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Monday, February 28, 2011

20 Ton Mayonnaise spill Closes Interstate 44 Section Springfield Missouri VIDEO

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20 tons of mayo hit the pavement after tractor-trailer rig overturns on I-44

Here's a new one for the list of traffic hazards you might have encountered Saturday night on I-44: a gigantic slick of mayonnaise, 40,000 pounds of it on the pavement.
Springfield police closed the eastbound lanes of the interstate near U.S. 65 for several hours Saturday night as they and the Missouri Department of Transportation worked to clean up debris from a tractor-trailer crash, including the 20 tons of mayonnaise spilled on the road.
"It's like walking on ice," said Lt. Scott Leven.
No one was hurt, Leven said, and bridge supports hit by the rig were inspected by MoDOT and appeared sound, he said.
The cause of the accident is under investigation. Leven said the driver lost control, taking the truck through a cable guard and into the median. The truck ended up going between the bridge supports and a guardrail underneath the 65 overpass.
Miraculously, traffic following the truck was able to stop, so additional crashes did not occur.
Traffic was rerouted.
 The driver of the truck was not injured

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Ameren Missouri Seeks 11 Pct Rate Increase, Public Hearing To Be Held Today 5:30 p.m. at Union High School

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Ameren Missouri Seeks 11 Pct Rate Increase, Public Hearings To Be Held...One Meeting Held in Franklin County.
The Missouri Public Service Commission will hold a public hearing on Monday, Feb. 28,  . 

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Storm Damage Gasconade, Franklin County Missouri, Tornado Report St. Albans

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KMOV.com
February 27, 2011 at 11:57 PM

Sheriff discusses tornado report in St. Albans, MO

Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke comments on reports of a tornado in St. Albans and damage to a roof in Gerald.(see report below for updates)

Local storm reports

KMOV.com
Posted on February 27, 2011 at 11:26 PM
Updated at 1:58 AM Feb 28, 2011

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FREDERICKTOWN, MO - AMATEUR RADIO - POWER LINES DOWN...LARGE TREE SNAPPED...ROOF BLOWN OFF A BARN.
Washington, MO Fire Chief Bill Halmich tells News 4 that they have numerous buildings damaged, roofs ripped from buildings and a tree that crashed into a mobile home - however, no injuries.
WELDON SPRING, MO - NWS EMPLOYEE - ONE 4 TO 5 INCH DIAMETER TREE SNAPPED OFF AT NWS ST  LOUIS OFFICE. TIME ESTIMATED FROM RADAR.
MANCHESTER, MO - TRAINED SPOTTER - RONNIES MOVIE SIGN IS BLOWN DOWN...STREET SIGNS ON LINDBURGH BLOWN DOWN...SIGNS ON I-270 BETWEEN GRAVOIS AND TESSON FERRRY ARE BENT AND TWISTED
quarter-inch hail in Brentwood
BARTELSO, IL -  TRAINED SPOTTER - BARN DESTROYED...POWER POLES SNAPPED.
Cahokia, IL - TRAINED SPOTTER - FENCE BROKEN IN HALF. FLAGPOLE BENT IN HALF. FLAGPOLE IS RATED TO 70 MPH.
71 mph winds in Maryville, Illinois
GRANITE CITY, IL  - EMERGENCY MNGR - NUMEROUS TREES AND POWER LINES DOWN IN GRANITE CITY. SOME ROOF DAMAGE REPORTED.
60 mph wind gusts in Aviston, Illinois
Franklin County Sheriff tells News 4 that a church in Gerald, MO lost its roof ... some roof damage and limbs down in St. Albans
50 mph wind gusts in Sparta, Illinois
GLEN CARBON, IL - TRAINED SPOTTER - 6-8 INCH TREE LIMBS BLOWN DOWN
61 mph gust in New Baden, Illinois
WASHINGTON, MO - EMERGENCY MNGR - SEVERAL TREES FELL ONTO HOUSES. WIRES DOWN AND UTILITY POLES SNAPPED.
One inch hail reported in Farmington, Missouri
O'Fallon, Illinois - AMATEUR RADIO - LARGE TREES DOWN...3-4FT IN DIAMETER. SOUTH HILL STREET
Structural damage reported in Troy, Illinois
Trees down in Ballwin, Missouri
12:30 a.m.  38,000 Ameren Missouri customers without power... 7,000 Ameren Illinois customers in the dark
Interstate 44, eastbound and westbound lanes closed until at least 2 a.m. due to downed power lines
Downed tree limbs and power lines, power outages in Troy and Highland, Illinois
Bethalto, Illinois - 60 mph gusts
CREVE COEUR - TRAINED SPOTTER 3-5 INCH DIAMETER TREE LIMBS BROKEN...HEAVY LAWN FURNITURE BLOWN INTO FENCE
WASHINGTON, MISSOURI - AMATEUR RADIO TREE LIMB BLOWN THROUGH THE SIDE OF A MOBLE HOME...NO INJURIES REPORTED.
60 mph wind gusts, Collinsville, Illinois
Trees down in Madison, Illinois - Trained Spotter
Wind gust EAST ST. LOUIS  70 MPH     ST. CLAIR          IL   TRAINED SPOTTER
OWENSVILLE,   GASCONADE  County  LAW ENFORCEMENT NUMEROUS POWER LINES...TREES AND TREE LIMBS BLOWN DOWN IN OWENSVILLE AND ROSEBUD. ALSO...A BUILDING IN OWENSVILLE HAD ITS AWNING BLOWN OFF WHICH DAMAGED THE FACADE.
1134 PM     FUNNEL CLOUD     ST. LOUIS  TRAINED SPOTTER FUNNEL CLOUD REPORTED OVER NORTH ST. LOUIS CITY NEAR LAFAYETTE SQUARE
1130 PM     PEVELY, Missouri 45 MPH wind   TRAINED SPOTTER
11:27  TRAINED SPOTTER STORM SPOTTER REPORTS FUNNEL CLOUD NEAR CONCORD VILLAGE CAUSING POWER FLASHES
11:36 68 MPH Wind  ST. LOUIS      MO   TRAINED SPOTTER PEA SIZEE HAIL
11:35   ST. CHARLES        MO   TRAINED SPOTTER  POWER LINES DOWN
11:35  hail  .25 INCH       ST. LOUIS          MO   TRAINED SPOTTER MANCHESTER AND MC NIGHT RD
11:30  70 MPH WINDS REPORTED AT 270 AND 70 WITH LARGE HAIL OF UNKNOWN SIZE
11:29  68 mph wind gust in Chesterfield, MO
11:28  HAIL   WELDON SPRING  .70 INCH  ST. CHARLES, CO ... 54 MPH WIND AND DIME SIZED HAIL
11:27 p.m. - 1.75 inch hail and funnel cloud in Villa Ridge in Franklin Co., MO from a trained spotter
11:25 p.m. - Power lines down in Beaufort, MO in Franklin County
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Gasconade County Health Department to Host Community Focus Group at Wine Valley Inn, Wednesday, March 2 at 11am

