By ULA ILNYTZKY and SARA KUGLER Associated Press Writers
NEW YORK (AP) — One of the president’s official planes and a supersonic fighter jet zoomed past the lower Manhattan skyline in a flash just as the work day was beginning Monday. Within minutes, startled financial workers streamed out of their offices, fearing a nightmarish replay of Sept. 11.
For a half-hour, the Boeing 747 and F-16 jet circled the Statue of Liberty and the lower Manhattan skyline near the World Trade Center site. Offices evacuated. Dispatchers were inundated with calls. Witnesses thought the planes were flying dangerously low.
But the flyover was nothing but a photo op, apparently one of a series of flights to get pictures of the president’s airliner in front of national landmarks.
COLUMBIA — Folks fretting about homeless animals in Columbia and others eager to help draft a new ordinance addressing overpopulation of unwanted pets will have a chance to do so at a public hearing Wednesday.
Residents are invited to attend a 6 p.m. public hearing in the City Council chambers on the fourth floor of the Daniel Boone City Building, located at 701 E. Broadway.
The Columbia/Boone County Board of Health is considering a new ordinance, member Nathan Voris said, because of recent financial and logistical difficulties faced by the Central Missouri Humane Society and related organizations……
Click the title to read the rest of the article. I am always a little worried when interviewed by a J-school student, but Andrew did a great job! Hope there is a big crowd there tonight.
Is it wrong for a newspaper publisher to actively work privately and publicly for community projects while also writing editorials on those subjects?
My own efforts in behalf of a new building for the State Historical Society of Missouri recently have been questioned in this way. As a member of the society board of trustees, I have worked hard to gain favor for this very important project, including comment in this column. I have disclosed my position on the society board. All activities and communications subject to the state Sunshine Law have been open.
I have a confluence of interests, not a conflict. I plan to keep working hard with all the resources I can muster for the betterment of the community as I see it. I hope I can do some good, but sometimes I will be a target for critics. Fair enough.
Interesting twist on words used by Mr. Waters.
What exactly is a “Confluence of interests”? I took some time to research the term and found the following in Foundations of Evolutionary Psychology by Charles Crawford and Dennis Krebs. The authors cite that long-term (mate retention) relationships cause a confluence of interest; the welfare of one individual is in the best interest of the other. The authors go further to cite that the single strongest case of a confluence of interest is created by the existence of shared children. If a couple have children together, they both have a shared interest in the child doing well, and have an interest in each other doing well for the welfare of the child (the common interest).
Now let’s look at “conflict of interest”. Webster’s New World Law Dictionary defines it as “the real or apparent conflict between one’s personal interest in a matter and one’s duty to another or to the public in general regarding the same matter.”
So what is the “confluence” here? Mr. Waters has a financial stake in the success of the Columbia Daily Tribune. He has a personal stake in pursuing his vision of success for the Historical Society. The Columbia Daily Tribune has no stake in the Historical Society nor does the Historical Society have a stake in the Tribune. The only thing the entities have in common is the interest of Mr. Waters.
The Tribune and Mr. Waters have a responsibility to the community to accurately report the news. While Mr. Waters’ daily commentary appears in the “opinion” section and Mr. Waters does have the freedom to share his opinions, thoughts and beliefs in his paper such actions beg the question: What (if anything) has Mr. Waters pulled from print in support of his efforts “to keep working hard with all the resources I can muster for the betterment of the community as I see it”? Therein lies the conflict….
I have always been more than a little skeptical of the use of “alternative medicine” as a primary means in treating lameness or other disease processes. My opinion on the implementation of ”alternative medicine” into a traditional treatment plan has been softened a little through talking to some of my veterinarian friends that have gone through acupuncture training. However, I have yet to see any studies reporting long term positive results from the use of acupuncture.
Which brings me to yesterday. I have a knee that flares up occasionally and I thought it might be a good personal test subject for Dr. Purcell’s tiny needles (Note the reference materials in her lap). I don’t recall how many needles she used on me, but I did hear her say I got an extra one-I think I must have ticked her off earlier in the day. I only felt one of the needles go in, and only one time in the 20-30 minutes I sat with the needles in my knee, did I feel any painful sensation (some burning in the one above my kneecap on the inside of my leg).
