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Sunday, February 28, 2010

And I Quote

Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway.

~ John Wayne

Repugican operative says contract with state allowed advances

You were just a run-of-the-mill typical stupid, criminal repugican - so as you all do, you got caught.

A repugican fundraiser convicted of stealing from an Ohio investment fund says he was a bad bookkeeper, not a thief.
(And he's still lying)

repugican operative says contract with state allowed advances

Antarctic Collision Snaps Rhode-Island-Sized Iceberg Off Glacier

This month, an iceberg roughly the size of Luxembourg slammed into an Antarctic glacier known as the Mertz Ice Tongue.
Then, last week, a Rhode Island-sized section of the Mertz Ice Tongue finally snapped off.
Some scientists are excited about the new research opportunities this ice reconfiguration opens up, but others worry that the newly freed ice will significantly threaten life in the ocean..

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Chile quake death toll tops 700, rescue ramps up

Heroism and banditry mingled on Chile's shattered streets Sunday as rescuers braved aftershocks digging for survivors and the government sent soldiers to quell looting.

Israeli police, Palestinians clash

Israeli riot police dispersed a crowd of masked Palestinian youths throwing stones in the heart of Jerusalem's Old City on Sunday, in a violent reminder of tensions in the contested city.

Israeli police, Palestinians clash

Germany's Merck buying Millipore for $6B plus debt

German pharmaceutical company Merck KGaA says it will buy U.S. biotech equipment maker Millipore Corp.

Germany's Merck buying Millipore for $6B plus debt

Mother charged after two toddlers die in fire

Orgal Opata
Orgal Opata

The mother of two unsupervised toddlers killed in a west Charlotte house fire early Sunday was arrested and charged with murder and felony child abuse.

After a day of searching, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police arrested Orgal Paulette Opata, 26, after she left her four children alone at the home on Rowan Street, in the Thomasboro community. One-year-old son, Gabriel Hawthorne, and his two-year-old brother, Josiah Hawthorne, died in the fire that destroyed the home.

She was charged with two counts of murder, three counts of reckless/gross felony child abuse, exposing a child to fire and one count of burning resulting in serious injury to a firefighter.

Her two older children, a four-year-old son and seven-year-old daughter, survived the fire after they were helped by a neighbor.

Fire investigators sifted through the rubble all day, but by evening still weren’t saying what caused the blaze. Firefighters from station 13, two blocks away, said they responded quickly and took only 19 minutes to put out the blaze. When they arrived, neighbors told them about the children inside. They said they aggressively entered the home, but couldn’t save the two toddlers.

One firefighter was burned, treated at a local hospital and released.

A neighbor, Elizabeth Lane, awoke early Sunday and said she heard screams: “Mommy! Mommy! Mommy!.”

She looked out her apartment window and saw the house across Rowan Street in flames. Lane called 911, then quickly dressed and ran to the house.

At the front door, she found the two older children. The 7-year-old girl tugged at Lane, screaming her younger brothers, Josiah and Gabriel, were still in the back.

“I walked into the house and the flames shot up like someone had poured gasoline on them,” Lane said. “I got the two older children out. By then, the firefighters were there and I took the children to my apartment.”

In 2007, Opata was convicted in Greensboro of possessing cocaine, and sentenced to at least six months in jail. Six years earlier, she was convicted of embezzlement, also in Greensboro, and sentenced to six to eight months.

Last October, Opata was charged in Charlotte with contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and was awaiting trial before Sunday’s arrest.

William Smith, who lives next door, described Opata as “a good mother.”

“If she had to go to work, I’d see her getting on the bus with the children to take them to daycare,” Smith said. “If they were outside, she was always on the porch keeping a watch on them. Or if she had to be away, a friend would come pick them up or stay with the kids until she got home.”

Smith, who has five children, said he was awakened by his 13-year-old son. He looked out his bedroom window and saw flames.

“By the time I saw it, the fire department was already there,” he said. “I just made sure my kids and house were OK.”

Juanita Edwards, a next door neighbor, said her husband, David, woke her around 6 a.m. and reported the house was on fire. By the time she looked out the window, firefighters were battling the blaze.

Edwards said Opata and her children had lived in the house for about a year.

“I don’t really know them, except to wave to the children when I see them,” she said. “This is so sad. Those two kids were so young.”

You could watch it for hours


And I Quote

"Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start now and make a brand new ending."

