MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A 24-year-old Plymouth man who climbed an electric utility pole near the University of Minnesota is hospitalized in critical condition after he came into contact with live wires. A Minneapolis Star Tribune report says a witness saw Steven C. McKinney on the ground in flames. His arms were burned and blood was running from his mouth. Minneapolis police say they were told McKinney is an experienced climber. He scaled the pole Wednesday about 1:30 a.m. and came into contact with the wires. He was knocked to the ground and a transmitter exploded, knocking out power to the
Colombian authorities blamed the rebel Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) for an attack with explosives on Wednesday against a Colombia-Venezuela gas pipeline, official sources reported. The attack took place near the Maicao municipality, in La Guajira department (northeast Colombia), a few kilometers away from the Venezuelan border, hitting a gas pipeline transporting gas from that area to Zulia state, west Venezuela, DPA reported. Cira Ortiz, leader of a Wayúu indigenous community, told El Espectador de Bogotá newspaper that the attack took place near the houses of the natives in the bordering region of La Guajira, Colombia. She did not rule out massive
Washington — The United States´ decision to hold back aid to Egypt´s military is not meant to be permanent, senior administration officials said on Wednesday. Officials briefed reporters on the details of an aid reduction to Egypt that involves several large military systems. The amount of aid withheld amounts to "hundreds of millions" of dollars, one official said. Washington will halt a $260 million cash transfer to Egypt, the officials said. In hopes the move will pressure Egypt´s military leaders to take steps to restore democracy after the ouster of elected President Mohamed Mursi last summer, the officials said the
Donald Eugene Miller Jr. walked out of Hancock County Probate Court on Monday as legally dead as ever. In 1994, the court ruled that Miller was legally dead, eight years after he disappeared from his Arcadia rental home. The same judge, Allan Davis, ruled Monday that Miller is still dead, in the eyes of the law. Miller´s request for a reversal came well after the three-year legal limit for changing a death ruling, Davis said. Miller, 61, now of Fostoria, spoke softly in court and offered few details about his past. Miller said he was an alcoholic who was unsure what to do after
Those who want to sign up for Obamacare will have to do so by around Valentine’s Day in order to avoid tax penalties, roughly six weeks ahead of the March 31 deadline originally stated. The currently uninsured will need to be covered by March 31 in order to avoid tax penalties but in order to accomplish that, signups must be completed by around mid-February and coverage would then be initiated by March 1. Originally reported by Associated Press, the news service cites Jackson Hewitt Tax Service and an unnamed official with President Barack Obama’s administration as the sources for the
A 34-year-old Anaheim man died this week after he got caught on the conveyor belt of a mobile asphalt crusher and pulled into the grinder, authorities said. Rolando Anaya became entangled in the conveyor belt around noon Monday at an asphalt plant in the 25000 block of Maitri Road in Corona, according to the Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner. Kathleen Hennessey of Cal-OSHA told the Riverside Press Enterprise that Anaya was working near a conveyor belt underneath an asphalt grinder and "got caught on the conveyor belt and pulled into ... the grinder." Cal-OSHA inspectors who visited the plant have issued an order prohibiting further
Andrew presents the clip of Wolf Blitzer bewailing the patent, nigh comical unreadiness of Obamacare implementation (which Charles described earlier — the “wreck” before we even get to the “train wreck“). Rush also played it this afternoon, giving the report legs CNN usually doesn’t have. So now we have Obama’s own media advising that Obama should take the “advice” he’s gotten from Republicans (Wolf couldn’t quite bring himself to utter the words “Ted Cruz,” “Mike Lee” or “House conservatives”) and delay Obamacare for another year. Victor aptly observes that “the politics are likely to change the longer this [shut-down] drags on,
A Florida mom was surprised when her 11-year-old daughter came home from school carrying a letter from the county health department. The notice alerted Kristen Grasso that her sporty daughter is overweight. Grasso’s daughter, Lily, plays on the volleyball team at her elementary school in Naples, Fl. Lily is strong and muscular at 63 inches tall and 124 pounds. But her body mass index (BMI) is 22, which places her slightly above the 89th percentile and classifies her as overweight.
