``I must give him his due. He has considerably cretinized me.'' Lautréamont

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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Crisis Grows As Flooded New Orleans Looted

canoe-level reached. it's soap opera code.

Helicopters dropped sandbags on two broken levees as the water kept rising in the streets. The governor drew up plans to evacuate just about everyone left in town. Looters ransacked stores. Doctors in their scrubs had to use canoes to bring supplies to blacked-out hospitals.

Obituaries in the News

method acting

ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) _ Nell I. Mondy, a Cornell University biochemist who was considered an international expert on the potato, died Thursday at Cayuga Medical Center, the university said. She was 83.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Katrina Devastation Called 'Overwhelming'

the media will always support whatever analysis leads to soap opera

the governor will always support whatever leads to money

vs. the american idea : you have a million people , they will help each other

"At first light, the devastation is greater than our worst fears. It's just totally overwhelming," Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco said the morning after Katrina howled ashore with winds of 145 mph and engulfed thousands of homes in one of the most punishing storms on record in the United States.

Supply-side inventor Jude Wanniski dies

He had a blog with comments before anybody else.

His great contribution was as a WSJ explainer of economics in the 70s, popularizer of the Laffer Curve.

Sometime after that he went off the deep end, or anyway saw a vision that he could no longer communicate.

He had great patience in explaining, up to some large point; at which time he politely asked you to leave.

Among the weird ideas accumulated were that the US was experiencing a large deflation, call it his failure to understand gold, or to understand the reality of mathmatical averages.

And that the round-the-bend politicians not only have to be listened to, but followed.

His work as WSJ explainer will last forever.

Monday, August 29, 2005

Breaking News from the Times-Picayune

told you so

Blanco asked people who evacauted the metropolitan New Orleans area to remain outside the region until they are told by local officials that it is safe to return. While the hurricane-force winds will sweep through by the early afternoon, there will be tropical storm-like gusts into the evening.

Anybody who tries to return to the area tonight will likely not be able to reach their destinations, Blanco said. "You will hamper search and rescue efforts," the governor said. "It will be impossible for you to get where you need to go."

Box: Herbal Paste Promoted As Cancer Cure

women try anything

a choice demographic to sell to advertisers for that reason

MIXED REVIEWS: Several people who have used the paste say it works. Others disagree, including a woman who lost her nose after using the paste and has filed a lawsuit.

Superdome Shelters New Orleans' Residents

the news is _the panic the news created_

the point of evacuations is that you get to prevent people from returning, a proof that you own the crisis

if people do what they'd normally do, you get nothing out of it

they ignore you

what's an emergency coordinator to do?

panic everybody

it's the worst ever

flee for your lives

i'll tell you when you can some back

you can count on a delay

it proves my power

"They hadn't opened up and let us in here, there'd have been a lot of people floating down river tomorrow," said Merrill Rice, 64. "If it's as bad as they say, I know my old house won't stand it."

Hurricane Katrina Bears Down on Gulf Coast

first sign of a disappointment, always very costly in media draw

must hold readers with something else

but what

NEW ORLEANS -- Hurricane Katrina edged slightly to the east early Monday as it bore down on the Gulf Coast, providing some hope that the worst of the storm's 150 mph winds might not directly strike this low-lying city.

French Quarter Calm As Katrina Approaches

actual reporter, having drawn wind duty, finds nothing going on

police and emergency agencies are out asserting ownership of the situation

you can't have a hurricane of your own.

some do-good agency will own it

Across the city, the darkness was punctuated by flashing blue and red from police cruisers and emergency vehicles, nearly the only cars on deserted streets. Occasionally a National Guard truck lumbered past.

Hurricane Could Leave 1 Million Homeless

the interest is to alarm and panic, each alarm and panic greater than the last, so as to hold readers

readers' attention wanders

it must be focussed again

meanwhile an actual hurricane is sort of fun

no school, you get to use candles, trees are interestingly down around the neighborhood, change of diet from the fare your mother usually puts out.

sometimes a visit to the local airport finds overturned airplanes

that was before the media profit centers came, all soap all the time

-- When Hurricane Katrina hits New Orleans on Monday, it could turn one of America's most charming cities into a vast cesspool tainted with toxic chemicals, human waste and even coffins released by floodwaters from the city's legendary cemeteries.

Calif. Wildfire Thrives in Erratic Winds

news story that wasn't a news story reported as news

the important thing is the officials

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- Most of the residents who fled a 5,000-acre wildfire stoked by triple-digit heat and erratic winds had returned to their homes, authorities said.

Al Sharpton Speaks at Texas Anti-War Camp

i'd go with black jelly beans

On Sunday, Sharpton joined Sheehan in laying roses at crosses near "Camp Casey,"

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Bush Urges People to Flee Hurricane

sends the wrong message.

meanwhile, every official races to declare, and then take ownership of, a public crisis.

it means money.

to the extent the rhetoric works, it holds news readers too.

a symbiosis.

until the storm fails to strike, then it's forgotten and another crisis is found.

"It's a very dangerous situation at this point," FEMA spokeswoman Nicol Andrews said. "We're ready and awaiting landfall."

The American Red Cross was mobilizing volunteers from across the country for what one official called its largest response to a single disaster in many years.

"This is really an all-hands-on-deck scenario for the Red Cross right now," spokeswoman Carrie Martin said.

Almanac Warns of Temperature Fluctuations

the weather bureau, which does no better, is skeptical

The forecasts are prepared two years in advance using a secret formula based on sunspots, the position of the planets and the tidal action of the moon, said editor Peter Geiger.

New Orleans Braces for Powerful Katrina

storms are always a big disappointment owing to the hype they use to attract readers

Estimates have been made of tens of thousands of deaths from flooding that could overrun the levees and turn New Orleans into a 30-foot-deep toxic lake filled with chemicals and petroleum from refineries, and waste from ruined septic systems.

Dueling Demonstrators Descend on Texas

ringing in the sheaves

Meanwhile, busloads of war protesters gathered several miles away at "Camp Casey," named for Sheehan's 24-year-old son who died in Iraq last year, for a Saturday bell-ringing ceremony to honor soldiers serving in Iraq. Organizers estimated the crowd at more than 2,000, but it appeared smaller.

Oregon Wildfire Destroys Five Homes

it was a morning like any other as Matt loaded up the trunk of his car with dynamite for a day of bass fishing

SELMA, Ore. -- Matt and Kristy McMahan fell in love with rural southwestern Oregon while driving through the area five years ago. They finally moved last December, buying a home with 10 acres of forest.

Katrina Heads for Louisiana at 160 Mph

hurricanes are about officials too

``we run your life''

what do those in the know actually know?

they always claim to know where your true concerns should lie.

"People need to take this very seriously and get to a safe area while they can," said State Police Sgt. Frank Coates.

Firefighters Battle Northern Calif. Blaze

officials are the whole point of fires

MANTON, Calif. -- Firefighters were able to stop the expansion of a 2,300-acre wildfire that destroyed 30 buildings, injured three firefighters and forced residents to evacuate, an official said.

Floridians Wait for Food After Storm Hits

you know without even checking that they have price controls, aka anti-gouging consumer protection.

stand in line in the heat, suckers!

