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Things My Motorcycle Has Taught Me by Anonymous

Things My Motorcycle Has Taught Me by Anonymous

Sometimes, the only good view of a thunderstorm is in your rear view mirror.
People ask us why we ride a motorcycle. For those who have
experienced the joy, no explanation is necessary; for those who have not,
no explanation is possible.
I'd rather be riding my motorcycle and thinking about home, than
sitting in my cozy home and thinking about my motorcycle.
Four wheels move the body; two wheels move the mind.
Most motorcycle problems are caused by the nut that connects the
handlebars to the saddle.
Life may begin at 40, but it doesn't get real interesting until
about 80 mph!
You start the game of life with a full pot o' luck and an empty
pot o' experience. The object is to fill the pot of experience before you
empty the pot of luck.
If you wait, all that happens is that you get older.
Midnight bugs taste just as bad as Noon time bugs.
Saddlebags can never hold everything you want, but they CAN hold
everything you need.
Don't ride so late into the night that you sleep through the
Sometimes it takes a whole tank full of gas before you can think
Never hesitate to ride past the last street light at the edge of
Never do less than forty miles before breakfast.
A bike on the road is worth two in the shed.
Respect the person who has seen the dark side of motorcycling and lived, and still rides.
Young riders pick a destination and go. Old riders pick a
direction and go.
A good mechanic will let you watch without charging you for it.
Sometimes the fastest way to get there is to stop for the night.
Always back your bike into the curb and sit where you can see it.
There are drunk riders and there are old riders, but there are not
many old, drunk riders.
Ride to work. Work to ride.
Whatever it is, it's better in the wind.
Two-lane blacktop isn't a highway - it's an attitude.
When you look down the road, it seems to never end; but you better believe it does!
Keep your bike in good repair. Motorcycle boots are not all that
comfortable for walking.
People are like Motorcycles: each is customized a bit differently.
When you're riding lead, don't spit.
A friend is someone who'll get out of bed at 2 a.m. to drive his
pickup to the middle of nowhere to get you when you're broken down.
Catching a yellow jacket in your shirt @ 70 mph can double your
Catching a yellow jacket in your helmet will triple that special
There's something ugly about a NEW bike on a trailer.
If you can't get it fixed with bungee cords and duct tape, it's
The best modifications cannot be seen from the outside.
Always replace the cheapest parts first.
You can forget what you do for a living when your knees are in the
Only a Biker knows why a dog sticks his head out of a car window.
Keep the paint up, and the rubber down!
There are three types of people in this world, people who ride, people who wish they did, and people who just DON'T GET IT.

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Point Breeze Street Work Done By State Rep. Johnson and Mayor Nutter by Van Stone vspfoundation@yahoo.com and Darryl Nutter dnutter_pres@yahoo.com

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Point Breeze Street Work Done By State Rep. Johnson and Mayor Nutter by Van Stone vspfoundation@yahoo.com and Darryl Nutter dnutter_pres@yahoo.com

Seventeenth District officers found John Fisher, 26, from the 1500 block of South 24th Street near Dickinson Street, lying on his back with multiple wounds to his face and body. This was reported by Officer Tanya Little of the Police Public Affairs Unit. Fisher was taken to Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he died at 12:25 a.m. Friday.

State Representative Kenyatta Johnson, D-Philadelphia, 186 stands on the street block, 20th and Federal Street and Point Breeze Street, in South Philadelphia next to the 17th District Police Station. The City of Philadelphia Fire Station is adjoined to the police

It’s Saturday, May 30, 2009. Rep. Johnson is greeted by innocent bystanders who are community organizers, public safety officers who all care about the out-of-control gun violence throughout Philly. But on this particular day, Rep. Johnson wants to send a clear and present message that together with Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter gun violence will be reduced.

State Representative,
Kenyatta Johnson,
D-Philadelphia, 186.

Kenyatta Johnson and Michael Nutter went shaking hands of neighbors who were excited to have caring dignitaries stroll along the blocks that have been most recently struck with incidents of handgun violence.

As reported by police minutes recently a 26-year-old was gunned down on a Point Breeze Street. Unfortunately, police are still searching for his killer. Seventeenth Police District officers were among the first to greet Rep. Johnson and Mayor Nutter as both legislators are viewed as leaders for social justice.

Interestingly, members of the Point Breeze Business Association were among the second to greet Rep. Johnson. Long before Mayor Nutter arrived on Saturday, May 30th, Rep. Johnson had addressed the matter of anti-violence. It was addressed for the Point Breeze Business Association who had concerns about abandoned properties, tax issues, low income housing and how to get 1 dollar houses from the city.

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter.

It would be a positive walk through for Rep. Johnson, Mayor Nutter, and the Point Breeze Business Association as all the business and community groups established in the Point Breeze boundaries could enjoy some needed encouragement about a healthy economy and a healthy environment.

Both Rep. Johnson and Mayor Nutter are eager to support any process that would help kids who live in the Point Breeze Street area. They want to do as much as they can for youth before they wind up in the criminal justice system... or dead in the street. The Saturday street walk will be good to let people know that the necessary services the Point Breeze Association have been asking for are not being ignored. And also that in due time State Representative Kenyatta Johnson shall find a solid way to help see to it that crime rates start to be reduced very visibly in the South Philly Point Breeze Street sector of the city. (Karen Brown, Phila. Front Page News Associated Correspondent, contributed to this article.)

Serena Williams Accuses Martinez Sanchez Of Cheating At French Open

Serena Williams Accuses Martinez Sanchez Of Cheating At French Open

U.S. player Serena Williams reacts
after winning a point against Spain's
Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez during
their third round match at the
Roland Garros stadium in Paris,
Saturday May 30, 2009.

PARIS — Serena Williams was sure the ball went off her opponent's arm, a no-no in tennis. The opponent, Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, insisted the ball went off her racket. Williams accused Martinez Sanchez of "cheating." Martinez Sanchez thought that was a "stupid" thing for Williams to say.

Then consider that the point in question helped Martinez Sanchez win the first set of their French Open match Saturday. Oh, and that Williams had a coughing fit during a third-set changeover. All in all, what eventually became a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory for Williams stands as the latest example of the athlete/actress' penchant for theatrics.

"I'm, like, drama. And I don't want to be drama," a hoarse Williams said, straining to get the words out. "I'm like one of those girls on a reality show that has all the drama, and everyone in the house hates them because no matter what they do, like, drama follows them. I don't want to be that girl."

Perhaps. But the 2002 French Open champion, who dabbles in acting, sure seems to find herself in the middle of unique on-court situations.

Even Williams made passing reference Saturday to two episodes by naming the opponents, if not mentioning the details: a 2003 French Open semifinal loss marked by Justine Henin's gamesmanship and Williams' postmatch tears, and a 2004 U.S. Open quarterfinal loss to Jennifer Capriati that contained enough questionable officiating to prompt the introduction of replay reviews in the sport.

Here's what happened in Saturday's third-round match:

At 2-2 in the first set, Williams double-faulted to give a break point to Martinez Sanchez, a Spaniard who is ranked 43rd and never has reached the fourth round at a major. On the next point, Martinez Sanchez raced to the net behind a drop shot that brought Williams forward, too. Williams ran up and smacked a backhand right at Martinez Sanchez.

In what seemed to be an effort to protect herself, as much as to try to hit a volley, the left-handed Martinez Sanchez raised her racket, quick as could be. The ball ricocheted back _ off her racket? off her arm? off both? _ and past Williams. The point was awarded to Martinez Sanchez, giving her the game.

