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  • Muslim Staff Escape NHS Hygiene Rule

    08/12/2013 3:38:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    Muslim doctors and nurses are to be allowed to opt out of strict hygiene rules introduced by the NHS to restrict the spread of hospital superbugs.Female staff who follow the Islamic faith will be allowed to cover their arms to preserve their modesty despite earlier guidance that all staff should be "bare below the elbow". The Department of Health has also relaxed rules prohibiting jewellery so that Sikh members of staff can wear bangles linked with their faith, providing they are pushed up the arm while the medic treats a patient. The Mail on Sunday reported the change had been...
  • City officials urge ban on 'potentially offensive' language (Seattle: "citizens","brown bag")

    08/01/2013 8:55:24 PM PDT · by Stoat · 80 replies
    KOMO TV (Seattle) ^ | August 1, 2013 | Luke Duecy
    SEATTLE - An internal memo at Seattle City Hall is causing quite a stir. It suggests government workers no longer use the terms "citizen," or "brown bag."  According to the Office for Civil Rights, the terms are potentially offensive and other words should be used. "Luckily, we've got options," Elliott Bronstein of the Office for Civil Rights wrote in the memo. "For 'citizens,' how about 'residents?'" Bronstein wrote. The Office of Civil Rights says Seattle serves all residents, whether they're United States citizens or not. And while city leaders publicize "brown bag" lunch meetings as a way to designate...
  • YOU ARE CRAZY: New Psychiatric Guidelines Target Hoarding...and a Host of Other “Illnesses”

    05/23/2013 8:50:54 AM PDT · by Old Sarge · 98 replies
    SHTFPlan.com ^ | 21 MAY 2013 | Mac Slavo
    It’s not a stretch to suggest that Americans are over medicated. In 2011 doctors across the nation wrote an astounding four billion medical prescriptions, amounting to an average of 13 prescriptions for every man, woman and child in the United States. In the next few weeks the American Psychiatric Associations is releasing their updated fifth version their Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5); the so-called ‘bible’ of psychiatric diagnoses. The new manual promises to take mental illness and the use of prescription drugs to a whole new level. You may not be considered “crazy” or “mentally ill” today,...
  • Team Obama's 'superstitious obsessive-compulsive disorder'

    12/26/2012 9:05:28 AM PST · by ColdOne · 9 replies
    politico44 ^ | 12/26/12 | DONOVAN SLACK
    , the brain trust in Chicago was also obsessed with superstitions, particularly after the president’s disastrous performance in Denver at the first debate. As Thrush and Martin report, the unlikely ringleader of the “superstitious obsessive-compulsive disorder” was the uber-rational David Plouffe. Here are some fun tidbits they dug up about the guidelines the Obama camp followed before the second debate: No Thai food, because that’s what the team ate before the Denver debate. No one can wear the same clothes they wore before Denver. No one can follow the same exercise routine. (“If you had gone for a jog thirteen...
  • Grammar sticklers may have OCD

    07/28/2012 8:48:38 PM PDT · by garjog · 132 replies
    The Web of Language Blog ^ | Sun, 24 Jun 2012 | By Dennis Baron
    t used to be we thought that people who went around correcting other people’s grammar were just plain annoying. Now there’s evidence they are actually ill, suffering from a type of obsessive-compulsive disorder/oppositional defiant disorder (OCD/ODD). Researchers are calling it Grammatical Pedantry Syndrome, or GPS. Maybe you’ve heard of the grammar gene—its technical name is the FOXP2 gene—which may be responsible for a variety of grammatical ills, such as the inability to construct compound/complex sentences or to effectively deploy the passive voice. Now there’s evidence that a variant of that gene, FOXP2.1, may actually cause us to obsessively correct other...
  • Islamists destroy 2 more tombs in Mali's Timbuktu

    07/10/2012 5:20:20 PM PDT · by EBH · 12 replies
    ap ^ | 7/10/12 | BABA AHMED
    Islamic extremists destroyed another two mausoleums in the northern Malian city of Timbuktu on Tuesday, attacking a graveyard attached to the city's most picturesque mosque, according to a historian specializing in the area's heritage. Salem Ould Elhadj, a researcher at the Ahmed Baba Institute in Timbuktu, said the members of the radical sect set out with picks and shovels to raze the tombs of two of Timbuktu's scholars, Baba Babadje and Mahamane Foulane, both of whom are considered saints. Their mausoleums are in a cemetery attached to the nearly 700-year-old Djingareyber mosque, built in 1325. It's made of mud and...
  • Muslim group in Egypt: "Eating tomatoes is forbidden because they are Christian" [see the Cross]

