Extremely large crowds at the Galleria for NBA All-Star festivities prompted officials to close the mall early Saturday night. The Galleria reached its legal capacity around 8:15 p.m. and began clearing out crowds, according to mall officials. "At no time was there a riot or a disturbance," Houston Police Department spokesman Victor Senties said. "At no time did anyone get unruly." Officers with an HPD special response team were on hand. Police and mall officials blocked entrances to the Galleria Saturday night. "As always, our primary concern is for the safety and well being
It´s a safety issue. No one can predict what could happen - there have been instances of fires, floors caving, rafters falling. There are many things, even a mere rumor, that could cause a large crowd suddenly to to try to leave an area at once. If the crowd is too large for the number of available exits, people could be killed in a stampede.
One of the Barnes & Noble cafes here in NYC was ordered by the Fire Dept. to remove half of their tables and there are now signs posted along the bookshelves stating that, by order of the Fire Dept., people are forbidden to sit on the floor in the aisles.
Look up "Triangle Shirtwaist fire" on Google. Better safe than sorry!
Cory Booker knows how to make a stripper blush. The Newark mayor appears to be caught up in an online flirtation with a self-described "stripper model weirdo" whose name on Twitter is Lynsie Lee.Booker, who is single, has been on the receiving end of more than a few sweet tweets from Lee, a Portland, Ore., stripper, over the past year, including more than one invitation to consummate the relationship.The pair reportedly met and became friends after they both appeared in a forthcoming documentary about Twitter titled "Follow Friday: The Film." Their online flirtation appears to have begun not too long
President Obama complimented the afro of New York mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio’s (D) son Tuesday night at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser. Obama said he sported a similar hairstyle in the 1970s but admitted that he never got it quite as balanced as de Blasio’s son, Dante. “We are thrilled with Bill,” Obama said at the New York fundraiser to laughter. “His son, Dante, who has the same hairdo I had back in 1978. Although I have to confess, my afro was never that good. It was a little unbalanced.” De Blasio’s 15-year-old son gained prominence after starring in a
The U.S. Air Force´s F-16 fighter jets are a common sight above Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida. But this week one roared into the sky with a major difference: there was no pilot in the cockpit. The unmanned test flight was a retired F-16 retrofitted by maker Boeing as a drone - the first time one of the jets has flown without a pilot, the company said. Renamed the QF-16 Full Scale Aerial Target, the reconditioned aircraft are intended to give U.S. fighter pilots an realistic adversary to train against. Scroll down for video
On Oct. 7, 1913, Henry Ford’s assembly line moved for the first time. A century later, among the changes in Ford Motor Co. (F)’s production, none is more dramatic than simply where it takes place. Ford vehicles assembled in China and the rest of Asia now outnumber those built in Europe for the first time. By 2015, Ford will have the capacity to produce more cars and trucks in Asia than it made last year in North America. Wealth in Asia is surging even faster than it did in America following Henry Ford’s manufacturing innovation and the five-dollar workday he introduced
It seems that Hillary Clinton’s hair length is getting shorter as anticipation surrounding her expected presidential candidacy continues to grow. On Tuesday she attended the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative sporting a new, shorter ‘do. The style appears to be a piece-y, layered bouffant with wispy side swept bangs and lots of volume in the back. A source tells MailOnline that Clinton had celebrity stylist John Barrett cut her hair at his Bergdorf Goodman salon on Monday, and says that Clinton ´was grinning when she left and was obviously happy with the ´do.´
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus backed Sen. Ted Cruz’s anti-Obamacare quasi-filibuster Tuesday, possibly sending a message to senior GOP leaders who are criticizing Cruz’s tactics in defunding Obamacare. Cruz is speaking against Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid’s plans to hold a vote on a stopgap continuing budget resolution Wednesday, where Reid is expected to strip out language from the House version of the budget resolution that defunds Obamacare. Cruz doesn’t want the vote to happen until Obamacare is definitively defunded — without Reid’s expected changes. “In a fight between Harry Reid and Ted Cruz, I will stand with Ted
