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Beverly, Massachusetts cancels Memorial Day parade due to lack of veterans


This Sunday, the streets of Beverly will look just like they always do. And that's the problem, some veterans say. The city has cancelled its annual Memorial Day parade for what's believed to be the first time since the end of the Civil War.

Many veterans who were gathered at the Herman A. Spear American Legion Post on Friday night are upset by the decision.

"It's not right to me," says Ron Innocenti. He is a Vietnam veteran who has not only marched in the city's Memorial Day parade in the past, he says he has also been its grand marshal.

He hates to cancel because of the message it sends to men and women serving now.

"It's a slap in the face to them that we're not doing it," he says. "But on the other hand, I can see why we're not doing it because of the age of the veterans we have now."
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Jamaican woman kills and beheads estranged husband's 4 year old daughter, dumps body in sinkhole

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Onlookers gather outside the crime scene where four-year-old Natasha Brown was dumped in a sinkhole in her Duanvale community after she was reportedly beheaded.
'Dat a wickedniss'

The Trelawny police have confirmed that a woman in her early 40s has confessed to Monday's murder of her estranged common-law husband's four-year-old daughter, who was beheaded and her body dumped in a sinkhole in Duanvale, ironically as the world celebrates Childs Month.

"She has admitted knowledge of it," a high-ranking police officer told the Observer West last night, refusing to give details.

The deceased has been identified as Natasha Brown, a student of the Duanvale Basic School.

The entire community was plunged into shock and anxiety later Monday after it was discovered that little Natasha did not report for school that day, even though she had left home for the institution.

The police who initiated an Ananda alert after they were summoned, subsequently - along with residents - launched a search in the deep rural community. It was later announced that a small human frame was spotted in a sinkhole, located in a rugged terrain in a section of the community called Faith Avenue, which is only accessible by foot.

Efforts were then made to fish the body from the sinkhole.
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Albert Einstein was correct about technology?

Jim got this email forward from a listener and had to share this one. It looks as if Albert Einstein was right. Albert Einstein was fearful of the growth of technology and its effect on the human race.Here is Albert Einstein's quote:
"I fear the day when the technology overlaps with our humanity. The world will only have a generation of idiots."
Now keep that quote in mind and look at the photos below and tell us that Albert Einstein's prophecy years ago hasn't come true.

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Friend of Boston bombing suspect unarmed when killed by FBI


Ibragim Todashev, who was killed during an FBI interview last week, was unarmed when he was fatally shot, fueling speculation that his association with Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was enough, in the eyes of police, to be fatal.

The death of Ibragim Todashev has been shrouded in mystery since he was mortally wounded during an interview with FBI agents on May 22. Before Wednesday's admission that the 27-year-old was unarmed at the time of his death, investigators offered conflicting accounts of what happened in Todashev's final minutes.

Todashev associated with Tamerlan Tsarnaev from mixed martial arts and boxing circles in the Boston area before he moved from Cambridge, Massachusetts to Orlando, Florida. FBI officials maintained he was never a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing.

Investigators did say, however, that the matter would be the subject of a probe that is expected to last for several months.

"The FBI takes very seriously any shooting incidents involving our agents and as such we have an effective, time-tested process for addressing them internally," FBI spokesman Paul Bresson said in a statement Wednesday.

"The review process is thorough and objective and conducted as expeditiously as possible under the circumstances."
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Lost trigger-happy cops kill 72-year-old Texas man inside his garage across the street from the burglary call

The widow of a 72-year-old Texas man is searching for answers after Fort Worth police shot and killed him on Tuesday while responding to a burglary call involving a house across the street.

"Married 46 years, and, you know, somebody gets a little trigger-happy and away they go," Kathy Waller said to WFAA-TV on Tuesday after her husband, Jerry Waller, was shot inside the couple's garage.

Kathy Waller told KHOU the couple noticed police in their Fort Worth neighborhood just after 1 a.m. Tuesday morning. Her husband grabbed his .38-caliber handgun and went downstairs to see what was happening. She said to the station she heard six gunshots afer he opened the garage door.

