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Monday, January 31, 2011

Led Zeppelin - Stairway To Heaven MUSIC VIDEO 40yr Old Song, Still Popular, 21 Million YouTube Views Last 2 Years

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From Wikipedia
"Stairway to Heaven" is a song by the English rock band Led Zeppelin, released in late 1971. It was composed by guitarist Jimmy Page and vocalist Robert Plant for the band's untitled fourth studio album (usually referred to as Led Zeppelin IV). The song, running almost eight minutes, is composed of several sections, which increase in tempo and volume as the song progresses. The song begins as a slow acoustic-based folk song accompanied by recorders, before electric instrumentation is introduced. The final section is a high-tempo hard rock section highlighted by an intricate guitar solo by Page.
The song, often considered one of the greatest rock songs of all-time,[1][2][3] was voted #3 in 2000 by VH1[4] and was placed at number 31 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It was the most requested song on FM radio stations in the United States in the 1970s, despite never having been officially released as a single there.[5] In November 2007, through download sales promoting Led Zeppelin's Mothership release, "Stairway to Heaven" hit #37 on the UK Singles Chart.[6] on its list of the 100 Greatest Rock Songs,

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"Stairway to Heaven"

Record label of a "Stairway to Heaven" 45-RPM promotional EP disc
Song by Led Zeppelin from the album Led Zeppelin IV
Released 8 November 1971
Recorded December 1970 – March 1971
Genre Rock
Length 7:55
Label Atlantic
Writer Jimmy Page, Robert Plant
Producer Jimmy Page
Led Zeppelin IV track listing
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Judge Cites Obama 2008 Campaign Rhetoric, Ruling Health Care Law as Unconstitutional

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Judge uses Obama’s words against him

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The Washington Times
Monday, January 31, 2011

In ruling against President Obama‘s health care law, federal Judge Roger Vinson used Mr. Obama‘s own position from the 2008 campaign against him, when the then-Illinois senator argued there were other ways to achieve reform short of requiring every American to purchase insurance.

“I note that in 2008, then-Senator Obama supported a health care reform proposal that did not include an individual mandate because he was at that time strongly opposed to the idea, stating that, ‘If a mandate was the solution, we can try that to solve homelessness by mandating everybody to buy a house,’” Judge Vinson wrote in a footnote toward the end of his 78-page ruling Monday.

Judge Vinson, a federal judge in the northern district of Florida, struck down the entire health care law as unconstitutional on Monday, though he is allowing the Obama administration to continue to implement and enforce it while the government appeals his ruling.

The footnote was attached to the most critical part of Judge Vinson‘s ruling, in which he said the “principal dispute” in the case was not whether Congress has the power to tackle health care, but rather whether it has the power to compel individual citizens to purchase insurance.

Judge Vinson cited Mr. Obama‘s campaign words from an interview with CNN to show that there are other options that could pass constitutional muster including then-candidate Obama‘s plan.

During the presidential campaign, one key difference between Mr. Obama and his chief opponent, then-Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, was that Mrs. Clinton‘s plan required all Americans to purchase insurance and Mr. Obama‘s did not.

Congress eventually included the individual mandate in the bill it passed, and Mr. Obama signed that into law in March. Since then, he and his administration have defended its constitutionality, arguing the mandate is the linchpin that brings in more customers to insurance companies, which in turn allows those companies to expand the availability and lower the cost of coverage.

Much of Judge Vinson‘s ruling was a discussion of how the Founding Fathers, including James Madison and Thomas Jefferson, saw the limits on congressional power. Judge Vinson hypothesized that, under the Obama administration‘s legal theory, the government could mandate that all citizens eat broccoli.

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POWER OUTAGES ? Ameren Preparing for Storm EMERGENCY LINKS

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Power: Ameren preparing for storm

Monday, January 31, 2011
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Ameren says it is doubling its force of line workers and utility trucks by bringing in 500 contractors from states south and west of Missouri. Crews are expected to arrive tonight to prepare to respond to possible widespread outages caused by the looming ice storm.
Link to Ameren's outage center.
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Missouri Governor declares state of emergency as storm bears down on area

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Governor declares state of emergency as storm enters St. Louis area

