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Sorority semi-formal turns into drunken, vomitous, vandalous brawl

The Gradebook | Tampabay.com - St. Petersburg Times and tbt*

I deeply regret having to report a rather serious complaint our facility has with your Zeta Tau Alpha organization. Melissa Carr planned an event with our restaurant and bussed in a group from your school. The group arrived in an intoxicated state, at least 80% percent. Most of these students were underage as we carded everyone on arrival. There was a fight between some of the guests and we had to call the police to stop this nonsense. The group broke the toilet and baby changing table in the men’s room, ripped a handle of the entrance door and several people threw up in various parts of the restaurant. The group turned our 102 year old fine dining restaurant into a frat house. The students actually took a bottle of liquor from the bar that we had to take back from them. I feel the entire group should be disciplined in some manner. We actually had them leave the restaurant earlier than there scheduled departure time as we cannot tolerate that type of behavior. The police breaking up a fight in our restaurant is something we have never had happen and we are extremely disappointed in the behavior of your students. Please contact me at your convenience if you wish to discuss this unfortunate situation.

Awful Person Glenn Beck: "[A] handful of people who hate America ... are losing their homes in a forest fire today"

Media Matters - Beck: "[A] handful of people who hate America ... are losing their homes in a forest fire today"

For the record: San Diego is a hugely conservative, republican town. They also have an enormous Navy base. This guy is a complete and utter wacko. Why is he on the radio and on tv?

On the October 22 edition of his nationally syndicated radio program, host Glenn Beck stated, "I think there is a handful of people who hate America. Unfortunately for them, a lot of them are losing their homes in a forest fire today." Beck continued: "There are a few people that hate America. But I don't think the Democrats are those. I think there are those posing as Democrats that are like that." Beck's comment came as forest fires ravaged parts of Southern California, leaving one person dead, four firefighters wounded, and forcing about 1,500 people from their homes, according to The New York Times.

Beck's comment immediately followed his statement that "we're all one America" and "just because I disagree with you doesn't mean you hate America, and I love America. We all love America. We just disagree on how we should function." Beck had been distinguishing his views from those of California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R), who, according to the Financial Times, "has urged Republican presidential candidates to capture the political centre ground ahead of next year's election by focusing on healthcare reform and education." Beck criticized Schwarzenegger's proposed strategy as "not the way to win on any front" and offered the following clarification: "When I say on the air, and I've said it a lot lately, that we need to come together, and we need to get back into the center, we're being pushed on to the edges -- I want you to understand, that is not on policies. I don't mean that we come in the center on policies. We come to the center on principles."

Raging fires force evacuation of Southern California

Raging Calif. wildfires force 1M to flee - Yahoo! News

Tentacles of unpredictable, shifting flame have burned across nearly 600 square miles, killing one person, destroying more than 1,300 homes and prompting one of the biggest evacuations in California history, from north of Los Angeles, through San Diego to the Mexican border.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said the flames were threatening 68,000 more homes.

"We have had an unfortunate situation that we've had three things come together: very dry areas, very hot weather and then a lot of wind," Schwarzenegger said. "And so this makes the perfect storm for a fire."

(Here is the map of the fires)

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Continent-size toxic stew of plastic trash fouling swath of Pacific Ocean

In reality, the rogue bag would float into a sewer, follow the storm drain to the ocean, then make its way to the so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch - a heap of debris floating in the Pacific that's twice the size of Texas, according to marine biologists.

The enormous stew of trash - which consists of 80 percent plastics and weighs some 3.5 million tons, say oceanographers - floats where few people ever travel, in a no-man's land between San Francisco and Hawaii.

Marcus Eriksen, director of research and education at the Algalita Marine Research Foundation in Long Beach, said his group has been monitoring the Garbage Patch for 10 years.

"With the winds blowing in and the currents in the gyre going circular, it's the perfect environment for trapping," Eriksen said. "There's nothing we can do about it now, except do no more harm."