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Science News Archive - September 11, 2008

By Tonia Moxley tonia.moxley@roanoke.com 381-1676 Across what once was a 50-acre marine playground now stretches a startling vista more reminiscent of Arizona's Painted Desert than of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

By Tracy Manzer Residents fed up with the violence that has plagued their North Long Beach neighborhood plan to hold a prayer vigil this Saturday. The public is encouraged to join in the vigil, which is scheduled for 10 a.m. at the corner of 60th Street and Myrtle Avenue.

By John Canalis LONG BEACH - Some of Long Beach's most powerful Democrats hope to do a little damage to John McCain's post-convention bounce - and help some of their own win Nov. 4 - by gathering for a rally at noon Saturday at Recreation Park, 4900 E. Seventh St.

By Janelle Rucker janelle.rucker@roanoke.com 981-3159 Rocky Mount officials made the call last week to do away with about 350,000 gallons of treated water while the town was still under a mandatory conservation order.

By Snow, Nick Apex Oil Co. Inc. has been ordered to clean up contamination from its former refining operations in Hartford, Ill., the US Department of Justice and Environmental Protection Agency joindy announced July 29. Chief Judge David R.

By Manian, Avinash P Lenninger, Margit; Bechtold, Thomas; Steinlechner, Erik Abstract The liming propensity of a woven cellulosic substrate is investigated as a function of substrate characteristics and of different parameters in the test environment.

By Steve Tetreault By STEVE TETREAULT stephens washington bureau WASHINGTON - White House officials on Tuesday threatened to have President Bush veto a giant defense bill in part because it could reduce spending for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site.

By Kristin Bender; Sean Maher BERKELEY -- What a difference a day makes. The only remnants of the 21-month tree sit at UC Berkeley are the chain-link fences surrounding the former grove and the sleeping bags, musical instruments, banners and information tables on the sidewalk across the street.

HOUSTON, Sept. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Westlake Chemical Corporation , the Houston-based petrochemical and fabricated products company, announced today the establishment of an office in Shanghai, China.

By Kyveli Diener MILLBRAE -- The City Council has signed off on a new contract for the hauling, disposal and beneficial reuse of wastewater biosolids.

Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'