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Thursday, August 27, 2009 Volume XVIII, Number 49
Did Ya Know?... The Pet Photo
Contest put on by the Carthage Humane Society is taking
place now until the end of the month. They will use 12
entries for their 2010 Calender. Entry fee is $10, no
limit on entries. For info, call 417-439-7134.
Did Ya Know?... A Mothers
night out is being held at the New Life United Methodist
Church Friday, Aug. 28 from 7 to 10 p.m. One child, $10,
two $15. Information or reservations call 793-7841 or
Did Ya Know?...The Carthage VFW will
sponsor a dance with the Country Boys Sat. Sept 12 from 8
p.m. until 12.p.m. $4
hear that someone broke into our local police station and
stole the toilet? Right now the cops have nothing to go
I was at the airport, checking in at
the gate when an airport employee asked, "Has anyone
put anything in your baggage without your
knowledge?" To which I replied, "If it was
without my knowledge, how would I know? " He smiled
knowingly and nodded, "Thats why we ask."
Q: Is your appearance here this morning
pursuant to a deposition that I sent to our attorney?
A: No, this is how I usually dress for
A Chronological Record of Events as they have
Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.
INTO A PLATE GLASS.
Horse Ran Wild on
the Streets Uptown This Morning.
The horse was so frightened that it
broke its strap and dashed straight away down the west
side, headed straight at the Peerless saloon on the north
side. The wagon struck a rig at the gutter and broke a
few springs. This swerved the runaway slightly or it
would have gone head first into one of the big plate
glass windows of the saloon.
As it was the horse fell on the stone
walk and severed his lower lip in two and skinned up his
legs. The road wagon went up on one side and the wheels
struck the plate glass, but now with sufficient force to
crack it. The rig was not slightly damaged and
fortunately no one was hurt in the smash up.
State Applies for Broadband
The state of Missouri
and Sho-Me Technologies have partnered
together to apply for $142.3 million in
federal recovery funds to significantly
expand the reach of broadband Internet
service in Missouri. A critical piece of
the five-year MoBroadbandNow Project,
this initiative would expand broadband
accessibility to 91.5 percent of the
Under the application,
which was filed with the U.S. Department
of Agriculture and U.S. Department of
Commerce, the state and Sho-Me
Technologies will request $142,300,000 in
federal recovery funds to help lay 2,500
miles of fiber-optic cable and construct
200 new broadband towers across the
state. To make this project feasible, the
state of Missouri would provide $25.2
million in matching funds if the
application is approved and funded, and
Sho-Me Technologies would contribute
$8.375 million in fiber lines.
The state matching
funds provided for this project would
come from a $40 million allocation, from
the federal budget stabilization fund,
approved by the legislature this year for
broadband enhancement projects.
Were At It, Your Fridge Is Also a Piece of
by Christopher Flavelle, www.ProPublica.org
Not content to put you in a new
car, the government wants you to think about a
new washing machine and fridge, too. BusinessWeek
reports that the Department of Energy will use
stimulus cash to offer rebates of up to $200 for
the purchase of high-efficiency household
appliances. (You dont need to turn in your
old one.) The department has up to $300 million
to spend on the program, which only covers
appliances with an Energy Star seal. According to
BusinessWeek, the industry could use the help:
Shipments of washers, dryers, refrigerators and
ovens fell by 10 percent in 2008.
Stock analysts warn that two
stimulus programs are distorting market signals
for cars and homes, creating artificial boosts in
demand that arent sustainable, reports CNN
Money. Only when the Cash for Clunkers program
ends later today will the true state of the auto
industry be apparent again, said one analyst.
Similarly, the governments program
providing tax credits for home purchases obscures
the fact that "inventories of unsold homes
still rose and home prices are still
falling," noted another.
