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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Pool Trick Shot Tournament promo - One Shooter is 'Spitball Charlie' from Washington Missouri - 4 Video


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Trick Shooter 'Spitball Charlie'
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This weekend, you can see some of the most talented pool players in the world do things you didn't think were possible with a pool cue and a couple of balls.

The Dr. Cue Classic Artistic Cup IV is being held at Side Pockets in St. Charles this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

It's a trick show tournament that will amaze

NewsChannel 5' Heidi Glaus got a preview of what you'll see this morning.


You can also see more of what Florian Kohler, a young player from 
France, can do by clicking on this link. Get this, he didn't pick up a cue until four years ago.

The tournament is free to watch this weekend.

See more at KSDK
http://www.ksdk.com/news/watercooler/story.aspx?storyid=230605&catid=71
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CHART OF THE DAY: Confirmed - There is a Housing Price Double Dip


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Nothing too fancy or hard to understand here... from the Just-released Case-Shiller index, it's clear that the housing double dip is here.
From the announcement:
The chart (below) depicts the annual returns of the U.S. National, the 10-City Composite and the 20-City Composite Home Price Indices. The S&P/Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index, which covers all nine U.S. census divisions, recorded a 1.5% decline in the third quarter of 2010 over the third quarter of 2009. In September, the 10-City and 20-City Composites recorded annual returns of +1.6% and +0.6%, respectively.
Click here to see the 15 housing markets that have the hardest to fall >

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House May Block Food Safety Bill Over Senate Error - S 510 Food Safety Modernization Act



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 By John Stanton:
http://www.rollcall.com/news/-201012-1.html


A food safety bill that has burned up precious days of the Senate’s lame-duck session appears headed back to the chamber because Democrats violated a constitutional provision requiring that tax provisions originate in the House.

By pre-empting the House’s tax-writing authority, Senate Democrats appear to have touched off a power struggle with members of their own party in the House. The Senate passed the bill Tuesday, sending it to the House, but House Democrats are expected to use a procedure known as “blue slipping” to block the bill, according to House and Senate GOP aides.

The debacle could prove to be a major embarrassment for Senate Democrats, who sought Tuesday to make the relatively unknown bill a major political issue by sending out numerous news releases trumpeting its passage.
Continue reading the article . . .

Click Here to find out what is in the bill

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Veteran dies hours after convincing Veterans Affairs he isn't dead


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http://m.wfmynews2.com/
A Caswell County, NC, veteran died Thursday morning, hours after getting his benefits reinstated by Veterans Affairs due to confusion that he was already dead.


Floyd Holmes' wife, Marie Holmes, called WFMY News 2 earlier this week when she felt like she hit the end of the road in the battle to get her husband's disability payments returned.


Marie said there was a confusion after Floyd Holmes' son died several months ago. The Social Security Administration though Floyd Holmes died. She said the couple straightened that out, but ever since, Floyd had not received his disability check from the VA.


Floyd's health problems started with colon cancer, which lead to the removal of his large intestines and then problems with his kidneys.


WFMY News 2's Justin Quesinberry reached out to the VA Tuesday, and on Wednesday morning, Marie said she received a call from a VA representative saying they were going to reinstate his check in the next five days.


"The first thing I thought, it's a crying shame that it took me this long to get through to somebody that had authority to do something," she said after she was told about the reinstatement.


Marie Holmes called WFMY News 2 Thursday afternoon and said her husband died Thursday morning. She said she was thankful for the WFMY team working to help reinstate her husband's benefits.


WFMY

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Facebook film "The Social Network" picked up four awards, including best movie by The National Board of Review


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Facebook film "The Social Network" picked up four awards, including best movie, from a key industry group in the first major honors of Hollywood's awards season, helping to narrow the list of this year's Oscar contenders.

The National Board of Review, a U.S.-based group of movie industry watchers and film professionals, gave best director to "Social Network" maker David Fincher, and its best actor award went to Jesse Eisenberg, who portrays Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Aaron Sorkin won for adapted screenplay.

The movie offers audiences a fictional portrayal of the rise of the social networking website from an idea dreamed up in a college dormitory to its first one million users.

