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two days and couting mission fuge 4

Ok, I know that I keep post prequels and I’m sorry if I’m getting on anyone’s nervous. (I must post something.)  As you can tell by the title I, and everyone else who is going on mfuge, has less than two days til we leave. This is what I’m planning on doing during mission fuge.

1.) Meet new people(hopefully my shyness will not get in the way).

2.) Try new things.

3.) Learn more about God and grow in my relationship with him.

4.) Get as many pictures as I possibly can.

5.) Lastly, have as much fun as I can.

I’m also planning to come up with more topics for my blogs. So, comment and tell me what you think about my blogs or tell me what kind of topics you want me to blog about.

Bye.

 

 

 

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http://losangeles.ibtimes.com/articles/168679/20110623/america-s-most-wanted-fugitive-james-whitey-bulger-caught.htm

June 23, 2011 4:14 PM EDT

Former Bostom crime boss who was one of America’s Most Wanted, is finally caught in California’s Santa Monica area after being on the run since late 1994.

Bulger is a former leader of Winter Hill Gang, an Irish-American criminal group, and is wanted for 19 murders, conspiracy, extortion, drug dealing, and money laundering.

Bulger had served as an informant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in a controversial arrangement that allowed him to continue his criminal activities.

The 81-year-old fugitive and his longtime girlfriend Catherine Greig, 60, were apprehended outside of their apartment without incident Wednesday. Agents also found a stash of cash and firearms during a search of their apartment.

The case had long stumped authorities, but a fresh 30-second TV campaign that launched only on Tuesday to find Greig quickly paid off with a helpful tip by an unidentified person.

Bulger, who was found in poor health, will face life in prison if convicted, according to U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz at a news conference.

“We’ve gone a long way to bringing justice to the families of the victims,” Ortiz said.

A scandal involving a top FBI agent who acted as Bulger’s informant and was later sentenced, had thwarted his capture and embarrassed the FBI. The crime boss’ story even inspiredt the film “The Departed”.

Bulger has been featured on America’s Most Wanted over a dozen times, with a 2 million dollar reward for information leader to Bulger’s arrest, along with $100,000 for information on Greig.

 

America’s Most Wanted

Tonight I tuned in to see America’s Most Wanted for the last time. It’s really sad to see a telvision show that has last so long on tv be canceled like this. But,however, right before the credits started to roll John Walsh said that America’s Most Wanted may return in the fall. I sure hope so, because America’s Most Wanted is only show that actually makes a difference. So I want to know what ya’ll think. Should they keep America’s Most Wanted or cancel it? Post your comments and tell me what you think.

FEMA deadline draws near

http://www.bolivarcom.com/view/full_story/14353363/article-FEMA-deadline-draws-near?instance=latest_articles

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The deadline is near for residents displaced  from their homes in Bolivar County from the Mississippi River flood of 2011 to  apply for assistance from the federal government’s Emergency Management Agency  (FEMA).

“On May 11, 2011, President Barrack Obama signed the order  declaring the areas affected by the flood waters as natural disaster areas,” said Michael Skeels, public information officer for FEMA, who is currently  residing in Bolivar County. “By FEMA regulations, those affected by the flood  have 60 days to have their applications for assistance turned in.”

Since  the presidential declaration was signed and went into effect on May 11, home and  land owners have until 11:59 p.m. on July 10 to have their assistance  applications in.

FEMA’s mission is to support the citizens of the United  States and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to  build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against,  respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

On March 1,  2003, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) became part of the U.S.  Department of Homeland Security.

“At this point in the application  process,” James Marquez, manager of FEMA’s Bolivar County Disaster Center, said, “It appears that a lot of people displaced or negatively affected from the flood  have taken the initial steps necessary to receive financial  assistance.”

However, there are still some questions concerning FEMA’s  wording or policies that are a little confusing.

The first and foremost  question that has been asked is, what does FEMA consider as primary and  secondary residences?

“Primary residences are homes where the owner lives  the majority of the time,” said Marquez. “There are some necessary documents  needed to prove that the resident is a primary one.

Some of the documents  include utility bills for the address in question, voter’s registration  paperwork and tax papers.

Another common question has been, what are the  requirements needed to qualify for renters assistance?

“When claims are  filed on a location, inspectors will travel out and look at the structure,” continued Marquez. “Renters of course would not receive the benefits from the  residence, but if the inspector considers that the property was not in livable  condition then renter’s assistance may be available.

In other words, it  is the responsibility of the applicant to verify that it was their ‘primary’ residence and inspectors must verify that the home was  uninhabitable.

“Again, we want to express the importance of coming to the  office, located on South Street behind the Cleveland Police Department, and  filing the necessary paperwork. We are here to help with each individual case  and assure applicants that their paperwork is complete and done correctly.”

