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Monday, July 17, 2006

What To Do. What To Do.

Roanoke College is in a quandary:
Roanoke College considers adding carbon monoxide detectors

Roanoke College says it's looking at making some changes, following a carbon monoxide exposure yesterday on campus.

The build-up happened Friday morning around 7:00 a.m. in the Sections residence halls,sending more than a hundred people to area hospitals. They included teenagers from an Upward Bound program, and participants from the "Power in the Spirit" Lutheran conference. One man died following the exposure. (
College administrators have a tough decision to make. Install detectors or wait until another person is killed and another hundred are overcome with CO poison.

What to do. What to do ...

Norfolk Warrior Buried 63 Years Later

A lifetime of not knowing ...
63 years of wondering ends as widow buries World War II pilot
Jay Price, New Observer Staff Writer

After more than two years of analysis and DNA testing, a Defense Department lab in Hawaii has identified remains of ... nine crew members of [a] B-24D bomber. On Wednesday, Iris Sharber Hafner Hilliard, 88, of Springmoor Retirement Center in Raleigh, will travel to Arlington National Cemetery for the burial of 1st Lt. William M. Hafner, her first husband and the pilot of the plane.

"After all this time, to know, to actually know, is something I just didn't expect," Hilliard said. "It's all I could ask for -- except for him to have come back alive."

Hafner's B-24D was fitted with crude radar and specialized in night missions. About 6 p.m. on Nov. 4, 1943, it took off from an airstrip at Dobodura on the southern end of the island for armed reconnaissance near the island of New Ireland to the northeast.

At 1:20 a.m., the radio operator called the airfield and asked that a navigation signal be turned on to help it find its way home. His words were the last heard from the plane. (
What makes this story even sadder is this:
New Guinea's mountains rise more than 3 miles into the sky, and they are dotted with crash sites, including about 200 from World War II that are still unfound, U.S. military experts say.
Still unfound ... after six decades.

We Needed This But Wish We Didn't

As if things aren't tough enough around here:
President Declares Localities Disaster Areas
Covington Virginian Review

President George Bush has declared Alleghany, Bath and Highland counties as major disaster areas in the wake of flooding two weeks ago.

The three Highlands localities were made eligible for federal assistance at the request of Gov. Tim Kaine. (
From what I hear, Giles County should have been included, but Governor Kaine knows best ...

Big News In SW Virginia

You folks up in northern Virginia won't be able to grasp the significance, but this kind of thing makes headlines in these parts:
New clinic opens in Southwest Virginia
News Channel 11 Staff Reports

A new health clinic in Southwest Virginia will care for thousands of the uninsured. The Community Health Clinic in Appalachia, Virginia, which is in Wise County, opened Saturday. (
Good news. And if any of the healthcare providers there speak English, all the better.

Change In The Air?

Whenever there's unanimity, that's news:
G-8 lays blame on 'extremist' forces for strife
By Joseph Curl, The Washington Times

ST. PETERSBURG -- The world's most powerful nations yesterday backed President Bush's assertion that "extremist" terrorist groups are to blame for the escalating violence in the Middle East and endorsed Israel's right to defend itself, but called on the nation to exercise restraint.

Without naming them, a statement from the Group of Eight lay the blame on Syria and Iran for supporting the militant Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah, whose leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah vowed "no limits" in its clash with Israel. (
Good first step. Now if the G-8 member nations will take it to the next level and actually do something about the extremists, the world will be better for it.