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  • Was the Hillary hiking in the woods photo staged? Woman in the picture first met Clinton (tr)

    11/12/2016 7:50:51 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 100 replies
    The chance encounter a mother hiking with her daughter had with Hillary Clinton the day after losing the election may not be what it has been made out to seem. Margot Gerster was out hiking with her daughter when she ran into Hillary and Bill Clinton in the upstate New York town of Chappaqua, where the Clintons have a home. She took a photo with the former first lady who beamed from ear to ear, appearing to have had the weight of the world lifted from her shoulders as she stood next to Gerster. Clinton was said to have been...
  • Case of AT hiker missing for two years appears to have tragic end

    10/17/2015 3:50:29 PM PDT · by Altariel · 14 replies
    (CNN)For two years, the whereabouts of Geraldine "Gerry" Largay had confounded authorities in Maine. Largay, a 66-year-old experienced hiker from Brentwood, Tennessee, disappeared while trekking the Appalachian Trail in July 2013. Hundreds of people searched for her. There wasn't a single clue. On Wednesday, a single person, a surveyor, came across bones, clothing and gear just over a half mile from the trail.
  • Documents: Hiker found dead in Maine survived at least 26 days [AT]

    05/26/2016 4:13:07 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 72 replies ^ | May 25, 2016 | staff reporter
    AUGUSTA, Maine —Documents show an Appalachian Trail hiker whose remains were found last year in Maine survived at least 26 days after getting lost. During that time, her texts went undelivered because of poor cell reception. The Boston Globe reports Geraldine Largay kept a journal in which she acknowledged that she expected to die and that it might be years before her remains were found.
  • ‘When you find my body, please call my husband,’ wrote dying hiker lost along the Appalachian Trail

    05/26/2016 1:18:25 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 179 replies
    washingtonpost ^ | 26 May 2016 | M Miller
    Geraldine Largay knew she was doomed. It had been two weeks since she left the Appalachian Trail to go to the bathroom and lost her way; two weeks since she had wandered deeper and deeper into the woods of northwest Maine in search of a cellphone signal to message for help; two weeks since she had pitched her tent underneath a copse of hemlock trees atop a ridge; two weeks since she was supposed to meet her husband, waiting for her in his SUV on Route 27. Largay’s food was running low. Her water, too. So the 66-year-old retired nurse...
  • (NJ) Boonton Boy Scout leader fought off bear attack with hammer, officials say

    12/22/2015 5:04:41 PM PST · by Coleus · 25 replies
    Star Ledger ^ | 12.20.15 | Dan Ivers
    A Boy Scout leader from Boonton suffered bites and scratches after being attacked by a bear while hiking at Splitrock Reservoir Sunday afternoon with three young scouts, authorities said. Christopher Petronino, 50, managed to fend off the black bear using a rock hammer after the animal pulled him into a small cave. Petronino and the scouts were later able to draw the bear out of the cave with food, Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Bob Considine said in a statement. The group had set out to hike on the trails that cover the 625-acre wilderness, and they came along the...
  • Fed Hikes Rates, Unleashing First Tightening Cycle In Over 11 Years

    12/16/2015 3:50:54 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 1216/15 | tyler durden
    On the 7th anniversary of entering ZIRP, and for the first time since June 29th 2006, The Federal Reserve announced today that it will try and raise interest rates: *FED RAISES INTEREST RATES 0.25 POINT IN UNANIMOUS VOTE Of course, the flowery language and dots are as dovish as possible while maintaining some semblance of credibility with regard growth expectations as The Fed unleashes a tightening cycle for the first time in over 11 years.
  • Emanuel set to call for largest property tax hike in modern Chicago history

    09/03/2015 12:32:20 PM PDT · by sleeper-has-awakened · 29 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 09-03-2015 | Hal Dardick and Bill Ruthhart
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel is set to call for the largest property tax increase in modern Chicago history to raise enough money to make a major pension payment for police and firefighters next year, the mayor's City Council floor leader and a City Hall source told the Chicago Tribune late Wednesday.. The mayor also plans to push a new garbage collection tax, a new per-ride fee on taxis and ride-hailing services such as Uber and a new tax on electronic cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products. ....The property tax increase Emanuel is mulling would far exceed what the mayor himself said during...

