Wikinews interviews U.S. Libertarian presidential candidate Wayne Allyn Root
Wikinews interviews U.S. Libertarian presidential candidate Wayne Allyn Root

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Wikinews held an exclusive interview with Wayne Allyn Root, one of the candidates for the Libertarian Party nomination for the 2008 U.S. presidential election.

Root is the founder and chairman of Winning Edge International Inc., a sports handicapping company based in Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition, he is an author and a television producer, as well as an on-screen personality both as host and guest on several talk shows.

Root, a long-time Republican, declared his candidacy for the Libertarian Party on May 4, 2007.

He says he is concerned about the qualities of many who run for president, and fears that they do not know the needs of American citizens. He also says that they cater to big businesses instead of small ones.

He has goals of limiting the federal government and believes that the US went into Iraq for wrong reasons. A strong supporter of the War on Terror, he feels that it was mishandled. He has conservative values and came from a blue collar family in New York. He graduated from Columbia University with fellow presidential hopeful Barack Obama in 1983.

Root believes that America is in trouble and hopes to change that if elected.

7 Reasons To Move To Idaho

By Jason Kay

If you were to tell your friends that you were planning to move to Idaho you would undoubtedly raise an eyebrow or two. Tell your friends the reasons you are making the move to Idaho though and you may just persuade one or two of them to come with you.

Idaho is a state that offers much more than potatoes. Idaho is a state littered with small towns. In fact its largest city, which is Boise, has a population of just 200,000, while its second largest city, Nampa has around 64,000. Besides the tranquility that comes with small-town living, a move to Idaho can be a very rewarding one.

While there are a number of reasons to move to Idaho, there are seven reasons that just jump off the page:

1. Crime Rate: Idaho has some of the lowest crime in the west according to the FBI. The serious crime rate in Idaho is 21.3 percent less than the national average.

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2. Cost of Living: Idaho’s cost of living is the second lowest of the 11 western states when factoring in things such as housing costs, health care, groceries, and other factors.

3. Housing: Idaho has a diverse and affordable number of dwellings to choose from. In Idaho you can find anything from a cozy cottage all the way up to an elaborate estate. Median home values in Idaho are among the lowest in the nation.

4. Education: Education is a top priority in Idaho with 64 percent of the state’s general fund dedicated to education. For college bound individuals, Idaho boasts a college or university in almost every city that has over 20,000 residents and has several top-rated vocation schools as well. Idaho also ranks third among the 50 states with most adults over age 25 that have graduated from high school.

5. Jobs and Employment: Idaho has a strong economy with manufacturing and agriculture as its top two draws. Also strong in the Idaho jobs market are high-tech, retail, tourism, and health care.

6. Taxes: When comparing the largest city in every state, Idaho is lower in taxes than 30 other states for a family that earns $50,000 per year.

7. The great outdoors: This is perhaps the biggest reason to move to Idaho. Because Idaho is filled with mountains, there are many different activates for the outdoor enthusiast. From hiking, mountain biking, fishing, kayaking, skiing in the winter, and even mountain climbing, if outdoor thrills are your thing, then Idaho is for you.

The reasons to move to the beautiful state of Idaho are truly limitless. While Idaho may not be a flashy name when it comes to the different states it does offer its own flare. It seems Idaho, like many things in this world, is a hidden gem. Idaho offers much of a big city lifestyle but you can still enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of a small-town. Based on the population figures there are not many people that are considering a move to Idaho, but if they knew the facts you better believe they would.

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Augusten Burroughs on addiction, writing, his family and his new book
Augusten Burroughs on addiction, writing, his family and his new book

Friday, October 12, 2007

I had an unofficial phone call from Gay Talese last Tuesday. He had just flown back from Colombia and he was cranky. “I’m happy to do an interview with you,” he said, “but what the hell could you ask me that’s not already out there? Have you even bothered to look?!”

“Jeez, Mr. Talese, lots of things,” was my response. I lied. The truth is that when I call people to interview them, I do not have a set of preconceived questions. My agenda is to talk to them and gain a sense of who they are; to flesh them out as humans. To find out what they think about the world around them at that moment. With Gay Talese I had little interest in talking about Frank Sinatra Has a Cold and with Augusten Burroughs I had little interest in discussing Running with Scissors. I want to know what they think about things outside of the boxes people have placed them in.

