Friday, September 11, 2009

This day in history
On September 11, 2001, terrorists allegedly associated with al Qaeda hijacked four US commercial airliners, two of which were crashed into the World Trade Center Towers in New York City, with a third hitting the Pentagon in Washington DC. The fourth plane went down in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The attacks spawned an immediate tightening of aviation security regulations and in October 2001 led to Congressional passage of the controversial USA PATRIOT Act, giving the executive broad new national security powers.
On September 11, 1978, Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel and President Anwar Sadat of Egypt agreed to the Camp David Accords, a plan for peace between the two countries. This led to the signing of the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty. U.S. President Jimmy Carter played a major role in the negotiations.

Visit the 9/11 Memorial Preview Site to learn about the plans for and progress of Memorial and Museum currently being built at the World Trade Center site, view real time images of the construction progress and more.

The University of Houston's College of Engineering presents a series about the machines that make our civilization run, and the people whose ingenuity created them. Example of a story on sculptures:

The big cat covered 100 metres in an amazing 6.13 seconds in Cincinnati. Sarah eclipsed the previous 6.19 seconds record on a specially-designed course at Cincinnati Zoo's Regional Cheetah Breeding Facility at Mast Farm. She is now officially the world's fastest land animal. See picture and story at:

After moving back to Cleveland from New York City, Jonathon and Amelia Sawyer's goal was to open their own restaurant that was both simple and approachable. Welcome The Greenhouse Tavern. Located on the bustling East 4th Street, the eatery is the state's first certified green restaurant. Currently open for dinner, Sawyer's plans for the tavern include following green principles of organic and environmentally-friendly ingredients while recycling and using methods to compost, source alternate energy and focus on conservation practices. His plans for the restaurant's menu include creating dishes based on local ingredients.

Font furor When Ikea casually abandoned its version of the famed 20th-century font Futura that had served it for 50 years and replaced it for 2010 with the computer-screen font Verdana, professional outrage was immense. Advertisers, logo designers, magazine and book publishers and catalog creators spend millions on fonts because they know the medium has a message. The design blog presented examples of the Ikea catalog’s look, before and after. Ikea explained that it was abandoning its own version of the Futura font because it wanted one that would be effective in many different languages and on the Web, and that Verdana was designed for just that purpose.

To make up for forcibly deleting copies of two George Orwell books, Amazon (AMZN) is offering to redeliver the books to those users, or a $30 Amazon gift certificate, The WSJ reports. In an email to customers, Amazon says, via the Journal:
As you were one of the customers impacted by the removal of “Nineteen Eighty-Four” from your Kindle device in July of this year, we would like to offer you the option to have us re-deliver this book to your Kindle along with any annotations you made. You will not be charged for the book. If you do not wish to have us re-deliver the book to your Kindle, you can instead choose to receive an electronic gift certificate or check for $30. In July 2009, Amazon deleted copies of Orwell's "1984" and "Animal Farm," as the party that sold those books were doing so illegally.

Both the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal are planning to start San Francisco editions, the NYT reported. The new editions would offer more local news for the San Francisco Bay Area in a bid to win new readers and advertisers. Neither paper has released details of their plans, but the NYT spoke to anonymous sources about the Journal's project who explained that the SF edition would contain a page or tow of general-interest news from California, probably once a week. It anticipates starting the new edition in November or December.
The Wall Street Journal is also looking at a weekly arts and culture section focused on New York City, according to reports in July. This has been interpreted as an attempt to compete more directly with the Times, and a San Francisco edition, if it does indeed include general interest rather than business news, is likely to be viewed in the same light. The Times itself is considering regional editions based in other cities, according to the NYT article.

Prior to May, a church in Phoenix rang its bells every hour on the hour, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Despite all that is wonderful with hourly dinging-and-donging, some of the neighborhood's residents got annoyed and asked a judge to shut down the racket.
The judge did just that--and a little more: He convicted the bishop, Rick Painter, on two counts of creating "an unreasonably loud, disturbing and unnecessary noise." Painter in June was given a suspended sentence of ten days in jail and three years' probation on June 3. Now comes word that a collection of churches have filed suit in federal court against the city for violating its First Amendment right to practice its religion unfettered. They argue that Phoenix's noise ordinance has an exception for ice-cream trucks. They're asking for the same treatment. Click here for the complaint. Click here for the story, from Courthouse News Service. WSJ Law Blog September 9, 2009

Toledo area readers:
This SATURDAY NIGHT SEPT 12, 7:30PM, COLLINGWOOD ARTS CENTER, The Second Annual Film Noir Festival--two big features hosted by WGTE's Ross Hocker: The Great Flamarion (1945) and Detour (1945)
My Man Godfrey (1936) great screwball comedy starring Carole Lombard and William Powell.

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