The Dallas News reported on Tuesday that authorities said in a statement that the two officers were "engaged by an adult male armed with a handgun" and shot him in fear for their safety. Jerry Waller was pronounced dead at the scene.
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America the only developed country with no guaranteed paid vacation or holidays


Happy Memorial Day! If your employer is giving you the day off, with pay, pat yourself on the back. You're one of the lucky ones! As this graph from the Center for Economic and Policy Research shows, the United States is the only developed country that doesn't guarantee its workers either paid vacation or holidays:
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Miami-Dade police choke black teenager because he was giving them "dehumanizing stares"

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Florida - Fourteen-year-old Tremaine McMillian didn't threaten police. He didn't attack them. He wasn't armed. All the black teenager did was appear threatening by shooting Miami-Dade police officers a few "dehumanizing stares," and that was apparently enough for the officers to decide to slam him against the ground and put him in a chokehold.

During Memorial Day weekend, McMillian was rough-housing with another teenager on the sand. Police approached the teen on an ATV and told him that wasn't acceptable behavior. They asked him where his parents were, but MicMillian attempted to walk away. The officer jumped off the ATV, and tried to physically restrain the teen. According to CBS Miami, police say the 14-year-old kid gave them "'dehumanizing stares,' clenched his fists and appeared threatening."

McMillian says he was carrying a six-week old puppy at the time and couldn't have been clenching his fists because he was feeding the dog with a bottle. He claims that during the confrontation the dog's front left paw was injured while officer forcibly separated him from the dog.

The officer then forced McMillian to the ground and put him in a choke hold.
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Tea kettle or Adolf Hitler? JCPenney billboard stirs controversy


Culver City - Was it a stroke of advertising genius or much ado about nothing?

A billboard in Culver City that promoted a designer tea kettle from JCPenney and has had bloggers buzzing about its uncanny resemblance to former German Nazi Chancellor Adolf Hitler has been taken down.

The ad, which was able to be seen off the 405 Freeway near Centinela Boulevard, was for the Bells and Whistles Stainless Steel Tea Kettle, part of a line of exclusive Michael Graves-designed kitchenware for the department store.

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Cambodian factory workers clash with police

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Nike has said that it is "concerned" about the allegations.
At least 23 workers were hurt in Cambodia when police used stun batons to end a protest over pay at a factory that makes clothing for sportswear company Nike, a worker and a trade union representative said.

Police with riot gear were deployed on Monday to move about 3,000 workers, mostly female, who had blocked a road outside their factory owned by Sabrina (Cambodia) Garment Manufacturing in Kompong Speu province, west of the capital, Phnom Penh.

A Nike spokeswoman in the United States told Reuters by e-mail that the company was "concerned" about the allegations and was investigating.

Nike requires contract manufacturers to respect employees' rights to freedom of association, the spokeswoman added.

Sun Vanny, president of the Free Trade Union (FTU) at Sabrina, told Reuters news agency the injured had included a woman who was two months pregnant and who had lost her child after military police pushed her to the ground.
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German finance minister Schaeuble warns of revolution

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German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble has warned that failure to win the battle against youth unemployment could tear Europe apart.
Let the austerity backlash begin. Who knew that an excel error could cause so much social strife. Granted common sense would have got you there, but this is politics. German Finance Minister Schaeuble warned on Tuesday that unless Europe wins the battle against youth unemployment, revolution is a distinct possibility.

The dreaded r-word came about as some corners push to reform the welfare standards to closely correlate with American standards. This would be a monumental mistake according the German finance minister. Youth unemployment as it stands now across the EU is at 25%, double the rate of older citizens.

Eu countries such as Germany, Italy and France are backing urgent action to tackle the issue before it becomes even more systemic than it already is. Anecdotes out of Spain have college graduates turning 30 without ever having a job. The problem is definitely have a social spillover as evidenced by the riots in Stockholm.

Labor ministers out of Italy are saying that they have the best educated generation and policies are essentially putting their future on hold. Schaeuble told a conference that if US welfare standards were enacted in the EU, the revolution would start the same day. It is completely untenable to adopt that set of rules.

Granted the youth unemployment picture here stateside is not exactly the best. Most of the job creation in recent months have gone to the older populace with the younger generation looking more and more like a carbon copy of an EU nation.

The solutions to the problem are not known, but the central banks willingness to continue the QE policies that have failed to generate any real job growth. If you broke down the amount injected by QE and applied it on a per job it works out to $500k per job created. Enough to give a person a 50k a year salary for ten years. Which is the better model, Dow 15k or systemic unemployment? Not really a trick question.
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