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2011-07-19 06:35:00

JAMESTOWN, R.I., July 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Computer security is obviously an issue that is here to stay - businesses need to protect their proprietary data and investments, and individuals must safeguard important documents, identity information, and irreplaceable personal files. However, despite this constant need for up-to-date security solutions, preventative or reparative computer maintenance, and regular data backups, small and medium-sized businesses often lack the resources to...

2009-11-15 08:00:00

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 15, 2009 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. government executed separate Letters of Offer and Acceptance with three of its key allies to purchase Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM). The three countries, in the order they signed their LOAs, are Kuwait, Morocco and Jordan. "The AIM-120C-7 provides unparalleled air combat and air defense capabilities," said Col. Michael Andersen, commander of the U.S. Air...

2009-05-29 09:00:00

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., May 29, 2009 /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) newest variant of the Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile continued to demonstrate its advanced warfighting capabilities when it completed its seventh test flight. During the March 19 test, the AIM-120D AMRAAM was fired from a U.S. Air Force F-15D fighter aircraft. Initial analysis shows the missile achieved all primary test objectives. "The hard work of the U.S. government-Raytheon team to...

2008-10-09 21:00:24

By Michael Andersen Clark County commissioners said Wednesday that they're open to the idea of setting aside land for a community center at the south side of an old Hazel Dell farm. The former Washington State University site is between Northeast 78th and 68th streets half a mile east of Interstate 5. Under an earlier plan, a 12-acre area along 68th Street would have been used for a greenhouse and for growing shrubs that would eventually line county roads. Now, commissioners like the...

2008-09-24 21:00:18

By MICHAEL ANDERSEN Eighty-six years of pounding from Army rifle ammo, howitzer shells and other explosives, and it turns out that the dirtiest thing that ever happened at Camp Bonneville had a unique Clark County flavor. Fireworks. It was a one-time thing, said Clark County engineer Jerry Barnett: Years ago, some county sheriff's deputies had confiscated a bunch of fireworks and were looking for a place to drop them off. Maybe they could use Landfill 4, a two-acre site at the north...

2008-08-27 21:00:24

By MICHAEL ANDERSEN If anyone has ideas on how to rescue plans for a veterans cemetery at Camp Bonneville, Clark County is open to suggestions. The U.S. Army, which long operated a training camp on the land in east Clark County, says a "traditional cemetery" wouldn't count as "conservation of natural resources." That was one of the conditions under which the Army promised to give the land to the county for free. So, if a 400-acre national veterans cemetery were to go in as proposed by...

2008-08-22 21:00:14

By MICHAEL ANDERSEN A county task force recommended allowing more business variety and smaller lots near rural centers like Dollars Corner. Could it be the formula for a farming renaissance? Or a recipe for rural sprawl? Whatever might happen, a group of rural residents handpicked by Clark County's commissioners last spring is calling for a strong restoration of property rights in the county's countryside. When commissioners return from their monthlong summer vacation Sept. 1, they'll...

2008-08-21 21:00:21

By MICHAEL ANDERSEN After nine years and an estimated $80,000 in legal fees, a group of Brush Prairie residents is dropping its bid to stop an asphalt plant from moving in next door. The decision came two months after Lakeside Industries of Issaquah won an appeal in Clark County Superior Court, clearing the way for possible development of a 16-acre site at 12500 N.E. Caples Road, near the heart of the community halfway between Battle Ground and Orchards. Though the development process...

2008-07-20 00:00:26

By Michael Andersen, The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash. Jul. 19--How to summarize a two-hour debate between seven candidates with three party affiliations running for one county commissioner's seat, all in 1,100 words? Why not start by giving them two words each? Craig Williams: green economics. Matt Swindell: hard work. Bridget Schwarz: lively neighborhoods. Robert Nichols: no rail. Tom Mielke: business deregulation. Brad Lothspeich: administrative competence. Pam Brokaw: slower...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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