Monday, January 31, 2011
UPDATED 4:07 p.m. Monday with Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon's declaration of a state of emergency and details on National Guard members dispatched to St. Louis.
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ST. LOUIS • A "potentially historic" winter storm is bearing down on the St. Louis region, with forecasters predicting a dangerous blend of ice, sleet, rain, high winds, bitter cold and perhaps 20 inches of snow.
Parts of St. Louis area could see an up to one-inch layer of ice before the snow moves into the area, according to the National Weather Service. Ice build-up on power lines is likely to cause power outages when high winds gusting up to 40 mph blow through.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport reported about 170 canceled inbound and outbound flights this afternoon and that no more flights would depart after 3:30 p.m. Airport spokesman Jeff Lea said several airlines are preemptively canceling flights ahead of the storm. The airport has nearly 500 departures and arrivals each day. For more information about how the storm is affecting transportation around St. Louis, go here.
Forecasters say brace for the worst: a "potentially historic" winter storm packing a punch of ice, followed by heavy snow and severely cold temperatures.

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HERMANN MISSOURI NEEDS YOUR VOTE!!! Hermann Park Board and Gasconade County R-1 School District Team-up - School Calls Homes To Remind You to Vote!!! LAST DAY, PASS THE WORD!!!

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Let's Keep it GOING Up!!! Remember to Vote Daily and tell a Friend or Two!!!
Current Rank 23rd 
The top 10 ideas for 50K Receive funding
The Hermann 'Field of Dreams' project
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The top 10 ideas for 
50K Receive funding

Voting ends on  January 31, 2011

About City of Hermann Parks and Recreation/Hermann Schools

The Hermann 'Field of Dreams' project is co-sponsored by the City of Hermann Parks and Recreation and the Hermann Schools. Jointly these entities will work together to support the development/rejuevenation of a safe non-flooding ball field.

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Text* 105222 to
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*Standard text messaging rates apply.

As of  10:07 a.m., Jan. 31, 2011, the Hermann entry ranks #23 for the top 10 entries to receive $50,000 in funding.   ________________________________________
 Park board to pursue grant for softball field

The Hermann Park Board received support from the Gasconade County R-1 School District to pursue a grant that would improve the ball field adjacent to the elementary school.

Several members from the Hermann Park Board appeared at last Thursday's school board meeting, asking the R-1 school district to partner with them in seeking a Pepsi Refresh Grant.

Their goal is to win a $50,000 grant to help with providing a softball field on the land owned by the school district. The space, located behind what was the old middle school, has been used for the Hermann Junior League in the summer.

Susan Lenger, a member of the park board, said the board would like to convert the area into a softball field dedicated for the Hermann High School Lady Bearcats. In the off-season the local little league teams could use it, and would be a fenced-in area that the elementary school would also use.

"The Lady Bearcats would have their own field," said Lenger. "And if they would ever want to hold a tournament, they could also use the city park field (Dick Ochsner Ballpark)."

The Hermann High girls' softball team plays its home games at Dick Ochsner Ballpark at the city park.

Hermann's junior league football teams also use the old middle school field between West 8th and West 9th for practice fields. They would be given some space to practice west and south of the HHS athletic complex.

Todd Anderson, high school athletic director, elementary school principal Steve Heidger and softball coach Diane Shoemaker have all approved the idea.

Lenger said the park board is not asking for money from the school district for the project, but   was only seeking its support in applying for a $50,000 grant from Pepsi.

She said on Dec. 1 the park board's proposal was accepted as a Pepsi Refresh Grant project.

Lenger added that a campaign would be started later to get people to vote on-line for their project.

If the Hermann Park Board garners enough support with online voting, it would receive $50,000 for the project.

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There are four categories of entires based on dollar-size:  for a $5,000 award; a $25,000 award; a $50,000 award; and a $250,000 award.  Each month, 10 different contestants are chosen in the first three categories, two winners get $250,000 each.  That's $1.3 million awarded to 32 local community projects, small businesses, and individuals each month.

The Hermann entry is in the $50,000 category of the health category.  The $50,000 would be spent as follows:

    * $20,000 for a small concession stand and storage closet
    * $14,000 for dugouts and backstop materials
    * $10,000 for relocation of lights to new field
    * $  4,000 for fencing
    * $  2,000 for field prep, sod repair and striping

This month (January 2011), the Hermann little league/softball park is one of the thousand projects.  .

