Archive for November, 2007

Judge won’t be charged over gun she took to airport – Laws are for regular people, not judges

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Date: November 28th, 2007

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ANN ARBOR – Charges will not be filed against a district court judge who was accused of taking a loaded gun to a Detroit Metropolitan Airport checkpoint this summer.
Washtenaw County prosecutors decided not to charge Sylvia James, chief judge of Inkster’s 22nd District Court, because investigators couldn’t prove she intentionally took the handgun July 28.
“There is insufficient proof to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Ms. James knowingly possessed the handgun,” Konrad Siller, first assistant prosecutor in Washtenaw County, wrote in his Nov. 13 memo to the Wayne County Airport Police. He declined Monday to discuss the issue further. Full StoryDiscount Magazine SubscriptionsDiscount Cigarettes & TobaccoOnly Natural Pet Store

Woman loses eye goofing around at work – Hawaii police dispatcher sues city

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Date: November 28th, 2007

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Hawaii – A “game” played during work hours by Honolulu Police Department emergency telephone operators resulted in one operator suffering a detached retina after being struck in the eye by a ball thrown by another operator, according to a lawsuit filed in state court this week.
The lawsuit was filed by emergency operator Sally Crowder against the city and co-worker Flossie Leong. According to her suit, players threw a small ball at each other’s backs during work. Full StoryDiscount Magazine SubscriptionsDiscount Cigarettes & TobaccoOne Hanes Place

Grandmother who has swept her doorstep for 62 years told by council she could face court

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Date: November 28th, 2007

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UK – Political correctness gone mad: Grandmother Betty Davies has swept the street clean outside her house for the past 62 years without so much as raising an eyebrow.
The 88-year-old widow prides herself on keeping her front doorstep and pavement pristine. But after one of her daily tidy-ups, a council worker knocked on the door of her home in Splott, Cardiff, to warn her she could be taken to court.
Mrs Davies was told she could be breaking litter laws and might be fined for brushing the leaves into the roadway. Full StoryDiscount Magazine SubscriptionsDiscount Cigarettes & TobaccoNetflix

‘Christ’ Taken Out Of Christmas Festival – So they can advertise in local schools

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Date: November 28th, 2007

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SAGINAW, Michigan – Tightening budgets have forced Mt. Pleasant to take Christ out of their Christmas.
The traditional Dickens Christmas Festival has been re-named the Dickens Holiday Festival so the city can advertise in local schools.
In order to get more bang for their buck out of a thinning advertisement budget, the organization wants to put fliers in schools. For that to happen, the word “Christmas” had to be removed. Full StoryDiscount Magazine SubscriptionsDiscount Cigarettes & TobaccoFig Leaves

State NAACP joins protest of artist from China chosen for MLK monument

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Date: November 28th, 2007

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California – The California branch of the NAACP has joined a growing protest against the selection of a Chinese artist to sculpt the tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. planned for the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
Following a decade of approval hurdles, construction on the monument is expected to start in April, the 40th anniversary of King’s 1968 assassination, and completed the following year. But now it faces criticism by black artists, American granite workers and others who are angry about the sculptor chosen as the lead artist, both because of his nationality and his history as an artist. Protesters also say American granite rather than Chinese granite should be used for the sculpture. Full StoryDiscount Magazine SubscriptionsDiscount Cigarettes & TobaccoDunhams Sports

Need to lose weight? – Just stand up

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Date: November 28th, 2007

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Scientists have found intriguing evidence that one major reason so many people are overweight these days may be as close as the seat of their pants. Literally. According to the researchers, most of us sit too much. In most cases, exercise alone, according to a team of scientists at the University of Missouri, isn’t enough to take off those added pounds. When we sit, the researchers found, the enzymes that are responsible for burning fat just shut down. Full Story – Discount Magazine SubscriptionsDiscount Cigarettes & TobaccoDiamonds International

Mohammed, A Seven-Year-old boy named teddy bear after himself

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Date: November 28th, 2007

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Sudan – THE Foreign Office has confirmed that the British teacher who let her class name a teddy bear Mohammed has been charged with inciting hatred and insulting religion in Sudan. She faces 40 lashes or six months jail if convicted of insulting Islam. A pupil of the teacher leapt to her defence yesterday. The seven-year-old said he suggested the name – after HIMSELF, not the Islamic prophet. Full StoryDiscount Magazine SubscriptionsDiscount Cigarettes & TobaccoColorful Images

School Cancels Production of ‘Ten Little Indians’ Over Concerns of Racial Slur – One person complained to NAACP

