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2015-07-15
Multiple Discoveries from NASA's New Horizons Pluto Mission

2014-07-09
R.I.P. William 'Bill' Herbert Kelder - Intellpuke

2013-11-28
Gamers Donate 37,500 Pounds Of Food To Needy

2013-09-30
Statement From The Whitehouse Regarding The Government Shutdown

2013-09-29
An Open Response To 'Organizing for Action'

2013-08-26
Bayou Corne: The Biggest Ongoing Disaster In The U.S. You Have Not Heard Of

2013-04-21
Boston Mayor Hopes Feds 'Throw the Book' at Marathon Bombing Suspect

2013-04-19
Boston Police Closing In On Suspects

2013-04-15
2 Explosions At Boston Marathon. 2 Dead, Many Injured.

2013-01-03
The Press vs Citizens Rights and Privacy - Act 3

2012-12-30
CBS News - Year In Review 2012

Nature.com - 366 Days: 2012 In Review

The Guardian - 2012 In Review: An Interactive Guide To The Year That Was

TruTV - The Biggest Conspiracy Theories of 2012

Colbert Nation: 2012: A Look Back

FIP Year In Review(s?)

2012-12-25
Happy Holidays

2012-12-21
Welcome To A New Era!

2012-12-16
An Open Letter To United Health Care, Medcom, And The Medical Insurance Industry In General

2012-11-17
Whitehouse Petition To Remove "Under God" and "In God" From Currency And The Pledge.

2012-11-15
December 21, 2012

2012-11-11
If Hillary Clinton Ran For President, She Would Probably Be The Best-prepared Candidate In American History

2012-11-10
CIA Director David Petraeus Resigns After FBI Investigation Uncovers Affair With High-Profile Journalist

FIP Format Update

2012-11-07
Thank you for voting.

2012-11-06
Live Election Results

2012-09-30
FIP In Hiatus

2012-09-18
U.S.-Afghan Military Operations Suspended After Attacks

Iran Nuclear Chief Says IAEA Might Be Infiltrated By 'Terrorists And Saboteurs'

Romney Stands By Gaffe





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Newcomer Countries Face Common Challenges in Nuclear Infrastructure Development
2016-02-08 12:21:06 (5 seconds ago) 

Countries embarking on a nuclear power programme need to ensure that the development of their legal, regulatory and support infrastructure keeps pace with the construction of the power plant itself. This is the only way to ensure that the programme proceeds in a safe, secure and sustainable way...

 
Tips, links and suggestions: what are you reading this week?
2016-02-08 12:20:59 (12 seconds ago) 

Your space to discuss the books you are reading and what you think of them

Are you on Instagram? Then you can be featured here by tagging your books-related posts with #GuardianBooksScroll down for our favourite literary linksRead more Tips, links and suggestions blogs

Welcome to this week’s blog. Here’s a roundup of your comments and photos from last week, including great Great American Novelists, fantastic short stories to read out loud and odes to music in written form.

SydneyH has finished The Spectator Bird by Wallace Stegner:

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Cyclists blown off bikes in high winds during Benidorm race – video
2016-02-08 12:20:59 (12 seconds ago) 

Cyclists in stage three of the Volta a La Marina in Benidorm are blown about in strong winds on Sunday, forcing organisers to abandon the race. Some of the 153 riders try to keep moving, but are soon forced to put their feet down, while others are blown off their bikes

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Antarctic ice safety band at risk
2016-02-08 12:20:52 (19 seconds ago) 

Antarctica is surrounded by huge ice shelves. New research, which includes using data from satellites such as ESA’s heritage Envisat, has revealed that there is a critical point where these shelves act as a safety band, holding back the ice that flows towards the sea. If lost, it could be the point of no return.

 
Governor: Rather not testify on Flint
2016-02-08 12:20:35 (36 seconds ago) 
In the midst of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has declined an invitation to testify at a hearing Wednesday before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee about children affected by lead in the water.









 
Mass. millennials make more than young workers in other states, but that still isn’t great
2016-02-08 12:20:29 (42 seconds ago) 









 
Lady and deer stamp their feet at each other
2016-02-08 12:20:25 (46 seconds ago) 

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Some people think the deer is copying the lady, but I think it's the other way around.

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'I backed Leicester at 5,000-1'
2016-02-08 12:20:23 (48 seconds ago) 
A Leicester fan hopes to collect £25,000 from a £5 bet if the Foxes go on to win the Premier League title
 
Detectives: Inmate Grabs Guard's Stun Gun and Fires, Hurts 4
2016-02-08 12:20:02 (1 minutes ago) 
Detectives say a Pennsylvania jail inmate being hauled off to solitary confinement grabbed a guard's stun gun and fired, injuring four guards
 
7 shows for your radar this week (Feb. 8-14)
2016-02-08 12:20:01 (1 minutes ago) 
Rockers, Adele and zombies? What a week.
 
From Ike to the Clintons: New Hampshire primary greatest hits
2016-02-08 12:11:43 (9 minutes ago) 

Influential primaries have created the New Hampshire mystique.

       
 
Don McLean pleads not guilty to domestic violence charge
2016-02-08 12:11:32 (10 minutes ago) 

CAMDEN, Maine (AP) — Don McLean’s attorney says the singer has entered a not-guilty plea to a domestic violence charge in writing and will not appear in court later this month. Police arrested the “American Pie” singer on the misdemeanor count on Jan. 18. The next court date is Feb. 22. But attorney Walter McKee […]
 
Mother & daughter help Red Cross with fire safety
2016-02-08 12:11:15 (10 minutes ago) 
adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-LIFE_ENTERTAINMENT","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-LIFE_ENTERTAINMENT"};Kathy Richard knocks on doors almost every weekend, hoping to save lives. For the past three years, she has volunteered with the American Red Cross of Central Ohio. She began lending help last year with the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign, in which volunteers visit homes to educate people about fire safety and install smoke detectors where needed.
 
NAND Flash Density Surpasses HDDs', But Price Is Still a Sticking Point
2016-02-08 12:11:10 (10 minutes ago) 
Lucas123 writes: With the introduction of 3D or stacked NAND flash memory, non-volatile memory has for the first time surpassed that of hard disk drives in density. This year, Micron revealed it had demonstrated areal densities in its laboratories of up to 2.77 terabits per square inch (Tbpsi) for its 3D NAND. That compares with the densest HDDs of about 1.3Tbpsi. While NAND flash may have surpassed hard drives in density, it doesn't mean the medium has reached price parity with HDDs — nor will it anytime soon. One roadblock to price parity is the cost of revamping existing or building new 3D NAND fabrication plant, which far exceeds that of hard drive manufacturing facilities, according to market research firm Coughlin Associates. HDD makers are also preparing to launch even denser products using technologies such as heat assisted magnetic recording.

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Scientists investigate suspected meteorite death in southern India
2016-02-08 12:11:01 (10 minutes ago) 
 
Pot fans, foes fume as Washington DC tests limits of high life
2016-02-08 12:11:01 (10 minutes ago) 
 
Ellen Robb family: Keep killer in jail
2016-02-08 12:10:58 (10 minutes ago) 
Family members of murder victim Ellen Gregory Robb, backed by Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele, said Monday they would vigorously oppose parole for her husband, who is serving a 10-year prison term for her killing.
 
Cyclists blown off bikes in high winds during Benidorm race – video
2016-02-08 12:10:37 (11 minutes ago) 

Cyclists in stage three of the Volta a La Marina in Benidorm are blown about in strong winds on Sunday, forcing organisers to abandon the race. Some of the 153 riders try to keep moving, but are soon forced to put their feet down, while others are blown off their bikes

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Indian authorities investigate 'killing of man by meteorite'
2016-02-08 12:10:37 (11 minutes ago) 

Scientists take samples after Tamil Nadu chief minister says meteorite killed bus driver and injured three people

Indian scientists are investigating whether a man was killed by a meteorite, which if confirmed would be the first recorded death from falling fragments of space rock in almost 200 years.

Jayalalithaa Jayaram, the chief minister of Tamil Nadu, said a bus driver at a college in her state was killed by the meteorite on Saturday and awarded 100,000 rupees (£1,019) in compensation to his family.

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Mass. millennials make more than young workers in other states, but that still isn’t great
2016-02-08 12:10:17 (11 minutes ago) 









 
New Hampshire Braces for Blizzard Before Presidential Primary
2016-02-08 12:02:11 (19 minutes ago) 
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Clinton’s donors trade buck-raising for door-knocking in NH
2016-02-08 12:02:03 (19 minutes ago) 

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — They are some of Hillary Clinton’s best money-raisers, but right now the most valuable thing they can offer is their time. So on a frigid weekend afternoon, Jill Iscol and Bonnier Berger set out as door-to-door saleswomen pitching a politician they deeply admire. Both are about the same age as Clinton, […]
 
Don McLean pleads not guilty to domestic violence charge
2016-02-08 12:02:03 (19 minutes ago) 

CAMDEN, Maine (AP) — Don McLean’s attorney says the singer has entered a not-guilty plea to a domestic violence charge in writing and will not appear in court later this month. Police arrested the “American Pie” singer on the misdemeanor count on Jan. 18. The next court date is Feb. 22. But attorney Walter McKee […]
 
World Cup drunks will be treated ‘gently’ in Qatar
2016-02-08 12:01:59 (19 minutes ago) 
• Special courts could be set up to deal with drinkers
• Alcohol served only at elite hotels in the Gulf state

Qatar may create special courts during the 2022 World Cup to deal quickly and “very gently” with alcohol-consuming fans who break the law in a conservative Muslim state where public drunkenness is prohibited.

Qatari officials have said that the 500,000 football fans expected to descend on their country during the World Cup will be allowed to consume alcohol in designated zones, but how to best balance the country’s cultural values with Fifa’s requirements for the tournament remains contentious.

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Booking website puts woman's name in wrong order on plane tickets
2016-02-08 12:01:45 (19 minutes ago) 
A holiday to Australia turned into a stressful experience for a Palmerston North woman after a booking website got her name wrong.
 
