Sunday, April 12, 2015

Poll shows vast majority of Cubans welcome closer ties with U.S. - By Joshua Partlow and Peyton M. Craighill April 8, 2015 Photographs by Sarah L. Voisin

Washington Post: Poll shows vast majority of Cubans welcome closer ties with U.S. - By Joshua Partlow and Peyton M. Craighill April 8, 2015 Photographs by Sarah L. Voisin

By Joshua Partlow and Peyton M. Craighill April 8, 2015

Photographs by Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post

Must see Sarah L. Voisin’s photography wonderful work on Cuba assignment – I am green with envy. Just saying: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/poll-shows-vast-majority-of-cubans-welcome-closer-ties-with-us/2015/04/08/6285bfe4-d8c3-11e4-bf0b-f648b95a6488_story.html?wpisrc=al_alert

MEXICO CITY — The vast majority of Cubans welcome warmer relations with the United States, holding high expectations that closer ties pledged by the two countries will shake up the island’s troubled economy, according to a new survey of Cuban citizens. But they are doubtful that the diplomatic detente will bring political reforms to their communist country.

The poll of residents on the island shows a people unhappy with the political system, eager to end the U.S. embargo and disenchanted with their state-run economy. More than half of Cubans say they would like to leave the country for good if they had the chance.

The survey, done through 1,200 in-person interviews, was conducted in March by the Miami-based research firm Bendixen & Amandi International on behalf of the networks Univision Noticias and Fusion. It is being reported in collaboration with The Washington Post.


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U.S. to file complaint over Russian fighter intercept | National News - WBAL Home

U.S. to file complaint over Russian fighter intercept | National News - WBAL Home

(CNN) —After a Russian fighter jet intercepted a U.S. reconnaissance plane in an "unsafe and unprofessional manner" earlier this week, the United States is complaining to Moscow about the incident.

On Tuesday, a U.S. RC-135U was flying over the Baltic Sea when it was intercepted by a Russian SU-27 Flanker. The Pentagon said the incident occurred in international airspace north of Poland.

Read more: http://www.wbaltv.com/national/us-to-file-complaint-over-russian-fighter-intercept/32321444?utm_campaign=WBALTV&utm_content=5529ee0004d301088e000005&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=trueAnthem:+New+Content

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Don Surber: Oakland raises unemployment

A big thanks to Don Surber for calling this to our attention...

Don Surber: Oakland raises unemployment

In November the people of Oakland, California, voted to increase minimum wage to just under $25,000 a year for a full-time job ($12.25 an hour). Their vote triggered the loss of jobs, businesses and hours for workers.

A survey by the Employment Policies Institute found that 27% of owners say it is somewhat or very likely the forced pay hike will force them to close.

47% said the hike forced them to raise prices.

30% said the hike forced them to reduce worker hours.

17% said the hike forced them to lay off workers.

The institute told the tale of a few employers: Read more here...


http://donsurber.blogspot.com/2015/04/oakland-raises-unemployment.html
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News from The Hill Obama meets with Cuban leader Raul Castro - By Elliot Smilowitz

News from The Hill

Obama meets with Cuban leader Raul Castro

By Elliot Smilowitz

President Obama met with Cuban leader Raul Castro on Saturday afternoon, in what Obama called a “historic meeting.”

"We are now in a position to move on a path toward the future,” Obama said, according to pool reports.

[...]

“Obama meets with Castro but refused to meet w/ @Netanyahu,” former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush tweeted, citing Obama’s snub of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last month.

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The president indicated he saw no point in continuing frosty relations with Cuba.


“I’m not interested in having battles that frankly started before I was born,” Obama said. “The Cold War’s been over for a long time.”

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Maryland governor plans trade trip to China, Japan, S. Korea - By Brian Witte | AP April 6, 2015

Maryland governor plans trade trip to China, Japan, S. Korea 


By Brian Witte|AP April 6, 2015


ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is planning an economic development trip to Asia this spring. Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/maryland-governor-plans-trade-trip-to-china-japan-s-korea/2015/04/06/b68868ca-dc89-11e4-b6d7-b9bc8acf16f7_story.html
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Friday, April 10, 2015

New University Of Oklahoma Diversity Chief Was Discriminated Against As A Student There

New University Of Oklahoma Diversity Chief Was Discriminated Against As A Student There

By JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS Posted: 04/10/2015

TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- The University of Oklahoma's new chief of diversity programs says he knows why he's the right fit for the job after a racist video roiled the school last month: He experienced discrimination when he was a student at the Norman campus in the 1990s.

