Saturday, April 17, 2010

Journalist, counselor, painter, and US 2012 Presidential candidate Joe Schriner of Cleveland, Ohio took some time to discuss his campaign with Wikinews in an interview.

Schriner previously ran for president in 2000, 2004, and 2008, but failed to gain much traction in the races. He announced his candidacy for the 2012 race immediately following the 2008 election. Schriner refers to himself as the “Average Joe” candidate, and advocates a pro-life and pro-environmentalist platform. He has been the subject of numerous newspaper articles, and has published public policy papers exploring solutions to American issues.

Wikinews reporter William Saturn? talks with Schriner and discusses his campaign.

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Submitted by: Melvin M. Harter

Authors are frequently asked how they conceive and create a story. There may be almost as many ways as there are authors: outline; write ending and work up to it; precise factual experience or observation (“creative non-fiction;”) whatever comes into your head; emotional idea; paper or audio notes; etc., etc. I can only speak for myself.



Some Kind of Angel

, I drew on my long years as a disability evaluation doctor, mostly assessing injured workers within the framework of California workers compensation law. I was especially impressed with death cases and the special way the law dealt with them.

About the time I was ready to write we entered the post 9/11 period. War on terror was declared and the search for what turned out to be invisible or non-existent weapons of mass destruction. So, a two themes and a couple of plots were born.


I needed engaging characters, people with outstanding values, to be drawn into the story and turned upside down in the chase. I needed a villain motivated by controversial, but nevertheless real moral issues. I needed characters so well defined that they wrote most of the story. And I had to know them better than I knew my siblings. So, I generated several character back story pages. For each character I wrote and rewrote a very intimate and personal biography. Each had, in addition to interesting physical attributes, such an emotional value-driven personality that there was rarely a time they behaved other than predictably, that is, until they made life-altering choices in a virtual dramatic pressure cooker.

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All this being done, I sat down and wrote my heart out. What my heart wrote were 120,000 words encompassing two very good but awkwardly overlapping plots and an large number of subplots. The theme of exposing white collar crooks, doctors and lawyers alike, and bringing justice to workers compensation was exciting enough for


novel. Fighting a war on terror, WMD’s, genocide, corporate criminality, and deceiving elected leaders, many of moral turpitude, comprised enough for


. I chose the latter.

After deciding which story to develop I eliminated the tedious (well written!) back stories and worked what I needed of that into action scenes, into credible dialogue. Remember “Show, Don t Tell?”

As I again read this clumsy text it became clear to me that I needed to use my brain in the rewrites and there were several rewrites. It needed more serious pruning. I had to “kill my babies.”

First, I had to find and write “the hook.” If this was truly to be a thriller it had to be so from the first sentence. I think the opening prologue accomplished this. It


enough to engage my readers as all the while it


enough to keep them curious.

After accomplishing these preliminary tasks it became easier to pull my hooked readers into many blind alleys. This abetted the process of deductive diagnosis without boredom.

After about four years of occasionally revisiting the manuscript, I had successfully converted 120,000 words of garble into 54,000 words of excitement..

Paraphrasing what Mark Twain said, “I would have written a much shorter story if I’d had more time.”

About the Author: Melvin M. Harter is a retired physician. He specialized in evaluation of the causes and extent of injury and disability. He has become a freelance writer and author of the novel, Some Kind of Angel. This sci-fi thriller explores the world of terrorism, weapons of mass destruction and genocide. For more, visit

Some Kind of Angel

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Sunday, July 2, 2006

Israel has continued its barrage of the Gaza Strip with an attack by a helicopter gunship on the office of the Palestinian prime minister. The attack, which left the building ablaze, injured three Palestinian security guards and was described by the prime minister, Ismail Haniya, as senseless. “This is the policy of the jungle and arrogance,” Haniya told Reuters. “They have targeted a symbol for the Palestinian people.”

Israel claims the attack on Gaza, codenamed Operation Summer Rains, is to pressure the Palestinian government into freeing Cpl. Gilad Shalit, the Israeli tank gunner Israel describes as having been kidnapped by Palestinian militants on Monday.

Other Israeli strikes on Saturday night hit a school in Gaza City and Hamas facilities in the town of Jabalia in the north of the strip where one 34-year-old Hamas operative was killed and another wounded.

