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Carisa, the 14-and-a-half pound baby born to Burlington mother Caroline Ruscak. Credit: Massachusetts General Hospital
Sunny in SD April 23, 2014 at 08:49 pm
Starting the diabetes early........
Socrates Cee April 23, 2014 at 09:24 pm
Now that is something. Imagine how big this baby will be in a couple of years. He probably won'tRead More even fit through a regular door!
Alison McArty April 24, 2014 at 08:35 am
Sunny do you have any scientific information whatsoever to back up your asinine comment?
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Mrs. G. April 24, 2014 at 08:42 am
I remember a case in Canada years ago. A very nice looking couple got married (young) and killed oneRead More of her siblings...and didn't stop there. I believe they were called Barbie and Ken by the media. They might have been beautiful on the outside, but they had a very dark inside.
mngordo April 24, 2014 at 08:48 am
Does anyone know the outcome of this trial as of today - 4/24/14. I am anti-gun, anti-violence butRead More even if this gentleman was waiting in his basement just wishing to do harm to anyone who might break in, the fact remains that if no one broke in, our shooter would just become a very bored person. But for those Trayvon Martin haters out there, my thought was that if Zimmerman hadn't stalked him, he'd be alive today. He was in the wrong, period. And to tie this together, everyone would have been better off if Zimmerman just sat down and patrolled his own basement. Guns and stupidity are a more deadly mix than gasoline and matches. JMHO.
Naive One April 24, 2014 at 09:06 am
I sounds like Mr Smith lured these young men into his house with a flagrant display of furniture andRead More appliances.
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B. Dub April 24, 2014 at 06:57 am
Michael - the "progeny" vs. "prodigy" was an example that I was using for theRead More whole board here (or any other board). No, your post was fine and obviously I didn't misunderstand you. I was aiming that more at a lot of folks whom I truly can't understand. You just happened to be lucky enough to misuse a word and then accuse people of not comprehending what they're reading. As far as labelling me/us as woman-haters, again that was aimed at a few other people. And actually, if I am a troll, I just troll for the opportunity to rip on people for using sweeping generalities.
Jim baker April 24, 2014 at 07:25 am
Madam Secretary how'd that Arab Spring work out for you in Egypt? How'd that reset with Russia andRead More Putin work out for you and your boss? And most notable how'd that screw up in Benghazi where 4 Americans died as a result of your inept attention to detail occurred? Well I Guess you could be admired for flying around the World for 4 years and accomplishing... well .. nothing all but frequent Flier Miles all the while bring back that '70s style with the Pantsuit. Not to worry after all "What at this point difference does it make? Will the students query her on any of this? Probably not because she will be in her liberal comfort zone a BC and UCONN.
JJ Mclure April 24, 2014 at 07:30 am
she's a hag and a scammer
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nascarblue April 24, 2014 at 04:24 am
this "to me" is not funny, the swat teams are used for serious issues, hostage taking,Read More etc. to have a swat team called to a home behind a video game is stupid, these swat members are trained to save lives, etc. to be called to a home behind a video game is not funny, what happens if a REAL call comes in and swat is needed there, I hope they catch the idiot that called swat and he gets what he/she deserves
John Strother April 24, 2014 at 05:38 am
with caller ID they should be able to point to the caller. Sorry but an out of state telephoneRead More number should be a tip off.
Eddie April 24, 2014 at 05:52 am
The caller used Skype, via the Internet, and will probably never be found if he took certainRead More precautions unless he's running his mouth about this prank.
Three trees are marked on a Martinez resident's property for removal, one a 100-year-old olive tree with sentimental value.
patches0662 April 23, 2014 at 07:57 am
We have several redwood trees including one that shades several utilities on the corner of our lotRead More in Clayton. We have always kept the opening cleared and clean, still do. But, several years ago we came home from work to find that several branches had been cut to make a wider opening and the debris left for us to clean up. We suspected it was PG&E at the time. If we had been warned we would have done it ourselves with respect for the tree. Glad they didn't cut it down though. ~Nancy H.
Chris Kapsalis April 23, 2014 at 08:12 am
I think PGE has a deal with a tree company to do most of their tree cutting etc. There is oftenRead More miscommunication between the person who wants tree work done and the people who actually do the work. See it all the time. And buck passing.
Terry Kremin April 23, 2014 at 09:18 am
This is definitely over reaction by PG&E to old bad planning and execution by PG&E, and moreRead More bad planning and execution again by choosing a hack and slash policy over actually assessing what is on the pipelines. Some trees that were planted over the pipeline right of way should never have been planted. That is a public safety issue, and some should be removed both for root control and for inspection access. PG&E SHOULD have been more proactive in the past ensuring the trees didn't get planted in the first place. But then they should have been inspecting welds as well... While some trees should be removed for safety concerns, a tree by tree assessment (root type, true proximity) should be done to determine which should actually be removed. As usual, the truth lies in the middle of the "cut all trees" and the "save all trees" arguments. Hopefully our city council can show the leadership to actually accomplish both necessary public safety clearing and non-problem tree retention, and not forsake safety of people for all the trees. While I love trees, and likewise would hate to see our big old Mulberry in the backyard have to go, if I had to sign a waiver saying that if a gas line break and eruption occurred because of my tree that I absolve PG&E and agree to be liable for all damages to all parties caused by the leak and/or explosion, I would have to favor losing the tree over assuming that responsibility.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on affirmative action in college admissions.
