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Tuesday, September 22, 2009 Volume XVIII, Number 66

did ya know?

Did ya know?....Steadley Elementary School in Carthage, Missouri is having a Fun Fair, September 26th from 4:00-7:00. Bracelets are available for purchase for $10 in advance or $12 at the fair. All proceeds will benefit the students of Steadley.

today's laugh

A farmer got pulled over by a state trooper for speeding, and the trooper started to lecture the farmer about his speed.

Finally, the trooper got around to writing out the ticket, and as he was doing that he kept swatting at some flies that were buzzing around his head.

The farmer said, "Having some problems with circle flies there, are ya?"

The trooper stopped writing the ticket and said-- "I never heard of circle flies".

So the farmer says-- "Well, circle flies are common on farms. See, they’re called circle flies because they’re always found circling around the back end of a horse."

The trooper says, "Oh,". Then after a minute he stops and says, "Hey...wait, are you trying to call me a horses back end?"

The farmer says, "Oh no, officer. I have too much respect for law enforcement and police officers to even think about calling you a horses back end."

The trooper says, "Well, that’s a good thing," and goes back to writing the ticket.

The farmer says, "Hard to fool them flies though. "

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


Child Hurt in the Wind Storm Near Diamond Yesterday.

J. W. Meredith who has just returned from a trip down in Newton county reports that yesterday’s storm which did such havoc northeast of Carthage, blew over a school house near Diamond, twelve miles south of Carthage, twisted it in two right during school, and seriously injured one child who was caught under a broken timber.

Changed a Rural Route.

Postmaster Tuttle was out this morning inspecting rural route No. 3 with a view to making some slight changes. Beginning this month the route will turn east a mile north of Fidelity, taking in the north and east sides of section 3, instead of the west and south as formerly.

  Today's Feature

Children’s Christmas Party Plans


The Carthage Police Department is planning for its annual Children’s Party that is scheduled for December 19th in Memorial Hall.

The Department plans for approximately 600 children and have seen a robust response in the last several years.

Duke Mason will provide music for the event for the third year. Mason is also planning a concert where proceeds will help pay for gifts the children receive at the party.

The event has been a part of the community for over thirty years.

Although the party is hosted by the Police Department, it is totally funded by voluntary contributions from the public.

"Without the generous giving by some businesses and many citizens, we would not be able to continue to have the party," says Capt. Randee Kaiser.

Anyone wishing to contribute to the party can stop by the Police Department or mail a donation and a receipt will be provided.


Alhurra Targeted for Review by State Dept. Inspector General

by Dafna Linzer, ProPublica

The State Department inspector general has begun a comprehensive inspection of Alhurra, its sister station Radio Sawa and its parent company, the Middle East Broadcasting Network.

Alhurra, set up under former President George W. Bush to broadcast an American perspective of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, was the subject of a joint investigation last year by ProPublica and CBS’ "60 Minutes."

The investigation and a series of ProPublica articles revealed serious staff problems, financial mismanagement and long-standing concerns inside the U.S. government and Congress regarding Alhurra’s content. Those stories led to congressional inquiries in the House and Senate. The station has cost U.S. taxpayers more than $600 million since it began broadcasting in 2004.

Alhurra has sought to address some issues in the last year, by tackling financial and accounting procedures, according to several individuals with direct knowledge. Its president, Brian Conniff, met with congressional investigators, and Alhurra has hired Tom Dine, a former head of Radio Free Europe and former director of AIPAC, the American-Israeli lobby group, as a consultant. Dine said in an interview with ProPublica that his enthusiasm for international broadcasting, and his knowledge of the Middle East, would help him to promote the network on Capitol Hill and within the Obama administration.

The White House has not said whether it intends to overhaul Alhurra or reshape its mandate. The administration is reportedly preparing to nominate Walter Isaacson, the former managing editor of Time magazine and a former chairman and CEO of CNN, to head the Broadcasting Board of Governors [5] which oversees Alhurra, the Voice of America and other international government broadcasting efforts. State Department officials said it is unlikely that any decisions about Alhurra’s future will be taken before a new BBG chairman is in place.

Employees at Alhurra and Radio Sawa, which broadcast in Arabic to the Middle East, were told two weeks ago, in an e-mail from the company’s communications director, to complete a questionnaire ahead of the inspection and to prepare for meetings with members of the inspector general’s staff.

While the office of the inspector general "has done other audits on specific MBN issues, this will be the first inspection of overall MBN operations," Deirdre Klein wrote to the staff, referring to Alhurra’s parent network, the Middle East Broadcasting Network.

