Change on Gun Control in 1970s

Change on Gun Control in 1970s

On May 20, 2000, the legendary actor and president of the National Rifle Association Charlton Heston stood before the podium at the organization 129th annual convention with a banner raised behind him featuring the America flag and the words Freedom. As he concluded his address, Heston picked up a replica of a flintlock rifle, raised it over his head and declared, in his own dramatic fashion, that anyone who wanted to take his gun would have to pry it my cold, dead hands. This iconic moment has come to define the NRA, which is now America leading pro gun advocacy group. As the group frames things in a new ad campaign, gun control laws and politicians who support them are seen as an unconstitutional intrusion on the Second Amendment right to bear arms. writes Winkler, leadership of the NRA was more open minded about gun control than someone familiar with the modern NRA might imagine.

When the NRA was founded by two Union Civil War veterans and a former New York Times reporter in 1871, its purpose was to help improve the marksmanship of urban northerners whose inferiority to the superior marksmanship of their rural southern counterparts was believed to have prolonged the war. During this time, the Second Amendment was not the association central platform. Displayed at the NRA national headquarters was its motto, Safety Education, Marksmanship Training, Shooting for Recreation. The association was granted a charter and received $25,000 from New York State to purchase a firing range. military, receiving surplus guns and sponsorships for shooting contest.

In the 1920s, the National Revolver Association, the arm of the NRA responsible for handgun training, proposed regulations later adopted by nine states, requiring a permit to carry a concealed weapon, five years additional prison time if the gun was used in a crime, a ban on gun sales to non citizens, a one day waiting period between the purchase and receipt of a gun, and that records of gun sales be made available to police.

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The 1930s crime spree of the Prohibition era, which still summons images of outlaws outfitted with machine guns, prompted President Franklin Roosevelt to make gun control a feature of the New Deal. The NRA assisted Roosevelt in drafting the 1934 National Firearms Act and the 1938 Gun Control Act,
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the first federal gun control laws. These laws placed heavy taxes and regulation requirements on firearms that were associated with crime, such as machine guns, sawed off shotguns and silencers. Gun sellers and owners were required to register with the federal government and felons were banned from owning weapons. Not only was the legislation unanimously upheld by the Supreme Court in 1939, but Karl T. Frederick, the president of the NRA, testified before Congress stating, have never believed in the general practice of carrying weapons. I do not believe in the general promiscuous toting of guns. I think it should be sharply restricted and only under licenses.

For the next 30 years, the NRA continued to support gun control. By the late 1960s a shift in the NRA platform was on the horizon.

On Nov. 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald. He shot the president with an Italian military surplus rifle purchased from a NRA mail order advertisement. NRA Executive Vice President Franklin Orth agreed at a congressional hearing that mail order sales should be banned stating, do think that any sane American, who calls himself an American, can object to placing into this bill the instrument which killed the president of the United States. The NRA also supported California Mulford Act of 1967, which had banned carrying loaded weapons in public in response to the Black Panther Party impromptu march on the State Capitol to protest gun control legislation on May 2, 1967.

The summer riots of 1967 and assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy in 1968 prompted Congress to reenact a version of the FDR era gun control laws as the Gun Control Act of 1968. The act updated the law to include minimum age and serial number requirements, and extended the gun ban to include the mentally ill and drug addicts. In addition, it restricted the shipping of guns across state lines to collectors and federally licensed dealers and certain types of bullets could only be purchased with a show of ID. The NRA, however, blocked the most stringent part of the legislation, which mandated a national registry of all guns and a license for all gun carriers. In an interview in American Rifleman, Franklin Orth stated that despite portions of the law appearing restrictive, the measure as a whole appears to be one that the sportsmen of America can live with.

