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Redneck Christmas Parade canceled for being too 'trashy' (guess the State)

Drinkin’, fightin’ and cussin’ – that kind of behavior will get your Redneck Christmas Parade put up on cinder blocks faster than you can plaster a deer-crossing sign with buckshot.

Organizers announced Monday the parade with a nearly 20-year tradition in Chumuckla was canceled.

“The parade has gone from a wholesome family event to a trashy beer fest,” read the post on the Chumuckla Athletic Association (CAA) Facebook page.

“I used to come to the parade and bring my family before I became a part of the association,” said Renee Melvin, president of the CAA. “I wouldn't bring my children now. It’s gotten out of hand.”


Chicken at food safety summit source of illness

BALTIMORE (AP) — Experts who attended a Food Safety Summit in Baltimore in April should have skipped lunch.

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene released a report Thursday that says the chicken Marsala served at a buffet lunch on April 9 during the 2014 Food Safety Summit at the Baltimore Convention Center caused a gastroenteritis outbreak that sickened 216 attendees.

The report says of the 216 attendees who got sick, 157 ate the chicken. Symptoms included diarrhea, nausea, stomach cramps and, in some cases, vomiting. The report says the chicken may not have been kept at the proper temperature.

Centerplate, the convention's in-house catering company, provided the means at the summit, which attracted roughly 1,300 food safety experts to Baltimore.


First U.S. Stealth Jet Attack on Syria Cost More Than Indian Mission to Mars

F-22 Raptor stealth fighters were needed in case the Syrians used their sophisticated air defenses. But Raptors don't come cheap.

Fears of a potent Syrian air defense system drove the U.S. Air Force to send its silver bullet force of F-22 Raptor stealth fighters into battle for the first time ever. The Pentagon confirmed on Sept. 23 that the $150 million jets had struck an ISIS command and control facility in Raqqah, Syria with a satellite-guided bomb. That was right after an initial wave of U.S. Navy Tomahawk cruise missiles hit their targets around Aleppo and Raqqah.

But the Raptors’ first mission wasn’t cheap. Together, the missiles and airstrikes cost at least $79 million to pull off, according to a Daily Beast tally.

That's more expensive than India's mission to Mars, which was successfully completed Wednesday at a cost of just $74 million.



Mike Luckovich Toon- deep dive

Islamists Destroy 7th Century Church, Mosque in Tikrit, Iraq

According to a report by BBC Arabic, Islamists in Tikrit have destroyed The Assyrian Green Church, built in 700 A.D., and Forty Shrine, the oldest Islamic religious shrine in Iraq.
Islamists, most likely ISIS, planted explosives around the Assyrian Green Church, which is located inside the presidential palaces compound in the center of the city, and detonated them, completely destroying the ancient church, which belonged to the Assyrian Church of the East.

Similarly, Islamists planted explosives around the Forty Shrine mosque and surrounding tombs, located in the center of the city in Salahuddin Province, and detonated them, completely destroying the mosque. It is believed the Forty Shrine housed the remains of 40 of Muhammad's comrades, who took part in the Islamic conquest of the region during the reign of the second Caliph Omar ibn al-Khattab in 638 A.D.

ISIS has destroyed churches, religious shrines and mosques in the provinces of Kirkuk and Nineveh, including the tombs of the prophets Jonah, George, Daniel as well as a number of ancient churches in the provinces of Salahuddin and Nineveh. In Mosul ISIS has destroyed or occupied all 45 Christian religious institutions (AINA 2014-07-29).


4 officers off the job following portable toilet tipping incident

(WMC) - Four Memphis Police Department officers are relieved of duty after they cornered a suspect in a portable toilet on a construction site.

On a Facebook video circulating on social media, officers tipped the toilet over in an attempt to arrest the man.

The officers relieved of duty with pay pending an investigation into the incident are identified as PII Taylor Ackerman, PII Roosevelt Shaw Jr., PII Timothy Taylor, and PII Manuel Saldana.

An officer by the name of Manuel Saldana was also relieved of duty in April 2013 after a shooting that left a suspect dead. WMC Action News 5's Nick Kenney is working to confirm whether the officer involved in the portable toilet incident is the same officer that was relieved of duty last year.



