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Debi Austin, featured in
anti-smoking ´Voicebox´ ad, dies

Los Angeles Times, by Ari Bloomekatz

Original Article

Posted By:SoCalGal, 3/1/2013 3:31:46 PM

Deborah "Debi" Austin, a Californian who became a symbol of the anti-smoking movement for her powerful role in advocacy and education, died last week. She was 62. Austin, of Canoga Park, is perhaps best known for her role in a public-awareness television ad in the mid-1990s and later spots she filmed after being diagnosed with cancer of the larynx and receiving a laryngectomy. "They say nicotine isn´t addictive," Austin says in one ad, taking a drag of her smoke. "How can they say that?" Her raspy voice, poised demeanor in the face of adversity, and dark hole

      


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Driver charged in boat crash on NY river
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 7/27/2013 6:21:10 PM     Post Reply
PIERMONT, N.Y. — The driver of a speedboat carrying a bride-to-be and five others that crashed on New York´s Hudson River late Friday night has been charged with vehicular manslaughter. Rockland County Sheriff´s Department Chief William Barbera said Saturday 35-year-old Jojo John of Nyack was also charged with vehicular assault. Barbera says John may have operating the boat while intoxicated.

   

 

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Trayvon Martin’s father to appear
Wednesday on Capitol Hill
Washington Post, by Aaron Blake    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 7/24/2013 9:52:37 AM     Post Reply
Trayvon Martin’s father, Tracy Martin, will appear on Capitol Hill on Wednesday afternoon to offer remarks to a hearing of a newly formed caucus. The Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys will hold its first hearing starting at 3 p.m., during which Tracy Martin will offer opening remarks, according to a release from caucus co-chairs Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) and Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.). The title of the hearing is “The Status of Black Males: Ensuring Our Boys Mature Into Strong Men.”

George Zimmerman rescues
family from truck crash
last week, police say
Fox News, by Jessica Dibartolomeo Landa*    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 7/22/2013 6:07:48 PM     Post Reply
George Zimmerman, who has not been seen publicly since his acquittal in the murder of Trayvon Martin earlier this month, surfaced last week to rescue an unidentified family trapped in an overturned vehicle on a Florida highway, police said Monday.(Snip)The sheriff´s office said there were four occupants inside -- two parents and two children. There were no reports of injuries. The deputy responding to the crash said that when he arrived, two men -- one of whom was Zimmerman -- had already gotten the family out of the overturned vehicle.

´Kill Zimmerman´ painted on business
before arson in Downingtown
WPVI-TV [Philadelphia], by SARAH BLOOMQUIST    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 7/16/2013 4:22:50 PM     Post Reply
DOWNINGTOWN, Pa.-- Police in Chester County, Pennsylvania are investigating an act of vandalism with racial overtones, possibly connected to the fallout from the verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial. (Snip)You can clearly see the words "Kill Zimmerman" painted in red paint on the front wall. The graffiti was discovered when firefighters arrived to extinguish a blaze around 11:20 p.m. Sunday. The fire was brought under control quickly and no one was hurt. Considering the graffiti, investigators immediately suspected the blaze was intentionally set.

Trayvon Martin Killing: Akon Tells
Black People to Move to Africa
International Business Times, by Toyin Owoseje:    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 7/16/2013 4:13:41 PM     Post Reply
R&B star Akon has suggested that African-Americans living in the US should move back to Africa following George Zimmerman´s acquittal in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin. The Smack That hitmaker, who was born in Senegal, west Africa, took to his Instagram page after the trial (Snip) Posting a screen grab of the live broadcast of the trial he wrote: "Every African-American in the United States needs to move their money, family, knowledge back to Africa were you will be treated like the royalty you are. "You don´t deserve this treatment. This is not your country."