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Date: November 28th, 2007

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Ohio – An Ohio high school has canceled its student theater production of “Ten Little Indians” after local residents complained about a racial slur in the original title of the Agatha Christie novel, which never has been published under that name in this country.
The best-selling murder mystery originally was named “Ten Little N—ers” when it was published in England in 1939.
The name of the book was changed for production in the United States, and the school was using the name “Ten Little Indians” for the play’s title. The book also has been renamed in some productions as “And Then There Were None,” which is the closing line of the nursery rhyme with the novel’s name. Full StoryUpdate: Play will go on after national furorDiscount Magazine SubscriptionsDiscount Cigarettes & TobaccoBody Candy

Two True Stories From History – Related

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Date: November 28th, 2007

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STORY NUMBER ONE: Many years ago, Al Capone virtually owned Chicago. Capone wasn’t famous for anything heroic. He was notorious for enmeshing the windy city in everything from bootlegged booze and prostitution to murder. Capone had a lawyer nicknamed “Easy Eddie.” He was Capone’s lawyer for a good reason. Eddie was very good! In fact, Eddie’s skill at legal maneuvering kept Big Al out of jail for a long time. To show his appreciation, Capone paid him very well. Not only was the money big, but also, Eddie got special dividends. For instance, he andhis family occupied a fenced-in mansion with live-in help and all of the conveniences of the day. The estate was so large that it filled an entire Chicago City block. Eddie lived the high life of the Chicago mob and gave little consideration to the atrocity that went on around him. Eddie did have one soft spot, however. He had a son that he loved dearly. Eddie saw to it that his young son had clothes, cars, and a good education. Nothing was withheld Price was no object. And, despite his involvement with organized crime, Eddie even tried to teach him right from wrong.. Eddie wanted his son to be a better man than he was. Yet, with all his wealth and influence, there were two things he couldn’t give his son; he couldn’t pass on a good name or a good example. One day, Easy Eddie reached a difficult decision. Easy Eddie wanted to rectify wrongs he had done. He decided he would go to the authorities and tell the truth about Al; “Scarface” Capone, clean up his tarnished name, and offer his son some semblance of integrity. To do this, he would have to testify against The Mob, and he knew that the cost would be great. So, he testified. Within the year, Easy Eddie’s life ended in a blaze of gunfire on a lonely Chicago Street. But in his eyes, he had given his son the greatest gift he had to offer, at the greatest price he could ever pay. Police removed from his pockets a rosary, a crucifix, a religious medallion, and a poem clipped from a magazine. The poem read: “The clock of life is wound but once, and no man has the power To tell just when the hands will stop At late or early hour.. Now is the only time you own. Live, love, toil with a will. Place no faith in time. For the clock may soon be still.”
STORY NUMBER TWO: World War II produced many heroes. One such man was Lieutenant Commander Butch O’Hare. He was a fighter pilot assigned to the aircraft carrier Lexington in the South Pacific. One day his entire squadron was sent on a mission. After he was airborne, he looked at his fuel gauge and realized that someone had forgotten to top off his fuel tank. He would not have enough fuel to complete his mission and get back to his ship. His flight leader told him to return to the carrier. Reluctantly, he dropped out of formation and headed back to the fleet. As he was returning to the mother ship he saw something that turned his blood cold: a squadron of Japanese aircraft was speeding its way toward the American fleet. The American fighters were gone on a sortie, and the fleet was all but defenseless. He couldn’t reach his squadron and bring them back in time to save the fleet. Nor could he warn the fleet of the approaching danger. There was only one thing to do. He must somehow divert themfrom the fleet. Laying aside all thoughts of personal safety, he dove into theformation of Japanese planes. Wing-mounted 50 caliber’s blazed as hecharged in, attacking one surprised enemy plane and then another. Butchwove in and out of the now broken formation and fired at as many planesas possible until all his ammunition was finally spent. Undaunted, he continued the assault. He dove at the planes, trying to clip a wing or tail in hopes of damaging as many enemy planes as possible and rendering them unfit to fly. Finally, the exasperated Japanese squadron took off in another direction. Deeply relieved, Butch O’Hare and his tattered fighter limped back to the carrier. Upon arrival, he reported in and related the event surrounding his return. The film from the gun-camera mounted on his plane told the tale. It showed the extent of Butch’s daring attempt to protect his fleet. He had, in fact, destroyed five enemy aircraft. This took place on February 20, 1942 , and for that action Butch became the Navy’s first Ace of W.W.II, and the first Naval Aviator to winthe Congressional Medal of Honor. A year later Butch was killed in aerial combat at the age of 29. Hishome town would not allow the memory of this WW II hero to fade, and today, O’Hare Airport in Chicago is named in tribute to the courage ofthis great man. So, the next time you find yourself at O’Hare International, give some thought to visiting Butch’s memorial displaying his statue and his Medal of Honor. It’s located between Terminals one and two.