A shift in the NRA platform occurred when in 1971 the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, during a house raid, shot and paralyzed longtime NRA member Kenyon Ballew suspected of stockpiling illegal weapons. The NRA swiftly condemned the federal government. As Winkler points out, following the incident NRA board member and editor of New Hampshire Manchester Union Leader William Loeb referred to the federal agents as Gestapo the association soon appropriated the language of the Panthers insisting that the Second Amendment protected individual gun rights. But by the 1970s the NRA came to view attempts to enact gun control laws as threats to the Second Amendment, a viewpoint strongly articulated at last week Republican National Convention by current NRA leader Chris Cox. Today NRA could be summed up with words uttered by the Black Panther Party 40 years earlier: gun is the only thing that will free us us our liberation.
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Chanel draws criticism from indigenous Australians with thousand

Chanel draws criticism from indigenous Australians with thousand

One commenter wrote: boomerang is a symbolic cultural symbol to the indigenous Australians and this is disgusting, it being materialized. to the National Museum of Australia, boomerangs have important role in Aboriginal culture as objects of work and leisure. There are many different indigenous groups in Australia, including aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders.

Critics have called Chanel version expensive and impractical. Others have proposed that rather than buying an expensive replica, consumers should learn about the culture behind it. Many balked at the hefty price tag.

Chanel released a statement saying the brand extremely committed to respecting all cultures and regrets that some may have felt offended. boomerang is one of five sports products available in the Spring Summer 2017 pre collection on the Chanel website. The collection also includes tennis balls, a wooden paddle ball set, a tennis racket and a stand up paddle board.

Chanel did not immediately respond to ABC News request for comment.

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Champaign park board to decide on marquee for Virginia

Champaign park board to decide on marquee for Virginia

CHAMPAIGN A decision on the fate of the notable Virginia Theatre marquee is expected Wednesday when the park district board holds a special meeting before the theater closing in June for renovation work. Wednesday at the Bresnan Meeting Center, 706 Kenwood Road, C. The meeting will be followed by the board regularly scheduled study session.

The meeting is expected to be the last chance for park commissioners to vote on a design for the marquee before the theater closes to begin renovations next week. Aside from the marquee, crews will renovate the lobby and entryways of the theater, a project totaling more than $600,000 and funded by private donations.

Commissioners will see six color renderings of what the theater would look like with a marquee resembling its original rectangular design. The original marquee on the theater was replaced sometime in the late 1940s with the neon marquee that today stands in bad shape, with leaks and weathered wiring.

Park district director Bobbie Herakovich said officials asked the artist, local retired architect Wayne Shaw, to mock up designs that would complement the theater itself and incorporate some of the features of the current neon marquee.

“The renderings we have are pretty much showing what kind of opportunities there are,” Herakovich said.

The six renderings are a type of hybrid marquee, mixing features of the 1921 original and the current neon sign. Park commissioners can still choose to keep the current triangular design or select a straight replica of the original.

“It doesn matter if it a triangle or rectangular, it will be in better shape,” Herakovich said.

But going with the hybrid design could be the “worst option,” said Adam Smith, vice chair of the city historic preservation commission. Smith has been vocal in asking park district officials to consider preserving the current marquee.

“The first option is to keep the existing marquee, since that was the one put up by RKO Pictures,” Smith said,
Champaign park board to decide on marquee for Virginia
adding that in his mind, switching to a replica of the 1921 original would be the second alternative.

With the park board considering a range of marquees that incorporate features from both, “we creating something new now that never existed, which really is the worst option,” Smith said.

Smith has been part of a number of neon marquee supporters who have made regular visits to city and park board meetings. The group has always supported preserving the entire marquee, Smith said, not just individual features.

“The public did not want to just put neon on a rectangular marquee,” Smith said.

Either way, the cost of a new or refurbished marquee would be in the hundreds of thousands. Estimates on building a new marquee are as high as $270,000, and renovating the neon sign could cost as much as $160,000.

“The current one will basically be stripped bare if it kept,” Herakovich said.

Commissioners will also vote during the meeting on whether they are willing to reallocate some funds for the project. The park district had set aside $1 million for the initial renovations to the marquee, lobby and entry ways.