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Sports At Phila. Front Page News; LeBron James says he feels great about situation with Cavaliers despite conference finals loss

Sports At Phila. Front Page News; LeBron James says he feels great about situation with Cavaliers despite conference finals loss

A day after the Cavaliers'
season ended in Orlando, LeBron James
said he was very pleased by his team's
performance. "I'm great. I feel great about
this situation that's going on," he said.

CLEVELAND, Ohio --- LeBron James did not speak to anyone Saturday night after the Cavs were eliminated by the Orlando Magic in the Eastern Conference Finals. But he did talk Sunday afternoon as the team met at the Cleveland Clinic Courts for exit interviews with management and to say their goodbyes for the summer.

Despite his sour mood following the 103-90 loss, when he didn't stay on the floor to congratulate the Magic after the final horn, James said he felt the Cavs took significant strides this season and he's pleased with the team's progress. The Cavs won their first division title in 33 years and set a team record with 66 regular season wins.

"I'm great. I feel great about this situation that's going on," James said.

"You want to continue to get better, that's all you can ask. We got better this season and I feel this team will be better next season. You don't want to take a step backward. I thought we went forward from the Boston series to this year and hopefully we can go forward one more time next year."

James was asked whether he'd sign a contract extension this summer, which the Cavs can offer on July 18.

"I don't know," James said. "I haven't thought about it just yet. I'm just going to take time off from basketball and not think about contracts or the game period and relax with my family. We'll figure out once it comes from them."

The extension is one of three options for James with his current contract, which famously expires after next season. He can extend up to four years this summer, he can play out his current deal or he can exercise a player option for the 2010-11 season.

Sports At Phila. Front Page News; 4-time French Open champ Nadal upset by Soderling

Sports At Phila. Front Page News; 4-time French Open champ Nadal upset by Soderling

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Spain's Rafael Nadal reacts after missing a point to Sweden's Robin Soderling during their fourth round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday May 31, 2009.

PARIS (AP) -- For 31 matches, Rafael Nadal ruled the red clay of Roland Garros, boasting an unbeaten record and an unbreakable will.

For 31 matches, this was his surface, his tournament, his time.

For 31 matches, dating to his debut on May 23, 2005, Nadal never truly was challenged, much less defeated, at the French Open, allowing him to win four consecutive titles and close in on becoming the first player in history with five in a row.

Until Sunday. Until the fourth round of the 2009 French Open. Until Robin Soderling, a 24-year-old from Sweden with a bit of an attitude and 6-foot-3 worth of power, transformed Nadal's career mark at Roland Garros from a best-ever 31-0 to 31-1 with 3 1/2 hours of assertive, and sometimes spectacular, play.

"Well, that's the end of the road, and I have to accept it," Nadal said. "I have to accept my defeat as I accepted my victories: with calm."

Simply put, Soderling's 6-2, 6-7 (2), 6-4, 7-6 (2) victory over the No. 1-seeded Nadal rates as one of the biggest upsets in tennis history. Not sure? Set aside all of Nadal's bona fides for a moment - the dominance on clay; the six Grand Slam titles, including at Wimbledon and Australian Open - and focus on this: The 23rd-seeded Soderling never had won so much as a third-round match at any major tournament before this one.

"I kept telling myself, 'This is just another match,'" Soderling said.

Nadal won all three of their previous meetings, including a contentious match at Wimbledon in 2007, and a 6-1, 6-0 rout on clay at Rome in April. But this time, Nadal was a half-step slower than usual - he tumbled to the ground in the third set, smearing clay all over his pink shirt and charcoal shorts - and Soderling was lights-out good.

Soderling finished with 61 winners, 28 more than Nadal, and won the point on 27 of 35 trips to the net.

"One of those days," Nadal said. "I had someone playing very well in front of me."

The stunning result rendered the rest of Sunday's action around the grounds mere footnotes, from reigning French Open women's champion Ana Ivanovic's exit in a 6-2, 6-3 loss to No. 9 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, to Maria Sharapova's latest three-set victory, to the Williams' sisters loss in doubles.

All that really mattered on this day was Nadal's ouster. In the first round, he broke Bjorn Borg's record of 28 straight French Open wins by a man. In the second, he eclipsed Chris Evert's overall tournament record of 29.

"Everybody's in a state of shock, I would think," said Mats Wilander, a three-time French Open champion who works with Soderling as Sweden's Davis Cup captain. "At some point, Nadal was going to lose. But nobody expected it to happen today, and maybe not this year. Now it's a matter of: There's a tournament to be won."

The biggest beneficiary might be Roger Federer, the 13-time major champion whose resume is missing only a French Open title. Looked at another way, the pressure on Federer to finally win the championship at Roland Garros ratchets far higher. Federer lost to Nadal in each of the past three finals at Roland Garros, and in the 2005 semifinals, too.

"If one guy deserves it," Nadal said, "that's him."

Federer was the last player to even take a set off Nadal at the French Open - all the way back in the 2007 final. Nadal's streak of 32 consecutive sets won at Roland Garros, second only to Borg's record of run 41 from 1978-81, did not last long Sunday.

When Nadal missed a backhand wide, then another into the net, Soderling broke him for the second time to take the first set. That, Soderling would say, was key.

"I felt if I can win one set," he said, "why not the second one, and then the third one?"

Soderling did come within two points of winning the second set, when he led 6-5 and Nadal was serving. Nadal held there, though, then ran away with the ensuing tiebreaker, helped by six unforced errors by Soderling.

That was certainly a moment when Soderling could have folded. Instead, he showed fortitude.

"It takes a serious mind to realize, that, 'Hey, listen, I just lost the second set 7-6 to Nadal, but I am so much better today, and I've just got to stay with him.' And that's, I think, what Robin exactly did," Wilander said.

Nadal's high-bouncing forehands didn't bother Soderling. Soderling's deep groundstrokes and booming serves - at up to 140 mph - troubled Nadal, who stood way behind the baseline. When Soderling served out the third set at love, Nadal had lost two sets in a single French Open match for the first time.

As the fourth-set tiebreaker began, spectators at Court Philippe Chatrier serenaded the underdog with choruses of "Roh-bean!" Others responded, "Ra-fa!" Later, Nadal termed the extra support for Soderling "sad."

Soderling moved ahead 6-1, but Nadal's forehand winner erased the first match point of his French Open career. On the second, Nadal's volley landed wide, the final point of his lone loss at Roland Garros.

"We know that when we walk on the court, we can either win or lose," Nadal said. "No one remembers defeats in the long run. People remember victories. So I have to move forward."

He turns 23 on Wednesday, and noted he's accustomed to celebrating his birthday at Roland Garros.

Not this year. About 75 minutes after the match ended, Nadal left the locker room with a couple of gym bags and a white plastic trash bag with other belongings.

He paused at the tournament's player support desk for goodbye kisses, then walked past the transportation desk and said, "Ciao. Merci." Nadal slid into a black sedan that whisked him through the complex's green gate - departing one week earlier than he expected, one week earlier than every other year he's been here.

Fats Domino makes rare appearance at La. concert

Fats Domino makes rare appearance at La. concert

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Fats Domino visits with Little Richard in a dressing room after Richards' performance at The Domino Effect, a tribute concert for Domino, at the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, Saturday, May 30, 2009. A portion of the proceeds from the concert will go to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees' charitable foundation, the Brees Dream Foundation, which aims to improve local playgrounds and recreation sites in New Orleans.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Fats Domino rarely emerges from his Louisiana home - and many wondered if he'd show up for "The Domino Effect," his namesake concert that raises funds to help rebuild schools and playgrounds damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

Sure enough, the 81-year-old New Orleans native smiled and waved from his private suite to more than 3,000 cheering people who attended Saturday's concert to see two of his old friends perform - Little Richard and B.B. King. Domino is an icon in New Orleans, known nearly as much for his reclusiveness as for hits like "Blueberry Hill" and "Ain't That a Shame."

