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Wed Dec 11, 2013 at 10:00 AM PST

A Gang, A Gun, A Murder

by Senor Unoball

Some murders are solved because of dogged and thorough police work. Other murders are solved because somebody finally talks. This was a case of the latter.

It was a 9-year-old, true cold-case murder.

And I was juror No. 1.

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Sketchy information, but here's what I've seen so far:

A man with an assault-type rifle fired up to two dozen rounds at the federal court building in a West Virginia city on Wednesday before security officers returned fire, critically wounding the gunman, the U.S. Marshals Service said.

One security officer within the Wheeling Federal Building was injured by flying debris, but there were no other injuries, said Chief Deputy Mike Claxton of the Marshals Service in northern West Virginia.

The gunman, whose name was not released, was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries, Claxton said.

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Olympic Range from Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center

We had never been to this national park, and had never seen some of the birds living in the extreme northwest part of the U.S., so it was with a lot of excitement that we spent about a week recently in Olympic National Park.

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Thu Jun 13, 2013 at 08:27 AM PDT

Chemical Plant Blast in Louisiana

by Senor Unoball

Breaking fast, so there's not a lot of detail yet.

Reports coming in of a huge explosion at a chemical plant in Geismar, LA. The blast apparently happened at about 8:30 a.m. local time.

Injuries are reported at the Williams Olefins plant.

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California Condor, south of Big Sur

Tomorrow is the big day.

You who have followed my posts, in Mojo Friday, Dawn Chorus, and a few other places, know what I mean.

Birdathon is finally here.

So this is one last chance, one final begging-on-my-knees plea, for some good and kind and generous Kossacks to step up and make a donation before it's too late.

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How Much Will You Donate Today?

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Thu Apr 11, 2013 at 06:00 AM PDT

The Best Drive in the World

by Senor Unoball

On Easter, we drove down past Big Sur on California Highway 1, rightly considered to be one of the finest drives in the U.S., if not the world.

A few days after that, we headed up the other direction for a few days in Mendocino.

We visited several state parks and did some hiking. So let's take a road trip and look at some pics.

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What Is Your Favorite Photo?

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This is brilliant strategy by President Obama's staff.

All public White House tours are being canceled, as of Saturday, due to sequestration cuts.

Just as the busy spring and summer tourist season begins in Washington.

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So, you're coming to Netroots Nation 13 in San Jose this June!

You've got your convention reservation. You've got your hotel room. You've even rented a car so you can get around for a few days.

But, like convention-goers everywhere, you have one vital question: Where's the chicks?

Let's look below the orange nest and see if we can track some down!

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Where Do You Want To Go Birding During NN13?

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Back when I was a newspaper editor, I always told my reporters that if readers weren't mad, we were not doing our jobs.

Well, I think the editor of the Laurel (MS) Leader-Call must be doing a great job.

Because his readers are some kinda pissed.

Who'd have thought that a simple front-page story about two local women getting married would have riled up the town?

Follow me under the orange wedding veil for some details.

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This is how its done.

* All semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines: banned
* All guns registered
* No ammunition purchased without a special permit

Details under the squirl.

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If you're like me, you've gathered, collected, bought, stolen, and were given numerous concert T-shirts over the years.

And, if you're like me, the shirts you got when you were a young, fit, 20-year-old no longer easily fit over your middle-aged belly.

Let's put your old tour T-shirts to good use, better use than just sitting in some drawer!

Follow me below the orangeness and I'll tell you what I have in mind....

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How many rock band T-shirts do you have

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Holy cow, can you believe it?

Another company sends out an email regarding tomorrow's election!

My company, that is. (Well, the one I work for; you know what I mean...)

No, I won't tell you the name of the company, but you can read the message below the squiggle.

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Has your company sent out any message to employees regarding the election?

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