As they say in Chicago, vote often and early. Watch C-Span. President Obama did not bring down the plane from Malaysia, but our military authorized by our president is spending hundreds of hours and millions of dollars to help locate this plane. President Obama can't put on a wet suit for a swim in the Indian Ocean. I, for one American, do not want another war, loss of lives and trillions more in debt to go to war with Mr. Putin over Ukraine and Crimea. President Obama has done what Mr.
Bush did when Russia entered Georgia. He is using diplomacy and his contacts with our European allies. President Obama has opened drilling and exploration in many areas, and our oil and gas output is at record high levels. Many question the Keystone Pipeline.
Why should we put our water aquifer at risk for the dirtiest oil, that is not going to stay in the U. Our deficits are going down and would go down even more if corporate America would let loose of the trillions they are hoarding and hire some American workers, instead of hiding their money and building overseas and giving India, China andVietnam the jobs we need here. As for our president appear- ing on talk shows, President Bush enjoyed his several appearances on Leno's show.
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Please send or bring correspondence to the Sun, included. The phone number and address are not for publication, but must be provided. The Letters Readers with access to the Internet may email Letters to the Editor at letters sun-herald. OurTown Page 8 C www. On the one hand, there is a broad social-science correlation between re- ligious faith and various social goods health and happiness, upward mobility, social trust, charitable work and civic participation.
Yet at the same time, some of the most religious areas of the country the Bible Belt, the deepest South - struggle mightily with poverty, poor health, political corruption and social disarray. Part of this paradox can be resolved by looking at nonreligious variables like race. But part of it reflects an important fact about religion in America: The social goods associated with faith flow almost exclusively from religious participation, not from affiliation or nominal be- lief.
And where practice ceases or diminishes, in what you might call America's "Christian penumbra," the remain- ing residue of religion can be socially damaging instead. Consider, as a case study, the data on divorce. Earlier this year, a pair of demographers released a study showing that regions with heavy populations of conser- vative Protestants had higher-than-average divorce rates, even when controlling for poverty and race.
Their finding was correct, but incomplete. As the sociologist Charles Stokes pointed out, practicing conservative Protestants have much lower divorce rates, and practicing believers generally divorce less fre- quently than the secular and unaffiliated. But the lukewarmly religious are a different matter. What Stokes calls "nominal" conservative Protestants, who attend church less than twice a month, have higher di- vorce rates even than the nonreligious.
And you can find similar patterns with other indicators - out-of-wedlock births, for instance, are rarer among religious-engaged evangelical Christians, but nominal evangelicals are a very different story. It isn't hard to see why this might be. In the Christian penumbra, certain religious expec- tations could endure a bias toward early marriage, for instance without support net- works for people strug- gling to live up to them.
Or specific moral ideas could still have purchase without being embedded in a plausible life script. For instance, residual pro-life sentiment could increase out-of-wedlock births. Or religious impulses could survive in dark forms rather than positive ones leaving structures of hypocrisy intact and ratifying social hierarchies, without in- culcating virtue, charity or responsibility. And it isn't hard to see places in American life where these patterns could be at work.
Among those working-class whites whose identifica- tion with Christianity is mostly a form of identity politics, for instance. Or among second-gen- eration Hispanic immigrants who have drifted from their ancestral Catholicism. Or in African-American communities where the church is respected as an institution with- out attracting many young men on Sunday morning. Seeing some of the problems in our culture through this lens might be useful for the religious and secular alike.
For nonbelievers inclined to look down on the alleged backwardness of the Bible Belt, it would be helpful to recognize that at least some of the problems they see at work reflect tradi- tional religion's growing weakness rather than its potency. For believers, mean- while, the Christian penumbra's pathologies could just be seen as a kind of theological vindication proof, perhaps, of the New Testament admonition that it's much worse to be lukewarm than hot or cold.
But it's better to regard these problems as a partial indictment of America's churches: Not only because their fail- ure to reach the working class and the younger generation is making the penumbra steadily bigger, but because a truly healthy religious community should be capable of influencing even the loosely at- tached somewhat for the better. The problems in the penumbra also have an unacknowledged place in our current controversies over religious liberty, from the debates which reached the Supreme Court last week over the scope of religious exemptions from the health care law's contra- ceptive mandate, to the legal questions raised by the advance of same-sex marriage.
These arguments turn on constitutional issues, competing visions of freedom, the scope of pluralism versus the rights of gays and women. But they're also partially about what kind of institutions are best equipped to address social problems in an individualistic age and whether we should want the Christian penumbra to be reclaimed for religion or become more thoroughly secularized instead.
Among religious conservatives, not surprisingly, the hope is that traditional forms of faith if left to build, or rebuild, without being constantly disfavored, pressured and policed - can make a kind of comeback and fill part of the void their own decline has left.