Read more here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/10/oklahoma-diversity-chief_n_7044792.html?ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000056

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Oct 27, 2011 Maryland State Police STATE Team Commander, 1st Sergeant Runk

The S.T.A.T.E.  Team
(SWAT) was created in 1979 to provide the Maryland State Police with a team of
highly trained troopers to respond to high-risk incidents beyond the capability
and knowledge of other troopers.

S.T.A.T.E. handles hostage barricade incidents, high risk
warrant services, dignitary protection, WMD/CBRNE incidents, waterborne
operations, and terrorism-related incidents. The group also serves as a
training and evaluation resource for the Maryland State Police Academy,
in-service personnel, and allied agencies on local, state, federal and
international levels. Topics range from patrol, firearms and tactics, such as
active shooter response. The team also regularly assists allied police
departments with the resolution of critical incidents.
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India leads rescue of foreign nationals, including Americans, trapped in Yemen - The Washington Post #YemenEvacuation

India leads rescue of foreign nationals, including Americans, trapped in Yemen - The Washington Post By Ishaan Tharoor April 8, 2015 

Yemen is in the midst of a spiraling crisis. A Saudi-led bombing campaign against the country's Houthi rebels has led to stark warnings of a looming humanitarian disaster. Food is running out, the water supply is dwindling, and hundreds of Yemeni civilians have perished.

Things are also tough for foreign nationals trapped in the escalating conflict. The Saudi-led offensive has virtually caused all flights in and out of the country to be canceled; main seaports are either blockaded or in the midst of battles between rival militias. Embassies have been shuttered.

More so than any other nation, India has taken the lead in the rescue of foreigners trapped in Yemen, evacuating more than 550 foreigners from 32 countries, including a dozen Americans and three Pakistanis.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2015/04/08/india-leads-rescue-of-foreign-nationals-including-americans-trapped-in-yemen/?tid=pm_world_pop_b

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The scale of the Indian effort has spurred a fair amount of pride and triumphalism among Indians on social media, which you can find under the #YemenEvacuation hashtag.
It's also led to a moment of bonhomie between India and archrival Pakistan. On Wednesday, Indian officials acknowledged that authorities in Islamabad had arranged for the evacuation of 11 Indians aboard a Pakistani naval vessel and flew them on a special plane from Karachi to India.
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Thursday, April 09, 2015

Et tu, Microsoft? Company's default setting will now let third parties take your data.

Et tu, Microsoft? Company's default setting will now let third parties take your data.:

By Dave Smith 

 http://www.slate.com/blogs/business_insider/2015/04/03/et_tu_microsoft_company_s_default_setting_will_now_let_third_parties_take.html?wpsrc=slatest_newsletter&sid=5388f43add52b8e41100cd7e 

This post originally appeared on Business Insider.
Microsoft on Friday updated its approach to “Do Not Track” for all future versions of its Web browsers, saying it “will no longer enable it as the default state.”
“Do Not Track” is all about protecting your online privacy. It’s a simple mechanism on most Web browsers that lets you opt out of tracking from third parties, including websites you don’t visit. 
As the standards around “Do Not Track” keep evolving, so do the public policies. TheWorld Wide Web Consortium (W3C) just offered up a new draft that sheds light on the new standard (Microsoft bolded the final line for added emphasis):
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Secret Service-sexual misconduct: High-ranking supervisor suspended after allegations of misconduct and potential criminal activity.

Secret Service-sexual misconduct: High-ranking supervisor suspended after allegations of misconduct and potential criminal activity.:

By Josh Voorhees

The Secret Service has yet another party problem on its hands.
The agency confirmed Wednesday evening that it had placed a high-ranking supervisor on administrative leave and suspended his security clearance as a result of what a spokesman called “allegations of misconduct and potential criminal activity.”

The Washington Post, citing a pair of law enforcement officials in the know, filled in the details: A female agent is accusing her married boss, Xavier Morales, of making “unwanted sexual advances” and grabbing her at the agency headquarters after they returned to the office following a party at a downtown brewpub on the night of March 31:

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Black Actress Says Her Family Doesn't Speak To Her | The Daily Caller

Black Actress Says Her Family Doesn't Speak To Her | The Daily Caller

CHUCK ROSS Reporter

Stacey Dash, an actress best known for her role in the movie “Clueless” and more recently as a contributor to Fox News, says she is no longer on speaking terms with some family members and friends because they disagree with her conservative political views.
“My family and I have not spoken,” the 47-year-old Dash said in an interview with The Edit.
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Wednesday, April 08, 2015

This day in history: Maryland State Police remembers a Fallen Hero: Officer Kuhn, motorcycle accident on April 8, 1934

MSP remembers a Fallen Hero who ended his watch with the Maryland State Police 81 years ago today.