It’s too bad that Chad Henderson doesn’t live in El Paso, Texas. The entire national mainstream media industrial complex lauded the Organizing for America volunteer last week when he claimed that he had successfully signed up for Obamacare. El Paso’s KVIA-TV tried to duplicate the media’s feat on the local level — it tried to find a single local person who had successfully signed up under President Obama’s signature law. Failure ensued. Reporter Stephanie Valle, noting that Healthcare.gov was taken offline over the weekend to get a grip on its massive glitchfest, told her station’s audience that the site still
A meeting between top House leaders for the Republicans and Democrats prompted some head-scratching in the Capitol over what the purpose of the get-together was, in part because few insiders see Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi as a figure in a position to help bridge the shutdown impasse. Adding to the mystery were two conflicting statements on how the meeting came together. Michael Steel, a spokesman for Speaker John Boehner, told reporters via e-mail after the meeting that “Reps. Pelosi and Hoyer asked for the meeting, and as we’ve stated publicly, we’re willing to meet with any Democratic leader who is willing to
A University of Michigan graduate penned an open letter that went viral online as she described how President Barack Obama’s signature health care law hurts the working poor, and has “raped” her future. Ashley Dionne, 26, posted the now-viral letter to conservative radio host Dennis Prager’s Facebook page earlier this week. She explains how she graduated from the University of Michigan in 2009, at which point she was told she was “too educated and wouldn’t stay” at low-paying jobs. Dionne writes that she has a series of medical conditions, and the Obamacare system pushes her out of a system that favors the non-working
Earlier today, an unidentified bearded man took it upon himself to bring his lawnmower and a few tools to the Lincoln Memorial to provide free groundskeeping work to the closed federal monument. It´s unclear how much of the expansive lawn behind the memorial was mowed, but Park Police were alerted and three cruisers with multiple officers showed up. THE WEEKLY STANDARD watched the officers observing the mystery mower from a distance, as he appeared to be packing it up for the day, carefully placing his blue South Carolina flag in a tube attached to his tool-toting dolly. According to Park Police public information
CRANSTON, R.I. - Terence McAuliffe, the former chairman of the national Democratic Party and current Virginia gubernatorial candidate, was one of hundreds of people who invested in variable annuities that used terminally ill patients as the annuitants. McAuliffe and others became owners of the investment instruments through Cranston estate planner Joseph Caramadre. Caramadre pleaded guilty to stealing the identities of terminally ill patients and using that information to falsely apply for annuities and bonds with death puts. Prosecutors said Caramadre cost insurance companies between $37 million and $48 million from the scheme. Caramadre, with the help of a partner, would use personal
RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, I had an idea yesterday. That press conference that Obama did, it was juvenile. It was something that a spoiled rotten kid would do. It was petulant. It certainly was not presidential. He called that press conference for one reason: to use the words "hostage," "bomb thrower," and "extremist" for an hour. That´s why he did the presser. So I told Cookie, I said, "Will you put together a montage? I want excerpts of Obama at the Gabby Giffords event, where he criticized this kind of behavior and where he urged everybody to stop this kind
An unusual confrontation took place on the U.S. Capitol steps Wednesday when District Mayor Vincent C. Gray crashed a news conference held by Senate Democrats and asked Majority Leader Harry Reid to exempt the city from the ongoing shutdown. “Sir, we are not a department of the government,” Gray told Reid moments after the mayor concluded his own press event about 50 yards from where Reid held one. “We’re simply trying to be able to spend our own money.” “I’m on your side, don’t screw it up, okay? Don’t screw it up,” Reid (Nev.) told his fellow Democrat. The intraparty tension comes after
RUSH: I want to go back to the Jon Stewart interview of Kathleen Sebelius. If you boil that down, you know what it was about? Jon Stewart just figured out -- and he had to learn this from New Media because his buddies in the Drive-Bys are not reporting this. He was very upset with Kathleen Sebelius, Health and Human Services secretary, he learned Big Business got a year´s delay on the employer mandate, so they´ve been given a grace period of one year. They don´t have to provide their employees health care. But then he learned that the individual