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Monday, April 25, 2005

With two space walks, 78 million miles and six months on board the International Space Station under their belts, Commander-Science Officer Leroy Chiao and Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov, the station’s 10th crew, landed in Kazakhstan in a Soyuz spacecraft at 6:08 p.m. EDT Sunday.

Also returning was European Space Agency Astronaut Roberto Vittori of Italy, who launched to the Station with the Expedition 11 crew and spent eight days doing experiments. He was aboard under a contract between ESA and the Russian Federal Space Agency.

The re-entry of the ISS Soyuz 9 spacecraft was perfect, returning the astronauts to Earth 53 miles northeast of the town of Arkalyk after 192 days, 19 hours and 2 minutes in space for the Expedition 10 crew. The recovery team reached the capsule in minutes.

They launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan last Oct. 13 at 11:06 p.m. EDT. During their increment they performed two spacewalks, continued station maintenance and did scientific experiments.

Notable accomplishments included replacing critical hardware in the Joint Quest Airlock; repairing U.S. spacesuits; and submitting a scientific research paper on ultrasound use in space. Chiao was also the first astronaut to vote in the U.S. Presidential election from space. The crew completed two spacewalks, including experiment installation and tasks to prepare the Station for the arrival of the new European Automated Transfer Vehicle next year.

Aboard the Station, Commander Sergei Krikalev and Flight Engineer and NASA Station Science Officer John Phillips, the Expedition 11 crew, are beginning a six-month mission. It will include the resumption of Space Shuttle flights and two spacewalks from the Station. Expedition 11 is scheduled to return to Earth on October 7, 2005. The two latest occupants of the station launched with Vittori from Baikonur April 14.

Krikalev and Phillips will have light duty for the next two days, as they rest after completing a busy handover period. For the past week, they have been learning about Station operations from the two men who called the ship home since October. Chiao and Sharipov briefed Krikalev and Phillips on day-to-day operations and gave them hands-on opportunities at Station maintenance. Chiao and Phillips restored the Quest airlock to working order for future spacewalks and practiced operating the Canadarm2 robotic arm.

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byAlma Abell

If your windshield or other auto glass panel is damaged, it is important to have it repaired or replaced as quickly as possible to ensure your safety and the safety of your passengers and other road users. A damaged windshield impacts your visibility, undermines the structural integrity of your car and makes your vehicle look less than perfect. If the damage is minor and you act quickly, you can repair your auto glass and have it look as good as new. However, if the damage is significant, there is no option other than having your auto glass replaced completely. Consider the following tips for quality Glass Replacement in Wyoming to ensure optimal safety for your vehicle.

Ensure That You Need Windshield Replacement

One of the first things that you should do if you notice damage to your windshield is confirm whether or not you need to have it repaired or replaced completely. The best way to do this is by consulting with professional auto glass technicians who will examine the windshield and give you feedback on the best option to ensure quality results and your highest safety level.

Prioritize Windshield Replacement

If an auto glass technician confirms that you do need to have your windshield replaced, make it a priority to do so as quickly as possible. The longer you ignore or put off replacing your windshield, the higher the chances are that you could be seriously injured if you are involved in an accident while driving with the damaged glass.

Only Use The Services Of Auto Glass Specialists

When you are ready to have your windshield replaced, always utilize the services of professional auto glass specialists. They have the necessary materials, tools and knowledge to ensure the highest quality installation and ongoing safety for you and your passengers.

These are some of the most important tips for Glass Replacement in Wyoming that will help you to get the level of service and satisfaction you expect before, during and after the replacement process. If you would like to employ the services of licensed and trained auto glass repair and replacement specialists.

By Maisy Day

Is it true that Japanese imported cars dominate the United Kingdoms thoroughfares (road and motorways) well the next time you sit stuck in a traffic jam – take note? If your love of fast cars prevails – i.e. an avid enthusiast of Japanese imports – then no doubt any conversation relating to high performance vehicles that can notch up speeds to well over a 100 mph will get your undivided attention. Never test drive one of these vehicles without an expert driver at your side.

Are you trading in your old motor car because the engine has seized up – for one of those Japanese imported cars shipped over from Japan to the UK, if so, then you need to know more on the specific make and model of the vehicle you tend on sitting behind the driver’s wheel of. Japanese imported cars are not only designed for speed, (high performance) Different types of transport from the orient come specially designed for the family man.

