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  • City removes haunted pillar from Broad and 5th after crash knocks it down

    12/20/2016 12:46:45 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    "The haunted pillar, they say you would have bad luck if you touched it. So we would touch and it see what happened," said Jennings. Years later and the childish curiosity over Augusta's haunted pillar is peaking because a driver did more than just touch it, they mowed it over trying to make a left hand turn, knocking down all the legends wrapped in the ton of bricks. ... The liquor store across the street has had a front row seat to the madness. "There's been people busting it up and taking pieces of it away," said Bill's Place owner,...
  • Witnesses recall car crash that destroyed Augusta's 'Haunted Pillar'

    12/19/2016 5:18:06 AM PST · by servo1969 · 6 replies ^ | 12-18-2016 | Ben Billmyer
    AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Augusta's famous Haunted Pillar on the corner of Broad Street and Fifth Street has a legend for being cursed. But the site is much less eerie after a car crash brings the 10-foot tower crumbling down Sunday morning. The popular tourist attraction, known for its urban legend and long history near Downtown Augusta, is actually being credited for possibly saving a life. "It didn't really kick in until I talked to the officer," says an awestruck Cory Tyler. "After that, I realized it was the Haunted Pillar." A haunting piece of Augusta history is not looking...
  • Officials: Several Augusta city workers moved due to bedbugs ( Maine )

    07/15/2016 8:59:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    WMTW ^ | Jul 14, 2016
    AUGUSTA, Maine —Officials in Maine's capital city say bedbugs were found in three city offices. ... A bedbug-detecting dog confirmed there were bedbugs in that office and in the offices of community services ... Bedbugs had been reported at two privately owned boarding houses in May. City councilors adopted an emergency law requiring tenants to alert landlords of bed bugs. Landlords must also give the city a decontamination plan.
  • Ted Cruz coming to Augusta for book signing

    07/01/2015 4:07:43 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 5 replies ^ | Jun 25, 2015 6:23 AM PDT | Katy Solt
    <p>Senator Ted Cruz will be coming to Augusta for a book signing.</p> <p>Senator Cruz will be at the Barnes and Noble at the Augusta Mall Sunday, July 5 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. He will be signing copies of his new book "A Time for Truth: Reigniting the Promise of America".</p>
  • Vermont law officer charged in road-rage incident in Maine

    04/23/2015 8:10:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 42 replies
    The Portland Press Herald ^ | April 22, 2015 | Craig Crosby (Kennebec Journal)
    AUGUSTA — A federal law enforcement officer from Vermont was arrested in West Gardiner on Wednesday after allegedly aiming a loaded handgun at another vehicle on Interstate 95. Maine State Police officers arrested Demitria Buhalis, 41, of Brownsville, Vermont, and charged her with aggravated criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, a Class C felony, said Lt. Aaron Hayden. Buhalis is a police officer at the White River Junction VA Medical Center in Vermont, Hayden said. Hayden said a man driving south on I-95 in Sidney called police just before noon to report that a woman who drove past him in...
  • 10 things you didn't know about the 21-year-old Masters champion [Golf Ping]

    04/14/2015 8:13:39 AM PDT · by Zuben Elgenubi · 39 replies
    The U.K. Telegraph ^ | 3:50PM BST 13 Apr 2015 | By Telegraph Sport
    Spieth credits much of his success to his sister, Ellie, seven years his junior. She has a neurological disorder that puts her on the autism spectrum and she inspired her brother to set up the Jordan Spieth Family Foundation, which raises money for young people with special needs, military families, and junior golf. "Being Ellie's brother humbles me every day of my life," he says.
  • Masters 2015: Tiger Woods ready to win in Augusta [Golf Ping]

