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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Cold Stone Treats Only 'Free' If You Make A Mandatory Donation

There's an annual event at Cold Stone Creamery outlets called the World's Largest Ice Cream Social. Part of the chain's September fund-raising drive for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, it's billed as an event offering free ice cream during a three-hour period on a certain day. Melissa had put this on her calendar weeks in advance, because she's on a budget, and hey: free ice cream! But she arrived at the mall to find employees posted at the Cold Stone door, not allowing anyone in unless they made a donation first. That's not free, that's a cover charge. Isn't it?

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Hallmark Sells Cards That Express Sympathy For Layoff Victims

Oblivious to the possibility that the last thing people who lost their jobs need are cardboard reminders of their misfortune, Hallmark has launched a line of greeting cards geared to the downsized. Among the witticisms you can sign beneath and hand over solemnly: "Don't think of it as losing your job. Think of it as a time out between stupid bosses."

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Government Worker Injured In Toilet Explosion

We're at our most vulnerable when we're taking care of business in the bathroom. But the feeling of safety provided by a closed stall can sometimes be false. A woman who works at the General Services Administration Building in Washington, D.C. suffered the sum of all fears when her toilet exploded on her, sending her to the hospital with serious injuries.

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Saggy Pants Fines Bring City $3,916.49

Albany, Georgia is raking in the dough by fining people who violate the city's saggy pants ban.

The Albany Herald reports that in the past 9 months, the city has issued 187 saggy pants citations and collected $3,916.49 in fines. The ordinance bans anyone from wearing pants or skirts more than three inches below the tops of the hips which expose bare skin or underwear.

A first-time violation is $25. Repeated offenders can get fined up to $200.

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Highly Qualified, Diverse Candidates Selected to Serve Across the State

ANNAPOLIS, MD (September 28, 2011) – Governor O’Malley announced today the appointment of seven Circuit Court judges who will serve in Baltimore City, Prince George’s County and Cecil County. The seven appointees represent the geographic and ethnic diversity of the State of Maryland, and all the appointees share in common their exceptional qualifications to serve as Circuit Court judges in our state.

“The appointment of judges is one of the most important responsibilities of any chief executive,” said Governor O’Malley. “I am pleased to announce today the appointment of seven highly qualified, talented and diverse candidates from across the State to serve on Maryland’s bench.”

Over the last several months, Governor O’Malley has conducted numerous interviews with candidates recommended to him by the trial court judicial nominating commissions. All of the judges selected to serve on Maryland’s Circuit Court were recommended to him by the commissions.

In Baltimore City, Governor O’Malley has appointed two individuals to serve on the Circuit Court: District Court Judge Jeannie J. Hong and Michael Wilson Reed.

Governor O’Malley elevated Judge Hong to the Circuit Court after nine years of service on the District Court for Baltimore City. Judge Hong was the first of two Asian Pacific American Judges to serve on the bench in the State of Maryland and now becomes the first judge of Asian background to serve on the Circuit Court level. Since May of 2011, Judge Hong has served as Judge-In-Charge of the North Avenue District Court. The caseload of the North Avenue District is one of the largest in the State of Maryland. Prior to her service on the bench, Judge Hong served as an assistant state’s attorney in Baltimore City and as a staff attorney for the Maryland Department of Human Resources.

Mr. Reed is currently a litigator with the Law Office of Peter T. Nicholl. He started with the firm in early 2011, and currently practices product liability, negligence, strict liability and wrongful death law. Prior to joining the Law Office of Peter T. Nicholl, he spent five years as a litigator at the Office of the Attorney General where he represented the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in federal and state trial courts. Mr. Reed previously served as an assistant state’s attorney for Baltimore City and as legislative counsel to the Maryland General Assembly.

In Prince George’s County, Governor O’Malley has appointed four individuals to serve on the Circuit Court. Governor O’Malley has elevated District Court Judge Krystal Quinn Alves, District Court Judge Daneeka Varner Cotton, District Court Judge Hassan Ali El-Amin, and has appointed John Paul Davey to the Circuit Court.

Judge Alves has been a District Court judge in Prince George’s County since 2005. Before her appointment to the bench, Judge Alves spent most of her career as a government lawyer in Prince George’s County – both at the State’s Attorney’s Office and also in the County Office of Law. With this appointment, Judge Alves now assumes the seat previously held by the Honorable William D. Missouri, for whom she clerked from 1991-1992.