Read more:  The Bolivar Commercial – FEMA deadline draws near

 

 

No Bolivar County burn ban yet

http://www.bolivarcom.com/view/full_story/13968088/article-No-Bolivar-County-burn-ban-yet?instance=most_recommended

Not only here in Bolivar County but across the Mississippi Delta over the past  several weeks, dark clouds of rising smoke have cluttered the horizon in every  direction.

The voices of many a concerned citizen ring loudly in boards  of aldermen and supervisors meetings in the towns that litter the landscape of  the Mississippi Delta, but they are, more often than not, ringing on deaf  ears.

“I am concerned. I am concerned for the private properties that  surround many of the burning fields, but I am more concerned with the  potentially devastating effect that the smoke will likely have on the  environment. Only living in the Delta for a few years, I cannot believe that the  EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has not stepped in and put an end to these  senseless burnings,” said one citizen at one of these small town Delta  meetings.

“There is some legitimate concern there,” said a representative  from the Mississippi Forestry Commission. “But the simple truth is that by law  we cannot step in until we are asked by the individual county board of  supervisors.

Last year, Gov. Haley Barbour, passed a law banning any  burns within the boarders of the state of Mississippi.

This was because  of the drought affecting much of the state and the fear that these ‘wildfires’ would ultimately burn out of control causing severe damages to adjoining  properties.

However, there are some that benefit from these  burnings.

Farmers have a tough job. Every year they are fighting the odds — Mother Nature, new machinery, higher fuel prices and lower commodity prices  just to name a few.

In their minds, burning fields is a simple, cost  effective way of removing crop stubble from the fields that have been harvested  in preparation of planting the new crops.

Area farmers have been burning  fields for years. Their fathers did it and now they are simply following in the  process.

However, this year has been undeniably worse than others of  recent memory due to the fact that the county has had more wheat planted this  year than in years passed.

The high winds that often torment this area of  the U.S. during the spring and early summer months makes the process of burning  that much more of a sensitive and dangerous topic.

Again, burn bans are  requested by the county board of supervisors before being approved by the  Mississippi Forestry Commission.

Several Mississippi Counties currently  find themselves under burn bans, such as Amite, Copiah, George, Hancock,  Harrison, Jackson, Jones, Lincoln, Marion, Pike and Stone.

Read more:  The Bolivar Commercial – No Bolivar County burn ban yet

 

 

thunder on water part 2

Hey guys here’s the second installment (and last) of the Thunder on Water blogs. Today I went to the arts and crafts(again) it was alittle disappionting because I was hoping that they would put more stands put there, but there weren’t many new stands. Then I went to the car show, now I’m not really big into cars so to me it was alittle boring, but that’s just me. If you’re really into cars then you’ll enjoy it.As for the wrestling and tracker pull thing I didny stay for those so I really can’t say weather or not they were good. Well, this is it for today please comment and tell me what you think about Thunder on Water or what you think about my blogs. later

Ok the other night (Wensday) I went to the ninethenth aunnl Thunder on Water. It was pretty good for the most part. They had more rides that would intersete people closer to my age than last year, which was a good thing. This year I’m hoping to  go to the wrestling event that’s supposed to happen tomorrow, and my dad wants to go to the tracker pull. Well, that’s is about it. I’ll try to let ya’ll know more about Thunder on Water and how it went. Bye

http://new.music.yahoo.com/blogs/thatsreallyweek/134443/may-23-29-jay-z-captures-beyonces-subtler-side-in-dressing-room-rehearsal-footage/

It’s been a great week for Beyoncé’s confident, fist-pumping, female-anthem-making alter ego Sasha Fierce. She rocked three major stages to rave reviews: the “Billboard Music Awards“, “Oprah’s Farewell Spectacular,” and “American Idol.” But she’s also receiving some deserved attention for her impressive acoustic rehearsal footage.

Following the “Idol” broadcast, Beyoncé’s husband, Jay-Z, posted behind-the-scenes footage of his wife singing her new emotional ballad “1+1” in her dressing room. Accompanied by a pianist and her background singers, Beyoncé simply stands in front of a vanity mirror with her head humbly held low and eyes closed as she belts her way through the lyrics while her mother, nephew, and cousin, among others, watch in awe.

  the song, Beyoncé pledges her unconditional love for someone special. “We ain’t got nothing but love, and darling you’ve got enough for both of us,” she sings.

Jay-Z, who actually videotaped the clip, stressed the uniqueness of the stripped-down run-through. “This is the dressing-room rehearsal for ‘American Idol,'” he wrote on his Life+Times website under the pseudonym Andy WarHOV. “‘NO MICROPHONE. No effects.”

