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On Sept. 11, Sec. of Defense Chuck Hagel (right), gave remarks prior to introducing President Barack Obama during a memorial ceremony at the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Va., in honor of the 13th anniversary of the attack on the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.
Courtesy: DOD, Casper Manlangit.

Poli Sci Professor Arrested After Setting Fires

The award-winning Chairman of DC’s American University’s Department of Public Administration and Policy was arrested September 5 by Washington, DC Police and charged with setting several small fires in a medical building mall not far from campus.

David Pitts, 37, who has been at AU since 2005, has received numerous honors from the American Political Science Association (APSA.)

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Atlantic City’s Trump Taj Mahal
Files for Bankruptcy, May Close

The Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City could close in November following a bankruptcy filing by its parent company, Trump Entertainment Resorts.

The closing would make it the fifth Atlantic City casino closing this year, including the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino.

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Philadelphia Controller Urges Merger of City DMOs

Philadelphia should combine its two destination-marketing organizations to provide “a more coherent brand ID for the city” and save it about $1 million each year, City Controller Alan Butkovitz says in a newly released study.

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Second-Tier City: Not a Pejorative

The Audi S4 is among the most complete vehicles on the road. Spacious enough to accommodate five adults, it will jet from 0-60 in less than five seconds. Further, it can navigate through inclement driving conditions due to its quattro all-wheel drive system.

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Centerplate Completely Caves in to Zealots

By Jonathan Trager

As has been reported by numerous news sources by now, Des Hague, former CEO of Centerplate, was recently fired from his job after surveillance video showed him kicking and lifting his dog by its leash in a hotel elevator. Apparently, he was frustrated by the dog’s unruly behavior when he tried to take it out for a walk.

Seeing someone physically lash out at their pet isn’t a savory sight. Nor should Centerplate, after the incident came to light, have initially sent out a statement that it was merely a “private matter,” which also gave the impression that it couldn’t care less about the treatment of animals. But now it seems that the pendulum swung all the way to the other side.

Consider this: Many parents remember a time when they regrettably struck their child in a fit of anger and frustration. And many of them have felt guilty about doing so afterward. Should they also lose custody of the child? Should they be fired for it?
I watched the video online. The dog wasn’t killed or seriously injured in an act of wanton brutality by a sadist; it was a reaction by an annoyed pet owner who has no record of violence. In almost all such cases, it would’ve been over and done with immediately.

But not this time. An unidentified hotel employee was reportedly so disturbed by the video that he or she found it necessary to give it to the authorities—and the media. If that was the right approach, then why hasn’t this person already stepped forward?

Eventually, Centerplate said Hague, whom the company admits has been highly successful since taking the helm in 2009, would be assessed a $100,000 fine and given 1,000 hours of community service. I don’t know exactly what Hague’s personal financial situation is, but we’re not talking about Bill Gates or Warren Buffet here. Not to mention the embarrassment of having the incident plastered on newspaper pages, television screens, and websites.

Maybe it’s too much to ask that a company that’s experiencing mounting public pressure to refuse to completely cave in to the demands of an army of angry, self-righteous zealots. But it would be nice to see the company stick to a reasonable response instead of just waving the white flag and ruining a man’s career.




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