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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Coward Suicide Student Opens Fire at Omaha High School, 2 Wounded


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Student opens fire at Omaha high school, 2 wounded

By JOSH FUNK, Associated Press

OMAHA, Neb. – The son of a city police detective opened fire at a Nebraska high school Wednesday, wounding the principal and assistant principal and forcing panicked students to take cover in the kitchen of the building where he had attended classes for no more than two months.

After fleeing the scene, the gunman fatally shot himself in his car about a mile away.

The chaos unfolded as students returned from a holiday break. Authorities did not know why the suspect shot the administrators, who were hospitalized.

Police Chief Alex Hayes provided no details on the weapon Butler used or how he obtained it. Butler had transferred in November from a high school in Lincoln.

Principal Curtis Case was listed in stable condition. Vice Principal Vicki Kaspar was in critical condition, the police chief said.

Authorities first received reports of the shooting around 12:50 p.m. The school was immediately locked down, but within two hours, students were being released in groups. Parents picked them up at a nearby church.
 
The high school on the west side of Omaha has about 2,100 students.
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Washington Missouri Removing Red Light Cameras - 75% of income went to cameras' provider


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Washington Missouri Removing Red Light Cameras

Over 75% of income went to cameras' provider.

After nearly three years of controversy, red light cameras at two intersections in Washington will come down. During their meeting Monday evening, Washington city council members voted 6-2 not to renew a contract with the cameras' provider, American Traffic Solutions (ATS), when it expires in March.

The cameras, at the intersections of Highways 100 and 47 and 100 and A, were installed to make the intersections safer. The cameras take a photo of any car that passes through the intersection on a red light, and allows police the opportunity to issue a citation.
 

Some drivers opposed the use of the cameras, arguing they did not make the intersections safer, but instead served only as a money-maker for the city. Similar cameras, and similar arguments, have sprung up in many other cities around the country. The cameras in Washington are the only two in Franklin County.

The council received copies of an extensive report prepared by Traffic Safety Officer Bill Hanneken, which outlines all traffic accidents at both intersections for the three-year period before and after the red light cameras were installed.

The report shows that there were 101 traffic crashes at the Highway 100/Route 47 intersection since cameras were installed, 13 fewer than the previous three years. However, the number of injury accidents dropped from 15 to 13, but the total injuries in the crashes increased by 11, from 21 to 32, according to the study summary.

At the Route A/Highway 100 intersection, there were 51 crashes reported after cameras were installed, down four. Injury accidents dropped from 14 to seven, and the number of injured people decreased from 20 to nine.

Under terms of the current three-year contract, the city is required to notify ATS 60 days before the expiration date. There is no automatic renewal clause in the contract which will expire in March 2011 since the council voted not to renew it.

The cameras are designed to catch red light violators on east- and westbound Highway 100 at the Highway A and Highway 47 intersections.

Total income generated by the red light camera tickets from March 2008 through October 2010 totaled $481,454.50. Of that total, $363,187.50 was paid in fees to ATS. The City only received  $118,267
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Happy Baby Charlotte says "No, No, No" to everything after long drive - WEB VIDEO


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SENCYR37220   December 26, 2010 
Filmed after a long car ride, Charlotte had a lot to say..."no"
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Canadian Victoria River Mysteriously Turns Bright Green


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 The water in Goldstream River, at Goldstream Provincial Park, Victoria, flows a bright green, Dec. 29, 2010.
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VICTORIA — Horrified nature-lovers at Goldstream Provincial Park watched as the Goldstream River turned bright green late Wednesday afternoon.
The fluorescent green colouring appeared to start about 500 metres on the Victoria side of the entrance to the park and, over the course of an hour, the substance flowed down into the environmentally sensitive estuary.
By 5:30 p.m. the river, known for its dramatic salmon runs, eagles and other wildlife, was back to its normal colour.
Ministry of Environment teams were immediately sent to the area to investigate and members of Langford Fire Department collected samples for analysis.
No dead fish or animals had been found by early evening.
Earlier in the day a fountain beside Veterans Memorial Parkway in Langford also turned bright green, said Langford Fire Chief Bob Beckett.
Victoria Times Colonist



UPDATE:
 
Green chemical in B.C. river not toxic, study confirms

By Judith Lavoie, Postmedia News

VICTORIA—The chemical that turned Victoria’s Goldstream River green earlier this week has been confirmed as fluorescein.

