The king is dead. Four teenagers are being charged with capital murder in the fatal mugging of 87-year-old Lawrence E. ´Shine´ Thornton of Greenville, Mississippi. ‘Shine’ was a World War II veteran and a famous personality in the Delta region for his hot tamales. They were known as ‘Maria’s Famous Hot Tamales’, named after his wife Mary. He was crowned king of the 2012 Delta Hot Tamale Festival. According to Greenville police, Thornton was killed after being accosted in his own driveway on Oct. 18. He was pushed down and his wallet stolen. He passed away from his injuries
Albany, N.Y. — Some standardized tests in New York public schools will be eliminated, state Education Commissioner John King has told superintendents in a surprising announcement that cites "a variety of pressures" that may have hurt instruction. The move comes after years of criticism from teachers, parents and other detractors, some of whom said it still fell short. The first target will be an eighth-grade math test, which comes at the same time as a federally required standardized test in math, King wrote in a letter sent Thursday and obtained by The Associated Press. The Board of Regents is considering eliminating that
St. Paul, Minn. — U.S. Sen. Al Franken, a strong supporter of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, said Thursday that it’s too early to extend enrollment deadlines or delay insurance mandates despite ongoing problems with the federal exchange. Speaking to the media after meeting in St. Paul with medical device company officials, the Minnesota Democrat said ongoing technical problems with the federal health insurance website are “inexcusable.” But Franken said he thinks they’re getting better. “Hopefully the federal website will improve,” Franken said. He said the health insurance exchange in Massachusetts, which was an inspiration for the federal site, initially prompted
Officials for Oregon´s health insurance exchange on Thursday reported some progress, but acknowledged a major fix to the problem-plagued site may not happen this month as hoped.The website still has not enrolled anyone. Earlier this month officials at Cover Oregon said they expected the site to let insurance agents and certified application assisters to enroll people by Halloween. Spokesman Michael Cox said that timeline is now a goal, rather than an expectation. "We´re not going to rush out a system that we are not satisfied with." The latest update on timing of the fix -- arguably the biggest facing coveroregon.com -- comes after
Health-care premiums in Wisconsin will almost double under Obamacare, compared with their current rates, according to a report from the MacIver Institute. The state’s free-market think tank figured the average premiums of the insurance plans the Obamacare exchange offers for several categories of Wisconsinites: 27-year-olds, 50-year-olds, and a family of four from data found on a federal database. The institute then compared those rates with the average premiums on the private market, using figures from eHealthInsurance.com. MacIver found that rates will jump significantly, especially for the young: A 27-year-old will see premiums more than double in one county in 2014, and see
President Obama’s aides went to extraordinary lengths to uncover the identity of a senior official who was using Twitter to make snarky comments about White House staffers. Suspicion gradually centered on Jofi Joseph, the point man on nuclear nonproliferation at the National Security Council. So at a meeting in which everyone was in on the scam an inaccurate but innocuous news tidbit was revealed. When Joseph used his anonymous Twitter handle #natlsecwonk to broadcast the tidbit he was caught and promptly fired. (snip)What apparently intensified the campaign to identify the “snarker” was a comment about Valerie Jarrett, the senior Obama
Japan has issued a tsunami advisory for the Fukushima area - where the crippled nuclear plant is located - after a powerful quake in the Pacific Ocean. The Japan Meteorological Agency said a small tsunami - up to one metre (3.3ft) - could reach the eastern coast, but no damage was expected. [Snip] The US Geological Survey said it was a 7.3 magnitude earthquake. The JMA issued a "yellow" advisory for Fukushima and also the prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi, Ibaraki and parts of Chiba, saying tsunami waves could reach 0.2-1m. "Tsunamis are expected to arrive imminently," it said.