For Polar Bears, a Climate Change Twist

LA PÉROUSE BAY, Manitoba — The sea ice here on the western shore of Hudson Bay breaks up each summer and leaves the polar bears swimming for shore. The image of forlorn bears on small rafts of ice has become a symbol of the dangers of climate change.

And for good reason. A warming planet means less ice coverage of the Arctic Sea, leaving the bears with less time and less ice for hunting seals. They depend on seals for their survival.

But the polar bears here have discovered a new menu option. They eat snow geese.

Because the ice is melting earlier, the bears come on shore earlier, and the timing turns out to be fortunate for them. As a strange side-effect of climate change, polar bears here now often arrive in the midst of a large snow goose summer breeding ground before the geese have hatched and fledged. And with 75,000 pairs of snow geese on the Cape Churchill peninsula — the result of a continuing goose population explosion — there is an abundant new supply of food for the bears.



Roberts asserts Va. home 'principal residence' in documents

By Tim Carpenter
U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts put a signature to documents associated with the mortgage on a Virginia residence that identify the Fairfax County home as “principal residence” of the three-term incumbent Republican.

The re-election campaign of the Kansan has been awash in controversy about whether his ownership of a duplex in Dodge City, which is rented out, and his payment of about $300 a month for a room in a Dodge City supporter's home satisfied legal requirements for public office.

On Wednesday, records surfaced that Roberts signed a Deed of Trust in 1997 and 2003 for property owned in Alexandria, Va., with his wife, Franki, that contained text about a principal residence.

The documents, which include a series of covenants, required Roberts to attest the couple within 60 days of executing the document “shall continue to occupy the property as borrower’s principal residence for at least one year after the date of occupancy.”


Neil Gaiman: ‘Terry Pratchett isn’t jolly. He’s angry’

by Neil Gaiman

I want to tell you about my friend Terry Pratchett, and it’s not easy. I’m going to tell you something you may not know. Some people have encountered an affable man with a beard and a hat. They believe they have met Sir Terry Pratchett. They have not.

Science fiction conventions often give you someone to look after you, to make sure you get from place to place without getting lost. Some years ago I ran into someone who had once been Terry’s handler at a convention in Texas. His eyes misted over at the memory of getting Terry from his panel to the book-dealers’ room and back. “What a jolly old elf Sir Terry is,” he said. And I thought, No. No, he’s not.

Back in February 1991, Terry and I were on a book signing tour for Good Omens, a book we had written together. We were in San Francisco. We had just done a stock signing in a bookshop, signing the dozen or so copies they had ordered. Terry looked at the itinerary. Next stop was a radio station: we were due to have an hour-long interview on live radio. “From the address, it’s just down the street from here,” said Terry. “And we’ve got half an hour. Let’s walk it.”

This was a long time ago, in the days before GPS systems and mobile phones and taxi-summoning apps and suchlike useful things that would have told us in moments that no, it would not be a few blocks to the radio station. It would be several miles, all uphill and mostly through a park.

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Guess who’s losing faith in the American Dream? Everyone.

chart, from the Brookings Institution's FixGov blog, is a pretty good barometer of the country's mood over the past two years: Americans everywhere, regardless of age, sex, education, party or ideology, are less likely to say that the American Dream - the notion that if you work hard, you'll get ahead - still holds true today.

Among all Americans, faith in the American dream dropped by 11 percentage points between 2012 and 2014. As Brookings' Bill Galston notes, members of Barack Obama's coalition have become particularly disillusioned: "The decline of belief in the American Dream is concentrated among women (down 14 percentage points since 2012), young adults (down 16 points), Democrats (17 points), and liberals (16 points)."

Republicans and conservatives, on the other hand, experienced smaller drops, and their overall belief in the American dream remains significantly more robust: 55 percent of Republicans believe in the American Dream today, compared to only 33 percent of Democrats.

Galston concludes that the era of hope and change may now be officially over. "The rhetoric of hope that worked so well in 2008 would be ineffective now," he writes. "In these circumstances, I suspect, citizens will be looking for leaders who offer concrete, credible plans for a better future—and who have what it takes to get the job done."

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