    06/17/2012 6:40:39 AM PDT · by SJackson · 92 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 6-17-12
    See the cross? See it? Why are you laughing? Warning! Your salad could be making you into an Infidel! "Salafist group warns tomatoes are 'Christian,'” by Angie Nassar for NowLebanon.com, June 12 (thanks to Lachlan) ...A Salafist group called the Popular Egyptian Islamic Association has come under fire after sending out a warning on Facebook urging its followers not to eat tomatoes because the vegetable (or fruit) is a Christian food. The group posted a photo on its page of a tomato - which appears to reveal the shape of a cross after being cut in half – along with...
  • OCD, Me and Vitamin D: A Trip of Extremes

    04/20/2012 6:42:12 AM PDT · by stillafreemind · 20 replies
    Yahoo ^ | April 19th, 2012 | Sherry Tomfeld
    I'm almost 60 now, and my OCD has changed dramatically. Looking back, a direct connection between my severest symptoms, and the lack or abundance of Vitamin D, seems clear. As a child, I was allergic to milk and was raised on soybean formula. I practically lived outside and took jobs, like bean row walking and picking tomatoes. I did not start suffering from OCD until I started working in factories and restaurants. I spent a few years farming, and the OCD ebbed. Next I started trucking and worked in confinement hog buildings. I did a total tailspin and the OCD...
  • Columbia Association to hold woman-only swim times

    11/14/2011 7:19:42 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 34 replies
    baltimoresun.com ^ | Nov.14, 2011 | Jessica Anderson
    When Shehlla Khan's husband became ill, it fell on her to take their three children to the pool. But for Khan, who is Muslim, the task was difficult. The Columbia resident said she was concerned about people watching her swim in the conservative, cover-all dress required by Islamic dress codes, and thinking: "What's wrong? Why can't you take it off?" So Khan, 39, brought the issue up with members of her Dar Al-Taqwa mosque in Ellicott City. The mosque, along with members of a faith-based county group, People Acting Together in Howard, met with the Columbia Association to create a...
  • Frail couple suspected of manslaughter over death of OCD daughter

    02/08/2011 7:21:35 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | February 6, 2011 | Richard Savill and John Bingham
    An elderly couple have been arrested on suspicion of killing their daughter who died after two decades battling an extreme form of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Ken and Marion Hancox, who are both in ill health, have spent eight months under suspicion of the manslaughter of their housebound daughter, Samantha, a former law student. The 40-year-old developed a crippling phobia of germs which forced her to shower up to 20 hours a day and left her incapable of cooking for herself. She developed the disorder as a student and had needed constant care from her parents ever since. By the time...
  • Saudi Man Couldn’t Identify Dead Wife After Fatal Car Wreck...

    12/07/2010 10:49:56 AM PST · by florm15 · 54 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | December 6, 2010 | Jim Hoft
    …Until Her Veil Was Put Back Over Her Face A Saudi man could not identify his wife after a fatal car accident without her veil on. He’d never seen her face. Emirates 24 reported, via Jihad Watch: After nearly 10 years of marriage that produced five children, Mufleh Mohammed of Saudi Arabia still has not seen his wife’s face. Mohammed Hilal, another Saudi husband, could not identify his wife who was killed in a road crash until her veil was put back on her face. Mufleh and Mohammed are among many Saudi men who have never seen the face of...
  • Can Strep Throat Cause Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

    11/09/2010 10:40:58 PM PST · by LucyT · 47 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 08, 2010 | By Dr. Keith Ablow
    For years, researchers have wondered about a connection between children getting strep throat and later showing symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a frequently debilitating condition affecting millions of Americans in which those afflicted think repetitive thoughts they don’t want to or perform compulsive, ritualistic behaviors they wish they didn’t have to— ..." The thinking has been that strep throat bacteria trigger the production of antibodies that end up not only targeting strep, but “mistakenly” acting on an enzyme in the brain, which is involved in making brain chemical messengers. In so doing, the antibodies to the strep...
  • Researchers Find Clues to 'Pack-Rat' Urge

