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U.S. airlines seek permission to keep passengers waiting on the tarmac for more than 3 hours

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Now that Federal Aviation Administration furloughs have gone into effect, the U.S. Department of Transportation is considering lifting a rule that says airplanes can't remain on the tarmac for more than three hours for domestic flights before allowing passengers to deplane.

The tarmac delay rule was put into place in 2009 after a series of incidents in which passengers were stranded on airplanes for lengthy periods of time. The Department of Transportation mentions one case of a six-hour ground delay in Rochester, Minn.

Two airline industry associations filed a motion with the Department of Transportation requesting a moratorium on the rule for at least 90 days or until the FAA furloughs end. They cite the " substantial delay and disruption to air travel that will occur at U.S. airports from the FAA decision to implement daily ground delays and reduce air traffic control personnel" as part of the federal spending cuts known as the sequester.

The motion notes that about 6,700 flights will be delayed daily at 13 of the country's busiest airports now that the furloughs have started. And that doesn't take into consideration bad weather, staffing problems or " any other issues that could affect daily operations."

TV

Media magic: not one angry person in Boston

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Shocked? Horrified? Grief-stricken? Determined? Yes, Boston residents who voiced those feelings passed through the media filters and were interviewed on camera.

But angry? Deeply angry at what happened at the Marathon and ready to give vent to it? The screeners took a pass.

I wrote about this subject after the Sandy Hook murders, and it applies to the Aurora massacre as well.

The sober sepulchral tones of media anchors, and their extreme deference to FBI, police, and politicians, form a hypnotic induction for viewers...and these leaders don't want to break the spell, which is exactly what anger does.

Therefore, it's a no-go.

Anger is a spark that fires up and spreads. So dampen it. Ignore it. Don't show it on television news. Instead, say this: "Step back, everybody, huddle in your homes, let the pros do their job, they'll catch the killers, look at the photos they want you to look at, remain calm, depend on designated officials."

This is the new American dream.

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85% of U.S. teens now being affected by cyberbullying

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Audrie's mother Sheila Pott stands next to a photo of her daughter during a press conference at the Radisson Hotel in San Jose, CA Monday April 15th, 2013.
Cyberbullying among teens has shot up in frequency in recent years, from affecting just 6 percent of kids in 2000 to 85 percent today, polls show.

Among those in the 85 percent is Audrie Pott, a 15-year-old girl from Saratoga who hanged herself in September after a cell phone picture of her, unconscious after an alleged sexual assault, was circulated around her high school via texts and in person. Three 16-year-old boys were arrested last week in connection with her death.

Cell phones, in teens' hands, make the kids more likely to bully others electronically, experts say. Helping drive this phenomenon is a sense of callousness from communicating electronically and the growth of a documentation mentality, detailed here.

Heart - Black

ACLU: Detroit police dumping homeless outside city

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan says Detroit police are removing homeless people from the popular Greektown entertainment district downtown and dropping them off miles away - sometimes outside the city.

Following a year-long investigation, the ACLU filed a complaint with the U.S. Justice Department and sent a letter to Detroit police demanding an end to what they call a "disturbing practice."

"DPD's practice of essentially kidnapping homeless people and abandoning them miles away from the neighborhoods they know - with no means for a safe return - is inhumane, callous and illegal," said Sarah Mehta, ACLU of Michigan staff attorney. "The city's desire to hide painful reminders of our economic struggles cannot justify discriminating against the poor, banishing them from their city, and endangering their lives. A person who has lost his home has not lost his right to be treated with dignity."

The organization says it started receiving complaints last year and that the homeless are told they are not welcome in Greektown, which is popular with visitors to Detroit. The people are then forced in to vans, driven away and then deserted.


Bizarro Earth

Gosnell nurse: I saw at least ten babies breathing before they were killed

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The final prosecution witness against Kermit Gosnell, the abortion doctor on trial for the capital murder of seven babies and one adult patient, was Kareema Cross, a former employee of Gosnell's. Thursday Cross testified that she saw ten babies breathe before Gosnell killed them.

The AP reports that Cross "saw the babies' chests move but was told by Gosnell they were not breathing." She also claims to have seen three of the babies move their limbs and another let out a "soft whine," before they were aborted alive.

Bomb

Hooters bomb threat shuts down Hollywood Boulevard

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Police cordon off Hollywood Boulevard after repiorts a man left a bomb in the Hooters restaurant.
A man claiming to have an explosive in his lunch box drew police response near the Chinese Theatre on Thursday afternoon.

