Friday, May 23, 2008
Trucking Regulators Warn on Use of Chantix - WSJ.com: "The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a warning Thursday on the anti-smoking drug Chantix, advising medical examiners 'to not qualify anyone currently using this medication for commercial motor vehicle licenses.'
The FMCSA oversees the interstate trucking and bus industry. Chantix, made by Pfizer, Inc., was attacked in a study by a non-profit group on Wednesday for possible links to seizures, dizziness, heart irregularity, diabetes and more than 100 accidents."
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Influenced by high oil prices in the international market, the diesel wholesale price in some areas rose to 7500 Yuan per ton last week."
Court says money discriminates against blind people - Yahoo! News: "The U.S. acknowledges the design hinders blind people but it argued that blind people have adapted. Some relied on store clerks to help them, some used credit cards and others folded certain corners to help distinguish between bills.
The court ruled 2-1 that such adaptations were insufficient. "The government might as well argue that, since handicapped people can crawl on all fours or ask for help from strangers, there's no need to make buildings wheelchair accessible*, the court said."
Monday, May 19, 2008
From the ABC News story: "One of the wives of the sect's jailed leader said she was eager to comply with any psychological testing so she could be reunited with her son, a boy born with a birth defect who has been given a new prosthetic leg while in foster care."
Judge Thomas Gossett
*The link to the Church information goes to Wikipedia. It is provided without my endorsement of the contents. Make of it what you will.
ABC News: Polygamy Moms at Custody Crossroads
Sunday, May 18, 2008
We went last summer and had a lovely afternoon. Time to go back, scrapbook or not the interior architecture alone makes the trip worth it.
Jump In: Visual Arts - The Boston Globe: "'Travels with Isabella': That Isabella Stewart Gardner. It turns out the world traveler and collector of art masterpieces was also an inveterate scrapbooker. When artist Luisa Rabbia spent time in residence at the Gardner Museum last year, she found Mrs. Gardner's scrapbook of a China trip, and spun her own art out of it - a video piece, with soundtrack by Swiss cosmic rocker Fa Ventilato. 'Travels with Isabella, Travel Scrapbooks 1883/2008,' at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, June 27-Sept. 28. 617-566-1401, gardnermuseum.org"
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Pastor John Hagee says he's sorry for anti-Catholic remarks - Los Angeles Times:
An excerpt taken from The Los Angeles Times online story. "Pastor John Hagee, who heads the Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, said in a letter made public Tuesday that he now knew the terms he used to describe the church, such as 'the great whore,' were 'rhetorical devices long employed in anti-Catholic literature.'"
Monday, May 12, 2008
"But, this year, Zimbabwe has been judged by the World Health Organisation to have the lowest life expectancy in the world. Last month, the cemeteries of the capital, Harare, were declared full. This week more than 3,500 people will die of HIV-related illness and tests on post-natal mothers have found infection rates of 70 per cent. A country whose population at its last census numbered 12 million people is dying in droves; its health system is in total disarray and malnutrition is a daily struggle for the majority of the country."
Worcester Telegram & Gazette AP State News
Saturday, May 10, 2008
From a Business Week story:
"The moves almost certainly presage a sale of the chain, likely to Blockbuster (BBI), where Carl Icahn has stepped up and agreed to finance (BusinessWeek.com, 5/9/08) a Circuit City acquisition. The billionaire—Blockbuster's largest shareholder—has bought into a "game-changing" scheme announced last month in which the troubled electronics retailer would be combined with the troubled movie retailer to create a new national chain selling consumer hardware and software."
Alternate reading: in which the troubled electronics retailer would be combined with the troubled movie retailer to create 'a troubled movie and electronics retailer'.
Thursday, May 08, 2008
Sunday, May 04, 2008
Madd Money: Great American Manufacturing Play - Dover
Cramer said the company is growing overseas with 25% of growth coming from Asia and 45% of total revenues from abroad. Dover trades at 12.6 times earnings and has a 15% growth rate. Cramer thinks this new world technology company should trade at a higher valuation.