Judge Cotton has served as a District Court judge in Prince George’s County since 2006. She currently serves as chairperson of the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council for Prince George’s County. Judge Cotton previously served in the State’s Attorney’s Office of Prince George’s County, where she prosecuted felonies in District and Circuit Courts. In 1998, she was appointed Master of the Family Division of the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County where she worked until her appointment to the District Court bench in 2006.

Judge El-Amin has been a District Court judge for Prince George’s County since 2000. After graduating from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1983, Judge El-Amin practiced law in both Maryland and Washington, D.C. in a wide variety of practice areas. Judge El-Amin is very active in the Muslim community and in 2006 organized and conducted a workshop entitled, “What Judges Need to Know About Islam” at a Maryland Judicial Conference in Cambridge, Maryland.

Mr. Davey has been in the private practice of law in Prince George’s County for the past 21 years. For 12 of those years (1991-2003), Mr. Davey also served as Prince George’s County’s representative to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. In that position, he promoted the County’s transportation policies, ensured fiscal accountability, and developed strategies designed to protect the system while promoting services. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Davey worked as the chief administrative officer for Prince George’s County from 1987 to 1991.

In Cecil County, Governor O’Malley has appointed Master Jane Cairns Murray to the Circuit Court. Since 2006, Master Murray has been a domestic relations master for Cecil County, where she handles over 2,300 cases per year. Master Murray previously spent two years as a law firm associate, 16 years with the Cecil County Public Defender’s Office, and two years as a sole practitioner. Upon graduation from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1987, Master Murray worked as an associate for a small law firm in Elkton.

7 Arrested In Alleged SAT Cheating Scam

Authorities have arrested seven people in an alleged SAT cheating scam at a Long Island, New York, high school and are investigating whether the cheating extends to other schools.

Samuel Eshaghoff, 19, of Great Neck, New York, was arrested Tuesday on felony fraud charges that could result in four years in prison if he's convicted, the Nassau County District Attorney's Office said. Six students face misdemeanor charges. Their names are not being released because they are minors.


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GLAAD Sees Decline in Number of Gay Characters on TV

TV's not as gay as it used to be.Today, GLAAD announced that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender characters account for 2.9 percent of regular characters in primetime scripted broadcast TV for the 2011-12 season. That's down from 3.9 percent in 2010.The percentage of LGBT characters on primetime scripted cable TV also dipped from last year, according to GLAAD.

Still, representatives for the organization said there's much to celebrate: From "Modern Family" to "True Blood" to "Glee," many of the shows acclaimed by both critics and audiences are also invested in developing LGBT characters.

Just Say No... For Now

My first bit of advice for a person who wants to date after a divorce is: don't. At least not initially, and certainly not before the ink on the divorce decree is dry. Unless, of course, you want to replay the misery that created the divorce in the first place.
I know that the urge to get back in the game is strong, but it's probably not why you might think. It's not because people are meant to be in relationships, although we are; it's much more complicated that just that.

The Dreaded Question: Mom Did You Ever.....


Maybe you never smoked it and you can honestly answer that you did not partake. You may, however, be part of the group that did try or even smoked marijuana occasionally or even on a regular basis.

So, what's a parent to do when their teen gets curious? Is it beneficial to answer honestly, deny it, or to tell them that it's not important information for them to have?



On September 28, 2011 at approximately 2:29 pm, Officers of the Salisbury Police received a call to respond to 423 Washington Street for the report of a physical altercation with a gunshot fired. During the response to the residence the officers were advised that a witness had observed a physical altercation between the below listed suspect and another adult male. During the altercation the suspect produced a handgun and fired a shot in the direction of the victim. The victim was able to escape without injury and leave the area. As officers arrived to the address the officers observed the suspect flee into the residence. The officers immediately established a perimeter around the residence and began to try to communicate with the suspect to have him exit the residence peacefully. While officers were attempting to establish communication, neighboring residents were evacuated from the area for their safety. As the officers continued to attempt contact with the suspect it became evident to perimeter officers that there were other subjects inside of the residence. After a short time, the other subjects left the residence and were safely escorted from the area. Interviews with the two (2) subjects revealed that they, a male and female, had been held inside of the residence at gunpoint by the suspect until they were able to escape.

At approximately 7:24 pm, the suspect exited the residence and surrendered peacefully. There were no injuries. A search and seizure warrant was executed on the residence and resulted in the recovery of the handgun, a Colt revolver. The investigation is continuing and further charges are forthcoming.

The Salisbury Police were assisted by the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office, the Maryland State Police, the Maryland State Fire Marshall’s Office, the Ocean City Police Department, the Wicomico Bureau of Investigation, the Salisbury Fire Department Emergency Medical Service and the Wicomico County State’s Attorney’s Office.

