The Fourth of July holiday is upon us. Do you know where your teenage boys are?
"If you're thinking a little freedom is in order for your kids on Independence Day, a new study may have you rethinking things. ABC News reports visits by underage males to the emergency room are twice as high during the July 4 weekend than the rest of the month. And it's not fireworks, but drinking that's too blame. Alcohol poisoning, drunk driving accidents and fights were the most common reasons for the visits."
More at: http://www.parentdish.com/2011/07/01/er-visits-july-4-weekend/?icid=main%7Chtmlws-main-n%7Cdl5%7Csec3_lnk1%7C217691
Fort Calhoun Nuclear Plant: Flood Seeps Into Turbine Building At Nebraska Nuke Station
BLAIR, Neb. "Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko visited both Fort Calhoun and Cooper nuclear power plants in eastern Nebraska this week to see how the utilities that run them are coping with the flooding. Both plants sit on the river.
The Omaha Public Power District's Fort Calhoun is the subject of more public concern because the floodwaters have surrounded that plant and forced workers to use elevated catwalks to access the facility." More at:
Former Citigroup VP Gary Foster Allegedly Embezzled $19 Million From JobNEW YORK (Jessica Dye) - "A former vice president at Citigroup Inc was charged with bank fraud on Monday for allegedly embezzling more than $19 million from the company's accounts.
Gary Foster, 35, was arrested Sunday at John F. Kennedy International Airport on a flight arriving from Bangkok, prosecutors said. He is scheduled to make his initial appearance Monday afternoon in Brooklyn federal court, where he will plead not guilty to the charges, according to his attorney, Isabelle Kirshner.
Between May 2009 and December 2010, Foster allegedly transferred $19.2 million from Citigroup accounts to his own personal bank account at Chase." More at: http://www.atoast2wealth.com/2011/06/30/former-citigroup-vp-gary-foster-allegedly-embezzled-19-million-from-job/
Fire damages RV park, closes I-10 in Kendall, TX
Sue Skelton inspects a family ring as her son Andy Skelton, right, searches for other family heirlooms as they pick through the remains of their RV home that was destroyed in a brush fire at Top of the Hill RV Resort just outside Boerne, TX, Monday, June 20, 2011.
Andy Skelton takes a break from picking through the remains of his parent's RV home that was destroyed, as well as their car.
Andy Skelton, left, and family friend Brian Hummel pick through the remains of Andy's parent's RV home
COMFORT — "A fast-moving brush fire temporarily closed Interstate 10 on Sunday afternoon and chased residents from an RV park in Kendall County where several vehicles and facilities were destroyed before the blaze was contained around nightfall.
Mere minutes after they first smelled smoke, the Lowells say, the fire had moved into the park, located near exit 533 of I-10, igniting propane tanks and ammunition stored in the roughly 70 travel trailers and recreational vehicles.
Since the start of fire season Nov. 15, the Texas Forest Service has recorded 12,189 fires that have burned 3,012,876 acres. That is 1,000,000 acres more than the previous record, set in 2006, forest service officials said.
The hours of uncertainty took their toll on displaced residents such as Joshua and Julisa Allen, who thought that their travel trailer was well clear of a distant brush fire they observed upon returning home from lunch. Minutes later, they felt the heat and smelled the smoke of the nearing fire. “The smoke was so thick and the ash was falling like snow,” said Joshua Allen, 41. “We said, ‘We’ve got to get out of here.’” Julisa Allen, who’s expecting a baby in a few months, said, “It was real scary.”
“It was an urgent situation,” said Waring volunteer firefighter Brian Brawner, 53. “When all those propane tanks and stuff started popping off, it was scary.”
“It’s a pretty bad fire,” he said. “We lost quite a few travel trailers and several cars.” The fire danger was extreme Sunday, with strong winds and temperatures in the triple digits. The National Weather Service recorded 103 degrees in San Antonio, matching the record, set in 1918. Temperatures have hit 100 or higher since Tuesday. Low 90s are normal for June. In East Texas, wildfires had burned 15,000 acres and part of I-45 was closed."
Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/Eight-RVs-community-building-burned-by-wildfire-1431048.php#ixzz1QVvptE4H
More about this fire, and ARE YOU READY for an RV disaster?: http://rvtravel.com/RVusing/ready_for_rv_disaster.shtml
My degree isn't worth the debt! Six Different Stories
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Student debt: $72,800
Degrees: Master's in public health from University of South Carolina; Bachelor's in biology from Clemson University
"In my early years after high school, I wavered between trade school and college, but eventually opted for college and earned a Bachelor's in biology.
I quickly found work, but at an abysmal wage of $7.25 per hour, which did not even allow me to live on my own.
After an exasperating year at that wage, I decided to go back to school and I graduated in 2004 with a Master's in Public Health, thinking I was on the road to recovery.
During that time, I had been married, had a child, gotten divorced, and ended up raising my son on my own. I took a low paying government job in Southern Florida, and because I couldn't even make the minimum payments on my debt, I took forbearance after forbearance.
I have had a good life, but now at age 37, the weariness of carrying this financial burden frustrates me to no end.
