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north carolina gop lawmakers seek congressional ruling delay


raleigh, n.c. — north carolina republican legislators have started trying to block a federal court ruling ordering them to draw new congressional districts because the judges said the gop went too far to protect its partisan advantage with the current boundaries.lawyers for legislative leaders filed a request thursday asking a three-judge panel to quickly delay enforcement of their ruling filed this week directing lawmakers approve a new map by jan. 24.the judges' decision found illegal partisan gerrymandering in the 2016 congressional map from which republicans won 10 of the state's 13 seats. republicans could face trouble retaining a few of those seats in november should the ruling stay in place and lines be retooled.in thursday's motion, a prerequisite before a stay request can be filed






report: 500 ineligible voters cast ballots in north carolina


raleigh, n.c. (ap) — north carolina elections officials found that about 500 ineligible voters cast ballots in the 2016 general election — but not enough to change the outcome of any race, according to an audit released friday.the state board of elections report said the 508 cases — the vast majority active felons — represented a small fraction of the 4.8 million ballots cast. the report didn’t include any evidence of coordinated fraud, and many of the voters claimed to be confused about their eligibility.the audit’s findings contradict republican claims that voter fraud runs rampant in north carolina.“that’s 508 ineligible votes, so that’s something that is never going to be acceptable,” the board’s executive director kim strach said in an interview. “but the perspective is the number of






report: 500 ineligible voters cast ballots in north carolina


raleigh, n.c. — north carolina elections officials found that about 500 ineligible voters cast ballots in the 2016 general election — but not enough to change the outcome of any race, according to an audit released friday.the state board of elections report said the 508 cases — the vast majority active felons — represented a small fraction of the 4.8 million ballots cast. the report didn't include any evidence of coordinated fraud, and many of the voters claimed to be confused about their eligibility.the audit's findings contradict republican claims that voter fraud runs rampant in north carolina."that's 508 ineligible votes, so that's something that is never going to be acceptable," the board's executive director kim strach said in an interview. "but the perspective is the number of peopl






wnba all-star breanna stewart: 'i was molested for years' as a child


breanna stewart, writing in an essay published by the players’ tribune on monday, said she was sexually abused for two years as a child.the seattle storm all star and four-time ncaa final four most outstanding player with connecticut said the abuse took place at a relative’s house where she would often sleep. her abuser — an adult male — lived there, stewart wrote.“i don’t know how to say this part. i haven’t told many people. i’m not the most vulnerable person — i don’t talk about my feelings much — so this is uncomfortable,” stewart wrote.“i was molested for years.”the alleged incidents — one of which occurred when she was 9, she wrote — often took place at night when everyone else in the house was asleep. “he’d touch me and try to get me to touch him,” stewart wrote. “sometimes i would






spurlock on sexual harassment: 'i am part of the problem'


atlanta — declaring "i am part of the problem," documentarian morgan spurlock confessed in an online post to sexual harassment and infidelity, and said a woman accused him of rape in college.in the post, which he linked to from his verified twitter account, spurlock wrote that as he watches other influential men brought down by allegations of sexual misconduct, "i don't sit by and wonder 'who will be next?' i wonder, 'when will they come for me?'"spurlock recounted a sexual encounter in college which he said he thought was consensual, but said the woman believed it was rape."i tried to comfort her. to make her feel better," spurlock wrote. "i thought i was doing ok, i believed she was feeling better. she believed she was raped. that's why i'm part of the problem."spurlock also said he paid






morgan spurlock on sexual harassment: 'i am part of the problem'


atlanta — declaring "i am part of the problem," documentarian morgan spurlock confessed in an online post to sexual harassment and infidelity, and said a woman accused him of rape in college.in the post, which he linked to from his verified twitter account, spurlock wrote that as he watches other influential men brought down by allegations of sexual misconduct, "i don't sit by and wonder 'who will be next?' i wonder, 'when will they come for me?'"spurlock recounted a sexual encounter in college which he said he thought was consensual, but said the woman believed it was rape."i tried to comfort her. to make her feel better," spurlock wrote. "i thought i was doing ok, i believed she was feeling better. she believed she was raped. that's why i'm part of the problem."spurlock also said he paid






high-heeled shoes for your baby / boing boing


is a site where you can supposedly order high-heeled shoes for your baby. they are all quite trashy. it comes amid growing concern at what is seen as the sexualisation of children. "this is not ok," wrote melissa balinski. another commenter, jen, said that "promoting products for babies this way is just sick". ... "i will definitely avoid this brand," wrote barrow, commenting on a picture of a baby in "black pump classics". "this is horrid," added flory. but some users left positive comments, remarking how the shoes made the infants "look adorable". "too cute," wrote latoyia.reminds me of the classic hemingway 6-word story: "for sale: baby shoes, wait, what?"






