News Forum - HomePage - RSS News Forum - HomePage - RSS ( Wed, 22 59 2014 11:59:57 GMT Wed, 22 59 2014 11:59:57 GMT Massive academic fraud uncovered at UNC Wed, 22 52 2014 11:52:10 GMT 8e3a1db6cb17dc22366277a23363445c7c067497 Associated Press, by Staff Posted By: mitzi- Wed, 22 52 2014 11:52:10 GMT CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — More than 3,100 students — nearly half of them athletes — enrolled in classes they didn’t have to show up for and received artificially inflated grades in what an investigator called a “shadow curriculum” that lasted nearly two decades at the University of North Carolina. (snip) Instead, findings of a systemic problem in the former African and Afro'American studies department could lead to NCAA sanctions and possible dismissal of additional UNC staff. “I think it’s very clear that this is an academic, an athletic and a university problem,” Chancellor Carol Folt said. The report outlined courses Pictured: Soldier, 24, shot dead by Muslim convert Michael Zehaf'Bibeau who opened fire on Canadian Parliament in terrifying attack that left capital on lockdown Wed, 22 37 2014 11:37:36 GMT e897691d0372a7b34c55f541f0ce8f2acdcf1368 Daily Mail [UK], by Lydia Warren and James Nye Posted By: ScarletPimpernel- Wed, 22 37 2014 11:37:36 GMT A Muslim convert shot dead a Canadian soldier at the National War Memorial in Ottawa today before exchanging dozens of shots with guards inside Parliament in a terrifying attack that left the nation´s capital on lockdown. Michael Zehaf'Bibeau fatally shot Corporal Nathan Cirillo, a 24'year'old father, as he stood guard at the War Memorial on Wednesday morning. Zehaf'Bibeau then ran inside the Parliament, where he opened fire before he was shot dead by the House of Commons Sergeant'at'Arms. Low Inflation, Flatter COLA: Social Security Benefits to Get 1.7% Bump Wed, 22 34 2014 11:34:51 GMT 900941d9c0a670e69dd1261fe64bf64a13018f66 Dow Jones Newswires, by Eric Morath, Josh Mitchell Posted By: earlybird- Wed, 22 34 2014 11:34:51 GMT Tens of millions of elderly and disabled Americans will see a small bump in their government payments next year, another reflection of a sluggish economic recovery that has kept inflation low. The Social Security Administration on Wednesday announced a 1.7% annual cost'of'living adjustment, or COLA, for the nearly 64 million Americans who receive federal retirement or disability benefits. The increase would result in about a $22'a'month increase for the average retiree. Increases have been between 1.5% and 1.7% for three straight years. Evidence supports officer’s account of shooting in Ferguson Wed, 22 26 2014 11:26:40 GMT 08ac81c1d04d5840354319feb0812ded62f905b9 Washington Post, by Kimberly Kindy and Sari Horwitz Posted By: earlybird- Wed, 22 26 2014 11:26:40 GMT Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson and Michael Brown fought for control of the officer’s gun, and Wilson fatally shot the unarmed teenager after he moved toward the officer as they faced off in the street, according to interviews, news accounts and the full report of the St. Louis County autopsy of Brown’s body. Because Wilson is white and Brown was black, the case has ignited intense debate over how police interact with African American men. But more than a half'dozen unnamed black witnesses have provided testimony to a St. Louis County grand jury that largely supports Wilson’s account of events Michelle Obama To Students: ‘Bring The Folks You Met At The Party Last Weekend’ To Vote Wed, 22 56 2014 10:56:47 GMT e9a3d69b04cdb9bf6dabe5f6db8152444a441bda Associated Press, by Staff Posted By: JoniTx- Wed, 22 56 2014 10:56:47 GMT MINNEAPOLIS— First lady Michelle Obama stumped for Democrats in Iowa and Minnesota Tuesday, calling on the young and minority voters who powered her husband’s rise to the presidency to help the party avoid a potentially bruising midterm election. Mrs. Obama first urged college students and supporters at the University of Iowa to vote early and volunteer for Bruce Braley, who is in a tight Senate race against Republican Joni Ernst. She delivered a similar rallying cry to a mostly black crowd later Tuesday at a high school in Minneapolis, where Sen. Al Franken and fellow Democrat Gov. Mark Dayton are Chelsea Clinton´s new neighbor: Jennifer Lopez Wed, 22 53 2014 10:53:15 