Black Panther rally for Trayvon
Martin drew 3 people in Tampa
WFLA-TV [Tempa, FL], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 7/16/2013 4:09:01 PM     Post Reply
TAMPA, FL - Only three demonstrators showed up at a Justice for Trayvon Martin rally organized by the New Black Panther party near a Tampa courthouse Monday. The representatives with the New Black Panthers told us they scheduled a gathering in front of the George Edgecomb Courthouse on Twiggs Street to bring attention to the broken judicial system and to demand justice for Trayvon Martin. The activists said they felt the trial was about more than a neighborhood watch volunteer and an unarmed teenager. It was a tragic narrative on racial equality under the law, they mentioned.

   

 

  


 
Justice Department faces evidence hurdles
in proving Zimmerman bias after verdict
Fox News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 7/15/2013 4:16:24 PM     Post Reply
The Justice Department was running into immediate hurdles Monday in its investigation of possible civil rights violations by George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin -- namely, that after examining the case for more than a year, the evidence has not changed. Though the department announced after Zimmerman´s acquittal that it would consider a possible federal case, previously filed FBI documents show agents have not turned up any accounts that Zimmerman, before the February 2012 shooting, exhibited racial bias. Sanford police detective Chris Serino also told FBI agents last year that he considered Zimmerman

LAPD ends citywide tactical alert
following Zimmerman verdict protests
Los Angeles Times, by Thomas Curwen and Andrew Blankstein    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 7/15/2013 10:14:24 AM     Post Reply
A citywide tactical alert was called off Monday following a day of protests in the wake of the not-guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial.(Snip)About 80 protesters chanting "No justice, no peace" gathered in front of the CNN building on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood shortly after midnight Monday, as police declared an unlawful assembly.

Zimmerman Trial is this
Year’s Duke Lacrosse Case
Human Events, by Ann Coulter    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 7/11/2013 11:48:59 PM     Post Reply
This week, instead of attacking a Hispanic senator, Marco Rubio, I will defend a Hispanic citizen, George Zimmerman, on trial for the murder of Trayvon Martin. (Zimmerman would make a better senator.)It’s becoming painfully obvious why no charges were brought against Zimmerman in this case — until Al Sharpton got involved. All the eyewitness accounts, testimony, ballistics and forensics keep backing up Zimmerman. We should send a big, fat bill for the whole thing to Sharpton, courtesy of MSNBC. With the prosecution’s witnesses making the defense’s case, the inquisitors’ last stand is to claim that, if the races were reversed,

Did Israel just destroy Syrian
depot holding Russian missiles?
Legal Insurrection, by William A. Jacobson    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 7/9/2013 6:13:59 PM     Post Reply
This is another Syrian “who bombed it” mystery. What is not disputed is that a major Syrian arms depot in the town of Latakia in the Alawite region was destroyed (h/t Israel Matzav, also here). The Syrian rebels says Israel destroyed a large weapons depot which stored components of the Russian S300 air defense system, via Israel Hayom: "The Free Syrian Army claimed Monday that the Israel Air Force had destroyed a warehouse holding Russian S-300 anti-aircraft missiles east of the city of Homs in western Syria. The rebels’ claim has not been corroborated by any other independent source.

Jacksonville medical examiner
has a history of controversy
Florida Times-Union [Jacksonville], by Jeff Westcott    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 7/2/2013 4:41:50 PM     Post Reply
The complaints swirling around Jacksonville’s chief medical examiner range from poor leadership to unusual practices, such as washing her feet in the autopsy sink and touching cadavers with her bare hands. Valerie Rao’s performance has come under heightened city scrutiny, leading the Mayor’s Office to request a state investigation in March. The state declined, so the city has continued exploring other solutions, including privatization of the Medical Examiner’s Office. Rao’s work in other cities has been criticized for at least a decade.

