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Lake shore drive reopens after deadly crash….

The southbound lanes of lake shore drive is back open now after a fatal accident friday morning.

the accident involving three cars left 2 dead and 2 in critical condition in the 3100 block of north lake shore near belmont.

the two that were killed were both in the same suv.

southbound lanes from belmont to fullerton were shut down for hours.

northbound traffic was not affected by the crash.

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Posted by on March 19, 2013 in Daily News

 

Funeral held for Jonylah Watkins’ today

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A funeral for 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins is being held in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood Tuesday.

She was shot and killed on the 6500 block of South Maryland on March 11, 2013

Watkins was sitting on her father lap when the gunman approached and opened fired.

Jonylah survived a single bullet entering her shoulder and several organs before exiting through her lower body, but died the next morning following emergency surgery.

family and friends lined up at leak and sons funeral home to lay her to rest.

A 3 foot 6 inch casket open with a pink bear inside was the viewing.

police say they believe the father of Johnathan was a targeted by a rival gang member.

no arrest have been made.

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2013 in Daily News

 

Fiscal cliff deal approved by Congress, signaling future fights

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Fiscal cliff deal approved by Congress, signaling future fights

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January 2, 2013 ( WASHINGTON) — Congress’ excruciating, extraordinary New Year’s Day approval of a compromise averting a prolonged tumble off the fiscal cliff hands President Barack Obama most of the tax boosts on the rich that he campaigned on.

It also prevents House Republicans from facing blame for blocking tax cuts for most American households, though most GOP lawmakers parted ways with Speaker John Boehner and opposed the measure.

Passage also lays the groundwork for future battles between the two sides over federal spending and debt.

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Capping a holiday season political spectacle that featured enough high and low notes for a Broadway musical, the GOP-run House voted final approval for the measure by 257-167 late Tuesday. That came after the Democratic-led Senate used a wee-hours 89-8 roll call to assent to the bill, belying the partisan brinkmanship that colored much of the path to the final deal.

“A central promise of my campaign for president was to change the tax code that was too skewed towards the wealthy at the expense of working middle-class Americans,” Obama said at the White House before flying to Hawaii to resume his holiday break. “Tonight we’ve done that.”

The bill would boost the top 35 percent income tax rate to 39.6 percent for incomes exceeding $400,000 for individuals and $450,000 for couples, while continuing decade-old income tax cuts for everyone else. In his re-election campaign last year Obama had vowed to boost rates on earnings at somewhat lower levels – $200,000 for individuals and $250,000 for families.

Scores of GOP lawmakers voted for the measure, reversing a quarter-century of solid Republican opposition to boosting any tax rates at all.

The bill would also raise taxes top earners pay on dividends, capital gains and inherited estates; permanently stop the alternative minimum tax from raising levies on millions of middle-income families; extend expiring jobless benefits; prevent cuts in Medicare reimbursements to doctors; and delay for two months billions in budget-wide cuts in defense and domestic programs slated for this year.

Both sides lamented their failure to reach a significant deficit-cutting agreement. But neither much mentioned another omission: The immediate expiration of a two-year, 2-percentage-point cut in the Social Security payroll tax.

That break, which put an extra $1,000 in the wallets of typical families earning $50,000 a year, was an Obama priority two years ago as a way to boost consumer spending and spark the flagging economy, but it fell victim this time to other priorities.

House Democrats voted by an overwhelming 172-16 for the agreement, which was crafted over the weekend by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Vice President Joe Biden.

But Republicans tilted against it 151-85. It is rare for leaders to bring a bill to the House floor that will be opposed by most lawmakers from their own party, and the decision underscored the pressure GOP leaders felt to approve the legislation.

Boehner, R-Ohio, took no public stance on the measure before the vote. But he guided the compromise to the House floor after an unsuccessful attempt by many conservatives to persuade leaders to add spending cuts to the bill.

