• Justices Debate Place Of Offensive Language On License Plates

    Published: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Nazis, jihadis, racial slurs and even "Mighty Fine Burgers" all made cameo appearances at the U.S. Supreme Court Monday as the justices tackled a case of great interest to America's auto-loving public. The question before the court: When, if ever, can the state veto the message on a specialty license plate? Texas, like many other states, makes millions of dollars by issuing these specialty car tags for a fee. The state, over time, has issued 480 such plates and rejected 12. The plate at the center of Monday's case was proposed by the Sons of Confederate Veterans and featured a Confederate battle flag. The state motor vehicle board rejected the design, finding that the flag was offensive to a "significant portion" of the public, NPR reports. The Confederate Veterans group sued, contending its free speech rights were being violated.

  • Teen: Colorado voters were duped into legalizing recreational marijuana

    Published: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Nineteen-year-old Kaleb is 41 days and seven hours sober when he sits down for a long conversation about his marijuana addiction, the Colorado Gazette reports in Part 3 of its 4-part series Clearing the Haze. Two more months, his treatment providers tell him, and he’ll likely be able to deliver his first clean drug test in many years showing no presence of THC, the active ingredient in cannabis that produces a euphoric high and can affect the mind and body for weeks after use — especially if you’re like Kaleb, who was getting high every day along with about 6 percent of American high school seniors. By his own admission, Kaleb, who is days away from his 20th birthday, has spent practically all of his teen years stoned, or “blazed.” He is still coming out of a mental and physical haze — and also coming to terms with the problems that stacked up for him when he checked out of life to pursue recreation of the chemically induced kind.

  • Catholic school requiring prom dress approval

    Published: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    It’s prom season and at one Adams County school, that means prom dress drama. But in this case – parents are getting involved, Fox 43 reports. Delone Catholic High School is requiring students to submit photos of their prom dresses in advance for dress code approval. But parents say students were only told about the photo rule last week, and many of them already bought their dresses – and can’t return them.

  • Musician David Crosby Injures Jogger in Santa Ynez Valley Vehicle Accident

    Published: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    A jogger was airlifted to the hospital after he was hit and injured by a vehicle driven  by legendary musician David Crosby Sunday in the Santa Ynez Valley. Jose Jimenez, 46, was jogging westbound on Baseline when he was struck by a 2015 Black Tesla driven by Crosby, according to the California Highway Patrol.  Crosby's vehicle was travelling at 55 miles an hour, which is the posted speed on the road.  Jimenez was with his son at the time who was not injured.

  • KFOR: One in hospital, others on the loose after shooting at Walmart

    Published: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Police have confirmed that one person was injured and taken to the hospital in unknown condition as a result of a shooting at Walmart, KFOR reports. According to police, that victim is being considered one of the many suspects involved in the shooting ...

  • Will Ferrell Says Racist Frat Song 'A Real Argument For Getting Rid' Of Fraternities Altogether

    Published: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    During a conversation with the New York Times last week, actor Will Ferrell called the racist behavior of a fraternity at the University of Oklahoma "a real argument for getting rid of the system altogether," The Huffington Post reports. Ferrell was a member of Delta Tau Delta during his undergraduate days the University of Southern California. The actor and comedian was answering questions from NYT readers at South by Southwest. Ferrell had been asked if he would comment on his own fraternity experience and "why (or why not) fraternity membership is still a worthy consideration for a college student." "The incident in Oklahoma, that is a real argument for getting rid of the system altogether, in my opinion, even having been through a fraternity," Ferrell said. "Because when you break it down, it really is about creating cliques and clubs and being exclusionary. Fraternities were started as academic societies that were supposed to have a philanthropic arm to them. And when it’s governed by those kind of rules, then they’re still beneficial."

  • Square refuses to lose ground to Facebook in payments

    Published: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    Square, the startup that helped heat up the tech world's interest in mobile payments, seems determined not to lose ground to giant rivals like Facebook and Google, which are posing direct threats, Mashable reports. In a move that could help improve its profitability, Square, the six-year-old payments startup,announced Monday that it is expanding its money transfer service, called Square Cash, from consumers to include businesses throughout the U.S.

  • New Feminist Thor Is Selling Way More Comic Books Than The Old Thor

    Published: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    When Marvel introduced the newly rebooted Thor comic book last October, some fans were bothered by the fact that Thor is now a woman. “Bothered” is an understatement -- the comments ran the entire length of the field between the goalposts of sexist and misogynist while deeply entrenched fans failed to wrap their heads around the fact that in a made-up universe you can do whatever you want, which includes changing the race and sex of long-standing characters, The Huffington Post reports. While the audience breakdown is not available and there’s no way to know if the newThor is bringing in more female readers, it is clear that she’s outselling the last series by A LOT. The first five new Thor books are currently selling more copies than the last five Thor books from 2012 by close to 20,000 copies per month, not including digital copies.

  • Do we need to end the 'war' on cancer?

    Published: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    Fight cancer. Beat cancer. Stand up to cancer. Aggressive militant language pervades discourse on the illness. Yet it is questionable whether there is a health benefit in conceiving of cancer as a monolithic enemy. Not only has the military motif not led to a cure for the disease, but it may actually be detrimental to our health. When people label cancer as an enemy, preventative behaviors that involve limitation and restraint – such as eating less red meat and not smoking – get disregarded or dismissed because fighting involves little self-control. We conceptualize war as a situation in which we have no choice but to engage a hostile force that must be attacked in order to be stopped. Self-limitation is not part of that equation.

