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Sunday, May 12, 2013

UPDATED: 19 Wounded In Mother's Day Second Line Shooting

NEW ORLEANS -- New Orleans police say at least 19 people either attending or taking part in a Mother's Day second-line parade in the 7th Ward were wounded in a shooting.

Original reports had the number at a dozen people injured at the Original Big 7 Second Line, but that has since been upped to 19 -- ten men, seven women, a 10-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl.

Police say many of the victims suffered graze wounds, including the two young victims. There have been no fatalities, and police say most of the injuries are non-life threatening. Two people were in surgery.

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NY man Finishes Writing Out Entire Bible By Hand

At last, it is written.

Four years after he began his project to write out every word of the Bible, Phillip Patterson penned the very last lines Saturday at an upstate New York church.

"Every single curly-q, every single loop, it was all worth it," said Patterson, 63, moments after inking the final two verses of the King James Bible. "I'm really going to miss this writing."

It took Patterson just a few minutes to copy the final lines of the Book of Revelation before a crowd of about 125 people at St. Peter's Presbyterian Church in Spencertown. He ended the ceremony by saying "Amen."

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What Americans Agree On: God, Country And Sex Ed

What can 9 out of 10 Americans agree on? Survey says: not much.

That's partly because the big polls such as Pew, Gallup and the General Social Survey are designed to explore differences, not to document what unites the United States. Still, a few questions discover 90 percent agreement, or close to it.

Americans nearly all:

--believe in God.

--are very patriotic.

--consider preventing terrorism a very important foreign policy goal.

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'Best Mother's Day . . . Ever' For Mom Of Girl Kidnapped, Held Captive In Cleveland House

 
For nearly a decade, Nancy Ruiz hoped against hope her daughter was still alive.

Today, she celebrates “the best Mother’s Day . . . ever” after a homecoming that – at last – brought the return of Gina DeJesus.

"This is the best Mother's Day I could ever have," Ruiz said, according to Reuters, following DeJesus’ escape from the Cleveland house of horrors in which she and three others were held captive by the accused, Ariel Castro.


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Pedestrian Flees After Being Hit By Car In Ocean City

Ocean City police are investigating a hit-and-run in which the person who was hit was the one who ran.

Police say 24-year-old Samuel Cribbs of Murrysville, Pa., was hit by a car early Sunday morning while crossing Coastal Highway at 49th Street.

The vehicle stopped, but police say Cribbs fled the scene.

Police say he crossed against the traffic signal and rolled onto the windshield of the car that hit him.

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12 People Shot During Mother's Day Parade In New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS - NOPD Supt. Ronal Serpas said 12 people were shot Sunday at the intersection of Frenchmen and N. Villere streets during a Mother's Day second line parade.

NOPD says multiple people were shot Sunday at the intersection of Frenchmen and N. Villere streets.
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The victims include a 10-year-old who sustained a minor wound. At least four people were in surgery mid-afternoon and patients had been taken to four area hospitals.

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O.J. Simpson Due in Las Vegas Court on Monday

O.J. Simpson is expected to make the legal equivalent of a hail Mary pass on Monday in a Las Vegas courtroom, asking a judge to grant him a new trial on grounds his former attorney mishandled his case.

The most public glimpse of Nevada inmate No. 1027820 since his conviction will begin on Monday when Simpson arrives in Clark County District Court for the start of his five-day hearing.

Simpson, 65, is serving a nine-to-33 year sentence at Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada after he was convicted in 2008 of leading a sports memorabilia heist at gunpoint in a Las Vegas hotel room.

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Gun Group Launches Campaign To Prevent Vote On Arms Treaty

A national gun rights group with ties to Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has launched an all-out campaign to block a Senate vote ratifying an international arms trade treaty.

The National Association for Gun Rights (NAGR) says the treaty would force federal authorities to keep a national registry of gun owners in the country and is one step closer to the government coming to confiscate firearms from lawful Americans.

