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February 12, 2014

Latest snowstorms leave hundreds of thousands without power

  • 200K+ people in the state of Georgia have lost power during the latest round of winter storms to batter the South during what has been (for many states) one of the coldest seasons on record. Similar, though smaller-scale, problems have also been reported in Alabama, Arkansas, Texas and a number of other southern states. Though Wednesday’s cold weather didn’t lead to the same gridlock and isolation as last month’s snowstorm, it does offer the latest example of the sorts of problems that even public notices can’t fix, and has already led President Obama to approve new federal relief funding for the state. source
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Trial of alleged Boston Marathon bomber to begin later this year

  • November 3 Alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will officially go on trial just before the end of 2014, much earlier than the September 2015 timeline proposed by his defense team, more than 18 months after the attacks he stands accused of carrying out with his brother, Tamerlan. Tsarnaev’s attorneys argued that they needed more time to prepare for trial, as a result of “sluggish” responses from government organizations, but Judge George O’Toole Jr denied the request. source
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February 11, 2014
I’m hoping it is a reminder to all elected officials that we don’t owe an allegiance to the federal government, we owe an allegiance to the constitution. We don’t need people in office who are going to help the federal government violate our constitutional rights
Maryland Representative Mike Smigiel • Offering up his thoughts on what he and seven other Republicans hope to accomplish with a new bill that they introduced to the Maryland House of Representatives last Thursday that aims to shut off the water, electricity and other services needed to keep the National Security Administration headquarters in Fort Meade fully operational. The bill would make it illegal for utility companies to offer their services to organizations that collect Americans’ personal data without a specific warrant, and would also bar any company caught doing-so from ever receiving state contracts. If passed, the bill could prove particularly troublesome for a planned NSA data center that the Washington Post says would need access to roughly 5 million gallons of water per day. source
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German officials discover more paintings stolen by Nazi-era art dealer

  • 1,406 pieces of art from some of the world’s greatest painters were recovered from the Munich apartment of Cornelius Gurlitt, son of Nazi-era art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt, after a raid by German police back in 2012. Since recovering the works, authorities have confirmed that 380 of the paintings were confiscated by the Nazis, and that number could increase as investigations of each piece continue.. 
  • 60 more paintings were recovered from Gurlitt’s second home, including works by Picasso, Monet and Renoir, leading to calls for more transparency from the German government as it continues cataloging the hundreds of paintings discovered in the last two years. Officials say a preliminary investigation of the new collection has not revealed any works confirmed stolen by the Nazis, but Gurlitt’s lawyer says his client is willing to discuss returns and/or compensation with those who believe they have a claim to one or more of the paintings. source
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February 6, 2014
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February 5, 2014

FBI arrests two in California charged with running ponzi scheme

  • $110M was lost in an apparent ponzi scheme that authorities say was run by two owners of a real estate investment firm, Pacific Property Assets, in Southern California. John Packard and Michael Stewart face eleven felony charges, including multiple counts of both bank and bankruptcy fraud. If found guilty on all charges, the pair face up to 320 years in prison and millions of dollars in fines. source
18:19 // 5 months ago
There’s always an impression about the way girls look on the sidelines. I’m not going to lie, I really want to look nice. But I feel like it’s such a double standard because the men I work with are gorgeous. Most of them are former athletes and they take really good care of themselves. And I gotta tell ya, their suits aren’t cheap. So, when people are like, ‘Oh, she paid this much for her jacket’, or ‘She’s wearing these kind of boots on the field’, it’s like, ‘Yeah, but go ask Michael Strahan how much his suits cost.’
Erin Andrews • Commenting on some of the critiques she regularly faces during her career as a sportscaster, during a recent discussion of double standards in football broadcasting with Elle magazine, and the fact that many of those issues never seem to matter to her detractors when it comes time to examine the performances of her male counterparts. (thanks HuffPo!)
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