Tuesday July 29, 2014

Archive for the ‘Tabloid’ Category

Wal-Mart refuses to sell beer to dad shopping with daughter

Jim Davis simply wanted to buy two six packs of Budweiser and some Smirnoff for his wife. But when the 57-year-old reached the checkout counter at the Wal-Mart Supercenter with $80 in groceries and the alcohol, something odd happened. The clerk carded his 15-year-old daughter — not him. Because the teen had no ID, the employee refused to sell to Davis.  More…

Border patrol points loaded gun at Boy Scout troop – threatens young scouts

Jim Fox, Boy Scout Troop 111 leader, told Iowa KCCI television the boys were threatened by the agents for taking a photo. “The agent took his camera. Told them they would be arrested. Fined possibly $10,000 and ten years in prison… The agent had a loaded gun pointed at the boy’s head… I am outraged by the fact that we have 18 boy scouts that want to come home. Yet, we have southern borders …It’s like a sieve.” 

Fast food workers prepare to escalate wage demands

Fast food workers say they’re prepared to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation, starting with a national convention in suburban Chicago. About 1,300 burger flippers will be asked to do "whatever it takes" to win $15-an-hour wages and a union, said Kendall Fells, organizing director of the Service Employees International Union.  More…

Obese man seeks release from house arrest because he can’t leave home

A 551-pound former pharmacist, confined to 30 months of house arrest for his role in a massive South Florida pill mill ring, now wants his sentence reduced. His argument: He’s too heavy to leave home anyway, so house arrest is unnecessary.  More…

A woman with deadly Ebola virus escapes quarantine

A woman who tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus is now on the loose in a Sierra Leone city with a population of around 1 million people. The woman had been quarantined in a hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone, when she was “forcibly” removed by her family, according to Reuters. The virus has a 90 percent death rate, according to the World Health Organization.  More…

Michelle Obama says money in politics is bad, then asks donors for a ‘big, fat check’

First lady Michelle Obama urged Democrats to “dig deep” into their pockets and “write a big fat check” before the midterm elections, but minutes later complained of too much money in politics, and blasted special interest groups that funnel money to Republicans.  More…

Emmys ‘Nightmare’: NBC Chooses a Preseason Football game over Emmys

Red-carpet arrivals at this year’s Emmy Awards might be more about frustration than fashion. NBC’s football-friendly decision to shift the TV kudos from its traditional Sunday perch to Monday, Aug. 25 — to avoid a conflict with a preseason NFL game — has prompted a chain reaction of logistical shifts that multiple planners describe as a "nightmare."  More…

Divorce case exposes “everyman” filmmaker Michael Moore

A lakefront mansion. Dueling movie producers. Super agents joining the fray. A drunk driving arrest. The possible hiring of private investigators. According to the Detroit News, anti-capitalism “everyman” filmmaker Michael Moore owns 9 homes. On top of a $2 million, 10,000 square foot lakefront mansion in Torch Lake, Michigan, there is a Manhattan condo that was once 3 condos, and 7 other properties.  More…

Family Asked To Leave Southwest Flight After Tweet

A Twin Cities man is upset about the way his family was treated on a Southwest Airlines flight because of a tweet. Duff Watson says he was asked to de-board a flight from Denver to Minneapolis with his two kids on Sunday after an agent didn’t like a tweet he wrote about her service.  More…

Thesaurus Synonyms for ‘Obstructionist’ Include ‘Right-winger,’ ‘Conservative’

Apparently only conservatives and others on the right can be obstructionists, according to Roget’s Thesaurus. In its section for antonyms for obstructionist, “left-winger,” “liberal,” and “progressive” are listed.  More…

Obama Donations Pay Off: Jeffrey Katzenberg to Receive National Arts Medal

Jeffrey Katzenberg, DreamWorks Animation CEO and one of President Barack Obama’s biggest donors, is among the recipients of the National Medal of Arts for 2013, the White House and the National Endowment for the Arts announced on Tuesday. Katzenberg helped raise at least $7 million for Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns, and personally donated $3 million.  More…

Texas woman who sent ricin, sentenced to 18 years in prison

A Texas woman was sentenced Wednesday to 18 years in prison for sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. A federal judge gave Shannon Guess Richardson, 36, the maximum sentence under her plea deal on a charge of possessing and producing a biological toxin.  More…