    12/18/2004 7:05:24 AM PST · by MississippiMasterpiece · 87 replies · 6,588+ views
    WebMD Medical News ^ | Dec. 17, 2004 | Miranda Hitti
    Attention, pack rats: science may have figured you out. Researchers say they've found an area of the brain that seems to govern the urge to collect. For most people, collecting is a perfectly healthy behavior. It's an outlet for expressing passion for just about anything, such as stamps, wine, art, shoes, or Elvis memorabilia. Collecting is also common among animals, and not just for food. It's been observed in creatures great and small, from mammals to insects. For instance, some birds can't resist aluminum and bright objects, while hamsters gather glass beads when given the chance. But in rare cases,...
  • 52 cats taken from Elkhart woman's home

    03/13/2010 2:27:28 PM PST · by Chet 99 · 31 replies · 675+ views
    52 cats and one dog were removed from the home of a 76 year old Elkhart woman Tuesday by Elkhart Police Department's animal control officer and Humane Society workers. Elkhart Humane Society Assistant Director Rachel Dennis says the cats and dog are all in poor health, suffering from respiratory problems, matted eyes and infested with insects. Adult Protective Services was called to assist the 76 year old woman who was living in the feces covered trailer. The woman is now living with a family member. Elkhart Police say a maintenance worker at Four Season Trailer Park flagged down an animal...
  • House Of Filth: Nearly 100 Cats Found In NJ Home

    03/28/2009 7:53:47 AM PDT · by alice_in_bubbaland · 68 replies · 2,028+ views
    wcbstv.com ^ | Mar, 28, 2009 | Sean Hennessey
    SPCA Officials Stunned After 2 Feet Of Feces Found In Room Of House Located In Million-Dollar Community Officers Say It's One Of The Worst Cases Ever Reported Reporting Sean Hennessey CHESTER TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBS) ― One New Jersey SPCA official said it was probably the worst case he's ever seen.
  • Authorities investigate how Valrico woman found among cats, clutter came to live that way

    06/30/2009 5:28:23 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 14 replies · 3,357+ views
    VALRICO — It took 15 minutes to get through the front door of a $300,000 house. Investigators used broomsticks and mop handles to push away debris. From inside a gated Valrico community, they removed a frail older woman and some of her cats — eight dead and 15 alive. Hillsborough County Animal Services said both the woman and the cats appeared neglected. The Department of Children and Families was summoned, to see whether 74-year-old Alice Santy, a woman who showed signs of hoarding, needed help. Now, the Sheriff's Office is investigating to see how Mrs. Santy, who is married, came...
  • Hoarder Dies After Becoming Lost in Maze of His Own Trash

    01/08/2009 7:34:02 PM PST · by RDTF · 97 replies · 1,917+ views
    Fox ^ | Jan 8, 2009 | Sun UK
    An eccentric loner in Britain hoarded so much trash he had to burrow through it to get around his home — then got lost in the maze of tunnels Friday and died of thirst. Human mole Gordon Stewart, 74, had filled his rooms up to the ceiling with 10 years’ worth of garbage and clutter, making it impossible to walk around. -snip-
  • Children Pulled From a House of Filth

    12/29/2009 9:08:57 PM PST · by Sam_Damon · 29 replies · 1,450+ views
    WTRF-TV ^ | December 29, 2009 | Crissy Clutter
    AMSTERDAM, Ohio -- Deputies found garbage wall to wall inside the Amsterdam home and now one parent is facing charges. The 10-year-old girl and 6-year-old boy are in the care of a foster parent tonight and the father is facing a charge of child endangerment. Sheriff Fred Abdalla said me he did not arrest the mother because she is pregnant with the couples third child.
  • The Paper Chase

    10/26/2003 2:52:19 PM PST · by sarcasm · 8 replies · 23,750+ views
    The New York Times ^ | October 26, 2003 | FRANZ LIDZ
    y father never had much use for fairy tales. The fifth of five brothers raised in a one-bedroom tenement on the Lower East Side, he preferred real-life grotesqueries. And so at bedtime, I would listen raptly to his urban horror stories, tales that filled the dark with chimera, bogeymen, golems.The most macabre was the tale of the Collyer Brothers, the hermit hoarders of Harlem. In lugubrious tones not unlike Boris Karloff's, my father described the vague aura of evil that had endowed the four-story brownstone on the northwest corner of Fifth Avenue and 128th Street for much of the 1930's...
  • Breaking News Repeat Posts

    06/08/2010 7:13:42 AM PDT · by Integrityrocks · 143 replies · 156+ views
    IntegrityRocks
    First post ever. I would like to suggest that those who get so annoyed at repeat breaking news posts try to chill a bit and remember that there are four time zones in the U.S.. Also people in other countries check in for news. I am in Alaska and by 6:00 am my time it is already 10:00 on the East coast; so what some Freeper addicts may have seen before is new news to us in Alaska. So be kind and don't get so annoyed; there are way more important things to get wound up about.
  • OCD? Your Immune System Could Be to Blame

    05/28/2010 8:31:24 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies · 589+ views
    ScienceNOW ^ | May 27, 2010 | Mitch Leslie
    Enlarge Image Too clean. Both mice lack the gene Hoxb8, but the animal on the right has received bone marrow from a healthy mouse, curbing its tendency to groom compulsively. Credit: Shau-Kwaun Chen/University of Utah School of Medicine Some people just can't help themselves. They wash their hands over and over, scrubbing their skin raw. Or they lock and relock doors, pull out their own hair, or obsessively rearrange the contents of their closet. Now, a study of mice suggests that faulty immune cells prompt such compulsive behaviors. The results raise the possibility of treating obsessive-compulsive disorder by targeting...
  • Who's Your Daddies? Part 1

    05/11/2010 6:18:55 AM PDT · by Brittany Pounders · 18 replies · 528+ views
    www.LibertyJuice.com ^ | May 11, 2010 | Brittany Pounders
    I have a big problem. It shadows me daily and I think I might need help. It seems that I can’t ever walk away from a debate, specifically on a political issue that I believe strongly in… and those are numerous. One debate that particularly continues to get under my skin happens when a liberal gets backed into the corner and is forced to confront his belief against the Constitution and all that it covers and he immediately reverts to the old line, “Well, the Constitution is a living document and is meant to grow with the times.” Yet, I’ve...
  • Global warming fears seen in obsessive compulsive disorder patients

    05/07/2010 1:25:22 PM PDT · by pissant · 18 replies · 400+ views
    Psychiatry Congress ^ | 5/7/10 | staff
    A recent study has found that global warming has impacted the nature of symptoms experienced by obsessive compulsive disorder patients. Climate change related obsessions and/or compulsions were identified in 28% of patients presenting with obsessive compulsive disorder. Their obsessions included leaving taps on and wasting water, leaving lights on and wasting electricity, pets dying of thirst, leaving the stove on and wasting gas as well as obsessions that global warming had contributed to house floors cracking, pipes leaking, roof problems and white ants eating the house. Compulsions in response to these obsessions included the checking of taps, light switches, pet...
  • Apple passes Microsoft to become second-largest company in S&P 500

    04/22/2010 5:36:55 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 23 replies · 717+ views
    Mac Daily News ^ | April 22, 2010
    Matt Phillips reports for The Wall Street Journal that Howard Silverblatt, "the Standard & Poor’s analyst who serves as a sort of high priest of all things S&P 500," sent out a note moments ago: It came right down to the trade, but AAPL has an index market value of $241,534 million and MSFT has a market value of $239,515 million – AAPL is #2. What a Job Phillips reports, "Just for the record, this doesn’t mean that Apple has a flat out bigger market capitalization than its old nemesis. The S&P 500 is a 'float adjusted market capitalization weighted'...
  • Email Advice Over Past Year (HUMOR)

    02/27/2010 9:42:26 AM PST · by illiac · 413+ views
    My email ^ | 2/27/10 | Self
    As we have come to a new year - I want to thank all of you for your educational e-mails over the past year. I am totally screwed up now and have little chance of recovery.
  • Study shows why it is so scary to lose money

    02/09/2010 5:55:20 AM PST · by shove_it · 9 replies · 406+ views
    Rooters ^ | 8 Feb 10
    People are afraid to lose money and an unusual study released on Monday explains why -- the brain's fear center controls the response to a gamble. U.S. | Science | Health | Lifestyle The study of two women with brain lesions that made them unafraid to lose on a gamble showed the amygdala, the brain's fear center, activates at the very thought of losing money. [...]
  • School cafeterias expand vegetarian options (Miami)

