Rant - I never made it out veggie picking
If the antibiotics don't work I have to go into the @#$% hospital and be on IVs for awhile.
God...I hate this shit.
More than 400 travelers at Pittsburgh International have filed those theft claims. They're among more than 36,000 passengers nationally. The TSA has reimbursed passengers in about half of those cases.
The TSA says none of its screeners in Pittsburgh has been terminated for theft. But as Team 4 discovered, when the TSA gets a theft complaint, the federal agency does not pass that information on to the police.
Airport screeners need immediate access to luggage in order to conduct security searches for unsafe items. It's difficult to argue with this rationale. No one wants a bomb loaded secretly onto the plane she is boarding. But who doesn't feel a tiny bit of dread over the thought of a stranger rifling through his personal belongings? And what's more, what if that stranger steals something?
According to the Port Authority of New York and the New Jersey Police Department, that's exactly what occurred at LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy airports in 2004. Their investigation began in April in response to numerous complaints from airline passengers, including some celebrities. An airport sting operation recorded two Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners pilfering items from luggage investigators had baited with valuable items.
Authorities then secured search warrants for the suspects' homes, where they seized hundreds of stolen cameras, lap-tops, CDs, clothing, jewelry, and hand-held devices. Evidence suggests the screeners systematically lifted items from passenger's checked luggage and traded them for cash at pawn shops. If convicted, the two screeners face up to seven and four years in prison, respectively.
Emmanuel Osho, 49, who supervised baggage handling for United Airlines at Dulles, could face up to 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine when he is sentenced Oct. 14 in U.S. District Court in Alexandria.Cincinnati: The link has an interview on a T.V. station.
Osho admitted during a plea hearing Wednesday that he would rifle through pallets of undelivered mail arriving as cargo on United flights and pluck out envelopes that appeared to contain new or reissued credit cards, stuffing them into a black duffel bag.
Prosecutors estimated that Osho stole roughly 2,000 credit cards from October 2003 to January 2005. Osho sent the credit cards to Brooklyn, N.Y., to a coconspirator, Ademola Idowu, who then distributed the cards to others who would use them up and down the East Coast to obtain fraudulent cash advances.
While there have been some successful prosecutions, in at least one case the T.S.A. let a screener off the hook. Last year, video cameras recorded a Miami screener stealing CD's from checked luggage. But criminal charges were dropped after the screener's lawyer made it clear that he planned to ask a government official about T.S.A. operations at the trial.I found a list of U.S. airports and the amount of theft reported to the TSA through 8/31/04. I also found a list of U.S. airports and their passenger traffic statistics for 2004. It's very interesting to compare the two - Anchorage with 4.88 million travelers had a reported theft amount of $43, 489.44 through 8/31/04. However, Kansas City, with just over 10 million travlers, reported a theft amount of only $21,489.84. It makes me wonder if there is even a standardized reporting procedure.
The possibilities for mischief are considerable. Congress requires the transportation agency to check all airline baggage with bomb-detection machinery or with hand-held bomb detectors. More than $5 billion has been spent by the government and airports to purchase and install the new equipment. Unfortunately, the machines are unreliable. In 2002, Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta told Congress that the machines have a false-positive rate of 35 percent - and if a bag tests positive, it must be searched by hand. To do this, agents routinely examine baggage in closed areas, far from prying eyes.
Holy crap! They suspended Dr. Murphy's license(s) just because they were questioning her percentage of C-sections! SHE HAD DONE NOTHING WRONG AND NO ONE GOT HURT! The investigation wasn't even complete yet and had only been going on for a few months!
A state administrative judge has recommended that Dr. Gary Gerlay's medical license remain suspended.
In his written decision made public Thursday, Judge David Stebing said the suspension was justified by Gerlay's sexual misconduct with patients, failure to provide adequate care and concerns about the doctor's drug use.
The Alaska State Medical Board suspended Gerlay's license April 21, after a three-year state investigation that concluded he was an immediate danger to the public. Gerlay contested the suspension in a hearing before Stebing in June.
The explosion that killed 14 marines in Haditha yesterday was powerful enough to flip the 25-ton amphibious assault vehicle they were riding in, in keeping with an increasingly deadly trend, American military officers say.The President seems to have decided that it isn't really a "struggle," it really is a "war."
In recent months the roadside bombs favored by insurgents in Iraq have grown significantly in size and sophistication, the officers say, adding to their deadliness and defeating efforts to increase troops' safety by adding armor to vehicles.
The new problems facing the military were displayed more than a week earlier, on July 23, when a huge bomb buried on a road southwest of Baghdad Airport detonated an hour before dark underneath a Humvee carrying four American soldiers.
The explosive device was constructed from a bomb weighing 500 pounds or more that was meant to be dropped from an aircraft, according to military explosives experts, and was probably Russian in origin.
The blast left a crater 6 feet deep and nearly 17 feet wide. All that remained of the armored vehicle afterward was the twisted wreckage of the front end, a photograph taken by American officers at the scene showed. The four soldiers were killed.
President Bush publicly overruled some of his top advisers on Wednesday in a debate about what to call the conflict with Islamic extremists, saying, "Make no mistake about it, we are at war."It's like watching someone playing ping pong blindfolded.
