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Family of Bronx Man Killed in Sucker-
Punch Attack Stunned by Suspect Charge
WNBC-TV [New York, NY], by Ida Siegal    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 7/31/2014 7:02:59 PM     Post Reply
A grieving Bronx family is stunned that the teen accused of sucker-punching their father and husband is being charged with a misdemeanor that could result in the suspect doing less than a year in jail. Ildefonso Romero Jr. died days after a teenage boy allegedly sucker-punched him outside his home on Thieriot Avenue in Soundview on June 21. Witnesses said Romero had been protecting a girl from local teens who were apparently causing trouble in the street, and one of the teens punched Romero. Romero fell and hit his head on the curb, and his son found him unconscious

Ex-NASA ´hackers´ use ingenuity,
technology to rescue first-ever
moon photos
Houston Chronicle, by Carol Christian    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/31/2014 6:55:55 PM     Post Reply
When a handful of former NASA employees decided to get serious about retrieving moon photos from 50-year-old analog tapes, they got a lot of negative feedback. "We were told by professionals it would cost millions, but we did it anyway," said Keith Cowing, co-lead on the Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project. At the end of March, the project celebrated processing the last of about 1,500 photos made by NASA´s lunar orbiters in the 1960s. The next phase involves preparing them for submission to the Planetary Data System, a public archive. Now housed in a converted McDonald´s restaurant on NASA property

Emory University expects Ebola
patient; Americans with disease worsen
Los Angeles Times, by Christine Mai-Duc, James Queally    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/31/2014 6:50:21 PM     Post Reply
Emory University Hospital in Atlanta said Thursday afternoon it planned to accept a patient who has Ebola "within the next several days," but did not say in a statement who the patient was or whether it was one of the American volunteers who has the disease. Two American volunteers stricken with the Ebola virus that is spreading in West Africa were said to have worsened overnight, as U.S. officials considered options to evacuate them out of West Africa.Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol were in “stable but grave” condition in Liberia on Thursday morning, according to a press release from

  


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Language school blogger fired after boss
confuses homophones with homophobes
and accuses him of ´promoting gay agenda´
Daily Mail [UK], by David McCormack    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/31/2014 6:46:00 PM     Post Reply
A blogger for a school in Utah has lost his job after he wrote a post explaining what a homophone is and his boss accused him of promoting a gay agenda. Until his recent dismissal, Tim Torkildson worked as a social media strategist for the Nomen Global Language Center in Provo, a private language school which aims to help students with their English. One of Torkildon’s tasks was writing about the English language and his last post had focused on explaining what homophones are. Homophones are words that sound the same but have different meanings and often different spellings such

Monica Lewinsky Lands New
Contributor Gig
Mediaite, by Eddie Scarry    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/31/2014 6:39:27 PM     Post Reply
Monica Lewinsky, famous for her late-1990s affair with then-married and sitting U.S. president Bill Clinton, has a new job. She’ll be writing for Vanity Fair. A Vanity Fair spokesperson told Politico that as of now, there’s no set schedule or subject matter Lewinsky is tied to, “but she and her editor are on the lookout for relevant topics of interest.” Vanity Fair published a first-person account by Lewinsky in June, wherein she revisited the sex scandal she’ll be forever associated with. On Thursday, she wrote a piece for the magazine about the internet’s power to tell her side

Pit bull mauls Athens
10-year-old, attacks cop
Atlanta-Journal Constitution [GA], by Daniel Wilco    Original Article
Posted By: snakeoil- 7/31/2014 6:20:20 PM     Post Reply
An Athens-Clarke County police officer shot and killed a dog Tuesday after it mauled a 10-year-old boy and then attacked the officer, the Athens Banner-Herald reports. Police responded to a home at 9:46 p.m. after the attack was reported. A 14-year-old boy told the officer his brother had been bitten in the face by the family’s pit bull, the Banner-Herald reports. “(He) was visibly upset about what just happened and expressed his desire for the dog to die,” according to a police incident report, the Banner-Herald reports. The victim was nearby, holding a towel to his jaw. “I observed a large laceration

