Archive for October, 2007

Putin’s party gives free gifts of bottles vodka to lure voters

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Date: October 31st, 2007

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MOSCOW – Russia‘s ruling party is trying to lure voters in upcoming elections with free bottles of vodka and other gifts, campaigners from two non-governmental groups said in Moscow on Wednesday.
Yelena Panfilova, Russia director for Transparency International, an anti-corruption group based in Berlin, said at a news conference in Moscow that United Russia was giving “hidden bribes.”
These gifts included sponsored vodka bottles, rucksacks, gloves and even jar lids carrying the United Russia symbol for the many Russians preparing jams for the winter season, Panfilova said. Full StoryDiscount Magazine SubscriptionsDiscount Cigarettes & TobaccoDiscovery Channel Store

Scott Peterson can’t collect on murdered wife’s insurance, court rules – Since he was the one who killed her

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Date: October 31st, 2007

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FRESNO, California – Scott Peterson, sentenced to death for murdering his wife, Laci, and her fetus in 2002, isn’t entitled to the proceeds of her $250,000 life insurance policy, a state appeals court ruled today.
The Fifth District Court of Appeal in Fresno upheld a Stanislaus County judge’s ruling that Laci Peterson’s mother, Sharon Rocha, the administrator of her estate, should get the insurance money. Full StoryDiscount Magazine Subscriptions - Discount Cigarettes & TobaccoRadisson Hotels & Resorts

Major Crimes Squad – Police tell boys ages 3, 4 and 7 – Shut down your pumpkin stand – Do not have proper license

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Date: October 31st, 2007

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UK – THREE young children got a Halloween scare to remember after potty police tried to shut down their pumpkin stall because they did not have a TRADERS LICENCE.
Justin Sanford, 35, and his sons Robin, 7, Jack, 4, and Benjamin, 3, set up their stand last week on a rural road near their home in South Wiltshire to raise money to buy costumes to go trick or treating. Full StoryDiscount Magazine SubscriptionsDiscount Cigarettes & TobaccoRapid Bath For Pets

Jury Awards Father Nearly $11 Million in Funeral Protesters Case

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Date: October 31st, 2007

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BALTIMORE Maryland – The father of a fallen Marine was awarded nearly $11 million Wednesday in damages by a jury that found leaders of a fundamentalist church had invaded the family’s privacy and inflicted emotional distress when they picketed the Marine’s funeral.
The jury first awarded $2.9 million in compensatory damages. It returned later in the afternoon with its decision to award $6 million in punitive damages for invasion of privacy and $2 million for causing emotional distress to the Marine’s father, Albert Snyder of York, Pa.
Snyder sued the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church for unspecified monetary damages after members staged a demonstration at the March 2006 funeral of his son, Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, who was killed in Iraq. Full StoryDiscount Magazine SubscriptionsDiscount Cigarettes & TobaccoNeckties

Pilot, 1st Officer Slept While Approaching Denver

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Date: October 31st, 2007

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WASHINGTON DC – Lawmakers meeting about airline safety Wednesday heard about a government report that described a commercial pilot and his first officer falling asleep at the wheel 60 miles outside from Denver, and careening toward the airport at twice the speed allowed.
Rep. Bart Gordon , D-Tenn. demanded to know why this information was available on a system available to the public, known as ASRA, but NASA refused to release the information from a separate survey conducted in an $11 million program called the National Aviation Operations Monitoring Service. Full StoryDiscount Magazine SubscriptionsDiscount Cigarettes & TobaccoBoca Java

Old man beat up for watering his lawn – Dies from a massive heart attack

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Date: October 31st, 2007

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Australia – A man has been charged with murder in Sydney’s south after punching and kicking an elderly man – sparking a “massive” heart attack – during an argument over water restrictions, police say.
A 66-year-old man was watering his front lawn, on Formosa Street in Sylvania, when another man, 36, who was walking past the house, challenged him about water restrictions.
The two argued and police said at one point the 66-year-old turned the hose on the other man, wetting him. Full StoryDiscount Magazine SubscriptionsDiscount Cigarettes & TobaccoFleurop

Bad choice of words, Chief – "It’s almost a no-brainer" – To use tracking devices for Alzheimer’s patients

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Date: October 31st, 2007

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Indiana – The Greenfield Police Department is buying tracking devices that use radio signals to locate people with Alzheimer’s disease, autism or other conditions making them prone to wander and become lost.
Individuals wear wristbands containing tiny devices that transmit radio signals on pre-set frequencies, Greenfield Police Chief Clarke Mercer said. Police use tracking receivers that they tune to the frequency of the person they are seeking. “It’s almost a no-brainer,” Mercer said. “You have to do it.” Full StoryDiscount Magazine SubscriptionsDiscount Cigarettes & TobaccoCrock-Pot

Severed human foot brought home by dog

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Date: October 31st, 2007

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COVINGTON, Georgia – When a suburban Atlanta woman’s dog brought home a severed foot, she thought it might be some kind of early Halloween prank.
But after the dog owner contacted the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, authorities launched a homicide investigation and found other dismembered parts of a petite woman’s body, said sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Bill Watterson.
“Her dog had it and she didn’t know if it was fake or if it was real,” Watterson said. “The dog had it out by the house.” Full StoryDiscount Magazine SubscriptionsDiscount Cigarettes & TobaccoHand Held Items

