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Jan
30

Earth: Local Headlines For Global Green Community

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Norristown, PA — Local community groups are taking a global position on the environment. Meetings and events for Spring Clean-up are underway.
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Ambler, PA — The Main Street Green Committee released minutes from their last meeting. The initiatives include developing a [...]

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Jan
29

Treasury,Fed Save Universities

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$60 B from Treasury. $200 B from Fed. Universities rejoice.
And the same guys who gave toxic MBS wonderful ratings have now blessed the new Treasury plan.
“Fitch Ratings gave debt to be issued by the unit, formally known as Straight-A Funding Student Loan Short-Term Notes, a preliminary rating of F1+, the highest grade.”
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Jan
29

Entertainment Headlines: American Idol, Elvis and Ali

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by RomBox.com
CKX, Inc. owners of American Idol, Elvis Presley, Graceland, Muhammad Ali, Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, Woody Allen, Kelly Clarkson, Chris Daughtry and Carrie Underwood announced their director had resigned.
CKX, Inc. (Nasdaq: CKXE) and 19 Entertainment Limited announced today that last night’s Wednesday premiere of American Idol drew approximately 30.3 million viewers, retaining 100% [...]

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Jan
29

No More Naked Hiking

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Apparently some in Switzerland are not amused.
From
http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/0,1518,604273,00.html
“”We have do something to prevent this objectionable behavior before the weather gets warm again,”

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Jan
29

Putin:”We are not invalids”

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“We don’t need help. We are not invalids. We don’t have limited mental capacity.”
Loosely translated:
“Stop patronizing us, capitalist-imperialist pig man. Go away or I shall taunt you again.”
From:

http://money.cnn.com/2009/01/28/news/companies/dell.davos.fortune/index.htm

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Jan
28

Security Update: White House’s Microsoft Outlook Email Outage

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by The Membrane Domain
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Headline: The President gets to keep his Blackberry, but the White House can’t keep their Microsoft server running for email.

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Jan
28

Federal Reserve’s Position on the Housing Crisis

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by AllRealEstate.com
The Federal Reserve continues to offer plans for owners of distressed real estate.
“The goal of the policy is to avoid preventable foreclosures on residential mortgage assets that are held, owned or controlled by a Federal Reserve Bank,” Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke wrote in a letter Tuesday to Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., chairman of the [...]

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Jan
28

Interest Rates: Federal Reserve Auction Yields .25% Rate

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by Widgette.com
On January 26, 2009, the Federal Reserve conducted an auction of $150 billion in 84-day credit through its Term Auction Facility. Following are the results of the auction:
Stop-out rate: 0.250 percent
Total propositions submitted: $136.051 billion
Total propositions accepted: $136.051 billion
Bid/cover ratio: 0.91
Number of bidders: 102
The awarded loans will settle on January 29, 2009, and will [...]

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Jan
28

Real Estate: Toll Brothers Builders Offers 3.99% 30 Year Fixed Rate Mortgage

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by AllRealEstate.com
The Philadelphia area builder Toll Brothers announced an in-house financing plan on the purchase of their new construction houses. The APR is 4.05% 30-year fixed for loan amounts up to $417,000. The rate can be locked in 270 days prior to your closing.

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Jan
27

An Old Killer Strikes Anew

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The malaria parasite finds new tricks. Artemisin is the best drug against malaria, extracted from the annual wormwood plant (Artemisia annua) known to the Chinese herbalist for a millennium or two. From the New York Times, we find that the malaria parasite is evolving resistance to artemisin. A resistant strain of the parasite [...]

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