   

 

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Watt Backed Waivers Benefitting Donors
Washington Free Beacon [DC], by Lachlan Markay    Original Article
Posted By: SoCalGal- 6/30/2013 6:40:26 PM     Post Reply
A prominent Democratic congressman who has been tapped to lead a major federal agency proposed tariff waivers worth millions for a textile company whose lobbying firm donated thousands to his campaign. The revelations could fuel criticism of a program that some say amounts to a back-door means to secure federal earmarks and encourages companies that use imported products to curry favor with key lawmakers. The political action committee of Baltimore-based lobbying firm Venable LLP made a pair of thousand-dollar contributions to the reelection campaign of Rep. Mel Watt (D., N.C.)



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Al Qaeda haunts August
as State Dept. issues worldwide
travel alert, closes embassies

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Washington Times, by Ben Wolfgang    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 8/3/2013 12:56:43 AM     Post Reply
Citing a potential al Qaeda attack, the State Department on Friday issued a worldwide travel alert and warned American citizens that the terrorist group may be plotting a strike in the Middle East, North Africa or elsewhere. “Current information suggests that al Qaeda and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August,” reads a portion of the alert, which lasts until the end of the month.

Director of Mayors Against
Illegal Guns Says ‘Don’t
Shoot’ If Someone Comes At
You With a Deadly Weapon

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Washington Free Beacon, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 8/3/2013 5:46:09 AM     Post Reply
Executive Director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns Mark Glaze gave some ambiguous and potentially dangerous self defense advice Friday on “Hardball.” Glaze, speaking in opposition to “Stand Your Ground” laws, said in a circumstance where someone “comes at you” with an axe handle one should attempt to either “talk,” “fight with your fists,” “run away,” or “deescalate the situation,” but not shoot the attacker: MARK GLAZE: Very often somebody will come at you. They might want to have a fistfight. They might come at you with an ax handle. CHRIS MATTHEWS: Would you consider the guy with the ax handle armed or not?

Global warming is happening
is ´10 times faster than at any
time in the Earth´s history´,
climate experts claim

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Daily Mail (UK), by Sarah Griffiths    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 8/2/2013 9:40:03 AM     Post Reply
American scientists claim the planet is undergoing one of the largest changes in climate in the past 65 million years. Climatologists at Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment have warned the likely rate of change over the next century will be at least 10 times quicker than any climate shift since the dinosaurs became extinct. If the trend continues at its current rapid pace, it will place significant stress on terrestrial ecosystems around the world, and many species will need to make behavioral, evolutionary or geographic adaptations to survive, they said.

Jay Z: Wealth Inequality
Will Bring Unrest ´No Amount
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Posted By: JoniTx- 8/3/2013 7:47:30 PM     Post Reply
[Video] Rapper Jay Z appearing on HBO´s "Real Time" with Bill Maher says that the black community wants upward economic mobility rather than a stronger police presence. In a conversation with former Congressman Barney Frank about police tactics such as stop-and-frisk, Jay Z suggests the stagnant economy and wealth inequality could cause widespread social unrest: "The real problem is there´s no middle class, right? So the gap between the have and have-nots is getting wider and wider... It´s gonna be a problem that no amount of police can solve, because once you have that sort of oppression

   

 

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400 area retail, fast-food
workers demand $15-an-hour
minimum wage

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Sun-Times [Chicago IL], by Meenakshi Dalal    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/2/2013 4:02:32 PM     Post Reply
About 400 area retail and fast-food workers, together with colleagues nationally, participated in a strike Thursday to demand raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. “If not $15, then something. I mean give us something. I work 36 hours a week and barely make enough to pay my rent, gas bill, light bill. It gets to the point where I barely have enough for lunch sometimes,” said Angel Richardson, 21, who works at McDonald’s. “I’m five months pregnant, what am I going to do in four months? I hope something changes.” The minimum wage is $7.25 nationally and $8.25

Seattle officials call for ban on
´potentially offensive´ language

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FoxNews.com, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: sliver of truth- 8/2/2013 8:45:35 AM     Post Reply
Government workers in the city of Seattle have been advised that the terms "citizen" and "brown bag" are potentially offensive and may no longer be used in official documents and discussions. KOMO-TV reports that the city´s Office of Civil Rights instructed city workers in a recent internal memo to avoid using the words because some may find them offensive. "Luckily, we´ve got options," Elliott Bronstein of the Office for Civil Rights wrote in the memo obtained by the station. "For ´citizens,´ how about ´residents?´"