torture-defending bush aide calls gop healthcare bill ‘morally reprehensible’


the latest detractor of the senate gop’s obamacare replacement bill is, as noted by vox, a president george w. bush-era speechwriter who once wrote an op-ed defending waterboarding as an interrogation tactic.“paying for a massive tax cut for the wealthy with cuts to health care for the most vulnerable americans is morally reprehensible,” former bush speechwriter marc thiessen wrote in his weekly washington post column.thiessen, who also served as a speechwriter for former secretary of defense donald rumsfeld, wrote that sen. majority leader mitch mcconnell (r-ky)’s decision to delay the vote this week on the so-called better care reconciliation act is “a good thing.”“if republicans want to confirm every liberal caricature of conservatism in a single piece of legislation,” thiessen wrote, “






former mariner bret boone apologizes for harassment remarks


former seattle mariners second baseman bret boone apologized wednesday for making light of sexual harassment in a message to a reporter."all, there are zero excuses for what i said earlier," he wrote on his twitter feed. "none. it was 100% wrong. it was offensive. it was inappropriate. it was not remotely productive to any conversation regarding harassment. i apologize and it will never happen again."seattlepi.com reporter stephen cohen wrote wednesday that after he tweeted about his disappointment in the allegations against radio host garrison keillor, boone sent him a direct message on twitter. boone wrote that he got sexually harassed "twice today," when "the starbucks girl" smiled at him and when a woman at a drugstore flirted with him.boone further joked that he was getting a lawyer a






oakland a's start fund for young fan who wrote team about losing memorabili


the wildfires in california destroyed the home of a 9-year-old oakland a's fan, who wrote the team about how he lost all his jerseys and caps.        






just in time for thanksgiving, instructions on building a bigger, more inclusive


i first encountered john pavlovitz when i was reading one of my favorite books: facebook.someone posted an essay he wrote that remains one of the loveliest things i’ve ever read. it’s called “if i have gay children: four promises from a christian pastor/parent,” and it’s as close to perfection as anything i’ve read about parental love.“if i have gay children i’ll love them,” pavlovitz wrote. “i don't mean some token, distant, tolerant love that stays at a safe arm’s length. it will be an extravagant, openhearted, unapologetic, lavish, embarrassing-them-in-the-school-cafeteria kind of love.“i won’t love them despite their sexuality,” he wrote, “and i won’t love them because of it. i will love them simply because they’re sweet and funny and caring and smart and kind and stubborn and flawed a






tom hanks' debut book is due in october


new york — tom hanks is putting his love of vintage typewriters to good use — his collection of short stories will be published in october.the oscar-winning actor's first book, "uncommon type: some stories," features 17 stories, each in some way involving a different typewriter. it's due out oct. 24 from alfred a. knopf, the publisher said tuesday.among the stories written by hanks, who owns over 100 typewriters, is one about an immigrant arriving in new york city, another about a bowler who becomes a celebrity and another about an eccentric billionaire.hanks said in a statement that he began work on the stories in 2015: "i wrote in hotels during press tours. i wrote on vacation. i wrote on planes, at home, and in the office."






tom hank's debut book is due in october


new york — tom hanks is putting his love of vintage typewriters to good use — his collection of short stories will be published in october.the oscar-winning actor's first book, "uncommon type: some stories," features 17 stories, each in some way involving a different typewriter. it's due out oct. 24 from alfred a. knopf, the publisher said tuesday.among the stories written by hanks, who owns over 100 typewriters, is one about an immigrant arriving in new york city, another about a bowler who becomes a celebrity and another about an eccentric billionaire.hanks said in a statement that he began work on the stories in 2015: "i wrote in hotels during press tours. i wrote on vacation. i wrote on planes, at home, and in the office."