“And it’s not just our federal government that would get a copy [of the registry],” NAGR vice president Dudley Brown wrote to members in a recent email.

2 More Apply For Md. Casino Licenses

Two more casino companies have applied for a license to build a casino near the nation's capital, bringing the total number of applicants to three.

Penn National Gaming Inc. and Greenwood Racing, Inc. both submitted proposals before Friday's deadline with the state. A subsidiary of MGM Resorts International submitted its proposal earlier this week for an $800 million casino at National Harbor.


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Alexander: Fundraising To Promote ObamaCare 'May Be Illegal"

The Tennessee Republican compared the HHS secretary's requests for donations from insurance companies to the Iran-Contra scandal.

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius might have broken the law by asking insurance companies to donate to outside groups promoting President Obama's healthcare law, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said Saturday.

Alexander compared the fundraising to the Iran-Contra scandal.

"Secretary Sebelius’s fundraising for and coordinating with private entities helping to implement the new health care law may be illegal, should cease immediately and should be fully investigated by Congress," Alexander said in a statement.


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SPD Press Release Update

10 firearms and ammunition turned in Saturday during 1st annual Gun Turn In Day.


Bloomberg, Obama And Liberal Media Muzzled About Gun Crime Decline


New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg has not made a peep about gun control since news came out that firearms-related deaths were way down. President Obama has ignored it and continued to pursue more gun-control laws. Their reaction shows how this news screws up their agenda to keep the decline in gun-related homicides a secret from Americans so that they can pass restrictions on the Second Amendment.

The Justice Department released a study Tuesday that showed firearm-related homicides in the U.S. annually declined 39 percent from 18,253 in 1993 to 11,101 in 2011. Nonfatal firearm crimes declined 69 percent from 1.5 million to 467,300 in that time frame.

Mr. Bloomberg, who is usually very vocal on any gun-related news, fell mute. Neither he, nor his usually very active organization Mayors Against Illegal Guns, has said anything gun related this week. A spokesman for Mr. Bloomberg’s group did not respond to a request for comment. If the news had been that a bunch of people were shot, you can be assured that Mr. Bloomberg would have been in front of the microphones.

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Citizen's Concerns - Wicomico Capital Improvement Budget - Court Expansion


Hello Joe, I read the article this morning about the new offices proposed for the States Attorney. I'm not quite sure what the problem is but I can tell there are some underlying problems. I'm sure everyone knows that there is a process that is followed for when the county needs to have work performed. If it appears the cost will be over a set amount then  a bid process is followed. A set of specs is drawn up and sent out to contractors who are on the County's bidder list. The bidders are asked to submit a bid, usually to the procurement office, with a deadline date for the submission. The bids are then opened by procurement on a set date. Many times the bidders attend to see who is awarded the contract. If the bidders are not in attendance then all bidders are to be notified as to who was awarded the contract. If there are concerns about the process - then procurement and the county attorney should work these out according to procurements procedures set forth in the procurement guidelines. From what I gather from the article, one of the bidders had some questions and asked one of the councilmen what he should do. I believe Councilmen Culver was correct in referring the bidder to the county legal department. In the article it even stated that the council felt that the process was not flawed and did not need to be re-bid. Yet five of seven council members felt  that Councilmen Culver should receive some sort of punishment for something that not one of them could or would say what he had done that was wrong. Two of the council members , Sample-Hughes and Prettyman, even went as far as to say that Councilmen Culver should have received a harsher punishment but yet again, neither one would say for what. (This is why I say something else is going on here.) These two did however appear to lead readers to believe that someone had leaked out information in the past and implied that it could have been Councilmen Culver. If these two have something to say then they need to grow a backbone and say it and not just make insulting innuendos to a fellow council member. In fact, I feel both these council members owe Mr. Culver an apology for their insinuations. I also found it odd, but in character, for Mr. Strausburg to make a threat of suing  anyone for trying to stop the project. Now why does he believe that anyone would want to stop this project? I'm sure if there was anything improper going on then he would want to bring it out in the open and correct it. Just out of curiosity, does it appear to anyone else, other than myself, that for some reason there are people on our county council and in the administration who want to keep Councilman Culver away from this project? Perhaps some of your readers can enlighten us.
                                                             John Palmer

Pumpcast News VERY Funny Video

Happy Mother's Day



A Letter To The Editor 5-10-13

Dear Joe,I have tried to keep my thoughts to myself; however everytime I view the segment with Hillary saying after all this time what is the point, I could just scream: the answer idiot, is the American people deserve and want the truth about why 4 Americans tragically died and the people in charge did nothing!!