This Hermann entry in the Pepsi Refresh Project is sponsored by the City of Hermann Parks & Recreation Board and the Gasconade County R-1 School District.

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Churchill Museum to Host Smithsonian Exhibit, FULTON, MISSOURI

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Missouri Churchill museum to host Smithsonian exhibit

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THE ASSOCIATED PRESS 
Monday, January 31, 2011

FULTON, Mo. • The National Churchill Museum in central Missouri has been selected to host a Smithsonian exhibit about work in America.
The Missouri Humanities Council notified the museum in Fulton that it's one of a half-dozen sites to host the exhibit called "The Way We Worked."
Westminster College, where the Churchill Museum is located, said in a release the exhibit will be on display in early 2012 and will run for a month.
The exhibit is adapted from one developed by the National Archives in Washington, D.C. It explores how work became a central element in American culture and traces changes that affected the workforce over the past 150 years.
It will feature audio, film and interactive components.

March 5, 2011 marks the 65th Anniversary
of Winston Churchill's
'Sinews of Peace' Address


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Humble Pie - 30 Days in the Hole MUSIC VIDEO Steve Marriott would have been 64

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"30 Days in the Hole" was the seventh single by English rock outfit Humble Pie, a band from the 1960s-'70s. Released in 1972, the song became a radio hit but failed to chart. The B-side on its US release was "Sweet Peace and Time", while everywhere else they were "C'mon Everybody" and "Road Runner". It was released on the Smokin' album.
The song, a group composition, mentions alcohol (Newcastle Brown Ale) and illegal drugs, including cocaine, Durban poison, a potent strain of marijuana, and Black Nepalese, a type of hashish.
Black Nepalese, it's got you weak in your knees, it's just some seeds and dust that you got buzzed on, you know it's hard to believe, 30 days in the hole....
The song has been much covered, most notably by Gov't Mule and Mr. Big, and remains one of the group's better known songs.

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Steve Marriott

Marriott with Humble Pie Courtesy: Dina Regine
Background information
Birth name Stephen Peter Marriott
Born 30 January 1947(1947-01-30)
East Ham, Essex (now London), England
Died 20 April 1991(1991-04-20) (aged 44)
Genres R&B, rock, blues-rock, blue-eyed soul
Occupations Singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, child actor
Instruments Vocals, guitar, keyboards, piano, harmonica, drums
Years active 1960–1991
Labels Decca, Immediate, A&M, Atco
Associated acts Small Faces, Humble Pie
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U.S. Factories Added 136,000 Workers in 2010 First Net Increase Since 1997

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U.S. manufacturing has edge, despite China's might

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Monday, January 31, 2011
 By PAUL WISEMAN • Associated Press

WASHINGTON • U.S. factories are closing. American manufacturing jobs are reappearing overseas. China's industrial might is growing each year.
And it might seem as if the United States doesn't make world-class goods as well as some other nations.
"There's no reason Europe or China should have the fastest trains, or the new factories that manufacture clean energy products," President Barack Obama said in his State of the Union address last week.
Yet America remains by far the No. 1 manufacturing country. It outproduces No. 2 China by more than 40 percent. U.S. manufacturers cranked out nearly $1.7 trillion in goods in 2009, according to the United Nations.
The story of American factories essentially boils down to this: They've managed to make more goods with fewer workers.
The United States has lost nearly 8 million factory jobs since manufacturing employment peaked at 19.6 million in 1979.
U.S. manufacturers have ranked near the top of world rankings in productivity gains over the last three decades.
That higher productivity has meant a leaner manufacturing force that has capitalized on efficiency.
"You can add more capability, but it doesn't mean you necessarily have to hire hundreds of people," says James Vitak, a spokesman for specialty chemical maker Ashland Inc.
Industry's fortunes are brightening enough that U.S. factories are finally adding jobs after years of shrinking their payrolls. Not a lot. But even a slight increase shows manufacturers are growing more confident. They added 136,000 workers last year — the first net increase since 1997.
What has changed is that U.S. manufacturers have abandoned products with thin profit margins, such as consumer electronics, toys and shoes. They have ceded that sector to China, Indonesia and other emerging nations with low labor costs.
Instead, American factories have seized upon complex and expensive goods requiring specialized labor: industrial lathes, computer chips, fighter jets, health care products.
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Wise Words From Egypt, 8 Year Old Has Message For Her President VIDEO

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Egypt protests: 'Change is coming'

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Thousands are rallying in the streets of Egypt, calling for an end to the 30-year rule of their President Hosni Mubarak.The protest, which has so far left at least 125 people dead and thousands more injured, have entered their sixth day.