Ohio Wesleyan freshman found dead in creek: Columbus News Roundup
2016-02-08 12:01:34 (20 minutes ago) 
Also, remains possibly belonging to a missing Mansfield woman were found over the weekend and Columbus police investigating fatal officer-involved shooting.
 
Israel eyes more entry permits to Palestinian workers to douse tensions
2016-02-08 12:01:30 (20 minutes ago) 
 
Hundreds of thousands celebrate Carnival in Cologne
2016-02-08 12:01:30 (20 minutes ago) 
COLOGNE, Germany (AP) - Hundreds of thousands of people packed the streets of Cologne for its annual Rose Monday parade, the culmination of five days of Carnival festivities that took place amid heightened security following robberies and sexual assaults in the city on New Year's Eve.
 
Six Eritreans convicted of trafficking
2016-02-08 12:01:25 (20 minutes ago) 
Probe used evidence from defendant turned state's witness








 
'Barber of Seville' celebrated in Rome
2016-02-08 12:01:25 (20 minutes ago) 
Livermore's homage to Rossini masterpiece at Teatro dell'Opera








 
Rubio Says He'll Keep Repeating Himself Despite Criticism
2016-02-08 12:01:18 (20 minutes ago) 
Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio tells a crowd in New Hampshire that he will continue to repeat himself when talking about President Obam









 
Mummy Identification Still Uncertain Science
2016-02-08 12:01:12 (20 minutes ago) 
King Tut is the only 18th Dynasty pharaoh whose mummy has been identified with certainty, says a new analysis.
 
Michigan Gov Threw Wife Decadent Birthday Party with Tacky-Ass Cake While His State Is Poisoned
2016-02-08 12:00:55 (20 minutes ago) 

An entire generation of some of Michigan’s poorest human beings might be permanently damaged by the negligence of Rick Snyder, who did nothing as lead poisoned Flint’s drinking water. Maybe he didn’t notice because he was too busy buying this ornate Nordstrom box birthday cake.

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Syria: 5 things Russia wants in war
2016-02-08 12:00:40 (21 minutes ago) 










 
Calming the teenage mind in the classroom
2016-02-08 12:00:40 (21 minutes ago) 
At the start of the school year at Marblehead High School in Massachusetts, students started moving their desks out of the way, grabbing a mat and laying down on the floor for guided meditation before French class. Lexxi Seay, a senior, was skeptical.









 
Mass. millennials make more than young workers in other states, but that still isn’t great
2016-02-08 12:00:33 (21 minutes ago) 









 
Indian regulator stands up for net neutrality, bans Facebook's walled garden
2016-02-08 12:00:28 (21 minutes ago) 

India's Internet activists have scored an epic victory in their battle against Facebook and its attempt to become gatekeeper to the Internet in India. (more…)

 
UK and EU: The lead campaigners battle
2016-02-08 12:00:26 (21 minutes ago) 
Which groups will be chosen to lead the official In and Out campaigns in the EU referendum and how will the decision be made?
 
Client’s scathing Yelp reviews net divorce attorney $350,000 in damages
2016-02-08 12:00:24 (21 minutes ago) 

(credit: Chris Potter)

A Florida appeals court has upheld a $350,000 damages award to a divorce attorney whose client posted defamatory reviews about the lawyer on Yelp and online legal site Avvo.

The divorcing couple, Copia Blake and Peter Birzon, strangely teamed up to write the reviews about the wife's attorney, Ann-Marie Giustibelli, according to the appellate opinion. In a lesson that all online reviewers should heed, the appeals panel said that the Internet is not a forum with carte blanche freedom to say whatever irks you. In this instance, the divorcing couple accused the wife's attorney of dramatically inflating fees.

Florida's Fourth District Court of Appeal, in a ruling noted Friday by Law.com, upheld a trial court's award of $350,000 in punitive damages for the couple's online falsehoods. The court wrote:

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Russian troops put on high alert as part of massive drills
2016-02-08 12:00:21 (21 minutes ago) 
MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin has scrambled thousands of troops and hundreds of warplanes across southwestern Russia for large-scale military drills intended to test the troops' readiness amid continuing tensions with the West....
 
New York City to Embark on Annual Count of Street Homeless
2016-02-08 12:00:02 (21 minutes ago) 
Thousands of volunteers will soon fan out across New York City for the city's annual one-night count of the homeless living on the streets
 
All sides in Syria killing thousands of detainees in crimes against humanity, UN reports
2016-02-08 11:51:49 (29 minutes ago) 
Thousands of detainees have been killed while in the custody of the warring parties in Syria over the past four and a half years, with thousands held by the Government beaten to death or dying from torture and anti-Government groups brutalizing and executing prisoners in war crimes and crimes against humanity, a United Nations commission reported today.
 
Flavor Flav to face Vegas judge in DUI, speeding, pot case
2016-02-08 11:51:42 (29 minutes ago) 

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The entertainer Flavor Flav is due to face a Las Vegas judge on misdemeanor driving under the influence, speeding and marijuana possession charges stemming from a vehicle stop last May. Defense attorney Kristina Wildeveld says she hopes to resolve the case Monday without a trial for the 56-year-old rapper and reality […]
 
Donald readies Supreme Court TV spot
2016-02-08 11:51:21 (30 minutes ago) 
 
Israel eyes more entry permits to Palestinian workers to douse tensions
2016-02-08 11:51:07 (30 minutes ago) 
 
Scientists investigate suspected meteorite death in southern India
2016-02-08 11:51:07 (30 minutes ago) 
 
Peyton Manning on Super Bowl 50 victory, his future
2016-02-08 11:50:24 (31 minutes ago) 
l. Manning joins “CBS This Morning” from Santa Clara, California, to discuss Sunday night’s win against the Carolina Panthers
 
Vegas tabs Patriots among early favorites for Super Bowl 51
2016-02-08 11:50:21 (31 minutes ago) 
 
Yellen will testify amid predictions of slower rate hikes
2016-02-08 11:50:21 (31 minutes ago) 
 
Mass. millennials make more than young workers in other states, but that still isn’t great
2016-02-08 11:50:21 (31 minutes ago) 









 
Who says the left are po-faced? I can’t think of one good Tory comedian
2016-02-08 12:20:59 (12 seconds ago) 
Jeremy Corbyn might not be our saviour, but at a recent London rally he cracked some good jokes and looked as if loves his job. Better still, he’s getting better at it

Olga bravely attended a Momentum meeting not long ago, even though she’d been warned that its members would be crazed, ranting, wildly radical Labour party infiltrators miles to the left of Pol Pot. Imagine her surprise when she found that they weren’t at all like that, were fairly innocuous and pleasant, and that their ideas seemed tremendously sensible, rather than off the wall: public services not private profit, welfare not warfare, no racism and no more pointless austerity. Who could argue with that? So she joined, and last week she dragged me to a Momentum rally down the road.

I am not keen on rallies, but I did fancy the line-up: Jeremy Hardy, Michael Rosen, Ken Loach, Francesca Martinez and others. What an amusing lot. With them backing him, Corbyn must be right. I wept with laughter. Who says the left are po-faced? That’s another fib. For the life of me I cannot think of a top-notch Tory comedian. Are there any? And then, halfway through this cheering event, a surprise act: Jeremy Corbyn turned up.

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Who says the left are po-faced? I can’t think of one good Tory comedian
2016-02-08 12:20:59 (12 seconds ago) 
Jeremy Corbyn might not be our saviour, but at a recent London rally he cracked some good jokes and looked as if loves his job. Better still, he’s getting better at it

Olga bravely attended a Momentum meeting not long ago, even though she’d been warned that its members would be crazed, ranting, wildly radical Labour party infiltrators miles to the left of Pol Pot. Imagine her surprise when she found that they weren’t at all like that, were fairly innocuous and pleasant, and that their ideas seemed tremendously sensible, rather than off the wall: public services not private profit, welfare not warfare, no racism and no more pointless austerity. Who could argue with that? So she joined, and last week she dragged me to a Momentum rally down the road.

I am not keen on rallies, but I did fancy the line-up: Jeremy Hardy, Michael Rosen, Ken Loach, Francesca Martinez and others. What an amusing lot. With them backing him, Corbyn must be right. I wept with laughter. Who says the left are po-faced? That’s another fib. For the life of me I cannot think of a top-notch Tory comedian. Are there any? And then, halfway through this cheering event, a surprise act: Jeremy Corbyn turned up.

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US to deploy hundreds of troops in Afghanistan to fight Taliban
2016-02-08 12:20:59 (12 seconds ago) 

By month’s end, a force described as battalion-strength, consisting of mostly Army soldiers, will arrive in Helmand province to bolster the local military

Hundreds of additional US troops are slated to deploy to a volatile province in Afghanistan to bolster the local military against a resurgent Taliban, the Guardian has learned.

By month’s end, a force described as battalion-strength, consisting of mostly Army soldiers, will arrive in Helmand province where US and UK forces have struggled in battles for over a decade to drive out the Taliban.

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NASA Astronaut Spies On Super Bowl From Space
2016-02-08 12:20:49 (22 seconds ago) 
Although he's almost 250 miles above the ground, NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly still managed to capture a fleeting glimpse of yesterday's Super Bowl matchup.
 
Cam Newton pouty Super Bowl presser dabs his reputation
2016-02-08 12:20:30 (41 seconds ago) 

Cam Newton isn’t a classless jerk. That’s the presumptive leap many people will make after seeing his snotty Super Bowl  post-game press conference.

But he had a classless moment, and came across as a quintessential front-runner.

Pathetic and juvenile come to mind.

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Flooding, ocean swells batter the coast; road conditions worsen
2016-02-08 12:20:27 (44 seconds ago) 









 
Leaflets pulled due to boob over Bobby
2016-02-08 12:20:24 (47 seconds ago) 
Irish election leaflet pulled over typo in name of IRA hunger striker
 
Turkey uses refugee crisis to up the ante
2016-02-08 12:20:23 (48 seconds ago) 
Turkey is caught between the humanitarian crisis in Syria and the refugee crisis in Europe - and using the situation as a bargaining chip, says Mark Lowen.
 