Sen. Rand Paul is threatening to put a hold on the nomination of Janet Yellen to chair the Federal Reserve, a source close to the Kentucky Republican said Friday. Paul is insisting on a vote on his Fed transparency bill, and has informed Senate leadership of his intentions, the source said. "As part of Senate consideration of the Janet Yellen nomination to be Chair of the Federal Reserve, I will request a vote on my bipartisan Federal Reserve Transparency Act, S. 209. The American people deserve transparency from the federal reserve and the federal government as a whole," Paul said in a
North Texas – A North Texas woman was handcuffed, stripped down and booked into jail – all because of an overdue traffic ticket. It was just a ticket. Sarah Boaz was cited in August after an officer said she ran a stop sign. Boaz lost the ticket, but said she knows it was wrong not to have paid it right away. Despite those missteps, she also says she never expected a late fee or penalty to land her in jail. It happens in every city, every day, at just about every intersection. Drivers roll past stop signs, and through stoplights. But getting caught,
Iran plans to build many new nuclear plants with atomic reactors along its coastlines with the Persian Gulf and Caspian Sea, Iran’s top nuclear official announced on Thursday. The announcement comes just a week after Western nuclear negotiators claimed that Iran was giving ground in talks aimed at ending Tehran’s contested enrichment program. Iranian leaders, however, have remained defiant in the face of talks, announcing on Thursday that Tehran will build “enough atomic reactors to generate a total of 20,000 megawatts of electricity by 2020,” according to the country’s state-run Fars News Agency. Top Iranian leaders and those involved with
Montgomery, Ala. - Microscopic robots may soon be detecting and even preventing diseases instantly at doctors´ offices across the nation, eliminating the need for multiple tests or treatment plans. It may sound like science fiction, but one of the nation´s top nanotechnology scientists said it could be only four or five years away. "I think it´s coming pretty soon," said Dr. Shree Singh, the director of the Center for NanoBiotechnology Research at Alabama State University. "In the near future, you will have some small nanomachines that will basically cure the disease before it even happens. Basically any kind of disease
WASHINGTON — Political commentator Ben Stein told PJ Media that the Republican Party has been damaged after the government shutdown but that the effect will not be “lasting.” Stein also said Obamacare does not “bother” him at all, adding that it’s not the “end of the world.” Stein was the host of the American Spectator’s annual Robert L. Bartley dinner in Washington on Wednesday night, which featured remarks by Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and entrepreneur Donald Trump. “I think they’ve been damaged but I don’t think it will be lasting. I mean, it will last for a while but then nothing lasts
Obamacare is costing one Indiana school district $6 million, WTHI reports: "In the past, we´ve told you about the new federal healthcare law and how small business and local governments have been hit," said the anchor. "The next area affected by the law could be education." The reporter adds, "The affordable care act has had its proponents as much as it´s had its opponents. In the last few months we´ve heard different stories from private and government employers on the cuts, they´ve had to make. However, in Vigo county some of those cuts will come at the cost of education." "So what we
Whether the St. Louis Rams were seriously inquiring about Brett Favre or not, the former NFL quarterback is not making a return, partially because he is starting to feel the toll of 20 years in the league. In an interview with SportsTalk 570 in Washington D.C. Thursday morning, Favre said he never talked to the Rams, but they did reach out to his agent, Bus Cook. It’s worth pointing out, however, that Cook also represents quarterback Austin Davis, who the Rams did sign. Thus, any conversation with Cook about Favre may not have been all that serious. Either way, Favre
AMHERST, N.Y. - Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke at the University of Buffalo, Wednesday night, and had an interesting encounter with one of the attendees. During Clinton´s speech, where she discussed greater cooperation and less partisanship in Government, a man stood up and started shouting, "Benghazi, you let them die." [Snip] Clinton will be speaking locally at Colgate University, Friday at 6 p.m.
Atlanta – The discovery of a genetic mutation that slows metabolism may help in the fight against obesity, say researchers. Scientists at the Institute of Metabolic Science in Cambridge, England found that mice born without a section of DNA, a gene called KSR2, gained weight at a quicker pace. So they tested humans, analyzing the DNA of over 2,000 severely obese patients. And some had a mutated version of the same gene. The mutation is a double whammy, since it also causes an increased appetite. “You would be hungry and wanting to eat a lot, you would not want to move because of a slower
Victorville — The body of a baby was found on a conveyor belt Thursday at a recycling plant in Victorville. Homicide detectives received a call at 11:29 a.m. after workers at the plant in the 17000 block of Abbey Lane reportedly found the baby, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Cpl. Randy Naquin said. CBS2´s Tom Wait said the baby was a newborn female. The baby was found wrapped in a blanket. Officials said an autopsy was planned to determine the cause of death. Homicide detectives are asking for the public’s help.