ARRESTED: Richard Darnell Turner, 44 years of age Salisbury, Maryland

Second degree attempted murder
First degree assault
Armed robbery
Reckless endangerment
Handgun charges

DISPOSITION: Released to Central Booking CC # 201100038058

Cops: Teen Held After Vowing School 'Killing Spree' On YouTube

Sawed-off shotgun later recovered during search of Arizona boy's home

A 14-year-old boy was arrested Tuesday for threats made over the Internet to "go on a killing spree" and then commit suicide at his former middle school, authorities said.

The teenager was taken into custody without incident at his home after posting the threats in the comments section of a YouTube music video for the hit song "Pumped Up Kicks," according to Sergeant Jessie Spurgin, a Maricopa County Sheriff's Office spokesman.

"He gave out a specific place and time for when it would happen," Spurgin said. "That made it a little more credible in our eyes."


'I Thought It Was My Sister': Woman Loses $2,000 To Facebook Scam

Now, you can't even trust your sister on Facebook.

Edythe Schumacher logged onto the social networking site recently and a picture of her sister popped up immediately, inviting her into a Facebook chat. After a bit of small talk, Schumacher’s sister – Susan Palmer – egged her on to apply for a government grant, saying she’d just received one. For an up-front fee of $2,000, Schumacher was assured, she'd get access to up to $500,000.

Schumacher trusted her sister — and lost $2,000.


Choking Concerns Prompt Recall Of 1.7M Toys


WASHINGTON - More than 1.7 million toy workshop and tool sets from toy-maker Little Tikes are being recalled because of choking concerns.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says the play tool sets have oversized, plastic toy nails that might cause young children to choke.

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News Bradley Manning and Julian Assange Both Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

The Nobel Peace Prize nominees for 2011 recognize a number of activists, among them Julian Assange, Bradley Manning, Wael Ghonim, Tunisian blogger Lina Ben Mhenni, and Egyptian Israa Abdel Fattah together with the April 6 Youth Movement.

Thus the Arab Spring, as it has been termed, is well-represented in the Nobel Peace Prize nominees this year, and with good reason: It was a remarkable grassroots revolution that is still changing the North African and Middle East dynamic and, indeed, the world.

Much of this, however, might not have been possible but for the actions of Bradley Manning and Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks.

Manning allegedly leaked diplomatic cables and video (of a 2007 Apache helicopter attack) to WikiLeaks. Manning had access to SIPRNet and the Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System from his workstation in Iraq. His reason for leaking the documents? Manning wrote to former hacker Adrian Lamo, “I want people to see the truth… regardless of who they are … because without information, you cannot make informed decisions as a public.”

Can Indians Escape From Text Message Hell?

New Delhi (CNN) - Every morning for almost four years I have been serenaded by the sounds of annoying beeps emanating from my phone. Once started, it continued sporadically through the day and increased as it got dark. Of course you are probably familiar with the sound I’m referring to: The pinging tones of a cell phone’s short message service (otherwise known as an SMS, or text).

In my case on my phone it isn’t an urgent message from the office, friends or family (sigh): instead they are a multitude of solicitations trying to help me speak to “d” public or “increase my height” with new “Japanese technology” now available in India. Never mind those companies are marketing to the wrong person: I’m close to 6-feet tall and I speak to the public all the time as a part of my work as a correspondent.


Final Images From Today's Standoff

I have hundreds more but I thought I'd share these to give you an idea of who, what and where. I'll look through them again in the morning and see if I want to add to what I've already produced.


This year's term was, "Political Correctness".

The winner wrote:

"Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a piece of shit by the clean end."


“The man who refuses to judge, who neither agrees nor disagrees, who declares that there are no absolutes and believes that he escapes responsibility, is the man responsible for all the blood that is now spilled in the world. Reality is an absolute, existence is an absolute, a speck of dust is an absolute and so is a human life. Whether you live or die is an absolute. Whether you have a piece of bread or not, is an absolute. Whether you eat your bread or see it vanish into a looter’s stomach, is an absolute.