On the secular side, though, there's a sense that there's a better way - that a more expansive state can offer many of the benefits associated with a religious com- munity, but in a more enlightened, tolerant, individual-respecting form. And if delivering these benefits requires co-opting or constrain- ing religious actors - be they charities and schools or business owners well, that's either a straightforward win-win or a relatively modest price to pay.
In this sense, the Christian penumbra isn't just a zone of social disorder. It's a field of ideological battle. Ross Douthat is a New York Times columnist. Readers may reach him via www. Republican Senate could circumvent Obama vetoes f Republicans take control of the Sen- ate in this year's elections, it will be, as Vice President Joe Biden might put it more graphi- cally, a big deal.
Last week, elections handicapper Nate Silver gave a 60 percent probability that the Republicans would gain at least the half-dozen seats required for a ma- jority. This wasn't news to top party strategists. Rationalizations followed. Maybe the assumptions were flawed, or Republicans would overreach and set the stage for Democrats to come back in In any case, President Barack Obama has the veto pen for the last two years of his term.
That glosses over the profound policy impli- cations of a change that would affect many areas. The Affordable Care Act: The president can stop repeal of Obamacare, but a determined congressio- nal majority can wreak havoc by using the initial budget process, known as reconciliation, which allows major changes to be made with only a majority Senate vote that isn't subject to veto.
Republicans have struggled to come up with any palatable alter- natives to the health care law. That means major components such as the subsidies and tax credits, or the ban on discrimi- nation against insuring those with pre-existing conditions, wouldn't be changed. But deep cuts in funding for running the program and getting new enrollees would take a toll. Fiscal Priorities: Despite the power of the presidential veto, all the compromises would move to the right.
Congress would adopt measures closer to those favored by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, cutting social spending for the poor and increasing defense spending. Republicans would try to enact conservative tax measures. Reform of the corporate code might be a starting point, though changes to individual income taxes would be unlikely for budgetary and political reasons.
Regulation: A Republican Congress would hold the upper hand. Regulatory agen- cies the party doesn't like a long list that includes the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Internal Revenue Service, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Environmental Protection Agency - could turn into toothless watchdogs with slashed budgets.
There would be a big push for the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act, which requires congres- sional approval for all major regulations. Appointments: Senate confirmation for all but the most routine nomi- nations would be a slog. Republicans might repeal the so-called nuclear option rule, which re- quires only 51 votes not 60 to break a filibuster to confirm an executive or judicial appointment short of the Supreme Court.
It's difficult to envision a Republican-run Senate confirming any Supreme Court appointment by Obama. Foreign Policy: The biggest issue might be a nuclear deal with Iran. Odds are the current negotiations will be extended until the end of this year or next year. For now, only the strong hand of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid prevents legisla- tion that might scuttle the negotiations from coming to the floor. If a deal is reached, a Republican Congress would probably refuse to repeal the sanctions imposed on Iran.
The president can waive some of these measures by executive order. But Congress would still have latitude to complicate any arrangement. As to investigations of alleged administration misconduct, take the current number and double it. Democrats, when not in a state of panic, predict that such a scenario would lead to Republican overreach, paving the way for a Democratic president - and Senate two years later.
If so, the agenda of that new president would be to undo much of what had been done the previous two years. Al Hunt is the executive editor for Washington at Bloomberg News. Readers may reach him at ahunti bloomberg. Ivan Olarte, M. Eric and Jennifer Loche pose before the event. Seen here with Commissioner Stephen R. Ken Roberson. Joan and Joe Z. Lovingwood are all smiles while enjoying the cocktail hour before the dinner at the Lincoln Reagan Day celebration.
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Page 3 - 10 things to know 1. Koreans shoot at each other North Korea and South Korea shot artillery salvos into each other's waters Monday. Seepage 1. Congress passes Medicare doctors bill Lawmakers stopped doctors from being hit with a 24 percent cut in their payments from the govern- ment.
Seepage 5. Seepage 8. Russia strengthens hold on Crimea The prime minister arrives in the newly annexed peninsula with promises of money for improved power supplies, water lines, education and pensions for the elderly. Japan's whaling industry dealt a blow An international court, siding with environmentalists, orders a halt to one of the world's biggest whale hunts in the icy Southern Ocean. Seepage 3. Hey dude, the Hobie surfboard creator died Hobie Alter, the man who created the mass-produced foam board, died at age GM recalls another 1.
US to require rear- view cameras in autos The Transportation Department says the new rule targeting backup accidents will save 13 to 15 lives a year. See page 4. Weight-loss surgery fights diabetes A study finds that surgery may be a better way than drug therapy to fight diabetes.