A stretch of Hollywood Boulevard is shut down after a man notified the Los Angeles Police Department that he had brought a lunch box containing a bomb inside the Hooters restaurant located across from the TCL Chinese Theatre.

The stretch of road between Orange and Highland remains closed at this time as police evaluate the situation.

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5 vital strategies for peacefully underthrowing the status quo

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In this article I am going to list the 5 strategies for achieving freedom that I am most supportive of right now, and offer a brief description of how they work and why I believe they are effective approaches to meeting this goal.

One of the main obstacles that tie the general population to the status quo is that many people are looking for a step by step process for how we can peacefully neutralize the power structure and achieve peace on this planet. This step by step process is not a possibility, because human actions and the advancement of technology are both totally unpredictable.

Sadly, it seems that people are waiting for a list of instructions that could never exist. However, there is definitely hope, because although we cannot precisely chart the course to freedom, we can develop workable solutions that will lead us in the right direction and help us achieve greater levels of peace in our own lives. In this article I am going to list the 5 strategies that I am most supportive of right now, and offer a brief description of how they work and why I believe they are effective approaches to meeting this goal.

Attention

Fire and explosion in Moscow apartment building kills 3, injures 7

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Three people, including a child, died and as many as seven others have been injured in a fire and explosion in an apartment building in Moscow. The blast was so strong that a balcony was dislodged and several cars nearby damaged.

The three dead in a fire which followed the explosion in one of Moscow's apartment blocks are a man, a woman and a little girl.

"17 people sought medical help, including four children. Seven were hospitalized with two children among them," according to Russia's Emergencies' Ministry official, cited by ITAR-TASS.

One of the injured is a 14-year old teenager who sustained burns of up to 60 per cent of his body according to reports from the capital's Medvedkovo neighborhood in the north. Another of the injured is reported to have 100 per cent of burns to the body.

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Sixteen years for espionage; life in jail for whistleblowing

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Anonymous supporters of Bradley Manning.
Spc. William Millay, a 25-year-old military policeman, was sentenced this week to 19 years in jail; a sentence reduced to 16 years after a plea deal, minus time served, for attempting to commit espionage and for illegally communicating "unclassified national defense information that could be used to the advantage of a foreign nation," according to an Army press release.

The prosecution of Spc. Millay is strikingly lenient relative to that of Pfc. Bradley Manning, 25-year-old intelligence analyst on trial for passing documents to WikiLeaks. Manning sought to expose documents revealing crimes, abuse, and corruption to the American people, through WikiLeaks, and he faces a potential life sentence. The government charges him with Espionage and with 'Aiding the Enemy.'

Millay "admitted to trying to pass on classified information to someone he believed was a Russian agent," according to Reuters' report. An FBI agent said, "Millay betrayed his nation's trust by attempting to sell classified national defense information for profit to a foreign nation."

Contrast that motive with Bradley Manning's. In chat logs with government informant Adrian Lamo, Manning hypothesized, "what if i were someone more malicious...i could've sold to russia or china, and made bank?"

People

Nevada buses hundreds of mentally ill patients to cities around country

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James Flavy Coy Brown, who suffers from mood disorders, is reunited with his daughter Shotzy Faith Harrison in Sacramento Thursday after a Nevada psychiatric hospital bused him to the capital with no medication or identification.

Over the past five years, Nevada's primary state psychiatric hospital has put hundreds of mentally ill patients on Greyhound buses and sent them to cities and towns across America.

Since July 2008, Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas has transported more than 1,500 patients to other cities via Greyhound bus, sending at least one person to every state in the continental United States, according to a Bee review of bus receipts kept by Nevada's mental health division.

About a third of those patients were dispatched to California, including more than 200 to Los Angeles County, about 70 to San Diego County and 19 to the city of Sacramento.

In recent years, as Nevada has slashed funding for mental health services, the number of mentally ill patients being bused out of southern Nevada has steadily risen, growing 66 percent from 2009 to 2012. During that same period, the hospital has dispersed those patients to an ever-increasing number of states.

By last year, Rawson-Neal bused out patients at a pace of well over one per day, shipping nearly 400 patients to a total of 176 cities and 45 states across the nation.

Nevada's approach to dispatching mentally ill patients has come under scrutiny since one of its clients turned up suicidal and confused at a Sacramento homeless services complex. James Flavy Coy Brown, who is 48 and suffers from a variety of mood disorders including schizophrenia, was discharged in February from Rawson-Neal to a Greyhound bus for Sacramento, a place he had never visited and where he knew no one.