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The Gasconade County Health Department and Missouri Ozark Community Action is hosting a focus group for residents of Gasconade County. It will be held at the Wine Valley Inn on Wednesday, March 2 at 11am. Lunch will be provided. The goal of this meeting is to give residents an opportunity to come together and examine the issues and conditions within their community. Topics to be discussed are housing, employment, transportation, social services, health services/nutrition and physical activity, and child care. An RSVP is requested for food planning. RSVP to Mary Allers-Korostynski RN at 573-486-3129 x104 or korosm@lpha.mopublic.org by 5pm on 2/28/11. 



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ISRAELI YOUTUBE VIDEO SPOOF OF GADDAFI GOES WEB VIRAL IN ARAB WORLD



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Libyan(Ex?) leader Muammar GadDafi with his Auto Tuned version to "Hey Baby" by Pitbull & T pain. Remix by Noy Alooshe


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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Melissa Leo Drops F-bomb Oscar Acceptance Speech Best Supporting Actress

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Melissa Leo drops the F-bomb in Oscar acceptance speech

By Liz Kelly 

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Well, there may not be a best actress Oscar curse, but there is now officially a cursing best supporting actress.
Melissa Leo, who won for her role in "The Fighter," was so overcome by her win that she dropped the F bomb during her acceptance speech. Which may just be a first for the Academy Awards. And in the press room after stepping off stage, Leo admitted the Kodak Theater and a live broadcast was probably not the appropriate venue for the f-bomb.
"Those words, I apologize to anyone they offend," said Leo, as tweeted by our own Jen Chaney. "There is a great deal of the English language in my vernacular."

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Government Shutdown Averted ? UPDATE: NO GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN - YES on Entitlement Reform, John Boehner to Deliver Speech Tonight

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John Boehner: NO on Shutdown; YES on Entitlement Reform

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ABC's Jonathan Karl reports: In a speech to the National Association of Religious Broadcasters Sunday night in Nashville, Speaker of the House John Boehner will address “the moral responsibility” to cut spending, reduce the deficit, avoid a government shutdown and also address spending on entitlements, such as Social Security and Medicare.
The speech comes just two days after House Republicans have proposed a new spending bill that appeared more likely than the previous bill to garner support from Democrats in the Senate and avoid a government shutdown. The government is set to shut down at the end of Friday March 4 if lawmakers cannot agree on a way to extend federal funding before then.
The Speaker’s press office has released excerpts of the speech Boehner will deliver tonight. There are two notable things here:  1) Boehner promises the Republican budget for 2012 will “specifically deal with entitlement reform” (something the Republican leadership, so far, has avoided); and, 2) unlike former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who is now saying the 1995/96 shutdown was a good thing, Boehner insists he wants to avoid one. 
“This is very simple:  Americans want the government to stay open, and they want it to spend less money,”  Boehner will say.
His entitlement reform promise comes with a whack at the White House: “To not address entitlement programs, as is the case with the budget the president has put forward, would be an economic and moral failure,” Boehner says. “By acting now, we can fulfill the mission of health and retirement security for all Americans without making changes for those in or near retirement.  And we can keep the promises we have made to our children.”

