91-year-old WWII veteran gets high school diploma

A 91-year-old retired police officer from Northampton has received his high school diploma, 71 years after he left school to work on a farm. Edward Morrissey was one of 100 graduates who received diplomas Thursday from Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School. Morrissey says he was just weeks from graduating in 1942 when his father told him to leave school and get a job milking cows. He also worked at a gas station and a gun maker before enlisting in the U.S. Navy. He served in the Pacific during World War II and was a Northampton officer for 25 years before retiring in 1977. Continue Reading

California utility says it will retire nuclear plant

The troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant in Southern California is closing. Southern California Edison announced Friday it will retire the Unit 2 and Unit 3 reactors. Edison International Chairman Ted Craver says in a statement that the company concluded that the continuing uncertainty about when or if the plant might return to service was not good for customers or investors. The plant between San Diego and Los Angeles hasn’t produced electricity since January 2012, after a small radiation leak led to the discovery of damage to tubing that carries radioactive water. Via: Fox News Continue Reading

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All-Star Crowley, Bees Shut Out KaneCo/#1 WB-ND Softballers Win 20-1

THE BURLINGTON BEES SHUT OUT THE KANE COUNTY COUGARS 9 TO NOTHING LAST(THUR) NITE AT COMMUNITY FIELD. 

BEES’ STARTER…AND MIDWEST LEAGUE ALL-STAR…RYAN CROWLEY…ALLOWED JUST FOUR HITS AND EXTENDED HIS SCORELESS STREAK TO 20 INNINGS.   THE BEES AND COUGARS PLAY AGAIN TONITE IN BURLINGTON AND YOU CAN HEAR THE GAME ON KBUR.  BRANDON MARCUS’S PRE-GAME SHOW WILL BEGIN AT 6:10.  

 

IN GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL…THE TOP-RANKED 3A TEAM IN THE STATE…WEST BURLINGTON-NOTRE DAME…SCORED 18 TIMES IN THE 3RD INNING, BEATING DANVILLE INTO SUBMISSION 20 TO 1.  

THE BURLINGTON GIRLS SPLIT A DOUBLE-HEADER WITH DAVENPORT WEST, WINNING THE FIRST GAME 2 TO 1…BUT LOSING THE NITECAP 8 TO 3.  

ELSEWHERE…
WAPELLO 6, WACO 5
NEW LONDON 8, VAN BUREN 0

COLUMBUS 16, L-M 8

AND WASHINGTON BEAT MT. PLEASANT TWICE, 11 TO 1 AND 10 TO NOTHING. Continue Reading

Central IL Man Gets 2 1/2 Years for Starving Dogs, Cats

 BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) _ A central Illinois man was sentenced to 21/2 years in
prison after authorities say he starved more than 70 cats and dogs at his rural
McLean County home.  
 Thirty-year-old Curtis Cleary pleaded guilty to aggravated animal cruelty. He
also pleaded guilty to aggravated discharge of a firearm after investigators say
he fired a gun at his naked girlfriend as she ran down the driveway of his
Lexington home.  
 Investigators say dozens of decaying animal corpses were discovered in November
in the house’s basement and a nearby barn. Continue Reading

Volunteer Fireman Convicted of Setting Them First

 BOONE, Iowa (AP) _ A volunteer firefighter in central Iowa faces up to 10 years
in prison when he is sentenced next month for arson.  
 A court filing on Thursday said Brett Graham, of Kelley, was convicted of
second-degree arson in Boone County. Authorities say Graham admitted starting
four fires in Story and Boone counties over several months. A dozen horses died
in one of the Boone County fires.  
     The 19-year-old was a volunteer firefighter for the Kelley Fire Department. Continue Reading

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P-E-D-V: Remember Those Letters if You Raise Pigs

Tests have confirmed a “devastating” virus has struck swine herds in eight states, including Iowa and Illinois. The National Pork Producers Council is committing 410-thousand dollars to research aimed at combatting the disease. The virus — known as P-E-D-V — is not transmitted to humans and is not considered a threat to food safety, but the vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration it causes can kill up to 90 percent of baby pigs in a herd. This is the first time PEDV has been idenfied in the western hemisphere, although it exists in Europe and Asia.  Diagnostic labs at Iowa State University and the University of Minnesota have confirmed 103 cases of the virus. Besides Iowa and Illinois, tests have confirmed the virus is present in swine herds in Ohio, Indiana, Minnesota, Michigan, Oklahoma and Colorado. Continue Reading

Mass. residents sue NY Post over marathon coverage

Two Massachusetts residents have sued the New York Post, saying the newspaper falsely portrayed them as suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings in part by featuring them on the front page under the headline “Bag Men.” The lawsuit said photographs and articles the Post published three days after the bombings made it appear that law enforcement officials suspected 16-year-old Salaheddin Barhoum and 24-year-old Yassine Zaimi as the attack’s perpetrators, before the FBI publicly identified two brothers as suspects. But the Post still stands by its story, and says it never identified them as suspects. Lawyers for the two Moroccan plaintiffs said Thursday the friends had hoped to run the race that day as unofficial entrants, and had running gear in their bags. The civil action said the Post’s headline implied they had bombs in their bags and accuses the newspaper of libel, negligent infliction of emotional distress and privacy invasion. Continue Reading

Texas teacher accused of taping student to chair

A suburban San Antonio school district said it’s reviewing training guidelines after a teacher allegedly duct taped an 8-year-old student to a chair — a year after another teacher was accused of ordering kindergartners to take turns hitting a classmate. Judson Independent School District spokesman Steve Linscomb said Thursday that school officials would review training guidelines to make sure “there isn’t something we are missing.” He promised appropriate changes will be made. Linscomb said a teacher at Woodlake Elementary School taped an 8-year-old boy to a chair in May because the child was too rowdy and couldn’t be controlled. The teacher and a teacher’s aide resigned soon after. Continue Reading

Somali piracy, murder trial gets underway in Va.

Defense attorneys for three Somalis charged with the murders of four Americans aboard their pirated yacht say there’s no evidence proving their clients fired the fatal shots. The comments were made during opening statements in federal court in Norfolk on Thursday. The yacht’s owners, Jean and Scott Adam of Marina del Rey, Calif., and their friends, Bob Riggle and Phyllis Macay of Seattle, were shot to death in February 2011 after they were taken hostage at sea several hundred miles south of Oman. The 19 people who boarded their yacht intended to ransom the Americans. That plan fell apart when the U.S. Navy began shadowing the yacht. Continue Reading

Self-help New York radio couple commits suicide, cops say

On a radio show they hosted called “The Pursuit of Happiness,” John Littig and Lynne Rosen urged listeners to embrace spontaneity. “So much about life is about impulse,” Littig said on a broadcast this year on an FM station in New York, WBAI. “It’s about doing it right now.” A shocking decision the couple made together appeared more methodical: Police say they killed themselves side by side as part of a suicide pact. Autopsies found that both Littig, 47, and Rosen, 45, died from asphyxiation after inhaling helium, a spokeswoman for medical examiner’s office said Thursday. Continue Reading