Two African Leaders Skip Obama
Summit to Deal With Ebola
Bloomberg News, by Nicole Gaouette and Silas Gbandia    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 7/31/2014 5:54:56 PM     Post Reply
The presidents of Liberia and Sierra Leone plan to skip President Barack Obama’s U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit next week to deal with the deadly Ebola virus in their countries, as a White House spokesman said the outbreak won’t affect the conference. “At this point, there are no plans in place to alter the schedule in any way,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said today of the three days of meetings planned in Washington.(Snip)The president of Guinea is still debating whether to attend the Washington conference, according to a State Department official who wasn’t authorized to comment publicly. The three countries will

  


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Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Male Justices
Didn’t Really Understand Hobby Lobby
Mediaite, by Matt Wilstein    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/31/2014 5:54:48 PM     Post Reply
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg became an even bigger hero on the left last month when she delivered a scathing dissent to the 5-4 decision in favor of Hobby Lobby, which is now exempt from providing certain types of birth control to its employees based on its founder’s religious beliefs. This week, she sat down for an extended interview with Yahoo News’ Katie Couric to explain why she found the decision so damaging. “Contraceptive protection is something that every woman must have access to in order to control her own destiny,” Ginsburg told Couric. While she said she “respects the

Texas Governor Rick Perry: America
Must End ‘Ambivalence’ On Israel
Associated Press*, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/31/2014 5:54:32 PM     Post Reply
Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday criticized an American “policy of calculated ambivalence” toward Israel, a nod toward conservative voters as he considers a second run for president. The retiring Republican governor spoke at a pro-Israel rally outside Dallas’ city hall. Perry mostly refrained from attacking American policy in a five-minute speech, but said America must continue to wholeheartedly support Israel and that Israel was justified in defending itself. Several hundred people at the rally waved white-and-blue flags and cheered as he spoke. “America must be clear: Israel has the right to exist as a Jewish state,” Perry said, his

Cold War II? World War III?
American Spectator, by Micah Meadowcroft    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/31/2014 5:47:47 PM     Post Reply
A reporter asked President Obama on Tuesday if ratcheted sanctions placed on Russia by America and the EU marked “a new Cold War.” The United Kingdom’s Common Defense Committee said Thursday that NATO is unprepared for further aggression from Russia. Roger Cohen of the New York Times has explained in the Atlantic why World War III is not so unimaginable after all. It has become apparent that Eastern Europe is unstable, and in a world knit tightly together by technology and treaties, that instability may prove for everyone inescapable. It is sobering to think about the repercussions and lessons of the

I Pushed the Lance Armstrong Lie:
An Open Letter to Greg LeMond
Daily Beast, by Mark McKinnon    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/31/2014 5:42:50 PM     Post Reply
Dear Greg. Lance won’t say it but I will. I apologize. I believed in Lance’s lie. My wife had a very deadly form of cancer, and his story was a powerful elixir that helped us get through it. We called Annie “Lance Armstrong in a skirt.” And then for 10 years I served on the board of the Lance Armstrong Foundation, later the Livestrong Foundation, which did—and still does—truly great and innovative work for those living with and through cancer. But through all of those years, I was complicit in pushing the myth. And all I really knew about you was what I heard

  


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Census to give cheaters
summer (tough) lovin’
New York Post, by John Crudele    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/31/2014 5:39:56 PM     Post Reply
The Labor Department is putting the screws to the folks who are cheating on the unemployment and inflation surveys. Sources tell me the Bureau of Labor Statistics is forcing the Census Bureau to change the way it fact-checks the surveys that produce some of the most important economic statistics compiled by the government. And that tells me the Labor Department must believe there are substantial irregularities in the numbers. I think it’s well past the time the Labor Department owns up to the fact that its surveys have been corrupted by manipulation. Now it needs to determine how far back this problem goes. Census produces

Clintons on unauthorized bios:
“Should neither be allowed nor enabled”
Hot Air, by Ed Morrissey    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 7/31/2014 5:36:11 PM     Post Reply
Thus do the Clintons move from thin-skinned to authoritarian. No one expected them to be happy with new biographies written by political opponents such as Ed Klein (Blood Feud) or Daniel Halper (Clinton Inc), given that the purpose of both was to rebut the anodyne, campaign-trail preparation of Hillary Clinton’s widely panned Hard Choices and the earlier memoirs from both herself and Bill Clinton. The genre of pre-election biographical critique/polemic has its controversies, but also a long history on both sides of the political divide. Candidates running for high political office, and presumed candidates who release books to get an