~ Anonymous



Top 10 Spooky Sleep Disorders

From Live Science:

Sleep is supposed to be a time of peace and relaxation. Most of us drift from our waking lives into predictable cycles of deep, non-REM sleep, followed by dream-filled rapid-eye-movement (REM) sleep. But when the boundaries of these three phases of arousal get fuzzy, sleep can be downright scary. In fact, some sleep disorders seem more at home in horror films than in your bedroom.

-- Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Contributor

Sharks and Lawyers

Why won't sharks attack lawyers?

Professional courtesy.

Natural Pet Food Sales Growing Faster Than Human Ones

From Treehugger:

Parrot eating organic muffins photo
Photo montage credit via Papageien Backerei.
Germans haven't allowed economic turmoil to put a dent in their organic food purchases, according to market research group GfK - 94% of German households made organic food purchases in 2009. That strong support of organic may be the reason a wacky business idea called Parrot Bakery with its organically-grown parrot treats has succeeded in spite of recession, according to Spiegel International. In the U.S., the situation's a bit different. Organic food sales have taken a bit of a hit, while natural and organic pet food sales are prospering.

Jamie Oliver Meets Some First Graders Who Don't Know Fruits and Vegetables

From Treehugger:

photo via jamie oliver

If you need further proof that our nation's food system needs to be rethought, check out this video where chef Jamie Oliver encounters some first grade students who cannot identify popular fruits and vegetables like tomatoes, eggplant, and cauliflower. The video comes form Oliver's new ABC show "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution."

Cool Jerk


History in the Remaking

A temple complex in Turkey that predates even the pyramids is rewriting the story of human evolution.
Berthold Steinhilber / Laif-Redux
A pillar at the Gobekli Tepe temple near Sanliurfa, Turkey, the oldest known temple in the world.

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Glenn Beck's dangerous movement

We owe this talking head-turned-political-hack gratitude for using his televised keynote address to the Conservative Political Action Conference to so frankly outline what the wingnut cabal has become - and why it repulses real Americans.

Glenn Beck's dangerous movement

Marines, Afghan troops to stay months in Marjah

More than 2,000 U.S. Marines and about 1,000 Afghan troops who stormed the Taliban town of Marjah as part of a major NATO offensive against a resurgent Taliban will stay several months to ensure insurgents don't return, Marine commanders said Sunday.

Italian billionaire goes from jet to jail

Telecoms billionaire Silvio Scaglia spent the night in Italian police custody after flying in by private jet from the Caribbean to face charges in a money-laundering probe.

Italian billionaire goes from jet to jail

How to go from night owl to early bird

How to go from night owl to early bird

If you want to catch the proverbial worm, try these painless steps for an early start.

Secrets to grocery store savings

Secrets to grocery store savings

By taking a little time to learn a store's layout, you'll keep more money in your wallet.

Five cities with rising home prices

Five cities with rising home prices

Though most of the country remains mired in a slump, a few bright spots defy the market.

Man dies after 911 calls go for naught

Man dies after 911 calls go for naught

A Pittsburgh man waited in vain nearly 30 hours for assistance during a winter storm.

'The unhinged and sometimes armed anti-government right...is making a comeback'

Frank Rich takes a closer look at the Teabaggers today, following on CPAC, the "chilling" article about the teabaggers by his colleague, David Barstow, and the attack on the IRS by Joseph Stack. As much at the repugicans want to own the teabaggers, that's not quite the case.

The true teabagger hate them, too:
The distinction between the Tea Party movement and the official G.O.P. is real, and we ignore it at our peril. While Washington is fixated on the natterings of Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Michael Steele and the presumed 2012 Republican presidential front-runner, Mitt Romney, these and the other leaders of the Party of No are anathema or irrelevant to most Tea Partiers. Indeed, McConnell, Romney and company may prove largely irrelevant to the overall political dynamic taking hold in America right now. The old G.O.P. guard has no discernible national constituency beyond the scattered, often impotent remnants of aging country club Republicanism. The passion on the right has migrated almost entirely to the Tea Party’s counterconservatism.

The leaders embraced by the new grass roots right are a different slate entirely: Glenn Beck, Ron Paul and Sarah Palin.
Some elected repugicans fit into this group, too, including Michelle Bachmann and Steve King. The future they see for the is country is pretty scary if one doesn't fit in with their world view.

And, the constituency for repugicans on Capitol Hill is Wall Street, the big banks and the insurance companies. Those institutions are universally loathed right now by people across the spectrum.