As far as Obama is concerned I am speechless and disgusted by his behavior!

I recently moved back to Wicomico County (thankfully not to Salisbury) and as a result needed to change my address with the elections board; and took the opportunity to change my party affiliation to unaffiliated. I will fore go the primaries if I have to, but I can no longer endorse a life long party affiliation I no longer can believe.

Wicomico Closed Session Talks Questioned

SALISBURY – Minutes from a closed session meeting of the Wicomico County Council in March confirm there was a debate on whether to oust Council Vice President Bob Culver after being accused of divulging private legal information regarding the State’s Attorney office lease bid process.

Last October, the county went through a Request For Proposal (RFP) process to find the Wicomico County State’s Attorney’s Office a new home after 22 years of being located at the county’s Circuit Court building.

In early April, the council voted to accept the bid of G Plus Properties in a 15-year lease to renovate a building at 309 E. Main St. in Salisbury.

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SBY Airport Tower Will Remain Open

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced today that DOT has determined that the recently enacted Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013 will allow the FAA to transfer sufficient funds to end employee furloughs and keep the 149 low activity contract towers originally slated for closure in June open for the remainder of fiscal year 2013. The FAA will also put $10 million towards reducing cuts and delays in core NextGen programs and will allocate approximately $11 million to partially restore the support of infrastructure in the national airspace system.Official statement from County Executive Pollitt on the news that SBY airport tower will remain open –

“I applaud the U.S. Congress and particularly Maryland’s delegation for their strong support which has led to a reprieve on the closing of our air traffic control tower. We hope and expect that reason will continue to prevail and that our tower will remain open permanently.”

County Executive Richard M. Pollitt

‘JUST GET UP AND TEACH THEM INSTEAD OF HANDING THEM A FRICKIN’ PACKET, YO’: STUDENT’S RANT TO TEACHER GOES VIRAL

Texas high school student Jeff Bliss was gathering his things to leave class, presumably because his teacher was sending him out of the room. But he wasn’t going to go out without continuing to voice his opinion about how he thinks the class should be taught.

A video of the Duncanville High School student has gone viral since being posted on YouTube, showing Bliss leaving the room and giving the teacher a piece of his mind as to her teaching style.

The video starts with Bliss mid-sentence saying “…frickin’ go off on kids because they don’t frickin’ get this crap?” His world history class teacher can be heard saying “bye” in a disinterested voice.

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Wait To Buy Guns Legally Keeps Growing

If you buy a gun today in Maryland, it's likely going to be the Fourth of July until you may get your purchase in hand.

That's because Maryland State police continue to work around the clock to process new gun purchase applications and it's become not just a massive, but a staggering, job.

Sgt. Marc Black said since January first, the State Police are working 21 hours a day 7 days a week.

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ANOTHER REASON TO HATE FOOD STAMPS

The food price inflation blame should be placed where it is rightfully deserved. Yes, a jump in oil and commodity prices does cause some inflation. The devaluing of the U.S. Dollar does cause some inflation. The extent of food inflation leads me to believe that the real blame is EBT participants. I blame food stamps for supplying an artificial demand on food. Every time I am in the grocery store I can’t help but get pissed. I see people with completely full shopping carts and too many kids. I know not one of these people can afford that much food on their own. I get even more pissed when I have to wait behind these people in the check out line.More

AND NOW YOU KNOW THE TRUTH


Criminal Pulls Gun In Backseat Of Squad Car

Caption This Photo 5-8-13


Benghazi Buzz: Obama Predicted To Leave Office

To this day, it is not known what role President Richard Nixon played in the break-in at the Watergate Hotel, but the tape recordings from the White House confirm he and Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman discussed using the CIA to slow down the FBI investigation.