GMT e5208792ada6f16e310693386e4c0ef2130fdcfb The Hill (Washington DC), by Judy Kurtz Posted By: JoniTx- Wed, 22 53 2014 10:53:15 GMT A new neighbor is moving into Chelsea Clinton’s New York building: Jennifer Lopez. The “Booty” singer is purchasing a penthouse in Manhattan, on the market for $22 million, in the same Big Apple abode where former President Clinton and former secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s daughter lives with her hubby and newborn daughter, the New York Post reports. The 34'year'old Oxford University grad and husband Marc Mezvinsky closed on their apartment, listed for $10.5 million, last year. Lopez’s new 6,250'square'feet digs in the four'apartment building reportedly feature four bedrooms, six and a half baths, a croquet pitch, putting green, and Republican opens biggest lead yet in Colorado Senate Wed, 22 49 2014 10:49:52 GMT c512aacb3ed4076d08fc59fa634244f460ffa7f6 The Hill (Washington DC), by Alexandra Jaffe Posted By: JoniTx- Wed, 22 49 2014 10:49:52 GMT Rep. Cory Gardner (R'Colo.) leads Sen. Mark Udall (D'Colo.) by 7 points in a new Suffolk University poll, the biggest lead he´s seen all month. The poll gave Gardner 46 percent support to Udall´s 39 percent support among likely voters. That´s a significant shift from Suffolk´s last survey, conducted in September, when Gardner led Udall by just 1 point, 43 percent to 42 percent. Gardner has posted a lead over Udall in nearly every public poll released this month, and his lead has consistently widened, though this is the first poll to show him with a 7'point advantage in the U.S. jury convicts ex'Blackwater guards in 2007 Baghdad killings Wed, 22 46 2014 10:46:26 GMT 02427e90a42fe8ca406adfa0e1d358e713b85f05 Reuters, by Aruna Viswanatha & Julia Edwards Posted By: JoniTx- Wed, 22 46 2014 10:46:26 GMT WASHINGTON' In a sweeping victory for the U.S. government, a federal jury on Wednesday found four former Blackwater guards guilty on nearly every count they faced in connection with the 2007 killing of 14 unarmed Iraqis at a Baghdad traffic circle. Jurors found three of the ex'guards guilty of manslaughter and weapons charges, and a fourth guilty of murder. The verdict comes more than seven years after the shooting incident that outraged Iraqis and inflamed anti'American sentiment around the world. A court clerk read the jury´s verdict aloud on Wednesday around noon to a packed courtroom, repeating the word "guilty" Canadian Parliament Attack Wed, 22 34 2014 10:34:57 GMT 17af555d69d6b7d9aa683a6f599b809e2dd2e316 PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez Posted By: Hazymac- Wed, 22 34 2014 10:34:57 GMT Armed persons have attacked Ottawa, shooting a soldier at the Canadian War Memorial and attempting to enter Parliament. The attack in parliament was apparently stopped by the quick action of the sergeant'at'arms, Kevin Vickers, formerly of the RCMP. Vickers shot the assailant in front of a room where MPs where sheltering. Some vowed in gratitude that “he will never pay for a drink again.” (Snip) The natural question is whether these incidents presage a set of Mumbai'style, or lone'wolf type attacks in the West. It will also raise the issue of whether any country can stand apart, or detach itself The Democratic Panic Wed, 22 19 2014 10:19:15 GMT 473f70038e9384146459584bf285d8317aa6c40e New York Times, by Staff Posted By: Nephythys- Wed, 22 19 2014 10:19:15 GMT After a few days of trying to ignore the question, Michelle Nunn, the Democratic candidate for the United States Senate in Georgia, acknowledged on Friday that she had voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. By this year’s standards, that’s pretty forthright, especially compared with Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democrat running for the Senate in Kentucky, who refuses to discuss her presidential vote. Only one Democratic Senate candidate this cycle has been willing to appear with the president on the stump: Gary Peters in Michigan. The others have spent months keeping their distance from Mr. Obama and some of his best TV News Blacks Out This Year’s Bad Election News for Democrats Wed, 22 18 2014 10:18:05 GMT 0bb66c0267569ba7c8419e457f23f34b79d0e081 Newsbusters, by Kyle Drennen & Rich Noyes Posted By: JoniTx- Wed, 22 18 2014 10:18:05 GMT In less than two weeks, voters head