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Saturday
Oct152011

What is the Luckiest City in America?

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- How do you measure luck? Men’s Health came up with its own criteria that it used to rank the 100 luckiest cities in America.

The ranking was based on positive factors such as lottery wins and numbers of holes-in-one and negative factors such as people struck by lightning and injuries from random falling objects.

So which city came out on top? Based on the magazine’s luck assessment, San Diego is the luckiest city in America. Baltimore and Phoenix followed in second and third.

San Diego is known for its miles of beaches, boardwalks and marinas. And now, it is America’s luckiest city.

Men’s Health deputy editor Matt Marion told ABCNews.com that when the staff brainstorms for monthly columns it tries to focus on issues that are important in readers’ lives, which are often fairly obvious.

But for this month, they chose luck as something important to readers but less obvious for making rankings.

“Luck certainly is something that a lot of us give a pretty good amount of power to in our lives and focus on at different times in our lives,” Marion said.

Once the idea was conceived, the researchers had to figure out how to execute it.

“How the heck are we going to define this?” Marion said. “This is not something you see in a data set.”

They narrowed down their criteria to six categories: “The most winners of Powerball, Mega Millions and Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes; most hole-in-ones, according to the PGA; fewest lightning strikes, including the fatal kind, and deaths from falling objects, according to Vaisala Inc., the National Climatic Data Center and the CDC; and least money lost on lottery tickets and race betting, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.”

“Sports are something that luck is often given some kind of role in and, in terms of that, nothing is luckier than hitting a hole in one,” Marion said. “It’s very hard to argue that that’s just skill.”

“In terms of bad luck, what else can there be than being hit by lightening or something falling out of the sky to hit you?”

The bottom five cities on the list were Sioux Falls, S.D.; Memphis, Tenn.; Jackson, Miss.; Tampa, Fla.; and Charleston, S.C.

Marion emphasized that Men’s Health is about making your own luck by being proactive in your life, but conceded that everyone needs a little luck.

“Luck is something that resonates with people,” Marion said. “No matter what you believe— your religious, personal or philosophical beliefs—I think everybody gives at least a little bit of credence to luck.”

But Marion doesn’t want any city to get too comfortable in its ranking because luck is fleeting.

“The thing about luck is it isn’t ultimately something you have control over,” Marion said. “Since we know luck is changeable, who knows where any city will fall next year?”

Top 10 luckiest cities:
1. San Diego
2. Baltimore
3. Phoenix
4. Wilmington, Del.
5. Richmond, Va.
6. San Francisco
7. Las Vegas
8. Philadelphia
9. Louisville, Ky.
10. Reno, Nev.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Monday
Mar282011

'OutServe' Magazine Launched for Active-Duty Gay and Lesbian Troops  

Alex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- An underground group of gay and lesbian service members Monday launched a new magazine, OutServe, hoping it will spread awareness about the contributions of gay troops and serve as a watchdog for the full repeal of "don't ask, don't tell."

OutServe, the group behind the magazine, was formed last year to create a supportive community for active-duty gay service members who still cannot reveal their sexual orientation out of fear that they might be discharged while "don't ask, don't tell" is being repealed. The 18-page magazine, published electronically, represents the latest step in that mission, with feature stories, photographs and contact information for OutServe chapters around the world. The publishers plan to make the next edition available in print as well as online.

"We definitely hope to have it in select [military] installations, as well as the Department of Defense," J. Mills, the editor of the magazine, who is active-duty in the Air Force, said, asking that his first name be withheld to avoid reprisal from the military.

Mills pulled together the first edition of the magazine with a team of three other people but, he said, he expects the May-June issue to be twice as long with work from more contributors. He said OutServe has already been contacted by potential advertisers and others who simply want to give their time and talents.

"The magazine really is a grassroots efforts by our own people to reach out and support our own," Mills said.

As the formal repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" progresses, Mills expects the magazine to share stories about OutServe members and focus on still-contentious issues such as benefits for partners of gay service members, he said.

OutServe was formed in July and has rapidly grown to include about 2,900 members in more than 40 chapters. The group says that members come from all five military branches, including a mix of officers and enlisted men.

President Obama signed the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" into law in December but the implementation of the repeal is occurring gradually. The Pentagon has said that the training process will be completed this year, with different timelines for each branch of the service.

OutServe magazine is aimed primarily at active-duty lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender troops, but its editors hope it might also make a difference to others in the military who come across the publication.