Texas Office Worker Shoots Himself in Both Legs While Sitting at Desk

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Date: October 31st, 2007

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FORT WORTH, Texas – A 47-year-old man was shot in both legs when he accidentally discharged a handgun while sitting in his cubicle at an insurance office, police said.
The man, who hasn’t been publicly identified, had put his .45-caliber gun into his jacket pocket and then draped the jacket over the back of his chair, said Brett McGuire, Lake Worth police chief.
The gun discharged Tuesday morning as the man settled into his chair. He said the man must have done something to make the weapon fire.
The bullet passed through both of the man’s legs and a bookcase before lodging in the wall of a cubicle. Full StoryDiscount Magazine SubscriptionsDiscount Cigarettes & TobaccoExposures

The first of 13 defendants indicted in a cigarette tax-evasion case gets a year in prison

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Date: October 31st, 2007

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The first of 13 people indicted for defrauding the state of Minnesota out of more than $2.5 million in tax revenues by concealing cigarette sales was sentenced today to a year in prison and ordered to pay the state $151,734 in restitution.
Raed Yassin Wazwaz — who in 2001 allegedly paid $32,825 in cash for a BMW using $20 and $50 bills — was among the least involved in the alleged conspiracy, according to his attorney, Jordan Kushner. Full Story

Philip Morris Opens New Research Center

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Date: October 31st, 2007

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RICHMOND, Virginia – With waning cigarette sales due to concerns about health, smoking bans and price increases, Philip Morris USA is staking its future in a new research center meant to develop products to reduce the risk of tobacco use.
The addition of the $350 million, 450,000-square-foot Center for Research and Technology, with its facade of large windows, nearly doubles the company’s research space and gives the Richmond company’s scientists and engineers one facility to collaborate on new projects.
The center, which is currently occupied by about 100 employees, will be home to 500 scientists, engineers and support staff by the end of the year. Full Story

Smokeless Tobacco Boosts Reynolds

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Date: October 31st, 2007

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Reynolds American Inc., the second-largest U.S. tobacco company, posted a 16% rise in third-quarter net income amid market-share gains and strong sales of smokeless tobacco.
It also said full-year earnings would be at or above its previous outlook, citing the effect of a cigarette price hike.
Reynolds American, which trails only Altria Group Inc. in size, reported net income of $358 million, or $1.21 a share, for the quarter, compared with $309 million, or $1.05 a share, a year earlier. Net sales in the latest quarter rose 4.9% to $$2.3 billion. Full Story

City backs away from smoking ban

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Date: October 31st, 2007

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CALABASAS California – City officials have backed off on a plan to ban smoking in all local apartments, instead reserving a small percentage of units for those who light up.
The City Council on Wednesday night reviewed an amendment to its second-hand smoke ordinance, which as originally drafted would have eventually barred all tenants from smoking inside their own apartments.
“In weighing the different rights, I feel that an individual has the right to engage in smoking inside their own residence,” Mayor James Bozajian said. “I am not a smoker. I don’t allow smoke in my home.
“As long as tobacco products are legal, it’s something we shouldn’t outlaw.” Full Story

Two California cities to vote on banning smoking in apartments

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Date: October 31st, 2007

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Lawmakers in two California cities are casting votes this month on unprecedented legislation that would widen a growing voluntary movement by landlords and resident associations to ban smoking inside apartments and condos.
Officials have predicted there will be an estimated $20 million shortfall in next year’s budget unless the county finds a new source of revenue. Over the past several months, the county has pinned its hopes on a new $1-per-pack cigarette tax being debated in Springfield.
The bill has already passed both houses of the Illinois General Assembly, but differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill must be rectified. The deadline for final action on the bill was originally scheduled for August, but it has been extended five times and is now Friday. There is a chance it could be extended again.
Several weeks ago, the County Board gave Schillerstrom an extra month to come up with a budget, in part because board members wanted to wait for the outcome of the cigarette tax. He must present his proposal to the board next Tuesday. Schillerstrom and other county officials have made numerous trips to the state capital to lobby for the tax bill.
“If we don’t find a new revenue source, there will be significant cuts made (to the budget) that will have a serious impact on people’s lives,” Schillerstrom said last month. “It’s not like we have a budget with a lot of fat in it that you can go pare out a certain percentage and it won’t have any impact on people’s lives.” Full Story

Cigarette regulation questioned by U.S. FDA chief

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Date: October 31st, 2007

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WASHINGTON DC – The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration raised concerns on Wednesday about a bill in Congress that would order the FDA to regulate cigarettes, an idea backed by public health groups and many Democrats.
FDA Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach said the bill, which is opposed by some Republicans, “may be extremely difficult for the FDA to implement.”
“We have concerns that the bill could undermine the public health role of the FDA,” von Eschenbach said in written testimony submitted for a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on the legislation. Full Story