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  • Corbett son-in-law under federal investigation (Penna)

    01/31/2013 4:18:49 PM PST · by FlJoePa · 11 replies
    philly.com ^ | 1-31-13 | Inquirer Staff
    Inquirer staff Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013, 5:47 PM The son-in-law of Gov. Corbett, a narcotics officer with the Philadelphia Police Department, is under investigation by the FBI and was removed from the street today, sources said. The Philadelphia Police department confirmed that a narcotics officer was taken off the street and placed on administrative leave Thursday, following the results of an FBI and Internal Affairs investigation. The department said it would not identify the officer because he had not been arrested or formally charged. He was identified by sources as Gerold Gibson, Corbett's son-in-law. Gov. Corbett, attending a Chamber...
  • From gay members to atheist scouts: The Boy Scouts America deserves

    01/31/2013 2:04:01 PM PST · by barmag25 · 25 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 1/29/2013 | Herb Silverman
    That’s one small step for tolerance, but one giant leap for states’ rights. The modified policy would, in effect, kick the can down the road to local sponsors, who could continue the abominable policy of deeming gay teenagers too “immoral” to participate in Boy Scout activities. There is no similar step forward for atheists. This modified policy would still require local groups to discriminate against atheists, apparently because the Boy Scout Oath implies that an atheist can’t be “morally straight” unless he can do his “duty to God.” Using this twisted logic, a number of courageous and honest atheists have...
  • North Korean parents 'eating their own children' after being driven mad by hunger

    01/31/2013 1:57:25 PM PST · by Renfield · 22 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 1-27-2013 | Becky Evans
    A starving man in North Korea has been executed after murdering his two children for food, reports from inside the secretive state claim. A 'hidden famine' in the farming provinces of North and South Hwanghae is believed to have killed up to 10,000 people and there are fears that incidents of cannibalism have risen. The grim story is just one to emerge as residents battle starvation after a drought hit farms and shortages were compounded by party officials confiscating food. Undercover reporters from Asia Press told the Sunday Times that one man dug up his grandchild's corpse and ate it....
  • Report: Up to $25M welfare waste

    01/31/2013 11:32:07 AM PST · by massmike · 11 replies
    http://bostonherald.com ^ | 01/31/2013 | Chris Cassidy
    Bay State taxpayers are doling out a staggering $25 million a year to welfare recipients who may not even be eligible to collect, according to a blistering new report from one of the state’s top fraud fighters. The report, focused on families with at least one child, 
estimated that almost 10 percent of the 51,311 families on welfare are able to collect benefits from the Department of Transitional 
Assistance without having to provide the right documentation. The inspector general’s eye-opening study found the welfare department is awarding benefits to recipients who: • work outside jobs — a welfare violation that...
  • Missouri School to Cut Kids' Hair for Drug Test

    01/31/2013 10:16:50 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 66 replies
    Newser ^ | 01/31/2013 | Mark Russell,
    One Kansas City high school is taking the war on drugs to the next level. Beginning this fall, Rockhurst High School will require students to submit their hair for random drug tests, reports KSHB. In a somewhat bizarre-sounding process, a staff member who happens to be a barber will cut about 60 strands from randomly selected students' heads or bodies. (KSHB helpfully clarifies that hair in private areas will not be touched.) The Jesuit institution will then test for everything from cocaine and PCP to pot and signs of binge drinking; the test is said to be able to identify...
  • In Vietnam, rage growing over loss of land rights

    01/30/2013 11:35:44 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 31, 2013 1:26 AM EST | Chris Brummitt
    Faced with a group of farmers refusing to give up their land for a housing project, the Communist Party officials negotiating the deal devised a solution: They went to a bank, opened accounts in the names of the holdouts and deposited what they decided was fair compensation. Then they took the land. The farmers, angry at the sum and now forced to compete for jobs in a stuttering economy, blocked the main road connecting the capital to the north of the country for one day in December. In a macabre gesture, some clambered into coffins. Police who came to break...
  • NY Times says Chinese hacked paper’s computers

