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Saline County teen finds 4-inch centipede in ear

A Saline County teenager woke up Tuesday morning with excruciating pain in one of his ears. Grant Botti, 14, says he felt something strange in his ear and decided to grab hold of it. What he pulled out, would shock everyone. It was a 4-inch long centipede.

Grant's mom, Angela Botti, put the still-alive centipede in a plastic bag and took Grant to the emergency room because he was still in pain.

A doctor at Saline Memorial examined Grant's ear, finding some small abrasions in his ear drum. He was treated and released.

Grant's mom says they don't know where the centipede came from, but that Grant had been outdoors swimming recently.


Garden State says Christie should resign; would make a bad president

West Long Branch, N.J. – Gov. Chris Christie has officially thrown his hat into the ring, but his home state of New Jersey is not squarely behind him. The latest Monmouth University Poll, taken after Christie’s presidential announcement, found that the governor’s negative job ratings have not budged from two months ago. A large majority feels that Christie has abandoned his commitment to the state and few say he is a good fit for the Oval Office.

Just 27% of New Jerseyans say Chris Christie would make a good president. More than two- thirds (69%) say he would not. A few months ago, Christie was asked on national TV about similar poll results. He responded that survey participants told pollsters he would not make a good president because “a lot of those people...want me to stay.” Monmouth followed up with the participants in our poll and found that just 5% of those who said he would not make a good president say they gave that response because they would rather have Christie stay in New Jersey. Fully 89% of this group, though, confirmed that their answer meant they really think he would make a bad president.

“I’m not sure how the governor defines ‘a lot,’ but any common sense usage of the term would have to be significantly greater than five percent,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute.

Gov. Christie’s current job rating stands at 36% approve to 58% disapprove among all New Jersey residents and 34% approve to 60% disapprove among the state’s registered voters. These numbers are slightly more negative than a Monmouth University Poll taken two months ago which gave Christie a 35% to 54% rating among all residents and a 35% to 56% rating among voters. Fully 3-in-4 (76%) say he is more concerned about his own political future than he is with governing the state – up from 70% two months ago and 56% last September. Just 17% say he puts New Jersey first.

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Obama will badger Scott Walker in Wisconsin

President Barack Obama will employ some of the finest trolling tools imaginable when he heads to La Crosse, Wis. Thursday afternoon: Air Force One and a presidential limo.
After Republican Gov. Scott Walker meets him at the airport, Obama will head to the local University of Wisconsin campus and formally unveil his administration’s new overtime rule, set to raise wages for up to 5 million workers, as part of a hard-hitting speech ripping into Republicans for opposing him on issues such as equal pay for women, raising the minimum wage, workers’ rights, Medicaid expansion and taxing the wealthy.

It’s no coincidence that Obama’s going to give this kind of speech at this moment in the home state of a politician who’s become the White House’s bête noire. Republican Scott Walker is the governor the president’s aides always hold up as an example of exactly what’s wrong with politics — and he would be the Democrats’ nightmare scenario, if he were to win the presidency in 2016.
“The contrast between our approach on economic issues and the governor’s is emblematic of the contrast between the president and the Republican Party at large,” a White House aide said Wednesday, looking ahead to the speech.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/07/barack-obama-scott-walker-overtime-wisconsin-119670.html#ixzz3ejti7yFW

Oklahoma Supreme Court Gives Homeowners Go-Ahead to Sue Oil Companies over Fracking Earthquakes

Source: allgov

Those whose property was damaged in earthquakes caused by fracking can now sue oil companies in Oklahoma, according to the state Supreme Court.

In a 7-0 ruling, the Oklahoma Supreme Court cleared the way for two lawsuits filed against New Dominion LLC of Tulsa and Spess Oil Co. of Cleveland, Oklahoma. Both companies operate fracking wells that were blamed for numerous earthquakes in Prague, a small town east of Oklahoma City, and other areas.

The ruling allows litigation by Sandra Ladra of Prague, as well as another complaint by Jennifer L. Cooper, also of Prague, to move forward.

Ladra claims she was injured during an earthquake on the night of November 5, 2011. Cooper’s case, however, is a class action involving residents from Lincoln, Payne, Logan, Oklahoma, Cleveland, Pottawatomie, Seminole, Okfuskee and Creek counties that also sustained property damage since November 2011, making the litigation worth potentially millions of dollars in damages.

Read more: http://www.allgov.com/news/controversies/oklahoma-supreme-court-gives-homeowners-go-ahead-to-sue-oil-companies-over-fracking-earthquakes-150702?news=856861

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Miami-Dade Commissioner calls for County-wide Trump Ban

In the epic battle between Univision and Donald Trump, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava wants the county to officially take sides. She has introduced a resolution that would forbid the county from holding any officially sanctioned event at any Trump property in Miami-Dade.

The fiasco began when Trump claimed in his presidential announcement speech that most Mexican immigrants were criminals and "rapists," with only some, he assumes, being "good people." Univision took offense to the comments and refused to air the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants (which are both are co-owned by Trump). Trump responded with a lawsuit, a ban of Univision employees from the Trump National Doral Miami resort, claims that the network was bowing to the Mexican government, and publicly tweeting Univision news anchor Jorge Ramos' cell phone number.


George Takei to Clarence Thomas: Denying our rights denies our dignity

By George Takei

The recent case granting marriage equality across the United States – Obergefell v. Hodges – contains four separate dissents from the conservatives on the court. I was struck in particular by the dissent of Justice Clarence Thomas, who focused his argument on the notion that the Constitution does not grant liberty or dignity, but rather operates to restrain government from abridging it. To him, the role of the government is solely to let its citizens be, for in his view it cannot supply them any more liberty or dignity than that with which they are born.

This position led him to the rather startling conclusion that “human dignity cannot be taken away.” He first made an analogy to slavery, arguing that the government’s allowance of slavery did not strip anyone of their dignity. He then added to that this analogy:

“Those held in internment camps did not lose their dignity because the government confined them.”

As one of the survivors of the Japanese American internment, I feel compelled to respond.



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