    08/30/2015 2:00:12 PM PDT · by Yosemitest · 118 replies
    Aug 30, 2015
    I want to know what is best to use for a long hike, the I-Phone or the I-pad. I have NOT owned or used either. I want to be able to make and receive phone calls, access the internet, shoot video, edit video, and load video. I'd prefer the larger screen in the I-Pad Mini over the I-Phone, but I also need to be able to make and receive calls, and I'm not sure if the I-Pad Mini can receive calls. If you have experience with both, please let me know the advantages and disadvantages of each. I also...
  • Scott Jurek Celebrates a New Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike Speed Record

    07/14/2015 7:30:50 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 12 replies
    Runner's World ^ | July 13, 2015 | Kit Fox
    From the top of a mountain in Maine, he swigged champagne and recounted the historic trek. By noon Sunday, 50 people had reached the summit of Mount Katahdin. They hiked a trail through the woods, up boulders, and across a windy ridge to camp out on jagged rocks overlooking the lake-dotted Baxter State Park in central Maine. They waited to see ultramarathoning history. They all had the same question. Where is Scott Jurek? At 2:03 p.m. ET, they got their answer. He was clutching a faded wooden sign, his cheek brushing the engraved letters that read, “KATAHDIN, Northern Terminus of...
  • Los Angeles mayor signs $15/hour minimum wage hike into law

    06/15/2015 7:55:20 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 58 replies
    Reuters ^ | 06/15/15
    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Saturday signed a law hiking the city’s minimum wage from $9 an hour to $15 by 2020, an increase that will affect hundreds of thousands of workers. Garcetti, speaking in English and Spanish, told a crowd of hundreds at the signing event that he wanted to lift the city’s lowest-paid workers out of poverty. "Too many Angelenos have been left behind even as we’ve put the recession in the rearview mirror," he told union representatives, immigration and activists at the ceremony. The Los Angeles City Council approved the wage hike in May with a...
  • Obama: 'Revving' up economy calls for higher wages

    09/01/2014 4:33:41 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    AOL News ^ | 1/9/14 | Jim Kuhnhen
    MILWAUKEE (AP) - President Barack Obama renewed his push for Congress to raise the minimum wage Monday in a buoyant accounting of the economy's "revving" performance, delivered on behalf of Democrats opening their fall campaigns for the midterm congressional elections. "America deserves a raise," he told a union crowd in Milwaukee, vowing to keep a hard sell on Congress in much the way he once courted his wife. "I just wore her down," he cracked. Timing his push to Labor Day, the traditional start of the autumn campaign, Obama aggressively drew attention to recent economic gains, setting aside past caution...
  • Obama´s minimum wage hike will cost 500,000 JOBS by the end of 2016, claims

    07/08/2014 11:11:58 AM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7/8/14 | David Martosko
    The White House may have to scrap its plans to aggressively promote a 40 percent national minimum wage hike now that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office found that the move would likely cost the U.S. 500,000 jobs by the second half of 2016. [Snip] The White House didn´t answer questions about whether that trade-off is acceptable to President Obama, but Senate Democrats have pushed hard for legislation that would implement his goal of driving the minimum wage far above its current $7.25 level. But it quickly scheduled an afternoon conference call for reporters with Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Jason...
  • 2,184 Miles: From Georgia to Maine on Foot

    12/11/2013 12:58:47 AM PST · by Yosemitest · 32 replies ^ | Dec 10, 2013 | Adam Klimt
    2,184 Miles: From Georgia to Maine on Foot, ( 13:16 ) Cornerstone University Documentary 2013 Final. Join Zac Tolsma and his friends as they experience the Appalachian Trail.
  • Something Different: Beauty Beneath the Dirt: Thru-Hiking 101