White House Looking Into Medevac Options
To Bring 2 American Aid Workers Diagnosed
With Ebola Back To US
CBS DC & Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/31/2014 5:12:12 PM     Post Reply
NEW YORK — U.S. health officials on Thursday warned Americans not to travel to the three African countries hit by an outbreak of Ebola. The travel advisory applies to non-essential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The outbreak in those West Africa countries has killed more than 700 people this year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the risk of the deadly disease coming to the United States remains small. The last time the federal agency issued such a travel warning was in 2003 because of a SARS outbreak in Asia. At the White House, press

The 12 Worst Shows
on Cable News
Mediaite, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/31/2014 4:55:04 PM     Post Reply
Last week we made a few cable news PR flacks happy and listed what we consider the 12 best shows on cable news. And now comes the time to dispose of that good will. Without further ado, here are the 12 worst shows on cable news: – 12. MediaBuzz (Fox News) If there were an award for “Least Improved,” Howard Kurtz would win it. The former Reliable Sources host landed at Fox after leaving CNN and being fired from the Daily Beast for, as Tina Brown put it, “serial inaccuracy.” Whereas RS was (and remains) a smart, probing show, Kurtz’s new MediaBuzz is yet

  


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Dow plunges 317 points,
Dow down for year
CNN Money, by Melvin Backman    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/31/2014 4:50:09 PM     Post Reply
NEW YORK The best thing we can say about Thursday´s stock market trading is that it is now over. The Dow fell 317 points, erasing all of its gains for the year. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq fell sharply as well, each down about 2%. They gave back the all the gains they had made in July. Heavy selling overseas, driven by worries about Argentina´s latest debt default and more problems with a big Portuguese bank, combined with a slew of negative earnings and a disappointing outlook on manufacturing from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago to drop stocks. The

Senator: Obama’s ‘Hating’ Jab At
GOP Sounds Like Junior High Taunt
Daily Caller, by Chuck Ross    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/31/2014 4:40:38 PM     Post Reply
President Obama’s remarks Wednesday that Republicans are “hating all the time,” sound like a junior high school-level taunt, according to Missouri Republican Sen. Roy Blunt. At the Kansas City, Mo., speech Obama complained that Republicans refuse to work with with him to address the nation’s issues. “We could do so much more if Congress would just come on and help out a little bit,” Obama said. “Stop being mad all the time. Stop just hating all the time. Let’s get some work done together.” In response to the dig, Blunt, a Republican, told reporters that Obama’s remarks were “the kinds of things that

These New Revelations Prove Rick Perry Is
NOT Backing Down From Obama On The Border
Western Journalism Review, by Dr. Kevin ´Coach´ Collins    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 7/31/2014 4:37:31 PM     Post Reply
Remember the laughter and snarky comments from the Left and its Ministry of Information when Texas governor Rick Perry activated one thousand Texas National Guard soldiers for duty at the southern border? “Ha ha, they’ll just stand around like wooden Indians and watch ‘undocumented immigrants’ walk by,” we heard from people Beltway liberals who hate conservatives, especially conservatives with a drawl. The Left is about to get another lesson about underestimating those who live in “fly over country.” There is a local website (callthecops.net) that is reporting what Perry’s plan actually involves. Contrary to what has been postulated – even

Exclusive - Polling Data Shows GOP Voters
Think Republicans Standing Tough On
Immigration Most Important Issue
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Matthew Boyle    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/31/2014 4:36:32 PM     Post Reply
Polling data compiled by Tea Party Patriots and provided exclusively to Breitbart News shows that a majority of Republican voters think Republicans standing strong on immigration is more important than repealing Obamacare, getting to the bottom of the Benghazi or IRS scandals—or anything else for that matter. When asked by TPP’s pollster which issue they think is the important for Republicans in Congress to deal with, 34.6 percent of GOP voters said stopping the flow of illegal immigrants across our southern border. Stopping Obama’s “illegal overreach” with executive power came in a distant second with 24 percent of GOP voters saying

