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  • One chef’s social experiment: Charge minorities $12, white people $30.

    03/22/2018 5:15:58 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 65 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Maura Judkis
    If they’re a person of color, they pay $12. If they’re white, he’ll tell them they can either pay $12, or they can pay $30 — two and a half times the base price, which reflects the wealth disparity in New Orleans. He tells them the profits will be redistributed to people of color, but not as charity — just to any minority customers of his who want it, regardless of their income or circumstance. “When I tell black folks what’s happening, 90 percent of them start laughing, like, ‘For real?’ They’re tickled,” he said. “White folks, there’s this blank...
  • NYC considers making walking and smoking illegal

    03/21/2018 7:08:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    WNYW, Fox 5 NY ^ | Mar 21 2018 11:53AM EDT
    If you don’t smoke and you find yourself walking behind someone who does, it can be unpleasant. Now a New York City Councilman wants to do something about it. “My bill is very simple: no smoking and walking on New York City sidewalks,” said Queens Councilman Peter Koo (Dist. 20). His bill would make it a misdemeanor to walk while smoking, likely punishable by a fine of $50. Smokers, already banned from lighting up in public parks among many other places in the city, weren’t thrilled at the idea. …
  • Longtime WCVB personality Frank Avruch dies at 89

    03/21/2018 5:07:06 PM PDT · by massmike · 21 replies ^ | 03/21/2018 | N/A
    BOSTON — Longtime WCVB-TV personality Frank Avruch has died at the age of 89, according to his family. During more than 40 years on the air, Avruch wore many hats including, "Good Day" contributor, host of "The Great Entertainment" and WCVB's "Man About Town." Avruch, a Boston University graduate, started on radio before making the transition to television. Perhaps most famously, Avruch played Bozo the Clown from 1959 until 1970. “A lot of people when they talk to me now, they are sort of hesitant to bring it up. How could this suave, somewhat sophisticated man be this guy with...
  • Illegals, who dodged California ICE raid after Dem mayor's tip-off, re-arrested for new crimes [TS]

    03/21/2018 2:19:41 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 20, 2018 | Adam Shaw | Fox News
    Full Title: Illegal immigrants, who dodged California ICE raid after Dem mayor's tip-off, re-arrested for new crimes Three illegal immigrants, who avoided capture after Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf blew the whistle on a raid by federal immigration authorities last month, have since been re-arrested for new crimes including robbery and spousal abuse, ICE officials said. snip ICE officials eventually caught 232 illegal immigrants, many of them criminals, in the four-day sweep but said that hundreds more escaped because of Schaaf’s warning. But on Tuesday, officials said that at least three of those who were targeted in the raid, but were...
  • SWAT team descends on Austin bomber's home and speak to shirtless man just hours after the...

    03/21/2018 12:02:01 PM PDT · by Morgana · 129 replies
    DAILY MAIL UK ^ | Mar 21, 2018 | Emily Crane and Chris Pleasance and Martin Gould In Pflugerville, Texas, For Read mor
    FULL TITLE: SWAT team descends on Austin bomber's home and speak to shirtless man just hours after the homeschooled Christian blew himself up during police chase, ending 19-day campaign of terror The 23-year-old who blew himself up as police tried to arrest him over a string of deadly Austin bombings has been described as a quiet, home-schooled young man. Mark Anthony Conditt killed himself when he detonated a bomb inside his SUV as police surrounded him near a hotel on Interstate 35, just outside Austin, at about 2am on Wednesday. Police closed in on the bomber after obtaining CCTV footage...
  • Va GOP Primary: Freitas Tells Voters He Will Ignore Federal Immigration Laws

    03/21/2018 8:52:36 AM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 40 replies
    Big League Politics ^ | Mar 20, 2018 | John Griffing
    RICHMOND, Va. — A two-term state lawmaker running for U.S. Senate in Virginia is already planning to violate his federal Oath of Office before his hand even touches the King James, pledging to totally ignore federal immigration law on the matter of sanctuary cities, according to reports. For Culpeper state Del. Nick Freitas, the rule of law is a matter of his whim, Saturday’s Virginia Tea Party debate revealed. The would-be Senator with an apparent allergy to making and enforcing laws, said he absolutely would not prosecute municipal authorities who create sanctuary cities, shocking many tea partiers at the...
  • Female Suspect Hides In Riverside Homeowner’s Doghouse