Little Richard, at the piano in a sparkly white suite, delivered an energetic set that included "Lucille," "Tutti Frutti" and other hits.

Between songs, he reminisced about New Orleans and Domino. Richard's breakout hit "Tutti Frutti" was recorded at Cosimo Matassa's studio in New Orleans in 1955.

"I was right here," Richard said, playing the piano as he talked. "I was right here."

Richard said he remembered being on the road with Domino, who always longed to be back home. Then Richard broke into song: "Every night about this time, I go to sleep to keep from cryin'."

While on stage, Richard was given a plaque inducting him into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. He said he was surprised and touched.

Domino and Richard met backstage, where the men hugged, made small talk and posed for pictures. Richard's handlers handed out free inspirational pamphlets to fans during the concert, and backstage, he asked Domino and others to pray with him.

"Bless this life," Richard prayed, his head bowed, "and bless this music."

Domino also met with King after his blues set, which included the hit, "The Thrill is Gone."

As King walked off stage, Domino greeted him with a hug.

"It's good to see you my friend," King told Domino. "Did you bring me some gumbo?"

King said he used to open shows for Domino in the early years of his career. In 2007, King recorded the title track on a tribute album to Domino, called "Goin' Home."

Saturday's concert ran more than four hours and included performances by Chuck Berry, Wyclef Jean, Keb' Mo' and Junior Brown. Comedian-actor Tracy Morgan, best known for his work on the TV shows "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock," also performed.

Proceeds from the event are earmarked for "Operation Kids," a program run through Saints quarterback Drew Brees' foundation to improve the city's parks and schools.

Brees attended the concert with wife, Brittany, and dozens of the couple's closest friends and family. All got to meet Domino.

It wasn't the first time Drew Brees met the music legend. Brees said he got to hang out at Domino's home in the New Orleans suburb of Harvey a few weeks ago. He said Domino showed him his gold record collection and played the piano.

"How many people get to say they got to do that?" he said.

Domino has been living in Harvey since Katrina struck in 2005, flooding his home in the Lower 9th Ward neighborhood. Still, Domino enjoys visiting his publishing house, an extension of his old home. The studio is a classic shotgun double built in the 1930s that was rebuilt after Katrina. It is one of a few refurbished structures in the neighborhood, which still has blocks of abandoned homes and overgrown lots.

Brees said he was grateful such pioneering musicians could help his foundation reach its goal of raising $1.8 million in two years to rebuild the city's parks, schools and play spaces - the things needed to bring families back to New Orleans.

"These guys are legends," Brees said. "They helped define an era and build a musical genre. They're the fathers of blues and rock and roll."

Muslims want tangible change on Mideast from Obama

Muslims want tangible change on Mideast from Obama

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An anti-American poster is seen in the Shiite stronghold of Sadr City in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, April 30, 2009. Poster reads - "Yes, Yes for Iraq". Respect for Islam, a prescription for Palestinian statehood, a promise to get out of Iraq quickly: That's what Muslims from Morocco to Malaysia want to hear from President Barack Obama this week when he speaks to them from this Arab capital.

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- Respect for Islam, a prescription for Palestinian statehood and assurances of a speedy U.S. pullout from Iraq - that's what Muslims from Morocco to Malaysia say they want to hear from President Barack Obama this week when he addresses them from this Arab capital.

His speech Thursday from Cairo University will try to soften the fury toward the United States among so many of the world's 1.5 billion Muslims, ignited by the U.S. occupation of Iraq and the hands-off attitude toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict of his predecessor George W. Bush.

Obama's offer of a new beginning is seen as an attempt to stem the growing influence of extremists - particularly Iran, with its regional and nuclear ambitions - and to bolster moderate Muslim allies.

It comes just days ahead of crucial elections in Lebanon and Iran - where the appeal of militancy will be put to the test - and amid worsening violence in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The American leader's soaring oratory and Muslim roots have kindled hope among Muslims. But they will judge him by his actions, not his words, said 20-year-old Mohammed Wasel, sipping sugar cane juice with friends after mosque prayers in Cairo's Abbasiya neighborhood.

"There will be a lot of talk, but I seriously want to see something real coming out of this speech, something tangible," Wasel said, expressing a view shared by an Eritrean social worker in Rome, a retired teacher in Baghdad and a Palestinian mayor in the West Bank.

Obama "has to walk the talk," said social activist Marina Mahathir, daughter of Malaysia's former prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad.

But with rising hopes come the risk of disappointment. Obama isn't expected to present a detailed vision of a Mideast peace deal - potentially the most effective antidote to anti-Western sentiment - until later.

And there is doubt the U.S. president can change entrenched foreign policy, particularly what is perceived in the Muslim world as Washington's pro-Israeli bias. What Muslims see as America's repeated failure to hold Israel to its international obligations is a sore point. A construction freeze in Israeli West Bank settlements - Obama wants it, Israel rejects it - is shaping up as a major test.

"It's true that Obama's election created a new wave of hope," said Jordan-based political analyst Mouin Rabbani. "But if he pulls the same tricks as his predecessor - making some nice statements and doing the opposite in practice - people will be disabused of their illusions quite quickly."

Obama will also go to Saudi Arabia and meet King Abdullah on his Mideast trip. But he is not visiting Israel, though just a short flight away.

The president's initial actions have earned him good will. He's reached out to Muslims in an interview with an Arab satellite TV station, in video message to Iranians on the Persian new year and in a speech to the Turkish parliament. He ordered Guantanamo prison closed within a year and said the U.S. would not engage in torture, reversing two Bush policies seen here as having targeted Muslims.

After the Bush years, one of the darkest periods in U.S.-Muslim relations, there is now a chance for reconciliation, said Shibley Telhami, a Mideast scholar at the University of Maryland who conducts annual public opinion surveys around the Middle East.

"The most striking is the openness toward President Obama and the expressed hopefulness about American foreign policy, something profoundly new, given the last eight years," he said.

In the latest survey, 73 percent of 4,087 respondents felt positive or neutral toward Obama. The poll had margins of error ranging from 3.6 to 4.5 percentage points, in the six Arab countries where it was conducted in April and May.

The positive results for Obama seem remarkable for a region where four in five people still hold unfavorable views of the U.S., and Venezuela's stridently anti-American President Hugo Chavez was named most admired foreign leader.

If Obama wants to rally Muslim support to rein in Iran, analysts say, he will have to prove his good intentions elsewhere. In particular, he needs to move to end Israel's occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem, lands the Palestinians want for a state.

"If he wants to win the hearts of Muslims, then there must be peace for all of the Middle East," said M. Salim Abdullah, 78, a Muslim of Bosnian descent who heads an Islamic research library in Soest, Germany.

A pullout of Iraqi troops according to schedule would also go a long way toward restoring Muslim confidence. But despite Obama's timetable - he plans to withdraw most U.S. troops by September 2010 and pull all out by the end of 2011 - many are upset by the ongoing violence and fear Iraq could one day disintegrate.

Obama's choice of Cairo as the venue for his speech highlights problems that have long fed militancy in the Arab world. Authoritarian rule, poverty and a lack of opportunity deprive many of the young of a say in their future.

Youth unemployment in the Middle East and North Africa is the highest in the world, with one in four young Egyptians sitting idle, the U.N. says. Nearly 20 percent of Egypt's 79 million people live on less than $2 a day. Islamic militants from Egypt, including al Qaida's No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahiri, have exported their violent ideology. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, like other U.S. allies in the region, tolerates little opposition.

