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  • Washington (DC) opens door to charging interstate tolls

    05/02/2014 12:46:32 PM PDT · by nascarnation · 21 replies
    Autoblog ^ | 5/2/2014 | Chris Bruce
    Using America's interstate system could get more expensive in some places in the near future. Provisions in the White House-endorsed, $302 billion transportation bill would allow states to get permission from the federal government to impose tolls on them to raise money for infrastructure upkeep. Of course, some states already charge to drive on the interstates – the New Jersey turnpike, for example – but for the most part charges are rare on the federally funded roads. "We believe that this is an area where the states have to make their own decisions," said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to the...
  • Taking a Toll: Administration wants to let states charge on interstate highways

    04/30/2014 8:05:46 PM PDT · by DBCJR · 45 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 4/30/14
    Ever driven down I-95 in Maryland, or the New Jersey Turnpike, and parted ways with $10, $20 in tolls? If the Obama administration has its way, highways across the country could someday be that way. In a major shift for how governments fund transportation projects, the administration wants to let states charge tolls on interstate highways. A federal ban currently bars states from doing so in most places, but the latest White House push could change that.
  • Kenya mall attack: Death toll rises to 68

    09/22/2013 11:28:27 AM PDT · by Innovative · 64 replies
    CNN ^ | Sept 22, 2013 | Faith Karimi, Steve Almasy and Lillian Leposo, CNN
    Sixty-eight dead. At least 175 injured. About 30 hostages still inside, as well as perhaps a dozen gunmen. Those are the grim numbers, more than a day after Islamist attackers stormed an upscale Nairobi mall on Saturday, spraying bullets and holding shoppers captive. The tense standoff continued into Sunday night, with sporadic gunfire heard through the day and at least one explosion.
  • Death toll soars to 638 in Egypt violence

    08/15/2013 8:16:58 PM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 8/15/13 | Maggie Michael
    CAIRO — Weeping relatives in search of loved ones uncovered the faces of the bloodied, unclaimed dead in a Cairo mosque near the smoldering epicenter of support for ousted President Mohammed Morsi, as the death toll soared past 600 Thursday from Egypt´s deadliest day since the Arab Spring began. World condemnation widened for the bloody crackdown on Morsi´s mostly Islamist supporters, including an angry response from President Barack Obama, who canceled joint U.S.-Egyptian military maneuvers. Violence spread Thursday, with government buildings set afire near the pyramids, policemen gunned down and scores of Christian churches attacked. As turmoil engulfed the country,
  • Death Toll in Egypt Surpasses 600

    08/15/2013 4:05:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    NYT ^ | 8/15/13 | DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK and ALAN COWELL
    CAIRO — The death toll surpassed 600 on Thursday from Egypt’s bloodiest crackdown on supporters of its deposed Islamist president as violent new protests erupted in the country and world condemnation widened, including an angry response by President Obama and calls for a suspension of European economic aid. In defiance of calls for restraint, Egypt’s Interior Ministry warned protesters that police officers were authorized to use lethal force to protect themselves. The ministry also promised to punish any “terrorist actions and sabotage” after at least two government buildings were burned early Thursday. “The ministry has given instructions to all forces...
  • Bay Bridge party toll: $37 per walker [San Francisco-Oakland]

    02/13/2013 7:58:58 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 12 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Wednesday, February 13, 2013 | Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross, Chronicle Columnists
    Bay Area bridge commuters will be ponying up $37 for each of the 150,000 people expected to walk across the new Bay Bridge span during the big Labor Day opening celebration. That's the breakdown on the math for the $5.6 million in toll money going toward the public side of the public-private celebration marking completion of the new eastern span.
  • Someone has already driven 200 mph on Texas 130

    10/25/2012 12:58:48 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 54 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | October 25, 2012 | Dan X. McGraw
    WATCHTexas opened the fastest highway in the nation this weekend, but before a single driver got onto the road, Texan John Hennessey was cruising down the freeway at more than 200 mph. Hennessey, who specializes in making some of the fastest cars, asked lawmakers if he could test whether the TxTag toll tag system could capture license plates and tags at the new high speeds, according to Jalopnik. Texas officials gave him the thumbs up to test the system on the open road. Hennessey topped out his car at 220 mph, and the tag system grabbed his tag and license...
  • Narrows Bridge tolls poised for big jump in July

