Fort Lee — Last year saw the highest number of suicide attempts ever on the George Washington Bridge, The New York Post reports. There were 43 suicide attempts along the bridge´s span in 2012 — 18 of them resulting in death. That´s nearly four times as many deaths as the five recorded in 2011 and more than the previous worst year, 2010, which saw 13. The Post reports that Port Authority police intensified patrols on the bridge after a spate of attempts in May. PA police and officers from the New York City Police Department´s Emergency Service Unit frequently respond to reports
Comments: Sad story, but with no agenda to push, article is presented as straight news.
Can´t blame gun control, because people use whatever is at hand. Can´t blame the lousy economy caused by the Dear Leader they helped install. Can´t blame global warming, because that´s supposed to make water levels rise, making the drop that much less deadly.
Almost 400% more than the number of persons killed through the use of a rifle in New York State last year.
No one needs a bridge that high. A pontoon bridge would be much safer. Of course, the "Big Ship" lobby extremists oppose such an option. If it means one more person is saved, I am all for it, and I am SURE the Governor would be for it as well.
Obviously an "assault bridge". Did it have a 20 round magazine, a pistol grip or a flash supressor. Also where is global warming when you need it, raising the water level would have resulted in nothing more than a bath, which a lot of them probably needed.
This heart-wrenching image has captured the incredibly rare moment a mourning elephant says goodbye to her fallen friend. John Chaney, 63, was on a safari trip in Botswana with his wife Diane when they came across the carcass of a dead elephant surrounded by vultures and hyenas. As their guide called park rangers to come and remove the tusks so they wouldn´t fall into the hands of poachers, another elephant charged over to the body. The female elephant scared off the animals surrounding the carcass before tenderly placing her trunk around the tusk of the dead male. Mr Chaney revealed
MetroPCS store on Oakland´s MacArthur Boulevard. 7:45 p.m. Thursday. Store owner Abdullah Qasem is behind the counter when two men in hoodies burst in through the back door. The men cover their faces with their hands, and one suggests he has a gun. This is Qasem´s first time being robbed, but he knows the drill. (Snip) Another night in the robbery capital of America. No city had more robberies per capita than Oakland in 2012. According to new federal statistics, Oakland had 10.9 robberies per 1,000 residents. And 2013 is shaping up to be even worse. The trend defies easy
New Brunswick — A former chemist at Bristol-Myers Squibb was sentenced today to life in prison for murdering her husband by feeding him thallium, a tasteless, odorless and highly lethal chemical, after he sought a divorce. Judge Michael Toto ordered Tianle Li of Monroe to spend life in state prison. Under the terms of the no early release act, Li, who is 44, must serve 85 percent of her sentence, or at least 62 years, six months and 19 days in prison. (Snip) "Ms. Li sat at her husband´s bedside and watched his condition deteriorate knowing there was an antidote
Montgomery, Ala. — A federal judge has approved a settlement to end the segregation of HIV-positive inmates in Alabama prisons. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson issued an opinion Monday saying the agreement isn´t perfect but can take effect. Female inmates already are living with other prisoners at the state´s lone women´s prison, and male inmates will be integrated into the general prison population next year. Thompson sided with prisoners in December and ordered the Department of Corrections to quit making HIV-positive inmates live in housing areas away from other prisoners. (Snip) The American Civil Liberties Union represents inmates who sued
There’s no telling how many lives can be saved if you know just what to do, right away, when a deranged gunman starts to take aim. That’s the point South Jersey law enforcement officials are making in the aftermath of last weekend’s mass shooting in a Nairobi, Kenya, mall. The attack for which terrorist group Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility is just the latest in a long list of mass shootings worldwide over more than a decade. While law enforcement agencies, school officials and other authorities drill their personnel on active-shooter scenarios, a guide for everyone else who might be
Trenton — Gov. Chris Christie continued to press his case for a voter referendum on gay marriage in New Jersey, saying on national television today that “good people of good will have a difference of opinion.” Christie, a Republican running for re-election against Democrat Barbara Buono, gave an extended interview to CBS that aired today on “Sunday Morning.” “My view on it is, put it on the ballot,” he said about gay marriage, in the middle of a wide-ranging discussion about Hurricane Sandy, his weight and his presidential prospects. “Let the people decide." A state judge ruled to legalize same-sex