    06/22/2013 9:33:52 AM PDT · by Yosemitest · 49 replies ^ | May 23, 2013 | athike2010
    Watch the 7 minute 17 second video Beauty Beneath the Dirt: Thru-Hiking 101. It's brief description : Everything you need to know about thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail in 7 minutes. For the story beneath the surface... check out:
  • Obama to propose 1 percent pay hike for federal employees

    02/09/2013 11:58:14 AM PST · by Libloather · 59 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/08/13 | Joe Davidson
    President Obama will propose a 1 percent pay raise for federal civilian employees in the administration’s fiscal 2014 budget proposal, the Washington Post has learned. At the same time, the House plans to vote soon on legislation that would extend the current freeze on basic pay rates through the end of calendar 2013. The freeze was originally set for two years and scheduled to expire at the end of last year, but it was extended until a temporary budget measure expires next month. When the measure expires, federal employees will receive a 0.5 percent raise for the remainder of 2013,...
  • The other ObamaCare middle class tax hike arrives in 2014 (and 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018...)

    12/15/2012 7:04:14 AM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Human Events ^ | 12/12/12 | John Hayward
    The other ObamaCare middle class tax hike arrives in 2014By: John Hayward 12/12/2012 09:14 AM If you think it’s been horrifying to watch ObamaCare pop open like a jack-in-the-box filled with tax increases over the last couple of weeks, just wait until the huge new taxes on health insurance companies hit in 2014. A study commissioned by America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) lays out the details: The [Affordable Care Act] imposes a new sales tax on health insurance that starts at $8 billion in 2014, increases to $14.3 billion in 2018, and will continue to increase each year. The Joint...
  • Power of the people? Hundreds voice opposition to rate hike (17%-Duke Energy & environmental rules)

    10/29/2011 6:02:15 AM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    McDowell News ^ | 10/26/11 | Mike Conley
    Power of the people? Hundreds voice opposition to rate hikeBy: Mike Conley Published: October 26, 2011 Hundreds of people packed the main courtroom at the McDowell County Courthouse to capacity Tuesday evening to show their strong opposition to Duke Energy’s request for another rate hike. Donna Edwards of Marion was one of those who testified to the N.C. Utilities Commission. “I don’t represent anybody except myself,” she said in her testimony. “We’re making choices in my house about whether or not to buy medications or pay the power bill. I am all for Duke Power making money. That is what...
  • Binyamin Residents Hike against 'White Paper'

    08/08/2011 12:18:52 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/8/11 | Gil Ronen
    Residents of the Binyamin region took an organized hike Friday in an area the IDF had declared a "closed military zone." The residents believe the military is trying to gradually limit Jewish freedom of movement in Judea and Samaria, and compare the IDF's policy to the British colonial "White Papers." The army declared the area surrounding the Alei Ayin outpost a closed military zone, after the outpost was forcefully torn down two months ago. Despite the ban – or because of it – the grassroots Binyamin Residents' Council organized Friday's hike through the area and promises to maintain presence there....
  • Flashback: With March 2006 Debt Ceiling Hike NBC, CBS Noted $30,000/person Price Tag of Debt

    07/28/2011 6:04:19 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 7/28/11 | Ken Shepherd
    During the current debt ceiling debate, have the media told you what your personal share of the national debt would be after the ceiling is hiked?Yeah. I didn't think so.But when it was a midterm election year in which Democrats thrashed President George W. Bush and the GOP on overspending, it was a different story.On March 16, 2006, Barack Obama was in his second year as a freshman senator and denounced the Bush administration's request for a debt ceiling increase. The debt ceiling increase passed the Senate on a 52-48 vote.
  • This Time The Debt Ceiling Hike Really Is Different

    07/27/2011 10:25:08 AM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 7/27/11 | Tyler Durden
    Yes, indeed it is. While everyone and their grandmother is foaming at the mouth how both republicans and democrats hiked the debt ceiling for umpteen times over the past x years, the truth is that never before has the ratio of the proposed debt ceiling to the tax receipt ratio been as high as it is now. At nearly 6 times, this means that the top line (forget bottom line) cash inflows into the Treasury are 6 times lower than the current debt ceiling. And following the upcoming $2.5 trillion this number will surge to almost 8 times. So please...
  • Sen. Tom Coburn ready to release deficit reduction plan