There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil. The man who is wrong still retains some respect for truth, if only by accepting the responsibility of choice. But the man in the middle is the knave who blanks out the truth in order to pretend that no choice or values exist, who is willing to sit out the course of any battle, willing to cash in on the blood of the innocent or to crawl on his belly to the guilty, who dispenses justice by condemning both the robber and the robbed to jail, who solves conflicts by ordering the thinker and the fool to meet each other halfway. In any compromise between food and poison, it is only death that can win. In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit. In that transfusion of blood which drains the good to feed the evil, the compromise is the transmitting rubber tube. indecisiveness ”
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

“Learn to distinguish the difference between errors of knowledge and breaches of morality. An error of knowledge is not a moral flaw, provided you are willing to correct it; only a mystic would judge human beings by the standard of an impossible, automatic omniscience. But a breach of morality is the conscious choice of an action you know to be evil, or a willful evasion of knowledge, a suspension of sight and of thought. That which you do not know, is not a moral charge against you; but that which you refuse to know, is an account of infamy growing in your soul. Make every allowance for errors of knowledge; do not forgive or accept any break of morality.”
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.”
Albert Einstein

“All evil is good become cancerous.”
Isaac Asimov

“No evil dooms us hopelessly except the evil we love, and desire to continue in, and make no effort to escape from. ”
George Eliot, Daniel Deronda

Salisbury Police Standoff On Washington Street, Possible Hostage: UPDATE

Salisbury News heard there may have been an emotional subject in the background as Police are trying to talk the suspect out of the home. In the mean time they are barricaded inside and the Police have the house surrounded.

UPDATE: They are evacuating everyone right now. They have tried to make contact with him. They are thinking something might be wrong. I think once everyone is out they are sending in the swat team.

UPDATE#2 We are on the scene and have the following for an update. There was ONE shot fired outside as the man and a woman got into an argument. The man pulled a hand gun and fired one shot. It did not hit the woman and she fled the scene.

There were TWO people inside the home when the man fled inside but he did allow the two people to leave the home. We are told there are no more people besides the suspect in the home.

SPD has around 20 Officers on the scene, including a negotiation team to talk the man out of the home. There are literally hundreds of people standing around as they have blocked off and evacuated several families from the surrounding homes.

At this point its a matter of talking the man out of the home and retrieving the gun.
Original Post 3:46 PM

Update #3: The Wicomico County Sheriff's Office is also on the scene. We asked why Prince Street School wasn't under lockdown but we've not been able to get an answer. To our knowledge, even though a shot was fired one block away from the School, it wasn't locked down.

A Mrs. Donaway just arrived and is being escorted by officers on the scene to the home. We believe she knows the suspect and is being asked to help in their negotiations. While all Officers on the scene are wearing vests, yet Mrs. Donaway is walking towards the home without one.

UPDATE #4: Salisbury News has confirmed the Salisbury Police Department DID contact the Board of Education to make them aware of what was going on. They could NOT confirm what the WBOE did with Prince Street School.

UPDATE #5: Police have NOT been able to make contact with the suspect. They have been able to throw in a negotiation phone after numerous attempts to ring the house phone but again, the suspect refuses to answer either phone.

We're told the suspect was drinking earlier today and law enforcement is doing everything they can to block off any view to the home he is in. "There's a ton of equipment being set up at this time," said one officer. Their goal is to end this peacefully without anyone getting hurt. Its a waiting game at this point.

For all we know the suspect could be passed out.

UPDATE 6: Very loud blast just heard coming from the location

FINAL UPDATE: Suspect has surrendered and is now being transported to the Salisbury Police Department. The large blast was a tactical grenade used to assure no one else is in the home after the suspect was removed. SPD is now trying to get a search warrant to go into the home and search for more evidence.

Great work performed by law enforcement, everyone will go home safe this evening.

Woman Who Killed Grandchild Says She Felt Unloved

FAIRFAX, Va. - A grandmother who threw her 2-year-old granddaughter to her death from a sixth-floor walkway at Virginia's largest shopping mall told detectives in a taped confession that she felt unloved by her family and jealous of the attention her granddaughter received.

More than anything, Carmela dela Rosa told detectives, she was angry at her son-in-law James Ogdoc for taking her daughter away from her and saw killing the infant as a way to get back at him, according to the confession. The tape was played to jurors Tuesday at the woman's murder trial.

"I just saw James through her, through the baby," dela Rosa said in the hour-long videotaped confession to a Fairfax police detective. "I thought about James and I threw her."

Man Who Washed Truck Naked Gets Probation In Mass.

ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) - A man who scrubbed his pickup truck in the nude at a Massachusetts car wash has been sentenced to a year of probation.

Robert E. Bailey, of Cumberland, R.I., pleaded guilty on Monday to open and gross conduct for being naked at Economy Car Wash in North Attleborough on May 31.

The Sun Chronicle ( reports that a woman vacuuming her vehicle at the business called police after she saw the 65-year-old Bailey in the nude.


New Brew: Operation To Open In Former Ice-Cream Factory

A building on North Market Street that once produced ice cream will now produce beer.