    01/30/2013 10:54:05 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 31, 2013 1:29 AM EST
    The New York Times says Chinese hackers repeatedly penetrated its computer networks over the past four months, stealing reporters’ passwords and hunting for files on an investigation into the wealth amassed by the family of one of China's leaders. … The attacks coincided with a Times’ investigation into how the family and relatives of Premier Wen Jiabao built a fortune worth more than $2 billion. …
  • (Coming to America) Zimbabwe Finance Minister Admits: 'We've Only Got £138.34 in the Bank'

    01/30/2013 6:59:50 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 7 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 30 January 2013 | Dan Newling
    • Tendai Biti made the announcement at press conference declaring: 'Last week when we paid civil servants there was $217 in government coffers' • However he today contradicted his claims by saying the following day $30m was paid into government accounts • Result is culmination of years of ruinous economic policy by Zimbabwe's despotic President Robert Mugabe Zimbabwe's finance minister has taken a hard look at the cash strapped country's bank accounts - and discovered it only has £138 and 34 pence left. Tendai Biti made the announcement at press conference yesterday declaring: 'Last week when we paid civil servants...
  • Niners CB says openly gay players would not be welcomed on the team

    01/30/2013 6:42:01 PM PST · by izzatzo · 42 replies
    Yahoo via Drudge ^ | 01/30/2013 | Martin Rogers
    NEW ORLEANS – San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver has made inflammatory comments regarding homosexuality in football just a few days before Super Bowl XLVII. Shock jock Artie Lange revealed he had interviewed Culliver at media day Tuesday and aired a segment on his show that night, where the player insisted that any gay players would not be welcome on the team. "I don't do the gay guys man," said Culliver, whose Niners play the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. "I don't do that. No, we don't got no gay people on the team, they gotta get up out of here...
  • Last surviving Andrews Sisters member Patty Andrews dies at 94

    01/30/2013 5:33:48 PM PST · by massmike · 48 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 01/30/2013 | Associated Press
    Patty Andrews, the last surviving member of the singing Andrews Sisters trio whose hits such as the rollicking "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B" and the poignant "I Can Dream, Can't I?" captured the home-front spirit of World War II, died Wednesday. She was 94. Andrews died of natural causes at her home in the Los Angeles suburb of Northridge, said family spokesman Alan Eichler in a statement. Patty was the Andrews in the middle, the lead singer and chief clown, whose raucous jitterbugging delighted American servicemen abroad and audiences at home. She could also deliver sentimental ballads like...
  • Teen girl who performed at Obama inauguration killed in Chicago shooting

    01/30/2013 11:27:38 AM PST · by South40 · 67 replies
    CBSNews.com ^ | January 30, 2013
    A teenage girl who attended presidential inauguration activities in Washington earlier this month was shot to death at a Chicago park. Police say 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton was shot in the back Tuesday and later died at University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital. An unidentified boy was shot in the leg and is being treated at the hospital. No arrests have been made. Hadiya was a majorette with the King College Prep High School band, which performed at several inaugural events. CBS Chicago affiliate WBBM-TV reports she was also an honor student and volleyball player.
  • Poll to FReep

    01/30/2013 9:49:44 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    CNN.com ^ | Right now
    Should the Boy Scouts of America end its policy against allowing openly gay members?
  • Would-be carjackers foiled by mysteries of the stick shift

    01/29/2013 4:41:10 PM PST · by grundle · 101 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | January 29, 2013 | Eric Pfeiffer
    An attempted stickup was confounded by a car’s stick shift, when would-be carjackers failed to understand the mechanics behind a manual transmission. Randolph Bean tells WOFL FOX 35 that two men attempted to steal his 2002 yellow Corvette at gunpoint outside an Orlando hospital, but they ended up running away after they couldn’t figure out how to drive his car. "They apparently couldn't start it,” Bean 51, is quoted as saying in a police report. “I had to tell him four different times to push in the clutch, because it's a standard transmission." After several failed attempts, the thieves eventually...
  • Scouts Consider Breaking Camp with Tradition