Water samples taken Wednesday from the river and from a green-spouting fountain in Veterans Memorial Park were sent to Environment Canada’s Pacific Environmental Science Centre in North Vancouver for assessment, said Dan Gilmore, provincial environment ministry spokesman.

“Test results . . . confirm the substance causing the green colour in the river and the fountain was fluorescein,” Mr. Gilmore said.

“Fluorescein is a synthetic organic compound soluble in water and alcohol. It is widely used as a fluorescent tracer for many applications. The product itself and its products of degradation are not toxic.”


Based on the flow rate of the river, the probable concentration of fluorescein and lab results, Environment Ministry staff do not believe that fish or fish habitat were harmed during this incident, Mr. Gilmore said.
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Political Apathy or Strategy ? No New Candidates Sign Up for Alderman, School Board Offices Hermann, Gasconade R-1, Missouri


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Less than two weeks remain before filing ends for April 5 election

No new filings were received for positions on the Gasconade County R-1 School Board, and just one candidate has filed for city alderman.

Three positions are still open on the R-1 school board, and so far three candidates have filed.

Marilyn Rethemeyer and Craig Schannuth, whose terms are up next April, have re-filed and so has Sherry Englert, who ran for the school board in the last election.

Dr. Carl Pierce, whose term on the school board expires in April, has not refiled.

If no other candidates file, the R-1 school district will not be required to hold an election and those three candidates, Schannuth,Rethemeyer and Englert, will become the board members.

Brian Chorley has re-filed for his Ward 2 alderman seat on the Hermann city council. The other alderman whose term expires in April is John Penning in Ward 1.  So far Penning has not filed.

Filing for seats on the school board and the Hermann board of aldermen remain open until Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, at 5 p.m.

The election is Tuesday, April 5, 2011.

Those wishing to file for the R-1 school board can do so at the administration office located at the Hermann Middle School.

Filing for the board of alderman on the Hermann City Council can be done at the Hermann city hall.

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iPad Alternative, Motorola, Dell, Toshiba, Vizio, AOC, Tout New Tablet Computers


Dozens of new tablet computers will be flooding stores in coming weeks. Here are five available now. From front: Dell Streak, Augen Gentouch 78, Maylong M-150 (left). Samsung Galaxy Tab and Apple iPad
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Gadget show to bring fiercer competition to iPad

By RACHEL METZ, AP Technology Writer Rachel Metz, Ap Technology Writer Mon Jan 3

Apple Inc.'s popular iPad is getting its strongest competition thus far as consumer-electronics manufacturers unveil tablet computers with bigger screens, front-facing cameras for video chatting and more.

The iPad has been a smashing success since its April launch, leaving other companies to play catch-up in the suddenly hot market for the keyboardless, touch-screen devices. Rivals are making a bigger push at this week's International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, betting they can challenge Apple with such features as Android, the popular smart phone software Google Inc. developed to compete with the iPhone; high-definition touch screens and cameras for video chatting and taking photos.

The competition is going to be fierce. DisplaySearch analyst Richard Semenza estimated that a hundred different tablet models are in development, though not all of them will reach store shelves.
Major companies including Motorola Inc. and Dell Inc. are expected to trot out new models. At least two companies — high-definition TV makers Vizio Inc. and AOC — announced tablets Monday, days before the show's official opening Thursday.