    01/12/2012 4:52:01 PM PST · by dragonblustar · 25 replies
    Kitsap Sun ^ | Jan 12, 2012 | Ed Friedrich
    GIG HARBOR — Tacoma Narrows Bridge tolls were always going to increase. Bond payments were set up that way. The questions are when and how much. Preliminary answers from a workshop Wednesday night are July 1 and a lot. Department of Transportation experts kicked off the toll-raising process by updating the bridge's citizen advisory committee with the latest traffic and revenue numbers. They also provided four toll scenarios. In them, the electronic rate would jump from $2.75 to $4.25 or $4.50, the manual rate from $4 to $5.50 or $6, and the photo tolling rate from $5.50 to $7 or...
  • N.C. toll road 'transponders' set for high-speed auto-payments (collection booths not needed)

    10/16/2011 2:43:50 PM PDT · by Libloather · 72 replies · 1+ views
    News Observer ^ | 10/11/11 | John Murawski
    N.C. toll road 'transponders' set for high-speed auto-paymentsBy John Murawski - The News and Observer Modified Tue, Oct 11, 2011 01:03 PM The N.C. Turnpike Authority began selling electronic devices this morning that will enable drivers pass through the nation's first cash-free toll road without slowing down to deposit coins in a bucket when the first section of the highway opens to the public in December. The turnpike authority's service center in Morrisville had sold 19 of the "transponders" by mid-day Tuesday. The first customers were mostly public officials who lined up at the sales windows as part of a...
  • NJ Man Sues Over Toll Hikes, Claims Bias Against Poor

    09/21/2011 5:41:57 AM PDT · by Puppage · 47 replies
    NBCNewYork.com ^ | 09/21/2011
    A New Jersey man has filed a federal lawsuit in New York over the Port Authority's toll increase. Yoel Weisshaus of New Milford claims the increase is an abuse of power and discriminates against him because he is poor. Cash tolls on the George Washington Bridge, Holland Tunnel, Lincoln Tunnel, Goethals Bridge, Bayonne Bridge and Outerbridge Crossing went up from $8 to $12 on Sunday. Weisshaus claims the tolls are targeted to restrict minimum-wage earners and will be used to complete the World Trade Center project instead of improving bridges and tunnels. The Record newspaper reports the unemployed Bergen Community...
  • Joplin tornado death toll soars to 89 (116 now)

    05/23/2011 3:57:50 AM PDT · by Sprite518 · 354 replies
    A massive tornado that ripped through the heart of Joplin Sunday evening killed at least 89 people, emergency officials said at a predawn news conference.
  • Police: Japan disaster death toll to top 18,000

    03/21/2011 12:42:01 AM PDT · by Sprite518 · 6 replies · 1+ views
    TOKYO — Police officials estimate that the toll from Japan's massive March 11 earthquake and tsunami will exceed 18,000 deaths. One of the of the hardest-hit prefectures, Miyagi, estimates that the deaths will top 15,000 in that region alone, police spokesman Hitoshi Sugawara said. Police in other devastated areas declined to estimate eventual tolls, but said the confirmed deaths in their areas already number nearly 3,400.
  • Motorists illegally detained at Florida tolls - for using large bills!

    03/06/2011 3:35:10 AM PST · by rawhide · 93 replies
    wtsp.com ^ | 3-5-11 | Mike Deeson
    Meet Joel Chandler,who just paid his $1.00 toll on the Polk Parkway with a $100 bill,he is not allowed to leave unless he provides personal info to the toll taker.The toll taker tells Chandler this is what happens when they get large bills. Chandler says to the toll taker,"So I'm being detained?"She says yes sir. It is a policy the Florida Turnpike authority instituted for people who paid with $20,$50 or$100 bills. After it happened once,Chandler kept testing the system and taped his encounters as he went through the toll booths. One time a toll taker told him, she wouldn't...
  • Indian tribe protests cigarette taxes

    09/16/2010 10:48:19 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    United Press International (UPI) ^ | September 16, 2010 | United Press International
    TUSCARORA INDIAN NATION, N.Y., Sept. 16 (UPI) -- An American Indian tribe told motorists it may collect tolls from cars to protest a court decision giving New York the right to tax the tribe's cigarette sales. "It's not just about taxes," a member of the Tuscarora tribe told The Buffalo (N.Y.) News. "This is about our freedom and our human rights. We're supposed to be a sovereign nation, and yet the state keeps trying to tax us." Several dozen members of the Iroquoian-language-family tribe carrying signs and flags stopped passing cars on a two-lane state highway and handed fliers to...
  • Obama jobs death toll watch: More health care layoffs