Once the needles were removed, I was suprised how good my knee felt. The pain I had been feeling for a couple of weeks was suddenly gone! Unfortunately, it is back today. So I figure I got 16-18 hours of pain relief from my first acupuncture treatment.
I am not prepared to dismiss or affirm, through my personal results, the validity of acupuncture as a modality for pain relief. I did get a short lived relief from my knee pain, but it was really short lived. I will probably do it again, although Dr. P wants to electro-stim the needles next time. Man, I must have really ticked her off!
From the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) document titled “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment.”
“Rightwing extremism,” the report said in a footnote on Page 2, goes beyond religious and racial hate groups and extends to “those that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely.”
“It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration,” said the report, which also listed gun owners and veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars as potential risks.
COLUMBIA, 4/13/09 (Beat Byte) –A public information request from Columbia Citizens listserv founder Traci Wilson-Kleekamp has unearthed a motherlode of documents implicating a behind-the-scenes group of city leaders in a now-defunct scheme to take private downtown land using City Hall, eminent domain, and an ugly specter from Columbia’s racially-troubled past — a Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority.
Proposed for construction of a State Historical Society of Missouri (SHSM) museum, the downtown land included Bengals Grill, U.S. Cleaners, and a rental house owned by the proprietors of Addison’s Restaurant.
Primarily orchestrated by Columbia Daily Tribune publisher Henry J. “Hank” Waters, the scheme shows up in email conversations as early as May of last year. It culminates in a November 12, 2008 letter from SHSM director Gary R. Kremer to Columbia City Manager William H. “Bill” Watkins, with details Kremer would later deny.
The article goes on to describe how Hank Waters timed editorials in accordance with the dealings of the Historical Society Board activities.
If this is true, it is an example of the insider overuse of political influence that makes most people distrust their government (and media), and rightfully so! The community discussion of this issue all but died a couple of weeks ago when the Historical Society decided to put the building in an MU parking lot rather than trying to “buy” the privately owned properties. I have a feeling there will be more community discussion before this is over.
One of the most important things a proud owner of a new foal can do is have their veterinarian examine the new arrival between 12 and 24 hours after it is born. Of course, we will want to see them sooner if the owner has any concerns about the mare or foal. Things that should raise immediate concern include the following: the foal has not stood within 2 hours of birth, nursed within 4 hours or the mare has not passed the placenta within 6 hours. Additionally, any signs of distress in either the mare or the foal should be examined immediately.
Thankfully, most of the time none of the previously mentioned ailments are present. However, there may still be an invisible problem, one that would not reveal itself for several days, one that can be readily diagnosed and subsequently addressed via a simple stall-side blood test. The problem to which I refer is Failure of Passive Transfer.
Foals are born with a naive immune system; it does not recognize, and is therefore not able to respond to disease causing agents (viral or bacterial). Antibodies in the first milk of the mare (the colostrum) are absorbed into the foal’s blood stream which transfers the protection of mare’s immune system to the foal. A foal has usually absorbed a sufficient quantity of colostral antibodies by the time it is 12 hours old, but can continue to absorb for up to 24 hours.
Veterinarians can measure the extent to which a foal has absorbed colostral antibiodies through a blood test that measures Immunoglobin G (IgG). A foal is born with an IgG level of zero. There are defined IgG levels that are believed to be indicitive of protective transfer of immunity. Test kits have been developed that measure the foal’s IgG, stall side, in about 5 minutes.
Foals with inadequate transfer of passive immunity will eventually get sick. Many will succumb, as would any other immune compromised individual when confronted with a serious bacterial or viral agent. Diagnosis of FTP between 12 and 24 hours of age gives veterinarians an opportunity to correct the deficiency through intravenous infusions of hyper-immunized equine plasma before the foal’s immune system is tested.
The investment of time, energy, emotion and financial resources is considerable when it comes to planning for a new foal. Attention to the foal’s immune system during a routine new foal check-up can help reduce unwanted setbacks in the foal’s development and additional expense in treating a very fragile animal.