Mayor Cohen deferred the raise (his words) he did not decline it. He will be paid the deferred salary eventually. The REAL reason he wanted the raise was in anticipation of leaving office with a vested pension, which will be 80% of his ending salary.

A Polynesian society blossomed in this unlikely locale after hardy souls somehow navigated a fleet of wooden outrigger canoes to this tiny speck in the vastness of the Pacific Ocean. Here, in isolation some 2,300 miles (3,700 kilometers) west of South America and 1,100 miles (1,770 kilometers) from the nearest neighboring island, the Rapa Nui developed a distinct architectural and artistic culture. That culture reached its zenith during the tenth to 16th centuries, when the Rapa Nui carved and erected some 900 moai across the island..

“Driving while distracted should just feel wrong just as driving without a seat belt or driving while intoxicated,” LaHood said at the end of a two day conference on the problem. “We’re not going to break everyone of their bad habits but we are going to raise awareness and sharpen the consequences.”As a first step, LaHood said President Barack Obama signed an executive order late Wednesday banning all federal workers from texting while driving on government business, driving government vehicles or using government equipment.The administration also will push to disqualify school bus drivers who are convicted of texting while driving from keeping their commercial driver’s licenses.Researchers, safety groups, automakers and lawmakers gathered to discuss the perils of distracted driving, hearing sobering data from the government that underscored the safety threat as more motorists stay connected with cell phones and mobile devices.The Transportation Department reported that 5,870 people were killed and 515,000 were injured last year in crashes connected to driver distraction, often involving mobile devices or cell phones. Driver distraction was involved in 16 percent of all fatal crashes in 2008 and was more prevalent among young drivers.Senate Democrats said support was building in Congress to move against text messaging by drivers.

The Emergency Unemployment Compensation program has been in place since 2008. Last month, Rep. Sandy Levin, D Mich., the top Democrat on the Ways and Means Committee, noted that the United States still has about 1.5 million fewer jobs than when the recession began in December 2007.

Take the rest as it goes. You don’t want to be running back and forth between stages the whole day, you’ll get tired, the timing often doesn’t work out, it could get frustrating. Sometimes a band you didn’t really have much interest in will turn out to be a pleasant surprise..