    01/29/2013 3:46:14 PM PST · by fwdude · 45 replies
    Family Research Council ^ | January 29, 2013 | Family Research Council
    January 29, 2013 - Tuesday For 103 years, the mission of the Boy Scouts has been "to prepare young people to make ethical choices." Unfortunately, the organization's leadership seems less inclined to make those same choices themselves, as rumors swirl that the Board is on the verge of reversing its longtime policy on homosexuality. To most parents, the news that the Scouts were even considering a change is a shock. After all, it was just seven months ago that the same spokesman told reporters that, after a two-year review, a special committee had unanimously recommended keeping the ban. "The vast...
  • Skeeter? A CNN Journalist Did a Segment Insinuating Obama’s Lying About His Shooting

    01/29/2013 1:05:03 PM PST · by grundle · 40 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | January 29, 2013 | Jonathon M. Seidl
    If there are truthers and birthers, should there now be a new term for those who are doubting President Obama’s claim that he goes skeet shooting “all the time”? And should that term be “skeeters”? If so, count CNN’s rising young star Erin Burnett among the gadflies. During a segment on Monday night, Burnett took over two minutes to dissect the president’s shooting claim — and she found it wanting. “Obama the skeet shooter,” she began. “Yeah, I’m not making this up. I mean, if someone is, it isn’t me.” She then played the clip of CNN’s Jessica Yellin confronting...
  • Obama vs. Fox News -- behind the White House strategy to delegitimize a news organization

    01/29/2013 12:44:05 PM PST · by Jonah Vark · 26 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | January 29, 2013 | Kirsten Powers
    There is no war on terror for the Obama White House, but there is one on Fox News. In a recent interview with The New Republic, President Obama was back to his grousing about the one television news outlet in America that won’t fall in line and treat him as emperor. Discussing breaking Washington's partisan gridlock, the president told TNR,"If a Republican member of Congress is not punished on Fox News...for working with a Democrat on a bill of common interest, then you’ll see more of them doing it." Alas, the president loves to whine about the media meanies at...
  • Pizza Chain Makes Special Delivery for Soldier in Afghanistan (blurry screen alert)

    01/29/2013 7:28:39 AM PST · by rawhide · 14 replies
    abcnews ^ | 1-29-13 | Susan Clarke
    Army National Guard Maj. Shawn Fulker is thousands of miles away serving in Afghanistan, and when his wife's birthday came around, he decided he wanted to do something very special. Josephine Fulker loves Mellow Mushroom pizza,so her husband emailed Mellow Mushroom's corporate website on Thursday to ask whether one of the company's Jacksonville stores could deliver a pizza and a $50 gift card to his wife at their Jacksonville, Fla., home.If they could, he said, he would call the store and pay for it with his credit card. Mellow Mushroom did one better. Unbeknownst to Shawn Fulker,a local Mellow Mushroom...
  • Experts find new evidence in submarine mystery

    01/29/2013 7:04:46 AM PST · by libstripper · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 28, 2013 | BRUCE SMITH
    Researchers say they may have the final clues needed to solve the mystery of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley, which never resurfaced after it became the first sub in history to sink an enemy warship, taking its eight-man crew to a watery grave.
  • Agenda 21 Radio Thread Mon. Jan. 28 (9-10 PM PT)

    01/28/2013 9:05:31 PM PST · by Texas Eagle · 3 replies
    Agenda21Radio.com ^ | 1/28/13 | Paul Preston and Chriss Street
    Agenda21Radio is hosted by Paul Preston and Chriss Street. The show airs Monday thru Friday from 9 to 10 PM Pacific Time on 1410AM Marysville, CA and is simulcast on MySYTV.comCall in questions and comments at 530-742-5555. Or e-mail... Paul Preston at paul@edtalkradio.com Chriss@chrissstreetandcompany.com http://www.mysytv.net/kmyclive.html
  • Three arrested in Oompa Loompa attack

    01/28/2013 8:56:13 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 12 replies
    UPI ^ | January 28, 2013
    NORWICH, England, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- British police said they have arrested a trio of suspects in an assault involving four attackers, two of whom were dressed as Oompa Loompas. Norwich police said the three suspects, two men in their late teens and one in his early 20s, were arrested Saturday on charges of grievous bodily harm, the Norfolk Eastern Daily Press reported Monday.