    04/07/2015 9:41:30 AM PDT · by Zuben Elgenubi · 121 replies
    BBC Sports News ^ | April 7, 2015 | BBC News
    Former number one Tiger Woods believes he is in the right shape to win a 15th major as he declared himself ready for the Masters, which begins on Thursday. Woods, who is now world 111, has been working on his game since carding a career-worst score of 82 at the Phoenix Open, before injury saw him withdraw from the Farmers Insurance Open.
  • Augusta blanketed with anti-Obama art for the Masters

    04/12/2014 11:10:47 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 4-12-2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Greeting the rich and connected as they take in the Masters Golf tournament in Augusta, GA is a plethora of anti-Obama art. Breitbart features one photo, but thanks to an anonymous source, we have access to over 30 views of the extent of the campaign. Here is a sample:
  • 2014 Masters Odds — Rory McIlroy favored to win [Golf Ping]

    04/09/2014 12:46:08 PM PDT · by Zuben Elgenubi · 77 replies ^ | April 8, 2014 | Brandon Watson
    2014 Masters Odds — Rory McIlroy favored to win Brandon Watson Tue, Apr 8 2014 12:06 PM 0 The first PGA golf major of the year begins on Thursday morning as The Masters takes place in Augusta, Georgia. The 2014 Masters Odds for the tournament have Rory McIlrory favored to win, according to the Las Vegas Hotel, home of the SuperBook.This year's Masters tournament will not feature the world's No. 1 player in Tiger Woods because of a back injury. Yet, the 78th edition of the most prestigious golf tournament in the world will still feature 19 past Masters champions,...
  • Masters landmark Ike's Tree suffers major damage, removed

    02/17/2014 5:45:35 AM PST · by servo1969 · 8 replies
    The Augusta Chronicle ^ | 2-16-2014 | John Boyette
    Golf’s most famous pine tree is no longer guarding the 17th hole at Augusta National Golf Club. The Eisenhower Tree suffered major damage in an ice storm and was removed over the weekend, the club confirmed Sunday. Photos showed major limb damage, particularly on the left side and top of the tree. “The loss of the Eisen­hower Tree is difficult news to accept,” Augusta National and Masters Chairman Billy Payne said in a prepared statement. “We obtained opinions from the best arborists available and, unfortunately, were advised that no recovery was possible.” The Masters landmark, also known as Ike’s Tree,...
  • Police say shooting suspect acted in self-defense

    09/27/2013 3:32:13 PM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 23 September, 2013 | Travis Highfield
    Police say that an Augusta teen who had been sought for questioning in a shooting Saturday acted in self-defense. After a “complete and thorough investigation,” Richmond County sheriff’s investigators determined that Anthony Hampton, 17, shot Willie Casey Jr., 47, who later died, Sgt. Shane McDaniel said. Hampton, who cooperated with investigators, was found to have acted in self-defense, and no criminal charges will be filed.
  • Man Charged With Obstruction Of Police Officer During Operation Thunder Stop

    05/01/2013 9:18:08 AM PDT · by Altariel · 56 replies ^ | April 29, 2013 | Mike Miller
    ames Eades of Augusta is charged with obstruction of a police officer, stemming from an incident during Operation Thunder, but he says there is much more to the story than that. Eades says that he and a friend were driving down Alexander Drive early Friday morning when they came to an Operation Thunder Checkpoint on River Watch Parkway. What happened during that stop lead to Eades getting arrested... and he says it's all because he didn't roll down his window all the way "We saw what appeared to be an accident scene. A couple of police cars with blue lights,...
  • The intelligent punter's guide to the 2013 US Masters golf [Golf Ping]

    04/11/2013 11:50:15 AM PDT · by Zuben Elgenubi · 32 replies
    The Week with the First Post ^ | April 11, 2013 | Neil Clark
    The intelligent punter's guide to the 2013 US Masters golf How to spot a winner - or at least a top five finisher - in the 93-strong field about to tee off at Augusta BY Neil Clark LAST UPDATED AT 11:26 ON Thu 11 Apr 2013 IF YOU thought last weekend's Grand National with 40 runners was a baffling enough puzzle to solve, then what about the US Masters, with a field of 93 golfers?The first golfing major of the year, which starts soon after midday (UK time) in Augusta, Georgia today and finishes on Sunday night, has proved a...
  • Police restrain crowd from taking food after supermarket eviction

