USPS Misses Another Payment
The Postal Service missed its second straight multi-billion
dollar payment to the Treasury yesterday, and Postmaster General Patrick
Donahoe says their fate lies in the hands of Congress. Donahoe has been trying for more than a year
to get Congress to approve the elimination of Saturday mail delivery, and allow
them to reduce their 5 billion dollar annual payment for future retiree
benefits – but Congress has failed to act.
Team Europe Comes Back to
Win Ryder Cup
An historic comeback for Europe
helped them hang onto the Ryder Cup, beating the American team 14 ½ to 13 ½
after the Americans had led 10-4 midway through Saturday’s matches. The Americans have still only won it twice
The Internet Through a Light Bulb?
If you think wi-fi is amazing, how about sending data
through ordinary light bulbs? A German
physicist is working on a process that could speed up the way we send data and
make it more widely available, even in under-developed countries. He calls it Visible Light Communication,
putting a microchip in an LED light bulb that makes it blink very quickly – too
quickly for the human eye to distinguish it.
Early tests show it can send data up to one gigabyte per second.
Weekend Violence in Iraq
More bombings across Iraq yesterday killed 26 more in
the latest insurgent attacks. The worst
came in Taji, just north of Baghdad,
where 3 cars were rigged to explode within minutes of each other. No immediate claims of responsibility, but
those kinds of attacks are a hallmark of al-Qaida. In all, at least 94 people were wounded.
Sad Milestone Reached in Afghanistan
US military deaths in Afghanistan have now reached 2,000,
thanks to a recent spate of insider attacks by Afghan army and police. These were the people we were helping to
train. Roughly 40-percent of those
casualties were caused by improvised explosive devices, or IEDs.
Deadly Shooting at Florida
Two people are dead and another was injured following a
shooting at a VFW post in central Florida
this weekend. Police in Winter Springs
say a charity motorcycle ride was supposed to leave the post when the shooting
broke out. Several people were detained
and weapons were confiscated, but so far no arrests.
Candidates Gear Up for Wednesday Debate
President Obama and Mitt Romney are scaling back the
campaign stops and gearing up for their first debate this Wednesday. This first debate will be focused on economic
issues, but the GOP has continued to focus much of its criticism on the
president regarding foreign affairs lately – most notably the handling of the
attacks at the consulate in Libya
that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens last month.
GM Recalls Thousands of Autos
General Motors is recalling more than 40-thousand cars
because a plastic part can crack and cause a fuel leak. It affects Chevy Cobalt and Pontiac G5 sedans
from the 2007 to 2009 model years, as well as Chevy Equinox, Pontiac Torrents,
and Saturn Ions from 2007. The problem
is far more common in warm weather states.
Pastor and author Rick Warren is back home after spending a
couple of days last week in the hospital for pain in his arms and numbness in
his fingers. Doctors ruled out the big
things like heart attack and stroke, but they’ll be doing some more tests to
find out just what it was.
Some California Christian Ministries
May Be Banned From their Mission
Ministries that help folks deal with same-sex attraction may
be in trouble in California,
after Governor Jerry Brown signed a new ban on what he calls “Gay Cure
Therapy.” The Pacific Justice Institute,
a Christian legal defense group in California
is taking the state to court over the new law, calling it an intrusion of
Cheerleaders Allowed Bible Messages, For Now
Cheerleaders in a Texas
town WILL be allowed to include Bible messages on the signs at their sporting
events after all. The Kountze Independent
School District, northeast of Houston, had put a ban in
place on the signs after the Freedom From Religion Foundation threatened a
lawsuit. Liberty Institute won a
restraining order against the ban, and a court hearing is scheduled for later
Family & Relationships
TV Ratings Worthless, According to Parents Organization
The Parents Television Council says that the TV-PG rating is
virtually worthless, and does not adequately shield kids from graphic
content. They say 98-percent of what
airs in primetime is given either a TV-14 or TV-PG rating, and assuming most
parents allow the least restrictive of the two, kids would be exposed to
objectionable content every 5 minutes.
Peanut Butter Recall Expands
A recall on peanut butter at Trader Joe’s has now been
expanded to include about 100 products by Sunland that include peanuts or other
nuts or seeds. Health officials
investigating a salmonella outbreak in 19 states now say these other products
may be contaminated as well, and young children and those with weak immune
systems are especially vulnerable. You
can get the full list of the recalled products at FDA.gov/food.
to Close Plant
Things aren’t Mmm Mmm Good at Campbell’s these days. The company announced last week that it was
closing one of its original plants, in Sacramento,
California, after more than 60
years there, and cutting the 700 jobs there.
That plant originally opened back in 1947.
Playing to Your Strengths May Help Your Emotions
If Monday’s always feel a little more stressful, the answer
may lie in your strengths. A new Gallup
poll suggests that the more hours a day that you use your personal strengths,
the less likely you are to report emotions like worry, stress, anger, sadness,
or even physical pain.