    08/26/2010 10:21:04 AM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    MichelleMalkin.com ^ | 8/26/10 | Michelle Malkin
    I said yesterday in my Beltway Chainsaw Massacre column that the GOP needs to track the Obama jobs death toll and tell the victims’ stories far and wide. But there’s no need to wait for the GOP. I’ll keep doing it right here. The first story of the day comes from the Fort Worth Star Telegram in Texas, where a health insurer called Health Markets has laid off 70 workers and expects up to 180 more as it braces for the costs of Obamacare and other government mandates:
  • Oil spill is taking a toll on BP's and government's credibility

    05/29/2010 8:44:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies · 579+ views
    McClatchy on Yahoo ^ | 5/29/10 | Erika Bolstad
    WASHINGTON — A litany of half-truths, withholding crucial video, blocking media access to the site and a failure to share timely and complete information about efforts to contain the largest oil spill in U.S. history have created the widespread impression that BP is suppressing the facts about the April 20 oilrig blowout in the Gulf of Mexico , if not misleading the public and the government. The government has been little better, for weeks blindly accepting BP's estimates of the size of the spill, all but powerless to force the company to curb its use of toxic chemical dispersants and...
  • Mexico's drug war takes growing toll on Americans

    03/20/2010 1:11:48 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 469+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/20/10 | Mark Stevenson - ap
    MEXICO CITY – More Americans in Mexico are falling victim to a wave of drug violence sweeping the country, a change driven home by the recent killing of a U.S. Consulate employee and her husband who were gunned down after leaving a children's birthday party. The number of U.S. citizens killed in Mexico has more than doubled to 78 in 2009 from 37 in 2007, according to the U.S. State Department's annual count. No figures were available for the first two months of 2010. While only some of the killings are specifically listed as "executions" or "drug-related," the increase in...
  • Toll Brothers lost $472 million in Q3

    08/27/2009 4:11:59 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 4 replies · 445+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | 27 August 2009
    HORSHAM, Pa., — Toll Brothers Inc. says it lost $472.3 million in its fiscal third quarter, as the luxury homebuilder took a large tax hit. But while Toll Brothers' results were worse than analysts expected, the company is seeing signs of improvement in the industry. The builder said Thursday it lost $2.93 a share in the three months ended July 31. That compares with a loss of $29.3 million, or 18 cents a share, the same period last year. Toll Brothers sold 792 homes with revenue totaling $461.4 million. Those results were down 36 percent and 42 percent, respectively, from...
  • I-80 toll proposal nears critical time (PA)

    07/31/2009 12:23:19 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 34 replies · 676+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | 7/31/09 | Jon Schmitz
    A Pennsylvania Turnpike spokesman calls it a "fork in the road," but it might be a giant financial pothole that PennDOT is approaching. The turnpike yesterday transferred $225 million to the state for highway projects and public transit, the first of four payments scheduled for the fiscal year under Act 44, the transportation funding law enacted in 2007. The $900 million in annual payments will shrink to $450 million in the fiscal year that starts next July if the state fails to win federal approval to impose tolls on Interstate 80, or come up with some other revenue source. That...
  • Committee considers tax for every mile driven (Will it replace the gas tax in NC? Nope.)

    12/04/2008 4:32:30 PM PST · by Libloather · 28 replies · 900+ views
    WCNC ^ | 11/21/08 | NATALIE DICK
    Committee considers tax for every mile driven07:56 AM EST on Friday, November 21, 2008 By NATALIE DICK / NewsChannel 36 CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Imagine being taxed for every mile you drive each year. "I don't like that. I don't like that at all. That's just more money out of our wallets," said Jason Gillespie of Charlotte. "I think that's a crazy idea," agreed Chrissy White. While it may sound outrageous to some, it's an idea being considered by the 21st Century Transportation Committee in Raleigh. Their mission is to come up with new ways to help pay for North Carolina's...
  • Planners to consider S.F. congestion charge

