Monthly Archives: February, 2010

Leading backer of Labour NHS reforms to advise Tories

Written by Janet A supporter of former PM Tony Blair’s  health reforms is now going to advise the Conservatives arguing that the party is now committed to the NHS.  Professor David Kerr, a leading cancer specialist, will become shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley’s principal clinical adviser – a paid role.   He said efforts to increase …

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Pelosi says GOP has hijacked ‘tea party’ movement

Written by Janet Nancy Pelosi is complaining again. She is questioning whether the conservative “tea party” coalition truly represents a grass-roots movement. In an interview, Pelosi called the Tea Party voters the >astroturf” movement. Pelosi says many of those voters have good intentions but that the Republican Party has hijacked the movement for its gain. …

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Ohio police officers get drunk – on purpose

Written by Janet What’s wrong with this picture?  I’m sure there were other ways to train….In southwest Ohio, law enforcement officers were chugging down alcoholic drinks this week as part of a training exercise on how to give field sobriety tests. Several police officers and deputy sheriffs in Montgomery County volunteered to drink so colleagues …

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Britain: Home-schooled children said more at risk

Written by Janet A British educator said that children being home schooled are twice as likely to be abused and should be closely monitored by social services.  Yeah right.  Since when does a teacher know what’s going on in someone’s home unless they are there?  An isolated case doesn’t mean everyone abuses their kids. Graham …

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8.8 earthquake hits Chile

Written by Janet Quake kills at least 122 people A huge magnitude-8.8 earthquake struck Chile early on Saturday, killing at least 122 people, knocking down homes and hospitals, and triggering a tsunami that rolled menacingly across the Pacific. Chile’s television reported that a 15-storey building collapsed in the hardest-hit city of Concepcion, where buildings caught …

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Authorities find baby and toddler bound, gagged

Written by Janet Police say a baby and toddler have found bound, gagged and left on a bedroom floor in Southern California, and the childrens’ father is being investigated for attempted murder and torture in the case.  Riverside County Sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Brown says deputies responded to the home in the Indian Hills area Friday on …

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Inmate released by mistake

Written by Janet An inmate serving 3 life sentences for attempted murder conned his way out of a Baltimore prison by impersonating his cell mate was once again captured in West Virginia.  Raymond T. Taylor, 26, of New York, was mistakenly released from the Maryland Correctional Adjustment Center on Thursday afternoon. Taylor is serving three …

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80-year-old burglar gets 3 years in Calif. prison

Written by Janet Does the punishment fit the crime?  An 80-year-old woman with a criminal record stretching back to 1955 has been sentenced to three years in state prison for ransacking and stealing cash from a Southern California medical office. Doris Thompson thanked a judge Wednesday for not sending her to Los Angeles County jail, …

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Oregon Woman Becomes U.S. Citizen at Age 104

Written by Janet Marion Pringle has enjoyed many birthdays.  Her 104th may be the most memorable.  That’s when she finally had the proof that she was a US citizen.   The Portland woman was born in Canada in 1906 and no longer drives but needed to renew her license to keep her medical records current — …

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8 year old suspended for taking 4″ gun to school

Written by Janet Austin Anderson, 8, brought a 4-inch-long plastic toy gun to school in late January. It was about the width of a typical Post-it note and would look small sitting next to a deck of playing cards. The gun fit snugly into the hand of the third-grader’s   action figure.  (This case is …

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