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All The Creepy Laughs From 'The Twilight Zone' Because Evil Is Sometimes Hilarious - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
All The Creepy Laughs From 'The Twilight Zone' Because Evil Is Sometimes Hilarious
Sometimes evil, sometimes delirious, but always creepy. No one laughed at people quite like "The Twilight Zone." This month is the 55th anniversary of "The Twilight Zone," and with Halloween upon us, what better way to celebrate than with one of those super creepy laughs from the series. Or all of them. In one glorious mashup. Check out the supercut above and just remember that no one is laughing with you... in "The Twilight Zone." BONUS: Here's every Rod Serling opening and closing Twilight Zone monologue made into a word cloud in the shape of Rod Serling.
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Detention Center Forced Immigrants To Work For $1 Per Day Or Face Solitary Confinement, Lawsuit Says - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Detention Center Forced Immigrants To Work For $1 Per Day Or Face Solitary Confinement, Lawsuit Says
A group of former immigrant detainees is suing the owner of a Colorado detention center, alleging that it forced them to work for $1 per day and coerced them using the threat of solitary confinement if they refused to comply. The civil lawsuit filed last week demands that the GEO Group, the corporation that owns the 1,500-bed Aurora Detention Facility, pay back the immigrants’ lost wages as well as damages. Altogether, the claims total more than $5 million. “This is an uncomplicated case of unpaid minimum wages,” the complaint says. Authorities at the detention center required detainees to clean all areas of the center, including the medical facility, bathrooms and showers, according to the complaint. Others helped prepare meals, performed clerical work or served as barbers, among other jobs, the complaint says. For their services, GEO Group paid the detainees $1 per day, the lawsuit says. In some instances, the plaintiffs say they received no payment at all. Those that refused to...
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Arizona GOP Attacks Democrat For Voting The Same Way As 169 Republicans - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Arizona GOP Attacks Democrat For Voting The Same Way As 169 Republicans
The Arizona Republican Party is throwing Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) under the bus in order to attack the vulnerable Rep. Ron Barber (D-Ariz.). As Vox first reported Friday, voters in Arizona's 2nd District are receiving a mailer that says it's from the state GOP and hits Barber for voting for the bipartisan budget compromise that Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) shepherded through Congress last December. Barber, who is engaged in a close race with the Republican nominee, retired Air Force combat pilot Martha McSally, was one of 332 representatives (169 of which were Republicans) who voted for the budget deal. The Halloween-themed mailer calls the budget deal "the terrifying Ryan budget," obfuscating the difference between the Ryan-Murray deal and the House Republican budget, more commonly referred to as the "Ryan budget," which Barber voted against in 2013 and 2014. "Ron Barber supported a bone-chilling Paul Ryan budget that cut vital assistance programs and failed to extend...
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The Financial Secrets of 7 Ridiculously Happy Couples At Every Stage Of Life - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
The Financial Secrets of 7 Ridiculously Happy Couples At Every Stage Of Life
You love, respect and adore your partner completely, which is why it's hard to understand how they're always so incredibly, frustratingly, hair-tearingly wrong about money. In a study conducted by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, a monstrous 68 percent of respondents held negative views of discussing finances with their partner. And five percent even believed that a mere talk about finances would trigger a breakup. We partnered with Discover Card to find specialized, highly trained experts on love and money: happily married couples at all stages of life. In their own words, they explained how to avoid both breaking up and going broke -- and how they stayed invested in each other. At ages 34 and 28 respectively, Dan and Jillian Boss Christofferson have been on this Earth for fewer years than some of our other experts have been married. They just celebrated their one year anniversary, and are expecting a baby boy in December. (Way to go, guys.) They partly ascribe their...
