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Filed under: Motorsports, Truck, Etc., Government/Legal, Safety, Specialty, Off-Road, Racing The driver of the monster truck tragedy that occurred last weekend in Chihuahua, Mexico, killing nine people and injuring at least 80, was char...
Filed under: Motorsports, Truck, Etc., Government/Legal, Safety, Specialty, Off-Road, Racing The driver of the monster truck tragedy that occurred last weekend in Chihuahua, Mexico, killing nine people and injuring at least 80, was charged with manslaughter on Tuesday after state prosecutors claimed that 51-year-old Velazquez Samaniego did not meet age and health requirements to be driving the Big Show monster truck, the Associated Press reports. It is not immediately clear what those requirements are. Samaniego claims that his helmet came off after the initial jump and he hit his head on a metal bar inside the cabin (presumably the roll cage), rendering him unconscious as he careened into the crowd of spectators at the end of the arena. The makeshift arena was built in a park, according to event organizers, and people had gathered without permission in the pit area. According to the report, however, veteran monster truck show organizers have stated that spectators should never have been allowed to be as close to an arena unprotected as they were at Chihuahua show.Driver in Mexican monster truck tragedy charged with manslaughter originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 09 Oct 2013 14:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
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The House Democrats arrested over immigration reform have been released and now these eight politicians are explaining why they broke the law by protesting. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the eight House Democrats arrested in W...
The House Democrats arrested over immigration reform have been released and now these eight politicians are explaining why they broke the law by protesting. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the eight House Democrats arrested in Washington D.C. were blocking a main roadway. Police arrested the eight House Democrats along with 192 other people for “crowding, obstructing, and incommoding.” Just arresting such a large number of people during the immigration reform rally took about two hours. Names were not immediately released but the eight House Democrats arrested were recognized as Democratic Representatives John Lewis of Georgia, Luis Gutiérrez of Illinois, Raúl Grijalva of Arizona, Keith Ellison of Minnesota, Joseph Crowley of New York, Charles Rangel of New York, Al Green of Texas, and Jan Schakowsky of Illinois. The politicians said the experience was “quite uncomfortable” since both men and women wore plastic handcuffs and were separated out into vans. After being photographed at the police station, the eight Democrats were held in police custody for three hours and released after paying a $50 fine. Jan Schakowsky says the House Democrats expected to be arrested: “They do tell us three times that we need to move or we will be arrested, but that was anticipated. The important thing was to, and is to, draw attention to the growing momentum in favor of comprehensive immigration reform.” House Democrat Joseph Crowley was actually protesting how the immigration reform bill was stalled because of Irish immigrants in his political district. Besides the illegal immigrants from Mexico, there are an estimated 50,000 Irish citizens who have illegally entered the United States. Before being arrested, Joseph Crowly said, “I am proud to be standing with my colleagues and dedicated advocates, we are helping to give voice to those who would otherwise have none.” Republican senator Jeff Sessions does not agree with the House Democrats arrested over immigration reform: “There’s something odd about House leaders…protesting on the Mall to get jobs for illegal aliens and pushing legislation to reduce job opportunities for US citizens. The House must resist calls to replace struggling workers and instead fight for the public interest and to restore our shrinking middle class.” Do you agree or disagree with the eight House Democrats arrested over immigration reform? House Democrats Arrested Over Immigration Reform Bill Explain The Protest is a post from: The Inquisitr News
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LAN is an interesting airline – it’s sort of like a hodgepodge network of airlines operating out of various South American countries that all fall under the LAN umbrella including LAN Chile, LAN Peru and LAN Colombia and soon...
