Be looking for the TV Police!!!
California appears poised to be first to ban power-guzzling
October 14, 2009
The influential lobby group
Consumer Electronics Assn. is fighting what appears to be a
losing battle to dissuade California regulators from passing the
nation's first ban on energy-hungry big-screen televisions.
On Tuesday, executives and consultants for the Arlington, Va.,
trade group asked members of the California Energy Commission to
instead let consumers use their wallets to decide whether they
want to buy the most energy-saving new models of liquid-crystal
display and plasma high-definition TVs.
Ok...This is insane...I might be
for year round school...with 2 week breaks in between
"semesters," but this is just ridiculous!
More school: Obama would curtail summer vacation
September 27, 2009
Students beware: The summer
vacation you just enjoyed could be sharply curtailed if
President Barack Obama gets his way.
Obama says American kids spend
too little time in school, putting them at a disadvantage with
other students around the globe.
"Now, I know longer school
days and school years are not wildly popular ideas," the
president said earlier this year. "Not with Malia
and Sasha, not in my family, and probably not in yours.
But the challenges of a new century demand more time in the
The president, who has a
sixth-grader and a third-grader, wants schools to add time to
classes, to stay open late and to let kids in on weekends so
they have a safe place to go.
Deadbeats, Freaks, and Creeps:
Your Dating Days Are Numbered
Jennifer Van Grove
September 22, 2009
Imagine this. It’s Friday night
and you’ve had a few cocktails, you’re feeling flirty, fly,
and making a real impression on the ladies (or gents). You give
out your number, but soon notice the mood changing for the
worse, and your would-be conquest is now completely
disinterested. So, what went wrong?
Now that there’s DateCheck (by
app launched at DEMO for instant social web and background
checks, situations like the one we painted above could become
quite common place. The free mobile app that advises you to
“look up before you hook up” conducts a comprehensive
background check using just a name, a phone number, or an email
DateCheck is practically omniscient, working not only to weed
out the real creeps, but to alert you to deadbeats, and even
help you find compatible matches. The search application filters
social web and public record results for the following factors:
Sleaze Detector, Compatibility, Net Worth, Living Situation, and
California Won't Accept Its
By Maria Dinzeo
August 4, 2009
Small businesses that received
$682 million in IOUs from the state say California expects them
to pay taxes on the worthless scraps of paper, but refuses to
accept its own IOUs to pay debts or taxes. The vendors' federal
class action claims the state is trying to balance its budget on
Lead plaintiff Nancy Baird filled
her contract with California to provide embroidered polo shirts
to a youth camp run by the National Guard, but never was paid
the $27,000 she was owed. She says California "paid"
her with an IOU that two banks refused to accept - yet she had
to pay California sales tax on the so-called "sale" of
McMenacing? Cop Accused Of
Pulling Gun At McD's
CBS4 TV Denver
By Brian Maass
June 17, 2009
A Denver police officer has been
suspended after allegedly brandishing his gun at a McDonald's
restaurant in Aurora after his order took too long to fill.
Aurora police confirmed the CBS4 investigation saying the
incident occurred May 21 at the McDonald's at 18181 East Hampden
A spokesperson for the Aurora Police Department said they plan
to present the case -- now classified as a felony menacing
incident -- to the Arapahoe County District Attorney's Office
Thursday for possible filing of criminal charges.
Sources familiar with the case, and the fast food worker's
account of what happened, say two off-duty Denver police
officers placed an order from their car in the early morning
hours of May 21. But once at the drive through window, the
employee said the men became agitated and angry at how long
their food was taking.
States hunt smokers who
dodge sales tax
The Washington Times
By Kristi Jourdan
June 19, 2009
Several states and the District
of Columbia are tracking down smokers who buy cheaper cigarettes
out of their jurisdictions and have even begun tax-collection
procedures that can end in liens put against the offender's
Ohio and Pennsylvania have been
particularly aggressive in trying to collect money from smokers
who dodge local tobacco taxes by purchasing cigarettes online,
from Indian reservations or from states with lower taxes.
In the District, the Office of
Tax and Revenue has mailed notices demanding that cigarette
buyers pay the D.C. sales tax on their past purchases via the
Consumer Use tax return - an order that, if ignored, can provide
the legal basis to seize a person's home.
Pennsylvanians who bought
cigarettes online hit with liens for unpaid taxes
Pittsburgh Tribune Review
By Craig Smith
June 15, 2009
Gladys Kramer couldn't believe
the price of a carton of cigarettes advertised by an Indian
reservation in New York.
"I'd have to have my head
examined not to buy from them," said Kramer, 82, of Butler
A smoker since her teenage years,
she jumped at the chance to buy cigarettes for $14.95 a carton,
ordering 133 cartons between May 2006 and December 2008. A
carton in Pennsylvania today sells for about $53.
Kramer was shocked last month to
receive a notice from the Butler County Prothonotary's Office
saying the state entered a lien against her home of 20 years, to
recover $4,583 in unpaid state cigarette taxes, fees and
"This is getting me
crazy," said Kramer, who acknowledged her Brooklyn, N.Y.,
upbringing is fueling her desire to fight the action. She is
looking for a lawyer to take her case.
Smokers feeling abused as
federal tax hike hits
By Jason Hanna, Jim Spellman, John Couwels, Alan Silverleib and
April 1, 2009
Larry Jukes said he remembers
when he could buy 10 cigarette packs for $2.50.But he'd now take
the days when -- just last month -- he could buy his carton of
choice for $49.
Thanks in part to the
largest-ever federal cigarette tax increase -- a nearly
62-cents-a-pack hike that starts Wednesday but was reflected in
many prices earlier -- Jukes on Tuesday paid more than $58 for a
10-pack carton at the Cigarette Store in Denver, Colorado.
That same store was selling it
about $9 cheaper weeks ago. Jukes and other shoppers there said
they feel stuck and taken advantage of.
"They're picking on us poor
people, the ones that smoke," Jukes, a 65-year-old who has
been smoking since he was a teen, said of the government.
"They have been for years."