Had the House inserted those budget cuts and the Senate refused to consider them, the legislation could have died. That left House Republicans worried that voters might blame them for a huge, sweeping tax increase and for any swoon the nation’s financial markets might take when they reopened Wednesday.

“You can be right and you can be dead right. Which is it?” said Rep. Rich Nugent, R-Fla., of the quandary Republicans faced. “Right now you need to take the tax issue off the table” and move on to a focus on curbing spending, he said.

Boehner voted for the bill, an unusual step because speakers seldom vote, and he was joined by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the GOP’s vice presidential candidate last fall. Voting “no” were the other two top GOP leaders, Reps. Eric Cantor of Virginia and Kevin McCarthy of California.

Passage came nearly 24 hours after a decade’s worth of tax cuts enjoyed by tens of millions of Americans expired with the stroke of the new year, technically raising taxes by more than $500 billion in 2013 alone.

Those tax increases – plus $109 billion in defense and domestic spending cuts that were to be automatically triggered Wednesday – became known as the fiscal cliff. Economists warned that their combined impact would hurl the economy back into recession, but Obama’s signature on the bill would prevent the “cliff” from taking hold.

Obama can sign the bill remotely using a machine called an “autopen,” or the bill can be flown to Hawaii for his signature.

Overall, the legislation would add nearly $4 trillion to federal deficits over the next decade compared with what would have happened had all the tax cuts expired, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

“I’m embarrassed for this generation. Future generations deserve better,” complained one foe, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas.

The agreement’s journey to passage was a tortured one. It included negotiations between Obama and Boehner on a larger, deficit-cutting deal that collapsed, and a failed effort by the speaker to drum up enough GOP votes to pass a “Plan B” that would have limited tax boosts to incomes exceeding $1 million.

It took weekend talks between McConnell and Biden, former Senate colleagues, to craft the more modest package that focused on averting the worst impacts of the fiscal cliff while postponing any deficit reduction efforts to coming months.

Those first showdowns will come over the next three months, when the government’s legal ability to borrow money will expire and temporary financing for federal agency budgets will expire. Republicans have already said that, as they did in 2011, they will demand spending cuts as a condition for extending the debt ceiling.

“Now the focus turns to spending” and overhauling the tax code, Boehner said in a written statement after the vote. He said the GOP will fight for “significant spending cuts and reforms to the entitlement programs that are driving our country deeper and deeper into debt,” a reference to costly benefit programs like Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid.

Spending cuts are “going to be a component of every single battle we have” in the new Congress, conservative GOP Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee told CNN on Wednesday.

Obama, in his White House remarks, said that while he was open to compromise, he would demand deficit-cutting savings from added revenue on the well-off, not just spending cuts.

He also pointedly said he would “not have another debate with this Congress” over extending the federal borrowing limit.

“If Congress refuses to give the United States government the ability to pay these bills on time, the consequences for the entire global economy would be catastrophic – far worse than the impact of a fiscal cliff,” he said.

Though its focus was on taxes, the measure approved Tuesday would prevent a potential doubling of milk prices and prevent a $900 salary increase for members of Congress in March. Its extension of jobless benefits would help 2 million people out of work at least six months, and it would prevent a 27 percent cut in reimbursements doctors get for treating Medicare patients.

Weighing in with criticism of the compromise were the chief authors of an influential bipartisan deficit-cutting proposal, former GOP Sen. Alan Simpson and Democrat Erskine Bowles, a former White House chief of staff under President Bill Clinton. They called the measure “truly a missed opportunity to do something big to reduce our long term fiscal problems.”

(Copyright ©2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2013 in Daily News

 

Trouble in Bieber land…

Justin Bieber
Photog Claimed Singer
Had Been Smoking Weed

EXCLUSIVE

The photog who was killed taking pics of Justin Bieber’s car made a call less than an hour before he died, telling someone he was on a big story — because he claimed he saw Justin smoking marijuana while driving.

A source connected with the photo agency Chris Guerra did freelance work for tells TMZ … Chris called him at 5:16 Tuesday afternoon. Chris said, “Man, you won’t believe my luck. It’s pretty dead in L.A.. Everybody thinks Justin and Selena are in Mexico, but they’re not.”

