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  • A billionaire-owned restaurant charged a ‘minimum wage’ fee. Outrage ensued

    08/22/2017 5:12:08 PM PDT · by Pontiac · 38 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 17, 2017 | Maura Judkis
    A customer dining at D.C.’s Oceanaire restaurant noticed an unusual line at the bottom of his receipt: “Due to the rising costs of doing business in this location, including costs associated with higher minimum wage rates, a 3% surcharge has been added to your total bill.” Brian, who asked The Washington Post to use only his first name to avoid conflicts with his employer, was surprised to see the additional charge. He snapped a picture and sent it to local blog Popville, which posted a picture of his receipt. The outraged comments started rolling in. “Just raise prices if you...
  • South Texas (Watch for Tropical Storm

    08/22/2017 11:25:05 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 13 replies
    Weatherbell ^ | August 22,2017 | Joe Bastardi
    Daily update
  • Charleston (W.Va.) Police Investigate Black Live Matter Graffiti

    08/22/2017 10:13:52 AM PDT · by Morgana · 3 replies
    WOWK TV NEWS 13 ^ | August 22, 2017 | Craig Poole, Digital Content Manager
    CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) - The Charleston Police Department is investigating an overnight graffiti crime where Black Lives Matter was spray painted on multiple buildings. According to Charleston Police, the graffiti was spray painted on the Clay Center and Fox’s Pizza on Ruffner Avenue near Smith Street. Police say they believe the crimes are linked because the paint color matches and the writing style is similar.
  • "Why Barcelona, a tourist paradise, is a ‘Salafist city (Really).

    08/22/2017 12:59:13 AM PDT · by Djl3668 · 10 replies
    Barcelona, a world-renowned tourist destination, has also been an attraction for jihadists on a trail linking European countries such as France and Belgium to Moroccan criminal networks. Since the 2004 Madrid train bombings – the deadliest Islamist attack on European soil -- Spain had been spared the sort of jihadist violence that has struck France, Belgium, Germany and the UK over the past two years. That was until Thursday, August 17, when a van mowed into crowds on Barcelona’s busy Las Ramblas, killing 13 people, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group. Hours later, a woman was...
  • Almost Dead Teen Stuns Doctors

    08/21/2017 9:47:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday ^ | Tuesday, August 1 2017
    A 19-year-old Carenage man, who was about to be declared dead at the PoS General Hospital on Sunday afternoon, stunned doctors when they discovered a weak pulse after a final examination and moved the teen to the intensive care unit where he remained warded up until yesterday. According to reports, Adolphus Birche of Abepoujade Street, Carenage was bathing with friends at Alcoa Carenage at about 2.30 pm on Sunday when he got into difficulties. Officers of the Carenage Police Station were alerted that a man was seen in distress in waters at Alcoa and police constables Benjamin and Williams were...
  • To Get Calcium, Navajos Burn Juniper Branches To Eat The Ash

    08/21/2017 9:30:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    NPR ^ | August 21, 2017 | Laurel Morales
    Daniel Begay, who is Navajo, had always been told growing up that traditional American Indian foods were good for him. But because most American Indians are lactose intolerant, "they aren't getting that same source of calcium from dairy products," Begay says. Turns out that it's a traditional cooking method that is key to his bone health. The Navajo burn juniper branches, collect the ash and stir it into traditional dishes. The most popular: blue corn mush. Begay, a graduate student at Northern Arizona University, analyzed the amount of calcium in 27 samples of juniper from all over the reservation. But...
  • Suspected Shooter Named in Shooting of Jefferson Co. Judge

    08/21/2017 6:21:20 PM PDT · by Morgana · 17 replies
    WOWK TV NEWS 13 ^ | August 21, 2017 | WOWK
    THE LATEST: Officials have confirmed that Nathaniel Richmond allegedly ambushed and shot Judge Bruzzese Monday morning in front of the court house. Nathaniel Richmond is the father of Malik Richmond, who was convicted during the Steubenville rape trial in 2013, but Prosecutor Hanlin says there is no connection between the two incidents. Richmond has reportedly been in Jefferson County court many times, and has a criminal history.
  • Parents name baby Eclipse after mom gives birth on day of total solar eclipse

