Friday, November 23, 2012

Emboldened Gay-Marriage Supporters Now Want More

Bolstered by their recent wins at the ballot box, gay-marriage activists say they are looking to build on their newfound momentum at the ballot box and in the courtroom.
Having broken a long losing string at the polls Nov. 6, gay marriage backers already have targeted several states for statewide voting drives, even as they await an imminent announcement from the Supreme Court that could reignite the battle over same-sex marriage in California.
Among the states being primed for marriage battles are New Jersey, one of just two states electing a governor and new state legislature in 2013, Delaware, Illinois and Rhode Island.
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White House Rethinking That Corporate-Funding Ban For Obama’s Inauguration

Although taxpayers always pick up the tab for the security and the costs of the actual inaugural ceremony in front of the Capitol, all of the parties, concerts, and events surrounding that auspicious occasion come from the generosity of the president-elect-or-incumbent’s supporters. After the 2008 campaign, that pervasive spirit of Hopenchange and the accompanying historic-ness of it all meant well-funded celebrations galore to usher in President Obama’s first term — but this year, perhaps not so much.

It doesn’t look like the Obamas have any plans to tone down the festivities, but after a grueling election season and with an economy still in tatters, the White House is wondering if they shouldn’t maybe just ditch that lofty ban on corporate donations from last time around. The WSJ reports:

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Let's Tax Matt Damon

In the name of shared sacrifice, it’s time to impose a tax on the $7 billion in box office receipts that Hollywood generates.

I added up the domestic box office activity for the week August 26 through September 1st based on figures provided by Variety. The take for the week for Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Our Idiot Brother, Spy Kids: All The Time In The World, plus 130 other box office leaders was $136 million. Year-to-date those films have grossed over $4 billion.

$7 billion in annual receipts can hire quite a few teachers. 145,228 teachers actually.

$136 million each week would pay the unemployment benefits for 461, 017 people at the average benefit of $295 per week.

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Black Friday Is Gold For Plumbers

Nobody gives thanks to their kitchen sink.

Maybe that’s why it’s forgotten amid the gastronomic chaos that consumes Thanksgiving. And maybe that’s why the day after Thanksgiving is one of the busiest days of the year for plumbers.

That’s fine by Shawn McAllister. McAllister, owner of Glen Burnie-based McAllister Plumbing, makes part of his living off of feast fiascoes.

He has offered tips to customers, warning them prior to the holiday of what their pipes will and won’t gobble.

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Small Business Saturday

Rare Colonial Coin Found On LI Sells For $430G

A rare Colonial Massachusetts silver coin found by an East Hampton woman in an old potato field almost 23 years ago was auctioned for more than $430,000 last week in Baltimore.

The 1652 New England sixpence had been off the market in a private collection for 21 years and was expected to sell for $100,000, but was resold for four times that price, auction officials said.

"We knew it was a very rare coin and we knew it would reach six figures," said Lawrence R. Stack, a senior numismatic consultant for Stack's Bowers Galleries, a Manhattan rare coin dealer and auction house. "And it brought in $431,250, so I guess we did well."

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More Money For Local Roads Tops Md. Mayors' Wish Lists

Mayors representing some of the largest cities in Maryland say they need more state tax revenue to keep up with road maintenance and snow removal costs.

Mayors from Gaithersburg, Rockville, and Takoma Park say they need to see a fair share of transportation dollars coming back from Annapolis.

They discussed their priorities for the upcoming General Assembly session, which begins Jan. 9, with state legislators during a joint House and Senate priorities hearing.

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Jingle Bell Run, 2013 Komen Race OK’d For Resort

OCEAN CITY – A new holiday run was approved this week to coincide with Winterfest of Lights on a December evening as well as several other private event permit requests, including the second Komen Maryland Ocean City Race for the Cure.

The Mayor and City Council approved the Jingle Bell Fun Run, which will take place on Sunday, Dec. 2, from 5-7 p.m., and will be a running event in conjunction with the Winterfest of Lights in Northside Park.

The Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department will be partnering with OC TriRunning for the event and will donate the use of the facility. Participants will be requested to bring a gift for Toys for Tots.

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EGYPT'S MORSI GRANTS HIMSELF FAR-REACHING POWERS

Egypt's Islamist president unilaterally decreed greater authorities for himself Thursday and effectively neutralized a judicial system that had emerged as a key opponent by declaring that the courts are barred from challenging his decisions.