  • College player dismissed from team following offensive Mo'ne Davis tweet

    Published: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    A Bloomsburg (Pa.) University baseball player was dismissed from the team on Saturday after posting an offensive tweet about Little League World Series star Mo'ne Davis, Yahoo Sports reports. The tweet was authored by Joey Casselberry, a junior first baseman who was the team's second-leading hitter at the time of his dismissal. It was in reference to Disney Channel's recent announcement of a movie based on Mo'ne Davis' remarkable story. And it was unquestionably offensive, to the point where Bloomsburg's athletic department had no choice but to act as it did. 

  • Taylor Swift buys domain names for porn sites

    Published: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    Ever the savvy businesswoman, Taylor Swift has gone and purchased the domain names TaylorSwift.porn and TaylorSwift.adult, USA TODAY reports. Now before you get any wrong ideas, it’s clearly in Taylor’s best interest. According to CNN Money, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers has expanded its number of generic top-level domains (or gTLDs), which include the basics such as .com, .net and .org. With more repugnant domains like .porn, .adult and .sucks being added to the mix of more than 500 gTLDs, certain companies and people have been invited to register these domains before everyone else can June 1. One such person is the enterprising pop star, who wisely scooped them up before Internet trolls or pervs could (although, it doesn’t seem like she cared about TaylorSwift.sucks?).

  • Vin Diesel names daughter after Paul Walker

    Published: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    Vin Diesel named his fourth child Pauline, in honor of his late best friend and "Fast & Furious" co-star Paul Walker. He revealed the news about his new daughter to Today‘s Natalie Morales in a helicopter ride, USA TODAY reports.  “I’m telling you, it’s because I love you, Natalie. I know that you are a good soul, and I know that this is in good hands… I named her Pauline,” he said.

  • Who should care about the euro? You

    Published: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    If you're wondering who should care about the decline of the euro, the answer is easy: you. USA TODAY reports the pan-European currency used by 19 countries has swooned 22.6% to $1.078 from its 12-month high of $1.393. Why should you care about whether the euro is high, low or somewhere in between? •A falling euro makes it harder for U.S. companies to sell their goods abroad. Suppose you made left-handed monkey wrenches for $100. At the euro's high, that would translate into 71.8 euros. At $1.07 per euro, the same wrench would cost 93.5 euros – a 30% increase.

  • Brian Williams makes first public appearance

    Published: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    Thanks to a big boost from its most prominent alum, Mater Dei Prep has moved closer to being saved, USA TODAY reports. Suspended NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams donated $50,000 to supporters of the embattled Catholic high school during Saturday night's Save the Seraphs Gala, the Asbury Park Press has learned. Williams, a 1977 graduate, and his wife, Jane, attended the gala at Shore Casino inAtlantic Highlands. The event sold out, with 464 people paying $125 apiece for tickets. It raised $95,000 for The Seraph's Fund, which brought the fundraising campaign's total to $962,000.

  • 12,509 illegal kids already over border in second wave, just 1 in 6 returned

    Published: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    The next explosion of illegal teen border crossing is in full swing, but just one-in-six are being sent home, the Washington Examiner reports, with most of the rest settled in the United States, according to new government figures. The U.S. Border Patrol agency reported that they have seized 12,509 illegals under age 18 since October, making it the second biggest surge in history after last year's unprecedented movement of unaccompanied youths across the nation's southern border. However, when compared to the numbers of illegal kids turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, it is clear that most are being "booked in" to U.S. facilities and then released — not sent home.

  • Black market is thriving in Colorado

    Updated: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    A shrinking black market for marijuana was among the biggest benefits Colorado would realize from legalizing and regulating the drug, proponents of Amendment 64 promised in the months leading up to the state’s historic decision to sanction pot’s recreational use.

  • Shawnee News-Star: Shooting reconstruction kit assists in homicide probe

    Published: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    Shawnee police, while investigating a deadly home invasion last weekend, says the Shawnee News-Star, utilized a new shooting reconstruction kit provided to the department by the Shawnee Police Foundation. Shawnee Police Chief Russell Frantz said that kit was extremely beneficial as detectives collected evidence in the shooting death of Karter M. Alderman, 17 ...

  • Is A Confederate Flag License Plate Free Speech?

    Published: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    The U.S. Supreme Court is tackling a question of great interest to America's auto-loving public: Whose speech is that on your specialty license plate? Specifically, asks NPR, when the government issues specialty tags at the behest of private groups or individuals, can it veto messages deemed offensive to others? The specialty plate at the center of Monday's case was proposed by the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Texas division. The tag design featured a square Confederate battle flag, along with the organization's name. Texas produces specialty plates for a fee, but the design must first be approved by the state Department of Motor Vehicles board. The Confederate veterans plate generated considerable controversy.

  • Ted Cruz jump-starts GOP's battle for White House

    Published: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    LYNCHBURG, Va. — Sen. Ted Cruz kicked off a new phase in the 2016 presidential race Monday when he declared himself a candidate for the GOP nomination, setting the stage for a frenetic battle among Republicans eager to take back the White House, USA Today reports. Cruz made it official just after midnight, tweeting, "I'm running for President and I hope to earn your support!"

  • KOCO: School bus involved in crash in southwest Oklahoma City

    Published: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    A school bus has crashed in southwest Oklahoma City, KOCO reports. The bus crash is near SW 36th and Council and involves a Western Heights school bus ...




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