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The Operator: Is the most trusted
doctor in America doing
more harm than good?
New Yorker Magazine, by Michael Specter    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 1/28/2013 2:26:41 PM     Post Reply
One evening a few weeks ago, several members of a television film crew crammed themselves into a tiny examination room on the seventh floor of the Research Medical Center, in Kansas City. The sun had set and the light was fading. Two men, one hoisting a big camera and the other a sound boom, stood in a corner less than a foot from one another. The hospital’s chief of medicine, the head of its cardiology department, and a nurse were also in the room.
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Exclusive: Boy Scouts
close to ending ban on
gay members, leaders
NBC News, by Pete Williams    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/28/2013 2:19:25 PM     Post Reply
The Boy Scouts of America, one of the nation’s largest private youth organizations, is actively considering an end to its decades-long policy of banning gay scouts or scout leaders, according to scouting officials and outsiders familiar with internal discussions. If adopted by the organization’s board of directors, it would represent a profound change on an issue that has been highly controversial -- one that even went to the US Supreme Court. The new policy, now under discussion, would eliminate the ban from the national organization’s rules, leaving local sponsoring organizations free to decide

Ravens´ O.J. Brigance brings a
different power to 2nd
Super Bowl journey
Baltimore Sun, by Jonathan Pitts    Original Article
Posted By: TheRevJMP- 1/28/2013 2:18:57 PM     Post Reply
He was a mighty presence when the Baltimore Ravens won Super Bowl XXXV, a warrior who busted a wedge to make the first tackle that day and went on to make four more. If current coach John Harbaugh is to be believed, even then he was the toughest man in football. Today O.J. Brigance has limbs that hang limp, his muscles withered. He can move only his lips and eyes and must use a computer to speak.
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Indyk: Obama and Netanyahu
have ´bad chemistry´
Jerusalem Post, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 1/28/2013 2:08:28 PM     Post Reply
Former US Ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk told the Israeli media on Monday that while US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu do indeed have chemistry, at the moment it is "bad chemistry." Speaking to Army Radio, Indyk called it a "mistake" for Obama not to visit Jerusalem on his pre-election trip to Israel in 2008, and that he erred in not visiting Jerusalem since. It is "very important" that Israelis come to see Obama as "a man that is deeply committed to Israel´s security." With regard to Obama´s state of mind, Indyk said that

Boy Scouts may soon
welcome gay scouts, leaders
USA Today, by Oren Dorell and Cathy Lynn Grossman    Original Article
Posted By: southernstench- 1/28/2013 2:05:48 PM     Post Reply
As early as next week, the Boy Scouts of America´s may announce it will allow gay scouts and troop leaders, a spokesman for the group has told USA TODAY. If this policy shift is approved by the national board meeting at their scheduled meeting next week, it will be a sharp reversal of the Scouts´ decade´s old national policy banning homosexuals. "The policy change under discussion would allow the religious, civic, or educational organizations that oversee and deliver Scouting to determine how to address this issue," BSA spokesman Deron Smith said in a statement to USA TODAY.
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State Department Shuts
Down Embassy in Central
African Republic
ABC News Radio, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/28/2013 2:02:02 PM     Post Reply
(WASHINGTON) -- The State Department announced on Thursday it temporarily closed the U.S. Embassy in the capital of Bangui, in the Central African Republic. According to a statement by State Department Spokesperson Patrick Ventrell, "The U.S. Embassy in Bangui temporarily suspended its operations on December 28 as a result of the present security situation in the Central African Republic (CAR). We have not suspended diplomatic relations with the Central African Republic." Ambassador Wohlers and all staff have left the country, and the State Department is warning American citizens not to travel

Rapper Rick Ross´ bullet-riddled
Rolls Royce crashes into building
as he escapes drive-by shooting
after partying with Diddy
Daily Mail [UK], by Paul Thompson    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/28/2013 1:55:24 PM     Post Reply
Rapper Rick Ross escaped with his life after his Rolls Royce was sprayed with bullets and crashed into an apartment building as he celebrated his 37th birthday. The Miami based rapper staggered from his car along with a female companion after the attack in the early hours of Monday morning. His silver Rolls Royce was apparently targeted in the drive-by shooting as he headed home after celebrating his birthday with stars including Diddy, Christina Milian, Fabolous Quincy Combs and Christina Milian.Police said the two occupants of the car were not injured when it slammed



´No, don´t do it´: Cries
of teen, 16, begging for
his life before being stabbed
to death in posh London
street by gang armed with
knives and swords
Daily Mail (UK), by Mark Duell & Steve Nolan    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/28/2013 1:54:50 PM     Post Reply
A 16-year-old boy was heard screaming for his life before he was fatally stabbed by a gang armed with knives and swords, residents of a well-heeled area of London said today. The teenager, named locally as Hani Abou El-Kheir, is said to have cried ´don´t do it´ as he was attacked after tripping while fleeing the gang. He was stabbed in Pimlico, central London, shortly before 7pm yesterday evening and taken to a nearby hospital, but he died from his injuries two hours later. Shocked residents living close to the scene on Lupus Street, claimed today that a gang

