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Feb 23,2007
Aided Tamil Tiger Terrorists in the attempted purchase of surface to air missiles, night vision devices, machine guns and state of the art firearms Erick Wotulo, age 59, a citizen of the Republic of Indonesia, and a retired Indonesian Marine Corps General, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization and money laundering, announced U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein ... [full story]
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Feb 23,2007
Retired Rear Adm. Jose Luis Betancourt, the "Navy Mayor" of San Diego who went on to become chief administrative officer of San Diego City Schools, is under federal investigation and may face conflict-of-interest charges over his relationship with two government contractors. Investigators with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service are trying to determine whether Betancourt violated a federal law that prohibits certain high-ranking government officials from employment with contractors for one year after retirement. Betancourt said ... [full story]
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Feb 23,2007
Concerned citizens who noticed excessive traffic going into and out of a northwest Prineville home at all hours were instrumental in the arrest of a 47-year old woman accused of selling methamphetamine, detectives reported.   Vivian Julia Rodriguez - CCJ photo During the last three months, Central Oregon Drug Enforcement (CODE) team members received credible information that Vivian Julia Rodriguez was allegedly involved in drug sales from 306 NW Ninth Street, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Scott ... [full story]
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Feb 23,2007
A Special Agent with the U.S. Department of Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) pleaded guilty today to a charge of conspiring to defraud three Jacksonville, Fla., banks of $106,000, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division announced today. A seven-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Jacksonville on Jan. 10, 2007, charged TIGTA Special Agent John Thomas, Jr. with one count of conspiracy, three counts of bank fraud, ... [full story]
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Feb 23,2007
The Subway restaurant chain is pleased to announce the opening of its first kosher location in the New York City area. This marks the sandwich franchise's second North American kosher restaurant and the first of its kind on the East Coast. Officially opening for business on January 2nd, the restaurant is located at 1219 Avenue J, in a predominantly Jewish neighborhood in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn. Owned and operated by three Sephardic Jewish business ... [full story]
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Feb 23,2007
MACON, Ga. - An Americus, Ga. man was arrested yesterday after being indicted on Feb. 7, 2007, by a federal grand jury charging him with transporting a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, receipt of child pornography, and possession of child pornography. The indictment alleges that on or about July 1, 2000, Thomas Conrad Lowery, 47, knowingly transported a minor-who was less than 16 years of age- from Georgia to Canada, for the ... [full story]
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Feb 23,2007
Administrator Steven Preston of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) today thanked the appropriators and authorizing committee leaders in the House and Senate for increasing SBA's funding in the long-term Continuing Resolution. The resolution, signed into law last week, gave SBA an additional $114 million to administer disaster assistance and increased funding for agency operations. "On behalf of SBA's leadership and staff, I am grateful Congress increased SBA funding in the FY 2007 Continuing Resolution. ... [full story]
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Feb 23,2007
A witch doctor holds a knife and stands on a podium labeled '24-hour news cycle.' There are figures labeled as 'Diaper Astronaut' and 'Anna Nicole.' He says: 'Britney, you're next...' Editorial cartoon by Scott Stantis. [full story]
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Feb 23,2007
Celebrities sell – that’s largely why they’re celebrities. Britney Spears’ rehab-rotation makes headlines and sells newspapers. Anna Nicole Smith’s death is fodder for nearly every media outlet in America. When Oprah Winfrey talks, millions of people listen. Unfortunately, when celebrities talk politics, it also sells, and buyers should beware.  HBO’s Bill Maher regularly skewers conservatives in the basest way, with words he would never use against liberals. For instance, on Feb. 20, he told NBC’s ... [full story]
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Feb 23,2007
Americans need affordable, accessible and high-performing colleges and universities, but the regulations being pushed by the federal government would only hinder reaching that goal. U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings is lobbying for congressional approval of the creation of a national database that would track the progress of individual students through college. The information theoretically would be used by consumers to assess the universities' performance. Spellings has been unable to get Congress to pass legislation ... [full story]
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