MIAMI -- Hungry, thirsty and sweaty South Floridians waited for hours in lines that sometimes stretched for miles to get food, ice and water Saturday, two days after Hurricane Katrina knocked out power and flooded hundreds of streets and homes.

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Experts Warn Debt May Threaten Economy

fortunately it's owed to them, so they have the money.

-- You owe $145,000. And the bill is rising every day. That's how much it would cost every American man, woman and child to pay the tab for the long-term promises the U.S. government has made to creditors, retirees, veterans and the poor.

Confirmation Hearings Have Grown Tougher

you must be this tall to ride

Ginsburg at times invoked a ski-slope analogy as she deflected questions.

University of Calif. Sued Over Creationism

implies that somebody in academia has critical thinking skills

"These requirements were established after careful study by faculty and staff to ensure that students who come here are fully prepared with broad knowledge and the critical thinking skills necessary to succeed," Poorsina.

Martha Stewart Confinement Set to End

one man's hideous is another man's freedom fighter quote marks

KATONAH, N.Y. -- Unless she gets into trouble with her probation officer again, Martha Stewart will gain her freedom this week from her "hideous" home confinement sentence and that bothersome, unstylish electronic anklet.

Parts of La. May Evacuate As Katrina Nears

the taking-aim genre

NEW ORLEANS -- Low-lying Louisiana parishes called for evacuations Saturday and Mississippi declared an emergency as Hurricane Katrina appeared to be taking aim at the region while gathering strength over the warm water of the Gulf of Mexico.

N.J. Base Closing to Hit Local Schools

story angles thought of : always the same ones.

women like it.

maybe tv will do a special.

The closing of the 80-year-old base will also leave a hole in the classrooms of neighboring school districts, where Fort Monmouth's soldiers and civilian employees have been sending their children for decades.

11-Year-Old Is Accused of Carjacking

always boys

"This is very unusual," said District Attorney Jerome Gorman, a prosecutor for 24 years.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Online Thesaurus Pulls Listing for 'Arab'

that's the first thing you want, actually

$ insult 20
You scarecrowish pocket of ulcerated rorqual sperm
You depressive duffel bag of phthisic brant clinkers
You ill-looking picnic basket of malarial trumpeter sinter
You misbegotten tureen of septic caddis fly scraps
You galling drawer of pleuritic weaverbird dejecta
You pestilential file folder of grubby louse barf
You grim-faced cruse of polluted dragonfly ordure
You unenjoyable casket of apoplectic dipper drool
You heinous dipper of pathogenic St. Bernard jet
You beastly tin can of infected Targhee disgorgement
You atrocious cyst of poisonous mole cricket emission
You homely knapsack of pocky anteater ructation
You harassing cistern of neuralgic hoopoe dingleberry
You troublesome trunk of morbid Angora goat ruins
You weighty eggcup of chlorotic tapeworm depositions
You teratic diplomatic pouch of foul yellowhammer smut
You pitiable wineskin of envenomed pilot fish feculence
You unpleasing noggin of neuritic chimpanzee residuua
You burdensome crucible of morbific grunt slobber
You grim-visaged drinking cup of peccant brush turkey spurt

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"We're simply going to take it out," she said on Monday. "The last thing you want with a thesaurus is to offend anyone."

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Ala. Gas Station Owner Killed During Theft

that cuts demand down a little.

every little bit helps.

FORT PAYNE, Ala. -- A gas station owner was run over and killed when he tried to stop a driver from leaving without paying for $52 worth of gasoline, police said.

Shuttle Back Home After California Detour

put antique plates on that baby

"As much as a person can love a machine, I really love that bird and look at this magnificent sight of it," Robinson said, gazing at the shuttle behind him, "out here on the runway and back where it belongs at home with the people who take care of her."

Armstrong, Bush discuss cancer research, not Iraq

a paradox, being friends and differing.

Bush and Armstrong have been friends for years but they differ on a number of political issues, including Iraq and abortion rights.

Ohio Democrats Weigh Governor Impeachment

except he's more popular with democrats than republicans

The troubles surrounding Taft, the great-grandson of President William Howard Taft, are the latest blow to the GOP in the Republican-controlled state that won President Bush re-election.

Thunderbirds Cancel Show After Mishap

women in charge everywhere, cf. shuttle

The aerial acrobatic team cut short their performance Saturday when two of the jets made contact while flying in a diamond formation. A 4-foot-long missile rail came loose from one of the wings and fell into the water 2,500 feet from spectators.

On Sunday, the team said it would not perform again until an investigation could be completed.

"We just want to make sure that everything is perfect before we go back up in the air," said Capt. Angela Johnson, a spokeswoman for the group.

Insurers Focusing on Children's Health

you in turn learn from this press release that the insurance industry is your friend.

but the insurance industry wants higher costs, not lower costs.

the higher the costs, the more people who need insurance, since fewer can afford to self-insure at the higher prices.

that means more premiums, which means the insurance industy's cut of the larger pie is bigger, both from higher premiums to cover costs and from more people paying them.

if they lowered costs, their take would fall.

premiums always cover costs, so they're indifferent to the costs themselves.

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Once a potato chip addict, 14-year-old Kate Brown won't touch the stuff these days. After enrolling in a nutritional program for kids, Brown learned things about her favorite snacks that horrified her _ like how much fat is loaded into a bag of chips. Gone are the days when she'd come home from school and park in front of the computer. She's joined a soccer team and gets out as often as she can.

N. Korea May Be Willing to Drop Nuke Plan

chances will be even better when their leader is apparently gone

WASHINGTON -- North Korea apparently is willing to abandon its nuclear weapons programs, with a breakthrough possible in the current round of international talks, South Korea's foreign minister said Sunday.

U.S. Republican senator says Iraq war similar to Vietnam

less influential than he was a day ago

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Influential Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska said on Sunday the longer the United States stayed bogged down in Iraq, the more it looked like another Vietnam.

Remains of S.C. Woman Believed Found

move the soap into the lead graf

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Fifteen months after Tamika Huston vanished, Spartanburg police say the mystery has now been solved. On the day police announced they had arrested the man who killed her, Rebkah Howard was reminded of the effect her niece had on other people.

War Death Confirmations Mean Pain, Relief

news for the women to enjoy

DAYTON, Ohio -- Families are coping with various emotions since the positive identification of crew members of a plane that disappeared in 1969 during the Vietnam War.

Slain Pa. Woman's Ex-Boyfriend Arrested

ugly profiling

Authorities did not provide a motive or say what led them to suspect Poaches, 25, who police said was wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying a pistol when he was arrested.

2 Northwest Jets Suffer Mishaps in Detroit

it sounds like they got lost, to me.

Flight 1412, a DC-9 headed from Detroit to Pittsburgh with 72 passengers, landed at Detroit's Metro Airport a few hours later citing concerns about smoke in the cabin.

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Judge Orders Northeast Wolf Restoration

load them on trucks and ship them on the interstate every year

Environmental groups, including the National Wildlife Federation and state groups in Vermont, Maine and New York, joined in the lawsuit. They argued that good wolf habitats exist in northern Maine and in New York's Adirondack Mountains, and that northern Vermont and New Hampshire likely would become an important corridor for wolves migrating between those two habitats.

Woman Helps Ill Duck, but State Seizes It

on the other hand taking care of something when called is civilizing ; you-can't-do-it-without-a-mediator is the busybody's idea.

systems attract systems-people

"The agency does not support that concept. We believe wildlife is wildlife and pets are pets and there's a strong distinction between the two."