Riding high on U.S. and international praise for mediating a Gaza cease-fire, Mohammed Morsi put himself above oversight and gave protection to the Islamist-led assembly writing a new constitution from a looming threat of dissolution by court order.

But the move is likely to fuel growing public anger that he and his Muslim Brotherhood are seizing too much power.

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Hiring Mandate Proposed To Bring Baltimore Jobs

A new law being floated at Baltimore's City Hall is attempting to tackle the city's high unemployment rate, but some are questioning the constitutionality of the measure and others similar to it around the country

In these tough economic times, good faith just isn't good enough anymore, according to City Council President Jack Young.

At Monday night's council meeting, Young introduced a local hiring mandate. If passed, the bill would require any business with a city contract of at least $300,000 or any project that gets a city subsidy of at least $5 million to hire Baltimore City residents for at least 51 percent of new jobs.

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Former Prisoner’s Lawsuit Against Jail Dismissed

SNOW HILL -- A federal judge earlier this month completely dismissed a civil suit filed by a former Worcester County Jail prisoner against the facility, its administrators and certain members of its medical staff, claiming he was cruelly and maliciously denied medical treatment.

Last March, James A. Stanley, a prisoner who was extradited to Worcester County from Colorado in 2011, filed suit in U.S. District Court against the Worcester County Jail, Wardens Garry Mumford and Kathleen Green and certain members of the jail’s medical staff alleging he was denied medical treatment for chronic illnesses and other ailments including multiple sclerosis during his trip across the country and later during his seven-month stay in Worcester before being transferred to a state facility.

In the suit, Stanley alleged he was diagnosed with MS during a stay in a correctional facility in Colorado after suffering numerous seizures, loss of vision and other debilitating symptoms. Stanley was diagnosed and treated for MS including prescriptions, tests and evaluations while in the Colorado correctional system. In 2011, Stanley was extradited to Worcester County on the way to his ultimate destination at the Eastern Correctional Institute in Somerset County.

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Study: Pregnant Teens Need Better School Support

When 15-year-old Kali Gonzalez became pregnant, the honors student considered transferring to an alternative school. She worried teachers would harass her for missing class because of doctor's appointments and morning sickness.

A guidance counselor urged Gonzalez not to, saying that could lower her standards.

Instead, her counselor set up a meeting with teachers at her St. Augustine high school to confirm she could make up missed assignments, eat in class and use the restroom whenever she needed. Gonzalez, who is now 18, kept an A-average while pregnant. She capitalized on an online school program for parenting students so she could stay home and take care of her baby during her junior year. She returned to school her senior year and graduated with honors in May.

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Accuser of Elmo Voice To Meet With NYC District Attorney

The man who claims Kevin Clash sexually abused him when he was 15 is reported to have a date with the district attorney in Manhattan.

The man, now 24, reportedly met with detectives yesterday.

He has filed a $5 million lawsuit against Clash. 

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GOOD GRIEF! ARKANSAS ATHEISTS UPSET OVER 'A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS'

Arkansas Atheists are upset that a local elementary school plans to send second graders on a field trip to see a stage production of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at a church.

Anne Orsi, Vice President of the Arkansas Society of Freethinkers, an atheist organization, told KARK said a parent complained to the group about the event because the play had "religious content" and was being performed at a church.

"We're not saying anything bad about Charlie Brown," Orsi said. “The problem is that it's got religious content and it's being performed in a religious venue and that doesn't just blur the line between church and state, it over steps it entirely."

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Company Fires Women In Facebook Furor

Two women from the Boston area whose photo at Arlington Cemetery went viral have been fired.

The employer put an announcement on the company's Facebook page last night Lindsey Stone and Jamie Schuh no longer work there.

Recently a photo appeared on Facebook in which Stone was seen during a visit to the DC area posing at the Tomb of the Unknowns next to a sign calling for silence and respect at the site.

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NC Activists Angered By Killing Of 3-Legged Bear

A skinny, three-legged black bear had become a fixture at an upscale housing community deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, rummaging through trash cans and playfully ambling along the golf course

After the bear started breaking into homes looking for food, once stealing two pies from a kitchen counter, some people had enough. Wildlife advocates scrambled to find a sanctuary for the animal, but time ran out: in August, the bear was shot and killed by management.

That bear's death in Mountain Air, about 35 miles north of Asheville, has become a flashpoint for outraged wildlife advocates who say the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission needs to find non-lethal ways to handle so-called nuisance bears.