With lower than expected bids, some extra money could be “moved upstairs” to begin renovations on the second floor of the theater, Herakovich said. The work would be done during the six months the theater is expected to be closed, from June to November.
Champaign park board to decide on marquee for Virginia

Chairs should have been saved not replaced

Chairs should have been saved not replaced

TORONTOThe city should have spent cash on saving its existing chairs rather than buying Councillor Adam Vaughan said Friday.

Vaughan was just as mad as Mayor Rob Ford with news, as first reported by the Toronto Sun, that the city had shelled out almost $75,000 to buy 30 replica chairs to replace the original Warren Platner in the City Hall members lounge.

Vaughan has two of the original chairs in his City Hall office. He spent $2,015.92 from his taxpayer funded office budget to reupholster them back in 2011.

restored them and city staff could have restored them there is a cost to that and it is an appropriate cost,
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he said.

The Trinity Spadina (Ward 20) councillor argued the chairs are part of the original design of City Hall.

is part of a really smart, integrated, beautiful design, Vaughan said. is a classic, it is a piece of brilliance from the 1960s,
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it is a gift from previous generations.

staff have got to stop treating this place like it some sort of warehouse for cheap knockoffs and casual encounters. This building is tortured by professional indifference. said the city has to be better when it comes to City Hall.

certified skate park opens in Erie on Sunday

certified skate park opens in Erie on Sunday

Where: 450 Powers St., Erie

ERIE The construction fence is finally coming down on the world’s first permanent Street League certified skate park a 16,800 square foot concrete plaza filled with stair hubbas, gleaming rails, a crazy collection of angled ledges and steep quarter pipes.

“This park here is a replica of the Street League competitive course,” said Michael Torian, owner of Public Eye Skateboards, with a location in Lafayette and a new shop in Erie. “The buzz around this park in the skateboarding community is huge.”

That’s because, Torian said, Street League has street cred, with gnarly features that test the skills of the very best skateboarders out there. Launched in 2010 by MTV personality and pro skateboarder Rob Dyrdek, Street League Skateboarding is one of the world’s preeminent competitive series for professional skateboarders.

“Street League is the NFL of professional skateboarding,” Torian said. “It’s designed to bring the best skateboarders together for head to head competition.”

And Erie is the first community in the United States to get a permanent Street League course.

That makes Erie Parks Recreation Director Jill Wait ecstatic. It could mean nationally televised competitions at the facility and big name skateboarders coming through town. With 27 softball tournaments scheduled this year on fields nearby and a world class velodrome under construction, the skate park could give an athletic luster to Erie that will be noticed well beyond Weld and Boulder counties.

“We are uniquely positioned close access to I 25,
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near Boulder,” Wait said. “I think Erie is becoming a sports mecca.”

But she said she is mostly happy to have an amenity that will serve a population in town those 12 to 25 years old who haven’t been adequately served by Erie’s existing sports programming. The skate park takes youth off the street and puts them in a place where they can practice their craft in a controlled setting, she said.

“They can do the kind of tricks they would do in the streets and do them in a safe environment, without the worry of getting hit by a car,” Wait said. “I’m just excited for the kids. every day and night skating will be allowed under lights. The company has designed more than 100 skate parks around the country. President and CEO Joe Ciaglia didn’t return several requests for comment last week.

Today’s opening comes after a lengthy, and sometimes contentious, battle by town officials over whether the skate park was worth the cost. The Board of Trustees approved it in July on a narrow 4 3 vote.

At the time, Trustee Mark Gruber said spending more than $1 million on a skate park when the town is trying to shore up its finances was “frivolous and fiscally irresponsible.” He also suggested that the skate park’s hefty price tag may have led Erie voters in November to become gun shy about voting for a $6.2 million bond issue to fund a new police headquarters.

But now that the skate park is complete, Torian said it is unrivaled by anything else in the area.

“This is a very unique type of skate park there’s nothing that’s this dedicated to street skating,” he said.

Torian pointed to the massive stair set that serves as the park’s most prominent feature and noted that each of the six steps is a different width, shape and height, upping the complexity factor for those riding down them.

