Monday, July 21, 2014

Friday, June 27, 2014

Short Takes

Droning on in Iraq: Political leaders are looking for someone to replace the current prime minister.

Syria: President Obama requests $500 million for rebels.

SCOTUS: The Court ruled against President Obama’s recess appointments and struck down abortion clinic buffer zones.

Arizona firefighter families sue over deaths.

End of the road for India’s iconic Ambassador automobile.

R.I.P. Howard Baker, 88, former Republican Senator from Tennessee.  Classy guy who couldn’t get nominated in the G.O.P. today.

The Tigers swept the Rangers 6-0 and extend their streak to seven wins.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Short Takes

The Department of Justice charges five Chinese military officials with hacking into U.S. computers.

Heard this before — Vladimir Putin says he’s ordered Russian troops on the Ukraine border back home.

Turkey detains mining officials over the deadly explosion last week.

A third case of MERS is reported in the U.S.

Credit Suisse pleads guilty to tax evasion scheme.

The Tigers lost in 10 to the team from Cleveland 5-4.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Short Takes

Hundreds of miners are feared lost in an explosion in a mine in Turkey.

Drones put to good use: searching for the missing girls in Nigeria.

Over 11,000 homes have been evacuated as wildfires burn in San Diego County.

Wedding bells for same-sex couples will begin on Friday in Idaho after the judge denied the stay requested by the governor.

The Tigers swept the Orioles 7-5.  At 24-12, the Tigers have the best record in the majors.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Short Takes

In the Ukraine, the acting president gives up hope of controlling the eastern part of the country.

A freight train carrying crude oil derailed and caught fire in downtown Lynchburg, Virginia.

Elections were held in Iraq.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin asked for an independent investigation into the botched execution.

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia misquoted his own words in his dissent on the Clean Air Act ruling.

R.I.P. Bob Hoskins, 71, actor in Mona Lisa and Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

The Tigers beat the White Sox 5-1.

Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

It Runs Downhill

Via TPM:

A valve failure on an icy pipe in Allegan County, Mich. caused liquid cow manure from a dairy farm to seep into local waterways and spread about five miles toward the town of Hopkins, Michigan Live reported.

The Department of Environmental Quality started investigating the spill of otherwordly proportions on Friday after receiving calls from Hopkins residents.

As of Saturday, the manure flow had stopped after authorities were able to plug the pipe, which was buried beneath over a foot of snow.

DEQ analyst Bruce Washburn told Michigan Live that such a leak isn’t typical.

“This type of spill is a rarity,” he said. “It’s pretty much straight manure, not diluted runoff from a field. … We don’t deal with these very often.”

The owner of the dairy farm, John Schaendorf, called the leak an “act of ice.”


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Monday, July 8, 2013

Short Takes

N.T.S.B. says the pilot of the Asiana flight that crashed in San Francisco tried to abort the landing.

Forty people still missing from Quebec train wreck and fire.

Teresa Heinz Kerry is hospitalized in Boston in critical but stable condition.

Raul Castro chastises Cubans for bad behavior.

7.2 earthquake hits off Papua New Guinea.

Andy Murray of Scotland won the men’s finals at Wimbledon, ending Britian’s 77-year drought at the tournament.

Tropical Update: Invest 95L is still way out in the Atlantic.

The Tigers lost to the Indians 9-6, but they are still in first place.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Monday, April 22, 2013

Happy Earth Day

The Google Doodle today notes that we all live on this planet together.

Meanwhile, we remember that the Deepwater Horizon oil spill started three years ago and we’re still cleaning it up with chemicals that are still toxic, our fertilizer can still blow us to smithereens, and climate change is still happening despite what some crack-pot Jesus-shouter congressman from Texas thinks about Noah and the flood.

It’s still snowing up in Michigan and they’re still bracing for floods in the Midwest.

Have a nice day.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Short Takes

Big depositors in Cyprus could lose big in debt deal.

A deal on immigration reform is nigh, according to reports out of the Senate.

Murder in Texas — White supremacists suspected in assassination of D.A.

Oil pipeline ruptures in Arkansas, forcing evacuations.

Also in Arkansas, 1 dead, 3 injured in accident at a nuclear power plant.

Sen. Marco Rubio plans filibuster over gun legislation.

Mississippi bans soft drinks smaller than 20 ounces.

75-car pile-up on Virginia/North Carolina border kills at least one.

Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Short Takes

Egypt — President Morsi calls for a referendum on the new constitution.

Air base attacked in Afghanistan.

North Korea is planning to try to launch another missile.

Tunnel collapse outside Tokyo traps motorists.

Cuba wants to trade prisoners.

A wildfire in Rocky Mountain National Park causes evacuations.

A tour bus took a wrong turn at MIA and hit an overpass; two dead.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Short Takes

Israel plans new settlements on the West Bank.

Egyptians protest after the vote on the new constitution.

Syria — Airport reopens; internet still down.

Mexico gets a new president today.

Train derailment in New Jersey sickens dozens.

Miami may have to choose boats over football in the Superbowl bid.

Hurricane Season is officially over, so this little Invest doesn’t really exist.

Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Short Takes

U.S. weighs choices in Syria.

Palestinians will win recognition as a state by the U.N.

Bangladesh protests over fire grow; plant supervisors arrested.

Two people won the Powerball worth $580 million.

Useless — The 112th Congress is on track to be the least productive since the 1940′s.

Go Figure — Oil prices go up as fears about the U.S. budget deal ease.

Classy — George Zimmerman, the man accused of shooting Trayvon Martin is selling his autograph to raise money.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Short Takes

Israel and Hamas step up attacks in Gaza.

BP will pay a $4 billion fine, plus plead guilty to manslaughter.

President Obama went back to look at the progress in storm recovery in New York.

States get more time to decide on healthcare exchanges.

Hearings on Benghazi turn hot and political.

Train hits veterans’ parade in Texas; 4 killed.

United Airlines flights were delayed by a computer glitch.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Short Takes

The U.S. says it killed a Haqqani leader in Pakistan.

An explosion at a mine in China has dozens killed and missing.

New Orleans and the Gulf Coast begin to find their way out of the water after Isaac.

Citigroup agrees to a $590 million subprime mortgage settlement.

President Obama had a Q&A on Reddit and it crashed.

George Zimmerman will get a new judge.

Tropical Update: Isaac is inland over Louisiana; Kirk is in the middle of the Atlantic, heading northeast; Invest 98L is following Kirk.

The Tigers lost again to the Royals.