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05/20/2012 07:50 PM

TODAY in History - Quote from online

onlinesales
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Maybe we can make this into everyday to add to column thread?

Compliments of my beloved phone company ISP...

"Today is Sunday, May 20, the 141st day of 2012. There are 225 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On May 20, 1712, the first version of Alexander Pope's satirical mock-heroic poem "The Rape of the Lock" was published anonymously in Lintot's Miscellany. (Pope later revised and expanded the poem.)

On this date:

In 1799, French author Honore de Balzac (oh-nohr-AY' duh bahl-ZAHK') was born in Tours, France.

In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act, which was intended to encourage settlements west of the Mississippi River by making federal land available for farming.

In 1902, the United States ended a three-year military presence in Cuba as the Republic of Cuba was established under its first elected president, Tomas Estrada Palma.

In 1927, Charles Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, N.Y., aboard the Spirit of St. Louis on his historic solo flight to France.

In 1932, Amelia Earhart took off from Newfoundland to become the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. (Because of weather and equipment problems, Earhart set down in Northern Ireland instead of her intended destination, France.)

In 1939, regular trans-Atlantic mail service began as a Pan American Airways plane, the Yankee Clipper, took off from Port Washington, N.Y., bound for Marseille, France.

In 1942, during World War II, the Office of Civilian Defense was established.

In 1959, nearly 5,000 Japanese-Americans had their U.S. citizenship restored after renouncing it during World War II.

In 1961, a white mob attacked a busload of Freedom Riders in Montgomery, Ala., prompting the federal government to send in U.S. marshals to restore order.

In 1969, U.S. and South Vietnamese forces captured Ap Bia Mountain, referred to as "Hamburger Hill" by the Americans, following one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War.

In 1970, some 100,000 people demonstrated in New York's Wall Street district in support of U.S. policy in Vietnam and Cambodia.

In 1985, the FBI arrested John A. Walker Jr., who was later convicted of heading a spy ring for the Soviet Union.

Ten years ago: President George W. Bush said he wouldn't budge toward easing restrictions on trade and travel with Cuba until Fidel Castro's government took steps to hold free and fair elections and began to adopt meaningful economic reform. FBI Director Robert Mueller (MUHL'-ur), addressing district attorneys meeting in Alexandria, Va., said it was inevitable that suicide bombers like those in Israel would strike the United States. East Timor became the first new sovereign nation of the millennium. Paleontologist and author Stephen Jay Gould died in New York at age 60. Veteran Los Angeles TV newscaster Jerry Dunphy died at age 80.

Five years ago: President George W. Bush welcomed NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer (yahp duh hohp SKEHF'-ur) to his Crawford, Texas, ranch, to review strategy on a flurry of issues. Gunman Jason Hamilton took his own life following a rampage in Moscow, Idaho, that killed three victims, including his wife. A pair of investment firms agreed to acquire Alltel Corp. in a deal worth $27.5 billion.

One year ago: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected the idea of using his country's 1967 boundaries as the basis for a neighboring Palestinian state, declaring his objections during a face-to-face meeting with President Barack Obama, who had raised the idea in an effort to revive stalled Mideast peace talks. The former head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, was released from a New York City jail after spending nearly a week incarcerated on charges of trying to rape a hotel chambermaid. (The charges were later dropped.) Randy "Macho Man" Savage, 58, a larger-than-life personality from professional wrestling's 1980s heyday, died in Pinellas County, Fla.

Today's Birthdays: Actor-author James McEachin is 82. Actor Anthony Zerbe is 76. Actor David Proval is 70. Singer Joe Cocker is 68. Singer-actress Cher is 66. Actor-comedian Dave Thomas is 63. Rock musician Warren Cann is 60. Former New York Gov. David Paterson is 58. Actor Dean Butler is 56. TV-radio personality Ron Reagan is 54. Rock musician Jane Wiedlin (The Go-Go's) is 54. Actor Bronson Pinchot is 53. Singer Susan Cowsill is 53. Actor John Billingsley is 52. Actor Tony Goldwyn is 52. Singer Nick Heyward is 51. TV personality Ted Allen is 47. Actress Mindy Cohn is 46. Rock musician Tom Gorman (Belly) is 46. Actress Gina Ravera is 46. Actor Timothy Olyphant is 44. Rapper Busta Rhymes is 40. Actress Daya Vaidya (TV: "Unforgettable"Wink is 39. Rock musician Ryan Martinie is 37. Actor Matt Czuchry is 35. Actress Angela Goethals is 35. Actress-singer Naturi Naughton is 28.

Thought for Today: "A flow of words is a sure sign of duplicity." — Honore de Balzac (1799-1850).

Post edited by: onlinesales, at: 05/20/2012 07:51 PM

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05/21/2012 07:44 PM
onlinesales
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No interest?

