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18 April 2008

Congress Quietly Repeals Martial Law Provision

In late 2006, Congress revised the Posse Comitatus Act and the Insurrection Act to make it far easier for a president to declare martial law. Those changes were repealed at the end of this January as part of Public Law 110-181

Channel: Politics Tags: posse comitatus martial law congress military Hot Stories 4/17/08 1:21 PM populist array Comments


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Deal or No Deal?

Unlike the game show, the stakes are much higher in the game of plea bargaining.
CLIENTELEVISION 7/26/07 7:00 PM channels - criminal justice

35 Top Jobs- CNN- Money.Com

A new list of "The Best Jobs in America"— created by magazine — aims to connect job seekers to the best employment opportunities in America. Most, if not all, all of these careers require applicants to have bachelor's degree or more.

The original list features 50 jobs, we published the top 35 occupations that may be best suited for military servicemembers and veterans, their annual salaries and degree requirements. Take a look at the list and see where your job — or prospective job — places.

Here is CNNMoney's/Money magazine's list:

   1. Software engineer: Bachelor's degree $80,427

   2. College professor: Master's Degree or Doctorate, $81,491

   3. Financial advisor: Bachelor's degree $122,462

   4. Human resources manager: Bachelor's or Master's degree $73,731

   5. Physician assistant: Bachelor's or Associate's degree $75,117

   6. Market research analyst: Bachelor's $82,317

   7. Computer/IT analyst: Bachelor's $83,427

   8. Real estate appraiser: Associate's or Bachelor's $66,216

   9. Pharmacist: Bachelor's or Master's $91,998

  10. Psychologist: Medical degree $66,049

  11. Advertising manager: Bachelor's or Master's $107,049

  12. Physical therapist: Bachelor's or Master's $54,883

  13. Technical writer: Bachelor's or Master's $57,841

  14. Chiropractor: Associate's, Bachelor's or Master's $84,996

  15. Medical scientist: Medical degree $70,053

  16. Physical scientist: Master's or Doctorate $80,213

  17. Engineer: Bachelor's or Master's $76,100

  18. Curriculum developer: Bachelor's or Master's $55,793

  19. Editor: Bachelor's or Master's $78,242

  20. Public relations specialist: Bachelor's or Master's $84,567

  21. Sales manager: Bachelor's or Master's,$135,903

  22. Optometrist: Medical degree $93,670

  23. Property manager: Associate's or Bachelor's $78,375

  24. Actuary: Bachelor's or Master's $81,509

  25. Writer: Bachelor's $60,519

  26. Social service manager: Bachelor's or Master's $74,584

  27. Paralegal: Bachelor's $61,204

  28. Health services manager: Bachelor's or Master's $92,211

  29. Advertising sales agent: Bachelor's or Master's $247,536

  30. Physician/Surgeon: Medical degree $247,536

  31. Management analyst: Bachelor's or Master's $63,426

  32. Occupational therapist: Bachelor's or Master's $51,973

  33. Mental health counselor: Master's or Medical degree $53,150

  34. Landscape architect: Associate's, Bachelor's or Master's $50,383

  35. Biotechnology research scientist: Master's of Doctorate $66,393

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17 April 2008

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SCOTLAND: Teenagers 'live in fear' of crime

Many Scottish schoolchildren live in fear of violent crime in their own neighbourhoods, a charity claims.
BBC News 4/16/08 7:10 PM scotland

Why Is College Tuition Subsidized, While K-12 Is Not?

If you are a parent who's trying to save for your kids' college education, you should check out Jane Kim's article in the Wall Street Journal about 529 college-savings plans. If you don't know what a 529 plan is, you should; and if you do, Kim's article is helpful in assessing whether you're optimizing your [...]
Freakonomics 4/17/08 2:31 PM Stephen J. Dubner taxes general freak education





City Room: A Shelter for Young Lives in Limbo

A new book of documentary photographs examines the experiences of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender young people living, off and on, at Sylvia's Place, a homeless shelter in Hell's Kitchen.
NYT > Home Page 4/17/08 3:23 PM

Pittsburghs Signs Pictures Wanted

A few years ago, on Penn Ave, just after you crossed Negly as you drive toward town there used to be this awesome Atari sign painted on the side of the building. It was by far a favorite of mine and one day it was gone before I could get a picture.

