A gunman shot four firefighters and killed two of them at the scene of a house fire in the upstate New York town of Webster on Monday morning, officials said. Details were still emerging as the Monroe County Sherrif´s Office said there could be more than one shooter involved in the attack near Rochester. Authorities didn´t say whether they had apprehended any suspects, but were combing the area.Fire crews were called to the scene on Lake Road just after 5:30 a.m. The shooting, however, forced officials to halt fighting the blaze, which spread to two other neighboring homes,
A 23-YEAR-OLD hero lifeguard from Queens — who used his surfboard to help save six lives as superstorm Sandy raged — drowned on Sunday in a surfing accident in Puerto Rico. The body of Dylan Smith, 23, was found Sunday morning floating near his beloved surfboard in the Caribbean, off the popular resort Maria’s Beach near Rincon on the western coast of Puerto Rico, police officials said. “The same sport — the sport of surfing — that he used to save all those people, it’s so shocking that he perished that way,” said FDNY Chief Michael Light,
It was a jobless Christmas, throughout our American house. Many people are suffering, while politicians play mouse. Unemployment is high, jobless benefits run out. "Tough luck," said our leaders, as invective they spout.The workers now fear, new taxes will crush. "Don´t bother me," say our leaders, to the airports they rush. It was the night before Christmas, and all through the House, not a creature was stirring, the Speaker played mouse. "You fix it," said Boehner to the man down the street. "I´m outta here now, this thing has me beat." "Not me," said Obama,
On NBC´s Meet The Press over the weekend, David Gregory was quite confrontational with the Vice President of the National Rifle Association over the organization´s idea of putting armed security guards in every school in America. But even as Gregory mocked the NRA for the idea, he seems to see nothing wrong with sending his own kids to a school that has armed security guards each school day. Introducing the NRA´s security guard proposal, Gregory confronted NRA VP Wayne LaPierre saying, "You blamed Hollywood and the gaming industry. But never once did you concede
Here is what we learned yesterday about the Jets with Greg McElroy as their starting quarterback: Nothing. Here is what we learned about starter Mark Sanchez, who was benched in favor of McElroy: Maybe this Jets’ mess hasn’t been his fault after all. And here is what we learned about backup Tim Tebow, who was inexplicably passed over as the starter when Sanchez was benched: He’s mad as hell and he’s not going to take it anymore. So he didn’t. Tebow, it was revealed following the Jets’ latest loss — yesterday’s lackluster 27-17 defeat to the Chargers Source corrected to site style and text added by Staff. Do not alter headline.
The QE2 is set to be sold as scrap to the Chinese for £20m. The move follows the failure of a after a last minute bid to bring it back to the famous cruise liner back to Britain as a five-star floating hotel. The iconic ocean liner - which also served as a troop carrier during the Falklands - has been moored in a commercial port in Dubai since it was sold for £64m in 2008. Dubai had originally planned to convert the QE2 into a 1,000 room luxury hotel at the tip of the famous man made Palm Jumeirah island.
According to Peter Schmidt in the Chronicle of Higher Education, yet another individual working in higher education has been demolished for saying the wrong thing about homosexuality. The basis on which to define people as "anti-gay" has, however, taken a turn to the absurd (and eerie). Unlike Angela McCaskill, who was nearly fired from Gallaudet University for signing a petition on gay marriage, Crystal Dixon of the University of Toledo was fired for writing an editorial in a local newspaper. She referred to Exodus and mentioned people who chose to leave the gay lifestyle.
Chelsea Clinton is set to become the new face of the Clinton family political dynasty as mother Hillary exits the stage after 31 years of public service. The New York resident, now 32, is being tipped to follow in the footsteps of both her mother and former-president father and play an increasingly prominent role in public life. Hillary will step down from the helm at the State Department early in the New Year to be replaced by Sen. John Kerry - and will take a long break before her rumoured run for the White House. Now experts quoted inPolitico.com Headline corrected and resplit by staff
With Susan Rice withdrawing her name for U.S. secretary of state, President Obama last week nominated Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry for the job. Don´t expect applause from beleaguered democrats south of the border. Mr. Kerry´s record of promoting American values abroad is dismal. It isn´t that he opposes U.S. intervention—far from it. The trouble is that he has a habit of intervening on behalf of bad guys. A left-wing world view and an earnest conviction that it is his destiny to impose it on others may make him a perfect fit in the Obama cabinet.
Both Speaker John Boehner and media analysts have been spun into a state of confusion by the fiscal cliff issue and President Obama´s reelection. The fiscal cliff exists because the president and the GOP Congress could not decide in 2011 on a permanent general policy toward the budget. And now the president has added another factor: he is determined to usurp the Congressional authority to raise the debt ceiling. If the budget goes over the cliff, two things will happen: tax rates on everyone will rise, and across the board spending cuts will be made.