    08/21/2017 5:56:03 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 77 replies
    kfor ^ | August 21, 2017 | Nadia Judith Enchassi
    Parents Freedom and Paul Eubanks welcomed baby Eclipse to the world at 8:04 a.m. at Greenville Memorial Hospital in South Carolina. The healthy baby entered the world weighing 6 pounds, 3 ounces and measuring 19 inches in length. The decision to legally name her Eclipse was done at the last minute, according to the hospital. ... “We’re probably going to call her Clipsey,” Freedom said.
  • Calhoun Lofts to Be Renamed

    08/21/2017 1:21:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    The Daily Cougar ^ | August 21, 2017 | Jasmine Davis, Traynor Swanson
    The University of Houston announced plans Monday to rename Calhoun Lofts, and on-campus residence for upperclassmen, according to the Houston Chronicle. Executive Director for Media Relations Mike Rosen said the Lofts were initially named for the street on which they are located, but that they will be officially renamed University Lofts as soon as is practical. Calhoun Road shares the name of John C. Calhoun, a secessionist who was vice president of the United States from 1825-1832. He owned slaves and called the practice a “positive good.” “While the residence hall was not named in recognition of John C. Calhoun,...
  • Judge shot at Ohio courthouse, flown to Pittsburgh hospital

    08/21/2017 7:20:18 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 20 replies
    WPXI ^ | August 21, 2017
    STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Ohio officials say a county judge was shot and wounded as he walked toward a courthouse, and the suspect was killed when a probation officer returned fire. Jefferson County Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. was shot Monday morning near the county courthouse in Steubenville, along the Ohio River roughly 30 miles west of Pittsburgh. Steubenville City Manager James Mavromatis tells WTOV-TV that Bruzzese was talking after being wounded. He was flown to a Pittsburgh-area hospital. Investigators didn't immediately release further information about the judge's condition or the suspect. The suspect's body could be seen lying next to...
  • Ex-cop convicted of murder from days as alleged gang member

    08/21/2017 6:44:06 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 1 replies
    LOS ANGELES— A reputed gang member who beat a murder charge decades ago and went on to land a job as a police officer was convicted Thursday of the 30-year-old killing after DNA evidence put him at the crime scene. Pierre Romain, 53, was convicted in Los Angeles Superior Court of first-degree murder for a botched carjacking outside a Hollywood nightclub in June 1987. Romain was trying to steal a customized 1984 Nissan 300 ZX that was identical to a friend's car he had recently crashed, police said. He fatally shot Jade Clark behind the wheel of the car and...
  • Emails show lobbying firm had wide reach during de Blasio's first term

    As Mayor Bill de Blasio’s staff first learned to navigate the city’s vast bureaucracy, they sought regular help from an eager lobbying firm that had much to gain in return. Commissioners and employees across city agencies solicited the advice of the firm Capalino + Company to shape policy, raise funds for events and answer technical questions on myriad aspects of municipal government, according to thousands of pages of emails reviewed by POLITICO New York. The emails, obtained through a records request, show Capalino's stable of lobbyists was so entrenched in the minutiae of de Blasio's first term, they formed an...
  • Lawsuit: Cops subjected woman to 11-minute body cavity search during traffic stop

    08/20/2017 9:08:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    CBS News ^ | Julia Dahl
    On the evening of June 20, 2015, 20-year-old Charneshia Corley was pulled over by Harris County deputies for allegedly running a stop sign. According to a lawsuit Corley filed against the county, deputies claimed to smell marijuana coming from her car, but found none in a search of the vehicle. And that's when things escalated. A dashcam surveillance video, released Monday by Corley's attorney, shows a handcuffed Corley being thrown to the ground by a female officer. Although the video is somewhat obscured, the lawsuit claims that deputies took off Corley's pants, opened her legs, and searched her, shined a...
  • Va. Woman Gets 3.5 Years for Poisoning Her Coworkers' Coffee with Windex, Soap

