Elizabeth DeMasellis´ family is like many in metro Detroit -- living paycheck to paycheck. There are bills to pay and diapers to buy. Sometimes, when money gets tight, food for the family´s furry friend Zoe, a boxer-beagle mix, is stretched a little, or she gets a hot dog. That is, until three months ago, when the 30-year-old Milford mother of three learned she could get dog food at Community Sharing Outreach Center in Highland Township, which she has visited for clothing and food for her family. Since then, DeMasellis has gotten free bags of dog food — keeping Zoe´s belly
Comments: They report on food pantries so people can feed their pets, but on page 1 they´ll parrot the government line that the economy´s never been in better shape.
People around my town were hit hard by foreclosures, and sadly moved on. Many just opened their doors and turn their pets out. Last month I adopted a little dog who had been on the loose in the woods for 6 days. A tiny little Yorkie with the spunk to survive, weighing only 4 pounds. Her lovely coat had to be cut to remove the stickers and briars, but she is well on her way to being the beautiful dog she once was. She is learning to trust again. The shelters are full, please donate old towels and blankets and food for these poor animals. Please adopt, if you are able.
His actor parents are well known activists and Stephen Ira Beatty seems determined to follow in their footsteps. The eldest child of Warren Beatty and Annette Bening, who revealed he was transgender at the age of 14, appears in a new public service announcement (PSA) urging New York to change its Medicaid regulation which excludes transgender people from accessing healthcare. Stephen, 21, appears confident and informed as he speaks about the problem, saying: ‘I grew up outside of New York, but I´ve always known I´ve wanted to move here for the city´s vibrant artistic community. ‘As a trans person, I
Several Hackensack police supervisors who were named in lawsuits against former Police Chief Ken Zisa were paid thousands for unused sick and vacation time under a $4.7 million bond ordinance in 2010. The payments were made in 2010, the same year Zisa was awarded a gross payout of $94,000 for unused time just before his arrest on charges of insurance fraud. They were among more than 30 employees who rushed to retire and cash out sick and vacation time as Governor Christie tried to cap sick-leave pay for retiring public workers. (Snip) Toomey herself was paid $93,000 for unused sick
Tacoma, Wash. — At first glance, nothing looks wrong with Justin Winter, a tattoo artist in Tacoma. But when you hear his voice project out from his bushy beard, you can sense it is hard for him to talk about what happened one week ago, hard in a couple of ways. The most obvious difficulty comes from having his mouth wired shut. But, perhaps even more painful is the reason why he´s in this situation. "Another human life means nothing to these kids," Winter says of what he calls a "pack" of young people who attacked him. "That´s what disturbs me most
New York — The NYPD is looking into a series of attacks on Jews in Brooklyn. At least one attack was caught on surveillance tape. Some of the assaults may be part of a disturbing game, CBS 2’s John Slattery reported on Tuesday. Police have yet to connect all the incidents, but released surveillance video that shows one group attacking a Jewish man. The video shows from a few different angles the victim, a man in a hooded jacket, getting punched. One man who didn’t want to be identified told Slattery his 12-year-old son was attacked in the same
U.S. consumer sentiment unexpectedly dipped in November to a near two-year low as lower-income households worried about their job prospects and financial outlooks and negative views of the government lingered, a survey released on Friday showed. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan´s preliminary reading on the overall index of consumer sentiment fell to 72.0 in November, its lowest since December 2011. That was lower than both October´s final reading of 73.2 and the 74.5 economists had expected this month. Lower-income households in particular worried about their future financial state. That was a contrast to richer households—those with
Philadelphia police and prosecutors are investigating an anonymous Instagram account with thousands of followers that for months has been identifying witnesses in violent crimes across the city - aiming, in its creator´s words, to "expose rats." The account, called rats215, has outed more than 30 witnesses since February, posting photos, police statements, and testimony on the photo-sharing website. Because many of the statements posted aren´t public records, authorities are investigating the page as a potential act of mass witness intimidation - in a city where police and prosecutors struggle daily to find witnesses willing to testify. Rats215 had nearly 7,900 followers.