"It just helps us get our message out and helps people to see that this is no big deal," Mills said. "Full implementation is right around the corner, and we think it's a great thing to get this out sooner rather than later."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Monday
Feb072011

Tucson Victim's Fiancée Calls for Reduced Bullets in Magazine

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Nearly one month after she lost her fiancé Gabe Zimmerman to a bullet in a Tucson, Arizona parking lot, Kelly O'Brien called on the Arizona state legislature to pass a bill that would reduce the amount of bullets in a magazine to 10.

“I absolutely support it.  Most people own hand guns for self-defense and there is nothing you can do with 10 bullets that you can do with 30,” she told ABC News in an exclusive interview.  “And it is so sad to see 19 people gunned down in just 15 seconds by one of these extended capacity clips.”

When asked if she thought passing that law would limit constitutional rights under the Second Amendment, O’Brien compared it to free speech and yelling “fire” in a crowded theater, saying that “everything within reason should have limits.”

“As you know Jared was stopped when he ran out of bullets.  And I believe, even if not Gabe, other people could have been saved that day,” O’Brien said.  “And absolutely more people could have not had the injury and stuff that they had to sustain.”

O’Brien couldn’t help but smile during the interview when she saw the photos of Zimmerman, who was Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ director of outreach.  The couple had been together for 22 months and were planning a spring wedding in Tucson in 2012.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Monday
Oct112010

U.S. Citizen and Creator of Al Qaeda English-Language Magazine Proud to be a Traitor

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Al Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula has released a second issue of their online English-language magazine called Inspire, which U.S. officials say is designed to incite and recruit Western extremists to undertake terrorist activity and attacks.  The magazine’s second issue includes an article from Samir Khan, an American citizen from North Carolina who left for Yemen last year and is believed by U.S. officials to be the creator of the magazine, which is a collection of articles on conducting attacks and messages from terrorist leaders. 

The latest issue includes articles allegedly penned by Osama Bin Laden and radical Yemeni-American cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki, who has become a prominent member of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the group that has claimed responsibility for the failed Christmas Day bombing of Northwest flight 253.

Khan was born in Saudi Arabia but grew up in New York and eventually moved to North Carolina, where he was known for operating a handful of websites from his parents' basement, including one that had praised Osama Bin Laden and showed footage of attacks against U.S. forces in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Khan’s websites had been shut down at times. 

In an article titled “I Am Proud To Be a Traitor to America," Khan writes about becoming a traitor and leaving the U.S. He writes, “I praise Allah and laugh at the intelligence agencies that were watching me for all those years. Back in North Carolina, the FBI dispatched a spy on me who pretended to convert to Islam.” Khan notes that he is “Al Qaeda to the core…[and] could no longer reside in America as a compliant citizen."

Copies of the second issue of Inspire were first reported and found by researchers with the Washington D.C.- based Middle East Media Research Institute.

The online magazine is another telling example of the vast amount of terrorism-related propaganda that is floating around on the Internet.  Last year, the FBI’s Directorate of Intelligence estimated that there were as many as 15,000 websites and Web forums that were supportive of terrorist activities, and that about 80 percent of those sites existed on U.S.-based computer servers.  U.S. counterterrorism and intelligence analysts remain concerned about the spread of Internet propaganda and its ability to possibly incite violence.

Last month, FBI Director Robert Mueller testified before Congress, “The Internet has expanded as a platform for spreading extremist propaganda, a tool for online recruiting and a medium for social networking with like-minded extremists.  And this has contributed to the threat from homegrown radicalization in the United States.”

The magazine has several news items on the controversy over the placement of an Islamic Center near Ground Zero as well as the controversial Pastor Terry Jones, whose plan to burn Korans on September 11th prompted widespread outrage both in the U.S. and in the Muslim world before he ultimately decided against it. The magazine says the issue of the Islamic center “reveals to us the religious discrimination that exists in America.” Regarding the Jones controversy, the magazine notes, “The Qur’an burning event led by Terry Jones teaches us the crookedness of U.S. laws, specifically the first amendment on the freedom of speech.  It reveals that its law is a crime to billions of people who share the same planet.”

The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI issued an intelligence note after the first issue of Inspire was published online.  DHS and the FBI noted they were concerned “that the sophisticated, colloquial English-language magazine could appeal to certain Western individuals and inspire them to conduct attacks in the United States in the future.”

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“I Am Proud To Be a Traitor to America.”






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