THE BRIDGEHUNTER'S CHRONICLES Mystery Bridge 22: A truss bridge made of wood
Here's a quiz for you: How many of you had either a set of Lincoln Logs, Tinker Toys, or something similar to that, when you were a child growing up? And if so, what kinds of things did you build wi... Posted on 4/23/13 at 4:19 PM
SLOWINGTHERACINGMIND We are Like the Weather
Bloggers note: I started this post several weeks ago and am back to it because this week has been much like that dayand I had the same thoughts but had not completed the post then. I hope you enjoy th... Posted on 3/20/13 at 7:03 AM
HEALTHBEAT Too stoic for antidepressants
Should people who are depressed take antidepressant medication, or should they just tough it out?
There's often a stigma surrounding the use of antidepressants, and it may be preventing people from g... Posted on 12/14/12 at 1:47 PM
CLOUDBURST 'Tis the Season
Sadly, the warm sunny days of summer are now just a fond memory. The chilly days of autumn have arrived to take their place, and soon will be followed by the long, dark, cold days of winter. We've al... Posted on 10/18/12 at 9:03 PM
STAFF BLOG EVERYTHING ELSE BY FORUM REPORTER J. SHANE MERCER Activity in nature appears to be good for mental health
Turns out that Mom’s incessant admonition to “Go outside and play!” was sound advice. Recent research found that just “five minutes of exercise in a park, working in a backyard... Posted on 6/14/10 at 2:08 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — Suicides in the U.S. military surged to a record 349 last year, far exceeding American combat deaths in Afghanistan, and some private experts are predicting the dark trend will grow worse this year.
Robert Burns, AP National Security Writer
, January 14, 2013
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Taunted since grade school for hanging out with girls, 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer told his parents things were finally getting better since high school started. Meanwhile, on a blog his parents didn't know about, he posted increasingly desperate notes ruminating on suicide, bullying, homophobia and pop singer Lady Gaga.
Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press
, September 28, 2011
OWOSSO, Mich. (AP) — Relatives of a Michigan man charged with fatally shooting two people, including a well-known local abortion protester, said in a statement Monday that he had battled depression and was experiencing problems with his medications.
The recession is starving the government of tax revenue, just as the president and Congress are piling a major expansion of health care and other programs on the nation’s plate and struggling to find money to pay the tab.
The numbers could hardly be more stark: Tax receipts are on pace to drop 18 percent this year, the biggest single-year decline since the Great Depression, while the federal deficit balloons to a record $1.8 trillion.
Other figures in an Associated Press analysis underscore the recession’s impact: Individual income tax receipts are down 22 percent from a year ago. Corporate income taxes are down 57 percent. Social Security tax receipts could drop for only the second time since 1940, and Medicare taxes are on pace to drop for only the third time ever.
By Stephen Ohlemacher, The Associated Press
, August 04, 2009
The global economy is expected to lurch into reverse this year for the first time since World War II with appalling consequences for nations large and small — trillions of dollars in lost business, millions of people thrust into hunger and homelessness and crime on the rise.
By Jeannine Aversa, The Associated Press
, April 23, 2009
More than $9 trillion — in taxpayer dollars — has been pledged, committed, lent or spent by the federal government in response to the economic crisis. Some say that if the economy continues to deteriorate, trillions more might be necessary to prevent another Great Depression.
Yet no one has investigated how this crisis happened. That is irresponsible. A comprehensive investigation is essential to prevent this from happening again.
Sen. Byron Dorgan and Sen. John McCain
, March 13, 2009
Battered by layoffs, debts and dread of worse to come, shoppers clutched ever tighter to their wallets in the final three months of 2008 and thrust the economy into its worst downhill slide in a quarter-century. Americans cut spending on everything from cars to computers, and it’s only getting worse so far in the new year.
By Jeannine Aversa, The Associated Press
, January 31, 2009
The chief economist for Moody’s Economy.com predicts the economy will hit a “technical bottom” in September but says a turnaround may not be felt for a few years.
Mark Zandi spoke at the Marketplace economic development conference in Bismarck.
As the longest recession in a quarter century intensifies, analysts believe the small decline in economic activity in the third quarter has worsened significantly in the current fourth quarter.
The Commerce Department said Tuesday that the gross domestic product, the broadest measure of economic health, declined at an annual rate of 0.5 percent in the July-September quarter. Corporate profits fell 1.2 percent.
By Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press
, December 24, 2008
Rates on 30-year-fixed mortgages dropped this week to their lowest levels in at least 37 years, as the Federal Reserve pledged to pour money into the mortgage market in an effort to spur the moribund U.S. housing market.
The economic downturn will continue in 2009 in the Upper Plains, with unemployment rates rising and recovery in the residential real estate market expected to take more than a year, the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis said Wednesday.
By Elizabeth Dunbar, The Associated Press
, December 18, 2008
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