Peruvian Man Subdued by Pepper Spray Dies

traffic safety news

On Aug. 4, he was waiting outside another family member's house when Allen Police, responding to a call about a suspicious person, arrived and discovered that Vera had an outstanding warrant for a seat belt violation. The officers used pepper spray when he reported resisted arrest.

Small Plane Crashes After Skidding on I-70

as much care in checking the improbability of the story as in checking the grammar of the first line.

the collision with the highway sign is the crash. everything else is the result.

women know about skids though. you skid and crash. they can relate to it, so that's the story you get.

VAIL, Colo. -- A single-engine plane clipped a highway sign and skidding along Interstate 70 near Vail Pass before crashing into nearby trees Friday.

Sen. John Kerry Blisters Republicans

cluelessness genre

After blistering Republicans on everything from Iraq to health care, Kerry said Democrats have an opportunity to rebuild nationally by simply addressing the concerns that affect people's daily lives _ energy, transportation, health care and security.

Miami Drug Agents Launch Air Assault

proceeds go towards another bomber

It turned out that no one was in the home, which had been ordered forfeited to the government in a drug case.

Ga. Official's Son Driver in Fatal Crash

classic coke-and-aspirin symptoms

Taylor had "glassy and bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and ... a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath" after the wreck, the report by Charleston Police said.

Coretta Scott King to Remain Hospitalized at Least a Week

tragic old people news genre

The doctor treating Coretta Scott King said yesterday that the civil rights icon will remain in an Atlanta hospital for at least another week while recovering from a stroke that immobilized the right side of her body and left her unable to speak.

Four Bodies Found in California Backyard

domestic overreaction suspected

SAN MATEO, Calif. -- Police responding to a 911 call found the bodies of a woman and her two daughters stuffed inside a backyard freezer and the woman's husband lying dead nearby, a shotgun at his side.

2 Officers Fatally Shot in Albuquerque

it's forgotten already

"A monster is behind bars," said Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez. "This is a day we'll never ever forget in this community."

N.H. Town Celebrates Centennial of Treaty

press-release-beat reporter

-- PORTSMOUTH, N.H. _ This coastal city that revels in its rich Colonial past is looking back to a more recent historical era as it celebrates the 100th anniversary of the treaty that ended the Russo-Japanese War.

BTK Killer Rader Begins Life Sentences

even the most normal-appearing men can turn on you story, or do you really know your husband / boyfriend / co-worker for soap fans

EL DORADO, Kan. -- As he was being driven to prison Friday to begin serving a life sentence, Dennis Rader chatted with officers about the weather _ noting how green the scenery looked.

8-Year-Old Boy Dies at Football Practice

big mac attack

BESSEMER CITY, N.C. -- An 8-year-old boy collapsed and stopped breathing while doing exercises at the start of football practice Friday evening, and was pronounced dead a short time later at a hospital.

Base Closing Proposal Faces Final Inquiry

comunities with least adept press releases and media events to be selected

Anthony Prinicipi, the commission's chairman, has pledged not to "rubber-stamp" the proposal, and his panel has signaled that it's worried about several parts, all of which were expected to come up at Saturday's hearing.

Remains May Be Missing Pa. Pregnant Woman

Latin case rules eschewed

"We have strong reason to believe that it is her," Colarulo said.

File-Sharing Continues at Colleges

faure op 115 unavailable

Limited song selection and other restrictions also are factors.

Reid Mini-Stroke Not Uncommon

medical news anxiety organized

here's more bad news : those that doen't suffer a stroke later die of something else.

The bad news: About one-third of the people who experience a TIA will later suffer a stroke.

DEA Breaks Up Drug Pipelines, Arrests 160

simultaneously increasing the profitability of the drug trade they claim to be stamping out

WASHINGTON -- Drug enforcement agents have arrested some 160 people in four U.S. cities and two countries and have broken up three major drug transportation rings with international ties in a 10-month drug-trafficking sting revealed Friday.

Police Wonder if BTK Committed More Crimes

big soap opera stories never die, they just have psychological follow-ons until the wind turns east and Mary Poppins returns

WICHITA, Kan. -- As Dennis Rader begins serving his sentence, questions remain whether there are other unsolved murders he could have committed to which he never confessed _ perhaps after the death penalty was reinstated in Kansas in 1994.

Discovery Poised to Arrive in Florida

poisage news, with computation of circle mileage. women like the sound of science as long as it's banal.

After a nearly 6 million mile journey, space shuttle Discovery is on the last leg of its trip home. Discovery was expected to arrive at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Saturday after riding piggyback atop a jumbo jet across the country from California, where it was forced to land after its 14-day mission.

Roberts Scoffed at O'Connor Promotion

as in ``2+2=4,'' he scoffed

WASHINGTON -- As a lawyer in the Reagan White House, John Roberts scoffed at the notion of elevating Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor to chief justice as a way to close a political gender gap, calling it a "crass political consideration."

Sen. Harry Reid Suffers Brief Mini-Stroke

the democrats hope Reid dies

On vacation in Texas, President Bush was told of Reid's situation. "The president is glad to hear that Sen. Reid is feeling fine and looks forward to working with him this fall," said White House spokesman Trent Duffy.

18 Tornadoes Wreak Havoc in Wisconsin

the rustic eyewitness angle

"It was like God put a protective shield around us," she said Friday.

Casualties on Rise for Ga.'s 3rd Infantry

the bathos news drumbeat of summer

FORT STEWART, Ga. -- Ray Gilstrap wiped away tears as he stood beside the tree planted in his nephew's honor, the latest in a living memorial to soldiers killed in Iraq that has more than doubled since the Army's 3rd Infantry Division began its second tour this year.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Cooler Weather Won't Curb Energy Problems

the price will rise _until people cut back_

this point will be accompanied by screaming and complaining and will be misrepresented as a reason to hold the price down, rather than the correct result of making people cut back.

notice you can buy as much gas as you want. there are no lines. amazing effect of the market without price controls.

Already, drivers are reeling from gasoline prices that are approaching $3 a gallon in some areas and averaging $2.55 a gallon nationwide. Prices are expected to ease after Labor Day, but not by much, analysts predict, as crude oil prices remain above $60 a barrel.

New Field Blends Food Science, Creativity

look and taste of real food

"Culinologists will have the ability to help the food industry find more efficient and economical ways of manufacturing convenient, shelf-stable foods that actually have the look and taste of food served in a restaurant," said Jeff Cousminer, of the Research Chefs Association.

Riders Flee Fire on Chinatown Shuttle Bus

chinese fire emergency

The Fung Wah bus was headed down Interstate 91 to New York on Tuesday when the driver noticed smoke from a rear wheel near Meriden, Conn. When the driver pulled over to inspect the problem, passengers scrambled off.

Crawford War Protesters Lead Peace Vigil

sincerity is everything in the news bite biz

"I think it's clear the country is against the war, but there hasn't been any way to show it," said Christine Yorty, who helped plan a rally at Lafayette Park, across the street from the White House. "A grieving mother is something everybody understands."

