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Gangster’s paradise: Al Capone´s
Miami Beach mansion on the
market for nearly $8.5 million
Reuters, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/8/2014 9:52:55 PM     Post Reply
One of Miami Beach´s most notorious pieces of real estate is back on the block: the asking price is almost $8.5 million. The sprawling, waterfront compound is where notorious Chicago gangster Al Capone died after being released from Alcatraz and is said to have plotted the St. Valentine´s day massacre in 1929. The 10,000-square-foot baby blue mansion sits on exclusive Palm Island, sandwiched in Biscayne Bay between downtown Miami´s skyscrapers and South Beach´s hotel district. The current owner, a Florida company managed by New York accountant Anthony Panebianco, purchased the home barely six months ago for $7.4 million, according to

They quit their jobs,
thanks to health-care law
Washington Post, by Sandhya Somashekhar    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/8/2014 9:29:21 PM     Post Reply
Count Polly Lower among those who quit their jobs because of the health-care law. It happened in September, when her boss abruptly changed her job description. She went from doing payroll, which she liked, to working on her boss’s schedule, which she loathed. At another time, she might have had to grit her teeth and accept the new position because she needed the health benefits. But with the health-care law soon to take effect, she simply resigned — and hasn’t looked back. “It was wonderful. It was very freeing,” said Lower, 56, of Bourbon, Ind., who is now babysitting her

Obama to visit Fresno to
discuss drought response
Los Angeles Times, by Kathleen Hennessey    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/8/2014 9:00:13 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON--President Obama will travel to Fresno next week to highlight federal efforts aimed at helping farmers and others hit by a severe drought. A White House official said Obama will visit the Central Valley city Feb. 14. The White House already had announced Obama´s plans to meet with Jordan´s King Abdullah II at the Sunnylands estate near Palm Springs that day. Obama’s visit comes as interest on Capitol Hill in taking action to alleviate California’s water crisis grows. The Republican-controlled House passed a bill Wednesday dubbed a response to the drought, but the measure faces a White House veto threat.

  


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Convicted Trenton Mayor
Tony Mack to remain in office
until Monday barring resignation
Times of Trenton [NJ], by Alex Zdan & Jenna Pizzi    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 2/8/2014 8:13:07 PM     Post Reply
Trenton - The state Attorney General´s Office will file an application in superior court on Monday to get convicted Trenton Mayor Tony Mack removed from office, an Attorney General´s spokesman said this afternoon. The move will leave Mack, who was convicted by a federal jury Friday afternoon of all six corruption counts against him, in office through the weekend. City Council President George Muschal will become acting mayor when Mack is removed. The Attorney General needs to file an order of forfeiture with a state Superior Court judge. The order should be complete today, but the appearance before the judge will not

Exclusive: AIDS patients in Obamacare
limbo as insurers reject checks
Rueters, by Sharon Begley & Julie Steenhuysen    Original Article
Posted By: happywarrior- 2/8/2014 8:12:55 PM     Post Reply
NEW YORK - Hundreds of people with HIV/AIDS in Louisiana trying to obtain coverage under President Barack Obama´s healthcare reform are in danger of being thrown out of the insurance plan they selected in a dispute over federal subsidies and the interpretation of federal rules about preventing Obamacare fraud. Some healthcare advocates see discrimination in the move, but Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana says it is not trying to keep people with HIV/AIDS from enrolling in one of its policies under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The state's largest carrier is rejecting checks from a federal program designed to

Was Obama stoned
during Bob Costas interview?
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 2/8/2014 7:50:56 PM     Post Reply
The emergence of Twitter as a social media goliath has unleashed gossip and speculation as a media force. The long term consequences are unknowable, but in the meantime, with a far left president with a dicey past, it is producing some highly amusing results. Last night, President Obama explained to Bob Costas of NBC Sports why he wasn´t attending the Sochi Olympics, but the substance of what he had to say was lost in the controversy that erupted on Twitter over whether or not he was stoned. Yahoo writer Mike Oz took the high road, as would nearly any journalist, and described the president as looking "sleepy."

Michelle Malkin girds
for 2014 GOP civil war
Politico, by MacKenzie Weinger    Original Article
Posted By: happywarrior- 2/8/2014 7:49:18 PM     Post Reply
Michelle Malkin doesn’t run away from fights, she runs toward them. And she’s running faster than ever headlong into the 2014 Republican primary battles on behalf of upstart conservative candidates who are mounting insurgent challenges to the GOP old guard. Twitter is Malkin’s weapon of choice. Battles with her almost always devolve into wars, and those who follow the conservative social media scene know she has a proven formula online: Taunting quips from foes bring out the full force of her Twitter arsenal, with snappy replies, catchy hashtags and the mobilization of a legion of energized followers.

