Sunday, August 31, 2014

Flight Diverted When Passengers Feud Over Reclining Seat : The Two-Way : NPR

Flight Diverted When Passengers Feud Over Reclining Seat : The Two-Way : NPR:



"Flying is already a pain. But a story from the Associated Press Tuesday really brings home the point: The wire service reports that an entire plane was diverted on Sunday after a fight broke out over a passenger's right to recline her seat.

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For the record, the maker of the device tells USA Today this is the first time it has heard of anything like this happening with its product."


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See also: "United flight diverts over 'Knee Defender' fighthttp://www.usatoday.com/story/todayinthesky/2014/08/26/knee-defender-fight-united-flight-diverted/14609109/

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As if flying is not already unpleasant enough.... At 6' 3" I am constantly fighting this battle - the battle over the person in front of me on a plane reclining their seat into my knees and my face so that I cannot use the work tray, 'enjoy' my seat - or breathe...

In the past, after observing my plight, the flight attendant, without me asking, has required the person in front of me to put their seat in the upright position.

I too, have very-very politely asked the person on front of me to put their seat in the upright position and had that person absolutely refuse. At that point I usually "Zen it." politely and quietly.

I think that people who recline their seat into the face of the person seated behind them on a airplane are narcissistic sociopaths. Usually when it happens to me, I realize that I have been just given a signal that the person in front of me is aggressively rude and impolite and that I should be frightened of them. All I want to do is get to my destination.  I usually simply avoid any interaction with them - at all costs.

Ultimately I agree with the commenters on the article that believe that it is the fault of the airlines. I am surprised that the planes are still built with reclining seats.  Reclining seats have caused so many problems on these planes that inhumanely pack people into impossible seating arrangements that I have no idea why reclining seat have not been banned...

All that said, I usually just grin and bear it when faced with such incivility. Nowadays, I understand that flying is very unpleasant and I work hard to make the best of it. I just wanna get home - and not make an already very bad situation worse...

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Berkeley City Council Mandates Free Pot for the Poor | KQED News Fix

Berkeley City Council Mandates Free Pot for the Poor | KQED News Fix:

"Berkeley’s medical marijuana dispensaries must provide 2 percent of their cannabis free of charge to very low-income residents under a law passed unanimously by the City Council earlier this month.

Individual patients who make under $32,000, or families that earn less than $46,000, qualify for the complimentary cannabis. The law further requires that the free marijuana “be the same quality on average as medical cannabis that is dispensed to other members.”


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Monday, August 25, 2014

Seattle Washington Space Needle

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Echo 2011 by Jaume Plensa Seattle Washington

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The Seattle Washington Space Needle from the corner of Alaskan Way and Broad St.

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Greek restaurants part of Westminster history - baltimoresun.com

Greek restaurants part of Westminster history - baltimoresun.com

"By Kevin E. Dayhoff, 7:19 a.m. EDT, August 21, 2014

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/carroll/westminster/ph-ce-eagle-archives-0824-20140821,0,757277.story

When Westminster was first laid out by William Winchester in 1764, it was located on one of the three main routes west in what we now know as Carroll County. 


Today these routes are known as Route 30, Route 140, and Route 26.

Winchester formed Westminster at a point one day's travel between Reisterstown and Taneytown on one of these main routes used by settlers as they traveled west. 


 Its emphasis on public safety and the promotion of low taxes, good roads and a pro-business environment encouraged many travelers to stay in the Westminster and Carroll County area.


Not to be overlooked were the good hotels, inns, restaurants and provisioning stores that were quickly established in Westminster to meet the needs of the stream of folks using those routes

That tradition of good restaurants and stores remains in Carroll County and the Westminster area 250 years later..."


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Northern California wine country rattled by magnitude-6.0 earthquake. Damages could surpass $1 billion. - The Washington Post

Northern California wine country rattled by magnitude-6.0 earthquake. Damages could surpass $1 billion. - The Washington Post: "An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 struck the San Francisco Bay area early Sunday, prompting California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) to declare a state of emergency. The earthquake hit just before 3:30 a.m. Pacific time about 10 miles northwest of American Canyon, which is about six miles southwest of Napa, in California’s wine country, according to the U.S. Geological Survey."

Northern California rattled by magnitude 6.0 earthquake, region’s largest quake in 25 years... The quake’s epicenter was in the Napa Valley, according to the USGS.


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Saturday, August 23, 2014

In Ferguson, young demonstrators are finding it’s not their grandparents’ protest - The Washington Post

In Ferguson, young demonstrators are finding it’s not their grandparents’ protest - The Washington Post: "FERGUSON, Mo. — It hasn’t been so easy for traditional civil-rights-era activists in this small St. Louis suburb in recent weeks, where the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer has put them on all-too-familiar turf: challenging the treatment of African American men by police."



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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Go for the wrecks and, if it slows down, there are always the lobster | Fishing | KeysNet

Go for the wrecks and, if it slows down, there are always the lobster | Fishing | KeysNet:

"BY CAPT. CHRIS JOHNSON
KEYSINFONET CONTRIBUTORAugust 13, 2014 "

Some call it the August rut. I call it a great time to head to the reef and load up the cooler, as the reef and wrecks are offering the most consistent fishing right now. The morning is the best time of day to cast a line with the assurance of catching something worth keeping.

http://www.keysnet.com/2014/08/13/498237/go-for-the-wrecks-and-if-it-slows.html#emlnl=Weekly_Newsletter

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Mourners gather at Arlington Cemetery for burial of general killed in Afghanistan - The Washington Post

Mourners gather at Arlington Cemetery for burial of general killed in Afghanistan - The Washington Post:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/mourners-gathering-at-arlington-cemetery-for-burial-of-general-killed-in-afghanistan/2014/08/14/a3430d96-2321-11e4-8593-da634b334390_story.html?hpid=z3


"The 13-gun salute shook the air, releasing a series of cannon booms that instantly conferred a special status on the burial Thursday of Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, the highest-ranking U.S. service member killed in a combat zone since the Vietnam War. The remains of Greene, a two-star general, were carried in a caisson, escorted by two platoons, a band and a riderless horse, protocol for those with ranks of colonel and higher."