    06/27/2011 7:49:01 PM PDT · by FourPeas · 21 replies ^ | 26 June 2011 | Chris Casteel
    Oklahoma senator hopes is putting the finishing touches on his plan to reduce the federal deficit by $9 trillion. He expects to release it this week. WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, who has been working on a deficit-reduction plan worth $9 trillion over 10 years, said he hopes to release the blueprint late this week. That timetable may slip since the scope of the plan requires so many calculations (mathematical, not political). Coburn, R-Muskogee, and his staff have been working on the plan since the senator dropped out of the bipartisan Gang of Six deficit reduction talks in May....
  • Short debt limit hike possible: McConnell

    06/19/2011 1:30:23 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 84 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 6/19/11 | Dave Clarke - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congress and the White House could raise the debt limit for a few months while they seek a comprehensive, long-term budget deal, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Sunday. The Obama administration has warned it will run out of money to pay the nation's bills if Congress does not raise the $14.3 trillion debt limit by August 2 -- a prospect that could push the country back into recession and upend global financial markets. Congressional Republicans, particularly in the House of Representatives, have balked at raising the debt ceiling unless it is accompanied by significant spending...
  • Republicans signal moves on debt limit hike

    05/03/2011 8:57:28 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/3/11 | Richard Cowan and Rachelle Younglai - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans in the Congress on Tuesday signaled a willingness to raise the country's credit limit "sooner rather than later" and avoid a series of short-term measures that could damage the economy. In the face of intense pressure from business groups for a prompt and tidy handling of a statutory increase in how much the government can borrow, House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner told reporters, "Why wait" until the last minute for Congress to pass legislation. He added that he would rather address the matter "sooner rather than later. The United States is on the verge of...
  • Protesters Confront Mpls Officials Over Proposed Tax Hike (It Passed Anyways!)

    12/14/2010 8:00:36 AM PST · by MplsSteve · 25 replies · 1+ views
    KSTP TV (ABC Affiliate in Minneapolis-St Paul) ^ | 12/14/10 | Mark Albert - Staff Reporter
    An angry and, at times, defiant gathering of Minneapolis homeowners sent a loud message to City Hall Monday - no new taxes. "We're not going to sit in our houses and just take this year after year after year," said Mark Johnson, who organized an evening rally on the steps of City Hall and launched the website for the group, Minneapolis Tax Payers United. When Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak came outside in the bitter cold without a coat to greet the 20 or so protesters, one person began shouting at the three-term mayor, who initially proposed a 6.5% property tax...
  • White House Stands by Call for Tax Hike on Wealthy

    10/18/2010 3:37:26 AM PDT · by Son House · 41 replies ^ | October 17, 2010 |
    The White House continued to push Sunday for Congress to let the Bush tax cuts expire for the wealthiest Americans, teeing up a lame-duck standoff over the issue in Washington once lawmakers return from the campaign trail. David Axelrod, the president's senior adviser, said Sunday that the Obama administration still wants the tax cuts extended for middle-class families making up to $250,000. "That would be stimulative, because people who need money in their pocket to spend and pay for the things that they need to live would have more money in their pocket," Axelrod said in an interview. But he...
  • 23 Million Americans Hit by a Tax Hike, But They May Not Know It Yet

    10/06/2010 12:05:46 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 15 replies
    CNS ^ | 10-5-10 | Doug Joseph
    ( - Almost 23 million American households are about to have their federal taxes raised by an average of $3,900 this year, but they may not know it yet. They could get a big surprise when they prepare their tax returns next year. Among those subject to this already-in-place tax increase are some families making less than $50,000 per year, and virtually all married couples earning between $100,000 and $500,000 a year, according to data published by the Congressional Budget Office. The looming tax hike is contrary to President Barack Obama's repeated promise not to increase taxes on any individual...
  • Officials kill grizzly bears to head-off lawsuits before they arise