Phil Bowers, managing member of Monocacy Brewing Co. LLC, is establishing a craft beer production business at 1781 N. Market St.

Bob Frank, owner of the Flying Barrel, which sells ingredients and supplies to home-brewers and winemakers, plans to rent 3,000 square feet of the 15,000-square-foot building.

Bowers said he hoped to open the brewery in November. With the equipment in place, the brewery could produce up to 20,000 barrels a year and, over time, could hire up to 25 employees.

Monocacy Brewing will produce its own line of craft beers, as well as craft beers sold at Brewer's Alley in downtown Frederick. It also will contract to brew for clients.


GM Workers Likely to Approve New Contract

(DETROIT) — Factory workers at General Motors are likely to approve a new four-year contract with the company.

Negotiators for GM and the United Auto Workers union agreed to a tentative contract on Sept. 16. Union members have until

Wednesday morning to vote. Most local unions with results posted on their websites have approved the deal.

Most of GM's 48,500 factory workers won't get annual pay raises under the contract. But they'll get $5,000 signing bonuses and profit-sharing checks, along with other payments. GM has also promised to add at least 5,100 jobs.


Salisbury Police Department Press Release 9-28-11 A

On September 27, 2011 at approximately 9:30 pm, Officers of the Salisbury Police were on routine patrol on North Salisbury Boulevard and conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle operated by the below listed suspect. A routine records check revealed that the suspect was currently wanted in Sussex County, Delaware on a criminal warrant. The suspect was arrested without incident.

ARRESTED: Derrick Ryan Richardson, 23 years of age
Parsonsburg, Maryland
CHARGES: Arrest Warrant – Sussex County, Delaware
Second degree burglary
Theft (under $ 1,500) – 2 counts
Theft by false pretense – 2 counts
Falsifying business records – 2 counts
DISPOSITION: Released to Central Booking
CC # 201100037970

On September 27, 2011 at approximately 9:36 pm, Officers of the Salisbury Police received a call to respond to the Kmart Department Store on Tilghman Road for the report of a shoplifter. Upon arrival the officers met with store security who advised that store employees had observed the below listed suspect travel through various departments of the store and take merchandise. The suspect then left the store without making any attempts at payment. The property was recovered and returned to the store.

ARRESTED: Juvenile, 17 years of age
Salisbury, Maryland
CHARGES: Theft (under $ 100)
DISPOSITION: Released to parent
CC # 201100037966

Doctors, Medical Society Seek Dismissal in Bradley Suit

WILMINGTON — The Medical Society of Delaware and doctors Lowell Scott, James Marvel and Carol Tavani are all seeking to be dismissed from a class action lawsuit against themselves, convicted rapist Earl Bradley and Beebe Medical Center.

Delaware Superior Court Judge Joseph Slights III heard the motions to dismiss at a hearing on Sept. 16 at New Castle County courthouse in Wilmington.


Massive Search Under Way for Missing West Virginia Girl Aliayah Lunsford

Authorities are searching for a missing 3-year-old West Virginia girl in what a national expert called an aggressive and extraordinary effort to find her.

Aliayah Lunsford disappeared from her home in Bendale, W.Va., Saturday morning, and hundreds of people have been helping local, state and federal authorities try to locate her.

FBI investigators have gone door to door. Dive teams have searched an underwater grid in the West Fork River. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, which listed the missing child as "endangered missing" on its website, dispatched a member of Team Adam, retired investigators who advise local officers.


Even Those Cleared of Crimes Can Stay on F.B.I.’s Watch List

WASHINGTON — The Federal Bureau of Investigation is permitted to include people on the government’s terrorist watch list even if they have been acquitted of terrorism-related offenses or the charges are dropped, according to newly released documents.

The files, released by the F.B.I. under the Freedom of Information Act, disclose how the police are instructed to react if they encounter a person on the list. They lay out, for the first time in public view, the legal standard that national security officials must meet in order to add a name to the list. And they shed new light on how names are vetted for possible removal from the list.

‘Wet Goddess’: Malcolm Brenner’s Semi-Autobiographical Story of Man – Dolphin Sex & Love

A book by a man who claims he once had a romantic and sexual relationship with a dolphin is making waves.

Wet Goddess by Malcolm Brenner is the semi-autobiographical story of a young man in Florida during the heydey of the counterculture movement who becomes intimately involved with a dolphin pent up in an amusement park.