The NSA has been graphing American’s social networks and plotting them as they do organized crime since at least 2010, according to the latest published Edward Snowden leak. The highly secretive intelligence agency has been mapping out American citizens’ social connections – identifying associates, determining locations, and logging who they talk to – by taking advantage of loosened rules previously meant to restrict surveillance actions. As far back as November, 2010, the agency authorized spies to conduct ‘large-scale graph analysis on very large sets of communications metadata without having to check foreignness,’ the New York Times revealed Saturday. The agency augmented that
Los Angeles — A new study suggests the proliferation of gay and transgender characters in films and television shows has not prevented gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender actors from experiencing discrimination in Hollywood. The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists commissioned the survey, released Friday. It found that more than half of the actors who identify as gay, bisexual and transgender think directors and producers are biased against them. (Snip) Only 16 percent of the gay, bisexual and transgender respondents, however, said they had experienced discrimination. Gay men reported the most, with about one-fifth saying they had
Dallas — A year after the icon went up in smoke, Big Tex proves that you can’t keep a good cowboy down. Fairgoers will get their first live look at the new and improved Big Tex today, the opening of the State Fair of Texas, which runs through Oct. 20 at Fair Park in Dallas. Gates open at 10 a.m. An unveiling that had been scheduled for 2 p.m. today will instead be a “Welcome Back” event after high winds forced fair officials to drop the curtain hiding Big Tex on Thursday afternoon. (Snip) Big Tex was celebrating his 60th year greeting
A 7-year-old girl crowned Little Miss Hispanic Delaware in an August 31 pageant was stripped of her crown last week by pageant sponsors who said she wasn´t Latina enough. Jakiyah McKoy took the top prize in the pageant also known as Miss Chiquita Delaware, stirring immediate outcries from some attendees because McKoy ‘was not the best representative of a Latin beauty.’ Why? Because her skin was of a darker color than the other contestants, though sponsor Nuestras Raíces Delaware claims it was the girl’s family’s inability to prove the requisite ’25 percent latina heritage’ that motivated them to strip
A student has been left with horrific injuries after she was pushed in front of a train by a homeless man on Wednesday morning. Maya Leggat, 21, was allegedly shoved on to the tracks at White Plains station in New York after she refused to give money to a 39-year-old who lives in a shelter. Shocked commuters described seeing her mangled legs on the tracks, and some followed the man and held him until police arrived. (Snip) Mickens has a lengthy criminal record, including five alleged violent felonies, according to Lohud.com. Mr Waxman said Mickens had been begging at
President Obama´s high school best friend, who at one time was ´like a brother´ to him, has been accused of brutally raping and beating a woman, it emerged today. Keith Kiyoshi Kakugawa, 54, from Eureka, California, was arrested at his home last Sunday and booked into Humboldt County Jail on suspicion of false imprisonment, sexual penetration by force, oral copulation by force and battery. The arrest is the latest in a long list of convictions for Kakugawa, who was close friends with the President when they both attended Panahou High School. Since then, their lives have gone down completely different paths
The federal government lost its checkbook at midnight, and it may not find it for days or weeks. As the zero-hour drew closer on Monday, with other avenues exhausted, the White House´s Office of Management and Budget told federal agencies that they ´should now execute plans for an orderly shutdown due to the absence of appropriations.´ House Republican leaders on the Rules Committee had discussed the procedures for both parties to appoint ´conferees´--negotiating representatives--for a joint House-Senate conference committee empowered to hash out a compromise of the budget battle that has consumed Washington for days. The House GOP scrambled all
Today, more than three and a half years after the Democrats passed Obamacare into law, the overhaul’s exchanges — its East German–like government marketplaces — will finally, sort of, open for business. The Democrats fully expect their fellow Americans to be so excited about buying government-approved insurance through these government-run exchanges that they’re choosing to shut down the government rather than delay the individual mandate for a year. Better to shut down the government, it would seem, than let Americans freely decide — even for a year — whether or not to buy Obamacare-based insurance. Alas, the individual mandate’s penalties
First lady Michelle Obama tweeted on Tuesday afternoon that her Twitter account will see fewer updates due to the government shutdown. Due to Congress’s failure to pass legislation to fund the government, updates to this account will be limited. #Shutdown 12:55 PM - 1 Oct 2013. In 2009, FactCheck.org found that the first lady had a staff of 24 people. It is unclear whether any of the first lady’s staff have been furloughed as a result of the government shutdown.