heartbreaking diary reveals abuse 8-year-old faced before she was beaten to deat


eight-year-old gizzell “gizzy” ford’s life was so miserable, she wanted to die. written in the pages of a rainbow covered diary were heartbreaking tales of abuse at the hands of her grandmother. according to people magazine, when she began her diary she wrote of jumping rope, school, teachers and her friends, but the summer of 2013 ended all of that. “i know if i be good and do everything i’m told i won’t have to do punishments,” she wrote. she went on to write that her grandmother would force her to squat for hours and stand in place for “an hour or two.” she said that she was excited about school to begin, not because she’d see friends again or begin new adventures, but because she’d be away from her grandmother all day. “i am going to be a beautiful smart and good young lady,” she wrote






heartbreaking diary reveals abuse 8-year-old faced before she was beaten to deat


eight-year-old gizzell “gizzy” ford’s life was so miserable, she wanted to die. written in the pages of a rainbow covered diary were heartbreaking tales of abuse at the hands of her grandmother. according to people magazine, when she began her diary she wrote of jumping rope, school, teachers and her friends, but the summer of 2013 ended all of that. “i know if i be good and do everything i’m told i won’t have to do punishments,” she wrote. she went on to write that her grandmother would force her to squat for hours and stand in place for “an hour or two.” she said that she was excited about school to begin, not because she’d see friends again or begin new adventures, but because she’d be away from her grandmother all day. “i am going to be a beautiful smart and good young lady,” she wrote






a century later, what should the battle of vimy ridge mean for canada?


ronald mackinnon wrote home on good friday, telling his father he received the laces and the gum and a parcel from aunt annie with some socks and handkerchiefs. the letter was sent from france, though mackinnon didn’t divulge where exactly he was or what he was doing. “by the time you get this you will have read all about it,” he wrote. “remember me to all at home.”three days later, on april 9, 1917, private mackinnon was in the first wave of soldiers in the canadian corps’ successful capture of the german-held vimy ridge. it was an unequivocal victory in a war, and particularly a year, that seldom saw unequivocal victories.“the press are giving the canucks great praise,” ronald mackinnon’s dad wrote to his son two weeks after the battle, unaware that ronald had died in the first or second






a century later, should the battle of vimy ridge still mean something in canada?


ronald mackinnon wrote home on good friday, telling his father he received the laces and the gum and a parcel from aunt annie with some socks and handkerchiefs. the letter was sent from france, though mackinnon didn’t divulge where exactly he was or what he was doing. “by the time you get this you will have read all about it,” he wrote. “remember me to all at home.”three days later, on april 9, 1917, private mackinnon was in the first wave of soldiers in the canadian corps’ successful capture of the german-held vimy ridge. it was an unequivocal victory in a war, and particularly a year, that seldom saw unequivocal victories.“the press are giving the canucks great praise,” ronald mackinnon’s dad wrote to his son two weeks after the battle, unaware that ronald had died in the first or second






heartbreaking diary reveals abuse 8-year-old faced before she was beaten to deat


facebook, u.s. news‘i want to die’: heartbreaking diary reveals abuse 8-year-old faced before she was beaten to deathsarah k. burris02 mar 2017 at 21:12 eteight-year-old gizzell “gizzy” ford’s life was so miserable, she wanted to die. written in the pages of a rainbow covered diary were heartbreaking tales of abuse at the hands of her grandmother. according to people magazine, when she began her diary she wrote of jumping rope, school, teachers and her friends, but the summer of 2013 ended all of that. “i know if i be good and do everything i’m told i won’t have to do punishments,” she wrote. she went on to write that her grandmother would force her to squat for hours and stand in place for “an hour or two.” she said that she was excited about school to begin, not because she’d see friends






heartbreaking diary reveals abuse 8-year-old faced before she was beaten to deat


facebook, u.s. news‘i want to die’: heartbreaking diary reveals abuse 8-year-old faced before she was beaten to deathsarah k. burris02 mar 2017 at 21:12 eteight-year-old gizzell “gizzy” ford’s life was so miserable, she wanted to die. written in the pages of a rainbow covered diary were heartbreaking tales of abuse at the hands of her grandmother. according to people magazine, when she began her diary she wrote of jumping rope, school, teachers and her friends, but the summer of 2013 ended all of that. “i know if i be good and do everything i’m told i won’t have to do punishments,” she wrote. she went on to write that her grandmother would force her to squat for hours and stand in place for “an hour or two.” she said that she was excited about school to begin, not because she’d see friends