Toshiba Corp. also plans to unveil one this week. Tentatively called the Toshiba Tablet, it will include two cameras for video chatting and taking photos, a high-definition screen that is larger than the iPad's and the upcoming Honeycomb version of Android that is more optimized for tablets.
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At last year's Consumer Electronics Show, tablets were supposed to be the next big thing. But other than the iPad, few actually appeared. Now, some say, 2011 will finally be the year of the tablet.
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New Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper In Gasconade, Osage Counties


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New Trooper In Osage & Gasconade Counties

MISSOURI STATE HIGHWAY PATROL
a division of the
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

Troop F Headquarters - 2920 North Shamrock Road - Jefferson City, MO 65102


News Release

For further information please contact: Sergeant Paul J. Reinsch
(573) 751-1000
December 31, 2010
110103

EMPHASIS: New Trooper In Osage & Gasconade Counties


Captain Gregory D. Kindle, commanding officer, Troop F, Missouri State Highway Patrol, has announced that Trooper Morgan B. Patterson, a member of the 92nd Recruit Class, has been assigned to Troop F, Zone 12, which encompasses Osage and Gasconade counties.
 

Tpr. Patterson was employed by the Patrol as a recruit on July 1, 2010, and graduated from the Patrol Academy on December 17, 2010.
 

Tpr. Patterson is a graduate of Helias High School, Jefferson City, MO. In 2010, he earned a associate's degree in criminal justice from Mineral Area College. 

He began his new assignment on January 3, 2011. The new trooper will work under the supervision of Sergeant David D. Spurgeon, and his field training officer will be Corporal Kent M. Kreftmeyer.


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Hermann routs Cuba Missouri 85-53 - BOX SCORE - Missouri High School Boys Basketball


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01/04 - at Owensville
Owensville Tournament-Consolation Semi-Finals
Cuba Missouri
0-2 (0-0)
53
Hermann
4-3 (1-1)
85
Tue, 1/4/2011
Score by Quarters

Final

FG%

3FG%

FT%

RBS
Cuba
12

18

13

10






53

0.00

0.00

71.4

0
Hermann
17

28

22

18






85

59.32

37.50

69.2

34

Team Comparison (Season Totals)

Cuba(0-0 0-2)

Hermann(1-1 4-3)
Points For | Average
108 | 54.0

379 | 54.1
Points Against | Average
152 | 76.0

335 | 47.9

Cuba Wildcats PTS FG-FGA 3FG-3FA FT-FTA FL STL AST OF DF TN BK GP
Nick Kruse2310-02- 01-220000001
Jordan Brown82-00- 04-520000001
Kody Ettinger84-00- 00-020000001
Chris McCollum83-02- 00-010000001
David Abolt21-00- 00-000000001
Harold Curtis-Allen21-00- 00-010000001
Caleb Thomas21-00- 00-020000001
Jake Ettinger00-00- 00-010000001
Totals 53 22-0 4- 0 5-7 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 8
Percentages
0.00 0.00 71.4



Hermann Bearcats PTS FG-FGA 3FG-3FA FT-FTA FL STL AST OF DF TN BK GP
Jake Schannuth2410-213- 81-232889211
Ethan Kirchhofer238-132- 45-621912301
Philip Wright2010-110- 00-021636401
Craig Winkelmann83-51- 31-121603701
Nick Koenig63-30- 00-002001001
Jonathan Baumstark31-50- 01-231101001
Zach Hackmann10-00- 01-211000001
Evan Bean00-10- 10-000100001
Totals 85 35-59 6- 16 9-13 13 9 31 12 22 16 1 8
Percentages
59.32 37.50 69.2



Team Comparison (Game Totals)

Cuba(0-0 0-2)

Hermann(1-1 4-3)
2-PT Made-Attempted
18-0

29-43
2-PT Percentage
0.00

67.44
3-PT Made-Attempted
4-0

6-16
3-PT Percentage
0.00

37.50
Total Made-Attempted
22-0

35-59
Total Percentage
0.00

59.32
Offensive-Defensive-Total Rebounds
0-0- 0

12-22-34
Free Throws Made-Attempted
5-7

9-13
Free Throws Percentage
71.4

69.2
Assists
0

31
Turnovers
0

16
Fouls
11

13
Steals
0

9
Blocks
0

1

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Holiday Shoppers Treated Themselves During Gift Buying Driving Sales Best Since 2006


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Holiday Shoppers Spent Merrily In December

January 5, 2011

Americans spent more on clothes, shoes, luxury goods and electronics in December than a year earlier, extending retail sales momentum that had been building since August, according to data released Wednesday.

