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Local author Gary Metivier of Davenport, condensed life story may be published in Reader’s Digest. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristen McGuire   
Monday, 03 October 2011 07:53
Already posted on facebook.com/ReadersDigest

 

Local Dad Learns that Kids Take Things Literally

 

(New York, NY – September 23, 2011) Gary Metivier of Davenport, Iowa is one of the 150-word life stories being considered for publication in an upcoming issue of Reader’s Digest magazine. Metivier’s story is available for viewing at facebook.com/ReadersDigest. Locals can also show support by voting for Metivier’s story or any others they like at facebook.com/ReadersDigest.

His story:

“Doctor’s Orders” by Gary Metivier

 

Our five year old son’s odd behavior started the night following a brother-induced head injury. Little Adam, with his scalp staples securely in place and somewhat bent spectacles pushed up high on his nose, was saying things really out of character. Examples: "I want candy before supper," and “I can do or have whatever I want.” Was he just working the sympathy thing? He’s not a spoiled kid, but ‘was’ acting quite –spoiled! A couple days later we finally asked him, "Why do you keep acting like this? You are a good kid.” His answer: “The doctor said I can do whatever I want with the staples in my head. So, I have a whole week to do whatever I want!" Turns out he heard us ask the doctor if there were any restrictions as his head heals. The well intended doctor’s answer, "No restrictions. He can do whatever he wants.”

This is all part of the Reader’s Digest continual effort to enrich and simplify Americans’ lives.  This particular project “Your Life...The Reader’s Digest Version” celebrates the launch of the new book, “Life... The Reader’s Digest Version,” which is also the first of a new series, by creating a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for people’s personal stories to be widely read and for the opportunity of one story to be published in Reader’s Digest to its more than 30 million readers, plus be the recipient of a major cash award. Several runner-up stories will also receive attention and cash prizes.  Stories will be voted on by consumers and winners will ultimately be selected by Reader’s Digest editors.  Americans can vote for and submit 150-word stories about lessons, simple advice, funny moments and other life stories at facebook.com/ReadersDigest.

 
Braley, Cummings Demand Investigation of News Corp. on Heels of 9/11 Anniversary PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kira Ayish   
Friday, 16 September 2011 07:21

Braley and Cummings Lead Eight Oversight Committee Democrats in Calling for Investigation

Washington, DC – Amid allegations that Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation sought to hack the telephones of September 11th victims and other U.S. citizens, Congressmen Bruce Braley (IA-01) and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (MD-07), joined by six other Oversight Committee Members, called on Chairman Darrell Issa today to investigate the allegations.

Rep. Braley previously sent two letters to Chairman Issa, one with fellow Committee Member John F. Tierney, following reports that the company and its subsidiaries may have bribed foreign law enforcement officials and potentially hacked the phone lines of U.S. citizens. Chairman Issa has not responded to either of these letters.

Since these requests, the Justice Department reportedly has opened a preliminary criminal investigation into these allegations, including whether the actions of News Corp. officials may have violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

“As you know, we have just observed the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks on our nation and these victims deserve to know whether they were targeted in this offensive and potentially illegal manner,” the letter said.  “We request that the Committee at least take preliminary steps to determine how to proceed, such as meeting with the September 11th families, consulting with the Department of Justice, and pursuing other measures the Committee has utilized in many other investigations.”

“I’m extremely disappointed that Chairman Issa has not responded to my repeated calls for an investigation of News Corp,” said Rep. Braley. “I’m pleased that Ranking Member Cummings and six Oversight Committee members have now joined me in calling for this investigation. Yesterday, our nation observed the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks. The victim’s families of these horrific attacks deserve to know whether their loved ones were targeted in this offensive and potentially illegal manner.”

“The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has a responsibility to protect the interests of U.S. citizens against the illegal actions of corporations, regardless of their political leanings,” the letter said.

A copy of the letter is copied below and a link is available here: http://go.usa.gov/0PP

 

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Dear Mr. Chairman:

We are writing again to request that the Committee investigate recent allegations of illegal actions by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, including in particular allegations that the company sought to hack the telephones of September 11th victims and other U.S. citizens.

This is the third letter that has been sent to you on this topic.  The first letter was sent on July 13, 2011, by Congressman Bruce Braley, and the second letter was sent on July 28, 2011, by Congressman Braley and Congressman John Tierney.  Both letters are attached for your review.  It is unacceptable that you have not even replied to these previous requests.  As you know, we have just observed the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks on our nation and these victims deserve to know whether they were targeted in this offensive and potentially illegal manner.[1]

Since these previous requests were sent to you, the Justice Department reportedly has opened a preliminary criminal investigation into these allegations, including whether the actions of News Corporation officials may have violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.[2] We do not want to interfere unduly with this ongoing investigation, but we request that the Committee at least take preliminary steps to determine how to proceed, such as meeting with the September 11 families, consulting with the Department of Justice, and pursuing other measures the Committee has utilized in many other investigations.

