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Science News Archive - September 10, 2008

When it comes to wasting money and dumping food which could benefit thousands, if not millions, of ill-nourished children throughout the world, the EU has no equal. Some of its rules and regulations are not just crackpot - they are downright immoral.

By J.M.L. I REFER to the letter "Lecturers just not up to par" (NST, Sept 4) from I.T. of Kuala Lumpur. I was a lecturer in a local private university for a few years, and would like to shed some light on how things worked at my former workplace.

By Donna Walter A former St. Louis County deputy sheriff, convicted of taking bribes, failed to persuade a federal appeals court to throw out his conviction. A jury convicted Curley Hines of 10 counts of accepting bribes, one count of helping another deputy take bribes and one count of conspiracy.

Ecology group Salmon-Safe, which works to aid in salmon spawning in restored watersheds, has designated South Waterfront as Portland's first 'salmon-safe' neighborhood.

A spill at an Alberta oil well has killed up to 500 ducks and swallows, witnesses said.

Environmental science and engineering consulting firm Anchor Environmental is offering a scholarship for graduate students majoring in fisheries; environmental sciences; planning/land use; landscape architecture; or coastal, geotechnical or environmental engineering. Applications are due Nov.

Hurricane Ike moved into the Gulf of Mexico late Tuesday, regaining some strength after battering Cuba. The storm could become a major hurricane again as it heads toward Texas, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said. Its predicted track would put it near the coast by Friday evening.

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) YICHANG, Sept.10 (Xinhua) - Chinese authorities announced on Wednesday the Three Gorges Project water level would be raised to 175 metres, a milestone in its construction, in mid-September.

By Kelly Puente LONG BEACH - The Long Beach Fire Department has sent a swift water rescue team of seven firefighters and seven lifeguards to Baton Rouge, one of the Louisiana cities hardest hit by Hurricane Gustav.

By Anonymous MADISON - A University of Denver official with La Crosse roots will be the first leader of the state's new program to promote access to higher education. Gov. Jim Doyle said Friday that Amy Bechtum will start next month as the director of the Office of the Wisconsin Covenant.

Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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