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February 17, 2009

Why I miss my hate mail:

"It's an odd thing to admit, but in a perverse sort of way, I actually miss the wretched river, the rancid flow of puerile, nasty, sickeningly homophobic email I used to receive on a regular basis from the ultra-right and the Christian right and the Mormon right and the Bush-impaired whenever I would post a friendly, pointed column full of tangy liberal attitude. . . . . Oh, I miss all the lovely and positive email too, which outpaced the nasty stuff by a huge margin. But the hate mail was very special indeed, great fodder for live readings, for the reaction of horrified disbelief of anyone who saw it, for the charming reminder of just how ugly and violent and grammatically challenged the human animal can be."

--Mark Morford, columnist, (2/13/09)

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Richmond kids warned to stop playing 'snow plow game'

By David Bowman

January 30, 2009 | RICHMOND -- Kids in Richmond are playing a dangerous game involving snow plows, says Ben Lundgreen, assistant fire chief.

"The kids will run up to the snow plow and will get hit by the snow coming off the roads," he said. "They stay about five feet from the plow and that makes it really hard to see them."

Lundgreen said probably two dozen kids play this game and they are all most likely in their early teens.

"During the winter break when the big storm came through was when the kids were most often seen running alongside the plows," he said.

When a plow pushes snow from the road there is a chance that concrete, gravel and ice can be picked up with the snow, he said. "It's amazing that no one has been hurt yet. I don't think these kids understand how dangerous this activity really is."

Snow plows have a lot of blind spots, more than some diesels, said Lundgreen. He went on to say that the kids are lucky if he or the other plow drivers even see the kids running up next to the vehicles.

"All we want is for these kids to understand that what they are doing is very dangerous and for their own safety they should stop playing this dangerous game," said Lundgreen.


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