Here is an article about the leaked findings from the presidential panel on the BP Oil Spill Disaster:
Evidently, according to AP Writer Seth Borenstein, the recent conspiracy theories about the blackbirds in Arkansas, crabs in the Chesapeake and red tilapia in Vietnam are internet hype and to be taken with a grain of salt. These “die-offs” happen in nature all the time.
With the advent of the internet age and instant access to information, people are more aware now of what happens across the globe at any given moment of the day. This “access” to information leads some people to speculate outrageous things. According to scientist and the Federal government, these die-offs are nothing to be alarmed over.
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When one thinks of communities that would have budget woes, Limerick Township is not normally a place that would pop into your head.
The 22.6 square mile township has 13,534 inhabitants (2000 census). 85% of Limerick’s residents own a home. The estimated median house/condo value in 2008 was $271,583. The estimated median income in 2008 was $81,877. Only 1.9% of its residents live below the poverty level. These numbers are well above the state averages.
Somehow, the township found themselves with an $850,000 deficit going into their 2011 budget process. Declines in land development and permits (recession) were blamed. The end result was making some hard decisions about purchases and facility upgrades along with the elimination of two staff positions.
Bottom line here is that taxes will not increase for 2011 and the budget trimming will not reduce services for residents.
Demographic information is from City-data.com
According to The Daily Beast, a news website, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Metro Area has the second highest percentage of smokers in the United States. 23.5% of area residents smoke 16.8 cigarettes a day. One pack contains twenty cigarettes.
Only Tulsa, Oklahoma has a higher percentage of smokers than Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Memphis, Tennessee ranked third. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania ranked 14th. No other Pennsylvania metropolitan areas made the top 30.
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Shortly after takeoff the pilot realized the nose gear failed to retract so he was forced to return to Avoca and circle the airport until landing clearance was given. The plane safely landed at 6:41 p.m.
Airport officials took every precaution and deployed over two dozen emergency vehicles to the runway in case of any further malfunctions when the aircraft touched down.
Passenger reactions ranged from crying and praying to one individual sleeping through the entire ordeal.
The plane was towed to the terminal for inspection. This was a connecting flight so many passengers were left scrambling to find other connections.