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'Robin Hoods' who feed parking meters are hit with lawsuit in New Hampshire

Boo - Hiss on the city officials of Keene, New Hampshire:

A group of self-styled Robin Hoods who scamper around the streets of a New Hampshire city and feed expired parking meters for strangers has been hit with a harassment lawsuit.

The city of Keene says its three parking inspectors have been taunted, insulted and followed by the group — to the point that one of them says he has suffered heart palpitations and is thinking about quitting his job.

In its lawsuit, the city is asking a court to order the group not to come within 50 feet of the parking inspectors.

The suit names six defendants, most of them bloggers for Free Keene, which describes itself on its Facebook page as “your connection to the liberty activism movement in New Hampshire.”

One of the six, Ian Freeman, told NBC News that “The Robin Hooders have always been courteous in my experience” and pointed out that the city has not charged them criminally with harassment.

“The city is upset because they are losing revenue and are coming up with anything they can to try to stop it,” he said.

He also noted that the city’s job description for parking inspectors, included as part of the lawsuit, requires that inspectors “endure verbal and mental abuse when confronted with the hostile views and opinions of the public.”

The group members place a card on the windshield of the car parked at the meter that they fed that says, "We saved you from the king’s tariffs. Robin Hood and his Merry Men. Please consider paying it forward.”  
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The Hustlers: Sixties band reforms 50 years on after discovering one member wasn't dead after all

The band called The Hustlers as they look today.
The Rock Band called The Hustlers in 1960s.
This band of elderly rockers are back gigging again – almost 50 years after splitting up.

The Hustlers, whose ages range from 67 to 73, called it a day in 1965 after five years on the road.

They tried to re-form 22 years ago but were wrongly told their drummer was dead.

Bass player Richard Pearce, 69, said: “The fact we can still do what we do is great.

“We may be old but we can still rock and roll!”

Richard, lead singer Tony Burchell, 72, guitarists Barry Gillam, 73, and Pete Dresch, 70, and drummer Ken White, 67, formed the group in Brighton in 1960.

They played at youth clubs all over Sussex but split when band members started settling down and getting married.

Singer Tony tried to contact the others on a radio station when he celebrated his 50th birthday in 1991 but a caller claimed Ken had died.

However, they found each other again online – and soon learned Ken was very much alive and well.

Richard, an upholsterer from Netley, Hants, joked: “Most of our applause comes from the fact that we can stand up for two hours unaided.

"We enjoy ourselves and hope the audience does too.”

The band is believed to be the oldest band in the country containing all original members.

Here's an interview along with a few snippets of their music:
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Fighting eagles crash land on Minnesota airport runway

In this Sunday, May 12, 2013, photo provided by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are two bald eagles after they crash landed on the tarmac of Duluth International Airport.
In this Sunday, May 12, 2013, photo provided by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are two bald eagles after they crash landed on the tarmac of the Duluth International Airport.
Two bald eagles locked together by their talons in a midair battle survived a crash landing onto a runway at a northeastern Minnesota airport.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officer Randy Hanzal says the adult eagles couldn't separate Sunday before slamming into the tarmac at the Duluth International Airport.

Hanzal tried to take the birds to a Duluth wildlife rehabilitation center. He covered them with blankets and jackets on the back of his pickup and held them down with webbing straps. En route, Hanzal says, he heard a ruckus and saw one bird jump out and fly away.

The Duluth News Tribune says the other eagle made it to the rehab center and is now being cared for by the University of Minnesota in St. Paul's Raptor Center.

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The Amazing Andy Reid Yard Sale [Photos at link]

The big news from today’s Andy Reid Yard Sale: the prices. Would you pay $50 for an Eagles birdhouse signed by Andy Reid? Would you pay $590 for a set of AFC/NFC billiards balls? Probably not. What about $100 for an Andy Reid autographed bed lamp?

You get the idea.

As we mentioned on Friday, Andy and his wife decided to sell off all of their Eagles crap and donate the money to the local high school football team and other charities.

Philly sports radio 94 WIP promotions director Chris Johnson stopped by this morning to buy and take photos of the crap.

And the crap didn’t disappoint.

Autographed Crocs anyone?

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  •  Good TGIF Morning, MOTliteers (10+ / 0-)

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    Have a great day, everybuddy ;~D

    As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

    by JaxDem on Thu May 16, 2013 at 04:44:36 PM PDT

  •  Good Morning (5+ / 0-)

    The old man in the senior home is my hero !

    hehehe

    Hope everyone has a decent day.

    There is a Satilite truck in the parking lot CSX wants david to do a Promo for this weekends Race.
    They have taken over the SHOP !

    hehehe

  •  Made it to the flying field. (7+ / 0-)

    Got two short flights in last night.

    Is APgate wilting or wilted?

    Did the GOP Establishment really partially instigate the IRS crack down on Bagger groups? And make IRSgate wilt quickly?

    Are we all Benghazied out yet?

    "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

    by Stude Dude on Fri May 17, 2013 at 03:51:41 AM PDT

  •  Mornin' JD and MOTs! (3+ / 0-)
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    Happy Friday to you all!

    It's a dark and stormy morning here right now. The 50% chance of thunderstorms is 100% on this exact spot. I'll bet this too shall pass.

