The author dedicates the site to the Fire-EMS department in the city of Roanoke.
But I link to it here so that I can get the latest news about my son - station # 3 - who never calls HIS
It's a good read too.
Truck Carrying Chicken Overturns on I-81What would make a chicken so valuable as to use a truck to transport it to Colonel Sanders?
Josh Smith, News Channel 11 (link)
One lane in both directions of Interstate 81 at the Washington County / Smyth County Virginia line is shut down after a tractor trailer overturned around 1am.Oh. Frozen chicken. These newspaper people need to be more careful.
The truck was carrying 70-thousand pounds of frozen chicken.
Breasts, Thighs Splayed Across Landscape; Local Residents Eat It Up
Britain is now desperately trying to correct its never-never land hospitality to agitators and inciters. It is proud of its long history of harboring exiles, misfits and revolutionaries from just about everywhere. After all, Karl Marx lived, wrote and died in London. But 52 victims dead and the near-miss two weeks later are helping Britain place necessity above nostalgia.
Speaker Dennis Hastert had barely waited for dawn to break after the midnight Cafta vote before he directed the House to pass a $286.4 billion highway bill. He expects Mr. Bush to sign this because it is "only" $2.4 billion more than the President's 2005 veto limit, which is "only" $28 billion more than his 2004 veto limit of $256 billion, which was "only" a 17% increase over the previous six-year highway spending level. "Only" in Washington could spending so much money be considered an act of fiscal discipline.
The bill is all about "jobs, jobs, jobs," declared Mr. Hastert, and he's right if he's referring to the Members' re-election prospects.
Search for Missing Da Vinci Work Hits WallThe story goes on to discuss the attempts of the city of Florence to steer the exploration in a different, more lucrative, direction. Which is fine.
Florence Officials Block Sleuth's Quest to Solve Mystery
of 16th-Century Fresco
By Daniel Williams, Washington Post Foreign Service
"On the 6th of June, 1505, a Friday, at the stroke of the 13th hour, I began to paint in the palace," [Leonardo da Vinci] wrote in a journal.
The painting's impact lived up to its thunderous conception, according to critics and commentators of the time. Such was the beauty of the fresco that it was dubbed a "school for the world," that is, a model for all artists to emulate.
A few years later, the room was remodeled. No one saw the painting again.
Fast forward to this summer and meet Maurizio Seracini, a biomedical engineer and art conservationist. He believes he can bring the "Battle of Anghiari" to light.
Using lasers and other electronic sensing devices, he has conducted a painstaking study of the Room of the Grand Council, where "Battle" was located. The results, he said, suggest that da Vinci's fresco still exists. When the room was altered in 1563, a separate wall was built in front of the painting and, Seracini maintains, a cavity exists between the new wall and the old. Look behind the newer wall, he says, and you will see the fresco. (link)
BRITS KEPT U.S. FROM NABBING 'FIFTH BOMBER'British "authorities" have proven themselves capable of cleaning up the carnage after terrorists have struck, and they have shown that they can shoot straight when there are six of them sitting on a Brazilian electrician whose crime turned out to be his wanting to make it to work on time.
By NILES LATHEM, The New York Post
An Al Qaeda operative, identified as the "fifth man" in the July 7 London transit bombings, could have been captured by U.S. authorities weeks before the carnage — but British authorities balked because he was one of their citizens, investigative sources revealed yesterday.
Instead, Haroon Rashid Aswat, 30, remained free until Saturday, when he was arrested in Zambia in what U.S. and British officials are calling a major break in the investigation.
U.S. authorities had hoped to capture Aswat weeks before the attacks, which killed 52 bus and subway commuters in London. (link)
Shuttle Docks; Shield Damage Is Called MinorSo far so good.
By JOHN SCHWARTZ and WARREN E. LEARY, The New York Times
HOUSTON, July 28 - The Discovery astronauts worked through their second full day in orbit on Thursday, executing an elegant orbital back flip and docking with the International Space Station. Back on Earth, hundreds of engineers scrutinized startlingly clear pictures of the shuttle's delicate protective tiles to see whether they had sustained the kind of liftoff damage that would make it unsafe to come home.
So far, the engineers said, they saw nothing that would threaten a safe return, though analysis is not yet complete. (link)