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Animal Shelters Make ‘Black Friday’ Literal, Adopt Out Black Pets For Free

You may have noticed in the past few years that the staff and readers of this site are rather fond of animals. Specifically, cats, and the occasional dog. That’s why we wholeheartedly support a Black Friday promotion we can get behind that involves no doorbusters, no big-ticket item lines, and can even help you get rid of your leftover turkey this holiday weekend. We’re referring to the Black Friday weekend adoption promotions aimed at finding homes for black cats and dogs.

For a variety of reasons ranging from superstition to premature graying, black pets are often the last to be adopted. The Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia and at PAWS of Lynwood, Washington are running a special promotion: waiving fees on all black and mostly-black dogs and cats.

Bay Oysters Escaped Sandy’s Wrath, Experts Say

If there is any silver lining to the mayhem caused by superstorm Sandy, it’s this:

Maryland’s oysters, and the delicious holiday stuffing they make, are safe to eat.

Concerns loomed as millions of gallons of raw sewage leaked from the Little Patuxent Water Reclamation Plant into the Little Patuxent River, and water poured from the Conowingo Dam into the Susquehanna River. But sources say this has had little impact on the fragile oyster population.

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Americans Dig Into Their Pockets To Donate $7.7 Million Toward Decreasing The National Debt

In a move that’s akin to the time you gave back your $5 allowance to help your parents with the mortgage payments, Americans have dug into their own pockets to contribute $7.7 million in 2012 to help pay down our national debt. Even though that amount is just a wee drop in a ginormous bucket, it’s the thought that counts, right?

We’re the most generous toward our national debt than we’ve been in years — and we’ve given double the amount we did in 2011, reports CNNMoney. Donations are usually about $3 million a year since 2009.

“So this is obviously a big jump,” said a spokeswoman for the Bureau of the Public Debt.

Sorry, But Calling In A Noise Complaint On Salvation Army Bell Ringers Won’t Work

A downtown shop worker in Portsmouth, N.H. is either a whiny Grinch or a brave hero, depending on your point of view. Tired of the infernal dinging once Salvation Army kettles set up for the holiday season outside of her store, she decided to fight back by calling a noise complaint in to the police. The complaint did not make the bell-ringers go away, alas.

“This is my fourth year and I can’t take it anymore. I’m so sick of it,” the retail hero told Seacoast Online. Forty hours per week, five weeks per year is enough to make anyone go research city noise ordinances. Unfortunately, the city has granted permission for the Salvation Army to set up on the sidewalk, and that includes their bells.

Move Over Santa: Consumer Reports Issues List Of Naughty & Nice Companies

They’re making a list and checking it twice, and you’re about to find out who’s naughty and nice. Get it? Because Consumer Reports is coming to town? Or rather, it’s issued its annual list of the companies it considers to be bad little boys and girls and those who are to be held up as examples to the rest of’em. Let’s get to it [cue gleeful rubbing together of hands]!

We’re not gonna spoil all of the losers/winners but there are some particular standouts in both categories. Each listing is just for a specific company policy, to clarify.

NAUGHTY!

BMW: Hey now, fancy car company. Consumer Reports says all that fanciness doesn’t include a real spare tire or a jack, which could result in a nightmare by the side of the road. The run-flat tires that come in most models will help you limp along after a routine hole, but may the tow truck gods help ye if you get a blowout or rip in the sidewall. Make sure to ask if your car comes with a spare no matter who you buy or lease one from.

Crime Solvers Of The Lower Eastern Shore


The American Tradition Of Secession


"Secession is a deeply American principle. This country was born through secession."
~ Ron Paul

Leftists and neocons in the media who tend to agree on the propriety and desirability of an ever-growing welfare/warfare/police state were predictably apoplectic when Ron Paul recently stated on his House Web site that secession is "a deeply American principle." Congressman Paul was alluding to the fact that all fifty states have sent secession petitions to the White House.

Typical of the media response was a snotty remark by one Robert Schlesinger, the son of Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., who is the "managing editor of opinion" of the soon-to-go-out-of-business U.S. News. Ron Paul is "deeply wrong," he moaned, calling the congressman a "crank" and predicting that he "will soon be forgotten." Robert Schlesinger’s bad manners are matched by his utter ignorance of American history.

Ron Paul was most certainly correct when he said that America "was born through secession." The Revolutionary War was a war of secession from the British empire. As Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence, our Declaration of Secession from the British Empire, governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, and whenever that consent is withdrawn, it is the right and duty of the people to "alter or abolish" that government and "to institute a new government."

