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  • Mickey Gilly, who helped inspire ‘Urban Cowboy’, dies at 86

    05/08/2022 6:15:47 AM PDT · by devane617 · 27 replies
    worldnationnews ^ | 05/08/2022
    Country star Mickey Gilly, whose eponymous Texas honky-tonk inspired the 1980 film “Urban Cowboy” and a nationwide wave of Western-themed nightspots, has died. He was 86 years old. Gilly died Saturday in Branson, Missouri, where he helped run the Mickey Gilly Grand Shanghai Theater. He was performing recently like last month, but from last one week health was going bad. According to a statement from Mickey Gilly Associates, “he passed away peacefully with his family and close friends.” Gilly – a cousin of rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis – opened Gilly, “the world’s biggest honky tonk” in Pasadena,...
  • Urban Ghillie Suit (Humor... Or is it?)

    02/22/2022 5:19:12 PM PST · by Drew68 · 37 replies
    Twitter ^ | 02/21/22 | Ex Umbris Designs
    When the street fighting comes to San Fran or NYC, look out for snipers.
  • Newsom’s latest housing fix: More Californians living downtown

    01/13/2022 11:57:36 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    LA Times ^ | HANNAH WILEY
    The budget blueprint Newsom detailed this week includes $2 billion over two years in grants and tax credits to incentivize housing development... “Moving away from investments in housing that don’t focus on climate, health, integrating downtown, schools, jobs, parks and restaurants.” Jason Elliott, Newsom’s top housing advisor, said the governor’s budget interlaces housing, cost-of-living and climate policies to simultaneously address California’s top issues. “The whole government...It’s better for equity, it’s better for inclusion..." The $2 billion includes $500 million in grants for nonprofit and for-profit developers or local governments to construct more units on existing, but underused, urban land close...
  • One of the first e-scooter companies to operate in San Francisco files for bankruptcy

    08/07/2021 4:04:54 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    SF Gate ^ | August 6, 2021 | by Madeline Wells
    Skip Transport Inc., one of the first electric scooter companies to operate in San Francisco, has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, according to the San Francisco Business Times. The company was originally founded as Waybots Inc. before launching as Skip in 2018 with seed funding. In August 2018, Skip was one of only two scooter companies (the other was Scoot) allotted one-year permits to operate in San Francisco. But by the end of 2019, the company's scooters were no longer permitted to operate in the city, which may have something to do with several incidents of their scooters bursting into...
  • Tim Tebow is back in the NFL…

    05/10/2021 12:21:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Urban Meyer is signing his old college QB to play tight end for Jacksonville The #Jaguars are planning to sign QB-turned-TE Tim Tebow to a 1-year deal, per me and @TomPelissero, a deal that could be official in the next week or so. Nothing done yet. But he’ll have a chance to make the team to reunite with his mentor and college head coach Urban Meyer.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 10, 2021 As Christians, the earth is not our home. We are citizens of a heavenly Kingdom. I hope that gives you encouragement this Sunday night!— Tim Tebow (@TimTebow)...
  • Unravelling the mystery of just how BIG Angkor Wat was: Ancient capital in Cambodia had up to 900,000 inhabitants before being abandoned in 1431 AD, study suggests

    05/08/2021 3:56:08 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 7, 2021 | Ryan Morrison
    The ancient Cambodian capital of Angkor Wat, had a staggering 900,000 inhabitants before it was abandoned in 1431, according to a new study. An international team, led by the University of British Columbia, examined three decades of data to create a demographic model of the Medieval city. Their model revealed that the capital of the long-gone Khmer Empire housed between 700,000 and 900,000 people during its zenith in the 13th century.
  • A Different Type of Secession Is Already Happening in the USA

    01/31/2021 5:55:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 132 replies ^ | January 31, 2021 | Jeff Crouere
    Lately, there has been so much frustration with the last election and the direction of our country that some Trump supporters have been talking about “secession.” Many conservatives and libertarians are asking if it makes sense for certain states to leave the union the way South Carolina left in 1860, after the election of Abraham Lincoln as president of the United States. Whether it makes “sense” or not, we can be assured that it will not happen. Although the South Carolina state legislature voted in November of 1860 to initiate the process of secession, no state legislature would do that...
  • Big Cities’ Overspending Killed Their Resilience Against Pandemic Lockdowns

