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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Director kicked off plane for being fat

Director kicked off plane for being fat

"Clerks" director Kevin Smith is deemed a "safety risk" to a flight because of his weight.

Science Headlines

Year of the Tiger: All About the Chinese Zodiac
February 14th marks a new year according to the Chinese calendar, which will be moving from the reign of the Ox to the year of the Tiger.

Valentines in Ancient Rome Were All About Pain
While Valentines today tend to stress caring and warmth, love letters from ancient Rome often highlighted the wrenching, painful side of romance, historians say.

Stray Leopard Cub Becomes 'Star' In India

Close-up of  Baby Panther Found Wandering In Indian Village

Leopards are endangered in India

A leopard cub has become the talk of the town in northern India after appearing out of nowhere in the early morning and wandering onto a family's doorstep.

Living Near Freeway May Be Hard On Heart

If you live near a freeway, you may be two times more likely to develop atherosclerosis, a new study reported.


How Nature Inspired the Symbol of Love

From Treehugger:

heart shape history photo

From the seeds of the silphium plant, to ancient coins and candy hearts--the symbol of love has come a long way.

Valentine's Day is a day full of love and heart--and heart shapes. From boxes of candy, candy hearts, and balloons, to the '<'3'>' in text-messages and hand-drawn hearts on love letters, that unique heart symbol has special meaning to the love and loved. For anyone who has ever seen a real heart, though, the symbol is clearly not anatomically accurate. So, where did that heart symbol, that has come to represent 'love' on this and every other day of the year? Well, the answer may surprise you--but like so many icons in our daily life--it too was inspired by nature.

Whistle-Blowing Nurse Is Acquitted in Texas

A West Texas jury took but an hour Thursday to acquit a nurse who had been charged with a felony after alerting the state medical board that a doctor at her hospital was practicing unsafe medicine.

The uncommon prosecution had ignited deep concern among health care workers and advocates for whistle-blowers about a potential chilling effect on the reporting of malpractice.

But after a four-day trial in Andrews, Tex., a state court jury quickly found that the nurse, Anne Mitchell, was not guilty of the third-degree felony charge of “misuse of official information.” Conviction could have carried a prison sentence of up to 10 years and a fine of up to $10,000.

The jury foreman said the panel of six men and six women voted unanimously on the first ballot, and questioned why Mrs. Mitchell had ever been arrested.

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One for the good guys!

How to really own the job interview

How to really own the job interview

Sometime during an interview you should impress the employer on your own terms.

Fact and fiction about dream trips

Fact and fiction about dream trips

Some of the best destinations are overrun with tourists, but with a little know-how you can find paradise.


Money mistakes that can cost you

3 money mistakes that can cost you

Avoid expensive mishaps by taking these steps to solidify your finances.

Easy strategies to slim down

Easy strategies to slim down

Make a series of small changes instead of taking drastic measures to lose weight.

Mysterious 'Cyber ShockWave' event nears

Mysterious 'Cyber ShockWave' event nears

Top former U.S. officials gather for a cyber attack simulation — but no one knows what it will entail.

Joe Biden slams Cheney over comments

Misleads nothing ... he outright lies!

Joe Biden slams Cheney over comments

Dick Cheney is trying to rewrite history with his criticisms of the war on terror, the VP says.

It snowed again Friday night

Oh, and guess what ...

Several areas across the Deep South to have another coating of snow.

The National Weather Service says 2 to 4 inches could fall late Sunday and early Monday across southern Tennessee and northeastern Alabama, while 1 inch to 2 inches could fall in parts of northern and central Georgia.

Mountainous portions of Georgia and the Carolinas could get up to 3 inches.

... we are overjoyed.

(they are still calling for more rain than snow locally ... but with their track record we aren't holding our breath)

States with no income taxes

7 states with no income taxes

Even in U.S. states without income tax, everything is not as rosy as it seems.

Unsafe conditions prompt 4.9 million pound meat recall

Unsafe conditions have prompted a California meat company to recall another 4.9 million lbs of beef and veal, expanding its previous recall to nearly 5.8 million lbs, the Agriculture Department said on Saturday.

Unsafe conditions prompt 4.9 million pound meat recall

Chinese Millionaires Send Out Scouts For Love

Valentine's Day in China
What to do for the Chinese millionaire who has everything but the girl this Valentine's Day?

Hire a "love scout".

In the mood for love: China has more than 600 single millionaires Nearly 100 matchmaking agencies across China have deployed a small army of "scouts" to chat up attractive single girls for their millionaire customers.

Chinese Millionaires Send Out Scouts For Love

Dr. Amy Bishop of Alabama-Huntsville killed to protect intellectual property

This news in the case of Dr. Amy Bishop-Anderson of Alabama-Huntsville, who murdered three of her colleagues in that school's biology department.

Dr. Amy Bishop of Alabama-Huntsville killed to protect intellectual property

Priest Caught Buying Cocaine

A roman catholic priest from northeastern Pennsylvania is facing drug possession charges after police say he was caught buying cocaine in Philadelphia.

