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  • Think you will own your house someday? Think again. How to check your chain of title + Video Video

    05/17/2014 6:55:58 AM PDT · by Opinionatedtoday · 49 replies
    marinkapeschmann.com ^ | Marinka Peschmann
    Imagine pulling up to your driveway with your kids laughing in the backseat, having come home from a baseball game, to see a foreclosure notice tacked on your front door. Maybe all of your belongings have been tossed out onto the street. You are in shock. It doesn’t make sense. There must be a mistake. Why is the bank taking your house? Your home was your security, your retirement. It was the American dream. You had played by the rules. It’s where your children have been growing up. Now, incredibly, suddenly, without warning, your entire world has been ripped apart,...
  • Looking for some musical help

    03/09/2012 6:03:51 PM PST · by reed13k · 63 replies
    Reed13k
    Looking for some Freeper musical help - I have a song that I can't recall the title or group from the late 80s early 90s. It is basically a list of cities sung very rapidly one after another. I know there at least two other songs that used a similar technique of stringing words together to a rhythm - one was in I believe the early sixties and the other in the later 90s. I have always been terrible with music titles and group names so looking to see if any FRiends can help me out on a Friday night....
  • New York Sues Banks Over Mortgage Registry System[MERS]

    02/03/2012 10:23:02 AM PST · by Theoria · 8 replies
    WSJ ^ | 03 Feb 2012 | Chad Bray
    New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman sued three of the nation's largest banks over a private national mortgage registry system, contending it has resulted in a wide range of deceptive and fraudulent foreclosure filings. The lawsuit, filed in New York State Supreme Court in Brooklyn, names units of Bank of America Corp., J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and Wells Fargo Corp. as defendants, as well as MERSCorp., which owns and operates the Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, known as MERS. In his complaint, Mr. Schneiderman alleges that MERS has effectively eliminated the public's ability to track property transfers because those...
  • Anwar al-Aulaqi gets new designation in death

    09/30/2011 2:40:45 PM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 45 replies
    Washington Post.com ^ | 11:19 AM ET, 09/30/2011 | Greg Miller and Alice Fordham
    Anwar al-Aulaqi (AP/Muhammad ud-Deen) U.S. officials have given Anwar al-Aulaqi a newly elevated designation on the day of his death by drone strike, describing him as “chief of external operations” for al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen. The new title, cited by officials at the White House and the CIA, reflects Aulaqi’s evolution from Muslim cleric to alleged terrorist plotter, as well as a desire by American officials to persuade the public that the extraordinary killing of a U.S. citizen overseas was warranted. U.S. officials also disclosed what they said were new details about Aulaqi’s operational role, saying that he personally had...
  • How accurate are property records?

    01/17/2011 10:33:26 AM PST · by FromLori · 148 replies · 1+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 1/15/2011 | TOM HARVEY
    A Utah court case in which the owner of a Draper townhouse got clear title to the property, even though he still owed $132,000 on it, raises new legal and financial questions about a property-records database created by mortgage bankers. The award of a title free of liens means that whoever owns the promissory note on the Draper property — likely a group of faraway investors — no longer has the right to foreclose to collect on a delinquent loan. Indeed, the townhouse owner has sold the property and kept the money. Those who own the promissory note probably don’t...
  • How a mortgage clearinghouse became a villain in the foreclosure mess

    12/31/2010 7:13:49 AM PST · by Chunga85 · 19 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 12/30/2010 | Ariana Eunjung Cha and Steven Mufson
    In the early 1990s, the biggest names in the mortgage industry hatched a plan for a new electronic clearinghouse that would transform the home loan business - and unlock billions of dollars of new investments and profits. At the time, mortgage documents were moved almost exclusively by hand and mail, a throwback to an era in which people kept stock certificates, too. That made it hard for banks to buy and sell packages of home loans to investors. By contrast, a central electronic clearinghouse would allow the companies to transfer thousands of mortgages instantaneously, greasing the wheels of a system...
  • Results of mortgage probe expected in 2011--'Robo-signing', other activities under investigation.

