Daily Archives: March 4, 2014

TODAY’S HOLIDAY: TOWN MEETING DAY


Town Meeting Day

An official state holiday in Vermont, this is the day on which nearly every town elects its officers, approvesbudgets, and deals with other civic issues in a daylong public meeting of the voters. It more or less coincides with the anniversary of Vermont’s admission to the Union on March 4, 1791. Vermonters pride themselves on their active participation in these meetings, which often include heated debates on issues of local importance. More…Discuss

 

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QUOTATION: Mark Twain


Don’t tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly, don’t tell them where they know the fish.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) Discuss

 

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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: GARRETT AUGUSTUS MORGAN, SR. (1877)


Garrett Augustus Morgan, Sr. (1877)

Born into poverty and having had little formal education, Morgan nevertheless became a successful inventor and entrepreneur. In 1914, he patented his “breathing device,” a hood that allows one to breathe safely in the presence of smoke, gas, and other pollutants. He worked hard to market it, especially to fire departments, and often demonstrated its reliability, most famously using it to rescue several men from an Ohio tunnel accident in 1916. What did he invent after he had gone nearly blind? More… Discuss

 

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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: MURDER, INC., MOBSTER LOUIS “LEPKE” BUCHALTER IS EXECUTED (1944)


Murder, Inc., Mobster Louis “Lepke” Buchalter Is Executed (1944)

In the early 1930s, American gangster Louis “Lepke” Buchalter joined “Lucky” Luciano in forming a national crime syndicate. Buchalter came to control the enforcement arm of the Syndicate—Murder, Inc.—which carried out contract killings across the US. He went into hiding during a government crackdown on organized crime in the mid-1930s but eventually surrendered himself, stood trial for various crimes, and was sentenced to die. Which of his associates were executed on the same day as he was? More… Discuss

 

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NEWS: FIRST BIOMARKER FOR DEPRESSION IDENTIFIED


First Biomarker for Depression Identified

Researchers have identified the first biomarker for clinical depression, and it could be helpful in identifying teenage boys at risk of developing the mental illness. Teen boys with depressive mood symptoms, such as feelings of misery, loneliness, or of not being loved, who also had high levels of the stress hormone cortisol were 14 times more likely to develop depression than those with low cortisol levels and no depressive symptoms. During the course of one three-year study, about half of the boys identified as high-risk using this screening tool went on to be diagnosed with clinical depression. More… Discuss

 

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ARTICLE: SUSPENSION BRIDGES


Suspension Bridges

A suspension bridge, like San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge, features a roadway suspended from vertical cables. Though an early version of the suspension bridge existed in 15th-century Tibet, the first Western design dates back to 16th-century Italy. While suspension bridges are ideal for spanning long distances, their tendency to vibrate during heavy winds can have devastating consequences. Which suspension bridge collapse—caused by severe winds—was caught on film in 1940? More… Discuss

 

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