Senators Attest to Alaska Climate Change

elderly set out on ice flows no longer freeze

I remember when the snow used to come up to _here_ and that was New Jersey

Fresh from a trip to Barrow, America's northernmost city, McCain said anecdotes from Alaskans and residents of the Yukon Territory confirm scientific evidence of global warming.

Woman Gets Cable Bill With Derogatory Name

technical term

But when she got her August bill from Comcast she had no trouble understanding she'd made somebody mad. It was addressed to "Bitch Dog."

Doctors Try New Device to Block Aneurysms

traditional chinese medicine

PHILADELPHIA -- A device that resembles a child's finger trap toy is being used to treat a type of heart aneurysm that often grows without any symptoms until it bursts, usually with fatal consequences.

Study: Car Exhaust Polluting Puget Sound

more study money urgently required

Margaret Dutch, an Ecology Department scientist who studies marine sediments, said the study is a warning about the changing nature of pollution in the region.

"It's a really important thing to know that the levels of these compounds are increasing, and it's probably associated with people driving," she told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Gas Thieves Fill Car With Diesel Fuel

useful warning for soap opera women short on cash

Two men who tried to steal gasoline from a construction company instead filled the tank of their car with off-road-grade diesel fuel Sunday, police said.

Kan. Teen Dies Playing 'Passing Out Game'

a new anxiety is organized for soap opera women

"We are very close to our children, and we did not know this was going on," Tim Wilson said Monday. "There were no outward signs. This isn't like drugs or alcohol use, which a parent should be able to detect.

Trade Group Says Limit Soda in Schools

dietary laws invented

Under the group's recommendation, middle school students would have access to additional drinks, like sports drinks, no-calorie soft drinks and low-calorie juice drinks. Middle schools could have additional machines with soft drinks and full-calorie juice drinks available for organizations that may hold meetings at the school, but the beverages couldn't be available during school hours.

High school students would have access to all types of drinks, including soda, but no more than 50 percent of the vending machine selections would be soft drinks.

Heart Patients Wait Longer on Weekends

but reducing runaway health care costs

CHICAGO -- A new study finds that heart attack sufferers who go to hospitals on nights and weekends wait longer for an artery-clearing angioplasty than patients during regular hours, increasing their risk of dying.

Calif. Gov. Proposes Sex Offender Tracking

sex offenders not a big media target audience

Schwarzenegger said he did not know the potential cost of imposing lifelong monitoring of sex offenders but said it would be worth the expense.

Woman Arrested After Baby Left in Wal-Mart

emergency room retail

Like many states, Georgia has a law letting a mother leave a newborn at any medical facility within a week of birth without fear of prosecution.

Study Describes Bar at Center of Milky Way

press release means more funds sought

MADISON, Wis. -- After creating the most detailed analysis yet of what the Milky Way looks like, astronomers say a long bar of stars cuts on an angle through the center of the galaxy that includes the sun and planet Earth.

Ex-FBI Whistleblower to Join 'Peace Mom'

still waiting for big bird and the cookie monster

OAKDALE, Minn. -- Former FBI whistleblower Coleen Rowley, along with a state senator whose son died in Iraq, are headed to Texas this week to join a growing anti-war demonstration near President Bush's ranch.

Most Remember Teacher Who Made Difference

many tend to avoid those teachers

For many, that teacher connected with them on a personal level far beyond the class subjects.

Leahy Lambastes Roberts' 'Radical' Stands

the democrats target the media's need for audience ; the media target soap opera women.

every national debate is governed by what's interesting to soap opera women - an large minority audience that is never ridiculed and at fault for everything. its virtue is that it comes for news every day whether there's news or not, so long as there's soap opera, so they pay the bills.

hence blogs, in revulsion.

Firing his broadside one day after the release of 5,000 pages of Reagan-era records, Leahy said Roberts' views were "among the most radical being offered by a cadre intent on reversing decades of policies on civil rights, voting rights, women's rights, privacy and access to justice."

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Family, Doctor Say Rabbit Saved Woman

rabbit generosity story

PORT BYRON, Ill. -- An Illinois man claims a $10 pet rabbit saved the life his pregnant wife.

Husband of 'Peace Mom' Files for Divorce

no-fault divorce

FAIRFIELD, Calif. -- The husband of Cindy Sheehan, the mother camped outside President Bush's Texas ranch to protest the death of a son in the Iraq war, has filed for divorce, according to court documents.

AARP: Wholesale Drug Prices Top Inflation

economic death spiral insurance scam : the more insurance there is, the faster drug prices rise ; the faster drug prices rise, the more people need to buy insurance.

the winner is the insurance industry, where premiums always cover costs, but more and more people need to buy insurance.

no doctor can stay in business charging more than people are willing to pay. insurance changes that and produces this economic death spiral as well.

WASHINGTON -- Wholesale prices for the brand-name prescription drugs widely used by older Americans rose at more than twice the rate of inflation during the year that ended March 31, the AARP says.

U.S. Seek Limits on China Textile Exports

throw the bums out

WASHINGTON -- Shoppers who enjoyed a sustained drop in clothing prices over the past year are likely to see markups on pants, shirts and dresses if the Bush administration gets China to agree to comprehensive limits on its clothing and textile exports.

S.C. Proposing to Redefine Medicaid

gets rid of the make-yourself-poorer-to-qualify strategy

when coffee prices rose in a freeze in Brasil, you could get all the coffee you wanted. you just wanted less.

what happens if you give some poor person $10 on entering the supermarket, so he can buy $10-a-pound coffee?

he does not buy coffee. he has other uses for $10 that he prefers to coffee. yet he has the money!

that's what ``can't afford'' means. it means not that you don't have the money, but that you prefer something else with the money.

the same thing would happen with ``health care'' if it were not free after you're insured. you skip the doctor visits you don't think you really need.

South Carolina would cap how much it will spend on a recipient, and if health care costs more than the account will pay for, then the low-income people would have to make up the difference themselves or go without.

Group Builds Playgrounds to Serve Disabled

the trebuchet is the most popular

SCIO TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- Shallon Kovac loves her school's new playground, which is designed so that children with disabilities and those without can play together.

GAO: Supplements Drive Up Textbook Prices

get textbook insurance and it could be even more like health care

-- Once just a weighty tome, the college textbook has evolved into a package including text, colorful supplements and software. But those bells and whistles _ which critics and many students call unnecessary _ are the main reason textbook prices are rising at more than twice the rate of inflation, according to a new government report.

Long-Lost Steamboat Emerges From Mo. River

and just two days ago i found a long-lost sterno stove in the basement. it's a reemergence phenomenon in a slow news month.

BRIDGETON, Mo. -- The Montana emerges like a giant skeleton near the banks of the Missouri River here, a relic from the pre-railroad era when steamboats were a vital mode of transportation.

Stewart Crash May Help With Greek Crash

no news on the Greek Crash, yet here is this deadline looming over the reporter

WASHINGTON -- The 1999 crash of a Learjet 35 carrying golfer Payne Stewart after it flew halfway across the country on autopilot may help investigators understand what happened to the Cypriot airliner that crashed Sunday into a hillside in suburban Athens.

Irene Weakens, Continues Toward Atlantic

reserving hope for better storms

Only two or three named storms normally develop by this time in the Atlantic hurricane season, which began June 1 and ends Nov. 30. Irene, the ninth of the 2005 season, developed Aug. 7, weakened to a tropical depression and then regained tropical storm strength last week.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Family Loses 3 Girls in Ind. Lake Tragedy

a community of soap opera viewers

"This is a blow to the whole community," said Leann Perrine, manager of Shadyside Mobile Home Community, where the Niebauer family lives in northwestern Indiana, 42 miles outside of Chicago.