The New York Post proves unable
to resist a double entendre with its story about
stimulus-funded sex research. The article cites
stimulus funding for studies that examine
"barriers to correct condom use"
($221,000), "hookups among adolescents"
($219,000), and "drug use as a sex
This corner usually sticks to
American coverage, but news today from across the
Atlantic merits an exception. Le Monde reports
(via the AP) that France has now spent two-thirds
of its stimulus package and plans to have spent
three-quarters by years end. By contrast,
according to ProPublicas research, the
United States has spent less than 15 percent,
excluding tax cuts, which are more difficult to
track. To be fair, Frances stimulus is
considerably smaller: Two-thirds is only $26
billion, while the U.S. has paid out more than
$80 billion so far in direct spending alone.
However, Francophiles will note that La Belle
Pays is no longer in recession.
Fed Loses Suit
Over Lending Programs Transparency
by Paul Kiel, ProPublica
In general, when it comes to
the Federal Reserves activities, we know
what the Fed wants us to know. As a
quasi-governmental, semipublic institution, the
Fed has much more autonomy than the Treasury
Departmentand consequently, much less
transparency. When it comes to the billions it
lent financial institutions through special
programs launched in the midst of the financial
crisis, the Feds stance has been against
giving any information beyond the general size of
its programs. (Our bailout database shows only
recipients of taxpayer aid via the Treasury.)
Bloomberg News sued the Fed for
more details on these loans: which companies had
received them and how much theyd received.
In a ruling Monday in U.S. District Court in
Manhattan, Judge Loretta Preska sided with
Bloomberg. The Feds main argument, that it
couldnt release the names of its borrowers
because it would signal a banks weakness to
the market, didnt fly with the judge,
The central bank
"essentially speculates on how a borrower
might enter a downward spiral of financial
instability if its participation in the Federal
Reserve lending programs were to be
disclosed," Preska wrote. "Conjecture,
without evidence of imminent harm, simply fails
to meet the Boards burden" of proof.
The judge gave the Fed five
days to turn over its documents, but it could
appeal the decision. An appeal seems likely,
given that last month the Fed won a similar suit
brought by Fox News (before a different judge).
Carthage has the unique
honor of having the first building
constructed for the purpose of housing a
Laubach literacy center. The local
organization that grew into the current
Family Literacy Council saw the need for an
adult leaning center and through the
volunteer efforts of a faithful few, put
together a nest egg for a building fund. The
enthusiasm eventually attracted the attention
and contributions from local businesses and
private individuals. These funds, along with
help from the Helen S. Boylan foundation
resulted in the purchase of property at 706
Orchard and the construction of the Francis
A. Jones Neighborhood Center. Jones was an
early and consistent force behind the fund
raising efforts and the literacy program.
The investment of effort,
dollars and service for the Community
continue to pay excellent dividends.
This is some fact, but
Just Jake Talkin.
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Dear Tom and Ray:
Please help settle a debate
between mi and my boyfriend. We share a 1994
Honda Accord with 212,000 miles. Last summer
while driving it from Iowa City, Iowa to Oakland,
Calif., we had to stop to replace the muffler. We
didnt have a lot of money, so the mechanic
sold us what he said was an "OK"
muffler that probably would have to be replaced
again in a couple of years. Lo and behold, the
muffler now needs to be replaced. My boyfriend
wants to wait. I disagree. I think the hole will
keep increasing in size and spread into the
already old and tired exhaust system. Whos
right? Should we fix it sooner rather than later,
or is it fine to let it go? Jennifer.
Tom: So, your theory is that
whats attacking your muffler is like some
sort of metallic flesh-eating bacteria that, if
not contained will spread to other parts of the
RAY: Hmm. Not that I know of
Jennifer. But then again, Im not entirely
up to date on my JAMAs; the Journal of the
American Muffler Association.
TOM: The only way a bad muffler
can affect adjoining parts of the exhaust system
is if it falls off and takes something else with
RAY: But there are two other
reasons to replace the muffler now. First, on a
car with 212,000 miles it easily could be the
last muffler youll ever need. So why not
put it on and enjoy the (relative) peace and
quiet for the next year or two, or however long
the car lasts?
TOM: And how can you continue
these debates if you cant hear each other?
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