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National Parks Graffiti Won't Be Easy To Remove - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
National Parks Graffiti Won't Be Easy To Remove
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A series of graffiti-like paintings on rocks in national parks across the West set off a furor on social media this month, angering people who say they desecrated some of the nation's most famously picturesque landscapes. They've also created a headache for park managers who have the delicate task of cleaning up the sites without causing further damage. It won't be easy to get rid of the paintings, photos of which were posted on Instagram and Tumblr and then picked up by hiking blogs. Sandblasting and some chemical strippers can cause even more damage to irreplaceable natural features, especially if graffiti is near ancient rock art. In some cases, workers use plastic kitchen spatulas to painstakingly scrape off paint. Workers test different chemicals to figure out which will loosen the material without damaging rock, then rinse it off with lots of low-pressure hot water, gently scraping each layer away with the spatula, said National Park Service spokesman Jason...
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2 Friends Turned A Van Into A Laundromat So Homeless People Can Wash Their Clothes - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
2 Friends Turned A Van Into A Laundromat So Homeless People Can Wash Their Clothes
Though it can be a struggle, homeless people can typically find organizations that serve food, offer medical care and provide shelter. But when it comes to finding a way to wash their clothes and blankets, there are often few, if any, groups that offer free cleaning services. That’s what inspired Australian friends Lucas Patchett and Nicholas Marchesi to start the country’s first mobile Laundromat for people living on the streets, the pair told BuzzFeed. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Post by Orange Sky Laundry. In July, the two launched Orange Sky Laundry by revamping an old white van and buying a portable generator, so they can get power in public places. They then turned to supporters who donated two washers and dryers, which allows them to...
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Cat Who Looks Like Hitler Survives Brutal Beating - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Cat Who Looks Like Hitler Survives Brutal Beating
Some cats have nein lives. A feline Hitler-lookalike who was beaten so viciously he had to have an eye removed has made a full recovery, according to ITV. WARNING: Some of the following images depict the cat's injuries and may be disturbing for some readers Baz, a 7-year-old housecat, disappeared from his home in Gloucester, England last May. A few days later, a neighbor found the black and white cat in a trash can, severely injured. 'I couldn’t believe the state of him. His eye was all swollen, it was like a marble, Baz’s owner, 26-year-old Kirsty Sparrow, said, according to the Daily Mail. A vet told Sparrow that based on the cat’s injuries, it was “unlikely” he had been hit by a car and “was probably kicked.” Baz was close to death and needed £600 — about $1,000 USD - in veterinary treatment, including the removal of his left eye. Newly released photos, however, show the impressive recovery of the adorable cat, and Sparrow says he’s once again confident enough to go outside, even...
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Voting for the First Time? Check Out These Tips - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/reboot-...
Voting for the First Time? Check Out These Tips
Reboot Illinois' Shantae Howell is voting for the first time in the 2014 elections. She shared her top tips for first-time voters: Were you under the age of 18 last election season? Me too! But don't worry -- you're in good hands. Below is a checklist of all the things first-time voters like you (and I) need to know before hitting the polls. AM I REGISTERED TO VOTE? If you've been getting your driver's license or state ID, chances are you might have registered to vote. Keep in mind that you are only able to vote in the state in which you registered. If you're unsure whether you are registered in Illinois, you can check on the Illinois State Board of Elections' website in less than 15 seconds (I timed myself). If you're not registered to vote (in Illinois) yet, no worries! Because of same-day registration, you can register to vote up until and on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 4. To register, you will need to bring "two forms of identification with at least one showing your current...
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Officials: No, Illinois Voting Machines Are Not Fixed For Democrats - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Officials: No, Illinois Voting Machines Are Not Fixed For Democrats
Some people taking advantage of early voting in Illinois have alleged that electronic touchscreen voting machines are registering their selections of Republican candidates as votes for Democrats -- but elections officials say calibration errors to blame for the issue have been pointed out before incorrect votes are cast. The latest allegations stem from a voter at the Moline public library who claimed that when she pushed the button on her machine for Republican congressional candidate Bobby Schilling, the machine registered her selection as U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, a Democrat. According to WQAD, the voter flagged down an election judge to help her redo her choice after she noticed the issue. Her vote for Schilling went through as intended on the second try. A video posted to YouTube this week purports to show similar issues with choices made at the Moline Public Library polls; it has been viewed over 450,000 times as of Friday morning. Some commenters have questioned the angle at...