With a memoirist like Burroughs, even this is a challenge. What parts of his life he has not written about himself, other interviewers have strip-mined. When we met for dinner at Lavagna in the East Village, I explained to Augusten this issue. I suggested we make the interview more of a conversation to see if that would be more interesting. “Instead of you in the catbird seat,” I said, “let’s just talk.”

We struck an instant rapport. What set out to be an hour and half interview over dinner had turned into four hours of discussion about our lives similarly lived. I removed half of the interview: the half that focused on me.

Below is Wikinews reporter David Shankbone’s conversation with writer Augusten Burroughs.


  • 1 On addiction and getting sober
  • 2 On the Turcottes and his mother
  • 3 On his work
  • 4 On the response to his work from addicts
  • 5 On belief in a higher power
  • 6 On the gay community
  • 7 On his new book, A Wolf at the Table, a memoir about his father
  • 8 On women’s breasts and tattoos
  • 9 On losing his hair
  • 10 Sources
Pennsylvania state trooper found guilty of first-degree murder
Pennsylvania state trooper found guilty of first-degree murder

Friday, March 20, 2009

In the United States, a suspended Pennsylvania state trooper has been convicted of first-degree murder for killing his girlfriend’s estranged husband.

Kevin Foley, 43, faces a mandatory life sentence without parole for slashing to death John Yelenic, a Blairsville dentist who was in the final stages of divorcing his wife, Michele. Foley’s attorney said he plans to appeal the decision. Prosecutors did not seek the death penalty.

Foley previously said he “loathed Dr. Yelenic” and asked another fellow trooper to help kill him. During his testimony, which lasted several hours, Foley claimed he was joking and had no true intention of carrying out the threat, but the Indiana County jury rejected that defense after about six hours of deliberations.

John Yelenic was found dead in his home on April 13, 2006, one day before he was planning on signing his divorce papers. Charges were brought against Foley in September 2007, more than 17 months after the murder.

Foley, who had been on suspension from the Pennsylvania State Police, was himself the final witness to take the stand Wednesday in the trial. Foley insisted he was innocent during his testimony, and even made jokes that the jury laughed at on a few occasions.

“I never made a threat with the intention of carrying it out,” Foley said under cross-examination by the prosecution.

When Senior Deputy Attorney General Anthony Krastek pressed Foley for what was funny about asking another state trooper to help him kill Yelenic, Foley answered, “There isn’t any joke. It’s just my personality, my behavior (with co-workers).”

Prosecutors said Foley killed Yelenic after going to the dentist’s house to confront him over the terms of the divorce. Prosecutors claim Foley slashed Yelenic several times with a knife and pushed his head through a small window. Yelenic bled to death.

“John has his justice tonight,” Mary Ann Clark, a cousin of Yelenic, told MSNBC. “John deserved this; he was the most wonderful person in the world. He died the most horrible death and tonight, this is his night. The system worked.”

Foley had been living with Michele Yelenic for two years at the time of the homicide. Prosecutors previously said Foley and Michele helped perpetuate rumors that Dr. Yelenic molested their son. John and Michele Yelenic had been separated in 2002. Michele Yelenic stood to collect Dr. Yelenic’s estate and a US$1 million life insurance policy, and could lose about $2,500 a month in support if the divorce was finalized, a Pennsylvania grand jury previously determined.

Michele Yelenic, who has not appeared at the trial, may face legal action herself, media reports indicated. A sentencing hearing for Foley is scheduled for June 1.

Canada’s Scarborough-Agincourt (Ward 39) city council candidates speak
Canada’s Scarborough-Agincourt (Ward 39) city council candidates speak
This exclusive interview features first-hand journalism by a Wikinews reporter. See the collaboration page for more details.

Friday, November 3, 2006

On November 13, Torontonians will be heading to the polls to vote for their ward’s councillor and for mayor. Among Toronto’s ridings is Scarborough-Agincourt (Ward 39). Two candidates responded to Wikinews’ requests for an interview. This ward’s candidates include Wayne Cook, Mike Del Grande (incumbent), Samuel Kung, Lushan Lu, Sunshine Smith, and John Wong.

For more information on the election, read Toronto municipal election, 2006.