Reclusive rebel supremo Ahmed Abdi Godane said the four-day bloodbath was a warning to Westerners who "backed Kenya´s invasion (of Somalia) that has spilled the blood of the Muslims for the interest of their oil companies." Godane, who called the killing of at least 67 people including the execution of children a "historic operation," said the assault on the upmarket Westgate mall was also a threat of "more bloodshed" if Kenya did not withdraw its troops from Somalia. The Al-Qaeda linked group he co-founded has already claimed responsibility for the shocking assault on the sprawling complex, but it is the
The Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library will no longer be the CEO of Politico, a position he has held since the publication debuted in 2007. On Sunday, Fred Ryan, the founding CEO of the beltway-centric publication, announced he would step down from his position in the near future after Politico´s parent company sold off its television holdings to invest more in the publication. "Although it has been a difficult decision to make, I have concluded that the closing of the sale will be the logical time to pursue other career options that have
If you want to find Sen. Ted Cruz’s biggest fans in the wake of his marathon speech on the Senate floor against Obamacare, just listen to conservative talk radio hosts. Coming on air after the Texas Republican wrapped his 21 hour, 19 minute long talkathon, Rush Limbaugh told his listeners that Cruz is “doing exactly what he was elected to do” and is “fighting for the soul of his party.” “He’s fighting for the American people, even those that don’t know he’s fighting for them,” he said on Wednesday’s show. Limbaugh also blasted the implication by the “Washington establishment, the Republican
Back in June, Texas State Senator Wendy Davis became a national darling of the left when she filibustered in opposition to legislation, ultimately passed in July, which bans most abortions in the Lone Star State after 20 weeks of pregnancy and "requires doctors performing an abortion to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion clinic." The arch-liberal Huffington Post was among those losing all perspective over the alleged wonders of Wendy Davis. An astute tweet carried at Twitchy.com (original tweet here) notes that at one point it headlined Davis´s stalling tactics as "THE FILIBUSTER HEARD
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, rose to speak on the Senate floor at 2:41 p.m. on Tuesday. He stood up in opposition to Obamacare, he said. And he said he would continue to speak until he could no longer stand. By Wednesday morning, Cruz and some of his colleagues were still standing. He was cut off by a new day of Senate business at noon by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. It was not a filibuster. But it was a very, very long speech from the Texas senator who has been the center of attention in D.C.´s budget fight, and the
Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) is frustrated with being the minority in the upper chamber. “It’s hard to win anything in the Harry Reid Senate. That’s just a fundamental problem of life where we work,” he said on Fox New’s “On the Record” Tuesday evening. Reid (D-Nev.), the Senate Majority Leader, has promised to strip language defunding ObamaCare from the government spending measure the House passed Friday. Vitter and other Senate Republicans, however, support the House’s defunding language. The senator said he’ll vote no in the cloture votes scheduled for Wednesday and later this week in an attempt to stall the
At this hour, Ted Cruz is still speaking on the Senate floor. He is, at this moment, reading Green Eggs and Ham as a bedtime story for his children, but until how he has carried on a long, substantive denunciation of Obamacare. The parts I listened to were very good. It isn’t exactly a filibuster, just a really long speech. Still, he clearly intends to follow in Rand Paul’s footsteps; it was Paul who brought back the old-fashioned, on-your-feet filibuster, and created a sensation doing it. I am not crazy about Cruz’s plan to block cloture on the House resolution,
A very unhappy Senator John McCain (R-AZ) rebuked Senator Ted Cruz for accusing his GOP allies of being “appeasers” along the line of Neville Chamberlain’s Munich deal with Adolf Hitler in 1938. “I resoundingly reject that allegation,” McCain said on the Senate floor. “That allegation, in my view, does a great disservice for those brave Americans and those who stood up and said what’s happening in Europe cannot stand…Amongst them were my father and grandfather.”
