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  • Interior Dept. Launches Program to Incorporate Gay-History Sites Into Parks System

    05/30/2014 9:10:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 31 replies
    PJ Media ^ | May 30, 2013 | Bridget Johnson
    The Interior Department announced today that the National Park Service is launching a study to “identify places and events associated with the story of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans” for inclusion in the national parks system. The National Historic Landmark Program began actively looking for sites associated with LGBT history in 2010 for the potential of being listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Today’s directive, part of a broader administration initiative to “ensure that the National Park Service reflects and tells a more complete story of the people and events responsible for building this nation,” will...
  • The Five-Year-Old Boy Rebuilding West, Texas

    05/03/2014 8:32:49 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 5-3-14 | Priscila Mosqueda 
    After losing his father to the fertilizer plant explosion that almost destroyed his hometown, Parker Pustejovsky is spearheading the effort to recover—and he’s barely old enough to read. WEST, Texas — One year ago on April 17, five-year-old Parker Pustejovsky lost his father in the fertilizer plant explosion that wrecked the small Texas town of West. Joey Pustejovsky was one of 10 first responders to die trying to put out the fire that precipitated the blast. It wasn’t long before young Parker declared he would rebuild the city park, stripped bare by the explosion—and he’d do it by selling hot...
  • National Park Proves a Hard Gift to Give

    01/10/2014 11:08:34 AM PST · by Theoria · 6 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 09 Jan 2014 | KATHARINE Q. SEELYE
    Lucas St. Clair pulled up to an overlook in Maine’s North Woods to a stunning vista of Mount Katahdin, the state’s highest peak and the endpoint of the Appalachian Trail. Stretched out below was a vast green carpet of pine and spruce flecked with golden aspens and blazing red maples; Millinocket Lake glistened in the distance.“I think it’s national-park worthy,” he said.This was not an idle observation. Mr. St. Clair and his mother, Roxanne Quimby, who owns the land, have been trying for years to turn these woods into a national park. But ferocious opposition has stalled their plan, partly...
  • DNR struggling to curb sex at Mazomanie nude beach

    12/02/2013 10:25:32 AM PST · by Sopater · 52 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | Dec. 2, 2013 7:04 a.m. | Todd Richmond
    Wisconsin authorities thought they could curb libidos at the state's nude beach by closing it on weekdays, but citation data shows the move just shifted the hanky-panky to the weekends. The Department of Natural Resources issued 13 citations at the beach between June and early October this year. All were for sex, and 11 were issued on weekends. Those numbers are down from 2012 totals, but wardens said the problem is far more prevalent than the numbers suggest. All the citations were issued during just seven days of surveillance and some people seen having sex ran off before wardens could...
  • Live Thread: Congress Receives Update on Healthcare.gov Rollout (Obamacare)

    11/13/2013 6:32:28 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 76 replies
    http://www.c-span.org/ ^ | November 13, 2013 | C-span
    Cmte. Chair Darrell Issa (R-CA) holds another in a series of hearings on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the rollout of the government's healthcare website. The administration says the website will be fixed by the end of November.
  • Park Service OKs immigrationreform rally on ´closed´ National Mall

    10/07/2013 11:35:30 AM PDT · by Nachum · 56 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/7/13 | Charlie Spiering
    A planned immigration reform rally will take place on the National Mall on Tuesday even though the site is closed due to the government shutdown. Organizers for the "Camino Americano: March for Immigration Reform" were spotted Monday setting up a stage and equipment on the National Mall for the rally which will take place on Tuesday. A few scattered barriers around the park have signs informing visitors that the area is closed as a result of the government shutdown. Susana Flores, a spokesperson for the rally, confirmed for the Washington Examiner that the Park Service will allow the event to
  • There was a hoverboarder in the river outside PNC Park on Sunday