    11/24/2008 11:39:29 PM PST · by CE2949BB · 10 replies · 640+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 24, 2008 | Rachel Gordon
    (11-23) 18:07 PST -- The idea of making San Francisco the first city in the nation to combat congestion by imposing a toll on motorists who drive on the local roads is "totally doable" from an administrative standpoint, a top city transportation official deemed. But clearing the necessary political and public opinion hurdles is another matter altogether. Charging people more for anything is always a tough sell. Talk about reaching deeper into people's pockets when the economy is in the tank is even more difficult. "We're going to have to get buy-in," said Jose Luis Moscovich, executive director of the...
  • Manchester being 'bullied' by Government into accepting road tolls[UK]

    11/17/2008 2:03:02 PM PST · by BGHater · 1 replies · 218+ views
    Times Online ^ | 17 Nov 2008 | Ben Webster
    The Government is threatening to withhold £1.5 billion of public funding for public transport in Manchester unless the city agrees to become a guinea pig for pay-as-you-drive road pricing. Geoff Hoon, the Transport Secretary, said funding for new tram lines, extra buses and trains would be cancelled unless a majority of Greater Manchester's 1.8 million population voted “yes” in next month's road pricing referendum. Mr Hoon's comments, in an interview with The Times, angered opponents of Manchester's proposed charging scheme. They accused the Government of trying to bully the city into voting for a tax on commuting by car. Under...
  • National road toll devices to be tested by drivers next year[UK][$2.05 per Mile]

    11/06/2008 8:02:09 AM PST · by BGHater · 14 replies · 733+ views
    Times Online | 05 Nov 2008 | Ben Webster
    Trial could lead to £1.30-a-mile charges Hundreds of drivers are being recruited to take part in government-funded road-pricing trials that could result in charges of up to £1.30 a mile on the most congested roads. The test runs will start early next year in four locations and will involve fitting a satellite-tracking device to the vehicles of volunteers. An on-board unit will automatically deduct payments from a shadow account set up in the driver’s name. Paul Clark, the Transport Minister, confirmed yesterday that the trials would proceed despite previous statements from the Government suggesting that it had abandoned the idea...
  • The Toll of Human Suffering During the Great Depression

    09/25/2008 12:25:31 AM PDT · by Freedom_Is_Not_Free · 112 replies · 2,036+ views
    Socyberty.com ^ | August 19, 2008 | Joanna Lenae
    Human suffering became a reality for millions of Americans as the depression continued. Many died of disease resulting from malnutrition. Thousands lost their home because they could not pay the mortgage. In 1932,at least 25,000 families,and more than 200,000 young people wandered through the country seeking food,clothing,shelter,and a job. Many of the young people traveled in freight trains,and lived near train yards called hobo jungles. The homeless,jobless travelers obtained food from welfare agencies,or religious missions in town along the way. Most of their meals consisted of soup,beans,or stew and had very little nourishment. The travelers begged for food,or stole it...
  • I-80 toll proposal rejected (Pennsylvania)

    09/12/2008 12:01:23 PM PDT · by smokinleroy · 22 replies · 165+ views
    The Derrick (Oil City, PA) ^ | 9/12/08 | News Staff
    Congressman John Peterson praises decision. HARRISBURG - Federal regulators on Thursday rejected Pennsylvania's plan to impose tolls on Interstate 80, reigniting a sticky debate over where to find billions of dollars to fix roads, repair bridges and subsidize mass transit systems. Congressman John Peterson (R-5th) of Pleasantville, a leading opponent of the I-80 tolls, praised the decision and said "the 'closed for business' sign has been removed from Pennsylvania." "I'm excited for Pennsylvania...it's a good day for the economy of Pennsylvania," Peterson said Thursday in a telephone interview with The Derrick and The News-Herald. Gov. Ed Rendell urged lawmakers to...
  • Burma death toll worse than Tsunami (500,000 dead?)

