Stories for April 2012
One World Trade Center, the giant monolith being built to replace the twin towers destroyed in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, will lay claim today to the title of New York City’s tallest skyscraper. Workers will erect steel columns that will make its unfinished skeleton a little more than 1,250 feet high, just enough to peak over the roof of the observation deck on the Empire State Building.Marc Gaden, a Great Lakes Fishery Commission spokesman, shipped 2 pounds of frozen lamprey, an invasive species, to England for use in a traditional pie for Queen Elizabeth II, saying Great Lakes officials “would prefer to send them truckloads of lamprey.” Norbert Roettgen, Germany’s environment minister, is urging European governments to boycott Euro 2012 soccer championship matches in Ukraine to protest the detention of Yulia Tymoshenko, the country’s former prime minister.Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez has tried for 10 months to conceal the fact that he is losing his bout with cancer, determined to appear in command of his revolutionary regime and the nation’s future. During the Holy Week, however, television cameras captured him pleading for his life before a crucifix in his hometown church, his mother looking on without the slightest glint of hope on her face. Chavez’s raw emotion startled his inner circle and led some to question his mental health.The University of Central Arkansas’ faculty senate voted Thursday to ask trustee Scott Roussel to resign over his failure to tell other board members in August that a $700,000 offer by food vendor Aramark to renovate the president’s house was contingent upon a contract extension. As it turned out, the offer was anything but the private donation that Roussel described to other trustees in August. The $700,000 would have been amortized or recovered and likely with interest by Aramark had the deal not fallen through, a review by the Arkansas Democrat Gazette has since revealed.Joe Biden, vice president, told a New York University Law School crowd that Mitt Romney’s foreignpolicy views are rooted in a Cold War mentality, adding : “If you’re looking for a bumper sticker to sum up how President Obama has handled what we inherited, it’s pretty simple: Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive.” George W. Bush, the former president, is hosting the Warrior 100K, a 100 kilometer mountain bike ride in the Texas panhandle’s Palo Duro Canyon State Park for servicemen wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.FOOTBALL Weber State names interim Weber State has selected Jody Sears as its interim football coach to replace John L. Smith. Smith left Monday to take the head coaching job at Arkansas following the firing of Bobby Petrino. Smith had been hired by Weber State, his alma mater, in December. Sears, 44, joined the Wildcats staff this spring and has been working as the team’s defensive coordinator. He will continue in that role as well. Sears spent the previous three seasons at Washington State, where he was co defensive coordinator.Problem won’t be solved I am a physician trying to understand the good or the bad in Obamacare. Whether or not it is constitutional is for the Supreme Court to decide in June. My present complaint is that I don’t believe it will fix the major problem it claims to fix. The claim is that Obamacare will insure 30 million poor people who have no insurance. I feel confident they will be insured by having the government pay for the insurance by giving vouchers.At area theaters 80 ACT OF VALOR, R A cast of real life, active duty Navy SEALs race to stop a deadly terrorist plot against the United States, but each time they think they’ve accomplished their mission, a new piece of intelligence reveals another shocking twist. (101 minutes) 77 ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS CHIPWRECKED, G Dave (Jason Lee), the Chipmunks and the Chipettes, on a luxury cruise, wind up on an uncharted island which, of course, may not be as deserted as it seems.