    08/20/2017 4:56:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    News4San Antonio ^ | Thursday, August 17th 2017
    A Virginia woman has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for poisoning her coworkers' coffee with Windex and dish soap. Loudoun County Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Plowman announced the sentence Thursday for 33-year-old Mayda Rivera Juarez of Sterling. She pleaded guilty in February to adulteration of food with intent to injure.
  • Woman Stuck in Swimming Pool Turns to Facebook for Help

    08/20/2017 4:49:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    kob4 ^ | August 20, 2017
    A New Hampshire woman who became stuck in a swimming pool after the ladder broke turned to Facebook to ask for help getting out. Sixty-one-year-old Leslie Kahn was swimming in her pool Aug. 11 when the ladder broke, leaving her stranded. She said she didn't have the strength to pull herself. No one else was home and her cellphone was inside. She used a pool pole to drag the chair her iPad was on and posted
  • Brooklyn Cop Shot my Dog — and Nearly Killed Me Too

    08/20/2017 4:45:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    New York Post ^ | August 19, 2017 | Kathianne Boniello
    A Brooklyn woman whose beloved dog was gunned down by cops claims she was nearly shot herself during the March incident. Laura Stephen said she was just three feet away from her “life partner,” a Catahoula mix named Ziggy, and trying to leash him when he was killed. She alleges that the officer fired without warning and falsely claimed the dog had charged him. The dog was simply responding to her call after she had briefly let him off leash,
  • "Proud to be an American" played at Long Beach Tiki Festival

    08/20/2017 2:16:06 PM PDT · by Shark24 · 1 replies
    Vanity ^ | Aug 20, 2017 | Shark24
    Long Beach has an annual Tiki Festival that is a small family oriented event but that also gets some pretty good Hawaiian and Polynesian dance groups for entertainment. I dropped by this morning and was surprised and happy to hear Lee Greenwood's "Proud to be an American" playing just as I walked up. One of the Hawaiian dance groups played it as the young ladies did a slow "hula" to the music. It was very well done and the crowd loved it. Just wanted to share a refreshing patriotic moment from a place you would not expect.
  • Huge number of 18-wheelers on the highways

    08/20/2017 10:30:29 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 67 replies
    The highway | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    Incredible number of big rigs on the highways. It is a sure sign of a booming economy. Where's the media?
  • Surveillance Video Captures Walmart Security Guard Allegedly Mow Over Bicyclist

    08/19/2017 11:25:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    KRQE ^ | August 17, 2017 | Madeline Schmitt
    Caught on camera, a Walmart security guard used her work car to allegedly run down a bicyclist in the store parking lot. KRQE News 13 has obtained the surveillance video and police lapel video from the incident. It happened around 6:30 p.m. on July 21 at the Walmart near Coors and I-40. Surveillance cameras were on and rolling in the store’s back lot when a Walmart security guard car appeared traveling north. A few seconds later, a bicyclist entered the frame headed south. Immediately, the security car turned around and beelined for the man on the bike at a clearly...
  • NYC’s Most ‘Undateable’ Man Is Still Looking for Love

    08/19/2017 11:21:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 50 replies
    New York Post ^ | August 19, 2017 | Oli Coleman
    Billy Peck says he spent three days in bed feeling “crushed” after he was mercilessly branded “New York’s Most Undateable Man” following a blind-date feature in Time Out New York that went viral. The aspiring actor — who also works in the hospitality industry — was lambasted online for appearing to scold his Time Out set-up, a Condé Nast employee named Alyssa Marino, with quips that she “didn’t have the goods” and “annoyed the s–t out of me.” Peck claims he was misquoted (Time Out stands by the story), and says social-media ­users told him “to kill himself” and “I...