    12/08/2009 8:44:12 AM PST · by markomalley · 51 replies · 1,062+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 12/8/2009 | HANNAH SAMPSON AND KATHLEEN McGRORY
    For Ashley Valentín, giving up meat was easy. The hard part: finding something to eat in the school cafeteria. ``At first, there weren't that many options,'' said Ashley, 17, a senior at Miami Sunset High. ``There was always pizza. But eating pizza all the time is unhealthy.'' School cafeterias are taking note. While the Miami-Dade school district has long offered vegetarian items, it debuted three new vegan options this year: faux chicken nuggets, veggie burgers and hummus platters. The Broward school district also added veggie burgers to menus districtwide. And cafeterias are now offering vegetarian and vegan salads daily --...
  • Surgery for Mental Ills Offers Both Hope and Risk

    11/28/2009 1:41:27 PM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies · 1,076+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 27, 2009 | BENEDICT CAREY
    One was a middle-aged man who refused to get into the shower. The other was a teenager who was afraid to get out. The man, Leonard, a writer living outside Chicago, found himself completely unable to wash himself or brush his teeth. The teenager, Ross, growing up in a suburb of New York, had become so terrified of germs that he would regularly shower for seven hours. Each received a diagnosis of severe obsessive-compulsive disorder, or O.C.D., and for years neither felt comfortable enough to leave the house. But leave they eventually did, traveling in desperation to a hospital in...
  • No name-calling (Baghdad Jim's Rude secretary)

    06/17/2009 6:49:49 PM PDT · by llevrok · 58 replies · 1,908+ views
    Shenanigans (Politico.Com) ^ | 6/17/09 | Anne Schroeder
    If you want to score a meeting with Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.), know this: His scheduler/office manager, Elizabeth Becton, is to be addressed by her full name — not Liz or any other variant. An executive assistant at McBee Strategic recently learned this the hard way. A few weeks ago, the assistant e-mailed Becton seeking a meeting with McDermott and a client, JPMorgan Chase. Days later, the assistant checked back in and unfortunately began the e-mail with “Hi Liz.” Becton curtly replied, “Who is Liz?” When the assistant wrote back with an apology, Becton turned up the heat. “I do...
  • Elderly Pasco County man accused of shooting and killing neighbor, 29, whose pit bull killed

    04/25/2009 6:48:33 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 36 replies · 2,020+ views
    81-year-old accused in killing By Erin Sullivan, Times Staff Writer Published Saturday, April 25, 2009 SHADY HILLS — The man was shirtless, belly to the sun, near a patch of purple wildflowers. He laid where he fell, splayed, just before 1 p.m. Saturday, between the road and his neighbor's chain-link fence. Seth Sigmon, 29, lived on the dead-end side of Connie Court in Shady Hills. Neighbors say he has a son and that his wife was getting out of the shower when he was slain. Authorities say his next-door neighbor, 81-year-old John Croft, shot Sigmon multiple times with a .22...
  • Girl, 3, rescued from pitbull's jaws

    04/24/2009 9:28:46 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 18 replies · 1,332+ views
    Saturday, April 25th 2009 NEIGHBOURS rescued a girl from disfigurement or death after a pitbull attacked her and was in the process of chewing on the infant's face. Three-year-old Nathalia Jones's rescuers found her being mauled by the dog near her home on Thursday. She was last night a patient at the San Fernando General Hospital. It took 30 stitches to close the wounds. Little Nathalia was playing with her cousins when the dog pounced on her. "The dog grabbed my child's head and was biting. And when people see this they began pulling away the dog. I still can't...
  • Scrubbing My Hands Till They Bled,... I Was a SLAVE to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

    04/07/2009 10:22:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies · 1,192+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 07th April 2009 | SONIA POULTON
    Condemned: Experts claim obsessive compulsive disorder is a life sentence Scrubbing my hands again and again until they almost bleed. Obsessively tapping objects hundreds of times before I can leave the house. Even kissing my purse over and over again. These are the weird and distressing rituals I have lived with since I became a slave to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder when I was a child. It is a psychological illness that has, on more than one occasion, brought me literally to my knees. With its threatening, fearful thoughts and laborious rituals, it has been the bane of my life. For...
  • Police Making Arrests in Phelps Pot Scandal: County Investigators Trying to Build Case