Minn. Divers Recover Plane Lost in 1958

fun at the outing

The daylong recovery effort included volunteers with the Kandiyohi County dive team, Emergency Support Services Association and the Midwest Technical Rescue Training Association, both of Minneapolis.

"Actually, things went excellent," said Mike Roe, recently retired water patrol director with the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's office who oversaw the operations.

First Woman White House Head Chef Hired

what about julia child? today it's dewlap in white sauce

WACO, Texas -- After a six-month search, first lady Laura Bush announced Sunday that the new head chef at the White House will be Cristeta Comerford _ the first woman to take the top spot in the executive kitchen.

N.J. Areas Want Revolution Recognition

one of the seven warning signs of government meddling. taxpayer money is involved.

TRENTON, N.J. -- They may not be as famous as the battles of Trenton and Princeton, but folks in southern New Jersey want their Revolutionary War sites to be recognized, too.

Smoke Rises Over Civil War Cannon Sales

the cleft/pseudo-cleft sentence minefield

As for ownership uncertainties, he asserted: "It's who's taken care of the cannon for the past decades that's the owner."

Man Shot Twice in Same Spot on Same Night

gun pulls to the left

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. -- A man was shot by police twice in the same shoulder at two different times on the same night.

Bush Approval a Low for Two-Term Leaders

a high for Presidents banged on continuously by the news media, however

take out soap opera women from the poll and he has a 70% rating

WASHINGTON -- President Bush's standing with an American public anxious about Iraq and the nation's direction is lower than that of the last two men who won re-election to the White House _ Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton _ at this point in their second terms.

Tropical Storm Irene Starts Turn From Land

full many a storm is born to lash unseen
and waste its news value on the ocean's air

but there's always the worry - don't worry news sequence backup

MIAMI -- Tropical Storm Irene was moving on a course that could take it away from the East Coast on Sunday as it and a weakening tropical depression posed no threat to land, forecasters said.

Atlanta Boy Scouts Try to Overcome Scandal

eng. lit. major

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga. -- Towering pines, shimmering lakes, bike trails, target shooting and cookouts.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Experimental Hybrid Cars Get Up to 250 Mpg

let's see if we can find the flaw in this claim

Like all hybrids, his Prius increases fuel efficiency by harnessing small amounts of electricity generated during braking and coasting. The extra batteries let him store extra power by plugging the car into a wall outlet at his home in this San Francisco suburb _ all for about a quarter.

Flat-Screen TV Prices Finally Coming Down

impuse buyer

SAN FRANCISCO -- Bud Werner and his wife are longtime movie buffs. For more than a year, he pined for a flat-panel television, thrilled by 60-inch screens thin enough to hang on a wall and turn his living room into a mini-movie theater.

Non-Soldiers Suffer Post-Traumatic Stress

woman driver

GLENVILLE, N.Y. -- For hundreds of thousands of Americans, mental illness is just a drive down the road. Ask Beth Puglisi. The 45-year-old mother was out to fill her gas tank on a bitter-cold January day last year. She turned the wheel of her pickup, felt a wrenching jolt, and watched the roadway fly into a spin.

Public Remains Anxious Over Economy, War

hype tried as news ratings fall

WASHINGTON -- The war in Iraq and the soaring price of gasoline are drowning out a succession of positive reports on the economy, putting President Bush on the defensive at a time when he could be basking in good economic news.

Bush: Iraqi Constitution 'Critical Step'

why the headline quotes? even as the media undermine it.

Bush used his weekly radio address to highlight political progress in Iraq, even as daily violence continues to take the lives of citizens and the U.S. forces occupying the country.

Dems Criticize Bush Social Security Plan

a longjmp!

WASHINGTON -- Democratic senators blasted President Bush's proposal to revamp Social Security with optional individual investment accounts on Saturday, the eve of the retirement and disability program's 70th birthday.

Normal Life Ended for Protesting Mother

anguish is big, but don't forget inner struggle, soul searching and everlasting frustration, the big four in soap news.

Sheehan's peaceful vigil, her unstoppable anguish, her gentle way of speaking, have captured attention for an anti-war movement that until now hasn't had much of a leader. Over the past week she appeared on every major television and radio network and in newspapers around the world.

PETA Rethinks Ads Comparing Abuse, Slavery

turf invasions on the left

"Black people in America have had quite enough of being compared to animals without PETA joining in," he said.

PETA officials apologized earlier this year for a campaign that compared the suffering of Jews during the Holocaust with that of factory animals.

Two Dead After Tornado Hits Wyoming Town

knocking out TVs and tossing tires from the roofs like matchsticks

WRIGHT, Wyo. -- Residents had just five minutes warning before a tornado tore into a mobile home park, killing two people and destroying dozens of homes.

Federal Money May Not Help Chicago Traffic

could help the pizza

CHICAGO -- From trains to planes to automobiles, traffic tie-ups are as synonymous with Chicago as the Sears Tower, deep dish pizza and great blues bars.

Clinton, Pirro Still Very Similar

then there's their genitals

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. -- Even by the scenic route, past the weathered stone walls and long driveways of some of New York City's wealthiest suburbs, it's only 14 miles from Hillary Rodham Clinton's big colonial in Chappaqua to Jeanine Pirro's modern mansion in Harrison.

Plan Aims to Reduce Airline Hassles

roust tries patience of bureaucrats

The Aug. 5 memo recommends reducing patdowns by giving screeners the discretion not to search those wearing tight-fitting clothes. It also suggests exempting several categories of passengers from screening, including federal judges, members of Congress, Cabinet members, state governors, high-ranking military officers and those with high-level security clearances.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Jonesboro Angry School Shooter May Go Free

some good comes of everything

Gretchen Woodard has said that her son will not return to Arkansas when he is released from prison in Memphis, Tenn. She said he wants to become a minister and hinted he will move at least a day's drive from Jonesboro and enroll in college.

NASA Stumped by Discovery Foam's Loss

maybe coat the shuttle with foam

"Frankly," he said, "even the next time we fly the tank, I would expect to see a little bit of foam loss somewhere in the tank. I think it's an extremely difficult engineering problem to solve."

Man Arrested on Weapons Charge Near U.N.

the being-near crime

NEW YORK -- A man was arrested after attempting to enter a parking garage across the street from the United Nations with two loaded firearms in his vehicle, police said.

Aug. Death Toll for Reserves in Iraq Soars

might be ongoing offensive operation level, did you think of that?

WASHINGTON -- The National Guard and Reserve suffered more combat deaths in Iraq during the first 10 days of August _ at least 32, according to a Pentagon count _ than in any full month of the entire war.

Lutherans Nearing Key Vote on Gays' Role

the continuing crisis news point

ORLANDO, Fla. -- A task force of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America spent three years researching whether the denomination should ordain gays or bless same-sex unions.

Lawyer: Nuke Waste Put Community at Risk

money not in lede because the news point is attracting soap opera news readers

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- An attorney claims that errors one of Florida's biggest electric utilities made in handling nuclear waste caused brain cancer in at least two children and may have put an entire community at risk.