    09/15/2013 8:20:41 PM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    wapc.mlb ^ | 9/15/13 | Dan Wohl
    Let it be known: McCovey Cove doesn't have a monopoly on strange watery MLB happenings. The scene on the Allegheny River outside PNC Park was as wacky as anything we've seen in San Francisco on Sunday, as a fan appeared to have brought a hoverboard to the Cubs-Pirates game. Marty McFly would have been proud -- and after all, we're only two years away from these things being widely available:
  • Buffalo Senior James LeGrand Brutal Beating Caught on Tape

    06/04/2013 4:20:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Guardian Express ^ | June 3, 2013 | Paul Kasprzak
    A brutal beating of a Buffalo, N.Y. senior was caught on video. WGRZ-TV was given a video of a Buffalo man who was brutally beaten by a group of high school student. The incident happened in North Buffalo at Shoshone Park two weeks ago as James LeGrand, who is a part of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown’s Impact Team, was in the park’s parking lot when he noticed two girls arguing with a bunch of student who surrounded them and were encouraging them to fight. He tried to break up the fight several times and then got a camera and started...
  • Golden Gate Park pot party a major mess [San Francisco]

    04/22/2013 6:05:45 AM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 38 replies
    www.sfgate.com ^ | Sunday, April 21, 2013 | Victoria Colliver
    San Francisco park workers and volunteers spent much of Sunday picking up and hauling away 10,000 pounds of garbage strewn all over the eastern part of Golden Gate Park known as Hippie Hill, the remnants of Saturday's annual yet unofficial pot-smoking bacchanalia. But this year's annual celebration - which falls each year on April 20 and is known as "420" - drew a larger-than-average crowd of between 10,000 and 15,000 revelers on the warm weekend day. They proceeded to smoke, drink, eat and rack up more than $10,000 in costs for city crews to clean up the mess, ironically just...
  • Attention New Mexico Concealed Handgun Licensees – Important Rule Change

    10/20/2012 8:07:40 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 20 October, 2012 | NRA-ILA
    Charlotte, NC --(Ammoland.com)- Yesterday, the State Parks Division of the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department held a public hearing to accept input on proposed amendments to Section 19.5.2.21 of the New Mexico Administrative Code, which includes a removal of the current ban on concealed handgun licensees carrying handguns in state parks. A representative from the NRA-ILA testified in support of this rule change, along with several concealed handgun instructors from across the state. No one spoke in opposition to this proposal. The Department will continue to accept written comments on the measure until 5:00pm on October 31....
  • NM proposes allowing concealed handguns in state parks

    09/22/2012 8:10:56 PM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    kob.com ^ | 18 September, 2012 | AP
    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A state agency is proposing to allow people licensed to carry a concealed handgun to bring their loaded weapons into a New Mexico state park.
  • VCDL Reports on Chesterfield County VA Guns In Parks Ordinance(VA)

    09/21/2012 6:09:59 PM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 21 September, 2012 | VCDL
    Covington VA --(Ammoland.com)- Wednesday Sept 19th, the Chesterfield Board of Supervisors had a hearing on fixing a poorly-worded ordinance which confused some Chesterfield police officers into unlawfully kicking a gun owner out of a Chesterfield park. Here is the old wording: “Sec. 14-11 (B) No person shall transport, possess or carry a loaded firearm within 100 yards of any property line of any county public school or county park, except as otherwise permitted by state law.” The County Attorney recommended this change: “Sec. 14-11 (B) No HUNTER shall transport, possess or carry a loaded firearm within 100 yards of any...
  • OMG! Stranded Hiker Fires a .45! In a National Park! OMG

    09/03/2012 11:04:20 AM PDT · by marktwain · 29 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 2 September, 2012 | Dan Zimmerman
    Chalk up another life saved by a gun. Huh? No really, it happens once in a while. And like lots of unreported DGUs, this won’t show up on any FBI statistical breakdown. Tim Bailey was on a 36-mile hike through Olympic National Park in Washington last Sunday – with his gun! – when he tumbled 150 feet down a ravine and broke his ankle. Though unable to get far, he had enough gear and smarts to keep himself alive for almost four days ’til help arrived. And he used his .45 to get the attention of rescuers . . ....
  • Bird visits Blue Grass Festival...

