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September 20th, 2011 By Danny Cross | News | Posted In: Poverty, President Obama, Social Justice, Technology, Death Penalty, LGBT Issues

Morning News and Stuff

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Do you enjoy looking at slideshows of rich people? Here's a good one, themed “Most Corrupt Members of Congress.” Guess which local Eastside representative made the list … Here's a hint: Jean Schmidt.

Gov. Kasich did his part this week to make Ohio cool, offering pharmacy company Omnicare $6 million in tax breaks to move to Cincinnati from Covington. If any of its 500 employees like the way music makes them feel, feel free to tell them about the MidPoint Music Festival this weekend.

Cleveland has a new “Complete and Clean Streets” policy going into effect Jan. 1 requiring that 20 percent of money spent on road projects goes to making streets more pedestrian friendly and energy efficient by including bike-only lanes, crosswalks, energy-efficient lighting and porous pavement.

A Georgia pardons board has denied a plea for clemency for Troy Davis, who was convicted in 1991 for the 1989 murder of an off-duty police officer. It is the fourth time Davis has been scheduled to die, even after several witness have stated in sworn affidavits that they were pressured by police to testify or sign statements against Davis.

According to Amnesty International:

One of the two witnesses who has not recanted his testimony is Sylvester "Red" Coles — the principle alternative suspect, according to the defense, against whom there is new evidence implicating him as the gunman. Nine individuals have signed affidavits implicating Sylvester Coles.

President Obama yesterday offered his debt-reduction plan to a bunch of mopes who are going to complain about it, then he threatened to veto any plan that cuts benefits without raising taxes on the wealthy. Then he started sounding like campaign-Obama:

Spending cuts alone "will not solve our fiscal problems. We can't just cut our way out of this hole," he added. "It's going to take a balanced approach. If we're going to make spending cuts -- many of which we wouldn't make if we weren't facing such large budget deficits -- then it's only right that we ask everyone to pay their fair share."

“Don't Ask, Don't Tell” is no longer an American military policy, just a stupid former policy.

Apple won't tell us anything about the iPhone 5, but there are enough dorks eager enough for information that there exists “leaked documents, secret sources and speculation” suggesting that the new model could be launched in October. PLEASE APPLE GIVE THEM THEIR PHONES SO THEY SHUT UP!

Scientists found a new raptor dinosaur whose big, spiky toe had permanently broken away from the foot joint to be used as a weapon instead of for walking.

Chronic diseases — cancer, diabetes, mental illness, heart disease and respiratory disease — could cost the world $47 trillion over the next 20 years. Probably still worth the delicious taste of corn syrup.

Here's what Ashton Kutcher was like as the Charlie Sheen replacement on CBS's Two and a Half Men. The account  notes that there were no witnesses to Sheen's character being pushed in front of a Paris subway car and suggests that the closed-casket funeral leaves open the possibility for his return to the show someday. But this report says he's real dead, probably at the hands of Rose, whoever the [expletive] that is. Hopefully he comes back as a ghost.

 
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