  


  

Iran says warships headed
close to US borders
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/8/2014 7:39:07 PM     Post Reply
TEHRAN, Iran— Iranian warships dispatched to the Atlantic Ocean will travel close to U.S. maritime borders for the first time, a senior Iranian naval commander said Saturday. The commander of Iran´s Northern Navy Fleet, Admiral Afshin Rezayee Haddad, said the vessels have already entered the Atlantic Ocean via waters near South Africa, the official IRNA news agency reported. The fleet, consisting of a destroyer and a helicopter-carrying supply ship, began its voyage last month from the southern Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas. The ships, carrying some 30 navy academy cadets for training along with their regular crews, are on

French Love Triangle Stirs Pot
for Tricky White House Dinner
New York Times, by Pater Baker    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 2/8/2014 5:27:03 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — When President Obama invited President François Hollande of France for a state dinner, the White House drew up a list of 300 guests to honor the visiting leader and his partner, Valérie Trierweiler. Engraved invitations, with the presidential seal in gold at the top, were printed and set to be mailed. But there was an unexpected development. Mr. Hollande’s relationship with Ms. Trierweiler blew up in the midst of revelations of an affair with a French actress he had secretly been visiting by motor scooter. Suddenly, Ms. Trierweiler was no longer France’s unofficial first lady and no longer coming

Where In the World Is Rupert Murdoch?
Vanished from Twitter, Public Sightings
ShowBiz411, by Roger Friedman    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 2/8/2014 5:07:26 PM     Post Reply
Where in the world is Rupert Murdoch? The 82 year old media magnate has been radio silent recently. He’s also been no-profile. It’s not like him.Murdoch is a proficient Twitter-er. Until last December 22nd, he usually spat out a Tweet once or twice a day. On that day, he sent out two messages. And then, nothing. Until January 24th, almost three weeks ago. He wrote:

A Sax Player, Then a Suspect After
Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Final Act
Daily Beast, by Michael Daly    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 2/8/2014 5:05:01 PM     Post Reply
He was Wyclef Jean’s musical director and even jammed with Bowie. A look at Robert Vineberg, the virtuoso who’s being held without bail in the wake of the Oscar winner’s fatal overdose.On the drive from her home to her father´??s wake on Thursday, Philip Seymour Hoffman´s younger daughter fell asleep.And of all the scenes ever witnessed at the entrance to the Frank E. Campbell funeral chapel over the decades—it has handled everybody from Irving Berlin to Biggie Smalls to Joan Crawford to John Lennon to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to Damon Runyon to Walter Cronkite to Tennessee Williams to Heath Ledger

  


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The Heroin Mill Next Door:
NYC Dealers Blend In
Associated Press, by Tom Hays    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 2/8/2014 4:48:06 PM     Post Reply
NEW YORK - In a major drug bust that drew little attention just a week before Philip Seymour Hoffman´s death, authorities found a sophisticated heroin packaging and distribution operation in an apartment in the Bronx. (Snip) The pipeline starts in Mexico, where cartels traffic Colombian-produced heroin by the kilogram. The wholesalers smuggle the drugs into the United States concealed in trucks, through tunnels dug under the southwest border and, in one recent case, by molding and coloring the heroin to look like coffee beans and shipping it via UPS to a private postal box in Queens. In the Northeast, the

Cowboy Poetry Festival Tries
to Keep Its Pioneer Spirit
Daily Beast, by John L. Smith    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/8/2014 4:43:00 PM     Post Reply
ELKO, Nevada—Rodeo poet Paul Zarzyski can’t help grinning when he thinks of the National Poetry Gathering’s early days. In the late 1980s, the Elko Convention Center auditorium was filled to ranch folks on holiday and most of the cowboy poets were just off the range. Now finishing its 30th year, the poetry gathering has gained national prominence and a certain cache. It still draws its share of working buckaroos and ranch bosses, but take a seat at bars inside the Star Hotel Basque restaurant, the Pioneer Saloon or the venerable Stockman’s, and you’re as likely to strike up a conversation with