    07/29/2012 3:12:29 PM PDT · by Doogle · 15 replies
    YT ^ | 06/07/11 | KeeneValleyGuy
    Surprise visitor (at about 1:30) during performance by Josh Williams at the Doyle Lawson Bluegrass Festival at Denton Farm Park in Denton, NC on May 5, 2011.
  • Happy Birthday Disneyland

    07/17/2012 3:32:46 PM PDT · by chargers fan · 19 replies
    Youtube ^ | 17 July 1955 | Walt Disney
    Today in 1955 was the opening day of Disneyland with an hour long special on ABC (attached). Ronald Reagan is one of the narrators. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JuzrZET-3Ew
  • An anti-Jew in the zoo: Elmo kicked out of Central Park Zoo

    06/25/2012 5:41:18 PM PDT · by SteelToe · 4 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 25, 2012 | Stephen Elliot
    Police removed a mentally disturbed man in an Elmo costume from New York City’s Central Park Zoo on Sunday afternoon. The man was spouting anti-Jewish insults, including encouraging visitors at the zoo to read “The International Jew” — an anti-Semitic series of pamphlets published by Henry Ford. The anti-Semitic Elmo made his first appearance in 2009 in Times Square, demanding people give him money to take pictures of him. Berating people who refused to give him money, Elmo said, “Elmo needs to make a living too.” He popped up again in 2010. When observers Sunday told the Elmo to get...
  • Minn. DNR to test if rifle practice has a place in state parks

    06/14/2012 9:26:31 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    startribune.com ^ | 14 June, 2012 | LAURIE BLAKE
    State officials are considering holding firearms safety training in state parks -- normally off-limits to hunting and target shooting -- to accommodate a growing demand for classes. To try the idea, for the first time this fall they will let students shoot .22-caliber rifles in classes at a state recreation area and a wildlife management area. If these trials go well, the firearms training, limited to a few hours on a handful of days, may be offered in the future at Fort Snelling State Park, William O'Brien State Park near Stillwater and other large state parks. Officials stress that any...
  • City pulls gun ordinance(AR)

    06/12/2012 11:16:52 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    couriernews.com ^ | 11 June, 2012 | Preston Tolliver
    An ordinance that would prohibit the carrying of a concealed handgun in city-owned parks was pulled from the Russellville City Council's agenda Monday due to a discovered potential change with federal park guidelines. Recreation and Parks Director Mack Hollis requested the ordinance he submitted on behalf of his department's board be pulled, citing in an email the Recreational Lands Self Defense Act of 2011 — a bill that has passed in the House of Representatives and is pending in the U.S. Senate that would prohibit the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) from barring weapons otherwise authorized under state law....
  • Police: Relative shoots teenager at Lancaster city park(PA)

    06/08/2012 4:03:42 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    ydr.com ^ | 7 June, 2012 | NA
    A 15-year-old boy was shot in the arm by a relative during a family outing Wednesday at Long's Park, according to Lancaster city police. Investigators said the teen was squirting a "super-soaker type" water gun shortly after 4 p.m. when James Lawoyne Thedford Sr. shot him, hitting the boy's right wrist. Thedford and others took the boy to an area hospital, where he was treated and released, according to Capt. Kent Switzer. The gun believed to have been used in the shooting was recovered from the vehicle that was used to take the teen to the hospital, according to investigators....
  • Napoleon... the theme park

    03/26/2012 9:25:18 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 39 replies · 93+ views
    BBC News ^ | 26 March 2012 | Hugh Schofield
    Plans are afoot to build a theme park based on the life and times of the French leader Napoleon Bonaparte. Can it be a tourist magnet to rival nearby Disneyland Paris? You have heard of Napoleon the emperor, the general, the reformer, the lover. Of the humble Corsican who took destiny by the throat, whose armies marched through Europe, bringing subjugation yet also emancipation. And how he was stopped at the gates of Moscow, fought a last hurrah at Waterloo, and died in Atlantic exile. So maybe you will be interested in the latest attempt to memorialise this greatest of...
  • McD: Don’t pack heat in national parks

