News That Matters
Good Tuesday Morning,
Last Friday I wrote:
Putnam Democratic Party chair Lynn Eckardt wrote to say that there are happy Democrats in Southeast and Philipstown. I'll take her word for it.
The Inauguration kicked off Sunday with a concert at the Lincoln Memorial attended by tens of thousands of people. Here's a short video of the Hudson Valley's own Pete Seeger singing Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land" along with Tao Rodriguez and Bruce Springsteen.
Here's a schedule of today's events in Washington DC: (Source AP)
Inauguration Day Events in Putnam
And now, the News:
By Kirsten Gillibrand
(Image source: Jeff Green)
The Guardian, Monday 19 January 2009
On the steps of Trafalgar Square we stand, watching the ebb and flow of Friday morning: the open-top buses and taxi cabs eddying around the Mall, the flocks of tourists where the pigeons once stood, the misty view down Whitehall to Westminster. A fine, cold drizzle is falling, drifting over the lions and the fountains and the fourth plinth; it falls on the stone head of Lord Nelson, on the umbrellas of the Japanese tourists, on the street cleaners and the newspaper vendors, and speckles the face of my life-sized cut-out of Barack Obama.
It does not take long for the melee to begin; a trickle at first, and then a rush. They come alone, in pairs, dragging daughters, husbands, wives, and then a gaggle of French students in scarves and hoods and backpacks descend upon the president-elect (for one more day only), blowing kisses, flinging their arms around him and cheerfully shouting: "French kiss!" A German tourist edges closer. "I wish to take a picture," she says, waving her hand at the jumble before us - Nelson's Column, the National Gallery, and the assembled crowd queueing up for the Guardian photographer to snap them with Obama - "of this whole process".
ScienceDaily (Jan. 19, 2009) — With an epidemic of antibiotic-resistant infections growing, experts are warning grocery-store pharmacies that antibiotics giveaways are an unhealthy promotional gimmick. If grocery stores want to help customers and save them money during cold and flu season, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) says, they should offer free influenza vaccinations instead.
By ANDREW JACOBS
By Joe Rao