It was the cover-up, as history records, that eventually brought about Nixon’s resignation in disgrace.

Now, Congress is investigating an alleged cover-up of the terrorist attack Sept. 11, 2012, on the U.S. foreign service facility in Benghazi, Libya, amid predictions from prominent voices that the scandal will bring down the Obama administration.

Former Arkansas governor and onetime presidential candidate Mike Huckabee made the bold prediction this week, ahead of a House hearing Wednesday that will feature witnesses of the attack.
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Governor O'Malley's Gift List

Written by Delegate Pat McDonough

O'Malley's fans in the press and media have proclaimed the Governor has had another successful session. Let us review the gifts that O'Malley has provided for his fellow Marylanders during the past 6 ½ years:


Gas Tax hike
Sales Tax hike
Alcohol Sales Tax hike
Rain Tax
Flush Tax Increase
Toll Tax Increase
Surcharge fee for windmills
Surcharge fee for power company infrastructure
Hundred thousandaire tax
Millionaire tax
Hospital tax on beds
Corporation tax increase
Death certificate fee increase
Birth certificate fee increase
Tobacco tax increase
Vehicle title tax increase
More than 30 tax and fee increases confiscating 7 billion dollars from Maryland families
Record high debt to the point of placing Maryland on the Triple A Watch List
Gun bill
Convicted felons voting
New college for prison inmates
Early release policies for violent criminals
Mismanagement of the state's prison system
Amnesty for juvenile criminals
Driver's licenses for illegal aliens
Discounted college tuition for illegal aliens
Public benefits to attract more illegal aliens to Maryland
2 billion dollars in hidden taxes and costs to support 300,000 illegalsin Maryland with more on the way
Increases from $50 million to more than $200 million dollars in costs for English language training
Same sex marriage
Stole taxpayers' money from state trust funds in order to balance a dishonest budget
Confiscated more than $1 billion dollars from the transportation trust fund
Used most of the gas tax revenue and transportation trust fund tosubsidize busses, light rail, and subways creating a welfare mass transit system
Speed cameras
Created a big brother type state government with authority over local government with Plan Maryland and Smart Growth
Created an extremist environmental atmosphere, harming agriculture, farming, and small business
Lost 100,000 jobs, lost 10,000 small businesses, and lost more than 40,000 residents since the beginning of his term in office

Martin O'Malley, as President, will do to America what he has done to Maryland.

Mark Sanford Wins House Seat

Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford defeats Elizabeth Colbert Busch in the state's 1st Congressional District.

Those Who Attended Salisbury Party Speak Out

SALISBURY, Md. (WJZ)— Wild parties in Salisbury brought a massive police response. Police say some people that those parties chucked beer cans at them—and that’s not all.

Mike Hellgren has the latest on the confrontation.

Police say people were throwing full beer cans at officers. Still, some have been critical of the police response. One landlord is looking at solutions and says it is a cautionary tale of how fast these types of parties can grow.

Kris Adams has seen plenty of off-campus parties in Salisbury but nothing like what she witnessed last weekend. Adams rents to students on Smith Street and rushed to the scene.

“When I came down the street, it looked like a war zone. The cans…you could hardly see the grass for the cans, the trash,” Adams said.

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BREAKING NEWS: Colorado Gunman To Plead Insane

James Holmes will plead not guilty by reason of insanity in last year's Colorado theater massacre.
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America's Largest Foreign-Born Population Hits New Record

A record number of Latinos of Mexican origin now live in the United States.

According to a recent Pew Hispanic Center analysis, there are 33.7 million Hispanics of Mexican origin in the country, 11.4 million of whom are immigrants born in Mexico. The remaining two-thirds were born in the U.S.

