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2009-12-04 11:24:00

Program approved as equivalent to NACE and FROSIO inspector programs PITTSBURGH, Dec. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings is pleased to announce that effective December 1, 2009, Lloyd's Register, the world's largest commercial shipping classification society, has approved SSPC's Protective Coatings Inspector (PCI) program as equivalent to NACE Coating Inspector Level 2 and FROSIO Inspector Level III. This approval is another milestone for the PCI program,...

2008-08-06 09:00:30

By Susan Meeker, Orland Press Register, Calif. Aug. 6--Since dry lightning sparked dozens of fires in the North State more than a month ago, land managers for the Mendocino National Forest have been actively seeking a way to balance firefighting policy with safety. According to Phebe Brown, public affairs officer for the Mendocino National Forest, typical fire suppression tactics that apply in general forest areas had to be modified for wilderness areas, and include restrictions from...

2008-08-04 15:00:26

By Jan Norman, The Orange County Register, Calif. Aug. 2--The used computer business has been good to John Ford. The one-time IBM executive started Insight Investments in Orange in 1987 to buy and sell used IBM mainframes. Eventually customers asked if they could lease rather than buy, and in true entrepreneurial spirit, Ford said, "Sure" and set up a leasing division. Insight Investments illustrates how a business benefits when it has complementary divisions that may be affected...

2008-08-01 06:00:22

By Rick Longley, Orland Press Register, Calif. Aug. 1--Her office is filled with boxes as she packs up 17 years of memories from working for the Mendocino National Forest. Today is Public Affairs Officer Phebe Brown's last day since she is retiring from the U.S. government. Brown has been commuting to Willows from Chico since January of 1991, and she has provided information to the public and news media on a wide variety of issues all this time. The old term for her job was public...

2008-07-31 21:00:22

By Andy Hogue, Gainesville Daily Register, Texas Jul. 31--Even though storm fronts dumped an inch or so of rain on much of Cooke County Wednesday morning and afternoon, outdoor burning is still a dangerous prospect, county officials said. The Cooke County Commissioners Court voted 4-0 Monday to enforce an outdoor burn ban, joining several neighboring counties who have also issued bans. Gainesville Fire Chief Steve Boone said just because many parts of the county received a heavy rain...

2008-07-25 00:00:41

By Delania Trigg, Gainesville Daily Register, Texas Jul. 24--Batteries sold separately. Some assembly required. These terms are usually associated with children's battery-powered toys. They also apply to a trend that is gaining popularity: Converting traditional gas-powered vehicles to battery power. Vehicles that run on cheaper power sources are a hot topic with gas prices edging past $4 a gallon. A group of auto enthusiasts hope others give up their gasoline-hungry cars and...

2008-07-25 00:00:32

By Andy Hogue, Gainesville Daily Register, Texas Jul. 24--DALLAS -- A pachyderm in the public eye in Dallas could possibly be joining the elephant Gainesville never forgot -- that is, if animal rights advocates have their way. Jenny the Elephant, a resident of the Dallas Zoo, has been the subject of many news stories following the death of her partner, KeKe, in May. Animal rights groups are concerned that Jenny, age 32 (and near the elephant's life expectancy in captivity of 33), would...

2008-07-25 00:00:32

By Gainesville Daily Register, Texas Jul. 24--The Frank Buck Zoo in Gainesville is participating in a week of thank-yous to its staff. National Zoo Keeper Appreciation Week began Sunday -- the second year of the recognition week. Regardless of their career motivation, a press release from the Frank Buck Zoo said, zoo keepers work long hours to meet animals' physical and psychological requirements. "Frank Buck Zoo's keeper staff is highly educated, well-trained and extremely...

2008-07-22 21:00:31

By Andy Hogue, Gainesville Daily Register, Texas Jul. 22--A team of machinists shaved some time off of a local charity's fund raising campaign. Mike Sanders, a CNC (computer numerical control) machine operator at Plano Machine & Instrument, Inc., located off Interstate Highway 35 in Gainesville, offered to shave his trademark, chest-length beard if his co-workers raised $1,000 for Home Hospice. The beard is gone, and was wacked off at a July 12 employee party near Valley View....

2008-07-16 12:00:51

By Rick Longley, Orland Press Register, Calif. Jul. 16--Three Orland area dairies are facing proposed fines for alleged off-property wastewater discharge violations in February. The California Regional Water Quality Control Board is suggesting fines from $5,000 to $10,000 be levied against the dairies, and the assistant executive officer of the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board has issued an administrative civil liability complaint against them. These complaints...


Word of the Day
sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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