    12/28/2010 2:59:55 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 14 replies · 1+ views
    MORNING CALL ^ | 11:50 p.m. EST, December 27, 2010 | By Tim Darragh
    A working group of attorneys general and banking officials from all 50 states has gathered evidence in its probe of potentially improper or illegal lending and servicing practices. The group met with representatives of five top mortgage lenders and servicers — GMAC/Ally, J.P. Morgan Chase, Citibank, Wells Fargo and Bank of America. "We are having ongoing discussions with these institutions. We have also met with groups of investors and a number of consumers … We are well under way with that process." The investigation came together quickly in the fall, after complaints arose about lenders and servicers using "robo-signing" practices...
  • Does the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act need title reform? ('Obamacare' too polarizing)

    12/27/2010 6:56:45 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies · 3+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 12/26/10 | Marilyn Serafini
    Does the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act need title reform?By Marilyn Serafini Kaiser Health News Sunday, December 26, 2010; 9:46 PM Puh-pack-uh? Is that some kind of llama? In fact, it's the ungainly acronym of the new health-care law - PPACA, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Many people who support the law, or are neutral toward it, call it "puh-pack-uh" or "pee-pack-uh." Others call it the Affordable Care Act or plain old health-care reform. But those less-than-inspiring monikers aren't much help to Democrats trying to convince the public that "Obamacare" - the Republicans' pejorative name for the...
  • Pelosi's new position for Clyburn to avert Dem battle: 'Assistant Leader'

    11/13/2010 5:09:44 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 67 replies · 1+ views
    Pelosi's new position for Clyburn to avert Dem battle: 'Assistant Leader' By Molly K. Hooper - 11/13/10 04:00 PM ET House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) asked her colleagues Saturday to support Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) for "Assistant Leader," a newly created third-ranking position at the leadership table. In a letter to her fellow Democrats, Pelosi wrote "should I receive the privilege of serving as House Democratic Leader, I will be very honored to nominate our outstanding colleague, Congressman Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, to serve in the number three House Democratic position. I will also ask the Caucus to...
  • Author Of Pedophile Book Says He Has Sold One Copy Of Creepy Title

    11/11/2010 1:27:57 AM PST · by Parody · 14 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | November 10, 2010 | "Buster"
    In an interview today, the author at the center of a controversy about Amazon’s sale of a self-published pedophile’s guide told TSG that he has sold exactly one copy of the book and revealed that he was involuntarily hospitalized following a “mental breakdown.” Noting that, “I have what they call manic depression,” Phillip Greaves, 47, said that he himself was not a pedophile and that “the best advice I can give a pedophile is accept that masturbation is your best friend.” Greaves’s book, “The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure: A Child-Lover's Code of Conduct,” last week became available for...
  • BofA's U.S.-wide foreclosure halt draws call for more

    10/08/2010 2:30:48 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters/YahooNews ^ | 10/8/10 | Joe Rauch
    U.S. lawmakers pushed for the country's largest mortgage lenders to suspend foreclosures in all 50 states after Bank of America Corp announced on Friday it would temporarily halt evictions nationwide. BofA, the largest U.S. mortgage servicer, is the first U.S. bank to institute a nationwide moratorium on foreclosures, expanding on a 23-state suspension announced last week while it conducts a review of its procedures. Disclosures that some big U.S. mortgage processors filed false affidavits in thousands of foreclosure cases is drawing fresh scrutiny to an industry already in the sights of regulators and lawmakers for its role in the financial...
  • California AG calls for foreclosure halt [Moonbeam Jerry]

    10/09/2010 6:48:26 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 8 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | Fri Oct 8, 4:17 pm ET
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – California Attorney General Jerry Brown on Friday called on lenders to halt foreclosures in the state, following recent disclosures of problems with legal documentation in home seizures. Earlier on Friday, Bank of America Corp became the first lender to suspend foreclosures across the U.S. Brown, who is running for governor of the nation's most populous state, had previously called on GMAC and JPMorgan Chase and Co to suspend foreclosures after they disclosed problems with its legal documentation in home seizures. "Bank of America has taken an important step, and the other major lenders should follow its...
  • Can this monumental mortgage foreclosure train wreck be salvaged?