Bill targets mug shot websites The Florida Legislature is pushing through a bill to stop websites from charging people to remove their police mug shots. The exchange of fire into the Yellow Sea followed Pyongyang's sudden announcement that it would conduct live-fire drills in seven areas north of the Koreas' disputed maritime boundary.
North Korea routinely test-fires artillery and missiles into the ocean but rarely discloses those plans in advance. The announcement was seen as an expres- sion of Pyongyang's frustration at making little progress in its recent push to win outside aid. North Korea fired rounds of artillery shells over more than three hours, about of which fell south of the sea boundary, South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok said. South Korea responded by firing shells into North Korean waters, he said.
No shells from either side were fired at any land or military installations, but Kim called the North's artillery firing a provo- cation aimed at testing Seoul's security posture. Russia's takeover of the strategic Black Sea region, its troop buildup near Ukraine's border and its attempts to compel constitutional changes in Ukraine have markedly raised tensions with the West and prompted fears that Moscow intends to invade other areas of its neighbor.
Russian tanks TB will be stationed on former Ukrainian military bases. Russian Black Sea fleet ships are anchored in one of the.. In Moscow, the -. The bill targets companies that obtain booking photos from law enforcement agen- cies and then put them online, along with the person's name and the charges they face.
They then charge arrestees hundreds to thousands of dollars to remove them or face contin- ued embarrassment. Some websites refuse to remove the photos even if the charges are later dropped or if the person is acquitted.
Under the proposed law, an individual could obtain a court order for removal. Florida is trailing several states in addressing the prac- tice by such websites as mugshots. People who were overweight or mildly obese gained the same benefit from surgery as those who were heavier, a finding that should expand use of the procedure, said Philip Schauer, the lead researcher and director of the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute at the Cleveland Clinic.
Most insurance com- panies limit coverage to those who are morbidly obese or have other medical conditions. More than 23 million Americans suffer from Type 2 diabetes, when the body doesn't properly use or make enough insulin to convert blood sugar into energy. The majority, about 80 percent, are overweight or obese. While earlier research showed surgery helped control blood sugar levels almost imme- diately, even before patients lost weight, there were doubts about whether the improve- ment would last.
State economists on Monday released a page snapshot looking at everything from wages to housing prices and unemployment. The good news: Florida was ranked 13th in in personal income growth and had a rate that exceeded the national average. Growth rates also are returning to more typical levels and consumer confidence is improving, as is building permit activity. But the effects of the Great Recession will still linger for a few more years.
Economists estimate that "normalcy" will not occur until The report, for exam- ple, noted that Florida's average wage is dropping further behind the aver- age wage in the United States. Economists said that Florida's average wage dropped to Rick Scott has consistently touted the drop in the state's unemployment rate as a sign that his push for tax cuts and reduction in regulations has aided the state.
The state's unemployment rate is currently 6. But the state report notes the drop in Florida's unemployment rate has been helped by people dropping out of the labor force, or people who have not yet begun seeking work. The state's real unemployment rate would be 6. Rick Scott. The bill offers a tuition break to honorably discharged veterans regardless of when they moved to the state.
The bill also includes college scholarships for National Guard members and sets aside money to renovate armories and acquire land adjacent to existing military instal- lations in the state. It also waives professional licensing fees up to five years after a veteran is discharged. Florida has roughly 1. The Lee County Sheriff's Office reports that the truck's driver told deputies he had parked the blue Volvo semi with a white Great Dane refrigerated trailer and Pennsylvania plates behind a 7-Eleven store on Sunday.
He last checked on it at 10 a. The driver said that when he returned at p. Sunday, the truck and the , eggs inside, were gone. The News-Press reports that there are no cameras at the scene that could capture the truck or when it was taken. Free previews on cable TV this week Staff report - According to freepreviewtv. It con- sists of free On-Demand access, which includes movies and more than 75 series with thousands of hours of content. Verizon Fios is offering an On Demand content free week now through April 7.
Offerings include more than 2, movies and 90 full TV seasons. The building's colorful, retro exterior is visible from Interstate 4. The first family suites are now available. The resort will have a to- tal of 1, units when it's completed this summer. Amenities include a bowling alley, a food court and a 10,square foot pool that includes a water tower and water slide. A second pool will be added by summer.
AP A firefighter put his reptile-handling experience to good use when he rescued a 6-foot-long python from a burning home in western Michigan. Muskegon firefighter Scott Hemmelsbach told The Muskegon Chronicle that he reluctantly agreed to enter the two-story, smoke-filled house Sunday night to retrieve the snake.
He says he cradled the "weighty" snake before carrying it to safety. There was a lot of smoke and he was trapped. As a Sun Newspaper Subscriber you can access your account information online at www. If you have any questions, please call They in- cluded 90 Cubans, 82 Haitians and 41 from the Dominican Republic. All were returned home. Among the Cuban migrants were 65 rescued by two cruise ships in separate incidents in the Florida Straits and 12 stranded on an uninhabited island in the Bahamas.