Mexican immigrants make up more than a quarter of the nation's 40 million immigrants. The next largest foreign-born population, the Chinese, number just two million.

Latinos of Mexican origin make up nearly two-thirds of all U.S. Hispanics. While there were less than a million Mexican immigrants in the country in 1970, there were more than 12 million by 2007. Over the last six years, however, that number has declined as fewer Mexicans have arrived in the U.S.

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Salisbury Police Arrest 5, Disperse Rowdy Crowd With Pepper Spray

SALISBURY, Md. (WJZ)– Hundreds of people showed up for house parties in Salisbury and chaos followed. Beer cans were thrown at police—and that’s not all.

Mike Hellgren explained police had to use pepper spray to break up the rowdy crowd.

Police responded to what they called an “unsafe situation.” They’re still looking for those who threw full beer cans at officers.

Huge off-campus house parties in Salisbury spilled outside and out of control. Police say 600 people showed up, a number fueled by social media. It caused alcohol-soaked chaos.

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Local News Salisbury

Joe,

Crosswinds Apartments in Salisbury has been without running water today. As of 10 PM still no water. At around 8:30 PM, they brought in portapotties.


A little more info about this. It is affecting three building for approx. 66 units. Most of these units have more than one person living in them. Some has families that have no running water whatsoever still as of last night. I left around 9 PM, since I have little kids, they had just left portapotties outside each entrance but had stop working to fix the problem.

DUI SUSPECT WOUNDED AFTER FLEEING TRAFFIC STOP WITH TROOPER IN THE CAR

(SALISBURY, MD) – A Wicomico County man is being treated for wounds he sustained early this morning when he was shot by a Maryland state trooper after he fled from a traffic stop while holding the trooper inside his vehicle. 

The suspect is identified as Harry F. Wyatt-Swift, 23, of Salisbury, Md. He is currently undergoing treatment for injuries at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. He is under State Police guard at the hospital. Charges against him are pending and are expected to be filed later today.

The trooper involved is identified as Trooper First Class Richard Keidel, a five-year veteran of the Maryland State Police. TFC Keidel is assigned to road patrol duties at the Salisbury Barrack.

The preliminary investigation indicates that shortly before 1:30 a.m. today, TFC Keidel was patrolling in a marked State Police vehicle on Johnson Road near Nevins Place in Wicomico County, when he saw a car that was speeding and had a tag light out. As he moved behind the vehicle, the trooper saw the Honda passenger car swerve and almost hit a telephone pole.

The trooper stopped the car on Johnson Road east of Nevins Place and made contact with the driver and only occupant of the vehicle, who was later identified as Wyatt-Swift. The trooper smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage and began a DUI investigation.

After the trooper had Wyatt-Smith get out of his car, he began to demonstrate a field sobriety test he was asking the driver to perform. The suspect then ran back to his car in an attempt to flee the scene.

TFC Keidel reached into the car in an attempt to take the keys. The investigation indicates Wyatt-Smith grabbed his arm and drove off, with the trooper hanging out the driver’s side window. The trooper repeatedly told Wyatt-Smith to stop, but the suspect refused to and continued to drive down Johnson Road.

In fear for his life, TFC Keidel fired his Department-issued .40 caliber pistol. Wyatt-Smith was struck in the abdomen and in the side of his face. The suspect let go of the trooper, who fell to the roadway as the car continued on.

TFC Keidel ran back to his patrol vehicle, called in the shooting and proceeded in the direction of the suspect. About two miles later, he found the suspect’s car where it had apparently struck a telephone pole support wire and overturned on Johnson Road east of Eastwood Circle. The suspect was not in the car.

Troopers and Wicomico County deputies responded to the scene and began a search for the suspect. A short time later, Wyatt-Smith walked out of the woods and surrendered. He was given immediate emergency care and EMS personnel were summoned to the scene.

