New Abraham Lincoln math-notebook pages suggest more education

Two math-notebook pages recently authenticated as belonging to Abraham Lincoln suggest the 16th president, who was known to downplay his formal education, may have spent more time in school than usually thought. And the Illinois State University math professors behind the discovery say the work shows Lincoln was no slouch, either. Math professors Nerida Ellerton and Ken Clements said Friday at the university in Normal that they’d recently confirmed that the two pages were part of a previously known math notebook from Lincoln’s childhood. It was found in the archives of Houghton Library at Harvard University, where it remains. The book, known as a cyphering book in Lincoln’s day, is a sort math workbook in which Lincoln wrote math problems and their answers. Continue Reading

Army suspends general linked to sex-assault investigation

The Army says it has suspended a two-star general from his duties in Japan for allegedly failing to report or properly investigate an allegation of sexual assault.

The suspended officer, Maj. Gen. Michael T. Harrison, is commanding general of U.S. Army forces in Japan. The Army said Friday night that he was suspended by the Army chief of staff, Gen. Ray Odierno, and Army Secretary John McHugh. It provided no details about the alleged sexual assault case. The Army says that until the investigation of Harrison’s role is completed, Maj. Continue Reading

Obituaries Friday June 7th

Melvin “Mel” B. Lee    Age 81    of    Burlington
Died    Wednesday June 5th at Bickford Cottage in Burlington
Wife:    Darlene Lee of Burlington, IA
2 Sons:    Randy and Kelly of Burlington, IA
Daughter:    Julia Rittler    Burlington    IA
7    Grandchildren    2    Great-Grandchildren
Family will receive friends    4 – 6 PM Sunday, June 9th, at Lunning Chapel
Funeral Service    10:30 AM Monday, June 10th, at Lunning Chapel
Burial Will Be    Aspen Grove Cemetery


Opal Eilene Allen, 85, of Burlington, passed away at 9:05 PM Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington.  

Born October 28, 1927, in Arbela, MO, she was the daughter of George and Faye Holton McEldowney.   On October 9, 1955, she married Thomas James Allen in Cantril, IA.  He passed away September 10, 2011.  

Opal worked at Mademoiselle Beauty Salon, the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant, Witte’s Drugstore and People’s Drugstore and through all this was a homemaker. Continue Reading

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Branstad Wants Alternatives to Gas-Tax Hike

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad says he wants to find
alternatives to raising the state fuel tax to pay for road improvements.  
 Branstad made the statement Friday during a taping of the public television
program, “Iowa Press.” Branstad says he’d like to explore other options, such
as allocating money from a state infrastructure fund or using some sales tax
 Branstad says there isn’t public support to raise the fuel tax and that he
doesn’t want to increase it as fuel prices are rising.  
 Iowa’s fuel tax _now 22 cents per gallon for gasoline including fees _ hasn’t
been raised since 1989. A commission appointed by Branstad in 2011 recommended
an increase of 8 to 10 cents a gallon to boost funding for the state’s network
of bridges and roads. Continue Reading

Tropical Storm Andrea Loses Strength, Heads to N.C.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) _ Tropical Storm Andrea has been speeding through South
Carolina, headed toward a midday arrival in North Carolina.  
 The storm lost some strength after making landfall yesterday, and its winds are
down to 45 miles an hour.  
 Forecasters have issued flood watches across much of the Carolinas and even
some tornado watches.  
     Thousands of power outages are reported. Continue Reading

Clapper Reveals More, Defends Surveillance Programs

 WASHINGTON (AP) _ The nation’s top intelligence official is revealing more
details about one of the two secret surveillance programs that have been made
public in recent days.  
 James Clapper is defending the programs _ involving the collection of phone
records of millions of Americans and the tracking of U.S. Internet use of
foreign nationals. He says they were legal, limited and necessary to spot
terrorist threats.  
 And he’s denouncing the leaks that revealed the existence of the programs.
Clapper says because of the disclosure of the programs, America’s security will
 Published reports have told of widespread collection of data from Internet use
and from telephone calls on Verizon. Continue Reading

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Immigration Debate Begins in U-S Senate

 WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Senate has opened debate on far-reaching legislation to
overhaul the nation’s immigration system and offer the promise of citizenship to
 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada began what will be weeks of
deliberations on the Senate floor by declaring the immigration system broken and
praising the bipartisan bill. He said it is commonsense reform that would make
the country safer and help immigrants living in the nation illegally get right
with the law.  
 Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama countered that the bill will not
succeed in ending illegal immigration as its authors claim. Instead Sessions
said the bill offers amnesty without ever enforcing the law. Continue Reading

Ohio prosecutor fired after posing as an accused killer's girlfriend on Facebook

A prosecutor in Ohio has reportedly been fired after admitted to posing as a woman in a Facebook chat with an accused killer’s alibi witnesses in an attempt to persuade them to change their testimony. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that former Assistant County Prosecutor Aaron Brockler, 35, insisted during an interview at his Lakewood home that he had done nothing wrong and was wrongfully terminated. “Law enforcement, including prosecutors, have long engaged in the practice of using a ruse to obtain the truth,” Brockler, a county prosecutor since 2006, told the newspaper Thursday. “I think the public is better off for what I did.” County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty said he fired Brockler for good cause, claiming the former prosecutor’s unethical behavior “disgraced” the office. Continue Reading

US employers add 175K jobs, rate up to 7.6 pct.

U.S. employers added 175,000 jobs in May, steady hiring but below the more robust pace that took place during the fall and winter. The Labor Department says the unemployment rate rose to 7.6 percent from 7.5 percent in April. The increase occurred because more people began looking for work, a good sign. The government said the economy added 12,000 fewer jobs in April and March. Employers have added an average of 155,000 jobs in past three months, below the average of 237,000 created from November through February. Continue Reading

Florida judge considers allowing voice experts at George Zimmerman's trial

For a second day in a row, a Florida judge is weighing whether to allow certain voice experts to testify at George Zimmerman’s trial. Circuit Judge Debra Nelson is listening Friday to testimony from voice experts about whether witnesses with expertise in speech identification should be allowed to testify when Zimmerman’s trial starts next week. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for fatally shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin during a struggle in a gated community where he lived. He is pleading not guilty, claiming self-defense. Neighbors called 911 during the fight and cries for help can be heard on the recordings, which will be important pieces of evidence. Continue Reading