Suspect Drives Through Schoolyard During Police Pursuit

NATO puts pressure on Afghanistan to sign troop agreement

Afghanistan soliders

The victim told police they’d been struck several times in the head by the suspect. As officers were speaking with the victim, the suspect vehicle drove by and was identified by the victim. Police attempted to stop the vehicle, a 1988 Chevy S-10, but the driver fled down Margarette Avenue, through a field at Catawba Heights Elementary School where the vehicle struck a fence and continued onto Ida Street. The suspect then headed northbound on I-85 before turning around and heading southbound at the Lowell exit. At this point, officers ceased following the suspect, and the suspect vehicle was later found abandoned near exit 27. Authorities say the suspect fled the scene on foot. The S-10 was found to have been reported stolen from Mount Holly. The driver, whose name hasn’t been released, was identified by police. The suspect will be charged with felony speeding to elude arrest, larceny of a motor vehicle, damage to property, careless and reckless driving and driving while license revoked. Police say the investigation into the assault is ongoing and charges are pending.
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A (very) brief history of the state gas tax on its 95th birthday

(Pittsburgh Press, May 21, 1939, courtesy of Google News)

But its now coming out of the closet, so to speak. Mike Huckabee, the Fox News host who is weighing a second White House run, used an interview with Bill OReilly to float the issue. He isnt sure Clinton will run, Huckabee said: Shes going to be at an age where its going to be a challenge for her. Its a fact that Clinton would turn 69 shortly before the 2016 election. And voters are entitled to consider any factors they want. But should the media raise the visibility of the age question? Veteran handicapper Charlie Cook did just that in his National Journal column: The choice to run for president is effectively a nine-year commitment: one year to run, another four years if she wins a first term finishing up that term at age 73 and then, assuming she runs for reelection and wins, serving four more years to end a second term at 77 years of age. None of this is to say that the age issue could successfully be used against her. After all, Reagan won the presidency at the same age. But how many 67-year-olds make nine-year commitments, and what concerns have to be addressed if they do? Hillary would hardly be the first candidate to face such questions. As popular as Ronald Reagan was in 1984, he still had to fend off questions about his age after a meandering performance in the first debate ( leading to his second-debate joke about not exploiting Walter Mondales youth and inexperience).
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Dated Marina del Rey to get a modern makeover

Truce called in longtime feud between L.A. County water districts

But the guy who invented it Loyal M. Graham became disillusioned with his own idea,the Beaver County Times reported in 1962 : Oregon gas tax in the Beaver County Times, March 20, 1962. ( Courtesy Google News ) But not everyone hated the idea. Gas taxes met with little public resistanceand in fact became quite popular with the generalpublic, according to a 2007 history written by the Tax Foundation. About 20 years in,the Pittsburgh Press credited gas taxes for creating a world-class highway system, though it warned that they could be abused. (Pittsburgh Press, May 21, 1939, courtesy of Google News ) The taxes rose for years and years, but eventually failed to keep up with inflation and higher fuel efficiency. In a 2011 report , the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy found that many states were near or at historic lows. Adjusted for construction cost growth, the average stategas tax had fallen by 20 percent in value.That year, highway user fees and user taxes a category broader than just the gas tax only paid for about half of local road expenses. So, states have begun exploring alternative.
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But this time, critics said Nugent’s statements went an insult too far. For the record, here’s what he said in an interview with “I have obviously failed to galvanize and prod, if not shame, enough Americans to be ever-vigilant not to let a Chicago communist-raised, communist-educated, communist-nurtured subhuman mongrel like the ACORN community organizer gangster Barack Hussein Obama to weasel his way into the top office of authority in the United States of America.” Outrage ensued. Almost immediately, critics condemned his comments, calling for Nugent to apologize and for public figures to distance themselves from him. Texas Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott came under fire for campaigning with Nugent. Abbott’s likely Democratic opponent, Wendy Davis, called Nugent’s remarks — and Abbott’s appearance with him — an “insult” to Texans. Still, Abbott did not rule out campaigning again with Nugent. And Cruz, who told CNN he didn’t agree with the rocker’s comments, left the door open for a possible future Nugent cameo. Nugent insists ‘subhuman mongrel’ comments not racist ‘Star power’ Republican strategist and former Romney adviser Kevin Madden said politicians “assume this star power will help them identify with voters and help them get some headlines they might not get if it was just another boring political rally or public event.” That star power is built in large part on Nugent’s music career, which peaked in the late 1970s when his signature single “Cat Scratch Fever” cracked the Top 40 and he was selling out arena-sized venues.
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Ted Nugent: The voice of America?