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Salisbury Police Department

Can you identify the person on the left in this photo. Both individuals are wanted in connection with a strong arm robbery which occurred on 11-17-12 in the area of Lincoln Ave and Roger St. The individual on the right has been identified. Call SPD @ 410-548-3165 or Crime Solvers @ 410-548-1776 with information.

Today's Fill In The Blank 11-23-12

I gave thanks to ____ on Thanksgiving.

Black Friday Madness

Bring It On: Battle Looms With The United Nations Over Pot Legalization


A couple of weeks ago, following Colorado and Washington’s historic vote to become the first states to legalize marijuana for recreational use, I wrote a piece titled Colorado Legalizes Marijuana: Your Move Eric Holder, which subsequently went viral.  At the time, I had only anticipated a battle with the Feds, but now the most useless and corrupt organization on the planet has weighed in – the United Nations.
The head of the UN drug watchdog (the International Narcotics Control Board or INCB), Raymond Yans, has come out in a press release essentially instructing the Attorney General of the United States to enforce Federal Prohibition of pot against the rights of the states to implement a law that is not only Constitutional, but a perfect example of a free people deciding what they want for themselves.
Perhaps that is why the United Nations is so panicky about the legislation in Colorado and Washington.  The organization consists of a bunch of global government craving control freak bureaucrats, and as such I welcome this battle as an opportunity to marginalize it further and expose them for the undemocratic creeps they really are.  Anyone remember the massive corruption within the UN’s Oil for Food Program?  I wouldn’t let these clowns shine my shoes let alone decide what every citizen in every corner of the planet can put into their own bodies.

Alan Dershowitz On Obamacare Decision


Even though Obamacare was decided months ago, pundits are still dissecting the court's actions.
CNN's top legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin and famed lawyer and author Alan Dershowitz sat down on Friday at New York's 92nd Street Y to debate why Chief Justice John Roberts used his deciding vote to pass President Barack Obama's controversial health care law.
And, according to Dershowitz, Roberts did it just so he could side with Republicans from now on without getting called out for being too conservative.
"Roberts is very political," Dershowitz said in the interview, posted by Above The Law. "And what he did by writing the decision the way he did is No. 1, he gave himself a lot of street cred or court cred which will allow him to render very conservative decisions for a long period of time without being regarded as the 5-to-4 guy who always votes Republican."

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Today's Survey Question 11-23-12

Are you a hoarder?

Record Weekly Savings Accounts Inflow

When one thinks of America, the word "savings" is likely the last thing to come into a person's head, for the simple reason that the vast majority of Americans don't save: recall that in September the personal savings rate dipped to 3.3%, the lowest since 2009 save for one month.
On the surface this makes sense: the average US consumer, tapped out, with more spending than income, has no choice but to max out their credit card, and eat into whatever savings they may have.
This is usually as far as most contemplations on savings go. And this is a mistake, because at least according to official Fed data reported weekly as part of the H.6, which lists the data on the various components of M1 and, more importantly, M2, the real story with US savings is something totally different.

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Land Of The Freebies, Home Of The Enslaved

Fenwick Island Still in ‘Recovery Mode’

FENWICK ISLAND -- Three weeks after Hurricane Sandy roared through the mid-Atlantic area, Fenwick Island is still picking up the pieces, but the tiny resort community just north of Ocean City is now moving beyond recovery and into a return to normalcy.

While most of the last vestiges of Sandy have long since been cleared from Ocean City and little evidence remains of the storm’s devastation, Fenwick Island was far less fortunate with most of its bayside residences flooded, decks and docks destroyed and streets clogged with debris and downed tree branches. For the last three weeks, the town has provided huge dumpsters for public and private storm damage debris and 25 have been filled to capacity and hauled away with the last expected to be taken away this week.

“We’re just about finished,” said Fenwick Island Town Manager Merritt Burke IV this week. “The last of the dumpsters are expected to be moved out today [Tuesday] and we’re moving out of the recovery mode and into the holiday preparation mode.”

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Marines Make Tough Teachers Too


My kind of teacher

This one is dedicated to all my friends who ever taught school, parented children or served their country.

A former Sergeant, having served his time with the
Marine Corps, took a new job as a school teacher,
but just before the school year started, he injured his back.

He was required to wear a plaster cast around the upper part 
of his body. Fortunately, the cast fit under his shirt and wasn't noticeable. On the first day of class, he found himself assigned to a class with the toughest students in the school.

The punks, having already heard the new teacher was a former 
Marine, were leery of him and decided to see how tough he really was before trying any pranks. Walking confidently into the rowdy classroom, the new teacher opened the window wide and sat down at his desk.