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Mexico Supreme Court Rejects Energy Referendum - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Mexico Supreme Court Rejects Energy Referendum
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a bid to hold a national referendum on a major energy overhaul that opened the sector to widespread private investment for the first time in 76 years. In identical 9-1 rulings, the court found that referendum petitions filed by two leftist parties were unconstitutional because matters involving state revenue cannot be subjected to popular vote. Energy reform's passage in August has been President Enrique Pena Nieto's biggest political victory since taking office in 2012. It allows national and foreign private companies to invest in petroleum and electricity projects, something that was long considered taboo after oil was nationalized in 1938 by then-President Lazaro Cardenas. Mexico's political left strenuously opposed the overhaul and had sought a referendum asking citizens if they approve of the constitutional changes it entailed. By law, the Supreme Court must determine whether such a vote would be constitutional. Sen....
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Agent Says Chicago Marathon Champ Rita Jeptoo Failed Doping Test - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Agent Says Chicago Marathon Champ Rita Jeptoo Failed Doping Test
STELLENBOSCH, South Africa (AP) -- Chicago Marathon champion Rita Jeptoo failed a doping test in September, the Kenyan runner's agent said Friday. Federico Rosa told The Associated Press that Jeptoo tested positive for a banned substance in an out-of-competition test in Kenya weeks before she won a second straight Chicago Marathon title on Oct. 12. "This is true," Rosa said in a telephone interview. Rosa said Jeptoo's "A" sample had tested positive and they were waiting for her backup "B" sample to be tested. Rosa declined to name the substance. Rosa said he had learned of the positive test "a few days ago." "We will legally go after the person or the people that convinced Rita to do this," Rosa said, adding Jeptoo's management had "nothing to do with" any doping. "I am sorry for Rita." The 33-year-old Jeptoo has won back-to-back titles at the both the Chicago and Boston Marathons and leads the World Marathon Majors series. The series said earlier Friday that it had postponed Sunday's...
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Chicago Sun-Times Sells Suburban Papers To Tribune Publishing Co. - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Chicago Sun-Times Sells Suburban Papers To Tribune Publishing Co.
CHICAGO (AP) — The parent company of the Chicago Sun-Times announced Friday it has sold six daily newspapers and 32 weeklies in the Chicago suburbs to Tribune Publishing Co., casting the sale as an effort to more forcefully move into digital media. Sun-Times owner Wrapports LLC said the deal will allow it to focus on its new Sun-Times Network, which launched Friday and centers on a mobile news app tailored to local audiences in 70 U.S. cities. The sale also will financially strengthen the Chicago Sun-Times, the company said. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. "This transaction and our aggressive digital push will expand the Sun Times brand and ensure the Chicago Sun-Times is self-sustaining and financially healthy," Wrapports CEO Timothy Knight said in a statement. The strategy shifts the media landscape in one of the country's last two-newspaper towns, where the Sun-Times has grappled with declining circulation. Financial hits and changes in direction have resulted in multiple...
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Facebook Will Share Users' Political Leanings With ABC News, BuzzFeed - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Facebook Will Share Users' Political Leanings With ABC News, BuzzFeed
Facebook has begun digging through its users' public posts for insight into their political views and will give the findings to ABC News and BuzzFeed to help their coverage of the 2016 presidential election. The company confirmed the partnership with the two news organizations in an email to The Huffington Post on Friday. As part of the experiment, Facebook will categorize status updates about politicians and policy issues by adult Facebook users in the U.S. as positive, negative or neutral. The data will guide ABC and BuzzFeed's reporting on the political leanings of certain demographics. Facebook's data will first be used by ABC News during its midterm election coverage next week, specifically discussing 2016 presidential candidates and issues. BuzzFeed News will use the data regularly for political analysis. The partnership was first reported by Politico. A Facebook spokesperson told HuffPost that the company will look only at public status updates and not pull data from private...
