Friday, August 29, 2014

Mike Carey, longtime NFL referee, avoided Washington’s games because of the name - The Washington Post

Mike Carey, longtime NFL referee, avoided Washington’s games because of the name - The Washington Post: "No one approached. His secret of almost eight years was safe, if for just a few more minutes.

“I’ve called them Washington all my life,” he said, when finally asked. “And I will continue to call them Washington.”

Unbeknownst to that studio full of cameras, media, analysts, play-by-play men and network executives, Carey’s feelings on the issue were established long before CBS sports chairman Sean McManus admirably gave his on-air talent the choice this year during NFL broadcasts of whether to use the team’s name — which in parts of desensitized Washington is akin to “Lions” or “Broncos” yet is a dictionary-defined racial slur, degrading tens of thousands of Native Americans now being spoken for and heard from for the first time in decades."
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U. Michigan Consumer Confidence - Business Insider

U. Michigan Consumer Confidence - Business Insider: "CONSUMER CONFIDENCE UNEXPECTEDLY JUMPS TO A 7-YEAR HIGH"

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

The governor, the retail-therapy wife and the priest who likes men: Bob McDonnell knows how to do scandal | Jeb Lund | Comment is free | theguardian.com

The governor, the retail-therapy wife and the priest who likes men: Bob McDonnell knows how to do scandal | Jeb Lund | Comment is free | theguardian.com: "But McDonnell has managed to make the trial seem like a convoluted prelude to the revelation that, throughout the proceedings, he’s been living, while separated from his wife, with a priest who got busted for cruising dudes in parking lots."



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Mr. Vacca – bad decision!

But on Monday, one family’s adventure went horribly wrong. A 9-year-old girl from New Jersey accidentally shot and killed her instructor with an Uzi submachine gun while he stood to her left side, trying to guide her. A video of the shooting, which her parents recorded on a cellphone, suggests that the girl, in pink shorts and with a braided ponytail, was unable to control the gun’s recoil; the instructor, Charles Vacca, 39, was rushed to a hospital in Las Vegas, where he died Monday night.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Darren Wilson’s first job was on a troubled police force disbanded by authorities - The Washington Post

Darren Wilson’s first job was on a troubled police force disbanded by authorities - The Washington Post: "The small city of Jennings, Mo., had a police department so troubled, and with so much tension between white officers and black residents, that the city council finally decided to disband it. Everyone in the Jennings police department was fired. New officers were brought in to create a credible department from scratch.

That was three years ago. One of the officers who worked in that department, and lost his job along with everyone else, was a young man named Darren Wilson.

Some of the Jennings officers reapplied for their jobs, but Wilson got a job in the police department in the nearby city of Ferguson."

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Douglas McCain Killed Fighting Alongside ISIS - Business Insider

Douglas McCain Killed Fighting Alongside ISIS - Business Insider: "An American who grew up in Minnesota joined the Islamic militant group ISIS and was killed along with two other foreign fighters in Syria, NBC News reports, citing activists linked to the Free Syrian Army. 
Douglas McAuthur McCain, 33, was killed in clashes between ISIS and other Syrian opposition groups. McCain, who branded himself "Duale ThaslaveofAllah" on Facebook and "Duale Khalid" on Twitter, was considered an unlikely jihadi by those who knew him."

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Obama Called Nine Foreign Leaders While on Vacation - NationalJournal.com

Obama Called Nine Foreign Leaders While on Vacation - NationalJournal.com: "Here's who Obama called and what they talked about:

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, about Iraq
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan, about the leader's recent election
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, about Gaza
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, about the Ebola outbreak
Sierra Leonian President Ernest Bai Koroma, about the Ebola outbreak
Romanian President Traian Băsescu, about the crisis in Ukraine
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, about Russian intervention in Ukraine
Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, about Georgia's growing partnership with NATO
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, about the crisis in Ukraine"

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Rand Paul on Ferguson: "It is impossible for African-Americans not to feel like their government is particularly targeting them."

Rand Paul on Ferguson: "It is impossible for African-Americans not to feel like their government is particularly targeting them.": ""If I had been told to get out of the street as a teenager," writes Paul, "there would have been a distinct possibility that I might have smarted off. But, I wouldn’t have expected to be shot." Later, he sympathizes with blacks who "feel like their government is particularly targeting them." It's exactly what Paul does when he talks about drug laws and felonies, giving examples of how so many white people have escaped the life-changing criminal judgments of black people who behave the same way."

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Beverly Hills police express regret for holding black producer before Emmys - LA Times

Beverly Hills police express regret for holding black producer before Emmys - LA Times: Beverly Hills police officials said Tuesday that it was "extremely unfortunate" that officers handcuffed and detained an African American film producer who was in the city to attend a pre-Emmy party.  Producer Charles Belk "matched the clothing and physical characteristics" of a suspected bank robber when he was pulled over by officers on Friday evening after he left a restaurant on Wilshire Boulevard, according to the Beverly Hills Police Department.  Belk said on Facebook that he was walking to his car when he was confronted by police, handcuffed and forced to sit on the sidewalk. He said he was detained for six hours.

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