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The head of a large American company coming into world power as the antichrist?    :tiptoe:

I will try this once. I'll just make sure to double up on my crestor and baby asprin.   ;D

Sports Forum / CIAA tournament move could cost FSU $1 million
« on: October 03, 2016, 10:52:05 AM »

CIAA tournament move could cost FSU $1 million

By Steve DeVane Staff writer
 Sep 22, 2016

Fayetteville State University could lose more than $1 million if the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association moves its basketball tournament out of Charlotte, FSU's chancellor said Thursday.

Chancellor James Anderson talked to FSU's trustees about the potential losses during their board meeting. The heads of the 12 CIAA schools were to discuss the issue in a conference call late Thursday afternoon, but no decision was expected, he said.

The CIAA basketball tournament, which is scheduled for Feb. 21-25, is a major social event for the schools in the conference. FSU hosts a brunch at the tournament each year.

Anderson said FSU has made two payments to a hotel for the brunch and would be obligated to pay the rest even if the tournament is moved.

Moving the tournament could cost CIAA schools $6 million in scholarship funds, Anderson said.

"That's money our students need," he said.

Anderson said the CIAA is thinking about moving the tournament out of Charlotte because of House Bill 2. The recent violent protests after a fatal police shooting also might impact the decision, because some have called for a boycott of the city, he said.

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General Discussion Forum / Chicago hits 500 homicides for 2016
« on: September 07, 2016, 01:49:31 PM »
Chicago hits 500 homicides for 2016 after deadly Labor Day weekend

CHICAGO —  With a holiday weekend spate of violence that killed 13 people, the homicide toll in the nation’s third-largest city hit 500, a grim milestone that puts the city on track to reach a murder rate it hasn't seen since the drug wars of the1990s.

The Labor Day weekend murders come after police recorded 92 murders in August, the deadliest month for Chicago since June 1993. With murders up roughly 50% for the year, Chicago has tallied more homicides than the much larger cities of New York and Los Angeles combined.

The city is on pace to record well over 600 murders for 2016, a threshold it has not reached since 2003. Chicago regularly recorded more than 700 murders a year in the 1990s as gang violence, driven by the crack-cocaine epidemic, raged.

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Politics / Hillary Clinton’s unpopularity hits new high: poll
« on: September 01, 2016, 01:01:27 AM »

Hillary Clinton’s unpopularity hits new high: poll

By David Sherfinski - The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s unpopularity has hit a new high, as she’s erased some of the good will built up in the wake of last month’s Democratic National Convention, according to an ABC News-Washington Post poll released Wednesday.

Thirty-eight percent of registered voters now have a favorable view of Mrs. Clinton, compared to 59 percent who reported an unfavorable view. That’s down from her 46 percent/52 percent favorable/unfavorable split in early August, shortly after the Democrats’ convention in Philadelphia.

Among registered voters, she’s now on par with Republican nominee Donald Trump, who had a 37 percent/60 percent favorable/unfavorable split in the new poll — essentially unchanged from a 36 percent/61 percent split in early August.

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Politics / OPINION: Garland may be GOP’s best option
« on: August 21, 2016, 11:06:45 PM »

OPINION: Garland may be GOP’s best option

Aaron Kall 12:04 a.m. EDT August 21, 2016

President Obama's job approval rating in the latest Washington Post-ABC News Poll stands at a robust 53 percent. Other recent polls from Monmouth Universityand CNN/ORC respectively show a 56 percent and 54 percent approval rating. He should use this political capital to pressure the Senate on his Supreme Court nominee.

While Obama's popularity at this stage of his presidency closely mirrors the second terms of Presidents Reagan and Clinton, it has been more than 150 days since he nominated Judge Merrick Garland to fill the vacant seat of Justice Antonin Scalia. On July 20, Garland officially broke the record of Louis Brandeis, who endured a wait of 125 days between nomination and confirmation to the court.

Given Obama's strong job approval rating and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's sizable leads in national and battleground-state polls, he should channel Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and pen his own Art of the Deal. He could do this by telling Sen. Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, that he will withdraw the Garland nomination unless confirmation hearings are underway by Sept. 6, when the Senate reconvenes after Labor Day.

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Saturday, August 06, 2016 11:25PM

Charlotte schools: Don't refer to kids as boys, girls

 A Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools presentation to principals and counselors recommends children are not to be referred to as boys and girls, but instead as scholars and students.

READ THE COMPLETE DOCUMENT: CMS transgender student presentation (.pdf)

Eliminating boy and girl references is one of several policies included in the CMS bully prevention regulations, WSOC reported.

One policy allows students to participate in extracurricular activities and overnight field trips based on their gender identity. A student who identifies as a girl would be allowed to participate in an "all-girl" overnight trip.

Another policy says CMS must evaluate all gender-based activities and "maintain only those that have clear and sound pedagogical purpose."


Sports Forum / Big talent flows through small NC 'Basketball Town'
« on: July 25, 2016, 02:02:09 AM »

By Nick Stevens & Mandy Mitchell

Kinston, N.C. — A town of just over 20,000 people, Kinston is your typical eastern North Carolina town – with one big exception.

Over the last 50 years, seven basketball players from Kinston High School have gone on to be drafted in the NBA or make a NBA roster. That means a player who makes a varsity team at Kinston has roughly a one percent chance of making it to the NBA.

Seven players from Lenoir County have been drafted by NBA teams.