Obama will have to strike a balance between raising human rights violations in Egypt and elsewhere in the region, while not sounding like he is trying to impose U.S. values. The Bush administration's pro-democracy campaign in the Middle East was widely seen as hypocritical, particularly after the U.S. refused to deal with the Islamic militant Hamas despite its 2006 election victory in the Palestinian territories.

"When someone talks to me with dignity and respect, then I will feel I could follow him," said 19-year-old Mustafa Ragab. He spoke after Friday prayers at a Cairo mosque, where the preacher promoted the idea of dialogue ahead of Obama's visit. "I think Obama will be able to make the Arabs feel that way."

Beyond shared concerns, different parts of the Muslim world have particular issues.

While the U.S. draws down forces in Iraq, it is building them up in another Muslim country, Afghanistan, as part of its intensifying war on the Taliban. But the Afghan government says mounting civilian deaths are undermining support for the campaign.

Kabul shopkeeper Abdul Wasi, 34, said sending more U.S. troops is futile. "The experience of our three decades of war shows that in the end, it will not work," said Wasi, 34. "Since Obama came in, nothing has changed for us."

Iranians say they want Obama to ease economic sanctions, in place since 1995, and push for a resumption of ties.

"The sanctions the U.S has imposed so far have only damaged ordinary people in Iran," said Tehran mechanic Abbas Taghizadeh.

Millions of Muslims in Europe struggle to win acceptance and shed the stigma of extremism, without sacrificing their customs. They have fought for the right to build mosques and have girls wear headscarves in schools, a sign of religious observance. Obama may not have much to offer in their struggles.

Still Obama gets some credit up front for just being himself. Many were inspired by his victory, emotionally connecting to his African and Muslim roots and his childhood in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation.

"It's so exciting to have a black man run the entire world," said Awni Shatarat, 45, a clothing store owner in the Palestinian refugee camp of Baqaa in Jordan.

Kan. abortion doc killed in church; suspect held

Kan. abortion doc killed in church; suspect held

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The body of Dr. George Tiller is removed from the Reformation Lutheran Church in Wichita, Kan., Sunday, May 31, 2009. The attorney for Tiller says the late-term abortion provider was shot and killed at his church in Wichita

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- Dr. George Tiller, who remained one of the nation's few providers of late-term abortions despite decades of protests and attacks, was shot and killed Sunday in a church where he was serving as an usher.

The gunman fled, but a 51-year-old suspect was arrested some 170 miles away in suburban Kansas City three hours after the shooting, Wichita Deputy Police Chief Tom Stolz said.

Long a focus of national anti-abortion groups, including a summer-long protest in 1991, Tiller was shot in the foyer of Reformation Lutheran Church, Stolz said. Tiller's attorney, Dan Monnat, said Tiller's wife, Jeanne, was in the choir at the time.

The suspect's name was not released; police had been looking for a gunman who fled in a car registered in the Kansas City suburb of Merriam.

Stolz said all indications were that the man acted alone, although authorities were investigating whether he had any connection to anti-abortion groups.

Stolz said the man was being brought back to Wichita, where he would likely be charged Monday with one count of murder and two of aggravated assault. Stolz said the gunman threatened two people who tried to stop him.

The slaying of the 67-year-old doctor is "an unspeakable tragedy," his widow, four children and 10 grandchildren said in statement. "This is particularly heart-wrenching because George was shot down in his house of worship, a place of peace."

The family said its loss "is also a loss for the city of Wichita and women across America. George dedicated his life to providing women with high-quality health care despite frequent threats and violence."

Adam Watkins, 20, said he was sitting in the middle of the church's congregation when he heard a small pop at the start of the service.

"We just thought a child had come in with a balloon and it had popped, had gone up and hit the ceiling and popped," Watkins said.

Another usher came in and told the congregation to remain seated, then escorted Tiller's wife out. "When she got to the back doors, we heard her scream, and so we knew something bad had happened," Watkins said.

He said the service continued even after an associate pastor announced that Tiller had been injured. "We were just really shocked," he said. "We were kind of dumbfounded. We couldn't really believe it had happened."

Tiller's Women's Health Care Services clinic is one of just three in the nation where abortions are performed after the 21st week of pregnancy. The clinic was heavily fortified and Tiller often traveled with a bodyguard, but Stolz said there was no indication of security at the church Sunday.

Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri said it was working with law enforcement to secure its facilities Sunday even after the suspect was in custody.

A protester shot Tiller in both arms in 1993, and his clinic was bombed in 1985. More recently, Monnat said Tiller had asked federal prosecutors to step up investigations of vandalism and other threats against the clinic out of fear that the incidents were increasing and that Tiller's safety was in jeopardy. Stolz, however, said police knew of no threats connected to the shooting.

In early May, Tiller had asked the FBI to investigate vandalism at his clinic, including cut wires to surveillance cameras and damage to the roof that sent rainwater pouring into the building.

Anti-abortion groups denounced the shooting and stressed that they support only nonviolent protest. The movement's leaders fear the killing could create a backlash just as they are scrutinizing U.S. Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, whose views on abortion rights are not publicly known.

"We are shocked at this morning's disturbing news that Mr. Tiller was gunned down," Troy Newman, Operation Rescue's president, said in a statement. "Operation Rescue has worked for years through peaceful, legal means, and through the proper channels to see him brought to justice. We denounce vigilantism and the cowardly act that took place this morning."

In 1991, the Summer of Mercy protests organized by Operation Rescue drew thousands of anti-abortion activists to this city for demonstrations marked by civil disobedience and mass arrests.

Tiller began providing abortion services in 1973. He acknowledged abortion was as socially divisive as slavery or prohibition but said the issue was about giving women a choice when dealing with technology that can diagnose severe fetal abnormalities before a baby is born.

Nancy Keenan, president of abortion-rights group NARAL Pro-Choice America, issued a statement praising Tiller's commitment.

"Dr. Tiller's murder will send a chill down the spines of the brave and courageous providers and other professionals who are part of reproductive-health centers that serve women across this country. We want them to know that they have our support as they move forward in providing these essential services in the aftermath of the shocking news from Wichita," Keenan said.

After the 1991 protests, Tiller kept mostly to his heavily guarded clinic, although in 1997 he opened it to three tours by state lawmakers and the media.

The clinic is fortified with bulletproof glass, and Tiller hired a private security team to protect the facility. Once outside the clinic, Tiller was routinely accompanied by a bodyguard.

At a recent trial, he told jurors that he and his family have suffered years of harassment and threats and that he knew he was a target of anti-abortion protesters.

Federal marshals protected Tiller during the 1991 Summer of Mercy protests, and he was protected again between 1994 and 1998 after another abortion provider was assassinated and federal authorities reported finding Tiller's name on an assassination list.

Tiller remained prominent in the news, in part because of an investigation begun by former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline, an abortion opponent.

Prosecutors had alleged that Tiller had gotten second opinions from a doctor who was essentially an employee of his, not independent as state law requires. A jury in March acquitted Tiller of all 19 misdemeanor counts.

"I am stunned by this lawless and violent act, which must be condemned and should be met with the full force of law," Kline said in a written statement. "We join in lifting prayer that God's grace and presence rest with Dr. Tiller's family and friends."

Abortion opponents also questioned then-Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' ties to Tiller before the Senate confirmed her this year as U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary. Tiller donated thousands of dollars to Sebelius over the years.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Views & Opinions at Phila. Front Page News; "Judge Brutality by Media Delco Courthouse by Anonymous

Views & Opinions at Phila. Front Page News; "Judge Brutality by Media Delco Courthouse by Anonymous

Above: Two child Siblings Taken Away From Their
Father By Order of Judge Barry C. Dozor, Media
Delaware County Courthouse. Thus far these two
siblings have yet to see their father for over 7 years
now. Photo above was taken (FPN archives 2002) when
the daughter was 6-years-old and the son was only
2-years-old. In 2009 Judge Barry C. Dozor sits as a
Criminal Trial Judge (Only).