A neighbor of Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has registered the name Washington Bravehearts for use for “entertainment in the nature of football games.” Snyder’s wealthy buddy and Potomac, Md., neighbor Aris Mardirossian registered the trademark and launched “Washington Brave Hearts LLC” on Oct. 17, TMZ first reported. That use of the phrase “ENTERTAINMENT SERVICES IN THE FORM OF PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL GAMES AND EXHIBITIONS” filed with the United States Patent and Trademark office is raising eyebrows. It’s close to the exact language used in the trademark registrations for the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A Snyder spokesman denied a name change was
Hard times, as a wise old friend of mine was fond of saying, will make a monkey eat red pepper. That’s why Democrats, who only yesterday vowed to hold the Maginot Line forever against Republican demands to delay the implementation of wise and wonderful Obamacare, are lining up now to burn their tongues with a dash or two of jalapeno. We can expect to see Barack Obama join the jalapeno line soon. His health care scheme is crashing around him, with debris falling on friend and foe alike, and the White House is in full panic mode. It’s fun to watch,
Tonight, a woman who supported the imprisonment of Soviet political dissidents (calling them common criminals), cheered on the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, and was awarded the International Lenin Peace Prize (formerly the International Stalin Peace Prize) by communist East Germany, will give the Birkbeck-University of London Annual Law Lecture. Her title? ‘Freedom is a Constant Struggle.’ She is the American Angela Davis, former self-styled "political prisoner", tried and acquitted of suspected involvement in the abduction and murder of Judge Harold Haley in Marin County California in 1970, unrepentant Communist Party member until its collapse in 1991, the US Communist
“One of the most important promises made by President Obama and Democrat congressional leadership to promote the Affordable Care Act was that Americans who were satisfied with their health plans could keep them. That promise has been broken. More than a million Americans have been notified that the plans they like with the coverage they have chosen have been canceled. Millions more Americans will have the plans of their choice canceled in months to come,” says Senator Johnson in a statement. "Americans want the freedom to choose their own plans and want to be in control of their own health
Shepard Smith, the endlessly endearing (and easily angered) Fox News anchor, has likened the right-wing channel to a “family,” with president Roger Ailes as its domineering father. Which makes it only slightly awkward that in early 2012, the 49-year-old anchor started courting an attractive young production assistant who worked under him on Fox Report With Shepard Smith. Now they are a couple. Gawker has learned that Smith is dating a 26-year-old Penn State grad and Fox Business producer named Giovanni “Gio” Graziano. According to multiple sources with knowledge of their relationship, the couple met sometime after Graziano started working at Fox
Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin has crossed the aisle to find compromises on Capitol Hill so often that some wonder — only half-jokingly — if that´s where he belongs. “It’s certainly helpful to have someone like Joe on the other side who is at least willing to have a conversation,” said Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa. “It would better still if Joe would join our side. I haven’t seen any evidence he’s interested in that, but he’d be welcome over here.” When a group of Republican senators grew weary of the government shutdown and foot-dragging by Congress, they found Manchin eager to coral support
I just got off a conference call with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services featuring Jeff Zients, the former acting director of the Office of Management and Budget who has been brought in to fix the problems plaguing the rollout of President Obama’s health care law. Here is a quick summary of the news from the call: -- Zients said that the website healthcare.gov will be functioning “smoothly” for the vast majority of users by the end of November, which is seen as important date because individuals must enroll by Dec. 15 to obtain coverage starting on Jan. 1. -- CMS
The Obamacare website, plagued by major problems since its rollout at the start of the month, should be functioning smoothly by the end of November, according to the official now in charge of fixing it. Jeffrey Zients told reporters on Friday that an outside contractor will handle the task of resolving technical problems that have become a serious political flashpoint for the Obama administration. "Healthcare.gov is fixable," Zients said on a conference call.
The political chameleon is back and ready to run for governor of Florida. Just a few days after the widow of Congressman Bill Young embarrassed Crist by publicly telling him to stay away from her late husbands memorial services, Crist relaunched his charliecrist.com website, and is expected to announce his gubernatorial run next week. Crist was beaten by Senator Marco Rubio in Florida´s 2010 Senate race, where Crist left the GOP and became an Independent. Now Crist is a Democrat, and is hoping that Floridians will look past his multiple flip-flops, and vote him into office, again.