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DAILY KOS LINK: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/15/1328974/-Cartoon-The-existential-threat

Pulitzer-Winning Editorial Cartoonist Tony Auth Dies at 72

Source: Associated Press

@AP: Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Tony Auth has died of cancer at 72: http://t.co/2kzBifE1ww/s/RCwJ

PULITZER-WINNING CARTOONIST TONY AUTH DIES AT 72

Sep. 14, 2014 8:39 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Tony Auth, whose sharp and creative commentary appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer for more than 40 years, died of cancer on Sunday. He was 72.

Auth had worked for the past two years as the artist-in-residence at NewsWorks/WHYY, which announced his death.

"Tony Auth was a great cartoonist, a fine journalist and an even better friend," said Chris Satullo, WHYY's vice president for news and civic engagement. Satullo previously served as the Inquirer's editorial page editor, where he also worked with Auth.

Family members told the Inquirer that Auth had been battling brain cancer and recently went into hospice care.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/pulitzer-winning-cartoonist-tony-auth-dies-72



BREAKING: Swedish Prime Minister (Right-Wing, Rove Friend) Resigns After Election Loss

Source: Bloomberg News

@AP: BREAKING: Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt concedes election defeat, says he will step down.

SWEDISH PRIME MINISTER RESIGNS AFTER ELECTION LOSS

By KARL RITTER
— Sep. 14, 2014 5:30 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt says he will resign after his center-right coalition lost a parliamentary election to a left-leaning opposition led by the Social Democrats.

Reinfeldt told supporters in Stockholm late Sunday that he will also step down as leader of the conservative Moderate Party next year.

With more than 90 percent of precincts counted, official preliminary results give the bloc headed by Social Democratic leader Stefan Lofven 43.7 percent of the votes, compared to 39.4 percent for Reinfeldt's coalition, which has been in power for the past eight years.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/power-shift-expected-swedish-election-0



http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-09-14/social-democratic-bloc-emerges-as-largest-in-swedish-election.html

Social Democratic Bloc Emerges as Largest in Swedish Election

By Johan Carlstrom
September 14, 2014 2:07 PM EDT

Sweden’s Social Democratic-led opposition looks set to form a minority government after a surge in support for the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats prevented either side from winning a majority.

The three-party opposition is poised to win 44.8 percent, versus 39.7 percent for the four-party government of Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, according to an exit poll by state broadcaster SVT. The Sweden Democrats won support from 10.5 percent. Voting ended at 8 p.m. Stockholm time.

The result, if borne out by the final count, marks an end to eight years of rule by Reinfeldt’s conservative-led coalition, which has cut taxes and scaled back some benefits programs. The Social Democrats and their allies say the measures have eroded Sweden’s welfare system, arguing the policies failed to tackle Scandinavia’s highest unemployment.

“It’s time to vote for a change,” Social Democratic leader Stefan Loefven said before casting his ballot today in Stockholm. “We have high unemployment, we have deteriorating school results, we have cracks in our welfare and that also what means that change is needed in Swedish politics.”

Transgender Girl Crowned Homecoming Princess (at Colorado High School)

Source: Associated Press

Transgender Girl Crowned Homecoming Princess

By The Associated Press Sep 13, 2014, 3:34 PM

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A transgender girl was crowned homecoming princess at a Colorado Springs high school.

The Gazette of Colorado Springs reported Saturday (http://bit.ly/1BBtjuy) that Scarlett Lenh received the majority of the votes from her junior class at Sand Creek High School, besting three biological girls for the honor. Lenh, biologically a boy, was born Andy Lenh. She was bestowed the honor during Friday night's football game.

The 16-year-old began identifying as a transgender girl this school year and began using the girls' bathroom. She said she's known she was a girl since about age 7 or 8.

"It was really exciting. It felt really good. I couldn't stop smiling," Scarlett said after she found out at an afternoon assembly that the majority of the junior class had voted for her.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/transgender-girl-crowned-homecoming-princess-25481568

Report: ISIS, Syrian Rebels Reach Ceasefire

Source: The Hill

@trevortimm: ISIS reportedly agrees to a ceasefire w/ the Syrian rebels that are supposed to be the US's key to "destroying" ISIS http://t.co/FhgYEaGTmE/s/3gJW

Report: ISIS, Syrian rebels reach ceasefire

By Rebecca Shabad - 09/13/14 12:43 PM EDT

Moderate Syrian rebels and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) reportedly struck a cease-fire deal on Friday, according to a group that has monitored Syria's civil war.

The groups agreed to a non-aggression pact in which they promised not to attack each other.

The development could influence members of Congress to vote “no” on an authorization to train and equip moderate rebel groups as early as next week. The White House has requested the authorization, but some lawmakers have already been skeptical the opposition groups can be trusted.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group based in the United Kingdom, said the groups reached the agreement in a suburb of Damascus, Syria’s capital.

Under the deal, "the two parties will respect a truce until a final solution is found and they promise not to attack each other because they consider the principal enemy to be the Nussayri regime,” Agence France-Presse reported.
Nussayri is a negative term for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s Alawite regime.


Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/international/217645-syrian-rebels-isis-agree-to-non-aggression-pact

US Rep Sanford Calls Off Engagement to 'Soul Mate'

Source: Associated Press

By SEANNA ADCOX
— Sep. 12, 2014 8:11 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford said Friday that he is calling off his engagement to Maria Belen Chapur because of the ongoing contention with his ex-wife, Jenny, four years after their divorce.

Sanford, then governor of South Carolina, famously disappeared from the state for five days in 2009, telling aides he was out hiking the Appalachian Trail. He returned to the state and at a tearful news conference confessed he was in Argentina and had been having an affair with Chapur.

Jenny Sanford, who has four children with Sanford, soon sued for divorce, which was granted in 2010.

Later, Sanford and Chapur — whom he once called his "soul mate" — became engaged. But Sanford, in a rambling message posted on his Facebook page Friday, said that he and Chapur are ending their engagement.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/mark-sanford-calling-engagement-fiancee#overlay-context=article/family-slain-american-journalist-launches-fund

Breaking: Judge Rules in Favor of Man Seeking Death Benefits in Challenge to AZ Gay Marriage Ban

Source: Associated Press

Judge rules in favor of man seeking death benefits in challenge to Arizona gay marriage ban

By JACQUES BILLEAUD, ASSOCIATED PRESS
September 12, 2014 - 2:35 PM

PHOENIX — A judge has handed a victory to a gay man who lost his spouse to cancer last month and was denied death benefits because Arizona does not recognize same-sex marriage.

Fred McQuire and George Martinez were partners of 45 years who got married in California this summer, fulfilling one of their final wishes as they both dealt with serious health issues.

Martinez died in late August, but McQuire was unable to receive Social Security and veteran benefits because Arizona bans gay marriage.

McQuire went to court Friday as his lawyers asked U.S. District Judge John Sedwick to let McQuire be listed as Martinez's spouse on the death certificate. The judge quickly issued a ruling in favor of McQuire.

Read more: http://www.startribune.com/business/yourmoney/274858081.html

Oscar Pistorius Found Guilty of Culpable Homicide

Source: BBC News / CBS News

@BreakingNews: Oscar Pistorius found guilty of culpable homicide in death of Reeva Steenkamp - @BBCNews live video http://t.co/vefC09FTsj/s/_2N2

"Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius learns his fate

CBS NEWS
Last Updated Sep 12, 2014 4:30 AM EDT

PRETORIA, South Africa -- Oscar Pistorius sat down in a Pretoria court Friday and within an hour, he learned his fate.

After a rocky day in the same room on Thursday, the double-amputee track star knew he would not be convicted of the most serious charges he had faced in the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp; premeditated murder or murder.

Judge Thokozile Masipa resumed reading her approximately 100-page ruling Friday morning, and she didn't take long to get to the point.

She declared Pistorius guilty on the charge of culpable homicide, which could still see him hit with a lengthy prison sentence.

The ruling means Masipa deemed the runner negligent in causing Steenkamp's death. It is a charge roughly equivalent to manslaughter in the U.S. legal system.

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/oscar-pistorius-blade-runner-verdict-reeva-steenkamp-day2

Rejected Professor Salaita Wants U. of I. Job or Else He'll Sue

Source: Chicago Tribune

Rejected professor Salaita wants U. of I. job or else he'll sue

By Jodi S. Cohen,
Tribune reporter

URBANA — Controversial professor Steven Salaita, whose job was revoked just before he was to start at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, appeared on campus today to urge officials to give him his job back.

His first public comments since his job offer was rescinded come two days before the board of trustees is to meet and a day after the chancellor said there is “no possibility” that he will teach on campus.

Salaita’s attorney said today that if he is not reinstated, he will pursue legal action.

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Supporters in the back of the room shouted: "What do we want? Reinstate. When do we want it? Now.”

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“Even worse, the administration’s actions threaten the principles of free speech, academic freedom and critical thought that should be the foundation of any university,” he said.

Read more: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-steven-salaita-illinois-protest-20140909-story.html

Breaking: WHO: Ebola virus spreading exponentially in Liberia, many thousands of cases expected

Source: Reuters

@BreakingNews: WHO: Ebola virus spreading exponentially in Liberia, many thousands of cases expected in coming 3 weeks - @Reuters http://t.co/m1ka1FfjtN/s/51Xr

Ebola spreads exponentially in Liberia, many more cases soon : WHO

By Stephanie Nebehay and Umaru Fofana
GENEVA/FREETOWN | Mon Sep 8, 2014 4:13pm EDT

By Stephanie Nebehay and Umaru Fofana

GENEVA/FREETOWN (Reuters) - Liberia, the country worst hit by West Africa's Ebola epidemic, should see thousands of new cases in coming weeks as the virus spreads exponentially, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.

The epidemic, the worst since the disease was discovered in 1976, has killed some 2,100 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria and has also spread to Senegal.

The WHO believes it will take six to nine months to contain and may infect up to 20,000 people. In Liberia, the disease has already killed 1,089 people - more than half of all deaths reported since March in this regional epidemic.

"Transmission of the Ebola virus in Liberia is already intense and the number of new cases is increasing exponentially," the U.N. agency said in a statement. "The number of new cases is moving far faster than the capacity to manage them in Ebola-specific treatment centers."

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN0H324U20140908
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