Thankfully there are some great people in the area that love signs more that I do and they have been collecting pictures of Pittsburgh signs for a few years now. The Pittsburgh Signs Project just might be one of the coolest websites in town. I think it is a great intersection of art, photography, history and technology all rolled into one interesting website.

To celebrate Pittsburgh's 250th Birthday the Pittsburgh Signs Project is publishing a book of these pictures and they are looking for your pictures too. They are looking for pictures of signs from the 14 counties that make up Western, PA and everyone is invited to submit 5 of their photographs. More Info at

The Pittsburgh Signs Project invites photographers of all levels from the 14 counties of southwestern Pennsylvania to submit up to five images for possible inclusion in Pittsburgh Signs: 250, a full-color book showcasing images of signs, past and present. Counties represented may be: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Mercer, Somerset, Washington, Westmoreland. (more…) 4/16/08 10:34 PM Lindsay websites pittsburgh signs pittsburgh 250 photographs pgh 250 history community resources atari Comments

Iraq Cracks Down on Seat Belt Scofflaws

Later this month, traffic police officers all over Iraq will start issuing tickets to anyone who drives without buckling up.
NYT > Home Page 4/17/08 12:47 AM seat belts roads and traffic police iraq

Following in the Footsteps of Chase, Citibank Stops Lending to Certain Colleges

Citibank's student-lending division announced on Wednesday that it will no longer make federal loans at institutions where lending is less profitable. The move is expected to hurt community colleges and for-profit institutions most.

Stuffed and Starved: "The Hidden Battle for the World Food System"

If you imagine a sort of hourglass, at the top there are the millions of farmers who grow the food that we eat, and at the bottom there are billions of us consumers, and in the middle there are just a handful of corporations that mediate between the people who grow our food and us. And those corporations, in many cases-it's usually four corporations controlling more than 50 percent of the market. I mean, in tea, for example, one company, Unilever, controls 90 percent of the market.

African-American News 4/17/08 10:13 AM

AT&T Commits $100 Million to Dropout Prevention

In its largest single philanthropic commitment to date, AT&T Inc. announced plans to commit $100 million to help reduce the dropout rate in U.S. high schools and better prepare students for college and the workforce.

Witnesses Say Congress Must Act to End Slavery in Tomato Fields

by James Parks
A Senate hearing on Capitol Hill Monday highlighted the slave-like working conditions of workers in U.S. tomato fields and the need for the Bush administration to step in and ensure that tomato pickers and other migrant workers do not endure 21st century slavery.
Testifying before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Charlie Frost, a detective with the anti-trafficking unit of the Collier County police in Naples, Fla., said slavery in the Sunshine...

16 April 2008

One million high school dropouts in U.S. each year

"When more than one million students a year drop out of high school, it's more than a problem, it's a catastrophe," retired General Colin Powell, founder of America's Promise Alliance. Nearly half of all Black and Native American students are expected not to graduate with their classes, while less than six in 10 Hispanic students will.

African-American News 4/16/08 11:57 AM

Boston-Area Seniors Share College Rejection Letters

Times are tough for high school seniors who are waiting to hear from their first-choice colleges. Schools report record numbers of applicants and rejections. At Newton South High School in suburban Boston, rejected seniors are sharing their misery by posting their rejection letters on a "Wall of Shame."

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14 April 2008

PittsburghToday: Employment picture negative


April 14, 2008

Employment picture negative

Pittsburgh’s not seasonlly adjusted unemployment rate increased to 5.7 percent in February, according to the latest figures. Only Detroit, St. Louis and Cleveland recorded higher February rates. The increase was the product of a slight increase in the size of the labor force, up 2,226, and an increase of 10,928 in the number of unemployed versus February 2007. Annual numbers for 2007 are not yet available...MORE

13 April 2008

U.S. Citizens Twice as Likely to Land in NJ Prisons.

by Brian Donohue/The Star-Ledger
Saturday April 12, 2008, 9:33 PM

U.S. citizens are twice as likely to land in New Jersey's prisons as legal and illegal immigrants, according to new data that counter some of the most widely perceived notions about the link between immigration and crime.

"When you look at incarceration rates (New Jersey), you find immigrants much less likely than the native born to be incarcerated," Piehl added. "Once you control for the fact that immigrants are generally younger and less educated, then the data you find is even more surprising."
Advocates of tougher enforcement say the numbers do nothing to lessen the need to crack down on immigrants who commit crimes, including using local police to do it. MORE


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