Chris — who worked exclusively on the Bieber detail — said he had spotted Justin’s car earlier in the day at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills and also saw Selena Gomez’s car there.

Chris went on … claiming he saw Justin earlier in the day smoking what he believed was marijuana from a pipe while driving the Ferrari.

Our source says Chris told him he was following Justin back to the Four Seasons and was continuing to pursue what he believed was a big story.

The source says after 20 minutes, Chris abruptly said the Ferrari was pulling out of the hotel parking lot and he needed to hang up and follow it. Apparently he had no idea Justin was NOT in the car.

Our source — who as we said is connected to the photo agency — believes Chris was probably “overzealous” at the traffic stop because he believed he was on the cusp of an enormous scoop.

Justin’s rep tells TMZ, “It’s really sad that people are trying to push a story without the facts so soon after this tragic accident. Justin was not present or involved in this incident and the focus should remain on honoring the memory of the victim.”

The rep did not directly respond to the marijuana allegation.

See also
Justin Bieber’s Ferrari — Lil Twist Was Behind the Wheel at Time of Deadly Accident
Justin Bieber Photog who Died Followed Singer All Day
Justin Bieber — Paparazzo Killed Chasing Justin Bieber’s Ferrari

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2013 in Entertainment

 

CRAB CAKES EVERYWHERE…….

Ingredients:
½ pound Lump crabmeat, picked over 
2 eggs
¼ cup Vegenaise (or mayonnaise)
2 tsps. Worcestershire sauce 
1 tsp. freshly ground pepper
1 tsp. dry mustard
1 tsp. seafood seasoning (recommended: Old Bay)
½ tsp. fine sea salt
½ tsp. cayenne pepper
juice of lemon juice
1 cups plain bread crumbs (not seasoned) 
½ avocado, sliced, brushed lightly with lemon
¼- ½ cup caramelized onions (recipe follows)
remoulade sauce, for serving, optional
Preparation:
Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Combine Worcestershire sauce, pepper, dry mustard, seafood seasoning, salt, cayenne, and lemon juice, bread crumbs, and eggs in a large bowl and mix until thoroughly combined.

Gently fold crabmeat into egg mixture, being careful not to break up large crab pieces. Shape into 8-10 mini crab cakes. Transfer crab cakes to a lined (or lightly sprayed) sheet pan and bake for 8-10 minutes per side until the outsides are slightly browned and the filling is warm throughout. Serve on mini rolls with remoulade sauce, caramelized onions, and avocado slices. 

For the onions: In a skillet, heat oil over medium-low heat. Add onions and cook about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until they begin to brown. Increase heat to medium, add wine and cook until the wine reduces and the onions turn dark in color (about 4 minutes). Use right away, or bring to room temperature and store refrigerated for several days in an air-tight container.

Cook's Notes:

- In the absence of Worcestershire sauce, Bragg’s Amino Acids was used.
- In the absence of Worcestershire sauce, Ellbees Zesty Seasoning (which is gluten free) was used.
I used I used Gillian’s Foods Gluten-Free Bread Crumbs
- Keeping with the Gluten-Free theme, Gluten-Free mini rolls were made with Bob’s Red Mill Bread Mix.