In real life, Brenner says he he had a nine-month sexual relationship with a dolphin named Dolly (renamed Ruby in Wet Goddess) in 1970, while attending the New College of Florida in Sarasota in his early 20s. Brenner insists that Dolly initiated the relationship. “She was in isolation– she’d be using me to satisfy her sexual needs,” he told NZ3 in New Zealand.

Daily Kos/SEIU State of the Nation Poll: Huge Support for Buffett Rule

A little over a week ago, in a speech in support of his jobs plan, President Obama included a bit of populist rhetoric that immediately garnered a lot of attention:

And any reform should follow another simple principle: Middle-class families shouldn’t pay higher taxes than millionaires and billionaires. That’s pretty straightforward. It’s hard to argue against that. Warren Buffett’s secretary shouldn’t pay a higher tax rate than Warren Buffett. There is no justification for it.

This distillation of common sense, appropriately enough, became known as the "Buffett Rule" and was greeted enthusiastically in many quarters. But we wanted to see just how popular the idea is, so we included a question on our weekly national poll to test it out.


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You Can Get $500 If An Autodialer Calls Your Cellphone

Your cellphone rings from a number you don't recognize. You pick it up. At first there's silence. Then the sound of a call center kicks in and a person asks, "Hello, can I speak to Karen?" It's a telemarketer, or a debt collector, using an autodialer. And they just broke the law. And just for funsies, you can collect $500 or $1500 with just a few hours of work if you go after them.

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Chinese Proverb

One moment of patience may ward off great disaster.

            One moment of impatience may ruin a whole life. 

Starbucks Customer: Excuse Me, But My Name Is Not "Bit*h"

For some reason, some folks in the food service biz never learn the lesson that they shouldn't vent their anger at a customer by insulting them on a receipt, to-go pack or in this case, a Starbucks cup.

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OCPD Press Release

On Tuesday, September 27,2011 at approximately 11:54 p.m., I, PFC Kevin Flower (8250) was
dispatched to the Skyline Grill ari.dBar located at 13801 Coastal Highway in reference to an assault that
had just occurred. The Skyline Grill and Bar is located on the eight floor of the Fenwick Inn .
.upon arrival, I met with Lois Ann Cossell (dob:0l/23/83). Cossell is an employee of the Fenwick Inn.
~ossell directed police to the Skyline where the victim, "Joey", would be waiting. I traveled to the
Skyline and met with a male identified by his Maryland Driver's License to be Joseph Sam Saah
(dob: 12/14/85),

Saah told me he had been assaulted by a man with a knife within a half hour of police arrival. Saah
described the suspect as a short, older (50's), white male with brown scruffy hair. Saahindicated the Fisher was registered to room 209. I traveled to room 209
suspect was wearing an orange polo shirt and blue jeans. Saah was smoking a cigarette on the outside
deck of the Skyline when the suspect approached him and displayed a small folding knife. Saah
described the knife blade as being very short, approximately two to three inches in length. The
suspect stood in front of Saah and pressed the knife blade against Saah's throat. The suspect moved
the blade up and down against Saah's skin for several seconds. Saah indicated the suspect stated he
\vas, "Insane" and that he (the suspect) would, "Kill a mother fucker". Saah indicated the suspect was
shaving his neck with the blade. Saah indicated the suspect made a reference to the smoothness of his
neck on the shaven side as apposed to the non shaven side. Saah stated, "I was scared to death" and I
almost pissed myself". Saah pointed to the front left portion of his neck where the knife was held. I
did not note injury to Saah's neck. Saah did not know the suspect and did not know where the suspect
was staying.

I spoke to a another patron of the bar, identified by his North Carolina Driver's License to be Dan
Patrick Duffy (dob:08/30/67). Duffy told me he witnessed the suspect hold the knife to Saah's throat.
Duffy indicated the suspect had been involved in a verbal altercation with an unidentified male prior
to the assault. Duffy believed Saah and the suspect were discussing the previous altercation when the
suspect pulled out a knife and held it to the throat of Saah. Duffy believed the suspect held the knife
to Saah's throat for nearly one minute before releasing him. Duffy indicated he met the suspect
earlier in the day because the suspect was going to get Duffy a job. Duffy indicated he knew the
suspect to be Robert Fisher.

Corporal Caplan Verified with Cossell that
with PFC Centofranchi (8278), Corporal Caplan (8213) and Officer Richardson (8706). After
knocking on the door to room 209, a female identified by her Virginia Driver's License to be .r.ment.
Ruby Ann Treacy (dob:08/09/61), opened the door. I asked Treacy if Robert Fisher was in the room.
Treacy told me Robert was in the room but he was passed out on the bed. I asked Treacy, "Can we
come in"? Treacy stated, "Yeah, sure", and opened the door further and stepped to the side.