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Why Final Fantasy Is Trying So Hard To Make Characters' Hair Realistic - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Why Final Fantasy Is Trying So Hard To Make Characters' Hair Realistic
Gamers got an inside look at the upcoming "Final Fantasy XV" at an event in Paris Thursday, and there was one clear takeaway: the game's developer, Square Enix, is serious about hair. Though the "Final Fantasy" franchise is immensely popular -- it's sold over 80 million games worldwide in its 27 years of existence -- there’s a lot riding on this latest sequel (and its hair). In recent years, franchises from the West like "Call of Duty" have dominated the sales charts. Japanese games haven't fared, as well. "If ‘Final Fantasy XV’ doesn’t do well, perhaps there’s not much of a future for console games," FFXV co-director Hajime Tabata told Kotaku.com this summer. So, "Final Fantasy XV" needs to look really good to lure in an audience. One way to tell that’s happening? The hair. Check out this clip from Thursday's presentation, apparently showing the process artists and developers used to form an in-game character's hair: It might seem simple, but hair has long been a challenge to render...
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Julie Meyer Taylor: Walking Dogs Through Life - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/julie-m...
Julie Meyer Taylor:  Walking Dogs Through Life
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Take A Peek Behind The Scenes At The Sriracha Factory - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Take A Peek Behind The Scenes At The Sriracha Factory
Sriracha has captured hearts and taste buds around the world, inspiring its own cult following. Today, you don't have to settle for slathering Sriracha sauce on your sandwich -- you can do it while wearing a Sriracha-logo hoodie and holding a Sriracha-flavored lollipop at a Sriracha-themed music festival. But what goes on behind the scenes where the beloved condiment is made? A new video released by Zagat gives us a glimpse inside the Huy Fong Foods factory in Irwindale, California, and delves into some of the controversies surrounding the company's famous product. Embarking on one of the daily factory tours that Huy Fong Foods now offers to the public, Zagat Editor James Mulcahy learns how the tangy magic happens and what the real story was behind those "Sriracha shortage" rumors. Owner David Tran even makes an appearance to explain the dust-up over the facility's "spicy smell," which some Irwindale residents claimed caused headaches, heartburn and eye irritation. The factory has...
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Teen Wins $4 Million Lottery Prize From Scratch-Off Tickets She Received As A Birthday Gift - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Teen Wins $4 Million Lottery Prize From Scratch-Off Tickets She Received As A Birthday Gift
Now this is one unforgettable birthday. Deisi Ocampo of Chicago received a gift from her father when she turned 19 earlier this month, just as many people do on their special day. But the present -- two Illinois Lottery scratch-off tickets -- ended up being very special as the teen won a $4 million prize. "It turned out to be the best birthday present ever!" Ocampo said, according to a press release from the Illinois lottery. Ocampo's father gave her the pair of $100 Million Money Mania tickets on her birthday, but she didn't scratch them off until she was on her way to work the following day. While the first ticket did not bring her any fortune, the second one hit the jackpot. "I started sweating. I couldn’t believe it was possible," she said of the moment she realized she won, according to the press release. "I worked the whole day without saying a word to anyone." Ocampo plans to use her new wealth to buy her family a house, as well as help pay for her education. While Ocampo's win...
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The Funniest Someecards Of The Week - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
The Funniest Someecards Of The Week
What. A. Day. It's Friday, it's Halloween, did we mention it's Friday?! We have so many reasons to celebrate (okay, two reasons), so put on your party pants and let's get this weekend started. How should you get your weekend rockin' and rollin' you ask? Start by reading the silliest Someecards of the week, of course! We've compiled the best below.
