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Monday, January 24, 2011

UPDATED: Major Marijuana Bust Near St. Clair Missouri via Franklin County Sheriff Traffic Stop Leads to Pot Bust

Casenet Case #'s
10AB-CR02689 
10AB-CC00360 
10AB-CR02690 
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10AB-CR02689 - ST V MOLLY F BRENNER
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12/23/2010 Docket Entry: Criminal Setting Scheduled
Associated Docket Entries: 12/28/2010 - Hearing/Trial Cancelled

Associated Events: 12/30/2010 , 08:30:00 - Criminal Setting
 
12/28/2010 Docket Entry: Warrant Served
Text: Document ID - 10-ABARW-2777; Served To - BRENNER, MOLLY F; Server - FRANKLIN COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT-MULES; Served Date - 21-DEC-10; Served Time - 00:00:00; Service Type - Sheriff Department; Reason Description - Served
Docket Entry: Hearing/Trial Cancelled
Associated Docket Entries: 12/23/2010 - Criminal Setting Scheduled

Associated Events: 12/30/2010 , 08:30:00 - Criminal Setting
Docket Entry: Bond-Surety Bond Posted
Docket Entry: Criminal Setting Scheduled
Associated Docket Entries: 01/20/2011 - Hearing Continued/Rescheduled

Associated Events: 01/20/2011 , 09:00:00 - Criminal Setting
 
01/20/2011 Docket Entry: Judge/Clerk - Note
Text: TO 2/17/11 FOR WAIVER.
 
01/20/2011 Docket Entry: Hearing Continued/Rescheduled
Associated Docket Entries: 12/28/2010 - Criminal Setting Scheduled

Associated Events: 01/20/2011 , 09:00:00 - Criminal Setting
Docket Entry: Criminal Setting Scheduled
Associated Events: 02/17/2011 , 09:00:00 - Criminal Setting

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2011
Judge/Commissioner Time  Day  Setting  Event 
STANLEY DALE WILLIAMS   9:00 AM   1 OF 1     Criminal Setting 
Event Text:WAIVER  Location:DIVISION 7 Franklin County

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10AB-CR02690 - ST V ERIK B ROMANI
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12/23/2010 Docket Entry: Entry of Appearance Filed
Filing Party: PURSCHKE , JOSEPH W
Docket Entry: Order
Text: IT IS ORDERED THAT DEFENDANT'S BOND OF $50,000.00 CASH ONLY BE AMENDED TO $50,000.00 SURETY. DEFENDANT HAS SIGNED A WAIVER OF EXTRADITION. SAID AMENDMENT IS MADE WITH THE CONSENT OF PROSECUTING ATTORNEY ROBERT PARKS. RETURNABLE JANUSRY 20, 2011 AT 9:00 AM SO ORDERED DAVID L HOVEN (FAXED TO FCSD)
 
12/28/2010 Docket Entry: Warrant Served
Text: Document ID - 10-ABARW-2778; Served To - ROMANI, ERIK B; Server - ; Served Date - 21-DEC-10; Served Time - 00:00:00; Service Type - Sheriff Department; Reason Description - Served
 
12/29/2010 Docket Entry: Criminal Setting Scheduled
Associated Events: 01/20/2011 , 09:00:00 - Criminal Setting
 
01/20/2011 Docket Entry: Criminal Setting Scheduled
Associated Events: 02/03/2011 , 09:00:00 - Criminal Setting

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2011
Judge/Commissioner Time  Day  Setting  Event 
DAVID L HOVEN   9:00 AM   1 OF 1     Criminal Setting 
Event Text:ANNOUNCEMENT  Location:DIVISION 6 Franklin County
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Franklin County Sheriff Traffic Stop Leads to Pot Bust

Franklin County authorities discovered approximately 280 pounds of high-grade marijuana with an estimated street value of $1.2 million, in an RV during a traffic stop on I-44 near St. Clair Tuesday. A Sheriff's deputy stopped the RV after he noticed it driving erratically, at times crossing the dividing line, the Sheriff's department said.
 

During the stop, the two suspects, Erik B. Romani, 30, and Molly F. Brenner, 43, both of Sausalito, Calif.,  began acting suspiciously, the department said. Suspecting possible drug activity, the deputy called for a K-9 unit from Pacific. The K-9 indicated there were drugs in the vehicle. A search turned up the marijuana, the department said.