I entered the room first with PFC Centofranchi behind me. I observed a female on the bed to the left
and a white male sleeping on the bed to the right. The male appeared to be in his 50's with brown
hair. The male was wearing blue jeans with no shirt. I noted an orange polo shirt on the floor in front
of the bed. I took control of the males left arm as PFC Centofranchi took control of the ,male's right
arm. The male did not resist and slowly sat up. I asked the male, "Are you Robert Fisher". The
male replied, "Yeah". Fisher was later identified by his North Carolina Driver's License to be Robert
Lee Fisher Jr. (dob:07/17/60). At the same time PFC Centofranchi observed a silver folding knife
clipped to Fisher's right front pants pocket. PFC Centofranchi immediately seized the Knife.

Officer Richardson walked Saah by the hotel room where Fisher could be seen. Saah positively
identified Fisher as the suspect who held the knife to his throat. PFC Centofranchi showed the knife
removed from Fisher's pocket to Saah and asked Saah if it was the same knife used in the assault,
Saah indicated it was.

Based on the information provided by Saah and the independent witness, I placed Fisher under arrest
for first and second degree assault and reckless endange

BREAKING NEWS: Commodities Rout Sparks Selloff On Wall Street; Dow Tumbles 180

Intense selling across the board in commodities markets, coupled with reemerging worries that European authorities won't be able to act in unison to stave off a Greek default, ignited a late-session selloff that snapped a three-day winning streak for Wall Street.  The Dow dropped 180 points, or 1.6%, and the S&P 500 slid 2.1%.

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Americans Want Our Liberties Restored, Our Troops Brought Home And The Federal Reserve Reined In

“We are seeing a level of enthusiasm for Ron Paul that can be compared with President Obama in 2008?, said Eric Brakey, Media Coordinator for NYC Liberty HQ, the grassroots organization hosting the rally for the candidate. “Congressman Paul’s youth support is different now than it was during his last presidential campaign. It’s more organized and it’s picking up steam and continues to grow”.

As the longtime congressman from Texas stepped onto the stage, the crowd screamed with enthusiasm. The audience’s biggest reaction came when he spoke about ending the Federal Reserve.
“The country has changed in the last four years, but my message hasn’t changed” Paul said. “The country is ripe for a true revolution”.

At least 75% of the American people want a full audit of the Fed [10], and most were against reconfirming Bernanke [11].


BREAKING NEWS: Arrest In Terror Plot On Capitol, Pentagon

Massachusetts man accused of plotting to blow up the U.S. capitol and Pentagon with remote-controlled aircraft.
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Today's Top Stories 9-28-11


President Obama’s $447 billion jobs plan would help avoid a return to recession by maintaining growth and pushing down the unemployment rate next year, according to economists surveyed by Bloomberg News.

The European Union proposed a financial-transactions tax that would take effect in 2014 and raise about $78 billion a year, prompting renewed opposition from the U.K.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s government presented a 2012 budget that keeps spending unchanged from this year, with higher debt and pension charges continuing to weigh on its deficit.

Inflation in Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, accelerated more than economists forecast in September to the fastest pace in three years.

Emirates, the biggest international airline, will add flights to Seattle and Dallas in a revival of plans to establish a major route network to the world’s largest economy that it shelved after the 2001 terror attacks.

Oil fell in New York, heading for the biggest quarterly decline since 2008, on speculation that fuel demand will drop as the U.S. economy slows and Europe’s debt crisis batters consumer sentiment.

Men carry a higher risk of colon cancer than women and should get their first colonoscopy to screen for the disease at age 45, five years earlier than the current recommendation.

More people in the U.S. ignored their doctor’s advice and skipped prescription drugs or medical procedures to save money in 2011 than a year earlier, a Consumer Reports survey showed.

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Libya's new rulers believe Gadhafi may be hiding in the southern desert, possibly in a vast area near the Algerian border, under the protection of ethnic Tuareg fighters.

Government health benefits for some 9 million of the sickest and poorest U.S. citizens will come under scrutiny from the congressional "super committee" seeking to cut the nation's debt.

A Republican-led House panel has asked the Planned Parenthood Federation of America to hand over more than a decade's worth of documents in a probe of whether the organization improperly spends public money on abortions.

Afghan and U.S.-led coalition troops have destroyed drugs worth more than $350 million and three drug laboratories in southern Afghanistan.

President Obama's popularity has risen sharply in Israel after he spoke out forcibly against a Palestinian statehood bid at the United Nations last week, according to a Jerusalem Post poll.