Hoffman´s NYC funeral
attracts Hollywood stars
Associated Press, by Karen Matthews    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 2/8/2014 4:40:32 PM     Post Reply
NEW YORK — Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Ethan Hawke, Brian Dennehey, Amy Adams and Ellen Burstyn were among the stars who paid their respects Friday at a private funeral for Philip Seymour Hoffman that combined sadness and humor to honor an actor widely considered among the best of his generation. (Snip) The list of mourners also included Michelle Williams, Julianne Moore, Joaquin Phoenix, Louis C.K., Mary Louise Parker, John Slattery, Laura Linney, Jerry Stiller, Chris Rock, Marisa Tomei, Spike Lee and Sawyer´s husband, the director Mike Nichols. Playwright David Bar Katz, who found Hoffman´s body, was visibly upset as he

Dylan Farrow Responds to Woody Allen:
´Distortions and Outright Lies´
Hollywood Reporter, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 2/8/2014 4:38:30 PM     Post Reply
Dylan Farrow has responded to an op-ed Woody Allen published by The New York Times Friday. In the response, provided to The Hollywood Reporter, Farrow denounced Allen´s op-ed -- in which he suggested Farrow´s mother, Mia Farrow, had coached her to accuse Allen of sexually assaulting her as a child. "I have never wavered in describing what he did to me. I will carry the memories of surviving these experiences for the rest of my life," Farrow said. She went on to challenge other points in Allen´s op-ed, calling it ´the latest rehash of the same legalese, distortions, and outright lies he

  


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Why should we trust Barack
Obama on immigration reform?
Long Island Newsday, by Jim DeMint    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 2/8/2014 3:40:21 PM     Post Reply
President Obama has been quite up-front about it: he refuses to enforce laws he dislikes and unilaterally changes others without the consent of Congress. The Supreme Court may soon have to decide the constitutionality of all this but, in the meantime, many are wondering why Congress would believe they can trust the president to work with them in good faith on any issue. Still more are scratching their heads over the notion that now, when Obamacare is hurting millions and the economy is still sputtering, Congress should put off dealing with those problems and, instead, work with Mr. Obama on

Federal government to expand
recognition of same-sex marriage
Los Angeles Times, by Timothy M. Phelps    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/8/2014 3:39:49 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON- In a new milestone for gay rights, Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. will issue a directive Monday expanding government recognition of same-sex marriages to all federal courtrooms and prisons, and some federal benefits programs. The new policy, which Holder plans to announce Saturday night at a gay rights dinner in New York City, means the Justice Department will not object if gay or lesbian partners refuse to testify against their spouses in federal criminal and civil cases, and will push for them to be accorded the same rights in Bankruptcy court as other married couples. These privileges will

USDA Considering New Zoo
Regs at Request of PETA
Washington Free Beacon [DC], by Elizabeth Harrington    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/8/2014 3:31:48 PM     Post Reply
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is considering adopting new regulations for zoos at the request of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) that would require “humane” treatment for bears. The proposed rules would mandate the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to hire a “bear expert,” prohibit bear pits, and require rules so bears are not “stressed, frustrated, and bored.” PETA, which killed 1,792 stray cats and dogs in 2013, first petitioned the USDA to adopt its rules in 2012. (Snip)The 64-page petition calls for new regulations that would require zoos to provide “privacy” for bears.

Joseph Tacopina, one of Alex Rodriguez´s
lawyers, sues Daily News, NYC Police
Commissioner Bernard Kerik for defamation
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 2/8/2014 1:54:50 PM     Post Reply
One of Alex Rodriguez´s lawyers has sued the New York Daily News, two of its reporters and former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik for defamation. Joseph Tacopina said in a complaint filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan that reporters Nathaniel Vinton and Michael O´Keefe "engineered" the filing of a disciplinary complaint by Kerik "so that they could publish a negative article about Tacopina" in December. The complaint said the reporters hoped to discredit Tacopina after he was retained by Rodriguez and called it "a conspiracy between two unethical newspaper reporters ... and a convicted felon and liar." Tacopina once

´Nightline´ Takes Shot at Palin
in Story on Violence in Kids´ Sports
Breitbart Big Journalism, by Warner Todd Huston    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/8/2014 1:52:16 PM     Post Reply
ABC´s Nightline threw a gratuitous punch at Sarah Palin in a story that had nothing to do with politics, either left or right. Rather, it was an investigation of violence into kids´ little league sports and the regrettable, all too common, angry attitudes of coaches and parents. For the late night news show, ABC´s David Wright showed the audience videos of coaches encouraging kids to hit opposing teams in the head. He then showed a clip of the Will Ferrell kids´ sports comedy, Kicking and Screaming, then oddly segued to a clip of Sarah Palin. Referring to the film of

