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IRS, betting that expired state and local sales tax deduction will be renewed, hires firm to calculate Schedule A tables

This work week, I'm in Florida, a place the hubby and I lived for six years and one of the seven states without a personal income tax on wages. I came here from Texas, another no-income tax state. My current and former neighbors in both...Show More Summary

Two Trans Women Shot in Detroit, Local Media Misgenders and Misrepresents Them

3 days agoLGBT / Lesbian : Autostraddle

Two trans women were shot in the Palmer Park Neighborhood of Detroit this week. The local Detroit media repeatedly misgendered them and erroneously implied that they may have been sex workers.

What Ferguson Means to Students

In the wake of confrontations following the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., local schools are shuttered this week. In addition to concerns about lost learning time educators have a more urgent worry: making...Show More Summary

Apple removes Secret from the App Store in Brazil because it breaches local free speech law

Earlier this week, Brazil issued a court order to have anonymous sharing app Secret delisted from the App Store and Google Play store in the country. Apple has followed the instructions after it made the app unavailable in Brazil, 9to5mac reports. Show More Summary

Bloody Marys: Your Go-To Cocktail Morning, Noon and Night

6 days agoTravel / Hotels : HotelChatter

It's no secret that we love drinking in hotels here at HotelChatter. In fact, hotels might be our favorite "local." So all this week and next, we'll be pouring out some drinks for you during our second Hotel Cocktail Week(s) -- newly-expanded because there?s just so many drinks to share. Show More Summary

Man murdered "with oranges"

6 days agoOdd : Boing Boing

South African Babanto Chauke, 38, was killed earlier this week by two men who "starting throwing oranges at him until he died," according to Lt-Col Moatshe Ngoepe, a local police spokesman in Tzaneen, Limpopo.

Harry Reid wants to keep giving military gear to local cops

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) said in an interview with Nevada Newsmakers this week that he opposes efforts to stop the transfer of military equipment and weapons to local police departments. Reid explained his reasoning thus: The issue is this: Whether we should we allow surplus equipment the military has to go to police departments. Show More Summary

Local Mall Commercial: The Best (Worst?) of All Time

While Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" video is dominating the headlines this week, she's got nothing on this girl in Missouri and her affinity for her local mall. An ad for the East Hills Mall in St. Joseph, Mo., has everything you could...Show More Summary

Singapore: Travel Through Time With Raffles Singapore?s New Timeline Cocktail Menu

It's no secret that we love drinking in hotels here at HotelChatter. In fact, hotels might be our favorite "local." So all this week and next, we'll be pouring out some drinks for you during our second Hotel Cocktail Week(s) -- newly-expanded because there?s just so many drinks to share. Show More Summary

SNITCH ALERT! New Black Panther Leading Protests in St. Louis Is Police Informant

The FBI last week identified Chawn Kweli of the New Black Panthers Party as an agitator seeking to trigger violence against local Ferguson police. This was reported last week. FBI confirmed document that says new black panther leader is in … Continue reading ?

Stave Off September: 6 Ideas for Family Fun in LA This Weekend

September is two weeks away, so we must revel in every last summery moment. This week, we've unearthed some great picks for everyone in the family: a giant rubber duck, a Frozen sing along, and a cool event where local artists lead a workshop with their own children. Visit us online for more!

Your Monday Morning Coffee? Cocktails

It's no secret that we love drinking in hotels here at HotelChatter. In fact, hotels might be our favorite "local." So all this week and next, we'll be pouring out some drinks for you during our second Hotel Cocktail Week(s) -- newly-expanded because there?s just so many drinks to share. Show More Summary

John Oliver Tackles Pointless Police Militarization in Ferguson

The police response to protesters in Ferguson, Mo., raised a lot more questions than it answered, and John Oliver took aim at one of the biggest on Sunday's Last Week Tonight: Why the hell does a local police force have all this military-grade equipment? Read more...

MO Governor Calls in National Guard to #Ferguson After Bashing Local Cops

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (Democrat) called in the National Guard to Ferguson after a week of looting and violence. This comes after the Governor attacked local police for their “aggressive” actions to the rioting and looting on the street. Now, … Continue reading ?

Missouri Gov. Nixon: ‘Thunderstruck’ by Images of Militarized Police

last weekNews : Mediaite

Embattled Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) answered charges from ABC News' Martha Raddatz on Sunday morning's This Week about the over-militarization of local and county police forces in response to protests over the shooting of Michael Brown.

Ashley Richardson: Mom Jailed For Getting Groceries As Her Four Kids Played in Park

Ashley Richardson is a struggling mom of four kids, ranging from six years old to eight, who found herself behind bars this week after she let her children walk to a local park while she went to get food for her family at a nearby food bank. Richardson faces four counts of negligent child abuse

Against Any Further US Intervention in Iraq

Earlier this week we posted Donnchadh Mac an Ghoill’s interview with Sadiq Al Timimi on the current conflict in Iraq, in historical, local, and international contexts. Given the mounting ex post facto justifications for another round of heightened US military intervention in Iraq, already well underway and with no defined limit in either the scope […]

Chicagoist's Beer Of The Week: Local Option's Voku Hila

While we weren't too enthusiastic about the drop in temperatures this week, we were able to find something suitable to drink that made us forget the weather for a while. [ more › ]

This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Amazon Register, Skully, And Summer Time-Sinks

This week, Amazon announced a Square competitor in the form of the Amazon Local Register, undercutting Square’s transaction fee. Meanwhile, the makers of the Skully smart motorcycle helmet finally opened up the pre-order, setting the Indiegogo record for the fastest funded company to hit $1 million in pre-orders. Show More Summary

House Dem Readies Bill to Demilitarize Local Police

Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) announced Thursday that he plans to file legislation aimed at stemming the militarization of local police -- something on full display this week in Ferguson, Missouri, where officers in riot gear have been showering largely peaceful protesters with tear gas and rubber bullets. Show More Summary

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