Omar Abdel Rahman: The push
to free the imprisoned Islamist extremist
Washington Post, by Colum Lynch & Abigail Hauslohner    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 1/28/2013 1:54:38 PM     Post Reply
Before bin Laden, there was the blind sheik. A generation ago, Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman stood as the embodiment of Islamist terrorism: A bearded, religious extremist with a trademark red and white cap and dark sunglasses who helped orchestrate the first bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993 and plotted several unrealized attacks against other New York landmarks. Two decades of imprisonment in high-security detention centers in the United States have diminished his public profile. But the Egyptian cleric is gaining notoriety among a new generation of Muslim holy warriors, and he has become a cause celebre

Obama congratulates PM on
election win amid alleged tension
Jerusalam Post, by Hilary Leila Krieger    Original Article
Posted By: BuckeyeRon- 1/28/2013 1:46:40 PM     Post Reply
US President Barack Obama on Monday called Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to congratulate him on "his party’s success in winning a plurality of Knesset seats." During the phone call, Obama told Netanyahu he looks forward to working with the new government, and reiterated his commitment to the "deep and enduring bonds" between Israel and the United States. Obama also pledged to the prime minister to "work closely with Israel" on their "shared agenda for peace and security in the Middle East." The phone call came almost a week after the prime minister won a narrow victory in the election

Sheriff who urged residents
to learn how to use firearms
blasts mayor´s ´Dirty Harry´ criticism
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/28/2013 1:45:31 PM     Post Reply
A sheriff who urged Milwaukee-area residents in a radio ad to learn to handle firearms so they can defend themselves is dismissing pointed criticism from the city´s mayor -- calling the mayor´s response "weak" and telling Fox News "my job is to protect the public." Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. stirred controversy after releasing a 30-second radio ad saying budget cuts have hurt officers´ ability to respond. "With officers laid off and furloughed, simply calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option," he said in the ad.



Up to 11 million illegal residents
to be granted U.S. citizenship
under new deal hammered out by
bipartisan Senate group
Daily Mail [UK], by Michael Zennie    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/28/2013 1:42:01 PM     Post Reply
A gang of eight Republican and Democratic senators has hammered out an immigration reform deal that could allow 11million illegal immigrants to gain legal status and, eventually, American citizenship. The agreement includes strict enforcement measures like stepped up border security and visa exit tracking that must go into effect before any illegal residents are given official status. The plan is endorsed by conservative newcomers Marco Rubio, of Florida, and Jeff Flake, of Arizona, as well as liberal veterans Charles Schumer, of New York, and Dick Durbin, of Illinois. The senators hope that the broad range of political

What did Republicans win
in immigration deal?
Washington Post, by Greg Sargent    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 1/28/2013 1:35:16 PM     Post Reply
It’s has been widely assumed this morning by some immigration advocates (and by yours truly, too) that the new immigration reform plan’s process of citizenship for the country’s 11 million undocumented immigrants is contingent on a commission of Southwestern officials declaring the border secure. Not true. I’ve now got clarification from Senate staff working on the bill, and it turns out that the enforcement commission’s judgments will only be advisory, and are entirely nonbinding. Congress’ actions will not be dictated by what this commission concludes;

Images of New Clashes in Egypt,
Two Years After the Revolution’s
‘Day of Rage’
New York Times, by Robert Mackey    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/28/2013 1:20:13 PM     Post Reply
Last Updated, 12:50 p.m. As my colleague David Kirkpatrick reports from Egypt, there were protests in the Suez Canal city of Port Said and fresh clashes in Cairo on Monday. Video uploaded to YouTube on Sunday showed officers firing at protesters in Port Said, killing four, including a man in a wheelchair, according to Mosireen, a collective of activist Egyptian filmmakers. As clashes continued in Port Said on Monday, despite a declaration of martial law, journalists and bloggers there uploaded video of angry chants against the government at funerals for protesters and reports of escalating mayhem.

Barbara Walters in the
hospital with chicken pox
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/28/2013 1:18:51 PM     Post Reply
Barbara Walters has the chicken pox. The television veteran has been hospitalized for more than a week after taking a fall. Doctors wouldn’t release her because she was running a temperature, and now they know why: The 83-year-old news veteran has a disease many people deal with when they are children. Whoopi Goldberg delivered the news Monday on “The View,” the daytime talk show Walters started. Goldberg delivered an ultimatum to Walters: “No scratching.”