"An old friend who has been active in politics for more than 30 years tells me he´s giving up," claims Robert Reich in a Puffington Host post: " ´I can´t stomach what´s going on in Washington anymore,´ he says. ´The hell with all of them. I have better things to do with my life.´ " Reich is a proven fabulist, so one has to assume any story he tells is a tall tale. But we´re interested in the supposed moral of the parable of Reich´s Disgusted Imaginary Friend: "My friend is falling exactly into the trap that the extreme right
RUSH: So it´s another classic example of, I think, utter incompetence, and if it´s not incompetence, then it is shamefully purposeful, and that is the denial of death benefits to these veterans killed in action. Fox did a report last night, brought home caskets that are fork lifted into a rented transport cargo plane. They can´t bring ´em back because of the government shutdown. We don´t have the money for it and so forth, and the families didn´t get death benefits, and Obama says, "Well, I´m gonna fix it now. I´m gonna go fix it." The idea that it happens
Paterson – Antwon DeWitt is getting a $7,500 settlement from a federal lawsuit he filed accusing city police officers of beating him with a flashlight while they arrested him on a gun charge in 2010. But it may take a while before DeWitt has much freedom in spending the money. That’s because DeWitt, who is 30, has more than two years left to serve on the prison term that resulted from that arrest, according to state corrections records. City officials said they decided to settle the case rather than risk being forced to make a bigger payment to the inmate.
Monmouth County — A jury in New Jersey has awarded $800,000 to a former athletic director who claimed she was the victim of a hostile work environment because she´s a lesbian. The panel in Monmouth County reached the verdict Tuesday against the Holmdel school board. Laurie Cancalosi, 51, said she began a relationship with the then-principal of Holmdel High School two months after she was hired in 2004. She claimed the school board targeted her based on her sexual orientation and failed to act on her complaints beginning in 2005 and until she was fired in 2006. The principal was fired
WASHINGTON— You probably haven’t heard of the Memorial Militia. It’s likely the group’s only member hadn’t heard of it before nine days ago. Now, armed with a chainsaw and lawnmower, Chris Cox is on a one-man mission to clean up the National Mall as the Park Service employees normally tasked with keeping the area tidy sit idle during the shutdown of the federal government. Cox, who resides in South Carolina, says he isn’t motivated by political reasons but feels obligated to help as veterans prepare to descend on the nation’s capital for this weekend’s Million Vet March. Regardless of how
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Parents were upset after Carrick High School approved a plan to have a Trayvon Martin theme day during the school’s homecoming. The homecoming committee, and school voted and approved the theme which is part of school spirit week. Parents were upset that kids were being encouraged to wear hoodies to school during the Wednesday theme.
On Tuesday, not one word about the immigration rally on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. was mentioned on the nightly newscasts for NBC, CBS, or ABC. Americans watching the nightly newscasts would not have known that such a rally ever happened during the government shutdown. As Breitbart News reported, lawmakers in Congress were arrested at the event in acts of civil disobedience, a story line that often makes the mainstream media salivate. The media also often likes to use immigration stories to try to falsely make Republicans seem uncaring and prejudiced. But coverage of the event, which had been planned
LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – An appellate court has overturned a local insurance salesman´s October 2011 conviction for felony theft from an elder. In its Tuesday decision, the First Appellate District Court of Appeal found that the case against Glenn Neasham lacked evidence that he had appropriated an elderly woman´s money for his own use or anyone else´s, and that there also wasn´t proof that he had made any misrepresentations in selling her an annuity in February 2008.
Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has largely kept out of the limelight since losing the election to Barack Obama last November. (I had the privilege of co-chairing Governor Romney´s working group on Europe.) Aside from an appearance at CPAC in February, he has rarely been seen in public. He gave one of his first major interviews since the presidential race to Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News last night. A remarkably humble man despite his considerable personal wealth, Romney is the first to admit that he made a number of mistakes during his campaign, and said some things he