trump’s inaugural committee asked pentagon for military vehicles to parade aroun


the planning of president donald trump’s inaugural was a fraught process, from a shortage of a-list celebrities willing to perform to the reported shake-up of inaugural staff.now, emails obtained by the huffington post reveal that trump campaign staff asked the pentagon to send pictures of military vehicles, presumably to be included in the inaugural to portray military might.the presidential inaugural committee “is seriously considering adding military vehicles to the inaugural parade,” a pentagon official wrote in an internal email dated dec. 13, 2016 acquired by the huffington post. “the conversation started as ‘can you send us some pictures of military vehicles we could add to the parade,’” the official wrote.“the establishing guidance has come from the highest level,” the official wro






wiz khalifa's memorial day tweet gets slammed by fans


memorial day is a day to recognize and thank the hard working men and women in our military for their services and sacrifices. wiz khalifa got people talking when he tweeted out his thoughts on the holiday, stating that people have lost the meaning of it throughout the years.read: wiz khalifa turns “pull up wit ah stick” into a weed anthem“when you get my age memorial day is about getting sh*t faced by the pool, eatin bbq and not rememberin sh*t so…yea,” he wrote on sunday (may 28). many people replied to the taylor gang mc’s comments in a very negative way.“like damn wiz i just lost all respect for you,” one user wrote, while others believed that the rapper’s thoughts about the holiday were disrespectful to those who lost their lives serving our country.“[memorial day] could also be about






trump’s presidency is ‘worse than any horror story i ever wrote’


famed horror author stephen king on wednesday slammed donald trump, arguing his capacity as president is “worse than any horror story i ever wrote.”that this guy has his finger on the nuclear trigger is worse than any horror story i ever wrote.— stephen king (@stephenking) may 4, 2017king, who wrote “carrie” and “the stand,” said the president’s first hundred days present a “clear portrait: he’s an almost textbook case of narcissistic personality disorder.”this isn’t the first time king targeted trump’s absurdity. after the president made his unsubstantiated claim that former president barack obama wiretapped trump tower during the 2016 presidential election, the author likened trump to “he who could not be named.”populist demagogues like he who must not be named aren't a new thing; see th






randball: norv turner co-wrote a country song


that is not a headline i planned to write, but each day is a mystery filled with gifts. and yes, it is absolutely true: former vikings offensive coordinator norv turner co-wrote a country song along with former coach steve mariucci's son, stephen ray mariucci, called "things i've never done."would you like sample lyrics? sure you would. here we go:"life looking back in hindsight/tell me where'd you go/and what if you had 20/20 vision looking back growing old/you don't want to be sayin' anytime down the road/you wish you did this, wish you did that."i'm not sure if that's the part norv wrote, but it sure reads like it could be a direct reflection on the 2016 vikings season.the song title appears in the chorus with the line, "i just want to do some things i've never done."sales from the song






salma hayek says rebuffing harvey weinstein led to nightmare on 'frida'


in one of the most vivid accounts yet of harvey weinstein's alleged abuse and harassment, salma hayek says the disgraced movie mogul turned the making of her 2002 passion project, the frida kahlo biopic "frida," into a nightmare after the actress refused weinstein's relentless advances."for years, he was my monster," hayek wrote in an op-ed published wednesday by the new york times.her refusals — of massages, showers and sex — enraged him, she wrote. "i don't think he hated anything more than the word 'no,'" wrote hayek.hayek, who regularly starred in films released by weinstein's miramax in the 1990s, credited weinstein with helping her start her career. but she said that the movie mogul would turn up at her door "at all hours of the night, hotel after hotel, location after location."when






salma hayek says rebuffing harvey weinstein led to nightmare on 'frida'