Father of Conn. victim
urges enforcement of laws
Associated Press, by Susan Haigh    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 1/28/2013 1:14:06 PM     Post Reply
HARTFORD, Conn. — The father of a 6-year-old victim of the Newtown elementary school shooting says Connecticut´s existing gun laws need to be more strictly enforced and the nation needs a return to civility. Mark Mattioli appeared Monday before a legislative subcommittee reviewing gun laws in the wake of the Dec. 14 massacre, which left 20 first-grade students and six educators dead. Mattioli´s son, James, was among the children killed.Mattioli says he believes in "simple, few gun laws" and that there are "more than enough on the books." But he said they´re not being properly enforced.

‘Wall St.’ flees NY for tax-free Fla.
New York Post, by Josh Margolin    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 1/28/2013 1:08:53 PM     Post Reply
The city’s hedge-fund executives are flying south — and it’s not for vacation. An increasing number of financial firms, especially private equity and hedge funds, are fed up with New York’s sky-high city and state tax rates and are relocating to the business-friendly climate in Florida’s Palm Beach County. And they’re being welcomed with open arms — officials in Palm Beach recently opened an entire office dedicated to luring finance hot shots down south. “Florida is a state of choice,” said Thalius Hecksher, global development chief for Apex Fund Services, who moved many of his operations to Palm Beach. “It’s organically grown.

Our Most Polarizing President
Commentary, by Peter Wehner    Original Article
Posted By: abuela10- 1/28/2013 1:06:57 PM     Post Reply
Barack Obama is a record-setting president. He is the most polarizing president in the history of polling. According to the Gallup organization, during his fourth year in office, an average of 86 percent of Democrats and 10 percent of Republicans approved of the job Barack Obama did as president. That 76-percentage-point gap ties George W. Bush’s fourth year as the most polarized years in Gallup records. Now let’s dial the clock back a year, when Jeffrey Jones of the Gallup organization wrote, “The historically high gap between partisans’ job approval ratings of Barack Obama continued during Obama’s third year in office,

Is Iran´s mystery nuclear
explosion too good to be true?
Telegraph [UK], by Con Coughlin    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/28/2013 1:01:42 PM     Post Reply
What are we to make about reports from Israel that Iran´s top secret Fordow nuclear facility has been hit by a massive underground explosion that has caused severe damage to the uranium enrichment programme and trapped 240 workers inside? Claims that the explosion happened last Monday - just as Israelis were digesting the results of the general election – appeared on the Right-wing news website WND last Friday. But three days later the normally garrulous Israelis have gone strangely quiet, while there has likewise been no official comment from Iran.

Iran unveils finger amputating
machine for use on thieves
Telegraph [UK], by Phoebe Greenwood    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 1/28/2013 1:01:33 PM     Post Reply
Photographs appearing to show a blindfolded man having his fingers severed by the mechanical amputation device have been published by an official Iranian press agency. According to the INSA news service, the prisoner used to demonstrate the brutal contraption had been convicted of theft and adultery by a court in Shiraz last Wednesday. A series of pictures show three masked officials, clad entirely in black, holding the man´s right hand in a vice while one turns a wheel operating the guillotine in the manner of a rotary saw.


Mystery over ´explosion´
at Iran´s Fordow nuclear site
Telegraph [UK], by Phoebe Greenwood    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 1/28/2013 12:59:23 PM     Post Reply
Tel Aviv - A report published on Right-wing news website WND on Friday, quoting a defected Iranian intelligence officer, claimed that a massive blast had ripped through the nuclear facility, buried deep within the guts of a large mountain. The alleged blast was said to have erupted at 11.30am last Monday – on the eve of the Israeli election – partially destroyed the nuclear site and trapped 240 people underground. Tehran held Israel responsible, the report said. More than a week later, the report is yet to be verified by a single independent source. If true, it would be the most significant attack

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands
to abdicate for son
BBC News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: earlybird- 1/28/2013 12:58:52 PM     Post Reply
Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands has announced her abdication in favour of her son, Prince Willem-Alexander. The queen made the announcement in pre-recorded address broadcast on Dutch television. The queen, who is approaching her 75th birthday, said she had been thinking about this moment for several years.She said the responsibility of being the monarch had not been too great, but now was "the moment to lay down my crown".
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State stops sale of cheap milk
Advocate [Baton Rouge], by Michelle Millhollon    Original Article
Posted By: Maryland_Patriot- 1/28/2013 12:56:28 PM     Post Reply
For Lafayette stockbroker Kenneth Daigle, buying a gallon of milk is no longer the bargain it used to be on Tuesdays at Fresh Market. The upscale supermarket chain yanked milk from its $2.99 once-a-week promotion after a state auditor objected to the low price. A gallon of whole milk was priced at $5.69 Thursday at the Fresh Market in Perkins Rowe. State Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain said Fresh Market violated state regulations by selling milk below cost as part of a promotion.

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