    03/27/2013 5:07:54 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 52 replies
    WISTV ^ | 3/27/13 | Mark Barber
    Law enforcement officials pushed back hundreds of people who were crowding around a large pile of merchandise outside an Augusta grocery store Tuesday afternoon. But the goods sitting in the parking lot of the Laney Supermarket didn't make into anyone's hands.
  • Alabama Men Arrested on Terrorism Charges

    12/11/2012 6:39:50 PM PST · by Cindy · 10 replies
    NOTE The following text is a quote: Alabama Men Arrested on Terrorism Charges U.S. Attorney’s Office December 11, 2012 Southern District of Alabama MOBILE, AL—U.S. Attorney Kenyen R. Brown of the Southern District of Alabama and Stephen E. Richardson, Special Agent in Charge of the Mobile Division of the FBI, announced that Mohammad Abdul Rahman Abukhdair, 25, and Randy Wilson, also known as Rasheed Wilson, 25, both U.S. citizens living in Mobile, were arrested today on terrorism charges filed in the Southern District of Alabama. A criminal complaint signed on December 10, 2012, charges Abukhdair and Wilson with conspiring to...
  • The Nation: Condoleezza Rice Is Wrong Kind of Female to Break Gender Barrier at Augusta National

    08/21/2012 2:08:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Reason ^ | 08/21/2012 | Matt Welch
    The Nation magazine used to think that getting the Augusta National Golf Club (that atavistic private institution in Georgia that hosts the prestigious Masters tournament each year) to open its membership to women was at least a moderately big deal. In 2002, Eric Alterman in those pages ridiculed what he called were the club's "Cro-Magnon men-only admissions policies," the controversies over which were "aptly described by the Toronto Star's Antonia Zerbisias as 'a dust-up over how a rich white man's club won't let rich white women join, and how CBS still plans to showcase the course when it hosts the...
  • Augusta National Admits 1st Woman ... Condoleezza Rice!!

    08/20/2012 10:20:03 AM PDT · by Justaham · 42 replies ^ | 8/20/12
    For the first time EVER, the Augusta National Golf Club -- home of The Masters -- has admitted a woman as a member ... and the honor went to Condoleezza Rice!! Augusta -- located in Georgia -- had been a woman-free zone since it opened for business in 1933 ... and only started allowing black men into the club in 1990. Seriously, 1990. But this morning Augusta announced it had invited the former Secretary of State, along with South Carolina businesswoman Darla Moore, to join the club. Rice is an avid golfer. Guess they'll have to build a new locker...
  • Augusta National adds first two female members

    08/20/2012 8:25:51 AM PDT · by Arec Barrwin · 53 replies
    PGA ^ | August 20, 2012 | Associated Press
    <p>Condoleezza Rice, here with PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem at the Masters in 2009, was also recently appointed to the USGA's nominating committee.</p> <p>NEW YORK (AP) -- For the first time in its 80-year history, Augusta National Golf Club has female members.</p>
  • UPDATED: Man's Head Set Ablaze At Augusta Bar (was done intentionally; OF COURSE there's video)

    07/24/2012 4:29:59 AM PDT · by Stoat · 33 replies ^ | July 24, 2012 | JILLIAN BENFIELD , RANDY KEY
      Credit: WJBF Staff A man is critical condition, after Richmond County Sheriff's Office deputies say he allowed his friends to set his head on fire.   ***UPDATED at 5:46 P.M. on Monday, July 23rd*** A Thomson man was in critical condition after Richmond County Investigators say he purposefully had his head set on fire. The incident was originally reported that the man got into a fight with several others at Allie Katz Bar off Washington Road, and then those men set him on fire to retalliate...but investigators say that wasn't the case. William Bonner, 36, is getting himself
  • Another one burns out (Vanity)