Make Olympics in Russia the gayest ever
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CNN, by Frida Ghitis    Original Article
Posted By: mark34- 8/3/2013 12:41:25 PM     Post Reply
You don´t have to be gay or even Russian to feel the wrath of the Russian government´s homophobia. You could go to jail if you are "pro-gay," whatever that means. And that´s under just one of a growing number of hate-infused bills becoming law at a time when, as it happens, Russia is preparing to host the world in the next Winter Olympics. The perverse anti-gay legislation is inflaming an atmosphere of persistent intimidation and at times deadly violence against Russian gays and lesbians. The question now is: What should the rest of the world do?

Democratic Congressman:
Tea Party ‘Same Group’ Of
‘White Crackers’ Who Opposed
Civil Rights

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Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 8/2/2013 1:02:38 PM     Post Reply
Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) suggested on Friday morning that the tea party movement is comprised of the same types of people who fought against the civil rights movement during the 1960s. Speaking with the Daily Beast, Rangel said of the movement: “It is the same group we faced in the South with those white crackers and the dogs and the police. They didn’t care about how they looked. He added that the tea party movement can be defeated similar to how the civil rights movement eradicated Jim Crow mentality: “It was just fierce indifference to human life that caused

Texas prison system running
out of execution drug

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Associated Press, by Micheal Graczyk    Original Article
Posted By: Az Roadrunner- 8/2/2013 4:31:07 PM     Post Reply
The nation´s most active death penalty state is running out of its execution drug. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice said Thursday that its remaining supply of phenobarbital expires in September and that no alternatives have been found. It wasn´t immediately clear whether two executions scheduled for next month would be delayed. The state has already executed 11 death-row inmates this year, and at least seven more have execution dates in coming months. "We will be unable to use our current supply of phenobarbital after it expires," agency spokesman Jason Clark said. "We are exploring all options at this time."

   

 



 
The Hillary Fascination
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Tribune Media Services, Inc., by Jonah Goldberg    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 8/2/2013 11:00:48 AM     Post Reply
I think she’s one of the most fascinating women of our time and this world,” confessed Bob Greenblatt, the chairman of NBC, as part of his announcement that his network is making a miniseries about former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, with Diane Lane in the starring role. Words are funny things. For instance, G.K. Chesterton once remarked that that the word “good” has many uses: “For example, if a man were to shoot his grandmother at a range of 500 yards, I should call him a good shot but not necessarily a good man.” So it is,

Outrage as Obama´s face is
used for dart target practice
at New York county fair

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Daily Mail [UK], by Alex Greig    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 8/3/2013 5:52:12 PM     Post Reply
A dart game that used President Obama´s face for target practice at a county fair in New York state is being dismantled today. Fairgoer Abigail Czapsky submitted photos of the booth at Otsego County Fair to HuffPost yesterday, which show President Obama´s face lined up alongside yellow stars in a dart game. According to Czapsky´s Facebook page, following yesterday´s HuffPost story the booth has now taken down the offensive targets. Czapsky says the Otsego County Fair Board called her to apologize about the booth and explain that it was being taken down. Not one individual on the fair board

New York Times Sells
Boston Globe at 93% Loss

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Breitbart.com, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: LadyVet- 8/3/2013 9:23:01 AM     Post Reply
After purchasing the Boston Globe in 1993 for a then-record $1.1 billion, the financially troubled New York Times just announced it sold the 141 year-old paper to Boston Red Sox owner John Henry for a mere $70 million. That´s a straight 93% loss. Figuring in two decades of inflation would only make it worse -- as does the fact the Times retains the Globe´s pension liabilities, estimated at over $100 million. (snip) What might have sweetened the lower offer for the Times is that Henry offered a straight cash deal, which is expected to close sometime in September or October.

   

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