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Ted Cruz's Support Softens Among the Delegates He Courted


The gravitational pull of Donald J. Trump's recent primary landslides is drawing more Republicans toward him, threatening Mr. Cruz's hopes of winning in a floor fight.

The scuffles broke out shortly after dawn when several protesters tried to push their way through a police line and enter the legislative building. There were no reports of arrests.
The opposition Democratic Progressive Party opposes the service sector bill because it says it will add to what it already considers to be undue Chinese influence over Taiwan.
It always says it will hurt small Taiwanese businesses because of difficulties they will face in competing with cash-rich, mostly state-run Chinese companies intent on investing in Taiwan.

Mr. Bhagat said that 23 police officers and 39 civilians were slightly injured in the ensuing scuffle.

Ukraine | 27.04.2010

Ukrainian parliament fights over ratification of Russian deal

Ukrainian lawmakers got rough, threw eggs and smoke bombs, but still voted in favor of deal with Russia ensuring cheaper natural gas for Ukraine in exchange for the lease of a key naval base to Moscow.

The Ukrainian parliament in Kiev has ratified a deal with Russia extending the Kremlin's lease for a key naval base in Ukraine's Crimea, even as bitterly divided lawmakers scuffled over a giant Ukrainian flag in the middle of the parliamentary chamber, and smoke bombs made the room hazy.
Several black umbrellas protected parliament speaker Volodymyr Litvyn from the paper wads and eggs being thrown at him, while other deputies held their noses or put on masks against the smoke.
Ukrainian lawmakers in a physical altercation in the chambersBildunterschrift: The speaker hid behind umbrellas as eggs began to flyThe deal is the first concrete sign of the more friendly approach to Russia under newly-elected President Viktor Yanukovych. The agreement, also ratified by Russia's lower house of parliament, extends the Russian navy's lease at the port of Sevastopol for 25 years after the current lease expires in 2017.
The deal was signed by Yanukovych and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev last week and has been heavily criticized by supporters of Yanukovych's pro-Western predecessor Viktor Yushchenko. Outside the parliament building, they shouted "Death to traitors!" and "Crimea is ours."
Russia willing to pay big money base lease
In exchange for the lease extension, Russia is giving Ukraine a 30 percent discount on Russian natural gas imports, a pledge worth some 30 billion euros ($40 billion) over 10 years.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych agree to extended lease dealBildunterschrift: Großansicht des Bildes mit der Bildunterschrift: Yanukovich promised to restore relations with Russia
Earlier on Tuesday, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin held talks with Ukrainian leaders in Kiev at which he offered an unprecedented nuclear cooperation deal. He admitted to reporters that the gas deal had hurt the Russian budget.
"It's going to be a burden, of course. And a major one," he said. "The amount that this has cost us is really something else. For this kind of money I could have eaten Yanukovych and your prime minister together."
Russia's supply of natural gas to Ukraine has been cut three times in recent years over disagreements on payments from Ukraine. European Union officials stepped in during the most recent standoff in 2009 when Moscow's decision to halt gas flowing through Ukrainian pipes led to shortages in the EU.
Editor: Rob Turner
New Violence Wracks Greece

Protesters in Greece scuffled with police before the funeral of a 15-year-old boy whose shooting set off three days of rioting, as an opposition leader called for early elections, saying the government could no longer defend the public from rioters.

Health-Care Reform: The Right Kind of Compromise
BusinessWeekBut it's also a window into what Peter Drucker called "the elements of decision-making." In that sense, the dust-up in DC is instructive for any leader ...

snuff (PUT OUT) Show phonetics
verb [T]
to put out a flame, especially from a candle, usually by covering it with something:
One by one she snuffed the candles.

Image: Protesters at Wembley flame
Several demonstrators were taken away by police after scuffles broke out at Wembley stadium.
6 Apr 2008
Image: Olympic torch Tibet protest
Scuffles broke out between protesters and police as the Olympic Torch was handed from Greece to China.
30 Mar 2008
Image: Tibetan protest in India
Tibetan women have tried to storm the Chinese embassy in New Delhi, India and have scuffled with police.
12 Mar 2008

Floor Fight' Has New Meaning In State Senate .

LANSING — floor fight" has a new meaning in the Michigan Senate these days. Instead of debate and procedural maneuvering, the term reflects the scuffle that ...

A fight.
Clearly this term alludes to the dust raised in a scuffle or fight. It isn't an especially old phrase and first appears around the end of the 19th century. The earliest printed reference I can find is Sidney L. Hinde's The fall of the Congo Arabs, 1897:
"An American nigger said ... they ain't had such a dust-up in this hole since creation."

a short and sudden fight, especially one involving a small number of people:
Two police officers were injured in scuffles with fans at Sunday's National Football League contest.

verb [I]
The youths scuffled with the policeman, then escaped down the lane.

intr.v., -fled, -fling, -fles.
  1. To fight or struggle confusedly at close quarters.
  2. To shuffle.
A rough disorderly struggle at close quarters.

[Probably frequentative of scuff.]
scuffler scuf'fler n.

scuf·fle2 (skŭf'əl) pronunciation
A hoe that is manipulated by pushing or pulling. Also called Dutch hoe, scuffle hoe.

[Dutch schoffel, hoe for weeding, from Middle Dutch, hoe, shovel.]

━━ n., vi. つかみ合い(する), 乱闘(する); 足を引きずって歩く; 慌てて歩く.

Mr. Peterson continued playing after his stroke in 1993 because, as he told The Chicago Tribune, “I think I have a closeness with the instrument that I’ve treasured over the years.” Before long he was back on tour and recording “Side By Side” with Itzhak Perlman, having learned to do more playing with his right hand. As he told Down Beat in 1997: “When I sit down to the piano, I don’t want any scuffling. I want it to be a love affair.”

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A Single, Terrifying Moment: Shots Fired, a Scuffle and Some Luck
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In the Tucson shooting, chance saved some and put others in harm’s way.