    07/23/2012 3:55:10 PM PDT · by arderkrag · 13 replies ^ | 7/23/2012 | arderkrag
    My favorite smoke shop is closing. I first went in it as a boy, with my father. I used to stand at the glass and gaze on the brilliantly carved meerschaum bowls as he talked to the owner. Years later, when I bought the first of several pipes, it was the first place I turned. It sat on the bottom floor of the Augusta Mall for years, a fragrant scent of flavored tobaccos filling an entire section of the open breezeway. Before the nanny state ban on smoking indoors, I used to buy a cigar on lunch and sit in...
  • Compliance officer breaks into woman's home to yell at her over state of her lawn

    07/10/2012 4:53:14 PM PDT · by Tainan · 59 replies
    610 WTVN website ^ | Tuesday, July 10, 2012 | National News
    When the woman called 911 a deputy wasn’t sent because the compliance officer is a county employee. A Georgia homeowner allegedly awoke to an unusual scene on July 2 — a county code compliance officer yelling at her over the state of her lawn from the doorway of her bedroom. “I woke up, I didn’t have my glasses on or my contacts in and all I see is this big burly figure standing in my doorway,” Erica Masters explained. “A big huge guy with a grey shirt. It scared the mess out of me.” She elaborated: “[He] yelled at me...
  • Code Enforcement Officer Walks Into Home (Yells at Sleeping Woman to Mow Her Lawn)

    07/10/2012 9:04:18 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 65 replies ^ | July 02, 2012 | Michael Miller
    Code Enforcement Officer Walks Into Home Monday morning, Erica Masters was sleeping in her bed when Columbia County Code Compliance Officer Jimmy Vowell came to serve a violation notice for her grass being too long. Erica caught the whole incident on tape. "He let himself in and actually came through the house and into my bedroom. And yelled at me to wake me up, to let me know that I needed to come back outside and sign the violation notice." Erica says she was freaked out seeing a stranger in her doorway. "I woke up, I didn't have my glasses...
  • Get out of bed and cut your lawn! Code Compliance officer marched into woman's home and yelled

    07/09/2012 3:14:40 PM PDT · by Teflonic · 79 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7/9/12 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A woman got the shock of her life when she woke up to find a stranger in her bedroom, yelling at her to wake up because her grass was too long. Erica Masters was asleep when Columbia County Code Compliance Officer Jimmy Vowell entered her Martinez, Georgia, home without permission to serve a violation notice for her overgrown lawn. After knocking on the woman's door a few times, Vowell let himself and made his way into her bedroom, which was captured on surveillance video. ‘He let himself in and actually came through the house and into my bedroom. And yelled...
  • Code enforcement officer fired after entering woman's bedroom

    07/10/2012 10:44:31 AM PDT · by rawhide · 58 replies ^ | 7-10-12 | Christopher Seward
    What would you do if you found a burly county agent in your bedroom, demanding that you cut your grass? Erica Masters of Martinez in Columbia County,near Augusta,captured such an encounter recently on her home surveillance camera when code compliance officer Jimmy Vowell entered her bedroom to demand she come out to sign a summons. "He let himself in and actually came through the house and into my bedroom and yelled at me to wake me up to let me know that I needed to come back outside and sign the violation notice," Masters told WJBF-TV News Channel 6 station...
  • Santorum favors female members of Augusta golf club

    (CNN) – Rick Santorum went to the tee Thursday evening, weighing in on a golf controversy that earlier attracted the attention of the White House and other GOP presidential hopefuls.
  • Obama, Romney say admit women to Augusta golf club

    04/05/2012 1:45:49 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 71 replies ^ | April 5, 2012 | Yahoo Sports
    WASHINGTON (AP)—A White House spokesman said Thursday that President Barack Obama believes women should be admitted as members to the all-male Augusta National, home of the Masters golf tournament. White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters that Obama’s “personal opinion is that women should be admitted” to the golf club. Carney said it was “up to the club to decide” but Obama told him he personally thinks women should be welcome. “We’re kind of long past the time when women should be excluded from anything,” Carney said. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, Obama’s likely challenger in the fall, said...
  • The White House Boys’ Club: President Obama Has a Woman Problem

