US teen survives five-hour flight in wheel well

No, he was born in Somalia and was trying to get back there! Angry


Los Angeles (AFP) – A US teenager was lucky to be alive Monday after surviving a bone-chilling, low-oxygen flight from California to Hawaii in a jet’s wheel well, authorities said.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation identified the stowaway as a 16-year-old male who climbed the fence at a San Jose airport.

He then snuck into the wheel well of a Hawaiian Airlines plane bound for Maui, FBI spokesman Tom Simon told AFP.

The youngster, who ran away from home, endured freezing temperatures and a lack of oxygen aboard the five-and-a-half hour flight, which reached an altitude of some 38,000 feet, he said.

Miraculously, the teen lived to tell.

“He was observed coming out of the plane in Maui, the FBI interviewed him and handed him out to child protective services,” Simon said, adding the youth was not being charged with a crime in Hawaii.

However, “if California decides to charge him with a crime, that’s up to them,” he said.

Security video footage from the Mineta International Airport in San Jose showed the youngster hopping a fence and making his way to Hawaiian Airlines Flight 45, where he climbed, undetected, into the wheel well of the aircraft.

With oxygen scarce and temperatures well below freezing, Simon said the teenager appears to have been unconscious “for pretty much the entire” flight.

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Pelosi assists in Holy Week foot-washing ritual

Old Lady Pelosi is a pedophile! Shocked

To “honor the dignity and work of immigrants,” Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi helps Bishop Marc Andrus wash the feet of two children Thursday at Saint John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in San Francisco.

Pelosi also used the occasion to talk about passing HR15 – bipartisan immigration legislation that her office says would “reduce the deficit by nearly $1 trillion, secure our borders, unite our families, protect our workers and provide an earned pathway to citizenship.”

The Democratic leader’s ceremony coincides with Pope Francis’ similar ceremony in Rome to mark Holy Week. As he did last year, the pope broke with the tradition of washing only priests’ feet during the Mass for the Last Supper – this time, washing the feet of disabled people.

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Wily Gatecrasher at the White House Is a Red Fox

But what does the fox say? Huh

WASHINGTON—There’s a new guest at the White House. Unlike most people who pass through the presidential residence, he wasn’t invited. But in cutthroat Washington fashion, he saw weakness and took advantage. Now he rests and plays uninhibited at the seat of power.

He also has pointy ears and a bushy tail.

The little red fox, who hasn’t been named, turned up on the White House grounds in the weeks before the government shutdown in October. After many White House groundskeepers were furloughed, the fox settled in. Months later, the furry little conundrum has left officials who sort through some of the world’s most complex challenges scratching their heads.

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Letter: Get oil companies out of the Bakken

Good grief! Shocked

Published April 16, 2014, 10:22 PM
Letter: Get oil companies out of the Bakken
By: Ryan Gustafson, Fargo
Open up Google and search for “satellite photos of North Dakota at night.” Western North Dakota appears brighter than Minneapolis-St. Paul. The dazzling lights come from oil companies that are “flaring” natural gas instead of harvesting it, sending untold quantities of polluted smoke into our lungs.Oil companies have invaded. They are burning, sawing, drilling and killing the Bakken before we catch on to what they’re doing. They are polluting groundwater. They are spilling tens of thousands of gallons of oil (and not telling anyone). They are dumping radioactive waste illegally.And because of a toothless state government run by an old-boy Republican guard more in love with the almighty dollar than common sense, they are getting away with it.It’s time for a moratorium on drilling and fracking. When the oil runs out, will the companies who created the environmental hazards clean it up? Are we expected to clean up after them? Stop fracking now, before future generations ask us why we decided oil and a quick buck was more important than healthy rivers, bountiful crops and clean air.We need to harvest oil, but we need to do it responsibly. Until oil companies can prove they are able to do so, we should not allow them within 100 miles of the Bakken.

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‘It’s a no-win situation’: Not having a bank account makes it hard to break out of poverty

North Dakota has the only state run bank in the country. Michael St. Amant should file a civil rights suit if they won’t give him an account! Angry

MOORHEAD – Michael St. Amant hasn’t had a bank account in six years.It was drowned out by $65,000 in medical bills stemming from a car wreck in 2008. That was fine, for a while.

But after getting laid off from his job in Seattle in 2010 and coping with his deteriorating health, he hasn’t been able to find a foothold. There was a glimmer when he moved to Fargo late last year for a job with John Deere, but a swollen leg – a complication from diabetes – ended that within a week.

Now almost 41, he’s been living at Churches United for the Homeless since before the new year.

A bank account could help him turn things around, he said, but no credit union or bank will take him – or, more importantly, his poor credit history. Until then, he’s stuck in the world of check-cashing fees, payday loans with sky-high interest rates and carrying cash – all of which, paradoxically, make life more expensive.

“It’s a no-win situation,” he said.

One in 12 American households didn’t have a bank account in 2011, according to a survey by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Many simply choose not to open an account, but it’s found predominantly in unemployed and lower-income households: 56 percent of unbanked households made less than $15,000 a year.

It’s less prevalent in the Fargo-Moorhead area, where an estimated one in 20 households does not have a checking or savings account, according to the survey. Still, financial counselors and advocates in the region say not having a bank account adds costs and roadblocks, making it harder for St. Amant and others like him to break out of poverty.

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MSUM music student accused of dealing marijuana

A musician involved with Marijuana?  Shocked Whatever happened to getting a musical high? Cry

FARGO – It’s the kind of arrangement police frown on.A Minnesota State University Moorhead music student was arrested Thursday when police pulled him over after he left a recital and headed to West Fargo on his way to orchestrate a marijuana deal.