LAN is an interesting airline – it’s sort of like a hodgepodge network of airlines operating out of various South American countries that all fall under the LAN umbrella including LAN Chile, LAN Peru and LAN Colombia and soon TAM, the Brazil-based carrier that LAN took over. While they’re all pretty integrated, there are still some loose ends and gaps. For instance, LAN just announced this week that LAN Colombia is now officially a part of Oneworld so that Oneworld members, like American AAdvantage and British Airways Executive Club flyers, can now earn and redeem their own miles and points on LAN Colombia flights – and more importantly for LAN Colombia LANPass members, they can now earn and redeem miles on Oneworld partner flights. In addition to the new earning and redeeming benefits, elites will have a more integrated experience as well. LANPass Comodoro and Comodoro Black cardholders now have Emerald status in the Oneworld frequent flyer program.  LANPass Premium Silver are equivalent to Oneworld Sapphire and LANPass Premium are Oneworld Ruby.  This entitles them to special privileges when travelling on any oneworld partner, including access to Business Class check-in and, when offered, pre-reserved and preferred seating, and priority on waitlists and on standby when flights are full. LAN Colombia’s network is now covered by Oneworld’s alliance fares and sales options, including its Oneworld Explorer round-the-world fare and its Visit South America pass (TAM’s network will be covered from March 31, 2014). Until now, Oneworld carriers including American, BA and Iberia, only flew to Bogota, Medellin and Cali, but the incorporation of LAN Colombia into the network is expected to bring a total of 21 Colombian destinations online. The move is interesting because, long troubled by a civil war, a violent drug trade and myriad other problems, Colombia has experienced an almost miracle-worthy turnaround and has emerged in recent years as one of South America’s hottest destinations with the Colombian Civil Aviation Authority noting that the country is Latin America’s fastest growing domestic market with a passenger increase of over 20% so far this year over last. Avianca – a member of Star Alliance – is still the dominant airline in this market, but LAN Colombia’s affiliation with Oneworld might soon challenge that as passenger numbers and specifically those on LAN Colombia (which is almost 15% higher this year than last) continue to rise. While most of us US-based travelers are probably thinking of how to use our American miles or British Airways Avios to fly down there – Cartagena is one of the top destinations on my to-do list – it’s worth looking at a current limited-time offer on US Bank’s LANPass Visa Signature available now through October 15, 2013 where you receive 30,000 miles upon first use of the card and an additional 10,000 miles when you spend $5,000 within 120 days for a total potential bonus of 40,000 miles. The other benefits of the card include: First Use Bonus Miles Up to 20% off (up to $1,000 maximum) your first LAN or TAM purchase one time per year Up to 4,000 Annual Renewal Bonus $0 Introductory Annual Fee the First Year, thereafter $75 Double miles on LAN and TAM purchases 25% flight bonus when flying on LAN 3 upgrade coupons each year 40,000 miles might not seem like a huge amount, according to the LAN award chart, a roundtrip economy ticket from the US or Mexico to Colombia only requires 48,000 miles, so with the bonus and minimum spending requirement, you’re almost there. A ticket in Premier Business requires 100,000 miles roundtrip, the same as flying to Southern South America like Chile or Argentina, so better to use those miles on the longer flights than to get to Colombia. Also remember that LANPass is a transfer partner of Starwood Preferred Guest, and though the transfer ratio was recently cut 25% to 1 Starpoint : 1.5 L
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10 years ago, Vince Young had a bad day.... Greetings one and all! Good slate of games this weekend, some game down in Dallas that has meaning, although no one wants to believe it or not. Look folks, Texas is undefeated in Big XII ...
10 years ago, Vince Young had a bad day.... Greetings one and all! Good slate of games this weekend, some game down in Dallas that has meaning, although no one wants to believe it or not. Look folks, Texas is undefeated in Big XII play, dammit! They're still contending! Louisville gets it's toughest test of the season tomorrow night in a Rutgers team that let SMU take them to triple OT. Yeah, tough. Georgia gets yet another cardiac arrest warning in the form of one Gary Pinkel and the fightin' Tigers of Mizzou. Sakerlina and their "all world, Heisman leading, #1 pick in next year's NFL Draft" football player get an angry Arkansas to deal with. What's this? Clowney might not play, you say?