A Government wind turbine installed at a cost of £48,000 is generating just £5 worth of electricity a month because it was put up in the wrong spot, it was revealed today. If it continues producing power at the same rate, it will take 452 years to pay for itself. Welsh Government officials had the 60ft taxpayer-funded turbine put up in a built up area of Aberystwyth where there is very little wind - two miles away from one of Britain´s breeziest coastlines. Paul Burrell, from wind power company Anemos, said: ´The problem is quite simple - it’s been put in the
Trenton — New Jersey voters may have set another record for low turnout Tuesday — this time for a gubernatorial election. With 99 percent of the voting precincts counted, 2,073,642 voters cast ballots for governor, according to the Associated Press. That´s a shade less than 38 percent of the state´s registered voters. The voter totals will go up because they don´t include provisional ballots yet to be counted, as well as those who may have voted for other offices but not governor. The record low for a governor´s race is 47 percent, set four years ago. The special U.S. Senate election held
Tucked away inside a first-floor office in Jersey City City Hall is a new city department that Mayor Steve Fulop says is the first in the state to explicitly cater to immigrants. Dubbed the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, the division is staffed by two city workers who are tasked with reaching out to the city’s sizable immigrant community and providing them with basic knowledge of city services and the school system, often in their own language. (Snip) Nearly 40 percent of Jersey City residents are foreign born, compared to 21 percent statewide, while more than 52 percent speak a language
Indianapolis, Ind. – The three suspects arrested in an Oct. 29 home invasion on the northeast side are now listed as co-defendants and will each face dozens of charges when they appear in court Tuesday afternoon. Alexander Dupree, 23, Trae Spells, 18, and Michael Pugh, 21, now face the same list of 35 charges. Those charges include criminal deviate conduct, rape, robbery, burglary, aggravated battery, criminal confinement, carjacking and more. The charges stem from the brutal home invasion robbery that that terrorized a family in the 800 block of East 79th Street, in the Meridian Hills neighborhood. The early morning crime
Newark — Newark City Councilwoman Mildred Crump is in hot water with the state comptroller’s office after allegedly steering about $20,000 in taxpayer money to non-profit organizations she founded or was involved in, according to documents obtained by The Star-Ledger. (Snip) The report, a portion of which was obtained this week by the newspaper, says that in 2010, Crump steered $17,000 in city funds to a non-profit group called the Global Women’s Leadership Collaborative for a leadership summit in Ghana, West Africa. On her City Hall biography, Crump says she is a founding member the group. “This $17,000 payment
Irvington — A Pathmark employee´s attempt to flirt with a teenage girl sparked the argument that led to the shooting of an 11-year-old boy and an unidentified man in Irvington on Tuesday night, the injured boy´s father said today. Raheem Maldonado, father of the 11-year-old who was shot in the hand, said the child´s mother began arguing with a Pathmark employee after he allegedly started flirting with her 14-year-old daughter. The woman became incensed, according to Maldonado, who said the employee responded by telling the woman "let´s take this outside." On Tuesday, Irvington Police Director
In a recent interview with BBC News, Oprah Winfrey said that President Obama is disrespected because he is an African-American. "There’s a level of disrespect for the office that occurs. And that occurs in some cases and maybe even many cases because he’s African-American," Winfrey said. "There’s no question about that, and it’s the kind of thing nobody ever says but everybody’s thinking it." Speaking with the BBC´s Will Gompertz in the UK to promote "The Butler," Winfrey also spoke to the global issue of racism. "It´s gotten better. Are there still places where people are terrorized because of the color of their
Desperate times call for desperate measures, so on Thursday one desperate President, Barack Obama, attempted to sell the idea that he had found a way to keep his Obamacare pledge: “If you like your insurance plan, you can keep it.” This exuberantly delivered and oft-repeated sales pitch for the program that has dominated his presidency “ended up not being accurate,” as Obama mincingly put it. He had no choice — not when health insurers complying with his regulations have canceled policies for millions of Americans. Not when those newly uninsured cannot buy coverage using Obama’s botched website. Not when congressional Democrats are panicking
Oprah Winfrey, one of the most powerful women in the world, declared she would not be stripping off her lingerie to get ‘buck naked’ on screen. The billionaire TV tsarina and occasional actress was speaking to me about her role in director Lee Daniels’s movie The Butler, in which she plays Gloria, wife of a White House butler played by Forest Whitaker. Gloria becomes bored with her middle-class life while her husband’s off looking after ‘that other family in the White House’. Oprah said that after a while Gloria starts to drink, and fools around with a neighbour, played by