Officer Kuhn, 26 years old, was operating his motorcycle, equipped with a sidecar on April 8, 1934 when he was killed.

He crashed into the rear of a wagon without regulation rear lights. Believed to have been blinded by the bright headlights of an oncoming vehicle, Kuhn's sidecar hit a wheel of the wagon. He was thrown from the motorcycle onto the concrete roadway near Mardela Springs outside of Salisbury.



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Why Retailers Ask for Your ZIP Code By ANN CARRNS APRIL 1, 2013


Why Retailers Ask for Your ZIP Code By ANN CARRNS APRIL 1, 2013


I usually dread shopping in stores. Trying on clothes is tedious, and sometimes completing the actual purchase is, too. Retailers like to ask for all sorts of information as they’re ringing up your merchandise, like your e-mail address and ZIP code. I just want to pay and be on my way, and they give me the third degree.

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The result can be unwanted catalogs and other junk mail. (To get a simple idea of the cumulative impact of each tidbit of information, try searching for your name alone on Google search, and then search again using your name and ZIP code, and see how much more data comes back. If you have an uncommon name — as I do — it’s eye opening.)

In March, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that collecting ZIP codes for credit card purchases violates a state consumer protection law… http://bucks.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/01/why-retailers-ask-for-your-zip-code/?_r=1

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Don Surber: Chelsea called Secret Service pigs?

Don Surber: Chelsea called Secret Service pigs?:  http://donsurber.blogspot.com/2015/04/chelsea-called-secret-service-pigs.html

A new book on the Clintons says Chelsea Clinton referred to the Secret Service personnel assigned to protect her and her parents as "pigs."

When an agent angrily confronted her for her bratty remark, she said, "Well, that’s what my mother and father call you."


Read more: http://donsurber.blogspot.com/2015/04/chelsea-called-secret-service-pigs.html
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9-year-old destroys Florida’s new standardized test in front of school board - The Washington Post

9-year-old destroys Florida’s new standardized test in front of school board - The Washington Post:

 April 7, 2015

"Meet Sydney Smoot, a 9-year-old fourth grader in Hernando County, Fla., who has more confidence than many adults. Smoot wrote (with help from her mom) and powerfully delivered (all by herself) a speech about Florida’s new standardized test, the FSA, or Florida Standards Assessment that drew loud applause from the audience."  

Read more - this is fascinating... and well-written...  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/04/07/9-year-old-destroys-floridas-new-standardized-test-in-front-of-school-board/?wpisrc=nl_evening&wpmm=1

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Tuesday, April 07, 2015

UPDATE on funeral arrangements for Retired MSP F/Sgt Pete Edge

1st Sgt Pete Edge MSP retired died April 4, 2015

1st Sgt Pete Edge MSP retired died April 4, 2015. Arrangements for Pete Edge are scheduled at Bethel Baptist Church in Ellicott City. 12-8 pm Fri Viewing and 1100 am Sat Funeral. http://kevindayhoffwestgov-net.blogspot.com/2015/04/1st-sgt-pete-edge-msp-retired-died.html


UPDATE on funeral arrangements for Retired MSP F/Sgt Pete Edge

Hat Tip to Eric Danz who called to my attention at the Maryland Troopers Association Lodge # 20 meeting yesterday that the MTA website has more information on First Sgt. Pete Edge’s funeral:

Death notification – Retired F/Sgt. Peter F. Edge


We regret to inform you of the death of Retired First Sergeant Peter F. Edge over this past weekend.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Pete's family and many friends at this difficult time.

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR RETIRED FIRST SERGEANT PETER F. EDGE

The visitation and funeral arrangements for retired First Sergeant Peter F. Edge are as follows:

Visitation: Friday, April 10, 2015, from 12:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Funeral: Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.

Both the visitation and funeral will occur at the same location which is:

Bethel Baptist Church
4261 Montgomery Road
Ellicott City, MD 21043
410-465-5690

Interment will be private.

Active duty Maryland State Police uniform personnel attending the funeral are requested to wear the Class A uniform.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made in memory of First Sergeant Edge to either:

MD Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors
P.O. Box 43
Worton, MD 21678

Special Olympics Maryland
3701 Commerce Drive
Suite 103
Baltimore, MD 21227
www.somd.org Click on “donate” and follow instructions to donate in memory of someone.


Additional information will be forthcoming as soon as it becomes available.
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Monday, April 06, 2015

1st Sgt Pete Edge MSP retired died April 4, 2015


1st Sgt Pete Edge MSP retired died April 4, 2015. 

Arrangements for Pete Edge are scheduled at Bethel Baptist Church in Ellicott City. 12-8 pm Fri Viewing and 1100 am Sat Funeral.



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