in one of the most vivid accounts yet of harvey weinstein's alleged abuse and harassment, salma hayek says the disgraced movie mogul turned the making of her 2002 passion project, the frida kahlo biopic "frida," into a nightmare after the actress refused weinstein's relentless advances."for years, he was my monster," hayek wrote in an op-ed published wednesday by the new york times.her refusals — of massages, showers and sex — enraged him, she wrote. "i don't think he hated anything more than the word 'no,'" wrote hayek.hayek, who regularly starred in films released by weinstein's miramax in the 1990s, credited weinstein with helping her start her career. but she said that the movie mogul would turn up at her door "at all hours of the night, hotel after hotel, location after location."when






fbi investigated ayn rand’s stalker who called her ‘mother’ and threatened to mu


objectivist author and godmother to the libertarian movement ayn rand had a stalker in the late 1960s considered himself the heir of her philosophy and said that he would “legendize” his love for her by murdering her.muckrock.com released details on friday of the fbi file on an unnamed man who deluged rand with letters and who also wrote to president richard nixon, sen. ted kennedy (d-ma) and the editor of time magazine.“tell me that my book, my mother, is not the greatest story ever told, and that i have not inherited the pen of ayn rand,” the man wrote to rand. “you know what it means to me. you will live forever in me.”in another letter, he wrote, “i know you have never been challenged as i can challenge you. i know you will not yield to me, because to do so is to cheapen my inheritance






navy continues to ground training plane over oxygen problems


norfolk, va. — the u.s. navy continues to ground a fleet of training jets because of a spike in problems with their oxygen breathing systems.vice admiral mike shoemaker wrote in a navy blog post sunday that instructor pilots have raised concerns over potential "physiological episodes" in the cockpit.the navy first paused operations of the t-45c goshawk last week because of contamination in some planes' oxygen systems. the two-seat jet is used to train fighter pilots in the navy and marine corps.shoemaker wrote that the grounding will last for at least a week as engineers continue to dig into the problem.shoemaker wrote that he spoke with instructor pilots, students and staff at naval air stations in mississippi, texas and florida.






prabhas feels blessed that rajamouli wrote baahubali’s character for him


prabhas feels blessed that rajamouli wrote baahubali’s character for himfrom a regional star, prabhas has become a global icon, thanks to the two baabubali films. he played father-son amarendra and mahendra baahubali in the films and dedicated his life to the franchise for five years. the first film earned some 650 crores worldwide while the next one did a record-breaking one of more than 1500 crores worldwide. the actor got emotional talking about the film and this is what he said about his mentor and the film’s director, ss rajamouli in an interview to a leading daily - “i think the fact that rajamouli sir wrote the character of baahubali for me has been the biggest compliment in itself. i would always wonder how i would ever justify a character of such nature…  i had never experienced s






haussamen wins first-place award for commentary writing


nmpolitics.net editor and publisher heath haussamen won a first-place award for commentary writing in the multi-state top of the rockies contest on friday.“heath’s concern for his community is evident yet he doesn’t sugarcoat the real problems it faces,” a contest judge wrote. “and he links national perspective to local angles seamlessly. his conversational tone invites a reader to stick around awhile.”nmpolitics.net was also recognized for the strength of its website.heath haussamenhaussamen won the first-place news column award for three commentaries he wrote in 2016:police officers have a damn hard job: after participating in a law enforcement use-of-force training, haussamen wrote about the complexities of shootings involving police officers.“killings of cops and by cops are too often






market report suggests apple to sell new oled iphones for $1,200


as apple prepares to launch its latest iphone models as expected september or so, a report recently surfaced that the company might start their pricing at $1,200, which is substantially higher than current iphone 7 prices.prices of some of the upcoming iphone models—which could be called iphone 8, but more likely will be labeled with extensions of the iphone 7 naming hierarchy—could even hit $1,399, apple watcher and developer john gruber wrote in a july 7 post on his daring fireball blog.the expected higher prices, he wrote, will help differentiate the newest iphones from existing models while also giving the company the opportunity to sell the handsets at its existing 35 percent margins and in huge quantities based on component supplies.gruber wrote that he thinks based on apple's histor