Figures released by MasterCard Advisors' SpendingPulse, which tracks spending in all forms including cash, show consumers treated themselves to new clothes and shoes while they shopped for gifts during the most important period of the year for retailers.

Jewelry sparkled, and online sales soared. Even home furnishings and furniture 9 — pummeled by the housing market slump — eked out a small increase for the period from Nov. 28 through Saturday. Meanwhile, electronics sales, hurt by aggressive discounting of televisions, rose only slightly.

Analysts are forecasting that holiday sales, which usually produce about 40 percent of retailers' annual profit, rose faster than in any year since 2006.

The blizzard that buried the Northeast the day after Christmas dampened sales that Sunday, which accounted for about 2.5 percent of the month's sales. But the storm didn't have a major impact on overall sales, according to SpendingPulse. And figures from the International Council of Shopping Centers show sales for last week rose 3.6 percent from a year earlier, suggesting stores made up lost sales at the end of the week.
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IRS Tax Day pushed back to April 18 - Some taxpayers must wait to file until Feburary


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 By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - Taxpayers will get an extra three days to file their federal tax returns this year, and they can thank the nation's capital for the extra time.


The filing deadline is delayed because the District of Columbia will observe Emancipation Day on Friday, April 15. By law, local holidays in the nation's capital impact tax deadlines the same way federal holidays would, the Internal Revenue Service said.


Taxpayers will have until midnight Monday, April 18, to file their 2010 returns. Taxpayers requesting an extension will have until Oct. 17 to file their returns.


Emancipation Day marks the occasion when President Abraham Lincoln signed into law a bill ending slavery in the District of Columbia. Lincoln signed the bill on April 16, 1862, more than eight months before he signed the Emancipation Proclamation, which eventually led to all slaves being freed.


The IRS expects to process more than 140 million individual tax returns this year. Most taxpayers can fill out their returns and file them as soon as they receive all their tax documents from employers, banks and other financial institutions. Some taxpayers, however, will have to wait to file until mid- to late February to file their returns because of late changes to the 2010 tax law passed by Congress in December.


The IRS said it needs more time to re-program its processing systems to take into account the new law. The agency plans to announce a more definitive filing date before then.


Those who must wait to file include people who itemize their deductions, taxpayers who claim a deduction for college tuition and fees, and school teachers who claim a deduction for out-of-pocket classroom expenses.


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Missouri schools unlikely to receive their due funding increase


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BY DAVID A. LIEB/The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri schools are due a nearly $255 million state funding increase next year. But they're unlikely to get it.
Budget documents reviewed Tuesday show public schools would need about an 8 percent funding increase to provide the full amount called for by a state law that distributes basic aid to Missouri's schools.

But Gov. Jay Nixon's budget director said the governor will not recommend full school funding when he submits a budget to state legislators Jan. 19. Groups representing school administrators and teachers said they simply hope not to receive any less money than they are now.

"We're telling our members that the most likely scenario right now is for flat funding for the formula," said Brent Ghan, a spokesman for the Missouri School Boards' Association, "and then to be prepared for some cuts — or even possible elimination — of state support for transportation" by schools. Busing aid already has been cut in half by Nixon for the current school year.

Nixon's administration estimates Missouri faces a $500 million budget gap for the 2012 fiscal year, which starts July 1. Consequently, it instructed state agencies to assume programs cut in the current budget — such as school busing aid — will not be replenished next year. Few state programs are expected to receive funding increases.

Missouri's public schools are budgeted to get $3 billion in basic state aid during the current school year. About $247 million of that is federal economic stimulus money, which the state will have to replace just to keep funding flat for the next school year.

In its funding request to Nixon's budget office, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education sought state money to fill the hole left by the federal stimulus money, plus a $255 million increase to fully fund the school aid formula.