J. W. MacMahon April 24, 2014 at 08:44 am
You cannot offer education to any person who has not had the foundation of paternal guidanceRead More beginning at birth. The maturation of the human entity revolves around initial care as an infant which means communication both oral and by tactile sensation. NURSING an infant is one of the MOST importatnt things that may be offered as a beginning point. Any amount of the process is good, but continuing for the better part of a year is best. TALKING to the infant is also paramount in awakening the receptiveness of the brain as the eyes develop and begin to truly see. Show and demonstrate any and all things. And continue through the pre-teen years. When ANY child is prepared in these ways he or she will be READY to begin secondary schooling and on into the college level and become a resposible, productive AMERICAN. Do as I did. Finish high school. Go to college & get a degree (I paid for myself). Be RESPONSIBLE for yourself. AND Be a GOOD PARENT.. PEPARE your child. THAT is YOUR JOB!!! And THANKS to my parents!!! RxJiMac/Atlanta
Porter gladstone April 24, 2014 at 08:53 am
So Barack Obama was raised by his grandparents--mother left him to pursue her own stuff. It's aRead More great formula, but as they say you can't pick your parents.
J. W. MacMahon April 24, 2014 at 09:06 am
Looks like the grandparents did a pretty good job...And a parent may NOT be the persons thatRead More conceived you...
Everyday Mathematics is just one of the programs that makes a heck of a lot of $ off of the millions of textbooks sold to schools that teach to the 'Core.' The Common Core isn't just restricting for teachers & students, it's lining people's pockets.
CowDung April 24, 2014 at 08:35 am
From the WEAC (Wisconsin teachers union) website:Read More :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: "Common myths, such as “No teachers were involved in writing the CCSS” and “Common core reduces the reading of fiction and literature” are simply incorrect. More than a dozen teachers were on the writing team for the Common Core State Standards, coordinated by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. In Wisconsin, standards leadership teams, made up entirely of Wisconsin educators and content experts in mathematics and English-language arts, provided feedback to multiple drafts of the Common Core State Standards before they were released." :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: http://www.weac.org/news_and_publications/13-10-23/DPI_provides_fact_check_on_Common_Core.aspx
CowDung April 24, 2014 at 08:37 am
From the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction website:Read More ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: "Myth: No teachers were involved in writing the CCSS. Fact: The standards drafting process relied on teachers and standards experts from across the country. Wisconsin teachers played an important role in the reviewing and release of the standards." :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: http://commoncore.dpi.wi.gov/common-core-myths-and-facts
CowDung April 24, 2014 at 08:46 am
" Tamara April 23, 2014 at 09:24 PM People that are pro-Common Core like to say the same thingsRead More over and over like, anti-Common Core people did not read the standards. They have no proof of that but they like to say it as if it validates Common Core.." ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: We say stuff like that because anti-CC people are making wildly inaccurate claims about "Common Core Math" and CC 'requiring students to not use traditional methods for multiplication and division', and the like. If one has actually read the CC Standards, they would realize that statements like that are absolutely false.
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Paul April 22, 2014 at 06:10 pm
Netflix is hands down the best deal going, and it has been a bargain for YEARS. I guess theRead More nonsensical whiners who complain about a long-delayed, $2 a MONTH increase are worried it will cost them a (partial) SINGLE LATTE. Utterly ridiculous.
Gregg L. DesElms April 23, 2014 at 07:36 am
TO MICHAEL BRENNICK: Leftist, Democra... WHAT? You think Comcast is part of the so-calledRead More "liberal" media (which, by the way, doesn't even exist)? Are you freakin' KIDDIN' me? [shakes head in disbelief] Wow. The FOX NEWS CHANNEL should be held criminally liable for what it has done to your brain.
Gregg L. DesElms April 23, 2014 at 11:39 am
FOR THOSE WHO LIKE AMAZON PRIME OVER NETFLIX: Here's an interesting article from today (23 Apr 2014)Read More about how Amazon Prime just got HBO to stream at least some of its older content, plus "HBO GO," to Amazon's new Fire TV box, thereby making NetFlix upset because NetFlix (nor any other streaming service, including HULU) has never been able to get any HBO content; and so Amazon has scored a real coup! On the Fierce Wireless website | http://bit.ly/1i9J0l7 | Interesting.
