News That Matters
"I am not the Grinch, but parchments from 1814 and Twinkies don't mix,"
Good Monday Morning,
We had a tiny bit of snow yesterday and in response to that first visual blast of winter, highway crews across the county emptied the oceans of salt and left it in mounds at intersections all over the place.
Are the sides of your car white? Does a bear poop in the woods? Does a one legged duck swim in a circle? Of course.
A few weeks ago I wrote in this column:
While we're talking about the NY Journal News, according to an editorial in today's online edition, smoking is considered a psychiatric disorder. To wit:
When did that happen?
For those of you who celebrate Hanukkah (remember, that's the holiday where you wrap your presents for me in blue paper so as not to confuse them with my birthday (green) or Christmas (red)) there's this little video online (office safe) brought to our attention by LL.E. It's 3:19 seconds of a subgroup of the Seattle Men's Chorus singing "I have a little dreidel" and it's not what you might think! It's the kosher cowboy way.
Not to be left out, those who celebrate Christmas and just can't enjoy that holiday without a stunning performance of Handel's Hallelujah Chorus, here's a rare video performance of such by monks who have taken vows of silence. And if you're a reformed Jew, here's a version recorded in Israel, of that famous ditty sung in Hebrew.
A last note for this coooool winter's morning:
The Young Wizard and the Sugar Plum
Conceived, directed, produced and choreographed by Kent's own Bart Cook and Maria Calegari, principle dancers from the NYC ballet, this 90 minute wonder for adults and children includes scores of hand-crafted puppets, a dozen humans, music from The Nutcracker, sound effects, magical lighting and audience participation. This is the holiday show not to be missed. Did I mention the flying broomstick?
Click here for more information and to purchase tickets. If last year is any indication, you'd better get to it. Seats sell fast!
By MATT RICHTEL and KATE GALBRAITH
ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) -- Homeowners in one Long Island town can now add windmills to their backyards.
By Tom Zeller Jr.
Bank of America is particularly concerned about surface mining conducted through mountain top removal in locations such as central Appalachia. We therefore will phase out financing of companies whose predominant method of extracting coal is through mountain top removal. While we acknowledge that surface mining is economically efficient and creates jobs, it can be conducted in a way that minimizes environmental impacts in certain geographies.
At the N.R.D.C.’s Switchboard blog, Rob Perks, director of the organization’s Center for Advocacy Campaigns in Washington, said the group managed to persuade Bank of America executives to visit several mountaintop mine sites in Appalachia — including Kayford Mountain, which has been laid low by mountaintop mining methods.
Print media are in dire trouble – but blogs are no substitute
Longtime courtroom sketch artist Bill Hennessy Jr. brought his 20"x26" portfolio and his tackle box of pastels, charcoal, colored pencils, and water color markers, to the line at Courtroom No. 5 at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit last week. The court’s chief deputy clerk, Marilyn Sargent, confronted Hennessy. No sketching allowed today, Hennessy recalled Sargent say.
Hennessy, who’s been sketching court action for nearly 30 years, says he wasn’t given much of an explanation and assumed that tight space was the hang-up. He put his gear in a press room and returned to court with a college-ruled 8"x10" pad and black pen. A dozen reporters took up two rows in court. Other observers stood against the side and back walls of the room.
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