“Even if it takes a change to the law, the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they got.” — Bill Clinton, Nov. 12 So the former president asserts that the current president continues to dishonor his “you like your plan, you can keep your plan” pledge. And calls for the Affordable Care Act to be changed, despite furious White House resistance to the very idea. Coming from the dean of the Democratic Party, this one line marked the breaching of the dam. It legitimized the brewing rebellion of panicked
On Thursday, President Obama conducted the “Springtime for Hitler” of press conferences. He came out at noon and proceeded to blather his way through an hour of self-justifications and evasions and apologies and complaints. And as he went on, you could almost see America reacting as the audience in “The Producers” did to the happy-talk number about Adolf romping at his retreat in Berchtesgaden — with gaped-mouth astonishment. First, he said he had not been “informed directly that the Web site would not be working.” What on earth does that mean? Was he somehow informed indirectly? In an affronted tone, the president
The current troubles of the Obama presidency can be read back into its beginnings. Rule by personal charisma has met its proper fate. The spell has been broken, and the magician stands exposed. We need no pollsters to tell us of the loss of faith in Mr. Obama´s policies—and, more significantly, in the man himself. Charisma is like that. Crowds come together and they project their needs onto an imagined redeemer. The redeemer leaves the crowd to its imagination: For as long as the charismatic moment lasts—a year, an era—the redeemer is above and beyond judgment. He glides through crises,
Is the president’s Obamacare “fix” part of the Obama administration’s pattern of deceit or a product of its frequent delusion?A cursory discussion with almost anyone who knows anything about the insurance business would have alerted the president to the fact that his proposal is unworkable. The initial take from experts on both the right and the left is that the president did not fix anything yesterday. Insurance industry experts agree that the very idea that canceled health policies can be renewed or extended for one year is laughable
MSNBC’s Martin Bashir on Friday closed his show with likely the most disgraceful rant against former Alaska governor Sarah Palin you’ve ever heard. Besides calling her “America’s resident dunce” and claiming she has a “deceased mind,” Bashir suggested that someone should defecate in her mouth and urinate in her eyes. MARTIN BASHIR: It´s time now to clear the air. And we end this week in the way it began - with America’s resident dunce, Sarah Palin, scraping the barrel of her long deceased mind, and using her all-time favorite analogy in an attempt to sound intelligent about the national debt.
It´s been a bad week for MSNBC, and a bad week for serious journalism. First, the network learned to regret giving Alec Baldwin a job after he called a photographer a word that is more than a little homophobic. MSNBC have since suspended his show for two weeks. Now, Martin Bashir has scraped the bottom of the proverbial barrel after launching a tirade against Sarah Palin ("America´s resident dunce") that has to be seen to be believed. And you´re warned: it is stomach churning. The beloved liberal journalist used his afternoon TV show to deliver a somewhat justified critique of
She didn’t write about ‘Protecting the Heart of Christmas’ at all—instead, the eternally offended governor may have penned the perfect manual for another holiday altogether: Festivus. Initially I planned to ignore this week’s release of Good Tidings and Great Joy, Sarah Palin’s book waging war on the war on Christmas. Few political hucksters milking the culture war for an easy buck peddle antics more shopworn than the annual fear-mongering that secularist Scrooges are coming for our creches. But then I couldn’t stop wondering: What happens when the Queen of Grievance takes up arms on behalf of the Prince of Peace’s
My guess is that my column this week, suggesting President Obama can rise again, may come close to hitting the bottom of his recent slide in popularity. The president will fix the problem for those whose insurance policies were canceled. They may ultimately be big winners as insurers compete to offer them better policies, which will be clear when the website problem is fixed, which it ultimately will be. Meanwhile, Democrats turn up the heat of immigration, which will be a big winner for the president and Democrats, one way or the other. House and Senate Democrats have now pounced on
Sarah Palin has apologized for suggesting that the Pope had been influenced by the media to adopt a liberal agenda. Palin provoked outroar on Tuesday when she said that Pope Francis had made ´some statements that to me sound kind of liberal, has taken me aback, has kind of surprised me.´ But writing on Facebook yesterday she said had been misled by unreliable media reports and should have researched the matter more fully herself. She wrote: ´It was not my intention to be critical of Pope Francis. ´I was reminding viewers that we need to do our own homework on news subjects, and