    08/01/2010 8:58:12 AM PDT · by george76 · 106 replies · 21+ views
    Bear Attack Examiner ^ | July 31, 2010 | Dave Smith
    Wildlife officials have killed a grizzly bear in Wyoming and a grizzly bear in Montana to head-off potential lawsuits. The Montana grizzly killed and partially consumed Kevin Kammer at a Gallatin National Forest campground near Cooke City, Mont. on July 29. The Wyoming grizzly killed 70 year-old botanist Erwin Evert on June 17 on the Shoshone National Forest near the East Entrance of Yellowstone National Park. The circumstances were quite different, but the decision to kill the bears was undoubtedly influenced by a 1996 court case over the terrible bear mauling of 16 year-old Anna Knochel at a U.S. Forest...
  • Michigan Gov's Tax Plan Could Kill 30k Jobs in First Year

    06/18/2010 6:10:13 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 10 replies · 306+ views
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/18/2010 | Tom Gantert
    Governor Jennifer Granholm's tax hike proposal would wipe out 30,000 jobs in the first year, according to an analysis done by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and the Beacon Hill Institute in Boston. While the Governor's proposal does eliminate some taxes and does include some tax cuts, it would generate more than $940 million in new net taxes, according to the analysis. "More money is redirected to Lansing," said Michael LaFaive, the director of the Morey Fiscal Policy Initiative at the Mackinac Center. "The state's insatiable appetite for revenue is driving job losses in Michigan. How much more can...
  • The ObamaCare tax hike that loses five times what it brings in

    03/31/2010 11:57:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies · 688+ views
    washington examiner ^ | 3/31/10 | David Freddoso
    We turn to the Wall Street Journal for the math on what it will cost to raise taxes on corporations’ retiree prescription drug coverage. This is the provision that has caused several corporations to take markdowns recently. The bottom line: by closing this “loophole” — which was originally created to dissuade companies from dumping retirees’ prescription costs into Medicare Part D — the government could lose more than five times what it brings in. The Employee Benefit Research Institute calculates that the 28% subsidy on average will run taxpayers $665 in 2011 and that the tax dispensation is worth $233....
  • ObamaCare's Worst Tax Hike

    03/17/2010 9:31:13 AM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies · 913+ views
    wsj ^ | 3/17/10 | staff
    The forced march to pass ObamaCare continues, and all that matters now is raw politics. But opponents should go down swinging, and that means exposing such policy debacles as President Obama's 11th-hour decision to apply the 2.9% Medicare payroll tax to "unearned income." That's what savings and investment income are called in Washington, and this destructive tax wasn't in either the House or Senate bills, though it may now become law with almost no scrutiny.
  • Minnesota Power: Going green means a rate hike

    11/03/2009 3:33:26 AM PST · by scoobysnak71 · 28 replies · 675+ views
    Duluth News Tribune ^ | 3 Nov 09 | Candace Renalls
    Minnesota Power is seeking an almost 20 percent increase in rates for its residential customers to cover investments made in cleaner, greener energy. For the average residential customer, that amounts to $13 per month. “We know this is unwelcome news at an unwelcome time,” said Pat Mullen, the company’s vice president of marketing and public affairs. “These are improvements that need to be made. It is creating an environment that we all value.”
  • Obama To Hike 10-Year Deficit to $9 Trillion

    08/21/2009 2:31:06 PM PDT · by khnyny · 140 replies · 6,461+ views
    Reuters ^ | August 21, 2009 | Jeff Mason
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration will raise its 10-year budget deficit projection to roughly $9 trillion from $7.108 trillion in a report next week, a senior administration official told Reuters on Friday. "The new forecasts are based on new data that reflect how severe the economic downturn was in the late fall of last year and the winter of this year," said the official, who is familiar with the plans. "Our budget projections are now in line with the spring and summer projections that the Congressional Budget Office put out." The CBO said in June that deficits between 2010...
  • Huckabee's Tax Hiking Record