    10/06/2010 5:17:03 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 9 replies
    St. Pete Times ^ | October 6, 2010 | Robert Trigaux
    Wake up and good morning. We may not have high-speed rail (yet), but the stop-the-foreclosure-fiasco bullet train is leaving the station. Suddenly, everybody's decided to recognize (or should I say confess) that the foreclosure legal process in Florida and increasingly in other states has fallen off the tracks, imperiling clear title home ownership in the country and endangering our economic recovery. We reported extensively about this in a St. Petersburg Times Sunday column here and in a follow-up Venture blog posting here on Monday. The core of the issue? A foreclosure freeze is taking hold now that more people in...
  • AG Holder says Justice looking into foreclosures

    10/06/2010 9:12:55 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 43 replies
    Attorney General Eric Holder says the government is looking into allegations that mortgage lenders in the foreclosure crisis have been evicting homeowners using flawed court papers. At a news conference, the attorney general said the Justice Department is aware of the accusations that have surfaced and that the government is examining them.
  • Ohio AG sues GMAC, Ally over foreclosure fraud

    10/06/2010 9:20:14 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 33 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 10/6/10
    Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray announced a lawsuit Wednesday against GMAC Mortgage LLC and its parent Ally Financial Inc., accusing the loan servicer of filing fraudulent documents "to mislead courts in hundreds of Ohio foreclosures."
  • Texas AG moves to halt foreclosures

    10/05/2010 6:32:41 AM PDT · by Pearls Before Swine · 50 replies
    Houston Chronicle (via mysanantonio.com) ^ | 10/05/10 | Nancy Sarnoff and Purva Patel
    Txas Attorney General Greg Abbott called for a halt on foreclosures Monday amid nationwide scrutiny over the way they are processed. Notices to suspend foreclosures were sent to 27 loan servicers doing business in Texas, including Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase, the attorney general's office said. It did not have the full list of companies available late Monday. The office also called for a halt on the sales of properties previously foreclosed upon, which might affect auctions scheduled today, and on evictions of people living in such properties.
  • Pelosi, others call for probe of foreclosure irregularities

    10/05/2010 2:48:59 PM PDT · by fightinJAG · 3 replies
    WaPo ^ | Oct. 5, 2010 | Ariana Eunjung Cha
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Zoe Lofgren and other California Democrats are calling for a federal investigation into the processing of thousands of foreclosures by some of the nation's largest mortgage lenders. In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke and U.S. Comptroller John Dugan, the lawmakers said recent reports that Bank of America, J.P. Morgan Chase and Ally Financial may have improperly approved thousands of foreclosures "amplify our concerns that systemic problems exist."
  • How To Resolve The Foreclosure Mess

    10/01/2010 7:05:42 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 41 replies
    Market-Ticker.org ^ | 9/21/10 | Karl Denninger
    This is how we should resolve this. •For each and every loan that was not properly conveyed into the MBS trusts and cannot be proved to have been properly conveyed, the purchasers of such MBS have every right to sue the banks that created these MBS for fraud. They received a representation and warranty that the deeds and notes were taken in good recordable form. They were not. This is fraud - period - which entitles them to force the bank involved to either fix the problem (if it can) or buy back the MBS at par. They should immediately...
  • Amid mountain of paperwork, shortcuts and forgeries mar foreclosure process

    09/22/2010 9:51:13 PM PDT · by Chunga85 · 16 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 9/22/2010 | Ariana Eunjung Cha and Brady Dennis
    The nation's overburdened foreclosure system is riddled with faked documents, forged signatures and lenders who take shortcuts reviewing borrower's files, according to court documents and interviews with attorneys, housing advocates and company officials. The problems, which are so widespread that some judges approving the foreclosures ignore them, are coming to light after Ally Financial, the country's fourth-biggest mortgage lender, halted home evictions in 23 states this week.
  • JP Morgan has same fraudulent foreclosure doc problem as GMAC

