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