to the polls in midterm elections that seem certain to yield strong Republican gains, if not outright control of the U.S. Senate. Such a political sea change is big news, but a new Media Research Center study finds that, in contrast to their enthusiastic coverage of the 2006 midterms when Democrats made big gains, the Big Three broadcast evening newscasts are all but ignoring this year’s political contests. MRC analysts studied every election story on the ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts from September 1 through October 20 in both 2006 (the midterm Wendy Davis Confused about What a Governor of a State Does Wed, 22 16 2014 10:16:01 GMT 71cbe2d07bb3ff6f270aee7c6798f6bfc15c6295 National Review Online, by Ian Tuttle Posted By: StormCnter- Wed, 22 16 2014 10:16:01 GMT When it comes to train wrecks, they say that even if you can’t look away, you want to — but the ongoing disaster that is the Wendy Davis campaign, about which I write today, is far too much fun even for that. And (thankfully, for us media types) it is not over yet. Apparently unsatisfied with highlighting her opponent’s paralysis and questioning his dedication to interracial marriage rights, Davis issued the following tweet on Tuesday evening:(Snip for Tweet) The criteria for admission to Harvard Law School must be minimal, because Davis seems confused about what governors do. Among the things they Pranksters Trick Foodies Into Praising McDonald´s Wed, 22 08 2014 10:08:42 GMT 2db6ed7119fceb54536c4fae1d50ca3244f646d8 Gawker, by Jay Hathaway Posted By: PageTurner- Wed, 22 08 2014 10:08:42 GMT In a setup that would make Jimmy Kimmel green with envy, two Dutch pranksters visited a major culinary convention to show off their new line of delicious, organic food—actually bog standard McDonald´s fare, just cut up and skewered with toothpicks. Predictably, everyone at the food expo in Houten claimed they loved the "new organic meal." The food got positive marks for its complex flavors, with eaters declaring it tastier and much better for you than Mickey D´s. These guys might be onto something, here. They should probably open a restaurant. Dem doves weather ISIL attacks Wed, 22 07 2014 10:07:31 GMT 9ec18daa2532c5140c6dafca8dfac3286c4c9312 Poltico, by Jeremy Herb Posted By: NorthernDog- Wed, 22 07 2014 10:07:31 GMT Rep. Rick Nolan staunchly opposes U.S.'led military intervention in Iraq and Syria and has loudly criticized plans to arm Syrian rebels. And that anti'war stance has helped make the Minnesota Democrat a top target in the midterm elections.Yet, despite attacks by national Republicans, the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant doesn’t appear to be a pivotal issue in Nolan’s reelection race. Like other dovish Democrats, including Rep. Carol Shea'Porter in New Hampshire and Dan Maffei in New York, Nolan isn’t losing traction — at least not yet — for opposing President Barack Obama’s decision to arm How Monica Lewinsky Could Complicate Hillary Clinton’s Likely 2016 Bid Wed, 22 02 2014 10:02:54 GMT b1f747f42fc3107151b8cdbb60646cacfe3e1ca0 Wall Street Journal, by Peter Nicholas Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Wed, 22 02 2014 10:02:54 GMT Monica Lewinsky isn’t going away. The ex-White House intern whose affair with Bill Clinton nearly sank his presidency has emerged from seclusion and is tweeting, writing and delivering speeches. On Monday, she joined Twitter (@MonicaLewinsky) and put out her first 140-character message: “#HereWeGo.” A day later she had nearly 64,000 followers. So, there’s an audience for what Ms. Lewinsky has to say. Is this trouble for the Clintons? Could it complicate Hillary Clinton‘s likely presidential bid? Yes — though not for reasons you might think. It’s doubtful Ms. Lewinsky has salacious new stories to share about her Ottawa Shootings Raise Fears of Islamic State'Prompted Attack Wed, 22 01 2014 10:01:05 GMT fe3cfdaa94bfa3e49a56057527caae9687e229f0 US News and World Report, by Paul D. Shinkman Posted By: NorthernDog- Wed, 22 01 2014 10:01:05 GMT Shootings in and around the Canadian parliament complex Wednesday morning are heightening concerns about the rise and threat of lone wolf Islamic extremist attacks. The identity of the shooter or shooters in Ottawa, Ontario, remained unconfirmed as of early Wednesday afternoon. But the