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$25 for Overhead Bins?

Frontier Airlines Says Yes

Frontier Airlines, a no-frills airline, is now classifying overhead bins as a perk, and will start charging $25 for their use.

Posted by liberal N proud | Wed Apr 30, 2014, 10:24 AM (83 replies)

Actor Bob Hoskins dead at 71

(Reuters) - British actor Bob Hoskins, whose roles ranged from London gangsters to FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover and who starred opposite a cast of cartoon characters in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit", has died after a bout of pneumonia, his publicist said on Wednesday.

He was 71.

A statement issued on behalf of his wife Linda and his children said: "We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Bob. Bob died peacefully at hospital last night surrounded by family, following a bout of pneumonia."

Hoskins announced his retirement from acting in 2012, saying at the time that he was suffering from Parkinson's disease, an incurable muscular disorder.

Posted by liberal N proud | Wed Apr 30, 2014, 10:17 AM (1 replies)

Widow loses house over $6 (Yes Six Dollars)

A widow was given ample notice before her $280,000 house was sold at a tax auction three years ago over $6.30 in unpaid interest, a Pennsylvania judge has ruled.

The decision last week turned down Eileen Battisti's request to reverse the September 2011 sale of her home outside Aliquippa in western Pennsylvania.

"I paid everything, and didn't know about the $6.30," Battisti said. "For the house to be sold just because of $6.30 is crazy."

Beaver County Common Pleas Judge Gus Kwidis wrote that the county tax claim bureau complied with notification requirements in state law before the auction. She had previously owed other taxes, but at the time of the sale she owed just $235, including other interest and fees.

"There is no doubt that (she) had actual receipt of the notification of the tax upset sale on July 7, 2011, and Aug. 16, 2011," the judge wrote. "Moreover, on Aug. 12, 2011, a notice of sale was sent by first class mail and was not returned."

The property sold for about $116,000, and most of that money will be paid to Battisti if further appeals are unsuccessful. An attorney for the purchaser did not return a phone message on Monday.


Cliven Bundy lives off public land for 20 years and continues to do so, while a widow gets kicked out of her own house for $6?

Posted by liberal N proud | Tue Apr 29, 2014, 12:40 PM (3 replies)

Who is threatening Harry Reid?

Capitol Police Probing Threatening Statements Against Harry Reid

Federal law enforcement officials are investigating threatening statements made in recent days against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Capitol Police spokeswoman said.

The investigation comes nearly two weeks after Reid, D-Nev., called controversial Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his supporters "domestic terrorists."

Bundy, who led an armed confrontation with federal rangers over a land dispute and was later praised as a patriot by some conservative commentators, drew condemnation last week for comments widely criticized as racist. In the wake of Bundy's remarks, Reid excoriated the rancher.


Posted by liberal N proud | Tue Apr 29, 2014, 06:51 AM (2 replies)

Warren Buffett does not think that $7.25 an hour is enough to live on...

Sort of

Posted by liberal N proud | Thu Apr 24, 2014, 03:26 PM (8 replies)

They may not like it, but they don't want to repeal it - Obamacare in the South

Southerners Don’t Like Obamacare. They Also Don’t Want to Repeal It.

Despite strong dislike of President Obama’s handling of health care, a majority of people in three Southern states – Kentucky, Louisiana and North Carolina – would rather that Congress improve his signature health care law than repeal and replace it, according to a New York Times Upshot/Kaiser Family Foundation poll.

The poll also found that a majority of Kentucky residents – and a plurality in a fourth state, Arkansas — said they thought the health care marketplace in their state was working well, even as they expressed strong disapproval of the health care law. More than twice as many Kentuckians say their state exchange is working well than say it is not.

The findings in the four states — all with political races that could tip the balance of power in the Senate — underscore the complex and often contradictory views of Mr. Obama’s principal domestic legislation four years after it became law.

“I’m a Republican, but I’m tired of them saying ‘Repeal, repeal, repeal,' ” Ms. Broome, 53, said in a follow-up interview.