    09/29/2010 2:00:33 PM PDT · by Neidermeyer · 27 replies
    CNBC Video ^ | 09/29/2010 | CNBC
    **** CNBC breaking news , JP Morgan has announced that they have the same problem with their foreclosure processing as GMAC announced recently.. namely that their paperwork is done "assembly line" style and that the sworn affirmations on the docs mean absolutely nothing as the signers have no direct knowledge of the accounts they are signing off on... Fraud on the courts quite literally a million times over.. **** People if you're buying ANY real property that has been bought or sold any time in the prior 15 years PLEASE PLEASE buy a title insurance police with YOU as the...
  • Big Bank Foreclosure Delays Signal Big Trouble

    09/30/2010 1:38:03 PM PDT · by fightinJAG · 27 replies · 1+ views
    CNBC ^ | Sedp 30, 2010 | Diana Olick
    [snip] "If this does go to the next level (i.e. national foreclosure moratorium, fear that hundreds of thousands of foreclosures have been performed illegally, etc.), the unintended negative consequences on the mortgage market, MBS investors, banks' balance sheets and ultimately the housing market will be significant. " We're already seeing threats of ratings agency downgrades on all the major servicers, not to mention the threat to housing's overall recovery. If the bulk of these cases are valid, then delaying them is only going to prolong the pain. "Worst case is that the current foreclosure problems turn out to be industry-wide...
  • 7 major lenders ordered to review foreclosure procedures

    10/01/2010 7:44:27 AM PDT · by Chunga85 · 10 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 10/1/2010 | Ariana Eunjung Cha
    A top federal bank regulator said Thursday that he has directed seven of the nation's largest lenders to review their foreclosure processes after learning about the widespread mishandling of homeowner evictions by the industry. John Walsh, acting director of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, told lawmakers during a hearing on the financial regulatory overhaul enacted this summer that some lenders "clearly had deficiencies" in their system for foreclosures. The banks contacted by regulators include J.P. Morgan Chase, which announced Wednesday that it was freezing 56,000 foreclosures after finding errors in its preparation of documents, according to OCC...
  • BofA's unfunny foreclosure tricks

    09/23/2010 7:13:43 PM PDT · by fightinJAG · 11 replies
    Fortune ^ | Sep 23, 2010 | Colin Barr
    Bank of America has outdone itself yet again. The irresponsible foreclosure practices of banks have been in the headlines. Employees of both GMAC and JPMorgan Chase (JPM) have admitted to signing off on foreclosure documents without actually having read them. The reports have led to renewed questions about the banks' foreclosure practices. But as usual, the no holds barred winner in the irresponsible bank tricks department is BofA (BAC). The bank recently foreclosed on a Florida property that doesn't even have a mortgage, the Sun Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale reported. The foreclosure was started in 2008 by Countrywide, the notorious...
  • MERS/MBS/Foreclosure Goes RICO

    10/04/2010 7:25:16 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 15 replies
    Market-Ticker ^ | 10/3/10 | Karl Denninger
    See, without standing they can't foreclose, but then we get back to "who can?" And what we find is that the originator was paid, and thus they can't either. Worse, for those originators that are bankrupt, their "assets", such as they are, can't go anywhere without a bankruptcy trustee's signature, and further, even if someone was to acquire that, which nobody has, THE REMICs CAN'T TAKE THE PAPER ANYWAY AS THEIR CLOSING DATE HAS EXPIRED. So we have a bankrupt originator who was paid in full and can't foreclose, and we have a note that can't be transferred into the...
  • Why sloppy foreclosure process could ruin Florida

    10/04/2010 7:35:15 AM PDT · by Chunga85 · 64 replies
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | 10/3/2010 | Robert Trigaux
    There's no polite way to put this. A growing cancer is infecting the backlogged legal process of foreclosing on hundreds of thousands of homes in Florida. It's endangering the legal and economic stability of this state. And it's exposing an appalling lack of leadership, first for allowing such a breakdown in the legal system and, now, for failing to own up to this mess and get it fixed. How bad is it? Laws governing who actually owns a foreclosed home are becoming so suspect a new buzzword is emerging: blighted titles. Even the tepid rebound of Florida's economy may face...
  • Flawed Paperwork Aggravates a Foreclosure Crisis