Romani and Brenner were taken into custody for questioning.
They were later charged in Franklin County felony warrants with one count each of drug trafficking. They were being held in the county jail on $50,000 cash-only bonds, authorities reported.


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10AB-CC00360 
10AB-CR02690 
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Internet "Kill Switch" Resurrected Renewed Push to Give Obama More Power

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January 24, 2011

Renewed Push to Give Obama an Internet "Kill Switch"

 by Declan McCullagh
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A controversial bill handing President Obama power over privately owned computer systems during a "national cyberemergency," and prohibiting any review by the court system, will return this year.
Internet companies should not be alarmed by the legislation, first introduced last summer by Sens. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), a Senate aide said last week. Lieberman, an independent who caucuses with Democrats, is chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
"We're not trying to mandate any requirements for the entire Internet, the entire Internet backbone," said Brandon Milhorn, Republican staff director and counsel for the committee.
Instead, Milhorn said at a conference in Washington, D.C., the point of the proposal is to assert governmental control only over those "crucial components that form our nation's critical infrastructure."
Portions of the Lieberman-Collins bill, which was not uniformly well-received when it became public in June 2010, became even more restrictive when a Senate committee approved a modified version on December 15. The full Senate did not act on the measure.
The revised version includes new language saying that the federal government's designation of vital Internet or other computer systems "shall not be subject to judicial review." Another addition expanded the definition of critical infrastructure to include "provider of information technology," and a third authorized the submission of "classified" reports on security vulnerabilities.
The idea of creating what some critics have called an Internet "kill switch" that the president could flip in an emergency is not exactly new.
A draft Senate proposal that CNET obtained in August 2009 authorized the White House to "declare a cybersecurity emergency," and another from Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) would have explicitly given the government the power to "order the disconnection" of certain networks or Web sites. House Democrats have taken a similar approach in their own proposals.
Lieberman, who recently announced he would not seek re-election in 2012, said last year that enactment of his bill needed to be a top congressional priority. "For all of its 'user-friendly' allure, the Internet can also be a dangerous place with electronic pipelines that run directly into everything from our personal bank accounts to key infrastructure to government and industrial secrets," he said.
Civil libertarians and some industry representatives have repeatedly raised concerns about the various proposals to give the executive branch such broad emergency power. On the other hand, as Lieberman and Collins have highlighted before, some companies, including Microsoft, Verizon, and EMC Corporation, have said positive things about the initial version of the bill.
But last month's rewrite that bans courts from reviewing executive branch decrees has given companies new reason to worry. "Judicial review is our main concern," said Steve DelBianco, director of the NetChoice coalition, which includes eBay, Oracle, Verisign, and Yahoo as members. "A designation of critical information infrastructure brings with it huge obligations for upgrades and compliance."
In some cases, DelBianco said, a company may have a "good-faith disagreement" with the government's ruling and would want to seek court review. "The country we're seeking to protect is a country that respects the right of any individual to have their day in court," he said. "Yet this bill would deny that day in court to the owner of infrastructure."
Other industry representatives say it's not clear that lawyers and policy analysts who will inhabit Homeland Security's 4.5 million square-foot headquarters in the southeast corner of the District of Columbia have the expertise to improve the security of servers and networks operated by companies like AT&T, Verizon, Microsoft, and Google. American companies already spend billions of dollars on computer security a year.
"Declaration of National Cyber Emergency"
The revised Lieberman-Collins bill, dubbed the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act, works this way: Homeland Security will "establish and maintain a list of systems or assets that constitute covered critical infrastructure" and that will be subject to emergency decrees. (The term "kill switch" does not appear in the legislation.)