Information connected to auto accident victims, red light cameras, safe houses and family trust companies would be limited under the var- ious measures passed Monday by the House Government Operations Subcommittee.
The panel also ap- proved a bill HB that would broaden the open records statute by a vote. Provisions include mandatory training of employees on open records law and specifying, and possibly lowering, fees required to get copies of records. The bill is opposed by the Florida League of Cities, which believes that some elements of the bill could open the door to increased litigation over open records cases.
Big Cypress National Preserve officials say the remains of a panther were collected Saturday. The panther was not wearing a collar. The animal's age and gender could not im- mediately be determined. Wildlife biologist Deborah Jansen says the big cat was likely killed by another panther. Patty Gumpee of Sunrise tried to sign up for insurance midmorn- ing before she rushed off to a job interview, but eventually had to leave a Fort Lauderdale enroll- ment center because of website glitches.
She was able to create an account with the help of a trained counselor called a navigator, but the website wouldn't let her access the account to fill out the applica- tion. Gumpee, 50, was among a half dozen at a Fort Lauderdale enrollment office who left without completing an application.
The Epilepsy Foundation of Florida had more than a dozen walk-ins the first two hours they were open Monday. Gumpee and several other unsuccessful applicants made ap- pointments to try again next week. Consumers at an enrollment center in West Palm Beach found similar problems.
The five counselors were booked solid with 69 appointments and nearly two dozen walk- ins, but the website wasn't working, leaving a waiting room full of frustrated consumers. The Obama adminis- tration acknowledged that a new technical problem was prevent- ing last-minute users from signing up on healthcare. The new problem comes as traffic is surging on deadline day. Health and Human Services spokesman Aaron Albright said more than , people are using the system at the same time.
Federal health officials said the issue had been resolved by Monday afternoon. The federal hotline wasn't much help either Monday. Most were unable to get through. One navigator waited an hour and a half before finally getting to talk to an operator. Federal health officials announced last week that people who start an application but cannot finish because of technical problems will get an extension.
Don't forget to take us with you! Can not be viewed on iphones, ipads, tablets or kindles. One of the confirmed cases in Liberia has died, while a second person who died with a suspected Ebola infection tested negative for the virus, the World Health Organization said in a statement. The outbreak is the worst in seven years, and the first in Guinea, which has suspected and confirmed cases.
The government has asked people not to eat mon- keys, chimpanzees and bats and to avoid travel in the affected areas, while Senegal closed its border with Guinea. The conviction Monday was splashy news in Israel, and even though the legal proceedings had dragged on for two years, it still came as a surprise for many to learn that, for the first time, a former prime minister may now be heading to prison. The year-old Olmert, a political centrist, had hinted that he would like to run for top office again, and many political analysts here said that if anyone could have cobbled together a cen- ter-left coalition to topple Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, it was Olmert.
The ruling was a major victory for whaling oppo- nents, as it ends for now one of the world's biggest whale hunts, for minkes in the icy Southern Ocean. The judgment was praised by Australia, which brought the case against Japan in , and by environmentalists, who have been seeking an end to whaling since the s on ethical grounds. The world court's de- cision leaves Japan with a tough choice between ending whaling outright - despite past claims that it would never aban- don such a deep-seated cultural practice or redesigning its program to make it a scientific endeavor after all.
No one of their faith has practiced it in the temples' exquisitely decorated precincts since That was the year King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, besides dispatching Christopher Columbus to look for a passage to India, decreed that the Jews of Spain had to either convert to Christianity or quit the country.
Many fled and were robbed, beaten or raped on the way out. Those who stayed faced possible torture and a gruesome death in the Spanish Inquisition. More than half a mil- lennium later, Spain says it is intent on rectifying its "historic mistake. Asked whether he was engaged, the "Pirates ofthe Caribbean" star replied: DEPP "The fact that I'm wearing a chick's ring on my finger is probably a dead giveaway. Not very subtle. His comments follow months of unconfirmed reports of his engagement to actress Heard, 27, who starred alongside Kevin Costner in "3 Days to Kill" released in the U.
The development is the first time that an acting or former army chief has been indicted for treason in Pakistan, where the military has taken power in three coups since the country was founded in Elton John to have 'quiet' wedding with partner AP Elton John and his partner David Furnish are planning a low-profile wedding in May, following a change in British law allowing gay marriages. The singer told NBC's Today show that he wants to celebrate "very quiet- ly," and added: "It will be a joyous occasion and we will have our children.