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Pat Mcloughlin April 23, 2014 at 10:27 am
Sorry, Autistic boy, but there are a multitude of crimes here. These so called 'friends' abused youRead More terribly ~ called 'bullying', & that alone cannot be tolerated. Then, there is animal cruelty involved, another terrible crime, plus, harassment of all kinds, leudness, & who knows what else. These 'friends' need to be charged & made aware of the seriousness of their deeds, punished accordingly & helped through proper mental councelling.
nonoise April 23, 2014 at 02:49 pm
It is probly the parents that want to drop the charges, not the boy. They shouldn't. I don'tRead More know why they would want to drop the charges.
Peggy Prater Mcmillan April 24, 2014 at 08:01 am
Those boys need to be punished, if they are doing things like that, no telling what they will beRead More like when they are older.
Mineta San José International Airport. Wikimedia.
april ann April 22, 2014 at 10:30 am
I agree with B. Dub 100%! How was this kid able to scale a fence and just walk right over to theRead More plane? TSA: for all the harassing you do in the terminal...you ain't all that!! As far as the kid being a runaway..maybe he does face some serious abuse issues at home. He's damn lucky to be alive. But, I raised three boys, and a 16 year old boy can runaway for any collage of reasons. My kids never ran away but, I'm wondering if the fact that the plane was going to HAWAII has anything to do with it. It sounds a little compulsive to me. CPA need good follow up on this. Thank you lucky stars kid!
Lee Jacobsen April 22, 2014 at 03:42 pm
It wasn't a miracle that he survived, it was Easter Sunday, and good things always happen.Read More "always look on the bright side of life"......Life of Brian........overlooked miracle worker....... Not a problem to let other kids of similar intelligence do the same thing, it will improve the human gene pool immensely, and the human race will benefit overall as a result.
mimi April 23, 2014 at 11:09 am
There are two separate issues here. The first and certainly the most obvious is security failure.Read More The second is to determine what is in the best interest of the teen, as well as the public.. He needs a psych eval, at the very least. Then again, so does most of the public.
San Bruno after 2010 explosion and fires. Patch file photo.
Mark Kevin Birmingham April 22, 2014 at 10:47 am
How would PG&E PAY for any damages? With their base source of income comes from theirRead More customers, won't they just roll the acquired damages on to their customers?
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Charles Wipperwill April 24, 2014 at 08:56 am
You must die to see Jesus. Get a move on ...
Dee April 24, 2014 at 09:08 am
That's the physical death, not the spiritual death.
Dee April 24, 2014 at 09:09 am
All unrepentent sinners are spiritually dead and need John 3:3
Black Angus restaurant in Pleasant Hill. Patch file photo.
Danny DeMars April 21, 2014 at 11:30 am
Something tells me that the Angus wasn't the only Black thing here. The perp also...
"The Black Panther of Poetry" April 21, 2014 at 11:34 am
These guys are ASSHOLES!!! Headline should read: "Female Employee Robbed Outside by BlackRead More Anuses, in Pleasant Hill"
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bg robbins April 22, 2014 at 08:39 am
I don't think were doing starving people any favors by sending them hot dogs that might make themRead More sick.
BiteMeFanBoy1 April 22, 2014 at 12:28 pm
Just another argument for KOSHER hot dogs..... All of the great taste and NONE OF THE CRAP !
Bill Harvey April 22, 2014 at 02:04 pm
Poland has already outlawed kosher killing as inhumane--it involves voiding the arteries of theRead More animal's tainted blood while it is still alive....The US will soon follow despite its Jewish lobby.
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monkey lewis April 21, 2014 at 11:30 pm
Father to many married to none and in case Ya all wondered Im really well hung
B. Dub April 22, 2014 at 08:34 am
Agranon - I'm a moron because I am tired of everybody and his mother trying to put themselves inRead More every story? Then so be it - I'm a moron. To be honest, I am also really tired of all the people that were compelled to run the Boston Marathon because "I had to finish for all those who couldn't." Get over yourself. It was a tragedy. Those responsible should be ripped apart by dogs. I sincerely hope the families of those affected can move on somehow. But how does Mary Jane Smith running the marathon help ANYBODY but herself? She's not doing it for "those who can't". She's doing it to maybe get on TV and she's probably feeling a little sanctimonious because she ran 26.2 miles and you didn't. It's like, "what did YOU do to help these people?" Same as you - nothing.
Geoffrey Koppel April 22, 2014 at 01:52 pm
If this is a think tank, someone should change the filter.
Youtube screen shot of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Karen April 20, 2014 at 03:33 pm
Thank you for sharing the different versions of 'Jesus Christ is Risen Today'. I thoroughly enjoyedRead More all of them. I am on a family vacation and someone scheduled brunch around the kids' schedule... not my schedule to go to Easter service at a local church. I was very disappointed. It simply didn't feel like Easter to me. And then I read the Patch! I listened to every version of the hymn and got goosebumps! It made me smile and it made my day... Thank you! He has risen! He has risen indeed!
Susan C. Schena April 20, 2014 at 08:20 pm
That's a great story! Thanks!