Fans online are equally pleased, saying this raw performance reflects the depths of Beyoncé’s talent. “Amazing pitch! Great control over her voice. No reverb, microphone, fade-in/out, vocaline, compressor, emlodyne, autotune, logic audio or protools needed,” Denasimone commented on popular urban blog Concrete Loop, one of the first sites to post the video.

Jay-Z described Beyoncé’s “pregame” show as refreshing. “Sometimes you need perspective,” he wrote. “You’ve been right in front of greatness so often that you need to step back and see it again for the first time.”

https://i2.wp.com/a323.yahoofs.com/ymg/realityrocks__27/realityrocks-379931122-1306382768.jpgBut of course, Beyoncé’s “Idol” experience wasn’t the only cool “Idol” news to break this week. On Wednesday night, the show named its 10th winner, Scotty McCreery. Elsewhere in the latest happenings in the music world, Justin Bieber and girlfriend Selena Gomez confirmed their boyfriend-girlfriend status when they shared an on camera kiss as the 17-year-old pop singer headed to the stage to receive a Billboard Music Award. The demand for Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” album caused the servers at online retailer Amazon to crash, as eager fans rushed to take advantage of the 99-cent presale promotion. And the Grammys caught flack from music veterans Carlos Santa and Paul Simon who demanded that the respected National Academy Of Recording Arts And Sciences reinstate the 30 categories it eliminated earlier this year.

Hopefully, this recap gives you the information you need to be pop culture experts at Memorial Day barbecues this weekend. Enjoy. We’ll see you back next week.

Any Ideas

Here we are yet again. How are ya’ll? Now I know that my posts are kind of boring, so I’m asking ya’ll for any ideas of what I can blog about. (please nothing inappropriate). So. yea please post your ideas and tell me what you think about my blogs. Whatelse do I want to put. Oh! yea I’m now a senior. YAY! At last my final year of high school. Well, any this is it. I look forward to your comments and I hope ya’ll are enjoying my blogs.

Bye

By RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI, Associated Press Ramit Plushnick-masti, Associated Press 1 hr 15 mins ago

HOUSTON – A day after surgery to repair her skull, Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ doctor has dubbed her “gorgeous Gabby,” encouraged by how she looks and is communicating after an operation considered a major milestone in her recovery from a gunshot wound.

Giffords had some pain and nausea shortly after the surgery, but a scan of her brain showed the operation was successful, said Dr. Dong Kim, the neurosurgeon who performed the intricate, three-and-a-half-hour procedure.

She’s doing so well that doctors are beginning bedside rehabilitation therapy, and say she’s on the path to being released, although they won’t discuss a timetable.

Giffords’ head was shaved for the surgery, and she’ll be able to stop wearing the cumbersome helmet that was protecting her head from further injury. Kim described her new look as “cute.”

“I started calling her gorgeous Gabby today,” Kim said at a hospital news conference Thursday. “She hasn’t looked in the mirror yet, but as soon as she does she’ll be very pleased.”

Doctors had to remove a piece of the congresswoman’s skull to allow for her brain to swell after she was shot in the head four months ago at a political meet-and-greet in Tucson, Ariz. Six people were killed in the attack and thirteen others injured, including Giffords.

To replace the missing bone, Kim attached a piece of molded hard plastic with tiny screws.

Giffords’ astronaut husband, Mark Kelly, who is orbiting Earth on the space shuttle Endeavour, said he kept in touch with his mother-in-law, his identical twin brother Scott, and his wife’s chief of staff throughout the surgery, and that he is pleased with how it went.

“She’s doing really well. Everything went as planned,” Kelly said in a TV interview from space. “Her neurosurgeons are very happy, she’s recuperating and she’s actually getting back to therapy today. So it went really, really well.”

Kelly also said that Giffords will receive outpatient care in Houston, meaning she will remain away from her home district in Arizona for the start of the next phase of her recovery. “We don’t know exactly when that is going to be, but I’m looking forward to that.”

Giffords also had a permanent shunt placed in the skin behind her ear to drain spinal fluid from her brain and into her abdomen, Kim said. It will relieve pressure from fluids that often build up in patients with a brain injury, but it’s not visible and many patients forget they have one, doctors said.

The surgery carries a 5 to 10 percent risk of infection, Kim said. There are still some remaining bullet fragments in Giffords’ brain that will not be removed because doing so could make her condition worse, he said.

Once Giffords returns to TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston from the nearby Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center where she underwent the surgery, the shunt and the skull surgery will further help her recovery.

“We’re optimistic that when she comes back we’ll see a lot of changes that will allow us to upgrade the rehabilitation,” said Dr. Gerard Francisco, the head of Giffords’ rehabilitation team.

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Ramit Plushnick-Masti can be reached at http://twitter.com/RamitMastiAP

 http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110519/ap_on_he_me/us_congresswoman_shot_surgery

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