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“Our new majority in the House is committed to using every tool at our disposal to fight a government takeover of the Internet.  Congressman Fred Upton of Michigan, the chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, has pledged, in his words, to be ‘a dog to the Frisbee on this issue.’  … Congressman Greg Walden of Oregon, a former broadcaster himself, has introduced a congressional resolution of disapproval to reverse the FCC’s net neutrality rules.  I’m pleased to report the House will act on this measure as early as next month.”

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“their house” 600 Protesters Allowed to Stay in Capitol UPDATE: Wisconsin Showdown Sunday Night ? State Officials Readies to Clear Capitol of Protesters

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About 600 protesters will be allowed to stay in Capitol


PATRICIA SIMMS and GENA KITTNER | Wisconsin State Journal
Sunday, February 27, 2011 5:30 pm

Protesters proved Sunday the Capitol was “their house” as up to 600 remained without incident and were not arrested as they had been expecting. Shortly before 7 p.m., police announced protesters who remained in the Capitol would be allowed to spend the night.
“If you’re here, you can stay,” Capitol Police Chief Charles Tubbs said. Protesters will be limited to the ground floor, while crews continue with an “extensive cleaning” tonight.
“I have felt the sting of hatred so deep that it almost ripped my soul in half,” protester Damon Terrell said as he addressed the crowd Sunday. “Those that feel that same anger, that would be torn apart by that same hatred of their fellow man, try one thing for me. Don’t do it. Be stronger than yourself. Rise above your own emotions.”
Shortly after a 4 p.m. deadline to clear the Capitol, state officials said there would be no forcible removal of protesters inside.
“A decision has been made to do what they’ve been doing all week long, and that is to do everything to keep things peaceful and keep people safe,” said Peg Schmidt, spokeswoman for the police command in the Capitol. “There’s not going to be any forcible removal.”
But officials would still like to clear the building so that it can be cleaned.
“We are still looking for voluntary compliance and for people to leave because we believe the cleaning operation is important,” Schmidt said.
Schmidt said the plan is to open the Capitol again at 8 a.m., but cleaning will be going on throughout the day.
“There’s been incredible cooperation all along of everybody who’s been here.”
As the deadline for leaving the building approached, rally organizers told protesters who would be willing to be arrested as an act of civil disobedience to move to the first floor of the Capitol. Those who wanted to leave were directed to the ground floor and the State Street entrance.
Speakers said it was important to remain nonviolent.
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Sunday, February 27, 2011
4:45 pm

About 200 protesters have left the Wisconsin Capitol, but many more have remained behind in defiance of a 4 p.m. deadline.
Protesters who wanted to peacefully resist the order to vacate the building were told to move to higher floors. Those who left were told to assemble on the ground floor.
Capitol police have been watching the protests, and an Associated Press reporter has not seen them arrest anyone.
Protesters have been sleeping inside the Capitol since Feb. 15. They are fighting Republican Gov. Scott Walker's sweeping anti-union legislation. Walker says the legislation is needed for the state to balance its budget.

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Opponents to the governor's bill to eliminate collective bargaining rights for many state workers protest outside of the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011. Union supporters are on 12th day of protests at the Capitol. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)
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Wisconsin readies to clear Capitol of protesters

