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  • Nearly 200 report fireball streaking across Northeast sky

    10/20/2017 9:07:10 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    News12 ^ | 10/20/2017
    The American Meteor Society says the flash of light that was spotted on Wednesday afternoon in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maryland and Delaware was a fireball.
  • Beauty product leader Amway big loser in tax-code rewrite

    10/20/2017 8:44:54 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 11 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 20, 2017 | By Josh Kosman
    A rider limiting regulatory oversight of Amway and other multi-level marketers that was originally attached to a budget resolution was removed from the resolution prior to a Senate vote on the resolution, The Post has learned. Specifically, the rider curbs the ability of the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether MLMs like Amway are pyramid schemes — potentially protecting Amway from costly regulations that have recently ensnared fellow MLMer Herbalife.
  • FR Help needed: List of relief delivered to Puerto Rico [Vanity, I guess...]

    10/20/2017 8:28:00 PM PDT · by TXnMA · 6 replies
    FRee Republic ^ | Unknown | Uknown FReeper
    FReeper help needed, please. Roughly a week or so ago, a FReeper posted an extensive list of relief supplies and ships that had already been delivered to Puerto Rico. Would someone please re-post that list here on this thread? (A link to the original source would be even better!) My granddaughter is in a college politics course, and the prof and students say they haven't heard of any real help the US has supplied to Puerto Rico. (Of course, their source is the MSM-CNN...)
  • Alvar Library security guard recovering after shooting, library to reopen Saturday

    10/20/2017 8:15:12 PM PDT · by BBell ^ | 10/20/17 | Littice Bacon-Blood
    The Alvar Library in the Bywater will reopen Saturday (Oct. 21), four days after a guard was shot in the back by an unknown assailant while working a security detail outside the building. The 60-year-old security guard has undergone surgery and is "expected to eventually make a full recovery," according to the New Orleans Public Library. "We are extremely grateful for the support and encouragement we've received from the community during this difficult period and are very thankful for the work that NOPD is doing on our behalf," a statement from the library system says.
  • Vanity, my son.

    10/20/2017 7:39:04 PM PDT · by wayoverontheright · 22 replies
    no source. vanity | Kenny's father
    Tomorrow the tarheels of UNC will play th Hokies of Va Tech. My son died at the age of 43 in July of this year. He was a big North Carolina fan. For the last 12 years, or so, he and his circle of friends who were Hokie fans all, would travel from Lynchburg to Blacksburg for the game.... Including his wife, who loved him and misses him very much. I am so thankful for her, she was a Hokie fan and he was a Tarheel fan. This was the wayi it was. Sports fans, you understand this. He left...
  • 'Magnum P.I.’ Reboot In the Works At CBS

    10/20/2017 7:10:51 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 78 replies
    Deadline ^ | October 20, 2017 | Nellie Andreeva
    CBS has shelled out a big pilot production commitment to Magnum P.I., an update of the classic 1980s Tom Selleck series set in Hawaii. It hails from Peter Lenkov, CBS/CBS Studios’ go-to writer for rebooting iconic procedurals who has successfully revived Hawaii Five-0 and MacGyver, and Davis Entertainment (The Blacklist). Co-written by Lenkov and fellow Hawaii Five-0 executive producer/showrunner Eric Guggenheim, Magnum P.I. will feature the same central quartet of characters but, instead of four guys, it will consist of three men and a woman, with Higgins (played by John Hillerman) reconceived as Juliet Higgins. CBS/CBS Studios took a similar...
  • To get Harvey relief funds, residents of Dickinson must vow not to boycott Israel

    10/20/2017 6:56:07 PM PDT · by Wyrd bið ful aræd · 12 replies
    Dallas News ^ | 10/19/17 | claire z cardona
    Applicants for Hurricane Harvey relief grants for the storm-battered city of Dickinson are asked as part of the terms of the agreement to not boycott Israel, a move the ACLU has called unconstitutional. The city began accepting applications Oct. 11 for grants to rebuild homes or businesses damaged in the storm that made landfall Aug. 25. The grant money was donated to the Dickinson Harvey Relief Fund. ...In January 2016, Gov. Greg Abbott met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem and said that he wanted legislators to work to approve such a ban. When he signed the bill...
  • Organizer of meeting at Twin Peaks tells jury Cossacks tried to intimidate his wife

    10/20/2017 6:34:02 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 3 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 10/20/2017 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A founding member of a "mom and pop" motorcycle group testified Friday that before the Cossacks took over a biker coalition meeting at Twin Peaks and engaged in a deadly shootout with Bandidos, one ran over his wife's foot, they circled her and spit in her face. Mike Lynch, a self-employed plumbing contractor from Mart, said the Cossacks cause more trouble in the Waco area than the Bandidos ever have. Lynch, an original member of the Los Pirados motorcycle club, testified Friday in the trial of Jacob Carrizal. Carrizal, 35, the Bandidos Dallas chapter president, is the first of 154...
  • When will the Frederica Wilson-Soldier story die down?

