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LATINO WILLIE HORTON

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In 1986, Willie Horton was serving a life sentence for murder, but was released from a prison in Massachusetts on a weekend furlough program, during which time he escaped and raped a woman.

Then-governor Michael Dukakis had supported the prison furlough program, and when he ran for President in 1988, George H. W. Bush, used that to his advantage as his political opponent.

The "Revolving Door" ad never mentions Horton by name, but the connection was clear and the ad received considerable news coverage. Willie Horton 1988 Attack Ad https://youtu.be/Io9KMSSEZ0Y

Orchard Beach 75 Years Young...

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As Orchard Beach celebrates 75 years, The City Island Historical Society and The City Island Nautical Museum will host an exhibition called " A Landmark Pavilion at Orchard Beach". The exhibit will include City Island and Orchard Beach Images from past and present. The event will be held at the museum on July 17, 2011 @1P. and everyone is welcome.

Block Marketers

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Cell Phone Numbers Go Public this month..... all cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and you will start to receive sales calls.

.... YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THESE CALLS

To prevent this, call the following number from your cell phone: 888-382-1222.
It is the National DO NOT CALL list It will only take a minute of your time.. It blocks your number for five (5) years. You must call from the cell phone number you want to have blocked. You cannot call from a different phone number.

NYC Weekend Bridge and Street Closures

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One tube of the Brooklyn Battery Hugh L. Carey Tunnel will be closed from 9 pm Friday through 5 am Monday. One lane will be open in each direction in the remaining tube.

The Outerbridge Crossing will be closed in both directions between 10 pm to 5 am Monday nights through Friday mornings and from 11:59 pm Friday to 7 am on Saturdays through October to facilitate Port Authority roadway repairs and paving. Motorists should plan alternate routes or follow posted detours to the Goethals Bridge.

EASTER SUNDAY SERVICES

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Following a bleak week, The Pope @Pontifex offers his Easter message of hope. Live from The Vatican.

Centro Televisivo Vaticano https://youtu.be/86SemtwG6Lc via @YouTube

SICK or NOT?

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Here are some facts which you may already know: Employees aren't always telling the truth when they call the boss to say they're sick.

In fact, recent figures indicate 34% of U.S. IT workers admitted using an excuse when they called in sick during the previous year.

While most employers reported heightened absenteeism around the holidays, they said the prime season when IT employees call in sick is the first quarter:

January through March: 38%
April through June: 12%
July through September: 22%
October through December: 28%

Difficult Sub-Zero Temperatures Ahead

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NY Governor Andrew M. Cuomo will activate the State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. to monitor a potent winter storm that will impact New York State Thursday and Friday. This storm will likely produce moderate to heavy snowfall across a large portion of the state, and may also result in coastal flooding and beach erosion. This system will also add to the bitter cold already being experienced statewide. There is a windchill watch for the southern and western Adirondacks with values from -30 to -40 degrees on Thursday and Friday.

PERSONALITY

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According to research, the level of success depends on our personality, much more than IQ.

Our intelligence quotient, aka (IQ), grades, and scores on achievement tests are widely used as measures of cognition, but the correlations among them are far from perfect. This paper uses a variety of datasets to show that personality and IQ predict grades and scores on achievement tests. Personality is relatively more important in predicting grades than scores on achievement tests. IQ is relatively more important in predicting scores on achievement tests. Personality is generally more predictive than IQ on a variety of important life outcomes. Both grades and achievement tests are substantially better predictors of important life outcomes than IQ. The reason is that both capture personality traits that have independent predictive power beyond that of IQ.

NEW NYC BID

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The NYC Council will be voting on the formation of a new Business Improvement District (BID) in the Westchester Square section of The Bronx. With the Council’s approval, it will become the Bronx’s ninth BID.

CITY ISLAND FAIR

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City Island has a long history of films and television programs, which have used this paradise island as a background. The Chamber of Commerce is planning another Fair to be held on June 7th & 8th. Visit to see first hand what make it the most enchanting island of NYC.
http://www.cityislandchamber.org/content/films-shot-here

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SPEAK UP AND SILENCE CENSORSHIP

The definition of censorship is the control of information and ideas circulated within a society. In the 20th Century, censorship was achieved through the examination of books, plays, films, television and radio programs, news reports, and other forms of communication for the purpose of altering or suppressing ideas found to be objectionable or offensive. The rationales for censorship have varied, with some censors targeting material considered indecent or obscene; heretical or blasphemous; or seditious or treasonous. Thus, ideas have been suppressed under the guise of protecting basic social institutions: Family, Church, and State.

To understand censorship, and the impulse to censor, it is necessary to strip away the shock epithet value that is attached to the word at first utterance. One must recognize that censorship and the ideology supporting it go back to ancient times, and that every society has had customs, taboos, or laws by which speech, dress, religious observance, and sexual expression were regulated.

In Athens, where democracy first emerged, censorship was known as a means of enforcing the orthodoxy. Indeed, Plato was the first recorded thinker to formulate a rationale for intellectual, religious, and artistic censorship. In his ideal state outlined in The Republic, official censors would prohibit mothers and nurses from relating tales deemed bad or evil. Plato also proposed that unorthodox notions about God or the hereafter be treated as crimes and that formal procedures be established to suppress heresy. Freedom of speech in Ancient Rome was reserved for those in positions of authority...etc.