March 23, 2013
The US Southern Command (Southcom) has requested $49 million to build a new prison building at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba “for special detainees” as well as carry out other “necessary” renovations, US media reveal.
The proposed facility is an apparent replacement for Camp 7, which was constructed to hold 14 “high-value” detainees – including the self-described 9/11 attack architect Khalid Shaikh Mohammed – who had been in CIA custody, but [...]
WASHINGTON — Democrats controlling the Senate pressed Monday for an immediate infusion of money to repair the iconic dome of the U.S. Capitol, which has fallen into disrepair and has at least 1,300 cracks in it.
Read more: Democrats urge immediate repair of Capitol Dome – Washington Times
Kevin Kaminski and Maureen Clarke rented their dream home last November: A pre-Victorian farmhouse in Hamilton, Massachusetts, with a sun-drenched southern exposure, fireplaces in every room, original hardwood floors and more than an acre of land adjacent to a wooded park.
The couple’s landlord, the state of Massachusetts, threw in irresistible rent terms on the 25-year lease: $0.
The hitch? Dodge House, as it is known, needed a total renovation. Boarded up [...]
Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid spoke on the Senate floor today regarding the transportation jobs bill and legislation to repeal subsidies for big oil companies raking in record profits. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:
Tens of thousands of bridges and millions of miles of roadways across the country are in a state of disrepair.
But, rather than putting Americans to work fixing those roads and bridges – and repairing [...]
by Mandi Woodruff
An Arlington, Tex. man learned the hard way that some homes can haunt their old owners even years after foreclosure.
CBS 11′s Arezow Doost reports David Englett will have to pay fines for citations made against a home he lost to foreclosure two years ago – including failure to mow the lawn (Via/The Huffington Post).
“I feel like I’m being punished for something I didn’t do,” Englett, a truck driver, told CBS. “It’s really frustrating [...]
January 20, 2012
Like any good presidential candidate, Rick Santorum heaps praise on America’s soldiers and veterans. He’s pledged to “make veterans a high priority” if elected president, adding, “This is not a Republican issue, this is not a Democratic issue, it is an American issue.” But as a US senator, Santorum engineered a controversial land deal that robbed the military’s top veterans’ home of tens of millions of dollars and [...]
December 13, 2011
When Larry Page and Sergey Brin needed somewhere to store their eight private jets, their first step was, presumably, to enter the words “large aircraft hangar” into the internet search engine they created.
They needn’t have bothered. Whatever direction Google pointed them in, the answer to the wealthy duo’s problems turns out to have been, quite literally, staring them in the face.
A few hundred yards from the [...]
Privatization has nothing to do with saving money and everything to do with giving kickbacks to politically connected contractors like Corrections Corporation of America:
Sheriff Michael Page of Hernando County, Florida, is the latest in a line of Sheriffs to inherit the headache that is the county jail. After being operated by CCA for 22 years, the facility had fallen into exceptional disrepair, after CCA had neglected to [...]
Are some of the biggest banks in the world now some of the worst slumlords in America?
A flood of recent complaints have surrounded the German banking giant Deutsche Bank. It has taken over properties across America, and in many cases has left anxious renters living in filth and insecurity, not knowing if they’ll soon be kicked to the curb.
Roach infestations, cracks in the walls, mold growth and [...]
Nearly a third of the District’s basic life support ambulances are out of service for repairs, a situation that couldn’t come at a worse time, union officials said.
The shortage of transport units comes as a heat advisory has been issued and the fire department is reporting an unusually high number of calls.
The downed ambulances mean longer transport times for patients and could be the [...]
Yvette Vickers, an early Playboy playmate whose credits as a B-movie actress included such cult films as “Attack of the 50-Foot Woman” and “Attack of the Giant Leeches,” was found dead last week at her Benedict Canyon home. Her body appears to have gone undiscovered for months, police said.
Vickers, 82, had not been seen for a long time. A neighbor discovered her body in an [...]
I just thought this was interesting. Â From Georgia
Foreclosure registry to start Nov. 2
Beginning with DeKalbâ€™s Nov. 2 foreclosure sale, foreclosed property owners must register with the county within 30 days or pay a fine.
Members of a committee which established the program explained to commissioners last week how they expect the foreclosure registry to work.
Mortgage holders must pay $175 to register a property. Failing to register costs $1,000 [...]
1) Pittsburgh pension liability grows
“The Pittsburgh pension fund’s unfunded liability grew 2.4 percent during the last quarter, to about $696.6 million, according to figures released today.
Since Dec. 31, the plan’s assets increased from $287.5 million to about $293 million.
However, the fund’s liability has topped $989.5 million, according to the latest calculation, performed in 2009.
The fund was 29.6 percent funded March 31, down from 32 percent Dec. [...]