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Sunday, February 27, 2011
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Taylor Tengwall spent the last seven nights sleeping inside Wisconsin's Capitol building alongside thousands of fellow pro-union protesters, and he was hoping state officials would relent on their decision to clear the building for the night starting Sunday.
"I have faith I will not have to leave," said Tengwall, an earnest 21-year-old from Duluth, Minn., who was sporting a few days' growth of stubble, a wrinkled T-shirt, sweat pants and socks.
With Republican Gov. Scott Walker's bill to strip public workers of collective bargaining rights stuck in a legislative stalemate, some of the protesters who made the Capitol their home over the past two weeks hinted that they might not go easily when police begin clearing the building at 4 p.m.
"We will not leave," read a hand-printed sign taped up next to one sleeping bag. The Wisconsin AFL-CIO sent out a press release Sunday predicting hundreds of protesters would risk peaceful arrest.
The Department of Administration said the Capitol is in bad need of cleaning after 13 days of 24-hour occupation. Protesters have not trashed the building, but it has taken on the funky locker room aroma of body odor, sweaty feet and deodorant.
Tengwall _ who said he dropped out of school for the semester and came to Madison "to protect my country from a despotic government" _ said his top priority was that things remain peaceful. He said he's seen enormous good will and respect built up between the demonstrators and law enforcement officers keeping watch.
"One act of violence could put out this fire we've started," Tengwall said.
Luke Bassuener, a 31-year-old art teacher in Madison, has slept in the Capitol for nine nights. He said prior plans would keep him out of the Capitol at 4 p.m. Sunday, but he has every intention of sleeping there again.
"They said we won't be able to have sleeping bags anymore," Bassuener said. "So I'll sleep under my jacket."
Saturday's estimated crowd of more than 70,000 demonstrators was the largest since protesters moved into the Capitol on Feb. 15. And pro-union crowds gathered in cities across the country in a show of support for Wisconsin's public workers.
In a Sunday interview on NBC's "Meet the Press," Walker said the lengthy protests haven't eroded his resolve to push forward with his legislative agenda and to end collective bargaining rights for most public workers.
"Year after year, governors and legislators before us have kicked the can down the road. We can't do that. We're broke. It's about time someone stood up and told the truth in our state and said here's our problem, here's the solution and let's do this," he said.
Walker argues that the Republican-backed bill now stalled in the state Senate would help close a projected $3.6 billion deficit in the 2011-13 budget, and that freeing local governments from collective bargaining would give them the necessary flexibility to deal with deep budget cuts.
Democratic lawmakers and union supporters are incensed by the bill, particularly because it would strip nearly all public workers of their right to collectively bargain on benefits and working conditions. Leaders of Wisconsin's largest public workers' unions have capitulated to Walker's demands for their members to cover more of their pension and health care benefits, and contend that his attack on collective bargaining is meant to undermine unions and the Democratic Party base.
The bill stalled in the state Senate when its 14 Democratic members fled the state, depriving it of a quorum by a single vote. Walker said Sunday that he expects some of those Democratic lawmakers to return to the state capital soon.
Democratic state Sen. Jon Erpenbach, reached by phone Sunday in Illinois, said he and his colleagues have no plans to return.
Wisconsin's standoff is being closely watched by pro- and anti-union groups in other states, including Ohio, where several thousand people rallied Saturday in the capital Columbus against a similar bill. Indiana Democrats successfully blocked a Republican bill last week that would have prohibited union membership from being a condition of employment.
Large crowds of teachers, firefighters and public workers also gathered for rallies _ holding American flags, wearing pro-union clothing and holding signs _ in other capital cities including Denver, Topeka, Kan.; Harrisburg, Pa.; and Olympia, Wash. The cross-country rallies were part of a campaign by the liberal online group MoveOn.org, and some attracted counter-protests, though the pro-union rallies were larger.

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Madison Rally Crowd 70,000 To 120,000

 Police in Madison, Wisconsin say it is the largest demonstration they have seen in their city. Estimates of the crowd size for the workers rights rally ranged from 70,000 to 120,000. The rally was sparked by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker attempt to take away collective bargaining from public workers.
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How to test the change UPDATE: Google Changes Algorithm Users Go Elsewhere Site Rankings Drop

Websites to Google: 'You're killing our business!'

By David Goldman

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Google made one of the biggest changes ever to its search results this week, which immediately had a noticeable effect on many Web properties that rely on the world's biggest search engine to drive traffic to their sites.
The major tweak aims to move better quality content to the top of Google's search rankings. The changes will affect 12% Google's results, the company said in a blog post late Thursday.
"Our goal is simple: to give users the most relevant answers to their queries as quickly as possible," said Gabriel Stricker, Google spokesman. "This requires constant tuning of our algorithms, as new content -- both good and bad -- comes online all the time. Recently we've heard from our users that they want to see fewer low quality sites in our results."
Typically, Google's algorithm changes are so subtle that few people notice them. But these most recent changes could be seen immediately.