    04/05/2012 11:35:53 AM PDT · by Arcy · 44 replies
    Time ^ | September 21, 2011 | Amy Sullivan
    Look at the senior women meeting with Obama in this White House photo at a dinner they called to discuss their invisibility. Look at their faces and body language. They are pissed off. Coverage in the Washington Post...focused attention on the frustration of Obama’s female advisers. But the problem has been obvious almost since Obama took office. And while the explanations so far have blamed members of the mostly-departed boys club–Robert Gibbs, Rahm Emanuel–Obama himself is responsible for a work atmosphere that marginalizes and ignores women. "...there were only 58 women in the 142 highest senior staff positions at the...
  • Athens niece thought dead uncle only sleeping

    06/23/2011 6:46:32 AM PDT · by arderkrag · 11 replies
    The Augusta Chronicle ^ | 06/23/11 | Joe Johnson
    ATHENS, Ga. -- A woman who lived with her uncle in Clarke County didn't realize he was dead for at least two days even though she was unable to wake him and saw fluids seeping from his body, authorities said. Athens-Clarke police ruled out any possibility of foul play but are conducting a thorough investigation of the 59-year-old man's death to ease relatives' concerns, police said. The niece had moved into her uncle's home only a week before he died and relatives worried that the mentally ill teen might have killed him, according to police. "There is nothing criminal that...
  • Schwartzel wins the Masters after a wild day

    04/10/2011 4:25:32 PM PDT · by arderkrag · 33 replies
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | 04/10/11 | PAUL NEWBERRY
    AUGUSTA, Ga. – Charl Schwartzel has won the Masters by two strokes over Adam Scott and Jason Day after a wild final day at Augusta National. The 26-year-old South African closed with four straight birdies, making a 20-footer at the final hole to wrap up a 6-under 66. He finished 14-under 274, enough to deny Australia its first green jacket.
  • Internet Controlled Shotguns Discovered In Georgia (Yes, you read that correctly)

    01/17/2011 2:21:20 AM PST · by Stoat · 146 replies
    AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Georgia authorities are investigating the discovery of six loaded shotguns aimed at a food plot that were rigged to be fired through a network of Web-controlled cameras. The Augusta Chronicle reported the guns were discovered last fall on Georgia Power Company right of way in rural south Georgia. The set up was discovered by a utility contractor and it was reported to the U.S. Office of Homeland Security. The newspaper reported that a bulletin circulated by the Office of Homeland Security said it appeared that the rig was only intended for illegal hunting in an area known...
  • Marine stabbed at Best Buy (Augusta GA)

    11/26/2010 7:11:15 PM PST · by PAR35 · 34 replies · 5+ views
    Augusta Chronicle ^ | November 26, 2010 | LaTina Emerson and Bianca Cain
    A Marine reservist collecting Toys for Tots donations at Augusta's Best Buy was stabbed in the back this afternoon while helping subdue a shoplifting suspect. -- snip -- Attaway, of the 500 block of College Street in Waynesboro, has been charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession of a knife in commission of a crime.
  • Video: University makes diploma contingent on supporting gay rights

    07/28/2010 2:19:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies · 1+ views
    Hotair ^ | 07/28/2010 | Ed Morrisey
    CNN has an interesting roundtable on the case of Jennifer Keeton, who has sued Augusta State University to keep from getting expelled for not repudiating her statements about homosexuality. Keeton expressed her biblical perspective on the subject in and out of class while working toward a degree in counseling, and the school mandated a “remediation plan” that appears to have required her to renounce her Christian doctrine in order to gain a diploma from the school. The school has responded that a bias against homosexuality would disqualify Keeton from certification, a position that would put most Christians in Keeton’s position.Does...
  • FAA halts plane towing Tiger Woods taunts