Wyatt-Smith was transported by ambulance to the Peninsula Regional Medical Center. He was later transported by ambulance to the Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

TFC Keidel sustained injuries and was treated and released at the Peninsula Regional Medical Center. As is procedure in police involved shootings, he has been placed on administrative leave while the investigation continues.

The shooting investigation is being conducted by the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit, which is procedure in police involved shootings. Upon completion of the investigation, it will be presented to the Wicomico County State’s Attorney’s Office for review. An investigation will be conducted by the Maryland State Police Internal Affairs Unit, which is also procedure.

Breaking News Shooting In Salisbury

Paramedics were asked to expedite their response to Johnson Road in the area of Eastwood Circle in Salisbury for an alleged shooting. It is alleged that the suspect was shot by the Maryland State Police.

Update The Sheriff's office has requested additional paramedics at this time. It is alleged that someone at the above address was dragged.

Casey Anthony Judge: There Was Enough to Convict

The judge who presided over the trial of Casey Anthony said Monday he believed there was enough evidence to convict the Florida mother who was acquitted of murdering her 2-year-old daughter.

Judge Belvin Perry told NBC's "Today" show that he thought there was sufficient evidence for a conviction on a first-degree murder charge, even though much of the evidence was circumstantial.

Anthony was acquitted almost two years ago of killing her daughter, Caylee, following a trial that attracted worldwide attention. She was convicted of making false statements to police and got credit for time served.

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SU To Graduate Record Class During Spring Commencement May 18

SALISBURY, MD---Salisbury University graduates the largest class in its history—some 1,638 students—during its annual Spring Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 18, at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center.

This year’s commencement speakers are graduates Jacob Liechty of Salisbury at the 10 a.m. ceremony, and Noelle Ford of Towson, MD, at 2:30 p.m.

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Radio Host to Lead Armed March on DC July 4th 'To Put Gov't on Notice that We Won't be Intimidated'

Libertarian activist and radio host, Adam Kokesh plans to lead an armed march on Washington, D.C. this Independence Day.

Launched as a group on Facebook, the "Open Carry March on Washington" hopes to get 1,000 supporters to march into the nation's capital with loaded rifles.

The group plans to meet at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. From there, they will march across the Memorial Bridge into Washington, D.C. and continue down Independence Avenue.

While Virginia permits open carry, Washington, D.C. does not issue any permit/licenses to carry a firearm.

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Egyptian TV Host Riham Said Removes Veil During Interview, Clashes With Guest Cleric Yousuf Badri

Can I Have A Diet Coke With My 4 Course Meal?

As we traveled to Virginia Beach for the weekend I couldn't help taking the above image. 

While it makes some sense, isn't it a bit ironic cruising down the road in a gas guzzler trailing a Prius behind you? 

Mind you, they are light weight but it just cracked me up. 

A Letter To The Editor 5-6-13

Salisbury rain tax

I see where single family tax payers and non governmental commercial properties will now be burdened by a rain tax calculated by the university of Maryland environmental finance center. I wonder if the city knows the makeup of that group, will you be giving that groups makeup and alliance at that meeting tonight.

Uncle Arranging Boston Bomb Suspect's Burial Rites

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) -- The uncle of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev arrived in Massachusetts on Sunday to arrange for his burial, saying he understands that "no one wants to associate their names with such evil events."

Ruslan Tsarni, of Montgomery Village, Md., and three of his friends met with the Worcester funeral home director and prepared to wash and shroud Tsarnaev's body according to Muslim tradition. The 26-year-old died after a gun battle with police on April 19.

Funeral director Peter Stefan said he hasn't been able to find a cemetery in Massachusetts willing to take the body. He said he plans to ask the city of Cambridge, where Tsarnaev lived, to provide a burial plot, and if Cambridge turns him down, he will seek help from state officials.

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OBAMA TO COLLEGE STUDENTS: ‘REJECT THESE VOICES’ THAT WARN OF BIG GOVERNMENT & TYRANNY

A year to the day after kicking off his re-election campaign at Ohio State University, President Barack Obama returned to the college campus and told graduates that only through vigorous participation in their “democracy” can they right an ill-functioning government and break through relentless cynicism about the nation’s future.

