General News Archive - April 30, 2009


The US Commerce Department said consumer spending dropped 0.2 percent in March, a powerful sign of economic sputtering in a recession now 14 months along.


New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg released a poem celebrating volunteers for the seventh annual Poetry in My Pocket Day.

Word of the Day
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'