How to test the change:
The IP address 64.233.179.104 displays Google search results as they would have appeared before the recent algorithm change, according to several webmasters posting to the WebmasterWorld.com forum.
Google would not confirm that IP address uses the older algorithm, but comparing searches of trending topics on google.com with searches using the special Google IP address reveals how the search engine now seems to be favoring certain content.
The changes appear to be affecting so-called "content farms" the most, which are websites that amass content based on the most-searched terms of the day. Demand Media, AOL, Mahalo and the Huffington Post have all been accused of such tactics, including a notable "story" from HuffPo about the Super Bowl that Slate.com media critic Jack Shafer called "the greatest example of SEO whoring of all time."
Tests using trending topics show Google's tweaks in action.
The current top Google result for a search of Charlie Sheen rant target "Haim Levine" is a New York Daily News page, followed by a story from gossipcop.com. The old algorithm would have featured two Huffington Post stories at the top, with the New York Daily News story not appearing appear until the second results page.
A controversial decision: Any change to Google's algorithm is a zero-sum game. Some websites win, some lose.
Comments from site operators lit up on the WebmasterWorld.com forum starting on Wednesday. Many webmasters complained that traffic to their sites dropped dramatically overnight, and others expressed concern that they can't adapt quickly enough to Google's changes to its algorithm.
"Why is it that every single time the search engine result page starts to stabilize and sales return, Google has to throw a monkey wrench in the system again?" asked commenter backdraft7. "Hey Google, this is not fun anymore - YOU'RE KILLING OUR BUSINESSES!"
"My God. I just lost 40% of my traffic from Google today," said commenter DickBaker. "Referrals from Yahoo, Bing, direct sources, and other sources are the same, but Google dropped like a rock."
There are many legitimate ways content creators optimize their sites to rise to the top of Google's results. But Google has been cracking down on what it regards as inappropriate attempts to do so: The company recently penalized Overstock.com and JC Penney in its search results after the companies were found to have set up fake websites that linked to their own, causing Google's algorithm to rank them higher.
When it comes to site content, the lines get very fuzzy. Operators like Demand Media (DMD) -- which now has a market valuation of $1.9 billion, more than the New York Times Co. is worth -- sit right on the ever-shifting boundaries.
"Sites of this type have always been controversial," said Daniel Ruby, research director at Chitika, Inc. a search advertising analytics company. "On one hand, they often do produce extremely informative, well-written articles. On the other hand, they put out countless articles on a daily basis, and some claim they exist only to generate the top result on as many keywords as possible."
Demand put out a very carefully worded response to Google's changes.
"As might be expected, a content library as diverse as ours saw some content go up and some go down in Google search results," Larry Fitzgibbon, the company's executive vice president of media and operations, wrote in a blog post. "It's impossible to speculate how these or any changes made by Google impact any online business in the long term -- but at this point in time, we haven't seen a material net impact."
So will Google's changes have a lasting effect on search quality? Perhaps. But it's an arms race: Any time the company adjusts its algorithms, those determined to beat them immediately adjust.

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Site Rankings Drop as Google Changes Algorithm

February 26, 2011

In an attempt to thwart content farms, Google has changed its search algorithm. As sites across the board suffer, the media wonders why they did it.
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If you’ve seen some changes in your Google searches recently, you weren’t imagining it. Google made some big changes to its algorithms.  The search engine giant is trying to push up high quality content and according to CNET, declared war on content farms.

Tech analysts are saying right now it might be too soon to tell the extent of the changes, but Google says in a blog post that close to 12% of searches will be effected. For those websites that will ultimately be pushed down in search rankings -- those so-called content farms -- Google says, it’s just the way it works.

“We can’t make a major improvement without affecting rankings for many sites. It has to be that some sites will go up and some will go down. Google depends on the high-quality content created by wonderful websites around the world, and we do have a responsibility to encourage a healthy web ecosystem.”

Content farms like eHow that publish content and links from other sites to increase Google rankings are said to be the target of the changes. But other companies are being affected. More than 500 angry site owners have spoken out in a forum on WebMasterWorld. 

FalsePositive writes “I was hit with a 50% traffic drop. I built my business from the ground up, and now it's demolished.”
And FredOPC says, “Our rankings generally dropped 5-20 positions across the board. What has replaced us is larger sites with general information, rather than the niche, detailed information we provide.”

A writer for TechCrunch is convinced this change isn’t just for better search results. He argues this could be a PR move and Google’s way of saying they’re still on top in the search game.

“There’s a feeling that Google’s algorithm is falling further and further behind ... It’s an arms race, and Google is losing that arms race … Google hides behind their mighty and mysterious search algorithm. If good search was as easy as analyzing simple clicks of a mouse on a web page, all the magic could vaporize.”

And CNET agrees -- pointing out the role Facebook has in this battle of the tech companies.

“With pressure from the 'social search' trend fueled by Facebook's success and from search rival Bing inching up in market share, this decision may be more pressing for Google than it appears at first glance.”

But AdWeek says Google is just simply recognizing a problem and figuring out a way to fix it.

“Google is finally admitting it's got a quality problem, and the Web giant is doing something about it. Essentially, it's dropping the hammer on content farms.”


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Oscars Best Picture Parodies Acted Out by Children Goes Web Viral 'AOL Kids Act Out'

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Best Picture: Oscars According to Kids

February 27, 2011

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For all you movie buffs out there -- what is the only thing better than watching the Oscars? How about watching adorable kids re-enact the nominees?
THE KING'S SPEECH: (AOL)
“Repeat after me. She sells...”
“Shshshshshe sells”
“She sells”
“Shhhhshhhsh”
“You’ll never be a good king in time for World War II!”