Jobs that pay $50,000 and up

Jobs that pay $50,000 and up

Whether you want to work online or fight crime, know what kind of training can lead to high pay.

Eight careers

Massive head of pharaoh unearthed in Egypt

Egypt's Culture Ministry says a team of Egyptian and European archaeologists has unearthed a large head made of red granite of an ancient pharaoh who ruled Egypt some 3,400 years ago.

A ministry statement Sunday said the team discovered the head of Amenhotep III wearing the traditional white crown of the southern kingdom ...

Massive head of pharaoh unearthed in Egypt

Boozy Chimp Sent To Rehab?

A Russian chimpanzee has been sent to rehab by zookeepers to cure the smoking and beer-drinking habits he has picked up, a popular daily reported on Friday.

Zhora Smokes, Guzzles Beer

6 Secret Airport Art Museums

Surprisingly, tons of airports around the world house impressive collections of modern and classical art that you can check out free of charge.

So whether you haven’t yet met your culture-quota for your trip or just have a few minutes to kill before your flight, make the most of your time by scoping out these awesome airport museums.

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Child, Infant Die In West Charlotte House Fire

An infant and a child died in a house fire in west Charlotte Sunday morning. Firefighters said the house on Rowan Street caught fire just after 6 a.m. Rowan Street was shut down while crews investigated.

Child, Infant Die In West Charlotte House Fire

Officer tried to rig lineup

70 cases have been thrown out because of involvement by accused officer, who has resigned.

A veteran police officer who complained that his cases were being dismissed has resigned after prosecutors accused him of misconduct in a robbery investigation.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Officer Brian Cloninger tried to influence a lineup, prosecutors say. He gave the robbery victim the name and photo of the man he thought committed the gunpoint hold-up. He also urged the woman to look at the suspect's photo every day so she could pick him out.

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Tsunami waves reach Japan's coast

Tsunami waves reach Japan's coast

Initial waves are small, but officials warn that bigger waves could reach the nation's main islands.

The Indians of Russia

The term “Indian” for native North Americans is of course wildly inappropriate, based on a 500-year-old error in geography, but the term is now thoroughly embedded in language and literature. Americans tend to have a provincial viewpoint that “Indians” are limited to the United States. Those with a broader perspective extend the appellation to native Canadians, Mesoamericans, and South Americans.


One of the Moscow photo-centers has held an exhibition called “The Itelmens - Indians of Russia”.

Itelmens are a small ethnic group, who are original inhabitants of the Kamchatka peninsula. Their population today (speaking only of pure-blooded Itelmens) is about 1500. Their name is indeed a Russian-adapted pronunciation of the ethnically correct “itenman” which means “existing” or “living here”.

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How to save $250 in a month

How to save $250 in a month

There are effortless opportunities to cut costs on everything from MP3s to pet food.

Rescuers rush to save quake survivors

Rescuers rush to save quake survivors

Victims remain trapped beneath the rubble in Chile as the death toll continues to climb.

Today is ...

Today is Sunday, February 28, the 59th day of 2010.

There are 306 days left in the year.

Today In History February 28

Today's unusual holidays and celebrations are:

Floral Design Day,
International Sword Swallowers Day,
National Tooth Fairy Day,
Rare Diseases Day,
Perigean Tides Day

Our Readers

Some of our readers today have been in:

Paris, Ile-De-France, France
Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Gothenburg, Vastra Gotaland, Sweden
Banja Luka, Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Seoul, Kyonggi-Do, Korea
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
London, England, United Kingdom
Oslo, Oslo, Norway
Sofia, Sofiya, Bulgaria
New Market, Ontario, Canada
Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
Ankara, Ankara, Turkey
Bandung, Jawa Barat, Indonesia
Barrie, Ontario, Canada
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Santa Fe De Bogota, Distrito Especial, Colombia
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

as well as Scotland, Italy, Wales, and the United States in cities such as Enston, Tupelo, Tacoma, Bethesda, Snellville, Ironton and more.

Daily Horoscope

Today's horoscope says:

You have things to do, and you're more than ready to get them done.
That includes end-of-the-month reports and beginning-of-the-month bills -- but that doesn't mean you should forget about recreation.
If anyone knows how to get the work done in just enough time to leave some energy for play, it's you.
Exercise that skill tonight.
After what you've been dealing with lately, you'll be seen as a shining example.

Will do.