Jap imports are classed as used cars ferried over by cargo tankers to the UK. A motor trade survey stated that Mitsubishi, Isuzu, Mazda, Honda are the most highly ranked Japanese cars driven on the roads. The yellow race hides no secret by showing no interest in second hand ownership (used vehicles), and it is because of this which allows the British motorist to buy Japanese imported cars cheap. For those who dreamt of parking a Nissan Skyline on the drive – must remember dreams can come true. Car dealers parking lots or garage forecourts who trade and deal in overseas imports will have all the information you need on the foreign paperwork.

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Japanese imported cars need to be legalized to meet with safety adaptations issued by the DVLA. Before driving off in one of those Japanese imported cars make sure to finalize any car finance details or collect a receipt for a cash sale. Imported cars arriving into this country usually have no vehicle licence plate (registration) so therefore the motor vehicle will have to be checked over at an SVA centre to be serviced i.e. a “harsh mot” which is required by law to meet with British road safety standards for motorists. More details on what an SVA inspection consists of can be found online.

Japanese imported cars should not be ignored as to being a boy racers car; in fact they are highly recommended and directed towards the family man because of their reputation for reliability

Mitsubishi, Isuzu, Mazda, Honda may come highly ranked but – also on Britain’s motorways so does the reliable Toyota and stylish fast super quick Subaru Impreza. Because of the affordable prices – the demand for these turbo speed models is phenomenal, therefore showing that Japanese imported cars is on the increase. Roadworthy cars as such – when the accelerator is pressed to the floor handle and perform well on most types of road surface in and around bends.

The suped up might fast Subaru Impreza is a compact car that was first brought to our attention by Subaru in 1993. There are several definitions to the meaning of the word Impreza. The Italians descriptive word means a feat or an achievement whereas the Polish meaning of the word Impreza means to party or celebrate. If you are not familiar with Japanese imported cars then you need to be, purely because certain models have been built for speed. Remember speed kills and it is also against the law to break any speed limits enforced under British ruling.

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Sunday, August 20, 2006

 Correction — January 23, 2006 Cyclist Floyd Landis failed a drugs test for the hormone testesterone, not adrenaline as reported in the article. 

Track star Marion Jones, winner of 3 gold medals in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, has tested positive for the performance enhancing drug, EPO. The hormone helps create extra red blood cells which allows the user’s body to absorb extra oxygen.

Jones was expected to compete in yesterday’s Golden League meet in Zurich, Switzerland, but left early in the morning for “personal reasons.” It was announced earlier today (UTC) that she had tested positive for EPO. Jones faces a two year ban if her B test sample comes back positive.

Jones has a history of association with steroid users and dealers. In 1999, her then husband CJ Hunter tested positive for a similar drug, nandralone. He had to withdraw from the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and received a two year ban.

Jones later divorced him, and in 2002 started a relationship with another track star, Tim Montgomery, who were both coached by Trevor Grahm.

Montgomery set a record in the 100 meter sprint of 9.78 seconds at a race in Paris that year. He was banned for two years and stripped of his record due to evidence in the Federal BALCO investigation. In the BALCO investigation, several witnesses stated that Marion Jones was taking banned substances received from BALCO.

Jones’ coach, Grahm, has been involved with 10 other athletes that tested positive and were ultimately banned for the use of illegal substances. Justin Gatlin, also coached by Grahm, also tested positive for artificial Testosterone, but has not been banned or stripped of his record.

Another American athlete, cyclist Floyd Landis tested positive for excessive levels of adrenaline after winning the Tour-de-France, which may lead to him being the first winner in the tournament’s history to be stripped of the title.

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See the discussion page for instructions on adding schools to this list.Tuesday, September 13, 2005

NAICU has created a list of colleges and universities accepting and/or offering assistance to displace faculty members. [1]Wednesday, September 7, 2005

This list is taken from Colleges offering admission to displaced New Orleans students, and is intended to make searching easier for faculty, graduate, and professional students.

In addition to the list below, the Association of American Law Schools has compiled a list of law schools offering assistance to displaced students. [2] As conditions vary by college, interested parties should contact the Office of Admissions at the school in question for specific requirements and up-to-date details.

The Association of American Medical Colleges is coordinating alternatives for medical students and residents displaced by Hurricane Katrina. [3] is acting as a central interactive hub for establishing research support in times of emergency. With so many scientists affected by Hurricane Katrina, ResCross is currently focused on providing information to identify sources of emergency support as quickly as possible. [4]

With so many scientists affected by Hurricane Katrina, ResCross is currently focused on providing information to identify sources of emergency support as quickly as possible.