AOL's series “The Kids Act Out” created a parody for five of the Best Picture nominations. These pint-sized actors playing out Oscar roles have gone viral.
BLACK SWAN: (AOL)
“I think I’m going crazy!”

A writer for TIME really liked
the Social Network parody,  saying these characters best fit their role:

“Unlike the original movie, where adults act like children, AOL's version... features children acting like adults acting like children... This video is serious proof that kids just make everything better.”
SOCIAL NETWORK: (AOL)
“Mark, we were best friends!”
“Were!”
“Admit it!”
“You stole it!"
“I disagree!”
“Pay us!”
“Facebook changed the world!”
“We were best friends!”
“Great snappy dialogue.”


The best part of that video? Mashable says its all in the delivery:

“...[Social Network’s] Aaron Sorkin’s dialogue is given a whole new dimension when uttered by a cast of folks who haven’t quite nailed the intricacies of enunciation yet.”

And about that enunciation -- see how well the Fighter kids nail the Boston accent:

THE FIGHTER (AOL)
“One day you will be like your big brother.”
“Dickey, get away from him!"
“Stay outta this Charlene!”
“You-ah noo-aat family!”
[Unintelligible Boston Accents]
“Stop, I just want to fight!”


The Washington Post reaches out to the Academy -- urging it to consider the clips before making the big decision:

“Academy voters: Do not -- I repeat, do not -- decide which film deserves the Oscar for Best Picture until you watch the videos... Because you haven't fully processed the meaning behind the nominated films until you've seen them summarized in clips... that star little kids.”

… Like in this parody of 127 hours, where a mini James Franco sums up the whole movie in just one line:

127 HOURSE: (AOL)
"This is gonna be gross.”

Creative Loafing said:
“Smilestimes for at least a week.”

And MovieFone is just happy to have a viral video that doesn’t drive us all crazy.
“This adorable Internet trend is one we hope never fades out.... If you ask us, these super-cute little ones give tremendous, maybe even Oscar-worthy, performances.”
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Girl Scout Cookie Sales Barred at Founder's Home Savannah GA violation of city ordinance

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Cookie sales barred at Girl Scouts founder's home


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SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- Girl Scouts are no longer able to sell their famous cookies outside the historic Savannah home of the woman who founded the organization almost a century ago.
A complaint last year ended the longtime practice of selling the cookies on the public sidewalk outside the home of Juliette Gordon Low at the busy intersection of Bull Street and Oglethorpe Avenue. Peddling on a public sidewalk is a violation of city ordinance. One city alderman said he thinks the city should consider a temporary exception for cookie season.
The city's zoning administrator, Randolph Scott, said he investigated the matter and tried to find a solution. He said he called for a survey, hoping there would be some private space between the home and the sidewalk. He said there wasn't any.
Scott said they also looked at allowing the Scouts to sell from a small courtyard on the side of the house, but fire marshals told the Scouts they would block an exit route. The home is a National Historic Landmark open for tours.
"I know it doesn't look good," Scott told The Savannah Morning News. "However, other businesses won't care if it's the Girl Scouts or March of Dimes. They're going to say, 'Why can't I sit out front and solicit business?'"
City Alderman Van Johnson said he thinks the city council should consider a variance to allow temporary sales during cookie season, which usually happens in the first few months of the year.
"Juliette Low brings thousands of tourists from around the country. Juliette Low is known for Girl Scouts, and Girl Scouts are known for cookies," Johnson said. "Let's be reasonable. Let them sell their cookies."
Scouts have since started selling near some other high-traffic intersections. Girls used to be able to sell about 250 boxes in three hours outside the Low home, said Jan McKinney, who heads product sales for the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia.
But she says it's important that the girls learn the larger lesson of the change. She says the cookie sales are intended to teach the girls money management, public speaking, customer service and business ethics.
"We try to teach them that in business you have to adjust to things that happen, adapt to the market and follow the law," she said. "It's a real-world experience."
The executive director of the Low house, Fran Harold, said tourists loved buying cookies from the girls at the home.
"It's kind of sad for the girls, too," she said. "There's nothing cuter than some little Brownie Girl Scout selling cookies on the sidewalk in front of the Juliette Low house."
Low founded the Girl Scouts in Savannah in March 1912 after meeting Sir Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Boy Scouts and the Girl Guides, and helped expand the organization worldwide.

