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Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sun Oct 5, 2014, 09:33 PM (12 replies)


Elise Stefanik Proves She is the Consummate D.C. Insider by Choosing to Give National Address While Refusing to Talk to Local Media

PLATTSBURGH, NY—Today, Aaron Woolf offered a point by point criticism of Elise Stefanik’s Republican address that he argues was both misleading and void of substance. And one of the most important takeaways is that by giving this address—while refusing to make herself available to the local press—Stefanik has proven herself to be the consummate D.C. insider. Just ask the editorial board of the Glens Falls Post Star.

Hi, I’m Elise Stefanik, and I’m running for Congress in New York's 21st District. I'm proud to say I was born and raised in Upstate New York.

Elise Stefanik has no ties to the district. She was born and raised in Albany; attended the Albany Academy for girls; went to college at Harvard; then spent a decade in Washington as a D.C. insider. She then moved to her parents’ summer home in Willsboro for one year just to lay the foundation for her run for Congress. The only property she owns is in Washington, D.C., a $1.2 million townhouse on Capitol Hill. In fact, it isn’t even clear if she pays property taxes in the district.

Aaron Woolf, on the other hand, has ties to the North Country dating back to 1968 when his family first bought a home in Elizabethtown. Aaron spent much of his childhood in E-Town and attended college just 45 minutes away. Because E-Town is the only place he has consistently called home, Aaron lives there with his wife and daughter, who attends preschool in Essex County.

Read more: http://www.woolfforcongress.com/2014/10/04/aaron-woolf-releases-point-point-criticism-elise-s/

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sun Oct 5, 2014, 05:04 PM (5 replies)

Paul Revere of Raiders rock band dies at 76

Source: KOMO - Seattle

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Paul Revere, the organist and leader of the Raiders rock band, has died. He was 76.

Roger Hart, manager for Paul Revere and the Raiders, said he died Saturday at his home in Garden Valley, Idaho, from cancer.

"He'd been quiet about it for some time," Hart said. "Treated at the Mayo Clinic, Paul stayed on the road as long as he could, then retired recently back to Idaho, where he and his wife, Sydney, always kept a home."

Revere, born Paul Revere Dick, became known as "the madman of rock and roll" for his theatrical colonial wardrobe and infectious onstage persona with the band.

Read more: http://www.komonews.com/news/entertainment/Paul-Revere-of-Raiders-rock-band-dies-at-76-278169561.html

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sun Oct 5, 2014, 04:51 PM (45 replies)

Fire at the Flight 93 National Memorial Park

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Fri Oct 3, 2014, 08:54 PM (4 replies)

Fire at Flight 93 National Memorial in Pa. may have damaged 9/11 memorabilia

Source: CNN

(CNN) -- A fire erupted Friday at the headquarters of the Shanksville, Pennsylvania, memorial to United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed on September 11, 2001, officials said.

"There is a potential for 9/11 memorabilia loss due to a fire," according to a statement from the National Park Service, but the extent of the damage is not known yet.

NPS spokesman Mike Litterst said 10% of the archives and museum collection was stored in the damaged buildings, but much of it was kept in a fireproof safe.

Among the items in the damaged buildings was a U.S. flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol on the day of the terrorist attack. The flag was given to the Flight 93 National Memorial last September 11. Its status was not known.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/03/us/pennsylvania-flight-93-memorial-fire/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

Smoke from a fire at the Flight 93 National Memorial can be seen from a distance near Shanksville, Penn. WTAJ
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Fri Oct 3, 2014, 08:33 PM (8 replies)

Marathon Petroleum's Speedway closes on Hess deal

Completes $2.82B purchase of retail operations, other assets

FINDLAY — Speedway LLC, a subsidiary of Findlay-based Marathon Petroleum, has completed its $2.82 billion purchase of Hess’ retail operations and other assets.

The deal was announced in May.

Hess is the largest chain of company-operated gas stations and convenience stores on the East Coast. In May, the companies said that Hess gas stations will all be rebranded as Speedway over three years.

"This transformative acquisition provides Speedway a significant growth platform by expanding our retail presence to 23 states throughout the East Coast and Southeast," said Gary Heminger, Marathon Petroleum’s president and chief executive officer.

Read more at: http://www.toledoblade.com/business/2014/10/01/Marathon-Petroleum-s-Speedway-closes-on-Hess-deal.html

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Thu Oct 2, 2014, 01:00 AM (3 replies)

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson Is Resigning

Source: ABC News

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson, who has been skewered by critics over the Sept. 19 White House security breach, is resigning, sources told ABC News.