Russia's military says an experimental intercontinental ballistic missile failed during a test launch.

The number of gay and bisexual characters on broadcast network TV dipped slightly this season to 19 out of nearly 650 roles, according to the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

Applications for U.S. home mortgages rose 9.3 percent last week, reflecting a jump in demand for home loan refinancing as mortgage rates dropped, an industry group said.

Reinstating Local Transportation Funds Dominates Commission Discussion

Recommendations on how to get highway user revenues back to county and municipal governments – and how much money is really needed – dominated discussion as the Blue Ribbon Commission on Maryland Transportation Funding worked toward finalizing recommendations for the governor and General Assembly.

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Currie Was Selling ‘Power Of His Office,’ Prosecutor Says

Trial begins with two views of state senator’s actions

Prosecutors and defense attorneys outlined starkly different views of former state Senate Budget and Taxation Committee chairman Ulysses Currie, as his trial on corruption charges began Tuesday at the federal courthouse in Baltimore.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathleen O. Gavin told jurors that Currie (D-Dist. 25) of District Heights used his position as leader of the committee, which votes on the budget of every state agency, to sell the “power of his office for nearly a quarter of a million dollars to two corrupt corporate executives” between 2003 and 2008.


Perry Raises $75,000 At Maryland Breakfast

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) met Maryland Republicans on Tuesday morning at a breakfast fundraiser in Baltimore.

Dozens laid out at least $2,500 to attend the meeting that marked the beginning of a fundraising swing through the D.C. region. Perry also drew some surprising endorsements and seemed able to split a Maryland state GOP that many expected would lean heavily toward a more moderate candidate, such as former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney.

According to several in attendance at the closed-door fundraiser, a crowd of nearly 50 that included former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R), several state lawmakers and a who's who of Maryland business leaders applauded most loudly when Perry promised to repeal "Obama Care."


George Takei May Protest Southwest Airlines For Scolding L-Word Actress

Earlier this week, Leisha Hailey, actress and former star of the Showtime's The L Word, was reprimanded by a Southwest Airlines flight attendant for sharing a kiss with her partner while onboard the aircraft. Earlier today, George Takei, actor and former helmsman of the USS Enterprise, mock threatened to stage a protest in response during his next Southwest Airlines flight.

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4 Americans Get Pot From US Government

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Sometime after midnight on a moonlit rural Oregon highway, a state trooper checking a car he had just pulled over found less than an ounce of pot on one passenger: A chatty 72-year-old woman blind in one eye.

She insisted the weed was legal and was approved by the U.S. government.

The trooper and his supervisor were doubtful. But after a series of calls to the U.S. Attorney's Office, the Drug Enforcement Agency and her physician, the troopers handed her back the card _ and her pot.


Obama Jobs Plan May Prevent 2012 Recession: Economists

President Barack Obama’s $447 billion jobs plan would help avoid a return to recession by maintaining growth and pushing down the unemployment rate next year, according to economists surveyed by Bloomberg News.
The legislation, submitted to Congress this month, would increase gross domestic product by 0.6 percent next year and add or keep 275,000 workers on payrolls, the median estimates in the survey of 34 economists showed. The program would also lower the jobless rate by 0.2 percentage point in 2012, economists said.
Economists in the survey are less optimistic than Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner, who has cited estimates for a 1.5 percent boost to gross domestic product. Even so, the program may bolster Obama’s re-election prospects by lowering a jobless rate that has stayed near 9 percent or more since April 2009.

Baltimore City Officer Arrested After Eluding County Police

Police say officer was drunk driving, reached for handgun, records show

An off-duty Baltimore police officer was arrested last week after leading Baltimore County police officers on a chase and failing a breath test, according to police charging documents.

Timothy Terrell Smith, 26, a five-year department veteran, is accused of reaching for his handgun as officers forcibly removed him from his vehicle, after he nearly side-swiped a county police cruiser while traveling at more than double the speed limit.

The charging documents state that County police attempted to pull over Smith's black Lexus at about 2 a.m. on Sept. 23 on Liberty Road. He then accelerated and crossed five lanes, cutting in front of several vehicles, and forcing their drivers to brake to avoid crashing into him. He continued to flee for nearly a mile before coming to a sudden stop.


Why Did My Walmart Change The 'Use By' Date On My Beef?

What's a grocery store to do when an expensive piece of beef goes unsold by the time it's reached its "Use/Freeze By" date? Consumerist reader William believes he caught his Walmart simply slapping a new sticker with a new date on top of the old one.

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