    02/19/2012 8:06:35 AM PST · by marktwain · 99 replies
    seattlepi.com ^ | 17 February, 2012 | Joel Connelly
    In a display of defiance at the U.S. Capitol’s governing gun lobby, Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., and eight colleagues have introduced legislation to reinstate a ban on carrying loaded firearms in America’s national parks. The legislation was prompted by January’s murder of Mt. Rainier National Park ranger Margaret Anderson. Anderson was shot as she set up a road block for a car that didn’t stop at a chain-up checkpoint. By Joe Sebille“The dreadful and deeply saddening event that occurred on Mt. Rainier makes me question why on earth people should be allowed to carry loaded weapons in our national parks,”...
  • A Win For Concealed Carry In Forsyth County, NC

    02/16/2012 6:00:32 AM PST · by marktwain
    No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money ^ | 14 February, 2012 | John Richardson
    The Forsyth County (NC) Commissioners voted 4 to 2 to allow concealed carry in all areas of county parks in the county. Unlike the City of Winston-Salem which is located within Forsyth County, the commissioners seem to have listened to their constituents. From GRNC: The approved ordinance not only allows concealed carry in all parks, recreational facilities, trails, greenways, etc., but also adds a provision for keeping one's gun locked in a vehicle in ANY county property - meaning county properties beyond parks. The only exceptions to allowing concealed carry in parks are Tanglewood (where alcohol may be sold and...
  • North Carolina’s Guns in Parks Saga Continues

    02/13/2012 8:53:00 PM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 13 February, 2012 | GRNC
    North Carolina --(Ammoland.com)- Forsyth Commissioners will decide whether or not to enact gun bans at their next meeting, Monday, February 13th. The scheduled vote will either promote the Second Amendment or trample upon it. This is your opportunity to be heard. Commissioner Bill Whiteheart has spoken out against this ban, but needs help. It appears that most of the Republican Commissioners support lawful carry, we need to establish a presence at this meeting to ensure they don’t develop cold feet. Under HB 650 that went into effect Dec. 1, only very narrowly defined “recreation areas” may be posted. Like some...
  • Gun-rights nonprofit gearing up for lawsuit against Winston-Salem(NC)

    02/09/2012 9:10:30 AM PST · by marktwain
    journalnow.com ^ | 6 February, 2012 | LAURA GRAFF
    A statewide gun-rights nonprofit has commitments from 12 Winston-Salem residents who are willing to sue the city of Winston-Salem over a city ordinance prohibiting guns in parts of the city's parks, the nonprofit's president said Monday. Paul Valone, president of Grass Roots North Carolina, said he believes the Winston-Salem ordinance passed in November violates the spirit of a state law passed in July. The state law the General Assembly passed last summer allows people with concealed-carry permits to have guns in parks, but the law allows municipalities to ban guns from parks that have athletic facilities or playgrounds. Before the...
  • Ashe Commissioners Deal with Gun Issue(AL)

    02/09/2012 8:31:07 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    goblueridge.net ^ | 8 February, 2012 | Gary Childers
    “There will come a day, a point in time, when that frog is cooked, and all our rights and all our freedoms and all our liberties are going to be gone, folks,” comments made by Ashe County Commissioner, Gerald Price, in support of a motion he had made to not ban the carrying of concealed weapons on county property. His motion was made after listening to nineteen speakers share their beliefs, pro or con, during a public hearing on the issue. Rita Prevette, director of Ashe County Parks and Recreation Department, was one of three speakers who encouraged the Commissioners...
  • Obama Park Service Official Beaten Like A Rented Mule At OWS Hearing