Barry Dozor was a Broomaall commisioner, prior he was a Collingdale Township Solicitor while in practice at Dozor and Auslander on Macdade Blvd.

Barry Dozor had switched from the Democratic Party to Republican Party to become a Commisioner.

In 2001 then Gov. Tom Ridge appoints him to the Delaware County Court as Judge. His son Joshua Dozor graduates from Widner Law and fresh out of law school lands a job in Curt Weldons office. He eventually is appointed to Curt Weldons Homeland security Committee and currently holds a directors position in the Homeland security division ,I think its Fema. Republicans look after their own.

Barry Dozor held a position on the board of directors of the DelCo Historical Society which a decision to move the Society Archives from Greenbank
Paxon hollow Rd Media to a building in Chester Delco.

Barry Dozor is also on the board of West Chester University. I thought judges were not supposed to be in positions were there was a possibility of financial appointments.
Check out contributors and who owned the building the historical society was moved to.

Apparently his daughter Courtney was attacked near 14th and Girard Ave. Apparently the Phila Police did not press charges at the time last Oct or Nov.

I got this information from the internet.

By Anonymous

Penna. Labor Dept. Investigates "Jon and Kate"

Penna. Labor Dept. Investigates "Jon and Kate"

Jon Gosselin, Kate Gosselin

by KYW's Tony Romeo

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry confirms it is investigating a child labor law complaint against the cable TV show “John and Kate Plus 8.”

Interest in the TLC reality show chronicling the lives of a Berks County couple, Jon and Kate Gosselin, and their eight children, is peaking following a tsunami of publicity spawned by rumors of marital infidelity. Now, state labor department spokesman Troy Thompson says the show is being investigated subsequent to a child labor law complaint. But he emphasizes that the agency’s Bureau if Labor Law Compliance is obligated to investigate any complaint it receives"

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Bucks County 'Kidnap Hoax' Mom Out of Jail

Bucks County 'Kidnap Hoax' Mom Out of Jail

KYW Newsradio Team Coverage

The 38-year-old Feasterville woman who fled to Disney World with her daughter after claiming they'd been abducted is out of jail.

Bonnie Sweeten posted $100,000 cash, or 10 percent of her $1 million bail.

Officials say she was released from the Bucks County Correctional Facility at 5pm on Saturday.

Authorities said Sweeten would be allowed supervised visits with her children.

A preliminary hearing is set for Thursday.

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Gates: NKorea nuke progress sign of `dark future'

Gates: NKorea nuke progress sign of `dark future'

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U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, right, looks at South Korean Minister of National Defense Lee Sang-hee, left, during their bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Asia Security Summit on Saturday May 30, 2009 in Singapore. The U.S. defense chief urged Asian allies Saturday to consider tougher sanctions against North Korea, noting that past efforts to cajole the reclusive regime into scrapping its nuclear weapons program have only emboldened it.

SINGAPORE (AP) -- North Korea's progress on nuclear weapons and long-range missiles is "a harbinger of a dark future" and has created an urgent need for more pressure on the reclusive communist government to change its ways, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Saturday.

He said the North's nuclear program does not "at this point" represent a direct military threat to the United States and he does not plan to build up American troops in the region. But the North's efforts pose the potential for an arms race in Asia that could spread beyond the region, he added.

At an annual meeting of defense and security officials, the Pentagon chief said past efforts to cajole North Korea into scrapping its nuclear weapons program have only emboldened it.

North Korea's yearslong use of scare tactics as a bargaining chip to secure aid and other concessions - only to later renege on promises - has worn thin the patience of five nations negotiating with the North, Gates said.

"I think that everyone in the room is familiar with the tactics that the North Koreans use. They create a crisis and the rest of us pay a price to return to the status quo ante," he said in a question and answer session after his speech at the Shangri-La Dialogue.

"As the expression goes in the United States, `I am tired of buying the same horse twice.' I think this notion that we buy our way back to the status quo ante is an approach that I personally at least think we ought to think very hard about. There are perhaps other ways to try and get the North Koreans to change their approach," he said.

The sharp statements were echoed by the South Korean defense minister and even China, North Korea's strongest ally. They reflect fears throughout the region that last week's nuclear and missile tests by North Korea could spiral out of control and lead to fighting.

"President Obama has offered an open hand to tyrannies that unclench their fists. He is hopeful, but he is not naive," Gates said in his speech.

"Likewise, the United States and our allies are open to dialogue, but we will not bend to pressure or provocation. And on this count, North Korea's latest reply to our overtures is not exactly something we would characterize as helpful or constructive. We will not stand idly by as North Korea builds the capability to wreak destruction on any target in Asia - or on us. At the end of the day, the choice to continue as a destitute, international pariah is North Korea's alone to make. The world is waiting."

The North said it would no longer honor a 1953 armistice truce with South Korea after Seoul joined a 90-plus nation security alliance that seeks to curb nuclear trafficking on the seas.

Additionally, the U.N. Security Council is drafting financial and military penalties against North Korea as punishment for the weapons testing. Similar penalties approved after the North's 2006 atomic test have been only sporadically enforced, and largely ignored by China and Russia.

"I think that the combination of their progress in developing nuclear technology, and their progress in developing multistage long-range missiles, is a harbinger of a dark future," Gates said. "What is now central to multilateral efforts ... is to try to peacefully stop those programs before they do in fact become a `clear and present danger,' as the expression goes."

Gates also warned North Korea against secretly selling its weapons technology to other outlaw nations.

Later, at what officials called the first-ever meeting among defense chiefs from the U.S., Japan and South Korea, Gates asked his counterparts to begin considering other steps against the North should it continue to escalate is nuclear program. The military leaders did not discuss specific potential actions, but U.S. officials who attended the half-hour meeting said any steps would be taken in self-defense.

South Korean Defense Minister Lee Sang-hee said the talks "could not have come at a better time."

"North Korea perhaps to this point may have mistakenly believed that it could be perhaps rewarded for its wrong behaviors," Lee told reporters. "But that is no longer the case."

Earlier Saturday, Lt. Gen. Ma Xiaotian, the second-in-command of the General Staff of China's military, told the security forum that Beijing "has expressed a firm opposition and grave concern about the nuclear test."

The Obama administration said it planned to send a delegation on Sunday to Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing and possibly Moscow over the next week to discuss how to respond to North Korea.

"The reality is that given the objectives of the six-party talks that were established some years ago, it would be hard to point to them at this point as an example of success," Gates said in response to a question after his speech.

Those countries - the U.S., South Korea, China, Russia and Japan - "need to think freshly about where we go from here."

Friday, May 29, 2009

Bryant leads Lakers past Nuggets, back to finals

Bryant leads Lakers past Nuggets, back to finals

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Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, left, is fouled by Denver Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin during the first half of Game 6 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals Friday, May 29, 2009, in Denver.

DENVER (AP) -- Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers are heading back to the NBA finals after dispatching the pesky Denver Nuggets with a 119-92 victory in Game 6 on Friday night.

Bryant had 35 points and 10 assists and got plenty of scoring help from Trevor Ariza, Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom as the Lakers shot 57.3 percent from the field to avoid having to play a Game 7 in the Western Conference finals back at the Staples Center.

They will finally get some much-needed rest after playing every other day for a grueling two weeks.

These Lakers, who are headed to their record 30th NBA finals and are seeking their 15th title, are a more grizzled group - but also more bruised and battered - than the one that fell to Boston in the finals last year.