In a speech here, Mr. Bush used the phrase "war on terror" no less than five times. Not once did he refer to the "global struggle against violent extremism," the wording consciously adopted by Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and other officials in recent weeks after internal deliberations about the best way to communicate how the United States views the challenge it is facing.
And what about other issues? Well, here's what Hackett had to say during the Democratic primary debate:
"I don't need Washington to tell me how to live my personal life, or how to pray to my God. And I don't need Washington to dictate to my wife the decisions that she makes with her doctor, any more than I need Washington to tell me which guns I can keep in my gun safe."
Hackett struck some solidly libertarian themes in his campaign versus his big-government Republican opponent.
"There's no safe Republican district. You can run, but you cannot hide," said U.S. Rep. Rahm Emmanuel of Illinois, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
He noted that Hackett did well in rural counties — he carried Adams, Brown, Scioto and Pike while Schmidt carried Hamilton, Clermont and Warren — and that he ran as a political outsider against "a career politician."
"Paul Hackett was the agent of change," Emmanuel said.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., the co-author of a bill to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases blamed for global warming, and Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., are expected to tour Alaska and northwestern Canada, where permafrost is melting, glaciers are in rapid retreat and coastal villages are threatened with increasing erosion. Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., are also slated to make the trip, tentatively scheduled for Aug. 16 to 19.
Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Ted Stevens, meeting with reporters in Anchorage at the start of Congress' August recess, will not be joining the tour, they said. Both Alaska senators oppose the bipartisan Climate Stewardship and Innovation Act, authored by McCain and Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., for its mandatory emission reductions.
About 3,800 soldiers from forts Richardson and Wainwright are to ship out for Iraq during August. They are from the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team and will use 300 of the new Stryker units, eight-wheeled armor combat vehicles that carry soldiers.I was in Costco the end of last week and saw a family doing two carts worth of shopping. Dad was wearing desert BDUs and the little girl kept clinging on to him. I got a lump in my throat.
Mr. Ashdown:By the way, on Friday, a source involved with the Knik Bridge construction told me that a large infusion of money came in - about $280 million - towards the project. However, the environmental plan must be finalized over the next several weeks and there could be some major (and extremely expensive) environmental roadblocks (i.e. FUDS-type cleanups) necessary to overcome before the project can even get started. Solving those issues will require much behind-the-scenes manuevering by good old Uncle Ted (for those who don't know - that means Senator Ted Stevens). Other sources close to the project think that the $600 million pricetag that is frequently quoted is extremely conservative - that doubling that figure is closer to the mark.
The state of Alaska has ONE (1) highway connecting Anchorage with the rest of the state.
Let me repeat that – ONE (1) highway.
As it stands, our population is growing. To do so requires that housing spread north along that ONE (1) highway. Rush hour has become unbearable at times…an accident keeps folks from getting to work or getting home for hours. In case you still don’t get it…they can’t get home BECAUSE THERE IS NO ALTERNATIVE to that road.
The bridge over Knik Arm (which will be named after Don Young who has been a Congressman up here probably longer than you’ve been alive) will connect Anchorage with the Mat Su Valley through Point MacKenzie along Knik/Goose Bay Road. This will be salvation to the Valley in two ways:
1) It will provide a second, faster way for commuters to get to Anchorage.
2) It will open up a large area for housing and business development which, until now, was too far away to be lucrative.
I know this is hard for you to comprehend since there is NO PLACE down there that is actually undeveloped or suffers from a severe lack of roads. We are a state with almost no roads. Juneau, our capital, doesn’t even have a road connecting it with the rest of the continent (and I understand you folks are bitching about that potential expenditure, aren’t you?) I’m sure that you find it “quaint” that the only way to get around in most of this state is by 3 and 4-wheeler, or in the winter, snow machine. However, we find it damn inconvenient and an impediment to basics like electricity and running water.
Our options are extremely limited due to topography and environmental concerns as to where we can put other road connections. Your alleged "bridge to nowhere" would connect us to the Knik-Goose Bay Road in the Mat-Su Valley which is now a long drive-time from Anchorage. With the bridge, the area along the road would acheive rapid business development and the population that lives there would multiply into thriving community areas.
Oh and by the way, all of the people who live in that area (and I know a few) REALLY appreciate knowing that they live "nowhere."
We are a state like every other state. We’d like to be able to have decent transportation like every other state without having to kiss your asses for it. And ya know what, since we provide a big chunk of the oil produced in the U.S., we’re entitled.
By the way, the bridge is expensive due to wetland protections and other environmental restrictions. I guess that’s the trade off for those of you in the lower-48 “knowing best” what’s good for Alaska, isn’t it?
So before you have any more bright ideas on what we need and don’t need, why don’t you bring your uninformed butt up here? I’m sure SOMEONE would give you a tour.
The double agent looked up from his lunch of Mahi-Mahi and couscous and realized that he must escape from Walla Walla to Bora Bora to come face-to-face with his arch enemy by taking out his 30-30 and shooting off his nemesis' ear-to-ear grin so he could wave bye-bye to this duplicitous life, but the chances of him pulling this off were only so-so, much less than 50-50.*sniff, sniff*