    01/26/2012 10:55:47 AM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies
    fox ^ | 1/26/12 | fox
    The head of the National Park Service defended his decision to let Occupy protesters camp out in a park in the middle of Washington, D.C., though he said Tuesday the group will be given one last warning before being evicted. NPS Director Jonathan Jarvis testified to the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on the District of Columbia that protests are a right under the First Amendment, although he acknowledged that some homeless people "have taken advantage of the situation." He added that this is not the first time the Park Service has allowed protesters to remain for weeks at...
  • Mount Rainier shooting opens door for agenda pandering

    01/03/2012 7:25:49 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 2 January, 2012 | Dave Workman
    Four people shot in Skyway and hours later, the same “person of interest” is allegedly involved in the slaying of a Mount Rainier National Park ranger, and in the aftermath, a debate is erupting over a 2010 law that allowed private citizens to carry loaded firearms in national parks in accordance with the laws of the state in which the park is located. Congress lifted a ban on carrying loaded guns in national parks in February 2010 amid warnings by critics that the action would lead to gun violence and poaching.—Seattle Times KING 5 morning anchor Joyce Taylor also tried...
  • Associated Press Displays Anti-Rights Credentials

    01/03/2012 7:17:41 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | 2 January, 2012 | Howard Nemerov
    Associated Press reported that on Sunday, a Mount Rainier National Park ranger was murdered by a man whom authorities suspect had earlier shot four people at a house party near Seattle. The story’s fairly well written until the conclusion, which is where writers place the message they want readers to take with. After writing about how sad this situation is — and it is – AP wrote: It has been legal for people to take loaded firearms into Mount Rainier since 2010, when a federal law went into effect that made possession of firearms in national parks subject to state...
  • In gun debate, here's food for thought (NC)

    12/12/2011 3:56:50 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    theherald-nc.com ^ | 11 December, 2011 | Don Pomeroy
    Absolutely, people should be allowed to defend themselves anywhere. Providing the option to ban concealed-carry handguns from "recreational facilities" was a bad change to House Bill 650, which became law on Dec. 1. It should never have occurred. The inclusion of that provision was a lame attempt by ignorant state legislators to water down the bill. The personal choice of some state representatives to refrain from carrying a weapon for self-defense does not extend to allowing legislators to take that choice from other North Carolinians regardless of the location in question. So, yes, concealed carry should be allowed anywhere in...
  • Protesters Coming Down With the "Zuccotti Lung"

    11/11/2011 9:56:23 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 82 replies
    NBC NY ^ | 11/11/11 | Staff
    With wintry weather poised to swoop into the cramped outdoor quarters of Occupy Wall Street protesters, it may not be long before more campers catch what's being called "Zuccotti lung." That's what demonstrators have dubbed the sickness that seems to be spreading among them at an unpleasantly high rate these days: "It's a real thing," Willie Carey, 28, told the New York Times. With little sleep in cold conditions, cigarettes and drinks being passed from mouth to mouth, and few opportunities to wash hands, Zuccotti Park may now just be the best place to catch respiratory viruses, norovirus (also known...
  • It’s crime all the time at Zuccotti Park (Obamaville Tent City is becoming Camp Crime)

    11/09/2011 5:32:49 AM PST · by Libloather · 54 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/07/11 | LARRY CELONA, JAMIE SCHRAM, KIRSTAN CONLEY
    It’s crime all the time at Zuccotti ParkBy LARRY CELONA, JAMIE SCHRAM and KIRSTAN CONLEY Last Updated: 9:36 AM, November 7, 2011 Tent City is becoming Camp Crime. Occupy Wall Street squatters at Zuccotti Park have been busted in recent weeks for incidents ranging from petty thefts to menacing threats and from low-life drug sales to sicko sex attacks, law-enforcement sources told The Post. The complaints have been a near-daily phenomena since Oct. 11, just about three weeks after a few dozen anti-greed activists began occupying the private park. “There’s been a spike in crime the last few weeks,” one...
  • Community Board Asks "Occupy Wall Street" Protesters To Clean Up, Quiet Down [urinating in street]

