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|1204||The Fourth Crusade sacks Constantinople.|
|1606||England adopts the Union Jack as its flag.|
|1770||Parliament repeals the Townsend Acts.|
|1782||The British navy wins its only naval engagement against the colonists in the American Revolution at the Battle of Saints, off Dominica.|
|1811||The first colonists arrive at Cape Disappointment, Washington.|
|1861||Fort Sumter is shelled by Confederacy, starting America's Civil War.|
|1864||Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest captures Fort Pillow, in Tennessee.|
|1877||The first catcher's mask is used in a baseball game.|
|1911||Pierre Prier completes the first non-stop London-Paris flight in three hours and 56 minutes.|
|1916||American cavalrymen and Mexican bandit troops clash at Parrel, Mexico.|
|1927||The British Cabinet comes out in favor of voting rights for women.|
|1944||The U.S. Twentieth Air Force is activated to begin the strategic bombing of Japan.|
|1945||President Franklin D. Roosevelt dies at Warm Spring, Georgia. Harry S. Truman becomes president.|
|1954||Bill Haley records "Rock Around the Clock."|
|1955||Dr. Jonas Salk's discovery of a polio vaccine is announced.|
|1961||Soviet Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin becomes first man to orbit the Earth.|
|1963||Police use dogs and cattle prods on peaceful civil rights demonstrators in Birmingham, Alabama.|
|1966||Emmett Ashford becomes the first African-American major league umpire.|
|1983||Harold Washington is elected the first black mayor of Chicago.|
Finally, to the present: has the IRS’s position changed this tax season? Apparently not. The current version of the Internal Revenue Manual, available on the IRS website, continues to explain that no warrant is required for emails that are stored by an ISP for more than 180 days. Apparently the agency believes nothing of consequence has changed since ECPA was enacted in 1986, or the now-outdated Surveillance Handbook was published in 1994.
At that gathering, LePage scolded about eight administrative hearing officers and their supervisors, complaining that too many cases on appeal from the Bureau of Unemployment were being decided in favor of employees. He said the officers were doing their jobs poorly, sources said.The Sun Journal spoke to “nearly” a dozen people who were present at the meeting, and they report that the hearing officers tried to explain to the governor that they’re required to adhere to federal guidelines in deciding cases. Their salaries are federally funded, which makes this charge even more serious.
Hearing officers had been told by their supervisors about a year and a half ago that they too often rule on appeals in favor of employees after a company owner apparently complained to the LePage administration following an appeals hearing that ended with a ruling in favor of the employee.
As a result, hearing officers were told to report to their supervisors all decisions they found favorable to employees before entering their formal rulings on those cases. That practice lasted only a few months.
Data requested by the Sun Journal from the U.S. Department of Labor shows that the number of cases successfully appealed by employees to administrative hearing officers declined slightly from 2011 to 2012. Over that same period, the number of cases successfully appealed by employers rose by a small percentage.What else is the Governor up to in order to make Maine more “business” friendly? Oh, just mulling the idea of vetoing a bill to raise the state’s minimum wage to $9 by 2016. He has also planning to make his “newly formed Business Advisory Council exempt from the state’s right-to-know laws”. Apparently, “right-to-work” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be by the anti-labor LePage.
American entomologists studying the effect in the 1940s noted the bed bugs “could hardly be induced to move from the leaves,” and microscopic images suggested that fine, curved hairs called trichomes on the bottom of the leaves snagged the bugs’ feet.Brooke Borel of PopSci has the post: Here.
Now, the California-Kentucky team has zoomed in even closer to reveal that the leaves’ sharp trichomes actually pierce the bugs’ feet like meat hooks, immobilizing them.
“It was astonishing to me that it worked at all,” says Catherine Loudon, a physical biologist at UC-Irvine and lead researcher of the new study, “You see this big muscular bug vigorously struggling, and it’s astonishing to me that the little tiny microscopic hairs don’t snap.”