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China urges Obama to cancel Dalai Lama visit
China urges Obama to cancel Dalai Lama visit

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

China has warned the United States that ties between the two countries will be strained if the US President meets the Dalai Lama. This follows the little progress achieved at “sharply divided” talks between China and the representatives of the Dalai Lama in China. Chinese Communist Party official Zhu Weiqun, speaking at a press conference to discuss the five-day visit by the representatives, said that “corresponding action” would be taken if the White House did not step down. He elaborated, stating that “it will seriously undermine the foundations of Sino-US political relations“, and that China would take “corresponding action to make relevant countries see their mistakes.”

We oppose any attempt by foreign forces to interfere in China’s internal affairs using the Dalai Lama as an excuse

He added, “The Dalai Lama is already 75. We hope he will face up to reality, change his stand and make a correct choice for the remainder of his life.” He went on to say that “We oppose any attempt by foreign forces to interfere in China’s internal affairs using the Dalai Lama as an excuse,” referring to the United States.

The Dalai Lama fled Tibet after an uprising rebelling against China failed in 1959. The talks between the exiled supporters & China follow a conference last month, held by Chinese leaders, to review Tibet policies.

Tibet saw major unrest in March of 2008, and riots and demonstrations are a regular occurrence, although the Chinese Government believes that its policies in Tibet are correct.

This development adds to previous tension between the United States and China, caused by issues over internet censorship and the US-Taiwan arms deal announced last week.

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Atlanta Painting Contractors Are The Best When It Comes To Color

Atlanta Painting Contractors are the best when it comes to color


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Every house owner wants to design their home in the desired way to suite all their style tastes. The majority of the house owners often get confused and baffled when it comes to selecting the color tone and color shades for your newly developed house or renovation undergoing apartment. There is no doubt that a fresh patch of color often does miracle and creates a fresh look. A new life gets injected in the ambiance of the house with the touch of the brush of a professional house painter. Only a professional hand knows the amount of color that is required to create the marvel. This requires a good amount of skill and proper training.

If you think that you can yourself make difference by adding some colors to your house that you are totally working. For any job in the world it is best to consult with the experts of that niche. A house is best when it gets the touch of a renovation. The whole thing comprises of a series of procedure. The process starts with contacting well-reputed Atlanta painting contractors

, as they are the authority in this field. They do a thorough analysis of the house on which they are going to apply color. They have different services for various purposes. Every house owner wants to have a house adorned with various vibrant colors, thus they hire the services of a professional painter. Painting contractors are those people who take on the projects of color applying in various parts of the nation and complete those projects within fixed time line maintain top class quality.

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Once you hire the services of Atlanta Painting Contractors

you know that you have contacted the right group of people. They would never apply cheap color on your household and would make sure to do the work in the finest way possible. When it comes to residential color applying services, you get both the exterior and interior portions of the house covered. They take every possible measure to keep the whole process simple and no such problem is created in your daily life while they perform the job in your courtyard.

Atlanta Commercial Painting is another name which needs to be taken in this regard with great respect. It actually deals with the official needs and various other jobs. Any office looking to create a fresh environment of interior and exterior loves to make use of this service. Atlanta house painting offers top quality of painting solutions at a very much affordable price range. This is the reason that throughout the nation more and more people are now opting for their services. There is no doubt that with them in the scene every house and office is looking for a fresh and rejuvenated look of their own. A fresh coating of paint can make a lot of difference in the mind of viewers. Make people once again fall in love with your offices interior and houses exterior. This is the moment when you should create an impression of yours with the right tool.

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Wikinews wanders the Referendum-year Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Wikinews wanders the Referendum-year Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

With many venues reporting sell-out shows, the 68th year of the Edinburgh Festival attracted visitors from around the globe. Wikinews’ Brian McNeil roamed the city for the four weeks of the event, capturing the colour, spectacle, and comedy, in photos.

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Global markets surge in value
Global markets surge in value

Monday, October 13, 2008

Markets worldwide have surged in value following efforts by governments to ease the effect of the ongoing financial crisis, which has recently caused a massive decline in the value of stock markets.

On Sunday, the fifteen countries from the Eurogroup – that is, those countries which use the euro as official currency – had agreed on a joint plan to face the crisis, which would consist in supporting financial institutions and by guaranteeing interbank loans.

The Eurogroup meeting was the last of many which took place during the weekend. The G7 nations had met in Washington at the same time that the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank held their Autumn meetings.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average index is one of the indexes that have done particularly well today, and it closed up 11.08%, well over 9,000 points. General Motors was the best performer in this index, with its value rising by 31.49%. The Nasdaq rose by 11.81%.

