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“Emails show top Christie aide involved in bridge lane closings”


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By Clare Kim

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie answers a question in Trenton, N.J., Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.  MEL EVANS/AP

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie answers a question in Trenton, N.J., Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.
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Newly released emails show that an aide to New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie and a Christie appointee at the Port Authority plotted to create a traffic nightmare last September, apparently as political payback. They were directly involved with the lane closures at the George Washington Bridge–explicitly in order to devise “traffic problems in Fort Lee.”

The email exchanges, obtained by The Record newspaper, refute denials Christie had made  that the lane closures were politically motivated.

According to the documents, Bridget Anne Kelly, a deputy chief of staff to Christie, ordered Port Authority officials to close the bridge lanes three weeks before the chaotic traffic jams that ensued the week of September 9.

“Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,” Kelly wrote in an email to David Wildstein, a Christie-appointed executive at the Port Authority, which controls the bridge.

Wildstein, the official who ordered the closures and who resigned in December amid the bridge controversy, replied: “Got it.”

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Lay Up Treasures in Heaven ] “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

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High Class Dining: Colorado Restaurant Introduces Weed-and-Food Pairing Menu


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When you go to a gourmet restaurant, you might find yourself asking the sommelier to recommend a fine wine to complement your meal. But now, as more states begin to legalize recreational marijuana use, diners will soon be asking another question: What fine weed will enhance my dining experience?

Patrons of Colorado’s Hapa Sushi have already begun asking this important question thanks to the restaurant’s new pot-and-dinner pairing menu. Back in 2009, the restaurant launched a print campaign that encouraged smokers to come eat sushi to satisfy their munchies. And now the chain, with locations in Boulder and Denver, is back on the pro-weed scene, urging locals to toke up and eat up — at the same time.

Here are some of the suggested dinner-and-dope combinations:

  • Pakalolo Shrimp with Pakistani Kush
  • Honey Miso Salmon with Sour OG
  • Katsu Curry with Blue Dream

Oh and don’t worry — the dining room is “ergonomically designed…

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New Book Accuses Fox News Chief Roger Ailes Of Sexism, Anti-Semitism


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A new biography of Roger Ailes, the chairman and CEO of Fox News, casts him as a volatile executive unafraid to use blunt, offensive language or push a nakedly political agenda, The New York Times reports. Fox News has denied the book’s most colorful claims about the network boss.

The Loudest Voice in the Room, by New York Magazine contributing editor Gabriel Sherman, alleges that Ailes uttered an anti-Semitic remark about a rival in 1995, called Fox host Bill O’Reilly “a book salesman with a TV show” and offered television producer Randi Harrison a raise “if you agree to have sex with me whenever I want.”

The biography delves into Ailes’ political ambitions and claims he used Fox to promote a conservative agenda. Sherman credits Ailes, who began his career as an aide to Richard Nixon, with pioneering the use of television in political campaigns while a  consultant. According to…

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Death By Atomic Wedgie: Man Allegedly Kills Stepfather with Classic Bully Maneuver


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There’s no way to confirm it, but a McLoud, Okla., man may be the first person ever to be charged with killing someone by “atomic wedgie.”

Police say Brad Davis, 33, got into a row with his stepfather Denver Lee St. Clair, 58, on Dec. 21. The fight ended with Davis suffocating St. Clair with his own underwear and striking him in the head.

Davis, a former Marine, told detectives that the fight started with his stepfather badmouthing his mother. An argument ensued which soon turned physical with St. Clair attempting to strike first. After more punches were thrown between the two men, Davis told police he’d given St. Clair the “atomic wedgie.”

“We continued our investigation and uncovered evidence that led us to believe that this was more than just a fight,” said Pottawatomie County Sheriff Mike Booth told KJRH-TV.

An atomic wedgie is achieved when an aggressor successfully pulls…

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Deaths of Christian ‘Martyrs’ Doubled in 2013


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Reports of Christians dying for their faith almost doubled between 2012 and 2013, with more Christians martyred in Syria last year than the worldwide total for 2012.

Open Doors, a non-denominational group that supports persecuted Christians, said Wednesday that 2,123 Christians were killed because of their faith in 2013, up from 1,201 last year, and that 1,213 martyrs were recorded in Syria alone, Reuters reports. 

The organization named North Korea as the most dangerous country for Christians for the 12th year in a row, followed by Somalia, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. The U.S.-based group also said that radical Islamists were the main source of persecution in many of the countries on the list, and that hostility towards Christians was increasing in Africa.

[Reuters]

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The Deep Freeze Has Inspired a Fashion Trend


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As the deep freeze lingers in the Midwest and East, several commuters in New York City and Chicago have gone to great lengths to bundle up. NewsFeed spotted one amusing trend: glasses resting on scarves wrapped around the face with coat hoods, even hoodies, pulled over the head. Bonus points if the hoods have fur trim, or if ski caps are worn underneath.

Does this getup make people appear more like subzero serial killers? Dilbert? The ironic bankrobber? Or is it simply a walking reminder of the importance of protecting the eyes from UV light — even on cloudy days and in the winter months? Of course, celebrities have long sported this look so that they can’t be easily recognized (see Rihanna in London over the summer).

Whatever you call it, it looks warm, so take note. 

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Video Lands Omaha Police Union in Hot Water


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Police union members in Omaha wanted to get a debate started on the culture of violence when they posted a Facebook video, but the clip of a toddler swearing with adults have many questioning whether it should have ever been uploaded.

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