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Hillary Clinton Makes First Visit to Brooklyn Since Announcing Campaign


Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday made her first trip to Brooklyn since she joined the presidential race a month ago, visiting her headquarters and taking an unannounced stroll in Brooklyn Heights.

Then she headed to a meeting for donors who have secured at least 10 checks totaling $2,700.

Mrs. Clinton spent about an hour in her headquarters at 1 Pierrepont Plaza, shaking hands and meeting people, aides said. She told them it was important to win, but also to “have fun,” said her spokesman, Nick Merrill.

She then took a walk through the neighborhood as an aide from the campaign’s digital team used a video camera to record people approaching Mrs. Clinton on the street. The candidate was accompanied by Mr. Merrill, Huma Abedin, a longtime aide, and a few Secret Service agents.

Orlando is very slowly becoming a true big city


$1400 a month for a studio apartment. Near where I grew up.

That is on or very near a lumber yard I played around on as a kid. Truly, you can't go home again.

Yea, yea, I know, it can't hold a candle to NYC or Miami or even Tampa yet. Notice I said "slowly becoming".

Possible bear sighting between College Park and Ivanhoe Village (Orlando)


There have been a number of reports on local chat forums of bear sightings in downtown Orlando this week.

Orlando resident Kim Thomas posted on Nextdoor, a private social networking app, that her daughter had seen a bear around 1 a.m. near King and Formosa in College Park .

Florida Fish and Wildlife confirmed that a bear sighting had been reported that same day on Hazel Street, just a few blocks northwest of Formosa and King.

Florida Fish and Wildlife have a FAQ bear sheet on their website, HERE.

Chris Rock's Twitter feed is pretty interesting

To wit....


Stopped by the cops again wish me luck.

I think that's the most recent one, from March 31st. He's been doing this for a while now.

$70 Million = estimated net worth of Chris Rock per http://www.therichest.com/celebnetworth/celeb/comedian/chris-rock-net-worth/

question about 4k TV

Does anyone have any rough ideas when 4K will become much more widespread ? I know it's more or less in its infancy now. Just curious, thanks.

OPD: Pub owner allegedly aimed gun at black couple


A International Drive pub owner was arrested last weekend after holding a young black couple at gunpoint and making racist comments while threatening to shoot them, Orlando police records show.

Kim Bruns, who owns the Orlando George & Dragon British Pub, is charged with pulling a gun on Kayla Davis, 21, and her boyfriend Darian Elwin after they arrived to celebrate his 20th birthday, records state.

"It's all false accusations," said Bruns, 51, when reached Wednesday afternoon. "I have black people who work for me. I have never used a racial slur."

Bruns' attorney Rose Feller said, "It is too early in the investigation to determine what has happened. ... I am sure all parties' interests and motives will come to light."

I'd copy more but against the rules.

An Oklahoma Suburb, Tornado-Ready


SHERMAN, Tex. — SOMETIMES it appears as if there is a target hanging over Moore, Okla.: Storms seem to find it.

Although the city was spared last week as tornadoes swept nearby, overturning cars and destroying dozens of homes, Moore hasn’t always been so lucky.

In 1999, 2003 and 2013, powerful tornadoes struck the area, killing dozens and causing billions of dollars in damage. The 1999 storm had the highest wind speed ever recorded when it hit the nearby town of Bridge Creek. In all, 36 people died. Twenty-four more were killed in 2013 by another extraordinarily powerful tornado, including seven children at Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, one of two schools hit in the town.

But tragedy can breed resolve, and last year, Moore adopted a stricter building code for residential construction, becoming perhaps the first municipality in the country to approve rules aimed at significantly enhancing the structural strength of new homes and making them more tornado-resistant.

Man detained outside White House for trying to fly drone


Washington (CNN)Secret Service detained a man Thursday afternoon who eyewitnesses tell CNN was trying to fly some sort of remote-controlled aerial device over the White House fence.

The park on the north side of the White House was placed on lockdown while the incident is being investigated. As of Thursday afternoon, the lockdown had been lifted.

President Barack Obama is not currently in the White House and is at Camp David. Additional details of the incident were not immediately available Thursday afternoon.

It's the second drone incident at the White House this year, coming four months after another man -- a U.S. intelligence agency employee who had admittedly been drinking alcohol earlier in the night -- lost control of a borrowed personal quadcopter drone that he'd been flying around his apartment, intending to send it out his window and then bring it back inside.

video at link

help for student loan payers from Consumer's Union

*from CU email to me*

Are you or a family member struggling to pay student loans? We're here to help.

Register for The Borrower's Hotline next week, then pull out your paperwork and get ready to dig in. We'll help you untangle your complicated problems and find a path to reasonable repayment.

If you've got big student loan problems, you are not alone. A recent study found that nearly a third of student borrowers who are supposed to be making payments are at least 30 days behind.

If you or someone you know -- friend, family member, social connection -- is struggling to pay student loans, register for The Borrower's Hotline. We'll have trained volunteers, lawyers and loan experts standing by.

Register to call our student loan hotline for borrowers!

After you register, you will get instructions to help you prepare for your call to our hotline. In order to give you information about all your options, we need you to pull out some of your paperwork before you call.

You may have already been victimized by people claiming to help. That's why we created The Borrower's Hotline. Finally, you can call someone who has no financial relationship with any lender, servicer or agent. With all the misinformation out there, its no wonder borrowers don't understand their rights and responsibilities.

We are just here to help.

Register for The Borrower's Hotline. It will be available next week.

The week of May 18 we will launch a national ad campaign designed to direct borrowers to our hotline, where you and others like you can get help. We will provide unbiased, truthful information, and we're not taking a cut of the money at stake. We just want to help people!

So take a moment and register today, follow the instructions, and be ready to call in next week.

Christopher Casey
Consumers Union
Policy and Action from Consumer Reports

Consumer agency opens review of student loan services


WASHINGTON — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau opened a public inquiry Thursday into student loan servicing practices that it says can make paying back loans “stressful or harmful.”

Private and federal student loan debt totals more than $1.2 trillion. Loans often are not serviced by lenders but by a company that processes monthly payments, assists borrowers with repayment options if they lose their jobs, and performs a variety of other tasks. Such service companies — among them Navient, Nelnet, American Education Services, and Great Lakes Higher Education Corp. — typically get a flat monthly fee per account.

Eight million student loan borrowers are in default, and the agency is concerned they weren’t told of available options that could have kept them out of the situation.

“Student loan servicers often make more money when they spend as little time as possible on each account, and they typically get paid more when a borrower is in repayment longer,” Richard Cordray, the director of the agency, said at a hearing in Milwaukee focused on student loan servicing. “So we are evaluating whether the typical methods of servicer compensation can jeopardize the interests of borrowers.”
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