    12/27/2007 11:43:35 PM PST · by Maelstorm · 14 replies · 241+ views ^ | Oct 2007 |
    Washington – Yesterday, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked Mike Huckabee to respond to Club for Growth President Pat Toomey’s op-ed on National Review Online, but Huckabee had no defense for his many tax hikes and liberal record.Instead, Huckabee bloviated about pheasant hunting and called himself an “authentic conservative,” but didn’t explain how an “authentic conservative” could have supported or raised as many tax hikes as he did as Governor of Arkansas. These include: Sales Tax, 1996 (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 11/07/96)Gas and Diesel Fuel Taxes, 1999 (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 04/02/99, 04/25/99)Sales Tax, 2000 (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 09/25/02)Cigarette Tax, 2001 (Associated Press, 04/02/01)Nursing Home Bed Tax,...
  • 2007 House Bill 5194 (Increase income tax from 3.9 percent to 4.35 percent) (House Roll Call 441)

    10/25/2007 7:42:22 AM PDT · by Westlander · 35 replies · 57+ views ^ | 10-2007 |
    Passed in the House (57 to 52) on September 30, 2007, to increase the state income tax from 3.9 percent to 4.35 percent, effective Oct. 1, 2007.
  • CA: Minimum wage hike is now law - Governor signs bill -- Núñez at his side

    09/13/2006 12:04:44 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 653+ views ^ | 9/13/06 | Matthew Li
    As expected, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a minimum wage bill Tuesday that will boost the hourly rate by 75 cents in January, followed by another 50 cents a year later. The result will be $8 an hour, which will be the highest state minimum wage in the nation, if other states' rates remain the same. The increase is a compromise between the Republican governor and Democratic lawmakers who had been at odds over the issue for the past two years. At a bill-signing ceremony in Los Angeles, Schwarzenegger reiterated that California's economy simply wasn't ready until this year. "When I...
  • Nature-deficit disorder is ruining our kids

    08/18/2006 11:46:51 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 8 replies · 427+ views
    Nevada Appeal ^ | August 16, 2006 | Jim Stiles
    Nature-deficit disorder is ruining our kids by jim stiles August 16, 2006 No matter how old I live to be, there will never be a place so full of mystery and adventure as a place of my childhood called The Woods. The stories that grew out of those trees still kindle powerful feelings, even after all these years. My friends and I knew the place was haunted. It had no boundaries, and in our 10-year-old minds, it went on forever. Jump ahead a few decades to a familiar topic: the commercialization of wilderness. What created the demand for such...
  • House Republicans weigh minimum wage hike

    07/27/2006 3:29:00 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies · 665+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 7/27/06 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House Republicans on Thursday were trying to move ahead with legislation to raise the federal minimum wage and to help small businesses lower the cost of health insurance for employees. "We are 99 percent of the way there," said Rep. Steven LaTourette (news, bio, voting record), an Ohio Republican active in the negotiations. But LaTourette added it was still uncertain whether a bill would be hurried to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives before it recesses at the end of this week for a long summer break. Democrats have been pushing to increase the minimum...
  • Take a Hike, Kid

    07/20/2006 5:52:24 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 7 replies · 316+ views
    Utne ^ | July 20, 2006 | Rachel Anderson
    Take a Hike, Kid Bears, sharks, and strangers -- oh my! How kids are taught to fear the outdoors By Rachel Anderson, July 20, 2006 Issue Kids say the darnedest things. "I like to play indoors better 'cause that's where all the electrical outlets are," one fifth-grader told Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder. Raise the age bracket and you might hear, as did one high school teacher querying his students on the environment: "If you go out [in nature], there has to be a parent because you can't protect...
  • Japan: BOJ urged to monitor missile test reaction (missile, interest rate, recovery)

