Saturday, February 26, 2011

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The 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil war will make 2011 a banner year for the reenactment business
The Civil war Reenactors Rise Again

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Texas has the most conservative congressional delegation in the country with Sen. John Cornyn and Reps. Randy Neugebauer and Sam Johnson ranking most conservative among their colleagues, according to a report released by the National Journal. Senate photoSen. John Cornyn...
New study: Texas delegation most conservative in the country

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Happenings

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It's not easy to practice a disaster. "We're not at the level yet where we're going to evacuate everybody and do a full-fledged plan," said Rich Baratta, the port's director of risk management.
disaster readiness takes practice

When a disaster strikes, the first thing that people usually want to know is: Where are the people I care about? Some news organizations step up to this task with forum or bulletin-board style tools. But there's another option from Google that might be easier to implement and even more useful: Person Finder. Google just launched the Christchurch Person Finder to help locate people affected by ...
disaster news prep: Google Person Finder

City and provincial officials are offering Calgarians who suffered non-insurable damage in two storms last summer a chance to apply for disaster assistance money.
disaster assistance offered for summer storms

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Happenings

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palin and her speechwriters will have to be prepared for the intensity of the media glare that falls on public figures in India.
What to Expect from Sarah palin's India Trip

Sarah palin is headed to India for one of the few overseas trips she's taken since her vice presidential run in 2008.
palin says she's planning trip to India next month

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Happenings

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Greendale attempts to elect a student president, which pits Jeff against Annie on "Community." Political skewering ensues.
'Community' recap: politics a joke? Well .

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News

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Players' selfish culture threatens league's future.
NBA players are wrecking their league

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Politics / Sports

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Thursday, at Annandale Va.
college sports: Roundup

Wenatchee Valley college box scores
Scoreboard: Community college sports

If the Butte college men's and women's basketball teams are going to advance in the CCCAA Northern California Regional playoffs, both Roadrunners squads will have to do it on the road.
Local college sports Roundup: Butte basketball teams open playoffs on road

Nearly every Big Ten school holds an alumni event in Naples around this time of the year. So it's no surprise Michigan State had one Monday.
college sports: Michigan State continues to make area presence, will play at FGCU in women's hoops next season

Six L'Anse Creuse High School North high school seniors replicated the moment they committed themselves to an institution of higher education to play either soccer, basketball or run cross country and track Thursday afternoon.
WITH VIDEO: L'Anse Creuse North seniors commit to future in college sports

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Happenings

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DESPITE talk of disillusionment with politics among young people, a poll suggests that just 6% will not use their vote in tomorrow's election.
politics popular with youth: poll

Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun . Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending.
Maryland politics: Same-sex marriage bill passes first hurdle

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Politics / Sports

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THIS summer we have been on disaster overload, caught in a loop of tragedies.�
disaster coverage trigger for response

When a disaster strikes, the first thing that people usually want to know is: Where are the people I care about? Some news organizations step up to this task with forum or bulletin-board style tools. But there's another option from Google that might be easier to implement and even more useful: Person Finder. Google just launched the Christchurch Person Finder to help locate people affected by ...
disaster news prep: Google Person Finder

The United States is sending a disaster assistance group that includes an urban search-and-rescue team to New Zealand to help recovery efforts after the Christchurch earthquake, President Barack Obama announced Tuesday.
Obama sends U.S. disaster response team to New Zealand

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

News

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The NFL wants all 50 states and the District of Columbia to pass legislation that could help cut down on concussions suffered by young football players.
NFL urging states to pass youth concussion laws

NFL players who suffer violent blows to the head in games will be evaluated for possible concussions by using a new system in the 2011-2012 season, according to reports.
NFL To Adopt New Concussion Evaluation Process

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Why Women Have 2 Breasts

News

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If the Butte college men's and women's basketball teams are going to advance in the CCCAA Northern California Regional playoffs, both Roadrunners squads will have to do it on the road.
Local college sports Roundup: Butte basketball teams open playoffs on road

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TRENTON - Gov. christie on Tuesday proposed a $29.4 billion spending plan that would increase aid to school districts and cut taxes for corporations, while looking to contain Medicaid costs and calling for greater sacrifices from public workers.
christie budget could cut spending 2.6 percent

New Jersey is the nation's leader when it comes to fixing the way government is funded, with governors of all political stripes following its lead, Gov. christie told the Legislature at the start of his budget address Tuesday.
christie compares state (and self) to Miracle on Ice

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Lies

Supporters of the public employee unions have recently been circulating state-by-state information on collective bargaining, and then comparing it to statistics on ACT and SAT performance in the respective states. This "data" started to be passed around via Twitter and Facebook; for example, "5 states forbid collective bargaining for educators: SC, NC, GA, TX, & VA. Their national rank in ACT scores: 50th, 49th, 48th, 47th, 44th."(link)
Sounds like unions are good for kids eh?
As it turns out, these ratings are bogus.  For each state it adds the ranking for SAT scores to the ranking for ACT scores (and it's not even clear what year the data comes from), but it doesn't take into consideration the percentage of the population who take either test.
Heh, didn't think so. Go over and read the rest of a throrough debunking of an emergent 'net myth.