Girl Scouts of the USA: http://www.girlscouts.org/
Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace: http://www.juliettegordonlowbirthplace.org/

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'Gnomeo and Juliet' Box Office Winner Oscar Weekend VIDEO REVIEW

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'Gnomeo & Juliet' wins box office on Oscar weekend


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Feb 27, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) -- Wherefore art thou, Gnomeo? Atop the box office, that's where.
Walt Disney's "Gnomeo & Juliet," an animated 3-D twist on "Romeo and Juliet," took in $14.2 million in its third week of release, leading the box office on Oscar weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. In a lighthearted, G-rated version of the Shakespeare drama, the film uses garden gnomes in roles usually reserved for heavyweights of the stage.
It was a surprising upset win for "Gnomeo," which bested underperforming debuts from Owen Wilson and Nic Cage.
The Farrelly brothers' R-rated comedy "Hall Pass" earned $13.4 million for Warner Bros. Cage's 3-D action film "Drive Angry" took in just $5.1 million for Summit Entertainment.
The Liam Neeson thriller "Unknown" earned $12.4 million in its second weekend of release, bringing its cumulative total to a solid $42.8 million for Warner Bros.
In its third week of release, Paramount's 3-D Justin Bieber concert documentary, "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never," took in $9.2 million. To boost repeat business from die-hard Bieber fans, the film was re-edited by director Jon Chu in a "fan cut," made using suggestions from the teen pop star's rabid following.
But the weekend belonged to "Gnomeo," which didn't take no. 1 until this weekend. "Gnomeo," whose lead characters are voiced by James McAvoy and Emily Blunt, has now earned a total of $75.1 million.
"It is one of those wonderful little benefits that you don't see coming," said Chuck Viane, head of distribution at Disney.
Viane credited the unlikely success of the film to good word-of-mouth, the lack of family film competition in the marketplace and that a G-rated film built on afternoon moviegoing need worry less about audiences staying home Sunday night for the Academy Awards.
"When most people are sitting down to watch the Oscars, we will have had the vast majority of our business," said Viane.
Academy Awards weekend is historically a weak moviegoing time, though some moviegoers use the chance to catch up on Oscar-nominated films still in theaters. The best picture favorite "The King's Speech," from the Weinstein Co., saw its grosses jump 17 percent over last weekend's. It added $7.6 million in its 14th week of release to boost its total to $114.5 million.
Results were poor for Cage's "Drive Angry," which follows the weak debut of his "Season of the Witch" in January. That film opened to $10.6 million. The heavily promoted "Hall Pass," which stars Wilson and Jason Sudeikis, also underperformed.
"It's a tough weekend because you don't really have a full Sunday," said Dan Fellman, head of distribution at Warner Bros. "It's very difficult to project on Academy Sunday."
Hollywood.com analyst Paul Dergarabedian, however, notes: "Kids don't care about the Oscars. They just want to go to the movies."
Though the unexpected success of "Gnomeo" is good for the moviegoing business, it was still a down weekend for Hollywood, with the total box-office less than the corresponding weekend last year. That has been a common theme in 2011. Grosses are down 21 percent from last year.
"As the industry celebrates its best of last year, we're definitely still in this box-office malaise," said Dergarabedian.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to 

Hollywood.com. Final figures will be released Tuesday.
1. "Gnomeo & Juliet," $14.2 million.
2. "Hall Pass," $13.4 million.
3. "Unknown," $12.4 million.
4. "Just Go With It," $11.1 million.
5. "I Am Number Four," $11 million.
6. "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never," $9.2 million.
7. "The King's Speech," $7.6 million.
8. "Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son," $7.6 million.
9. "Drive Angry," $5.1 million.
10. "True Grit," $1.9 million.


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Season Over for Cardinals ? Adam Wainwright's Injury: Can St. Louis Cards take the hit

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Adam Wainwright's Injury: Doom for the Cardinals?

February 27, 2011

Now that Cardinals star pitcher Adam Wainwright transitions to the injured list, can St. Louis take the hit?
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Spirits of St. Louis Cardinals fans are flying LOW, now that star pitcher Adam Wainwright is officially out for the 2011 season. That’s got the blogosphere and some baseball fanatics in a panic, wondering -- what to do without Wainwright!

He’s going to need Tommy John surgery -- basically, a reconstruction of ligaments in the elbow that will force this top-ranked big-league to ride the pine for 12-18 months.
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So how are they going to fill the rotation? Fox Sports analysts say budget restrictions will keep the owners looking internally.

“Well, the Cardinals have immediately contacted Kevin Milwood’s agent. He’s a guy that might fit in the back end. The problem is they don’t have any money to spend. They’ve already gone beyond what their budget is. They’re not going to get any insurance money this year for Adam Wainwright getting hurt, so i think they’re going to look at options in-house first.”

Fox Sports caught up with Wainwright’s teammates, who have confidence in the current roster.

MATT HOLLIDAY: “You know, it’s a big loss for us, but I think we have the talent in this room to overcome it.”
KYLE MCCLELLAN: “If I am given the opportunity, it’s an opportunity for me to jump in and just try to do the best I can and try and help this club.”