According to criminal charges filed Friday in Cass County District Court, West Fargo police Officer Ryan Denis pulled over Clyde David Schuman, 20, of Moorhead about 9:29 p.m. last Thursday in the 100 block of Ninth Street East for driving with a burned-out driver’s side taillight.

As he approached the car, Denis smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car and asked Schuman where he had been. Schuman said he was coming from an orchestra recital.

Denis told Schuman he was going to search the car, and Schuman objected. Denis said he didn’t need Schuman’s consent because the smell of pot was so strong. Schuman then handed over a metal marijuana grinder, a police report says.

During his search of the vehicle, Denis reportedly found a green duffle bag, four Mason jars, two of which were filled with marijuana, a scale, 17 marijuana pipes with drug residue, rolling papers, plastic baggies with marijuana and without, a glass bong, five Mason jars with marijuana residue and a gas mask. The report says Schuman told the officer he tried to hook up the gas mask to different bongs in order to smoke marijuana.

The items were taken into police custody, along with Schuman’s viola. Schuman was booked into the Cass County Jail.

Schuman told Denis the marijuana was for his own personal use.

Schuman was charged with one count of Class B felony possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, and possession of marijuana by a driver and possession of drug paraphernalia, both Class A misdemeanors.

His bail was set at $5,000, and his next court appearance is set for May 14.

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NDSU Lost Boys rugby club ‘blindsided’

Why are they still “lost?” Someone should have given them directions home by now. I hope NDSU doesn’t get a “leafy spurge” for this on Monday! Shocked

FARGO – The Lost Boys were hoping to improve their hardscrabble field, but now the North Dakota State University rugby players may truly be sent wandering.The rugby club recently received a double dose of bad news.

Club members learned Sunday that NDSU’s student government doesn’t have enough money left over after funding other projects to provide $33,000 to remove construction debris from the field and rebuild it for safe use by the Lost Boys and other sports, said coach Cory Schlack.

Schlack said they’ve also been told that the NDSU Research and Technology Park is considering a new proposal that could lead to construction on the site.

After 14 years of Lost Boys scrumming on the land, Schlack said team members feel like they’ve been blindsided.

“Now, instead of trying to get our field improved, we might not have a field,” he said. “It’s frustrating, and it’s a little weird that five days before our final proposal and vote, a third party becomes interested” in the land.

Part of tech park

The rugby field is on the west side of the NDSU campus, but it has always been part of the school’s Research and Technology Park, said Chuck Hoge, the park’s interim executive director.

Hoge said that as long as there isn’t a set use for the land, the Lost Boys can use it without paying rent. The tech park also doesn’t have a problem with the club improving the land. He said club members came to him a couple of months ago with their plan to upgrade the field.

Hoge said the club has always known that if the tech park finds a firm that wants the playing field lot, the team would have to walk away from any improvements.

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Dairy Queen worker at West Acres accused of dealing cocaine at mall

Is she the “snow queen?”  Huh

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Letter: High court ruling a truly sad day

How much of his government benefits is David willing to sacrifice to bring about the country he seems to want? Aren’t hunting and fishing both forms of “exploitation?” Huh

Published April 14, 2014, 10:23 PM
Letter: High court ruling a truly sad day
By: David L. Johnson, Forman, N.D.
What about the April 2 Supreme Court ruling might cause someone like me to despair? If our children are to have any hope for the future, Earth is a ticking time bomb – and time is running out. Faced with problems such as population (perhaps the most important), pollution and mass species extinctions, if we are going to combat these problems, time is the enemy.

The ruling, allowing vast amounts of money to enter the political process, throws up all kinds of delays. People with money – whose wealth depends on exploiting the earth’s resources, people’s labor and life on Earth, will prime the coffers of legislators to defeat any effort to slow the burning fuse.

And the victims of this will be our children and our children’s children. By the time my great-grandchildren (I have four) are adults, public lands will likely be gone.

They may never know of elephants, meadowlarks, monarch butterflies or lightning bugs other than what we know about passenger pigeons, plains grizzlies and ivory-billed woodpeckers. They may never know the joys of fishing or hunting or any of those outdoor activities that have meant so much for so many ever since man stood upright.

It truly was a sad day.

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Shaffer: Fighting the gender wage gap

What about the gap between my income and that of Miley Cyrus’? Roll Eyes

Published April 12, 2014, 09:59 PM
Shaffer: Fighting the gender wage gap
By: Heidi Shaffer
Women got their yearly reminder this week of how far we still have to go in the workplace as the world celebrated Equal Pay Day.Each April, we’re bombarded with the humbling data that we still make far less than our male counterparts for doing the same work.

For example, in North Dakota, a woman makes 74 cents for every dollar a man earns for doing the same work. In Minnesota, the wage gap narrows slightly with women making 80 cents to men’s dollar.

Putting that into perspective, a North Dakota woman earns just $44,400 for a position in which a man would make $60,000. That’s more than $15,000 a year that isn’t getting into retirement funds or going toward house payments. It’s a difference that sets back many households – especially those run by a single mother – for a lifetime.

And for minority women, this chasm exponentially widens.

The last time I wrote about this issue, I received a few emails from male readers who pointed to some reasons for the gender wage gap that they say aren’t reported often enough.

One reader wrote that the numbers are skewed because women take more time off during their careers to have children and for other family issues.

While many women do take breaks for these reasons, it’s not the reason for the difference in pay.

It starts at the national level. President Barack Obama signed two executive actions on Tuesday aimed at increasing transparency in women’s pay.

Employers also have a significant role in how they support all of their workers through eliminating wage disparities from the start, creating family-leave policies and offering child care support.

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