    04/09/2010 1:26:42 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 52 replies · 1,736+ views
    SFGate ^ | April 9, 2010 | AP
    An airplane that towed banners taunting Tiger Woods about his sex scandal during the Masters has been ordered to stop until it undergoes minor repairs. Kathleen Bergen, an Atlanta-based spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said Friday that FAA flight safety inspectors issued the order after meeting with the plane's pilot. The single-engine Cessna made two flights near Augusta National as Woods played Thursday in the first round of the Masters, close enough that the banners could be read from the course.
  • First-Timer Sim Ready to Wave Australian Flag [Golf Ping: The Masters]

    03/09/2010 7:18:55 AM PST · by Zuben Elgenubi · 30 replies · 315+ views
    The Masters dot com ^ | March 8, 2010 | Bob Gillespie
    First-Timer Sim Ready to Wave Australian FlagMonday, March 8, 2010By Bob Gillespie Growing up, Michael Sim was a typical Australian child of the 1980s and ’90s, especially when it came to golf. He idolized Greg Norman – as a junior, he wore a broad-brimmed white hat similar to his hero’s – and the first week of each April, he would rise at 3 a.m. local time to see the Masters on television.He was not, of course, the only one. Practically his entire adopted homeland – Sim was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, but his family moved to Australia when Michael was 5...
  • Maine TaxDayTeaparty

    03/15/2009 7:03:18 AM PDT · by armymarinemom · 14 replies · 834+ views
    Paint Maine Red ^ | 3/15/2009 | armymarinemom
    Enough with Obama's stealth taxing! Enough with bigger government! Enough with elite politicians who were voted by the people but behave like royalty! Enough with our Constitution being treated like toilet paper! Enough of the Media being in bed with Socialist! If you live in Maine and have had enough show up at a Maine Tax Day Tea Party. Time: April 15, 2009 from 2pm to 7pm Where: Capital Park City/Town: Augusta Time:2pm to 7pm If you want a rally closer to your home just organize one. If you wait until someone else does it for you , you could...
  • A Video Look at Six Holes that Make "The Masters" Something Very Special - Videos

    04/06/2009 6:44:51 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 5 replies · 362+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | April 6, 2009 | BrianinMO
    One of the great sports traditions in America begins on Thursday, when The Masters gets underway at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. No tournament has the tradition and sense of awe that The Masters inspires. The course has a lot to do with that. Here is a video look at some of the key holes on the back nine that always figure prominently in the outcome of The Masters. As the week goes on, we'll post some video of a few of the great moments in Masters history . . . . . . . (Watch Videos)

    04/05/2009 6:15:51 PM PDT · by cleveland gop · 356 replies · 4,478+ views ^ | 4/5/2009 | AUGUSTA NATIONAL GOLF CLUB
    Welcome to the (I guess) official thread to the 73rd playing of the Masters Golf Tournament from the Augusta National Golf Club. Now the game that we love and it's season is now officially, let's see who will be walking the 18th fairway ready to slip the coveted green jacket on late Sunday afternoon.We all know who's in the field. While I'm posting this thread early, we can discuss and predict who's going to win.
  • Lawmakers restrict text messages

    01/28/2009 10:21:03 AM PST · by mainestategop · 2 replies · 255+ views
    bangor Daily Bolshevik ^ | By Glenn Adams,
    AUGUSTA, Maine — Where state government goes, technology is not far behind: Maine is joining other states in passing rules to restrict text messages from electronic devices, hoping to stop lobbyists from calling signals from the legislative sidelines.
  • Lawmakers OK $166M supplemental budget (Socialist state deathwatch)

