News archive from 6 July 2013

Changes welcome for inmate leave program

We don’t know if the tweaks the state Department of Public Safety announced this week to its home-release program for some minimum security inmates will derail a campaign to end the program. But the modifications were welcome. The changes,...

 

U.S. tour companies, university cancel trips, study programs to Egypt

The ousting of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and a deadly showdown with his supporters has forced tour companies to cancel trips to the Mideast country and at least one university to pull the plug on a study-abroad program this fall. At least 10...

 

N.C. pension plan fares well in Moody's report

A new independent report that aims to provide a more realistic evaluation of state pension plans across the country rates North Carolina's funding gap as the sixth-lowest in the nation. The report issued last week by Moody's Investors Service found...

 

Up next for Sparks: vs. San Antonio on Saturday

SPARKS VS. SAN ANTONIO When: 2 p.m. Where: Staples Center. On the air: Time Warner Cable SportsNet, TWC Deportes, NBA TV. Records: Sparks 7-4, Silver Stars 3-7. Record vs. Silver Stars: 1-1. Update: The Sparks will play the Silver Stars in their final...

 

Pope Francis clears John Paul II for sainthood

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis cleared Pope John Paul II for sainthood Friday, a little more than eight years after his death and faster than any other person in the modern era. The Vatican said the healing of a Costa Rican woman was a miracle, one of...

 

Detroit sues after insurer blocks city's access to casino revenues

Emergency manager Kevyn Orr said Friday that Detroit filed suit against one of the insurers of its debts that sought to stop payment of up to $11 million a month in casino revenues the city desperately needs to maintain public services while Orr...

 
Food stamps recipients told by 311 they will be fingerprinted, more than a year after Cuomo banned the practice

Food stamps recipients told by 311 they will be fingerprinted, more than a year after Cuomo banned the...

Jin Lee/Bloomberg Mayoral hopeful Bill Thompson, whose campaign noticed the 311 screwup, recently vowed in an anti-poverty plan to do away with fingerprinting requirements for good.

 
Independence Grove drawing crowds to concert series

Independence Grove drawing crowds to concert series

Music isn't the only reason Peggy Miller frequents the summer concerts at Independence Grove Forest Preserve in Libertyville. The 60-year-old Lindenhurst resident said she also loves sipping wine and munching on appetizers outside with friends....

 

Game thread: Cabrera back as Tigers open series vs. Indians

The Tigers and Indians meet once again (7:08 p.m., FSD). And the lead in the American League Central is once again at stake. Detroit and Cleveland square off in a three-game series beginning tonight at Progressive Field in Cleveland. Indians' ace...

 

Citizen patrols to be 'eyes and ears' on Lake school campuses

They'll be clad in blue shirts, khaki hats, armed with identification badges and trained to be on the lookout for everything from potential lunchroom brawls to irate parents storming onto campus. After months of closed-door discussions about how to...

 

Personal income increased in Alabama year-over-year for first quarter

Many Alabamians have a little more money in their wallets than they did a year ago. According to a report the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released last week, personal income increased in Alabama by about 2.2 percent in the first quarter of the...

 
Anniston experiencing more rain than usual

Anniston experiencing more rain than usual

slideshow When it rains, it pours. At least it has in Anniston in 2013. Through July 4 the National Weather Service has recorded 40.1 inches of rainfall at the Anniston airport this year. That’s almost double the amount of rain the area saw through...

 
Man charged with stealing from local grocery store

Man charged with stealing from local grocery store

slideshow An Anniston man on Monday turned himself in for charges related to the theft of a refrigeration coil from a local grocery store, where he was formerly employed. Ricky Nelson Bragg, 25, was charged with first-degree theft, a felony, according...

 

Volunteer chaplain saved man from burning car

Volunteer hospital chaplain Robert Washington said today he hasn’t spoken to the man he helped pull out of a burning car since the event happened June 10. “I told one of my kids it’s probably a once-in-a-lifetime thing that happens,” Washington said....

 

Road to Wimbledon women's final hasn't always been easy

WIMBLEDON, England - It's something of a cliche to discuss the obstacles that athletes have overcome to reach the pinnacle of their respective sports. Yet, if not for encountering difficulty along the way they might not have developed the...

 

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