In quotes released on NBC's website Monday, the singer said: "We shouldn't just say 'Oh, well, we have a civil part- nership, we're not going to bother to get married'. We will get married. PERTH, Australia AP - Although it has been slow, difficult and frus- trating so far, the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet is nowhere near the point of being scaled back, Australia's prime minister pledged Monday.
The three-week hunt for Flight has turned up no sign of the Boeing , which vanished March 8 with people bound for Beijing from Kuala Lumpur. Ten planes and 11 ships found no sign of the missing plane in the search zone in the southern Indian Ocean, about 1, kilometers 1, miles west of Australia, officials said. The search area has evolved as experts analyzed Flight 's limited radar and satel- lite data, moving from the seas off Vietnam, to the waters west of Malaysia and Indonesia, and then to several areas west of Australia.
A picture taken off a computer monitor shows a pie unknown debris floating just under the water that spotted by a Royal New Zealand P-3 Orion while sea missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH in the souti Ocean, Monday. The search zone is now 98, square miles, about a 2 1-hour flight from Perth. Items recovered so far were discovered to be flotsam unrelated to the Malaysian plane. Several orange-colored objects spotted by plane Sunday turned out to be fishing equipment.
Those leading the effort remain undaunted, with Prime Min Abbott saying o are "well, well s any point where would scale bac hunt. In fact, h intensity and im of operations "i ing, not decrease "I'm certainly putting a time Houston said Tuesday the plan was for 10 ships and 10 planes to return to the search area, despite deteriorating weather.
A senior heading to Jerusalem U. The official spoke on condition of anonym- ity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter with the media. American mediators have been holding urgent talks to resolve a standoff over a promised Israeli prisoner release, and to find a formula to extend the talks beyond a cur- rent late-April deadline.
If the prisoner release, which was scheduled to happen by the end of March, does not take place, the negotiations risk collapse in the coming weeks. Selection varies by size and store. Call to find a D I ard's store near you. Choose the Otflard's Card mi F p. I aaPRrm Imncd. The Department of Transportation and its National Highway Traffic Safety Administration an- nounced Monday that "rear visibility technology" would need to be standard equip- ment in all vehicles under 10, pounds.
The move aims to reduce the average of deaths and 15, injuries caused every year by backup accidents. In Washington, White House spokesman Jonathan Lalley called North Korea's actions "dangerous and provoca- tive" and said they would further aggravate tensions in the region. The U. State and local governments would be exempt from the law.
Soto said he worked with the Florida Sheriffs Association in drafting the bill. Patients undergoing sur- gery needed fewer blood pressure and cholesterol drugs and reported improvements in quality of life. The study was simulta- neously published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
NHTSA has come under heavy criticism from safety advocates and families of children injured and killed in back-over accidents for not acting sooner. A lawsuit was scheduled to be heard Tuesday in a federal appeals court that sought to force the DOT increasingly dissatisfied North Korea could repeat the near-daily barrage of war rhetoric it carried out last spring, when tensions soared as Pyongyang threatened nuclear strikes on Washington and Seoul in response to condem- nation of its third nuclear test.
Residents on front-line South Korean islands spent several hours in shelters during the firing, and officials temporar- ily halted ferry service linking the islands to the mainland. Kang Myeong- sung, speaking from a shelter on Yeonpyeong island, which is in sight to act on a law Congress passed with bipartisan support in The Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act was named after a 2-year- old who was killed when his father backed over him in This law required the DOT to issue a standard for rear visibility by Yet the agency filed four ex- tensions between and and had announced it did not intend to enforce the law until January , according to Scott Michelman, an attorney with Public Citizen, the consumer advocate group of North Korean territory, said he didn't hear any fighter jets but heard the boom of artillery fire.
The poorly marked western sea boundary has been the scene of several bloody naval skirmishes between the Koreas in recent years. In March , a South Korean warship sank in the area following a torpedo attack blamed on Pyongyang that left 46 sailors dead. North Korea denies responsibility for the sinking. You can do that math: Three years late means a lot of folks were harmed by this delay.
Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit. His organiza- tion filed the suit on behalf The North has gradual- ly dialed down its threats since last year's tirade and has sought improved ties with South Korea in what foreign analysts say is an attempt to lure investment and aid. There has been no major breakthrough, how- ever, with Washington and Seoul calling on the North to first take disarmament steps to prove its sincerity about improving ties.
Recent weeks have seen an increase in threatening rhetoric and a series of North Korean rocket and ballistic missile launches considered acts of protest Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, second left in the front row, attends a wreath ceremony as Russian Marines with Russian national and Russian navy flags march in fr him at the World War II memorial in Sevastopol, during his visit to Crimea, Monday.
In Medvedev, led a delegation of Cabinet ministers on a surprise visit. We have no clear expla- nation from the Russian side about the aim of these movements. Some commercial sites have begun to include instructions on how to get a mug shot removed, charging by the arrest. At mugshots. Removing booking photos for free would sap at least half of the operating revenue for mugshots.