    05/08/2008 6:51:15 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 17 replies · 137+ views
    The Sun ^ | 5/9/08 | Nick Parker and James Clench
    THE death toll in cyclone-ravaged Burma could hit 500,000 – more than TWICE the total killed by the Boxing Day Tsunami. Last night’s warning came as it emerged that 17 Britons, including ex-pats and backpackers, were still missing. Sources said 200,000 people were already dead or dying. But the figure could rise to HALF A MILLION through disease and hunger if the nation’s hardline army rulers continue to block aid for the devastated lowlands of the Irrawaddy Delta. That would dwarf the 230,000 deaths across South East Asia in the 2004 catastrophe. Nyo Ohn Myint, of exiled opposition party The...
  • New Jersey: Public Opposition to Toll Roads Leads to Arrest

    01/24/2008 2:04:15 PM PST · by Sir Gawain · 29 replies · 106+ views
    New Jersey: Public Opposition to Toll Roads Leads to ArrestFormer elected local officials are arrested for opposing toll road plans at a public town hall meeting attended by the New Jersey governor. Middle Township, New Jersey Police arrested two motorists on Saturday for speaking out at a public town hall meeting against Governor Jon S Corzine's plans to increase the use of tolling i the Garden State. Former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan had been standing calmly outside of Middle Township High School dressed in a suit and winter coat. He was surrounded by a handful of sign and pamphlet-wielding toll...
  • Iraqi War Death Toll Slashed By Three Quarters

    01/09/2008 6:29:15 PM PST · by blam · 20 replies · 171+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 1-9-2008 | Jim Giles
    Iraqi war death toll slashed by three quarters 22:00 09 January 2008 NewScientist.com news service Jim Giles The death toll in Iraq may be far lower than previously claimed, according to a team working for the Iraqi Ministry of Health. The researchers estimate that the number of violent deaths in Iraq between the US-led invasion of March 2003 and the end of June 2006 to be between 104,000 and 223,000. This loss of life is described as "massive", but is well below the figure of 600,000 violent deaths claimed by a team of Iraqi and US scientists in autumn 2006...
  • 1-800-Capitol-Switchboard

    10/31/2007 6:59:17 AM PDT · by Vn_survivor_67-68 · 12 replies · 1,802+ views
    found googling ^ | 10-31-2007 | me
    I found a working toll-free US Capitol switchboard numba....... CALL TOLL-FREE: 1-800-965-4701 Ask for your (or someone elses) Senator or Rep office....
  • Man Jailed Over 50-Cent Toll

    09/16/2007 8:15:23 AM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 115 replies · 1,888+ views
    The Boston Channel ^ | September 15, 2007 | NA
    Man Jailed Over 50-Cent Toll Mass. Resident Considering Lawsuit POSTED: 6:49 am EDT September 14, 2007 UPDATED: 1:18 pm EDT September 15, 2007 ROCHESTER, N.H. -- A Massachusetts man who insists his New Hampshire highway tokens are still valid just spent three days in jail because he insisted on using two tokens to pay a 50-cent toll. Thomas Jensen, 68, of Braintree, said the state broke a contract with him and everyone else who bought tokens by refusing to accept them after January of last year. He was convicted of theft of services for continuing to use tokens after they...
  • (I-80) County may get toll booth

    07/03/2007 11:50:08 AM PDT · by Kay Ludlow · 50 replies · 1,606+ views
    Centre Daily Times ^ | 7/3/07 | Mike Joseph
    BELLEFONTE -- One of up to 10 Interstate 80 toll booths would be put up in Centre County near the Clinton County line and another would be located 40 miles to the west in Clearfield County, according to unofficial plans seen by state Sen. Jake Corman, R-Benner Township. Corman, majority policy chairman of the Senate Republicans, made the disclosure during a news conference Monday where he assailed Gov. Ed Rendell as "irresponsible" for holding the state budget "hostage until he gets everything he wants done." The senator said the I-80 map he saw is an early draft and could change...
  • Israel suffers highest 1-day toll of war (AP Quagmire Alert!)

    08/12/2006 7:47:29 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 644+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/12/06 | AP
    JERUSALEM - Nineteen Israeli soldiers were killed Saturday during an expanded offensive in Lebanon, the army said, making it the highest one-day toll for the Jewish state since the war against Hezbollah erupted. The deaths, which occurred in several battles in Lebanon throughout the day, brought to more than 100 the number of Israeli troops killed so far. In its statement Sunday, the military also said that a five-member crew of a downed helicopter was missing. The transport helicopter was shot down by Hezbollah guerillas. Only the crew were on board at the time, the army said. On Saturday, more...
  • Swanton Woman Killed in Fiery Crash on Indiana Toll Road (2006 US automobile deaths reach 28,672)