Tropical Storm May Strenghten to Hurricane

programmed anxiety play

``irene'' is a tropical storm of peace

Irene's potential threat to land was still uncertain, as its path had shifted east, according to forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami. Forecasters said the storm could strike the coast anywhere from South Carolina to New Jersey.

Roberts Urged Dodging Wallenberg Kin's Plan

challenge to headline writer

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. -- As a Reagan White House lawyer, John Roberts urged the administration to dodge a proposal from the family of Raoul Wallenberg to pressure the Soviets on what they knew about the Swedish diplomat's disappearance at the end of World War II.

Giant Waterfall Discovered in Calif. Park

indians followed abandoned logging roads

Since Weatherbee's discovery, a handful of rangers and park guests have made the nearly two-mile hike to the falls. The trek veers off a well-trodden trail and follows an eroding logging road through thick brush and manzanita, an evergreen shrub found in the West.

NASA Tries Again to Launch Mars Orbiter

ominous exponential in press releases detected

first mission gives you 1.
second mission gives you >1 = 2.
third mission gives you >1+2 = 4.
fourth mission gives you >1+2+4 = 8.
fifth mission gives you >1+2+4+8 = 16.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA will try again Friday to launch a spacecraft to Mars that is designed to gather more data on the planet than all previous Martian missions combined.

Mormon Spurns Harvard for Idaho

mid america not as advanced as cambridge

Clark was born in Utah and raised in Spokane, Wash., but he'd been to Rexburg only for short stays before taking over at the college. His new home has just 17,000 residents and boasts just two non-American restaurants _ one Chinese, one Mexican.

Bush to mother who lost son in Iraq: 'I grieve'

soap opera sound bite vs. augustinian charity

CRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) - President George W. Bush said on Thursday he sympathized with a mother who lost a son in Iraq and has been leading a protest vigil near his ranch, but that he would not pull U.S. troops from Iraq now as she has demanded.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Discovery's Astronauts Braved Unknown

take up chess, or sky diving

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- At times, the Discovery mission conjured up memories of Apollo 13 for the ingenuity required of the astronauts and flight controllers. In an ever-changing, ever-challenging flight, NASA chief Michael Griffin called this group of seven astronauts true test pilots _ and brave.

Young Girl Killed by Tree at Camp

new scout-genre replaces shark attack

The tree accident was the latest in series of tragedies to strike scouting-related activities this summer.

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Bush Says Deficit Efforts Helping Economy

so repeal the minimum wage laws and restrictive ``child'' labor laws, as if a 14yo isn't a serious person.

"Our economy is strong, yet I will not be satisfied until every American who wants to work can find a job," Bush said Saturday in his weekly radio address, taped at the ranch where he'll meet with his economic team on Tuesday.

Democrats Focus on Latino Partnerships

the wetback strategy

SAN ANTONIO -- Democrats took their fight for Hispanic votes to the president's home state Saturday, vowing to increase their party's appeal among the nation's fastest-growing minority group by giving Hispanics more resources and leadership positions.

Army Whistleblower Draws Fire

wrongdoers vs whistleblowers template

WASHINGTON -- In the world as Bunnatine Greenhouse sees it, people do the right thing. They stand up for the greater good and they speak up when things go wrong. She believes God has a purpose for each life and she prays every day for that purpose to be made evident. These days she is praying her heart out, because she is in a great deal of trouble.

Families Begin Funerals for Ohio Marines

everybody gets something out of it, first of all the media.

what is honored in fact is the essence of morality itself : namely you are called on and you go.

calling on you is what makes you, you, by being for the first time addressed.

that's why it's the origin of morality.

why do we always have the poor? So we are not damned. We are called on.

dying when you are called on and go is something for friends and family, like dying everywhere, not for the media, except that it's entertainment and can be sold.

those who go to iraq are heroes whether they die or not; and we honor being called and going because we recognize it in ourselves.

confusing it by mixing it up serves various interests, some of them by way of entertainment for soap opera women.

that serves to make what is important out of reach except to middlemen with their own purposes.

As the funeral procession later wound its way to Sunset Cemetery, people stood by the road in salute to the fallen Marine. An elderly woman waved an American flag. A young boy clutched a sign reading "Goodbye to a hero."

Chemist Tries to Solve World's Energy Woes

melodrama improves funding.

"This is nirvana in energy. This will make the problem go away," Nocera said one morning in his office at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where the Grateful Dead devotee has a "Mean People Suck" sticker on his window. "If it doesn't, we will cease to exist as humanity."

Dad Charged With Kidnap, Rape of Daughter

men-are-untrustworthy story

WALLACE, Idaho -- A registered sex offender accused of trying to kill his 12-year-old daughter last month now faces additional charges, including rape and kidnapping.

Body of Missing Florida Teen Is Found

honor student fate story

CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- Campers discovered the burned body of a missing 17-year-old honor student in an abandoned refrigerator Saturday, and authorities said a teenage acquaintance and another man had confessed to killing her.

Thousands Protest Ruling on Hawaii Schools

black-lava ashtrays used to be big

HONOLULU -- Blowing conch shells and chanting Hawaiian prayers, some 15,000 people marched through downtown Honolulu Saturday to protest a federal court ruling striking down Kamehameha Schools' Hawaiians-only admissions policy as unlawful.

Search Ends for Missing Utah Boy Scout

emotion news : missing child story ends on template B.

look for followup closure stories.

SALT LAKE CITY -- The family of a 12-year-old Boy Scout missing almost a year in rugged mountain terrain said they would no longer search for the boy's remains after an unsuccessful three-day effort.

Hiroshima Survivors Call for Ban on Nukes

The WWII winners mostly think the opposite.

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. -- Survivors of the deadly blasts that devastated Hiroshima and Nagasaki 60 years ago joined hundreds of activists in support of a global ban on nuclear weapons.

Discovery crew says confident of safe return

can nobody rid us of this person

"Discovery is in absolutely great shape," shuttle commander Eileen Collins said in a media interview from space. "I'm pretty confident about the entry (into the atmosphere) and I'm thinking about the landing."

"I have had a lot of thoughts about Columbia and I will have thoughts after the landing, but we're all going to be very focused tomorrow on the job at hand," she said.

Wildfire Threatens 25 Homes in Wash.

why women like these stories is that they tell of officials stepping in and directing, as their husbands fail to do, or do wrong. it can't be news value, in the hard news sense.

Meanwhile, 10 houses near Alberton, Mont., were evacuated Saturday after a fire that started along Interstate 90 crossed over a ridge above the houses, officials said.

Justice Stevens Criticizes Death Penalty

The death penalty is not retribution and is not deterrence.

The death penalty has to do with the place accorded to a voice by society, a voice that is missing.

CHICAGO -- Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens issued an unusually stinging criticism of capital punishment Saturday evening, telling lawyers that he was disturbed by "serious flaws."

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Justice Dept denies request for Roberts documents

conflict is the point of the request

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Bush Administration refused on Friday to release some documents sought by Democratic lawmakers from Supreme Court nominee John Roberts' work as deputy solicitor general, opening the door for conflict as the Senate votes later this year on his confirmation.

Wildfires Rage Out of Control in Montana

one theory is that the fire template is really an authorities template.