Under the revised legislation, the definition of critical infrastructure has been tightened. DHS is only supposed to place a computer system (including a server, Web site, router, and so on) on the list if it meets three requirements. First, the disruption of the system could cause "severe economic consequences" or worse. Second, that the system "is a component of the national information infrastructure." Third, that the "national information infrastructure is essential to the reliable operation of the system."
At last week's event, Milhorn, the Senate aide, used the example of computers at a nuclear power plant or the Hoover Dam but acknowledged that "the legislation does not foreclose additional requirements, or additional additions to the list."
A company that objects to being subject to the emergency regulations is permitted to appeal to DHS secretary Janet Napolitano. But her decision is final and courts are explicitly prohibited from reviewing it.
President Obama would then have the power to "issue a declaration of a national cyberemergency." What that entails is a little unclear, including whether DHS could pry user information out of Internet companies that it would not normally be entitled to obtain without a court order. One section says they can disclose certain types of noncommunications data if "specifically authorized by law," but a presidential decree may suffice.
"No amount of tightening of what constitutes 'critical infrastructure' will prevent abuse without meaningful judicial review," says Berin Szoka, an analyst at the free-market TechFreedom think tank and editor of The Next Digital Decade book. "Blocking judicial review of this key question essentially says that the rule of law goes out the window if and when a major crisis occurs."
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JOSHUA L, SCHEIBLE Faces Meth Charges in Gasconade County, Montgomery County Missouri

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On Fri., Jan. 21, 2011 agents from the Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Group (LANEG) and Deputies from the Gasconade County Sheriff s Office executed a search warrant at 4048 Horstman Road in Gasconade County.

It has been reported that there were numerous items used in the manufacture of illegal narcotics located on the property including; coleman fuel, coffee filters, tubing, lithium batteries, a tank of anhydrous ammonia, and other items.

Taken into custody at the scene were Joshua Scheible, 33, who resides at the Horstman Road address.  Joshua Byrley, 32, address unknown.

Both subjects were transported to the Crawford County jail without incident and on January 22 Associate Circuit Judge John Berkemeyer issued  warrants.

Both subjects will face Arraignment on WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2011  9 a.m. They are being held in custody with no bond.

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 11AA-CR00005 - ST V JOSHUA L SCHEIBLE
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Charge/Judgment
Description: Dist/Del/Manf/Produce Or Attempt To Or Possess W/Intent To Dist/Del/Manf/Produce A Controlled Substance { Felony B RSMo: 195.211 }
Date: 01/07/2011 Code: 3246500
OCN: J3003009

Arresting Agency: SO MONTGOMERY CO-MONTGOMERY CITY
11AA-CR00005 - ST V JOSHUA L SCHEIBLE
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SCHEIBLE , JOSHUA L , Defendant   
410 MARKET ST
BERGER, MO 63014

Year of Birth: 1977
 
01/08/2011 Docket Entry: Complaint Filed
Filing Party: ELLIOTT , LEE RENEAU
 
01/09/2011 Docket Entry: Judge Assigned
Docket Entry: Initial Arraignment Scheduled
Associated Events: 02/03/2011 , 09:00:00 - Initial Arraignment
Docket Entry: Warrant Issued
Text: Document ID: 11-AAARW-5, for SCHEIBLE, JOSHUA L. , Bond Amount: 10,000.00, Bond Text: CASH OR SURETY - WARRANT ISSUED 1/9/11 12:32 P.M BOND APPEARANCE 2/3/11 9:00 A.M.
 
01/10/2011 Docket Entry: Warrant Served
Text: Document ID - 11-AAARW-5; Served To - SCHEIBLE, JOSHUA L; Server - SO MONTGOMERY CO-MONTGOMERY CITY; Served Date - 09-JAN-11; Served Time - 00:00:00; Service Type - Sheriff Department; Reason Description - Served
Docket Entry: Bond-Surety Bond Posted
Text: defendant posts surety bond on 1/9/11. Llew Kummer as surety. pk

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2011
  Judge/Commissioner Time  Day  Setting  Event 
  KELLY CHRISTINE BRONIEC   9:00 AM   1 OF 1     Initial Arraignment 
Event Text:  Location:Judge Broniec's Courtroom Montgomery Circuit
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11GA-CR00040 - ST V JOSHUA L SCHEIBLE
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Charge/Judgment
Description: Dist/Del/Manf/Produce Or Attempt To Or Possess W/Intent To Dist/Del/Manf/Produce A Controlled Substance { Felony B RSMo: 195.211 }
Date: 01/21/2011 Code: 3246500
OCN: 87235279

Arresting Agency: SO GASCONADE COUNTY - HERMANN
Next Charge/Judgment
Description: Possession Of Controlled Substance Except 35 Grams Or Less Of Marijuana { Felony C RSMo: 195.202 }
Date: 01/21/2000 Code: 3245000
OCN: 87235279

Arresting Agency: SO GASCONADE COUNTY - HERMANN
Next Charge/Judgment
Description: Unlawful Possession Of A Firearm { Felony C RSMo: 571.070 }
Date: 01/21/2011 Code: 3106500
OCN: 87235279

Arresting Agency: SO GASCONADE COUNTY - HERMANN
SCHEIBLE , JOSHUA L , Defendant   
166 DECKER RD
LABADIE, MO 63055

Year of Birth: 1977


01/22/2011 Docket Entry: Judge Assigned
Docket Entry: Complaint Filed
Filing Party: BREHE-KRUEGER , ADA MAE
Docket Entry: Probable Cause Statement Filed
Filing Party: BREHE-KRUEGER , ADA MAE
Docket Entry: Warrant Issued
Text: BOND SET: No Bond
Filing Party: BERKEMEYER , JOHN B
Docket Entry: Warrant Served
 
01/24/2011 Docket Entry: Arraignment Scheduled
Associated Events: 02/02/2011 , 09:00:00 - Arraignment

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11GA-CR00039 - ST V JOSHUA L BYRLEY
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Charge/Judgment
Description: Dist/Del/Manf/Produce Or Attempt To Or Possess W/Intent To Dist/Del/Manf/Produce A Controlled Substance { Felony B RSMo: 195.211 }
Date: 01/21/2011 Code: 3246500
OCN: 87235280

Arresting Agency: SO GASCONADE COUNTY - HERMANN
Next Charge/Judgment
Description: Possession Of Controlled Substance Except 35 Grams Or Less Of Marijuana { Felony C RSMo: 195.202 }
Date: 01/21/2011 Code: 3245000
OCN: 87235280

Arresting Agency: SO GASCONADE COUNTY - HERMANN

 
01/22/2011 Docket Entry: Judge Assigned
Docket Entry: Complaint Filed
Filing Party: BREHE-KRUEGER , ADA MAE
Docket Entry: Probable Cause Statement Filed
Filing Party: BREHE-KRUEGER , ADA MAE
Docket Entry: Warrant Issued
Text: BOND SET AT: No Bond
Filing Party: BERKEMEYER , JOHN B
Docket Entry: Warrant Served
 
01/24/2011 Docket Entry: Arraignment Scheduled
Associated Events: 02/02/2011 , 09:00:00 - Arraignment



WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2011
  Judge/Commissioner Time  Day  Setting  Event 
  JOHN B BERKEMEYER   9:00 AM   1 OF 1     Arraignment 
Event Text:  Location:LOWER Gasconade County

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Google Tries to Weaken Search Engine Ranking of “Content Farming” Websites

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Google Seeks to Weaken Search Engine Ranking of “Content Farming” Websites


Eric Blair
Infowars.com
January 23, 2011

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Google has announced that it is fixing flaws in its algorithm that allows search results to be spammed, while also planning to weaken the search-ability of websites referred to as ”content farms.”  Matt Cutts, head of Google’s anti-spam team, writes:
As “pure webspam” has decreased over time, attention has shifted instead to “content farms,” which are sites with shallow or low-quality content. In 2010, we launched two major algorithmic changes focused on low-quality sites. Nonetheless, we hear the feedback from the web loud and clear: people are asking for even stronger action on content farms and sites that consist primarily of spammy or low-quality content. (my emphasis)
The only clear reference from Google about problems occurring from “content farms” in regards to spamming search results is from China: “Last year Google faced a rash of webspam on Chinese domains in our index. Some spammers were purchasing large amounts of cheap .cn domains and stuffing them with misspellings and porn phrases.”  They claim this scheme led to “irrelevant” search results.
Yet, their goal seems to be to weaken what has been referred to as “news aggregating” websites as “one change that primarily affects sites that copy others’ content and sites with low levels of original content.” This clearly describes many sites that present alternative news. However, plenty of alternative news sites and blogs have original material which they freely share, in part or in full, purely to support one another in disseminating the truth. This is of key importance to spread information in the absence of government or foundation funding, as enjoyed by much of the mainstream media. It is also a counter to censorship, so that a free market of ideas can flourish where people can investigate facts for themselves, rather than have opinions dictated from a limited number of sources.
According to a recent cheerleading article by TechCrunch, content farms indeed include websites that post any duplicate content word-for-word, “Now, finally, it sounds like they’re going to do more to take on sites that just repurpose content from other sites (hopefully including the countless sites that repost TechCrunch articles verbatim).”
What’s odd is that everyone knows that original content already carries far more weight with Google algorithms than re-posted content. Additionally, backlinks from well-ranked relevant sites is also a huge factor in building a strong Google page rank, besides driving traffic to the source. Therefore, it would stand to reason that websites like TechCrunch should be overjoyed when other relevant sites post their content, as long as it is sourced with a hyperlink. Alexa ranks TechCrunch at 305 on the entire Internet, no doubt due to their 36,374 links that Alexa recognizes. Without allowing the sharing of their original content, this level of achievement would be impossible under the current Google algorithm.


For those who understand this concept, if they punish sites that re-post content such as news aggregators that link back to them, the source will surely lose traffic and overall ranking despite being heavy in original content.  Which begs the question, what people have been asking for “stronger action against content farms?”  Because gauging the rise in popularity of alternative media (i.e. news aggregators), it seems that Internet users themselves aren’t the ones complaining.
It is obviously the entrenched dinosaur media that despises having to play on a level field, especially as it pertains to truthful reporting and analysis.  Former executive editor of the Washington Post, Leonard Downie Jr., addressed “old media vs. new media” in a September lecture where he excoriated so-called content farms as “parasites living off journalism produced by others.”  He even claims re-posting of material, even if sourced, is “stealing” as reported by Politico:
‘The aggregators fill their websites with news, opinion, features, photographs and video that they continuously collect – some would say steal – from other national and local news sites, along with mostly unpaid postings by bloggers who settle for exposure in lieu of money,’ Downie said. ‘Though they purport to be a new form of journalism, these aggregators are primarily parasites living off journalism produced by others. They attract audiences by aggregating journalism about special interests and opinions reflecting a predictable point of view on the left or right of the political spectrum, along with titillating gossip and sex. Revealing photos of and stories about entertainment and celebrities account for much of the highly touted web traffic to the Huffington Post site, for example.’
Downie rightly states that these sites attract an audience seeking a certain point of view, but ignores the fact that mainstream outlets do the same.  Some would argue that the real strength behind news aggregators is the ability to expose the establishment’s gross injustices and other inconvenient truths without all the “titillating” distractions.  As the masses become more aware of establishment lies, they are flocking to alternative sites who cut through the BS and present a clear path to the truth.
Google’s algorithm changes seem to be yet another tool being used to direct the flow of information away from the alternative media to selected mainstream news sources.  It compounds actions already taken by Google in their involvement in upending net neutrality in favor of mega-media machines; the attempt by Congress to crack down on copyright infringement by blacklisting domain names; and copyright extortionist lawyers suing over wording in links.
It’s obvious that the establishment will find a way to punish truth sites, either through technical penalization for re-posting material, reducing access speed, blogging taxes, lawsuits for copyright infringement, or by arbitrarily blacklisting the domain altogether.
At it’s core, this new Google algorithm seems to punish information sharing in favor of protectionist conglomerates with large writing staffs. We in the alternative media would do well to recognize that these actions being taken by the elite of the media world are just another sign of their weakened state.  Now is the time for the alternative media to seek more writers and more cooperation.

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McDonald's Likely to Raise Prices as Food Costs Rise in 2011

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McDonald's may raise prices as food costs rise

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Jan 24, 2011

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- McDonald's affordable food drew even more customers in its fourth quarter, but the burger chain said it may raise prices this year as its own food tab rises.
Worries about rising costs at the world's largest hamburger chain gave some investors pause even as McDonald's ended a banner year in which it outperformed its competitors. Its emphasis on low-priced items and an expanding menu, including the limited-time McRib and its McCafe coffee line, helped sales grow all year.
McDonald's Corp., based in Oak Brook, Ill., reported that its net income rose 2 percent to $1.24 billion, or $1.16 per share, for the quarter. That's up from $1.22 billion, or $1.11 per share, a year ago.
Revenue climbed 4 percent to $6.21 billion.
The results met the expectations of analysts surveyed by FactSet.
However, the company said it expects food cost will rise 2 to 2.5 percent in the U.S. and 3.5 to 4.5 percent in Europe during the year.
McDonald's has already raised some prices in the United Kingdom to cover higher costs. The company said as prices for beef and other ingredients and other cost pressures in the U.S. become more pronounced throughout the year, it will likely increase prices to offset some, but not all, of its higher costs.
However, McDonald's management said it would raise prices selectively to avoid compromising the popularity it has gained with diners looking for low-priced meals during the down economy.
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White House - 'Birthers' aren't 'rational' Gun Control Talk, State of the Union