Police: Remains of Ohio Woman Found at Several Locations
2016-02-08 12:20:02 (1 minutes ago) 
Police say human remains found at several sites over the weekend in northern Ohio are believed to be those of a woman last seen in July
 
Construction starts on Kiener Plaza downtown
2016-02-08 12:20:01 (1 minutes ago) 
Workers will erect construction fencing in the metered parking around the plaza. The project will also require some “minimal” traffic closures on Market Street.
 
In Somalia, food security and malnutrition situation is 'alarming' – UN report
2016-02-08 12:11:39 (10 minutes ago) 
According to a new United Nations food security and nutrition assessment, the situation in Somalia is alarming and could get worse, especially in parts of Puntland and Somaliland, which have been hard hit by drought exacerbated by El Niño.
 
Detectives: Inmate grabs guard’s stun gun and fires, hurts 4
2016-02-08 12:11:32 (10 minutes ago) 

BEAVER, Pa. (AP) — Detectives say a Pennsylvania inmate being hauled off to solitary confinement grabbed a guard’s stun gun and fired, injuring four correctional officers. Authorities say Beaver County Jail guards had found two pills in the cell of 25-year-old Codie Dotterer on Jan. 7. While transporting him to solitary confinement, detectives say, Dotterer […]
 
Don McLean pleads not guilty to domestic violence charge
2016-02-08 12:11:12 (10 minutes ago) 
 
Air Force Museum to show documentary on Tuskegee Airmen
2016-02-08 12:11:07 (10 minutes ago) 
 
Pot fans, foes fume as Washington DC tests limits of high life
2016-02-08 12:11:01 (10 minutes ago) 
 
Bill would stop removal of Confederate, historic markers
2016-02-08 12:11:01 (10 minutes ago) 
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - As some cities make the decision to shed Confederate monuments, some Alabama lawmakers want to prohibit those removals unless legislators say it is OK.
 
Montco man charged with dragging cop in Overbrook
2016-02-08 12:10:58 (10 minutes ago) 
A Montgomery County man has been arrested for allegedly dragging a police officer with his vehicle during a routine traffic stop in Overbrook.
 
David Cameron supports police chief in Operation Midland controversy
2016-02-08 12:10:37 (11 minutes ago) 

When asked whether Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe should keep job, PM highlights good working relationship

David Cameron has backed the Metropolitan police commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe following criticism of his force’s handling of an investigation into allegations of a VIP child sex ring.

The prime minister said Hogan-Howe’s reappointment was a matter for the mayor of London and Theresa May, the home secretary, but when asked if the commissioner should keep his job, Cameron took the opportunity to highlight their working relationship.

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Facebook's Free Basics cut off in India - CNET
2016-02-08 12:10:25 (11 minutes ago) 
The government has halted the program over concerns that Facebook violates Net neutrality by offering only certain Web content for free.









 
Canada to End Bombing Mission Against Islamic State Group
2016-02-08 12:10:02 (11 minutes ago) 
Canada to end airstrikes against Islamic State group by Feb. 22, prime minister announces
 
Jeb Bush Tries to Insult His Way to the Presidency
2016-02-08 12:02:11 (19 minutes ago) 
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New York City to embark on annual count of street homeless
2016-02-08 12:02:03 (19 minutes ago) 

NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of volunteers will fan out across New York City on Monday for the city’s annual one-night count of homeless people living on the streets. The canvass, known as the HOPE Count, is getting extra attention this year as the nation’s largest city grapples with an uptick in homelessness that has […]
 
Detectives: Inmate grabs guard’s stun gun and fires, hurts 4
2016-02-08 12:02:03 (19 minutes ago) 

BEAVER, Pa. (AP) — Detectives say a Pennsylvania inmate being hauled off to solitary confinement grabbed a guard’s stun gun and fired, injuring four correctional officers. Authorities say Beaver County Jail guards had found two pills in the cell of 25-year-old Codie Dotterer on Jan. 7. While transporting him to solitary confinement, detectives say, Dotterer […]
 
Israel offers free holidays to Oscars contenders in effort to improve image
2016-02-08 12:01:59 (19 minutes ago) 

Government says visits by ‘leading opinion-formers’, should they take up voucher for 10-day trip, would have ‘enormous resonance’ among their fans

The Israeli government is offering directors and actors shortlisted for this year’s Oscars, plus the ceremony’s presenters, a trip to the Holy Land worth $55,000 (£38,000) in the hope of countering recent bad press for the country.

The voucher for a 10-day trip, valid for one year and partly funded by the Israeli government, is the most expensive freebie in the Oscars gift bag, making up a quarter of the bag’s $200,000 value.

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Massive earthquake hits near Papua New Guinea island of Bougainville
2016-02-08 12:01:45 (19 minutes ago) 
A 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit near the Papua New Guinea island of Bougainville early on Tuesday morning.
 
Cleveland man stabbed in back with a steak knife during East Side brawl
2016-02-08 12:01:34 (20 minutes ago) 
Gerard Jones, 22, of Cleveland, was stabbed multiple times in the back with a steak knife during a fight with his girlfriend and two male, one a juvenile.
 
Scientists investigate suspected meteorite death in southern India
2016-02-08 12:01:30 (20 minutes ago) 
 
Israel eyes more entry permits to Palestinian workers to douse tensions
2016-02-08 12:01:29 (20 minutes ago) 
 
Six Eritreans convicted of trafficking
2016-02-08 12:01:25 (20 minutes ago) 
Probe used evidence from defendant turned state's witness








 
Luxury tourism on the rise at BIT fair
2016-02-08 12:01:25 (20 minutes ago) 
At Milan's convention center February 11-13








 
Leopard causes panic inside school in India
2016-02-08 12:01:16 (20 minutes ago) 
Standoff with forest workers lasted several hours, when they were finally able to subdue the big cat with a tranquilizer dart
 
World Cup drunks will be treated ‘gently’ in Qatar
2016-02-08 12:00:58 (20 minutes ago) 
• Special courts could be set up to deal with drinkers
• Alcohol served only at elite hotels in the Gulf state

Qatar may create special courts during the 2022 World Cup to deal quickly and “very gently” with alcohol-consuming fans who break the law in a conservative Muslim state where public drunkenness is prohibited.

Qatari officials have said that the 500,000 football fans expected to descend on their country during the World Cup will be allowed to consume alcohol in designated zones, but how to best balance the country’s cultural values with Fifa’s requirements for the tournament remains contentious.

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Arrests made in 3 Jacksonville murder cases
2016-02-08 12:00:54 (20 minutes ago) 

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has announced arrests in three recent murder cases, including the January 30th murder of a taxi cab driver on Bloxham Avenue.

The first arrest was related to the Saturday death of Marvin Levi Smith on East 15th Street, according to the sheriff’s office. Frank Antonio Cameron, 59, of the 1100 block of East 15th Street, was charged with manslaughter in the case, the sheriff’s office said. Cameron told officers that he had accidentally shot Smith, according to police.

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The REAL moments from Super Bowl 50
2016-02-08 12:00:40 (21 minutes ago) 










 
Meteorite might have killed man in India; last such death was in 1825
2016-02-08 12:00:37 (21 minutes ago) 

Authorities in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu are investigating whether the death of a man at a college campus over the weekend was the result of a falling meteorite.

A blast at Bharathidasan Engineering College left a crater in the ground and blew out glass windows in nearby buildings....










 
Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester closed due to flooding
2016-02-08 12:00:31 (21 minutes ago) 









 
The Android’s Prehistoric Menagerie
2016-02-08 12:00:28 (21 minutes ago) 

The world explodes.

Unit EX-702 comes back online when UV wavelengths activate its solar plating. Its optics are crusted with red dust; a low-powered system scan concludes that though its left arm is missing and there is excessive oxidation damage along its chassis and helmet, as well as a web spun from several arachnids (Nephila clavipes) now embedded in its servo stump, EX-702 is functional. Its operational protocols are intact.

This unit is programmed for the support of life and sapience.

Its databanks are semi-corrupted beyond basic functions and archived footage and base knowledge dumps. Attempts to access the 'Net and reboot from a mobile hub fail with a repeated NO CONNECTION AVAILABLE alert. EX-702 lifts its remaining arm and scrapes dust away from its optics.

Operational Function 413: this unit will maintain self-preservation operations, including but not limited to the access of immediately available data to determine procedure, when it does not conflict with the preservation of homo sapiens' survival.

EX-702 sits in the crater of what had been Newtonian Genetech Incorporated laboratories and HQ facility. Debris from the lab cakes the thick concrete and rusted iron walls. Its scanner matrix glitches with static-filled readouts and partially deteriorated unprocessed updates from microseconds before it was shut down.

Scientist voices agitated and unmodulated without appropriate safety masks. [STATIC] “—find survivors! Protect yourself!” [SHUT DOWN]

Something crackles against EX-702’s knee joints. Fibers, synthetic and organic—old HAZMAT suits shredded and woven around broken plywood and stripped copper wiring—shaped in a non-geometric design. Inside the structure sit three maroon and heather-brown eggs thirteen centimeters in length and six in diameter.

Processing...

The eggs do not match any current avian, insectoid, reptilian, mammalian, or amphibian entries in its database. EX-702 examines the nest, which has intersected its knees. A ripped arm from the hazmat suit is tucked between its clawed toes. EX-702 is a humanoid bipedal digitigrade design with backward jointed knees and toe digits designed to grip uneven surfaces and manipulate hostile terrain. Its hand is fully articulated to mimic the human opposable thumb and fingers. EX-702 is not designed to be a nest for unknown biological organisms.

One of the eggs twitches and a small chirrup escapes the cracked calcium carbonate structure.

EX-702 reaches to remove the nest from its legs when the egg splinters and a membrane-covered nose pokes out.

Processing...

The other eggs crackle. Tiny claws, pointed snouts, wet feathers in muted brown and scarlet emerge. As the organisms free themselves, EX-702 scans them again and this time finds pictorial references in its database: Deinonychus antirrhopus. An extinct species of dinosaur whose fossil record suggested it would grow up to three-point-four meters as a mature adult.