"Funding the formula remains our first priority," Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro said in a letter to Nixon accompanying the budget request.
Since that request was calculated last fall, more recent figures show the amount needed to fulfill the school funding formula might be closer to a $230 million increase, Ron Lankford, the department's deputy commissioner for finance and administrative services, said Tuesday. But that doesn't make it any more likely to occur.

"Realistically we knew at the time we put that in, that that was not going to be funded," Lankford said. "But we put that in because that's what the law called for."

Missouri revised its school funding law in 2005 as it was facing a legal challenge from school districts contending it was not providing enough money and was distributing it unfairly. The new school law was upheld by the Missouri Supreme Court. But the state was unable to fully fund it during the 2009-2010 school year or during the 2010-2011 academic year.

The funding scenarios for the 2011-2012 school year submitted to Nixon's budget office do not account for an additional $189 million of federal money Missouri expects to receive this year. Lankford said that money must be distributed to schools before the June 30 end of the state fiscal year.

It's up to the governor and lawmakers to decide exactly how that money would be passed out. One option would be to increase the money flowing through the state funding formula this year, with the understanding the schools would hold onto to the money to help cover the state's funding gap during the next school year.

Under that scenario, "we're going to give with one hand and take away with another," said Otto Fajen, a lobbyist with the Missouri National Education Association.


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Hermann Bearcats Girls Basketball Box Score Fall to St. James 43-51

Shelby Winkelmann goes high for a rebound vs St. James
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St. James at Hermann
01/03 -
St. James
10-1 (2-0)
51
Hermann
6-3 (1-1)
43


Mon, 1/3/2011


Score by Quarters



Final



FG%



3FG%



FT%



RBS
St. James


13



14



16



8























51



0.00



0.00



58.8



0
Hermann


17



10



5



11























43



45.71



46.67



44.4



21



Team Comparison (Season Totals)



St. James(2-0 10-1)



Hermann(1-1 6-3)
Points For | Average


595 | 54.1



562 | 62.4
Points Against | Average


330 | 30.0



403 | 44.8


St. James Tigers PTS FG-FGA 3FG-3FA FT-FTA FL STL AST OF DF TN BK GP
Rachel Connell227-01- 07-910000001
MJ Buschmann94-01- 00-020000001
Brittany Harris-Conway73-00- 01-210000001
Kayla Walters73-00- 01-310000001
Kasey Marshall41-01- 01-330000001
Amanda White21-00- 00-000000001
Kristin Hofstetter00-00- 00-000000001
Totals 51 19-0 3- 0 10-17 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 7
Percentages
0.00 0.00 58.8


Hermann Bearcats PTS FG-FGA 3FG-3FA FT-FTA FL STL AST OF DF TN BK GP
Ashley Brooks186-115- 91-140114001
Shelby Winkelmann157-131- 20-040425211
Laura Rethemeyer52-51- 20-040011201
Mikaela Ruga20-40- 22-210001001
Hannah Steinbeck21-10- 00-001000111
Jamie Gleeson10-00- 01-210111101
Corby Hackmann00-10- 00-230022101
Karinne Lane00-00- 00-221200101
K. Stiers00-00- 00-000000001
Totals 43 16-35 7- 15 4-9 19 2 8 7 14 8 2 9
Percentages
45.71 46.67 44.4





Team Comparison (Game Totals)



St. James(2-0 10-1)



Hermann(1-1 6-3)
2-PT Made-Attempted


16-0



9-20
2-PT Percentage


0.00



45.00
3-PT Made-Attempted


3-0



7-15
3-PT Percentage


0.00



46.67
Total Made-Attempted


19-0



16-35
Total Percentage


0.00



45.71
Offensive-Defensive-Total Rebounds


0-0- 0



7-14-21
Free Throws Made-Attempted


10-17



4-9
Free Throws Percentage


58.8



44.4
Assists


0



8
Turnovers


0



8
Fouls


8



19
Steals


0



2
Blocks


0



2

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Hermann Bearcats Girls Basketball 2010-11 Season Recap So Far FULL STATS thru January 4, 2011


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Hermann's next game is at North Callaway Thu, 1/6/2011 7:30 p.m.
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CLICK ON ANY FINAL SCORE FOR BOXSCORE!!!