    02/12/2009 9:26:50 AM PST · by lewisglad · 37 replies · 974+ views
    MSNBC & Assocaited Press ^ | updated 41 minutes ago
    COLUMBIA, S.C. - Authorities in the South Carolina county where Michael Phelps was photographed smoking from a marijuana pipe have been arresting people as they seek to make a case against the superstar swimmer, lawyers for two arrested people said Thursday. Attorneys Joseph McCulloch and Dick Harpootlian told The Associated Press they each represent a client charged with possession of marijuana who were questioned about the party Phelps attended near the University of South Carolina campus in November. The lawyers said the two clients were renters at the house where the party apparently took place. Harpootlian said his client was...
  • Shopaholic spinster found dead under 3ft of unopened goods

    01/08/2009 8:31:36 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 24 replies · 1,282+ views
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | January 9, 2009 | James Tozer
    A spinster who obsessively hoarded clothes died in her home after a mountain of suitcases fell on her, burying her alive. Joan Cunnane, 77, owned 300 scarves as well as thousands of trinkets and valuables. They took up so much space in her bungalow that she had only a 2ft-wide path to get around them, and her car and garage were packed with other goods. After she was reported missing earlier this week, it took police searching her home two days to sift through her possessions. Miss Cunnane was eventually found buried under a 3ft pile of cases in a...
  • Strange Animal Behaviors Could Indicate OCD (Prozac for Dogs)

    12/24/2008 3:07:43 PM PST · by CalifScreaming · 37 replies · 1,286+ views
    WBZ ^ | December 24th, 2008 | Paula Ebben
    We've all seen a dog endlessly chase its tail and wonder to ourselves, why do they do that? Now researchers believe those strange animal behaviors may actually be a psychiatric disorder. Deborah Santti was worried about her 10-month-old German Shepherd named Lucas. "It was out of control," she said of his constant tail chasing. Finally she decided to bring him to Tufts University animal behaviorist, Dr. Nick Dodman. The diagnosis: obsessive compulsive disorder. "OCD in pets is a real phenomenon," he explained. It's the same condition that affects millions of Americans who deal with obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors like...
  • Escaped Prisoner From Michigan Recaptured After 32 Years

    04/30/2008 3:11:33 PM PDT · by an amused spectator · 58 replies · 672+ views
    Michigan Live ^ | April 30, 2008 | AP
    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. marshals office in Grand Rapids says a woman who walked away from a Detroit-area prison in 1976 after being convicted on drug charges has been recaptured in California.Deputies say Susan Lefevre was living under the name of Marie Walsh in the San Diego suburb of Del Mar, Calif., when she was arrested Thursday at her home in an affluent neighborhood.Lefevre told them her husband and two children had no idea of her criminal conviction 32 years ago in Saginaw County or her escape from what now is the Robert Scott Correctional Facility in...
  • SPITZER'S (D-NY) LEGACY: A $3.6M PROBE TAB

    04/13/2008 3:32:07 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies · 100+ views
    NY Post ^ | 4/13/08 | BRENDAN SCOTT
    SPITZER'S LEGACY: A $3.6M PROBE TABBy BRENDAN SCOTT April 13, 2008 -- Eliot Spitzer's political and sexual shenanigans are costing taxpayers upwards of $3.6 million. **SNIP** This month, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo launched his second look at the Dirty Tricks saga: a far-reaching probe into whether Spitzer ordered the State Police to gather intelligence on Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno. It should double the estimated $150,000 the attorney general's office spent on the initial report that sparked the Spitzer's troubles last year. Meanwhile, the State Investigation Commission has launched an investigation of the investigations - those by the attorney general,...
  • American cuts more flights; fliers fume

    04/11/2008 8:09:26 AM PDT · by Santa Fe_Conservative · 23 replies · 234+ views
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | 4/11/07 | HARRY R. WEBER
    ATLANTA - Air traveler angst was sure to continue Friday as American Airlines grounded hundreds more flights. The financial toll and loss of goodwill likely would grow as well, as the inspection-related mess spread further to other carriers and hurt an industry already bleeding cash thanks to high fuel costs. Lawmakers were asking questions and some fed-up air travelers headed for trains. Others gave the airlines a pass, saying the companies were doing the best they could. "If somebody's got a choice between being in a plane crash and being late, is there a choice?" Jane Bernard, a writer from...
  • Dealing with border-jumping duffers (Golf Club Straddles US/Canada Border)