    12/07/2020 9:24:31 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    The Federalist ^ | December 7, 2020 | J.T. Young
    America's big cities and habitually blue states have suffered a pre-existing condition for a long time: their left-leaning government control.America’s big cities might be the ultimate victims of COVID-19. Leftist policies have raised their spending beyond self-sustaining levels, making them increasingly dependent on external revenues. Beyond interrupting these external revenue streams, the Wuhan virus threatens a long-term disruption that might be irreversible. A recent border budget battle in leftist New England demonstrates COVID-19’s growing strain on America’s big cities. In October, New Hampshire filed suit with the Supreme Court to stop Massachusetts from continuing to tax 80,000 of its residents...
  • Biden and Dems Are Set to Abolish the Suburbs

    07/01/2020 4:56:43 PM PDT · by Tippecanoe · 87 replies
    National Review ^ | 6-30-2020 | Stanley Kurtz
    President Trump had a great riff at his rally the other day in Phoenix. It was all about “abolish,” about how the Left wants to abolish the police, ICE, bail, even borders. Trump’s riff is effective because it is true. The Left has gone off the deep end, and they’re taking the Democrats with them. Well, there’s another “abolish” the president can add to his list, and it just might be enough to tip the scales this November. Joe Biden and the Democrats want to abolish America’s suburbs. Biden and his party have embraced yet another dream of the radical...
  • US Census Develops “Community Resilience Estimates"

    06/29/2020 11:46:23 AM PDT · by PGR88 · 5 replies
    US Census ^ | June 29, 2020 | US Census
    The US Census has developed a ranking of “Community Resilience” by county. It is very interesting. It already confirms many things we know about America’s urban areas. It focuses mainly on health conditions of citizens and thus their ability to respond/survive natural disasters (or man-made disasters?). I think it could and should be broadened to include many other categories like dependence on government, stability of power and water supply, etc… its an interesting concept and I’m interested to get FReepers’ thoughts.
  • Grammys remove 'urban' within some category names as record label bans term

    06/11/2020 6:31:34 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 38 replies
    ABC ^ | 06 11 2020 | Danielle Long and Carson Blackwelder
    The Grammy Awards are making some major changes for its 2021 ceremony. In a press release issued Wednesday, the Recording Academy announced it updated both the award categories and the guidelines and rules for the Award-nominating process for the 63rd annual awards show scheduled for next year. Interim president and CEO of the Recording Academy, Harvey Mason Jr., said in a statement, "I’m excited to announce our latest changes, as we're constantly evaluating our Awards process and evolving it to ensure the GRAMMY Awards are inclusive and reflect the current state of the music industry." The Grammys announced four awards...
  • Wealthy buyers reportedly in 'mad rush' to leave San Francisco

    06/09/2020 1:16:20 PM PDT · by C19fan · 30 replies
    SF Gate ^ | June 8, 2020 | Andrew Chamings
    Amid the depths of a global pandemic and financial downturn, the demand for real estate is unexpectedly rocketing in wealthy regions outside San Francisco, reports Bloomberg. Agents say that demand is soaring in affluent areas around the Bay Area such as Napa, Marin and further afield in Carmel, as people who have the means look to get away from the city. Meanwhile, the market in San Francisco and Alameda County is still well below where it was last year.
  • RPD (Upstate Rochester NY PD): Fights break out at Ontario Beach Park, 1 person hospitalized

    05/26/2020 11:54:49 AM PDT · by AbolishCSEU · 14 replies ^ | 5/25/2020 | Charles Molineaux
    ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Rochester Police Officers say they cleared out Ontario Beach Park Monday night after fights broke out. RPD says the first fight broke out at around 8 p.m. on the pier. The captain at the scene said a command post was already set up, because incidents like this seem to happen at the park every Memorial Day weekend.
  • How Public Transit Makes The Nation More Vulnerable To Disasters Like COVID-19