More than mil- lion people worldwide are obese, according to the World Health Organization. In the United States, more than 44 percent of adults may be obese by , accord- ing to a report from the Trust for America's Health and RobertWood Johnson Foundation. Obesity- related health costs in the U. Heart doctors are com- ing around to embracing weight-loss surgery, even and U. Secretary of State John Kerry also discussed Ukraine by phone Monday, a day after holding talks in Paris, the Russian foreign ministry said.
A senior U. When legislators work for free, then we'll work for free. All measures outlaw the fee-for-removal practice. At least 12 other states, including Florida, have mug shot-related bills as they lament the need for it. The rule announced Monday requires that all vehicles built on or after May 1,, come with rear visibility technology. This is most often added to vehicles in the form of backup cameras.
A by- foot zone immediately behind the vehicle would need to be visible when backing up. The North calls the South Korea-U. I military forces from the border. Concerns of a possible invasion of eastern Ukraine home to many ethnic Russians - were stoked by the large numbers of troops Russia had along the Ukrainian border for what Moscow said were military exercises.
When Georgia's law took effect last year, mugshots. Legislation introduced last year by Rep. Carl Zimmerman would have required publishers to remove a mug shot when charges are dropped or patients with heart failure, saying "it's unbelievable how quickly they im- prove.
All patients in the study were treated with aggressive medical therapy. One-third also underwent gastric bypass surgery, where part of the stomach is closed off and a small remaining pouch about the size of an egg is connected further down a not-guilty verdict is reached. The bill died in committee. Zimmerman, D-Dunedin, also has a mug shot bill this session, although he's going to sign on as a co-sponsor to the House version of Soto's bill be- ing carried by Rep.
Carlos Trujillo, R-Doral. The only reserva- tion he has with the Soto bill is that it only ad- dresses booking photos posting going forward, leaving existing photos alone. Another third has a gastric sleeve, where the stomach is reduced to the size of a banana. The more extensive bypass surgery slashed patient's weight by almost 25 percent. Their average three-month blood sugar levels were at less than 6 percent for one-third of them, below the American Diabetes Association's recommended target and close to normal levels.
The sleeve patients lost 20 percent of their body weight and 25 percent hit the study's blood sugar target. Backup cameras to be required in new cars player Magdalena Maleeva is Actor David Oyelowo is Singer Bijou Phillips is Actor Sam Huntington is Comedian-actor Taran Killam is Actor Matt Lanter is Actor Josh Zuckerman is Country singer Hillary Scott Lady Antebellum is Actor Asa Butterfield is There are days left in the year.
This is April Fool's Day. Today in history On April 1,, the U. House of Representatives held its first full meeting in New York; Frederick Muhlenberg of Pennsylvania was elected the first House speaker. On this date In , Cincinnati, Ohio, established a fire depart- ment made up of paid city employees.
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In , the National Hockey League Players' Association went on its first-ever strike, which lasted 10 days. In , President George W. Bush signed into law new protections for the unborn that for the first time made it a separate federal crime to harm a fetus during an assault on the mother.
Five years ago: President Barack Obama, in London for an economic crisis summit, sought to rally the world's top and emerging powers to help cope with a global downturn; chanting protesters clashed with riot police in the British capital. Sixteen people, most of them oil workers, were killed when a Super Puma helicopter crashed into the North Sea off Scotland's northeast coast. Today's birthdays Actress Jane Powell is Actress Grace Lee Whitney is Actress Debbie Reynolds is Country singer Jim Ed Brown is Actor Don Hastings is Baseball Hall of Famer Phil Niekro is Actress Ali MacGraw is Rhythm-and-blues singer Rudolph Isley is Baseball All-Star Rusty Staub is Reggae singer Jimmy Cliff is Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito is Rock musician Billy Currie Ultravox is Actress Annette O'Toole is Movie director Barry Sonnenfeld is Country singer Woody Lee is Actress Jessica Collins is Political commentator Rachel Maddow is Bloomberg -When Bill Trautwein offered to buy his daughter a car to drive to college classes, she went for the blue one- a used Chevrolet Cobalt that matched the color on the Florida Gators uniform her big brother wore on the way to two national football championships.
Sarah Trautwein was driving the car on a June morning in when she left the road, struck a tree and died. While Bill Trautwein says he assumed his daughter had fallen asleep at the wheel, General Motors's recall of models including Sarah's has made him reconsid- er: The ignition switches in these cars can inad- vertently click off, GM said last month, cutting power to the engine and airbags, steering and brakes.