    10/04/2010 11:26:05 AM PDT · by fightinJAG · 56 replies
    CNBC / NYT ^ | Oct. 4, 2010 | Gretchen Morgenson
    As some of the nation’s largest lenders have conceded that their foreclosure procedures might have been improperly handled, lawsuits have revealed myriad missteps in crucial documents. The flawed practices that GMAC Mortgage, JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America have recently begun investigating are so prevalent, lawyers and legal experts say, that additional lenders and loan servicers are likely to halt foreclosure proceedings and may have to reconsider past evictions.
  • APNewsBreak: BofA delays foreclosures in 23 states

    10/01/2010 3:46:15 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 47 replies
    AP/GoogleNew ^ | 10/1/10 | ALAN ZIBEL
    Bank of America is delaying foreclosures in 23 states as it examines whether it rushed the foreclosure process for thousands of homeowners without reading the documents. Bank of America isn't able to estimate how many homeowners' cases will be affected, Dan Frahm, a spokesman for the Charlotte, N.C.-based bank, said Friday. The move adds the nation's largest bank to a growing list of mortgage companies whose employees signed documents in foreclosure cases without verifying the information in them. Two other companies, Ally Financial Inc.'s GMAC Mortgage unit and JPMorgan Chase, have halted tens of thousands of foreclosure cases after similar...
  • Here It Comes: Title Insurance Problems

    09/30/2010 10:26:19 PM PDT · by Future Useless Eater · 29 replies
    The Market Ticker ^ | September 30, 2010 | Karl Denninger
    Now we got trouble.I am in receipt of a copy of a bulletin from Old Republic Title in which it states: The Company will not insure title to any property which has been foreclosed by Ally Financial, Ally Bank or GMAC until further notice. Oops.I suspect this is going to spread fast, given that this "wee problem" is NOT specific to GMAC and Ally.  In fact, JP Morgan/Chase has reported "similar discrepancies", and then today we had my report on a ruling from a court in which a counterfeit summons was issued not by the court, but by a...
  • Texas Attorney General's office called for a halt on all foreclosures today

    AG attempts to stop foreclosures The Texas Attorney General's office called for a halt on all foreclosures today amid widespread scrutiny over the way foreclosures are processed nationwide. Notices to suspend foreclosures were sent to 27 loan servicers doing business in Texas, including Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase & Co. The office would not release the list of companies that received notices. The state office also called for a halt on the sales of properties previously foreclosed upon and all evictions of people living in previously foreclosed upon properties. The action is being taken "in an effort to determine...
  • Citigroup, Ally Sued for Racketeering Over Database [cool things they can do with computers]

    10/04/2010 3:05:22 PM PDT · by the invisib1e hand · 25 replies
    bizweek bberg via Forbes.com ^ | 100410 | y Margaret Cronin Fisk and Thom Weidlich
    Citigroup Inc. and Ally Financial Inc. units were sued by homeowners in Kentucky for allegedly conspiring with Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc. to falsely foreclose on loans. The lawsuit, filed as a civil-racketeering class action on behalf all Kentucky homeowners facing foreclosure, also names as a defendant Reston, Virginia-based MERS, the company that handles mortgage transfers among member banks. The suit claims that through MERS the banks are foreclosing on homes even when they don’t hold titles to the properties.
  • Face of Defense: Soldier Seeks to Reclaim Boxing Title

    12/08/2009 3:19:45 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 324+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Spc. Michael J. MacLeod, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE UBAYDI, Iraq, Dec. 8, 2009 – For the woman he loved, he became a paratrooper in the vaunted 82nd Airborne Division and eventually a U.S. citizen. With his enlistment nearly up, 6-foot, 5-inch, 230-pound Army Spc. Wenderson Jangada is ready to return to his home country of Brazil to reclaim the title of heavyweight boxing champion. Army Spc. Wenderson Jangada mans a machine gun in a guard tower at Forward Operating Base Ubaydi, Iraq, Dec. 5, 2009. A former Brazilian heavyweight champion boxer who became a U.S. citizen just prior to deploying with the 82nd Airborne Division,...
  • Iran's Female Racing Champion Barred From Defending Title

    10/03/2006 6:26:53 PM PDT · by blam · 34 replies · 1,097+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 10-4-2006 | Robert Tait
    Iran's female racing champion barred from defending title Robert Tait in Tehran Wednesday October 4, 2006 The Guardian (UK) She was the speed queen of the racetrack who became a feminist icon after triumphing over an all-male field to become Iran's national car rally champion. But now the high-octane driving career of Laleh Seddigh has juddered to a halt, with a ban from participating at a race by the country's motor racing authorities. Seddigh, 29, was walking towards her 1600cc Peugeot 206 at Tehran's Azadi stadium when stewards blocked her way, citing "security problems". The snub followed days of wrangling...
  • Take back the title

    09/14/2006 8:27:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies · 816+ views
    Yahoo Sports ^ | September 14, 2006 | Dan Wetzel
    USC should forfeit the 2004 national crown after reports that Reggie Bush and his family appear to have accepted financial benefits from prospective agents. LOS ANGELES – The would-be agents who provided the house, the money for the tricked-out car, the luxury hotel rooms and the tens of thousands in cash used to roll right into the Southern California locker room after the game, right past security, to meet and greet the triumphant Trojans. The marketing agent who provided the cash allowance, the plane flights, the limo rides and the designer suits used to hang around Trojan practices, filed paperwork...
  • Posting Format Idea

    08/16/2006 12:09:05 PM PDT · by Optimist · 51 replies · 1,470+ views
    8/16/2006 | Optimist
    Just a suggestion for the FR powers that be (do we have a suggestion box?): Can another posting section be added below "Title of Thread", such as "description", "subject" or "sub-title"? I have noticed many duplicate postings are due not as much from failure to search, as failure to use original article titles in favor of a more descriptive thread. I think there is a place for both, and currently many posters will put their descriptive/subject text in parentheses after the title. Unfortunately this is not common practice and not defined as proper method although it obviously allows searches to...
  • Strom Thurmond wins S.C. 3A title - beats Clinton (Hillary throws for one, runs for two)

    12/04/2005 6:03:32 AM PST · by Libloather · 4 replies · 696+ views
    Charlotte.com ^ | 12/03/04
    Strom Thurmond wins S.C. 3A title Associated Press Posted on Sat, Dec. 03, 2005 COLUMBIA, S.C. - Coco Hillary passed for one touchdown and ran for two more scores Saturday night to lead Strom Thurmond a 21-3 victory over Clinton for the state Class 3A championship. Hillary completed 13-of-19 passes for 174 yards and ran for 63 yards as the Rebels finished with a 14-1 record and won their first state title since 1968. Hillary's touchdown pass came on the last play of the first half on a 50-yard toss to Jarrell Taylor that gave Strom Thurmond a 14-3 lead....
  • N.J. Shore Homeowners Told They Don't Really Own Their Homes

    05/24/2005 8:24:56 AM PDT · by Puppage · 97 replies · 3,201+ views
    WNBC Television ^ | 5/24/2005 | Puppage
    SEA ISLE CITY, N.J. -- Imagine getting a letter in the mail one day telling you that you don't really own your home. Thomas and Dorothy Dowdell don't have to imagine. It's happening to them. The retired couple, who bought a waterfront condominium here in 1988 and are about to sell it for nearly $900,000, were notified recently that the land on which it was built actually belongs to the state of New Jersey. Like the owners of eight other properties on 47th Place, they have been told that the sliver of land their house sits on was city-owned land...
  • Title IX concerns turn the lights out on night baseball (title nine madness)

    04/27/2005 2:48:00 PM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 26 replies · 1,486+ views
    ROCHESTER, Minn. - The decision to literally turn the lights out on Rochester public high school baseball this spring was not a school district issue nor a city of Rochester issue. It was complying with federal law, specifically Title IX. That, Rochester school officials say, was the reason all home baseball games for Century, John Marshall and Mayo must be played under natural light exclusively for the first time in years. A couple of weeks ago Mayo players were the first to experience the baseball blackout when their game was suspended because of darkness. Despite the Mayo Field lights being...
  • Cow chip tossing champ to defend title