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The Typical Tinder User Spends 77 Minutes Tinding Every Day - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
The Typical Tinder User Spends 77 Minutes Tinding Every Day
You know what they say: Daters are gonna date. Especially on Tinder. The average Tinder user spends an astonishing 77 minutes a day on the app, a spokesperson for the company told The Huffington Post. That's a lot of time, especially considering the app moves fast. Users are presented with dating profile after profile, and they swipe left if they're not interested and right if they are. If two people swipe right on each other, they match and connect via the app's chat function. The whole point of Tinder is that it's quick and easy to see hundreds of potential matches. It's also, apparently, somewhat addictive to stare and swipe though things like this: By comparison Instagram users spend an average of 21 minutes a day on the photo-editing and sharing app. Instagram (which is owned by Facebook) has more than 200 million users. Tinder has about 50 million, according to The New York Times. However, we don't know how many successful matches are happening. Dating site OKCupid has 12...
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11 Times It's OK To Tell A Woman To Smile - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
11 Times It's OK To Tell A Woman To Smile
If you've been on the Internet in the past couple days, you've probably seen that viral video showing all the catcalls one woman received while walking around New York City for 10 hours. If you haven't -- go watch it. As its 16-million-plus YouTube views suggest, the video -- despite presenting problems of its own with its execution -- resonated with many women who have to endure such unsolicited comments on a daily basis, and whose complaints often fall on deaf ears. It's a compliment! You should be flattered! Except a catcall is a bullshit compliment and thinly veiled sexual aggression. Telling someone to smile might seem particularly innocuous -- you just want her to look happy! But that, too, is a directive that undermines a woman's agency in the name of making her prettier, and thus less threatening. Indeed, the actress who refused to smile in the aforementioned video is now receiving rape threats from viewers who totally missed the point. The point is this: Don't tell us how to...
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This Is What A Perfect Dog Adoption Looks Like - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
This Is What A Perfect Dog Adoption Looks Like
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Last-minute Vote Influences in Illinois's Gubernatorial Election - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/matthew...
Last-minute Vote Influences in Illinois's Gubernatorial Election
Chicago Sun-Times reporter Dave McKinney resigned from his position as Springfield bureau chief after 19 years this month. He said ownership of the paper succumbed to pressure from the Bruce Rauner campaign over a story it didn't like. In a blog post about his resignation, McKinney said he was taken off his political beat while the paper looked into accusations of a conflict of interest between McKinney's wife, Ann Liston, a Democratic strategist and the outcome of the story. McKinney said there had been no conflict of interest and that he felt like the paper no longer supported him as a reporter. Friends and political rivals Dave Lundy and Chris Robling discussed whether this would have an effect on Rauner's election efforts. From Lundy: [W]hat happened here is...almost Nixonian in its malevolence. Rauner's team had apparently compiled a dossier on Dave McKinney's new wife Ann Liston and was prepared to unload it when they felt threatened by a bad McKinney story. Despite the fact...
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This $129,000 Michigan House Is Hiding A Million Dollar Treasure - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
This $129,000 Michigan House Is Hiding A Million Dollar Treasure
Music lovers, inquire within. There's something you're gonna wanna see on 1117 Third Street. From the outside, we have to admit that the house looks like your average single family home. It's got your standard one bedroom, one-and-a-half bath and two-car garage on a pretty, quiet street in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and is on the market for $129,900. But inside the house, unsuspecting buyers will find an organ that covers roughly one-third of the ENTIRE house. According to the listing, the wind-powered organ has 2,300 pipes that "provide more musical ability than most churches have installed" and is from the 1900s. If the Kimball organ was installed brand new today, it would retail anywhere from $800,000 to 1 million dollars. Mark Douglas, the real estate agent for the house, informed HuffPost Home via email that the late owner of the masterpiece, Bill Tufts, didn't play at all and was actually an auto mechanic by trade. "He was completely enamored with pipe organs, would travel to hear...