ALBERTON, Mont. -- A series of wildfires burned out of control late Friday along a major highway in western Montana, prompting authorities to establish roadblocks to keep motorists from getting caught in the billowing smoke.

Calif. Auto Club Fires 27 for Web Posts

fat queer complains

Club spokeswoman Carol Thorp said comments were made about other workers' weight and sexual orientation.

Koizumi reform vote on knife-edge, media agree

``more real'' is the fictional claim of reality

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's mainstream media were nearly unanimous on Saturday in predicting a cliffhanger parliamentary vote next week on bills to privatize Japan's postal system, making the possibility of snap elections ever more real.

Roberts Devoted Free Time to Liberal Cases

interest in legal puzzles as legal puzzles discounted as motivation, when it's precisely what you want in a judge

WASHINGTON -- Despite his view that death penalty appeals are clogging the courts, Supreme Court nominee John Roberts provided free legal help to an inmate languishing on Florida's death row for two decades.

Cause of Wash. Plane Collision Sought

mystery invoked to cover the fact that the rules correctly allow collisions when pilots are not watching

RENTON, Wash. -- Investigators will listen to communications with two planes to figure out why they collided in flight, killing two people when one crashed into an empty school, officials said Friday.

Amtrak Train Hits Dump Truck in Calif.

mass transportation goes wrong template, domestic division, zero children version

SOMIS, Calif. -- An Amtrak train collided Friday with a dump truck crossing the tracks in southern California, injuring 17 people, two of them seriously, officials said.

Space Shuttle Undocks From Orbital Outpost

women's space program lacks a Dorothy Parker

"We are so happy to have spent the time up here," Discovery's commander Eileen Collins told the station's two crew members, who have been there since April. "These are memories that we will have forever."

Friday, August 05, 2005

Mass. Tribe Seeks Federal Recognition

showed the pilgrims how to gamble

MASHPEE, Mass. -- Nearly four centuries after the Mashpee Wampanoag welcomed the Pilgrims to the New England wilderness, the federal government is close to deciding whether the Indian tribe officially exists. And that makes some people in this Cape Cod town uneasy.

Clinton Lauds Presidential Libraries Stamp

the monica stamp

"These libraries are priceless repositories of American history," Clinton said. "We're always thinking of today and tomorrow. But we can understand better what to do if we understand our yesterdays."

Pa. Family Finds Alligator in Fish Pond

classic news filler expert bite

"These animals don't make good pets," he said. "That's why they are in an appropriate habitat in the wild or a local zoo."

Supervisor Accused in Lab Urine Incident

keeps rabbits away

James W. Everman, 30, is charged with a single count of criminal use of a noxious substance. The urine, a commercial product used by deer hunters, was dribbled on another supervisor's desk and chair, authorities said.

Habitat for Humanity Appoints New CEO

charity for augustine meant thinking the best of people rather than the worst

Habitat chapters around the world command a combined annual budget of about $748 million and next week the charity will celebrate a landmark milestone _ completion of 200,000 homes.

Mormons Excommunicate Australian Author

evicted from the choir too

SALT LAKE CITY -- An Australian author who wrote that DNA evidence fails to support the ancestral claims outlined in the Book of Mormon has been excommunicated by The Church of Jesus of Christ of Latter-day Saints.

29 Charged in OxyContin Ring at School

headline writing is a fine art

No teachers were involved, and there was no evidence of drug sales to children, U.S. Attorney R. Alexander Acosta said.

Chief: Handcuffing Girl Not a Violation

handcuffing r us

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Police officers committed an error of judgment when they handcuffed an unruly kindergartner at school in March but did not violate policy, the department's chief said Thursday.

Nude Man in Ski Mask Enters Sandwich Shop

police humor

Lashbrook said he doesn't believed Kout intended to rob the restaurant. He wasn't armed, the chief said.

"I'm not sure what he would rob it with," he said.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Exercise Guidelines for Women Established

they get ugly faster too

NEW YORK -- For the first time, researchers have established how much exercise women should be able to do for their age and found that their capacity is slightly lower than men's. It also declines a bit faster than men's as they grow older.

Pataki Vetoes Morning-After Pill Bill

doctors' full employment act

Pataki, who had announced Sunday that he would veto the measure, said he was most upset that the bill did not require minors to see a physician.

Hybrid Cars Coming Soon to Carpool Lanes

joining blacks and hispanics

LOS ANGELES -- Hybrid car owners are fast approaching the day when they will be allowed to drive solo in California's car pool lanes.

ACLU Sues Over Mich. Alcohol Test Law

do-gooder collision news

LANSING, Mich. -- The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit Thursday on behalf of four teens who were forced by police to blow into a Breathalyzer at a party.

Deadly Attacks Put New Pressure on Bush

this template _is_ the pressure on bush

WASHINGTON -- The deadly recent attacks on American troops in Iraq are increasing the pressure on President Bush to develop an exit strategy. The U.S. death toll from the war is now over 1,800, and a new AP-Ipsos poll shows the lowest approval yet for Bush's handling of Iraq, just 38 percent.

Researcher Behind PSA Test Sees Promise

PSA industry counterattacks with own press release

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Prostate cancer was almost always a death sentence when Dr. T. Ming Chu made it his life's work to find a way to detect it early on. Now, survival is the norm, in part, many say, because Chu accomplished his goal.

Giant Ocean Waves More Common Than Thought

scientists discover statistics doesn't work

WASHINGTON -- Last year's Hurricane Ivan generated an ocean wave that towered higher than 90 feet at one point, says a study that also suggests such giants may be more common than once thought.

Reseachers Study Human, Pig Genomes

tastes like chicken news

URBANA, Ill. -- While it's easy to see that pigs and humans are very different, beneath the skin are striking similarities, researchers at the University of Illinois are finding.

Yoga May Help Keep Weight Off at Mid-Life

buddha koan

"You become very sensitive to the feeling of being stuffed," he added.

Coffin From Civil War Uncovers Mystery

respectful anthropologist news

"This is a person and we want to tell this person's story. She is our primary obligation," anthropologist Doug Owsley said as the lid was lifted to reveal a young body wrapped in a brown shroud.

Scientists Study Patterns on Ancient Teeth

scientist seeks nachos funding grant

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Studying wear patterns on prehistoric teeth, scientists hope to determine what types of food their owners ate _ and what kind of food humans were designed to eat.

Answering the second question is more important. If scientists could determine the best foods for humans, they might be able to help prevent chronic, degenerative diseases, said Peter S. Ungar, an anthropology professor at the University of Arkansas.

Ex-Klansman Pleads Guilty in Bomb Building

in trouble with everybody

Schertz's former Klan leader, White Knights Imperial Wizard Billy Jeffery, has said Schertz was "banished" from the Klan in mid-May for unrelated disobedience.

CNN suspends Robert Novak for on-air outburst

naked ratings play

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - CNN issued a public rebuke to syndicated columnist and political analyst Robert Novak and asked him to "take some time off" after he uttered a profanity and walked off the set during a live broadcast on Thursday.

Md. Man Accused in Terrorist Support Plan

the bad-attitude law

NEW YORK -- A Washington, D.C., cab driver was charged with conspiring to help a terrorist organization after describing the time he spent at a terrorist training camp in Pakistan as "one of the better decisions in my life," prosecutors said Thursday.