But one National League scout told ESPN how the loss might affect the Cards’ mentality and reputation.

"When you lose a guy like this, there's a psychological devastation. He's their No. 1. He's their rock... And it even affects other teams going in to play them. Instead of saying, 'Uh-oh, we've got to face Carpenter and Wainwright in this series,' now you're going to go get two out of three and feel pretty good about it.”

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Bernie Miklasz says
it’s just the beginning of the swan dive -- and with the Cards already missing the playoffs in the last four of five seasons, they may also lose the best player in the league, Albert Pujols, in 2012.

“Losing Wainwright likely will hit the team's finances... Home attendance dropped in 2010... At that point Pujols might be more inclined to take his talents to a wealthier, more financially empowered franchise that packs enough payroll to offset injuries.”

Yep. Sounds like the death of the red birds -- but SB Nation says, check out the stats!

“...they still show up as the favorites, winning the Central 38 percent of the time and still ahead of the Brewers (33 percent) and Reds (19 percent)... So yes, it's a tough blow. But no, it's far from devastating. Based on the numbers, the Cardinals are still in pretty good shape.”

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Anger in Ireland , Irish Elections Result in Government Shakeup

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Irish Elections Result in Government Shakeup

February 27, 2011

After Ireland's hard-hitting financial meltdown, voters have decisively ousted Fianna Fail, the current governing party.

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In what’s being called a historic election, Irish voters have decisively ousted the current governing party, Fianna Fail.

We’re analyzing reactions from the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ITN, and BBC.

Analysts say the results highlight the country’s anger at Fianna Fail (Fee-ah-nuh Fail), which presided over Ireland during its meltdown as a result of the global financial crisis and its own spending excesses. According to the Wall Street Journal,

“...early counting suggests the party that has dominated Irish politics throughout its 85-year history may win just 20 seats, down from the 78 seats it won in 2007... The party’s reversal in fortunes will likely leave it with just one out of 47 seats in Dublin, home to a third of the country’s population.”

According to ITN, Fianna Fail has run the country for 61 of the last 79 years, making this defeat an even greater blow.

“It looks like voters are punishing the government for the economic meltdown which forced it to seek a bailout from its fellow European Union member states. Observers say Fianna Fail will record the biggest collapse in support for any Irish party since independence from Britain in 1921.”

While the votes show the country is united in their anger with the Fianna Fail party, there is a lack of unity regarding which party will be the next ruling party. And according to CNN, Fine Gael (Fihnuh Gale) will be forming a coalition government with the Labour Party.

“Fine Gael, the main opposition, like you said, they’re set to take power, but it will be a coalition government with the Labour party. Fine Gael is center right, the Labour Party is center left, so it will be a coalition government, but it will be a very strong coalition government.”

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$ 5 A Gallon Gas by Summer, Saudi Arabia Facebook group calling for 'A Day of Rage' March 11, 2011


Bahraini protesters gather in capital Manama, February 15, 2011.
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Saudi Unrest Adds to Concern Over Oil Prices

February 27, 2011

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“There is a real and growing concern about a possible revolt in Saudi Arabia. And that folks could be a game changer.”

A Facebook page created for Saudi Arabia calls for quote- “A Day of Rage” on March 11. The page demands the release of political prisoners, more rights for women, and more. (International Business Times)

A columnist tells Fox News about what protests in Saudi Arabia could mean for the United States.

CHARLES KRUTHAMMER: “You get a major eruption on March 11, all Hell is breaking loose because Saudi Arabia is the prize, it’s the treasure, it’s the gold at the end of the rainbow. it’s everything for the world economy. Then you have to think of Western intervention.”

Western intervention? That could be the case. Saudi Arabia is the world’s top oil producer, but as production from other oil-rich countries in the region grows more uncertain, the Saudis have stepped up to meet demand. The Sydney Morning Herald Reports...

“It is believed that the Saudi state oil company had increased its output to more than 9 million barrels per day - a rise of more than 700,000 barrels. The worsening situation in Libya has led to a loss of about 1.2 million barrels out of its 1.6 million barrels of daily output."

And a writer for USA Today explains how turmoil in Saudi Arabia could hit international pocketbooks.

“If political unrest in Libya spreads to other oil-rich countries [such as Saudi Arabia] and the ensuing chaos disrupts crude oil production, gas prices could hit $5 a gallon by peak summer driving season, industry analysts say.”

World Threats says over 400 people are involved on the Facebook page, but there’s no guarantee anything will get off the ground.

“...it is unknown how many of them are actually inside Saudi Arabia. In addition, there is deep skepticism about the ability to organize such an event given the theocratic rule of the Royal Family.”. Click Here to Read More.

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