    03/21/2018 6:41:56 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    Sarah Stephens was surprised by what she saw when she checked her security cameras to figure out what had caused a crash in her side yard. “I saw a girl hop over our fence, try to open our sliding glass door,” said Stephens. “She couldn’t get in there, so she ran inside the doghouse and hid there.” “Got our shotgun out. Got the baseball bat. If she somehow managed to come into our house, we were ready,” said Stephens. Stephens thought about letting her three dogs out in the yard, to chase the woman out of their house. But since...
  • Disneyland set to exterminate ‘a bug’s land’ from California Adventure

    03/20/2018 9:07:03 PM PDT · by jeannineinsd · 20 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 3/20/18 | Marla Jo Fisher
    Disneyland is squashing its bugs in favor of Marvel superheroes, as it plans to replace the “a bug’s land” at Disney California Adventure theme park in Anaheim with a new “land” devoted to Marvel comic characters. In a move that had been rumored for some time, Disney announced on Tuesday that the new Marvel land slated to open in 2020 will be anchored by the revamped Guardians of the Galaxy ride, replacing the cute-bug-based attractions area that appealed mostly to little kids. New Marvel Lands will also be developed in Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong. Disney’s Hotel New York will...
  • University of Miami event... Anyone there? Special "training" for DC march going on? [Rumor only]

    03/20/2018 10:16:27 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    3/20/18 | sff
    I cannot verify this, but a friend told me something kind of secretive was going on around the University of Miami sounds like a bunch of kids are there to get trained (brainwashed?) regarding the anti-Constitution march this Saturday. I cannot get down to the U. Can anyone verify or deny? My friend said he saw a bunch of people going into something called The Center for the guards were wanding people as they went in.
  • Fort to conduct prescribed burn on East Range

    03/20/2018 5:21:21 AM PDT · by SandRat
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Tanja M. Linton, Fort Huachuca Public Affairs Office
    FORT HUACHUCA — Fort Huachuca, in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service, will conduct a prescribed burn of Area Delta on the East Range on Tuesday to support military training, reduce the risk of wildfires and maintain the ecological integrity of the fire-adapted ecosystems dependent on recurring fire that benefits forest health. Ignition will start around 8:30 a.m. Prescribed fire activities are expected to continue throughout the year when favorable weather permits. Before fires were suppressed here around the turn of the century, areas such as Fort Huachuca had fire burn across them every three to seven years, which is...
  • Austrian court to consider 3rd gender identity in records

    03/19/2018 8:04:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 19, 2018 11:25 AM EDT
    Austria’s Constitutional Court says it will consider whether a third gender should be an option for official records, taking up the case of a person who unsuccessfully sought to have their entry changed to “inter” or a similar word. The court said in a statement on Monday that an initial review raised concerns that having to list one’s gender as female or male contravenes the privacy protections enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights. …
  • In LA County, illegal street racing has a deadly toll

    03/18/2018 2:23:02 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 25 replies
    LA Times via St. Louis Post Dispatch ^ | 3/17/18 | James Queally and Nicole Santa Cruz
    Valentina D’Alessandro was at a party with a few girlfriends in 2013 when one of them got sick. They accepted another teenager’s offer to drive them home in his red Mustang. In a commercial area of Wilmington, at the intersection of two four-lane boulevards, a car pulled up alongside the Mustang. The race began. Minutes later, Valentina, 16, was dead, her body wedged in a back seat window following a crash. Police found her high school identification card at the scene.
  • Mass. lawmaker: Rename ‘General Hooker Entrance’ to state house; it’s ‘offensive’ to women

    03/18/2018 10:04:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 61 replies
    Washington Times ^ | March 17, 2017 | Ken Shepherd
    A Bay State lawmaker is calling on her colleagues to change the sign to an entrance for the Massachusetts State House named after Joseph Hooker, a Union general in the Civil War, saying his surname is tied up with a slang term for prostitutes and is demeaning to women. “Female staffers don’t use that entrance because the sign is offensive to them,” State Rep. Michelle DuBois, Brockton Democrat, told CBS Boston in a recently aired interview.
  • Thousands of JetBlue flight attendants to vote on joining Transport Workers Union

    03/18/2018 9:22:31 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Saturday, March 17, 2018, 10:27 PM | Ginger Adams Otis
    Nearly 5,000 JetBlue flight attendants will start voting Monday in an effort to join the Transport Workers Union. Ballots will be cast electronically or by phone in an election that will run until April 17. The National Mediation Board is overseeing the election. According to the TWU, an “overwhelming majority” of flight attendants last year signed cards declaring they wanted to unionize. […] JetBlue was not receptive to the TWU’s efforts to unionize its flight attendants. Inviting a “third-party” union was a bad idea, the airline wrote in flyers and emails to staffers in September. “TWU is an opportunistic and...
  • Woman with white powder in her nose ordered a sandwich, but drive-thru was jail, NY cops say

