Here are headlines from McClatchy's Washington Bureau and McClatchy Newspapers for Thursday, June 2, 2011:
- Romney to make it official on Thursday, in divided New Hampshire
- Texas Sen. Cornyn says Perry would be good presidential candidate
- S.C. immigration bill would require businesses to use E-verify program
- U.S. Attorney Holding to leave after John Edwards case
- California lawmakers quietly shelve bills that police their behavior
- McConnell blasts EPA over regulations
- AIDS at 30: Killer has been tamed, but not conquered
- Egypt sets Aug. 3 for Mubarak's 'trial of the century'
- Prisons in chaos: Another warden gunned down in Mexico
- Honduras' OAS membership is restored
- IAEA: Japan underestimated tsunami threat to nuclear plant
- Garridos face sentencing in Jaycee Lee Dugard kidnapping
- All Joplin tornado missing persons have been found
- In national spelling bee, words are the weapon of choice
- Author: Tenure is hurting students and universities
Here are headlines from McClatchy's Washington Bureau and McClatchy Newspapers for Thursday, May 19, 2011:
- Consumer finance agency proposes simpler mortgage forms
- Despite Limbaugh's support, Perry still says 'no' to presidential run
- Is compromise dead in DC? Gang of Six's unraveling suggests so
- Ten Commandments battle is costly for Kentucky counties
- Sanctuary cities bill halted by Texas Senate panel
- S.C. House approves Amazon tax break deal
- Bill seeks more judges for federal bench in California, Arizona
- McClatchy's Thomma wins prize for covering presidency
- 4 years after scandal, senators say care of wounded vets still lags
- Air Force One aborts landing then lands on second try
- Obama will call for billions in aid to Egypt and Tunisia
- Obama administration imposes sanctions on Syria's Assad
- Day that claims 28 lives shows range of Afghan violence
- Bahrain tries newspaper editors for 'fabrications'
- Unabomber Kaczynski says FBI investigating him for 1982 Tylenol poisonings
- Deadly virus sickens horses in California county
- When Obama speaks to the Arabs
- Latin America must police their own police
- Obama should resist quick Afghanistan withdrawal
- Muslim faith caught in terrorism's shadow again
- John McCain knows why torture doesn't work
- Arnold Schwarzenegger's 'True Lies'
- Suits & Sentences: Inside Harry Reid's inner sanctum
- Planet Washington: Obama campaign raising money on "birther" T-shirts
Here are headlines from McClatchy's Washington Bureau and McClatchy Newspapers for Thursday, May 12, 2011:
- Even after bin Laden, U.S. can't walk away from Pakistan
- After seeing bin Laden photos, lawmakers differ over release
- Obama's bin Laden coup has GOP at a loss for words
- Senators call for crackdown on oil speculators
- Obamas' invitation to rapper Common rouses conservatives
- Gingrich plunges into 2012 fray, carrying heavy baggage
- Democrats are split over the federal budget; Republicans aren't
- Fla. Sen. Rubio calls for more sanctions on Syria
- Fracking chemical disclosure bill passes Texas House
- Alaska Sen. Begich stands firm on oil industry subsidies
- House GOP lets you vote on which programs to cut
- GOP lawmakers resume bid to sink San Joaquin River restoration plan
- Guantanamo prisoners may get family visits
- Iraq's Maliki: al Qaida jailbreak attempt was inside job
- Iraqis will discuss whether some U.S. troops should stay
- California's export business rises for 17th month
- Bill would make job training mandatory for U.S. troops
- Rise in Hispanics in South Carolina census numbers
- Persecuting professors with open government laws
- The new Freedom Riders
- Texas lawmakers are fighting fish tales
- Security based on appearance or religion is false security
- Immigration agent twice helped to foil bin Laden
- Planet Washington: McCain: Claim that torture led to bin Laden "false"
- Mexico Unmasked: The narcos' 'ghetto tanks'
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- Former Palin aide Bailey calls ethics complaint 'baseless'
- Obama touts border successes, mocks GOP immigration policy
- As deficit-cutting talks proceed, what about Social Security?