My son is nine years old now and will want to attend college when he graduates high school. But what will I tell him? First I have to decide if the college degree is worth the debt. I hope by the time he is making his decision, I will have figured it out."
The other five stories at: http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2011/news/economy/1106/gallery.student_debt/index.html?icid=main%7Chtmlws-main-n%7Cdl6%7Csec3_lnk3%7C217292
20 Americans Get Salmonella After Eating Sprouts, Says FDA
WASHINGTON -- The Food and Drug Administration is issuing a rare warning to consumers, asking diners to avoid Evergreen Produce brand alfalfa sprouts or spicy sprouts because they may be linked to 20 cases of salmonella poisoning.
More at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/28/salmonella-sprouts-america_n_885872.html?icid=main%7Chtmlws-main-n%7Cdl9%7Csec3_lnk1%7C217330
Minnesota Shuts Down!
""This country needs to get its government finances under control," he said. "That needs to happen in Washington, D.C., and that needs to happen in St. Paul, Minnesota." A shutdown of the Minnesota government comes as the state's second in six years." More at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/01/minnesota-shutdown-2011_n_888363.html?icid=main%7Chtmlws-main-n%7Cdl8%7Csec3_lnk3%7C217662
Vitamin D, Calcium Combo May Have Halved Melanoma Risk in Some WomenMONDAY, June 27 (HealthDay News) — Certain women at risk for developing melanoma, the most severe form of skin cancer, may cut the likelihood in half by taking vitamin D/calcium supplements, a new study suggests.
"It looks like there is some promising evidence for vitamin D and calcium for prevention of melanoma in a high-risk group," said lead researcher Dr. Jean Tang, an assistant professor of dermatology at Stanford University School of Medicine."
More at: http://www.everydayhealth.com/skin-cancer/0628/vitamin-d-calcium-combo-may-halve-melanoma-risk-in-some-women.aspx?xid=aol_eh-news_3-_20110627&aolcat=HLT&icid=main%7Chtmlws-main-n%7Cdl9%7Csec3_lnk3%7C217330
The Origin of the Internet - the true story....well so they say.
Well, you might have thought that you knew how the Internet started, but here's the TRUE story...
"In ancient Israel, it came to pass that a trader by the name of Abraham Com did take unto himself a young wife by the name of Dot. And Dot Com was a comely woman, broad of shoulder and long of leg. Indeed, she had often been called Amazon Dot Com.
And she said unto Abraham, her husband: "Why dost thou travel so far from town to town with thy goods when thou
canst trade without ever leaving thy tent?"
And Abraham did look at her as though she were several saddle bags short of a camel load, but simply said: "How, dear?"
And Dot replied: "I will place drums in all the towns and drums in between to send messages saying what you have for sale and they will reply telling you which hath the best price. And the sale can be made on the drums and delivery made by Uriah's Pony Stable (UPS)."
Abraham thought long and decided he would let Dot have her way with the drums. And the drums rang out and were an immediate success. Abraham sold all the goods he had at the top price, without ever moving from his tent.
But this success did arouse envy. A man named Maccabia did secrete himself inside Abraham's drum and began to siphon off some of Abraham's business. But he was discovered, arrested and prosecuted for insider trading.
And the young men did take to Dot Com's trading as doth the greedy horsefly take to camel dung. They were called Nomadic Ecclesiastical Rich Dominican Siderites, or NERDS. And lo, the land was so feverish with joy at the new riches and the deafening sound of drums that no one noticed that the real riches were going to the drum maker, Brother William of Gates, who bought up every drum maker in the land. And indeed did insist on making drums that would work only with Brother Gates' drumheads and drumsticks.
And Dot did say: "Oh, Abraham, what we have started is being taken over by others."
And Abraham looked out over the Bay of Ezekiel , or eBay as it came to be known. He said: "We need a name that reflects what we are." And Dot replied: "Young Ambitious Hebrew Owner Operators." "YAHOO," said Abraham.
And because it was Dot's idea, they named it YAHOO Dot Com."
And that is how it all began. Truly !
Jay and I made the bases for the table and the bed for the cargo trailer.
Now the table has to be Formica-ed, and the bed will be painted.
My dryer is working now, so I was able to do some more laundry while we were working on the trailer. With three post-surgery kittens, I have to keep their little beds and blankies clean.
Paco is meeting prospective adopters today during Adoption Day. I have had him for a year, so it is time he had a "furever" home. He is a sweet, well-behaved, housebroken, normally quiet little boy. But he has one bad habit here, he hates for me to feed the cats in the grooming room, sits outside the door and barks at me constantly. Anything to do with food, he wants it. I have to feed Misty in a different room, or he will gobble his, and then try to get her food. He would have a Dachshund for company, in his potential new home.
The 'week-end warriors' are descending upon this lake subdivision with trailers of boats, wave-runners, etc. It will be terrible to be on the freeway this weekend. Fireworks are banned, due to the drought, http://www.khou.com/news/neighborhood-news/Montgomery-County-officials-Sale-use-of-fireworks-banned--124192329.html They will still race ATV's, etc. up and down the roads going to dirt trails and the Sam Houston National Forest nearby.
But it is still going to be a very noisy and hot holiday.