There are no data points to conclude how the Deinonychus antirrhopus has populated once more. Newtonian Genetech Incorporated specialized in advanced human and cybernetic enhancement, for which EX-702 was a research assistant android and personal defense unit for Doctor Urashami.

The newborn trio of deinonychuses chirp and growl. EX-702 scans them. They require protein intake. A parental unit must be in the vicinity.

With UV wavelengths recharging its internal power supply and emergency batteries, EX-702 scans the area once more.

Four meters away, an adult female Deinonychus antirrhopus lies prone in congealing blood. Behind it sprawls the corpse of a dire wolf (Canis dirus). Both specimens are mauled and exhibit defensive and offensive wounds. EX-702 extrapolates that the wolf attempted to raid the nest and the female deinonychus protected her brood.

Her eyes glimmer and EX-702 stares back.

The female deinonychus growls. A staccato sound not unlike vibrating steel chords in a guitar. EX-702 does not have reference files to decode the linguistic message, but its emotive processors still work. There is desperation in the dying female’s speech.

Protect.

The adult deinonychus shivers and goes still. Her heat signature begins to degenerate.

EX-702 looks down again at the hatchlings.

This unit will provide for the new life forms.

It is the custom of sapient species to identify members of a brood. Names were the most common method employed by Doctor Urashami, who christened EX-702. Doctor Urashami is the principal researcher in the cybernetic AI advancement wing of Newtonian Genetech Incorporated, and she built EX-702 herself; she often nicknamed it Seven in conversation.

The newborn raptors peer intently at EX-702. It runs a search in Names: Mythological: Alphabetical. From the results, it picks three it has records of Doctor Urashami having used.

This unit names you Andromeda, this unit names you Anubis, this unit names you Atropos.

It touches a finger to each hatchling’s skull as it christens them. Its brood hisses in what EX-702 interprets as acceptance. It is now their parental unit.

It disentangles itself from the nest with precise care, its servos and wiring creaky with disuse, and accesses protocols for the processing of meat. There are two corpses available to feed its brood until it can explore the area more fully and maintain a steady supplement of nourishment for the tiny life forms in its charge.

EX-702 has no immediate data of the whereabouts or status of Doctor Urashami, so it makes a hierarchal protocol list: it will provide for its brood and it will find Doctor Urashami.

With its battery recharged, EX-702 gains access to a prime directive protocol installed by Doctor Urashami from a remote hub shortly before its initial shutdown.

Search for and assist any human survivors.

It does not find any survivors within a mile radius of the former lab. It will continue its search.

Within three months, EX-702 has established its territory of three-point-nine square acres of city ruin. The landscape has been overrun with flora formerly extinct for millions of years. Old skyscrapers are choked with huge vines and ferns. Doctor Urashami’s favorite cafe, The Creme de la Bean, is a garden of semitransparent flowers and the calcified skeletons of the humans.

When hunting for its brood—migration patterns of herbivore and omnivore species crossed at the edge of EX-702’s territory where a river once called the Mississippi, now three times its former size, cuts the city ruins in half—EX-702 discovered a military bunker filled with mummified human remains, a working diesel-powered generator, and a laptop with video records of the pinnacle extinction event.

Unidentified space debris penetrated the Earth's atmosphere and began what one news report described as "spinning back the world's biological clock." Prehistoric fauna and flora overwhelmed the continental landmasses; bacterial and viral infections annihilated the human population. New species thought extinct emerged from rapid evolutionary synthesis.

The records did not give enough statistical analysis to fully account for the devastation of nonorganic structural architecture, but a Lieutenant Bela Strovherd recorded an entry that EX-702 chose to save to its hard drives.

“Whoever’s seeing this? Yeah, uh, welcome to the end of the world, I guess. Look, I know it’s too much to hope you’ll be able to find any of my family or friends and tell them...” She rubs a hand over her face, then laughs. Her voice cracks. “If you can see this, I have one request. Live. Rebuild. I think it’s just time for the human race to pass the torch to whoever comes next, you know? But it’d be nice if you could remember us. We accomplished a lot of shit, but we had some good moments. I dunno. I guess...I’d just like to know someone, somewhere out there remembers. Hopefully you do better. I wish you the best, okay? I really do. Everyone here thinks I’m nuts because I’m so ‘calm’”—fingers made into air quotes—“but really I’m fucking terrified. I just want to try and go out with dignity, with peace. Maybe, whoever you are, you’ll see this and think, ‘You know, she’s not so bad.’ And maybe you’ll remember my face for a little while, and my voice, and my name. It’s Bela, by the way. Actually named for that actor who played Dracula ages ago.” A shaky smile. The camera wobbles as the room around her shakes. “Look, I’m gonna go now. I don’t want you to have to see...whatever comes next.” She breathes in deep, smiles at the camera. “Live well, okay? Maybe we’ll see each other in another life.”

The video ends.

EX-702 is the last android, and androids, it has concluded, are not meant to exist in this world any longer. EX-702 does not know where it belongs now. So it watches the videos of Lieutenant Strovherd over again every night, to remember her as she asked.

Andromeda races through the Nest, her feathers brilliant red and gold. She’s the largest of the three, sleek and agile, and she leads the hunting expeditions now with her sisters.

EX-702 refines the wrench head as it inserts the newly retrofitted arm into its shoulder socket. Anubis, the smallest of the brood, helps support the arm with her articulated hands.

Unit, Andromeda says, the affectionate term the raptors have called EX-702 since their birth. Look what we found!

The raptors speak in guttural clicks and growls. EX-702 has learned their natural language in addition to teaching them how to understand human dialects.

Atropos, whose feathers are umber and maroon like her mother’s, holds out a glistening egg the size of her skull that is wrapped in heavy leather scraps. It fell from the sky in fire, it was covered in ash.

EX-702 scans the egg, and its heat signature exceeds one hundred Fahrenheit. It does not appear to be of a species we have encountered.

Andromeda clicks her sickle-claws against the cement, her neck ruff bristling in excitement. I heard it, Unit, she says, I heard it burning.

Can I see? Anubis asks.

EX-702 tightens its new arm into place and nods.

The three raptors examine the new egg, their heads flicking side to side in staccato movements. It is moments like this EX-702 thinks of Doctor Urashami’s jittery hands and how she would always gesture when she talked.

Put it in the incubator, EX-702 says. We will monitor it.

As it watches its daughters carefully lay the egg in one of the generator-powered incubators and hover with fascination around the tank, EX-702 experiences what Doctor Urashami related as pride: it has raised Andromeda, Anubis, and Atropos into mature, successful adults. All three can hunt and build and tinker with machinery scavenged from around the city. Anubis is building an exoskeleton for advanced exploration; Andromeda is collecting paper books and printed ceramic mugs with slogans and pictures; Atropos has begun the repair on the observatory telescope.

EX-702 has still not found Doctor Urashami.

The egg hatches into a phoenix, which Anubis names Arrow of Heaven.

REPLAY: [Lieutenant Bela Strovherd] Live well, okay? Maybe we’ll see each other in another life.

PROTOCOL: This unit is programmed for the support of human life.

REPLAY: [Doctor Urashami] Hello, EX-702. Welcome to the first day of the rest of your life! Ha, always wanted to say that to someone. I’m Renee Urashami, professor of advanced robotics. Do you know why you’re online? I made you to help us make the world a better place. Can’t wait to see what we can accomplish!

EX-702 finds a flash drive in Doctor Urashami’s apartment, now overgrown in moss and brilliant orange mushrooms that sing ethereal music to lure prey. EX-702 is immune to the auditory and cognitive hypnosis, but it has warned its daughters of the dangerous flora and they stay away from the mushroom sector.

On the drive is an audio file labeled FOR SEVEN.

EX-702 plugs it into its USB port and listens.

AUDIO FILE: [Doctor Urashami] Seven, I hope you find this. When I built you, I made sure you were constructed from the best materials on the planet. I wanted you to survive. But I’ve been thinking. I don’t know if you made it out of the lab. I wasn’t there when the explosion happened. I saw it on the news before we lost all signal. I can’t get there in time to manually do this, but I realized that I made a mistake. I never gave you a way out. What if you’re the only thing that survives? You were built to understand and develop empathy, emotional simulation. You need other people around to function, like any of us do. I have this horrifying image of you wandering a wasteland that was once Earth and finding no one, wandering until even your power cells deplete and you are alone with no understanding why. So if you find this, and there are no humans left alive, I am initiating voice-activated protocol 815: Unit EX-702 will shut down within one day of downloading this program if it has not identified human sentient life within that time frame. I do this for you, Seven. You don’t deserve to be alone. I hope you forgive me. [END FILE]

[PROGRAM 815_endprocedure downloaded. Installing. Installation complete. Countdown: 23:59:59.]

Unit, what’s wrong? Atropos asks.

EX-702 stands by the observatory dome, a cracked sliver of dusty glass and steel, and the newly refurbished telescope within. Atropos swivels her head in curiosity.

This unit has been ordered by its creator to shut down.

[Time until shutdown: 15:25:49]

Atropos hisses and lays a clawed hand on EX-702’s shoulder. Why would she do that? You have done nothing wrong.

Doctor Urashami did not want this unit to be alone.

The doctor is a rusted socket wrench! Atropos swears. I do not like the humans I have seen records of.

EX-702 watches Arrow of Heaven trace fiery tails in the sky as she learns to fly higher and higher. Anubis will be watching from the ground, her flight-capable exoskeleton still in prototype design.

Some were good, EX-702 says. It thinks of Lieutenant Bela Strovherd.

What can we do, Unit?

It has already tried to alter the downloaded program, but it has been blocked by buried subroutines and other programs activated by Doctor Urashami’s virus.

Unknown. EX-702 looks at its daughter. But I do not want to shut down.

Andromeda, Anubis, Atropos, and Arrow of Heaven wait in a semicircle around EX-702 in the Nest. The incubators hum: some hold new eggs found without parental units attached; some house infant mammals—twin saber-toothed tiger cubs, a three-legged dire wolf, a newly hatched archaeopteryx, a two-day-old cave bear cub. All the incubators are assembled with appropriate heat lamps, milk tubes, or feeders, and are soundproofed with speakers inside issuing programmed voices of EX-702, the raptors, and ambient noise from the city.

Our family grows, EX-702 says. It wants to belong to this world, but it is still the only android. Perhaps Doctor Urashami's virus is the correct procedure. This new Earth is designed for organic life. EX-702 is synthetic.

You can’t go away, snarls Anubis.

I will not forgive your human, says Atropos.

[Time until shutdown: 12:31:58]

EX-702 looks at each of its children in turn. This is their world now. They will build it as they see fit; they will remember and create new memories and prosper. It wishes it could see the future its daughters create.

Andromeda paces, her head lowered in thought. Play the message again, Unit.

EX-702 projects it from tinny speakers located under its faceplate. It has no articulated jaw or facial contours. Its helmet is indented with round optics and a flat polished plate where a mouth would be on a homo sapiens face.

All three deinonychuses listen with narrowed eyes. Then Anubis’s head snaps up and she bares her teeth.

Did you hear that? she asks her sisters.

Atropos hisses in agreement. Andromeda bobs her head.

Arrow of Heaven has never spoken, but she watches with interest. Her body heat helps power the incubators when she sleeps.

Arrogance should have been the doctor’s name, Atropos says. She only said “human.”

REPLAY: Unit EX-702 will shut down within one day of downloading this program if it has not identified human sentient life within that time frame.

If we rewrite the words in the code, Anubis says, her feathers puffing out, you will not shut down, Unit.

EX-702 plugs itself into the laptop console it built to help regulate the incubators in the Nest when it was not around. Anubis, the quickest and most adroit typist of the three raptors, begins hacking into the code and searching for the precise wording in Doctor Urashami’s program.

[Time until shutdown: 1:15:39]

EX-702 holds Atropos’s hand. It should write a goodbye, the way Doctor Urashami and Lieutenant Bela Strovherd did. But EX-702 does not have the right words. It does not want to say goodbye.

Andromeda sings softly, a lullaby she composed from all the words she has collected.

When sleep is far

And night is long

Remember this

My sweetest song

I’ve followed you

Through winter snow

Through summer sun and evening dew

Remember when you go to sleep

I am beside you with teeth bared bright

I’ll guide you in your dreams so deep

And be there in the morning light.

[Time until shutdown: 0:45:12]

Arrow of Heaven trundles close, then pulls from beneath her glossy wing a sheet of copper, embossed with a drawing of EX-702 looking up at the night sky. The star constellations show all three raptors.

Lovely, EX-702 says. Arrow of Heaven ducks her beak in pleasure and purrs.

[INTRUDER DETECTION. ACCELERATION OF SHUTDOWN IMMINENT.]

No! Anubis cries. She tries to type faster.

Andromeda’s song falters. Atropos clutches EX-702’s hand tighter.

[Time until shutdown: 0:0:35]

EX-702 replays Lieutenant Bela Strovherd’s clip: Look, I’m gonna go now. I don’t want you to have to see...whatever comes next. But only in its own processor. If the last thing it sees is its family, the new world it has helped begin, then it will hold tight to that and remember even when its core goes dark.

Before the world exploded, EX-702 accompanied Doctor Urashami to a board meeting where she demonstrated EX-702's behavioral and emotional intelligence parameters. "This is the future of our people," she said. "No bias, no inefficiency. Pure, mechanical perfection."

EX-702 experienced the satisfying effect of pride; it had excelled in its function and pleased Doctor Urashami.

"You want to give the world to robots?" asked one of the board members.

Doctor Urashami shook her head. "When we roll out the new models, and begin the tests on human uploads and upgrades, within ten years humans will have advanced beyond anything we thought possible a decade ago. We will have no need of robots, then. We will be superior in every way."

EX-702's elation defused. It must have incorrectly interpreted Doctor Urashami's reaction to its presentation. It would run a diagnostic to find where its malfunction lay, if it as a unit was considered unnecessary.

"Good," said another of the board members. "I don't care for a future with that."

EX-702 was not allowed to express emotion outside of the demonstration. What would become of it when homo sapiens no longer had any use for an android?

In darkness, EX-702 dreams. Or, perhaps, this is death. It hears Andromeda's song like a distant echo.

EX-702 does not know what becomes of androids when they die. It hopes it will not be alone, whatever becomes of it.

It tries to keep the memory of its family bright in its processor—but the image de-pixelates, data deleted. First Andromeda, then the others disappear. Spaces where the visual should be fills with holes. EX-70 is helpless, its autonomous function superseded.

No, please let me keep this, EX-7 protests to the core-wipe program.

The shutdown does not acknowledge EX-.

The faint auditory input dissolves in static. When the memory of three deinonychuses disappears and the phoenix snuffs out, EX shudders. This, then, must be death.

The world ends.

EX-702 comes back online.

It lies in the middle of the nest, all four daughters curled next to it. Anubis blinks and stretches.

Unit! Atropos chitters, and headbutts EX-702 in the chassis the way she did as a hatchling to show her delight.

EX-702 sits up. Memory banks restore from backups, its last visual stitched together in its processor once more. You were successful, Anubis.

Barely! Anubis grins. But I reworded the program and omitted all uses of the word “human.” I also did a little more tweaking when you went into stasis and rebooted. I’ve disabled the majority of the blocks that prevented you from self-modification. You can do whatever you want now.

Are you all right? asks Andromeda.

Yes, says EX-702. It looks at its daughters and the incubators humming inside the Nest. Yes, I am all right.

EX-702 wraps its arms around its daughters and watches the sun rise over their world.

A. Merc Rustad is a queer non-binary writer and filmmaker who lives in the Midwest United States. Favorite things include: robots, dinosaurs, monsters, and tea--most of which are present in their work to some degree. Their stories have appeared in Lightspeed, Fireside Fiction, Daily Science Fiction, Escape Pod, Inscription Magazine, Scigentasy, and InterGalactic Medicine Show, as well as the anthology The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015. Merc has considered making their tagline "The Robot Who Makes People Cry With Their Stories." In addition to breaking readers' hearts, Merc likes to play video games, watch movies, read comics, and wear awesome hats. Find them at amercrustad.com and on Twitter as @Merc_Rustad.

 
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That truth kept the members of the coalition fighting for justice. Now the whole world knows that lead-contaminated water poisoned people in the community of 100,000 where more than 60 percent are minorities and 40 percent live below the poverty level.

It started April 25, 2014, when the city switched from Lake Huron water treated by the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department to Flint River water treated at the Flint water treatment plant as a cost-saving measure. However, the Flint treatment plant did not add an anticorrosion chemical that would have kept the pipes from leaching lead into the water.

Many blame Gov. Rick Snyder because he appointed the emergency manager who made the switch. Michigan's emergency manager law is a controversial statute allowing a state takeover - without a vote - of municipalities and school systems suffering extreme financial problems.

Intended to save Flint a reported $5 million over two years, the move will end up costing billions for long-term physical, mental, and social health care for an as yet unknown number of poisoning victims, in addition to infrastructure repair and replacement.

It could have been much worse had the coalition not stepped up when it did. Harris began acting on the issue just a few months after Flint River water began running through the pipes.

Melissa Mays began noticing health problems in late 2014. She and her three boys lost hair and developed rashes. During a nagging respiratory infection, Mays' said her phlegm tasted like bleach. One preteen son had been having bone pain; when he broke a bone, it was brittle and it shattered.

Bone pain is a symptom of lead poisoning. That's one of many science lessons Mays learned during her Flint water ordeal.

She grew suspicious after the city issued three boil-water warnings for E. Coli and other bacteria in the drinking water. The city's solution had been to add extra chlorine. Then the water tested high for trihalomethanes, a chlorine byproduct that can lead to kidney or liver problems and an increased risk of cancer.

Mays and her husband, Michael Mays, began meeting with other concerned residents and formed the group Water You Fighting For. Michael, a web designer, put together a website to share information. That immediately got the attention of others, including environmental activist Erin Brockovich, who sent a representative to Flint to help bring more attention to the crisis.

When it became clear the group would need legal help, they contacted Trachelle Young, a former city attorney  who was then in private practice as a criminal defense lawyer. Although she didn't work in environmental law, the water had been affecting her, too. Every day, Young and her daughter travel about 35 miles to bathe at her mother's or friends' homes in Flint suburbs.

"I knew I wasn't going to get paid," says Young of taking on an initial suit to force the city to switch back to Detroit water. "I was going to have to research the subject, but this is more than just a case."

Young and the coalition first sued in June 2015, unsuccessfully, to force the city to resume getting its water from Detroit.

Then the coalition decided it needed to conduct its own water tests. Members worked with Marc Edwards, a Virginia Tech environmental engineering professor, to distribute 300 water testing kits among city residents.

Edwards expected to get back about 75 water test kits. He got 277.

"He was totally blown away by the number of kits that got returned," says Curt Guyette, an ACLU reporter who got involved after investigating the emergency manager who made the Flint water decisions. Test accuracy relied on high community involvement.

Their test results showed a serious problem with the lead content - well over the federal action level for drinking water. City and state officials disputed the results, but they couldn't deny them anymore when Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha of Hurley Medical Center released a study in September that showed high blood-lead levels in Flint children. By Oct. 16, Flint was reconnected with the Detroit water system.

On Jan. 27, 2016, the Concerned Pastors, along with the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and activist Mays, sued in federal court to force Flint and the state to adhere to the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. The suit includes a demand that the city replace all lead pipes at no cost to residents. Separate county, state, and federal class action lawsuits have demanded the same.

There is still plenty to be done in Flint. Volunteers need to distribute the thousands of donated cases of bottled water. Health officials need to test children for lead poisoning and arrange for health care and rehabilitation for those who need it. Lead poisoning can cause developmental delays, learning difficulties, loss of appetite, fatigue, vomiting, and hearing loss, among other issues.

The recovery needs oversight. The government has damaged credibility with its residents.

Virginia Tech's Edwards has been appointed to the newly created Flint Water Interagency Coordinating Committee, which is tasked with finding a way to fix the water crisis. Hanna-Attisha is also on the committee.

In the meantime, coalition members are getting on with their lives. Attorney Young's trajectory has gone from city attorney to city opponent. Pastor Harris signed up for social action a long time ago and has a hopeful sense of what this all means. "If there ever was an issue than can bring us together, the Lord has sent it to us."

Like everyone else in Flint, their new life includes a whole new way of dealing with water. And other issues are looming: An entire generation has been endangered and the cost of infrastructure repair is daunting.

And not least, the issue of environmental racism has come up continually throughout the ordeal with people asking if this would have happened to a more affluent, more white community.

 
Former Mexican President: We’re Not Paying for Donald Trump’s ‘Stupid’ Wall
2016-02-08 12:02:11 (19 minutes ago) 
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Russian troops put on high alert as part of massive drills
2016-02-08 12:02:03 (19 minutes ago) 

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin has scrambled thousands of troops and hundreds of warplanes across southwestern Russia for large-scale military drills intended to test the troops’ readiness amid continuing tensions with the West. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that military units were put on combat alert early Monday, marking the launch of the exercise […]
 
New Relic launches autism at work programme, signs up interns
2016-02-08 12:02:01 (19 minutes ago) 
 
Apple under pressure as lawyers pledge action over 'Error 53' codes
2016-02-08 12:01:59 (19 minutes ago) 

Lawyers ponder class action suit against tech giant over ‘reckless policy’ of permanently disabling iPhone 6 handsets after software upgrades

Apple is under pressure to scrap its controversial policy of permanently disabling repaired iPhone 6s when software is upgraded, following a global consumer backlashand claims the company could be acting illegally.

At least one firm of US lawyers has said it hopes to bring a class action against the technology giant on behalf of victims whose £500 phones have been rendered worthless by an Apple software upgrade.

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The states with the most gun deaths
2016-02-08 12:01:36 (20 minutes ago) 
 
Cleveland police suspect drunken driving in fatal Interstate 90 crash
2016-02-08 12:01:34 (20 minutes ago) 
Cleveland police said Brandy T. Harrel was speeding when she crashed on Interstate 90 at the East 72nd Street exit.
 
Pot fans, foes fume as Washington DC tests limits of high life
2016-02-08 12:01:30 (20 minutes ago) 
 
Scientists investigate suspected meteorite death in southern India
2016-02-08 12:01:29 (20 minutes ago) 
 
judge and 3 others arrested for corrupti
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Fifth under investigation for aggravated aiding and abetting








 
Starbucks to open NYC coffee megastore
2016-02-08 12:01:25 (20 minutes ago) 
Eataly to open World Trade Center store by summer








 
Cop in viral puppy photo grew up in the North Bay
2016-02-08 12:01:14 (20 minutes ago) 
A Florida police officer who grew up in Vacaville was in the national spotlight this past week.
 
Israel offers free holidays to Oscars contenders in effort to improve image
2016-02-08 12:00:58 (20 minutes ago) 

Government says visits by ‘leading opinion-formers’, should they take up voucher for 10-day trip, would have ‘enormous resonance’ among their fans

The Israeli government is offering directors and actors shortlisted for this year’s Oscars, plus the ceremony’s presenters, a trip to the Holy Land worth $55,000 (£38,000) in the hope of countering recent bad press for the country.

The voucher for a 10-day trip, valid for one year and partly funded by the Israeli government, is the most expensive freebie in the Oscars gift bag, making up a quarter of the bag’s $200,000 value.

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Broncos win, Budweiser's Clydesdales fall in Super Bowl
2016-02-08 12:00:54 (20 minutes ago) 

After taking the crown in USA Today’s annual Ad Meter Super Bowl ads ranking for three consecutive years , the Budweiser Clydesdales fell out of the Top 10 – and all the way to No. 28.

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Tin cans used in walls of toppled building
2016-02-08 12:00:40 (21 minutes ago) 
The Taiwanese government has ordered an investigation into the collapse of a highrise building, as images emerged showing tin cans built into the walls of the toppled complex.









 
Super Bowl winners and losers: Kevin Hart, Coldplay, Mannings, Marilyn Monroe
2016-02-08 12:00:36 (21 minutes ago) 

Sometimes you need more than a scoreboard to pick out the winners and losers. Here they are, from Super Bowl 50:

Winner: CBS

Analyst Phil Simms was blah, and the broadcast lacked a few key replays. But overnight ratings indicate it was the most-watched telecast in U.S. TV history, netting 114.4...










 
Skier records Yeti on video
2016-02-08 12:00:28 (21 minutes ago) 

https://youtu.be/PgoA84VoYFk

What rough beast slouches toward Aragon?

Shaky footage of what looks like a strange ape-like creature with white fur clambering though the snow was posted online this week.

Spanish ski resort bosses have been forced to comb part of the Pyrenees after the images sent the internet into a frenzy. But skeptical viewers of the footage say it is just a man dressed in a furry suit.

A skier sounded the alert after posting the photo taken at Formigal in northeastern Spain on a popular website with the message: “Strange animal spotted in Formigal. What the hell is this?.”The picture, retweeted thousands of times, sparked a search by ski resort owners Aramon and a frenzied debate over whether a Spanish Yeti was on the loose or if it was a bear, Photoshop montage or even a soldier wearing mountain camouflage.

 
Earth May Have Fused with Another Planet. What Does This Means about Our Origins?
2016-02-08 12:00:28 (21 minutes ago) 

Earth suffered a violent impact from a "planetary embryo" called Theia 4.5 billion years ago. This impact allowed the moon to form. But new research suggests Theia also became a part of Earth.



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Former Eagles RB LeSean McCoy alleged to have fought with Philadelphia cops
2016-02-08 12:00:26 (21 minutes ago) 

Here we go again.

Reports from a pair of TV stations (WTXF 29 and WPVI 6) say former Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy was involved in a bar brawl with a pair of off-duty Philadelphia police officers who were injured in the fight early Sunday morning and landed in the hospital.

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'I was shaking all over': Cruise ship damaged during storm
2016-02-08 12:00:23 (21 minutes ago) 
MIAMI (AP) -- A Royal Caribbean cruise ship ran into high winds and rough seas in the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday, forcing frightened passengers into their cabins as their belongings flew about. Passengers described howling winds and waves as high as 30 feet, but the cruise line says no injuries were reported and the ship suffered minor damage but was safe to remain at sea....
 
Russian troops put on high alert as part of massive drills
2016-02-08 12:00:20 (21 minutes ago) 
MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin has scrambled thousands of troops and hundreds of warplanes across southwestern Russia for large-scale military drills intended to test the troops' readiness amid continuing tensions with the West....
 
Man hit and killed on I-44 in St. Louis was standing on interstate to photograph friends, police say
2016-02-08 12:00:02 (21 minutes ago) 
Police identified the pedestrian struck Feb. 2 on Interstate 44 near Macklind Avenue as Will Miner, 24.
 
Displaced by fighting, Kurdish residents call for peace
2016-02-08 11:51:42 (29 minutes ago) 

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (AP) — Azize Calis is pleading for peace. The 70-year-old Kurdish woman is among tens of thousands displaced by fighting raging between Turkish security forces and militants in the southeast after a peace process collapsed in the summer. Calis and her family fled from their home about two months ago with only the […]
 
New York City to embark on annual count of street homeless
2016-02-08 11:51:42 (29 minutes ago) 

NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of volunteers will fan out across New York City on Monday for the city’s annual one-night count of homeless people living on the streets. The canvass, known as the HOPE Count, is getting extra attention this year as the nation’s largest city grapples with an uptick in homelessness that has […]
 
New York City to embark on annual count of street homeless
2016-02-08 11:51:21 (30 minutes ago) 
 
Pot fans, foes fume as Washington DC tests limits of high life
2016-02-08 11:51:07 (30 minutes ago) 
 
Engage with Russia, and with North Korea
2016-02-08 11:50:46 (30 minutes ago) 
Appeal to all sides to drop the rhetoric

The Doomsday Clock is still set at three minutes to midnight, the closest it has come to the world’s destruction since the iciest days of the cold war, despite the nuclear deal with Iran and the Paris deal over climate change.

North Korea, whose launch of a long-range rocket on Sunday followed close on a nuclear test which it claimed gave it the capability to “wipe out the whole territory of the US all at once”, was a factor in the decision by The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists last month to keep the symbolic countdown to three minutes to apocalypse.

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Stocks slammed by darkening global view, oil's slide
2016-02-08 11:50:24 (31 minutes ago) 
Dow drops nearly 400 points Monday as Wall Street extends last week's rout amid investor worries about global recession
 
US stocks fall sharply; energy sector sinks along with oil
2016-02-08 11:50:21 (31 minutes ago) 
 
Source: Top Cuban player left team in Dominican Republic
2016-02-08 11:50:21 (31 minutes ago) 
 
Video Shows Survivor Pulled From Earthquake Debris 2 Days Later
2016-02-08 11:50:01 (31 minutes ago) 
Tsao Wei-ling survived because of her husband, who died in the rubble.
 
Watching the Super Bowl in San Quentin prison: 'It sort of hurts a little bit'
2016-02-08 12:20:59 (12 seconds ago) 

The game is ‘bigger than New Year’s Eve’ in prison, says an inmate, though prisoners’ celebrations vary: some party, some study and some take advantage of the private time watching provides

It’s moments before kick-off, and the television in the offices of the San Quentin News, the inmate-produced newspaper of California’s San Quentin state prison, is tuned to the Super Bowl. But few of the approximately 20 men gathered in the cramped office are paying attention.

They’re here for a college-level course on journalism, and not even the Super Bowl can distract them from the topic of the day: whether a journalist should allow the subject of a profile to read it before publication.

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If we want to solve the housing crisis, we must answer these three questions | Paul Mason
2016-02-08 12:20:59 (12 seconds ago) 

As housing charity Shelter turns 50, the country is still plagued by overcrowding, rogue landlords, insecure tenancies and homelessness. How do we even begin to make things better?

It’s official name was Navigation Street, and a glance at a 19th century map suggests its origin: an isolated row of terraced houses leading down to the canal that runs through the middle of my hometown.

Canals were originally called “navigations” and the people who dug them “navvies”. This term – still in use in the 1960s – was code for poor, itinerant, Irish manual workers. So we called it “Navvy Street”: it was where the poorest people in the town lived and probably served that function from when it was built to when it was knocked down and turned into a “close”.

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FBI Arrests Nearly Every Single Top Official For Running Insanely Corrupt Tiny Texas Town
2016-02-08 12:20:57 (14 seconds ago) 

In the remote town of Crystal City, Texas, the mayor, city manager, mayor pro tempore, a city councilman, and a former councilman were all arrested by federal agents last week. Last month, another councilman was arrested. Crystal City has only three people total on its city council, and the lone remaining councilman was the only official who reported for work at city hall on Friday.

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Moments, music and memories
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Flooding, ocean swells batter the coast; road conditions worsen
2016-02-08 12:20:29 (42 seconds ago) 









 
Blooks: functional objects disguised as books
2016-02-08 12:20:25 (46 seconds ago) 

About Blooks is a blog devoted to "blooks," objects that look like books but aren't, such as book-shaped handbags, hollow books used to hide valuables, and booze flasks that are disguised as books. (more…)

 
'Hoping' for Heathrow decision in July
2016-02-08 12:20:23 (48 seconds ago) 
The transport secretary "very much hopes" a decision on whether to build a runway at Heathrow or Gatwick will be taken by late July.
 
Pope's visit to violent Mexican city highlights broader ills
2016-02-08 12:20:17 (54 seconds ago) 
ECATEPEC, Mexico (AP) -- One evening in September 2014, Mariana Yanez left her home in this crime-plagued Mexico City suburb saying she was going to make some photocopies. Then she vanished....
 
What this mom of two girls with microcephaly has to say about Zika scare
2016-02-08 12:20:01 (1 minutes ago) 
Her two daughters were born with microcephaly, have survived beyond expectations
 
Obama asks for $1.8 billion in emergency Zika funding
2016-02-08 12:11:43 (9 minutes ago) 

The $1.8 billion would pay for mosquito control, vaccines and care for pregnant women.

       
 
Canada to end bombing mission against Islamic State group
2016-02-08 12:11:32 (10 minutes ago) 

TORONTO (AP) — Canada’s prime minister says the country’s six fighter jets will end their airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria within the next two weeks. Justin Trudeau said Monday that Canadian bombs will stop falling by Feb. 22, but military personnel in the region will increase to 830 from the current […]
 
For the Clintons, New Hampshire is the state of 2nd chances
2016-02-08 12:11:16 (10 minutes ago) 
adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-NATIONAL_WORLD","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-NATIONAL_WORLD"};MANCHESTER, N.H. — It's their Everest. Their firewall. Their lifeboat in a frozen Atlantic. They are the Clintons. It is New Hampshire. And here we all are again. For nearly 25 years, New Hampshire has been the backdrop for some of the most memorable Clinton comebacks, pleas, denials, hustle, glory and drama. Now those ghosts of primaries past are trailing Hillary Clinton as she tries — perhaps, one last time — to pull off another one for the history books.
 
The “How Does a Jewelry-Maker Work?” Edition
2016-02-08 12:11:10 (10 minutes ago) 

Listen to this episode of Working with guest Rachel Pfeffer:

 
Israel eyes more entry permits to Palestinian workers to douse tensions
2016-02-08 12:11:01 (10 minutes ago) 
 
Scientists investigate suspected meteorite death in southern India
2016-02-08 12:11:01 (10 minutes ago) 
 
Detectives: 4 county guards hurt when inmate grabs Taser
2016-02-08 12:10:58 (10 minutes ago) 
BEAVER, Pa. (AP) - Detectives say four Pennsylvania jail guards were hurt when an inmate grabbed one of their Tasers during a struggle.
 
La Relación Mortal Entre el Abuso de Drogas con la Falta de Educación.
2016-02-08 12:10:38 (11 minutes ago) 
El abuso de las drogas y del alcohol es un hecho real de la vida en la sociedad actual. Para utilizar o no dichas sustancias es una decisión que todos los jóvenes deben abordar por sí mismos a una edad temprana.
 
Diana Mitchell obituary
2016-02-08 12:10:37 (11 minutes ago) 
Zimbabwean writer who was a determined opponent of the racist policies of Ian Smith’s Rhodesian Front government

The Zimbabwean political activist and writer Diana Mitchell, who has died aged 83, was an active opponent of Ian Smith in the 1960s and 70s, and later used her political skills in an equally determined critique of Robert Mugabe’s regime in the 90s. A suburban housewife and teacher, she had a flair for grasping media attention and an extraordinary ability to create wide-ranging networks and political relationships that were a source of inspiration for liberals and nationalist fighters alike.

Mitchell made a name for herself as a liberal campaigner in the 60s, regularly writing letters to the state-controlled Rhodesia Herald newspaper criticising the racist policies of Smith’s Rhodesian Front (RF) government. Her first tangible political engagement began in 1966 when the Forest nursery school in Salisbury (now Harare) for the children of black domestic servants was bulldozed by the government. What began as a campaign to save one school led Mitchell to establish a national drive for better education of black children.

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Carson: Cruz asked for one-on-one meeting to clear air
2016-02-08 12:10:18 (11 minutes ago) 
Cruz approached Carson during the GOP debate on Saturday
 
Trump Leads GOP Charge Embracing Torture: "I'd Bring Back Worse Than Waterboarding"
2016-02-08 12:02:12 (19 minutes ago) 

In the final debate before Tuesday's primary in New Hampshire, Republican presidential contenders battled it out Saturday night at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. While much of the post-debate coverage focused on Marco Rubio for repeatedly reciting the same talking points about President Obama, less attention was paid to how the candidates embraced the use of torture and expanding Guantánamo. We air highlights and speak to Pardiss Kebriaei, senior staff attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights. She represents current and former Guantánamo detainees.

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Here’s a Very Easy Way to Score a Free Chipotle Burrito This Week
2016-02-08 12:02:11 (19 minutes ago) 
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Canada to end bombing mission against Islamic State group
2016-02-08 12:02:03 (19 minutes ago) 

TORONTO (AP) — Canada’s prime minister says the country’s six fighter jets will end their airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria within the next two weeks. Justin Trudeau said Monday that Canadian bombs will stop falling by Feb. 22, but military personnel in the region will increase to 830 from the current […]
 
Cyclists blown off bikes in high winds during Benidorm race – video
2016-02-08 12:01:59 (19 minutes ago) 

Cyclists in stage three of the Volta a La Marina in Benidorm are blown about in strong winds on Sunday, forcing organisers to abandon the race. Some of the 153 riders try to keep moving, but are soon forced to put their feet down, while others are blown off their bikes

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Why Does Trump Get a Free Pass?
2016-02-08 12:01:46 (19 minutes ago) 

Stuart Stevens: “In politics one is blessed by the weaknesses of opponents and there has rarely been such a gift as Donald Trump. He is the perfect foil for a serious candidate ready to define his depth of knowledge and genuineness of intent against Trump’s vapid narcissism… And yet the Republican field of past and present governors, senators, and a world famous physician have decided that the better strategy is to attack not the idiot who has the most votes but the more serious candidates who don’t have many votes.”

Nate Silver: Maybe Chris Christie should have taken on Donald Trump?

 
Janet Podolak: Shop Hershey Market in Chardon, support Montessori school's farm
2016-02-08 12:01:35 (20 minutes ago) 
 
Plan to Flood-Proof Hoboken Runs Into a Wall
2016-02-08 12:01:31 (20 minutes ago) 
After the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, leaders vowed to protect the New Jersey city. But some say plans for walls in the city would ruin its character.
 
Bill would stop removal of Confederate, historic markers
2016-02-08 12:01:30 (20 minutes ago) 
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - As some cities make the decision to shed Confederate monuments, some Alabama lawmakers want to prohibit those removals unless legislators say it is OK.
 
Pot fans, foes fume as Washington DC tests limits of high life
2016-02-08 12:01:29 (20 minutes ago) 
 
'Party of nation in Sala Milan win'
2016-02-08 12:01:25 (20 minutes ago) 
'Former Expo CEO does not represent plurality of Pisapia'








 
officer Peter Liang cries recalling shooting of Akai Gurley
2016-02-08 12:01:25 (20 minutes ago) 
Officer Peter Liang needed a 30-second break from testimony in Brooklyn as he recalled the botched vertical patrol in the Pink Houses.








 
Earnings Outlook: What to expect from Coca-Cola’s earnings
2016-02-08 12:01:14 (20 minutes ago) 
Coca-Cola will announce fourth-quarter 2015 earnings on Tuesday and is expected to offer 2016 outlook.
 
Apple under pressure as lawyers pledge action over 'Error 53' codes
2016-02-08 12:00:58 (20 minutes ago) 

Lawyers ponder class action suit against tech giant over ‘reckless policy’ of permanently disabling iPhone 6 handsets after software upgrades

Apple is under pressure to scrap its controversial policy of permanently disabling repaired iPhone 6s when software is upgraded, following a global consumer backlashand claims the company could be acting illegally.

At least one firm of US lawyers has said it hopes to bring a class action against the technology giant on behalf of victims whose £500 phones have been rendered worthless by an Apple software upgrade.

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Donald Trump: Super Bowl needed Tom Brady
2016-02-08 12:00:40 (21 minutes ago) 










 
Bill Clinton rips Sanders backers' 'sexist,' 'profane' attacks
2016-02-08 12:00:40 (21 minutes ago) 
Bill Clinton lashed out at "sexist" and "profane" attacks on Hillary Clinton and her supporters by proponents of Bernie Sanders, and accused them of harassing those who don't back the Vermont senator's campaign or disagree with his policies.