In a statement, Klein described the inspection as "routine" and said Alhurra was assisting "in every way possible to ensure a comprehensive examination."

Inspections generally focus on management issues, the use of financial resources and whether U.S. foreign policy goals are being effectively achieved.

As part of the inspections, employees are asked to complete questionnaires ahead of interviews. The completed questionnaires were collected by last Friday and sent to the inspector general’s office ahead of the inspection, according to several people involved. (Here’s a copy of the questionnaire.)

In addition to ProPublica’s investigation, a number of current and former employees said they had filed complaints with the inspector general’s office and with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a government agency that enforces federal employment discrimination laws. The questionnaire specifically asks employees to discuss the treatment of women and minorities in the office.

Alhurra has experienced unusually high staff turnover. A number of senior staff members who worked on the business side, handling contracts and expenditures, resigned in the last year.

Several employees of MBN said the company had also fired a number of employees in recent weeks, including a senior editor in Virginia. The editor, Adil Awadh, said in an interview with us that he had raised allegations of financial mismanagement at Radio Sawa both with supervisors and later with investigators from the inspector general’s office.

Awadh also said he told investigators of "reports of financial irregularities in the Baghdad bureau and MBN’s attempt to cover up those irregularities." Awadh, who won two awards for Radio Sawa, believes his discussions with inspectors angered his bosses and led to tensions in the workplace that ended with his termination on Sept. 10. He said he suggested to his bosses that he was being fired for contacting the inspector general’s office but they disagreed. Awadh said he did not receive a termination letter but was told he was being dismissed because the Iraq operation he oversaw was in disarray.

Radio Sawa, which features mostly popular Western and Middle Eastern music, has garnered a steady listenership in the Middle East, BBG officials have said.

But results from the largest public opinion poll in the Arab world indicate that Alhurra is the least-favorite station in the region overall and is losing viewers.

The poll [9], published in May by the University of Maryland and Zogby International, showed Alhurra with about a 0.5 percent audience preference across the Arab world’s largest and most influential countries. Shibley Telhami, a leading Middle East expert at the University of Maryland and the Brookings Institution in Washington, said Alhurra’s rating was so low that, for the first time, it fell below the poll’s margin of error.

Just Jake Talkin'

I find it a little amazing that you can get through an entire box of soda crackers and not find any broken ones. They don’t appear to have any unusual protection in the packaging and I’m sure they receive a good deal of handling from the oven to the store. However, I typically break more than a few gettin’ the package open.

There was a time when I would crumple up a handful of crackers in my chili. As I matured, I find I now enjoy the ritual of spreadin’ a little butter on the wafers and leavin’ the chili in it’s original state.

A buddy a mine insists that the reason he crumpled crackers on his salad was from eatin’ at roadside greasy spoons. He said the tidbits bring a crunch back to wilted lettuce that’s set for a couple a hours.

This is some fact, but mostly,

Just Jake Talkin’.


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To Your Good Health

By Paul G. Donohue, M.D.

Dizziness Has Many Causes

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: For some time I have been troubled with a feeling of lightheadedness bordering on being dizzy. The sensation is greatest when I stand up, lie down or roll over in bed. None of my doctors has offered a diagnosis or cure. Can you offer any help? -- M.B.

ANSWER: If, by "dizziness," you mean a sensation as though you are on the verge of passing out, then a case can be made for orthostatic hypotension, a sudden drop in blood pressure upon rising.

When people rise from a seat, get out of bed or make any quick change from a horizontal or semi-horizontal position to a vertical one, the body must make rapid adjustments. Such changes cause blood pressure to dip because blood remains in the lowermost parts of the body. The heart does not have enough blood to supply the brain, and people complain of feeling woozy. Thankfully, a healthy body can keep blood pressure up when these positional changes are made. If it cannot, people feel woozy.

Doctors diagnose orthostatic hypotension by taking a person’s blood pressure seated and then taking it after the patient rises quickly to the standing position. Taking more salt, rising more slowly and elevating the head of the bed are sometimes the only treatments needed. At other times, the doctor must prescribe medicine.

If, by "dizziness," you mean a sensation of spinning like a top, then the inner ear is a likely culprit. This kind of dizziness occurs when a person turns the head to the side or upward. "Vertigo" is the official name for this kind of dizziness. Many times doctors can make the diagnosis of this problem in the office and treat it there. The cause of this kind of vertigo is the displacement of small crystals from one chamber of the inner ear to another where they should not be and where they kick up a fuss. The so-called Epley maneuvers, a series of head movements, can often restore the crystals to the chamber where they ought to be.

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