“I dare you, Class of 2013, to do better. I dare you to do better,” Obama said.

In a sunbaked stadium filled with more than 57,000 students, friends and relatives, Obama lamented an American political system that gets consumed by “small things” and works for the benefit of society’s elite. He called graduates to duty to “accomplish great things,” like rebuilding a still-feeble economy and fighting poverty and climate change.

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Israeli Warplanes Again Strike Syria, Target Iran-Made Guided Missiles


BEIRUT (AP) — Israeli warplanes struck areas in and around the Syrian capital of Damascus on Sunday, setting off a series of explosions as they targeted a shipment of highly accurate, Iranian-made guided missiles believed to be bound for Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant group, officials and activists said.

The attack, the second in three days and the third this year, signaled a sharp escalation of Israel‘s involvement in Syria’s bloody civil war. Syrian state media reported that Israeli missiles struck a military and scientific research center near the capital and caused casualties.

Syria’s Foreign Ministry condemned the attacks, saying the “flagrant Israeli aggression aims to give direct military support to terrorist groups” fighting the government. Syria refers to rebels trying to topple President Bashar Assad’s regime as “terrorists.”

HIGH SCHOOL TRACK TEAM DISQUALIFIED WHEN RUNNER GESTURES THANKS TO GOD

The Columbus High School Mighty Cardinals had won the 4x100-meter relay--by seven yards, no less--and had a shot at the state championship. That was until Junior sprinter Derrick Hayes pointed to the sky. Hayes's father, K.C., said that his son made a gesture of thanks to God, but raising a hand to the sky is considered excessive celebration according to the state scholastic rules. And with that, the team was disqualified.

"It was a reaction," K.C. Hayes said. "You're brought up your whole life that God gives you good things, you're blessed."

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Delmarva Route With Annapolis Stop Eyed For NE Corridor Rail Expansion

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A high-speed rail line across the Delmarva Peninsula is among the proposals in a plan for improving rail service along the heavily traveled Northeast corridor.

The line would head south from Wilmington, through the Eastern Shore and across the Chesapeake, stopping in Annapolis before Washington. The line is one of 15 proposals in a report that doesn't examine the costs of the proposals. The Delmarva route, for example, would require a costly rail bridge or tunnel across the Chesapeake.


"It's too early to say if this is all wishful thinking," said Rebecca Reyes-Alicea, manager of the Northeast Corridor Project for the Federal Rail Administration. "The higher levels of service would certainly require greater commitment across the region in terms of investment."

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Fish: The Most Dangerous Food On The Planet?

Did you know that a whopping 60 percent of our fish are now factory farmed?

How about that by 2050, our planet’s oceans will be completely depleted?

Or that fish live in water that is so polluted you would never dream of drinking it, yet you are ingesting all of these contaminants, bacteria and heavy metals every time you choose to eat it…

An Environmental Catastrophe

Our oceans are on the brink of collapse. In less than 40 years, we will have exploited our world’s oceans to extinction, all because of our unrealistic demand for a food that could quite literally be killing us, our beautiful planet and the incredibly diverse organisms that inhabit our waters. Along with the 90 percent of the ocean’s large fish being completely fished out, we have caused permanent damage to the ecosystem that is frankly irreparable. Now there’s a pause for thought.

Apart from the extensive clearing of land and cattle grazing to grow soybeans and a plethora of grains to feed factory farmed cows, pigs and chickens, the other often underestimated driving force behind deforestation is lurking in what can only be described as floating factory farms.

In an attempt to solve the inefficiency of feeding 70 wild caught fish to produce one salmon for human consumption, the ‘genius’ idea of vegetarian fish was coined. However, it is inherently unsustainable to feed soy, corn and a multitude of other plant foods (most of which are GMO) to animals, in place of using that plant protein to feed people directly.