Archive for June 18th, 2009

Popular Science: Using Nano-Geometry to Create Better Concrete

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Source:

The use of concrete dates back to ancient Rome, and the recipe hasn’t changed much since then. Neither have some of concrete’s drawbacks. In particular, the slow deformation known as “concrete creep” has afflicted structures from the Pantheon to the Pentagon. But MIT scientists believe they have solved the mystery of concrete creep, and thus opened the door to structures that will last tens of thousands of years. (more…)

WSJ: Five Ways Obama Could Promote Freedom in Iran

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

WSJ:

The reform movement in Iran has clearly hit a new level, but the future is uncertain. The key issue is whether spontaneous protests crystallize into sustained dissent that involves the middle class. (more…)

CBS: Heroic 9/11 Search And Rescue German Shepherd Cloned

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

CBS:

Trakr, a German Sheppard rescue dog from Nova Scotia, helped rescue victims at Ground Zero eight years ago. The dog actually pulled the last remaining survivor from the rubble itself, and his owner, James Symington, believes that was merely one example of Trakr’s abilities.

“His heroic work at Ground Zero was just a culmination of his amazing career,” Symington said.

Fees Could Rise by 30% at California Community Colleges: Chronicle of Higher Ed

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Chronicle:

San Francisco – The cost of attending California’s community colleges will probably rise by 30 percent in the fall, after a legislative budget committee voted on Tuesday to approve a fee increase to help the state meet its gigantic budget deficit. (more…)

Brian Riedl: BORROWING ‘TIL THE NATION BREAKS?

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

NY Post:

MILLIONS of homeowners hoping to take advantage of government-guaranteed mortgage refinancing have gotten a rude awakening. In the last two months, mortgage rates have jumped from 4.8 percent to 5.8 percent, wiping out billions of dollars in potential homeowner savings.

Wash Post: Obama’s Health Plan Needs Spending Controls, CBO Says

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

The Post:

President Obama’s plan to expand health coverage to the uninsured is likely to dig the nation deeper into debt unless policymakers adopt politically painful controls on spending, such as sharp reductions in payments to doctors, hospitals and other providers, congressional budget analysts said yesterday.

Olathe News: CD Tradepost finds success with simple business model

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

The Star:

Finding success in a slumping retail market is difficult.

Key elements, however, are good customer service and finding a niche within the market, said Jason Preston, manager of the CD Tradepost. (more…)

Government education: Nearly 60% Won’t Graduate 8th Grade At South Side School

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

CBS:

It is a debate that has gone on for years in poor communities: do you blame the schools for the students’ poor performance or do you blame their parents? (more…)

Star: New OP soccer complex gets national tournament

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

The Star:

Overland Park has landed a major national tournament for its new $36 million soccer complex that’s scheduled to open later this summer.

The United States Youth Soccer Association is planning to hold its national youth soccer championships in Kansas City’s biggest suburb from July 20-25, 2010. An official announcement about the tournament is expected next month. (more…)

Capital-Journal: K-State to hold football camps

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

CJ Online:

Kansas State coach Bill Snyder and his staff will conduct high school football camps this week in Kansas City and Wichita. (more…)

University of Colorado: University team finds definitive evidence for ancient lake on Mars

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Link:

A University of Colorado at Boulder research team has discovered the first definitive evidence of shorelines on Mars, an indication of a deep, ancient lake there and a finding with implications for the discovery of past life on the Red Planet. (more…)

AP: Gas prices rise for 50th straight day

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

AP:

NEW YORK (AP) – Retail gas prices climbed for the 50th straight day Wednesday, and crude prices that had slumped all week bounced back. (more…)

AP: Lawmakers clash over cost of health care overhaul

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

AP:

WASHINGTON (AP) – Hoping to make history, the Senate set off on its major overhaul of the nation’s health care system Wednesday, but its first steps were quickly overtaken by fresh cost concerns and partisan anger. An ambitious timetable that called for completing committee action in early summer seemed in danger of slipping away. (more…)

WSJ: Public Wary of Deficit, Economic Intervention

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

WSJ:

WASHINGTON — After a fairly smooth opening, President Barack Obama faces new concerns among the American public about the budget deficit and government intervention in the economy as he works to enact ambitious health and energy legislation, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds. (more…)

Chronicle: N.C. State’s New Leader Revokes Added Pay for Provost Who Resigned

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Chronicle:

The former provost of North Carolina State University who resigned last month as controversy grew over the hiring of a former governor’s wife won’t get to keep enhanced pay that was added to his severance package by a chancellor who has also resigned, the Associated Press reported.

The university’s new interim chancellor, James H. Woodward, said in a letter released today that the deal was “invalid.” According to the campus newspaper, The Technician, the letter was dated June 11 and addressed to the former provost, Larry A. Nielsen.

Guy Sorman at City Journal: Twenty years after Tiananmen, China and some of its Asian neighbors still suffer under Marxist ideology

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

City Journal:

Two decades after the Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing, everything in China has changed, and yet nothing has changed. Visible to all, China’s large cities have undoubtedly undergone great transformations. (more…)

Obama: ‘There Are Countries Where a Single-Payer System Works Pretty Well’

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

CNS News:

President Obama told the American Medical Association on Monday that he thinks single-payer health care systems-socialized medicine-work “pretty well” in other countries, but that he does not want to create such a system here because he wants to “build on our traditions.” (more…)

KSN: Tough times could force some Shriner hospitals to close

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

KSN:

WICHITA, Kansas - Tough economic times are hitting everyone, including some well-known charities. The Shriners, which provide free healthcare to children, are considering closing six of their hospitals down.
(more…)

CNN: Judge increases bail for suspect in Kansas doctor’s death

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

CNN:

The judge cited “a responsibility for public safety” when he increased Scott Roeder’s bail fourfold, from $5 million to $20 million, according to a court transcript obtained by CNN Tuesday. (more…)

KSN: Teens arrested for impersonating officers

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

KSN:

WICHITA, Kansas - Wichita police say they have arrested two teens who were allegedly impersonating police officers and accosting a homeless man.

The incident happened in the 100 block of N. Waco at around 2 a.m. Wednesday when three teens allegedly ransacked through a 56-year-old homeless man’s stuff while impersonating officers. Police believe they may have been harassing other homeless citizens along the river as well.