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Wonder if the drugs were for him or the altar boys?

USDA Tightens Organic Standards on Dairy and Livestock

From Treehugger:

photo: J. Novak

As organic food has grown in popularity so too have the size of organic dairies and farms in this country. And in the last ten years questions have been raised about whether these large scale so-called organic dairies and farms have been abiding by all of the regulations which define them as organic in the first place. Some of the regulations themselves have been a bit gray and lacking in clarity. Issues have been specifically raised about whether enormous farms have been confining livestock excessively, without regard for the animals. Now the USDA has introduced tighter regulations to bring clarity to the amount of time organic livestock should actually be grazing.

Danica Patrick's Daytona debacle

Danica Patrick's Daytona debacle

The driver's much-anticipated NASCAR debut is cut short before the race ends.

Even flea markets not immune to hard times

As snow melts away, rain probably on way

Friday night's snow triggered hundreds of wrecks in the Charlotte metro region and probably provided the makings for thousands of snowmen.

This morning, it could pit motorists against sheets of black ice.

But anyone watching Monday's forecasts with hopes or fears of more accumulating snow should expect mostly rain instead, forecasters say.

As Charlotte snowfalls go, this one was nothing out of the ordinary. About 3 inches was measured at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport, with heavier amounts in the southern suburbs. The snow was a bigger story in South Carolina, with significant accumulations in Columbia, Myrtle Beach and Charleston.

Saturday was a great day to enjoy the snow, with sunny skies and temperatures that warmed to near 40 degrees.

That melted snow off area roadways, but authorities warned that with readings this morning expected in the upper teens, black ice could be a problem. The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for the region until noon because of the ice threat.

"Shaded areas, bridges, ramps and approaches to intersections and turn lanes are some areas that might be affected," said Jen Thompson of the N.C. Department of Transportation.

Road crews were on call overnight to deal with any icy spots.

Highs in the mid-40s today should melt much of the remaining snow, just in time for the approach of another system late tonight and Monday. Precipitation along the approaching cold front will fall as snow in the mountains, forecasters say, but a repeat of Friday night is not likely in the Piedmont and foothills, they add.

"It looks like the precipitation should be nearly all rain," said Andrew Kimball, of the National Weather Service office in Greer, S.C. He said a bit of snow might mix with the rain Monday morning around daybreak, but no accumulations are expected.

To the south of Charlotte, Columbia's 8-inch snowfall was its largest in nearly a decade. The 3-plus inches recorded at Charleston was the most in two decades. And Myrtle Beach received more than 3 inches, its biggest snowfall in 11 years.

The snow and freezing temperatures created hazardous driving conditions that were blamed for more than 1,500 car crashes in South Carolina, Highway Patrol spokesman Josef Robinson said Saturday.

More than 37,000 power outages were reported across South Carolina - most of those along the southeastern coastal areas. High school basketball games were postponed in South Carolina and college baseball and softball games were canceled or postponed in both states.

Income tax refunds will take longer again this year

N.C. taxpayers, be warned: You'll have to wait longer again this year to get your income tax refunds.

Revenue Secretary Kenneth Lay said Friday his agency is starting to delay refund checks for individuals and businesses. It's all part of the state's effort to manage cash while its tax collections remain anemic.

"It's very much like the way a family manages their checkbook at the end of the month," Lay said in an interview. "When you're writing those checks to pay your bills, you want to make sure that you have enough in the account to pay each one of them."

The Revenue Department was required to hold back on refunds last year, too.

Joe the Plumber blasts McCain and Palin



Today is Chinese New Year.
The first day of the Year of the Tiger.

It's Valentine's Day you know

http://www.i-mockery.com/generalzod/pics/zod-valentine3.jpgHappy Valentine's Day

Today is ...

Today is Sunday, February 14, the 45th day of 2010.

There are 320 days left in the year.

Today In History February 14

Today is Valentine's Day.

It is also:

Chinese New Year,

National Have A Heart Day,

National Condom Day,

Ferris Wheel Day,


Quirky Alone Day.

For NASCAR fanatics this is the day the Daytona 500 is run.

Our Readers

Some of our readers today have been in:

Prague, Hlavni Mesto Praha, Czech Republic
Uster, Zurich, Switzerland
Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
London, England, United Kingdom
Riyadh, Ar Riyad, Saudi Arabia
Guelph, Ontario, Canada

as well as Serbia, and the United States

Daily Horoscope

Today's horoscope says:

You were probably downright ecstatic when you woke up this morning.
It's Valentine's Day, and finally, officially time to make your grand entrance at the home of your beloved -- or, better still, from a dramatic, romantic viewpoint, at their place of leisure, with an audience.
Either way, do it up big.
Brandish the flowers and the gifts proudly with your usual flair.
Make them feel as special as you know they are.

Oh, this is gonna be fun.