Tucker Carlson, Kirsten Powers Clash
Over America’s ‘Moral Obligation’
To Illegal Refugees [Video]
Daily Caller, by Brendan Bordelon    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/31/2014 4:24:51 PM     Post Reply
Fox News host Tucker Carlson and contributor Kirsten Powers bitterly clashed over the United States’ supposed “moral obligation” to illegal immigrant refugees around the world, with Powers invoking Christian principles and Carlson countering that “this is not a theocracy” and no one has “a moral right to American tax dollars and physical asylum in the United States.” Carlson — who is also editor-in-chief of The Daily Caller — and Powers appeared on Fox’s “Outnumbered” on Thursday to discuss growing opposition to President Obama’s handling of illegal immigration. As tens of thousands of illegal immigrant children cross the border claiming refugee status,

  



Zombie GOP Bill Tried To Sneak
Immigration Boost [Updated]
Daily Caller, by Neil Munro    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 7/31/2014 4:19:56 PM     Post Reply
The border bill that was apparently defeated by conservative GOP legislators would have greatly expanded the “unaccompanied alien child” loophole that is now being used by at least 80,000 Central American youths to win legal residency in the United States. “This takes a problem that is bad, and makes it worse,” a Hill staffer that wished to remain anonymous told The Daily Caller. In a dramatic confrontation, the bill was pulled from consideration once the GOP leadership could not find enough votes. However, GOP leaders are preparing to bring a revised version to the floor for a vote late this

Not over yet? Border crisis bill
in limbo as Republicans huddle
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/31/2014 4:19:24 PM     Post Reply
A dramatic scene was unfolding on Capitol Hill on Thursday as House Republican leaders left open the possibility that the chamber could still vote on a border crisis bill -- just moments after punting on the legislation and sending lawmakers home. Earlier in the afternoon, House leaders abandoned the bill after failing to round up enough votes for it. Lawmakers then began heading out for the five-week summer recess. But incoming House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., then unexpectedly took to the floor to say "additional votes are possible," indicating lawmakers should stay. Boos could be heard in the House

Obama remains confident in CIA head
John Brennan despite Senate spying
Washington Examiner, by Susan Crabtree    Original Article
Posted By: JoElla Bee- 7/31/2014 4:08:52 PM     Post Reply
President Obama remains confident in CIA Director John Brennan’s leadership despite an independent investigation that concluded that the agency had overreached its authority by spying on Senate staffers. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the findings had not diminished Brennan’s standing in the administration. When asked whether it damaged his authority or credibility in any way, Earnest said: “Absolutely not.” Brennan first appointed an outside watchdog to conduct an investigation into the allegations, has “been candid” about the “inconsistencies” that the inspector found, apologized and took the step of appointing a panel to review the need for disciplinary action, he

Sen. Tim Scott to be featured
speaker at pro-family event in Iowa
Post & Courier [Charleston, SC], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 7/31/2014 4:05:23 PM     Post Reply
U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, (R-S.C.) will be among the speakers next weekend at a conservative, pro-family summit in Iowa, according to a story posted today on The Iowa Republican website. The story previews the Aug. 9 FAMiLY Leader´s Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa. Among other speakers, the summit features five potential 2016 presidential candidates, including the past two winners of the Iowa Caucuses, Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum. [Snip] "Attendees might be coming to see some presidential candidates, but I wouldn´t be surprised if people walk away from the event talking about Senator Scott."

Bears Storm the Street:
Stocks Tumble in Broad Rout
Fox Business, by Adam Samson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 7/31/2014 4:02:29 PM     Post Reply
Wall Street tumbled deep into the red as traders digested a slew of corporate news and took money off the table with stocks not far from record highs. As of 1:30 p.m. ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 221 points, or 1.3%, to 16660, the S&P 500 tumbled 28.6 points, or 1.5%, to 1942 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 73.4 points, or 1.6%, to 4390. In a sign of the breadth of the selloff, every major sector was recently down by at least 1%. The biggest losers could be found in telecommunications, technology, energy and health care. Volume on

Federal paralegals had no work,
so they surfed the Internet
Washington Post, by Lisa Rein    Original Article
Posted By: Honeybadger- 7/31/2014 4:00:37 PM     Post Reply
Dozens of federal employees at an obscure agency that handles appeals of patent applications went years with so little work to do that they collected salaries — and even bonuses — while they surfed the Internet, did laundry, exercised and watched television, an investigation has found.The employees, paralegals making $60,000 to $80,000 a year, were idle with full knowledge of their immediate bosses and multiple layers of managers and judges who “sat on their hands” waiting for work to give them, a year-long probe by the Commerce Department inspector general’s office uncovered. The underworked paralegals did little as a backlog of

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