    10/21/2011 8:03:17 AM PDT · by ETL · 33 replies
    NY-1 News ^ | Oct 20, 2011 | Michael Herzenberg
    “This has been a nightmare,” said Brian Summers, who lives near Zuccotti Park. Summers said those trying to force corporations to become better corporate citizens should learn to be better citizens themselves. “It makes us feel horrible. We work down here, we live down here,” said Summers. Drums are played each and every day. The noise registers as 117 on a decibel meter. According to the federal government, regular exposure to 110 decibels can lead to permanent hearing loss. From blocks away, it might not be physically harmful, but neighbors say it's damaging lives. “We support the message, and a...
  • 9th Circuit won't rehear Calif. park cross case

    10/17/2011 1:56:02 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 10 replies
    Sacremento Bee ^ | October 17th 2011 | AP Staff
    SAN DIEGO -- A full panel of federal judges has declined to rehear the case of a war memorial cross in a public park in San Diego that has been deemed unconstitutional by the court. A group fighting to preserve the monument announced Monday that the 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied its request. Five of the judges dissented, stating the cross should stay. A three-judge panel in January ruled that the cross conveys a message of religion and is unconstitutional. Kelly Shackelford says her organization will appeal to the Supreme Court. Shackelford is an...
  • Wall Street protesters vow to stay put (despite living in disease infested filth)

    10/13/2011 7:10:40 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 79 replies
    cnn ^ | 10/12/2011 | cnn
    Protesters will resist any efforts to remove them from the Lower Manhattan park where they have been camped for nearly a month, despite Mayor Michael Bloomberg's order that they vacate the park at 7 a.m. Friday so it can be cleaned, an organizer said Thursday. "Come tomorrow morning, we will passively resist and make it as difficult a process to remove us as possible," said Occupy Wall Street spokesman Tyler Combelic. "It's not an occupation if you can't occupy the park." His words appeared to be backed up by the sentiment of the crowd of more than 1,000 protesters who...
  • Muslims, police fight at New York theme park over headscarf ban

    A New York amusement park was shut down Tuesday after local police scuffled with Muslim visitors upset over the park’s headscarf ban. About 3,000 Muslims from New York City visited Rye Playland in Westchester County to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan. When they arrived, women wearing headscarves found they could not go on some of the rides, as all headgear is prohibited so that hats don’t fall onto the tracks. When families lined up to get refunds, fights broke out and police arrived on the scene, the New York Daily News reports. Fifteen visitors were arrested and two...
  • Sultan (WA) nudist club fights gun range near its park

    01/11/2011 7:06:42 PM PST · by llevrok · 50 replies
    SULTAN, Wash. (AP) - A Sultan nudist club is suing to stop a public shooting range from being built near the park it runs for nude outdoor enthusiasts. Lake Bronson Club sued the state Board of Natural Resources and Snohomish County last week, saying the state can't transfer 150 acres of forestland to the county for a gun range. The lawsuit alleges state law requires the land be used for a public park. Club secretary Jodi Halfhill says it's not a good idea to have a shooting range a mile from a social camping club. The club has about 320...
  • Coral Gables: Keep parked pickup trucks out of sight overnight

    06/15/2011 11:17:59 AM PDT · by rawhide · 46 replies · 2+ views
    sun-sentinel.com ^ | 6-15-11 | Tania Valdemoro,
    CORAL GABLES— Starting this month, the city of Coral Gables will issue warning notices to owners of pickup trucks who do not park their trucks inside their garages at night. Since the 1960s, the city has banned people from parking their pickup trucks in their driveways or on city streets from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. After Aug. 8, Coral Gables will start issuing tickets to people who violate the parking ban. The city has resumed enforcement of this controversial law because last month, the Florida Supreme Court decided not to consider an appeal by Lowell Kuvin, who sued Coral...
  • Screech Machine Could Drive Teens Away From Park