    08/12/2006 7:22:32 PM PDT · by Libloather · 21 replies · 1,104+ views
    WTOL ^ | 8/03/06
    Swanton Woman Killed in Fiery Crash on Indiana Toll RoadAug 3, 2006 06:46 AM PDT BRISTOL, INDIANA (AP) -- A semitrailer plowed into vehicles stopped in a construction zone on an interstate highway, killing the truck driver and four members of a family, including an Ohioan, police said Wednesday. The fiery crash occurred about 4 p.m. Tuesday about 20 miles east of South Bend, said state police spokesman Sgt. Trent Smith. The Indiana Toll Road, which runs on Interstates 80/90 through the area, was closed while crews cleaned up the wreckage. A preliminary investigation showed that three vehicles, including a...
  • Indonesia (Tsunami) Death Toll Passes 500

    07/19/2006 3:35:53 PM PDT · by blam · 9 replies · 574+ views
    BBC ^ | 7-19-2006
    Indonesia death toll passes 500 People are still desperately looking for loved ones The death toll in the Indonesian tsunami has risen to at least 520, fuelling questions over why no warning was given ahead of the disaster. Government officials said they received a warning that the island of Java was threatened by a tsunami following an underwater earthquake off the coast. But they said they were unable to pass on the warning to coastal areas. A fresh earthquake hit the island on Wednesday, but no injuries or major damage have been reported so far. The epicentre of the latest...
  • Java Tsunami Death Toll Over 300

    07/18/2006 10:41:22 AM PDT · by blam · 4 replies · 376+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 7-18-2006 | Damian carrington
    Java tsunami death toll over 300 12:25 18 July 2006 NewScientist.com news service Damian Carrington The tsunami that struck the south coast of Java in Indonesia on Monday is now reported to have killed at least 300 people, with another 140 missing and over 50,000 displaced. The earthquake that generated the wave struck at 1519 local time (0819 GMT), 245 kilometres south of Java's coast. As more seismological data has been collated, its magnitude has been upgraded from 7.2 to 7.7. The logarithmic scale used means this signifies a fivefold increase in energy from the previous estimate. The earthquake's depth...
  • Fire blocks tunnel, motorists pay to leave

    05/25/2006 11:57:12 AM PDT · by JZelle · 5 replies · 665+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 5-25-06 | UPI
    Motorists reportedly were forced to line up and pay to get out of a chaotic fire scene in England's Birkenhead Tunnel after a taxi exploded. One witness said panicking drivers had to line up as long as 10 minutes while toll operators continued to charge vehicles as flames engulfed the taxi, the Liverpool Echo said. A motorist said the tunnel emergency phone wouldn't work although Merseytravel, the tunnel's operator, insisted the phones were all working.
  • Officials Revise Toll in Terrorist Attack on Afghan School

    04/12/2006 4:40:39 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 164+ views
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE ASADABAD, Afghanistan, April 12, 2006 – Combined Forces Command Afghanistan officials now say seven children died and 34 more were injured - some critically -- when rockets fired by al Qaeda and Taliban extremists operating in the area slammed into the Salabagh Primary School yesterday. Coalition medical staff members race to evacuate five Afghan children to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, for emergency treatment after a rocket hit their school April 11. At least one rocket exploded in the courtyard of the Salabagh Primary School in Asadabad, killing seven children and wounding 34 others. Photo by Pfc....
  • Indiana Is Open for Business

    04/05/2006 9:02:13 AM PDT · by cicero's_son · 44 replies · 694+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 3/28/06 | Bret Swanson
    Indiana Is Open for Business Mitch “the Blade” Daniels is putting the state on the free-market cutting edge. By Bret Swanson There’s about to be a building boom in Indiana, which is desperate good news for a state that has been severely challenged by the global manufacturing shift and years of ambivalent leadership. The chief architect of the boom is the state’s decisive Governor Mitch Daniels, President Bush’s former budget director. In Washington, Daniels drew scorn from congressional big spenders, acquiring the nickname “the blade” for his cost-cutting and privatizing ways. (The moniker could just as easily apply to his...
  • Toll Road questions continue to race along(Foreign Company Wins Lease, Update)

    02/18/2006 12:26:03 AM PST · by Marius3188 · 4 replies · 464+ views
    Northwest Indiana News ^ | 17 Feb 2006 | KEITH BENMAN
    PORTAGE | Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission members quizzed three top Indiana transportation officials for two hours Thursday on the controversial Indiana Toll Road lease. They received firm answers to some questions that allayed some fears. But answers to others only heightened apprehensions. "Our concern is what happens to the next generation and the next generation," said NIRPC chairman Kevin Breitzke. "Will they be cussing at us?" For some questions, INDOT Director of Planning John Weaver admitted the answer simply won't be known until legislation is passed, public rule making is done or the lease signed. "It's a work in...
  • Two people die in horrendous car accident (U.S. toll year-to-date - 38,706 killed)

