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Thursday, July 16, 2009 Volume XVIII, Number 19

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Did Ya Know?... Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre will be presenting "30 reasons Not to Do a Play" from July 17 - 19. For more information, call 417-358-7268 or email

Did Ya Know?... Jam Session Saturday, doors open @ 4:00 p.m., music starts @ 5:00 p.m. All acoustic instruments welcome! Salem Country Church, Red Oak II, Carthage MO., 417-237-0885.

today's laugh

Working in the garden

A prisioner in jail received a letter from his wife:

"I have decided to plant some lettuce in the back garden. When is the best time to plant them?"

The prisioner, knowing that the prison guards read all the mail, replied in a letter:

"Dear Wife, whatever you do, DO NOT touch the back garden! That is where I hid all the gold."

A week or so later, he received another letter from his wife:

"You wouldn’t believe what happened. Some men came with shovels to the house, and dug up the whole back garden."

The prisoner wrote another letter:

"Dear wife, NOW is the best time to plant the lettuce!"

A Chronological Record of Events as they have Transpired in the City and County since our last Issue.

Silver Wedding Anniversary.

Mr. and Mrs. A.H. Goldstein celebrated their silver wedding anniversary last night in elaborate style at their handsome home on Garrison avenue. Over 200 guests greeted the honored and respected couple and everything went merry as the proverbial marriage bell.

The large yard was illuminated with gasoline torches, and the porch hung with evergreen and smilax. The Light Guard band was stationed in a vine-covered arbor north of the house and played throughout the evening. Mr. and Mrs. Goldstein stood on the front porch and there received congratulations from the arriving guests.

The house was decorated beautifully throughout with ferns, evergreens and flowers, Mrs. J.D. Plummer and Mr. Henry Mosely deserving credit for the work.

Miss Posine Morris, the accomplished young pianist of Butler, played during the evening.

  Today's Feature

Three Bills Defeated.

The City Council overwhelming opposed shrinking the two-hour no parking district that includes the Square and surrounding streets during the regular Council meeting Tuesday evening.

Only two of the ten members, Bill Welch and Wayne Campbell, voted for the proposal. They both serve on the Public Safety Committee that recommended the bill. Council member Diane Sharits, who was the most vocal opposition heard, along with T.J. Teed, Claude Newport, Bill Fortune, Dan Rife, Brent Greninger, Larry Ross and John Studebaker voted against.

A separate Council bill that would have allowed residents on the Square to purchase parking permits for $30 a month was also defeated by a 6 to 4 vote. Council members Newport and Fortune voted along with Campbell and Welch for the permits.

In a somewhat unusual turn of events for this sitting Council, a third Council bill was defeated, this one recommended by the Planning, Zoning, and Historic Preservation Committee. The ordinance would have rezoned some property in the Pleasant Hills Subdivision to allow duplexes.

Drug Suspected in Michael Jackson Death Subject of Recall

by Sheri Fink, ProPublica

Results of Michael Jackson’s toxicology tests have not yet been released, but suspicions have centered on the powerful anesthetic and sedative drug propofol, also known by the brand name Diprivan. It was reportedly found in Jackson’s house, and a nurse who worked with him said he begged for propofol to help him sleep.

Now, some lots of propofol are being recalled for contamination.

Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration advised clinicians immediately to stop using propofol from two lots found to be tainted with elevated levels of endotoxin, a toxin made by bacteria. Regulators said Teva Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer, had begun a voluntary recall of the lots.

Several drug companies are licensed to produce propofol in the U.S.

FDA spokesperson Karen Riley said the agency’s investigators were currently at the Irvine, Calif., plant where the tainted propofol was manufactured. She was unaware of the size of the lots. At least 39 patients had been affected in Florida, Arizona and Missouri since May, Riley said.

The CDC’s lead investigator on the case, Dr. Arjun Srinivasan, said clinicians across the country are being urged to check their inventories because the product was distributed nationally.

Srinivasan said the agency received an initial report about the drug from an outpatient surgery center on June 29. The Missouri center had 20 cases of patients who developed high fevers and muscle aches shortly after receiving the drug.

The CDC put out word to the FDA, state and local health agencies and providers. That quickly led to discovery of the tainted propofol and Monday’s warning, Srinivasan said.

All patients known to have been affected have recovered, he said. However, at high doses, endotoxins can cause a sequence of reactions, beginning with fever and progressing to shock and death.

There is no confirmation on whether Jackson received propofol before his death or whether, if so, the drugs reportedly found at his home came from one of the two tainted lots.

Teva Pharmaceuticals had no immediate details.

"Everybody seemed to find out about this before we did," a Teva customer service representative said today at noon. "We just found out about this an hour ago." She said company officials were meeting about the recall and would have a statement later today.