Ingredients:
½ pound Lump crabmeat, picked over
2 eggs
¼ cup Vegenaise (or mayonnaise)
2 tsps. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. freshly ground pepper
1 tsp. dry mustard
1 tsp. seafood seasoning (recommended: Old Bay)
½ tsp. fine sea salt
½ tsp. cayenne pepper
juice of lemon juice
1 cups plain bread crumbs (not seasoned)
½ avocado, sliced, brushed lightly with lemon
¼- ½ cup caramelized onions (recipe follows)
remoulade sauce, for serving, optional
Preparation:
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Combine Worcestershire sauce, pepper, dry mustard, seafood seasoning, salt, cayenne, and lemon juice, bread crumbs, and eggs in a large bowl and mix until thoroughly combined.
Gently fold crabmeat into egg mixture, being careful not to break up large crab pieces. Shape into 8-10 mini crab cakes. Transfer crab cakes to a lined (or lightly sprayed) sheet pan and bake for 8-10 minutes per side until the outsides are slightly browned and the filling is warm throughout. Serve on mini rolls with remoulade sauce, caramelized onions, and avocado slices.
For the onions: In a skillet, heat oil over medium-low heat. Add onions and cook about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until they begin to brown. Increase heat to medium, add wine and cook until the wine reduces and the onions turn dark in color (about 4 minutes). Use right away, or bring to room temperature and store refrigerated for several days in an air-tight container.
Cook’s Notes:
– In the absence of Worcestershire sauce, Bragg’s Amino Acids was used.
– In the absence of Worcestershire sauce, Ellbees Zesty Seasoning (which is gluten free) was used.
I used I used Gillian’s Foods Gluten-Free Bread Crumbs
– Keeping with the Gluten-Free theme, Gluten-Free mini rolls were made with Bob’s Red Mill Bread Mix.

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2013 in Food Life

 

BEST DRINKS….A MUST TRY

The Ultimate Margarita

.5 oz GranGala® orange liqueur
2 oz white tequila
1 oz Lemon and lime juice
1 oz simple syrup

Shake together with ice and strain into a margarita glass. Optional: rub the cut side of a lime on the glass rim and dip it into salt; and add a lime wedge to the rim of the glass as a garnish.

Top April Drinks

Sunny Juniper “Sunny J”

1 1/4 oz gin
3/4 oz triple sec
3 oz orange juice
2 1/2 oz lemon-lime soda
1/2 grenadine syrup
garnish cherr

Pour all ingredients in highball glass* over ice. Mix well. Garnish with Cherry and Orange(Optional). To make as a martini: Gin- 1 1/4 oz, Triple Sec-3/4 oz,Orange Juice- 2 oz oz, Lemon/Lime soda- 1 oz, Grenadine- 1/4 oz. Mix gin, triple sec and Orange Juice in a cocktail shaker over ice. Shake well and strain into martini glass. Top off with lemon/lime soda and sink grenadine and cherry garnish. Be creative with your orange garnish–either use an orange spiral, zest, or flamed zest! You may also choose to flag your orange and cherry garnishes.

Party Colada

750 ml Grunters® Wipeout coconut liqueur
2 liter pineapple juice
300 – 500 ml Bulla® thickened cream

Pre-crush as much ice as desired. Combine juice, wipe-out (an imitation Malibu rum) and cream in bowl with milkshake blender, add ice. Stir. (Note: as with ice, amount of cream used varies according to the preference of the drinker, has been known to be served without cream.) Serve in a punch bowl or (preferably) a bucket, most effective if drunk directly from the bowl/bucket with crazy straws by number of people. Serves 6-8.

Hairy Muff

1 oz Bundaberg® dark rum
1 oz Johnnie Walker® Scotch whisky
1 oz Smirnoff® vodka
1/2 oz Coca-Cola®
1/2 oz Red Bull® energy drink

Stir all ingredients together with crushed ice in an old-fashioned glass, and serve.

Fairbanks

1 oz gin
1 oz dry vermouth
1 oz apricot brandy
1 dash grenadine syrup
1 dash lemon juice

Shake everything with ice; strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.

Green Gummy Bear

1/2 oz Absolut® Mandrin vodka
1/2 oz melon liqueur
1 splash 7-Up® soda

Pour melon and orange vodka in tin w/ ice. Put a splash of 7-up in and pour into shot glass.

Read more: DRINKSMIXER.COM: 22400+ mixed drink recipes, cocktails and drinks http://www.drinksmixer.com/#ixzz2GpqUFzMN

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2013 in Lush World

 

Khardashian baby rocks sex tape sells

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Posted by on January 2, 2013 in Entertainment