Hermann Bearcats Girls Basketball
176 Bearcat Crossing
Hermann, MO 65041-9753
School Website School Email
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Schedule | Roster | Overall Stats | League Stats | Stories | Four Rivers

Schedule

. Date









Time










Type
Opponent









Boxscore**
. Mon, 11/29/2010









9 p.m.










T










vs. Wellsville at Montgomery Co










W 78-24
. Wed, 12/1/2010









6 p.m.










T










vs. Clopton at Montgomery Co










W 72-55
. Fri, 12/3/2010









9 p.m.










T










vs. Mexico at Montgomery Co










L 51-61
. Mon, 12/6/2010









7:30 p.m.










N










vs. Linn










W 74-42
. Fri, 12/10/2010









7:30 p.m.










N










vs. Warrenton










W 57-32
. Mon, 12/13/2010









6 p.m.










L










at St. Clair










W 70-53
. Tue, 12/21/2010









6 p.m.










N










vs. Union










W 61-24
. Mon, 12/27/2010









5 p.m.










N










vs. California MO at Jeff City  



        L 56-61
. Mon, 1/3/2011









7:30 p.m.










L










vs. St. James







L 43-51
. Thu, 1/6/2011









7:30 p.m.










N










at North Callaway










0-0
. Sat, 1/8/2011









5:30 p.m.










N










vs. St. Dominic at CBC










0-0
. Tue, 1/18/2011









7:30 p.m.










N










at Borgia










0-0
. Thu, 1/20/2011









7:30 p.m.










L










at Sullivan










0-0
. Fri, 1/21/2011









7:30 p.m.










N










at Montgomery County










0-0
. Mon, 1/31/2011









7:30 p.m.










N










vs. Montgomery County










0-0
. Tue, 2/1/2011









7:30 p.m.










N










at Sullivan










0-0
. Fri, 2/4/2011









7:30 p.m.










N










vs. Blair Oaks










0-0
. Mon, 2/7/2011









7:30 p.m.










L










vs. New Haven










0-0
. Fri, 2/11/2011









7:30 p.m.










L










at Pacific










0-0
. Mon, 2/14/2011









7:30 p.m.










N










at Washington










0-0
. Thu, 2/17/2011









6 p.m.










L










vs. Owensville










0-0
. Mon, 2/21/2011









7:30 p.m.










N










vs. Fatima























**Boxscore final shows Hermann score first.


All information is as reported by the teams as of 1/4/2011.


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New Year Resolution Lose Weight ? Top Five Negative Calorie Health Foods Can Help


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The top five negative-calorie health foods that burn fat while making you feel full

Tuesday, January 04, 2011
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com


How do you eat more while losing more weight at the same time? One of the best answers is to eat "negative-calorie" foods, meaning that these foods actually take more energy to digest than they deliver to your body. While these foods may be an important source of phytonutrients, they are not sources of fat-packing calories.

Because of their surprising lack of calories, these foods can essentially be consumed in unlimited quantities without you gaining weight (body fat). That works because your stomach senses when it is physically full, and it will trigger your brain to stop eating when you can't handle more food. You know that "I feel stuffed" feeling? That's your stomach (which has its own complex nervous system, by the way), telling your brain to tell you to stop eating.

This is why, believe it or not, the simple act of drinking a glass of water before each meal is a proven weight loss strategy. It fills your belly with water, thereby reducing the amount of space left for other foods. So your stomach gets full more quickly, triggering the "stop eating" signals in your brain.

Eating an apple before each meal also works in much the same way. This is true even though apples are not negative-calorie foods. But they are rich in water, and water takes up space in your stomach.

In fact, that's the common property among all negative-calorie foods: They all contain a lot of water locked in a fibrous matrix. Apples are essentially "water fruits," as are grapes and watermelons (hence the name). Many vegetables are also "water vegetables," meaning that they're loaded with water. Celery, for example, is the classic example of a water-rich negative-calorie food (see below).

