM PST · by Esther Ruth · 17 replies · 311+ views ^ | Monday, November 07, 2005
    Beijing Poultry Markets Shut on Bird Flu Fears Monday, November 07, 2005 BEIJING — Authorities ordered all live poultry markets in China's capital to close immediately and went door-to-door seizing chickens and ducks from private homes, as the government dramatically beefed up its fight against bird flu (search) on Monday. Beijing also announced that 6 million birds had been slaughtered around the site of China's most recent bird flu outbreak, and the World Health Organization (search) said it had been asked to help in the reopened investigation of the country's possible first human cases of the virus. The escalation of...

    08/16/2002 7:39:49 AM PDT · by Merchant Seaman · 735 replies · 30,137+ views
    Annoyed Reader
    The purpose of's multiple message boards is to limit the topics for each board to particular topics. Posting the same message on all the boards defeats the purpose of multiple-boards for special topics. It is very annoying to see the same message on every bulletin board. PLEASE! DO THE READERS A FAVOR. STOP CROSS-POSTING YOUR MESSAGES!

    09/04/2004 1:21:39 PM PDT · by forest · 3 replies · 683+ views
    Fiedor Report On the News #315 ^ | 9-5-04 | Doug Fiedor
    Ken Mehlman, Bush campaign manager, told NBC's "Meet the Press" that the campaign should focus on Kerry's judgment during his 20 years in office. We will, too, starting soon. However, Bob Dole said two weeks ago that he can't remember a single piece of legislation that Kerry sponsored. We can. We can remember a lot of the hateful legislation Kerry supported; legislation that would have definitely been harmful to low and middle-income American families. Democrats are generally uninformed, politically. In all fairness, many of them are occupied trying to make ends meet and just have no time to pay attention...
  • Technology Playing Role in GOP Protests (Kerry supporters try to shut down NYC for a day)

    08/28/2004 8:07:03 AM PDT · by Libloather · 21 replies · 700+ views
    Porterville Recorder ^ | 8/28/04 | ELLEN SIMON
    Technology Playing Role in GOP Protests By ELLEN SIMON NEW YORK - Gary Boston and Jeff Adler are just two guys with a dream: shutting down New York City for a day. What they want is a general strike, with everyone from Broadway dancers to Madison Avenue street sweepers calling in sick Wednesday to protest the Republican National Convention, which begins on Monday. Both men are in their 30s and have full-time jobs, and neither has any organizing experience. Boston, who had never built a Web site before, put together in three days, using Microsoft FrontPage software and the...
  • "Damage Control?" CARTOON featuring Kerry's mouth tied shut...

    08/09/2004 5:58:43 AM PDT · by IPWGOP · 11 replies · 1,762+ views ^ | 8/9/2004 | IPWGOP
    As the truth comes out about John Kerry's whopping Vietnam lies, will the DNC's damage control have to resort to this?
  • Bill Clinton says Bush erred by giving Saddam priority over bin Laden

    05/11/2004 6:28:30 PM PDT · by wjersey · 217 replies · 264+ views
    Boston Globe (AP) ^ | 5/11/2004 | RICHARD PYLE
    NEW YORK -- President Bush wasted international sympathy for the United States after the 2001 terrorist attacks by shifting from the search for Osama bin Laden to the ousting of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, former President Clinton said Tuesday. The move alienated many U.S. allies and created a false impression among Americans that Saddam had a key role in the al-Qaida-engineered terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Clinton said. "I think the world was really pulling for us after 9-11," he said, but the Bush administration "divided the world ... to pursue our vision _ not...
  • Haj Means 'Shut Up', Pilgrims Complain (Saudi Arabia)

    01/07/2004 8:41:48 AM PST · by blam · 22 replies · 378+ views
    IOL ^ | 1-7-2004 | Farook Khan
    Haj means 'shut up', pilgrims complain January 07 2004 at 01:59PM By Farook Khan The Muslim faithful who throng Mecca during the annual haj pilgrimage "must not cause trouble", Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abul Aziz has warned. "All the pilgrims must carry out their rituals and avoid anything which might disturb their pilgrimage or that of their brothers," Abdullah told a cabinet meeting in the capital this week. The Saudi authorities have issued similar warnings every year, also banning meetings or the raising of slogans, since 1987 when clashes between security forces and Iranians protesting...
  • Solitude likely to persist at Park (Terror threat shuts park!)

    12/23/2003 7:47:23 PM PST · by GeronL · 6 replies · 219+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | Dec 20, 2003 | Scott Stafford
    Solitude is likely to persist at park Its owner, TXU, cites noise, security climate, potential hazards North Lake Park used to be a happening place, even during the holiday season. Radio-controlled jets used to streak through the skies above while motorboats and water-skiers skimmed the surface of the 850-acre lake. Families and friends would gather on weekends around the picnic tables. In 1986, about 25,000 people listened to evangelists rail against rock 'n' roll and secular education with the lake in the background. There used to be a two-mile Christmas lights display along the lakeshore each December. Today, the only...
  • Mixed-Sex Pool Halls Shut Down In Iran

    11/01/2003 9:03:14 AM PST · by blam · 13 replies · 192+ views
    IOL ^ | 11-1-2003
    Mixed-sex pool halls shut down in Iran November 01 2003 at 03:55PM Tehran - Ten billiards clubs found to have been allowing mixed-sex games have been closed down in the Iranian capital, the Jam-e Jaam newspaper reported on Saturday. The paper said the clubs, shut down last week, had been caught breaking the Islamic republic's strict rules on gender segregation late at night. Snooker, billiards and pool clubs have only recently been opening in Iran, after a ban on the pastime was lifted. But the games remain banned in two of the country's 28 provinces, on the grounds that they...
  • China Shuts Some 3,300 Internet Cafes After Fire

    12/27/2002 3:06:50 PM PST · by knighthawk · 6 replies · 195+ views
    Reuters ^ | December 27 2002
    BEIJING (Reuters) - China has shut more than 3,300 Internet cafes for safety reasons after a fire tore through an underground Beijing cafe in June killing 25 people and injuring 12 others, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Friday. Li Rongrong, minister in charge of China's State Economic and Trade Commission, was quoted as saying officials had inspected about 45,000 Internet cafes in the past six months. Operations of nearly 12,000 of them had been suspended pending improvements and more than 3,300 were permanently closed, it said. China sentenced two Beijing boys to life in prison in August for...