Former President Bill Clinton says his wife would rather be a grandmother than president. In an interview on “CBS This Morning” Tuesday, anchor Charlie Rose asked the 42nd president which role Hillary Clinton would prefer taking on. “If you ask her, I think she’d say grandmother. But I have found it best not to discuss that issue,” he said with a laugh The Clintons´ only daughter, Chelsea, is married but does not have any children. “My goal is to live to be a grandfather. The rest of it is out of my hands,” Clinton said. With three years until the 2016 presidential election, speculation over
President Obama told the U.N. General Assembly Tuesday morning that the “world is more stable now than it was five years ago.” “Just as we reviewed how we deploy our extraordinary military capabilities in a way that lives up to our ideals, we’ve begun to review the way that we gather intelligence so that we properly balance the legitimate security concerns of our citizens and allies with the privacy concerns that all people share,” he said. “As a result of this work and cooperation with allies and partners, the world is more stable than it was five years ago,” he
Lois G. Lerner, the woman at the center of the IRS tea party targeting scandal, retired from the agency Monday morning after an internal investigation found she was guilty of “neglect of duties” and was going to call for her ouster, according to congressional staff. Her departure marks the first person to pay a significant price in the scandal, though Republicans were quick to say her decision doesn’t put the matter to rest, and pointed out that she can still be called before Congress to testify. The IRS confirmed Ms. Lerner’s retirement in a statement, but said it couldn’t release
Sen. Ted Cruz began a talk-a-thon on the Senate Tuesday afternoon and vowed to keep speaking “until I am no longer able to stand” as he tries to halt President Obama’s health care law. “I rise today to speak for 26 million Texans and 300 million Americans,” Mr. Cruz began. He took to the floor armed with a big black binder, thick with papers, presumably to read as he talks. He began at 2:41, and can talk up until noon tomorrow, when under the Senate rules he would have to stop and the Senate would proceed to vote on ending
President Obama unwittingly disclosed his modus operandi in a single statement back in 2012. The sentence explains why he has been able to both win elections and been such a failure once in office. In the summer of 2012, President Obama refused to take responsibility for failures during his first term. As is his wont, he blamed others. In this case it was not the "usual suspect," Republicans, but all Americans. He told CBS News; Charlie Rose that his biggest mistake of his first term was not being a good enough storyteller:
Perhaps President Obama has kicked the smoking habit -- but he looks to be telling tall tales about how long it´s been since his last puff. The president was caught on camera Monday telling a U.N. official he hasn´t had a cigarette in six years. "I hope you quit smoking," Obama told Maina Kiai, on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York. "I haven´t had a cigarette probably in six years. That´s because I´m scared of my wife." Maybe it just felt like six years. According to statements made by his aides and his family, it´s been
Senator John McCain (R-AZ) has denied a report quoting an employee of his office claiming he "f***ing hates" Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). As Senate Republicans convened for their weekly lunch meeting on Tuesday, members spoke to reporters about their views regarding the defunding effort of Obamacare through the House´s Continuing Resolution. "I just had dinner with Senator Cruz last week we have a very cordial relationship. We agree on a lot more things than we disagree," Senator McCain told Breitbart News. "I think we’re very friendly." Fox news Channel´s Chris Wallace told his viewers on Sunday that "top D.C. Republicans"
John McCain’s former senior adviser Steve Schmidt says he has “deep regret” for helping to create a “freak show” wing of the Republican Party when he had a hand in bringing former McCain running mate Sarah Palin to the national stage. Schmidt said Monday on MSNBC’s “Hardball” that it’s time for the GOP to stand up to the “asininity” embodied by Palin and others. “For the last couple of years, we’ve had this wing of the party running roughshod over the rest of the party. Tossing out terms like RINO, saying we’re going to purge, you know, the moderates out of
A source in Congress tells Breitbart News that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn are using their leadership positions to pressure other Republicans to oppose Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in his campaign to defund Obamacare. "Right now in the Senate, Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn are actively whipping Senators to shut down debate on the House continuing resolution so that Harry Reid can gut it with just
An Australian mother has chosen to scar her daughter for life with what might be the nastiest eBay listing of all time After her daughter lied to her about hanging out at an older boy´s house, the eBay user "tsfe" decided to teach her a lesson by auctioning off the One Direction concert tickets she had previously purchased as a birthday gift. The blistering, shaming message tsfe wrote in the listing was discovered by the Reddit user canusich, and it´s sure to make your inner teenager want to disappear on the spot. Here it is: