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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

2012-09-17
President Obama Says China Trade Practices Harm American Auto Parts Workers


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2 dead after small plane crashes near Pennsylvania airport
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2015-03-29 15:30:51 (29 seconds ago) 

Authorities say a small plane crash near a southeastern Pennsylvania airport has left two people dead.

       
Affirmative wrist action: Pebble Time raises 20 MEELLION BUCKS on Kickstarter
  Source: The Register 2015-03-29 15:30:47 (33 seconds ago) 
Luxembourg warned about its reliance on multinational corporations
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-03-29 15:30:40 (40 seconds ago) 

G20’s ongoing plans for tax reform mean the country must diversify its economy, says the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Luxembourg flag must move away from its reliance on hosting internal financing functions for multinational businesses if it wants to guard against the impact of a G20-led crackdown on international tax avoidance, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has warned.

The grand duchy, which has a population of 550,000 and among the highest average income of any developed economy, received the warning from Angel Gurría, secretary-general of the OECD.

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No spite, no spads: how David Steel routed the Tories 50 years ago
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-03-29 15:30:38 (42 seconds ago) 
In 1965 I covered the byelection that catapulted ‘the boy David’ into parliament – and I returned this week to open an exhibition of this political sensation

Warning: beware nostalgia overload. Fifty years ago, as a neophyte Guardian reporter, I covered the Roxburgh, Selkirk and Peebles byelection that catapulted David Steel into parliament. Now I’m back in Selkirk to open an exhibition celebrating his victory: a kind of still living artefact in a mini-museum full of faded speeches, posters and promises. Ah yes, I remember it well. The eerily youthful “boy David” who went on to lead the Liberals through that pact; wildly enthusiastic meetings, 300 or more strong, greeting big hitters – George Brown, Lord Hailsham, Jo Grimond – up from the smoke; an enthusiasm and a turnout (81.5%) with referendum intensity.

Wildly enthusiastic meetings greeting big hitters – George Brown, Lord Hailsham, Jo Grimond – up from the smoke

One thing hasn’t altered to this day, though, as you munch a Selkirk lamb pie: a pervasive sense of community

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No spite, no spads: how David Steel routed the Tories 50 years ago
  Source: Guardian Unlimited Politics 2015-03-29 15:30:22 (58 seconds ago) 
In 1965 I covered the byelection that catapulted ‘the boy David’ into parliament – and I returned this week to open an exhibition of this political sensation Continue reading...




Clarkson a slow-driving nature lover
  Source: The Australian | News 2015-03-29 15:30:22 (58 seconds ago) 
The Top Gear host hopes to shake up television yet again.
Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-03-29 15:30:19 (1 minutes ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Saudi response to Swedish criticism tests Europe's reach
  Source: AP Top News 2015-03-29 15:30:06 (1 minutes ago) 
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Sweden's foreign minister is hardly the first diplomat to raise concerns about Saudi Arabia's human rights record, but when she used the word "dictatorship" in a speech last month she crossed a red line for the kingdom at a time of intense regional turmoil, igniting a diplomatic crisis. The harsh response from Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies jolted Stockholm's standing in the Arab world, threatened its Gulf business interests and may have imperiled its bi...
Saudi response to Swedish criticism tests Europe's reach
  Source: AP Top International News 2015-03-29 15:30:06 (1 minutes ago) 
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Sweden's foreign minister is hardly the first diplomat to raise concerns about Saudi Arabia's human rights record, but when she used the word "dictatorship" in a speech last month she crossed a red line for the kingdom at a time of intense regional turmoil, igniting a diplomatic crisis....
Saudi response to Swedish criticism tests Europe's reach
  Source: AP Top International News 2015-03-29 15:30:05 (1 minutes ago) 
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Sweden's foreign minister is hardly the first diplomat to raise concerns about Saudi Arabia's human rights record, but when she used the word "dictatorship" in a speech last month she crossed a red line for the kingdom at a time of intense regional turmoil, igniting a diplomatic crisis....






Saudi response to Swedish criticism tests Europe's reach
  Source: AP Top Headlines 2015-03-29 15:30:05 (1 minutes ago) 
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Sweden's foreign minister is hardly the first diplomat to raise concerns about Saudi Arabia's human rights record, but when she used the word "dictatorship" in a speech last month she crossed a red line for the kingdom at a time of intense regional turmoil, igniting a diplomatic crisis....
Analysis finds unequal pay for women at California capitol
  Source: AP Top California Headlines 2015-03-29 15:30:05 (1 minutes ago) 
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A newspaper says that California lawmakers don't pay women on their staffs as much as men, perpetuating an inequality by those who set state policy....
Michelle Obama declares 'Black Girls Rock!'
  Source: RSS Feed from LA Daily News: http://www.dailynews.com 2015-03-29 15:29:12 (2 minutes ago) 
DreamWorks' 'Home' bests 'Get Hard' at box office with $54M
  Source: RSS Feed from LA Daily News: http://www.dailynews.com 2015-03-29 15:29:12 (2 minutes ago) 
Carly Fiorina, former head of HP, likely to seek Republican presidential nomination
  Source: RSS Feed from LA Daily News: http://www.dailynews.com 2015-03-29 15:29:12 (2 minutes ago) 






Sorority Pleads for Help as Cops Search for Minnesota Student
  Source: NBC News Top Stories 2015-03-29 15:27:10 (4 minutes ago) 
University of Minnesota student Jennifer Houle went missing after last being seen at a bar Friday morning.
Body Found at NYC Building Explosion Site: Source
  Source: NBC News Top Stories 2015-03-29 15:27:10 (4 minutes ago) 
A body was found in the rubble Sunday at the site of the Manhattan explosion that sparked a massive fire and caused three buildings to collapse.






Teen in I-43 rollover crash suspected of driving drunk in stolen car
  Source: JS Online 2015-03-29 15:25:44 (6 minutes ago) 
The 17-year-old was the youngest of the eight drivers arrested over the weekend in the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office’s latest drunken-driving patrol.
CA Attorney General Accused Of Retaliation Against UTLA Art Teacher For Filing Lawsuit
  Source: Indybay newswire 2015-03-29 15:25:33 (6 minutes ago) 
Kamala Harris, California Attorney General is being charged with retaliating against a UTLA teacher and whistleblower Lorcan Kilroy for exposing child abuse. The corrupt officials of the LAUSD and the Commission On Teacher Credentials CTC have flagrantly violated the law and have systemic financial conflicts of interests and have allowed to get away with criminal activity by Attorney General Kamala Harris and other government officials.
Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-03-29 15:23:53 (7 minutes ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics




Fiorina likely GOP presidential candidate, attacks Clinton
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-03-29 15:21:57 (9 minutes ago) 
Affirmative wrist action: Pebble Time raises 20 MEELLION BUCKS on Kickstarter
  Source: The Register 2015-03-29 15:21:03 (10 minutes ago) 
78k backers chuck tons of cash at colour-screen smartwatch

Startup Pebble Time – which, we're told, plans to start shipping its wrist-puter in May – raised more than $20m during a month-long Kickstarter campaign.…

2 dead after small plane crash near Pennsylvania airport; cause under investigation
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2015-03-29 15:20:55 (10 minutes ago) 
Train hits, kills pedestrian in Coon Rapids
  Source: StarTribune.com Top Stories 2015-03-29 15:20:54 (10 minutes ago) 
The train hit the pedestrian about a quarter-mile northwest of where the tracks cross Hanson Boulevard.
Hulk Hogan inducts Macho Man into the WWE Hall of Fame (video)
  Source: Real-Time News: Latest Northeast Ohio News - cleveland.com 2015-03-29 15:20:47 (11 minutes ago) 
The Hulkster reminisced about the duo's early friendship and talked about Randy Savage's influence on his career.




To Avert Repeat of 2008, Clinton Team Hopes to Keep Bill at His Best
  Source: NYT > Most E-mailed Articles 2015-03-29 15:20:46 (11 minutes ago) 
Hillary Rodham Clinton’s advisers are trying to harness her husband’s gifts and rein in his impulses to avoid a repeat of her 2008 presidential campaign, when he was often a frustrated and unpredictable presence.
An American Military Convoy in Europe Aims to Reassure Allies
  Source: NYT > Home Page 2015-03-29 15:20:45 (11 minutes ago) 
Operation Dragoon Ride, consisting of 120 armored vehicles and more than 500 American troops, was envisioned as part public relations event, part training exercise and part signal to Russia.
Battle-scarred Earth: How war reshapes the planet
  Source: New Scientist - Online News 2015-03-29 15:20:43 (11 minutes ago) 
War isn't just for the history books. Bombs, munitions testing and chemical weapons dumps have left an indelible legacy on geology (full text available to subscribers)
Sorority Pleads for Help as Cops Search for Minnesota Student
  Source: MSNBC.com: U.S. News 2015-03-29 15:20:39 (11 minutes ago) 
University of Minnesota student Jennifer Houle went missing after last being seen at a bar Friday morning.






Christians around the world mark Palm Sunday
  Source: More from World - CBS News 2015-03-29 15:20:37 (11 minutes ago) 
From Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre to St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, faithful mark final Sunday leading up to Easter




Use Someone Else’s Behavior as Cues to Create New Habits
  Source: Lifehacker 2015-03-29 15:20:35 (11 minutes ago) 

Creating new habits is tough, even with a few tricks up your sleeve . The Cue-Routine-Reward systems works great, if you can find your cues. If you're having trouble, try using someone else's cue.

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Luxembourg warned about its reliance on multinational corporations
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-03-29 15:20:26 (11 minutes ago) 

G20’s ongoing plans for tax reform mean the country must diversify its economy, says the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

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Luxembourg warned about its reliance on multinational corporations
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-29 15:20:25 (11 minutes ago) 

G20’s ongoing plans for tax reform mean the country must diversify its economy, says the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Luxembourg flag must move away from its reliance on hosting internal financing functions for multinational businesses if it wants to guard against the impact of a G20-led crackdown on international tax avoidance, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has warned.

The grand duchy, which has a population of 550,000 and among the highest average income of any developed economy, received the warning from Angel Gurría, secretary-general of the OECD.

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Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-03-29 15:20:19 (11 minutes ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
East Village explosion: Body found in building rubble
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2015-03-29 15:20:14 (11 minutes ago) 




TV too diverse? Why it's only a start (Opinion)
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2015-03-29 15:20:14 (11 minutes ago) 
Opinion: TV too diverse? It's only a start
  Source: CNN.com 2015-03-29 15:20:11 (11 minutes ago) 
The mainstream shows featuring black characters are a sign of progress, but more are needed.
Woman dies following car, semi wreck
  Source: Chicago Tribune news - Nation/World 2015-03-29 15:20:09 (11 minutes ago) 
A 23-year-old woman died and another person was critically injured after a collision between a car and a semi tractor trailer Sunday morning in the Lower West Side community.
Dave Leitao back as DePaul basketball coach: reports
  Source: Chicago Tribune news - Nation/World 2015-03-29 15:20:09 (11 minutes ago) 
Ten years after leaving DePaul for Virginia, it looks like Dave Leitao will be back coaching the Blue Demons, according multiple reports.
Woman dies following car, semi wreck
  Source: Chicago Tribune news - Local news 2015-03-29 15:20:09 (11 minutes ago) 
A 23-year-old woman died and another person was critically injured after a collision between a car and a semi tractor trailer Sunday morning in the Lower West Side community.




Dave Leitao back as DePaul basketball coach
  Source: Chicago Tribune news - Local news 2015-03-29 15:20:09 (11 minutes ago) 
Ten years after leaving DePaul for Virginia, it looks like Dave Leitao will be back coaching the Blue Demons, the Tribune confirmed.






Michelle Obama declares 'Black Girls Rock!'
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-03-29 15:20:09 (11 minutes ago) 
Murray reaches 4th round at Miami Open with 499th victory
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-03-29 15:20:09 (11 minutes ago) 
Rick Barnes says he wanted to stay as Texas coach
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-03-29 15:20:09 (11 minutes ago) 
Oregon police kill cougar above popular hiking trail
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-03-29 15:20:08 (11 minutes ago) 

BEND, Ore. — An Oregon police officer shot and killed a cougar after it was spotted just above a popular hiking trail.

KTVZ-TV reports that the animal was seen Saturday evening near the summit of Pilot Butte, a 500-foot-tall, extinct cinder cone volcano, in Bend. It was a large male, just 15 yards from a paved road and hiking trail used by hundreds of people daily.





Rossi wins MotoGP opener in Qatar
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-03-29 15:20:07 (11 minutes ago) 
Italian legend Valentino Rossi wins the opening race of the 2015 MotoGP season in a thrilling finish in Qatar.
Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-03-29 15:10:23 (21 minutes ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Walker leads by 4 at windy Texas Open
  Source: ArabNews 2015-03-29 15:10:07 (21 minutes ago) 
Sun, 2015-03-29 18:19

SAN ANTONIO, Texas: American Jimmy Walker shot a three-under-par 69 to open up a four-shot lead as winds returned to vex players at the Texas Open on Saturday here.
Walker, who led by one...

Vettel tops Malaysian GP to end Mercedes streak
  Source: ArabNews 2015-03-29 15:10:07 (21 minutes ago) 
Sun, 2015-03-29 18:20

SEPANG, Malaysia: Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel won the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday to end Mercedes’ long Formula One winning streak and make the 2015 season look like a genuine contest...

Horton team wins 22nd Annual ABGR-AMEX Golf Tournament
  Source: ArabNews 2015-03-29 15:10:07 (21 minutes ago) 
Sun, 2015-03-29 18:20

RIYADH: ARAB NEWS
Scott Horton captained a team of mixed nationalities to resounding victory in the 22nd Annual ABGR-AMEX Golf Tournament at the Dirab Golf & Country Club on the...





Last minutes of ill-fated Germanwings flight
  Source: ArabNews 2015-03-29 15:10:07 (21 minutes ago) 
Sun, 2015-03-29 20:26

BERLIN: The Germanwings flight started like any other, the conversation in the cockpit normal, with co-pilot Andreas Lubitz offering no indication of the horror he would allegedly inflict.
...

Porte holds off Valverde charge to win Tour of Catalonia
  Source: ArabNews 2015-03-29 15:10:07 (21 minutes ago) 
Sun, 2015-03-29 20:32

BARCELONA: Australia’s Richie Porte sealed victory at the Tour of Catalonia on Sunday despite Spaniard Alejandro Valverde winning his third stage of the seven-day race.
Valverde picked up a...

Hornets sting Hawks reserves 115-100
  Source: ArabNews 2015-03-29 15:10:07 (21 minutes ago) 
Sun, 2015-03-29 20:32

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina: Kemba Walker scored 21 points and the Charlotte Hornets beat an Atlanta Hawks team missing all five starters, 115-100 in the NBA on Saturday night.
Gerald Henderson...

New No. 1 Nehwal wins Indian Open on home turf
  Source: ArabNews 2015-03-29 15:10:07 (21 minutes ago) 
Sun, 2015-03-29 20:32

NEW DELHI: Saina Nehwal, badminton’s new world No. 1, trounced her Thai challenger, Ratchanok Intanon, on Sunday to win the India Open women’s singles on home turf.
Nehwal defeated Ratchanok...

Argentina, Mexico notch Copa America warmup victories
  Source: ArabNews 2015-03-29 15:10:07 (21 minutes ago) 
Sun, 2015-03-29 20:32

BUENOS AIRES: Argentina rested Lionel Messi to let him recover from a sore foot but still had too much attacking firepower for El Salvador on Saturday as they ran out 2-0 winners in a friendly in...





Purefoods, Meralco complete Final Four cast
  Source: ArabNews 2015-03-29 15:10:07 (21 minutes ago) 
Sun, 2015-03-29 20:32

MANILA: Purefoods and Meralco worked out a sweat this time, but still got the job done just the same.
The defending champion Star Hotshots survived Alaska, 96-89, and the Bolts came back...

Djokovic, Serena clinch openers in contrasting style
  Source: ArabNews 2015-03-29 15:10:07 (21 minutes ago) 
Sun, 2015-03-29 20:32

MIAMI: Defending champions Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams launched their Miami Open repeat bids in constrasting style on Saturday, Djokovic battling past Martin Klizan as Williams cruised into...

Body Found in Rubble 3 Days After NYC Blast, Police Say
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2015-03-29 15:09:57 (21 minutes ago) 
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Three new tribes of voters will dominate this election
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-03-29 15:09:29 (22 minutes ago) 
None of the major parties has accepted the faultlines emerging between Scandi-Scotland, the asset-rich south-east and post-industrial Britain

Right now, party strategists are squinting at demographic tools that divide Britain into sub-tribes in a battle to woo voters in individual postcodes. But they’re missing the bigger picture. This election is set to be dominated by political divides that are new, and much larger. Instead of micro-demographic categories, what we’ll need to understand are dreams. These can be reduced to three geospatial identities, which I’ve labelled Scandi-Scotland, the asset-rich south-east and post-industrial Britain.

The whole drama of the election rests on the fact that none of the major parties has fully accepted the emergence of these new faultlines, and are still trying to capture a political centre that does not exist.

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Air Canada flight slides off runway in Halifax
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2015-03-29 15:08:58 (22 minutes ago) 
An Air Canada plane has slid off a runway and suffered heavy damage while landing in the east coast city of Halifax on Sunday (local time), sending more than 20 passengers and crew to hospital.




Gene Saks, a Tony Award-winning director who focused on Neil Simon plays, dies at 93
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2015-03-29 15:08:57 (22 minutes ago) 
Selfies at East Village explosion raise online furor
  Source: New York News - NY Daily News 2015-03-29 15:06:57 (24 minutes ago) 
A small collection of selfies that some careless social media participants have taken near the site of Thursday’s tragic East Village gas explosion are stoking widespread disgust.
Coney Island Cyclone gets stuck during first run of 2015
  Source: New York News - NY Daily News 2015-03-29 15:06:57 (24 minutes ago) 
Thrill seekers excited to be on a Brooklyn roller coaster’s first run of the season got more than they bargained for Sunday when the ride got stuck, leaving passengers stranded atop the wooden ride.
Unidentified body pulled from site of East Village explosion
  Source: New York News - NY Daily News 2015-03-29 15:06:56 (24 minutes ago) 
Search crews pulled a body Sunday from the rubble of three buildings destroyed by last week’s explosion in the East Village.






​Body found at site of NYC gas explosion
  Source: More from U.S. - CBS News 2015-03-29 15:06:01 (25 minutes ago) 
Emergency workers have been searching for two people missing since powerful blast, fire leveled three buildings




The Wall Street Journal: Indiana governor defends ‘religious freedom’ law
  Source: MarketWatch.com - Top Stories 2015-03-29 15:05:59 (25 minutes ago) 
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Sunday defended a controversial religious-objections bill he signed into law last week, saying he was “proud” of the legislation, and repeatedly declined to say whether it would allow discrimination against gay people.
Three new tribes of voters will dominate this election
  Source: Guardian Unlimited Politics 2015-03-29 15:04:46 (27 minutes ago) 
None of the major parties has accepted the faultlines emerging between Scandi-Scotland, the asset-rich south-east and post-industrial Britain Continue reading...
Three new tribes of voters will dominate this election
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-29 15:04:33 (27 minutes ago) 
None of the major parties has accepted the faultlines emerging between Scandi-Scotland, the asset-rich south-east and post-industrial Britain

Right now, party strategists are squinting at demographic tools that divide Britain into sub-tribes in a battle to woo voters in individual postcodes. But they’re missing the bigger picture. This election is set to be dominated by political divides that are new, and much larger. Instead of micro-demographic categories, what we’ll need to understand are dreams. These can be reduced to three geospatial identities, which I’ve labelled Scandi-Scotland, the asset-rich south-east and post-industrial Britain.

The whole drama of the election rests on the fact that none of the major parties has fully accepted the emergence of these new faultlines, and are still trying to capture a political centre that does not exist.

Continue reading...
Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-03-29 15:03:35 (28 minutes ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
The “How Does a U.N. Official Work?” Edition
  Source: Slate Articles 2015-03-29 15:00:53 (30 minutes ago) 

Listen to this episode of Working with guest Tony Banbury:





Experts: Aim of 2 Degrees Climate Goal Insufficient
  Source: Slashdot 2015-03-29 15:00:53 (30 minutes ago) 
An anonymous reader points out that a long held goal of keeping the Earth's average temperature from rising above 2 degrees Celsius might not be good enough. "A long-held benchmark for limiting global warming is 'utterly inadequate,' a leading U.N. climate scientist declared. Keeping the Earth's average temperature from rising past 2 degrees Celsius – a cap established by studies in the early 1970s – is far too loose a goal, Petra Tschakert, a professor at Penn State University and a lead author of an assessment report for the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, said in a commentary published in the journal Climate Change Responses. Already, with an average increase of just 0.8 degrees Celsius, she wrote, 'negative impacts' are 'widespread across the globe.' Tschakert called for lowering the warming target to 1.5 degrees Celsius."

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TIL shortly after a woman made up a fake Facebook profile to speak with her troubled 19yo niece, the niece asked the fictional boy to murder her Aunt, her Aunt's fiance, her cousin, and the family dog
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-03-29 15:00:46 (31 minutes ago) 
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WrestleMania 31: Sting confirms this will be his last ride with WWE
  Source: Real-Time News: Latest Northeast Ohio News - cleveland.com 2015-03-29 15:00:46 (31 minutes ago) 
Sting versus Triple H at WrestleMania 31 will likely be the last time you see the WCW icon in a wrestling match.
A Body Is Found at the East Village Explosion Site, Police Say
  Source: NYT > Home Page 2015-03-29 15:00:44 (31 minutes ago) 
Rescue workers have located a body among the wreckage. It was not clear if the body belonged to one of the two men missing.






Leading Suspect in Tunisia Museum Attack Killed
  Source: NBC News Top Stories 2015-03-29 15:00:41 (31 minutes ago) 
The March 18 attack on the National Bardo Museum left 22 people — mainly foreigners — and two gunmen dead.




Gibraltar make history with consolation goal in thrashing by Scotland
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-29 15:00:25 (31 minutes ago) 
• Scotland 6-1 Gibraltar
• Fletcher hat-trick, two Maloney penalties and Naismith earn win

Gibraltar, or Lee Casciaro to be precise, made history at Hampden Park. It is debatable whether or not the extent of Scotland’s scoring thereafter will offset the embarrassment attached to Casciaro’s intervention.

The 33-year-old policeman, who plies his football trade on a part-time basis for Lincoln Red Imps, scored Gibraltar’s first goal since they were granted full Uefa membership. Placed in further context, Gibraltar had arrived in Glasgow having conceded 21 goals in four previous Group D matches.

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Fernando Torres heals his Anfield wounds as Luis Suárez makes return
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-29 15:00:25 (31 minutes ago) 
• Steven Gerrard scores two penalties in charity match
• Thierry Henry, Didier Drogba and John Terry all involved
• Gerrard and Jamie Carragher set up all-star game

It was a sound which had not been heard at Anfield for more than four years and which nobody expected to ever again hear at this venue. But shortly after half-time it erupted into life, starting off in the Kop before spreading to all parts: “His armband proved he was a Red, Torres, Torres, You’ll Never Walk Alone it read, Torres, Torres, we bought the lad from sunny Spain, he gets the ball and scores again, Fernando Torres is Liverpool’s No9!”

Time, then, really is a healer, or maybe it was the fact this was a charity match and Fernando Torres had shown the warmth of spirit to travel from Madrid to Merseyside to take part. Either way, the acclaim that greeted his appearance after the interval was as heart-warming as it was surprising, proof that supporters can show love  for even the most loathed of former players.

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Andy Murray beats Santiago Giraldo to reach Miami Open fourth round
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-29 15:00:25 (31 minutes ago) 
• Murray, the world No4, wins 6-3, 6-4
• Novak Djokovic beats Martin Klizan in three sets

Andy Murray brushed aside Colombia’s Santiago Giraldo with the minimum of fuss in the third round of the Miami Open . A single break earned the Scot the first set before an explosive start to the second helped him complete a 6-3, 6-4 victory in one hour and 24 minutes.

The world No4 continued the commanding form he displayed in seeing off Donald Young on Friday and his opponent, ranked 31st in the world, had no answer.

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Northern Ireland sink Finland thanks to Kyle Lafferty double
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-29 15:00:25 (31 minutes ago) 

Kyle Lafferty exhibited precisely why he is at the vanguard of this seismic Northern Ireland renaissance, after helping to sink Finland’s hopes of qualification for Euro 2016. The rangy striker may be lounging at the on-loan Turkish outpost of Caykur Rizespor, but the Norwich City man came alive when needed at Windsor Park. Two goals in six first-half minutes have now genuinely pressed Northern Ireland into strong contention for automatic advancement to France next year.

Group favourites Romania visit Belfast in June, and with Lafferty as the outlet of firepower for a team which lacked fluency in nervous early stages, boss Michael O’Neill will feel absolutely buoyant with five games remaining.

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Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-03-29 15:00:19 (31 minutes ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics




Body found in N.Y. rubble
  Source: CNN.com 2015-03-29 15:00:12 (31 minutes ago) 
Crews searching at the site where a building exploded in New York's East Village found a body in the rubble Sunday, police said.
Some in Bergdahl's platoon not buying lawyer's claim
  Source: CNN.com 2015-03-29 15:00:12 (31 minutes ago) 
U.S. troops who served alongside Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl on the day he disappeared told CNN that the emerging "whistleblower" defense being prepared for him makes no sense.
Students urging greater investment in state universities
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-03-29 15:00:09 (31 minutes ago) 

BOSTON — Public university students will gather in Boston this week to press lawmakers for a greater investment in Massachusetts' nine state universities.

Students plan to converge at the Statehouse for an "advocacy day" aimed at persuading legislators to increase long-term funding.

Their call comes as all nine state university campuses increase enrollment amid growing demand. Organizers say recent studies have shown the system needs to graduate more students if Massachusetts is to remain competitive.

Watching my country from afar
  Source: BBC News - World 2015-03-29 15:00:07 (31 minutes ago) 
Missing out on Singapore's biggest story
Deal creates largest travel retailer
  Source: BBC News - World 2015-03-29 15:00:07 (31 minutes ago) 
Swiss firm Dufry buys a controlling stake in World Duty Free from the Benetton family, creating the world's largest travel retailer.




Deal creates largest travel retailer
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-03-29 15:00:07 (31 minutes ago) 
Swiss firm Dufry buys a controlling stake in World Duty Free from the Benetton family, creating the world's largest travel retailer.
Authorities: Body Found in Rubble 3 Days After Apparent Gas Explosion in Manhattan
  Source: ABC News: U.S. 2015-03-29 15:00:02 (31 minutes ago) 
Authorities: Body found in rubble 3 days after apparent gas explosion in Manhattan
Fernando Torres heals his Anfield wounds as Luis Suárez makes return
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-03-29 14:50:56 (40 minutes ago) 
• Steven Gerrard scores two penalties in charity match
• Thierry Henry, Didier Drogba and John Terry all involved
• Gerrard and Jamie Carragher set up all-star game

It was a sound which had not been heard at Anfield for more than four years and which nobody expected to ever again hear at this venue. But shortly after half-time it erupted into life, starting off in the Kop before spreading to all parts: “His armband proved he was a Red, Torres, Torres, You’ll Never Walk Alone it read, Torres, Torres, we bought the lad from sunny Spain, he gets the ball and scores again, Fernando Torres is Liverpool’s No9!”

Time, then, really is a healer, or maybe it was the fact this was a charity match and Fernando Torres had shown the warmth of spirit to travel from Madrid to Merseyside to take part. Either way, the acclaim that greeted his appearance after the interval was as heart-warming as it was surprising, proof that supporters can show love  for even the most loathed of former players.

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Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-03-29 14:50:18 (41 minutes ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
GE slide-in range doubles down on ovens, cooking
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2015-03-29 14:50:13 (41 minutes ago) 

It has lots of space, and it can cook too.

       




Miss. teaching hospital is key to state's future
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2015-03-29 14:50:13 (41 minutes ago) 

University of Mississippi Medical Center is as much about economic development as health care.

       
Body recovered from NYC building explosion
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2015-03-29 14:50:13 (41 minutes ago) 

Nineteen people were injured in the collapse. One man remains missing.

       
​Body found at site of NYC gas explosion
  Source: Breaking News: CBS News 2015-03-29 14:50:11 (41 minutes ago) 
Emergency workers have been searching for two people missing since powerful blast, fire leveled three buildings
A bumpy ride awaits the SNP on Westminster’s see-saw
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-03-29 14:49:35 (42 minutes ago) 
Like Parnell’s Irish home rulers, Nicola Sturgeon’s Scottish Nationalists risk becoming part of the system, outflanked by radicals

‘If you hold the balance, then you hold the power.” So says Alex Salmond. But any child balancing on a see-saw summit weighs power against peril. At each end, another child sits at your mercy. Yet if he or she jumps off, it’s you who goes tumbling.

So the SNP must beware if it wins the balance in the next House of Commons. (Still “if”: I know nobody in Scotland who doesn’t privately think the opinion polls exaggerate what’s coming.) Has it thought about the dangers of balancing, as well as the delights? The aim to “lock the Tories out” of power unlocks another question: who would then really be hostage to whom?

Related: Salmond says SNP will 'hold the power' in hung parliament

Remember the 'Feeble Fifty' – the great bloc of Scottish Labour MPs who marched south in the 1980s

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Gibraltar make history with consolation goal in thrashing by Scotland
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-03-29 14:49:34 (42 minutes ago) 
• Scotland 6-1 Gibraltar
• Fletcher hat-trick, two Maloney penalties and Naismith earn win

Gibraltar, or Lee Casciaro to be precise, made history at Hampden Park. It is debatable whether or not the extent of Scotland’s scoring thereafter will offset the embarrassment attached to Casciaro’s intervention.

The 33-year-old policeman, who plies his football trade on a part-time basis for Lincoln Red Imps, scored Gibraltar’s first goal since they were granted full Uefa membership. Placed in further context, Gibraltar had arrived in Glasgow having conceded 21 goals in four previous Group D matches.

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Andy Murray beats Santiago Giraldo to reach Miami Open fourth round
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-03-29 14:49:34 (42 minutes ago) 
• British No1 wins 6-3, 6-4
• Novak Djokovic beats Martin Klizan in three sets

Andy Murray brushed aside Colombia’s Santiago Giraldo with the minimum of fuss in the third round of the Miami Open . A single break earned the Scot the first set before an explosive start to the second helped him complete a 6-3 6-4 victory in one hour and 24 minutes.

The worldNo4 continued the commanding form he displayed in seeing off Donald Young on Friday and his opponent, ranked 31st in the world, had no answer.

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Northern Ireland sink Finland thanks to Kyle Lafferty double
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-03-29 14:49:34 (42 minutes ago) 

Kyle Lafferty exhibited precisely why he is at the vanguard of this seismic Northern Ireland renaissance, after helping to sink Finland’s hopes of qualification for Euro 2016. The rangy striker may be lounging at the on-loan Turkish outpost of Caykur Rizespor, but the Norwich City man came alive when needed at Windsor Park. Two goals in six first-half minutes have now genuinely pressed Northern Ireland into strong contention for automatic advancement to France next year.

Group favourites Romania visit Belfast in June, and with Lafferty as the outlet of firepower for a team which lacked fluency in nervous early stages, boss Michael O’Neill will feel absolutely buoyant with five games remaining.

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Sex offender therapist accused of sexually assaulting girl
  Source: StarTribune.com Top Stories 2015-03-29 14:48:51 (42 minutes ago) 
A clinical therapist at the Minnesota Sex Offender Program is accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting a girl and threatening to kill her if she told.
"Ghost ship" made of water and light
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-03-29 14:47:56 (43 minutes ago) 
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Can campaign battle break the Tory-Labour deadlock?
  Source: Guardian Unlimited Politics 2015-03-29 14:44:44 (47 minutes ago) 
On Monday the prime minister will ask the Queen to dissolve parliament, signalling the formal start of the election campaign. Ed Miliband is launching a ‘ground war’ with a spring in his step. How will David Cameron respond?

Shortly after the 90-minute Channel 4 and Sky television grilling of David Cameron and Ed Miliband drew to a close on Thursday night, Alastair Campbell tweeted his verdict. “Despite rightwing prism of the evening @ed_miliband nailed it. To those who say I would say that – if he hadn’t I’d have said nothing.”

Campbell is under no illusions about Ed Miliband. He knows he is no Tony Blair. The former spin doctor, who helped deliver two election victories for his boss, has been helping to coach the Labour leader for the television debates over long weekends in country hideaways with a former adviser to President Bill Clinton, David Axelrod, and the progress they had made was said to have been slow.

The Tories said our strength in the polls would dissolve like a lump of sugar in tea. But they are not well ahead of us

Things get lost in translation on Twitter and social media. It is really important to talk to voters

Moments of passion, idealism and even ferocity in that performance were among his [Miliband's] best yet

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The Guardian view on Margot Wallström: a splendidly undiplomatic diplomat
  Source: Guardian Unlimited Politics 2015-03-29 14:44:42 (47 minutes ago) 
Sweden’s foreign minister has spoken inconvenient truths concerning Saudi Arabia. And it is Riyadh, as much as Stockholm, that is left picking up the pieces. Other Europeans should learn from that Continue reading...
The Guardian view on the Tory/Lib Dem government: a pact that endured
  Source: Guardian Unlimited Politics 2015-03-29 14:44:41 (47 minutes ago) 
We may not love them. But this two-party administration has demonstrated that coalitions can produce stronger government than many supposed Continue reading...
A bumpy ride awaits the SNP on Westminster’s see-saw
  Source: Guardian Unlimited Politics 2015-03-29 14:44:41 (47 minutes ago) 
Like Parnell’s Irish home rulers, Nicola Sturgeon’s Scottish Nationalists risk becoming part of the system, outflanked by radicals Continue reading...
A bumpy ride awaits the SNP on Westminster’s see-saw
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-29 14:44:30 (47 minutes ago) 
Like Parnell’s Irish home rulers, Nicola Sturgeon’s Scottish Nationalists risk becoming part of the system, outflanked by radicals

‘If you hold the balance, then you hold the power.” So says Alex Salmond. But any child balancing on a see-saw summit weighs power against peril. At each end, another child sits at your mercy. Yet if he or she jumps off, it’s you who goes tumbling.

So the SNP must beware if it wins the balance in the next House of Commons. (Still “if”: I know nobody in Scotland who doesn’t privately think the opinion polls exaggerate what’s coming.) Has it thought about the dangers of balancing, as well as the delights? The aim to “lock the Tories out” of power unlocks another question: who would then really be hostage to whom?

Related: Salmond says SNP will 'hold the power' in hung parliament

Remember the 'Feeble Fifty' – the great bloc of Scottish Labour MPs who marched south in the 1980s

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Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-03-29 14:43:26 (48 minutes ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics




Some in Bergdahl's platoon undercut his emerging defense
  Source: CNN.com - Politics 2015-03-29 14:42:10 (49 minutes ago) 
Police: Body found 3 days after NYC blast
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-03-29 14:41:29 (50 minutes ago) 
For Erik Larson, the Lusitania’s passengers are as alive as ever
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2015-03-29 14:41:26 (50 minutes ago) 
In his new book, “Dead Wake,” the author tells the story of the fateful torpedoing that led to the U.S. entering World War I.
Clock Off
  Source: Slate Articles 2015-03-29 14:41:17 (50 minutes ago) 

Over the summer, inspired by events in last year’s Elite Eight, I investigated whether it was feasible to foul when the game is tied and the shot clock is off. There are many things to consider when determining if the strategy has merit. The tl;dr version of my analysis is that if the defending team doesn’t have a great chance to win in overtime and the offense is in the single bonus, the math often works out in favor of fouling. Especially if the offense has poor free-throw shooters.

The Rock did a fantastic job on SNL last night
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IamA student at a democratic high school where the kids run the daily affairs. AMA!
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I am a student at a democratic high school, The Delta Program in State College PA (home of Penn State) this means that all students have an equal say in their education and are expected to take control of their education. This means we get to vote on school rules, interact with staff on an equal level, staff plan individual lessons etc. To my knowledge there is no other public school like this in the USA

My Proof: School's website: http://www.scasd.org/domain/1454

Screenshot of email for further proof: http://i.imgur.com/fpx4u7z.png

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Deer counted in eastern Cleveland suburbs, Bay Village rejects $1.2 million for pipes, Olmsted considering merger: Weekend Update
  Source: Real-Time News: Latest Northeast Ohio News - cleveland.com 2015-03-29 14:41:10 (50 minutes ago) 
Eight east-side Cleveland suburbs counted 693 deer in an aerial survey. Bay Village turned down a $1.2 million deal with Cleveland Water to fix pipes because of concerns over Westlake leaving the system. And Olmsted Township will study merger possibilities.
An American Military Convoy in Europe Aims to Reassure Allies
  Source: NYT > International 2015-03-29 14:41:08 (50 minutes ago) 
Operation Dragoon Ride, consisting of 120 armored vehicles and more than 500 American troops, was envisioned as part public relations event, part training exercise and part signal to Russia.
EXCLUSIVE: Kerik on Giuliani breaking up their friendship
  Source: New York News - NY Daily News 2015-03-29 14:41:06 (50 minutes ago) 
Bernard Kerik tells the story of his fall from city correction and police commissioner to federal prison inmate.
Alternative Easter treats for food-allergy sufferers
  Source: New York News - NY Daily News 2015-03-29 14:41:06 (50 minutes ago) 
For Easter, gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free options that won't make you ill,




'Mad Men' creator on series end: 'I feel a responsibility'
  Source: New York News - NY Daily News 2015-03-29 14:41:06 (50 minutes ago) 
Matt Weiner would let Don Draper adopt his four sons before he would cough up secrets about how he plans to end “Mad Men.”
Eats Beat: Manhattan Cocktail Classic moves downtown
  Source: New York News - NY Daily News 2015-03-29 14:41:06 (50 minutes ago) 
Lonely Planet’s new book, “The World’s Best Brunches: Where to Find Them and How to Make Them” ($19.99) features 100 recipes.
Iconic Cyclone Rollercoaster Gets Stuck on Opening Day
  Source: MSNBC.com: U.S. News 2015-03-29 14:41:02 (50 minutes ago) 
The Coney Island Cyclone gave passengers a scare Sunday when it got stuck on its first run of the season, forcing riders to climb down by foot.
Saudi Arabia hopeful for nuclear deal with Iran as tensions in region rise
  Source: Los Angeles Times - World News 2015-03-29 14:40:58 (50 minutes ago) 
As U.S. negotiators raced to reach an agreement on Iran’s nuclear program before this week’s Tuesday deadline, Saudi Arabian ambassador Adel al-Jubeir expressed hope that a deal would be reached that would ensure regional stability.
Martin O'Malley on Clinton and Bush: White House is not a family affair
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-03-29 14:40:44 (51 minutes ago) 

Former Maryland governor and possible Democratic presidential candidate urges ‘new leadership and new perspectives’

Related: Will Martin O’Malley be Hillary Clinton's undoing in 2016 presidential race?

Potential Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley said on Sunday that the country needs fresh perspectives for confronting its problems and criticized the prospects of the Clinton and Bush families yet again seeking the White House.

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The Guardian view on Margot Wallström: a splendidly undiplomatic diplomat
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-03-29 14:40:44 (51 minutes ago) 
Sweden’s foreign minister has spoken inconvenient truths concerning Saudi Arabia. And it is Riyadh, as much as Stockholm, that is left picking up the pieces. Other Europeans should learn from that

The speeches of Margot Wallström, Sweden’s magnificently undiplomatic foreign minister, continue to reach those parts of the world that conventional platitudes cannot reach. Her remarks about the Saudi regime and its monstrous treatment of dissidents and women led the Saudis to withdraw their ambassador, cancel a speech Ms Wallström was due to give in front of the Arab League, and suspend the issue of business visas to all Swedes. Now the Saudis have decided to send their ambassador back to Stockholm, after King Carl Gustaf sent a personal envoy, a former defence minister, to Saudi Arabia’s King Salman.

The row reveals Sweden’s government as deeply split on the price worth paying for its principled embrace of human rights. The trade minister Mikael Damberg said in February that so far from withdrawing from contact or boycotting countries with dismal records, the country would prioritise relations with them, since trade was an excellent way to promote human rights. Nor did Ms Wallström ever demand or suggest that there should be any kind of Swedish disengagement from the Saudi regime.

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Raffaele Sollecito reveals 'tears of joy' after Meredith Kercher murder acquittal
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-03-29 14:40:44 (51 minutes ago) 

Former boyfriend of Amanda Knox would have been immediately arrested had his conviction been upheld but now wants to ‘begin to build a future’

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A chance to save Syria that world leaders must seize this week
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-03-29 14:40:44 (51 minutes ago) 
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Diane Abbott: Labour's 'controls on immigration' mugs are shameful
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-29 14:40:43 (51 minutes ago) 

Labour MP boils with anger over mugs being sold on party’s online store, and questions election promise to limit immigration in first place

Labour has faced criticism for selling a branded mug that boasts of the party’s plans to control immigration.

The red mug reads “controls on immigration” above the words “I’m voting Labour on 7 May”, and is on sale for £5 through its online merchandise store.

This shameful mug is an embarrassment. But real problem is that immigration controls are one of our 5 pledges at all pic.twitter.com/4xslD22Gcm

Wow. The stories are true. Labour have actually produced a campaign mug championing 'Controls on immigration' https://t.co/nDDB7AihVH #fb

“Fancy a brew in my ‘Controls for immigration mug’?”. Seriously, Labour. Scrap your Farage wannabe mugs and give people some bloody hope

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Raffaele Sollecito reveals 'tears of joy' after Meredith Kercher murder acquittal
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-29 14:40:43 (51 minutes ago) 

Former boyfriend of Amanda Knox would have been immediately arrested had his conviction been upheld but now wants to ‘begin to build a future’

Raffaele Sollecito said that he burst into “tears of joy” on being acquitted of the murder of British student Meredith Kercher on Friday, and that he now wants to build his future after more than seven years “living in fear”.

Sollecito was waiting at home late on Friday night when his sister phoned from Rome’s high court. “My father and I burst into tears of joy,” he said, on realising judges had quashed his 25-year sentence. In the surprise verdict, Italy’s court of cassation also ruled his American former girlfriend Amanda Knox innocent.

Related: Meredith Kercher murder: Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito acquitted

Related: Amanda Knox is free because she's rich and American, says Patrick Lumumba

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Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-03-29 14:40:33 (51 minutes ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Talks intensify on Iran's nuclear future
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2015-03-29 14:40:28 (51 minutes ago) 
Former Members of Bergdahl's Platoon Say Apparent Defense Makes No Sense
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2015-03-29 14:40:28 (51 minutes ago) 
Journey Through Time
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2015-03-29 14:40:28 (51 minutes ago) 
Smiling selfies at Manhattan blast site anger some
  Source: CNET News 2015-03-29 14:40:25 (51 minutes ago) 
Technically Incorrect: A photograph of seven women using a selfie stick to take pictures near the site of last week's East Village explosion causes quite a stir. And it's not the only smiling selfie from the scene.










Owner cited in Broward dog attack that left two hospitalized
  Source: Breaking News / South Florida Sun-Sentinel 2015-03-29 14:40:23 (51 minutes ago) 
A mother and son remained hospitalized Sunday after both were bitten by a dog that was running loose in their neighborhood west of Fort Lauderdale.
Northern Ireland 2-1 Finland
  Source: BBC News - World 2015-03-29 14:40:20 (51 minutes ago) 
Kyle Lafferty continues his hot goalscoring streak as Northern Ireland beat Finland to boost their chances of making Euro 2016.
Oregon Police Kill Cougar Above Popular Hiking Trail
  Source: ABC News: U.S. 2015-03-29 14:40:15 (51 minutes ago) 
Oregon police officer shoots, kills cougar above popular hiking trail in Bend
Body Recovered from NYC Building Collapse Site
  Source: ABC News: U.S. 2015-03-29 14:40:15 (51 minutes ago) 
Investigators looking for evidence, possible human remains.
Raffaele Sollecito reveals 'tears of joy' after Meredith Kercher murder acquittal
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-03-29 14:30:59 (1 hours ago) 

Former boyfriend of Amanda Knox would have been immediately arrested had his conviction been upheld but now wants to ‘begin to build a future’

Raffaele Sollecito said that he burst into “tears of joy” on being acquitted of the murder of British student Meredith Kercher on Friday, and that he now wants to build his future after more than seven years “living in fear”.

Sollecito was waiting at home late on Friday night when his sister phoned from Rome’s high court. “My father and I burst into tears of joy,” he said, on realising judges had quashed his 25-year sentence. In the surprise verdict, Italy’s court of cassation also ruled his American former girlfriend Amanda Knox innocent.

Related: Meredith Kercher murder: Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito acquitted

Related: Amanda Knox is free because she's rich and American, says Patrick Lumumba

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Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-03-29 14:30:22 (1 hours ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Frayed British Airways plays down MEGA HACK ATTACK on frequent flyer accounts
  Source: The Register 2015-03-29 14:29:41 (1 hours ago) 
Diane Abbott: Labour's 'controls on immigration' mugs are shameful
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-03-29 14:29:28 (1 hours ago) 

Labour MP boils with anger over mugs being sold on party’s online store, and questions election promise to limit immigration in first place

Labour has faced criticism for selling a branded mug that boasts of the party’s plans to control immigration.

The red mug reads “controls on immigration” above the words “I’m voting Labour on 7 May”, and is on sale for £5 through its online merchandise store.

This shameful mug is an embarrassment. But real problem is that immigration controls are one of our 5 pledges at all pic.twitter.com/4xslD22Gcm

Wow. The stories are true. Labour have actually produced a campaign mug championing 'Controls on immigration' https://t.co/nDDB7AihVH #fb

“Fancy a brew in my ‘Controls for immigration mug’?”. Seriously, Labour. Scrap your Farage wannabe mugs and give people some bloody hope

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The readers’ editor on… a trove of old and new definitions in the style guide
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-03-29 14:29:25 (1 hours ago) 
We are going to stop asserting that there is no such thing as a ‘trove’. But there are other linguistic battles that I think the Guardian should continue to fight

When to give up the ghost and when to battle on resisting change is the question. Sorry about the mixed metaphor, but my colleagues and I are grown weary of holding the line on some entries within the Guardian’s style guide and seek advice.

For instance, it is a breach of the guide to use the word “trove” alone. The guide says “treasure trove … the noun comprises both words – there is no such thing as a ‘trove’; if you don’t want to call it a treasure trove, the word hoard may be useful”.

Other words that may be lost (or losing) causes include bored with/by/of, enormity, who/whom, and swath/swathe

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Cavaliers v Roundheads is great telly but bad politics
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-03-29 14:29:25 (1 hours ago) 
A tendency to put politicians like Boris Johnson or Nigel Farage into one of two camps has been supercharged in the celebrity age

How quickly the leap from entertainment to deadly seriousness can be made. Whatever you think of Jeremy Clarkson, Top Gear, the BBC, or the supposed battle between petrolheads and our old friend “political correctness gone mad”, it is utterly grotesque that Tony Hall, the corporation’s director general, should have received death threats over his decision to sack the presenter.

Hall and his wife are reported to have 24-hour security at home, and I don’t blame them. The border between the plastic emotions of television and the reality of life and death has been scorched into invisibility. How seriously people take the truly trivial.

Related: Is George Osborne a closet Keynesian?

Johnson stands proxy for everyone who wishes they could get away with a similar policy on cake

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Report: Small plane crashed near Brandywine Airport
  Source: News -- Philly.com 2015-03-29 14:26:49 (1 hours ago) 
Authorities in Chester County report a small airplane has gone down in a wooded area near the Brandywine Airport in West Chester. It is not known how many people are aboard the plane.
​Drownings spike at border after enforcement surge
  Source: More from U.S. - CBS News 2015-03-29 14:25:52 (1 hours ago) 
More bodies are being found, as immigrants choose increasingly dangerous routes across the Rio Grande into South Texas
The Wall Street Journal: Officials make final push for Iran deal
  Source: MarketWatch.com - Top Stories 2015-03-29 14:25:49 (1 hours ago) 
Nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers could continue right up to Tuesday’s deadline, U.S. officials said Sunday, as the two sides sought to hammer out the outlines of a final deal.
Obama, Rogue Arab States Support Mass Murdering Yemenis
  Source: Indybay newswire 2015-03-29 14:25:06 (1 hours ago) 
Yemen
Cavaliers v Roundheads is great telly but bad politics
  Source: Guardian Unlimited Politics 2015-03-29 14:24:38 (1 hours ago) 
A tendency to put politicians like Boris Johnson or Nigel Farage into one of two camps has been supercharged in the celebrity age Continue reading...




Diane Abbott: Labour's 'controls on immigration' mugs are shameful
  Source: Guardian Unlimited Politics 2015-03-29 14:24:36 (1 hours ago) 

Labour MP boils with anger over mugs being sold on party’s online store, and questions election promise to limit immigration in first place

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Lib Dems launch election campaign, calling all aboard yellow bus
  Source: Guardian Unlimited Politics 2015-03-29 14:24:36 (1 hours ago) 

Nick Clegg kicks off six-week tour in marginal seat of Oxford West and Abingdon, highlighting party’s commitment to women’s issues

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Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-03-29 14:23:18 (1 hours ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Home Proves Stronger Than Get Hard at Weekend Box Office
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2015-03-29 14:21:12 (1 hours ago) 
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Frayed British Airways plays down MEGA HACK ATTACK on frequent flyer accounts
  Source: The Register 2015-03-29 14:21:10 (1 hours ago) 
In-a-pickle firm insists personal info is safe after breach

Wrongdoers have hacked into tens of thousands of British Airways' frequent flyer accounts, however the travel giant claimed on Sunday that no personal information had been swiped.…





Oregon police officer shoots, kills cougar above popular hiking trail in Bend
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2015-03-29 14:21:03 (1 hours ago) 
Libraries.
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-03-29 14:20:56 (1 hours ago) 

I work in two public libraries part time while i'm in college and can't stress enough how incredibly cost effective they can be. We offer so many free services from books and movies to free classes and skill training.

The greatest thing right now is that we offer free tax assistance from local experts. Depending on where you live, services may be great or sub-par because it depends in property values and state funding etc, but the overall sentiment is that it's the one place you can go where we're not trying to sell you something. We want you to succeed by offering the tools you need. Libraries are so self-aware and are absolutely keeping up with the times.

I'm on the east coast US and we are getting 3D printers, have cloud services, and have digital e-book downloading. It saddens me when libraries are overlooked for such basic things like free internet. We are here to save you money and to, again, give you the tools you need to succeed. The only draw back I see to them is that we live in the "now" society. Some items you have to wait for, but if demand is high, we buy another copy.

Edit: We also have Job/Career services. Just ask and see what services they provide. If they have a website it's going to be listed on there.

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Overpraising kids can lead to narcissism: Multitasking Moms and Dads
  Source: Real-Time News: Latest Northeast Ohio News - cleveland.com 2015-03-29 14:20:55 (1 hours ago) 
Parents may overvalue their kids in hopes of boosting their self-esteem. But a study by Ohio State University and the University of Amsterdam found that such praise may make kids narcissistic. That's a problem.
Tribes See Name on Oregon Maps as Being Out of Bounds
  Source: NYT > Most E-mailed Articles 2015-03-29 14:20:53 (1 hours ago) 
Several place names in eastern Oregon include the word “squaw,” which Native Americans say is offensive. An effort to change the names has been long and difficult.
Editorial: Preparing for Tomorrow’s Storms
  Source: NYT > Most E-mailed Articles 2015-03-29 14:20:53 (1 hours ago) 
Drought is not the only environmental risk California residents face.




Is more time needed to improve the Iran nuclear deal?
  Source: More from World - CBS News 2015-03-29 14:20:43 (1 hours ago) 
A top Democrat and Republican say that the U.S. could end up with a bad deal if it rushes to meet the March 31 deadline for negotiations
Transitory.Me Temporarily Shares Your Location With Anyone
  Source: Lifehacker 2015-03-29 14:20:40 (1 hours ago) 

iOS: Apple's Find My Friends shares your location with other iOS users. If the other person isn't on an iPhone, Transitory.Me will share your location by email or text message.

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Air Canada plane crash lands and skids off runway in Halifax - video
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-03-29 14:20:31 (1 hours ago) 
An Air Canada flight has crash landed in the east coast city of Halifax due to poor weather. It went off the runway injuring 23 people. The plane, carrying 133 passengers and five crew members, hit the runway hard causing the landing gear and at least one of the engines to rip from aircraft Continue reading...
Mafia victims criticise Godfather tours by son of infamous Sicily boss
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-03-29 14:20:31 (1 hours ago) 

Addiopizzo group condemns tourist venture of Angelo Provenzano, whose father ordered notorious murders of anti-mafia magistrates Falcone and Borsellino

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Arab states plan joint military force to combat common Middle East threats
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-03-29 14:20:31 (1 hours ago) 

Egyptian president Abdul Fatah al-Sisi announces initiative at an Arab League summit, primarily aimed at countering the threat posed by Isis

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Arab states plan joint military force to combat common Middle East threats
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-29 14:20:31 (1 hours ago) 

Egyptian president Abdul Fatah al-Sisi announces initiative at an Arab League summit, primarily aimed at countering the threat posed by Isis

Arab states have said they will try to assemble a unified military force to combat common threats across the Middle East, which regional leaders say is now more volatile and polarised than at any point in at least 35 years.

The mooted force would be 40,000 strong, based in Cairo or Riyadh and would be deployed to counter threats anywhere from Libya to Yemen.

Related: Iran-Saudi proxy war in Yemen explodes into region-wide crisis

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SNP would demand to be consulted by minority Labour government
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-29 14:20:31 (1 hours ago) 

Stewart Hosie says Ed Miliband’s failure to speak to SNP would be ‘very dangerous tactic’ but confirms approval of Labour’s proposed increase on top tax

Senior figures in the Scottish National party have threatened to oppose a minority Labour government if Ed Miliband refuses to negotiate with the SNP on his first Queen’s speech.

Stewart Hosie, the SNP’s deputy leader, provoked a furious response from senior Labour strategists after saying his party would demand talks on the contents of Labour’s first legislative programme in return for their backing in a hung parliament, even without a formal deal.

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Surveillance should worry journalists and the public – whatever politicians say
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-29 14:20:31 (1 hours ago) 
David Cameron knows he is likely to win more votes as a Top Gear fan than by supporting reporters

This column is not about Jeremy Clarkson. Its subject matter is unlikely to prompt 1 million people to sign an online petition nor lead to tanks being driven into central London. It is, however, a subject that unites journalists from the Guido Fawkes blog’s tank protesters to the BBC and beyond, and it should matter to every single UK citizen.

The problem is that the laws involving surveillance of our personal data have become so elaborate and so mired in fears of terrorism and other horrifying crimes that few people get as upset about them as they do about a minion-thumping TV presenter. And yet a raft of outdated laws now offer unprecedented power in the digital age for the state to seize valuable information about us all. That the security services are routinely doing this to journalists, whose job should be to hold the powerful to account while protecting those who help them to do so, runs counter to the individual freedoms that are Magna Carta’s 800-year legacy.

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The readers’ editor on… a trove of old and new definitions in the style guide
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-29 14:20:31 (1 hours ago) 
We are going to stop asserting that there is no such thing as a ‘trove’. But there are other linguistic battles that I think the Guardian should continue to fight

When to give up the ghost and when to battle on resisting change is the question. Sorry about the mixed metaphor, but my colleagues and I are grown weary of holding the line on some entries within the Guardian’s style guide and seek advice.

For instance, it is a breach of the guide to use the word “trove” alone. The guide says “treasure trove … the noun comprises both words – there is no such thing as a ‘trove’; if you don’t want to call it a treasure trove, the word hoard may be useful”.

Other words that may be lost (or losing) causes include bored with/by/of, enormity, who/whom, and swath/swathe

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Cavaliers v Roundheads is great telly but bad politics
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-29 14:20:31 (1 hours ago) 
A tendency to put politicians like Boris Johnson or Nigel Farage into one of two camps has been supercharged in the celebrity age

How quickly the leap from entertainment to deadly seriousness can be made. Whatever you think of Jeremy Clarkson, Top Gear, the BBC, or the supposed battle between petrolheads and our old friend “political correctness gone mad”, it is utterly grotesque that Tony Hall, the corporation’s director general, should have received death threats over his decision to sack the presenter.

Hall and his wife are reported to have 24-hour security at home, and I don’t blame them. The border between the plastic emotions of television and the reality of life and death has been scorched into invisibility. How seriously people take the truly trivial.

Related: Is George Osborne a closet Keynesian?

Johnson stands proxy for everyone who wishes they could get away with a similar policy on cake

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Rutgers Student Allegedly Took LSD, Got Naked, Stabbed Friend
  Source: Gawker 2015-03-29 14:20:26 (1 hours ago) 

A Rutgers student was arrested for attempted murder on Saturday after police say the man removed his clothing and stabbed a classmate in the neck under the influence of LSD, the Associated Press reports.

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Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-03-29 14:20:20 (1 hours ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Just how many elected officials are there in the United States? The answer is mind-blowing
  Source: Daily Kos 2015-03-29 14:20:16 (1 hours ago) 
These freshmen members of the 114th Congress are just the tip of the electoral iceberg At a recent company retreat, a colleague and I were nerding out (as is our wont) and debating a question: Just how many elected officials are there in the United States in total? It's an easy question to start answering—you begin with the president and vice president (two), plus Congress (535), then move on to governors (another 50). And if you're a real elections junkie, you may be aware that there are around 7,000 state legislators nationwide.

But that barely scratches the surface. There are over 3,000 counties and more than 19,000 cities and towns ... and almost every one of those has some form of elected government, including county executives, county councils, mayors, and city councils. That still scarcely covers it, though, because that doesn't include things like judges, school boards, water boards, mosquito control boards (!)—hell, even coroner is an elected position in some places. And in Duxbury, Vermont, they actually elect, yes, the dog catcher.

Once you really start counting, the numbers get very big very quickly. And amazingly, someone actually has tried counting: government Prof. Jennifer Lawless, who assembled the remarkable table below in her 2012 book Becoming a Candidate:

Check out that number in the bottom right-hand corner: over half a million! That means more than one out of every thousand people in this country is an elected official of one sort or another. So there's a decent chance you personally know at least one—or maybe you even are one yourself—though as Lawless points out, most of these positions "pay only a token salary and meet on a limited basis," so the vast majority of these officials have other full-time jobs.

(Note: Lawless' number of "statewide elected offices" appears to contain a typo; it should probably be more like 1,000. That still doesn't affect the bottom-line number very much, though. Hardcore election junkies may also recall that Lawless once ran for office herself, losing a 2006 primary challenge to Democratic Rep. Jim Langevin in Rhode Island's 2nd District by a 62-38 margin.)

Hold on, though, because there's even more. One category Lawless leaves out (not unreasonably) are party officials, who in many states are often elected on primary ballots, alongside candidates for regular office. For instance, in Louisiana, voters elect representatives to the Democratic State Central Committee; New York has something similar called district leaders. How many of these folks are there? We haven't found a tally anywhere, but the answer is undoubtedly "a lot"—enough to swell that 500,000-plus figure by a fair bit, for sure.

That monstrous number, whatever it may be exactly, prompts some questions of its own, though. For starters, do we have too many elections and elected offices in this country? Surely jobs like judge and coroner should be appointed positions, but beyond that, do we really need so many overlapping layers of government?

But since there are so many opportunities to get elected to office, why do so many people insist on starting for the first time at the highest levels, like state legislature or Congress? Those (relatively) plum posts are just the tip of the elective iceberg and are thus very difficult to win. If you're considering running for office as a new candidate, there are literally hundreds of thousands of other ways to gain a foothold, build up your experience, and serve your community.

And for progressives in particular, especially if you live in a red area, this is how we build our power—not by sending our rookies to wage longshot bids for top-shelf positions but by bulking up our bench in every nook and cranny of the electoral world. Rep. Mike Honda, a vocal progressive this community supported in his re-election bid last year, started his career as a school board member, for instance. The next Mike Honda is waiting out there, and she may even be reading this post.

(A special "thank you" to Chris Galdieri for pointing me to Lawless' research.)

Minnow Gibraltar off the mark
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2015-03-29 14:20:14 (1 hours ago) 
Scotland 6-1 Gibraltar
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-03-29 14:20:07 (1 hours ago) 
Scotland record their most emphatic victory for almost nine years, eventually brushing aside Gibraltar.




Women's Footballer of the Year
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-03-29 14:20:07 (1 hours ago) 
Football fans are being given the chance to vote for the BBC Women's Footballer of the Year 2015 from a five-player shortlist.
VIDEO: Malaysian Grand Prix highlights
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-03-29 14:20:07 (1 hours ago) 
Watch highlights of the Malaysian Grand Prix at the Sepang International Circuit.
Jess Glynne scores UK number one
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-03-29 14:20:07 (1 hours ago) 
Jess Glynne tops the UK singles chart for the first time as a solo artist with her track Hold My Hand.
Northern Ireland 2-1 Finland
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-03-29 14:20:07 (1 hours ago) 
Kyle Lafferty continues his hot goalscoring streak as Northern Ireland beat Finland to boost their chances of making Euro 2016.
Building Collapse Debris Taken for Further Examination
  Source: ABC News: U.S. 2015-03-29 14:20:02 (1 hours ago) 
Investigators looking for evidence, possible human remains.




Ex-Dardenne Prairie official gets $70,000 in settlement of suit against city
  Source: STLtoday.com Top News Headlines 2015-03-29 14:20:02 (1 hours ago) 
Coreen Conroy, the city's former court administrator, had alleged she was fired partly because of a cancer-related disability.
Arab states plan joint military force to combat common Middle East threats
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-03-29 14:10:57 (1 hours ago) 

Egyptian president Abdul Fatah al-Sisi announces initiative at an Arab League summit, primarily aimed at countering the threat posed by Isis

Arab states have said they will try to assemble a unified military force to combat common threats across the Middle East, which regional leaders say is now more volatile and polarised than at any point in at least 35 years.

The mooted force would be 40,000 strong, based in Cairo or Riyadh and would be deployed to counter threats anywhere from Libya to Yemen.

Related: Iran-Saudi proxy war in Yemen explodes into region-wide crisis

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The Margin: NYC Mayor de Blasio thinks we should all get more sleep
  Source: MarketWatch.com - Top Stories 2015-03-29 14:10:40 (1 hours ago) 
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is a late riser, and a study shows we all may be healthier if we follow suit.
Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-03-29 14:10:30 (1 hours ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Fiorina likely GOP presidential candidate, attacks Clinton
  Source: AP Top Political News 2015-03-29 14:10:18 (1 hours ago) 
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former technology executive Carly Fiorina says she is more than 90 percent likely to seek the Republican presidential nomination. And she is questioning the confidence people can have in likely Democratic contender Hillary Rodham Clinton....




Tenants face £70m rent rise as social housing converted to 'affordable' homes
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-03-29 14:09:35 (1 hours ago) 

London housing associations have responded to shortfall in government funding by recategorising tenancies so they can set rents at the highest possible level

London’s poorest households have been hit by a £70m rent rise as housing associations quietly switch thousands of tenancies to higher rates to make up a shortfall in government funding.

About 25,000 homes in the capital have been converted from “social” housing to “affordable” since 2012, according to latest figures from the Greater London authority, and thousands more are to follow in a policy that has sparked tenants’ rebellions.

Related: Housing: are we reaching a tipping point? | Zoe Williams

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SNP would demand to be consulted by minority Labour government
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-03-29 14:09:35 (1 hours ago) 

Stewart Hosie says Ed Miliband’s failure to speak to SNP would be ‘very dangerous tactic’ but confirms approval of Labour’s proposed increase on top tax

Senior figures in the Scottish National party have threatened to oppose a minority Labour government if Ed Miliband refuses to negotiate with the SNP on his first Queen’s speech.

Stewart Hosie, the SNP’s deputy leader, provoked a furious response from senior Labour strategists after saying his party would demand talks on the contents of Labour’s first legislative programme in return for their backing in a hung parliament, even without a formal deal.

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Surveillance should worry journalists and the public – whatever politicians say
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-03-29 14:09:34 (1 hours ago) 
David Cameron knows he is likely to win more votes as a Top Gear fan than by supporting reporters

This column is not about Jeremy Clarkson. Its subject matter is unlikely to prompt 1 million people to sign an online petition nor lead to tanks being driven into central London. It is, however, a subject that unites journalists from the Guido Fawkes blog’s tank protesters to the BBC and beyond, and it should matter to every single UK citizen.

The problem is that the laws involving surveillance of our personal data have become so elaborate and so mired in fears of terrorism and other horrifying crimes that few people get as upset about them as they do about a minion-thumping TV presenter. And yet a raft of outdated laws now offer unprecedented power in the digital age for the state to seize valuable information about us all. That the security services are routinely doing this to journalists, whose job should be to hold the powerful to account while protecting those who help them to do so, runs counter to the individual freedoms that are Magna Carta’s 800-year legacy.

Continue reading...
Kell Brook beats Jo Jo Dan to retain IBF world welterweight title
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-03-29 14:09:33 (1 hours ago) 
• Dan throws in towel at end of round four
• Brook calls for fight with Amir Khan

Kell Brook retained his IBF welterweight title with a dominant knockout victory over Jo Jo Dan in an emotionally charged homecoming at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena.

Brook, who now boasts an unblemished 34-fight professional record, completed a long-anticipated ascent to world champion status with a majority decision win over the American Shawn Porter in Carson, California last August.

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Jonny Wilkinson plays down talk of England kicking consultant role
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-03-29 14:09:33 (1 hours ago) 
• ‘I’d love to do that but I’m not involved in any way. I coach with Toulon’
• ‘It’s unfortunately something that’s been misreported, I think’
• Jevans leaves England’s Rugby World Cup plans in great shape

England’s record-breaking former fly-half Jonny Wilkinson wants to work with the national team in a coaching capacity but stressed he was not about to link up with the side.

The 35-year-old had been reported to be on the verge of taking a kicking consultancy role with England as they build towards the World Cup on home soil. However Wilkinson, who scored 1,179 points for in 91 appearances, said he remained committed to his coaching role at Toulon.

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London Welsh relegated after defeat by Bath but told to look to the future
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-03-29 14:09:33 (1 hours ago) 
• London Welsh 14-29 Bath
• Bath hold back players for Champions Cup quarter-final
• Rowland Phillips replaces Justin Burnell as London Welsh coach

The London Welsh players stood in a large circle at the end of a defeat that confirmed they would finish at the bottom of the Premiership. They listened to their head coach, Rowland Phillips, who had taken charge for the first time, speaking forcefully after a match that revealed the considerable gap between the sides but without the need for a cricket scoreboard.

Bath, who moved to third in the tableahead of Saturday’s Champions Cup quarter-final against Leinster in Dublin, were made to work for their five tries while London Welsh, despite spending most of the afternoon in their own half, scored two, the second coming from their imposing No8, Opeti Fonua, who will get more opportunities to make dents in Premiership defenders next season when he joins Leicester.

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Republic of Ireland v Poland: Euro 2016 qualifier – live!
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-03-29 14:09:32 (1 hours ago) 
Live updates from the Group D fixture. Kick-off is 7.45pm
Live scoreboard! Click here for the all the goals in the other gamesAnd click here to see how each Euro 2016 group stands!Email ian.mccourt@theguardian.com | Tweet: @ianmccourt

6.50pm BST

So here we are then. The Aviva. Lansdowne Road. Dublin 4. The Republic of Ireland versus Poland. Are your knees knocking? Is your stomach churning like an untamed sea? Are your fingers bare of nail? If you are a fan of the boys in green, then you should be. This is a big one. Not quite Holland in 2001, not quite Northern Ireland in 1993 and not quite Malta in 1989 but still a big one. And if anyone should tell you that not winning is not the end of the world and that a draw would do, then feel free to point them in the direction of Hell or Connaught and give them a boot up the backside to help them on their way. They deserve it.

Shay Given is one (and apologies in advance for the repetition). “It’s not [a] must-win yet,” he said during the week, “but it’s must-not-lose, I suppose.” Oh Shay. Seriously dude. Come on now. Just look at the table. Before tonight’s games, Ireland are in fourth place. They are three points behind first-placed Poland yet level with second-placed Germany and third-placed Scotland. But that point parity won’t be lasting for long. Scotland are going to do one on Gibraltar and Germany are going to do something similar to Georgia. By the time the whistle blows and Aviva crowd emit a low roar, Ireland could be a seven-point island, cut adrift from the group’s mainland and main contenders for qualification. That might be too much to make up, even at this early enough stage.

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U in rear-view mirror: Rau signs with Florida's AHL team
  Source: StarTribune.com Top Stories 2015-03-29 14:08:57 (1 hours ago) 
Gophers two-time captain Kyle Rau signed an entry-level contract with the Florida Panthers.
Nigerians vote Sunday despite violence, technical hitches
  Source: RSS Feed from LA Daily News: http://www.dailynews.com 2015-03-29 14:08:09 (1 hours ago) 
Air Canada flight slides off Halifax runway, injuring passengers
  Source: News: World -- Philly.com 2015-03-29 14:07:20 (1 hours ago) 
US-AIR-CANADA-ACCIDENT:Air Canada flight slides off Halifax runway, injuring passengers




Air Canada flight slides off Halifax runway, injuring passengers
  Source: News: Nation -- Philly.com 2015-03-29 14:07:18 (1 hours ago) 
US-AIR-CANADA-ACCIDENT:Air Canada flight slides off Halifax runway, injuring passengers
Train hits pickup, critically injuring elderly man
  Source: News -- Philly.com 2015-03-29 14:06:54 (1 hours ago) 
BAINBRIDGE, Pa. (AP) - Authorities say an elderly man was critically injured when his pickup truck was hit by a train in central Pennsylvania.
The Wall Street Journal: Arab League agrees to create joint military force
  Source: MarketWatch.com - Top Stories 2015-03-29 14:05:56 (1 hours ago) 
The 22-member Arab League on Sunday called for the creation of a joint military force to counter extremism and police instability across the Middle East amid a Saudi Arabia-led operation carrying out airstrikes in Yemen.
SNP would demand to be consulted by minority Labour government
  Source: Guardian Unlimited Politics 2015-03-29 14:04:44 (1 hours ago) 

Stewart Hosie says Ed Miliband’s failure to speak to SNP would be ‘very dangerous tactic’ but confirms approval of Labour’s proposed increase on top tax

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Tenants face £70m rent rise as social housing converted to 'affordable' homes
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-29 14:04:34 (1 hours ago) 

London housing associations have responded to shortfall in government funding by recategorising tenancies so they can set rents at the highest possible level

London’s poorest households have been hit by a £70m rent rise as housing associations quietly switch thousands of tenancies to higher rates to make up a shortfall in government funding.

About 25,000 homes in the capital have been converted from “social” housing to “affordable” since 2012, according to latest figures from the Greater London authority, and thousands more are to follow in a policy that has sparked tenants’ rebellions.

Related: Housing: are we reaching a tipping point? | Zoe Williams

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Kell Brook beats Jo Jo Dan to retain IBF world welterweight title
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-29 14:04:32 (1 hours ago) 
• Dan throws in towel at end of round four
• Brook calls for fight with Amir Khan

Kell Brook retained his IBF welterweight title with a dominant knockout victory over Jo Jo Dan in an emotionally charged homecoming at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena.

Brook, who now boasts an unblemished 34-fight professional record, completed a long-anticipated ascent to world champion status with a majority decision win over the American Shawn Porter in Carson, California last August.

Continue reading...
Jonny Wilkinson plays down talk of England kicking consultant role
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-29 14:04:32 (1 hours ago) 
• ‘I’d love to do that but I’m not involved in any way. I coach with Toulon’
• ‘It’s unfortunately something that’s been misreported, I think’
• Jevans leaves England’s Rugby World Cup plans in great shape

England’s record-breaking former fly-half Jonny Wilkinson wants to work with the national team in a coaching capacity but stressed he was not about to link up with the side.

The 35-year-old had been reported to be on the verge of taking a kicking consultancy role with England as they build towards the World Cup on home soil. However Wilkinson, who scored 1,179 points for in 91 appearances, said he remained committed to his coaching role at Toulon.

Continue reading...
London Welsh relegated after defeat by Bath but told to look to the future
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-29 14:04:32 (1 hours ago) 
• London Welsh 14-29 Bath
• Bath hold back players for Champions Cup quarter-final
• Rowland Phillips replaces Justin Burnell as London Welsh coach

The London Welsh players stood in a large circle at the end of a defeat that confirmed they would finish at the bottom of the Premiership. They listened to their head coach, Rowland Phillips, who had taken charge for the first time, speaking forcefully after a match that revealed the considerable gap between the sides but without the need for a cricket scoreboard.

Bath, who moved to third in the tableahead of Saturday’s Champions Cup quarter-final against Leinster in Dublin, were made to work for their five tries while London Welsh, despite spending most of the afternoon in their own half, scored two, the second coming from their imposing No8, Opeti Fonua, who will get more opportunities to make dents in Premiership defenders next season when he joins Leicester.

Continue reading...
Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-03-29 14:03:26 (1 hours ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Four-Year-Old Girl Boards Bus Alone in Late-Night Search for Slushie
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2015-03-29 14:01:29 (2 hours ago) 
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Rhode Island teachers sue to be allowed Good Friday off as religious holiday
  Source: Breaking News / South Florida Sun-Sentinel 2015-03-29 14:01:23 (2 hours ago) 
Anne McLaughlin has done the same thing on Good Friday for more than 30 years: She takes the day off and attends church, where she spends the afternoon reflecting on her faith.
Driver hits I-90 overpass pillar, is killed
  Source: StarTribune.com Top Stories 2015-03-29 14:01:15 (2 hours ago) 
Killed was a 28-year-old man from Albert Lea, Minn., the patrol said.
Parole officer accused of raping woman during home visit: The victim said she recorded the incident on her phone not only so police would believe her, but so that he would not be able to write a false parole violation against her for reporting the ra
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-03-29 14:01:09 (2 hours ago) 
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Every episode of Family Feud ever
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-03-29 14:01:09 (2 hours ago) 
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ArtsBeat: Family-Friendly ‘Home’ Takes Top Box-Office Spot
  Source: NYT > Home Page 2015-03-29 14:01:06 (2 hours ago) 
“Home” trumped “Get Hard,” a Warner Bros. effort starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart.










Voices: There's Something About Selena
  Source: NBC News Top Stories 2015-03-29 14:01:03 (2 hours ago) 
On the eve of the 20-year anniversary of Selena's shooting death, Raul Reyes writes a first-person essay on why he was drawn to the Tejano singer.
'Shameless': Indiana Gov. Defends Controversial Religion Freedom Law
  Source: NBC News Top Stories 2015-03-29 14:01:03 (2 hours ago) 
"This is not about discrimination. This is about empowering people to confront government overreach," Pence said Sunday.






New York Times Editors Endorse Murdering Millions of Iranians
  Source: Indybay newswire 2015-03-29 14:00:42 (2 hours ago) 
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El accidente del vuelo de la Germanwings, el asunto griego y, las Andaluzas y Departament
  Source: Indybay newswire 2015-03-29 14:00:42 (2 hours ago) 
La tragedia de los Alpes lleva ya varios días monopolizando la actualidad; las negociaciones entre el gobierno griego y la UE apenas son mencionadas y cuando se hace, se levantan malos augurios. Se ha hablado un poco más de las Andaluzas y se ha hecho alguna mención a las elecciones francesas.
Obama: Tool Of The Cruel Plans To Extend Afghanistan War, The US' Longest
  Source: Indybay newswire 2015-03-29 14:00:42 (2 hours ago) 
Obama plans to extend Afghanistan War




Republic of Ireland v Poland: Euro 2016 qualifier – live!
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-29 14:00:37 (2 hours ago) 
Live updates from the Group D fixture. Kick-off is 7.45pm
Live scoreboard! Click here for the all the goals in the other gamesAnd click here to see how each Euro 2016 group stands!Email ian.mccourt@theguardian.com | Tweet: @ianmccourt

6.50pm BST

So here we are then. The Aviva. Lansdowne Road. Dublin 4. The Republic of Ireland versus Poland. Are your knees knocking? Is your stomach churning like an untamed sea? Are your fingers bare of nail? If you are a fan of the boys in green, then you should be. This is a big one. Not quite Holland in 2001, not quite Northern Ireland in 1993 and not quite Malta in 1989 but still a big one. And if anyone should tell you that not winning is not the end of the world and that a draw would do, then feel free to point them in the direction of Hell or Connaught and give them a boot up the backside to help them on their way. They deserve it.

Shay Given is one (and apologies in advance for the repetition). “It’s not [a] must-win yet,” he said during the week, “but it’s must-not-lose, I suppose.” Oh Shay. Seriously dude. Come on now. Just look at the table. Before tonight’s games, Ireland are in fourth place. They are three points behind first-placed Poland yet level with second-placed Germany and third-placed Scotland. But that point parity won’t be lasting for long. Scotland are going to do one on Gibraltar and Germany are going to do something similar to Georgia. By the time the whistle blows and Aviva crowd emit a low roar, Ireland could be a seven-point island, cut adrift from the group’s mainland and main contenders for qualification. That might be too much to make up, even at this early enough stage.

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Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-03-29 14:00:30 (2 hours ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Police: At least 13 arrests made during Kentucky celebration
  Source: Chicago Tribune news - Nation/World 2015-03-29 14:00:20 (2 hours ago) 
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Police say at least 13 people were arrested in Lexington during a celebration of Kentucky's trip to the Final Four.






Harper College announces free tuition scholarships
  Source: Chicago Tribune news - Nation/World 2015-03-29 14:00:20 (2 hours ago) 
When Ken Ender was in college, he was initially a C-minus student who was more interested in track than school. Eventually, he said he realized how important school was to get what he wanted out of life, and he ended up earning a doctorate.






Police: At least 13 arrests made during Kentucky celebration
  Source: Chicago Tribune news - Local news 2015-03-29 14:00:20 (2 hours ago) 
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Police say at least 13 people were arrested in Lexington during a celebration of Kentucky's trip to the Final Four.










Harper College announces free tuition scholarships
  Source: Chicago Tribune news - Local news 2015-03-29 14:00:20 (2 hours ago) 
When Ken Ender was in college, he was initially a C-minus student who was more interested in track than school. Eventually, he said he realized how important school was to get what he wanted out of life, and he ended up earning a doctorate.






NBC News' boss faces challenge fixing MSNBC
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-03-29 14:00:19 (2 hours ago) 
Nigerians vote Sunday despite violence, technical hitches
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-03-29 14:00:19 (2 hours ago) 
Vettel pays tribute to Schumacher
  Source: BBC News - World 2015-03-29 14:00:18 (2 hours ago) 
Sebastian Vettel paid tribute to his childhood hero Michael Schumacher after taking a "dream" first victory for Ferrari.
Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-03-29 13:50:19 (2 hours ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics




Iran nuke talks in critical phase; deadline is Tuesday
  Source: USATODAY.com World - Top Stories 2015-03-29 13:50:08 (2 hours ago) 

Secretary of State John Kerry and Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in high-level talks.

        
NBC News' boss faces challenge fixing MSNBC
  Source: AP Top Headlines 2015-03-29 13:50:05 (2 hours ago) 
NEW YORK (AP) -- As he returns to run the NBC News Group, Andy Lack faces one of the same puzzles he tried to solve a decade and a half ago: how to make MSNBC work....
Court ruling opens door for federal execution of murderer
  Source: AP Top California Headlines 2015-03-29 13:50:05 (2 hours ago) 
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A federal appeals court has affirmed the mental competency of a man sentenced to die for kidnapping, torturing and murdering an Idaho boy in 2005....
Man sought in nephew's death in SeaTac caught in California
  Source: AP Top California Headlines 2015-03-29 13:50:05 (2 hours ago) 
SEATAC, Wash. (AP) -- A man sought in the fatal shooting of his nephew in SeaTac, Washington, has been arrested in California....
Iran nuke talks in critical phase; deadline is Tuesday
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2015-03-29 13:50:04 (2 hours ago) 

Secretary of State John Kerry and Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in high-level talks.

       




Ken Burns tackles history of cancer
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2015-03-29 13:50:04 (2 hours ago) 

PBS film interweaves history, science of the disease with stories of patients today.

       
St. Charles mayoral race highlights April 7 ballot in St. Charles County
  Source: STLtoday.com Top News Headlines 2015-03-29 13:50:02 (2 hours ago) 
Sally Faith seeks second term as mayor against County Councilman Mike Klinghammer.
Police ramp up rail-crossing citations after recent crashes
  Source: STLtoday.com Top News Headlines 2015-03-29 13:50:02 (2 hours ago) 
VALHALLA, N.Y. • A series of crashes involving trains and passenger vehicles — including deadly collisions in New York and California last month — have prompted police to ramp up ticket enforc…
7-year-old plane crash survivor to live with half-sister
  Source: STLtoday.com Top News Headlines 2015-03-29 13:50:02 (2 hours ago) 
NASHVILLE, Ill. • An Illinois judge has granted legal guardianship of a 7-year-old girl who survived a Kentucky plane crash that killed four family members to her half-sister.
New York Still Charges Teenagers as Adults; Will Cuomo's Bill Change That?
  Source: Truthout Stories 2015-03-29 13:49:56 (2 hours ago) 

In the United States, 16-year-olds can’t vote or buy beer. But there is one place where they are treated as adults: New York state’s criminal justice system. New York is one of just two states – the other is North Carolina – where 16-year-olds facing criminal charges are automatically put into the adult criminal system.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced a plan to end that policy. He has proposed a bill that would raise the age of adult criminal responsibility to 18 and would prohibit minors from being held in any adult facility. But some critics say the bill is filled with caveats and far less than meets the eye.

Here’s a review of what Cuomo is proposing and where critics say it comes up short.

 

Why does New York automatically prosecute teens aged 16 or older as adults?

Because that’s been the law for almost 200 years. In 1824, New York created one of the country’s first juvenile detention centers – the House of Refuge – for kids under 16 years old. The issue was briefly revisited in 1961 when New York amended its constitution to reorganize its juvenile courts as family courts that also handle juvenile delinquency cases. But the legislative committee assigned to reorganize the courts couldn’t decide whether to raise the age of criminal responsibility. Instead the committee called for a study, which then called for more studies.

Aren’t teenagers sometimes charged as adults in other states?

Yes. Nine states automatically charge 17-year-olds as adults. And many other states give prosecutors or judges discretion to decide whether a case should be transferred to adult court for more serious charges like homicide.

What is Cuomo proposing to do?

He wants to gradually raise the age of adult criminal responsibility in New York to 18 through a budget bill. The bill would roll out in two phases. The maximum age of juvenile jurisdiction will be raised to 17 on Jan. 1, 2017 and raised again to 18 by Jan. 1, 2018. The bill would also prohibit the confinement of minors under 21 in adult jails and prisons, prevent minors with first-time misdemeanor offenses or probation violations from being held in detention, and create a separate branch of adult courts for teenagers charged with violent felonies.

The bill is based on a set of recommendations published earlier this year by a governor-appointed commission of experts and advocates.

Many advocates support the bill, including the New York City Bar Association. It is “not perfect but it would be unfortunate if we lost this opportunity to really take a step forward for young people,” said Mishi Faruqee, juvenile justice policy strategist with the American Civil Liberties Union. “There is a real urgency to this and I hope New York doesn’t squander this opportunity.”

What are the criticisms of the bill?

The bill has a variety of provisions that actually create stricter sentencing schemes, particularly for kids charged with violent crimes. Currently, most offenders under 19 have their records sealed. Under Cuomo’s bill, a youthful offender’s previous violent crimes would be taken into account if the person is charged with another one. The bill would also extend the amount of time a juvenile offender would have to serve before being eligible for probation. Judges would also be prohibited from moving teenagers to the juvenile system if the teen was a principal perpetrator or used a weapon.

Alexandra Cox, an assistant professor of sociology at SUNY New Paltz who has worked in juvenile facilities, wrote that the proposed changes “will actually harm the very individuals it purports to help.”

The New York State Defenders Association, which provides legal support to public defenders, has called for the bill to be withdrawn. The group wrote that the bill is “too long, too complicated and too nuanced to be rushed through in the compressed political process that is represented by budget negotiations.” The commission whose recommendations the bill is based on did not include defense attorneys.

Cuomo’s office, in turn, has defended the bill. “If somebody is unhappy or doesn’t think [the bill] goes far enough, we’ll point to the wide support the legislation has among children's and civil rights advocates and law enforcement,” said Frank Sobrino, spokesman for the governor.

What opposition or criticism does the bill face in Albany?

Plenty, and from both sides of the aisle. At a February legislative budget hearing in Albany, state officials in charge of the juvenile system fielded a slew of questions by mostly Republican lawmakers. Ahead of the hearing, Republican state Sen. Martin Golden criticized the proposal, telling the New York Daily News, “Some of the most heinous crimes are committed by kids who are 16 and 17.” A Democratic assemblyman, meanwhile, has said he plans to push competing legislation that would keep more kids out of the adult system.





Mariners Pitching Prospect Victor Sanchez Dies at 20
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2015-03-29 13:49:52 (2 hours ago) 
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Vice’s election will feature ‘freakishly young, smart and angry people’
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-03-29 13:49:32 (2 hours ago) 
Content boss Alex Miller on covering the polls, staying in global hotspots, Snapchat, and getting back into the field

“A lot of people are fucked off with Britain right now; so we’re not going to fawn obsequiously at the wonks who got us into this mess just because they can get us four minutes with Eric Pickles.”

The spirit of Jeremy Paxman at his most acerbic lives on well beyond broadcast television. Alex Miller was recently promoted to global head of content at Vice Media, and one of his first tasks is to oversee its coverage of the upcoming UK general election. “We’ll be doing what we’re good at and making lots of original documentaries and short films covering the subjects that we think matter,” he says. “Looking at the big crater where UK politics once was, I think the media has to take a certain amount of responsibility for the state of this place.

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Should I eat more eggs?
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-03-29 13:49:28 (2 hours ago) 

Eggs are no longer considered a health hazard – in fact, they are incredibly good for you. So how many should you eat?

A source of cholesterol and salmonella outbreaks – no wonder eggs have been vilified for years. But the days of going to work on an egg may well return. Sales of eggs in the UK rose by 2.4% in 2014. The British Heart Foundation not only dropped its advice to limit eggs to three a week in 2007, but now has egg recipes (and not just for egg-white omelettes) on its website.

The egg is increasingly being exonerated as a health hazard – the latest findings from the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee in the US say that eating foods high in cholesterol may not significantly affect levels of cholesterol in the blood, and hence it has dropped its restrictions on dietary cholesterol. A large yolk contains 210mg, and the previous cholesterol limit was 300mg a day. The committee’s latest draft report says that eating saturated fat in some meat and dairy products may be more significant factors in clogging up arteries and contributing to heart disease.

Continue reading...
Daphne and Celeste: ‘They hated us so much!’
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-03-29 13:49:22 (2 hours ago) 

They’ve had urine, meat and even a wheelchair thrown at them. And now Daphne and Celeste are back – with a new single, You and I Alone. Tim Jonze meets pop’s bravest duo

Reading festival, 2000, and on the main stage one of the most punk-rock performances in living memory is taking place. But it’s not Rage Against the Machine, or Slipknot, or any of the other supposedly “punk” acts on the bill. It’s the pop duo Daphne and Celeste, two teenage girls who have somehow gate-crashed the festival bill in order to sing chipmunk pop songs called Ooh Stick You and U.G.L.Y. to a field of disgruntled metalheads.

Faced with a barrage of bottles of urine, and various other hurled items (shoes, clothing, even a bag of meat), the girls don’t just refuse to leave the stage, but positively revel in the madness. “You guys are such a good crowd,” Celeste Cruz says mockingly between songs. “I’m loving the signs,” adds Daphne (real name Karen DiConcetto), cheerily. “‘Die!’ Yes, I will!”

It was hilarious how many people in pop were taking themselves so seriously

Continue reading...
End of an era: 10 Labour women who changed the face of Westminster
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-03-29 13:49:22 (2 hours ago) 

As the current parliament is dissolved, some of Labour’s highest-achieving female MPs and former ministers will stand down. What is their legacy?

When the 2010 parliament comes to an end on 30 March, 10 of the Labour party’s most high-achieving female MPs and former ministers will be standing down. Some of them began their parliamentary careers in 1987, and together they have clocked up 200 years in parliament. The list includes two former secretaries of state – Tessa Jowell and Hazel Blears – and five former ministers or junior ministers – Anne McGuire, Meg Munn, Dawn Primarolo, Glenda Jackson and Joan Ruddock, as well as former parliamentary private secretary Siân James and committee chair Joan Walley. Their colleague Linda Riordan, another committee stalwart, is also now standing down.

Related: Addressing the under-representation of women in Parliament

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Katie Hopkins accused of race hate by linking Pakistani men with sex abuse
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-03-29 13:49:21 (2 hours ago) 

Sun columnist reported to police over tweets about child grooming gang called ‘extremely dangerous’ by Rochdale’s Labour MP Simon Danczuk

Katie Hopkins, the Sun columnist and businesswoman, has been reported to the police for possible race hate crimes after being accused by a Labour MP of equating men of Pakistani origin with child abusers.

A complaint from Simon Danczuk, who represents Rochdale, claims that the reality television star has associated the Pakistani flag with the sexual abuse of minors in a series of Twitter messages.

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Forensic teams identify 78 DNA strands from remains at Germanwings crash site
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-03-29 13:49:21 (2 hours ago) 

Rescuers still to find plane’s flight data recorder, leading to growing calls for caution in blaming co-pilot Andreas Lubitz for deliberately downing the aircraft

Forensic teams have identified 78 distinct DNA strands from body parts spread across the remote mountainside in the French Alps where Germanwings flight 4U9525 crashed, killing all 150 people on board.

Rescuers are still, however, to locate the plane’s second black box — its flight data recorder — six days after the Barcelona to Düsseldorf flight crashed into a rocky ravine at 435 miles (700km) per hour.

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Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Near Launching Presidential Bid
  Source: Slashdot 2015-03-29 13:48:33 (2 hours ago) 
Rambo Tribble writes "Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina announced on Fox News Sunday that she stood a 'higher than 90 percent' chance of running as a presidential candidate in 2016. Fiorina's tenure at HP was marked by controversy over her leadership, and it is unclear what level of name recognition she enjoys. Her only previous political experience appears to be a failed U.S. Senate seat effort in 2010, as the Republican candidate challenging sitting Democrat Barbara Boxer, in California. Fiorina lost by 10%.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

USC film student remains critical, train operator at home following Metro crash
  Source: RSS Feed from LA Daily News: http://www.dailynews.com 2015-03-29 13:47:57 (2 hours ago) 
Yehuda Avner obituary
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-03-29 13:44:48 (2 hours ago) 
British-born Israeli diplomat, he served as a political aide to many prime ministers Continue reading...




Jerusalem and West Bank celebrate Palm Sunday - video
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-03-29 13:44:46 (2 hours ago) 
Hundreds of people gather in Jerusalem and West Bank on Sunday to mark the beginning of Holy Week. Carrying palm fronds and branches, worshippers sing and chant as they commemorate the day the Bible says Jesus rode into Jerusalem. Christian Palestinians in the West Bank observed the day by walking to the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem Continue reading...
Should I eat more eggs?
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-29 13:44:28 (2 hours ago) 

Eggs are no longer considered a health hazard – in fact, they are incredibly good for you. So how many should you eat?

A source of cholesterol and salmonella outbreaks – no wonder eggs have been vilified for years. But the days of going to work on an egg may well return. Sales of eggs in the UK rose by 2.4% in 2014. The British Heart Foundation not only dropped its advice to limit eggs to three a week in 2007, but now has egg recipes (and not just for egg-white omelettes) on its website.

The egg is increasingly being exonerated as a health hazard – the latest findings from the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee in the US say that eating foods high in cholesterol may not significantly affect levels of cholesterol in the blood, and hence it has dropped its restrictions on dietary cholesterol. A large yolk contains 210mg, and the previous cholesterol limit was 300mg a day. The committee’s latest draft report says that eating saturated fat in some meat and dairy products may be more significant factors in clogging up arteries and contributing to heart disease.

Continue reading...
End of an era: 10 Labour women who changed the face of Westminster
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-29 13:44:22 (2 hours ago) 

As the current parliament is dissolved, some of Labour’s highest-achieving female MPs and former ministers will stand down. What is their legacy?

When the 2010 parliament comes to an end on 30 March, 10 of the Labour party’s most high-achieving female MPs and former ministers will be standing down. Some of them began their parliamentary careers in 1987, and together they have clocked up 200 years in parliament. The list includes two former secretaries of state – Tessa Jowell and Hazel Blears – and five former ministers or junior ministers – Anne McGuire, Meg Munn, Dawn Primarolo, Glenda Jackson and Joan Ruddock, as well as former parliamentary private secretary Siân James and committee chair Joan Walley. Their colleague Linda Riordan, another committee stalwart, is also now standing down.

Related: Addressing the under-representation of women in Parliament

Continue reading...
Forensic teams identify 78 DNA strands from remains at Germanwings crash site
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-29 13:44:21 (2 hours ago) 

Rescuers still to find plane’s flight data recorder, leading to growing calls for caution in blaming co-pilot Andreas Lubitz for deliberately downing the aircraft

Forensic teams have identified 78 distinct DNA strands from body parts spread across the remote mountainside in the French Alps where Germanwings flight 4U9525 crashed, killing all 150 people on board.

Rescuers are still, however, to locate the plane’s second black box — its flight data recorder — six days after the Barcelona to Düsseldorf flight crashed into a rocky ravine at 435 miles (700km) per hour.

Continue reading...
Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-03-29 13:43:19 (2 hours ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics




Yankees' Teixeira hit on leg by pitch, says he's fine
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-03-29 13:41:21 (2 hours ago) 

TAMPA, Fla. — New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira left a minor league intrasquad game Sunday with a bruised right knee after being hit by a pitch.

Teixeira was the designated hitter in a game between Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Double-A Trenton when a ball struck his kneecap.

After he returned to Steinbrenner Field from the minor league complex, Teixeira said he was "fine." He said no tests were planned.

Texas confirms split with Rick Barnes after 17 seasons
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-03-29 13:41:21 (2 hours ago) 
Sympathy for the Devil
  Source: Slate Articles 2015-03-29 13:40:53 (2 hours ago) 

The NCAA is the worst. This is a well-documented fact that should be obvious to anyone. It brings in over $800 million in broadcast revenue on a yearly basis under the guise of promoting “amateurism” and the student-athlete experience.

Whenever you sneak or hide in a video game, the computer notices you, tells the enemy AI and Mobs where you are and then forbids them from interacting with you.
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-03-29 13:40:48 (2 hours ago) 

They know where you are but are unable to act on it until after you've snuck up behind them and performed amateur brain surgery with a blunt object.

EDIT: Alright I get it there's other means of stealth. You can stop now.

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ELI5: if companies are liable for false advertising to sell themselves, why aren't political figures?
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-03-29 13:40:48 (2 hours ago) 
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[Ticker] Greece to ask Russia for help: Report
  Source: News from EUobserver.com 2015-03-29 13:40:45 (2 hours ago) 
Greece is to ask Russia to lower its gas prices for Greek households and allow Greek products such as fresh fruit to be imported into Russia again, Spiegel Online reports. The requests are to be made by the energy minister and parliament speaker during a two-day visit beginning Monday.






Police: Woman fabricated baby’s kidnapping during spat with boyfriend
  Source: News -- Philly.com 2015-03-29 13:40:44 (2 hours ago) 
A Philadelphia woman is accused of fabricating her infant son's abduction in a bid to "cause problems" for her boyfriend.
Now insured, but worried over pending Supreme Court Obamacare ruling
  Source: News -- Philly.com 2015-03-29 13:40:44 (2 hours ago) 
Until she noticed the tiny blood spots on her sheets, Peg Fagan thought the itchy, raised area on her shoulder was a spider bite.
Indiana Gov. Defends Controversial Religion Freedom Law
  Source: MSNBC.com: U.S. News 2015-03-29 13:40:39 (2 hours ago) 
"This is not about discrimination. This is about empowering people to confront government overreach," Pence said Sunday.






Embry-Riddle ranked as one of nation's best value colleges
  Source: Local News from News-Journal 2015-03-29 13:40:37 (2 hours ago) 




NBC News' boss faces challenge fixing MSNBC
  Source: AP Top News 2015-03-29 13:40:35 (2 hours ago) 
NEW YORK (AP) - As he returns to run the NBC News Group, Andy Lack faces one of the same puzzles he tried to solve a decade and a half ago: how to make MSNBC work. While he was gone, MSNBC changed from traditional news to a political network with a liberal lens. Now that it is mired in a ratings slump, Lack's mandate as chairman will be figuring out if MSNBC needs a complete overhaul or a sharpening of its mission....
Forensic teams identify 78 DNA strands from remains at Germanwings crash site
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-03-29 13:40:26 (2 hours ago) 

Rescuers still to find plane’s flight data recorder, leading to growing calls for caution in blaming co-pilot Andreas Lubitz for deliberately downing the aircraft

Continue reading...
Vice’s election will feature ‘freakishly young, smart and angry people’
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-29 13:40:25 (2 hours ago) 
Content boss Alex Miller on covering the polls, staying in global hotspots, Snapchat, and getting back into the field

“A lot of people are fucked off with Britain right now; so we’re not going to fawn obsequiously at the wonks who got us into this mess just because they can get us four minutes with Eric Pickles.”

The spirit of Jeremy Paxman at his most acerbic lives on well beyond broadcast television. Alex Miller was recently promoted to global head of content at Vice Media, and one of his first tasks is to oversee its coverage of the upcoming UK general election. “We’ll be doing what we’re good at and making lots of original documentaries and short films covering the subjects that we think matter,” he says. “Looking at the big crater where UK politics once was, I think the media has to take a certain amount of responsibility for the state of this place.

Continue reading...
Daphne and Celeste: ‘They hated us so much!’
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-29 13:40:25 (2 hours ago) 

They’ve had urine, meat and even a wheelchair thrown at them. And now Daphne and Celeste are back – with a new single, You and I Alone. Tim Jonze meets pop’s bravest duo

Reading festival, 2000, and on the main stage one of the most punk-rock performances in living memory is taking place. But it’s not Rage Against the Machine, or Slipknot, or any of the other supposedly “punk” acts on the bill. It’s the pop duo Daphne and Celeste, two teenage girls who have somehow gate-crashed the festival bill in order to sing chipmunk pop songs called Ooh Stick You and U.G.L.Y. to a field of disgruntled metalheads.

Faced with a barrage of bottles of urine, and various other hurled items (shoes, clothing, even a bag of meat), the girls don’t just refuse to leave the stage, but positively revel in the madness. “You guys are such a good crowd,” Celeste Cruz says mockingly between songs. “I’m loving the signs,” adds Daphne (real name Karen DiConcetto), cheerily. “‘Die!’ Yes, I will!”

It was hilarious how many people in pop were taking themselves so seriously

Continue reading...
Katie Hopkins accused of race hate by linking Pakistani men with sex abuse
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-29 13:40:25 (2 hours ago) 

Sun columnist reported to police over tweets about child grooming gang called ‘extremely dangerous’ by Rochdale’s Labour MP Simon Danczuk

Katie Hopkins, the Sun columnist and businesswoman, has been reported to the police for possible race hate crimes after being accused by a Labour MP of equating men of Pakistani origin with child abusers.

A complaint from Simon Danczuk, who represents Rochdale, claims that the reality television star has associated the Pakistani flag with the sexual abuse of minors in a series of Twitter messages.

Continue reading...




Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-03-29 13:40:19 (2 hours ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Ryan Reynolds shows off full Deadpool costume
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2015-03-29 13:40:14 (2 hours ago) 
Windows 10 Mobile on track for most Lumia phones
  Source: CNET News 2015-03-29 13:40:11 (2 hours ago) 
Microsoft's next test version of Windows 10 Mobile, expected around the first week of April, will support a lot more devices than the first one did.






Panthers fall to Canadiens in overtime, slip in playoff race
  Source: Breaking News / South Florida Sun-Sentinel 2015-03-29 13:40:08 (2 hours ago) 
The Florida Panthers' have been in full playoff mode for some time in their pursuit of the playoffs.
Marlins name Alvarez Opening Day starter
  Source: Breaking News / South Florida Sun-Sentinel 2015-03-29 13:40:08 (2 hours ago) 
Manager Mike Redmond before Sunday's game against the Nationals announced right-hander Henderson Alvarez would start on Opening Day, Monday, April 6 at home versus the Braves.




Islamic State group beheads 8 Shiites in Syria's Hama
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-03-29 13:40:08 (2 hours ago) 

BEIRUT — A new video released by the Islamic State group on Sunday shows its fighters cutting off the heads of eight men said to be Shiite Muslims. The video posted on social media said the men were beheaded in the central Syrian province of Hama.

The video could not be immediately independently verified, but it appeared genuine and corresponded to other AP reporting of the events. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also said that the video was authentic.

More restrictive spring break pondered after party shooting
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-03-29 13:40:08 (2 hours ago) 

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. — A house party that dissolved into a hail of gunfire and left seven young people hurt has officials on the Florida Panhandle pondering what to do with a spring break season they say has gotten out of control.

The raucous parties in the spring break capital of Panama City Beach have, for years, had politicians, police and businesses tussling over how much to crack down on a key economic force.

That debate was revived again when a packed gathering of dancing 20-somethings turned into a sprawling crime scene early Saturday.

Stabbing victim is Worcester's second homicide of 2015
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-03-29 13:40:08 (2 hours ago) 

WORCESTER, Mass. — A 25-year-old man stabbing victim is Worcester's second homicide of the year.

The Telegram & Gazette reports  police found the man was found lying on the ground unconscious at about 9:15 p.m. Saturday. He was pronounced dead at a hospital a short time later.

Police said they believe another man who knew the victim stabbed him after they argued outside a building on Fox Street. Police said the victim drove up to the building just before the incident. The suspect ran away.

Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez say he is OK after knee scare
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-03-29 13:40:08 (2 hours ago) 

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Colorado Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez felt pain in his surgically repaired left knee and panicked.

"I was really scared because all of the things I went through in the offseason," he said Sunday. "And then you start feeling weak again."

The two-time All-Star. Gonzalez declared himself pain-free Sunday, two days after leaving early in a game against San Diego. He was and a little disappointed he wasn't in the starting lineup against Arizona and attributed the decision to head athletic trainer Keith Dugger.

Indiana governor: New law 'not about discrimination'
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-03-29 13:40:08 (2 hours ago) 




BBC chief receives death threat over Jeremy Clarkson sacking
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-03-29 13:40:08 (2 hours ago) 
Clarke dedicates victory to Hughes
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-03-29 13:40:07 (2 hours ago) 
Captain Michael Clarke dedicates Australia's fifth World Cup title to his former team-mate Phillip Hughes.
Hundreds of young Catholics take to Baltimore streets and step into Holy Week
  Source: baltimoresun.com - news 2015-03-29 13:40:07 (2 hours ago) 
They came together by the hundreds, sharing a common faith, facing 30-degree temperatures and occasional snow flurries as they walked three miles along Baltimore streets behind a hoisted wooden cross.
Three-year-old dies in city house fire
  Source: baltimoresun.com - news 2015-03-29 13:40:07 (2 hours ago) 
A 3-year-old girl died in a smoky house fire Sunday morning in North Baltimore, city fire officials said.






End of an era: 10 Labour women who changed the face of Westminster
  Source: Guardian Unlimited Politics 2015-03-29 13:30:19 (2 hours ago) 

As the current parliament is dissolved, some of Labour’s highest-achieving female MPs and former ministers will stand down. What is their legacy?

Continue reading...




Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-03-29 13:30:17 (2 hours ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Iran nuke talks enter critical phase by Tuesday deadline
  Source: USATODAY.com World - Top Stories 2015-03-29 13:29:50 (2 hours ago) 

Talks reaching a climax as leaders watch to see if a historic deal emerges to curb Iran's nuclear program.

        
Iran nuke talks enter critical phase by Tuesday deadline
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2015-03-29 13:29:47 (2 hours ago) 

Talks reaching a climax as leaders watch to see if a historic deal emerges to curb Iran's nuclear program.

       
Colombian Report on US Military's Child Rapes Not Newsworthy to US News Outlets
  Source: Truthout Stories 2015-03-29 13:29:41 (2 hours ago) 

An 800-page independent report commissioned by the US-friendly Colombian government and the radical left rebel group FARC found that US military soldiers and contractors had sexually abused at least 54 children in Colombia between 2003 and 2007 and, in all cases, the rapists were never punished–either in Colombia or stateside–due to American military personnel being immune from prosecution under diplomatic immunity agreements between the two countries.

The report was part of a broader historical analysis meant to establish the “causes and violence aggravators” of the 50-year-long conflict between the government and rebels that’s presently being negotiated to an end. As Colombia  Reports (3/23/15) would spell out:

In his report, the historian [Renan Vega] cited one 2004 case in the central Colombian town of Melgar where 53 underage girls were sexually abused by nearby stationed military contractors “who moreover filmed [the abuse] and sold the films as pornographic material.”

According to Colombia’s leading newspaper, El Tiempo, the victims of the sexual abuse practices were forced to flee the region after their families received death threats.

Other Americans stationed at the Tolemaida Air Base allegedly committed similar crimes, but possibly also never saw a day in court due to an immunity arrangement for American soldiers and military contractors agreed by Washington and Bogota.

One case that has called most attention in Colombian media was that of a 12-year-old who in 2007 was raped by a US Army sergeant and a former US military officer who was working in Melgar as a military contractor.

Colombian prosecutors established that the girl had been drugged and subsequently raped inside the military base by US sergeant Michael J. Coen and defense contractor Cesar Ruiz.

However, prosecution officials were not allowed to arrest the suspected child rapists who were subsequently flown out of the country.

 

Thus far, however, these explosive claims seem to have received zero coverage in the general US press, despite having been reported on Venezuela’s Telesur (3/23/15), the British tabloid Daily Mail (3/24/15) and Russian RT (3/25/15).

But why? These aren’t fringe claims, nor can the government of American ally Colombia be dismissed as a peddler of Bolivarian propaganda. Indeed, the Miami Herald (9/3/09) documented the case of US Sgt. Michael Coen and contractor César Ruiz in 2009:

The US government has made little effort to investigate a US Army sergeant and a Mexican civil contractor implicated in Colombia in the raping of a 12-year-old girl in August 2007, according to an El Nuevo Herald investigation.

The suspects, Sgt. Michael Coen and contractor César Ruiz, were taken out of Colombia under diplomatic immunity, and do not face criminal charges in the United States in the rape in a room at Colombia’s Germán Olano Air Force Base in Melgar, 62 miles west of Bogotá.

 

So why no coverage? Certainly one of Washington’s stanchest Latin American allies co-authoring a blistering report about systemic US military child rape of a civilian population should be of note–if for no other reason than, as the report lays out, it undermined American military efforts to stop drug trafficking and fight leftist rebels:

However, prosecution officials were not allowed to arrest the suspected child rapists who were subsequently flown out of the country.

The case has caused major indignation among Colombians for years….

The special envoy will possibly have to deal with the role of the US military and its members in the alleged victimization of Colombians.

Yet here we are, over 72 hours since the Colombian and foreign press first reported on the allegations, and there’s a virtual media blackout in America over the case.  Nothing on CNN, nothing on MSNBC, nothing in the New York Times or Miami Herald. Nothing in Huffington Post. Nothing in Fusion or Vice. Why?

As UK authorities and NATO officials stress the importance of clamping down on “false Russian” narratives in the media, perhaps our own media could stop providing a shining example as to why such anti-Western narratives are so often the only outlet for certain ugly truths.

UN Security Council Focuses on Children as Victims of Armed Groups
  Source: Truthout Stories 2015-03-29 13:29:40 (2 hours ago) 

Twenty-four hours after the shocking kidnap of more than 400 women and children in Nigeria by Boko Haram, the United Nations Security Council discussed the safety of children as victims of non-state armed groups.

In New York, the Permanent Representative of France called the meeting to urge countries to address the issue of violations of children’s rights in conflict areas.

The U.N. Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, said to the Council, “Since I last addressed the Council on this issue one year ago, hundreds of thousands more children have been confronted with the emergence or intensification of conflict, and have endured new and grave threats posed by armed groups.”

In 2014, it was estimated that 230 million children lived in areas where armed groups are fighting, and almost 15 million were direct victims of violence.

“The tactics of groups such as Daesh and Boko Haram make little distinction between civilians and combatants. These groups not only constitute a threat to international peace and security, but often target girls and boys,” he added.

U.N. Special Representative on Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, said that from Nigeria to Iraq, South Sudan, Central African Republic, Mali and Syria, extremist actors militarise schools, abducting and recruiting children to become soldiers, or sexual slaves. Especially girls who suffer sexual abuse and are denied education.

“Armed groups are taking controls of lands, erasing borders, using modern technology to recruit people and to expose (the world to) their brutal actions,” said Zerrougui, who in 2014 jointly launched a programme with the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF), “Children not Soldiers”, aimed at ending the recruitment and use of children as soldiers by government forces by 2016.

Constructive dialogue, even if it seems a difficult task, may be one of the strategies that mediators and peacekeepers should pursue to protect children and fight extremism, she added.

“We need to think of all possibilities to engage with them…Taking into account children’s safety is essential if we want lasting peace,” Zerrougui concluded.

2015 is the 10th anniversary of Security Council Resolution 1612, which condemns the recruitment of child soldiers by parties to armed conflicts.

Among the speakers, Junior Nzita, an ex-child soldier in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, brought to light the harsh realities of growing up as a child soldier.

Speaking to the Council, Nzita said, “We had to kill, and destroy infrastructure, we did everything they demanded, violating international human rights laws. Carrying munitions, we walked with one fundamental principle: ‘we must fire on whatever moves before they fire on us’. Innocent lives were taken without reason… I continue to regret it.”

 

Edited by Roger Hamilton-Martin





The trials of Russell Crowe: pranked by Jacko, goaded by paparazzi, threatened by al-Qaida
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-03-29 13:29:08 (2 hours ago) 

He is famously combative when it comes to the press and the public. But is Russell Crowe more sinned against than sinning? As he happily promotes his directorial debut The Water Diviner, he sets the record straight

Russell Crowe’s publicist has two pieces of information she wishes to impart before I’m ushered into the actor’s hotel suite. The first is a warning that Crowe “may be smoking” during the interview, about which I couldn’t care less, beyond wondering how much it is costing him to have a ciggie. Clearly whatever eye-watering charges Claridge’s levies against those who break the hotel’s smoking ban are but a mere bagatelle to the highest-paid actor in the world – one who has reportedly earned $82m (£55m) at the box office in the past year. The second is that Crowe is “on good form, very talkative”. It’s said brightly, but is clearly intended as reassurance. The one thing everybody knows about Crowe, other than the fact that he was nominated for the best actor Oscar three years in a row, winning it in 2000 for Gladiator, is that he has a fractious relationship with the press. For the prospective interviewer, Googling his name is quite the nerve-jangling experience: testimonies from other hacks that he offered “the worst interview experience ever”, tales of bitter Twitter spats and surly stormings out.

As it turns out, the publicist is right on both counts. Seated on a sofa, wearing a tracksuit, Crowe, 50, is making his way though a packet of Benson & Hedges with the kind of determination you seldom see these days, especially among Hollywood stars. And he does appear to be on good form. In fact, he is the very model of gruff antipodean charm: so antipodean in fact that at one point he uses the phrase “fair dinkum” entirely unironically. He talks cheerfully about everything from the difference between his brand of intensive, immersive preparation for a role and the kind of method acting that requires staying in character between takes (the former is about “giving over time to the contemplation of what you’re going to do and respecting cinema as an art from”, the latter is apparently “a load of old shit”), to his apparent refusal to do commercials or endorse products, a stance that led to a well-publicised spat with George Clooney over Nespresso coffee-makers. “Look, there will possibly come a time when I start doing commercials and you’ll know then that I’ve just given up. Other people can do whatever they want. It’s just my thing. But it’s just reaping, you know? We’re supposed to play different characters. We’re not supposed to lock ourselves and become an icon. I have a …” His voice trails off. “A certain opinion about that level of vanity,” he says, picking his words carefully. In fact, the only time he shuts a question down – he doesn’t want to talk about his audience with the pope that came about as a result of his performance in the biblical epic Noah – he’s virtually apologetic: “Is it OK with you if we leave that one? I’d rather, if that’s OK.”

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Passerby finds dead motorcyclist near Whangarei
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2015-03-29 13:28:40 (2 hours ago) 
A motorcyclist has died after a crash on State Highway One near Whangerei.
Slumping NBC a prominent challenge for incoming NBC News boss Andy Lack
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2015-03-29 13:28:39 (2 hours ago) 
Library of Congress acquires rare trove of Civil War images
  Source: StarTribune.com Top Stories 2015-03-29 13:28:35 (2 hours ago) 
A Houston housewife who has quietly collected rare Civil War images for 50 years has sold more than 500 early photographs to the Library of Congress.
Police ramp up rail-crossing citations after recent crashes
  Source: StarTribune.com Top Stories 2015-03-29 13:28:35 (2 hours ago) 
A series of crashes involving trains and passenger vehicles — including deadly collisions in New York and California last month — have prompted police to ramp up ticket enforcement at railroad crossings.




My cat has this constant look of shock on her face...
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Amid California Woes, Some Eye Vegas as New Porn Alley
  Source: NBC News Top Stories 2015-03-29 13:26:25 (2 hours ago) 
As public health concerns mount, the porn industry has been under assault by a variety of opponents in recent years.






March 29: Sullenberger, Burr, Schiff and Huckabee
  Source: More from U.S. - CBS News 2015-03-29 13:25:42 (2 hours ago) 
The latest on Germanwings flight 9525, the politics of an Iran nuclear deal, Ted Kennedy, with aviation expert Sully Sullenberger, Saudi ambassador Adel al-Jubeir, Sen. Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California, and others.
Katie Hopkins accused of race hate by linking Pakistani men with sex abuse
  Source: Guardian Unlimited Politics 2015-03-29 13:24:27 (2 hours ago) 

Sun columnist reported to police over tweets about child grooming gang called ‘extremely dangerous’ by Rochdale’s Labour MP Simon Danczuk

Katie Hopkins, the Sun columnist and businesswoman, has been reported to the police for possible race hate crimes after being accused by a Labour MP of equating men of Pakistani origin with child abusers.

A complaint from Simon Danczuk, who represents Rochdale, claims that the reality television star has associated the Pakistani flag with the sexual abuse of minors in a series of Twitter messages.

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Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-03-29 13:23:11 (2 hours ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics




VIDEO: Alps crash cockpit recording leaked
  Source: BBC News - World 2015-03-29 13:20:56 (2 hours ago) 
As forensics teams say they have isolated 78 strands of DNA at the Germanwings Alps crash site, more details of the plane's final moments have reportedly been leaked to German media.
Drought: 'Bathtub' Ring Grows as Lake Powell Recedes
  Source: NBC News Top Stories 2015-03-29 13:20:44 (2 hours ago) 
The man-made lake is at risk of recording its lowest level since its creation.
The trials of Russell Crowe: pranked by Jacko, goaded by paparazzi, threatened by al-Qaida
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-29 13:20:28 (2 hours ago) 

He is famously combative when it comes to the press and the public. But is Russell Crowe more sinned against than sinning? As he happily promotes his directorial debut The Water Diviner, he sets the record straight

Russell Crowe’s publicist has two pieces of information she wishes to impart before I’m ushered into the actor’s hotel suite. The first is a warning that Crowe “may be smoking” during the interview, about which I couldn’t care less, beyond wondering how much it is costing him to have a ciggie. Clearly whatever eye-watering charges Claridge’s levies against those who break the hotel’s smoking ban are but a mere bagatelle to the highest-paid actor in the world – one who has reportedly earned $82m (£55m) at the box office in the past year. The second is that Crowe is “on good form, very talkative”. It’s said brightly, but is clearly intended as reassurance. The one thing everybody knows about Crowe, other than the fact that he was nominated for the best actor Oscar three years in a row, winning it in 2000 for Gladiator, is that he has a fractious relationship with the press. For the prospective interviewer, Googling his name is quite the nerve-jangling experience: testimonies from other hacks that he offered “the worst interview experience ever”, tales of bitter Twitter spats and surly stormings out.

As it turns out, the publicist is right on both counts. Seated on a sofa, wearing a tracksuit, Crowe, 50, is making his way though a packet of Benson & Hedges with the kind of determination you seldom see these days, especially among Hollywood stars. And he does appear to be on good form. In fact, he is the very model of gruff antipodean charm: so antipodean in fact that at one point he uses the phrase “fair dinkum” entirely unironically. He talks cheerfully about everything from the difference between his brand of intensive, immersive preparation for a role and the kind of method acting that requires staying in character between takes (the former is about “giving over time to the contemplation of what you’re going to do and respecting cinema as an art from”, the latter is apparently “a load of old shit”), to his apparent refusal to do commercials or endorse products, a stance that led to a well-publicised spat with George Clooney over Nespresso coffee-makers. “Look, there will possibly come a time when I start doing commercials and you’ll know then that I’ve just given up. Other people can do whatever they want. It’s just my thing. But it’s just reaping, you know? We’re supposed to play different characters. We’re not supposed to lock ourselves and become an icon. I have a …” His voice trails off. “A certain opinion about that level of vanity,” he says, picking his words carefully. In fact, the only time he shuts a question down – he doesn’t want to talk about his audience with the pope that came about as a result of his performance in the biblical epic Noah – he’s virtually apologetic: “Is it OK with you if we leave that one? I’d rather, if that’s OK.”

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Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-03-29 13:20:21 (2 hours ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Official: Debris from NYC blast going to secure location
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-03-29 13:20:10 (2 hours ago) 




Waving fronds around the world, Christians mark Palm Sunday
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-03-29 13:20:10 (2 hours ago) 
Murray reaches 4th round at Miami Open by beating Giraldo
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-03-29 13:20:10 (2 hours ago) 
Arab summit: Yemen airstrikes to go on until rebels withdraw
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-03-29 13:20:10 (2 hours ago) 
Hometown pastor says community stands by co-pilot, family
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-03-29 13:20:10 (2 hours ago) 
Jonas slimed at Kids' Choice awards
  Source: BBC News - World 2015-03-29 13:20:08 (2 hours ago) 
Angelina Jolie, Liam Hemsworth and 5 Seconds of Summer attend the annual festival of green slime.




VIDEO: Alps crash cockpit recording leaked
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-03-29 13:20:08 (2 hours ago) 
As forensics teams say they have isolated 78 strands of DNA at the Germanwings Alps crash site, more details of the plane's final moments have reportedly been leaked to German media.
VIDEO: Essex rape: 'Our child was failed'
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-03-29 13:20:08 (2 hours ago) 
A family whose five-year-old daughter was raped - and whose 12-year old rapist was let off with a caution - has called on the police to re-examine the case.
Mini-review: Intel’s powered-up Core i7 Broadwell mini PC
  Source: Ars Technica 2015-03-29 13:20:07 (2 hours ago) 
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Earlier this week, Intel sent us its latest variation of its growing line of NUC mini PCs. This is Intel's first NUC to ship with one of its top-end Core i7 chips inside—it's not the fastest desktop like this you can buy (that's probably still Gigabyte's quad-core Haswell Brix Pro), but it's the fastest one you can get with Intel's solid driver support and three-year warranty.

If you read our review of the Core i5 Broadwell NUC, you already know a lot of what there is to know about this box. The primary difference is the faster CPU and GPU and an extra $100 or so—Intel says the street price should be around $500, compared to the $400-ish that the i5 version costs.

We took the newest NUC and ran it through our standard tests to get an idea of how it stacks up. If you spend the extra money, here's what you get.

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Vice’s election will feature ‘freakishly young, smart and angry people’
  Source: Guardian Unlimited Politics 2015-03-29 13:10:19 (2 hours ago) 
Content boss Alex Miller on covering the polls, staying in global hotspots, Snapchat, and getting back into the field Continue reading...
Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-03-29 13:10:17 (2 hours ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics




Decorated Boston officer clings to life after shooting
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2015-03-29 13:09:30 (2 hours ago) 

Officer James Moynihan was in critical condition after being shot in the face.

       
Attitudes and Outcomes of Sex Ed: The US vs. the Netherlands
  Source: Truthout Stories 2015-03-29 13:09:24 (2 hours ago) 

Many people lose their virginity as teenagers. But it's not exactly a celebrated phenomenon, with most teens hiding their sexual activities from adults. Getting caught with a boy upstairs got a lot of my girlfriends grounded back in high school. Sneaking around seems to have become a staple of the American teenage experience (see almost any romantic comedy made in the early ‘80s). 

Amy Schalet, associate professor of sociology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has spent over a decade investigating the anxiety surrounding adolescent sexuality. Her book, Not Under My Roof: Parents, Teens, and the Culture of Sex focuses on the United States and the Netherlands – two countries similar in wealth and education that have, respectively, had the highest and (one of) the lowest rates of teen pregnancy in the Western world.

Schalet found that, on average, teens in the Netherlands become sexually active around the same age as their American counterparts, 17 years old. But, as of 2006, American teenage girls are twice as likely to have abortions, and eight times as likely to give birth as their Dutch equivalents.

And the issue goes beyond pregnancy. Schalet found that American teenagers collectively acquire more than 3 million sexually transmitted infections a year (more than a quarter of all STIs in the country).

So how do we explain this difference? There’s no evidence to suggest that teens in the Netherlands are having less sex than teens in the United States. It is true that poverty has been linked to high birthrates among teens, and poverty rates in U.S. far exceed those of other industrialized countries. From there, we're left with just a few areas left to explore; namely birth control and sex education, and the conversations we have about them.

I reached out to Schalet and asked her to walk me through her research. She told me, “Before the sexual revolution, there was a lot of emphasis on [the negative aspects of sex]. So why did that stay in the United States? I think one piece is the fact that, for the Dutch, they applied a concept that had existed before the sexual revolution, mainly that of having a courtship through the teenage period. So even though now you’re not seeing it as ‘these people are engaged for life,’ you’re still applying a relational concept of, ‘this is a safe, steady relationship, and these days, people have sex.’”

“In the Netherlands, one of the really famous [sex education] curriculums is called ‘Long Live Love'... Or they’re called ‘relationship lessons.’ Or, for instance, a sex education curriculum that talks about sexual orientation would have a header saying, ‘Who do you want to wake up next to in the morning.’ It’s putting it in the context of an ongoing relationship.”

“In the U.S., I think because of different ideas about the individual and a certain kind of concept of individualism, there’s a lot more ambivalence about whether or not young people at 14,15,16 can form love, whether they should. And so therefore sexuality remains this sort of unanchored force; it’s not contained in some ways within the context of an established sexual relationship. So it can seem a lot more fearful, especially when you’re dealing with young people who are in that transition period.”

In the United States, 37 states require that information on abstinence be provided when sex education is taught. Twenty-five of those states require abstinence be stressed. Nineteen states require educators to highlight the importance of sex within marriage. And 13 states require the inclusion of information on the negative outcomes of teen sex and pregnancy. In instances when HIV education is taught, only 19 states require information on condoms or contraception be provided.

Given the rates of teenage pregnancy and STIs within the United States, it’s clear the abstinence-only approach isn’t the most effective one out there. But the push for these programs stems from beyond the institutions where they’re taught. Some cultural trends specific to the United States may help explain where it originates.

Schalet said, “I think it’s not just about religious factors; it’s also about how we think about the individual, and the role of love, and the role of relationships and whether or not that’s supposed to happen at that age. That’s one piece. The second piece has to do with contraception. Are contraceptives available to young people? In the Netherlands there was a huge push to make the pill available, and it brought down the teen pregnancy rate and it gave folks less reason to be fearful. You’re [less likely to] associate teen sexuality with an unwanted pregnancy or a life derailed. The availability of abortion is also, of course, really critical.”

I would say a third factor is the religious right. Even if people aren’t extremely religious themselves, they live in a country where the religious right is like ‘keep fear alive. How can we make this thing, that doesn’t have to be dangerous, that doesn’t have to ruin lives if you educate young people, [something to be feared]? It’s not per se a ‘dangerous thing.’ So ‘how can we keep that idea that this is a very dangerous part of life alive?’ I think that has had a really profound influence on our culture and society beyond people who hold those beliefs.”

The “purity movement,” as it exists in the U.S., revolves around teaching young people the importance of abstaining from sex until marriage. Often times, the brunt of the message falls on young girls.

Last year, Officer Regina Coward, president of the Nevada Black Police Association, was approached by her church to create a community event about the importance of abstaining from sex until marriage. Coward maintains there are four outcomes of premarital sex: sexual assault, gangs, drugs and prostitution. The “Choose Purity” event took place last May in North Las Vegas. One hundred-twenty-five parents and children were shown recorded interviews with pimps and prostitutes, learned about the modern-day slave trade, and saw explicit images of people gripped by drug addiction. There were also reenactments of girls who had entered into prostitution and died from the STIs they contracted while working in the field. As the Las Vegas Sun reported, “The monologues concluded with each girl getting on a gurney and into a body bag.”

Not all events related to the purity movement are so dramatic. Many “Purity Balls” resemble the traditional father-daughter dance. The only difference is that purity balls end with an exchange of vows between father and daughter (the daughters pledge their purity to the fathers, and promise to remain chaste until marriage). In some cases, girls as young as five are encouraged to attend. This community often gravitates toward the idea that fathers must protect their daughters from the dirty, horny boys who surround them. That’s how we land at the idea that sex is a mistake teens will make, and an act parents must fear.

Schalet explained, “There’s a real gender component there, and that’s also where the Dutch, I think, do things differently. They leave room for boys to think of themselves as romantic, of having feelings. And it’s not that American boys aren’t romantic, it’s that everything in their culture tells them that they shouldn’t be. So then they have this sort of duality if they have those feelings, like ‘am I a man? Or does this make me not a man? A boy becoming a man?’”

“For girls, I think the Dutch put a lot more emphasis on the fact that women can make choices. It’s not like it’s perfect, but there’s at least a conversation about, ‘what do you want? What do you feel?’ You can also see it in the fact that the Dutch are one of the few countries that really openly talk about masturbation for both sexes [during sex education]. It’s often thought that that’s one way that women can really become empowered about their sexuality, when they know about sexual pleasure and their own bodies. That’s not usually part of American sex education.”

In her article Must We Fear Adolescent Sexuality? Schalet explains that Dutch parents have a term to describe their children’s capacity for self-regulating sexual activity: er aan toe zijn. The phrase translates to “being ready” in English. She also notes that over the past three decades the Dutch community has worked to promote acceptance of adolescent sexuality and easy access to contraceptives. Conversations about sex often take place at home, and many Dutch teens experience their first sexual encounters there as well.

She noted, “I’m continuously struck by TV shows – even ones I love – by the portrayal of girls, especially in the eyes of parents… One show that comes to my mind is Friday Night Lights. The parents in that show are portrayed as really, really good parents... But they way they give their daughter sex education is appalling… it’s all about how boys are going to use her. They make the daughter, who’s in a very loving relationship, feel so bad about [sex]. It’s really interesting, because... if some sort of sex happens, the girl is put in the position of disappointing the parents. And I guess I just always ask myself when I’m watching these shows, ‘When do you want it to happen? How do you want it to happen? What is actually wrong about this situation?’”

She added, “What’s really problematic [about abstinence-only education] is that people are actually being taught to be afraid of their sexual impulses, that they can’t regulate them and gender stereotypes. So there are a lot of [negative] things that people are being taught that are not helpful. And certainly, that needs to stop.”

“There’s also research to show that when young people have gender-stereotypical ideas, they’re much less likely to be sexually healthy. So I think there is some very harmful material in abstinence-only education, asides from the fact that young people don’t get taught about contraception. But that’s only the tip of the iceberg. What young people really need is a very comprehensive form of sex education that approaches sexuality as a positive part of life that they can relate to in a positive way.”

The Dutch experience provides us with many insights. One is that perhaps educating teens on STIs, HIV and unwanted pregnancies can go a lot further than threatening them with that information.

Housing: are we reaching a tipping point?
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-03-29 13:08:55 (2 hours ago) 
Poorly housed people are refusing to keep quiet: groups like the New Era families or Focus E15 mothers show that a source of shame is becoming a spur to action

When does a personal problem become society’s problem? How many people have to be in a situation before it ceases to be a source of shame and starts to become a spur to action? What’s the tipping point? These questions are thrown up by a new Shelter report, The Flyers and the Triers.

The phrasing is diplomatic. The “flyers” are defined as having “made minimal sacrifices to buy a home, having received substantial financial and emotional support from family”; “triers”, meanwhile, “struggled for longer to buy a home (if they got there at all). They had less help, and had to rely more on their own efforts.” You could just as well call them the Minted and the Screwed, or go traditional: the Haves and the Have-nots. It is to the credit of the charity how tactful it remains in the face of such blanket evidence of systemic failure.

Related: London house prices rise more than a solicitor earns in a year

He’d lost friendships because everyone else had bought and he hadn’t, and they simply had incompatible lifestyles

Related: The story of the millionaire Tory MP and the tenants facing homelessness | Aditya Chakrabortty

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Roberto Firmino strike gives Brazil win over Chile at the Emirates
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-03-29 13:08:53 (2 hours ago) 

Brazil won their eighth successive game since the World Cup as Roberto Firmino’s goal gave them a feisty 1-0 victory over Chile in a friendly at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Firmino, a 61st-minute substitute, burst clear after 73 minutes and expertly rounded Chile keeper Claudio Bravo before dispatching a simple finish into the empty goal.

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Laws’ childhood enounter with a pedophile
  Source: The Australian | News 2015-03-29 13:08:40 (2 hours ago) 
Radio host John Laws defends his ‘tough love’ talk with sexual abuse victim.




Library of Congress acquires rare trove of Civil War images
  Source: RSS Feed from LA Daily News: http://www.dailynews.com 2015-03-29 13:07:34 (2 hours ago) 
Islamic State group beheads 8 Shiites in Syria's Hama
  Source: RSS Feed from LA Daily News: http://www.dailynews.com 2015-03-29 13:07:33 (2 hours ago) 

BEIRUT >> A new video released by the Islamic State group shows its fighters cutting off the heads of eight men said to be Shiite Muslims.

The video posted on social media Sunday, said the eight men were beheaded in the central Syrian province of Hama.

The men, wearing orange uniforms with their hands tied behind their backs, were led forward in a field by teenage boys.

Inspired by "Circus Dwarf" watercolour on canvas 20x30
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FTN: Page 2
  Source: More from U.S. - CBS News 2015-03-29 13:05:35 (2 hours ago) 
Missed the second half of the show? The latest in the discussion on Ted Kennedy.
March 29: Sullenberger, Burr and Schiff
  Source: More from U.S. - CBS News 2015-03-29 13:05:34 (2 hours ago) 
The latest on Germanwings flight 9525, the politics of an Iran nuclear deal, Ted Kennedy, with aviation expert Sully Sullenberger, Saudi ambassador Adel al-Jubeir, Sen. Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California, and others.




Rupert Murdoch's empire must be dismantled – Ed Miliband
  Source: Guardian Unlimited Politics 2015-03-29 13:04:31 (2 hours ago) 
Roberto Firmino strike gives Brazil win over Chile at the Emirates
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-29 13:04:16 (2 hours ago) 

Brazil won their eighth successive game since the World Cup as Roberto Firmino’s goal gave them a feisty 1-0 victory over Chile in a friendly at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Firmino, a 61st-minute substitute, burst clear after 73 minutes and expertly rounded Chile keeper Claudio Bravo before dispatching a simple finish into the empty goal.

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Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-03-29 13:03:19 (2 hours ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Michael Sam says there are 'a lot' of gay players in NFL
  Source: Breaking News / South Florida Sun-Sentinel 2015-03-29 13:01:25 (3 hours ago) 
Michael Sam may have been the first openly gay player to be drafted by an NFL team, but he says there are "a lot" of gay players in the league.
Indiana Governor Says Religious Objections Law Is ‘Not About Discrimination’
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2015-03-29 13:01:13 (3 hours ago) 
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Man shot visiting woman at hotel next to Mall of America; 2 arrested
  Source: StarTribune.com Top Stories 2015-03-29 13:00:59 (3 hours ago) 
As the victim was leaving the room, he was shot “in his lower extremities,” police added.
Here’s How to Ace Your Next Job Interview
  Source: Slate Articles 2015-03-29 13:00:58 (3 hours ago) 

After endlessly tweaking your resume and cover letter, finally hearing that you’re getting an interview can seem like a relief. But job interviews can be as difficult as they are essential to the job application process. Here are six tips to nail the interview and land the job.

The last moments of Russian Aeroflot Flight 593 after the pilot let his 16-year-old son go on the controls
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This can of Frozen soup doesn't have one Frozen shape in it.
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Police release name of man found dead in Canton public housing complex
  Source: Real-Time News: Latest Northeast Ohio News - cleveland.com 2015-03-29 13:00:51 (3 hours ago) 
Taiwan White, 31, was found dead in the driver's seat of a Buick Century with an apparent gunshot wound to the head.




Eyewitness: Seville, Spain
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-29 13:00:28 (3 hours ago) 

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The weekend in pictures
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-29 13:00:28 (3 hours ago) 

A selection of some of the best images from around the world this weekend including Palm Sunday, Cricket World Cup celebrations and the rescue operations in the French Alps

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Housing: are we reaching a tipping point?
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-29 13:00:28 (3 hours ago) 
Poorly housed people in Britain are refusing to keep quiet about it – and a source of shame is becoming a spur to action

When does a personal problem become society’s problem? How many people have to be in a situation before it ceases to be a source of shame and starts to become a spur to action? What’s the tipping point? These questions are thrown up by a new Shelter report, The Flyers and the Triers.

The phrasing is diplomatic. The “flyers” are defined as having “made minimal sacrifices to buy a home, having received substantial financial and emotional support from family”; “triers”, meanwhile, “struggled for longer to buy a home (if they got there at all). They had less help, and had to rely more on their own efforts.” You could just as well call them the Minted and the Screwed, or go traditional: the Haves and the Have-nots. It is to the credit of the charity how tactful it remains in the face of such blanket evidence of systemic failure.

Related: London house prices rise more than a solicitor earns in a year

He’d lost friendships because everyone else had bought and he hadn’t, and they simply had incompatible lifestyles

Related: The story of the millionaire Tory MP and the tenants facing homelessness | Aditya Chakrabortty

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Indiana Governor Refuses to Clarify Anti-Gay Bill He Vowed to Clarify
  Source: Gawker 2015-03-29 13:00:26 (3 hours ago) 

Facing widespread criticism over a new "religious freedom" law that may allow businesses to discriminate against LGBT customers, Indiana Governor Mike Pence said this weekend that he was "determined to clarify" the bill distorted by "irresponsible headlines." Then, given an opportunity to do so on Sunday, the governor firmly refused to.

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Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-03-29 13:00:22 (3 hours ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics




Angelina Jolie to kids: 'Different is good'
  Source: CNN.com 2015-03-29 13:00:13 (3 hours ago) 
Angelina Jolie took the stage Saturday at Nickelodeon's 28th Annual Kids' Choice Awards and delivered a message of hope to anyone who's ever felt out of place.
From Siberia with size: 'New species' of big dinosaur found, scientists claim
  Source: CNET News 2015-03-29 13:00:12 (3 hours ago) 
Technically Incorrect: In Russia, scientists say they've found enough bones to now identify something we might want to call the Sibirosaurus. And it's a doozy.






2 vie in House race to succeed rep who joined Baker
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-03-29 13:00:09 (3 hours ago) 

BOSTON — An upcoming special election to fill a vacant seat in the state House of Representatives has drawn the attention of Gov. Charlie Baker among others.

Republican Hannah Kane and Democrat Jason Palitsch, both of Shrewsbury, are vying in Tuesday's race in the 11th Worcester District.

The winner will succeed Matthew Beaton, a Shrewsbury Republican who left the House to become Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs in Baker's administration.

Beaton's predecessor in the House was Karyn Polito, who is now Baker's lieutenant governor.

Air Canada plane skids off Halifax runway after hard landing
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-03-29 13:00:09 (3 hours ago) 
Murray sweeps past Giraldo in Miami
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-03-29 13:00:07 (3 hours ago) 
Britain's Andy Murray beats Colombian Santiago Giraldo to claim his 499th career win and reach round four at the Miami Open.




Police Ramp up Rail-Crossing Citations After Recent Crashes
  Source: ABC News: U.S. 2015-03-29 13:00:02 (3 hours ago) 
Police nationwide ramp up citations for illegal rail crossings after series of train crashes
Islamic State Group Beheads 8 Shiites in Syria's Hama
  Source: ABC News: International 2015-03-29 13:00:02 (3 hours ago) 
Islamic State group says it beheaded 8 Shiites in Syria's central province of Hama
The weekend in pictures
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-03-29 12:50:43 (3 hours ago) 

A selection of some of the best images from around the world this weekend including Palm Sunday, Cricket World Cup celebrations and the rescue operations in the French Alps

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Facing cancer, De Pere woman visited every state historical marker
  Source: JS Online 2015-03-29 12:50:24 (3 hours ago) 
It's an age-old hypothetical question: If you were given X number of days to live, what would you do? For Melinda Roberts, that question became very real when she was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2011.
Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-03-29 12:50:17 (3 hours ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics




20 Years Without Deanna
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-03-29 12:50:09 (3 hours ago) 
Deanna Cremin was murdered just days after her 17th birthday. Twenty years later, her family waits for justice.






Campaignspotting 2015: The British are coming
  Source: BBC News - US & Canada 2015-03-29 12:50:07 (3 hours ago) 
Step aside, Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton and company: the real electoral action moves to the UK for the next month.
Grandma is a centerfold: Rest home bares all for calendar
  Source: AP Top News 2015-03-29 12:50:05 (3 hours ago) 
AKRON, Ohio (AP) - The stars of a charity calendar are in their 80s and 90s, but that didn't stop the women from an assisted living facility in Ohio from showing a little skin. Miss March, who's 88, wears a green top hat and not much else in the calendar from Pleasant Pointe Assisted Living, and the centerfolds are two women in their 90s who seem to be playing poker with strategically placed oversize cards....
Grandma is a centerfold: Rest home bares all for calendar
  Source: AP Top Headlines 2015-03-29 12:50:04 (3 hours ago) 
AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- The stars of a charity calendar are in their 80s and 90s, but that didn't stop the women from an assisted living facility in Ohio from showing a little skin....
Pence: "Not going to change" religious freedom law
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2015-03-29 12:49:30 (3 hours ago) 

The Indiana governor fires back at critics who say the law discriminates against gays.

       




We Need a Million More Bowe Bergdahls, Says a Former US Army Ranger
  Source: Truthout Stories 2015-03-29 12:49:24 (3 hours ago) 

An undated handout photo of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive as a prisoner of war for nearly five years by the Taliban. Bergdahl, who disappeared from his Army outpost in Afghanistan in 2009, was captured by the Taliban and held by the Haqqani insurgent network until last May, is being charged with desertion, United States officials said on March 25, 2015. (Photo: US Army via The New York Times)The news that the most powerful organization in the known universe, the United States military, intends to focus its coercive mechanisms on a frightened, sensitive, traumatized young man, Bowe Bergdahl, has elicited howls of delight from that section of our public arena leased at below-market prices by the guild of belligerent cowards.

Back Issues is a blog about The Nation’s archives, but one would need a magazine much older than 150 years to find archival evidence of a time when such views had the merest claim to morality, not to mention, as the guild so often and so tediously does, piety.

“I am shocked at the concerted effort led by pro-war elements to pillory this guy, rather than offer serious compassion,” Robert Musil, who wrote an article on Vietnam deserters for The Nation in 1973, told me last year. “Where is all that rhetoric about ‘we support our troops’? He has suffered a lot, as have others. Where is the understanding, the compassion, the humanity? I frankly think that’s the proper response to an American kid stranded in the middle of Afghanistan who feels he has no choice but to go away from his unit.”

After I wrote that post, I was contacted by Rory Fanning, a former US Army Ranger in Afghanistan who served in the same unit as Pat Tillman. Fanning kindly sent me a copy of his book, Worth Fighting For, published last November by Haymarket. It is a profoundly moving memoir about his trek across the United States to raise money for the Pat Tillman Foundation, but more importantly it is a thoughtful, historically literate and often hilarious account of Fanning’s effort to forge a new relationship with a country he worried he had betrayed and had been betrayed by: disturbed by what he saw in Afghanistan, Fanning briefly went AWOL. He likely would have suffered the same fate that Bergdahl faces had not imperial stupidity, incompetence and lying saved him at the last moment. Preoccupied by the fallout from Tillman’s death and the attempted cover-up to prevent disclosure that it was caused by friendly fire, military authorities allowed Fanning to leave their custody without charges.

Fanning returned home and a few years later embarked on his transcontinental walk, seeking (and ultimately finding) a more profound connection to the American people, past and land than he had thought possible when he was growing up.

(I cannot recommend the book highly enough.)

My first reaction upon hearing the news that Bergdahl would be charged with desertion was to unfurl a string of expletives. My second was to get Fanning on the phone.

“Clearly,” he began, “the main reason they’re going after him is because they don’t want to be responsible for the hundreds of thousands of dollars in back pay that they owe him. I find that ironic, as they’ve been giving millions to warlords, throwing away trillions since 2001.”

Indeed, The New York Times’ otherwise somewhat mysterious suggestion that “there appears to be little desire to see him serve time” makes a lot more sense if you reason, as Fanning does, that they are only charging him to avoid having to cough up the back pay.

“The evidence against him that he’s responsible for the deaths of six soldiers is tenuous at best,” Fanning continued. “But the bigger point is the fact that the entity to blame for these deaths is the US military, for sending these soldiers into a war that should never have happened. The Taliban surrendered months after the initial invasion. But our politicians wanted blood.”

Fanning feels for Bergdahl. “Anyone who has been in Afghanistan could clearly see that the US had nothing to do in that country,” he told me. “We were little more than pawns in village disputes most of the time.”

“To be honest with you,” Fanning said, “we need a million more Bowe Bergdahls. Anybody who has any degree of common sense or moral fortitude would say, ‘This is ridiculous. I’m not gonna fight this war.’”

Fanning told me, as Musil had last year, that it is not at all easy or in some cases possible to declare yourself a conscientious objector once you are in war.

“I could totally relate to this guy,” he said. “I consider him a hero. To kill somebody for a cause you don’t believe in is potentially worse than being killed yourself, because those scars last forever. Just walking off the battlefield as Bergdahl did seems like an easier route than seeking conscientious-objector status.”

Why the wingnut feeding frenzy?

“It’s a lot of fear-mongering to prop up this state of perpetual war,” Fanning concluded. “Recruitment is down. People are realizing we’re not fighting for freedom or democracy, but for empire. They have to make an example out of someone like Bowe Bergdahl.”

Eyewitness: Seville, Spain
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-03-29 12:49:03 (3 hours ago) 

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Air Canada plane crash lands and skids off runway in Halifax - video
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-03-29 12:49:01 (3 hours ago) 
An Air Canada flight has crash landed in the east coast city of Halifax due to poor weather. It went off the runway injuring 23 people. The plane, carrying 133 passengers and five crew members, hit the runway hard causing the landing gear and at least one of the engines to rip from aircraft Continue reading...
Monument to Lee Rigby unveiled in murdered soldier's home town
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-03-29 12:48:56 (3 hours ago) 

Ceremony attended by family and friends in Middleton, Greater Manchester, where a bronze drum and plaque commemorate fusilier’s ‘ultimate sacrifice’

A memorial to mark the “ultimate sacrifice” of murdered soldier Lee Rigby has been unveiled in his hometown.

Family and friends of Drummer Rigby, 25, gathered for a dedication service at Middleton Memorial Gardens, Greater Manchester, where a bronze drum and a plaque in his honour went on public display.

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Prince Charles letters: what does a graphologist make of them?
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-03-29 12:48:53 (3 hours ago) 
Why wait for the publication of the Charles ‘black spider’ memos to work out what the future king thinks, when you can just ask a graphologist to look at one of his old ones?

Whether you think he is a “meddling prince” whose handwritten notes are an inappropriate attempt to intimidate government ministers, or just a modern monarch-to-be flouting an outdated protocol by refusing to pretend he has no opinions – we will soon know a lot more about Prince Charles.

For the past 10 years the Guardian has been working to reveal the contents of the heir apparent’s stream of letters to seven Whitehall departments that he fired off between 2004 and 2005. Now the supreme court has ruled they must be made public.

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Earth Hour 2015: World landmarks go dark to raise awareness on climate change (photos)
  Source: Real-Time News: Latest Northeast Ohio News - cleveland.com 2015-03-29 12:47:27 (3 hours ago) 
The Eiffel Tower went dark briefly to mark Earth Hour, the campaign to raise awareness about climate change, months before the Paris 2015 climate summit.
Gene Saks, Tony-Winning Director of Neil Simon Hits, Dies at 93
  Source: NYT > Home Page 2015-03-29 12:47:00 (3 hours ago) 
Mr. Saks, who switched from acting to directing in midcareer, won three Tony Awards and became the leading interpreter of the plays of Neil Simon.






Seattle Mariners prospect dies 42 days after injury
  Source: More from U.S. - CBS News 2015-03-29 12:45:35 (3 hours ago) 
20-year-old pitcher had been in a coma after suffering serious head injury
Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-03-29 12:43:15 (3 hours ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
It's so hard to be an Obamacare-hating Republican these days
  Source: Daily Kos 2015-03-29 12:42:38 (3 hours ago) 
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), perhaps seen contemplating
whether to use an Affordable Care Act health plan. One of the more striking features of the contemporary conservative movement is the extent to which it has been moving toward epistemic closure. Reality is defined by a multimedia array of interconnected and cross promoting conservative blogs, radio programs, magazines, and of course, Fox News. Whatever conflicts with that reality can be dismissed out of hand because it comes from the liberal media, and is therefore ipso facto not to be trusted. (How do you know they’re liberal? Well, they disagree with the conservative media!)

-- Julian Sanchez

Julian Sanchez, a CATO Institute fellow who specializes in the areas of privacy and surveillance, was perhaps the first to concisely distill the alternate reality that has been created by the continuously cross-referencing circle of conservative media outlets. Conservatives live in a bubble of epistemic closure in which narratives and ideas that feed a particular narrative are introduced, reinforced and then judged to be accurate simply by virtue of having been presented by the correct media authorities. It doesn't matter if whatever is being claimed has an actual basis in objective reality: once an idea that pleases the conservative id has taken root, it is mighty hard for truth to pierce the bubble of fantasy.

This is why President Obama can in the conservative mind be a Kenyan, a Muslim, a socialist, and a black liberation theologist all at the same time. It's why no amount of evidence can ever convince conservatism the climate change is real. It's why they view it as a fact that Obama is killing jobs and exploding the deficit, even as the facts are exactly the opposite on both counts. And it's also why the Affordable Care Act is simply known to be a disaster that is ruining lives, damaging employers, and constraining freedom, even as in reality it is reducing costs, saving lives, and making health insurance affordable for people who have gone far too long without it.

But when conservatives are forced to venture outside the circle of epistemic closure and actually confront the world outside the bubble, the results are hilarious, as we've seen this week with certain Republican opponents of the Affordable Care Act. More below the fold.





Australia Dedicates Cricket World Cup Win to Late Teammate
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2015-03-29 12:41:13 (3 hours ago) 
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Police nationwide ramp up citations for illegal rail crossings after series of train crashes
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2015-03-29 12:41:07 (3 hours ago) 
SeaWorld and Others Discover That a Hashtag Can Become a Bashtag
  Source: Slashdot 2015-03-29 12:41:04 (3 hours ago) 
HughPickens.com writes Alison Griswold writes that in an effort to improve its tanking image, SeaWorld launched a new advertising campaign this week to educate the public about its "leadership in the care of killer whales" and other work to protect whales in captivity and in the wild. As part of that head-on initiative, someone at SeaWorld decided to invite Twitter users to pose their questions to the company directly using the hashtag #AskSeaWorld. That was not a good idea as twitter users bashed Sea World relentlessly.. "As easy as it is to make fun of SeaWorld here, the real question is why any company still thinks hosting an open Twitter forum could be good for public relations," writes Griswold. "So maybe SeaWorld's social and PR folks just really have no idea what they're doing. Even so, you'd think they'd have learned from the corporate failures before them." Let's review some of the times this has backfired, starting with the infamous McDonald's #McDStories Twitter campaign of January 2012. Rather than prompting customers to share their heart-warming McDonald's anecdotes, the hashtag gave critics a highly visible forum to share their top McDonald's horror stories. MacDonalds pulled the campaign within two hours but they discovered that crowd-sourced campaigns are hard to control. Three years later the #McDStories hashtag is still gathering comments. "Twitter Q&As are a terrible idea.," concludes Griswold. "A well-meaning hashtag gives critics an easy way to assemble and voice their complaints in a public forum. Why companies still try them is a great mystery. Maybe they'll all finally learn from SeaWorld and give this one horrible PR trick up for good."

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The Clash - The Guns of Brixton [punk rock] (1979)
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Parma closes outdoor pools; Seven Hills mayor wants new police station: Best of the Beat
  Source: Real-Time News: Latest Northeast Ohio News - cleveland.com 2015-03-29 12:41:00 (3 hours ago) 
Parma City Council approved the $47 million 2015 budget, which banked on closing the pools.
Chagrin Hunter Jumper Classic makes a return, Pinecrest traffic worries Orange: Best of the Chagrin Beat
  Source: Real-Time News: Latest Northeast Ohio News - cleveland.com 2015-03-29 12:41:00 (3 hours ago) 
Roundup of news in the Chagrin Valley week of March 23.
Lens Blog: Our Man in Tehran
  Source: NYT > International 2015-03-29 12:40:58 (3 hours ago) 
Thomas Erdbrink, the Tehran bureau chief for The New York Times, offers viewers a personal view of the country where he has lived for more than a decade.




Video: Watch Germanwings Co-Pilot Take Flight As Teen
  Source: NBCNews.com: Europe 2015-03-29 12:40:54 (3 hours ago) 

A German TV station obtained this video from roughly 10 years ago and identifies the man in the glider as Andreas Libutz the Germanwings co-pilot who crashed an airliner into a French mountainside. (NBC News)


Drought: 'Bathtub' Ring Grows as Lake Powell Recedes
  Source: MSNBC.com: U.S. News 2015-03-29 12:40:51 (3 hours ago) 
The man-made lake is at risk of recording its lowest level since its creation.






Singaporeans line the streets for Lee Kuan Yew state funeral
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-03-29 12:40:38 (3 hours ago) 

Prime minister Lee Hsien Loong eulogises father who ruled the city-state for 30 years, in three-hour ceremony, after 100,000 people gathered to witness cortege

Singaporeans bid farewell to former leader Lee Kuan Yew on Sunday with an elaborate procession and a three-hour state funeral, at which his son, the current prime minister, eulogised the statesman and declared that the wealthy city-state he helped build is his monument.

Undeterred by heavy rain, about 100,000 people lined a 15km (nine-mile) route through the city-state to catch a glimpse of the funeral cortege. Lee’s coffin, draped in Singapore’s red-and-white flag and protected from the downpour by a glass casing, lay atop a ceremonial gun carriage that was solemnly led past city landmarks from parliament to a cultural centre where the state funeral was held.

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Yehuda Avner
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-03-29 12:40:38 (3 hours ago) 
British-born Israeli diplomat, he served as a political aide to many prime ministers

The first thing that ambassadors to the Court of St James’s usually do on arriving in Britain is to present their credentials to the sovereign. Yehuda Avner, former ambassador to Britain of the State of Israel, who has died aged 86, had two other duties when he arrived in 1983. His first was to give up his British passport. Then, having gone to Buckingham Palace, where the letters of appointment were handed over to the Queen, he addressed a public meeting in London and announced that he was thereby presenting a second lot of credentials – this time to the British Jewish community. His success in the role was such that when he left London in 1988, the then Israeli foreign minister, Shimon Peres, awarded him the title of ambassador for life.

Avner made it clear that he was very different from any previous holder of his office. The Queen told him that she had never before received an ambassador of a foreign power who had until that moment been one of her own subjects. The Jewish community in Britain had never before had one of its “own” as an ambassador at the Kensington embassy. He performed both of his duties brilliantly. It meant double the work, but he never shirked either responsibility.

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Air Canada plane crash lands and skids off runway in Halifax - video
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-03-29 12:40:38 (3 hours ago) 
An Air Canada flight has crash landed in the east coast city of Halifax due to poor weather. It went off the runway injuring 23 people. The plane, carrying 133 passengers and five crew members, hit the runway hard causing the landing gear and at least one of the engines to rip from aircraft Continue reading...




Theatre director fired over Wagner opera that offended Russian Orthodox church
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-03-29 12:40:38 (3 hours ago) 

Russia’s culture minister sacks Siberian theatre director after Russian Orthodox church, allied to President Vladimir Putin, attacks modern staging of Tannhauser

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Eyewitness: Seville, Spain
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-03-29 12:40:38 (3 hours ago) 

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Martin O'Malley on Clinton and Bush: White House is not a family affair
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-03-29 12:40:38 (3 hours ago) 

Former Maryland governor and possible Democratic presidential candidate urges ‘new leadership and new perspectives’

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Air Canada plane crash lands and skids off runway in Halifax - video
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-29 12:40:37 (3 hours ago) 
An Air Canada flight has crash landed in the east coast city of Halifax due to poor weather. It went off the runway injuring 23 people. The plane, carrying 133 passengers and five crew members, hit the runway hard causing the landing gear and at least one of the engines to rip from aircraft Continue reading...
Monument to Lee Rigby unveiled in murdered soldier's home town
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-29 12:40:37 (3 hours ago) 

Ceremony attended by family and friends in Middleton, Greater Manchester, where a bronze drum and plaque commemorate fusilier’s ‘ultimate sacrifice’

A memorial to mark the “ultimate sacrifice” of murdered soldier Lee Rigby has been unveiled in his hometown.

Family and friends of Drummer Rigby, 25, gathered for a dedication service at Middleton Memorial Gardens, Greater Manchester, where a bronze drum and a plaque in his honour went on public display.

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Prince Charles letters: what does a graphologist make of them?
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-29 12:40:37 (3 hours ago) 
Why wait for the publication of the Charles ‘black spider’ memos to work out what the future king thinks, when you can just ask a graphologist to look at one of his old ones?

Whether you think he is a “meddling prince” whose handwritten notes are an inappropriate attempt to intimidate government ministers, or just a modern monarch-to-be flouting an outdated protocol by refusing to pretend he has no opinions – we will soon know a lot more about Prince Charles.

For the past 10 years the Guardian has been working to reveal the contents of the heir apparent’s stream of letters to seven Whitehall departments that he fired off between 2004 and 2005. Now the supreme court has ruled they must be made public.

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Police ramp up rail-crossing citations after recent crashes
  Source: AP Top U.S. News 2015-03-29 12:40:33 (3 hours ago) 
VALHALLA, N.Y. (AP) -- A series of crashes involving trains and passenger vehicles - including deadly collisions in New York and California last month - have prompted police to ramp up ticket enforcement at railroad crossings....
Police ramp up rail-crossing citations after recent crashes
  Source: AP Top U.S. News 2015-03-29 12:40:32 (3 hours ago) 
VALHALLA, N.Y. (AP) -- A series of crashes involving trains and passenger vehicles - including deadly collisions in New York and California last month - have prompted police to ramp up ticket enforcement at railroad crossings....
Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-03-29 12:40:30 (3 hours ago) 
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Disproportionate Representation: A Look at Women Leadership in Congress
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Political representation is defined as the election of officials, who then stand in for, and speak for a group of their constituents in the legislature, for a set period of time. Unfortunately, moneyed interests, the threat of being "primaried" by the tea party lunatic fringe, and other factors have dismantled this process. Over the last few years, and certainly for most of the Obama Administration, Congress has had a low approval rating - so much so that they have been nicknamed the "Do Nothing" Congress. These elected officials have been voting in lock-step with each other, and often opposite the opinions and desires of the American people. Consider the public's desire to implement some degree of regulations on gun use in this country (In 2012, 54% wanted more strict laws, and 90% wanted to expand background checks), and Congress's unwillingness to even deliberate on the matter. Thus, the questions have to be asked - Who are these congressional members really representing? What values do they represent? Who do they really speak for? What issues do they advocate for? What segment of the American populace do they look like ?

One merely has to take a glance at the collective members of the United State Congress to realize that there is, and has always been, a glaring problem. That problem has to do with representation, and not just political representation. In short, Congress, like The Academy of Motion Pictures and Arts, is not an equal-opportunity employer, and yes #CongressSoWhite. Women make up 50.8% of the U.S. population but only 19.4% of the current 114th U.S. Congress. In fact, Congress resembles a frat house where young intoxicated men are replaced with middle age men, and the type of policies voted upon, discussed, and proposed by the recently out-going, also Republican controlled Congress, reflects the group think that occurs with members of a fraternity. In 2010, Senate Republican Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, made a statement and put out a call for action for members of his party -- who are overwhelmingly white, male, and old -- to make their primary focus obstruction in order to ensure that President Obama would not serve a second term. They Tried It, but failed.

However, their actions and historic "obstructionism" have succeeded in impeding the passing of progressive policies such as the Paycheck Fairness Act, which was unanimously voted against by all Republican Senators, with women among them. And it is this same level of obstructionism that has allowed the United States to be one of the few nations that has not ratified the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEADW), despite the document being signed in 1978 by President Carter. Out of 194 U.N. member nations, 187 countries have ratified the document. When considering this, one has to be realistic about whether the election of Senator Elizabeth Warren, or 2016 Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton, to the U.S. presidency, would bring about the passage and ratification of these proposed legislations. The realistic answer would be NO. What we should have learned after the past 6 years of the Obama Administration - and his failed attempts to "reach across the aisle" and utilize bipartisanship in order to pass legislation, instead of having to continuously rely on Executive Orders - is that we have to set our eyes on far more than the Presidency if we want to effect change. And the first step of this process will have to involve addressing the issue of disproportionate representation. Here we will discuss what this looks like in terms of gender.

 

Snapshot: What Leadership Currently Looks Like in the US CONGRESS?

So, what does the current representation of women in Congress look like?

We can begin with the fact that, despite women (and girls) making up 50.8% of the U.S. population, women currently make up only 19.4% of the 114th U.S. Congress, which took office in January 2015.1 In terms of each chamber of Congress, women make up 20.0% of the Senate and 19.3% of the House of Representatives. 1 A closer look of the 2015 Congress reveals the following:

19.4% of Congress means that women only hold 104 seats out of 5351

20.0% of the Senate means that women hold 20 seats out of 1001

19.3% of the House of Representatives means that women hold 84 seats out of 4351

In the 114th Congress, women have been sent from 31 of the 51 states as members of the House of Representatives1


The Intersections -- Women of Color leadership in the 2015 Congress and Other Elective Offices

Of the 104 women serving in Congress in 2015, 33 are women of color (18 African American women, 6 Asian/Pacific Islander women, and 9 Latinas)2

31.7% of the women in Congress are women of color2

Women of color only constitute 6.2% of the total 535 members of Congress2

There is only 1 woman of color in the Senate 2

Of the 77 women serving in statewide elective executive offices, 9, or 11.7% are women of color. 2

Women of color constitute 2.8% of the total 318 statewide elective executives2

Women of color constitute 5.3% of the total 7,383 state legislators. 2

In the United States's 100 largest cities, 5 women of color serve as mayor2


A Historical Overview

Women, and certainly women of color, have essentially been denied adequate representation in Congress since the founding of the United States. This reality was of course worse for African American women, who were denied their freedom until 1965, and other women of color -- Indigenous, Asian, Latina, who were denied citizenship despite many of their ancestors being on North American soil for centuries. Since 1917, when Representative Jeannette Rankin of Montana became the first woman to serve, a total of 307 women have served in the U.S. Congress; with the vast majority serving in the House of Representatives.1 In fact, since 1917, 35 women have served as Senators, 261 as representatives, 11 as both Senators and Representatives, and 6 as Delegates to the House. 1 When considering the span of 98 years, these numbers may seem like there has been a great deal of progress. However, the problem of disproportionate representation persists. Further, real progress is only being carried out by a few states within the Union. While California has sent the most women to Congress than any other state (39 to date), followed by New York (27 to date), no other state has sent more than 17 women to Congress; and some states, such as Delaware, Mississippi and Vermont, have yet to send a woman to serve in the House or Senate. 1


Past vs. Current Representation

1992 was dubbed the "Year of the Women" due to a surge in the number of female candidates running and eventually being elected to office. However, this exalted year did not change the status quo greatly, as the problem of disproportionate representation has persisted. 4 out of 11 women running for the U.S. Senate were elected, and those victors included Senator Barabara Boxer (D-CA), who recently announced that she will be retiring from the U.S. Senate in 2016, at the end of her term. 24 females were elected to the House during the Year of the Women, and this election increased the percentage of women in the House from 6% to 11%. 1992 thus remains a high mark in terms of the rate of growth assessed by the number of women elected versus incumbents. While 24 new women were elected in 1992, 13 were elected in 2010, and 19 in 2012. However, there are some small signs of progress. In the short period of 2010 to 2015, the number of women who have served in the U.S. Congress went from 260 to 307.

2013 was also celebrated as a year of high achievement for women in Congress, and again the 2015 114th Congress shows signs of small progress. Women make up 19.4% of the 114th Congress, compared to 18% of the 113th Congress. Further, 79 women were members of the House of Representatives, accounting for 17.9% of the body. While the numbers in the Senate have remained constant with 20 - or 20% - of the members of the Senate being women. Still, the following 2013 infographic shows how small this "progress" is in the larger scope of things by illustrating the problem of disproportionate representation.

In terms of inclusion of women of color there has also been minute progress. In the 113th Congress, women of color only made up 4.5% of the total members of Congress, and 30.6% of women serving in Congress. While the 114th has seen a slight increase, where women of color make up 6.2% of the total members of Congress, and 31.7% of the women serving in Congress. Again, the following 2013 Infographic helps to convey that these nominal increases will not be enough to mitigate the problem of disproportionate representation.

The Standouts: Female Firsts in Congress and Feminist Leadership

For much of US history, women were not a part of the legislative system or process. This did not change until the 20th century (144 years later) with the success of the women's suffrage movement, where women of color like Sojourner Truth and Mary Church Terrell were actively involved. The 19 th Amendment passed in 1920 officially granted women in the United States the right to vote. However, the right to vote was not safeguarded for women of color, particularly Black women in the Southern United States, until the passage of the 1964 Voting Rights Act; which the predominantly White and male, U.S. Supreme court is currently dismantling. In 2014, the court invalidated key parts of the legislation. A critical legislation that many sacrificed, suffered, and gave their lives for.

The following is a brief overview of some of these trailblazing women in U.S. politics:

In 1917 Jeanette Rankin of Montana, a Republican prior to the beginning of the parties "Southern Strategy", became the first woman in Congress, where she served in the House of Representatives. In 1916 she noted that, "I may be the first woman member of Congress, but I won't be the last".3 She went on to serve again from 1941-1943, but did not win re-election due to her anti-war stance, where she voted vote against both World War I and World War II; proving that she was ahead-of-her-time; speaking out against the military industrial complex, well before it had grown to its current size and influence. In terms of feminist leadership, Rankin was a former lobbyist for the National Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA), and her speaking and organizing efforts help to secure the right to vote for women in Montana in 1914. In her campaigns she ran as a Progressive, and during her time in Congress she focused on social welfare issues.

While many remember and praise Ronald Reagan, despite the horrific result of Reaganomics, there was another stage star from California, who made a greater impact on policy and U.S. society, and she was Helen Gahagan Douglas, a New Deal liberal. Gahagan served in the House for three terms, from 1945 - 1951, where she spoke about a range of topics including: equal rights for women, civil rights for African Americans and other people of color, labor rights and the protection of the American worker, food subsidies (all prior to the 1964 Food Stamps Act being signed into law by President Lydon B. Johnson), affordable housing, unemployment insurance for returning GIs, a revitalized farm security program, as well as income-based taxation for farmers and small business owners. Where President Johnson needed to be pushed to act on removing the barriers to the ballot for African Americans in the South, Helen Douglas openly attacked the practice of poll taxes. 4-5 Her political viewpoint was progressive in ever since of the word. Even more remarkable was the fact that she was a White women of wealth and status, who focused on the intersectional issues of the working class and women of color. In fact, many of these issues that she championed remain relevant today, and are those that were widely discussed in the Occupy movement.

Julia Hansen, served as a Democratic Representative from the state of Washington from 1959-1975, was the first woman to chair an Appropriations subcommittee. Appropriations committees are of a great deal of importance, in that they are responsible for setting specific expenditures of money by the government of the United States. In other words, they literally hold the purse strings of Congress. Their actions decide whether a particular legislation, agency, etc. is actually funded, and able to carry out its purpose. Martha Griffiths served as a Democratic Representative from Michigan from 1955 to 1975, and her tenure in office spanned a period that was swept with great social changes, brought about by the implementation of federal policies. Martha was very much part of that process, and she is known as the "Mother of the ERA". Representative Griffith championed the sexual discrimination clause of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1972 Equal Rights Amendment. Her career was groundbreaking in another way: being the first woman to secure a seat on the influential Ways and Means committee.2 The Ways and Means committee is the oldest committee in the U.S. Congress, and it is the chief tax-writing committee, having jurisdiction over revenue and related issues such as tariffs, reciprocal trade agreements, and the bonded debt of the United States, as well as revenue-related aspects of the Social Security system, Medicare, and social services programs.

Bella Abzug, served as a Democratic Representative from the state of New York from 1971-1977, running on an antiwar and pro-feminist platform. Bella openly and apologetically identified as a feminist, and was a staunch civil rights advocate; working to combat the ISMs -- racism, sexism, ableism, etc. -- in American society. During her time in Congress she introduced legislation demanding the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Vietnam and authored an institution to end the draft. She was referred to by the epithet Battling Bella, and some would say that it was due to her tenacity and confrontational demeanor. However, it may be more likely due to the fact that she had the audacity and courage to be an assertive woman. Battling Bella actually called for an investigation of the competence of J. Edgar Hoover, the notorious Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and founder of the counterintelligence program (COINTELPRO).6 Representative Abzug also introduced groundbreaking legislation, which called for the amending of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual or affectional preference.7 In 1988, a former aide to Representative Abzug, shared these comments about her legacy, "It wasn't that she was the first woman in Congress. It was that she was the first woman to get in Congress and lead the way toward creating a feminist presence".8

Patsy Takemoto Mink should truly be a household name. Being of Japanese descent, she was the first woman of color to serve in Congress. She was a Democratic Representative from the state of Hawaii, serving in the house from 1965-1977 and again from 1990-2002. A documentary film, Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority, profiles the Representative; covering her battles with racism and sexism, and highlighting how she helped to redefine American politics. She participated and pushed for the passage of the 1960s Great Society legislation. During her time in the House she served on the Committee on Education and Labor, and it was there that she introduced or sponsored the first childcare bill and legislation establishing bilingual education, student loans, special education, and Head Start. Clearly setting the foundation for a more diverse and inclusive educational system in America. She championed many women's issues, which garnered her the title, Mother of Title IX, which passed in 1972, and has recently became part of contemporary discourse, as the federal government tries to grapple with the epidemic of rape culture and sexual violence on university campuses; including the most recent assault to garner the attention of the press, involving a student claiming that he was merely acting out scenes from the movie 50 Shades of Grey. Another one of Representative Mink's great legislative triumphs was the Women's Education Equity Act, which provided $30 million a year in educational funds for programs to promote gender equity in schools, to increase educational and job opportunities for women, and to excise sexual stereotypes from textbooks and school curricula. She was certainly a visionary thinker, and thus was one of the first to raise concern about the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in 2002; which was hastily created in response to terrorist attacks in the United States in 2001. Ultimately, she feared that "the DHS might undermine civil liberties by violating the privacy of American citizens in the name of national security. In favor of full disclosure of government attempts to safeguard the nation from international threats, she proposed that no secrets be kept from the public". Ultimately she feared that the DHS might undermine civil liberties by violating the privacy of American citizens in the name of national security.6

Shirley Chisholm, was a community activist who went on to serve as a Democratic Representative from the state of New York from 1969 to 1983. She was the first African American woman in Congress. In 1972 she became the first woman, first African American, and the first person of color to run for the United States presidency. She was also a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus. She focused on a variety of causes that impacted the poorest and most marginalized people in the nation. These causes included increases in federal funding to extend the hours of day care facilities, pointing out early on that Child Care was not just a women's issue; and these sentiments were echoed by President Obama in his 2015 State of the Union address. Her other caucuses included: guaranteed minimum annual income for families and assistance for education.

Pat Schroeder, served as a Democratic Representative from the state of Colorado from 1973-1997. She served on the Armed Services Committee, who became a household name after telling Pentagon officials that if they were women, they would always be pregnant, because they never said "no".9 And when asked on how she could be a mother of two small children and a Member of Congress at the same time, she replied "I have a brain and a uterus and I use both".10 With statements such as these, there should be no doubt that Representative Schroeder was a feminist. In fact, much of Schroeder's career was dedicated to women's rights and reforms affecting families; and these issues included: women's health care, child rearing, expansion of Social Security benefits, and gender equity in the workplace. Her contributions include the following: founding of the Congressional Women's Caucus, helping to pass the 1978 Pregnancy Discrimination Act, which mandated that employers could not dismiss women employees simply because they were pregnant or deny them disability or maternity benefits (yes these rights and benefits were not secured until 1978!), created and chaired the Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families (which was subsequently dismantled in 1995, and should rightfully be reinstated), her biggest successes were the passage of the Family and Medical Leave Act and the National Institutes of Health Revitalization Act.

Carolyn Mosley Braun was the first African American woman elected to the Senate in 1992, during the Year of the Women, and she previously served as a Democratic Representative for the State of Illinois. During her time in office she was referred to as a women's rights activist and civil rights activist; and she even dared to campaign for gun control. However, her career was marred by a scandal involving misconduct and mismanagement of funds.

Nancy Pelosi serves as a Democratic Representative from the state of California. She was also the first woman Speaker of the House of Representatives, and is now the minority leader.

In 2012, Mazie Hironon became the first Asian American to serve in the Senate, after previously serving in the House and as the Lieutenant Governor of Hawaii. During her time in office she has cosponsored a number of Bills that focus on safeguarding human rights, women's rights, labor rights, and the rights of marginalized populations. These bills include: S/2687-Access to Contraception for women service members and dependents, S.2625-Access to Birth Control Act, S.2629-Preventative Care Coverage Notification Act, S.2599-Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act of 2014, S.2578-Protect Women's Health From Corporate Interference Act of 2014, S.2223-Minimum Wage Fairness Act, S.2199-Paycheck Fairness Act, and the S.2472-International Women Act of 2014. However her cosponsoring of S.2472 comes with a great deal of irony, being that she cosponsored a number of bills upholding the United States' support of the state of Israel, despite the nation's human rights violations that it carries out against the Palestinian people.

Barbara Lee is a Progressive voice in Congress, who was first elected to Congress in 1998 as a Democratic Representative from California. She advocates for social and economic justice, international peace, and civil & human rights. She is a founding member and Vice Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, a member of the Pro-Choice Caucus, receiving a 100-percent rating from Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America; and is a founding member of the Congressional Out of Poverty Caucus, a coalition of the Congressional Black Caucus, Asian Pacific American Caucus, and Hispanic Caucus. She gained national attention and notoriety in 2001 for being the ONLY member of Congress to vote against the Authorization fro Use of Military Force, following the terrorist attacks on September 11th; showing that she is not afraid of sticking to her ideals and convictions. Unfortunately the other members of Congress gave George Bush what he later proclaimed was a "mandate" to rage war in the Middle East - in Afghanistan and Iraq, killing millions (on both sides), and creating new enemies for the nation, leading to networks such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS); all while being the major contributing factor for the current recession that the U.S. is still trying to dig itself out of. Yet, when pundits speak about the failure of this war that has persisted for 14 years, many do not bother to mention the courage and foresight of Representative Barbara Lee. Even more interesting is that many speak about Hilary Clinton, or freshmen Senator Elizabeth Warren, both Caucasian, being frontrunners for the 2016 Democratic ticket; without even considering Barbara Lee, the African American progressive and feminist.

 

Is the United States Really a World Leader?

American exceptionalism is a theory that the United States is qualitively different from other nations, and the implication is often that the United States serves as a model first world nation; and thus Americans are able to take on a strangely passionate patriotic pride in this exceptionalism. When it comes to many social issues and political institutions, America is indeed exceptional. It is the only post-industrial nation that lacks universal healthcare and paid sick leave, and continues to be one of two hold outs in ratifying a human rights treaty, the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), despite the treaty being signed in 1979 by President Carter. The aforementioned Progressive Congresswoman Barbara Lee is co-sponsor of current legislation urging Congress to ratify the CEDAW.

Further, when it comes to the representation of women in the government, especially at the Federal level, there is certainly a great deal of American exceptionalism. So much so that, in 2014, the United States ranked 84th in worldwide female leadership. In the past several years, there has actually been a steady decline in the status or leadership positions of women in the U.S. government, as outlined below:

· In 2002, the United States ranked 57th in worldwide female leadership; out of 188 countries

· In 2008, the United States ranked 69th in worldwide female leadership.

· In 2009, the United States ranked 71st in worldwide female leadership.

· In 2010, the United States ranked 72nd in worldwide female leadership.

· In 2012, the United States ranked 80th in worldwide female leadership.

· In 2013, the United States ranked 77th in worldwide female leadership.

· In 2014, the United States ranked 84th in worldwide female leadership.

 

Snapshot: A Look at Women Legislators Around the World

The 1952 United Nations Convention on the Political Rights of Women brought forth a number of provisions, but did not diminish the concerns of equal access to political participation for women. Thuss it was restated in the Article 7 of the CEDAW, which again the U.S. government has failed to ratify. Under this article, women are guaranteed the rights to vote, hold public office, and to exercise public functions. Under Article 8 of the CEDAW, these rights are expanded to include equal rights for women to represent their countries at the international level.

However, despite this well-meaning legislation, women are still underrepresented in governments around the world. Only 21.9% of national parliamentarians were female as of December 1, 2014. Here are some other disheartening statistics:

· As of January 2014, only 10 women have served as Head of State and 15 as Head of Government

· Globally, there are 37 States in which women account for less than 10% of parliamentarians in single or lower houses, as of December 2014

· As of January 2014, only 17% of government ministers were women, with the majority overseeing social sectors, such as education and the family

When considering these statistics and the global problem of disproportionate leadership, the U.S. does not seem too exceptional, in that it is merely upholding the status quo. Among the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) is goal Number 3 - Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women. This will not be achieved without the full participation of women in government. Additionally, without achieving this, demanding and enforcing gender equality in other sectors will prove to be hypocritical and impossible.

Still, there have been some achievements for women's participation in government, globally. While the United States continues to be "exceptional" and has never elected a woman as head of State/government, many other nations have. In recent years, these nations include:

Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, Germany (Elected 2005) Executive President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Liberia (Elected 2006) Executive President Michelle Bachelet Jeria, Chile (Elected 2006) Minister President Emily de Jongh-Elhage, Nederlandse Antillen (Self-governing Part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands) (Elected 2006) Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller, Jamaica (Elected 2007) Prime Minister Han Myung-sook, South Korea (Elected 2007) President Pratibha Patil, India (Elected 2007) Executive President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, Argentina (Elected 2007) Acting President Dr. Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri, South Africa (Elected 2008) Leader of the Government Antonella Mularoni, San Marino (Elected 2008) Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed, Bangladesh (Elected 2009) Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, Iceland (Elected 2009) Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor, Croatia (Elected 2009) President Dalia Grybauskaitė, Lithuania (Elected 2009) President of the Confederation Doris Leuthard, Switzerland (Elected 2010) President Roza Otunbayeva, Kyrgyzstan (Elected 2010) President-Elect Laura Chinchilla Miranda, Costa Rica (Elected 2010)

One nation to take note of is Rwanda. Although it may be deemed a developing nation, and had suffered economic and social setbacks during the 1994 Genocide, Rwanda proves to be progressive in terms of government. Due to the fact that the country's constitution provides for Ombudsman who act as public advocates, the nation has some of the lowest levels of corruption relative to other African nations. Transparency International actually ranked Rwanda as the 8th cleanest out of 47 countries is sub-Saharan Africa, and the 66th cleanest out of 178 in the world. The nation also ranks first in female leadership worldwide, where it has the highest number of women parliamentarians. These women hold 63.8% of the seats in the lower house of government.

Why Are Numbers Not Enough?

In advocating for the increase in number of women holding political office in governments, we must be cognizant of the fact that numbers are not enough. There is no benefit in having women holding positions of leadership if these women do not advocate for women's human rights and other socioeconomic issues -- racism, police brutality, labor rights, health care access, affordable housing, consumer protections, environmental regulations -- from a progressive standpoint. Electing women who are unwilling to take the necessary stand on these issues - and this is greatly represented by their voting record, and not the lip service that they pay in the media - would only hold up the status quo of gender inequity.

For example, while many celebrate Rebecca Latimer Felton, of the State of Georgia, as being the first woman in the U.S. Senate, one cannot ignore the fact that she was an ardent racist and would certainly not have been an ally to women of color. Take for example her comments from an 1897 speech regarding lynching, "The biggest problem facing women on the farm was the danger of the black rapists. If it takes lynching to protect women's dearest possession from drunken, ravening beasts....then I say lynch a thousand a week". As a Southerner, Latimer Felton condemned anyone who dared to question the South's racial policies, and one can be certain that her discussion about women did not include the Black or indigenous women living in the State of Georgia at that time, who were also subjected to lynchings and mob violence.

Now, take a look at some of the photos of The Texas Federation of Republican Women, which boasts that it is the most powerful women's political organization in Texas, and ask yourself whether this organization and the candidates that it supports and funds look like they consider women of color and the intersecting issues that impact their lives?

Again, it is not enough to have a woman elected to office if she is a racist, blinded by white privilege, or finds some reason to view another group of people - particularly women as "The Other" - outside her scope of representation. It is beliefs like this that later helped usher in the era of Reganomics, with the falsehood of the Welfare Queen and the War on Drugs, which was a nothing more than a War on the Poor and an Attack on the Middle Class. The Welfare Queen story essentially incited, and continues to incite, racial animosity, where Black women (and other women of color) are viewed as being lazy and constantly looking for government handouts when the truth of the matter is that most welfare recipients are white and do not live in urban settings. Yet, the stereotypical view persists and is still used to cut social safety net programs.

Consider the 2014 Paul Ryan Plan, a budget proposal that would get 69 of its budget cuts from programs for people with low or moderate incomes, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. This was a hypocritical move coming from the Chair of the House Ways and Means committee considering his dependency on government entitlements, public education, etc. The plan, which would see cuts of $3.4 trillion over ten years (2015-2024) predictably does not include any cuts to the defense budget. Defense contractors and their political allies would not have to be concerned about a loss in profits, which they acquire from the military industrial complex - something President Eisenhower warned Americans about. Of course, the 2014 plan was not Ryan's first attempt at putting forth this budget proposal; it is just more worrisome given the current make-up of the U.S. Congress. In 2012, Ryan put forth a similar plan which was famously rejected by women.

Ultimately, having the wrong women in office only contributes to these disastrous effects of wedge politics and social inequity.

Finally, there is no greater example as to why numbers are not enough than the case of the Paycheck Fairness Act, a proposed law that would make it easier for employees to talk about wages - and thus potentially help women learn whether they earn less than their male colleagues. The law would also force employers to explain or justify why two similarly qualified workers earn different wages. However, it was unanimously voted against by the Republican members of the Senate in 2014, including these four Republican women:

New Hampshire's Kelly Ayotte thinks that it would prohibit merit-based pay. She also voted against it because Democrats opposed her amendment to the legislation.

Maine's Susan Collins thinks that the Civil Rights Act the 1963 Equal Pay Act are enough protection to provide equal pay. According to Collins, the proposed law would "impose a real burden … on small businesses." She thinks that women get paid less because of their own choices.

Nebraska's Deb Fischer accused Democrats of politics for putting the bill forward for the second time, this time one week before the congressional recess for midterm elections.

Alaska's Lisa Murkowski is on the Right.

You can read these Senators comments and attempts to justify their actions here.

It was the third time since 2012 that the GOP has voted down the bill. The legislation required 60 votes to move on to debate but received only 52, a unanimous vote from Democrats. Clearly the numbers were not enough, as having these additional women - and votes- in the Senate was not enough, because these women care more about their political party affiliation than advancing women's human rights and social equality. One can make the case that they would not be members of the Republican party if they cared about these things. Their voting record exemplifies why we need to focus on much more than increasing the number of women in Congress. The Paycheck Fairness Act is of course not the first legislation that elicited a unanimous vote against it by Republicans (and of course Republican women) in Congress. In 2013, GOP members in the House voted unanimously against The Fair Minimum Wage Act (H.R. 1010) which would have raised the nation's minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2015, and the rate would have been indexed to inflation each year thereafter. Well, here we are in 2015 and the U.S. minimum wage is still $7.25 per hour. Now, compare that to other post-industrial nations:

When looking at women in government and political candidates, we must realize that their being a woman is not enough for our support. We must consider their agenda, look at their affiliations, determine whether they have a feminist platform or one that is at least pro-women's human rights, and review their voting record. For instance, consider the voting record of Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire. Here are few highlights:

Jan. 29, 2015 S 1A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline Yea Jan. 6, 2015 S 1A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline Co-sponsor Nov. 18, 2014 S 2280A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline Yea July 30, 2014 S 2569Bring Jobs Home Act Nay July 16, 2014 S 2578 Protect Women's Health From Corporate Interference Act of 2014 Nay June 11, 2014 S 2432 Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act Did Not Vote May 1, 2014 S 2280A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline Co-sponsor April 30, 2014 S 2223Minimum Wage Fairness Act Nay April 9, 2014 S 2199Paycheck Fairness Act Nay


What's at Stake?

The reason why we must advocate for the inclusion of 'pro-women's human rights' women in Congress and other houses and government is because there is truly much at stake. The War on women is well documented and has been discussed thoroughly. There are attempts to take agency over our bodies, to categorize rape and talk about "legitimate rape", decrease access to birth control and safe abortions, and the list goes on; including the continued rape and degradation of the environment, which are exemplified by ongoing fracking and attempts to approve the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. From an economic standpoint, there is also the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement that will have the greatest and most negative impact on women and children, the groups most marginalized and impoverished in society.

Still, there is the need to ensure the enforcement of Title IX on college campuses as well as investigate the once-silent rape epidemic in the U.S. military. The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) still awaits ratification, and American workers are still not guaranteed paid sick leave, extended maternal leave, and child care aid; all of which directly impacts women and children. Thus, legislation such as the Affordable Care Act, despite its flaws and avoidance of the single-payer option, should be protected. The act ensures that all women have access to preventative care such as mammograms and pap smears.

We must keep in mind that there is much at stake, and there are attempts to erode women's human rights. Within literally weeks in office, the newly minted Republican-majority Congress attempted to push through an anti-abortion measure, the "Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act", which was surprisingly defeated due to the moderate members of the GOP. House GOP members actually broke rank with their party, protesting the language of the bill that required women who seek an exception to the ban due to being raped, having to back up their claim with a formal police report. Although this defeat is welcome news, it does not mean that there will not be even more attempts to curtail the reproductive rights of American women. Which makes the efforts of Democratic Senators Jeanne Shaheen (NH) and Jackie Speier (CA) seem even more important. On February 4, 2015, the two introduced the Access to Contraception for Women Service-members and Dependents Act. In applauding the efforts of the Senators, the National Women's Law Center described the legislation as such: A critical piece of legislation that will ensure all women who rely on the military for health care receive comprehensive contraceptive coverage and counseling. The bill will give these women equal access to the same comprehensive birth control coverage, education and counseling at no cost that all other federal employees and tens of millions of other women now enjoy, thanks to the Affordable Care Act. The bill also ensures that servicewomen will receive comprehensive family planning counseling and are provided the information they need to plan if and when to have a child.

Strategies to Increase Women's Political Leadership

There is certainly no easy way to increase women's political leadership, and that is one of the reasons why much has not changed since Jeannette Rankin entered Congress 99 years ago. However, the United States cannot continue to claim that it is a world leader while ignoring this disparity in representation that threatens the status of women in this country. This disparity is shown with the constant attempt to legislate what a woman can and cannot do with or to her body, as well as with social policies that continue to allow gender-based wage discrimination. Here are just a few strategies that should be implemented to increase participation and improve the political representation of women in the U.S.:

Encourage more women, especially women of color, to become more interested and involved in politics and governance in order to cultivate more viable candidates for office. According to the Center for Women and Politics of Rutgers University, in 2008, 60.4% of eligible females voted (70.4 million) while 55.7% of eligible men voted (60.7 million), compared to 48.6% of women, and 46.9% of men in 2006. The fact of that matter is that more women vote in U.S. elections than men, however there only option are only male candidates.

CHECK voting records and hold women in office accountable. Let them know that we are paying attention and that we expect them to vote in a matter that truly represents the needs of women. During the 2010 midterm elections, female (mostly White) voters shifted to the Republican party despite the horrific anti-woman legislation and attacks on social programs, depended upon by many women, that the party was proposing. This shift speaks to the issue of White privilege, where White women voters who are not burdened with stereotypes and racist propaganda such as the Welfare Queen or illegal immigrant worker coming for American jobs, and who do not have to cope with a myriad of intersecting issues, often and more readily shift their votes between the two parties without giving much thought to the detrimental effects of their "swing" vote.

VOTE and support the right women candidates; and this includes voting at the local level where the candidates who eventually seek national office begin their careers and decided upon legislation that would most directly impact your lives.

Country

Required Quota

Angola

Quota for women must not be less than 30% for charter of political parties

Rwanda

Women granted at least 30% of positions in all "decision-making organizations"

Korea

PR elections have a 50% quota for women for 56 positions. Majority elections 30% for 243 seats

Uzbekistan

30% quota for women candidates for political party elections

Albania

30% quota for women on a candidate list; one of the first three names on the list must be from each gender

Armenia

Candidate lest must be 20% women, or parties cannot register

Belgium

Candidate lists must be equal

Bosnia & Herzegovina

33% of candidates must be of the underrepresented sex

Macedonia

On candidates list, one out of 3 must be a woman

Poland

On candidates list, the total number of either gender must not be lower than 35%

Portugal

On candidate lists, minimum 33% of each gender

Spain

On candidate lists minimum 40% and maximum of 60% of each gender

Costa Rica

Candidate lists must be 40% of women

Panama

30% quota for women in party and general elections

Argentina

30% quota for women on party lists

Brazil

30% quota for women on candidate lists

Guyana

Candidates must be one-third women

Peru

30% quota for women

Source: Catalyst. Catalyst Quick Take: Women in Government. New York: Catalyst, 2012.

It is perhaps time to follow the lead of countries such as Rwanda, Angola, Korea, Albania, France, Macedonia, Belgium, Uzbekistan, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Costa Rica, Panama, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, and many others in post-industrial nations, as well as those in the Global South, and put in place legislation to increase the representation of women in national government. Yes, this would be a quota that would ensure that a minimum number of seats in the national government be reserved for women. Doing so may be the only way to ensure that women are represented in a manner which closely reflects their concerns and numbers in society; and to also ensure that women's issues are not debated over by a room full of men.



References:

1. Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP). Eagleton Institute of Politics. Rutgers, State University of New Jersey. Fact Sheet. Women in the U.S. Congress 2015

2. Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP). Eagleton Institute of Politics. Rutgers, State University of New Jersey. Fact Sheet. Women of Color in Elective Office, 2015

3. Winifred Mallon, An Impression of Jeannette Rankin" The Suffragist (March 31, 1917)

4. Congressional Record, House, 79th Cong., 1st sess. (12 June 1945): 5977

5. Congressional Record, House, 79th Cong., 2nd sess. (2 August 1946): 10771-10772.

6. Karen Forestel, Biographical Dictionary of Congressional Women (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1999): 19

7. Congressional Record, House, 94th Congress, 1st sess. (25 March 1975): 8581

8. Susan Baer, "Founding, Enduring Feminist Bella Abzug is dead at 77, 1 April 1998, Baltimore Sun: 1A

9. Llyod Grove, Laying Down Her Quip; For Rep. Pat Schroeder, A Hard-Hitting Decision, 1 December 1995, Washington Post: F1

10. Current Biography, 1978: 368

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Leading suspect in Tunisia museum attack killed
  Source: RSS Feed from LA Daily News: http://www.dailynews.com 2015-03-29 12:07:50 (3 hours ago) 

TUNIS, Tunisia >> Tunisia's prime minister said Sunday a leading suspect in a deadly museum attack on foreign tourists has been killed in anti-terrorist operations, as tens of thousands of Tunisians marched through the capital to denounce extremist violence.

State news agency TAP cites Prime Minister Habib Essid as saying that Khaled Chaieb, also known as Abou Sakhr Lokman, was one of nine terror suspects killed overnight in an operation near the Algerian border.

Guinea weighs lockdowns as West Africa continues Ebola fight
  Source: RSS Feed from LA Daily News: http://www.dailynews.com 2015-03-29 12:07:50 (3 hours ago) 

CONAKRY, Guinea >> The West African countries hit hardest by Ebola are ramping up efforts to eradicate the deadly disease using lockdowns, restrictions on burials and a warning to survivors about the potential dangers of unprotected sex.

The region's Ebola outbreak has killed more than 10,000 people since cases were first recorded more than a year ago, with most of the dead coming from Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

Boko Haram advance on northern city as Nigerians vote
  Source: RSS Feed from LA Daily News: http://www.dailynews.com 2015-03-29 12:07:50 (3 hours ago) 
Israel premier expresses 'deep concern' on pending Iran deal
  Source: RSS Feed from LA Daily News: http://www.dailynews.com 2015-03-29 12:07:49 (3 hours ago) 
Proponents of legalized marijuana in Ohio are following a 'bad script': Marcie Seidel, Drug Free Action Alliance
  Source: Real-Time News: Latest Northeast Ohio News - cleveland.com 2015-03-29 12:07:41 (3 hours ago) 
Marcie Seidel, of the Drug Free Action Alliance, says legalizing marijuana in Ohio will increase use by minors, pose further criminal activities.




Legalizing marijuana in Ohio would allow it to be taxed, regulated: Ian James, ResponsibleOhio
  Source: Real-Time News: Latest Northeast Ohio News - cleveland.com 2015-03-29 12:07:41 (3 hours ago) 
Ian James, executive director of ResponsibleOhio, favors an Ohio constitutional amendement that would legalize marijuana. He argues that by doing do, the drug can be taxed, made safe and regulated.
Iran Nuclear Talks Running Out of Time
  Source: NBC News Top Stories 2015-03-29 12:06:32 (3 hours ago) 
Negotiators have until the end of Tuesday to reach a deal with Iran to keep the country from developing a nuclear weapon.
Air Canada skids off runway after "abrupt" landing
  Source: More from World - CBS News 2015-03-29 12:05:50 (3 hours ago) 
23 people taken to hospital for treatment of minor injuries after landing mishap in Halifax
NewsWatch: Health care, financial stocks looking best going into tough earnings season
  Source: MarketWatch.com - Top Stories 2015-03-29 12:05:46 (3 hours ago) 
Health care and financial earnings are looking to be some of the few relative bright spots in what promises to be a dreary reporting season.
Economic Preview: Everything in the economy’s slowing down except for job creation
  Source: MarketWatch.com - Top Stories 2015-03-29 12:05:46 (3 hours ago) 
By almost every measure, the U.S. economy has slowed except for the most crucial one: jobs. And companies probably hired at a fast pace again in March.




Rain storm takes swipe at southern Wisconsin
  Source: JS Online 2015-03-29 12:05:17 (3 hours ago) 
A freezing rain advisory includes Dane, Jefferson, Green and Rock counties and is scheduled to expire at noon.
Bob Kutner obituary
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-03-29 12:04:45 (3 hours ago) 
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Ex-HP chief Carly Fiorina says chance of presidential run 'higher than 90%'
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-03-29 12:04:45 (3 hours ago) 

Former technology CEO says her business experience has provided ‘deep understanding of how the economy actually works’

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Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-03-29 12:03:27 (3 hours ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Stem-cell therapy for dogs draws support, detractors
  Source: Breaking News / South Florida Sun-Sentinel 2015-03-29 12:01:25 (4 hours ago) 
Deltona retiree Paul Jaynes was heartbroken when his 9-year-old Labrador, Cookie, suddenly stopped walking last year. The once-athletic dog struggled to stand and, if she moved at all, collapsed after a few steps.




Institute honoring the late Sen. Kennedy to open in Boston
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-03-29 12:01:23 (4 hours ago) 
At Egypt Summit, UN's Ban, Arab League Secretary-General discuss cooperation on regional, global challenges
  Source: UN News Centre - Top Stories 2015-03-29 12:01:11 (4 hours ago) 
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Nabil El-Araby Secretary General of the League of Arab States pledged today continued cooperation between the two organizations and discussed strengthening international efforts on a range of issues as the League's Summit continued in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.
Full-scale replica of US Senate the centerpiece of building honoring the late Sen. Kennedy
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2015-03-29 12:01:03 (4 hours ago) 
'Aussies have me quaking over Ashes'
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-03-29 12:00:57 (4 hours ago) 
World Cup leaves me quaking over Ashes, says Jonathan Agnew
Folic acid (a B vitamin) lowers stroke risk in people with high blood pressure, a new, large clinical trial shows
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-03-29 12:00:56 (4 hours ago) 
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Happily divorced people of reddit, when did you realize your marriage was over and it was time to file?
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Indiana governor backpeddles on anti-gay law, asks legislature to clarify that it's really not anti-gay at all
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-03-29 12:00:56 (4 hours ago) 
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Arab Leaders Agree on Joint Military Force
  Source: NYT > International 2015-03-29 12:00:54 (4 hours ago) 
Many analysts attributed the move, intended to counter both Iranian influence and Islamist extremism, in large part to the Arab states’ drive for more independence from Washington.
Man hospitalized in East Germantown blaze
  Source: News -- Philly.com 2015-03-29 12:00:51 (4 hours ago) 
A fire on the 200 block of East Ashmead Street in the Wister section of East Germantown sent a man to the hospital.
Institute honoring the late Sen. Kennedy to open in Boston
  Source: AP Top U.S. News 2015-03-29 12:00:41 (4 hours ago) 
BOSTON (AP) -- Before his death from brain cancer in 2009, close family members said U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy insisted a building that would one day bear his name be less about his own legacy and more about the institution he loved and toiled in for more than half his life....




Institute honoring the late Sen. Kennedy to open in Boston
  Source: AP Top U.S. News 2015-03-29 12:00:40 (4 hours ago) 
BOSTON (AP) -- Before his death from brain cancer in 2009, close family members said U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy insisted a building that would one day bear his name be less about his own legacy and more about the institution he loved and toiled in for more than half his life....
Institute honoring the late Sen. Kennedy to open in Boston
  Source: AP Top Political News 2015-03-29 12:00:39 (4 hours ago) 
BOSTON (AP) -- Before his death from brain cancer in 2009, close family members said U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy insisted a building that would one day bear his name be less about his own legacy and more about the institution he loved and toiled in for more than half his life....
Singaporeans line the streets for Lee Kuan Yew state funeral
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-29 12:00:28 (4 hours ago) 

Prime minister Lee Hsien Loong eulogises father who ruled the city-state for 30 years, in three-hour ceremony, after 100,000 people gathered to witness cortege

Singaporeans bid farewell to former leader Lee Kuan Yew on Sunday with an elaborate procession and a three-hour state funeral, at which his son, the current prime minister, eulogised the statesman and declared that the wealthy city-state he helped build is his monument.

Undeterred by heavy rain, about 100,000 people lined a 15km (nine-mile) route through the city-state to catch a glimpse of the funeral cortege. Lee’s coffin, draped in Singapore’s red-and-white flag and protected from the downpour by a glass casing, lay atop a ceremonial gun carriage that was solemnly led past city landmarks from parliament to a cultural centre where the state funeral was held.

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Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-03-29 12:00:21 (4 hours ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Martin O'Malley challenges Hillary Clinton
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2015-03-29 12:00:16 (4 hours ago) 




Indiana governor: New law 'not about discrimination'
  Source: Chicago Tribune news - Nation/World 2015-03-29 12:00:11 (4 hours ago) 
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence defended the new state law that's garnered widespread criticism over concerns it could foster discrimination and said Sunday it wasn't a mistake to have enacted it.






Air Canada plane leaves Halifax runway on 'abrupt' landing
  Source: Chicago Tribune news - Nation/World 2015-03-29 12:00:11 (4 hours ago) 
An Air Canada plane made an "abrupt" landing and skidded off the runway at the Halifax airport in bad weather, and officials said Sunday 23 people were taken to a hospital for observation and treatment of minor injuries.






Shamrock Shuffle a colorful opening of Chicago running season
  Source: Chicago Tribune news - Nation/World 2015-03-29 12:00:11 (4 hours ago) 
Thousands of runners, joggers and walkers wound their way through the city, from Grant Park over the Chicago River, through the Loop and back to the park wearing exercise gear, tutus, masks, wigs and multi-colored shamrock underwear over their pants as the Chicago running season kicked off...






Indiana governor: New law 'not about discrimination'
  Source: Chicago Tribune news - Local news 2015-03-29 12:00:11 (4 hours ago) 
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence defended the new state law that's garnered widespread criticism over concerns it could foster discrimination and said Sunday it wasn't a mistake to have enacted it.






Air Canada plane leaves Halifax runway on 'abrupt' landing
  Source: Chicago Tribune news - Local news 2015-03-29 12:00:11 (4 hours ago) 
An Air Canada plane made an "abrupt" landing and skidded off the runway at the Halifax airport in bad weather, and officials said Sunday 23 people were taken to a hospital for observation and treatment of minor injuries.










Shamrock Shuffle a colorful opening of Chicago running season
  Source: Chicago Tribune news - Local news 2015-03-29 12:00:11 (4 hours ago) 
Thousands of runners, joggers and walkers wound their way through the city, from Grant Park over the Chicago River, through the Loop and back to the park wearing exercise gear, tutus, masks, wigs and multi-colored shamrock underwear over their pants as the Chicago running season kicked off...






78 DNA strands found in Alps crash
  Source: BBC News - World 2015-03-29 12:00:09 (4 hours ago) 
Five days after the crash of Germanwings flight 4U 9525 in the French Alps, investigators say they have isolated 78 distinct DNA strands.
London Welsh 14-29 Bath
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-03-29 12:00:09 (4 hours ago) 
London Welsh are relegated from the Premiership as Bath score five tries to climb to third in the table.
How F1's title fight got interesting
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-03-29 12:00:09 (4 hours ago) 
Sebastian Vettel's Malaysian Grand Prix win ignites the prospect of a potential challenge to Mercedes' dominance.
78 DNA strands found in Alps crash
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-03-29 12:00:08 (4 hours ago) 
Five days after the crash of Germanwings flight 4U 9525 in the French Alps, investigators say they have isolated 78 distinct DNA strands.




Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-03-29 11:50:20 (4 hours ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Readout of Vice President Biden's Call with Prime Minister Abadi of Iraq
  Source: White House.gov Press Office Feed 2015-03-29 11:49:52 (4 hours ago) 

Vice President Joe Biden spoke this morning with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. They discussed ongoing military operations across Iraq, including in Anbar and Salah Ad Din provinces. The Vice President praised Prime Minister Abadi for his leadership in directing operations to clear ISIL from Tikrit. Both leaders expressed their strong support for continued cooperation between the Iraqi government and the international coalition. The Vice President commended the patriotism of the Iraqi Security Forces and those Iraqis who have volunteered to join the fight against ISIL. He reiterated the United States’ support for Iraq’s security under the Strategic Framework Agreement and full respect for Iraq’s sovereignty and independence.

Iran nuclear talks: Why the pressure is on this time
  Source: USATODAY.com World - Top Stories 2015-03-29 11:49:24 (4 hours ago) 

Iran talks have missed deadlines before, but for this latest round of nuclear negotiations, the pressure is on from multiple sides. Video provided by Newsy

        
Ind. governor stands by 'religious freedom' bill
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2015-03-29 11:49:23 (4 hours ago) 

In appearance on ABC's 'This Week,' Gov. Mike Pence said it wasn't a mistake to sign the law.

       
Schumer's Choice: To Succeed Reid, He Must Back Iran Deal
  Source: Truthout Stories 2015-03-29 11:49:15 (4 hours ago) 

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-New York) speaks to reporters in New York, October, 26, 2014. (Photo: James Estrin / The New York Times)

Democratic Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has announced that he will not run for re-election. Reid has endorsed Sen. Charles Schumer (D-New York) to succeed him as Democratic leader.

But in order to succeed Reid as Senate Democratic leader, Schumer is going to have to pay a price: he's going to have to back President Obama's multilateral diplomacy with Iran, which Bloomberg reports could produce a "framework agreement" this weekend. Some of Senator Schumer's New York constituents might not like that, but as the soldiers say, they'll just have to "embrace the suck." Senate Republicans may think it's ok for them to try to undermine a diplomatic agreement. But the prospective leader of Senate Democrats isn't allowed to do that.

On Thursday, Schumer officially became a co-sponsor of the main Republican bill in the Senate designed to blow up the Iran talks: the Corker-Menendez bill. The Corker-Menendez bill would give the Republican Congress an immediate veto over any deal with Iran, which everyone understands would kill any deal. The administration has threatened to veto the Corker-Menendez bill if it is passed by Congress. Republicans who want to derail the talks have been seeking a veto-proof majority for the Corker-Menendez bill, which means they are trying to get a bunch of Senate Democrats - like Schumer - to agree to help them undermine President Obama.

Schumer will have to make a choice. If he maintains his support for the Corker bill, he would help kill the talks. But then he would never be the leader of Senate Democrats. If he wants to be leader of Senate Democrats, Schumer will have to support President Obama on Iran diplomacy.

When the news broke that Reid was retiring and Schumer was being considered to replace him as Senate Democratic leader, Ilya Sheyman, executive director of MoveOn.org Political Action, said, "Supporting reckless legislation that undermines President Obama's diplomacy with Iran and risks a dangerous, unnecessary war in the Middle East should disqualify anyone from leading the Senate Democratic caucus. Sen. Schumer needs to withdraw his support from the Corker and Menendez legislation."

You can add your voice to MoveOn's here.





Euro 2016 qualifying clockwatch, featuring Scotland and N Ireland – live!
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-03-29 11:48:44 (4 hours ago) 
Live updates on the action from Hampden Park and Windsor Park
All the goals as they go in around EuropeEmail simon.burnton@theguardian.com | Tweet: @Simon_Burnton

4.44pm BST

The arrival of Gibraltar has got the crowds flocking to Hampden Park’s ticket office for those last-minute sales:

4.30pm BST

It’s Northern Ireland’s first ever home international to be played on a Sunday, and not everybody is very happy about it.

4.17pm BST

As someone who is occasionally asked to write headlines, can I make an official request for someone in England to buy Rosenborg’s Finnish winger Riku Riski, please? Such potential! He’s on the bench at Windsor Park today.

4.15pm BST

The team sheets have landed, and these are the names on them:

Northern Ireland: Carroll, Conor McLaughlin, Jonny Evans, McAuley, Brunt, Davis, Baird, Norwood, McGinn, Kyle Lafferty, Ward. Subs: Mannus, Danny Lafferty, McKay, Corry Evans, Dallas, McCourt, McNair, Hughes, McCullough, Magennis, Grigg, McGovern.
Finland: Hradecky, Sorsa, Toivio, Niklas Moisander, Uronen, Ring, Sparv, Mattila, Hamalainen, Pukki, Eremenko. Subs: Maenpaa, Moren, Schuller, Lod, Sadik, Riski, Raitala, Lam, Kauko, Pohjanpalo, Arajuuri, Henrick Moisander.
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland).

4.10pm BST

In case Northern Irishmen are a bit narked that Scotland’s programme is getting all the attention:

4.07pm BST

Here’s the cover of the Scotland match programme. There’s no reason why you should care what the cover of the Scotland match programme looks like, but the fact is someone’s gone to the trouble of taking a photograph of it, and that this is the only pre-match photograph pertaining to either match currently available to me. So here it is.

4.07pm BST

Hello world!

And welcome to this unusual attempt to simultaneously minute-by-minute two matches from Euro 2016 qualifying. There’s Northern Ireland v Finland, which could see the Irishmen shoot to the top of Group F (though only if they win and Romania, playing the Faroe Islands at home, do not, or if they draw and the Faroes storm to a bookmaker-defying three-goal victory). Here’s the table as it stands, pre-match:

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Bonus Quote of the Day
  Source: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire 2015-03-29 11:48:17 (4 hours ago) 

“My base is really beyond just evangelicals. I think the untold secret is a lot of the support that I have, and that I anticipate I will have, is from the working-class, blue-collar people who grew up a lot like I did – not blue-blood, but blue-collar.”

— Mike Huckabee, quoted by The Hill, brushing off the challenge to his base in the GOP presidential race from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

For 1 Wisconsin veteran, even high doses at Tomah didn't end the pain
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2015-03-29 11:48:14 (4 hours ago) 
Sullenberger: U.S. has safeguards for pilot health
  Source: More from U.S. - CBS News 2015-03-29 11:45:25 (4 hours ago) 
Extensive training and medical disclosure requirements should help prevent an aviation accident like the one seen in France last week
Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-03-29 11:43:08 (4 hours ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics




Indiana governor: Not changing 'religious freedom' law
  Source: CNN.com 2015-03-29 11:41:36 (4 hours ago) 
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says concerns that his state's new "religious freedom" law will allow businesses to turn away LGBT customers is the result of a "tremendous amount of misinformation and misunderstanding."
Watch ‘The Rock Obama’ Throw John Boehner Through a Window on SNL
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2015-03-29 11:41:03 (4 hours ago) 
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Bemidji native chosen president of Norway's largest university
  Source: StarTribune.com Top Stories 2015-03-29 11:40:56 (4 hours ago) 
Curt Rice graduated from Augsburg College in 1984 with a degree in philosophy.
Festo Reveals New Robotic Ants and Butterflies
  Source: Slashdot 2015-03-29 11:40:54 (4 hours ago) 
mikejuk writes "Every year around this time of year Festo builds some amazing robot or other — last year it was a kangaroo. What could it possibly do to top previous amazing devices? What about some even more amazing robotic insects. BionicANT is designed not only look good but to demonstrate swarm intelligence. The robot not only looks like an ant, but it works like one. The design makes use of piezo bending transducers rather than servos to move. As well as being able to move its six legs, it also has a piezo-activated pair of pincers. The second insect robot is a butterfly — eMotion. For flying machines these are incredibly lightweight at 32 grams. The bodies are laser sintered and the wings use carbon fiber rods. Two miniature servo motors are attached to the body and each wing. The electronics has a microcontroller, an inertial sensor consisting of gyro, accelerometer and compass and two radio modules. Flying time is around 3 or 4 minutes."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Steven Spielberg wanted the logo for DreamWorks to be reminiscent of Hollywood's Golden Age. He wanted the logo to be CGI at first, but Robert Hunt, who had worked on many of his fims, suggested a hand-painted logo might look better and painted his s
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-03-29 11:40:50 (4 hours ago) 
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On College Basketball: Portraying Bill Bradley, a Star Who Had a Sense of Where He Was
  Source: NYT > Most E-mailed Articles 2015-03-29 11:40:48 (4 hours ago) 
The author John McPhee was at the Palestra in Philadelphia in March 1965 to chronicle the exploits of Princeton’s best player, Bill Bradley.
Former U.S. Ambassador: Iran Deal 'Hard to Sell'
  Source: NBC News Top Stories 2015-03-29 11:40:44 (4 hours ago) 
The former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq said pessimism surrounding the Iran nuclear talks was warranted, calling the potential deal "hard to sell."






SNP vote in all-women shortlists and zipping for next Holyrood election
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-03-29 11:40:33 (4 hours ago) 

The Scottish National party has voted in closed session to empower its executive to have all women shortlists and ensure women are included in selection contests, closing a long-standing gap with other centre-left parties

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Singaporeans line the streets for Lee Kuan Yew state funeral
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-03-29 11:40:33 (4 hours ago) 

Prime minister Lee Hsien Loong eulogises father who ruled the city-state for 30 years, in three-hour ceremony, after 100,000 people gathered to witness cortege

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Euro 2016 qualifying clockwatch, featuring Scotland and N Ireland – live!
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-29 11:40:31 (4 hours ago) 
Live updates on the action from Hampden Park and Windsor Park
All the goals as they go in around EuropeEmail simon.burnton@theguardian.com | Tweet: @Simon_Burnton

4.30pm BST

It’s Northern Ireland’s first ever home international to be played on a Sunday, and not everybody is very happy about it.

4.17pm BST

As someone who is occasionally asked to write headlines, can I make an official request for someone in England to buy Rosenborg’s Finnish winger Riku Riski, please? Such potential! He’s on the bench at Windsor Park today.

4.15pm BST

The team sheets have landed, and these are the names on them:

Northern Ireland: Carroll, Conor McLaughlin, Jonny Evans, McAuley, Brunt, Davis, Baird, Norwood, McGinn, Kyle Lafferty, Ward. Subs: Mannus, Danny Lafferty, McKay, Corry Evans, Dallas, McCourt, McNair, Hughes, McCullough, Magennis, Grigg, McGovern.
Finland: Hradecky, Sorsa, Toivio, Niklas Moisander, Uronen, Ring, Sparv, Mattila, Hamalainen, Pukki, Eremenko. Subs: Maenpaa, Moren, Schuller, Lod, Sadik, Riski, Raitala, Lam, Kauko, Pohjanpalo, Arajuuri, Henrick Moisander.
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland).

4.10pm BST

In case Northern Irishmen are a bit narked that Scotland’s programme is getting all the attention:

4.07pm BST

Here’s the cover of the Scotland match programme. There’s no reason why you should care what the cover of the Scotland match programme looks like, but the fact is someone’s gone to the trouble of taking a photograph of it, and that this is the only pre-match photograph pertaining to either match currently available to me. So here it is.

4.07pm BST

Hello world!

And welcome to this unusual attempt to simultaneously minute-by-minute two matches from Euro 2016 qualifying. There’s Northern Ireland v Finland, which could see the Irishmen shoot to the top of Group F (though only if they win and Romania, playing the Faroe Islands at home, do not, or if they draw and the Faroes storm to a bookmaker-defying three-goal victory). Here’s the table as it stands, pre-match:

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Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-03-29 11:40:23 (4 hours ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Pence defends Indiana hate law, refuses to say—six times—that law won't allow discrimination
  Source: Daily Kos 2015-03-29 11:40:19 (4 hours ago) 
"Yes or no, yes or no? That's a tough question ..." In the annals of damage control that did more harm than good, Indiana's Gov. Mike Pence has truly set the new standard. Appearing on today's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" to defend and "clarify" Indiana's new right to discriminate law that he eagerly signed last week, Pence—and this is putting it kindly—crashed and burned.

Six times Stephanopoulos asked if, under the law, it would be legal to refuse service to gay customers and six times Pence refused to answer. And when asked outright if "you [Pence] think it should be legal in the state of Indiana  to discriminate against gays or lesbians … it's a yes or no question," Pence's astonishing (and eye roll-inducing) answer was, "Hoosiers don't believe in discrimination." So there you go.

And while Pence continued to peddle the notion that he'd support efforts by the Indiana legislature to "clarify" their new license to discriminate, when asked if making the LGBT community a protected class would be considered, Pence said no, that he wouldn't push for that, that it's not on his agenda and that it's "not an objective of the people of the state of Indiana," and then flat-out said, "We're not going to change the law" and that "I stand by this law."

So, given all this, what was the real purpose of Pence's announcement that they'd seek to have this legally-enshrined bigotry clarified? Beyond insisting that Hoosiers were really nice people and that their only concern was to "strengthen the foundation of the Constitution"? Apparently it was to let everyone know that Pence has been reaching out to business leaders and cooperate leaders to "correct the gross mischaracterization of this law." Because that's the real bottom line.

#BoycottIndiana

Boehner: New Iran sanctions 'very' quickly if no nuclear deal
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2015-03-29 11:40:17 (4 hours ago) 
Florida Republicans pushing for a Bush-Rubio ticket
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2015-03-29 11:40:17 (4 hours ago) 
Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez to see Tommy John doctor
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-03-29 11:40:10 (4 hours ago) 




Boston police officer to undergo surgery to remove bullet
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-03-29 11:40:10 (4 hours ago) 

Police officer John T. Moynihan is undergoing what is expected to be a six-hour operation to remove a bullet that is lodged in his head after he was shot in the face Friday in a gun battle with a convicted felon, a priest announced at a Mass that is being said for the critically injured cop today.

WBZ AccuWeather Midday Forecast For March 29
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-03-29 11:40:09 (4 hours ago) 
;Pamela Gardner has your latest forecast.






VIDEO: Nigeria votes for second day
  Source: BBC News - World 2015-03-29 11:40:08 (4 hours ago) 
Nigeria is holding an unscheduled second day of voting in its presidential election after problems with a new biometric ID system meant thousands of people were unable to cast their vote on Saturday.
Uzbeks set to re-elect president
  Source: BBC News - World 2015-03-29 11:40:08 (4 hours ago) 
Uzbeks have been voting in large numbers in presidential elections which are all but certain to be won by the incumbent, Islam Karimov
VIDEO: Nigeria votes for second day
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-03-29 11:40:08 (4 hours ago) 
Nigeria is holding an unscheduled second day of voting in its presidential election after problems with a new biometric ID system meant thousands of people were unable to cast their vote on Saturday.




Uzbeks set to re-elect president
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-03-29 11:40:08 (4 hours ago) 
Uzbeks have been voting in large numbers in presidential elections which are all but certain to be won by the incumbent, Islam Karimov
Jonas slimed at Kids' Choice awards
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-03-29 11:40:08 (4 hours ago) 
Angelina Jolie, Liam Hemsworth and 5 Seconds of Summer attend the annual festival of green slime.
O'Malley: Democrats shouldn't coronate Hillary Clinton
  Source: baltimoresun.com - news 2015-03-29 11:40:08 (4 hours ago) 
Martin O'Malley, the former Maryland governor who is considering a presidential campaign, said Sunday that voters shouldn't coronate Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee -- arguing in a national television appearance that the nation needs new leadership.






Northeast, Despite Highest Gas Costs, Resists More Pipelines
  Source: ABC News: U.S. 2015-03-29 11:40:03 (4 hours ago) 
Pipelines pinched: Despite highest costs in US, Northeast resists natural gas expansion
St. Louis County Municipal League backs gas tax increase
  Source: STLtoday.com Top News Headlines 2015-03-29 11:40:02 (4 hours ago) 
The proposal is designed to produce $39 million in new revenue for each percent of the increase.




Grandma is a centerfold: Rest home bares all for calendar
  Source: STLtoday.com Top News Headlines 2015-03-29 11:40:02 (4 hours ago) 
AKRON, Ohio • A charity calendar featuring women in their 80s and 90s from an Ohio assisted living facility is opening more than a few eyes.
Hometown pastor says community stands by co-pilot, family
  Source: STLtoday.com Top News Headlines 2015-03-29 11:40:02 (4 hours ago) 
MONTABAUR, Germany • The pastor of the Lutheran church in Andreas Lubitz's hometown said Sunday that the community stands by him and his family, despite the fact that prosecutors blame the 27-…
Air Canada plane leaves Halifax runway on 'abrupt' landing
  Source: STLtoday.com Top News Headlines 2015-03-29 11:40:02 (4 hours ago) 
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia • An Air Canada plane made an "abrupt" landing in bad weather and skidded off the runway at the airport in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and officials said Sunday that 23 people w…
Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-03-29 11:30:28 (4 hours ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Restoring historic Indian school a priority for lawmakers
  Source: AP Top California Headlines 2015-03-29 11:30:14 (4 hours ago) 
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- Generations of Nevada's Native Americans passed through the doors of the Stewart Indian School, some enduring painfully harsh treatment as their culture was stripped away while others left in later years with fond memories of time spent with members of other tribes....




Mixed martial arts amateurs, already fighting, say New York should let them turn pro at home
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2015-03-29 11:28:28 (4 hours ago) 
Pho's ready, everyone!
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TIL a study published in the journal of Applied Animal Behavior Science, found that the most aggressive dog breeds are Dachshunds (wiener dogs), Chihuahuas, and Jack Russell Terriers; not the Pitbull, Rottweiler or Doberman.
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Israel premier expresses 'deep concern' on pending Iran deal
  Source: News: World -- Philly.com 2015-03-29 11:26:59 (4 hours ago) 
JERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that he has "deep concern" over a pending nuclear deal the West appears close to signing with Israel's arch-enemy Iran.
Israel premier expresses 'deep concern' on pending Iran deal
  Source: News: Nation -- Philly.com 2015-03-29 11:26:57 (4 hours ago) 
JERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that he has "deep concern" over a pending nuclear deal the West appears close to signing with Israel's arch-enemy Iran.




Fire damages North Philadelphia bakery
  Source: News -- Philly.com 2015-03-29 11:26:35 (4 hours ago) 
A fire damaged Denise's Delicacies, a popular bakery at 2916 N. 22nd St., in the Swampoodle section of North Philadelphia.
California Must Support 'No New Offshore Drilling' From Alaska, to North Carolina
  Source: Indybay newswire 2015-03-29 11:24:59 (4 hours ago) 
China (SINOPEC) and Malaysia (Petronas) both state owned companies, under repressive regimes, own leases and drilling rights from Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico. America's Resources are being exploited for the sake of foreign countries. As Americans look towards renewables and clean energy, corporate international trade policies are selling the dirty polluting resources and drilling rights, to willing buyers - Asia, which have to commit to leaving their own hydrocarbon reserves in the ground.
Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-03-29 11:23:26 (4 hours ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Hugh Jackman Hints at ‘One Last Time’ as ‘Wolverine’
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2015-03-29 11:21:12 (4 hours ago) 
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Pipelines pinched: Despite highest costs in US, Northeast resists natural gas expansion
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2015-03-29 11:21:04 (4 hours ago) 




Third world budget gaming
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Five Best Headsets with Attached Microphones
  Source: Lifehacker 2015-03-29 11:20:44 (4 hours ago) 

Whether you're gaming, taking video calls, listening to music, or doing all three, a good headset makes a huge difference. There are tons of choices on the market, lots of them good, but this week we're looking at five of the best, based on your nominations.