The drug is typically used to anesthetize patients for procedures such as colonoscopies. It can be dangerous if it is not administered carefully in a medical setting, and should not be used as a sleep aid.

Teva Pharmaceuticals spokesperson Denise Bradley said the company had been contacted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in connection with the agency’s investigation into Jackson’s death.

"We can confirm that the product we were called about by the DEA does not have the same lot numbers as the product we are recalling," Bradley said.

A DEA spokesman said he wasn’t immediately able to confirm or deny Bradley’s account. To date, the agency hasn’t officially said it is investigating circumstances around Jackson’s death and reports that numerous doctors may have prescribed strong sedatives and other drugs for the entertainer.

Bradley said 57,620 vials of propofol were being voluntarily recalled by the company. The affected drugs were manufactured early this year. The contamination problem is believed to be confined to only the two lots, she said.

Bradley had no information on the source of the endotoxin contamination and what steps, if any, the company has taken to address the problem.

Just Jake Talkin'

I’m sure its just a matter of dumb luck, but I haven’t gotten really ticked off in a traffic situation yet this summer. Usually I’ll (figuratively) run into some idiot with the windows rolled up and the radio blastin’ who doesn’t think there is anyone else usin’ their road. Then I get ta thinkin’, maybe its my turn to be the idiot and I just don’t have the sense to realize it.

I know that lady that followed me for eight or ten blocks with her hood under my taillights was prob’ly gettin’ a little nervous ‘cause I was goin’ a couple a miles under the 30 mph speed limit the other day. ‘Course if I sped up a little, she was right there with me. I decided not to rush myself. It didn’t really tick me off that she was tailgatin’, but she may have another story.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’

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Weekly Columns



Dear Tom and Ray:

In January, I visited the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. I parked on a slightly sloping street in Golden Gate Park, locked the car and went off to the museum. When I returned to my car, I noticed a chunk of a tree under my front tire and a note on my windshield that said my car had started rolling down the hill. Apparently, I didn’t turn my wheels to the curb, didn’t put my standard transmission in first gear and didn’t set my parking brake. What are the chances of some people noticing my car moving, stopping it, having the piece of wood close enough to put under the tire and (this is the amazing part) be willing to do all of that? - Barbara

RAY: Well, you don’t say whether you left the car in ANY gear. Obviously, if it was in neutral, it would have rolled quite easily. But even if it was in a higher gear, the force of gravity could have overcome the resistance of the compression in the cylinders and allowed your car to move.

TOM: It’s also likely that it moved only a few feet at a time. As gravity begins to overcome the resistance of the compression, the crankshaft turns, and the wheels turn with it. But after one revolution or so, it might have stopped again, and held the car for a while. Cars left in gear often will begin to roll this way, until they build up momentum and then have to be stopped by another car. Or a redwood tree.

RAY: If someone saw your car make that first move of a few feet, it’s entirely possible for him or her to have grabbed a large nearby branch and stuck it under your wheel.


By Monte Dutton

Consistency Pays Off for Matt Crafton


One of this season’s mild surprises has been the emergence of Matt Crafton as a title contender in NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series.

Crafton, who drives the No. 88 Menards Chevrolet, has finished outside the top 15 only five times in 29 races since winning for the first time at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in May 2008.

Consistency has been the 33-year-old driver’s distinguishing virtue this year, which is why Crafton ranks second, only 36 points behind Ron Hornaday Jr., in the point standings. Prior to Hornaday’s Milwaukee victory, Crafton led the standings. He’s finished in the top 10 in eight of the series’ 10 races.

Yet, in Crafton’s career, he has won only once in 207 attempts.

"It’s hard to believe," he said. "It’s hard to get wins in the Truck Series and to have only one after running as well as we have the past two years ... it took so long to get that one. It’s not every day you get a truck as good as we had there (at Texas, where he finished second) and not be able to win it."

"They’ve got that team in position to get some more wins," said Ray Dunlap, part of Speed’s telecast team. "I wouldn’t be surprised to see Crafton win another race or two this season. They’re definitely due. ... There are a lot of tracks coming up soon where they could do really well."

But Crafton, from Tulare, Calif., knows the championship race favors those who are consistent.

"We’ve got to do what we’ve been doing all year and put ourselves in contention and not do anything ridiculous," he said. "That’s how you win races and championships.

"It’s the team working together. It takes people a while to jell. My crew chief, Bud Haefele, had never ‘crew chiefed’ at this level and ... the guys had to build this up -- build new trucks and make them better each and every time. We ran well before, but not great like the last couple of years."

Unlike most Truck Series teams, ThorSport (owned by Duke Thorson) bases its operation in Ohio. The great majority of teams in NASCAR’s three major touring series are headquartered in the Charlotte, N.C., area.

"I see advantages," Crafton said. "It’s honestly a benefit to be where we are."

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