"Now we're in a place where we didn't get the job accomplished last year," Bryant said. "Hopefully we will this time."

Instead of cruising through the West this time, the Lakers survived an arduous seven-game semifinal series against Houston and a physical test against Denver.

"It's been a physical march all the way back to the finals, every series has been tough," Bryant said.

The Lakers will face either Orlando or Cleveland in the finals. The Magic lead 3-2 and can clinch the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday night at home in Game 6 and prevent the Kobe Bryant-LeBron James final that has basketball fans and corporate sponsors atwitter.

The finals begin Thursday, at Los Angeles if Orlando wins, and at Cleveland if the Cavaliers prevail.

Carmelo Anthony led the Nuggets with 25 points and J.R. Smith added 24, but Denver trailed for all but a few seconds and never mounted a serious charge after halftime, although they kept hitting 3-pointers.

This was the Nuggets' eighth consecutive loss in a playoff elimination game.

Odom and Gasol both scored 20 points and Ariza had 17, and the Lakers made all 24 of their free throws.

"We are really tough to beat because we're using all our weapons, not focusing on Kobe or myself," said Gasol, who had 12 rebounds and six assists. "We have a really good team and need to use everybody. That is how we are going to win it."

The Lakers might very well have been swept by the energetic Nuggets if veterans Anthony Carter and Kenyon Martin hadn't botched inbounds passes in the final seconds of Games 1 and 3, respectively.

Bryant didn't wait for the fourth quarter Friday night to give the Nuggets, who had posted eight postseason blowouts, a taste of their own medicine.

He scored 11 points in a decisive 21-7 that gave the Lakers a 53-40 halftime lead, took the buzz out of the Pepsi Center and the air out of the Nuggets.

"We had the effort and the execution to match," Bryant said. "It took us a while to really get a feel for the team, just how to take advantage of the defense. We saw something how they were playing us and we executed extremely well."

Bryant started his run with two free throws on a questionable whistle on Martin, then hit a jumper over Smith. After Ariza's 3-pointer, Bryant made baskets over Anthony from the left and right corners on the Lakers' next two possessions, then capped the run with a dagger - a 3-pointer with 4.1 seconds left following Gasol's offensive rebound.

The Nuggets trimmed their deficit to 79-67 but the Lakers replied with a 9-0 run to restore their stranglehold. Bryant scored seven straight points, including a 3-pointer that made it 101-82.

The Nuggets thought they had the Lakers right where they wanted them after stealing Game 2 in Los Angeles, but they quickly gave the homecourt edge back on Martin's botched inbounds in Game 3 that cost them their first loss at the Pepsi Center since March 9.

After winning 16 straight games at home, the Nuggets lost two of three there in their first trip to the conference finals in 24 years.

Notes:@ The Nuggets' biggest lead was one points. After Smith's tip-in gave Denver a 33-32 lead, Odom hit a shot at the other end, sparking the 21-7 run and the Lakers never looked back.

Phillies bat the Nats 5-4

Phillies bat the Nats 5-4

Phillies bat the Nats 5-4

The Phillies collected sixteen (16) hits in a 5-4 win over the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies line-up featured five batters that recorded two or more hits and every position player recorded a hit on the evening. Phillies’ centerfielder, Shane Victorino went 4-4, and scored a run on the night. Despite their hitting prowess, the Phillies did not score a run after the 4th inning of play.

The Nationals would sneak back into the ball game in the 6th, as Phillies starter J.A. Happ began to tire on the mound (PC-96). Happ (3-0) would leave two on base in the 6th with a 5-1 lead. Phils’ reliever Chad Durbin would allow back-to-back hits to cut the Phillies lead to 5-4.

Happ continues to impress Phillies ph] fans with another effective five (5.1) innings on the mound. Happ allowed just three (3) hits, three (3) earned runs while striking out five (5) Nationals’ batters. He would give up a solo homer to Josh Willingham, and then he would hit him in his next two plate appearances. Just Love it!

Durbin maybe running out of gas at this point in the season. In his last two appearances (0.1), (0.2) innings, he has allowed four (4) runs, plus one (1) earned, on two hits and two walks. Durbin has made (25) appearances and hurled for (27.1) innings out of the bullpen.

Scott Eyre and Ryan Madson would hold the Nationals scoreless in the 7th and 8th. Brad Lidge would come in the 9th, he fires an 1-2-3 inning to get his 10th Save of the season.

DA Abraham Vague on Backing Dem Nominee Williams

DA Abraham Vague on Backing Dem Nominee Williams

by KYW's Mike Dunn

More than a week after the primary, Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham has yet to publicly endorse her party's nominee to succeed her, Seth Williams.

Williams challenged Abraham four years ago for the nomination, and though he lost at the time, Abraham clearly hasn't forgotten. When asked if she'll endorse Williams, she wouldn't speak his name:

"I'm a Democrat, and I support the Democratic ticket whole heartedly, every election. My support of the Democratic ticket has always been and will continue to be for the Democratic ticket. That means everybody on it, top to bottom."

And when we asked Abraham if she thinks Williams would be a successful district attorney, she was anything but effusive:

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City of Philadelphia Shows Off Its Emergency Readiness

City of Philadelphia Shows Off Its Emergency Readiness

by KYW's Steve Tawa

Philadelphia's Office of Emergency Management had a show-and-tell on Friday for the city's first "emergency response capabilities tour."

Office of Emergency Management spokeswoman Joan Przybylowicz says they invited 80 representatives from regional hospitals -- mostly emergency planners and public information officers -- to events that started at the Wachovia Center parking lot in South Philadelphia:

"Our goal is to strengthen working relationships with them."

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Bucks County ''Kidnap Hoax'' Mom Arraigned

Bucks County ''Kidnap Hoax'' Mom Arraigned

KYW Newsradio Team Coverage

KYW's Jim Melwert reports
that the 38-year-old Bucks County, Pa. woman accused of concocting a fake carjacking and kidnapping was arraigned late Friday night in Richboro. A district judge set bail at $1million, saying that he was concerned that Bonnie Sweeten would flee before her trial. The Feasterville woman can be released if she posts 10 percent of the bail amount, or $100,000. In the meantime, Sweeten is being held at a Doylestown detention facility.

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With bankruptcy looming, a new GM begins to emerge

With bankruptcy looming, a new GM begins to emerge

AP Photo
In this file photo taken May 15, 2009, a model poses with a car from the Chevrolet brand under General Motors Corp. during an auto show in Beijing, China. In an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday, May 28, United Auto Workers President Ron Gettelfinger said GM will not import the cars from China and had agreed as part of a concession deal to build them in the U.S.

DETROIT (AP) -- With an almost certain bankruptcy filing days away, General Motors is beginning its reinvention, planning to retool one factory to make its smallest vehicles ever in the U.S. and rid itself of the biggest.

As GM's board began two days of meetings Friday to make a final decision on the company's fate, its main union overwhelmingly approved dramatic labor cost cuts. Germany's finance minister said a plan was approved for Canadian auto parts maker Magna International Inc. to rescue GM's European Opel unit. And a deal to sell GM's rugged but inefficient Hummer brand also appeared on the horizon.

The moves provided more clues about what a restructured GM might look like ahead of the expected Chapter 11 filing Monday. Taxpayers will eventually own nearly three-quarters of a leaner GM, with a total government commitment of nearly $50 billion.

GM has yet to confirm it will seek bankruptcy protection but scheduled a news conference for Monday in New York.

With the government's backing and nearly $20 billion in U.S. loans so far, the company has made more dramatic changes in just a few days than it has in decades.