    04/22/2020 6:06:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 22, 2020 | Randal O'Toole
    It's time to stop throwing money at an obsolete form of travel and focus on the transportation system that is already moving more than 80 percent of passenger travel in the U.S. When most of the nation’s governors shut down nonessential businesses and directed people to stay at home, they made the mistake of keeping urban transit systems running despite a 2018 study showing that mass public transportation systems expedite the spread of infectious diseases in communities. Further, a 2011 study found that people who ride urban transit are nearly six times more likely to suffer from upper respiratory infections...
  • DC's Ward 6 hardest hit by coronavirus (Swamp Fever)

    04/01/2020 8:52:43 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 11 replies
    Foxdc5 ^ | April 1, 2020
    The D.C. government today released the number of positive coronavirus cases broken down by Ward and it shows no hotspots in the city. The most cases were in and around Capitol Hill with the fewest east of the river in Ward 8. This as we’re also hearing of more frustrations for people applying for unemployment in D.C. (Video at the link)
  • Counties without coronavirus are mostly rural, poor

    03/29/2020 6:07:27 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | March 29, 2020 | By MORGAN LEE AND NICKY FORSTER
    SANTA FE, N.M. - As the coronavirus rages across the United States, mainly in large urban areas, more than a third of U.S. counties have yet to report a single positive test result for COVID-19 infections, an analysis by The Associated Press shows. Data compiled by John Hopkins University shows that 1,297 counties have no confirmed cases of COVID-19 out of 3,142 counties nationwide. Of the counties without positive tests, 85% are in rural areas - from predominantly white communities in Appalachia and the Great Plains to majority Hispanic and Native American stretches of the American Southwest - that generally...
  • Brasilia: How Not To Build A City

    03/13/2020 6:29:23 AM PDT · by C19fan · 31 replies
    American Conservative ^ | March 13, 2020 | Casey Chalk
    There is a popular legend that 19th-century Italian priest Don Bosco, the founder of the Catholic Salesian Order and a revered saint, had a prophetic dream in 1883 that predicted a flourishing, futuristic city between parallels 15 and 20 in central Brazil. Many Brazilians believe the dream of Dom Bosco, as they call him, found fulfillment in the modern capital city of Brasilia, built between 1956 and 1960. Indeed, even before Brasilia was completed, a shrine, located directly on the 15th parallel, was sculpted and dedicated to Dom Bosco. Today’s Brasilia is filled with references to him, including the Santuario...
  • Broadway shutting down all productions over coronavirus pandemic

    03/12/2020 11:44:48 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 34 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 12, 2020 | 2:07pm | By Michael Riedel
    Broadway will shut down for four to six weeks beginning tonight, due to the coronavirus outbreak, several sources told The Post. In what is the worst crisis the industry has faced since the attack on the World Trade Center in 2001, several shows will not be able to recover. “The Minutes,” a new play by Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Letts that was to open Sunday night, is likely to close and never return. Martin McDonagh’s acclaimed “Hangmen” is also unlikely to open this season, though it could come back in the fall. “Sing Street,” a new musical currently in rehearsals,...
  • Amazon opens full-size, 'cashierless' grocery store in Seattle

    02/27/2020 8:26:10 AM PST · by RightGeek · 77 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/25/2020 | Kaelan Deese
    Amazon has opened its first-ever full-size, "cashierless" grocery store, providing shoppers an experience that does not require any human interaction. The project, called Amazon Go Grocery, has been in development for five years. Starting Tuesday, customers can scan a QR code from Amazon's mobile app, walk into the Seattle store, take any item they want to purchase and walk out without paying at a cashier station. Amazon said it is employing technology that senses when a product is taken from or returned to a shelf and keeps track of items in a virtual cart. When a customer leaves, they are...
  • NYPD officer shot while in police vehicle in the Bronx, officials say

    02/08/2020 8:36:38 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 57 replies
    abc7 ^ | february 8, 2020 | abc7
    LONGWOOD, Bronx (WABC) -- An NYPD officer was shot while sitting in a marked police van, sources say. The officer was shot in the neck and chin on 906 Simpson St. in Longwood just before 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Sources say the suspect walked up, started asking directions and then opened fire at the officer. The officers then fired back.