“This is the section where the guys who are going to be trying to make a living at it are going to be spending their time,” he said.

Wait said not everything at the Erie Community Skate Park will be geared to the hardcore skateboarder. An 8,700 square foot kids’ course is planned for a second phase of construction,
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but Wait wasn’t certain when that might get underway.

Century III Mall in West Mifflin slides into retail abyss

Century III Mall in West Mifflin slides into retail abyss

Jay Natale had a good year in 1979.

The Steelers won the Super Bowl. The Pirates won the World Series. And Natale opened a sporting goods store in the new Century III Mall in West Mifflin.

Since then, the mall has spiraled downward, losing customers, retailers and property value, which drained hundreds of thousands of dollars in property taxes from West Mifflin and its school district.

A new owner, Las Vegas based Moonbeam Capital Investments LLC, pledged to revitalize Century III, but malls have fallen on hard times. Online shopping turned malls across the country into ghost towns. In March, Sbarro, a mall food court stalwart, filed for bankruptcy for the second time in three years, citing a drastic drop in mall traffic.

Century III, with retail space as large as 20 football fields, once was the place to shop, drawing customers from as far as West Virginia and Maryland, Natale said. By 1997, he became frustrated with shoplifters and fights.

He closed his two stores in the mall.

“Just in time,” he said. “Maybe a little too late. The mall was going down the drain. It was getting bad.”

The mall value has been in free fall and debated in court since 1998, said Sharon DiPaolo, a Hampton attorney who handled the property tax appeal for Moonbeam, which purchased Century III in May 2013 for $10.5 million.

In 2006, the owner challenged the mall assessed value of $112 million; it was lowered to $71 million. In 2011, the value fell to $27 million, records show.

Its value hit an all time low last month when a property tax appeal was settled for $11.5 million. The 2012 reassessment pegged the mall value at $134.3 million, a figure that no one involved with the appeal thought would hold up in court.

An appraisal done during the appeal valued the mall at $10.75 million, DiPaolo said.

Shawl L. Pryor, senior vice president of real estate at Moonbeam, said the settlement fairly reflects the mall value. Moonbeam has said it is courting a multiscreen movie theater, though the company has not released details about possible development.

Assessors base the value of residential properties on similar homes in an area, recent sale prices, and approximate valuations of additions or remodels. The value of commercial properties such as Century III can depend on the income they produce, said Peter Sukernek, general manager and vice president of Howard Hanna Commercial real estate company.

“When the place was full, it generated a lot more money,” Sukernek said.

Once West Mifflin top property taxpayer, the mall saw its value fall, sucking hundreds of thousands of dollars from the budgets of the borough and the West Mifflin Area School District. Century III now might not crack the top five taxpayers, said borough Manager Brian Kamauf. Kennywood amusement park assessed value is $14.6 million.

Dropping the mall assessed value from $27 million to $11.5 million took about $315,000 in taxes from the school district $46.7 million budget and about $117,000 from the borough $13 million budget. District and borough officials planned for the decrease.

“It doesn shut down shop at this point,” Kamauf said. “I not laying anyone off. We able to continue.”

Assessment reductions in the past did not cause but contributed to public works layoffs, vacancies at the police department and other budget tightening, he noted. Penney, Sears, Macy and Dick Sporting Goods was nearly a third vacant at the end of 2013. Its stores Radio Shack, Vitamin World, Remo Menswear and Century III Nails, to name a few have empty neighbors with long stretches of unoccupied storefronts.

“I used to hang out here, but now it blah,” Rachel Rhodes, 20, of Charleroi, said during a recent shopping trip. “This place used to be packed.”

Brian Vodner, 21, of Charleroi said he has been at the mall when the only other people there were an elderly couple walking laps.

About 20,300 people live in West Mifflin. Steel Irvin Plant. The community is home to the Allegheny County Airport, Bombardier Inc., which makes people mover systems for airports, and Kennywood amusement park.