    04/11/2008 10:06:08 AM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 15 replies · 803+ views
    The Bugle-Observer (Woodstock, New Brunswick) ^ | April 11th, 2008 | Mark Rickard and Madeleine LeClerc
    Dealing with border-jumping duffers Enhanced security putting the future of unique Aroostook Valley Country Club at risk By Mark Rickard and Madeleine LeClerc Published Friday April 11th, 2008 Appeared on page A2 Will the only golf course that sits on both sides of the Canada-United States border fall victim to enhanced border security? The future of the Aroostook Valley Country Club – which has served both Americans and Canadians for 81 years – is in doubt if United States Customs border patrol officers enforce entry regulations at the club. For more than eight decades, Aroostook Valley has been a unique...
  • FAA says no way to American Airlines (Barf Alert)

    04/11/2008 4:48:54 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 76 replies · 165+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | Friday, April 11th 2008 | XANA O'NEILL and ADAM NICHOLS
    American airlines begged the feds Thursday to let it keep its fleet aloft, saying the fastenings that need to be checked pose no safety threat. The answer was no. The airline has grounded 2,500 flights since Tuesday, causing chaos for passengers nationwide, while it inspects latches and clamps on wiring covers as required by the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA yesterday ordered the 300 Boeing MD-80 jets to remain parked while mechanics made sure wire ties were exactly 1 inch apart and clamps faced the right way. More than 900 flights were scrapped yesterday, and the airport havoc is expected...
  • Feds call for 60-year sentence for Wilkes (defense contractor bribed Randy “Duke” Cunningham)

    01/21/2008 9:43:48 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 313+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 1/21/08 | Greg Moran
    SAN DIEGO – Federal probation officials are recommending that Brent Wilkes, the Poway defense contractor who was convicted of bribing former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, should be sentenced to 60 years in prison, according to court records. Wilkes was scheduled to be sentenced next Monday, but that has been postponed until Feb. 19 at the request of his lawyer, Mark Geragos. In court papers, Geragos said he needed more time to analyze and challenge the report from the federal probation office, which he received Jan. 15 – later than required under court rules. Such a lengthy sentence recommendation, even in...
  • Teacher in Teen Sex Case Arrested Again

    12/06/2007 12:18:24 PM PST · by Snickering Hound · 111 replies · 262+ views
    AP ^ | 12-05-07 | Mitch Stacy
    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A former teacher serving house arrest for having sex with a 14-year-old student was arrested on charges of violating her probation, state records show. According to a Department of Corrections report, Debra Lafave discussed her personal life and other subjects with a teenage waitress at a restaurant where both worked. One of the terms of her probation was that she was not allowed to have unsupervised contact with minors without permission. Lafave, 26, is serving three years of house arrest and seven years of probation after pleading guilty to having sex with the boy in a...
  • Debra Lafave arrested today

    12/04/2007 12:41:39 PM PST · by TornadoAlley3 · 105 replies · 731+ views
    www.tampabays10.com ^ | 12/04/07 | tampabays10
    <p>Tampa, Florida - According to records with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Debra Lafave was arrested today for violating her probation. The violation listed says she talked to a coworker who was 17 years old on various occasions.</p>
  • U.K.:Boy, 12, charged with assault after throwing cocktail sausage in 'Just William' prank

    08/22/2007 11:46:07 PM PDT · by Stoat · 47 replies · 1,939+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | August 22, 2007 | JAYA NARAIN
    Boy, 12, charged with assault after throwing cocktail sausage in 'Just William' prank How the law made a meal out of a boy's childish prank By JAYA NARAIN - More by this author » Last updated at 21:50pm on 22nd August 2007 Food for thought: The boy of 12 contemplates all the stress caused by throwing a sausage A 12-year-old boy has been brought before the courts for throwing a cocktail sausage at a neighbour District Judge Tim Devas compared the incident to a story from boys' adventure book Just William. The case has been brought before Manchester City...
  • Why I Fought For Two Boys I Never Met (Dennis Prager On Bradley Berry, Oregon's Nifong Alert)