When a strong breeze made his tie flap, he picked up a stapler and 
promptly stapled the tie to his chest.

There was dead silence.  He had no trouble with discipline that year.

Legal Posturing Continues In Assateague Excessive Force Case

ASSATEAGUE -- Legal wrangling continued last week in the ongoing civil suit filed by a local resident against the U.S. and a National Park Ranger at Assateague over the alleged use of excessive force during an arrest on the barrier island in the summer of 2011.

Just over a year ago, Ocean Pines resident Bonnie Preziosi filed suit in U.S. District Court against the U.S. and Assateague Island National Seashore Park Ranger Dana Condron alleging false arrest and excessive use of force in violation of her Fourth Amendment rights following an incident that escalated at the national park in August 2011. Preziosi had been providing private surfing lessons to area children at the National Seashore and Park Service rangers were prepared to file charges against her for conducting private business in the park without the appropriate licenses.

Earlier this year, U.S. District Court Judge Richard D. Bennett dismissed the false arrest component of the suit after a trial court determined Preziosi indeed had been operating a private business in the national park without a license or permit. However, the judge allowed the excessive force element of the suit to continue and the case appears to be headed toward trial early next year. The suit is seeking $1 million in compensatory damages and $1.5 million in punitive damages.

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CHILDREN'S BIBLE IN A NUTSHELL


(This is amazing and should bring tears of laughter to your eyes. I wonder how often we take for granted that children understand what we are teaching?)
A child was asked to write a book report on the entire Bible.
Here is what was written:
The Children's Bible in a Nutshell
In the beginning, which occurred near the start, there was nothing but God, darkness, and some gas.  The Bible says,'The Lord thy God is one,' but I think He must be a lot older than that.  Anyway, God said, 'Give me a light!' and someone did.  Then God made the world.  He split the Adam and made Eve.  Adam and Eve were naked, but they weren't embarrassed because mirrors hadn't been invented yet.  Adam and Eve disobeyed God by eating one bad apple, so they were driven from the Garden of Eden.....Not sure what they were driven in though, because they didn't have cars.
Adam and Eve had a son, Cain, who hated his brother as long as he was Abel.  Pretty soon all of the early people died off, except for Methuselah, who lived to be like a million or something.  One of the next important people was Noah, who was a good guy, but one of his kids was kind of a Ham.  Noah built a large boat and put his family and some animals on it.  He asked some other people to join him, but they said they would have to take a rain check.  After Noah came Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  Jacob was more famous than his brother, Esau, because Esau sold Jacob his birthmark in exchange for some pot roast.  Jacob had a son named Joseph who wore a really loud sports coat. 
Another important Bible guy is Moses, whose real name was Charlton Heston. Moses led the Israel Lights out of Egypt and away from the evil Pharaoh after God sent ten plagues on Pharaoh's people.  These plagues included frogs, mice, lice, bowels, and no cable.  God fed the Israel Lights every day with manicotti.  Then he gave them His Top Ten Commandments.  These include: don't lie, cheat, smoke, dance, or covet your neighbor's stuff.  Oh, yeah, I just thought of one more:  Humor thy father and thy mother.
One of Moses' best helpers was Joshua who was the first Bible guy to use spies.  Joshua fought the battle of Geritol and the fence fell over on the town. After Joshua came David.  He got to be king by killing a giant with a slingshot.  He had a son named Solomon who had about 300 wives and 500 porcupines. My teacher says he was wise, but that doesn't sound very wise to me.
After Solomon there were a bunch of major league prophets.  One of these was Jonah, who was swallowed by a big whale and then barfed up on the shore.  There were also some minor league prophets, but I guess we don't have to worry about them.
After the Old Testament came the New Testament. Jesus is the star of The New Testament.  He was born in Bethlehem in a barn.  (I wish I had been
Born in a barn too, because my mom is always saying to me, 'Close the door!  Were you born in a barn?'  It would be nice to say, 'As a matter of
Fact, I was.')
During His life, Jesus had many arguments with sinners like the Pharisees and the Republicans. Jesus also had twelve opossums.  The worst one was Judas Asparagus.  Judas was so evil that they named a terrible vegetable after him.  Jesus was a great man.  He healed many leopards and even preached to some Germans on the Mount.  But the Republicans and all those guys put Jesus on trial before Pontius the Pilot.  Pilot didn't stickup for Jesus.  He just washed his hands instead.  Anyways, Jesus died for our sins, then came back to life again.  He went up to Heaven but will be back at the end of the Aluminum.  His return is foretold in the book of Revolution.