A driver would find herself behind a hard-to-muscle wheel of a coasting car, with suddenly stiffer brakes. Sarah, then 19 years old, probably wouldn't have known what to do, Trautwein said. AP -A vicious ice storm that made Christmas week a nightmare from the Midwest to Maine shattered hundreds of trees at Michigan State University, where inch-thick layers of ice snapped thick limbs and trunks of stately towers that had stood for generations.
It was a distressing sight for a campus billed as an urban forest where scientists since the s have kept records of every tree, where native oaks and maples coexist with exotic Siberian elms and Japanese pagodas. But amid the destruc- tion, Frank Telewski This combination of undated family photos shows, Amber Marie Rose, Natasha Weigel, and Amy Rade three were killed in deadly car crashes involving G during The now-recalled vehi- cles were predominantly entry-level cars marketed to first-time drivers.
These same drivers, according to safety and auto experts, may have been among the least prepared to react to a sudden loss of power. GM, in annou its 1. The biology professor and curator of Michigan State's arboretum is teaming with experts in several states to study which kinds of trees best withstand ice and other severe weather, and ways of making them even less vulnerable.
The project could present communities with difficult questions of whether to give up on trees that have long been fixtures of their land- scape, such as dazzling but weak ornamentals that beautify downtown and boulevards, in include the old and the young, but strikingly the young. All two plaintiffs and a M's Cobalt proposed group, listed eight possible victims of malfunctioning GMs - ition and seven of whom, includ- steering, ing Trautwein, were 25 very years old or younger.
The fate of such incing drivers promises to come vehicle to the fore next week iked as Senate and House v to 12 committee members broadly, grill GM executives over aths have why the company didn't o regu- mount its recall sooner. Barra, establish who has apologized for f those GM's delay, has said the nay have events hit home with her n igni- as a mother.
The families tled or of several young people position, who died in crashes e exam- involving the recalled merging cars have said they plan ry and to attend the hearings. The Senate's vote sends a measure to delay the cuts for a year to President Barack Obama, who's expected to quickly sign it. The House passed the measure last week. The legislation is paid for by cuts to health care providers, but fully half of the cuts won't kick in for 10 years.
It's the 17th temporary "patch" to a broken payment formula that dates to and comes after lawmakers failed to reach a deal on financing a permanent fix. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. Congress is poised to give doctors who treat Medicare patients an 11th-hour reprieve from a cut in their government fees.
Several top Democrats opposed the bill, saying it would take momentum away from the drive to permanently solve the payment formula problem. There's widespread agreement on bipartisan legislation to redesign the payment formula that would give doctors 0. Republicans and most budget experts say such savings are phony and are demanding at least some of the money to come from cuts to Obama's Affordable Care Act. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. Groups representing doctors, including the powerful American Medical Association, opposed the legislation because it sets back the effort for a permanent solution.
Six Democrats op- posed the measure, includingWyden, while 16 Republicans voted in favor of it. It means the promise of accessible, quality health care to our nation's seniors is being honored for another year. Manufacturers of certain drugs to treat kid- ney disease catch a break, as do dialysis providers and the state of California, which receives increases in Medicare physician fees in 14 counties such as San Diego and Sacramento that are designated as rural and whose doctors therefore receive lower payments than their urban counterparts.
Heavy snow brings its challenges every winter, but ice storms are especially ruinous. They snap power lines, leaving multitudes in the dark. Ice layers can boost weight on limbs by up to times, shredding them or uprooting entire trees, a risk to life and property as they topple onto buildings and vehi- cles.
The just-concluded winter, in which ice storms wreaked havoc across much of the east- ern U. Forest Service and state experts have been pushing the idea with of- ficials in storm-damaged communities. The CIA still disputes that conclusion. From the moment of bin Laden's death almost three years ago in what was America's biggest counterterrorism success, former Bush administration and some senior CIA officials have cited the evidence trail leading to the al-Qaida mastermind's compound in Pakistan as vindicating the "enhanced interro- gation techniques" they authorized after the Sept.
But Democratic and some Republican sena- tors have disputed that account. They described simulated drownings, sleep deprivation and other such practices as cruel and ineffective. With the release edging closer for the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on interrogations, renditions and deten- tions, they hope to make a persuasive case. AP A day after hun- dreds of people clashed with Albuquerque riot officers over a recent police shooting, Gov.
Susana Martinez says she understands the public's frustration but called on protesters to remain calm and let the FBI complete its investigation. At least one officer was injured and six people arrested as protesters marched for 10 hours Sunday, calling for the police chief and other city officials to resign. Gas canisters were thrown outside police headquarters, and at one point protesters trapped police in a vehicle and tried to break its windows.
Albuquerque police have been involved in 37 shootings since , 23 of them fatal. The outrage bubbled over with the release of video showing officers fatally shooting a homeless camper as he appeared to be preparing to surrender. GM recalls 1. The power steering defect, which covers a range of compact and midsize cars from through model years, is not related to the company's recently expanded ignition-switch recall but some of the vehicles affected by the new recall are also affected by the ignition switch issue.
