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Good Tuesday Morning,
The NYJN reported in an article, "Legislators won't renew food pantry's lease", that the county was not going to renew a lease agreement with the Putnam Community Action Program (CAP) for space the program is using in Brewster and gave the impression that CAP was being evicted. If it were that simple, the Journal News might have gotten the story right, but in typical JN style they've mangled the facts and created a "there" that is not.
Please, read the rest of this at the blog. (It's 1202 words, too long for here.)
For those of you stepping outside last evening and who happened to glance to the west just before and after sunset, you were greeted with an astronomic delight. Jupiter, Venus and a crescent moon were grouped together in a way that will not be repeated until 2054. It was quite a sight!
And now, the News:
The Carmel Board of Education invites residents to participate in a discussion about the district and how to improve upon what is offered at its annual Community Open Forum, 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at the George Fischer Middle School, 281 Fair St.
Annual count held at Vassar
By ARIANA GREEN
BY BRIGITTE RUTHMAN REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN
ScienceDaily (Nov. 26, 2008) — Scientists from leading European research institutions in the field of solar-to-fuel energy conversion call for unified action and substantial support for novel clean fuel technologies as well as a paradigm change in Europe’s current energy policy. This is crucial if Europe is to maintain its environmental stability and economic development.
The struggling bank is slated to pay $400 million over the next 20 years to name the stadium Citi Field.
The bank made the commitment years ago, when it was flush with cash. Now that Citigroup is getting billions of dollars in federal aid, Staten Island Republicans Vincent Ignizio and James Oddo say the ballpark's name should be changed to Citi/Taxpayer Field.
BBC News, Washington
As is custom, President George W Bush pardoned a couple of turkeys on the eve of the Thanksgiving holiday.
Mr Bush pardoned two turkeys but is less lenient than his predecessors
"Pecan" and "Pumpkin" were rescued from the dinner table, but they are not the only ones looking for some leniency.
There is, after all, another tradition that presidents carry out when they are about to leave office: handing out presidential pardons and clemency to felons.
So the question now is who will be forgiven by President Bush? So far he has shown remarkable restraint in exercising this extraordinary priestly power.
At first the presidential pardon seems strange for a democracy and a proud republic - more like a divine right of kings.
But in Article 2 of the American Constitution the founding fathers gave the president the power to pardon in the interests of mending national wounds and to remedy injustice.
Posted on Fri, Nov. 28, 2008
Under state law, God is Kentucky's first line of defense against terrorism.
The 2006 law organizing the state Office of Homeland Security lists its initial duty as "stressing the dependence on Almighty God as being vital to the security of the Commonwealth."
Specifically, Homeland Security is ordered to publicize God's benevolent protection in its reports, and it must post a plaque at the entrance to the state Emergency Operations Center with an 88-word statement that begins, "The safety and security of the Commonwealth cannot be achieved apart from reliance upon Almighty God."
State Rep. Tom Riner, a Southern Baptist minister, tucked the God provision into Homeland Security legislation as a floor amendment that lawmakers overwhelmingly approved two years ago.
As amended, Homeland Security's religious duties now come before all else, including its distribution of millions of dollars in federal grants and its analysis of possible threats.
The time and energy spent crediting God are appropriate, said Riner, D-Louisville, in an interview this week.