    11/23/2005 8:04:41 PM PST · by Libloather · 93 replies · 2,457+ views
    WNDU ^ | 11/23/05
    Two people die in horrendous car accident Posted: 11/23/2005 10:27 pm It is not yet known if weather was the cause of the accident Niles, MI - A deadly crash occurred Wednesday night near the Indiana/Michigan state line, on south 11th Street in Niles, just north of State Road 933. Two people died in a violent crash that left the cars completely mangled. At least three other people were hurt. One car ended up in a building, another smashed up like an accordion. One witness we spoke to was amazed that anyone was able to walk away. Linda Miller says,...
  • A Fee To Drive In Midtown?

    11/11/2005 5:23:29 AM PST · by Calpernia · 14 replies · 227+ views
    1010 WINS NEW YORK ^ | Nov 11, 2005 7:40 am US/Eastern
    New York City is studying a plan to charge $7 to motorists who drive into midtown during peak hours. The New York Times reports that the Partnership for New York City -- is engaged in a nine-month study of so-called "congestion pricing.'' Such a pricing model would theoretically lead more people to carpool or use mass transit, as well as help air quality and allow for speedier bus routes. Mayor Michael Bloomberg's spokesman told the paper it is not on his second-term agenda. According to outlines of the plan, the 840,000 cars that enter Manhattan south of 60th Street on...
  • Katrina takes heavy toll at Keesler

    08/31/2005 6:08:03 PM PDT · by SandRat · 28 replies · 1,523+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Aug 31, 2005 | Louis A. Arana-Barradas
    SAN ANTONIO -- Hurricane Katrina smashed “a good 95 percent” of Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., turning it into a pile of debris and mud, said a base spokesperson. Lt. Col. Claudia Foss, 81st Training Wing public affairs officer, said water surges from the Gulf of Mexico and the Bay of Biloxi reached depths of five to six feet at times. “Whether it was five feet, one foot or a few inches, at one point everything was covered with bay or Gulf water,” she said. Fortunately, there have been no reports of people killed or injured at Keesler, she said....
  • Toll roads are being built faster, cheaper than imagined (Austin-$450 million under budget)

    08/15/2005 11:37:35 AM PDT · by Diddle E. Squat · 46 replies · 1,403+ views
    Austin American Statesman ^ | 8/14/05 | Ben Wear
    Sections of Texas 45, MoPac poised to open early, under budget, but savings won't result in lower drivers' fees. The complex of structures alongside the road — well, in the road, actually — is unlike any other built before in Central Texas. A tidy two-story office building, with a secure bay out back for Brinks trucks to haul away the public's spare change. A narrow tunnel going east under the road, with 16 doors leading to 16 stairways going up to what will be 16 toll booths. And out there between the concrete booth islands, raised metal skeletons with electronic...
  • It’s official: Ferguson, Plum to square off Nov. 8th

    06/17/2005 9:11:21 AM PDT · by NoCountyIncomeTax · 1 replies · 294+ views
    Ferguson for Delegate ^ | June 8, 2005 | Ferguson for Delegate
    RELEASE: It’s official: Ferguson, Plum to square off Nov. 8th An already heated race became official when the Fairfax County Electoral Board certified Donny Ferguson, a Reston Libertarian, for the Nov. 8th ballot. Republicans failed to field a candidate. “For the first time in nearly a decade, and for the first time since redistricting, voters have an alternative to the high taxes and increased traffic proposed by Ken Plum,” said Ferguson. “This district opposes his County Income Tax proposal and high taxes, traffic congestion and Tyson’s Corner-style development that are part of his expensive Metro plan.” Ferguson faces Delegate Ken...
  • Ferguson meets with voters, slams (Ken) Plum on toll hike