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Vocal Fry, Made Famous By Kim Kardashian, Is Making Young Women 'Less Hirable' - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Vocal Fry, Made Famous By Kim Kardashian, Is Making Young Women 'Less Hirable'
There's a speech trend that's becoming increasingly prevalent among young women today, and it's called vocal fry. Best described as a female's voice descending into a lower register as they complete a sentence, it's becoming more and more common among young women as vocal fry users like Kim Kardashian and Britney Spears saturate the media. Unfortunately, according to communication expert Diane DiResta, adolescent girls are subconsciously adopting this speech pattern, and it's limiting their employment opportunities. "There was a study by Florida Atlantic University and they determined that women who had vocal fry were perceived as less competent, less educated and less trustworthy and less hirable," she told HuffPost Live on Thursday. Hear more about the negative implications of vocal fry in the clip above, and get a better idea of what vocal fry actually entails in the clip below. (function(){var...
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Kitten Takes On Spooky Remote-Controlled Spider - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Kitten Takes On Spooky Remote-Controlled Spider
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Mary Landrieu Amps Up Hurricane Katrina Recovery Efforts During Senate Race - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Mary Landrieu Amps Up Hurricane Katrina Recovery Efforts During Senate Race
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Six years ago, Sen. Mary Landrieu's effort to draw billions of dollars in federal disaster aid to Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina helped keep her in office for a third Senate term. Since then, Landrieu has lost much of that post-Katrina goodwill. The prominent Republican support she garnered in 2008 from local elected officials whose parishes and towns were ravaged by Katrina and Hurricane Rita in 2005 has withered amid sharper partisan divides. As Election Day nears, Landrieu and Democratic Party surrogates have amped up the references to hurricane recovery, trying to remind voters of her disaster aid work as they seek support to keep her in the Senate even though the state is growing ever more Republican. Disaster recovery was featured in a recent Landrieu TV ad, and the rallying cry has been sounded in the campaign. "Mary Landrieu never stopped fighting for the people of Louisiana when we needed her the most, when we were on our knees, when we were going...
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13 of the Creepiest Haunted Bars and Restaurants in America - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/thrilli...
13 of the Creepiest Haunted Bars and Restaurants in America
By: Kristin Hunt We've all outstayed our welcomes at bars and restaurants from time to time, but some places have pesky customers who have been there for ages. Literally. At these 13 creepy joints, the spirits extend well beyond a nice whiskey list. They include murdered cowboys, slain prostitutes, victims of serial killers, and even the dude who shot Alexander Hamilton. Here are rap sheets for some of America's greatest places to drink with the dead. More: The World's 10 Weirdest Restaurants Credit: Flickr/Scott from TX Poogan's Porch Charleston, SC Although it would be adorable, Poogan's Porch isn't actually haunted by a canine poltergeist. The restaurant's namesake went to the light long ago, but the same cannot be said for Zoe St. Amand, a spinster schoolteacher who died in the building in the 1950s. Zoe is apparently a fan of rotating place settings around the tables and forging food orders, as well as hurling bar stools at the staff and busting open doors when she's pissed off....
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This Pooch Is So Overjoyed To See Her Human, All She Can Do Is Dance - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
This Pooch Is So Overjoyed To See Her Human, All She Can Do Is Dance
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How Average Neighborhood Dogs Are Helping Communities Take A Bite Out Of Crime - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
How Average Neighborhood Dogs Are Helping Communities Take A Bite Out Of Crime
Walking the dog may be a mundane, everyday activity for some people. But in certain neighborhoods, the daily strolls have become the latest strategy for crime prevention. Chicago suburbs such as Morton Grove, Northbrook and Prospect Heights are among the most recent towns to get on board with Dog Walker Watch, a crime prevention program launched in April by the National Association of Town Watch. A Dog Walker Watch participant listens with her four-legged friend during a training session in Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania, earlier this year. “The idea behind it is that there are 75 million dog walkers in the country. The issues is, when they’re out walking, they’re texting, listening to music, checking email, talking on the phone," National Association of Town Watch Executive Director Matt Peskin told The Huffington Post. "But we see those people as extra eyes and ears for local law enforcement to report on crime." Roughly 1,000 areas have registered as DWW communities, about 350...
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