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Empire State Building

New York City Empire State Building in Mother Teresa debate

The Empire State Building in New York City is one of the most iconic pieces of architecture in the city of millions. Recently, though, the owners of the Empire State Building have faced questions – and a possible City Council resolution – after they refused to participate in a tribute to Mother Teresa. In a
Penn Station

MTA in NYC, NJ Transit and LIRR snowfall disruptions

In the Northeast, huge snowfall totals are snarling business and traffic across multiple states. The website for the New York City MTA, which manages transit in and around New York City, has been practically shut down. New Jersey transit is trying to keep major routes online. The Long Island Rail Road, LIRR, is mostly offline,
Wildfire

West Fire, Tehachapi Fire and others spur state of emergency

In Sacramento this morning, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in Kern County. The Tehachapi fire, which is officially known as the West Fire, is 25 percent contained. The Bull Fire is only 5 percent contained. The State of Emergency allows cash-strapped California to spend money on firefighters and containment. About the Tehachapi
Backpack

2 kids used as drug mules in Philly, parents arrested

Police have arrested two parents in incidents involving marijuana. Police say two kids were used as drug mules in Philly. Three additional people have been arrested in conjunction with this incident. 2 kids used as drug mules in Philly Early Tuesday morning, police made a routine traffic stop in Philadelphia. Rodney Saunders was found to
Photo of a San Diego beachfront food vendor's business location.

Professor Alan Gin: San Diego County job decline leveling

In keeping with the national trend of recession, San Diego County’s job outlook isn’t exactly as shiny as a new catamaran. However, as University of San Diego economics professor Alan Gin recently told the La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club, San Diego is no longer shedding jobs at a record pace. As the La Mesa Patch reports,
Dairy Cow

200 cows dead in Wisconsin – viruses suspected

In yet another mass animal die-off, 200 cows, dead, were discovered on a Wisconsin farm. The National Wildlife Heath Center is investigating the 200 dead cows. These mass die-offs, however, are likely not anything unusual. Wisconsin farmer finds 200 cows dead A Portage County dairy farmer came out to his fields on Friday to make
House fire

Unpaid fee means firefighters let house burn in Tennessee

In Tennessee, rural firefighters let a house burn because the homeowner had not paid a $75 fee. While the fact that firefighters let Gene Cranick’s home burn has sparked outrage, it has also sparked discussion on the cost of public services. The debate about firefighters letting a house burn comes down to individual responsibility versus
New Haven Explosives Homemade bombs

Homemade bombs false alarm | New Haven explosives were fireworks

In New Haven, Conn., a 26-year old man is being questioned about explosives. The New Haven Explosives, which have been erroneously called homemade bombs, were found Wednesday night. No charges have been filed, as the “homemade bombs” found may have actually been fireworks. Reports of smoke led to New Haven explosives called ‘homemade bombs’ On
Sinkhole

Sinkholes wreak havoc | I-24 Sinkhole and Canada sinkhole

If your evening commute includes I-24 in Tennessee, the I-24 sinkhole is sure to throw a wrench into your plans. A deep sinkhole opened up on I-24 between Chattanooga and Nashville, and shut down a 13-mile stretch of the heavily traveled road. In Canada, a wide sinkhole that opened last week killed a family who
Loan

Reno’s mishandling of short term loans going uninvestigated

The city of Reno, Nevada, has found itself in a tough position. The city mishandled short-term loans that were supposed to be paid back in one year. The city’s failure to understand the terms, however, means these loans will be stretched out over 10 years. Reno’s short-term loans The state of Nevada provided more than
Loan

Texas rolling unemployment loan to the private market

Unemployment is high, and with up to 99 weeks of benefits available, states have paid out a lot. The federal government has provided loans to most states to fund unemployment benefits. The interest payments on those loans are coming due, and some states are seeking creative solutions. Federal unemployment loans In order to keep unemployment
Flood waters

Canadian government gives cash advances to flood victims

In Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, Canada, flood victims are already seeing cash advanced from the government to help with cleanup. The loan cash is being funded by the Provincial Disaster Assistance Program. Estimates of the amount of damage from the Maple Creek floods are just now being put together, but the residents are already cleaning up.
Wildland fire in Boulder

Boulder fire prompts evacuation of 1,700 residents

A large fire in Boulder, Colo., is forcing residents and businesses to evacuate. There are two fires that total about 20 acres. There will be power outages as firefighters set back burns to control the fires. Wildland fires cause evacuation The two Boulder fires that are burning outside the Colorado city are causing severe problems.
Oklahoma

Oklahoma Earthquake | 4.3 quake does no significant damage

This morning, at 9:06 local time, an Oklahoma earthquake hit about six miles east of Norman, Okla. The 4.3 magnitude quake was centered about 3.1 miles below the surface of the earth. No major damage or injuries have been reported as a result of the Oklahoma earthquake. Oklahoma earthquake felt across the state The Oklahoma
Casino

Texas lawmakers considering a payday loan from casino interests

There is a new Texas legislature convening soon. This legislature will be facing a huge budget deficit. Casino interests are trying to get the legislature to allow casinos in the state to give a short-term loan to the state budget. Texas gambling interests Lawmakers in Texas are going to be convening their new session in
David Johnston

Change Your Personality By Controlling Self-Talk

Be who you “want” to be and not who you “think” you are! I have one daughter, two step sons and a beautiful wife. I do my best to live life with an open mind and a positive attitude. Reality is perception, some say, and I tend to agree. In the past I have had