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Key Gibbs takeaways

W.H.: 'Birthers' aren't 'rational'

By MATT NEGRIN & MJ LEE | 01/24/11
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Here’s what you need to know from Monday’s White House briefing with press secretary Robert Gibbs:

-- Gibbs hinted that President Obama will talk about gun rights in his State of the Union address. “I don’t doubt that, as a result of the impact – or the issues of what happened in Tucson, that there will be a number of proposals that this White House and the Congress will evaluate, and we'll wait until tomorrow to see what’s in the State of the Union,” he said.

-- Gibbs snuck a jab at the so-called birthers who don’t believe Obama was born in Hawaii. “I think rational people have -- have long ago, many when they first heard and saw the president, come to the conclusion of his citizenship,” he said.

-- The press secretary knocked down the suggestion that Obama has tacked to the ideological “center” after the midterms. He said Obama, despite recently hiring a handful of Clinton administration officials, is “still the same president that we've had for more than two years.”

-- Both parties sitting together for the State of the Union is a “good step” in working together, Gibbs said, predicting “more collegiality, less acrimony and less partisanship” during the speech. 



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Cop Punches Woman Repeatedly During Traffic Stop, Charges Dropped

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Written by
Kristen Gosling
US World News

NBC -- A Utah Highway Patrol trooper is on paid administrative leave pending an investigation of an August traffic stop in which he punched a woman several times.


A spokesman for the Department of Public Safety declined to comment on details of the incident involving Sgt. Andrew Davenport, a cousin of UHP Commissioner Lance Davenport.


The department released three videos Friday that show the aftermath of a pursuit that led troopers winding through Ogden just before midnight on Aug. 28.


In a report Sgt. Davenport wrote, he said the driver, Darla Wright, "had the accelerator floored and engine revving in an attempt to push our vehicles out of the way."


The sound of the engine cannot be heard over blaring sirens on the videos.


The sergeant wrote that Wright would not roll down her windows or exit the vehicle despite numerous commands from him and two other troopers.


Sgt. Davenport can be seen in the videos breaking the front driver's-side window, reaching into the car, and punching Wright five times to the head while another trooper deploys a Taser through a rear passenger window.


He was taken to the hospital to get stitches in his arm.


"I delivered three close-hand strikes to her head in an attempt to gain compliance with our commands. I did this to distract and stun her and to stop her from trying to drive off and strike our vehicles or possibly run us over," Sgt. Davenport wrote in his report. "The strikes worked and we were able to grab her hands."


After she was placed in a patrol car, Wright can be heard in the videos yelling and swearing at troopers.


Troopers found prescription drugs in Wright's car, according to the reports.


She was booked into the Weber County Jail for investigation of driving under the influence, eluding police, reckless driving, assault on a police officer and resisting arrest.


However, Wright was only charged with failure to stop or respond at the command of police, a third-degree felony.


Court records show that the case was dismissed in January, but do not indicate why.


Wright doesn't remember much about that night, except the pain of being hit.


She said recalls the smashing of glass and "a black glove coming through and hitting me...just smack."


Wright wants people to see the video of the incident and decide for themselves if the trooper's account is true.


"Yeah, and how many other people has it happened to?" she said. "It should not happen to anybody else ever again."


Almost five months after the incident, the internal investigation of Sgt. Davenport is still pending, but that is not unusual, according to DPS spokesman Brian Hyer.


"The review process does take time because several pairs of eyes look at it," Hyer said Friday. "That time allows for a very critical review to be done."


Hyer said he could not say when Andrew Davenport was placed on leave because the investigation is an ongoing personnel matter.


He added that troopers are trained in the proper use of force.
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Money and Markets - Commodities Bull Run in 2011 ?