SO WHAT DO THESE TWO STORIES HAVE TO DO WITH EACH OTHER? Butch O’Hare was “Easy Eddie’s” son.

In Maine Schools – No candy, no soda, now no sports drinks – Bread and water may be OK

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Date: November 28th, 2007

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AUGUSTA – Efforts by the state to rid schools of soda and candy have been successful, but there’s evidence that students are finding other ways to get that sugary high.
They’ve switched to sports drinks and flavored water, some of which can be deceptively high in calories, said Janet Whatley Blum, a University of Southern Maine professor in the Department of Exercise, Health and Sport Sciences.
“It’s great they got soda out of schools, but there’s still sugar-sweetened beverages in schools,” she said Tuesday following a speech at the Augusta Civic Center. Full StoryDiscount Magazine SubscriptionsDiscount Cigarettes & TobaccoBionaire

Man arrested for shooting traffic camera

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Date: November 28th, 2007

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Police have lost red-light cameras to traffic accidents but never to gun play. “This is the first one that’s been shot,” Capt. Gordon Catlett said of the wounded camera at the intersection of Broadway Avenue and Interstate 640 — one of 15 camera-equipped intersections in the city.
Clifford E. Clark, 47, was charged with felony vandalism and reckless endangerment for allegedly firing at least three rounds from a .30-06 hunting rifle at the camera, knocking it out of action. Full StoryDiscount Magazine SubscriptionsDiscount Cigarettes & TobaccoAmazon Books

Man tries to open bank account with fake $1 Million bill

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Date: November 27th, 2007

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AIKEN, South Carolina -A bank teller in Clearwater had a million reasons not to open an account for an Augusta, Ga., man Monday, authorities said.
Alexander D. Smith, 31, was charged with disorderly conduct and two counts of forgery after he walked into the bank and tried to open an account by depositing a fake $1 million bill, said Aiken County Sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Michael Frank.
The employee refused to open the account and called police while the man started to curse at bank workers. Full StoryDiscount Magazine SubscriptionsDiscount Cigarettes & TobaccoBrite Smile

Teacher arrested for kicking 11-year-old student 200 times

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Date: November 27th, 2007

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SUFFOLK, Virginia – A martial arts instructor has been arrested for kicking an 11-year-old student more than 200 times, causing internal injuries and possibly breaking a rib.
Police say 47-year-old Susan Bateman of Hampton was arrested November 20th and charged with one felony count of child endangerment.
Police Lieutenant D.J. George says Bateman issued a challenge November 7th during class at a Suffolk dojo to see how many kicks to the abdomen students could take. Full StoryDiscount Magazine SubscriptionsDiscount Cigarettes & TobaccoBody Forum Shop

Dog Inherited $12 Million – Getting death threats

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Date: November 27th, 2007

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USA – Real estate tycoon Leona Helmsley was tagged with the nickname “Queen of Mean” and won no hearts when the quote “Only the little people pay taxes” was repeatedly attributed to her, despite her denials. When Helmsley died last August and left $12 million to her tiny Maltese, Trouble, the last will and testament only reinforced the urban legend that she didn’t care much for humans. It came as little surprise that there would be hostility towards the dog. But death and kidnapping threats seem a little extreme. Codey is in charge of the pampered pooch and her trust fund. He said he was alarmed by the number of threats and estimates that Trouble received about 20 or 30. Full StoryDiscount Magazine SubscriptionsDiscount Cigarettes & TobaccoPet Street Mall

Boy refuses to go to bed without his 20 foot Burmese python named Lucky

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Date: November 27th, 2007

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Cambodia – The struggle to find that perfect pet for their child can send some mothers and fathers loopy.
Luckily for the parents of six-year- old Sambath Uon, his best friend slithered right into his lap.
The boy refuses to go to bed without the 6m (20ft) Burmese python named Lucky. ‘I love the python like my sister,’ said Sambath. ‘All my friends are jealous of her.’
When Lucky first slunk into the Cambodian village, she was 50cm (20in) long and Sambath was just three months old. Full StoryDiscount Magazine SubscriptionsDiscount Cigarettes & TobaccoOverstock