WCSO Press Release 11-23-12

11/21/2012 WBI Attempt to Locate a Runaway - Hunter Lemp
11/20/2012 Assault Arrest - Ballard
11/20/2012 Theft/Forgery Arrest - Hitch
11/20/2012 Fugitive Arrest - Webb

CITY COUNCIL AGENDA


November 26, 2012 6: 00 p.m.
Government Office Building Room 301
Times shown for agenda items are estimates only.
6: 00 p.m. CALL TO ORDER
6: 01 p.m. WELCOME/ANNOUNCEMENTS
6: 06 p.m. INVOCATION/MEDITATION AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
6: 08 p.m. PRESENTATION—Mayor James Ireton, Jr. Women Supporting Women
6: 14 p.m. ADOPTION OF LEGISLATNE AGENDA
6: 16 p.m. CONSENT AGENDA—Assistant City Clerk Diane Nelson
October l, 2012 work session minutes
October 1, 2012 closed session minutes separate e» velope)
October 8, 2012 regular meeting minutes
October l 5, 2012 work session minutes
October 15, 2012 closed session minutes separate envelope)
October 22, 20 12 regular meeting minutes
October 23; 2012 closed session minutes separate envelope)
Resolution No. 2231 - extending acting status for Public Works employees Peter Prado, Maria Bailey, Michael Banning, and Cando Jennings
Resolution No. 2232 - accepting the gift of a voice recorder for Salisbury Police Department
Resolution No. 2233 - autllorizing the mayor to sign a renewal lease with the Tri-County Council far the Lower Shore of Maryland for the use of a grass strip on Catvert Street and fourteen parking spaces in Lot# 10 as a Shore Transit bus stop and transfer station
Resolution No. 2234 - authorizing the mayor to sign a renewal lease with the Tri-County Council for the Lower Shore of Maryland for the use of a grass strip and the sidewalk parallel thereto on Circle Avenue between the corner of Division Street and the entrance to Parking Lot# 1 as a Shore Transit bus stop
6: 25 p.m. AWARD OF BIDS—Assistant Internal Services Director-Procurement Catrice Parsons
Award Eng. Svc. for Emergency Planning Contract# 105- 13
Renewal of Annual Contract# A-22- 12 Rl Citywide Blacktop Program
Award of Financial Lease RFP OS- 13
Acquisition of Replacement Ambulance
Acquisition of a Vac Truck
6: 50 p.m. RESOLUTIONS— City Administrator John Pick
Resolution No. 2235 - approving a service and equipment lease agreement between the City of Salisbury and the Wicomico County Board of Elections

Resolution No. 2236- FY12 General Obligation Bond issuance($ 6,050,000) for Caustic Chemical Feed Building( Water Fund), Wastewater Treatment Plant
Upgrade( Sewer Fund), approval of terms for bond and recommended purchaser based on responses to the City' s RFP issued by Davenport
Resolution No. 2237— authorizing the mayor to sign a memorandum of understanding( MOU) with Department of Emergency Services
7: 15 p.m. ORDINANCES—City Attorney Mark Tilghman
Ordinance No. 2224— reading— approving a budget amendment of the FY 13 Fire Depa ment budget to transfer a portion of the funds received pursuant to the sale of the old Marine 1 Vessel, a City owned asset, to the Fire Department operating budget to cover expenses for radio system upgrades needed to comply with the narrowband mandate promulgated by the Federal Communications Commission( FCC)
Ordinance No. 2225—reading— to amend the Fiscal Year 2013 budget to address an anticipated shortfall in the grass cutting account
7: 45p.m. PUBLIC COMMENTS
8: 00 p.m. ADJOURNMENT

2 Dead in 100-Car Thanksgiving Day Pileup in Texas

A massive crash along Interstate 10 in southern Texas has killed two people and injured up to 120 after as many as 100 vehicles collided in extremely dense fog on Thanksgiving morning.

Two people from Pearland, near Houston, were killed in the crash, KPRC-TV in Houston reported. Texas Department of Public Safety trooper Stephanie Davis said those two had been in an SUV but declined to provide details.

Nearly all manner of highway vehicles — including, cars, SUVs, a charter bus and several big-rigs — were involved in the pileup, which occurred shortly before 9 a.m. along a two-mile stretch of road in Beaumont, Texas, NBC News reported.

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A Sign You Would See At A Zoo Run By Liberals