    03/30/2005 10:23:40 AM PST · by NoCountyIncomeTax · 4 replies · 311+ views
    Ferguson for Delegate ^ | March 30, 2005 | Press release
    For Immediate Release March 30, 2005 FERGUSON MEETS WITH VOTERS, SLAMS PLUM TOLL HIKE Reston and Herndon-area residents congregated last night at Langston Hughes Middle School to voice their opposition to the Dulles toll hike in a meeting organized by NoTollIncrease.com. Donny Ferguson, a Reston Libertarian, spoke with voters about his opposition to the Dulles toll hike backed by incumbent Del. Ken Plum (D-36th,) his support for the a Dulles freeway project and proven solutions to traffic congestion. "After a quarter-century of demanding endless toll hikes while watching traffic just get worse, Ken Plum still doesn't get it," said Ferguson....
  • Ask for Whom the Bells Toll: For They Should Toll For Teri

    03/18/2005 5:58:51 PM PST · by Robert A. Cook, PE · 14 replies · 453+ views
    Na | 3/18/2005 | Robert A. Cook
    Church bells have tolled in mourning of a loved one's death for centuries. (The toll is a slow, somber, usually single sound from the lowest, largest bell; very different from the joyous pealing of the whole set.) Perhaps it's time we asked our pastors, of every church we know of, to ring a single bell each hour for as long as Teri fights for her life. One bell, rung once each hour, can be programmed into electrical carrilions, or rung mechanically, or even struck by hand manually by watchstanders. It'd be a "rining" effort that would remind people who satnds...
  • Ferguson challenges (liberal Dem) Plum on Toll, Tax Hikes

    02/17/2005 1:55:42 PM PST · by NoCountyIncomeTax · 1 replies · 255+ views
    LPVA News ^ | 2-17-05 | LPVA
    Reston - February 17, 2005 One of Virginia's most strident advocates of tax hikes will have to defend his record, and his support for both the proposed toll hikes and a new county income tax, in November's general election. Donny Ferguson, a Reston Libertarian, will oppose Delegate Ken Plum in the Nov. 8 general election. Ferguson works for the [Republican] Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, dealing with traffic, growth and budgetary issues. "You'd think Plum would know his district doesn't support his call for higher tolls, seeing as they already voted against his call for higher taxes for transit in...
  • Tsunami Death Toll Tops 80,000 - (Could reach 100,000)

    12/29/2004 7:47:22 AM PST · by crushelits · 68 replies · 1,824+ views
    cnn.com ^ | Wednesday, December 29, 2004 | cnn
    Officials just reaching hardest hit areas in Indonesia. BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (CNN) -- The latest death toll from the Asian tsunami has increased to more than 80,000 as relief workers and supplies begin to reach some of the most devastated areas.The dramatic rise of the number of deaths came Wednesday as officials were finally able to reach remote regions -- like Indonesia's Aceh province, India's Andaman and Nicobar Islands and the Maldives.More than half of those deaths were reported in Indonesia, the nearest land mass to Sunday's undersea earthquake that triggered the deadly waves and flooding in about a dozen...
  • Toll From Tsunami Rises Above 51,000

    12/28/2004 11:47:12 AM PST · by crushelits · 6 replies · 959+ views
    washingtonpost.com ^ | Tuesday, December 28, 2004 | John Lancaster
    Threat of Hunger, Disease Looms As Reeling Nations Appeal for Aid COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Dec. 28 -- Devastated coastal areas across South Asia struggled Tuesday to prevent hunger and outbreaks of disease as dazed survivors searched desperately for the missing two days after a tsunami surged across the region. The death toll rose to more than 51,000 people, a large percentage of them on this island nation in the Indian Ocean. Sri Lankan officials said Tuesday that the freakish, earthquake-driven waves had killed more than 18,700 people here, a dramatic increase from earlier calculations. They said many more were...
  • State approves bid for I-35 toll alternative (hmmm, I wonder...)

    12/16/2004 6:51:41 PM PST · by BobL · 48 replies · 1,057+ views
    Austin American Statesman ^ | Dec. 17, 2004 | Ben Wear
    State approves bid for I-35 toll alternative Spanish group led by Cintra and Zachry would pay for $6 billion of turnpikes, and give state a $1.2 billion concession payment. By Ben Wear AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF The Texas Transportation Commission, not prone to staring at the mouths of gift horses, today chose a consortium to build an alternative to Interstate 35 that pledges to construct most of that road on its own dime. Actually, the partnership led by Spanish tollroad operator Cintra and Zachry Construction corporation would spend $6 billion worth of its dimes to lay down a four-lane toll road from...