potential links to radical Islamic movements – such as the Islamic State group – and the timing of the attacks may be too conspicuous to ignore. “I would put this immediately at the top of the white board back at headquarters: ´Grass'roots jihadist activity,´ probably inspired by the Canadian government’s admission that they intend to assist in ISIL fighters show off weapons apparently seized from US airdrop Wed, 22 48 2014 09:48:23 GMT c3cc4b571fb12e5e4d0c5d3eb208a4ee30ad916c Al Jazeera America & Wires, by Staff Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Wed, 22 48 2014 09:48:23 GMT ISIL fighters likely seized at least one cache of weapons airdropped by the U.S. after it missed its intended recipients, besieged Kurdish militias defending the Syrian border town of Kobane, a Pentagon spokesman said Wednesday. "Yesterday we announced that one resupply bundle went astray and was destroyed," said Army Col. Steve Warren. "We have since relooked at that and we have determined that a second bundle also went astray and probably fell into enemy hands." The load, which includes hand grenades, ammunition and rocket-propelled grenade launchers, was shown in a video uploaded by a media group loyal to the War with Isis: US and Iraq draw up plan for ground force attack on Islamist militants Wed, 22 27 2014 08:27:02 GMT d8bb1f322e8f719633cb3e07a0c375de59b0f40e Independent [UK], by Karen DeYoung Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Wed, 22 27 2014 08:27:02 GMT Washington ' The United States and Iraq are drawing up a campaign plan for offensive operations by Iraqi ground forces to gradually reclaim towns and cities that have been occupied by Isis, according to a senior US official. The plan, described as methodical and time'consuming, will not begin in earnest for several months and is designed to ensure that Iraqi forces do not over'extend themselves before they are capable of taking and holding territory controlled by the militants. It may also include American advisers in the field with the Iraqis, should that be recommended by American military commanders, Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress, who accused police in Los Angeles of racial profiling, is charged with lewd conduct Wed, 22 15 2014 08:15:08 GMT 3f413da4fff7df741ef885f0e2148c4996b25562 Independent [UK], by Ella Alexandra Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Wed, 22 15 2014 08:15:08 GMT Daniele Watts and her boyfriend have been charged with lewd conduct, following a highly'publicised incident in which she accused a Los Angeles police officer of racism. The Django Unchained actress and boyfriend Brian James Lucas were detained on 11 September, after a complaint alleging that the pair had been having sex in a car outside CBS Studios. Watts claimed that the incident was a result of racial profiling, a view shared by her partner who alleged that police had mistaken the actress for a prostitute and he a client. She Tweeted Against the Mexican Cartels. They Tweeted Her Murder. Wed, 22 06 2014 08:06:36 GMT 6343323d64b859e9d2c6b5e4b17657cee97d064d Daily Beast, by Jason McGahan Posted By: MDMuskrat- Wed, 22 06 2014 08:06:36 GMT Mexico City- She was a crusading Twitter journalist in a bastion of organized crime who chose a photograph of Catwoman as her online avatar and christened herself Felina. Like a comic-book avenger, her alter ego defied the forces of evil in her real-life Gotham of Reynosa, a border city in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas located a short drive from McAllen, Texas. Tamaulipas is notorious as a state caught in the iron grip of organized crime. Extortion, kidnappings, shootouts, arson, bodies excavated from arid pits, all of this happens in Tamaulipas, practically on a daily basis, but hardly any of it gets Google debuts Inbox, a new way to stay on top of email Wed, 22 47 2014 07:47:49 GMT 8c8471739ba5dd6245ed4692b65a73e204220a89 USA Today, by Jessica Guynn Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Wed, 22 47 2014 07:47:49 GMT Mountain View, CA - A decade ago, Google took the wraps off Gmail, the popular email service used by hundreds of millions the world over. Now that email is vibrating in pockets as often as it´s pinging computers, the Internet giant is rethinking how your inbox should look and work. The result is