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  • California bullet train funding slashed by House panel

    09/09/2011 3:05:53 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 9/9/11 | Ralph Vartabedian
    The fortunes of California's high-speed rail project, which would connect Southern California to the Bay Area with a 220mph train, took a big financial hit Thursday afternoon, when a congressional panel slashed the Federal Railroad Administration budget. The Obama administration had asked for $8 billion for fiscal 2012 for high-speed rail projects, including the one in California, as well as other passenger rail programs around the country. But the House Appropriations subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development on Thursday cut the request by nearly $7 billion, leaving money only to operate Amtrak and some smaller programs. House Republican leaders...
  • Battered and slashed by a Muslim gang all because he taught RE

    05/26/2011 5:39:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/26/11
    Judge: 'Your belief is that you carried out a duty to your God and you did so with no mercy' Gang to get at least 19 years behind bars for grievous bodily harm with intent Jihadi fanatics thought they had got away with it but were caught following suspicions of terrorist plot Popular teacher: Gary Smith, 38, has been left traumatised after he was attacked by four men in East London Popular teacher: Gary Smith, 38, has been left traumatised after he was attacked by four men in East London He was an ‘able, enthusiastic and popular’ religious education teacher...
  • UK: University teaching budgets slashed

    02/01/2010 1:44:05 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 263+ views
    UK Guardian ^ | 2/1/10 | Jessica Shepherd
    English universities' teaching budgets were slashed today for the first time in a decade as part of savage government cuts to higher education. The cuts come amid unprecedented demand for places, with an expected seven applications for every place at a top university. Some £215m will be shaved off universities' teaching budgets in the academic year 2010-11, the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce), which funds universities on behalf of the government, said in a letter to vice-chancellors. The £4.7bn that institutions will receive for teaching is 1.6% less in real terms than the amount they received the year...
  • Salaries are being slashed now in Hollywood

    04/02/2009 9:25:47 AM PDT · by mikelets456 · 37 replies · 2,284+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | 4/2/2009 | Kim Masters
    Julia Roberts is getting $15 million to make Eat, Pray, Love, but Scarlett Johansson was only offered $250,000 for Iron Man 2. Kim Masters on the tactics Hollywood is using to slash salaries. You’re Scarlett Johansson. You’re pretty and you’re pretty famous, too. And you’ve just been offered the part of the Black Widow in Iron Man 2! That’s got to be some payday, right? How about $250,000, which is what Marvel Studios offered Johansson and Mickey Rourke to be in the film? The stars negotiated the number up to something over $400,000. Still, it’s not hard to imagine that...
  • Two Thai rubber workers' throats slashed

    06/24/2005 9:54:50 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 406+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 6/24/05 | AP - Bangkok
    BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) - Attackers in southern Thailand slashed the necks of a couple, almost severing their heads in the latest killings attributed to Islamic separatists in the region, police said Friday. The couple, Jad Suwanchatri, 52, and his wife, Serm, 51, had stopped their motorcycle to clear a log from a road in Yala province when assailants shot Jad and then cut the throats of the couple, police Lt. Somporn Ritthirat said Friday. The couple's dog, which was in a sidecar, also was slashed to death, he said. The couple were rubber plantation workers, Buddhists and members of a...
  • Blair Majority 'Slashed'

    05/05/2005 5:55:30 PM PDT · by blam · 9 replies · 750+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-6-2005 | George Jones
    Blair majority 'slashed' By George Jones, Political Editor (Filed: 06/05/2005) Tony Blair was heading back to No 10 early today but with his authority dented by the prospect of a substantially reduced majority. An exit poll announced after the polls closed at 10pm suggested that Labour had suffered a backlash from the Iraq war after the longest and most closely fought election campaign for more than a decade. Mr Blair, who is 52 today, is on course to enter the history books as the first Labour prime minister to win three successive elections. But the exit poll suggested a two...
  • Judge Slashes Flight Attendant's $5.5 Million Award in Tobacco Suit to Tenth That Amount

    09/14/2002 1:54:17 PM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 10 replies · 244+ views
    TBO ^ | 9/14/02
    A judge cut a flight attendant's award in a secondhand smoke lawsuit from $5.5 million to $500,000, saying the jury's award was not justified. TWA attendant Lynn French had argued that her sinus disease was caused by exposure to secondhand smoke in airliners. French, 56, of Calabasas, Calif., worked for 14 years before smoking was banned on domestic flights in 1990. She won her case against four major tobacco companies and was awarded $5.5 million in June. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Fredricka Smith reduced French's award Friday. "The court recognized that the evidence did not justify the award ... The ruling...