(Rips tickets up in disgust.) Baylor continues it's tour of high scoring schikanery through the dumpster that is known as the bottom half of the Big XII. In all fairness, I'm not a scheduling guru, but whoever set Baylor's 2013 sched is a criminal mastermind. Have fun in Glendale, fellas. Speaking of high scoring shikanery, Oregon travels to one of the loudest(supposedly) stadiums in the country when they visit the Huskies, fresh off a heartbreaking loss to the fightin' Trees. And finally, my beloved Aggies come off a bye week and in to hospitable/hostile territory when they visit Mr. Freeze, Bo Wallace, and the Rebels(or is it Bears) of Ole Miss in the battle to determine who's WR corps are the best in all the land. Rec up, Rabble on, Rinse, Repeat.... SCHEDULE OF FUN Thursday, October 10 TIME (ET) MATCHUP TV PPV 7:30 PM Rutgers at No. 8 Louisville 9:00 PM San Diego State at Air Force CBS Sports Network 10:30 PM Arizona at USC FOX Sports 1 Friday, October 11 TIME (ET) MATCHUP TV PPV 8:30 PM Temple at Cincinnati Saturday, October 12 TIME (ET) MATCHUP TV PPV 12:00 PM No. 25 Missouri at No. 7 Georgia 12:00 PM No. 12 Oklahoma vs. Texas* 12:00 PM Iowa State at No. 20 Texas Tech FOX Sports 1 12:00 PM Pittsburgh at No. 24 Virginia Tech 12:00 PM South Florida at Connecticut 12:00 PM Indiana at Michigan State 12:00 PM Memphis at Houston 12:00 PM Eastern Michigan at Army CBS Sports Network 12:00 PM Nebraska at Purdue BTN 12:00 PM Kansas at TCU FOX Sports 1 12:21 PM No. 14 South Carolina at Arkansas 12:30 PM Navy at Duke 2:00 PM Western Carolina at Auburn 2:00 PM Central Michigan at Ohio 2:00 PM Buffalo at Western Michigan 3:00 PM Miami (OH) at Massachusetts 3:00 PM Kent State at Ball State 3:30 PM Boston College at No. 3 Clemson 3:30 PM No. 17 Florida at No. 10 LSU CBS 3:30 PM No. 15 Baylor at Kansas State FOX 3:30 PM No. 19 Northwestern at Wisconsin 3:30 PM San Jose State at Colorado State CBS Sports Network 3:30 PM Virginia at Maryland 3:30 PM Syracuse at North Carolina State 3:30 PM Troy at Georgia State 3:30 PM East Carolina at Tulane 3:30 PM New Mexico at Wyoming 4:00 PM No. 2 Oregon at No. 16 Washington FOX Sports 1 4:00 PM Rice at UTSA 5:00 PM No. 18 Michigan at Penn State 5:00 PM Akron at No. 23 Northern Illinois 5:00 PM Marshall at Florida Atlantic 6:00 PM No. 5 Stanford at Utah Pac-12 Network 7:00 PM No. 1 Alabama at Kentucky 7:00 PM Middle Tennessee at North Texas 7:00 PM Georgia Tech at Brigham Young 7:00 PM Louisiana-Monroe at Texas State 7:00 PM Idaho at Arkansas State 7:30 PM Bowling Green at Mississippi State 7:30 PM UAB
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2 men injured, 1 burned and electrocuted, when balloon hits power line in New Mexico
2 men injured, 1 burned and electrocuted, when balloon hits power line in New Mexico
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Ochoa: Mexico need to pull together - Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa has implored his fans to get behind the te...
Ochoa: Mexico need to pull together - Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa has implored his fans to get behind the te...
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TPG Managing Editor Eric Rosen spent a night at the Standard High Line in New York City last month and booked it using the travel app Hotel Tonight. Here he recounts his experience booking the room and staying at one of the city’s trendi...
TPG Managing Editor Eric Rosen spent a night at the Standard High Line in New York City last month and booked it using the travel app Hotel Tonight. Here he recounts his experience booking the room and staying at one of the city’s trendiest hotels. After my two-night stay at Soho House New York, it turned out I had to extend my stay in New York City by a night so I did a quick search of the online travel agency and hotel chain sites to see what room rates were looking like and found they were sky high thanks to the UN convention taking place that week. Even nights at mid-tier properties were going for somewhere around $700 per night, so I decided to look at Hotel Tonight, a hotel booking app for iPhone and Android, that often finds deeply discounted room rates. The app currently partners with hotels all over the US in major cities like New York, but also other destinations such as Napa, Lake Tahoe, Charleston, Jacksonville and dozens of others. It also has the major Canadian cities covered as well as resort destinations in Mexico including Cabo and Cancun plus about two dozen cities in Europe. You have to wait until noon in the time zone you’re waiting to book because that is when the app updates with last-minute availability from its partner properties, so as soon as it struck noon, I fired up the app, searched New York City and waited to see what came up. Unfortunately, the biggest discounts I could find were about $100 off a room, and because I wanted to stick around the same area I’d been staying in – West Village/Meatpacking – I settled on the Standard High Line, which was going for $606 everywhere else but Hotel Tonight got down to $525.  I did take a quick look at the other options, though, which the app made easy to navigate with a map feature and an info tab with short write ups on each property and Hotel Tonight user ratings. It was my first time using the app, so I had to enter in my personal information and credit card (my Sapphire Preferred, of course, so I could earn 2.14X points per $1 on travel!), but that only took a moment or two, I hit the button to book the room and my reservation was confirmed in the app and an email confirmation was sent to me. Done and done. The Hotel I spent the rest of the day out at various meetings for work and got to the hotel at about 6:00pm. It’s on the far west side of Manhattan at the corner 13th street and Washington, and the 70’s-Modernist-style tower housing its 338 guest rooms and suites straddles the High Line park that runs along a former elevated rail line (hence the name), though the lobby and one of the hotel’s restaurants is at ground level. There was a short line in the lobby, but the reception agents cycled through everyone fairly quickly. Because my room was