  



Coca-Cola Bows to Conservative
Critics, Adds ´E Pluribus Unum´
to Ad for Olympics
Breitbart Big Government, by Michael Patrick Leahy    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/8/2014 1:48:27 PM     Post Reply
Coca-Cola bowed to conservative criticism over their "America the Beautiful" Super Bowl commercial, adding a 10-second patriotic disclaimer at the opening of the 90-second version of the ad that ran during the opening ceremony of the Olympics. The ad now prominently features the text "E Pluribus Unum" and its English meaning, "Out of many, one" in a prelude to children singing the deeply patriotic anthem in foreign languages. (Video) The 60-second version of the ad ran that ran on Sunday during the Super Bowl sparked a huge outcry of criticism from conservatives. Sunday evening, Breitbart News explained why many Americans

NBC Cuts Anti-Discrimination
Remarks From Sochi Opening
Ceremony Speech
Slate, by Daniel Politi    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/8/2014 1:05:10 PM     Post Reply
Complaining about NBC’s edits during its tape-delayed Olympics broadcast has become a sport in itself (#NBCFail quickly became a trending topic Friday). Many were upset, for example, that the network cut out the performance by pop group t.A.T.u. from its broadcast of the Olympics opening ceremony. But there was one edit from the opening ceremony that seemed particularly strange. The network cut out a part from International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach’s speech that talked against discrimination. Deadspin caught the fact that NBC left out a key part of Bach’s statements from the broadcast, a surprising edit considering how much

IRS targeting of political speech
is no accident
Washington Examiner (DC), by Star Parker    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/8/2014 12:51:13 PM     Post Reply
The latest round of the IRS scandal, in which Tea Party and conservative groups have been selectively targeted for harassment by our tax collection agency, is now unfolding. This comes in the form of proposed new rules from the IRS regarding the operation of organizations falling under the 501(c)(4) provision of the tax code. These are organizations whose purpose is to promote “social welfare” and therefore their income is tax-free. Because promoting a cause or agenda in our free and democratic country cannot be isolated from political activity associated with that agenda, such activity is permitted by 501(c)(4) organizations, as

US Navy sailors seek £600m
damages from owners of Fukushima
nuclear power plant
Telegraph [UK], by Danielle Demetrios & Peter Foster    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/8/2014 12:39:24 PM     Post Reply
Dozens of American sailors who assisted Japan during the 2011 nuclear disaster are suing the operators of Fukushima power plant for more than £612 million (US$1bn) in damages, claiming that they have become sick from radiation exposure. The sailors were on board the USS Ronald Reagan super-carrier when it was diverted to northeast Japan following the devastation of the March 11, 2011 earthquake which triggered a tsunami and subsequent nuclear disaster. As they helped rescue victims and evacuate disaster zones, the claimants allege that they drank, bathed and waded through water contaminated with radiation from the damaged nuclear power plant

The Impossible Cause of Fr. Francis Lawlor
American Thinker, by Robert Klein Engler    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 2/8/2014 12:37:27 PM     Post Reply
Sociologists interested in the impact of Democratic Party policies on U.S. cities should remember that before there was a bankrupt Detroit, there was the destruction of the Englewood and Marquette Park communities in Chicago. (Snip) In spite of Democratic attempts to maintain segregation during the 1960s, the black community in Chicago was growing. Blacks had to move somewhere. Attempts to segregate them in housing projects along south State Street were no longer working. The battle for Chicago neighborhoods began. Father Lawlor took a side in this urban struggle. He chose to fight with those who wanted to keep their neighborhoods intact.

Is America losing faith? Atheism
on the rise but still in the shadows
Telegraph [UK], by Peter Foster    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/8/2014 12:29:55 PM     Post Reply
(Video) Blacksburg, Virginia- At first glance, the group of scruffy-looking students could be attending a meeting of any old debating club, but as they begin to speak it soon becomes clear that they all share the same secret. A shy young woman is among the first. She admits she is still a long way from telling her parents the truth about herself. “My closest friends know,” she says, “but where I come from, I only know one other person like me, who was a teacher. I will tell my parents in the end, I can’t now; at least, not until

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