Pierson’s resignation comes in the wake of an incident in which Omar Gonzalez, a knife-wielding Iraq War vet, allegedly managed to slip over the fence, past several layers of security, and into the White House’s East Room, where he was subdued by an off-duty agent.

Lawmakers at a congressional hearing Tuesday demanded to know how such a breach of one of the most secure buildings in the world could have taken place.

"It will never happen again,” Pierson assured lawmakers at the hearing.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/secret-service-director-julia-pierson-resigning/story?id=25889952

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson listens on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 30, 2014, as she testifies before the House Oversight Committee as it examines details surrounding a security breach at the White House. J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Wed Oct 1, 2014, 03:21 PM (34 replies)

Global shift to mass transit could save more than $100 trillion and 1,700 megatons of CO2

More than $100 trillion in public and private spending could be saved between now and 2050 if the world expands public transportation, walking and cycling in cities, according to a new report released by the University of California, Davis, and the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy. Additionally, reductions in carbon dioxide emissions reaching 1,700 megatons per year in 2050 could be achieved if this shift occurs.

Further, an estimated 1.4 million early deaths associated with exposure to vehicle tailpipe emissions could be avoided annually by 2050 if governments require the strongest vehicle pollution controls and ultralow-sulfur fuels, according to a related analysis by the International Council on Clean Transportation included in the report. Doubling motor vehicle fuel economy could reduce CO2 emissions by an additional 700 megatons in 2050.

“The study shows that getting away from car-centric development, especially in rapidly developing economies, will cut urban CO2 dramatically and also reduce costs,” said report co-author Lew Fulton, co-director of NextSTEPS Program at the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies. “It is also critical to reduce the energy use and carbon emissions of all vehicles.”

The report, A Global High Shift Scenario, is the first study to examine how major changes in transportation investments worldwide would affect urban passenger transport emissions as well as the mobility of different income groups. The findings should help support wider agreement on climate policy, where cleanup costs and equity between rich and poor countries are key issues.


The study's findings should help support wider agreement on climate policy, where cleanup costs and equity between rich and poor countries are key issues. (Thinkstock photo)
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Fri Sep 19, 2014, 01:42 AM (9 replies)

Fixing Climate Change May Add No Costs, Report Says

In decades of public debate about global warming, one assumption has been accepted by virtually all factions: that tackling it would necessarily be costly. But a new report casts doubt on that idea, declaring that the necessary fixes could wind up being effectively free.

A global commission will announce its finding on Tuesday that an ambitious series of measures to limit emissions would cost $4 trillion or so over the next 15 years, an increase of roughly 5 percent over the amount that would likely be spent anyway on new power plants, transit systems and other infrastructure.

When the secondary benefits of greener policies — like lower fuel costs, fewer premature deaths from air pollution and reduced medical bills — are taken into account, the changes might wind up saving money, according to the findings of the group, the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate.

“We are proposing a way to have the same or even more economic growth, and at the same time have environmental responsibility,” said the chairman of the commission, Felipe Calderón, the former president of Mexico and an economist. “We need to fix this problem of climate change, because it’s affecting all of us.”


A wind turbine being installed in northern France. Research says the benefits of such efforts may offset the cost of subsidies. Credit Benoit Tessier/Reuters
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Wed Sep 17, 2014, 02:42 AM (1 replies)

New Hydroelectric Plant to Be Built for New York

It seems as natural as, well, water: Harness the energy potential of a 95-billion-gallon reservoir to run four turbines and generate electrical power cleanly and at a profit.

Having overcome potential hurdles ranging from drought-stricken rafters on the Delaware River to the endangered dwarf wedgemussel and northern wild monkshood, New York City is tapping the vast resources of its upstate reservoir system to commission a new hydroelectric plant.

The plant is projected to generate 14 megawatts of electric power, which the city would sell to the New York power grid. That is enough to provide electricity, on average, to 6,000 homes. By not using oil or coal to generate electricity, it is estimated that the plant would avoid the emission of 25,620 metric tons of greenhouse gases annually, or the equivalent of removing 5,400 cars from the road.

This would be the largest hydroelectric development in New York State in more than two decades and the first time power would be generated directly from a Delaware River branch.


The city is planning to build a $72 million hyrdoelectric power plant at its Cannonsville Reservoir. Credit New York City Department of Environmental Protection
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Wed Sep 17, 2014, 02:37 AM (1 replies)
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