"It's been coming to a head for a very long time," said Aaron Bragman, an analyst for the consulting firm IHS Global Insight. "But in just the past few months we've really seen steps being taken to completely and dramatically change the face of American auto manufacturing."

GM said it plans to reopen a shuttered U.S. factory to build subcompact cars. The retooled factory would be able to build 160,000 cars a year and create 1,200 jobs, offsetting some of the 21,000 that will be lost when GM closes 14 factories by the end of next year.

GM's stock tumbled to the lowest price in the company's 100-year history, closing at just 75 cents after trading as low as 74 cents. The government plan for GM revealed Thursday would make the shares virtually worthless.

The United Auto Workers' reluctant but overwhelming ratification of concessions will save GM $1.3 billion per year and bring its labor costs down to those of its Japanese competitors. The new UAW deal freezes wages, ends bonuses and eliminates some noncompetitive work rules.

The changes, plus others that will be worked out in court, will shrink GM and position it to be among the world's most competitive automakers if it can emerge from bankruptcy protection and survive the global auto sales slump, Bragman said.

"They've eliminated their legacy costs. They've already invested in new product that's coming. They have the ear of the government unlike any time in their history, and the government has said basically 'we are going to help you survive and thrive,'" Bragman said.

GM is banking on more demand for smaller cars previously shunned by Americans. The government decided earlier this month to raise fuel economy standards for the entire U.S. fleet by 2016.

The new standards were one of the biggest factors in GM's announcement to build subcompacts in the U.S. rather than in China, said a person familiar with GM's plans who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the plans.

Chrysler LLC, already in bankruptcy protection, is banking on the same thing. It wants to sell all its assets to Fiat Group SpA so the Italian automaker can start building its sophisticated small cars on this side of the ocean.

The strategy is still a big gamble. Americans have opted for bigger cars and trucks, with the exception of last summer, when gas topped $4 per gallon. GM and Chrysler hope people will spend more for better-equipped subcompacts with more luxurious interiors and performance that rivals the best luxury sedans.

Smaller costs after bankruptcy should help the companies make money even though compact cars carry far smaller profit margins than pricey SUVs. But there remains a risk that gas prices will remain low and the cars won't sell, blowing up the automakers' new business models.

The UAW deal moves billions in retiree health care costs off GM's books, giving a union-run retiree health care trust 17.5 percent ownership of a post-bankruptcy GM. The trust will take on health care costs for retirees next year. Higher health care costs alone account for a $1,500-per-car cost gap between GM and Japanese vehicles.

But just cutting labor costs won't be enough to save the company. It also has been working to streamline its engineering and design, as well as standardize many parts so they can go into multiple models.

"They've already made huge progress," said Laurie Harbour-Felax, president of a consulting company that studies competitive cost differences between automakers. "The problem is you can't see that because revenue died, because nobody's buying cars."

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Aide says Reed weighing write-in bid in November; mayor remains mum - PennLive.com

Aide says Reed weighing write-in bid in November; mayor remains mum - PennLive.com:

by JOHN LUCIEW, Of The Patriot-News
Thursday May 28, 2009, 4:25 PM

Mayor Stephen R. Reed remained mum on his future plans even as two campaign aides debated his next political move.

Randy King, Reed's campaign manager, confirmed today that Reed, urged on by supporters, is weighing a write-in bid in the Nov. 3 general election to win an eighth term. King said both the mayor's office and his campaign staff have been 'inundated' with calls, letters and personal pleas that Reed run in the fall.

Currently, the general election would pit Democrat Linda Thompson, who out-polled Reed by 1,000 votes, against GOP newcomer Nevin Mindlin, who bumped off Reed's Republican write-in effort. But King noted that only 25 percent of Harrisburg's 28,000 registered voters went to the polls in the primary, leaving the general election 'wide open.'

Democratic candidate for Harrisburg mayor Linda Thompson

Republican candidate for Harrisburg mayor Nevin Mindlin

'That silent electorate has been awakened since the results last Tuesday,' King said. Reed 'is currently looking at a number of different options, including conceding. But there is growing sentiment that a write-in campaign should be done and all the pieces are in place." However, another Reed campaign aide, Fred Clark, said that he spoke recently with Reed, who Clark said had "no regrets, no anger, no bitterness and nothing but best wishes for Linda Thompson." Clark described Reed's silence in wake of last week's primary defeat as "letting the dust settle." "He respects the will of the people and what is in the best interest of the city," Clark said. "I don't honestly believe that he is contemplating anything but what his role is in doing what is in the best interest of the city."

Clark added that the city should wait to hear directly from Reed, not his surrogates, regarding the mayor's next move. "I think the only person that can speak for the mayor at this point in time is the mayor himself," Clark said.

King said Reed, who is also weighing what King called "lucrative" private sector job offers, might not have a final decision on his future for two or three weeks. King acknowledged that mounting a write-in campaign would be the most difficult route to victory. "It is absolutely the most difficult mountain to climb," King said. "If we win, it would undoubtedly be one of the biggest political stories of the century in this state and city. But that would be getting ahead of ourselves, and we're not going to do that, unlike some candidates in this election."

Despite repeated requests for interviews, Reed has been unavailable for comment since his primary concession speech on the evening of May 19. For her part, Thompson is on record welcoming a Reed re-match.

Rihanna Could Testify

Rihanna Could Testify

Rihanna arrives at the American
Music Awards in Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES — Rihanna is among the witnesses whom prosecutors plan to call during a hearing in Chris Brown's assault case, an attorney said Thursday.

Donald Etra, Rihanna's lawyer, told reporters that prosecutors have told him the Barbados-born singer will receive a subpoena to testify at a preliminary hearing June 22. The hearing will focus on whether there is enough evidence to continue the case against Brown.

Etra said Rihanna will comply with the order. It would mark her first appearance in court since felony assault and criminal threats charges were filed against Brown in March.

If she is called to testify, the 21-year-old singer would be subject to cross-examination by Brown's attorney, Mark Geragos.

Other potential witnesses have not been named, but will likely include police investigators.

Brown was arrested in February on suspicion of hitting and choking Rihanna in a rented car hours before the couple were scheduled to appear at the Grammys.

Etra wouldn't address their relationship now, but said Rihanna, whose real name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, was following the case closely.

A judge on Thursday rejected a motion by Geragos to receive police and investigative records related to the case and the apparent leak of a photo of a beaten and bruised Rihanna.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg told Geragos the motion was premature and he could file it again after the preliminary hearing.

Brown wasn't in court Thursday, but he's required to attend the preliminary hearing. The 20-year-old R&B singer faces possible sentences that range from probation to nearly five years in prison if convicted.

Geragos argued that he should have access to the records to properly cross-examine police witnesses during the preliminary hearing. He also said intense public interest in the case should require the records' release.

Schnegg said Brown's fame wasn't an issue she was going to consider. She also called Geragos' motion "a fishing expedition."

She also said the records, which Geragos wants to use to search for police bias or misconduct, don't have anything to do with Brown's arrest. She said officers responded to a 911 call and the "Run It!" singer was arrested well before the photo of Rihanna's battered face was posted by celebrity gossip Web site TMZ.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The first ever Wildcat Memorial Showdown occurred over Memorial Day weekend. It featured 60 teams from nine different states in five separate age groups. The following athletes were just a few of the ones who celebrated the holiday with some good basketball in Lexington, rather than a barbeque in the backyard.