Ted Nugent attends the NAMM Show, an annual trade show for music products, in 2010. The rock star turned conservative activist has made headlines recently for his comments about President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

“It’s not education. It’s PR,” said Andy Bellatti, a Las Vegas-based dietitian who helped found Dietitians for Professional Integrity, a group of about a dozen dietitians who are calling for an end to the practice. With two-thirds of Americans considered overweight or obese, the makers of processed foods have shouldered much of the blame for aggressively marketing sugary and salty products. Critics say companies use the classes, which are usually free and more convenient than other courses dietitians can take, as a way to cast their products in a positive nutritional light. Not to mention that companies often collect the contact information of dietitians to mail them samples or coupons, in some cases to distribute to their patients. Food and beverage companies, meanwhile, say their classes are intended to inject perspective into the public debate over nutrition. At the annual Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo, the industry offered several workshops on nutrition for the thousands of dietitians who show up there each year. In Houston last fall, Frito-Lay explained to dietitians how it removed trans fats from its Lay’s potato chips and other snacks.
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Frito-Lay, Coke, other food companies teach dietitians about nutrition

Keeping in character with his real life persona, Baldwin will portray Jimmy MacArthur, a controversial newspaper columnist who is suspicious of the SVU teams motives during the investigation of a potential hate crime/rape case. Katie Couric will also appear in a familiar role, as a talk show host who grills MacArthur about the case. In a statement, Hargitay said how excited she is about her upcoming directorial debut in the episode titled Criminal Stories: Im thrilled to be directing, its been a goal of mine for a long time, and its quite an experience to see it realized. My respect for the process of making this show and telling these important stories deepens with every scene we shoot. I have always been so honored to work with this cast and crew, but never more so than now, as a director collaborating in a new way. And Ive watched Alec on screen for so long and always hoped we would be able to work together some day. Having the opportunity to tell this story with him, having him bring his experience, depth, truthfulness, and fierce commitment, honestly feels too good to be true. It is not a coincidence that Baldwin has been cast in this role, as he has had several close encounters of the negative kind with journalists. At the end of last year Katie Courics show Katie was given the boot after dismal ratings and the turn in the stories that were covered during her time as a host. Couric was known as a hard news journalist covering everything from events such as the September 11, 2001 terrorists attacks on live television for the Today show and other international news worthy happenings for NBC. But in the later time as a day time talk show host, she had turned into somewhat of a gossip headliner, a role in which she was obviously uncomfortable with and furthermore, it was not the direction Katie Couric wanted to take the show herself.
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was planning for a complete withdrawal over Karzais refusal to sign the troop agreement. NATO has been negotiating a separate agreement with Afghanistan that would authorize other countries to keep troops there after this year, but alliance officials have said from the beginning that the deal was contingent on Afghanistan concluding an accord with the U.S. The stalemate over the troop agreement has frustrated the White House and the Pentagon, but it has taken even more of a toll in Europe, where the idea of keeping troops in Afghanistan after this year is even more controversial than it is in the U.S. A senior NATO official said Italy, Germany and Turkey, each of which had pledged to play small but important roles in the post-2014 mission, face deadlines starting later this summer for getting parliamentary approval for the mission and the funds to carry it out. Allied countries thus may not be able to wait as long for a decision on whether foreign troops will remain as the United States, which could delay until as late as October and still get its remaining troops out of the country by the end of December, officials said. On Thursday, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and other NATO ministers are expected to approve guidance for alliance planners to begin preparing for possible full withdrawal later this year, officials said. The U.S. has about 33,000 troops in Afghanistan, though the number will drop substantially over the summer, officials say, leaving a small force in place that will take over the post-2014 mission or depart completely.
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Katie Couric To Guest Star In Mariska Hargitay’s Directorial Debut For ‘SVU’

Katie Couric guest stars in SVU

The county this month unveiled a much more ambitious blueprint that would divide Marina del Rey into distinct districts. One area, on the northeast end, would focus on visitors and tourists with new nightclubs and restaurants. The design emphasizes second-story and rooftop public spaces with views of the water. A new civic center on the site now occupied by the library would consolidate the visitor’s center, harbor administration offices and library into one central building. The overarching goal is to make the marina more walkable, especially along the water. The marina is now dotted by large parking lots and it’s difficult to walk the perimeter of the waterway. Officials want to widen existing promenades and look for ways to better connect the area’s various walkways along the water. “I call it the crown jewel of L.A. County that really needs polishing,” county Supervisor Don Knabe said. ‘The ultimate goal has always been to have a boardwalk entirely around the water.” :: When the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened the nation’s largest man-made recreational boating harbor in the 1960s, Marina del Rey was known for its wide-open spaces and casual California atmosphere.
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