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Money and Markets continues its 2010 review, looking at commodities and emerging markets. Will precious metals continue their bull run in 2011? Will Asian countries maintain their demand for natural resources? Which trends will shape Latin American markets?
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John Bates 85, Holds Wii Bowling Record 2,850 Perfect Games, Retired High School Principal Wisconsin


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85-year-old man holds Wii bowling record

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Associated Press
January 24, 2011


ONALASKA, Wis. (AP) -- When it comes to video games, 85-year-old John Bates has got it all over the kids. He now has the Guinness World Record for the most perfect games of Wii Sports Bowling. The retired Wisconsin high school principal recorded 2,850 perfect games from April 2009 through October 2010. He says he started playing Wii bowling at a friend's house at the end of 2008. He has an advantage over most players, because he's ambidextrous and plays with either hand. The Guinness people say Bates doesn't confine his bowling to the electronic variety. He's also a regular in a bowling league.
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3 Extra Days to File Missouri Taxes, Filing Deadline April 18

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By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS January 24, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. • Missouri residents are getting three extra days to file their state income taxes this year.
The state Department of Revenue has joined the Internal Revenue Service in extending the filing deadline to April 18 instead of the usual April 15.
The IRS moved its deadline because the nation's capital will be observing Emancipation Day on April 15, which is a Friday. The holiday marks the 1862 signing by President Abraham Lincoln of a bill ending slavery in the District of Columbia.
But even with the extra time, Missouri revenue officials urge taxpayers to file as early as possible. The Revenue Department also recommends that taxpayers file online and double-check their math to make sure they're paying the right amount.


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J.C. Penney Closing Some Stores, Discontinue Catalog Business

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J.C. Penney closing some stores; Ackman on board 
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Jan 24,
PLANO, Texas (AP) -- J.C. Penney Co. is closing some stores, outlets and call center locations and continuing to work on an exit from its catalog business in an effort to streamline operations and boost profits.
The department store operator also said Monday that Vornado Realty Trust Chairman Steven Roth and activist investor William Ackman will become board members. Penney's enacted a "poison pill" in October after both Ackman and Vornado took large stakes in the company.
Ackman and his hedge fund Pershing Square Management have pushed for major changes at retailers he holds stakes in, such as Borders Group Inc. and Target Corp.
In pre-market trading Monday, J.C. Penney shares jumped 3.5 percent, or $1.05, to $31.39.
In an interview on CNBC, Ackman said J.C. Penney is a great company and a great brand, but could be a better retailer. He noted that the company has had success with its Sephora boutiques, but that sales per square foot over the past 10 years have not made progress and margins are off.
Penney reported in November that its gross profit margin slipped to 39 percent from 40.6 percent in the third quarter due to heavy discounting and the discontinuation of its big catalog.
Penney plans to close six underperforming stores and two call center locations. It is also reorganizing its custom decorating business, which includes closing a custom decorating fabrication plant in Sacramento, Calif., and shifting to managing 300 decorating studios instead of 525 of its current in-store studios.
The retailer's exit of its legacy catalog business includes shuttering 19 outlet stores that carry a large amount of catalog merchandise. Penney announced in November 2009 that it would stop publishing its twice-yearly "big book" catalogs. The company will also close one furniture outlet store in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; it will have two remaining such stores.
The company did not disclose how many job cuts would be involved in the actions, which will take place during the course of the year.
J.C. Penney currently runs more than 1,100 department stores in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
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VIDEO SLIDESHOW ADDED: Hermann 42 Sullivan 40 OT - HERMANN HIGH CHAMPIONS wins Owensville Boys Basketball Tournament (YouTubeVIDEO)


 
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Owensville Boys Basketball Tournament

Hermann 42  Sullivan 40 OT

Ethan Kirchhofer - Hermann  scored the game winning basket in OT
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Hermann wins 2011 Owensville Basketball Tournament - Jan 7, 2011 (4 min. OT)
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All-Tournament Team
 

MVP  Jake Schannuth - Hermann
6th Man  Cole Farris - Owensville  

1st Team
Ethan Kirchhofer - Hermann
Ryan Cooper - Owensville
Justin Biermann - Sullivan
Marco Romano - Pacific
Patrick Moody - Sullivan  

2nd Team
Anthony Senevey - Linn
Kenny Knollmeyer - Linn
Ryan Rost - Linn
Kody Ettinger - Cuba
Derrick Moore - Pacific

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Hermann Players: #12 Ethan Kirchhofer and #21 Jake Schannuth






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Union 1-1 7-3 439-287
Pacific 1-1 9-4 643-535
New Haven 1-2 6-4 455-402
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