    06/06/2011 8:55:43 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 30 replies
    CBS Local Media ^ | June 6, 2011
    HASTINGS, Minn. (WCCO) – The city of Hastings is looking to curb vandalism at a local park by installing a device that emits a high-frequency sound only heard by teens and some adults. Parks and Recreation Director Barry Bernstein said their looking to redevelop Cari Park near Red Wing Boulevard and are considering adding the security device known as SonicScreen, made by Miracletech Security. It would be installed by Webber Recreational Design, which is a company in Hastings. “It’s a sound barrier that would be activated when the park is closed to reduce loitering on the play equipment,” Bernstein said....
  • Delaware Park vandals do 'thousands' in damage (100 teenagers & young adults destroy the place)

    05/28/2011 5:39:48 AM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies
    Buffalo News ^ | 5/24/11 | Deidre Williams
    Delaware Park vandals do 'thousands' in damageBy Deidre Williams NEWS STAFF REPORTER Updated: May 24, 2011, 4:57 PM Delaware Park has always brought fun and joy for Suzanne Matheson and Matthew Mitchell and their 3-year-old son, Jamie. Monday, it brought shock and sadness. "Needless destruction," she said of the damage vandals had wrought. The damage came at the hands of a group of more than 100 teenagers and young adults who went on a destructive spree Saturday night, according to officials from Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy. They were joined Monday by law enforcement and some members of the Common Council...
  • Self-defenders(NC)

    04/26/2011 4:55:24 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    newsobserver.com ^ | 25 April, 2011 | Brian Sorber
    The state legislature currently has a bill under consideration that would allow citizens with concealed-carry firearm permits to be armed in parks. Critics object to the bill because they contend that the presence of guns in children's recreational areas would compromise their safety. Keep in mind that those citizens with concealed weapons permits currently carry firearms in many places where children are present. In the 15-plus years of the state's concealed-carry history, there have been no examples where the presence of legally carried firearms has posed a child/public safety issue. On the contrary, given that most instances of mass gun...
  • ‘Forget About the Law’ Union Bosses Park & Trumka Admit They Are Overriding US Law & Sovereignty

    04/22/2011 5:51:36 AM PDT · by Pacothecat · 39 replies
    ‘Forget About the Law’ Union Bosses & White House Advisors Bob Park & Rich Trumka Admitting They Are Overriding US Law & Sovereignty With The International Labor Movement http://www.theblaze.com/stories/forget-about-the-law-union-bosses-white-house-advisors-bob-park-rich-trumka-admitting-they-are-overriding-us-law-sovereignty-with-the-international-labor-movement/
  • Town Bans Tea Party Signs in Public Park

    04/11/2011 7:44:34 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | April 11, 2011 | Tom Gantert
    A federal lawsuit claims a Branch County tea party group was denied the right to display banners and signs at a tea party rally at a public park in Coldwater because it was “too political” and “too controversial.” The Coldwater City Council then passed a resolution banning all banners and signs in that park. The Thomas More Law Center law firm filed its lawsuit last week in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan. Attorney Robert Muise of the Thomas More Law Center alleged that Coldwater City Manager Jeff Budd objected because the Common Sense Patriots of...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, March 6-12, 2011: Colorado National Monument

    03/07/2011 9:28:48 PM PST · by cogitator · 5 replies
    Today's inspiration was easy: Colorado National Monument Click the small ones for much larger images.
  • Taxpayers pay to keep Jimmy Carter's pool clean, lawn mowed

    02/02/2011 4:24:18 AM PST · by Outside da Box · 30 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 2/1/11 | Stephen Dinan
    The tennis court at former President Jimmy Carter‘s private home is swept twice a day, his pool is cleaned daily and his grass cut, his flower beds weeded and his windows washed on a regular basis — all at taxpayers’ expense.
  • Olympic Park tragedy underscores guns in parks issue(WA)