The FTSE 100 has today gone up in value by 8,26%, to take the index back over the four thousand mark. TUI Travel was the best performing company in this index. It went up by 41.25 points (21.48%), to take it to a new share price of 233.25. Some shares in the FTSE, however, have continued to fall dramatically. HBOS today dropped in value by 31.48%.

The Brazilian Bovespa index today went up by 14,66%, while the Hang Seng and Singapore Straits Times went up by 10.24% and 6.57% respectively.

Stocks exchanges in Tokyo, Buenos Aires and Toronto were closed due to national holidays.

22:00, Monday, October 13, 2008 (UTC)
  • DJIA
  • 9.387,61 936,42 11,08%
  • Nasdaq
  • 1.844,25 194,74 11.81%
  • S&P 500
  • 228,14 23,30 11,37%
  • S&P TSX
  • 9.065,16 0,00 0.00%
  • IPC
  • 22.095,90 2.190,62 11,01%
  • Merval
  • 1.215,990 0.00 0,00%
  • Bovespa
  • 40.829,13 5,219.63 14,66%
  • FTSE 100
  • 4.256,90 324,84 8,26%
  • DAX
  • 5.062,45 518,14 11,40%
  • CAC 40
  • 3.531,50 355,01 11,18%
  • SMI
  • 5.956,32 609,10 11,39%
  • AEX
  • 285,27 27,22 10,55%
  • BEL20
  • 2.324,80 201,36 9,48%
  • MIBTel
  • 17.125,00 1.687,00 10,93%
  • IBEX 35
  • 9.955,70 958,00 10,65%
  • All Ordinaries
  • 4.141,90 202,40 5,14%
  • Nikkei
  • 8.276,43 0,00 0,00%
  • Hang Seng
  • 16.312,20 1.515,29 10,24%
  • SSE Composite
  • 2.073,57 73,00 3,65%

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    Energy Careers Come In Various Forms

    By Kelley Wilson

    There are many types of positions that one could apply for if they are interested in the various types of energy careers. These can be very rewarding types of paths to take.

    There are positions in areas such as exploration and production, power and utility, refining and marketing, gas gathering, gas transporting, gas transportation, engineering, procurement, construction, service and equipment, chemical and petrochemical engineers, professional services, information technology, renewable energy, business management, financial analysts, energy specialists, program managers, transmission line workers, pipe fitters, customer service representatives, and many more positions.

    Renewable energy careers are on the rise today. This is going to be the future of all types of power that is generated eventually. This is because each country must find a way to become self-sufficient and cut the dependency on foreign types of fuels, such as oil.

    There is a tremendous amount of money and research being poured into these types of greener fuel sources today. This is definitely an area that will continue to grow into the next generation and on. There are even schools forming now that are entirely dedicated to green technology and preparing their students for renewable energy careers.

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    Positions for energy careers can also include communications degrees, community education, marketing support, human resources and law degrees. All of these will be necessary for the upcoming rise of the greener, eco-friendly jobs of the future.

    Solar power, wind power, biofuels and renewable fuel sources are all areas that will become potential energy careers for many of todays children. As technology continues to evolve and innovative processes become more than just ideas, these positions will need to be filled by people who have the training and expertise to make these organizations and businesses that focus on alternative fuel types a success. Biofuels will require the assistance of positions such as agricultural specialists, chemists, microbiologists and biochemists.

    Geothermal power is another area that is gaining a lot of ground as well. This is another emerging science that will be in great need of trained professionals.

    They will help with making it accessible to everyone in an effort to make the transformation complete from other types of power that are used today which burn fossils fuels and emit toxins into the atmosphere. There will be a need in this area for geophysicists, geochemists, geologists, engineers and professional drillers.

    Hydropower is another area that will be increasing in the years to come and again will need professionals to be able to man and operate the facilities needed to make power in the future. In this field there will be a need for biologists, hydrologists and ecologists, as well as wildlife habitat specialists.

    There will be a plethora of environmental type jobs and positions that will need to be filled in the future. Just as medical positions are now almost a guarantee that the individual holding them will find a job; this will also become a fact with those who hold degrees in environmental and renewable resource fuel development. There will be opportunities for this generation that did not exist beforehand, and this is good news.

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