Cedric Maxwell attended UNC-Charlotte, leading the basketball team to the a NCAA Final Four. He was drafted 12th overall by the Boston Celtics in 1977. In 1983, Mitchell Wiggins was drafted 23rd overall by the Indiana Pacers after a college career that took him to both Clemson and Florida State.

Charles Shackleford played college basketball at North Carolina State University and was drafted 32nd overall by the New Jersey Nets in 1988. Jerry Stackhouse played college ball for the University of North Carolina and was drafted third overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1995.

Herbert Hill played college basketball at Providence and was drafted 55th overall by the Utah Jazz in 2007. More recently, Reggie Bullock went to UNC and was drafted 25th overall by the L.A. Clippers. In June, Brandon Ingram was drafted second overall by the L.A. Lakers after one year at Duke.

Tony Dawson, another product of the Kinston pipeline, was not drafted but did play in the NBA.

"It is incredible the size of the town, but yet you think about those players that have been there and what they've accomplished. It's phenomenal," said UNC basketball coach Roy Williams. "It's a pretty impressive list of just the players who have gone and played in the ACC and kept going. But there's a lot of college coaches that need to make a stop in Kinston every opportunity they get."


Sports Forum / Durant Headed to Golden State
« on: July 04, 2016, 11:54:20 AM »

Kevin Durant is joining the Golden State Warriors.

Saying it has been "by far the most challenging few weeks in my professional life," Durant announced his decision Monday in a post on The Players' Tribune.

He is expected to sign a two-year, $54 million contract, sources told ESPN's Marc Stein. The deal would include a player option after the first year.


Libertarian Party sues for access to presidential debates, calls exclusion ‘unfair and illegal’

By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 13, 2015


Independent and third party candidates have yet to stand on flashy podiums of officially sanctioned presidential debates. Now the Libertarian Party is pushing back. Fed up with ongoing exclusion and the valuable national exposure that is beyond their reach, the Libertarians have launched a lawsuit against the “duopoly” of Republican and Democratic candidates who have a guaranteed national forum - when alternative candidates do not.

“Most Americans have no idea that the official-sounding and acting Commission on Presidential Debates is, in reality, a private organization created by the Republican and Democrat Parties and funded by special interests whose goal is to protect the status quo,” the Libertarian Party says in its mission statement. “Thus, it is no surprise that the Debate Commission has adopted ‘rules’ that make it virtually impossible for independent or third-party candidates to ever participate in the all-important presidential debates.”

The rules? To qualify, candidates must garner at least 15 percent of national voter support in national surveys - though the Libertarians say these surveys are “arbitrarily selected.” They also call this requirement “unfair and illegal,” and contend that any candidate who is qualified to be president under the Constitution and has qualified for enough states’ ballots to receive at least 50 percent of Electoral College votes should be included.

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Politics / Poll: Clinton, Trump run tight races in key swing states
« on: May 13, 2016, 03:34:08 AM »
Washington (CNN) — Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the likely general election presidential nominees, are running neck-and-neck in the battleground states of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, results driven by wide gender and racial gaps among voters, a new general election poll shows.

Clinton edges Trump in Florida and Pennsylvania, while Trump leads in Ohio, according to the Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday.

In both Florida and Pennsylvania the poll shows Clinton narrowly over Trump, 43% to 42%. In Ohio, Trump leads Clinton 43% to 39%.

"At this juncture, Trump is doing better in Pennsylvania than the GOP nominees in 2008 and 2012. And the two candidates are about where their party predecessors were at this point in Ohio and Florida," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac poll, in a memo accompanying the poll results.

The poll also tested general election matchups between Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders, who currently trails Clinton, for their party's nomination. Sanders fares slightly better than Clinton in all three states, even topping Trump in Ohio, 43%-41%.

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General Discussion Forum / Captain America Civil War
« on: May 05, 2016, 10:57:55 PM »
I gave it 3.5 stars. Very good movie but not great. Chadwick Boseman was perfect as the Black Panther and I can't wait to see his stand alone movie.  I was hugely disappointed with this version of Spiderman. Sony version was better and that's no saying a lot. Fight scenes were great but overall there were a few too many characters in this movie for my taste. 

Sports Forum / Lady Aggies Finish 3rd at NCAA Bowling Championships
« on: April 17, 2016, 09:41:37 PM »
N.C. A&T Eliminated By Ladyjacks At NCAA Tourney

NORTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. (April 16, 2016) – North Carolina A&T fell behind 0-2 twice on Saturday. The first time it happened things didn’t turn out so bad. The second time it happened things didn’t turn out so well.

 N.C. A&T was eliminated Saturday from national championship contention in the semifinals of the NCAA Women’s Bowling Championships at Brunswick Zone Carolier Lanes. Stephen F. Austin, the 2015 runner-up at the NCAA championships, swept the Aggies 4-0 (233-180, 199-149, 236-170, 190-168) in a best-of-seven baker play format. As a result of having a total pinfall of 8,552 for the tournament the Aggies finished third nationally.

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General Discussion Forum / Happy Resurrection Sunday!
« on: March 27, 2016, 12:02:12 PM »


Sports Forum / Why is UNC Allowed to Participate in Tournament?
« on: March 27, 2016, 12:02:03 AM »
With their academic cheating scandal why are they allowed the opportunity to win a national championship? The irony is they'd likely be on NCAA sanctions right now if they hadn't devilishly self reported additional infractions which extended the NCAA investigation beyond this season. More importantly, where's their integrity? Why didn't they place themselves on post season restrictions? This reeks!    >:(

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