2010 Checklist

Oklahoma-native Desiree Bradley of the KC Selects has the tools to make an impact at almost any spot on the perimeter. Standing 6 feet 1 with a lean, athletic build, she has both the size and quickness to be an impact at both ends of the floor. Offensively, she can create off the dribble and get into the paint almost at will. She demonstrated solid form on her shot with several pull-ups, but didn't reveal any range due to the fact she penetrated constantly. The foot speed and wingspan that she can utilize defensively makes her imposing in both man and zone. It also makes her a commodity in any pressing or trapping situation. While there's already an attack to her game, she'll have to add some strength to get the most out of it.

Taylor Mills
HoopGurlz Taylor Mills is a very quick, versatile guard.

Despite the fact that no rosters were available for the 11 Tennesse Flight teams, Taylor Mills is the kind of player that makes you track down information on just who you're watching. The 5-5 point guard catches your eye with her skills and court intelligence. She has the ability to keep defenders honest with her touch and range, but can also create scoring opportunities for her teammates. Her athleticism is sound and she can get past quicker defenders, while making good decisions with the ball. Mills is the kind of point who could be effective in either a transition game or a controlled, disciplined environment. At the other end of the floor, size could well become an issue, but she has good lateral speed and anticipates well off the ball.

The consensus in recruiting circles these days is that after a deep class of posts in 2009, the next group of bigs has a few individuals but lacks any real depth. As a result, 6-4 post Peyton Davis of the Alabama Roadrunners may stand out more, but it's a safe bet she would have stood out anyway. Her size and frame give her a great base from which to evolve into the thing college coaches search for almost daily. Along with her size, she has good mobility in the half court and runs the floor in transition. She was effective with the ball and finished or drew fouls when she got it on the block. Her vision and passing are good from the high post and she has the tools to set the screens that free up very appreciative guards. It was obvious the physical game isn't her favorite style of play, but when she did mix it up she had positive results and could utilize that to her advantage.

If you're looking for the kind of point guard who can control the pace of a game and keep up with her teammates in transition, then keep an eye on Essence Purple's Jamierra Faulkner out of Florida. It doesn't matter it it's off a make, miss or turnover, the 5-6 point guard pushes the ball and keeps transition defenders on their toes. She also makes good decisions at a fast pace and is more than willing to give the ball up. In the half court she can create her own shot, but is even more effective distributing the ball. Her aggressive play isn't limited to the offensive end because she is assertive and has the ability to turn an opposing point guard or contain any penetration.

Any time you watch Zakiyah Martin play, the first thing you notice isn't going to be a basketball attribute. Playing for the Kentucky Lady Saints she sets the standard for effort and work. Add to that her 6-2 frame and boundless athleticism you've got the kind of forward recruiters dream about. She's active at both ends of the floor and doesn't hesitate to put a body on someone or mix it up. Offensively, she's most effective around the basket, but will have to become more effective in the high post or on the perimeter. Defensively, the tools are there to match up with bigger guards or athletic forwards and she rebounds with a vengeance. Plus, she always has a smile on her face when the game gets physical and that's never a good sign for opponents.

2011 Checklist
Brianna Banks
HoopGurlz Brianna Banks' aggression is one reason she could be one of the better players to come out of the 2011 class.

Watching Brianna Banks just a month ago left observers looking for more consistency from the impressive guard from Essence. Her dominance of the floor for two or three minutes would be followed by a few minutes where she would disappear. If last weekend is any indication, the 5-9 guard has found the answer. The mentality the Georgia resident brings to the floor is nothing short of an intense attack. Whether she has the ball in her hands or is defending it, she focuses and plays with an aggression that gets her results. Defensively, she could be one of the standouts in the 2011 class and has the potential to be the stopper that can shut down any threat on the other team. Offensively, she's there on the break and can create off the drive in the half court. She'll have to find consistency with her perimeter shot to keep defenders closing out tight, but the tools are there to get the job done.

Ronnisha Major may call Huntsville, Texas home, but she made the trip out to the Bluegrass State with the KC Selects. The 6-2 forward has a game that's as big as her home state as well as a blue collar approach that makes her a factor each time she steps on the floor. Very strong and active, she forces defenders to dig in and then shift their footwork constantly giving her an advantage in the paint. She finishes well around the rim and has the ability to draw fouls and get to the line. A physical defender and a workhorse on the boards, she makes the most of her minutes. Conditioning will be a key for her to keep her from being her own worst enemy.

The SMAC Lady Ballers are a team of 15-year-olds that prove nothing by playing in their own age group. Without a doubt Kalpana Beach and her teammates should be "playing up" and challenging themselves throughout the upcoming summer. Beach is a 6-2 wing who may still play the forward spot a bit, but has a bright future on the perimeter. She has a good stroke and the ability to put the ball on the floor and get to the rim. Defending other wings isn't going to be an issue with her size and length and the foot speed is there to even match up with some smaller guards. Even at the 4, the Westlake, Ohio native has the ability to post and finish down low and can make things happen from the high post as well. She has lots of tools and tons of potential that can be really advanced by playing against older, more experienced teams.

2012 Checklist
Rachel Hollivay
HoopGurlzRachel Hollivay has an uncanny ability to rise above the crowd.

Mississippi-native Rachel Hollivay of Essence showed again why she received an invitation to the USA basketball U16 national team trials this weekend. The 6-4 post has the combination of physical and basketball skills that make her one of the few high school level interior players who could probably leave school early for college, if it were a possibility. What sets her apart from others that have similar physical attributes is her willingness and ability to use them. Utilizing her impressive reach, she plays at full extension and can get off the floor easily. Whether it's rebounding or finishing the short stuff down low, she rises above the crowd and plays at the rim. Defensively, she can change shots and force passes when the opposition penetrates. She can run the floor with the guards and can even handle it a bit herself. Three more years of high school and some possible international experience give her limitless potential.

If a continued progression of skills and the advancement of your game is a sign of things to come, folks better be watching Marjorie Butler closely. Just a month ago at the Nike Skills Academy in Atlanta, the 5-6 point guard from the Tennessee Flight showed the ability to penetrate and distribute the ball effectively, but this past weekend she added her own scoring mentality. Still attacking on the drive, she was more conscious of her own looks and scoring opportunities and made the most of them. That kind of versatility will make her popular among teammates and college coaches. The perimeter shot is still going to be the critical facet of her game. If her jumper evolves with range and consistency, she'll have the complete game that everyone's looking for.

2013 Checklist
Mikayla Epps
HoopGurlzMikayla Epps is difficult to guard because she can score in any number of ways.

With two years of varsity basketball already under her belt, Mikayla Epps of the Kentucky Lady Ballers has already established herself as one of the top point guards in Kentucky as well as the 2013 class. Now standing 5-7, she's playing with a mature confidence and shows the versatility that will set her apart from average floor leaders. Her ability to read defenders is evolving and she's picking her spots to attack. She's also shown the ability to score on the drive, with a pull up or to nail the long ball. There's an instinctual aspect to her game that could take her to a very elite level.

GiGi Bailey of the Charlotte 76ers is another post with lots of gifts. The 6-3 standout has the size, build and athleticism to be a dominant force in the post. Her participation last month at a Nike Regional Skills Academy should help in her fundamental development. Her progress is already obvious and she's making an effort to apply new skills in game situations. The toughest thing for her at this point is that everything is a thought rather than a reaction. When that fact gets reversed, she'll be leaving a mark that people will notice.

Another standout from the state of Kentucky is Rebecca Greenwell of the Tennessee Flight. The 6-0 guard has the stroke to be a deadly threat from the perimeter, but she can also penetrate and create her own looks in the paint. The fact that she's more than just a shooter makes her a more demanding matchup for defenders and her height already provides her with an added advantage. She'll have to give it up more to keep opponents playing her honestly, but she has a textbook understanding of the game and makes good choices. Physically lean now, she'll fill out as she matures and ultimately provide an even bigger challenge for defenses.

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