market report suggests apple to sell new oled iphones for $1,200


as apple prepares to launch its latest iphone models as expected september or so, a report recently surfaced that the company might start their pricing at $1,200, which is substantially higher than current iphone 7 prices.prices of some of the upcoming iphone models—which could be called iphone 8, but more likely will be labeled with extensions of the iphone 7 naming hierarchy—could even hit $1,399, apple watcher and developer john gruber wrote in a july 7 post on his daring fireball blog.the expected higher prices, he wrote, will help differentiate the newest iphones from existing models while also giving the company the opportunity to sell the handsets at its existing 35 percent margins and in huge quantities based on component supplies.gruber wrote that he thinks based on apple's histor






passengers dash for the exits after united airlines pilot rants over intercom ab


passengers reportedly fled a flight before it could take off on saturday — after a united airlines pilot went on a bizarre rant over the intercom.in a ball cap and casual shirt, the pilot remarked on her appearance after she boarded the flight at austin-bergstrom international airport in the late afternoon, passenger randy reiss wrote on twitter.“then she says ‘sorry, i’m going through (a) divorce,'” reiss wrote. “ummmm uh oh.”reiss told buzzfeed that other passengers even sympathized with “oh’s and aw’s” — at first.but as her speech veered from her personal life into a string of non sequiturs, the mood aboard the san francisco-bound jet turned from cozy to uncomfortable, to worse.“she’s like ‘i don’t care if you voted for trump or clinton. they’re both assholes,” reiss wrote.he started sh






on dimitris christoulas: 'he is a part of history now' | greece


athens, greece- on the morning of april 4, 2012, a gunshot sounded amid the city's hustle and bustle.as passers-by rushed to work through syntagma square in central athens, dimitris christoulas had taken his life with a shotgun a few metres from the greek parliament.the 77-year-old pensioner, a former pharmacist, had left a note in his pocket."the occupation government literally annihilated my ability to survive," he wrote. "i depended on my decent pension, which i alone and without the support of the state, paid for 35 years."his only daughter, emmy christoula, had known nothing about his plans. but, speaking as the fifth anniversary of his death approached, she confidently described her father's public suicide as a political act.her father woke up in the morning, got dressed, and wrote t






fatalities from hate crimes on the rise


tuesday’s shooting in fresno, california, that left three white men dead at the hands of a black man who called himself “black jesus” and wrote of “white devils” highlighted a growing and disturbing trend—hate crimes that lead to multiple fatalities. related: in fresno shooting, suspect kori ali muhammad shouted ‘allahu akbar,’ wrote about hatred of white…






49ers legend dwight clark announces als diagnosis


former 49ers wide receiver dwight clark, who gave the bay area once of its most iconic sports moments with “the catch” in 1982, announced his battle with als in a post on his blog sunday evening.“i have als, also known as lou gehrig’s disease,” the legendary 49ers wide receiver wrote. “those words are still very hard for me to say.”clark, 60, was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in late 2015, he wrote. after visits to six neurologists and three als specialists, clark was told he had the terminal neuromuscular condition which affects control of muscles needed move, speak, eat and breathe.“the one piece of good news is that the disease seems to be progressing more slowly than in some patients,” clark wrote. “while i’m still trying to wrap my head around the challenge i will face






randball: ellison's dad blasts vikings on son's way out


riki ellison, the father of former vikings tight end rhett ellison and a former nfl player himself, had some interesting things to say about minnesota after rhett signed with the giants.he tweeted — then deleted — about the organization's "toxic" leadership. he must have found twitter too limiting because he then wrote a long, rambling post on facebook, and within several wistful platitudes you again find some negative themes. wrote riki ellison, referring to last season."that bye week was tipping point, the head coach and gm didn't understand what they had and broke it." he added that it led to the departure of norv turner, a "red flag indicator" from which there is still damage, he wrote. he continued: "added to this was mentality of physical practices that continued to hurt players on t






l.a. unified considered closing schools for may day protests


los angeles unified school officials want students to be active this may day — but through conversation inside the classroom, not protests in the streets.a number of organizations, including the l.a. unified teachers union, urged the district to close schools monday so that teachers and students could march. the district decided last month to keep them open.students are safest in the classroom and closing schools would disrupt advanced placement exams and preparations for many high school students, superintendent michelle king wrote in an april letter to district staff. teachers and schools should use may day to discuss social movements like this one, she wrote."the very act of helping children achieve is an act of resistance, because it counters the narrative that some of our students are