Inbox, a new product that Google says is a smarter way to sort email. "We want this to be your inbox for the next 10 years," Alex Gawley, product director of Gmail and Inbox, said in an interview. For a technology that everyone loves to hate, email is stubbornly popular. It was born in the 1970s and became the backbone of our digital lives A Government Bureau Is The Nearest Thing To Eternal Life We Will Ever See On This Earth Wed, 22 46 2014 07:46:44 GMT 373a7c05309c92b499cc71a2757250b407ea0908 Breitbart Big Government, by Ashley Pratte Posted By: Desert Fox- Wed, 22 46 2014 07:46:44 GMT Next Monday, October 27 marks the 50th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s iconic “Time For Choosing” speech. It was a speech that sparked the modern Conservative Movement, ignited a fire in the hearts of conservatives, and launched Ronald Reagan’s public policy career. This week, as part of a yearlong “Time for Choosing: The Next Generation” initiative, Young America’s Foundation is releasing a series of videos in conjunction with the anniversary of this significant speech. The third video focuses on limited government. It is no secret that government today is far overreaching and intrusive. This past year alone we have seen privacy breaches by The Easy Way for Republicans to Count to Six Wed, 22 33 2014 07:33:18 GMT b50d05cc632e8fda2f2802c016ecff6e30fb6e38 National Review Online, by Jim Geraghty Posted By: StormCnter- Wed, 22 33 2014 07:33:18 GMT The Republicans need to pick up six Senate seats to control the chamber. Let’s count to six. The GOP wins Montana, South Dakota, and West Virginia. One, two, three. I know there are some folks spinning the chances of Republican Mike Rounds losing in South Dakota, but he has yet to trail a poll. Four: In Arkansas, the latest poll puts Republican Tom Cotton up by 8 points. Pryor has not led a poll this month. Five: In Alaska, Republican Dan Sullivan has not trailed in any poll since early August. Six: In Colorado, Cory Gardner led nine of the last ten polls. Tuesday The truth about young black men and police shootings Wed, 22 29 2014 07:29:24 GMT d637cc4dc3e58a1e3383957e6dc6f8dcdff84f79 Fox News, by Dr. John R. Lott, Jr. Posted By: StormCnter- Wed, 22 29 2014 07:29:24 GMT Tensions are still high in Ferguson, Mo., after the Aug. 8 police shooting of Michael Brown. On Friday, it was reported forensics showed Brown’s blood was on both the inside of police officer Darren Wilson’s car as well as Wilson’s gun. The gun had also been fired twice within the car. This evidence hardly squares with early witness accounts that Brown was shot with his hands in the air while he was surrendering. With forensic evidence finally coming in, Officer Wilson’s shooting Brown is looking as if it were justifiable self'defense. But that hasn’t stopped people from making it a racial AWESOME! Canadian Parliament’s Sergeant 'at'Arms Kevin Vickers Takes Out Gunman Wed, 22 23 2014 07:23:12 GMT d853d5323d8f0268b5d9f756a4fbd1852bc0f79d Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft Posted By: StormCnter- Wed, 22 23 2014 07:23:12 GMT FOX News reported: The gunmen then ran to the Parliament building, where witnesses later said they saw one gunman down near the library. Bernard Trottier, a Toronto'area MP, tweeted that the gunman inside Centre Block “has been shot and killed.” The other was reportedly being sought. Veteran Affairs Minister Julian Fantino told QMI Agency that Parliament’s sergeant'at'arms, Kevin Vickers, shot one gunman dead. California Orders Churches To Fund Abortions—Or Else Wed, 22 20 2014 07:20:05 GMT 9529a78537b663d0ef23250e67b4b4af24ada4e4 The Federalist, by Casey Mattox Posted By: StormCnter- Wed, 22 20 2014 07:20:05 GMT For the past four years, the Obama administration and its friends on the Left were careful to claim that they still strongly support religious liberty while arguing that Hobby Lobby’s Green family, Conestoga Wood Specialties’ Hahn family, and others like them must lose. Principally, they contended, religious liberty protections could not be applied to Hobby Lobby because (1) It is a for'profit corporation, (2) It isn’t a church (and thus not a true “religious employer,” and (3) It is wrong on the science—Plan B, a copper intrauterine device, et cetera, they claimed, do not cause abortions. They implied, if not