How about funny, odd or unusual local news stories?

A 45-year-old local woman was arrested on arson charges after allegedly setting her couch on fire, causing damage to the apartment building while others were inside.

Jill XXXX told deputies that she was tired of her couch because it was dirty and smelled like urine, so she decided to burn it. She said that she dragged the couch outside of her apartment, located at XXXXXXXXXX, poured lighter fluid on it and set it on fire.

The fire spread from the couch to the building, damaging the interior and exterior of her apartment. Officials deemed herapartment uninhabitable.

There were occupants in other apartments in the building at the time of the fire, though no one was injured and no other apartments were damaged.


05/21/2012 10:42 PM
onlinesales
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Sad Yesterday NOT GUILTY VERDICT handed down, has outraged a lot of people here in Southwest Florida, me, included. DUI means DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE = whether by alcohol or drugs, in this case prescribed but for her to go OFF ROAD and run down a biker alone shows negligence!!!!?? Muscle relaxers warn you NOT to operate motor vehicle, also she was prescribed morphine? I don't know what other 2 things for but..... This shows she got a really good lawyer.

Sad Amazingly, woman driving her car drives out of her vehicle lane, CROSSES a SOLID NO CROSS LINE into special lane on the side of the road for BIKERS ONLY lane, runs over and kills bicyclist, yet she apparently had a REALLY GOOD LAWYER as somehow, she got off with no fines, no punishment, she is getting away with murder-LITERALLY

Many people are shocked-I quote from news story yesterday:

"Southwest Florida cyclists are stunned that the driver who struck and killed one of their own on the Sanibel Causeway will not face criminal charges.

"She murdered somebody and that was the bottom line in it," said Dan Moser, a bicycle advocate.

He is upset that the woman who struck and killed Tracy Kleinpell will not be charged with manslaughter.

"It was a pretty clear case of a driver doing something wrong for whatever reason not handling her vehicle which I this case was a weapon."

But the state attorney's office didn't see it that way after it released the findings on Thursday in the case.

It found that there was no alcohol in driver Theresa Shirley's system when she knocked Kleinpell from her bike and into the water.

Toxicologist found drugs like Carisoprodol (muscle relaxant), Meprobamate, Morphine and Fluconazole in her system.

The state attorney's office found that the drugs were the result of Shirley's prescription medications and toxicologist found that they were not being used in excess, meaning under the wording of the law, they could not charge her.

"The crime occurred when you have prescription drugs to the point that you are impaired. That's when the crime comes when you are impaired and you operate the motor vehicle."

Further, no witnesses interviewed as part of the investigation observed any signs of impairment from Shirley.

"To prove the impairment you're going to have to look to several factors and most of the time those factors come from witnesses that either saw you driving erratically or recklessly." IN ESSENCE PROSECUTOR DID NOT GET ENOUGH WITNESSES TO CORROBORATE YET SHE WAS CONVICTED, many stories in newspaper about such, a lot of outrage! Such happens when people don't want to get involved

While she will not face DUI manslaughter charges, the FHP issued a criminal traffic citation BIT that, too, due to good legal representation, she beat all charges against her, somehow- she appeared in court on Monday NOT GUILTY?"

Sad


05/21/2012 11:14 PM
onlinesales
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Original story about this mentions how she crossed lanes, she was on other side of road in other direction driving big pickup truck....amazing how a good lawyer can get some people off, possibly due to technicality not mentioned

"Coming from the opposite direction was a full-size truck driven by Theresa L. Shirley, 46, of Bokeelia."

“For some reason or another, the vehicle drifted over into the other lane,” said Sgt. Owen Keen of the Florida Highway Patrol. “The truck just missed the husband, but struck the wife behind him.”


05/22/2012 03:45 AM
bilarry
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May 22 is . . . . Buy-A-Musical-Instrument Day

05/23/2012 08:17 AM
onlinesales
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I LIVE person!! So what musical instrument did you or plan to buy?

05/23/2012 08:26 AM
goopy
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Just terrible about the lady getting off scott free jusr terrible. The should holdthe same penalty for drugs as alcohol. all that stuff makes u drousy and sleepy I dont know how they can say that.

05/23/2012 08:27 AM
Nevayda
 
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I always wanted to play the piano. Finally had lessons when in my 40's and my own piano.

05/23/2012 08:35 AM
goopy
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AWW thats the spirit ur never to old to do anything u want or do anything u want to do. Words to live by to keep us from drying up and getting depressed. I bought a keyboard but I lost interest for now cause cause I am into painting but I may go back to it.

05/23/2012 06:21 PM
Nevayda
 
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Goopy, what are you painting, and what medium are you using. I used to do that but it's been years. Am not sure I have the patience for it anymore altho would like to try and find out.
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