Forgot the link:

Why is it they truly don't like it? The media is partially blamed here, imagine that!

Posted by liberal N proud | Thu Apr 24, 2014, 06:45 AM (2 replies)

First American man to win Boston Marathon since 1983

Meb Keflezighi added Boston to a resume that includes the New York City Marathon title in 2009 and a silver medal in the 2004 Olympics.

Keflezighi completed the 26.2 miles from Hopkinton to the finish on Boylston Street in Boston's Back Bay on Monday in a personal-best 2 hours, 8 minutes, 37 seconds. He held off Kenya's Wilson Chebet, who finished 11 seconds behind.


Posted by liberal N proud | Mon Apr 21, 2014, 03:01 PM (1 replies)

NYT: 50 Years Into the War on Poverty, Hardship Hits Back

Travis Dove for The New York Times
TWIN BRANCH, W.Va. — When people visit with friends and neighbors in southern West Virginia, where paved roads give way to dirt before winding steeply up wooded hollows, the talk is often of lives that never got off the ground.

“How’s John boy?” Sabrina Shrader, 30, a former neighbor, asked Marie Bolden one cold winter day at what Ms. Bolden calls her “little shanty by the tracks.”

McDowell County, the poorest in West Virginia, has been emblematic of entrenched American poverty for more than a half-century. John F. Kennedy campaigned here in 1960 and was so appalled that he promised to send help if elected president. His first executive order created the modern food stamp program, whose first recipients were McDowell County residents. When President Lyndon B. Johnson declared “unconditional war on poverty” in 1964, it was the squalor of Appalachia he had in mind. The federal programs that followed — Medicare, Medicaid, free school lunches and others — lifted tens of thousands above a subsistence standard of living.

But a half-century later, with the poverty rate again on the rise, hardship seems merely to have taken on a new face in McDowell County. The economy is declining along with the coal industry, towns are hollowed out as people flee, and communities are scarred by family dissolution, prescription drug abuse and a high rate of imprisonment.

Fifty years after the war on poverty began, its anniversary is being observed with academic conferences and ideological sparring — often focused, explicitly or implicitly, on the “culture” of poor urban residents. Almost forgotten is how many ways poverty plays out in America, and how much long-term poverty is a rural problem.

Full story and slideshow at link:

I don't get how West Virginia can continuously vote republican time and time again. They have seen nothing from republicans that even promises anything but more of the same and still they will vote against their own best interest
Posted by liberal N proud | Mon Apr 21, 2014, 06:44 AM (2 replies)

States embracing Obamacare are doing a better job of covering the uninsured, surveys show

New surveys out Wednesday morning provide a glimpse into just how many Americans have gained insurance since the Obamacare health insurance marketplaces opened in October.

First, Gallup reports that states which fully embraced the law by setting up their own exchanges and expanding their Medicaid programs saw their uninsured rate drop this year three times faster than the states that didn’t.

Gallup just last week reported that the uninsured rate had dropped from 17.1 percent to 15.6 percent between the fourth quarter of 2013 and the first quarter of 2014 — the lowest rate since 2008. It's not all that surprising that states which have embraced the law have seen a larger decline in the uninsured rate. They have more resources for outreach and greater enthusiasm for getting people enrolled.

Posted by liberal N proud | Wed Apr 16, 2014, 06:26 PM (0 replies)

Rotting Whale Harpoons Gawkers in Small Oregon Town - hope they learned from the past

The stench of a rotting gray whale carcass hasn't kept the 40-foot beast from becoming the star attraction on an Oregon beach after washing ashore Tuesday


A marine biologist will take samples to try to determine how the whale died before city officials work out how to remove the creature from one of the city’s busiest beaches, the station reported. It will likely be buried.

"It doesn't look skinny, it's been dead a long time," said Keith Chandler with the Marine Mammal Stranding Network told KGW.com. "So it will be tough to tell what killed it."


Sure hope they learned how not to dispose of a whale from 1970 (again in Oregon)

Posted by liberal N proud | Wed Apr 16, 2014, 06:51 AM (2 replies)
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