    04/15/2005 6:14:40 AM PDT · by bedolido · 2 replies · 340+ views
    AZ Family ^ | 04/15/2005 | (Associated Press)
    BEAVER, Okla. - James Pratt has a chip on his shoulder -- a cow chip. The local fire chief is ready to defend his title Saturday at the World Champion Cow Chip Throwing Contest. About 150 people usually compete in the event, choosing from about 230 cow chips. Each contestant gets two throws, with the longest distance winning. Pratt throws with an overhand, baseball-like motion. "I've seen people throw like a discus and under their leg," he said. "They've tried everything." He says he doesn't practice but takes care selecting his chips, looking for those that are about 6 inches...
  • Democrat Wins by 130 in Latest Washington Count [NY Times]

    12/24/2004 5:39:40 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 15 replies · 878+ views
    NY Times ^ | Dec 24, 2004 | SARAH KERSHAW
    With all the votes tallied after a recount in the roller coaster race for governor, Christine O. Gregoire, the Democrat who trailed in the campaign and in a previous recount, won by 130 votes as battered Republicans demanded more vote counting and vowed to use every legal weapon to reverse the extraordinary turnaround. The Republican candidate, Dino Rossi, 45, won the Nov. 2 election in the initial count by 261 votes and a machine recount by 42 votes. But a statewide hand recount completed Thursday gave Ms. Gregoire, 57, a microscopic but notable lead out of the 2.9 million votes...
  • PLEASE! STOP POSTING SAME MESSAGE ON ALL BOARDS!

    08/16/2002 7:39:49 AM PDT · by Merchant Seaman · 715 replies · 30,137+ views
    Annoyed Reader
    The purpose of FreeRepublic.com's multiple message boards is to limit the topics for each board to particular topics. Posting the same message on all the boards defeats the purpose of multiple-boards for special topics. It is very annoying to see the same message on every bulletin board. PLEASE! DO THE READERS A FAVOR. STOP CROSS-POSTING YOUR MESSAGES!
  • CAPTION TURKEY!

    11/25/2004 6:41:55 AM PST · by AmericanMade1776 · 37 replies · 2,397+ views
    yahoo news ^ | November 25, 2004
    A turkey waits in it's cage as it's owner hopes to sell it for the Thanksgiving holiday, in Amman November 25, 2005. REUTERS/Ali Jarekji
  • Florida Retailers Worry That Hurricanes Could Hurt Holiday Sales

    11/22/2004 9:00:00 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 2 replies · 161+ views
    TBO ^ | Nov 22, 2004 | David Royse
    Florida retailers are entering the holiday season with more cheer than last year, but tempered a little by worries that people recovering from hurricanes may not have as much to spend on Christmas gifts. About 82 percent of retailers surveyed by the Florida Retail Federation said they expect Christmas sales this year to be the same or better than last year, a report released Monday by the industry group said. Larger retailers tended to be more optimistic than smaller ones, the report said. The federation's quarterly index of retailer optimism shows it's higher now than in the final quarter of...
  • The ALABAMA/AUBURN IRON BOWL Thread...

    11/18/2004 7:58:22 PM PST · by LowOiL · 130 replies · 5,652+ views
    11-18-04 | Me
    Please place your predictions, traditions, comments, jabs, and jokes on this thread for the 2004 Auburn/Alabama game...This is the thread...
  • CA: You can't judge a bill by its title - 'Gut and Amend'

    08/18/2004 9:22:49 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 360+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 8/18/04 | Op/Ed
    California students certainly won't find it in their civics textbooks. Nor will the subject surface in most conversations about the way legislation is enacted. That's because political insiders in Sacramento would just as soon keep quiet about the disturbingly common practice of gutting and amending a bill in order to slip it through at the very end of a legislative session. It works like this: A lawmaker or a special-interest group wants to pass a controversial measure but the deadline has passed for the introduction of new bills. So, supporters grab a dead or dormant proposal, strip the original language,...
  • National Archives Called Clinton Libary(my title)