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Northeast, despite highest gas costs, resists more pipelines
  Source: AP Top News 2015-03-29 11:20:40 (4 hours ago) 
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - There is near universal agreement that the Northeast has to expand its energy supply to rein in the nation's highest costs and that cheap, abundant, relatively clean natural gas could be at least a short-term answer. But heels dig deep when it comes to those thorniest of questions: how and where? Proposals to build or expand natural gas pipelines are met with an upswell of citizen discontent. At the end of last year, a Massachusetts route selected by Texas-based Kinder ...
Northeast, despite highest gas costs, resists more pipelines
  Source: AP Top Headlines 2015-03-29 11:20:36 (4 hours ago) 
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- There is near universal agreement that the Northeast has to expand its energy supply to rein in the nation's highest costs and that cheap, abundant, relatively clean natural gas could be at least a short-term answer. But heels dig deep when it comes to those thorniest of questions: how and where?...
Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-03-29 11:20:32 (4 hours ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics




Pence:
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2015-03-29 11:20:26 (4 hours ago) 
North Korea Fast Facts
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2015-03-29 11:20:26 (4 hours ago) 
Boehner: New Iran sanctions 'very' quickly if no nuclear deal
  Source: CNN.com - Politics 2015-03-29 11:20:24 (4 hours ago) 
House Speaker John Boehner says Congress will move "very" quickly to impose new sanctions against Iran if President Barack Obama isn't able to strike a deal to thwart the Middle Eastern country's nuclear ambitions.
Gov. Mike Pence: Indiana 'not going to change' anti-LGBT law
  Source: CNN.com - Politics 2015-03-29 11:20:24 (4 hours ago) 
Ohio wants to link inmates with jobs upon release
  Source: Cincinnati - Home 2015-03-29 11:20:22 (4 hours ago) 

Ohio prison director wants to recruit businesses to interview inmates before they are released.

        




Drownings along Rio Grande spike after enforcement surge
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-03-29 11:20:20 (4 hours ago) 
VIDEO: Thousands join Tunisia museum rally
  Source: BBC News - World 2015-03-29 11:20:18 (4 hours ago) 
Thousands of people take in an anti-terrorism rally in the capital, Tunis, with a rally ending at the Bardo Museum where militant gunmen killed 22 people.
Team Sky's Porte wins in Catalunya
  Source: BBC News - World 2015-03-29 11:20:18 (4 hours ago) 
Australian Richie Porte of Team Sky continues his fine early season form with victory at the Volta a Catalunya.
VIDEO: Thousands join Tunisia museum rally
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-03-29 11:20:18 (4 hours ago) 
Thousands of people take in an anti-terrorism rally in the capital, Tunis, with a rally ending at the Bardo Museum where militant gunmen killed 22 people.
Fatal race crash driver 'distressed'
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-03-29 11:20:18 (4 hours ago) 
A professional driver from Cardiff is "very distressed" after his car crashed at race in Germany and killed a spectator, his team says.




Racing goes electric: At the track with Formula E, the first e-racing series
  Source: Ars Technica 2015-03-29 11:20:17 (4 hours ago) 

MIAMI—The pit lane we're standing in is unusual, and not only because it's a temporary setup placed in the shadow of American Airlines Arena (home of the NBA's Miami Heat). Garages are set up on both sides rather than being limited to one. A few things also appear to be missing. To start, a familiar smell from the usual mix of burning hydrocarbons is absent. And it’s remarkably quiet. The occasional impact wrench bursts out in a mechanical staccato, generators drone here and there, but there are no V8s burbling, no V6s screaming.

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But the biggest omission? Well, it's what powers the entire event—or, perhaps more notably, what doesn't.

Welcome to Formula E, the world’s first fully electric racing series. Miami is playing host to the first of two US rounds—the next being held in Long Beach, CA, on April 4—and it's the fifth race in this ePrix's inaugural season. Given we’ve got a bit of a thing about racing at Cars Technica, as well as an obvious interest in electric vehicles, we had to be on the ground in Miami to experience this for ourselves.

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Slow but thrilling: Formula E Schools is ePrix’s teenaged training ground
  Source: Ars Technica 2015-03-29 11:20:17 (4 hours ago) 

The Miami ePrix—the first US round of the inaugural Formula E championship—managed the curious feat of having one race that was extremely thrilling to watch despite being rather glacial in pace. No, not the main ePrix. We are talking, of course, about the Formula E Schools competition.

You can read more about the proper Formula E series elsewhere on the site; the Schools series was created to promote careers in engineering and sustainability for young people. Here, teams of high schoolers compete in their own electric vehicle race before the main event. The students, aged 11-16, use identical cars they must build themselves in order to battle it out on the same circuit used by the full-size cars—only, it's a 20-minute race.

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Watch: Investigation Into the Final Moments of Germanwings Flight
  Source: ABC News: International 2015-03-29 11:20:12 (4 hours ago) 
ABC News' Paula Faris reports the latest news on the deadly flight from Barcelona to Dusseldorf.
​Calendar: Week of March 30
  Source: More from U.S. - CBS News 2015-03-29 11:10:40 (4 hours ago) 
"Sunday Morning" takes a look at some notable events of the week ahead
Geoffrey Robinson says he won't quit as MP for Ed Miliband strategy chief
  Source: Guardian Unlimited Politics 2015-03-29 11:10:28 (4 hours ago) 

Coventry North West MP had reportedly told Labour party members he would step down six weeks before election for Greg Beales to contest safe seat

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Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-03-29 11:10:24 (4 hours ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Northeast, despite highest gas costs, resists more pipelines
  Source: AP Top U.S. News 2015-03-29 11:10:12 (4 hours ago) 
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Most people agree the Northeast must expand its energy supply to trim the nation's highest costs and natural gas could be at least a short-term answer....
Northeast, despite highest gas costs, resists more pipelines
  Source: AP Top U.S. News 2015-03-29 11:10:12 (4 hours ago) 
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Most people agree the Northeast must expand its energy supply to trim the nation's highest costs and natural gas could be at least a short-term answer....
Rihanna, Madonna, Taylor Swift set for iHeartRadio Awards
  Source: AP Top California Headlines 2015-03-29 11:10:09 (4 hours ago) 
Rihanna will perform her new single for the first time, Sam Smith will deliver his soulful vocals, and Taylor Swift will be in the audience dancing along in her typical awards show form....
Tunisian and French presidents attend unity rally after Tunis museum attack
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-03-29 11:08:43 (4 hours ago) 

Hundreds of thousands of people join longer march from old city to Bardo Museum, scene of attack in which 22 people were killed

François Hollande joined scores of other politicians and dignitaries from the Middle East, Africa and Europe to march alongside the Tunisian president, Beji Caid Essebsi, to the Bardo Museum in Tunis in response to an attack there 11 days ago in which 21 foreign tourists and one policeman were killed.

The march was organised by the Tunisian government to rally international support for the country and to raise the morale of Tunisians increasingly concerned by the sceptre of extremist violence.

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Michael Clarke 'did not see any send-offs' of New Zealand batsmen in World Cup final
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2015-03-29 11:08:18 (4 hours ago) 
Michael Clarke believes none of his players overstepped the mark in their treatment of dismissed New Zealand batsmen in Sunday's World Cup victory at the MCG.
The golden anniversary of "Black Rock"
  Source: More from U.S. - CBS News 2015-03-29 11:05:27 (4 hours ago) 
It's the only skyscraper ever designed by the great architect Eero Saarinen - "Black ROCK," CBS' corporate headquarters building in New York City, which opened for business on March 24, 1965. Charles Osgood reports.
Calendar: Week of March 30, 2015
  Source: More from U.S. - CBS News 2015-03-29 11:05:27 (4 hours ago) 
A tribute to The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson, April Fools' Day and Good Friday - just some fo the notable events this week. Charles Osgood reports.
Japan kicks its ‘loophole herb’ drug habit
  Source: MarketWatch.com - Top Stories 2015-03-29 11:05:25 (4 hours ago) 
The rise and fall of Japan’s “dappo habu” — a previously legal psychedelic drug whose name literally means “loophole herb” — offer an interesting tale of how the country is tightening its control of intoxicants, even as the U.S. and other nations are decriminalizing illicit substances such as marijuana.
California drought goes from bad to worse as state grapples with heat wave
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-03-29 11:04:31 (4 hours ago) 

Experts say fix requires global effort going into an era of climate change in which ‘the temperature is essentially always conducive to drought’

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Air Canada plane skids off runway after abrupt landing in bad weather
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-03-29 11:04:27 (4 hours ago) 

Transportation officials said 23 people were hospitalised with minor injuries but 18 were released by Sunday morning

An Air Canada plane made an “abrupt” landing and skidded off the runway at the Halifax airport in bad weather, and officials said Sunday 23 people were taken to a hospital for observation and treatment of minor injuries.

The airline said Flight AC624, an Airbus 320 that left Toronto late Saturday, had 133 passengers and five crew members.

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New York building explosion: Gas line was illegally tapped, company says
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-03-29 11:04:27 (4 hours ago) 

Consolidated Edison utility workers discovered the issue more than seven months ago after a meter reader noticed gas smell, and owner made repairs

More than seven months before an explosion and fire leveled three apartment buildings in Manhattan’s East Village, utility workers discovered that the gas line to a restaurant in one of them had been illegally tapped, creating a hazardous situation, according to the company.

On 6 August, a meter reader at the restaurant detected the smell of gas and reported it, said Consolidated Edison spokesman Allan Drury. A gas crew dispatched to the site found multiple leaks in a gas line that had been tapped, Drury said, adding that the restaurant was the only customer in the building authorized to receive gas.

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Tunisian and French presidents attend unity rally after Tunis museum attack
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-03-29 11:04:25 (4 hours ago) 

Hundreds of thousands of people join longer march from old city to Bardo Museum, scene of attack in which 22 people were killed

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Tunisian and French presidents attend unity rally after Tunis museum attack
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-29 11:04:06 (4 hours ago) 

Hundreds of thousands of people join longer march from old city to Bardo Museum, scene of attack in which 22 people were killed

François Hollande joined scores of other politicians and dignitaries from the Middle East, Africa and Europe to march alongside the Tunisian president, Beji Caid Essebsi, to the Bardo Museum in Tunis in response to an attack there 11 days ago in which 21 foreign tourists and one policeman were killed.

The march was organised by the Tunisian government to rally international support for the country and to raise the morale of Tunisians increasingly concerned by the sceptre of extremist violence.

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Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-03-29 11:03:11 (4 hours ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics




Watch Angelina Jolie’s Uplifting Speech at the Kids’ Choice Awards
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2015-03-29 11:01:01 (5 hours ago) 
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Dream of being captain over
  Source: The Australian | News 2015-03-29 11:00:53 (5 hours ago) 
The former girlfriend of the co-pilot in the Germanwings French alps crash says illnesses spelled the end for his career.
Doolittle Raiders' congressional gold medal to be given to Air Force museum in Ohio
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2015-03-29 11:00:52 (5 hours ago) 
Drug unit officers accused of stealing $500k, kilos of cocaine; defense attacks witnesses
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2015-03-29 11:00:52 (5 hours ago) 
Drownings along Rio Grande spike as immigrants wade into weed-choked canals to avoid detection
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2015-03-29 11:00:52 (5 hours ago) 




Rihanna, Madonna, Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake set for 2nd annual iHeartRadio Music Awards
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2015-03-29 11:00:52 (5 hours ago) 
Photographer defends period photo
  Source: BBC News - US & Canada 2015-03-29 11:00:48 (5 hours ago) 
Rupi Kaur got Instagram to apologise and reinstate a photo of her on her period after it was repeatedly removed.
PsBattle: This rather disgruntled feline
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Son lived just six days but could impact thousands: "The way I see it, our son got into Harvard, Duke, and Penn. He has a job. He is relevant to the world."
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A new law in Utah mandates outside agencies investigate officer-involved shootings.
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Little Sisters of the Poor leaving the Cleveland area
  Source: Real-Time News: Latest Northeast Ohio News - cleveland.com 2015-03-29 11:00:44 (5 hours ago) 
Little Sisters of the Poor is leaving Cuyahoga County for Pittsburgh.
Yemen Foreign Minister Says Fighting Isn't Sectarian
  Source: NBC News Top Stories 2015-03-29 11:00:38 (5 hours ago) 
Yemen's foreign minister on Sunday insisted that his country is not in the grips of a sectarian war.






Exotic Indian train ride transports tourists through time
  Source: More from World - CBS News 2015-03-29 11:00:33 (5 hours ago) 
The luxury train, called the Maharajas' Express, evokes an earlier era as it chugs across Northern India. Even before guests step aboard there is plenty of pageantry to set the tone. Seth Doane reports.
Drownings along Rio Grande spike after enforcement surge
  Source: AP Top News 2015-03-29 11:00:29 (5 hours ago) 
MISSION, Texas (AP) - A U.S. surveillance helicopter hovering over the Rio Grande spots a body floating near a muddy bank on the Mexican side of the river. Soon another body turns up, then another. A Mexican investigator arrives and holds up his hand confirming the grim tally: four men and a woman....
Grandma is a centerfold: Rest home bares all for calendar
  Source: Homepage News Bizarre heds 2015-03-29 11:00:28 (5 hours ago) 
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A charity calendar featuring women in their 80s and 90s from an Ohio assisted living facility is opening more than a few eyes. The 87-year-old Miss February is soaking in a bubble bath and flower petals while another resident in the calendar is covered only by a large exercise ball.




A Midsummer Night’s Dream review – top marks for Bottom
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-03-29 11:00:27 (5 hours ago) 

Everyman, Liverpool
Nick Bagnall’s ingenious production sets the action amid the chalk clouds of a minor public school – and in an enchanted forest that’s properly sinister

The measure of a good Dream is how it manages the transition between the killjoy austerity of the Athenian court and the magical mayhem of the woods. The Everyman’s new associate director Nick Bagnall has come up with a convincing, low-tech solution that places the action amid the chalk dust and colourless uniforms of a minor public school.

However, what really matters is what lies beyond the blackboard, which Ashley Martin-Davis’s design reveals to be a forest shredded into waist-high drifts of discarded homework. Though the inevitable rustling can become a bit distracting at times, the paper makes an absorbent medium for Peter Mumford’s gloriously iridescent lighting; and it’s great fun to see Titania’s bower hastily heaped together as if the fairies have decided to put their queen out with the recycling.

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Drownings along Rio Grande spike after enforcement surge
  Source: AP Top Headlines 2015-03-29 11:00:25 (5 hours ago) 
MISSION, Texas (AP) -- A U.S. surveillance helicopter hovering over the Rio Grande spots a body floating near a muddy bank on the Mexican side of the river....
Report: Germanwings Co-Pilot Had Serious Psychosomatic Illness
  Source: Gawker 2015-03-29 11:00:24 (5 hours ago) 

According to German newspaper Die Welt, authorities found clear signs of a "serious psychosomatic illness" when searching the home of Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz .

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Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-03-29 11:00:20 (5 hours ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
What presidents can do: the Supreme Court
  Source: Daily Kos 2015-03-29 11:00:17 (5 hours ago) 
A President Warren or a President Clinton would have power, but not as much as you think. In his piece You Can't Make The Congress Do Anything, which reviewed the book "The Fierce Urgency of Now", Scott Lemieux writes:
We don’t have to speculate how effective LBJ’s leadership would be without a rare functioning liberal majority in Congress. After suffering major losses in the 1966 midterms, Johnson’s legendary leadership capabilities were of little value. In his final two years in office, he was forced to accept huge cuts to domestic spending, and could only pass a watered-down version of the Fair Housing Act [. . .] Lemieux's argument points to trying to win at the Congressional level as the key to enacting policies you want to see. Too often we all forget this through our obsession with the Presidency. And not just activists, even the rich suffer from this:
In the words of one veteran GOP fundraiser, traditional bundlers have been sent down to the “minor leagues,” while mega-donors are “the major league players.” [. . .]  [B]undlers, on the left and the right, are turning their attention to congressional races, where they can get more personal attention. They get more than "personal attention." They get real influence over those lawmakers. And that matters a ton, as Lemieux describes. The reality is there can be no progressive project without a progressive Congress, no matter who is president.

But there are certain powers a president has that transcend Congressional leanings: (1) the power to make war and formulate foreign policy, and (2) the power to nominate Supreme Court justices. More on this on the flip.





City doesn't track return on $250M in incentives
  Source: Cincinnati - Home 2015-03-29 11:00:12 (5 hours ago) 

When the Enquirer asked about incentives and how results are tracked, city officials couldn't provide answers

        
Israel Premier Expresses 'Deep Concern' on Pending Iran Deal
  Source: ABC News: International 2015-03-29 11:00:03 (5 hours ago) 
Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu expresses 'deep concern' over pending Iran nuclear deal
WWII Heroes to Give Congressional Gold Medal to Ohio Museum
  Source: ABC News: U.S. 2015-03-29 11:00:02 (5 hours ago) 
Doolittle Raiders' congressional gold medal to be given to Air Force museum in Ohio
Defense Tests Accusers' Credibility as Drug Cops Face Trial
  Source: ABC News: U.S. 2015-03-29 11:00:02 (5 hours ago) 
Drug unit officers accused of stealing $500k, kilos of cocaine; defense attacks witnesses
Drownings Along Rio Grande Spike After Enforcement Surge
  Source: ABC News: U.S. 2015-03-29 11:00:02 (5 hours ago) 
Drownings along Rio Grande spike as immigrants wade into weed-choked canals to avoid detection




Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
  Source: Elsevier News 2015-03-29 10:50:18 (5 hours ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Poll: Americans' opinion of Congress - better, but still dismal
  Source: Breaking News: CBS News 2015-03-29 10:50:12 (5 hours ago) 
CBS News took a survey that measured approval ratings and whether lawmakers of different parties are working together better or worse than a decade ago
Drownings along Rio Grande spike after enforcement surge
  Source: AP Top U.S. News 2015-03-29 10:50:06 (5 hours ago) 
MISSION, Texas (AP) -- A U.S. surveillance helicopter hovering over the Rio Grande spots a body floating near a muddy bank on the Mexican side of the river....
Drownings along Rio Grande spike after enforcement surge
  Source: AP Top U.S. News 2015-03-29 10:50:06 (5 hours ago) 
MISSION, Texas (AP) -- A U.S. surveillance helicopter hovering over the Rio Grande spots a body floating near a muddy bank on the Mexican side of the river....
Israel premier expresses 'deep concern' on pending Iran deal
  Source: AP Top International News 2015-03-29 10:50:06 (5 hours ago) 
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that he has "deep concern" over a pending nuclear deal the West appears close to signing with Israel's arch-enemy Iran....




Israel premier expresses 'deep concern' on pending Iran deal
  Source: AP Top International News 2015-03-29 10:50:06 (5 hours ago) 
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that he has "deep concern" over a pending nuclear deal the West appears close to signing with Israel's arch-enemy Iran....
Israel premier expresses 'deep concern' on pending Iran deal
  Source: AP Top International News 2015-03-29 10:50:06 (5 hours ago) 
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that he has "deep concern" over a pending nuclear deal the West appears close to signing with Israel's arch-enemy Iran....
Report: Co-pilot convinced captain to leave cockpit
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2015-03-29 10:49:22 (5 hours ago) 

German newspaper Die Welt reported that Lubitz was suffering from "severe psychosomatic" mental illness.

       
France: Hatred a la Mode
  Source: Truthout Stories 2015-03-29 10:49:16 (5 hours ago) 

Éric Zemmour's Le Suicide français was the second-best-selling book in France last year, and the most argued over. In the book, Zemmour adopts a prosecutorial tone, and one thing becomes very clear the deeper one gets into his book: He does not give a damn about his Muslim fellow citizens. He has contempt for them - and wants his readers to share his view.

(Image: French and European Publications Inc.)Le Suicide français By Éric Zemmour, Paris: Albin Michel, 534 pages, 23 euros (paper)

 

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For three days the sirens never stopped in Paris. They began on the morning of Jan. 7 right after two French Muslim terrorists infiltrated the offices of Charlie Hebdo in the Marais and killed 12 people. A police dragnet spread out as the killers veered through the city before they escaped in the direction of Rennes. The next morning a young policewoman was shot dead on a street near a Jewish school just outside the freeway ringing the city and again the police spread out. On Jan. 9 television stations reported that another terrorist had taken hostages at a kosher grocery store near the Porte de Vincennes, and through the window of my office, which gives onto the Seine, I heard a steady stream of police and military vehicles rushing to the scene throughout the day. And then ambulances, which meant the news was not good.

Yet somehow it did not feel as if lightning had struck. Of course no one had predicted the spectacular assaults that took place. But throughout 2014 a series of disturbing events had in a sense primed the French public for them. Within days of the killings one began to witness a retrospective narrative developing, which suggested that "all the signs were there" but "they" - the government, the police, journalists - refused to recognize them. Untrue, but it is not a hard story to sell.

It all began in May when Mehdi Nemmouche - a Franco-Algerian petty criminal who had converted to radical Islamism in prison and then gone to Syria to join jihadist groups fighting there - walked into the Jewish Museum of Belgium in Brussels and calmly murdered four people with an assault rifle and revolver. He had been inspired by Mohamed Merah, the terrorist who in March 2012 assassinated three Muslim French soldiers in Toulouse and Montauban, 30 miles away, then massacred a teacher and three students in a Jewish school in Toulouse. Merah's last victim was a little girl, whom he turned toward the surveillance camera before shooting her in the head. The public's response focused less on the victims than on the fact that Merah - who was killed by police while hiding out in an apartment in Toulouse - was then celebrated as a hero on social media by French Muslim sympathizers.

The battlefield successes of ISIS last summer brought more reasons to worry, as news reports circulated about devastated French families whose children, boys and girls, many recent converts, were leaving France to join jihadist forces. Four young men from one French country village, for example, were killed in Syria in a single week in October. The most dramatic case was that of Maxime Hauchard, a 22-year-old convert from a small Norman village, who, along with another French convert, was spotted in an ISIS video in November participating in the slaughter of 18 Syrian soldiers and an American aid worker. A few weeks before, an experienced French mountain travel guide was captured by jihadists in Algeria's Djurdjura Mountains while going to visit friends. He was shown in a video kneeling and wearing a blue T-shirt, and then we see his severed head. He was the sixth such French victim over the past five years.

Just before Christmas the French public was again put on edge. One Saturday a Muslim convert whose Facebook page was full of radical Islamist material walked into a police station outside of Tours crying "allahu akbar," pulled out a long knife, and stabbed three policemen, nearly killing one, whom he may have been trying to behead. He was shot and killed. The next day a Muslim man with severe psychological problems and screaming the same thing drove into a Christmas market in Dijon, killing one person and wounding a dozen more before trying, unsuccessfully, to commit suicide. The following day another mentally unstable man babbling something about the children of Chechnya did the same thing in Nantes, killing a shopper at the market and injuring many more. The holidays were quiet, but one week into the new year the three French-born Muslim terrorists struck in Paris.

This cascade of events is largely why the killings provoked more horror than surprise in France: They "fit" into something already there. An additional reason is that for the three previous months a highly polemical debate had been taking place about a right-wing book that offered a grandiose, incendiary, apocalyptic vision of the decline of France in which French Muslims play a central part. Though it was only published in October, Éric Zemmour's Le Suicide français was the second-best-selling book in France last year, and the most argued over. It is one of those political tracts that seems to be printed on litmus paper, its meaning and force changing depending on whose hands are flipping the pages. Already the terms zemmouriste, zemmourien and even zemmourisation have entered the political lexicon.

Never was a book better timed. For those who had already adopted Zemmour's vision as their own, everything we have since learned about the Paris assassins - their petty crimes and drug dealing, their troublemaking in schools, the failure of teachers and social workers to help them, their contempt for the law, their embrace of fundamentalism and devotion to jihadism, their heartless filming of their murders and delight in committing them - serves to confirm that the country is mortally ill and its institutions in decay. For those who resist his vision, or what they imagine it to be without having read Le Suicide français, the book can only serve the explicitly xenophobic National Front and its president Marine Le Pen, who polls suggest would come in first if a presidential election were held today. A prophet, or He Who Shall Not Be Named? In either case, one cannot understand the French reaction to the present crisis without understanding the phenomenon of Éric Zemmour.

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Zemmour is less a journalist or thinker than a medium through whom the political passions of the moment pass and take on form. The son of North African Jews, he began his career writing editorials for Le Figaro, then started appearing on television and radio where he would give intelligent and unpredictable commentary on the issues of the day. Though clearly on the right, he seemed like a fresh, affable voice, an épateur of the Voltairean sort in a new, McLuhan-cool style.

That Zemmour is no more. Today he is an omnipresent Jeremiah who telegraphs the same message, day in and day out, on all available media: "France awake! You have been betrayed and your country has been stolen from you." But his populism is nothing like that of the Poujadist movement of the 1950s or of Jean-Marie Le Pen today. He is a genuine intellectual - or what you might call a counterintellectual of the sort the French right produced in the interwar years and who sees others in his guild as the country's prime traitors. He is well educated, literary, stylish, light on his feet, a happy warrior who never raises his voice even when delivering bad news. And in Le Suicide français there is a lot of it.

It is a steamroller of a book. There are 79 short chapters, each devoted to a date supposedly marking France's decline. (Chapter title: "See Lisbon and Die.") Zemmour does not transform them into a continuous narrative or even try to explain how they are connected. The connections are meant to be felt; he is a master of affect. Revisiting so many Stations of the French Cross sounds unbearable, but it is a testament to his skill as a writer and slyness as a polemicist that the book works.

The list of catastrophes and especially betrayals is long: birth control, abandonment of the gold standard, speech codes, the Common Market, no-fault divorce, poststructuralism, denationalizing important industries, abortion, the euro, Muslim and Jewish communitarianism, gender studies, surrendering to American power in NATO, surrendering to German power in the EU, surrendering to Muslim power in the schools, banning smoking in restaurants, abolishing conscription, aggressive antiracism, laws defending illegal immigrants, and the introduction of halal food in schools. The list of traitors is shorter but just as various: feminists, left-wing journalists and professors, neoliberal businessmen, antineoliberal activists, cowardly politicians, the educational establishment, European bureaucrats and even coaches of professional soccer teams who have lost control of their players.

Some of the chapters are, as the French say, hallucinants - unhinged. Those devoted to Vichy have attracted the most criticism. Zemmour is angry with Jacques Chirac for making his famous speech in 1995 apologizing for France's complicity in the murder of its Jewish citizens during the Occupation - a cowardly act, Zemmour snaps, that turned "the Shoah into the official religion of the French Republic."

In a similar vein he attacks Robert Paxton, the American historian of Vichy and the Jews, who he claims singlehandedly turned the French against their history by dismantling the narrative of French innocence and resistance that De Gaulle constructed after the war to restore the country's pride. One can argue about the uses and misuses of De Gaulle's account, but Zemmour goes further, insisting that Vichy actually tried hard to save French Jews, which it did by coolly sacrificing foreign ones - a claim that numerous historians were quick to refute. It is so untenable that even Florian Fillipot, the modernizing vice-president of the National Front, dismissed Zemmour, declaring on television that "there is nothing, absolutely nothing from Vichy experience to defend. Vichy was not France, France was in London. It was the Resistance that saved the Jews."

Chapters like these make Zemmour sound like a mere crank. But in the others he scores enough genuine points that a sympathetically inclined reader will soon be prepared to follow him into more dubious territory. He is not the sort of demagogue who nails his theses to the door and declares, "Here I stand, I can do no other." Zemmour is more fluid, his positions and arguments constantly being refreshed, like a Web page, with new facts and fantasies. This creates a trap for his critics, who have obligingly jumped in. Not content to expose his exaggerations and fabrications, their instinct - a deep one on the French left since the days of the Popular Front - is to denounce anything someone on the right says, so as not to give comfort to the enemy. Their thinking is: If it is 4 o'clock, and Éric Zemmour says it is 4 o'clock, it is our duty to say it is 3 o'clock. Which guarantees that twice a day he will be able to look at his sympathizers and say, "You see what I mean?"

Zemmour's views are simply too eclectic to be labeled and dismissed tout court. And they can be surprising. Like everyone on the French right, he is a self-declared patriot nostalgic for national grandeur, and his prose turns purple whenever he quotes from De Gaulle's speeches or recounts the triumphs of Napoleon. But high on his list of national traitors is the French business class. He scolds CEOs who have outsourced jobs or planted box stores in exurban areas, effectively killing commerce in small towns and villages, whose streets have emptied, leaving only juvenile delinquents. He charges bankers and financiers with betraying workers and the nation by pushing for full European integration and abandoning the French franc.

He makes much of the fact that, as others have noted, the images on the euro currency lack any historical or geographical references. One sees only bridges that connect nowhere with nowhere, and architectural elements that float in vacant space - apt metaphors for what has happened to the European nation-state. The Revolution, which freed France to determine its own collective destiny, has finally been reversed by Brussels. "The aristocratic Europe of the past and the technocratic oligarchy of today have finally gotten their revenge on the incorrigible French."

Arguments like these can be found in the countless left-wing antiglobalization pamphlets that fill the tables of French bookstores today. But Zemmour tosses them into a mix with more familiar right-wing arguments, like his attacks on the Sixties generation for promoting radical feminism and defending large-scale immigration. He insinuates that all these things are connected. A decade ago he published a broadside titled "Le premier sexe" about how feminism confused gender roles and emasculated men. In Le Suicide français he attacks feminism for how it affects women, arguing that it just liberated men from marriage and responsibility, leaving large numbers of women as divorced single mothers who age and die alone - stock arguments on the American right, but also among some post-Sixties feminists.

But Zemmour is driving in a very different, nativist direction. Ever since their loss in the Franco-Prussian War, which was ascribed to cultural and physical weakness, the French have been obsessed with their birthrate. Today it is relatively high by European standards, but appears - the government refuses to collect statistics on ethnicity - to be sustained by higher rates among families of North and Central Arab African immigrant "stock." This has become a major obsession on the radical right, whose literature is full of predictions of an imminent grand remplacement that will silently turn France into a Muslim country through demographic inertia.

Zemmour never mentions this theory, he simply drops a quote from a speech made by former Algerian president Houari Boumediene in 1974, proclaiming that the southern hemisphere would conquer the northern one through immigration and reproduction: "The wombs of our women will bring us victory." Due to feminism, Zemmour implies, the wombs of white women have shriveled up. And due to multiculturalism, the flood of fertile immigrants is allowed to continue. This is one more reason why French Muslims should be considered, as he has recently been saying, "un peuple dans le peuple" - a classic motif of European anti-Semitism that he has readapted to meet the present danger.

The French term for multiculturalism is anti-racisme, and its history is wrapped up with the development - and decline - of the left. Writers like Pascal Bruckner and Alain Finkielkraut, who came from the left, have long argued that left-wing activists made a disastrous mistake in the 1970s by abandoning the traditional working class, which was offended by the culture of the Sixties, and turning toward identity politics. Deserted, the workers turned to the National Front and adopted its xenophobia; in response, the left formed organizations like SOS Racisme that defended immigrants