Collectively, the recalls reflect a series of quality problems that threaten to distract consumers not long after the automaker was celebrating a series of product awards and its escape from government ownership. He succeeded. The son of a second-generation orange grower, Alter is credited with innovations that allowed people who couldn't lift log slabs to surf and those who couldn't pay for yacht club memberships to sail.
Known practically everywhere with a coastline or a lake simply as "Hobie," Alter devel- oped the mass-produced foam surfboard. He later popularized sailing by inventing a lightweight, high-performance catamaran. He died Saturday at his home in Palm Desert, Calif. He was The episode averaged The episode pulled in Still, it failed to surpass the season premiere in October, which delivered a whopping The 10 p.
AP Crews have cleared a path through the muck and devastation wrought byWashington's deadly mudslide, making the painstaking search for victims easier. The makeshift road completed over the weekend links one side of the acre debris field to the other. Crews have also been working to clear mud and debris from the highway, leaving piles of gooey muck, splintered wood and housing insulation on the sides of the road.
The number of confirmed dead in the March 22 slide increased from 18 to 21, said Jason Biermann, program man- ager at the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management. Another four bodies were found Sunday, but they won't be added to the official count until the medical examiner receives them. Biermann said 30 people remain missing. There was plenty for investors to worry about in the first three months of the year, from tensions between Russia and the West over Ukraine and the winter storms that froze the U.
As a result, investors focused their attention on buying and holding "safe" investments, such as bonds, dividend-paying stocks, and gold. It was also the index's worst quarter since the fourth quarter of It was all about safety this quarter.
Utility and health care stocks, which typically pay larger-than-average divi- dends and are less volatile than other stocks, rose 9 percent and 5. Those two sectors were among the laggards last year. On Monday, the Dow rose Yellen's remarks in Chicago were meant to reassure investors and others after statements earlier this month that indicated the Fed might start raising short-term interest rates as soon as early next year sooner than many had been expecting.
To buttress this point, she laced her remarks with anecdotes about real workers still struggling to recover from the Great Recession, something her predecessor, Ben S. Bernanke, rarely did. Yellen told the stories of three workers to illustrate how the labor market was far from healthy. One worker, she said, was enduring long-term unemployment. Another was struggling to recover his earning power and a third, a woman in the food industry, was among the millions who are now working part-time because she can't get more hours.
Yellen cited these cases to point out the large slack in the labor market, meaning there are "sig- nificantly more people willing and capable of filling a job than there are jobs for them to fill. General Electric the cure for an aggressive portfolio ear Mr. Berko: I know we should own some foreign stocks, but I don't want to own a stock that trades on an exchange in another country.
Can you recom- mend a foreign stock that is listed on an American stock exchange and also does some business in the U. I know this is very narrow-minded, but as a retired member of the armed forces who has served this country in hot spots all over the world, I've become partial to "made in America" or, as some might say, "traded in America. I've enclosed our portfolio, including our cost basis. However, you're giving me credit for over a dozen enormously profitable issues I never recommend, including Allegiant Travel Co.
I guess you knew something about private military charters back then. GE also trades on the NewYork Stock Exchange and is one of the original 12 companies that composed the Dow Jones industrial average way back in GE is also one of the largest and most diver- sified technology and financial companies on the planet and should be one of the core holdings in every growth and income portfolio.
Though revenue comparisons to several years ago are lower, investors should be mindful that GE exited a number of sluggish non- core markets, including the divestiture of its huge GE Capital. The result is an improving net profit margin, from 8. There is certainly no denying that this very impressive blue chip company is being managed full steam ahead, and recent acquisitions in key fields water, power and aerospace mean that GE should greatly increase its profitable market share in these sectors.
Many of us remember GE as lightbulbs, electric motors and household appliances. Yes, that's still GE, but today this classy company gets billions in revenues from aircraft en- gines, mining, information technology, water process- ing, oil and gas, lighting, chemicals, business and consumer finance, nuclear power generation, medical imaging, pumps, pipelines, compressors, locomotives, traffic control, real estate, global banking, marine and military engines, mis- siles, software, health care, wind power, gas turbines, and drug discovery, and this list continues.
I don't know of any company that is as successfully diver- sified. It seems to me that your account is too aggressive, and at your age and stage, you ought to tone down the volatility with a selec- tion of growth and income issues. Your choices in the past have been excellent, but perhaps it's time to hire an experienced money manager and ensure your continued excellence. Email Malcolm Berko at mjberko yahoo. Pfd PFF 41 09 If you do not see your stock in the paper, please let us know and we will put it in the listings.
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