    07/28/2004 12:58:27 PM PDT · by bjs1779 · 13 replies · 983+ views
    The Washington Dispatch ^ | 7/28/04 | Paul M. Weyrich
    The Washington Dispatch Commentary by Paul M. Weyrich July 28, 2004 Every now and then I have loosely related matters I think would be useful to tell you, but independently do not warrant an entire commentary. So here are the items for your consideration: A number of important Members of Congress believe that former National Security Advisor Sandy Berger leaked the problem he had about stolen documents on himself. The theory is that he knew he had been caught red handed. It is presumed that he knew the matter was coming to a head and would likely be made public....
  • GENDER DISCRIMINATION IN THE U.S. DRAFT

    07/05/2004 6:19:40 AM PDT · by dave_behrens · 125 replies · 2,722+ views
    5 July, 2004 | David W. Behrens
    To secure the continuing existence of the United States democracy against intractable religious fanaticism, whose goal is nothing less than a Muslim theocracy for all of planet Earth, it is inevitable that military conscription will again be implemented during the months following the 2004 Presidential Election. The nature of this struggle renders irrelevant the person or party who wins the election. With very rare exceptions, every male residing in the United States 18 to 26 years of age is required by the Military Selective Service Act to register with the Selective Service System, and thereby subject himself to the possibility...
  • No, Moore! Writer demands apology

    06/26/2004 9:24:35 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 42 replies · 215+ views
    The Age ^ | June 27, 2004 | Staff
    The American author Ray Bradbury has demanded that Michael Moore return the title of his classic novel Fahrenheit 451. Bradbury, whose science-fiction tome Fahrenheit 451 was published in 1953, blasted Moore, whose politically explosive film Fahrenheit 9/11 opened in North America this weekend, for using the title without permission and asked for an apology and for the film's name to be changed. "It's not a nice thing he has done," Bradbury, 83, said. "My book is known all over the world and that title is my title." Bradbury said he wanted a public apology from director and author, who published...
  • Winning aside, Jackson 'a very normal guy'

    06/03/2004 11:38:15 PM PDT · by diamond6 · 84 replies · 274+ views
    ESPN ^ | 06/03/2004 | AP
    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- It's the NBA Finals, and that means Phil Jackson digs into his personal jewelry box for a championship ring to inspire his players. Jackson sported the 2001 ring won by the Los Angeles Lakers on his right pinkie Thursday. A bit gaudy perhaps, but the 58-year-old coach with nine titles to his credit is following a personal tradition. "The stuff has just snowballed. I can't stop to absorb it all," he said of the staggering success he's experienced as an NBA coach. Jackson has been called lucky to have coached the likes of Michael Jordan and...
  • Chicago Regains Dubious Homicide Title

    01/01/2004 9:32:11 PM PST · by freepatriot32 · 25 replies · 708+ views
    aol.com ^ | 1-1-04 | associated press
    CHICAGO (Jan. 1) - Despite a sharp drop in homicides, Chicago has regained a title it didn't want: America's murder capital The city finished 2003 with 599 homicides, police said Thursday. That was down from 648 a year earlier and the first time since 1967 that the total dipped below 600. Still, the nation's third-largest city outpaced all others for the second time in three years. New York, with about three times the population, ended the year with 596 homicides. Los Angeles, which had the most murders in 2002 at 658, wound up 2003 with an estimated total just under...
  • N. Korea: Can the North’s ‘Walking Computer’ Remember His 1,200 Names?

    11/21/2003 7:56:47 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies · 177+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 11/21/03 | Kim In
    Can the North’s ‘Walking Computer’ Remember His 1,200 Names? by Kim In (ginko@chosun.com) Since February 1974, when current North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, was unofficially chosen as the successor to his father, Kim Il-sung, North Korean newspapers and broadcasters have used more than 1,200 terms of endearment to refer to the son, according to the North's state-run Korea Central Broadcasting Station (KCBS). Before Kim Jong-il officially emerged as new North Korean leader, at the sixth convention of the Labor Party in October 1980, he was referred to only as the “party center” on newspapers and TV. Later, the title of...