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A man who ordered a prostitute to his hotel room collapsed when his daughter turned up at the door.
Titus Ncube from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, said the shock of seeing his 20-year-old daughter sent him to the ground.
The unnamed woman reportedly fled the building.
According to the Zimbabwe News, Ncube ordered the prostitute as he was experiencing marital problems.
“I am sorry for what I did,” he said. “I spoke to my wife and my daughter… I apologised for my actions because I just wanted my family back."
Ncube said his daughter was no longer working as a prostitute and was planning to return to school.
In June, Troy’s new mayor Janice Daniels—shortly before entering the race—posted a message about New York’s decision to legalize gay marriage: “I think I am going to throw away my I Love New York carrying bag now that queers can get married there.”
The blog “Keep Troy Strong” uncovered the post last night, and it’s spread across social media.
Daniels confirmed today that she did post the message, though she said she decided against ditching the bag.
“I may have said something like that,” she said. “I probably shouldn’t have used that kind of language, but I do believe marriage should be between one man and one woman.”
Daniels also criticized “Keep Troy Strong” for having a vendetta against her administration. The site supported the Troy library millage and supports a planned transit center—both of which Daniels opposed. It has also catalogued quotes and social media updates from the mayor and her allies, including anti-Islamic Facebook messages posted by Birmingham lawyer and activist David Wisz.
Daniels added that while she’s opposed to gay marriage, and has moral issues with homosexuality, she doesn’t hate gay people.
“I love all people. I am human. That was probably a poor choice of words.”
SAN FRANCISCO — Occupy San Francisco protestors marched through San Francisco Friday afternoon in opposition to budget cuts.
A Facebook page indicated the group intended to march from the Federal Building at 7th and Mission streets to a Wells Fargo bank at Post and Market streets.
Other planned targets of today's demonstration include a Verizon store at Pine and Battery Streets and the Hyatt Regency Hotel at 5 Embarcadero Center, according to the Facebook page.
The protestors were blocking Market Street this afternoon and affecting San Francisco Municipal Railway service, but as of 4 p.m., they had cleared the Market Street area and were marching up Montgomery Street, said Muni spokesman Paul Rose.
(12-02) 14:28 PST SAN FRANCISCO -- State investigators have cited the San Francisco Fire Department for "serious" worker safety violations in the deaths of two firefighters killed battling a Diamond Heights house fire in June.
Firefighters lost track of Lt. Vincent Perez, 48, and firefighter-paramedic Anthony Valerio, 53, after they went into the four-level home at 133 Berkeley Way on June 2 and failed to respond quickly to the men's last radio communication, investigators with the state Department of Industrial Relations' division of occupational safety and health said in a report issued Monday.
In recommending that the Fire Department be fined $21,000, the state investigators also said the department had violated state rules requiring that two firefighters be designated outside to assist any two firefighters who venture into a life-threatening environment.
NOTE: There is NOTHING progressive about dismissing random, unprotected sex as a primary cause of the spread of HIV.
Today is World AIDS Day, and the men and women who have devoted themselves to fighting this pandemic -- from Bono to former President George W. Bush -- can justifiably take credit for a lot of progress.
The day has particular resonance in San Francisco, which was at the forefront of formulating a public-health response to AIDS in the U.S. in the 1980s. As Mayor Ed Lee said today on Twitter, the city "has been a leader in fight against HIV/AIDS since first cases 30 yrs ago. Today, we remember & recommit to finding a cure."
But are San Francisco officials and activists still fully committed to fighting the spread of HIV and AIDS? That contention was seriously called into question last month by SF Weekly staff writer Taylor Friedman. In a Nov. 9 cover story, Friedman revealed the curious indifference public-health authorities show toward increasingly popular parties devoted to unprotected sex, or "barebacking," among gay men.
Last Friday night in Racine there were some folks near a laundromat out collecting recall signatures. Someone floored their car, speeding towards the group, causing them to scatter or be hit. On Saturday night, a driver tried to back his vehicle into a different group. Both of these tales of reckless endangerment illustrates how crazy things are getting in Wisconsin as the rightwing Koch-amore seems to be fading with the possible result of a few unemployed high-level government workers next spring. But Saturday's "oops, I didn't see you back there!" move is also interesting in two other significant points.
1) There was a retired policeman in the group, and
2) It appears likely that the man who likes to turn his automobile into an assault weapon is a current Racine County Republican Party officer, Republican Treasurer Tom Bode.
On Thursday, Dec. 1, the city's de facto ban of the Happy Meal commences. San Francisco has accomplished what the Hamburglar could not. Or has it?
In order to include a toy with a meal, restaurants must now comply with city-generated nutritional standards. Those are standards that even the "healthier" Happy Meals McDonald's introduced earlier this year don't come close to meeting. (As SF Weekly noted in January, the school lunches our children eat aren't healthy enough to qualify, either).
And yet it seems McDonald's has turned lemons into lemonade -- and is selling the sugary drink to San Francisco's children. Local McDonald's employees tell SF Weekly the company has devised a solution that appears to comply with San Francisco's "Healthy Meal Incentive Ordinance" that could actually make the company more money -- and necessitate toy-happy youngsters to buy more Happy Meals.
It turns out San Francisco has not entirely vanquished the Happy Meal as we know it. Come Dec. 1, you can still buy the Happy Meal. But it doesn't come with a toy. For that, you'll have to pay an extra 10 cents.