As you read this list, remember that all foods contain calories, and that the term "negative-calorie food" is a bit of a misnomer. It refers to the effective net calories subtracted from your body through the preparation, eating, digestion and elimination of these foods. In other words, you expend more calories eating them than they deliver to your body.

The upshot is that the more water you consume in your foods, the more quickly you'll feel full and stop eating. Water, it turns out, is the most effective appetite control substance in the world.

So here's the list of the five best negative-calorie foods that you can enjoy every day as part of a healthy weight loss diet:

#1) Celery
One cup of celery (120g) contains only 19 calories. It takes far more than 19 calories to prepare, eat, digest and eliminate this one cup of celery, and that's what qualifies it as a negative-calorie food. You can eat as much celery as you want, and you won't gain body fat.

Even though celery contains effectively no contributing calories, it does contain powerful medicine. Celery juice is a powerful anti-inflammatory medicine.
 

Celery juice is fantastic for your health, but if you want to feel more full, eat whole celery with simple seasonings (see below).

#2) Lettuce, onions and greens
Lettuce is basically just structured water locked into a vegetable matrix. One cup of typical iceberg lettuce contains just 8 calories, meaning you can munch on this to your heart's delight and you'll never gain an ounce of body fat.

Much the same is true with onions, which contain only 64 calories per cup and yet deliver an amazing assortment of anti-cancer nutrients and immune-boosting medicine. 


Virtually all salad greens are "negative-calorie" foods, meaning you can eat as many of them as you want. But be careful: Slopping on 300 calories worth of oily salad dressing changes the entire equation. While lettuce by itself is a negative-calorie food, salad dressing is mostly definitely NOT. In fact, salad dressings are often loaded with cheap soybean oils and even MSG (monosodium glutamate), a chemical taste enhancer linked to neurological damage and obesity. MSG is almost always found in "Ranch" flavor dressings, in particular.

#3) Kelp noodles
Eating noodles is not normally known as a way to lose weight. That's because traditional noodles are made with calorie-rich starches derived from grains like wheat. But even spelt noodles, brown rice noodles and quinoa noodles still contain a lot of calories.

That's why kelp noodles are so amazing: They're made out of sea kelp, and they're packed with water. Yet they perform amazingly well in soups, raw noodle dishes and even Italian-style dishes like spaghetti.

Kelp noodles contain just 6 calories per serving, and yet they take up a lot of physical space in your belly, contributing to that "full" feeling that reminds you to stop eating.

You may be able to find kelp noodles at your local health food store. You can also find them at the NaturalNews Store, where we've just introduced them to readers who have replied with an overwhelmingly positive response. I've personally been eating these kelp noodles as part of my own health maintenance program. For example, during the week between Christmas and New Year's Day, I went on a juice fast that involved drinking fresh vegetable juice every morning, then eating steamed broccoli and cabbage with kelp noodles every evening.

It was a very cleansing and healthful experience. I also used several key supplements such as Oxy-Powder from Ed Group's Global Healing Center (www.GlobalHealingCenter.com) to help speed my cleansing.

Kelp noodles are also great for adding substance to light soups or vegetable broths. They make a broth eat like a full soup (and they make you feel full, too).

#4) Pickles
Pickles are, of course, made from cucumbers, and cucumbers are themselves a "negative-calorie food" because they're so sparse in calories. One cup of cucumbers contains a mere 16 calories.

Does that mean one cup of pickles contains 16 calories, too? Well, not exactly. You have to watch out for the sugar content in some brands of pickles. Just pickling cucumbers in vinegar, water and spices won't add any calories, but a lot of today's most popular pickle brands contain added sugar. This typically adds only a slight amount of calories to the food. Dill pickles made from cucumbers, for example, have 17 calories per cup.

So they're still a negative-calorie food because it takes more than 17 calories to consume and digest them. If you're looking to lose body fat or maintain a healthy weight, eat all the pickles you want.

Beware, however, of this: Many pickles are made with artificial yellow food coloring chemicals. In fact, I recently checked this out at the grocery store and found that 95% of the pickles sold there were contaminated with FD&C Yellow #5. This chemical should be avoided by everyone -- especially children.