Happenings

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ABU DHABI - One of the world's largest disaster management cities is being built in Abu Dhabi to ensure the country's communities, assets and infrastructure are well protected against any type of catastrophe.
disaster management facility underway

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Nearly every Big Ten school holds an alumni event in Naples around this time of the year. So it's no surprise Michigan State had one Monday.
college sports: Michigan State continues to make area presence, will play at FGCU in women's hoops next season

Community college sports Women's basketball
Community college sports

Sunday, at Murfreesboro, N.C. The Lady Raiders split Sunday's doubleheader at Chowan ... In game one, Shippensburg starting pitcher Chelsea Kendall was the tough-luck loser after allowing 3 runs on 9 hits over 6 innings, while striking out 5 in her first loss of the season ...
college sports roundup

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Correction Request

I sent this email to AP today; I do not expect a response.
Public safety workers, including police officers, firefighters and state troopers, would keep their rights under the plan. Those unions endorsed Walker in his campaign for governor last year, but he said they were exempted because he did not want to jeopardize public safety if they walked off the job.
This was paragraph seven of an article that ran on yahoo news (link) without a mention of the fact that only 4 out of 315 (or so) public safety unions supported the governor.

A correction should be issued for the misleading paragraph. The only purpose of that paragraph is to make it seem like Walker is exempting his friends.
This is one of the main ways that AP proves its bias consistently.
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A small group of bloggers argues that conservative values like small government, self-reliance and liberty can be defended without recourse to invisible deities or religion.
conservative Atheists Find a Place on the Right - Beliefs

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Angela Saunders

Angela Saunders
Two of my favorite sports

Politics / Sports

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By Tom Smith Senior Staff Writer Wayne County Executive Jason Rich said area farmers and ranchers have received a blessing with the U.S. Department Agriculture's approval of disaster assistance for several Tennessee counties, including Wayne and Lawrence.
disaster assistance approved

There's no way to plan for a disaster. But the IRS allows you to deduct catastrophic losses.
Tax breaks for disaster victims

disaster loan office opens in O.C. - Homeowners can get federal government loans of
disaster loan office opens in O.C.

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Politics / Sports

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The tea party held a rally on the grounds of the state capitol in Madison, Wis., that attracted thousands of participants in support of Gov. Scott Walker and his bill to curb the power of the public sector unions.
tea party Rallies in Madison

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

christie

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TRENTON - Gov. christie has said time and again that restoring fiscal sanity to the Garden State will require sacrifices. Residents are about to learn who will share in that burden and just how painful it will be.
christie's budget plan: How painful?

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college sports

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BuckeyeXtra - Ohio State football newsletter from Dispatch Interactive
college sports results

BINGHAMTON The City of Binghamton Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals will host... - 9:56 pm Mother Nature can be such a tease. - 9:21 pm region A federal commission is set to hear public comments during a pair of hearings Tuesday...
college sports: Joseph leads way as Syracuse holds off Rutgers in basketball

The Daytona 500 coverage is on at 11 a.m. on Channel 13. And the Lady Tigers tip off at 5 p.m. on CBS college sports and CSS.
On the air for February 20, 2011

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politics

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Rolling coverage of all the day's political developments including prime minister's questions 2.50pm: There's been another surprise in the House of Lords. Peers have voted by 242 to 241 - a majority of one - to accept the government's proposition that, when constituency boundaries are redrawn so that they are of equal size, the maximum variation above or below the average should be 5%. Last week ...
politics blog + PMQs live

Long a bastion of independent politics from which rose such history-makers as President Barack Obama and the late Mayor Harold Washington, the city's Near South Side Fourth Ward hasn't seen change in leadership in 20 years.Until elected Cook County board president last year, Toni Preckwinkle had been alderman since 1991.But this diverse ward transversing upper- to middle-income Hyde Park; the ...
Poverty, privilege and politics the mix in 4th Ward

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