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3:20pm: China has called for a rapid return to stability for its "friend" Egypt, as it restricts media coverage of the nationwide revolt that has left President Hosni Mubarak clinging to power.

"China is paying close attention to developments in the situation in Egypt," foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said in a statement. "Egypt is a friend of China's, and we hope social stability and order will return to Egypt as soon as possible."

China's ruling Communist Party is wary of disturbances to public order overseas that may influence demands for political reform and democracy at home, and it is restricting coverage of the protests online and in other media.

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SCAM ALERT: Missouri Sheriff’s Association does not solicit money over the phone

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Calls not from sheriff’s association

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These types of phone scams seem to move from county to county, so please report any suspicious calls to your local law enforcement agency.

Recent calls from a group claiming to be a part of the sheriff’s department attempting to solicit donations have angered residents. And while Sheriff Dennis Crane is not sure who is making the calls, he cautioned citizens not to give money to the group.
“The Missouri Sheriff’s Association does not solicit money over the phone,” Crane said. “They only use mailings to known past sponsors.”
Mick Covington, Executive Director of the Missouri Sheriff’s Association concurred.
“We have never used telemarketers,” Covington said. “We never have and never will.”
Covington said the group uses a direct mail campaign to prospective new members and existing members for renewals.
The Missouri Sheriff’s Association is a 501c3 organization, registered with the Missouri Attorney General’s office.
“Anyone interested in finding out how the money we get is utilized can use the attorney general’s website,” Covington said.
The Check a Charity function allows people to type in the name of an organization and find out where the money is used.
“Nine percent of our funds are used for administrative and housing costs,” Covington said. “Ninety percent goes directly to our programs and training facilities. Over the last four years, we have graduated the largest amount of licensed police officers in the state.”
Crane said if someone wanted to give money to any charity, they should contact the organization themselves, rather than give money to someone who contacts them over the phone. Covington agreed.
“In my experience, the majority of the money given goes to the telemarketer and not the organization,” Covington said. “They are pulling 80 to 90 cents out of each dollar so the money is not getting to where the person thinks they are sending it.”
Crane said even money going to the Sheriff’s Association does not necessarily go directly to the sheriff’s department.
“If people think their specific sheriff is getting the money, people should know all the money given is divided between the 114 counties’ sheriff’s departments,” he said. “A lot of the money goes to their training facilities, so people who go there for training and different things are helped.”
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2011 Midwest Grape Wine, Trade Show Febuary 4-7 St. Charles, Missouri, Hermann Winery Showcased

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Pre-Registration closes Monday, January 31st

You will be able to register on-site, beat the rush and register now!

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Midwest Wine Conference Moves to St. Charles for 2011

Missouri wines are becoming more well known, but they largely remain a regional product.
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St. Charles will become a prime destination for wine lovers early next month.

For the first time ever, the city will play host to the Midwest Grape & Wine Conference, a four-day showcase of educational events for individuals in the winemaking field. Normally scheduled for the Ozarks, the 2011 event is set to be held at the St. Charles Convention Center Feb. 4-7. It will be capped off by a grand finale dinner prepared by Chef Dwight Hawkins of the Kansas City Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in conjunction with local chefs Dan Welsh and Tony Wise.

“What we want to invite the general public to is our grand finale wine and dine dinner,” said Rozanna Benz, conference director. “It’s a wonderful meal.”

A dozen different wines will be served with the four-course spread which will also include a dessert. Tickets are $95 to attend the Feb. 7 dinner.

Benz said the city’s proximity to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport was a big selling point in moving the event. About 130 exhibitors have signed up for booths, roughly 50 percent more than last year. About 550 are expected to attend the seminars, while 175 have signed up for the dinner.
Benz hopes that number will grow to about 300.

“We feel like we can reach out and extend the invitation to the public since there is so much interest, especially in this area, for wine,” she said.

The seminars and activities can be attended on a $150 day pass or $600 for all four days.
Benz said that vintner’s associations from at least six surrounding states have now endorsed the conference, the third-largest wine industry trade show in the country.