    10/22/2010 5:17:24 AM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 21 October, 2010 | Dave Workman
    By all accounts, 63-year-old Robert Boardman of Port Angeles was a stand-up guy; a fellow who enjoyed hiking in the Olympics and who probably never imagined that he would be killed by – of all things – a mountain goat. But his death earlier this month on Klahhane Ridge several days ago should remind everyone that the campaign to allow the carrying of defensive firearms in national parks – a campaign championed by the National Rifle Association, Bellevue-based Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, Virginia Citizens Defense League and other gun rights organizations – had to...
  • Racial Tension Over Martin Luther King Dog Park in Minneapolis

    09/03/2010 6:33:06 AM PDT · by DManA · 8 replies
    Fox 9 in the Twin Cities ^ | September 03, 2010 | Tom Lyden
    MINNEAPOLIS - The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is considering putting an off-leash dog area in Martin Luther King Park, and it’s stirring up heavy emotions on both sides. It’s a memorial park and some believe having a dog park there is disrespectful to the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Yet, the controversy is so typical of others lately – who decides what public spaces become sacred ground and what does that really mean for all of us?
  • Casino proposed near battlefield splits Gettysburg

    08/31/2010 10:44:42 AM PDT · by greatdefender · 16 replies
    AP-Yahoo! ^ | 08/31/10 | MARC LEVY
    GETTYSBURG, Pa. – The town where the Civil War's tide-turning battle was waged is fighting dissension in its own ranks, with even hard-core preservationists split over a proposed casino that would rise near the historic battlefield and be named for the line that divided North and South. It's the second time in five years that Gettysburg has fought over a plan to build a casino. This time it's the Mason Dixon Resort & Casino, proposed on a hotel and conference center site within a mile of the southern boundary of Gettysburg National Military Park. "No Casino" and "Pro Casino" signs...
  • Yellowstone-area bear attack underscores guns-in-parks effort

    07/29/2010 6:02:27 AM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 28 July, 2010 | Dave Workman
    The political effort leading to adoption last year of a new statute allowing defensive firearms to be carried in national parks got a major affirmation – albeit tragic – Wednesday morning when a bear rampaged through a campground near Yellowstone National Park, killing one person and injuring two other campers. One can probably knock on wood that this did not happen in one of Washington's three national parks, which are currently at the height of the tourist season and they are loaded with campers who may not understand "bear country etiquette." The Seattle Times ran a story about this attack...
  • Vice President Joe Biden will visit Yellowstone National Park on Monday

    07/23/2010 1:26:44 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 20 replies
    Bozeman Daily Chronicle ^ | Jul 23, 2010 | Daniel Person
    Vice President Biden to visit Yellowstone on Monday Posted: Friday, July 23, 2010 12:15 am | Updated: 9:59 am, Fri Jul 23, 2010. By DANIEL PERSON, Chronicle Staff Writer Vice President Joe Biden will visit Yellowstone National Park on Monday, the White House said in a written statement Friday. At 11:45 a.m. Monday, the vice president will speak to workers outside the Madison Junior Ranger Station, located just inside the park's West Entrance. He will be joined by the director of the National Park Service, Jonathan Jarvis. During his trip west, Biden will also visit Grand Canyon National Park. His...
  • American jihadi who threatened “South Park” creators arrested on terrorism charge

    07/21/2010 6:58:06 PM PDT · by kbennkc · 19 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 21 JUL 10 | Allahpundit
    Sometimes these blasphemy death threats come from crankish jihadi sympathizers who’d never have the stones to actually do anything about it. And sometimes they don’t. The Virginia man who warned on a radical Islamic website that the creators of the cartoon series “South Park” will be targeted for death for their caricature of the Prophet Muhammad has been arrested on charges that he provided material support to the terrorist organization Al Shabab, federal officials said Wednesday. Zachary Adam Chesser, aka Abu Talhah Al-Amrikee, admitted to federal agents that he attempted on two occasions to travel to Somalia to join Al...