Huh. That hardly seems to have solved the problem (though adults and children purchasing unhealthy food can at least take solace that the 10 cents is going to Ronald McDonald House charities). But it actually gets worse from here. Thanks to Supervisor Eric Mar's much-ballyhooed new law, parents browbeaten into supplementing their preteens' Happy Meal toy collections are now mandated to buy the Happy Meals.
Today and tomorrow mark the last days that put-upon parents can satiate their youngsters by simply throwing down $2.18 for a Happy Meal toy. But, thanks to the new law taking effect on Dec. 1, this is no longer permitted. Now, in order to have the privilege of making a 10-cent charitable donation in exchange for the toy, you must buy the Happy Meal. Hilariously, it appears Mar et al., in their desire to keep McDonald's from selling grease and fat to kids with the lure of a toy have now actually incentivized the purchase of that grease and fat -- when, beforehand, a put-upon parent could get out cheaper and healthier with just the damn toy.
Seriously folks. The guy running the state of Ohio proudly declared today: “I don’t read newspapers in the State of Ohio.” His reason? Because it doesn’t give him “an uplifting experience.”
He claims his disdain for print journalism and his lack of interest in important, current events is not that new, and it’s “just like presidents have done in the past.” The only President I know of that has ever publicly admitted to not reading newspapers was George W. Bush. Enough said.
The fact that Kasich doesn’t read about state or local news certainly does explain a lot about his policies and his general lack of interest and concern for what Ohioans want, need and expect from his administration. When you have absolutely no clue what is going on in the state, and have no idea how Ohioans are reacting to your policies, it’s much easier to believe all those yes-men you’ve surrounded yourself with.
After years of young people heading for the cities the average farmer in Japan is now 65.8 years old and that figure is rising steadily.
But now some are considering making the journey back.
"There are more people that want to be farmers now, and the numbers are increasing," says Naoko Maruyama, a local government official who uses a website to attract potential recruits.
"More people from the city want a rural life. Here in Nagano prefecture we want to help them. But at the same time it takes a lot to become a farmer."
Radioactive substances from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant have now been confirmed in all prefectures, including Uruma, Okinawa Prefecture, about 1,700 kilometers from the plant, according to the science ministry.
FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) -
He came to shop. He left in handcuffs.
Police used a stun gun to subdue a Black Friday shopper at a Walmart in Florence Thanksgiving night.
Officers said they had to shock 22-year old Christopher Blake Pyron twice to get him under control so they could arrest him.
Pyron is charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
As federal agents investigate connections between vendors and Wayne County officials, some contractors and commissioners are questioning how a politically connected firm ended up with one of the biggest public works projects in years.
Contractors contacted by The Detroit News said they believe the Walbridge construction company was favored from the beginning for a $220 million contract to build a jail.
The county awarded "bonus" points going to companies headquartered in Wayne County, a provision bidders don't remember the county using.
Two months after commissioners unanimously approved the deal, some now say they weren't aware of close ties between Walbridge and Turkia Mullin, the county's one-time economic development chief who guided the process.
Walbridge CEO John Rakolta Jr. served on the board of a nonprofit she led that paid her a $75,000 bonus and is now under investigation by the FBI. He accompanied her and County Executive Robert Ficano last year on a business development trip to Italy and France paid for by the nonprofit.
Authorities say 20 people had minor injuries when a woman shot other customers with pepper spray during a Black Friday sale.
Police Lt. Abel Parga says she was trying to keep other shoppers away from the merchandise she wanted.
The incident occurred shortly after 10:20 p.m. Thursday in a crowded Los Angeles area Walmart as shoppers hungry for deals were let inside the store.
NOTE: Under County Exec. Robert Ficano, Wayne County contracted with a Mississippi company that specialized in prison meals. The food seniors received was literally worse than cat food. What's more shameful is that Wayne is a DEMOCRATIC county. Any Democratic administration should know better!
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (WJBK) - Last week, FOX 2's Charlie LeDuff exposed Wayne County's Meals on Wheels program serving cold and disgusting food to home bound residents. He found people wouldn't eat it.
The county was saving $138,000 annually, which is around the same amount their former development director, Turkia Mullin, got paid in severance after taxes. She has since returned the money.
After much uproar, we've been told Meals on Wheels is being restored — home cooked food will now be delivered every day just like before.
"Last Thursday, we came up with a corrective action plan, and we're going to eliminate the per-prepared, reheated, home delivered meals," said Kevin Kelley, director of Wayne County Senior Services. "We're going back to our old packaging and delivery system, which people have come to expect after 24 years under the county."
(11-23) 14:45 PST SAN FRANCISCO -- A bicyclist who allegedly ran a red light and struck and killed a pedestrian along San Francisco's waterfront pleaded not guilty today to misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter.
Prosecutors asked that Randolph Ang, 23, be held on $15,000 bail. But Superior Court Judge Donna Little released him on his own recognizance on the grounds he was not a flight risk, said Stephanie Ong Stillman, a spokeswoman for the district attorney.
Ang was riding north on the Embarcadero at about 8:30 a.m. July 15 when he hit Dionette Cherney, 68, who was crossing Mission Street. Ang remained on scene, spoke to police and apologized profusely to Cherney's husband, who was with his wife when she was struck in a crosswalk, said defense attorney Tony Brass.
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