Current and former tenants of the mall blame several factors for its decline. Natale said problems started in the mid to late 1990s when a bus stop opened in front of Century III, drawing “gangs of kids” who roamed the mall, which had few security officers to keep an eye on them.

“People became afraid to go there,” Natale said.

Jack Miller, 58, of South Park, a longtime employee at Italian Village Pizza in the food court, said Century III former owner, Simon Property Group, neglected the mall, driving away tenants and shoppers.

“They didn fix nothing,” Miller said, noting the roof leaked and tenants used buckets to catch water. “People got fed up.”

Indianapolis based Simon, which defaulted on $78.97 million in debt and sold the mall for $1 in 2011 to a Texas based management company, declined to comment. Simon owns Ross Park Mall, South Hills Village and Grove City Premium Outlets.
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Centre to link driving licence with Aadhaar

Centre to link driving licence with Aadhaar

The Centre is in the process of linking driving licences with Aadhaar number to weed out fake licences and a software for this covering all states on a real time basis is under preparation, the Supreme Court was told on Wednesday.

A bench comprising Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta was informed about it by a court appointed committee on road safety headed by former Supreme Court judge Justice K S Radhakrishnan.

This assumes significance as a five judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra is currently hearing a clutch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar scheme and the enabling 2016 law.

The committee, in its report filed in the top court, said it had held a meeting on November 28 last year with the joint secretary of Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) to discuss several issues, including procurement of fake licences and how to eliminate it.

“On the issue of fake licences, joint secretary, MoRTH informed that NIC (national informatics centre) is now preparing ‘Sarthi 4’ under which all the licences would be linked to Aadhaar,” the report said.

“This software will cover all the states on real time basis and it will not be possible for anyone to get duplicate or fake licence anywhere in the country,” it said.

Additional Solicitor General Pinky Anand, appearing for the ministry, told the bench that fatalities in road accidents in India have gone down by around three percent in 2017 as compared to 2016.

The bench said it was “heartening to know” that number of fatalities and injuries in road accidents have come down.

In its report, the committee said it had asked states and union territories (UTs) to forward road accident data for entire 2017. 5.0 per cent) in 2017 as compared to 2016,” the report said.

The committee told the court that through its November 24 last year letter, it had asked all the states to set up a road safety fund which would be non lapsable,
Centre to link driving licence with Aadhaar
and to have a steady flow of funds by diversion of “significant” portion of fines collected from traffic violations.

It said some states have already set up road safety fund and the committee was pursuing the issue with remaining states in order to ensure full compliance of the apex court’s order which had said that the fund should be established by March 31, 2018.

The report said at the November 28 last year meeting, it was discussed that since driving licences were now in the form of a smart card, its punching in cases of default was likely to damage the data stored in it.

“Joint Secretary MoRTH pointed out that presently NIC is in the process of developing central computerised data base and all the states would be covered under the same.

“This data base is likely to be effective from October 1, 2018,” it said, adding, that all the offences committed by the driver would be recorded in this data base and there would be no necessity for punching of driving licences.

The committee further said that 20 25 per cent fatalities on roads occur due to non existence of pedestrian facilities, like footpaths, over head passes, and under passes and so it has asked the states to provide pedestrian facilities in accordance with the Indian Road Congress (IRC) guidelines.

The court, while posting the matter for hearing on April 23, said that the committee should ensure compliance of its directions given earlier.

The apex court had in November last year issued a slew of directions on road safety and asked all states and UTs to set up a trauma centre in each district of the country and make safety norms part of school curriculum.

It had also directed that road safety education and counselling be made a part of school curriculum by the state boards by April 1, 2018,
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and at least one trauma care centre be set up in every district with an ambulance.

Central wins in overtime

Central wins in overtime

Portage 57, LaPorte 53: Greg Milledge and Maurion Martin each scored 20 points to lead the Indians over the Slicers in Duneland Athletic Conference play.

James Havrilla added 13 points and 10 rebounds for Portage.

Austin Haferkamp scored 16 to lead LaPorte, while Carlos Jenkins added 12 and Garrott Ott Large chipped in 10.

