Headline News

  • New York school fires varsity football coach 2 days after game was halted because of brawl


    WHITEHALL, N.Y. –  Officials in an upstate New York school district have fired the head coach of the varsity football team after his players got into a brawl with opposing players during last weekend’s game. The Post-Star of Glens Falls reports (http://bit.ly/1DzTVx0 ) that the Board of Education in Whitehall voted to fire Justin Culligan during a meeting held Monday. Athletic Director Keith Redmond said he’s overseeing the football program, with the assistant coaches leading practices. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Saturday’s Class D game between visiting Rensselaer (rehn-suh-LEER’) and Whitehall was halted with six minutes remaining in the third quarter after tensions rose when a Whitehall player was ejected for a personal foul. The ejection followed a second-quarter brawl that nearly cleared both benches. Whitehall was leading 28-6 when a referee ended the game, after Redmond raised concerns about the safety of players and spectators. ___ Information from: The Post-Star, http://www.poststar.com

    October 22, 2014 6:48 am
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Politics

  • Senate Races 2014: Why Michigan Never Became Iowa


    Earlier this cycle, Republicans viewed the Michigan Senate race as a potential pick-up opportunity, much like the seat in Iowa. But it didn’t turn out that way — not even close. Both Iowa and Michigan featured open-seat races. In these states, Democrats had cleared the field to nominate a House member with partisan voting records. Meanwhile, the GOP’s top candidate picks took a pass on these Senate races, forcing the party to settle for second-tier recruits. To be sure, Michigan was a slightly more favorable battleground for Democrats — but Republicans were bullish about it. Now, with two weeks until Election Day, the Iowa race is a dead heat with both parties spending massively to win the seat. Nearly 500 miles away, Rep. Gary Peters, D-Mich., solidly leads former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land in every public poll. Earlier this month, the National Republican Senatorial Committee pulled more than $850,000 out of the state, canceling its final …

    October 22, 2014 7:48 am
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Stocks

  • 6-figure oil jobs lead to massive shortage of home builders


      In the oil boom towns of North Dakota, Texas and Colorado there’s a big demand for new homes — but there’s no one to build them. That’s because construction companies keep losing skilled workers to the oil companies, which are offering big bonuses and six-figure salaries. Even when a new construction worker is hired for a job, it’s often not be long before he’s poached by an oil company, said Granger MacDonald, owner of The MacDonald Companies, a home builder in Kerrville, Texas. Recruiters even loiter at truck stops and offer drivers $10,000 signing bonuses to take jobs driving for the oil companies, he said. Some drivers will abandon their loads on the spot, leaving others to finish delivering the goods. “If you can pass a drug test and have a truck license, you can earn $100,000 a year driving an oil truck,” said MacDonald. With so many carpenters, plumbers, electricians and other trade …

    October 22, 2014 6:47 am
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Sports

  • Gold standard: Already a 3-time Paralympic winner, Alana Nichols switches to kayak for Rio


    FILE – In this March 8, 2014, file photo, United State’s Alana Nichols races to win her silver medal in the women’s downhill, sitting skiing event at the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. After winning a gold medal in wheelchair basketball, then gold and silver in sit-skiing, Nichols is on to her next endeavor _ sprint kayak racing, which will make its debut at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, File) (The Associated Press) FILE – This 2013 file photo shows United States Paralympic skier Alana Nichols posesd for a portrait in Park City, Utah. Intrigued by wheelchair basketball, Nichols tried it and helped Team USA win a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Games. Interested in sit-skiing, the 31-year-old quickly picked up the sport and won two more golds at the 2010 Vancouver Games, along with a silver last winter in Sochi. Now, Nichols is on to her next …

    October 22, 2014 7:48 am
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World News

  • WHO emergency team holds Ebola talks


    22 October 2014 Last updated at 12:10 The current outbreak of the virus has already killed more than 4,500 people The World Health Organisation’s emergency committee is set to hold talks to discuss the Ebola epidemic. The meeting in Geneva will examine screening measures at borders and consider whether stricter travel regulations should be put in place. New rules in the US require travellers from the worst affected countries to arrive at one of five airports. A curfew has been imposed in a town in Sierra Leone after two people were shot dead in riots on Tuesday. The current outbreak of the virus has already killed more than 4,500 people – mostly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Enhanced screening The WHO has faced criticism it reacted too slowly to the spread of the disease. Its emergency committee will meet to discuss Ebola for the third time with the aim of assessing the efforts so …

    October 22, 2014 6:48 am
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Technology

  • YouTube games channels continue their rise: PewDiePie, Stampy, KSI and more


    YouTube games channels have become one of the most popular categories on Google’s online video site, with the 100 biggest notching up nearly 4.4bn video views in September alone. That’s up from 3.5bn views in May, according to a chart published by industry site Tubefilter based on data from analytics firm OpenSlate. The chart, which ranks YouTube gaming channels based on their monthly views, reveals that seven had more than 100m views in September, led by YouTube’s biggest star PewDiePie with 392.1m views that month. He was followed by child-friendly Minecraft channel Stampy (189.6m views), Spanish channel Vegetta777 (164m) and another Minecraft channel, The Diamond Minecart (161.8m). All four channels belong to multi-channel network (MCN) Maker Studios, which was acquired by Disney earlier this year in a deal that could eventually be worth up to $950m. The company has become one of the new powerhouses of games media, with 22 of the top 100 YouTube …