    07/07/2006 2:15:57 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 398+ views
    AP ^ | 07/07/06 | YURI KAGEYAMA
    BOJ urged to monitor missile test reaction By YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer 1 hour, 1 minute ago Japan's finance minister urged the central bank Friday to watch the market reaction to North Korea's recent missile tests, ahead of the Bank of Japan's meeting next week when the bank may raise interest rates for the first time in six years. Finance Minister Sadakazu Tanigaki has repeatedly urged the bank to refrain from an early hike in rates, which have been at zero the last five years, so as not to hurt the nation's economic recovery. The bank's policy board meets...
  • Mexico's migrant-smugglers hike rates

    06/14/2006 1:01:01 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 783+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/14/06 | Olga R. Rodriguez - ap
    SAN LUIS RIO COLORADO, Mexico - Smugglers in sunglasses and muscle shirts reclined on withering patches of grass in a tree-covered plaza, blending into clusters of migrants and offering them "safe" trips into the United States. But on this sweltering day, there were no takers. None of the Mexicans hoping to reach the United States could pay the $3,000 the smugglers demanded to hide them in a car and drive them across the border, a trip that just weeks ago cost $2,000. The sharp increase in smugglers' fees is due to the arrival of National Guard troops at the border...
  • CA: Governor names new members to commission considering minimum wage hike (four Democrats)

    06/02/2006 11:13:53 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 37 replies · 500+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 6/2/06 | Don Thompson - ap
    SACRAMENTO Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger filled a dormant state commission with four Democrats on Friday before asking them to approve a $1-an-hour minimum wage increase without the annual cost-of-living adjustments pushed by Democratic lawmakers. Two of the four were originally appointed to the Industrial Welfare Commission by former Democratic Gov. Gray Davis and served until their terms expired last year. The two others were new appointments by the Republican governor, one of them representing the state manufacturer's association. A fifth commissioner's term expires in January. Schwarzenegger, who vetoed two previous minimum wage increases, is asking the commission to increase the minimum...
  • Senate Votes to Hike Illegal Worker Fines

    05/23/2006 5:20:23 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies · 723+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/23/06 | Suzanne Gamboa - ap
    WASHINGTON - The Senate voted Tuesday to fine employers who hire illegal immigrants up to $20,000 for each unauthorized worker, providing teeth to a broad immigration bill before sending it to a final vote later this week. Employers would have to check Social Security numbers and the immigration status of all new hires within 18 months after money is provided to the Homeland Security Department to expand the electronic system for screening workers. "This is probably the single most important thing we can do in terms of reducing the inflow of undocumented workers, making sure we can enforce in a...
  • CA: Governor Moves To Hike Minimum Wage

    05/18/2006 6:38:17 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 420+ views
    Capitol Notes / KQED ^ | 5/18/06 | John Myers
    Following up a suggestion made last month by a Republican legislator, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has moved to increase California's minimum wage by $1 an hour between now and early next year. Schwarzenegger today petitioned the state's Industrial Welfare Commission (IWC) to increase the minimum wage from its current rate of $6.75 an hour. The last increase was in January 2002. Last month, Sen. Abel Maldonado (R-Santa Maria) suggested the very same plan-- a way to avoid the current impasse with Democrats in the Legislature. Schwarzenegger and Maldonado have advocated for only the $1 hike, while Democrats also want a provision...
  • Trekking through Canyons: Hereford High School takes part in six-mile training hike

    04/21/2006 4:25:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 800+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Cpl. C. Alex Herron
    HEREFORD, Texas (April 21, 2006) -- Two columns of camouflaged bodies trudged up a rocky trail through dry creek beds. A thin dusty haze rose from the ground. The Afternoon sun beat down on the weary hikers, but they pushed themselves and motivate each other as they file towards the finish line of their six-mile hike. No, these aren’t the newest students at Marine Combat Training fresh off their brief boot camp leave periods. The 80-member unit known as “1st Herd Battalion,” is made up of students from Hereford High School’s Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps unit. The...
  • CA: Higher taxes, fees urged - Legislative analyst: Cut education funds, hike gas cost