In the Golden Age of Hollywood, the stars of Tinseltown celebrated Christmas in style. The Second World War was over and all across the country, Americans were rejoicing. Bob Hope was at the height of his career, but he still took time out to entertain the troops. Frank Sinatra and his family joined in some yuletide cheer with Dean Martin. And Marilyn Monroe waited seductively by the chimney in her stockings - with care, of course. Marilyn wasn´t the only actress who was a little naughty on Christmas. Warner Brothers starlet Ida Lupino, an English transplant,
Earlier this year, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) decided to disinvite two predominantly white high school choral groups from performance in the ASO´s holiday concert. The ASO´s decision was reportedly motivated by the high schools´ lack of diversity, which caused a stir among people who believe in racial justice as opposed to racial favoritism. Headline split by staff
In a Christmas message to the nation delivered together with First Lady Michelle Obama, President Barack Obama said that for his family Christmas is "a time to celebrate the birth of Christ" and "learn from His example." Here is the complete text of the president and first lady´s message: THE PRESIDENT: Hi everybody. This weekend, as you gather with family and friends, Michelle and I want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holidays. THE FIRST LADY: We both love this time of year. And there’s nothing quite like celebrating the holidays
PRINCE Harry has killed his first Taliban commander, The Sun can reveal. The 28-year-old gunship co-pilot was called on to unleash a missile strike to eliminate a senior terror leader. Harry has proved a massive hit with comrades in Helmand, Afghanistan, who have nicknamed him Big H. A defence insider said: "Big H is a legend. “We were on patrol and the Apache helicopters were called in. We heard this posh voice come over the radio and knew it was Big H. They were tracking a Taliban leader — he was commander level. Text added by Staff.
WASHINGTON- A U.S. Army brigade will begin sending small teams into as many as 35 African nations early next year, part of an intensifying Pentagon effort to train countries to battle extremists and give the U.S. a ready and trained force to dispatch to Africa if crises requiring the U.S. military emerge. The teams will be limited to training and equipping efforts, and will not be permitted to conduct military operations without specific, additional approvals from the secretary of defense. The sharper focus on Africa by the U.S. comes against a backdrop of widespread insurgent violence across North Africa,
A woman wearing an Afghan police uniform has killed a US civilian aide at police headquarters in Kabul. It is believed to be the first such insider attack carried out by a woman. She is now in custody. In a separate incident, at least five local policemen were killed by another officer in northern Afghanistan. There has been a rise in incidents in which Afghan security forces members have shot dead either foreign personnel or their own colleagues. In Monday´s attack in Kabul, Afghan officials say, a female officer at the interior ministry came looking for the police chief at
Forget state-wide budget cuts, safety comes first for this town. A New Jersey suburb is getting ready to station a full-time armed police officer in each of its nine schools come January 2. Marlboro Township will reportedly become the first district in the U.S. to have guns in every school since the shooting of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14. ‘We’ve made a collective decision as a town that we need armed security in each of our schools,’ the town’s mayor, Jonathan Hornik, told the New York Post.
The world´s largest firearms dealer says it has sold 3.5 years of magazines for the gun used by the Sandy Hook killer in just three days. And now they are struggling to meet the demand. Brownells president Pete Brownell made a public apology to gun owners for the delay in fulfilling orders of assault weapon magazines, explaining that the company had experienced ´unprecedented´ demand for AR-15 ammunition magazines in the last three days.[Snip]´I wanted to take a minute to shed some insight on the magazine situation if i can. First of all I wanted to offer an apology for the
No one wanted to be president less than Mitt Romney, his son said in an interview out Sunday that raises new questions about the candidacy of the losing Republican nominee. In an interview with the Boston Globe examining what went wrong with the Romney campaign, his eldest son Tagg explains that his father had been a reluctant candidate from the start. After failing to win the 2008 Republican nomination, Romney told his family he would not run again and had to be persuaded to enter the 2012 White House race by his wife Ann and son Tagg.
Most people think that Barack Obama is winning his argument with John Boehner. That is probably true, since Boehner has barely engaged in public debate, preferring to pursue the fool’s game of secret negotiations. The same thing is happening around the world, as demagogic politicians lie to voters, assuring them that the status quo is sustainable. Just vote for more government, and the money will magically appear. Somehow. American voters accepted Obama’s claim that no change is necessary, that $16 trillion of debt is nothing to worry about.(Snip)Wishful thinking is a remarkably powerful force.
When Saul of Tarsus set out on his journey to Damascus, the whole of the known world lay in bondage. There was one state, and it was Rome. There was one master for it all, and he was Tiberius Caesar. Everywhere there was civil order, for the arm of the Roman law was long. Everywhere there was stability, in government and in society, for the centurions saw that it was so. But everywhere there was something else, too. There was oppression—for those who were not the friends of Tiberius Caesar. There was the tax gatherer to take the grain
The Newtown, Connecticut massacre of children has changed the gun control debate to an extent no other event has in decades. One of the reasons it has had such an effect is that it came at the time when liberals are at the height of their power and conservatives — and Republicans — are at their lowest ebb. It also came at a time when the maneuvers between House Speaker John Boehner and President Obama over solving the “fiscal cliff” crisis fell apart, leaving Boehner severely weakened. The Newtown children hadn’t even been buried
GHENT, N.Y. — If you’re searching for the Frank Serpico of the ’70s, the whistle-blowing hippie cop of cinematic renown, pay a visit to Netflix. The real thing is now 76, his famous beard close-cropped and gray. Wiry and fit, Serpico sports tinted glasses and a Keith Richards-style skull ring with ruby red eyes. He lives alone in the woods upstate, far from his Greenwich Village haunts of yore. But despite the distance and the decades, Serpico is never too far away from his NYPD past. “I don’t know if there are ghosts,” he offers over coffee at an upstate farmers’ market.
Little Lord Jesus no crying he makes and We three kings of Orient are — to say nothing of if thou knowst it telling: Have you ever observed just how peculiar the grammar and syntax of Christmas carols can be? Or maybe that should run The songs of Christmas, noticed thou, / the strangeness filled with are — and how? The oddest may be “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” whose phrasings are now so alien that even the first line gets regularly mangled — punctuated (and sung) as God rest ye, merry gentlemen,