Today's Top Stories - October 6, 2015  

Beware The Bell! U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower open on Tuesdayahead of key earnings, after stocks extended Friday's post-jobs report rally Monday, closing sharply higher More

Europe: European stocks traded slightly higher on Tuesdayafter a rebound yesterday, following a rally in U.S. and Asian shares as investors tread cautiously after poor industrial data out of Germany More

Asia: Most Asian equities extended gains into a second session on Tuesday following another U.S. rally, while investors kept an eye on the region's central banks. Markets in China remain closed until Wednesday for National Day holidays More

Oil: Oil steadied on Tuesdayafter a session of hefty gains on signals that the world's biggest producers of crude may act jointly to support prices, which have more than halved over the past year More

Gold: Gold steadied on Tuesdayas the dollar eased after a poor U.S. jobs number last week rattled markets, raising doubts over a Federal Reserve rate rise this year More

The time has come to buy energy stocks: Strategist Energy stocks have bounced back powerfully, and one strategist says the true bottom could be in for the beaten-down sector More

Fed can't fix THIS problem: BlackRock's Koesterich Interest rates could stay low for a long time because of stagnant middle-income wages, BlackRock's Russ Koesterich said More

South Carolina flood losses: $1 billion and rising South Carolina's economic losses from the historic and deadly flooding will easily top $1 billion, experts say, but the looming issue for the state and federal government is that most of it will be uninsured More

Scandal Erupts in Unregulated World of Fantasy Sports A major scandal is erupting in the multibillion-dollar industry of fantasy sports, the online and unregulated business in which players assemble their fantasy teams with real athletes. On Monday, the two major fantasy companies were forced to release statements defending their businesses' integrity after what amounted to allegations of insider trading, that employees were placing bets using information not available to the public More

Why breakfast is key in fierce fast-food war On Tuesday, McDonald's is ditching a long-held stance: that it's just too difficult to flip burgers and serve McMuffins at the same time More

Microsoft aims to turn Windows into a mobile platform Microsoft is slated Tuesday to unveil a slew of new products centered on the recent rollout of Windows 10. After competitors Apple and Google introduced new products this fall, the technology blogosphere is abuzz with rumors of two new Lumia phones, an updated Surface Pro tablet and perhaps some updates to gaming console Xbox More


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IMG_0029In comments on a Virginian-Pilot column, Michael Barrett, CEO of Runnymede Corp. called member of the Beach General Assembly delegation members of the Taliban (Terrorists). He made the remark in slamming voters for the election of John Moss to the City Council.

He said: "Of course, that is what happens when the majority (of the voters) does not pay attention; just like we Virginians having elected the Taliban to the House of Delegates.

Isn't it amazing that the Runnymede Corporation, a company owned by the Fine family of Virginia Beach would allow its CEO Barrett to continue making scurrilous remarks in reference to members of the Virginia Beach Delegation to the Virginia General Assembly.

Here are his remarks posted following the Kerry Dougherty article titled, "WELL, IT'S (TAX) SEASON, SO HANG ON TO YOUR WALLET," appearing in the February 8, 2012 issue of the Virginian-Pilot.

Mike Barrett was referencing the election of John Moss' successful election to the Virginia Beach City Council and is slamming the people who elected him by saying, "Of course, that is what happens when the majority does not pay attention; just like we Virginians having elected the Taliban to the House of Delegates."

If Mr. Barrett keeps his job at Runnymede it is evidence the company is so ego-driven that it has no ethics. If Barrett remains on the board of Vision and the Chamber of Commerce, then shame on them for allowing him to remain so after making these outrageous remarks. Of course, if Mr. Barrett can provide proof that there are in fact members of the Taliban serving in the Virginia General Assembly, then we stand corrected.

It's well known that yellow-dog democrat Barrett is a shill for the Virginia Beach City Manager, and Mayor Will(ing) Sessoms. He delivers a constant barrage of snide, inflammatory remarks directed at every member of the Beach delegation, all of which are Republicans.

Oh, Barrett also represented the Virginia Beach on the corruptly managed Southeastern Public Service Authority (SPSA) Board, the trash agency that inept management forced out of business.

Barrett has made it known that he is ill, suffering from cancer. One must have some pity on him, but not without still holding him accountable for his outrageous statements. Best advice: Stay on your meds, Mike, and give your venomous brain a break.


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