 
Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester closed due to flooding
2016-02-08 12:00:33 (21 minutes ago) 









 
Dan Clowes profiled in California Sunday Magazine
2016-02-08 12:00:28 (21 minutes ago) 

Robert Ito wrote a wonderful profile of cartoonist Daniel Clowes in California Sunday Magazine. It includes some nice illustrations of Clowes by other cartoonists.

In the third issue of Eightball, Clowes published “The Return of Young Dan Pussey,” a scathing takedown of the comics industry. In the strip’s satirical alternate reality, Marvel Comics founder Stan Lee is a glad-handing cheapskate with an eye for prostitutes, while Fantagraphics co-founder Gary Groth is a bully who consults a thesaurus mid-rant to come up with fresh ways to insult his artists. Art Spiegelman is a creepy, chain-smoking taskmaster who forces his stable of unpaid artists to create work for his comics magazine in a miserable hovel with burlap sacks for beds. “I just felt it was nasty, snotty, gratuitous,” recalls Spiegelman. Françoise Mouly, his Raw co-creator, says, “I became aware of [Clowes] as a wise­ass a long time ago.” Clowes has a different explanation. “Jealousy isn’t the right word, but I just had a longing to be a part of that world and had that feeling that I wasn’t,” he says. “It was sort of an expression of rage and self-pity and trying to make myself feel better about that.”

Clowes' full-length graphic novel, Patience, will by published March 1, 2016 by Fantagraphics.

 
Leaflets pulled due to boob over Bobby
2016-02-08 12:00:26 (21 minutes ago) 
Sinn Fein withdraws leaflet after Bobby Sands typo
 
SpaceX sets launch date for later this month, sea landing likely
2016-02-08 12:00:24 (21 minutes ago) 

SpaceX came close to sticking the landing of a January 17 launch of a NOAA satellite, but it just missed. (credit: SpaceX)

SpaceX will make its next launch attempt on February 24th when it attempts to put a SES-9 satellite into orbit 35,000km above the equator. The Luxembourg based-owner of the satellite announced the launch date on a Falcon 9 rocket Monday. It did not provide a launch window.

Because the rocket will expend nearly all of its fuel to reach this higher orbit, it will not have enough left to return to a landing site on the Florida coast as a similar launch did in December. Therefore SpaceX is expected to attempt a fourth sea-based landing on an autonomous drone ship.

The company's previous tries have failed, but the last attempt in January came close. One of the rocket's four landing legs failed to lock out, even as the Falcon 9 booster made a feathery touchdown on the drone ship in high seas. "We stuck the landing, and then we unstuck it," said Gwynne Shotwell, president and chief operating officer of SpaceX at a Federal Aviation Administration conference last week.

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Clinton's donors trade buck-raising for door-knocking in NH
2016-02-08 12:00:22 (21 minutes ago) 
NASHUA, N.H. (AP) -- They are some of Hillary Clinton's best money-raisers, but right now the most valuable thing they can offer is their time....
 
Divers find bodies of missing fishermen in Nevada lake
2016-02-08 12:00:19 (21 minutes ago) 
RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Divers have found the bodies of two fishermen who went missing near Reno on New Year's Day....
 
Obama asks for $1.8 billion in emergency Zika funding
2016-02-08 11:51:53 (29 minutes ago) 

The $1.8 billion would pay for mosquito control, vaccines and care for pregnant women.

        
 
For the Clintons, New Hampshire is the state of 2nd chances
2016-02-08 11:51:42 (29 minutes ago) 

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — It’s their Everest. Their firewall. Their lifeboat in a frozen Atlantic. They are the Clintons. It is New Hampshire. And here we all are again. For nearly 25 years, New Hampshire has been the backdrop for some of the most memorable Clinton comebacks, pleas, denials, hustle, glory and drama. Now those […]
 
Russian troops put on high alert as part of massive drills
2016-02-08 11:51:42 (29 minutes ago) 

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin has scrambled thousands of troops and hundreds of warplanes across southwestern Russia for large-scale military drills intended to test the troops’ readiness amid continuing tensions with the West. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that military units were put on combat alert early Monday, marking the launch of the exercise […]
 
Theater review: 'Slow Dance' stumbles despite graceful Ensemble production
2016-02-08 11:51:15 (30 minutes ago) 
 
Israel eyes more entry permits to Palestinian workers to douse tensions
2016-02-08 11:51:07 (30 minutes ago) 
 
Tom+Chee alum brings Nashville Hot chicken
2016-02-08 11:50:29 (31 minutes ago) 

A popular style of fried chicken is about to become far more available to hungry residents of the Tristate.

        
 
Trump aiming for New Hampshire win, rivals aim to survive
2016-02-08 11:50:21 (31 minutes ago) 
 
Tom Brady does not consider himself the best QB ever
2016-02-08 11:50:21 (31 minutes ago) 
 
Dante Scarnecchia could be returning to Patriots
2016-02-08 11:50:21 (31 minutes ago) 
 
When Turkeys Fight: The New Hampshire Primary and Beyond
2016-02-08 11:42:29 (39 minutes ago) 

Ann Vermette, center, looks on as Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, a Republican presidential hopeful, speaks at a town hall-style event at Hills Garrison School in Hudson, New Hampshire, February 7, 2016. (Hilary Swift / The New York Times)

I awoke Thursday morning to a turkey brawl in my back yard. Fourteen wild turkeys, all hugely fattened for the New Hampshire winter, were out in my back pasture just beating the living hell out of each other, a little brown cyclone of gobbling and flying feathers and flapping wings. The dog was too astonished to bark. They battled their way to the tree line like 14 Thanksgiving dinners gone wild, abruptly broke it up, and disappeared in orderly fashion into the darkness of the woods.

If a more perfect metaphor for the 2016 New Hampshire primary and the presidential race in general has presented itself, I haven't heard of it. I watched the melee and thought, "There's Trump strutting. There's Jeb with his head down. There's Kasich being ignored. There's Carly firing all of them. And look! There's Bernie chasing Hillary, hot on her heels." If the turkey fight had left four decapitated birds in the yard, the image would have been complete. My wife found me giggling like a titmouse by the kitchen window, and I had some trouble explaining why.

Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, Rick Santorum and Martin O'Malley have come to their nadir by the side of that dusty campaign road, cut down in Iowa like so much corn. Huckabee and Santorum had no business in the race; this was a doomed ego trip/fundraising tour for them, and it wasted everybody's time.

Paul's awful showing and early departure is the real surprise, however. A whole bunch of smart people had him bracketed as the GOP favorite not so long ago, and now? Back to the salon, to get all that Iowa chaff out of his hair. The departure of O'Malley from the race is a disappointment; he added depth to the conversation on the Democratic side regarding immigration, the environment and gun control, but was lost in the media jetwash of the Clinton juggernaut and the Sanders surge. So it goes.

Speaking of turkeys, Donald Trump didn't wait 24 hours after Iowa before freaking out. He gave a humble, thankful speech on Monday night after Ted Cruz kneecapped him, and the country went, "Wow, that was unexpected." By Tuesday afternoon he was lobbing bombs again and the country went, "Yup, he's back."

First, Trump attacked the Iowa voters themselves (again), whining that they "didn't appreciate" his campaign. Then he went after Cruz specifically and personally, accusing him of fraud and demanding that a new caucus be held, or the Iowa results be nullified completely. Beyond shushing Jeb, he hung back during Saturday's GOP debate and let the rest of the candidates chew on each other, which they did.

"The Donald" does not suffer setbacks gladly, and his vivid unspooling will continue if he keeps taking punches he can't return. Still, Trump retains a sizeable lead here in New Hampshire, with Rubio and Cruz behind, although Rubio did himself no favors on Saturday night. Chris Christie, quite simply, ate his lunch and didn't leave a tip.

How much Trump's lead has been affected by his loss in Iowa, by his subsequent tantrums and by his latest debate performance remains to be seen. That kind of stuff doesn't play well in the Granite State. He is still the smart-money bet at the moment, but then again, he was the smart-money bet last week, too.

Ben Carson's chances are on life support. The Washington Post reported on Thursday that his campaign is firing dozens of people and slashing salaries because the fundraising has dried up. There is even talk - heaven forefend! - of the candidate being financially forced to take commercial flights instead of private jets to his campaign stops.

The next time you're on a Delta or JetBlue flight, look at the passenger next to you. He might just be a soft-spoken neurosurgeon with no hope. Only if you're flying in the next week or so, though; this window of opportunity appears to be closing rapidly.

And then there's Jeb ... oh, Jeb. Whither goes the exclamation point? At a campaign spot up here in Hanover last week, Bush unleashed a tirade about killing everything that threatens us and defending the country, and was met with granite-stony silence from the audience. He hung his head, put out his hands and said, "Please clap."

It was pathetic beyond the bounds of space, time, matter, energy, everything. It was his Muskie Moment. He landed one good punch on Trump on Saturday, and that will be his campaign epitaph. Jeb is done, I think. He is getting creamed in every New Hampshire poll, and will not be on the stage much longer. At long, long last, the electorate has taken the Bush dynasty and broken it over their knee ... not with a bang, but a whimper. Literally.

On the Democratic side, there appear to be few surprises in store come Tuesday. Bernie Sanders is leading Hillary Clinton by as much as 20 points in New Hampshire. The polling site fivethirtyeight.com gives him a 96 percent chance of winning the state, which isn't surprising given that he lives a golf shot down the road.

Thursday night's Democratic debate, despite its feistiness, will likely do little to change those numbers. After Tuesday, it's Nevada, then South Carolina and then Super Tuesday, upon which many things will be known. Is the Sanders campaign durable enough to make up the polling deficits they're dealing with in all those states, or will the Clinton steamroller finally be unleashed? As the old radio show used to say, only the shadow knows.

On Tuesday morning, I will roll down the mountain through the blowing snow to the community center and cast my ballot, grab the mail, get some coffee and then head home to watch the returns. Like as not, I'll encounter an insouciant flock of turkeys in the road, maybe even the ones that were fighting in my yard Thursday morning. The damned things are everywhere these days, even on the TV. This, too, shall pass.

 
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