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Comedians eat up NY Senate's yogurt debate PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Friday, 09 May 2014 16:42
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York Senate’s debate about declaring yogurt the state’s official snack was intended to teach a fourth-grade class about government. But it became a lesson on legislative silliness from David Lettermen and Jon Stewart.
The Senate spent 45 minutes this week debating the merits of the legislation, which was introduced at the urging of students from a dairy-producing area in western New York.
Last Updated on Saturday, 10 May 2014 15:05
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Jordanian journalists turned debate into brawl PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Thursday, 08 May 2014 09:39
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Two journalists in Jordan having a televised debate about the civil war in neighboring Syria literally turned — and overturned — the table on each other during an on-air brawl. The speakers broke apart the studio’s table they had been seated in an attempt to fight each other.
The program aired Tuesday on the “Seven Stars” satellite television channel. It featured journalists Shaker al-Johari and Mohammad al-Jayousi talking about the 3-year-old war pitting rebels against President Bashar Assad’s government, a conflict that activists say has killed more than 150,000 people.
However, the debate fell apart as al-Jayousi accused al-Johari of supporting the Syrian rebels. Al-Johari then accused al-Jayousi of taking money for supporting Assad. The two men fought each other and pulled the table apart in their scuffle.
Last Updated on Thursday, 08 May 2014 10:54
 
Big cats roam free in Philly zoo passageway PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Thursday, 08 May 2014 07:18
HILADELPHIA (AP) — Visitors to the Philadelphia Zoo might want to beware of stray cats: A new enclosed passageway allows lions and tigers to roam outside their exhibits.
Humans, though, can safely gawk at the predators traveling along Big Cat Crossing. The protected, open-air path snakes above the felines’ habitat to an archway over the zoo’s main promenade and ends at a viewing spot along a lake.
The concept for the catwalk unveiled Wednesday stems from the increasingly common practice of animal rotation, which lets animals take in new stimuli while visitors encounter them in unexpected places.
Last Updated on Thursday, 08 May 2014 07:26
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New Hampshire courts upholds anti-police license plate PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Wednesday, 07 May 2014 09:37
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s highest court has ruled the state violated the free speech rights of a man who wanted “COPSLIE” on his license plate.
In a unanimous decision released Wednesday, the state Supreme Court agreed with the arguments of David Montenegro, who wanted the plate to protest what he calls government corruption.
State law prohibits vanity plates that “a reasonable person would find offensive to good taste.” But the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union argued that the law is unconstitutionally vague and gives too much discretion to a person behind a Department of Motor Vehicles counter.
New Hampshire had argued that state workers were right to deny the plate, because the phrase disparages an entire class of people — police officers.
 
Protest to bullying book leads to dad's arrest PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Wednesday, 07 May 2014 07:24
GILFORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man who refused to stop objecting to a book about bullying read by his daughter’s high school English class has been charged with disorderly conduct.
Gilford High School officials tell WMUR-TV that “Nineteen Minutes” has been part of the curriculum since 2007. The book also deals with a school shooting.
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