    03/17/2018 11:39:05 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 37 replies
    The Island Packet ^ | 3/17/18 | Josh Magness
    Lizabeth Ildefonso really, really, really wanted a breakfast sandwich, police say. Ildefonso, a 44-year-old from Riverhead, New York, allegedly tried to order a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich from what she apparently thought was a drive-thru window, according to NBC New York. There was just one problem: She had actually driven up to a security booth at the Riverhead Correctional Facility around 10 a.m. Friday and placed her food request with an officer there, police say. Deputy Sheriff Yvonne DeCaro told the woman inside the 2007 Nissan that she was at the county jail, and not a fast food establishment....
  • Stillwater bail agent fatally shoots client at her office

    03/17/2018 12:42:20 PM PDT · by BBell · 69 replies
    Prosecutors Monday released video of a Stillwater bail agent fatally shooting one of her clients last year at her office. Chasity Dawn Carey was charged with first-degree murder after the shooting. On Friday, Payne County jurors acquitted Carey, 42, of Drumright, in the Aug. 9 shooting. At trial, Carey testified she shot the client, Brandon James Williams, 38, of Stillwater, in self-defense. She and her 19-year-old son, Justin Henderson, were attempting to take Williams, who was free on bail, back into custody at the time. Carey testified Williams attempted to grab her gun before fleeing out her office window. She...
  • Reclaiming history Restoration project receives grant to improve Mountain View Officers’ Club

    03/17/2018 4:12:56 AM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Lauren Renteria
    SIERRA VISTA — The Mountain View Officers’ Club on Fort Huachuca was a bustling banquet hall and social center for African-American soldiers more than 70 years ago. Today, it sits vacant, and faced threats of demolition for years. However, the historic building could receive a facelift in coming months. After gaining the Army’s approval to restore the building to its original facade in December, national preservation groups are one step closer to getting the project off the ground. Arizona State Parks & Trails received a $500,000 grant earlier this week to help restore the old building. Funding for the grant...
  • Angry Portland woman attacks Jewish-owned restaurant over suspected Nazi customer

    03/16/2018 8:10:20 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 108 replies
    Willamette Week ^ | March 15, 2018 | Martin Cizmar
    A Portland woman ignited a social media fire this week over a confrontation with a restaurant diner she says was wearing a shirt with a Nazi symbol. As Raw Story first reported, on March 13, Deavon Snoke was dining at Kachka—a Russian restaurant owned by Bonnie Frumkin Morales, who is Jewish and whose family fled the Holocaust, and her husband Israel Morales, who is Mexican—when she spotted a man sporting a "Luftwaffe" t-shirt. “I was asked to leave Kachka tonight for calling this Nazi out,” Snoke wrote on Facebook. “Remember his face. Memorize the symbolism on his shirt. Yell as...
  • Reston [VA] Man Arrested for Killing his Dog in 2017

    03/16/2018 12:01:42 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 39 replies
    FCPD Media Relations Bureau ^ | 16 March 2018 | FCPD Media Relations Bureau
    A 61-year-old Reston man is facing several charges stemming from a 2017 incident in which his dog was found deceased at an archery range. Officers responded to the private Northern Virginia Archers Club Range, adjacent to Fountainhead Regional Park, on July 15 of last summer after someone called to report they found a deceased dog that appeared to have been shot with a firearm. The dog, a shepherd mix, had a collar, but no tags or any identifying information. Further investigation determined the dog did have a microchip, which led officers to medical records and a possible owner. Animal...
  • Brooklyn woman accused of poisoning her look-alike with a cheesecake

    03/16/2018 6:21:02 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 29 replies
    ABC 7 News ^ | March 01, 2018
    SHEEPSHEAD BAY, Brooklyn -- A Russian native from Brooklyn has been accused of poisoning her look-alike with a cheesecake and then stealing her identity and other property. 42-year-old Viktoria Nasyrova of Sheepshead Bay was arraigned Tuesday on attempted murder, burglary, assault and other charges and ordered held without bail. She was arrested in March last year. Her lawyer declined to comment. Prosecutors say Nasyrova visited the Queens home of the fellow Russian speaking victim in 2016 bearing a cheesecake tainted with a tranquilizer. They say the 35-year-old victim ate the cheesecake, fell ill and passed out. She was found the...