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WEB VIDEO: Kayaker survives Palouse Falls waterfall in Washington state



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Some people may call him crazy, but the people at Guinness World Records consider him a record-breaker. In the Web Video of the Day, Tyler Bradt and his kayak plunge 189 feet down Palouse Falls in Washington state. His kayak appears as a little red speck at the top of the waterfall before disappearing into the rushing waters. Bradt reappears several seconds later, floating in the still waters below, with a sprained wrist and broken paddle.
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Counting our blessings St. Louis style: Skewed Crime rankings released annually by CQ Press



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Colleen Carroll Campbell www.STLtoday.com  Posted: Thursday, November 25, 2010 12:00 am

Point of View • National ranking lists don't tell the true story

Just in time for Thanksgiving, St. Louis has been named America's most dangerous city. We wrested this badge of dishonor away from last year's winner, Camden, N.J., thanks to a violent crime rate four times the national average.

Anyone who has followed the crime rankings released annually by CQ Press knows that our fair city has been inching toward this dubious distinction for years. We ranked second in 2006 and 2007, our ignominy eclipsed only by Detroit. In 2008, we drifted to fourth place. We were back in the running in 2009, ranking behind only Camden. This year, our criminals took a back seat to no one.
Of course, the rankings are unfair. I explained this to my father-in-law when he e-mailed me from Peoria to ask about them. More than 2,000 violent crimes per 100,000 residents? What's going on down there?

I responded by rattling off reasons our rank does not matter. For starters, the city-county split in St. Louis skews our metro area's crime and population statistics. St. Louis is surrounded by the sort of safe, suburban neighborhoods that are incorporated into the city limits of other, more geographically sprawling cities. If you consider our metro area's crime rate as a whole - including satellite communities like O'Fallon, Mo., which ranked as America's second safest city - we fare much better.

Even in the city, things are looking up. A spokesperson for St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay said crime has been dropping since 2007 - and that's without using Chicago-style counting methods. Al Capone's adopted hometown did not even make CQ Press' list this year, despite a 2009 murder rate that eclipsed New York's, because Chicago does not conform to FBI crime-counting standards.
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Federal Reserve Half-Step Dance: Withholds Collateral Data, Denying Taxpayers Gauge of Risk


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The Fed today released details identifying thousands of transactions including bonds bought under its mortgage purchase program and asset-backed commercial paper pledged under its Asset-Backed Commercial Paper Money-Market Mutual Fund Liquidity Facility.
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The Federal Reserve withheld details on individual securities pledged as collateral by recipients of $885 billion in central bank loans, denying taxpayers a measure of the risks they faced from its emergency aid.


The central bank yesterday released data on 21,000 transactions from $3.3 trillion in emergency lending to stem the financial crisis. July’s Dodd-Frank law required the Fed to disclose the names of borrowers, the size and interest rates of loans, and “information identifying the types and amounts of collateral pledged or assets transferred.”


For three of the Fed’s six emergency facilities, the central bank released information on groups of collateral it accepted by asset type and rating, without specifying individual securities. Among them was the Primary Dealer Credit Facility, created in March 2008 to provide loans to brokers as Bear Stearns Cos. collapsed.


“This is a half-step,” said former Atlanta Fed research director Robert Eisenbeis, chief monetary economist at Cumberland Advisors Inc. in Sarasota, Florida. “If you were going to audit the facilities, then would this enable you to do an audit? The answer is ‘No,’ you would have to go in and look at the individual amounts of collateral and how it was broken down to do that. And that is the spirit of what the requirements were in Dodd-Frank.”


ed spokeswoman Susan Stawick in Washington declined to comment.


Public Disclosure


The public disclosure of the lending data should have been prevented because it could spur runs on the banks listed, said Darrell Duffie, a finance professor at Stanford University.


“That’s a very destructive process,” he said. Still, with the data released, “if you’re justified in getting the information, then you’re justified to get enough information to judge the risk the Fed took,” he said.


Under its definition of the “ratings unavailable” category for collateral posted under the PDCF, the Fed said that “in some limited cases, ineligible collateral was pledged, but it was reviewed with the clearing banks for exclusion from future pledges.” The central bank didn’t elaborate.


The secrecy surrounding Fed bailouts led lawmakers to demand disclosure after the central bank approved aid dwarfing the federal government’s $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program.


See More here: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-12-01/taxpayer-risk-impossible-to-know-for-some-fed-financial-crisis-programs.html




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Hermann High Scool Band Students at Camdenton all-district band team

Hermann band students at Camdenton
Hermann High School band members who were part of the all-district band team performed at Camdenton High School on Nov. 6. HHS students in front from left are: Nora Purdy, Michelle Russell, Dori Levin and Leslie Niiro. Back row from left are: Cullen Horstman, Andrew Lewis and Bryce Schuetz. The directors of the groups were composer David Shaffer and former band director, Keith Reuther.



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