“That’s really a big deal for us,” she said. “That means they reach out to all of their members and ask them to participate. That’s just the first step in making this a regional conference.”

Missouri wines will be featured prominently. Benz said that wine produced by the state’s 96 wineries are becoming more well known on the regional level, though outside the Midwest, recognition of the product still lags. During a recent visit to California’s famed Napa Valley, she found that some of the vineyard owners were unaware that wine was produced in Missouri.

That’s a common refrain from Missouri wineries. Thomas Held, director of sales and advertising for Stone Hill Winery in Hermann, MO., said his organization is among those that do consumer-direct sales to patrons around the country, while mass distribution is typically limited to Missouri and surrounding states.

The biggest increases in sales have been within the state itself.

“About 10 or 12 years ago, I was on the Grape and Wine Advisory Board on the statewide level, and Missouri wines were at about 3.5 percent of market share of all wines sold in Missouri,” he said. “Now, we’re sitting right at eight percent of the market share, so it’s definitely grown.”

He said wine producers hope to increase that total to 10 percent within three years.

“The quality of Missouri wine is excellent, second to none,” he said. “Several of our wines can go to any competition in the country and consistently win golds and top honors in different categories. Missouri shows well, and we’re going to continue to do that.”

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

25 Years Later, Former Hermann Resident Recounts Challenger Explosion

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25 years later, St. Louis area residents recount Challenger explosion

 BY SUSAN WEICH  www.STLtoday.com Saturday, January 29, 2011
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Paul Wilhite was an eighth-grader at a small Catholic grade school in Hermann, Mo., when the space shuttle Challenger exploded over the Atlantic Ocean 25 years ago.
"When I look back at the '80s, it was one of those pivotal, seminal moments," he said. "You had the elation and excitement followed by the devastation and tragedy."
After the explosion, Wilhite, 39, of St. Peters, said he and his classmates went to church to pray for the families of the seven astronauts who were killed. And his attitude about his studies changed: Science became much more interesting to him.
"It became about dedication and taking risks, self-sacrifice for the sake of science," he said.
It inspired him to pursue a career as a biochemist, and he now works at EMD Millipore in Weldon Spring.
Wilhite, his wife, Sandra, and their daughter Olivia, 11, were among dozens who came to honor the Challenger crew and their families on the disaster anniversary Friday at the Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis. The center, situated in Ferguson, opened in 2003 with the goal of inspiring a lifelong interest in science, technology, engineering and math in young people. Forty-eight centers are spread across the world, and each year about 400,000 schoolchildren visit them.
Many of the people who came to the event said they home-school their children and had signed up for one of the free public missions, where they got to act out roles similar to mission control staff or to experience life on a space station.
During orientation, center director Tasmyn Scarl Front showed a slideshow of the Challenger, which exploded 73 seconds after liftoff. Among the astronauts was the first teacher in space, Christa McAuliffe.

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Missouri Couple Turns Hobby Into Wine Excursions Shuttle Service

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Couple turns hobby into Vines 2 Wines Excursions shuttle service

Friday, January 14, 2011
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What began as a hobby of growing grapes, making homemade wine and learning more about the wines of Missouri turned into a small business venture for Cape Girardeau empty nesters Suzanne and Tom VanderFeen. They created Vines 2 Wines Excursions to give patrons an opportunity to explore wineries and vineyards in Southeast Missouri.
In the summer of 2009, the couple was returning home from a trip to Iowa when Suzanne VanderFeen suggested to her husband they trade in her vehicle and get a bus to take people on visits to wineries, because the couple made frequent trips themselves. They are members of a wine club and said they love learning about wines.

"I was always the [designated driver] for my friends anyway," said Suzanne VanderFeen.

Soon after, Tom found a white shuttle bus for sale on Craigslist in St. Charles, Mo. The couple drove to see the bus the next day, taking along Suzanne's brother, a mechanic.

"We asked each other, 'Are we really going to use our savings to do this?'" Suzanne VanderFeen said. "And we bought it, and drove it home and looked at each other like, who does this kind of thing? Especially in a recession?"