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"The 13-gun salute shook the air, releasing a series of cannon booms that instantly conferred a special status on the burial Thursday of Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, the highest-ranking U.S. service member killed in a combat zone since the Vietnam War. The remains of Greene, a two-star general, were carried in a caisson, escorted by two platoons, a band and a riderless horse, protocol for those with ranks of colonel and higher."
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Thursday, August 14, 2014

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Kevin Spacey's old-Hollywood values shape cutting-edge 'House of Cards' - Baltimore Sun

Kevin Spacey's old-Hollywood values shape cutting-edge 'House of Cards' - Baltimore Sun:

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"Even though Spacey is the face of a production that defines the new way TV is being made and watched today, he said his performance started with an appreciation of the past — in this case, the work of the late Ian Richardson, who starred in the original “House of Cards” for the BBC in 1990.

That series, which was adapted from a book by Michael Dobson, featured Richardson’s character talking directly to the audience, as Spacey’s does in “House of Cards.”

“What a great actor and performance,” he said of Richardson as Francis Urquhardt, a wickedly manipulative leader in Parliament.

“The great thing about the original series and Michael Dobson’s book is that they were based on Shakespeare. The direct address is absolutely ‘Richard III.’ ”"

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Kevin Spacey's old-Hollywood values shape cutting-edge
'House of Cards'

Star, executive producer still finds inspiration in
Shakespeare, theater, mentor Jack Lemmon


NEW YORK — The green shoes.

That’s what caught my eye as I sat down across from Kevin
Spacey at the Regency Hotel last week and took a mental snapshot of his outfit
before asking the first question.

Neat, gray pinstriped suit, with a charcoal shirt open at
the collar — and green shoes.

And you know what? He made it work. Spacey looked great.

Unlike many film and TV stars, though, Spacey’s appeal is
far more than skin-deep. As much style as he has, the artistic and intellectual
substance of Kevin Spacey is what impresses most.


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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The major parties in eight states haven’t had a woman nominee for governor since 1970 (and probably ever) - The Washington Post

State trooper recorded rescuing suicidal man on Maryland bridge - The Washington Post



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Friday, August 08, 2014

Tour of Westminster trees taps roots of city's history [Column]

Tour of Westminster trees taps roots of city's history [Column]



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Recreation in Westminster always a hot topic during summer [Column]

Recreation in Westminster always a hot topic during summer [Column]



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Oil from wormseed plants a cash crop for Carroll County farmers [Eagle Archive]

Oil from wormseed plants a cash crop for Carroll County farmers [Eagle Archive]



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Meet the ‘Klingon’ Senate candidate in North Carolina - The Washington Post

Meet the ‘Klingon’ Senate candidate in North Carolina - The Washington Post:



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The glamorous life of a White House journalist, in 2 photos - The Washington Post

The glamorous life of a White House journalist, in 2 photos - The Washington Post:



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Why plagiarism destroyed John Walsh, but Scott DesJarlais may survive a sex scandal - The Washington Post

Why plagiarism destroyed John Walsh, but Scott DesJarlais may survive a sex scandal - The Washington Post:



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Saturday, August 02, 2014

ProPublica By Paul Kiel | Washington Post: USA Discounters hooks some service members with credit before springing the debt trap

ProPublica By Paul Kiel |  Washington Post: USA Discounters hooks some service members with credit before springing the debt trap
By Paul Kiel | ProPublica July 25 
Army Spc. Angel Aguirre needed a washer and dryer.
Money was tight, and neither Aguirre, 21, nor his wife had much credit history as they settled into life at Fort Carson in Colorado in 2010.
That’s when he saw an ad for USA Discounters, guaranteeing loan approval for service members. In military newspapers and magazines, on the radio, and on TV, the Virginia-based company’s ads shout, “NO CREDIT? NEED CREDIT? NO PROBLEM!” The store was only a few miles from Fort Carson.
“We ended up getting a computer, a TV, a ring, and a washer and dryer,” Aguirre said. “The only thing I really wanted was a washer and dryer.”
Aguirre later learned that USA Discounters’ easy lending has a flip side. Should customers fall behind, the company transforms into an efficient collection operation. And this part of its business takes place not where customers bought their appliances, but in two local courthouses just a short drive from the company’s Virginia Beach headquarters.
From there, USA Discounters files lawsuits against service members based anywhere in the world, no matter how much inconvenience or expense they would incur to attend a Virginia court date. Since 2006, the company has filed more than 13,470 suits and almost always wins, records show.
“They’re basically ruthless,” said Army Staff Sgt. David Ray, who was sued in Virginia while based in Germany over purchases he made at a store in Georgia... Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/usa-discounters-hooks-some-service-members-with-credit-before-springing-the-debt-trap/2014/07/25/4def7fcc-0dc4-11e4-b8e5-d0de80767fc2_story.html?wpisrc=nl_eve
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