Army: Soldier Apparently Kills Wife, Self

the tiny child makes the soap opera work

The couple's 8-month-old child was in the care of a neighbor, who reported hearing gunshots at about 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, said Eloise Campanella, a spokeswoman for the Larimer County sheriff. Investigators had not determined a motive.

Sherwood had returned from Iraq on July 25 after spending nearly a year there and was on leave at the time of the shootings, McNutt said.

AP: Navy Jet Has Severe Brake Problems

softening two technical blows to enable women readers to relate

Many of the brake failures have been traced to a $535 electrical cable _ about as thin as a drinking straw _ that controls the jet's antiskid brakes, the equivalent of antilock brakes on a passenger car.

Calif. Youth Prison Head Removed for Force

it's like a dorm room in here

Further reports are due this fall to a federal judge after national experts found deplorable conditions throughout the youth prison system.

Bush: U.S. to Stay in Iraq Despite Deaths

the press thinks otherwise. they don't call it the press for nothing.

"We will stay the course, we will complete the job in Iraq," Bush said in Texas as a videotape by Ayman al-Zawahri, al-Qaida's No.2, was broadcast around the world.

Illegal Immigrants, Long Islanders Clash

tom swifty

Then at night they go back to their illegally overcrowded single-family homes.

1 Dead, 1 Missing in Ky. Mining Accident

the women's mine accident page

Wilder and his wife, Kimberly, have a 2-year-old daughter, and were expecting a second child in December, said one of his brothers, Tyler Halcomb.

Chief Justice Briefly Hospitalized

old fart death watch news

WASHINGTON -- Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist was hospitalized briefly with a fever on Thursday, the second emergency treatment for the 80-year-old ailing justice in two months.

Trees Are Killed to Save Rare Woodpecker

we're from the government and we're here to help

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- In a sort of ecological trade-off, conservationists headed into the Arkansas woods Thursday to kill dozens of trees in hopes of helping the ivory-billed woodpecker, a bird that up until recently was feared extinct.

Man Gets 7 Years in Midflight Sex Assault

opportunity not thought through completely

BOSTON -- A man was sentenced Thursday to more than seven years in prison for sexually assaulting a woman sleeping next to him on an airline flight.

Small Planes Collide Over Seattle Suburb

males love technical detail, the crash-photo-page-4 outlook. women go more for the pending wedding of the victims in the other plane.

Fred Bahr, the float plane's pilot, told KING-TV there was little warning before the collision. "All of a sudden I just saw a
red and white flash just go under us, and that's all I saw," he said.

The impact "literally just relocated the floats to the right. They were at about a 30-degree angle," he added. "It's kind of strange when you look outside there to see a float and you don't see one."

Senator Defends Loan to Union Official

the news would be the conversion to a gift, not the loan; and the romantic angle is a little more significant as a cause, indicating a split with good will, but that's against the ``corrupt male'' template.

typically a loan is used to avoid paying a gift tax; and it's converted to a gift on splitting up as the best way of unentangling things when the woman has no way to pay off the loan.

TRENTON, N.J., Aug. 4 -- Senator and gubernatorial candidate Jon S. Corzine lent the president of New Jersey's largest state workers union $470,000 when the two were romantically involved three years ago, then forgave the debt last year.

Corzine defended the transaction, first described in reports Thursday in the Newark Star-Ledger and the New York Times.

Corzine turned the 10-year mortgage into a gift to Carla Katz last December, according to court documents. The move came a week after he kicked off his campaign for governor and several months after the two stopped dating.

Fla. Prisoner Gets Life in Anthrax Threat

acting as his own lawyer

Employees at the federal courthouse in Pensacola were held in isolation for about 10 hours after Evans' letter arrived at the clerk's office in April 2004. Initial testing erroneously indicated the substance may have been ricin, a poison even more deadly than anthrax.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Swaim told the judge that Evans compounded his crime last week by sending the prosecutor a letter threatening him with botulism.

Evans' lawyer removed himself from the case before the sentencing because he, too, had received a letter from his client threatening him and his family.

Evans already was serving a 50-year state sentence for robbery, armed robbery and escape.

Girl Shot by LAPD Had Drugs in Her System

LAPD on drugs

LOS ANGELES -- A 19-month-old girl killed by police as her father held her hostage had trace amounts of cocaine in her system, coroner's officials said Thursday.

Girl Dies After Collapsing at Water Park

dying at disney template

In June, another child died at the theme park after riding Epcot's "Mission: Space," which simulates a shuttle ride to Mars. The cause of the 4-year-old boy's death remains under investigation.

Environmental Damage Seen from Shuttle

it's all about feelings news : the nuturing commander

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Commander Eileen Collins said astronauts on shuttle Discovery had seen widespread environmental destruction on Earth and warned on Thursday that greater care was needed to protect natural resources.

Her comments came as NASA pondered whether to send astronauts out on an extra spacewalk to repair additional heat-protection damage on the first shuttle mission since the 2003 Columbia disaster.

Discovery is linked with the International Space Station and orbiting 220 miles above the Earth.

"Sometimes you can see how there is erosion, and you can see how there is deforestation. It's very widespread in some parts of the world," Collins said in a conversation from space with Japanese officials in Tokyo, including Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi.

"We would like to see, from the astronauts' point of view, people take good care of the Earth and replace the resources that have been used," said Collins, who was standing with Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi in front of a Japanese flag and holding a colorful fan.

Collins, flying her fourth shuttle mission, said the view from space made clear that Earth's atmosphere must be protected, too.

"The atmosphere almost looks like an eggshell on an egg, it's so very thin," she said. "We know that we don't have much air, we need to protect what we have."

Nearly 5,000 Who Fled Hawaii Fires Go Home

major cause of panic found : fire news

Large fires also were active Wednesday in Alaska, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Texas and Utah, the National Interagency Fire Center reported. So far this year, wildfires have charred 4.7 million acres, compared with 5.5 million at the same time last year, the center said.

Ohio Families Fed Up With Loss of Marines

headline writer disconnect

Donald Morgan, 21, of Parma Heights, another Cleveland suburb, just finished a tour of duty and is planning to re-enlist. He had yet to serve in Iraq but said going was "not a problem."

"All Marines are brothers," he said, placing two flags amid flowers, crosses and stuffed animals at display outside battalion headquarters. "I only took a moment to reflect on it. We all have a job to do."

Family Awaits Word on Missing Colo. Ranger

the quote-from-the-mother setup template

"We're hoping he's just immobile but you wonder, too, why he can't just signal to somebody," said his mother.

Bugs Chewing Up Trees, Raising Fire Danger

colorful newsprint

VAIL, Colo. -- The mountain views along Red Stone Road suggest early autumn, with splashes of red, orange and rusty brown dotting the green hillsides above the homes and condominiums of this Colorado resort town. But this is summer and the colors represent dead pine needles on hundreds of pine trees that have been killed by beetles.

Shuttle Commander Confident of Safe Return

women in charge

"We have looked at everything," Collins told The Associated Press in an interview. "I wouldn't fly this flight if I didn't think it was a safe thing to do."

Monday, August 01, 2005

Bush Comforts Thousands at Scout Jamboree

bush doesn't get it, say uncaring boys

But as Bush began to speak about the tragic electrocutions that had taken the lives of four of the troops' leaders, the youngsters' grins faded and several stared at the ground.


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