    10/20/2017 6:30:14 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 64 replies
    Guava Cheese Puff | October 20, 2017 | Guava Cheese Puff
    Over and over and over, it's nauseating. Can America move on?
  • ...Charged With First-Degree Murder After Allegedly Helping Friend Commit Suicide, Filming Her Death

    10/20/2017 6:18:45 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    May 5, 16-year-old Jchandra Brown hanged herself at a campground in Payson, Utah. Her friend Tyerell Przybycien is accused of helping her by buying the rope and tying the noose she put around her neck, and the compressed air she used to knock herself out before dying. Przybycien encouraged Brown to go through with the suicide, even providing running commentary as he recorded her last moments on video, according to court documents. Now, Przybycien, 18, is being charged with first-degree murder in her death. If convicted, he would face a minimum of 15 years in prison. Prosecutors say Brown wouldn’t...
  • Sean Penn fears for his safety over Neftlix El Chapo documentary

    10/20/2017 5:55:16 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 40 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 10/20/17 | Ben Riley-Smith
    Sean Penn’s lawyers have warned the streaming service Netflix it will have “blood on their hands” if a documentary about the actor’s meeting with Mexican drug lord El Chapo is released. The Oscar-winner is said to fear for his safety over the suggestion he helped bring the infamous Mexican criminal to justice by working with the American government. However Netflix is standing its ground, noting Mr Penn himself has discussed the bizarre meeting and refusing to pull the “stranger-than-fiction” story. The row centres on an audience that El Chapo granted Mr Penn and Mexican actress Kate del Castillo in October...
  • Top theatre director ‘sorry’ for ‘inappropriate’ sexual comments made to staff members

    10/20/2017 5:44:43 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 4 replies
    Telegrah UK ^ | 10/20/17 | Rozina Sabur
    An influential British theatre director has reportedly been removed from his post amid allegations he made inappropriate sexual comments to staff. Max Stafford-Clark, former artistic director of London's Royal Court theatre, allegedly asked staff members about losing their virginity. One staff member claimed Stafford-Clark told her he was "like a virgin again" since he had suffered a stroke. Widely regarded as one of the country's most successful theatre directors, Stafford-Clark was artist director of the Royal Court for 14 years until he left to set up Out of Joint. A stroke in 2006 left him using a walking stick and...
  • AN OPEN SECRET. Official PG-13 version

    10/20/2017 4:40:42 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 10 replies
    In light of the long awaited revelations of sexual abuse in Hollywood finally being reported ESPONDA PRODUCTIONS presents AN OPEN SECRET for free for a limited time . A film about the sexual abuse of children in the entertainment industry in Hollywood. Please support our efforts of raising awareness by sharing with your friends and colleagues. #AnOpenSecret #BeCourageus #ReportIt #LifeGetsBetter. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook @AnOpenSecret.
  • The Scientific American Handbook of Travel (1910)

    10/20/2017 4:18:45 PM PDT · by NRx · 26 replies
    Google Books ^ | 1910 | Albert A. Hopkins
    With practical tips for the ocean voyage for European tours and a practical guide to London and Paris. Over 500 pages! Well illustrated. Tons of information including railroad schedules and the best hotels. Guides to booking and crossing on an Atlantic liner. A must read in the event of being caught in a time warp and landing in the first decade of the previous century. Or alternatively, if your a history nut like me.

    10/20/2017 3:57:39 PM PDT · by Chode · 11 replies
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  • Bellator 185/UFC Fight Night: Live Thread

    10/20/2017 3:07:27 PM PDT · by Impy · 18 replies
    Bellator 185 on Spike TV Tonight at 9 Eastern Gegard Mousasi vs. Alexander Shlemenko in the main event. That's a good matchup UFC Fight Night tomorrow (Sat) unfortunately it's only on fight pass and your friendly neighborhood pirate site. Cowboy Cerrone v. Darren Till in the main event
  • Do these 9.7 million-year-old teeth suggest EUROPE is the cradle of humanity? [tr]

    10/20/2017 2:55:09 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 60 replies
    MailOnline ^ | October 20, 2017 | Shlvali Best
    The discovery of a set of 9.7-million-year-old teeth has led archaeologists to raise questions about the commonly believed 'out-of-Africa' theory of human origins. The teeth, which were discovered in a former bed of the Rhine river, don't resemble those of any other human species found in Europe or Asia. The find suggests that contrary to popular belief, Europe may be the cradle of humanity.
  • Worst fears realized: Police confirm what man sprayed in SC grocery store

    10/20/2017 2:49:55 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 52 replies
    The State ^ | 10/20/2017 | Noah Feit
    CHARLESTON, SC The brown liquid a man sprayed onto to some of the produce in a Charleston grocery store has been determined to be feces. Pau S. Hang, 41, is accused of spraying a brown liquid from a spray bottle on produce at a Charleston Harris Teeter on Oct. 15. The brown liquid has tested positive for components of fecal matter, according to the Charleston Police Department. Hang was originally charged with damage to personal property. An additional charge of tampering with human drug product or food item has been filed against Hang, according to public information officer Charles Francis....
  • Hollywood’s box office failures go beyond Rotten Tomatoes ratings

    10/20/2017 2:26:49 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 56 replies
    Market Watch ^ | October 20, 2017 | Trey Williams
    "Blade Runner 2049” was supposed to be a hit. The film, one of the most anticipated of the year, seemed to have all the necessary ingredients with two popular leading men and an original that has gained cult status since its release in 1982. But it has not been the box office hit the industry hoped for, despite being showered with rave reviews. Studios blamed the dismal box office performance of a number of big-budget blockbuster films this summer on negative reviews from critics and Rotten Tomatoes. The film review aggregator, owned by Comcast Corp.-owned CMCSA, +0.87% Fandango, has been...
  • Substitute teacher accused of placing duct tape over mouths of several students (TX)

    10/20/2017 2:24:45 PM PDT · by bgill · 15 replies
    cbsaustin ^ | Oct. 20, 2017 | SBG San Antonio|
    The teacher is accused of placing the tape on the mouths of ten students; three other students taped their own mouths, said district leaders. They were all sent to a school nurse for observation, then sent back to class. The teacher was immediately removed and banned from the campus, a school district leader said. "Everyone of them checked out. They're all fine, but it could've been a dangerous situation, no question. And that's the type of thing that can make a child sick or cause other problems,"