Saturday, August 23 2014 3:45 PM EDT2014-08-23 19:45:44 GMT
A senior Hamas leader says the group signed a pledge to back any Palestinian bid to join the International Criminal Court. Such a step could expose Israel - as well as Hamas - to war crimes investigations.Full Story >
Israel bombed an apartment tower in downtown Gaza City on Saturday, collapsing the 12-story building in an unprecedented strike, while Hamas kept up heavy rocket fire that sent more Israelis fleeing border areas close to...Full Story >
Saturday, August 23 2014 3:35 PM EDT2014-08-23 19:35:39 GMT
Organizers expect up to 5,000 people to attend a march protesting the death of an unarmed black man who died after being placed in a chokehold by a white New York police officer.Full Story >
Thousands of people expressing grief, anger and hope for a better future marched peacefully through Staten Island on Saturday to protest the chokehold death of an unarmed black man by a white police officer.Full Story >
Saturday, August 23 2014 2:48 PM EDT2014-08-23 18:48:18 GMT
Ferguson's streets were peaceful for a third night as tensions between police and protesters continued to subside after nights of violence and unrest erupted when a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed...Full Story >
Ferguson's streets remained peaceful as tensions between police and protesters continued to subside after nights of violence and unrest that erupted when a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old.Full Story >
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -
The Montgomery City Council snuffed out the last of the controversy surrounding Club Blaze during Tuesday's meeting by revoking its business license.
The business was in city councilman C.C. Calhoun's district, but he's called it a headache for him and the area since it opened two years ago as Quarles Barbecue. In August 2012 the name changed to Blaze Bar and Grill without the city council's knowledge.
Was it a restaurant or a nightclub? That was the question before the business's owner during the May 7 council meeting.
"You're bringing in food from Lowdnes County and saying your operating a restaurant," Calhoun explained at the May 7 meeting. "That's not a legit restaurant. And when I look at the numbers. $300,000 in cover charges, I don't know any restaurant that charges a coverage charge. And then on some of the charges, there is no food and just alcohol. They are operating a club and that's something that's not going to be tolerated in my district or the city of Montgomery."
Residents have complained saying there have been flyers in the surrounding neighborhoods promoting live entertainment and ladies night at Club Blaze.
Some council members pushed during that meeting to temporarily shutdown the bar and grill for two weeks until it could operate within a restaurant business license of 60 percent food and 40 percent liquor.
During the period between May 7 and Tuesday, owners were given time to install a full kitchen where cooks could actually prepare food and to create an actual menu. There was also the issue of making a payment toward the $30 to $40 thousand dollars in back-taxes council members say the owners owe the city.
When the two weeks were up, the Council voted 8-0 to pull the license. Councilman Burkett abstained. The revocation was effective immediately.
Friday, August 22 2014 1:17 PM EDT2014-08-22 17:17:39 GMT
Portland city leaders are considering a plan to build tiny houses for homeless people to help get them off the streets. The tiny houses would be about 200 square feet and look a lot like the ones at TheFull Story >
The tiny houses would be about 200 square feet and look a lot like the ones at The Caravan Tiny House Hotel in northeast Portland.Full Story >
Saturday, August 23 2014 2:18 PM EDT2014-08-23 18:18:15 GMT
Taste of Blue Ash, a popular (and delicious) event north of downtown Cincinnati, takes place this weekend serving a variety of food, big music acts and family events. Get all the event details here.Full Story >
Taste of Blue Ash, a popular (and delicious) event north of downtown Cincinnati, takes place this weekend serving a variety of food, big music acts and family events. Get all the event details here. Full Story >