The venture has turned into a win-win for them, she said.
In July 2009, the VanderFeens began taking their first patrons on daylong trips. On the way, Suzanne has conversations with the patrons about the wines and gives them information on the wines they will taste. Tom, she said, is great to ask about pesticides and grape growing, because he has a background in horticulture. The couple is licensed to take patrons to any location within the state. They mostly visit wineries in Southeast Missouri, but have traveled as far as Hermann, Mo., and St. James, Mo.

About once a month, Vines 2 Wines Excursions organizes a tour with open seating, but it takes groups with certain destinations or themes in mind. The couple either plans an excursion to a certain winery for the public tour or bases the stops off the patrons' wine tasting preferences by choosing wineries known for particular varieties.

She said people often schedule tours for bridal showers, birthday parties, anniversaries and fundraisers. They often bring picnic baskets or coolers onto the bus for the ride to and from a winery.


Seats are limited to 13 passengers per trip. Going on excursions during the winter, Suzanne VanderFeen said, often means even more time to spend with winemakers because it is a downtime for the wineries. Most are still open and have indoor seating, but people don't think to go to them when it's cold. 

For more information on upcoming trips, visit http://vines-2-wines.com/index.html. To make reservations, call 579-9009. 

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Best of the Super Bowl Commercials Last Year 2010 VIDEO

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Some of the funniest commercials from last year 2010 Super Bowl.
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Repeated Endless Storms Cause Snow Plow Rage 'get out of the way. I gotta plow,'

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Endless Storms Causing Snow Rage

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Y GIOVANNA DRPIC

MYFOXNY.COM - Snow plows have been out in full force in Wayne, N.J. since the storm hit. But some people who are digging out claim, some operators are plowing them right back in.
It's causing snow plow rage.
Nancy Snyder's husband is a public works employee. She say an angry resident attacked him with a bucket of salt.
"He sees the red face. He sees the anger in the resident. He sees the swinging bucket. And he even says, 'Roll down that window or I'm going to bust you in the head with it.' And boom," Snyder says.
She says the the thrown bucket missed her husband but shattered the passenger side window anad dented the door of his plow truck.
Chuck D'Angelo allegedly threw the bucket.
D'Angelo says, "I wasn't happy for my actions for that day. I was really annoyed at him and coming and plowing me straight in."
D'Angelo says he specifically asked Robert Snyder not to plow him in as he cleared the Route 23 service road. It's a road he says he 'adopted' and cleared litter from it.
"He said, 'get out of the way. I gotta plow,'" D'Angelo said.
D'Angelo was charged with criminal mischief after the incident. In the end, D'Angelo tried to smooth things over by trying to buy Snyder a drink but Nancy Snyder is still angry about the incident.
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Anthony Hopkins Horror Film "The Rite" Top Weekend Movie VIDEO Review

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Hopkins takes 'The Rite' to top of box office

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Jan 30, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) -- The Anthony Hopkins horror film "The Rite" topped the box office on a weekend notable for the bump many Oscar-nominated films received, according to studio estimates Sunday.
The Warner Bros. flick earned $15 million from just under 3,000 theaters. The PG-13, "Exorcist"-influenced movie drew most of its audience from the older-than-25 demographic.
In its 10th week of release, the Weinstein Company's "The King's Speech" earned $11.1 million while adding nearly 900 screens.
Now with a cumulative box-office haul of $72.2 million, the story of King George VI's triumph over his stuttering affliction continues to build momentum as the Oscar favorite for best picture. It led with 12 Oscar nominations on Tuesday, and its director, Tom Hooper, won best director from the Directors Guild on Saturday.
Last week's top film, the Natalie Portman romantic comedy "No Strings Attached," from Paramount, slipped to second with $13.7 million.
The other debut this weekend, CBS Films' action film "The Mechanic," which stars Jason Statham and Ben Foster, took in $11.5 million, tied for third with Sony's updated superhero film "The Green Hornet."
Heavily marketed, "The Rite" sought a PG-13 rating less to attract younger audience members than "not to offend" older fans of the 73-year-old Hopkins, said Dan Fellman, head of distribution for Warner Bros.
Fellman credited the film's success to Hopkins, who remains a draw for moviegoers, especially in scary films that recall his famous performance as Hannibal Lecter in 1991's "The Silence of the Lambs."
"The King's Speech" saw the biggest increase after Oscar nominations were announced Tuesday, jumping 41 percent from its performance last weekend.
The Coen brothers' Western "True Grit" was up four percent in its sixth week, bringing its total to $138 million. "The Fighter," in its eighth week, and Portman's "Black Swan," in its ninth week, had only slight drop-offs from the prior weekend.
Still, it was hard to ignore the rising tide of "The King's Speech," which has usurped David Fincher's "The Social Network" as prognosticators' pick to win best picture at the Academy Awards on Feb. 27. Its star, Colin Firth, is believed to be a shoo-in for best actor.


Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com. Final figures will be released Monday.

1. "The Rite," $15 million.
2. "No Strings Attached," $13.7 million.
3. "The Green Hornet," $11.5 million.
(tie) "The Mechanic, $11.5 million.
5. "The King's Speech," $11.1 million.
6. "True Grit," $7.6 million.
7. "The Dilemma," $5.5 million.
8. "Black Swan," $5.1 million.
9. "The Fighter," $4.1 million.
10. "Yogi Bear," $3.2 million.


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Egypt Protest Riot Over 125 Dead 2000 Wounded - LIVE STREAMING Video Civilian shot dead

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Death toll in Egypt's protests tops 100: sources

CAIRO | Sat Jan 29, 2011
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(Reuters) - More than 100 people have been killed during anti-government protests that have swept Egypt, according to a Reuters tally of reports from medical sources, hospitals and witnesses.


There was no official figure, and the real figure may be very different, given the confusion on the streets.


On Saturday in Beni Suef, south of Cairo, police shot dead 17 people trying to attack two police stations and eight people were killed during protests. Eight others were killed in clashes when prisoners tried to escape from Abu Zaabal prison in Cairo.


Some 68 deaths were reported killed in Cairo, Suez and Alexandria during Friday's protests.


Before then, security sources had said at least six people, including a police officer, had been killed since the protests started on Tuesday.


On Saturday, medical sources told Reuters around 2,000 people had been wounded throughout the country, however with more protests erupting, that number was almost certain to rise.

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Tens of thousands of protesters have defied Egypt's President Mubarak's curfew.
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Credit Card Rates at Record Highs Up to 59.9 Percent, Near 15% Average

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Credit card rates at record highs near 15%

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Interest rates are now hovering near record highs, at an average rate of 14.72%. And if your credit is bad enough, you could even end up with a rate as high as 59.9% APR.

That's because while the CARD Act helped crack down on certain fees and requires more disclosures, it didn't cap every credit card holder's worst enemy: interest rates.

Sure, the new rules prevent banks from raising most interest rates retroactively, but there's no limit on the rates they can charge new customers.

"Rates are going up because card issuers know that once you get a card they can't raise the rates, so they're raising rates on the front end to ensure they get the revenue from that interest," said Beverly Harzog, credit card expert at Credit.com.

APRs have climbed more than 20% over the past two years and hit an all-time high of an average 14.78% in mid-November, based on weekly data CreditCards.com collects from 100 of the nation's top credit card issuers.

And there's no end in sight. While interest rate caps have been proposed -- including a proposal earlier this month from New York Congressman Maurice Hinchey that would limit rates at 15% -- none have been passed into law so far.
So what do record high interest rates mean for you? If you have a terrible credit score, opening a credit card is going to be painful. Though rates vary depending on the card you apply for, with a score below 599 you'll likely be stuck facing an APR of 24% or higher, said Harzog. If you can get a card at all.

In fact, First Premier Bank offers a Gold MasterCard with a whopping 59.9% rate for those people with "less than perfect credit", according to its website. And that rate is actually down from the 79.9% rate it originally charged.

Even with a credit score between 600 to 649 -- still considered poor, but not terrible -- you're probably looking at rates around 20%.

Harzog recommends staying away from interest rates above 20% and instead getting a secured card from a lender like Orchard Bank as a way to build up credit so that you can eventually get a card with a decent rate.

With a secured card, you deposit money into an account and can use the card like a credit card -- and it impacts your credit just like a credit card does. But if you don't make payments, the bank will just take your own money out of the account.
"I don't suggest people ever carry a balance at such high interest rates," Harzog said. "A secured card is like a credit card on training wheels, so it will help you get your credit back on track."

With a credit score between 650 and 699, you're on your way to finding better interest rates, likely ranging between 15% and 19%.

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