The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has a responsibility to protect the interests of U.S. citizens against the illegal actions of corporations, regardless of their political leanings.  We hope you will provide a response to this request as soon as possible, and we thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Bruce L. Braley                         Elijah E. Cummings

John Tierney                        William Lacy Clay

Jim Cooper                         Peter Welch

John Yarmuth                        Christopher Murphy


[1] See, e.g., Phone Hacking:  9/11 Victims ‘May Have Had Mobiles Tapped by News of the World Reporters’, Daily Mirror (Nov. 7, 2011).

[2] Justice Dept. to Probe if News Corp. Hacked Sept. 11 Families, NPR (Aug. 24, 2011) (online at www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/08/24/139927904/justice-dept-to-probe-if-news-corp-hacked-9-11-families).

Office of Congressman Bruce Braley (IA-01)

1727 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

(P) 202.225.2911

(F) 202.225.6666

 
WIU-QC 100TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tami Seitz   
Thursday, 25 August 2011 10:13

MOLINE, IL-- As part of Western Illinois University-Quad Cities' 100th anniversary celebration, set to begin in 2012, WIU-QC staff are calling on Quad Cities-area references to search their photo albums and memory banks.

The WIU-QC Anniversity Committee is seeking photographs and/or media and information related to WIU's presence in the Quad Cities (students and instructor photos; building shots; etc). The anniversary committee is also looking for individuals to interview who may have attended classes at Villa de Chantal and other original WIU sites; who had a relative attended WIU classes in the Quad Cities many years ago; and former professors and students who taught or attended classes in the Quad Cities; etc.

Photos/information and interviews will be used to create a documentary of WIU's history throughout the years in the Quad Cities to air on WQPT. WIU University Television and University historians/archivists will produce the documentary.

Slides, photographs, videos and stories will be collected, copied and returned to the original owners, who will receive a photo credit for the contribution(s). Electronic photos and video files are also welcomed.

To contribute photos and other information by Dec. 30 , contact Tami Seitz at

(309) 762-9481 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Photos, at least 300 dpi JPEG format, should be emailed to Seitz.

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Ron Paul to Appear on Fox News Sunday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ron Paul 2012 in Iowa   
Thursday, 25 August 2011 10:13
Also makes the rounds at the Fox Business Network
LAKE JACKSON, Texas –  Ron Paul, 2012 Republican candidate for president, will appear on the Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network. 

The appearances will occur over the next few days beginning today, Wednesday, August 24th and ending Sunday the 28th.

Details of the appearances are as follows.  All times Eastern.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011
7:00 p.m.
Lou Dobbs Tonight
Fox Business Network

Thursday, August 25, 2011
10:00 a.m.
Varney & Co.
Fox Business Network

Sunday, August 28, 2011
9:00 a.m. (check local listings)
Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace
Fox News Channel

Authorized and paid for by Ron Paul 2012 PCC. www.RonPaul2012.com

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***Talk Radio Alert***: Bruce Fein to act as Ron Paul campaign surrogate PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ron Paul 2012 in Iowa   
Thursday, 25 August 2011 10:06
LAKE JACKSON, Texas – Constitutional and international law expert Bruce Fein, who now serves as a senior advisor to the Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign, will be available for radio interviews regarding news of the day.

Radio producers interested in booking Mr. Fein are asked to contact the Ron Paul campaign’s media booker Megan Stiles by emailing her at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Mr. Fein served as associate deputy attorney and general counsel to the Federal Communications Commission under President Ronald Reagan.  He served as Research Director for Republicans on the Joint Congressional Committee on Covert Arms Sales to Iran, and on the American Bar Associations Committee on Presidential Signing Statements.  He has been a Visiting Fellow for Constitutional Studies at the Heritage Foundation and an adjunct scholar at American Enterprise Institute.  He has advised numerous countries on constitutional reform, including South Africa, Hungary and Russia.

Mr. Fein graduated from Harvard Law School with honors in 1972.  He has worked in and out of government in Washington, D.C. for 39 years, and penned a weekly column for The Washington Times for more than two decades.  He is a frequent witness before Congress.

He is the author of Constitutional Peril:  The Life and Death Struggle for our Constitution and Democracy, andAmerican Empire Before The Fall.

Authorized and paid for by Ron Paul 2012 PCC. www.RonPaul2012.com

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