- Lawmakers threaten to subpoena White House budget official
- N.C. lawmakers seek more abortion limits
- Analyst's report slams California's high-speed rail plan
- Republicans push drilling off California coast; Democrats say no
- Republicans accuse Obama of 'enemies list' in Boeing case
- U.S. commander: Bin Laden's death doesn't end Afghan war
- Files tie FARC rebels to Hugo Chavez, Rafael Correa
- Mass graves in Durango may set Mexican record
- In Bahrain, a candlelight vigil can land you in jail
- Nine states appeal federal rule limiting health insurers' profits
- TSA baby pat-down photo goes viral
- Study: Higher clean car standards could save lives
- Homeland Security turns the page on a flawed round-up policy
- Are there rules for killing terrorists and dictators?
- Media needs to ignore the nutjobs
- Can California handle the 'silver tsunami?'
- Inside South America: FARC Files: awkward instances and a personal appeal
- Planet Washington: Baucus: Keep Social Security out of any deficit-reduction deal
- Mexico Unmasked: Bigger, badder, tougher
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This photo was taken from the 9th floor balcony of the Mark O Hatfield Federal Courthouse in downtown Portland, Oregon. My camera should have been confiscated when I went thru security, but the first time I entered the building they missed it in the scan. (oops). It was an unusally sunny day in Portland and the start of an interesting few days.
I don't know what you guys are paying for gasoline.... but here in Hawaii we are paying well over $4.00 per gallon.
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My line of work is in petroleum for about 31 years now, so here are some tricks to get more of your money's worth for every gallon:
Here at the Kinder Morgan Pipeline where I work in San Jose, CA we deliver about 4 million gallons in a 24-hour period thru the pipeline. One day is diesel the next day is jet fuel, and gasoline, regular and premium grades. We have 34-storage tanks here with a total capacity of 16,800,000 gallons.
Only buy or fill up your car or truck in the early morning when the ground temperature is still cold. Remember that all service stations have their storage tanks buried below ground. The colder the ground the more dense the gasoline, when it gets warmer gasoline expands, so buying in the afternoon or in the evening....your gallon is not exactly a gallon. In the petroleum business, the specific gravity and the temperature of the gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, ethanol and other petroleum products plays an important role.
A 1-degree rise in temperature is a big deal for this business. But the service stations do not have temperature compensation at the pumps. When you're filling up do not squeeze the trigger of the nozzle to a fast mode If you look you will see that the trigger has three (3) stages: low, middle, and high. You should be pumping on low mode, thereby minimizing the vapors that are created while you are pumping. All hoses at the pump have a vapor return. If you are pumping on the fast rate, some of the liquid that goes to your tank becomes vapor. Those vapors are being sucked up and back into the underground storage tank so you're getting less worth for your money.
One of the most important tips is to fill up when your gas tank is HALF FULL. The reason for this is the more gas you have in your tank the less air occupying its empty space. Gasoline evaporates faster than you can imagine. Gasoline storage tanks have an internal floating roof. This roof serves as zero clearance between the gas and the atmosphere, so it minimizes the evaporation. Unlike service stations, here where I work, every truck that we load is temperature compensated so that every gallon is actually the exact amount.
Another reminder, if there is a gasoline truck pumping into the storage tanks when you stop to buy gas, DO NOT fill up ; most likely the gasoline is being stirred up as the gas is being delivered, and you might pick up some of the dirt that normally settles on the bottom. To have an impact, we need to reach literally millions of gas buyers. It's really simple to do. Share, share, share this information.
Here in Hawaii, we are having our own little microcosm of WI with the HECO strike that started at 3:30 yesterday. It was bad timing, with the storm that hit and has thousands of residents still without power. But the crux of the matter is quite simple ... HECO (with the director taking home 2.9 million in salary and bonuses in 2009) is trying to negotiate reduced benefits for the workers, with new workers getting an even worse deal.
HECO workers said the two sides disagreed on a management proposal to raise the age of retirement with full benefits to 62 from 60; a proposed reduction in sick leave benefits; and a plan to create a two-tier contract with new hires receiving lower wages and benefits. There also was a dispute over whether negotiated wage increases should begin with ratification of a new contract or expiration of the previous contract last October. Neither company nor union officials would confirm the sticking points in the contract talks.
Governor Abercrombie (Dem) ordered the workers back on the job ...
I have spoken with leaders of Hawaiian Electric Company and the union. My thought is that they can set aside their respective positions during this emergency situation until the public’s safety is taken care of," Gov. Neil Abercrombie said. "The most important thing right now is restoring electric services for residents and ensuring their health and security then resume negotiations.
Its not fair that all those people are living without power, but it also isn't fair to assume the union planned the walkout to coincide with the power outage. These negotiations have been ongoing, and Friday was drop-dead day for HECO to come back to the table with a better offer.