The White House and the Department of the Interior rejected a request from Rep. Steven Palazzo’s office to have World War II veterans visit the World War II memorial in Washington, the Mississippi Republican told The Daily Caller Tuesday. Palazzo helped the veterans commit an act of civil disobedience against the Park Service Tuesday, when the heroes stormed through barricades around the closed memorial. The veterans were visiting the memorial as part of Honor Flight, a non-profit that provides veterans free transport to the nation’s capital to visit the memorials to the wars they fought in. “We got the heads up
“We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” — Barack Obama, October 30, 2008 “We are going to have to change our conversation; we’re going to have to change our traditions, our history; we’re going to have to move into a different place as a nation.” — Michelle Obama, May 14, 2008 There certainly is no question that Barack Obama wants to change the United States. And there clearly is no doubt that such fundamental transformation is difficult, given our tripartite system of government — even though Obama entered office with large Democratic majorities in
If President Obama were really clever, he’d jump at the Republicans’ proposal in the continuing resolution to delay Obamacare for one year. A one-year delay is perhaps the only chance to prevent the Obamacare exchanges from becoming a disaster. Don’t take my word for it. Here’s Kevin Counihan, chief executive of Connecticut’s exchange, Access Health CT: “It is highly complex , it’s unprecedented and it’s not going to be smooth…. This is a two- to three-year implementation we’re doing in 10 months. I wish we had one more year.” The problem is that the test runs have revealed the exchange websites aren’t
The Washington region, home to the largest concentration of federal workers and contractors in the nation, could lose an estimated $200?million a day and could see more than 700,000 jobs take a financial hit if the federal government shuts down Monday night, according to a local economist’s projections. And that’s not counting the blow to tourism, one of the region’s economic mainstays, if the Smithsonian museums, the National Zoo, Civil War battlefields and other federally funded attractions are shuttered, said Stephen Fuller, director of George Mason University’s Center for Regional Analysis. “This is serious,” Fuller said. “The national economy may
A group of World War II veterans in an Honor Flight group Tuesday knocked over barriers imposed during the government shutdown at the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C., to get inside. As part of the federal government shutdown, national parks are closed. But the group of veterans continued to the monument Tuesday, as reported by Stars and Stripes.
So far, so good. Just checked the backyard. No pieces of fallen sky yet. Hours into the partial federal government shutdown and it´s difficult to tell there is one. Save for the humorous desperation of TV folks trying to find something, anything that could be labeled calamity and blamed on those political toads in D.C.. So far, the great partial government shutdown of 2013 looks like a full bust. Like that Y2K apocalypse that didn´t happen. Or President Obama´s dire sequester warnings that went Poof! This faux crisis really has little to do with spending.
With a government shutdown just hours away on Monday, White House spokesman Jay Carney said President Obama still plans to go to Asia this weekend. "We don´t have any changes to announce. We plan to make this trip," Carney told reporters at the White House Monday. "The president, as president, looks forward to and believes it is important to travel to Asia in order to promote our economic interests in Asia and our strategic interests in Asia." One of the Republicans´ criticisms of Obama is his absolute refusal to negotiate on a stopgap funding bill and the debt limit, even when he´s
After Senator Elizabeth Warren spoke at a luncheon in Beverly Hills, Calif., last month, women from the audience swarmed around her, many of them asking the same question: will you run for president? (Snip) Ms. Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, said in an interview that she was not interested in seeking the presidency. And despite talk of a draft movement among some activists, it is difficult to imagine her taking on former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. But in seizing on issues animating her party’s base — the influence of big banks, soaring student loan debt and the widening gulf
This is damn crazy. Isn´t it about time for President Barack Obama to say that? Or something like that? Once again, a rump group of Republican radicals in the House are throwing the US government into chaos, threatening a shutdown of federal agencies (unless Obama agrees to smother Obamacare in the crib) that could harm the economy and setting up another showdown over the debt ceiling that could cause a financial crisis that stretches from the United States to markets around the world. The president has denounced this obstructionism gone wild. On Friday, he decried House GOP "grandstanding," noting that