    October 22, 2014 3:44 am
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Science

  • BOFFFFs (big, old, fat, fertile, female fish) sustain fisheries


    Related images(click to enlarge) Recreational fishermen prize large trophy fish. Commercial fishing gear targets big fish. After all, larger fish feed the egos of humans as well as their bellies. A new compilation of research from around the world now shows that big, old, fat, fertile, female fish — known as BOFFFFs to scientists — are essential for ensuring that fishery stocks remain sustainable. “Information on many different kinds of freshwater and marine fish tell the same story,” says lead author Dr. Mark Hixon of the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. “The loss of big fish decreases the productivity and stability of fishery stocks.” This loss, known as “size and age truncation,” typically occurs in all fisheries. Methods of saving big fish include slot limits, where regulations allow only the capture of medium-sized fish, as well as marine reserves, where some fish are allowed to spawn over their entire life spans. There are multiple ways …

    October 22, 2014 8:08 am
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Health

  • French developer of ‘peanut allergy patch’ makes U.S. debut


    PARIS (Reuters) – French biotech firm DBV Technologies – developer of what it says is a breakthrough treatment for peanut allergy sufferers – makes its U.S. market debut on Wednesday, with a Nasdaq listing set to raise funds for further research. The Paris-listed company, which develops immunotherapy patches for patients with potentially fatal food allergies, is issuing 2.67 million new shares worldwide via a U.S. listing and a private placement which together will raise at least 90 million euros ($114 million). “This fundraising will enable us to significantly strengthen our structures in France, notably in research and development,” Chief Executive Pierre-Henri Benhamou told Reuters in an interview earlier this week. DBV also develops patches for milk and dust mite allergies, but its “Viaskin Peanut” product is the most advanced and represents up to 75 percent of the company’s potential value, according to some analysts. Benhamou believes the product could be a blockbuster with over $1 …

    October 22, 2014 3:44 am
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Entertainment

  • Jill Duggar’s baby registry includes Gatorade and butt paste


    Jim Bob Duggar says birth control causes miscarriages Good thing 19 Kids and Counting stars and parents-to-be, Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard, have a registry, because what they’re asking for is not what you’d expect. The newlywed couple’s gift registry, created at their local Walmart, contains a handful of splurges, but mostly everyday items. Some of the more surprising requests? An eight-pack of orange Gatorade and no fewer than three kinds of diaper rash ointments, including Boudreaux’s Butt Paste. Beyond that, though, it’s a pretty practical registry, full of items like Purell hand sanitizer, bottles, baby oil, dish detergent, paper towels and a lot of diapers. Jessa Duggar compares abortion to the Holocaust The most expensive items on the registry are a Baby Trend jogging stroller for $199, a Graco portable changing station for $159 and a convertible car seat and baby swing, each for about $140. Almost everything on the list of requests is …

    October 22, 2014 5:25 am
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Editorial

  • Sayreville football saga: In praise of victims who spoke up about abuse


    Imagine what it was like when they turned off the locker room lights. A young football player, just a freshman in high school, is suddenly grabbed by upperclassmen. The gang pins him to the ground, immobilizing his arms and legs. Horrified, he pleads for mercy and help. To no avail. He can hear others cheering on the bullies. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Then, the boy is sexually assaulted. The details are too wretched and disgusting to recount here. But, according to police, there was force. And penetration. And abject terror. It is not enough for the defendants to claim that the same thing had been done to them by upperclassmen when they were freshmen, as has been reported. That may help explain their actions as “learned behavior,” but it cannot excuse them in a court of law. Other players stood by and watched. Some laughed. They did nothing. No one had the decency or strength of character …

    October 22, 2014 7:48 am
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Odd News

  • San Francisco stations banish ‘Royals’ song ahead of World Series


    (Reuters) – At least two Northern California radio stations have pledged not to play New Zealand artist Lorde’s song “Royals,” in solidarity with the San Francisco Giants during their World Series matchup with the Kansas City Royals. The decision by San Francisco stations KOIT and KFOG to drop the song, which has nothing to do with the baseball team, comes as the Giants and Royals prepare to play Game One of the championship series on Tuesday. In response, Kansas City station KZPT said it would play the song every hour on Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. KZPT said it was a sister station of KOIT. “They’re our sister station, and as the old saying goes: ‘You can pick your friends but you can’t necessarily pick your family,’ and if they don’t play it, then we will,” KZPT programming director Tony Lorino said in a phone interview. Last week, KOIT posted a small image …

    October 20, 2014 7:16 pm
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