So only buy natural pickles made without the yellow #5 food coloring!

By the way, speaking of pickled foods, you can also eat unlimited kimchi and raw sauerkraut as those are also negative-calorie fermented foods (they're actually good for your digestive tract because of all the probiotics they contain).

#5) Grapefruit
Grapefruit technically isn't a negative-calorie food, but it deserves mention for another reason as you'll soon see. For starters, it's still fairly low in calories, delivering only 74 calories per cup.

But the best part is that grapefruit contains naringenin, an antioxidant derived from the bitter flavor of grapefruits, which triggers the liver to break down fat. So as part of a fat-loss strategy, grapefruit is truly essential to your daily diet!

Fascinating research about the fat-reducing properties of grapefruit was just published in the online journal PLoS ONE (http://www.plosone.org/article/info). It shows that naringenin activates two kinds of PPARs (dubbed PPAR-alpha and PPARy) and blocks LXR-alpha -- resulting in fasting-type benefits to the body.

"It is a process which is similar to the Atkins diet, without many of the side effects," Martin L. Yarmush, MD, PhD, director of the MGH Center for Engineering in Medicine and one of the paper's authors, said in a media statement. "The liver behaves as if fasting, breaking down fatty acids instead of carbohydrates."

To get more grapefruit into my diet, I like to peel it, remove the seeds, then blend the whole grapefruit into a fruit smoothie. This is how I get the white grapefruit inner skin, too. And that contains the best medicine of the grapefruit!

Drinking so-called "grapefruit juice" does not offer the same benefits, especially if it's pasteurized. Only raw grapefruit that includes the white inner skin (the bitter part) offers these health benefits.

Don't forget full-spectrum sea salt
Believe it or not, full-spectrum salt (not processed salt) is actually a kind of negative-calorie substance. I'm including it as an addition to the list of five for reasons you'll see below.

There's a lot of mythology surrounding salt that needs to be dispelled here. First off, I'm not talking about processed white salt (sodium chloride). That's a dietary poison and should never be consumed. Only full-spectrum salt that's rich in sea minerals can be considered real food. In fact, many food cravings are really just cravings for minerals.

All land animals (and humans) have an innate biological need for real salt. That's why animals go crazy over salt licks. It's also why deer wander onto the roadways when they're salted in the winter. Land animals need salt, just like you and I. When we lack the trace minerals found in salt, we get cravings for salt.

Many cravings for salty snack foods are really just your brain telling you to eat more salt. And yet the salt used in processed foods isn't real salt -- it's fake salt; a shadow of real salt that lacks the trace minerals found in real salt.

So if you're craving chips or salty snack foods, you're probably deficient in real salt minerals and need to correct your nutritional deficiency. So sprinkling full-spectrum salt on your meals (steamed veggies, smoothies, etc.) can actually satisfy your cravings and reduce your consumption of unhealthful snack foods.

That's why full-spectrum salt is, for many people, an effective "negative-calorie" substance; because in those who are mineral deficient, eating full-spectrum salt can ease cravings by satisfying your body's desire for minerals.

However, if you show symptoms of high blood pressure, be sure to check with your naturopathic physician before adding salt to your diet. Most people consume far too much (processed) salt and need to drastically reduce their consumption of it before adding full-spectrum salt to their diets.

Some recommended full-spectrum salts include Royal Himalayan pink crystal salt, Celtic sea salt and other truly natural brands. Watch out for cheap "sea salt" at your grocery store -- it turns out that any salt can claim to be "sea salt" even if it's highly processed white salt. The thing to look for in salt is the color of the salt. Real salt will look pinkish, sandy or brown. The "dirtier" the color of the salt, the more real it is. The whiter is looks, the less healthy it is, just as in white bread versus wheat bread.

Feel full and drop the pounds anyway!
To summarize, then, here are the five negative-calorie foods that may help you feel full while greatly reducing your caloric intake:

• Celery
• Lettuce, onions and greens
• Kelp noodles
• Pickles, kimchi and sauerkraut
• Grapefruit

... and the additional item of:

• Full-spectrum sea salt

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