Physics undergraduates, grad students, faculty and high school teachers can be matched up with housing and jobs at universities, schools and industry. [5] From the American Association of Physics Teachers, the Society of Physics Students, the American Institute of Physics and the American Physical Society.

If you are seeking or providing assistance, please use this site to find information on research support, available lab space/supplies, resources, guidelines and most importantly to communicate with fellow researchers.

The following is a partial list, sorted by location.

Alabama |Alaska |Arizona |Arkansas |California |Colorado |Connecticut |Delaware |District of Columbia |Florida |Georgia |Hawaii |Idaho |Illinois |Indiana |Iowa |Kansas |Kentucky |Louisiana |Maine |Maryland |Massachusetts |Michigan |Minnesota |Mississippi |Missouri |Montana |Nebraska |Nevada |New Hampshire |New Jersey |New Mexico |New York |North Carolina |North Dakota |Ohio |Oklahoma |Oregon |Pennsylvania |Rhode Island |South Carolina |South Dakota |Tennessee |Texas |Utah |Vermont |Virginia |Washington |West Virginia |Wisconsin |Wyoming |Canada

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Two passenger trains collided in India early on Wednesday, killing at least 21 people and injuring more than twenty others, reports have said. The accident occurred at around 05.30 local time (00.00 UTC), when a passenger train collided with another train which was waiting at a red signal near the northern city of Agra.

Both the trains were in the final leg of their journey at the time of the collision. They were heading to the capital, New Delhi, which is about 200 kilometers north of the accident site.

Passengers said that they were sleeping when they felt a heavy jolt. One eyewitness told television crews that people on the upper berths of the train came tumbling down due to the impact: “We felt a massive jolt. People sleeping on upper berths fell to the floor.”

“There was a loud bang and we were suddenly thrown out of our seats. There was panic everywhere,” another passenger recounted.

A northern railway spokesman, R. D. Vajpayee, told the Voice of America news agency that the rear coach of the stationary train bore the brunt of the collision’s impact. “We had to rescue, take out the passengers which were trapped in the last coach. And, gas cutters were used, and we had called the army also. They had assisted us and, within a few hours, we had completed with rescue operations.”

An unnamed eyewitness told the CNN-IBN news agency that “there are many people who are injured and many people who are dead. A lot of people fell onto the tracks because of the impact of the collision.”

Railway officials said they are not certain what caused the accident, but one of the trains may have overlooked a signal to stop. An inquiry into the incident has been ordered.

Trains are the most popular mode of long-distance travel in India. India operates one of the most extensive and busiest rail networks in the world; 9,000 passenger trains run every day, carrying more than eighty million people daily across the country. There are about 300 rail accidents in the country every year, prompting calls for improving safety standards on the rail network. Earlier this month, one person was killed when a train derailed. In February, another train accident in eastern India claimed sixteen lives.

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Peace activist Cindy Sheehan, who recently announced her intention to run as the Peace and Freedom Party’s nominee for governor of California in 2014, took some time to answer five questions from Wikinews reporter William S. Saturn.

Sheehan is best known for her active opposition to the War in Iraq following the loss of her son Casey there in 2004. In protest of the war, she set up camp outside President George W. Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas, demanding a pullout of U.S. troops and prosecution of Bush administration officials for war crimes. According to her website, Sheehan also advocates revolutionary socialism, believing it to be key to loosening the “Imperialist/Capitalist two-party stranglehold” on U.S. and world politics.

This campaign is not Sheehan’s first foray into electoral politics. In 2008, she challenged then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for Congress, finishing second in a field of seven candidates. During the campaign, she championed the reduction of U.S. troops abroad, and endorsed economic democracy, bank nationalization, single-payer health care, education subsidies, marijuana decriminalization, alternative fuels, and electoral reform. In 2012, she ran as the vice presidential nominee of the Peace and Freedom Party on a similar platform. The party promotes socialism, feminism, and environmentalism.

Other gubernatorial candidates include Governor Jerry Brown of the Democratic Party, former Lieutenant Governor Abel Maldonado of the Republican Party, and 2012 Justice Party vice presidential nominee Luis J. Rodriguez of the Green Party.

With Wikinews, Sheehan discusses third party politics and her campaign and governing strategy, and assesses past governors of California, including Brown.