    08/20/2007 9:31:38 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 19 replies · 1,147+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 08/21/2007 | Dennis Prager
    At Patton Middle School in McMinnville, Oregon, students created something called "slap butt day." On one such day in February 2007, according to The Oregonian (July 22, 2007): "Two boys tore down the hall of Patton Middle School after lunch, swatting the bottoms of girls as they ran -- what some kids later said was a common form of greeting. But bottom-slapping is against policy in McMinnville Public Schools. So a teacher's aide sent the gawky seventh-graders to the office, where the vice principal and a police officer stationed at the school soon interrogated them." A police officer interrogated them?...
  • Internet addiction more serious than OCD

    08/19/2007 3:30:41 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 34 replies · 1,072+ views
    UPI ^ | 8/18/07 | UPI
    TEL AVIV, Israel, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Internet addiction should be grouped with extreme addictive disorders such as gambling, sex addiction and kleptomania, an Israeli psychiatrist said. Dr. Pinhas Dannon of Tel Aviv University's Sackler Faculty of Medicine said 10 percent of Internet surfers are afflicted with "Internet addiction disorder," which can lead to anxiety and severe depression. Internet addiction is classified by mental health professionals as an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, a mild to severe mental health condition that results in an urge to engage in ritualistic thoughts and behavior. "Internet addiction is not manifesting itself as an ‘urge.’ It’s...
  • Chase suspect linked to (Phoenix)copter crash to ‘man up’

    07/28/2007 2:06:39 PM PDT · by radar101 · 75 replies · 2,311+ views
    East Valley Tribune ^ | 28 JULY 2007 | Mark Flatten, Daryl James,
    Christopher JonesThe suspect in Friday’s high-speed chase that gained national attention when two news helicopters collided above the scene shuffled into court Saturday morning with his head down and his left arm wrapped in heavy gauze from his wrist to his elbow. Christopher Jones, 23, suffered the injuries Friday afternoon during his arrest when police dogs took him down inside a west Phoenix residence. “I’m not a flight risk,” Jones told Commissioner Joan Sinclair during his initial court appearance at Madison Street Jail. “I will man up to what I did. I am responsible for it.” Jones told the...
  • Killer Explains Abortion Doctor's Death

    01/22/2007 12:55:53 PM PST · by SmithL · 253 replies · 4,029+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 1/22/7 | CAROLYN THOMPSON
    Buffalo -- An anti-abortion extremist defending himself in a federal trial sat on the witness stand Monday to explain why he killed a doctor. "I don't like killing. I don't like the thought of it," James Kopp said as he asked and answered a series of questions from his seat next to the judge. "The plan was to keep everyone alive at the end of the day." Kopp, charged with violating the federal Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act by killing Dr. Barnett Slepian in 1998, is serving a 25-year-to-life for a state conviction on second-degree murder in the...
  • Fla. to investigate 34-minute execution

    12/14/2006 6:53:04 PM PST · by pinkpanther111 · 54 replies · 1,989+ views
    boston.com ^ | 12-14-06 | Ron Word
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --Defense attorneys and death penalty opponents were outraged Thursday over an execution in which the condemned man took more than half an hour to die, needed a rare second dose of lethal chemicals, and appeared to grimace in his final moments. "I am definitely appalled at what happened. I have no doubt he suffered unduly," Angel Nieves Diaz's attorney, Suzanne Myers Keffer, said after Diaz died by injection. Executions in Florida normally take about 15 minutes, with the inmate rendered unconscious and motionless within the first three to five minutes. But Diaz took 34 minutes to die and...
  • Officials Wanted More Searching at WTC

    10/23/2006 4:01:00 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 7 replies · 784+ views
    http://www.comcast.net ^ | 10 23 06 | SARA KUGLER
    NEW YORK - As the city agency overseeing the removal of the World Trade Center rubble was wrapping up its work in 2002, several officials handling the painstaking recovery of human remains warned that things were moving too fast. They believed that more pieces of the 2,749 dead could be found, and that the city shouldn't be rushing such an important task. But they were overruled, two of those officials told The Associated Press this week. Over the past few days, dozens of bones have been discovered in underground passages at ground zero, more than five years after the tragedy....