Justin Bieber has called for tougher laws to control paparazzi after a 29-year-old photographer was killed by a passing car just after snapping shots of the star’s white Ferrari.
The death on a Los Angeles street has triggered renewed debate over the dangers paparazzi can bring on themselves and the celebrities they chase.
Previous calls for action have been blocked by the US constitution’s First Amendment protections.
In a statement, Bieber said his prayers were with the photographer’s family. Ironically, the singer wasn’t even in the Ferrari on Tuesday.
Expired payroll tax cut means most to pay more in 2013 Many Americans may have been spared income tax increases when Congress approved a deal to avert the “fiscal cliff” this week, but most will see their federal taxes rise anyway.
A two-year-old break in the payroll tax that funds Social Security was allowed to expire at the end of the year, and rates increased from 4.2 percent to 6.2 percent.
That means about 77 percent of American households will pay more in federal taxes starting this week, according to research by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center.
Households making between $40,000 and $50,000 – which encompasses the median income in Lackawanna County – will pay an average of $579 more in federal taxes in 2013, according to the Washington, D.C.-based center’s analysis.
People who live or work in Scranton said Thursday that the increase comes at a difficult time, while others supported restoring the revenue to Social Security.
James Cadden, a Scranton resident who works in insurance, had already calculated what the increase would mean for him: about $78 a month.
“It’s a lot of money,” he said. “It’s the light bill or gas for the car.”
Rich Masucci, a Clarks Summit resident who works in wealth management, said the payroll tax is necessary to fund Social Security, which benefits everyone.
(CBS) In August, the family of a 16-year-old girl accused multiple Steubenville, Ohio, high school students of raping her while she was passed out during a night of pre-football-season partying.
Two Steubenville High School football players have been indicted for rape, and the case is set to go to trial in February. But on Wednesday, a video appeared online that depicts teenage males who appear to be joking about details of the alleged rape.
The nearly 13-minute video posted on YouTube consists mostly of one teenage male hysterically laughing as he entertains an unseen cameraman and others in the room with remarks such as “They raped her harder than that cop raped Marcellus Wallace in ‘Pulp Fiction’,” and, “They raped her quicker than Mike Tyson raped that one girl.”
The New York Times reported last month that photos of the alleged rape victim were posted on social media. In one, according to the paper, the girl “is shown looking unresponsive as two boys carry her by her wrists and ankles.”
Talking about Syria using landmines to target civilians fleeing the countr “Only one government – Syria – has used antipersonnel landmines in 2012”, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) said in a statement, down from four last year and the lowest number since the Ottawa Mine Ban Treaty was signed in 1997.
In its 2012 Landmine Monitor report, the ICBL also hailed record high levels of funding for mine clearance and a dramatic reduction in the number of people killed by the explosive devices over the past decade.
These developments are “a testament to the achievements of the Mine Ban Treaty over the past 15 years and that’s the good news,” report editor Mark Hiznay said in the statement.
Syria was also among the four countries singled out in last year’s report, when the governments of Israel, Libya and Myanmar were also found to have used landmines.
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Food Not Bombs co-founder Keith McHenry was born in Frankfurt, West Germany in 1957 while his father was stationed in the army there. In 1958, his family moved to Logan, Utah where his father got a job with Morton-Thiokol, testing highly destructive Minuteman intercontinental nuclear missiles. Once he attained his Masters in Zoology, his father took up a position as a ranger with the National Park Service. Keith had an idyllic childhood roaming the wilderness in America’s National Parks like Yosemite, the Grand Canyon and the Everglades.
Keith’s paternal great, great, great grandfather was Dr. James McHenry, who signed the United States Constitution as a delegate of the colony of Maryland, served as a general in the Revolutionary War and as Secretary of War under George Washington. He also initiated the founding of the United States military as Secretary of War under President John Adams. Keith’s maternal grandfather was an intelligence officer for the U.S. Army during World War II and helped plan the fire bombing of Tokyo and the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. His paternal grand father was ranger with the National Park Service. His father’s mother had two uncles, Bob and Charlie Ford, who became famous for killing the popular outlaw Jesse James. Keith’s mother Martha got her degree from Wellesley College, raised her family and ran their farm on Cape Cod.
In 1974, Keith began studying painting at Boston University and was employed part-time as a tour guide and museum curator. He also worked as a sign painter and ran a successful advertising firm in Boston with clients such as The Boston Red Sox and the Celtics Basketball team. Keith was the recipient of several Clio Awards. His anti-nuclear war street art became the subject of an Off Broadway play called Murder Now! and the film, The Sidewalk Sector.
At the same time, Keith studied with Howard Zinn and became active with the Clamshell Alliance making several trips to Seabrook, New Hampshire to protest nuclear power. He organised actions in the major cities on the east coast of the United States, and garnered his political views by taking action against nuclear arms, wars in El Salvador and the Middle East, while promoting the virtues of alternative energy and organic gardening. http://www.foodnotbombs.net/keithbio.html
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