Hammond 64, Morton 61: Malik Miller scored a game high 17 points to lead the Wildcats to the win,

Emmanuel Anderson added 14 points.

Lake Central Sectional: Munster picked up eight top seeds at Friday’s prelims.

Highland’s Ethan Churilla is the top seed in both the 50 and 100 yard freestyle.

Chesterton Sectional: The host Trojans picked up 10 top seeds.

Valparaiso’s Ryan Hrosik is the top seed in the 50 free.

Evans Scholarship awarded to local students: Twelve Indiana students have been awarded the Evans Scholarship, a full housing and tuition college grant offered to golf caddies. The scholarship is valued at more than $100,000 over four years.

James Thomas (Marquette Catholic) and Madeline Haskell (Chesterton) were local winners of the scholarship. Thomas and Haskell will attend Purdue and Indiana, respectively.
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Central Perk coffee shop opens in New York to celebrate Friends’ 20

Central Perk coffee shop opens in New York to celebrate Friends’ 20

Monica, Rachel, Chandler, Joey, Pheobe and Ross spent endless hours sitting on that familiar orange couch drinking coffee, and now you can too if you happen to be in New York this month.

A real life version of the famous Friends hangout Central Perk opened on Wednesday to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the hit sitcom series, which premiered on September 22, 1994.

A queue stretched down the street as fans waited for their chance to recreate the iconic coffee shop scenes made famous by actors Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer and Matthew Perry during the show’s ten year run.

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Let me take a selfie: Eager fans captured snaps of themselves in the shop

Also in store are pieces of show memorabilia, such as Monica’s engagement ring, Chandler’s wedding vows, Phoebe’s sister Ursula’s sex tape, and Joey’s Soap Digest cover.

Ross’ laminated list of celebrities he would be allowed to sleep with even if he was in a relationship is on show though eagle eyed fans may notice that this version includes Isabella Rossellini, who in fact didn’t make the cut for the final, laminated version in the episode.

Joey’s ceramic statue, Pat the Dog,
Central Perk coffee shop opens in New York to celebrate Friends' 20
and the gold frame from Monica’s apartment door are also available to view.

Remember these? Joey’s Soap Digest cover, Monica and Chandler’s wedding invitations, Rachel’s ultrasound, and Pheobe’s twin sister’s sex tape are also on display

Some memorable costumes from the series are on display: Rachel’s outfit from the series finale, Ross’ leather trousers (talcum powder and lotion free) and Monica’s see through red blouse are among them.

The guitar Phoebe, played by Lisa Kudrow, used to perform her regular gig in Central Perk is also there for fans to see and if they’re lucky enough, they might catch one of the weekly performances of her beloved song Smelly Cat.

Baristas in the pop up handing out free cups of coffee wear T shirts bearing the catchphrase, ‘How YOU brewin’?’ a play on Joey’s famous pick up line ‘How YOU doin’?’

Hangout: Central Perk featured in almost every episode of Friends, with the characters spending hours on end sitting around talking and drinking coffee

There is a gift shop selling Friends merchandise including DVDs, T shirts and coffee mugs.

The pop up coffee shop will be open Monday Friday 8 am 8 pm, and Saturday Sunday, 10 am 8 pm until October 18.

The stunt is being staged by Warner Bros. and is being advertised as is billed as ‘The One with the Free Coffee’ a play on the show’s episode titles, which all began with ‘The One.’

The One with the Free Coffee: Fans are treated to free coffee, in store appearances of Smelly Cat and the occasional visit from James Michael Tyler

Friends, which revolved around a group of six twenty somethings living in Manhattan, finally ended its ten season run in 2004.

Despite the show’s New York City setting, Friends was actually filmed in Burbank, California.

It was in 2009 that a replica of the Central Perk coffee shop opened in London for two weeks to mark the 15th anniversary of the show’s start. It welcomed around 900 visitors a day.
Central Perk coffee shop opens in New York to celebrate Friends' 20