    02/24/2006 8:50:43 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 383+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 2/24/06 | Harrison Sheppard
    SACRAMENTO - California lawmakers should scale back a planned increase in education funding, raise the gas tax and let college fees rise, state Legislative Analyst Liz Hill said Thursday in her annual critique of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposed budget. The nonpartisan analyst recommended cutting $2.3 billion from Schwarzenegger's proposed $125 billion spending plan for fiscal 2006-07, including slashing $1 billion from education. Her recommendations, she said, would help reduce the state's long-term structural budget deficit and eliminate some of the "autopilot" spending measures that tie state officials' hands in designing budgets. "If you think of California as a patient fighting...
  • Minimum wage hike would give marginal boost in costly California

    02/12/2006 11:53:29 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 38 replies · 640+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/12/06 | Tom Chorneau - ap
    YUBA CITY, Calif. (AP) - It's been almost two years since Kimberly Ward moved from North Carolina to California with her husband, yet finding a job that pays well enough to keep pace with the state's high cost of living continues to be a struggle. She's had several jobs that paid $9 an hour - well above the state's minimum wage of $6.75 an hour - but each was temporary. The sales jobs she has been seeking at a local mall in this suburb north of Sacramento aren't likely to pay much more than the minimum. "They should raise the...
  • CA: Construction industry backs $40 billion bond, hike in sales tax (How about you?)

    12/21/2005 5:52:28 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 442+ views
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - A construction industry group on Wednesday urged lawmakers to approve a $30 billion to $40 billion bond measure that would pay for improvements to roads, levees and ports and would be funded in part by a sales-tax increase. The recommendation by the California Alliance for Jobs comes as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislators focus on how to deal with a huge backlog of projects. The state already has about $100 billion in unmet transportation needs, said Jim Earp, the alliance's executive director. "The problem is enormous, it's critical and it's overdue," he told reporters. Earp said a...
  • Kickoff of Young Conservative's anti-pay-raise billboard and radio ad campaign targets Jubelirer

    08/14/2005 9:04:16 AM PDT · by GeneralHavoc · 3 replies · 405+ views
    Capitolwire ^ | 8/14/05 | Capitolwire
    A conservative group's test-marketing of the power of the anti-pay-raise message against entrenched legislative leaders is starting at the top: radio ads attacking Senate President Pro Tem Robert Jubelirer, R-Blair, as "Bob Jubelirer, raising our taxes and his salary since 1975," will start airing Aug. 15 in the lawmaker's district. And a billboard will go up on I-70 near Altoona in the next 10 days showing Jubelirer's face and the words "Sen. Jubelirer voted to raise his own pay to $145,463. A 34% increase. Bigger pay for bigger government. ." ... The anti-Jubelirer billboard and the radio ads are...
  • Pennsylvania Legislators Approved Illegal Pay Hike for Themselves

    07/26/2005 9:56:22 AM PDT · by hinterlander · 24 replies · 1,465+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | July 26, 2005 | Ralph R. Reiland
    Insiders: Leaders promised "walking around money" to legislators who "cooperated.""Harrisburg is one of the sleaziest state capitals in the country," said Jake Tapper, Washington correspondent for Salon, and that was before he saw the sleaze that oozed from under the closed doors of the state Legislature at 2 a.m. one recent night after the politicians voted themselves an illegal pay hike. The pay increase is illegal because, by allowing legislators to pocket the new money in the form of "unvouchered expenses," it violates Article 2, Section 8 of the state constitution, which specifically forbids legislators to collect new pay raises...
  • Fed nudges interest rate a quarter-point

    05/04/2005 5:59:41 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies · 352+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 05/04/05 | MARY WISNIEWSKI
    Fed nudges interest rate a quarter-point May 4, 2005 BY MARY WISNIEWSKI Business Reporter Advertisement The Federal Reserve bumped up a key interest rate another quarter of a point Tuesday -- and economists say they expect more small increases in the near future unless there's a surge in inflation or a big economic downturn. "We should expect more of the same in the months to come," said Carl Tannenbaum, chief U.S. economist for LaSalle Bank. He said he believes the U.S. central bank is "doing the right thing" with the increases and reducing the risk of inflation. The Fed raised...