prepaid they ran my  credit card again for incidentals like minibar. Then they stuck my room keys into a little leather holder that looked sort of like a passport case and sent me on my way. I stepped off the elevators on the 13th floor and saw that my room was the one right at the beginning of the hall off the elevator banks so I went inside, called downstairs and asked if they could move me to another free room farther down the hall in either direction so that I wouldn’t be bothered by the noise of the foot traffic of guests getting on and off the elevators. Within a minute, they agent had secured another room for me on the 15th floor 3 doors down – perfect. She only warned me that sometimes guests on the 15-16 floors complain about noise from the nightclub on the 17th floor, but I decided I’d take my chances. Turns out you could hear the bass beat of the club’s music faintly in my room, but nothing a handy pair of ear plugs couldn’t mute. The new room was the exact same as the first room I’d gotten – a standard with a south-facing view that overlooked the Hudson, the High Line (I had to draw the curtains so I wouldn’t flash anyone when getting dressed and undressed!) and down to Wall Street, the Freedom
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This spunky little finch is the smallest member of the North American genus Carduelis. I caught this male pictured above harassing a female Ruby-crowned Kinglet as she was bathing in the water feature. Unlike the more common American Gol...
This spunky little finch is the smallest member of the North American genus Carduelis. I caught this male pictured above harassing a female Ruby-crowned Kinglet as she was bathing in the water feature. Unlike the more common American Goldfinch, the Lesser Goldfinch’s (Spinus psaltria) plumage does not change color during breeding season. The male (seen below) has a black cap and, in Washington, Oregon, California, and Baja California, nearly all males have green backs. Eastward, frequency of individuals with black on auriculars, neck, and back increases; southward into Mexico, nearly all adult males have completely black upperparts1. Click on photos for full sized images. This is their range map courtesy of NatureServe Explorer The male also has bright yellow underparts. The female Lesser Goldfinch can sometimes be confused with the female American Goldfinch in breeding plumage. This is the female Lesser Goldfinch… and these are American Goldfinches in breeding plumage. The orange beak on the female American Goldfinch and its white undertail coverts distinguish it from the female Lesser Goldfinch below, which has yellow undertail coverts and a darker beak. Both of these species show gregarious flocking behavior except when nesting. I was lucky enough a few years ago to spot a Lesser Goldfinch building a nest in a nearby tree while checking my Bluebird boxes. It was great fun watching them raise their young that summer.  They always bring their youngsters to the feeders where, along with American Goldfinches and Pine Siskins, they not only make short order of sunflower and nyjer seed, they like to feed on sunflowers in the garden as well. You can hear the intricate call of the Lesser Goldfinch here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5_bV_46nkI References: 1Birds of North America Online
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Good news south of the border, as Google Play Music and All Access has arrived in Mexico. After a larger rollout in Europe recently, Google has seen fit to bring their popular streaming service to our neighbors just below California. The...
Good news south of the border, as Google Play Music and All Access has arrived in Mexico. After a larger rollout in Europe recently, Google has seen fit to bring their popular streaming service to our neighbors just below California. The announcement was initially made from the Google Mexico Google+ account. Mexican music fans will enjoy the same benefits as anyone else, with a full 30-day free trial for All Access, and a discounted rate thereafter. Users must sign up for the trial by November 11, and can enjoy a monthly fee of MX$79 if they stay with All Access. If they sign up after the November deadline, or have an interruption in service, the price will jump to MX$99. All Access was created to help create a revenue stream for Google, as well as entice users away from other platforms like Pandora or Spotify. While the catalog for Play Music is sometimes limited in comparison, the pricing is right. The same 20,000 song upload limit is in effect for Mexico as well. The service is available now, and music fans in Mexico can simply go to the Play Store via desktop or mobile. Oddly, while much of the world is getting or has Play Music and All Access, Canada still goes wanting. Story Timeline Google Play Music 'All Access' takes on Spotify for a monthly fee Google Play Music All Access extends to New Zealand and Australia Google Play Music, Movies and TV updated with Chromecast support Google Play Music update brings in Genre Radio to All Access Google Play Music adds 7 more to roster of supported countries
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Ochoa: Mexico need to pull together: Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa has implored his fans to get behind the...
Ochoa: Mexico need to pull together: Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa has implored his fans to get behind the...
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