    Love the bit on the old band mates. The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated. Still rockin' the old folks home.

    Have a good'n everyone!


    - Politics is the entertainment branch of industry.
    - Frank Zappa


    by rudyblues on Fri May 17, 2013 at 04:03:09 AM PDT

  •  Good morning JD and the MOTlies (4+ / 0-)
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    Lazy start to the day.  Birds are doing their morning chorus.  It's really nice to be able to just listen.  

    More on the eagles:

    Mid-air battles between eagles aren’t uncommon, said Frank Nicoletti, director of banding at Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory in Duluth.

    An eagle, usually a sub-adult, will wander into the territory of a pair of breeding eagles, he said.

    “There are days on Wisconsin Point where I see it regularly,” Nicoletti said. “I often see them locking and heading down toward land or water. They generally break off. It’s pretty rare for them to hit the ground.”

    http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/...

    Have a good day everyone.

    Dwell on the beauty of life. ~ Marcus Aurelius

    by Joy of Fishes on Fri May 17, 2013 at 04:09:40 AM PDT

    •  Good Morning, Joy. (2+ / 0-)
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      I had not known that eagles would lock up together in battle and begin falling like that.  I'm glad the two in the story did not die.

      Have a wonderful day.

      As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

      by JaxDem on Fri May 17, 2013 at 04:24:43 AM PDT

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  •  Video:CBS News, GOP Doctored Benghazi emails (4+ / 0-)

    There's a Diary on the list right now that addresses this, but here is the video of the actual report by reporter Major Garrett.

  •  Dick Trickle (4+ / 0-)

    Yesterday he took his life, he was 71 years old.

    Trickle was a race car driver who won so many times, no one keep a record, it is estimated to be over 1200.

    He was nascar Cup Rockie of The Year at the age of 48.
    Never won in Cup.

    But he had 2 wins in what is now called Nationwide class.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/...

    In 1993 I was working for Rahmoc, that would be car 75.
    Trickle drove the car for the first half of the year.

    http://www.cnn.com/...

    I heard Kenny Wallace said Trickle has been in increasing pain for over a year. So it might have been a medical thing that drove him to take his own life.

    Sad Sad Sad.

    RIP

    •  I've heard his name many many times. (4+ / 0-)

      It is sad.  NASCAR will honor him in some way, I'm sure.

      As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

      by JaxDem on Fri May 17, 2013 at 04:37:42 AM PDT

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    •  I saw that story yesterday. So sad. (3+ / 0-)
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      My wife was Head Nurse on the oncology unit of a large hospital. It was not unusual for her to lose an occasional patient to suicide. When pain gets bad enough, some brave souls opt for the faster way out. It is said that "suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem." The reality for patients in severe intractable pain is different.

      For pain patients in chronic severe pain, today is the best day they will ever have, because all their tomorrows will become progressively worse. From the official news stories, his alleged pain problem has not been confirmed, but if true, I understand completely. At any rate, I do hope they find a way to honor the race driver with the coolest name in all of racing.    

      I remember the last time I saw him race. That was the spring race, in March 2002. The last race he ran at Bristol.

      He almost didn't qualify for the (then) Winston Cup race at Bristol. I was there for Pole Day and he got way loose during the time trials, especially coming out of turn three.  He started in 42nd place and placed 42nd with a blown engine.

      Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength. - Eric Hoffer

      by Otteray Scribe on Fri May 17, 2013 at 06:37:12 AM PDT

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  •  Good morning crew and special (5+ / 0-)

    good morning to my buddy Jax.  Hi sweetie !

    We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

    by Vetwife on Fri May 17, 2013 at 04:45:25 AM PDT

    •  G'morning to you too, dear heart! (3+ / 0-)

      I hope you're doing well.  Keeping good thoughts and prayers for you.  It will take some while, but I hope that soon all those good and happy and warm memories of the times you shared with your daddy will help you overcome your grief.  

      {{{{{{Hugs}}}}}}

      As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

      by JaxDem on Fri May 17, 2013 at 04:49:00 AM PDT

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      •  Better today..Beth is graduating Wed. night (1+ / 0-)
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        the little one got put in the gifted Reach higher learning program....and my son is starting back to school.   FSU accepted him but he is going to have to scratch for tuition.
        Beth will start college under GI bill in fall and little one is doing 5th grade work in 2nd grade.   Grandaddy must be smiling.......I did not send invitations and barely got the cap and gown.. but she walks for that diploma Wed. nite

        We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

        by Vetwife on Fri May 17, 2013 at 12:56:59 PM PDT

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        •  All kinds of good news!! (0+ / 0-)

          I'm so proud of all of them.  I know you were worried about Beth a while back so it's great to know she's walking and she has a plan for college.  Whoo Hoot!

          Good for your son - he'll find a way and I'll send some prayers in hopes that helps too ;-)

          As for little bit - no surprises there.  She's one smart cookie, that child.  Got the best of everyone's DNA didn't she ;-)

          I am very glad today has been better.  May there be more and more "better" days to come.

          As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

          by JaxDem on Fri May 17, 2013 at 05:02:14 PM PDT

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  •  NEW (3+ / 0-)
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    at David Ragan Inc !

    2013-05-17_07-09-38_134

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