    01/28/2009 9:56:13 AM PST · by mainestategop · 1 replies · 215+ views
    Bangor Bolshevik Daily ^ | 1/28/09 | Mal Leary
    AUGUSTA, Maine — Lawmakers overwhelmingly approved an emergency measure Tuesday to bring the state budget out of the red for the fiscal year that ends June 30. The $166 million supplemental budget was enacted by votes of 120-22 in the House and 31-3 in the Senate. “I want to congratulate the Legislature and the committees for their work on this,” Gov. John Baldacci said in an interview. “This was a difficult budget and now we have to work on the biennial budget, which will also be difficult.”
  • Only On 12: Reaction on both sides of pirate radio issue

    06/16/2008 6:48:18 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 18 replies · 96+ views
    WRDW-TV Augusta GA ^ | 06/13/08 | Lynnsey Gardber
    AUGUSTA, Ga -- It's a new radio station that's doing a lot of explicit talking, illegally. Now the community is talking about 99.9 FM. For the second day in a row, 99.9's owner said he would meet with News 12 to explain himself and for the second day in a row he backed out, and that has some in the community are crying foul. It's renegade radio right in the middle of your FM dial, and on 99.9 is where you will find DJ Shortdog, "Yeah it's official, we're underground. We don't have a license. Slap me on the wrist."...
  • Maine Dems reject parental consent bill

    01/25/2008 3:51:17 PM PST · by george76 · 38 replies · 193+ views
    Bangor Daily News ^ | January 25, 2008 | Mal Leary
    Legislative leaders, voting along party lines on Thursday, rejected proposed legislation that would require parental consent for schools to give children 14 and under prescription drugs, including birth control pills. Republican Sen. Douglas Smith of Dover-Foxcroft, who sponsored the measure, denounced Democratic leaders for not allowing the issue to be considered this session. "This is a fundamental right we are talking about here," Smith said. "This is a parental right to control the prescription drugs their children are taking. The Democratic majority today felt that the state should have the right to intercede in that, and that is an unfortunate...
  • Republicans upset over license report ( illegal aliens )

    12/07/2007 1:04:05 PM PST · by george76 · 7 replies · 269+ views
    Bangor Daily News ^ | December 07, 2007
    Maine’s license residency issue took a sharp political turn Thursday as House Republicans expressed shock over a report that calls for tighter rules but stops short of saying illegal aliens should be prevented from getting driver’s licenses. "At a time when our country is at war with Islamic extremists, it is absurd to give licenses to illegal aliens," said House Minority Leader Josh Tardy of Newport. "These people could be anybody. But with an official license, they can board flights, enter government buildings, collect welfare and probably even vote." Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap dismissed the GOP criticism. But he...
  • Ex-choir director admits child abuse

    09/13/2007 11:01:42 PM PDT · by Coleus · 10 replies · 628+ views
    Florida Times-Union. ^ | Sandy Hodson
    A former Augusta church choir director and teacher's aide admitted Wednesday what he has denied for years - that he is a child molester. For taking responsibility for what he did, Carlton Johnson, 46, was sentenced to eight years in prison followed by seven years' probation by Superior Court Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet. Johnson was back in court because the Georgia Court of Appeals reversed his conviction in January. The court ruled that Johnson was unfairly convicted in early 2003 because Judge Overstreet forced his defense attorney to try the case after the attorney told the judge he wasn't prepared....
  • Michigan: Hospitals require workers be smoke-free (More hard news for smokers)

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

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

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

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

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

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

    09/21/2006 6:39:52 PM PDT · by SheLion · 34 replies · 1,381+ views
    Herald Advocate ^ | Sept. 21, 2006 | JENNIFER JOHNSON
    Park Ridge aldermen will resume discussion of the city's public smoking ban, following complaints from three restaurant owners that their businesses have been adversely affected by it.The restaurant owners spoke briefly to the City Council Monday night, prompting Mayor Howard Frimark to ask the aldermen if the smoking ban should be brought back before the Procedures and Regulations Committee. Alderman Jeannie Markech agreed that it should, and made a motion for the discussion. Eight aldermen voted in favor of the issue going back to committee and five voted against. One alderman was absent.The next meeting of the Procedures and Regulations...