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For the first time since 1925, the top 10 listings in the Standard & Poor’s top 500 companies lacks any mention of ExxonMobil or its predecessors. ExxonMobil slid to the No. 12 spot, … more
The recent approval by the city’s Planning Board of the new downtown housing complex the Copper City Lofts as well as the planned complex on the Griffiss Business and Technology Park near the … more
American Airlines needs to explain why it stranded a group of unaccompanied children in temporary quarters for 24 hours without feeding them or contacting their parents. The nine kids were attending … more
It was an exciting day yesterday for students, teachers and staff: The first day of school. A couple of things especially stood out amid the hubbub of activities typical of the first day. Among them: … more
British doctors needed eight days to figure out why a patient was having serious problems swallowing and eating solid food after having routine surgery. The patient went back to the doctor to … more
In a world of overwhelming news, what could be better than a business that unleashes goats to chomp away at hard-to-mow foliage? As the St. Post-Dispatch’s Colleen Schrappen reported, an Iowa-based … more
For those young Rome pupils who enjoy Dr. Seuss and his colorful characters like the Cat in the Hat, here’s a small story we picked up: Since there’s no law requiring St. Louis County (Mo.) … more
The impending demise of Herb Philipson’s Army & Navy Stores is the end of an era — a sad reality of the new, global economy. The chain, founded in downtown Rome in 1951, found an eager area … more
Kudos to Jervis Public Library, its patrons, volunteers and to the dozens of generous donors who help the library remain a bustling community treasure. The library, under the direction of Executive … more
Our apologies to Benjamin Franklin, who in a 1789 letter to French physicist Jean-Baptiste Leroy penned, “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” For in a sign … more
We seldom comment on the handing down of sentences of those convicted. Such matters are typically not only not for us to judge but best left to the judges who along with the jurors, have poured over … more
Police in Tempe, Ariz., have taken a different approach to law enforcement: In addition to ticketing people who break the law, they are rewarding those who follow it, with coupons for free soft … more
H.R.8 is a bill “To require a background check for every firearm sale.” It’s a poor bill. Too easily it would turn good and decent people into criminals. HR8 requires that loans, gifts, and … more
From the cable network that invented weird election-night holograms and hourly “breaking news” overhype comes a new low in broadcast journalism: CNN turned the drawing for the second round of … more
Sometimes things have to be placed in the right context in order for people to put it in the proper perspective. An excellent example of this was a recent Washington Post report on motor vehicle … more
Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rossello, 40, finally got the hint after days of mass protests had made it obvious to everyone else around him that he could no longer continue in office. His administration … more
“Repo men” are folks who contract with banks and debt collectors to repossess goods purchased on credit by people who don’t pay their bills. Their work normally focuses on cars, boats and RVs. … more
Marty McFly, the future has arrived. The “Back to the Future” character who famously skateboarded and hover-boarded through history would have been impressed with the latest technology on display … more
As if Chicago didn’t have enough problems, a five-foot alligator spotted in an urban lagoon there evaded capture for a week. Chance the Snapper, as he’s been dubbed, became a celebrity among … more
Remember the April Fools Taco Bell joke? Taco Bell took out full-page ads in major newspapers on April 1, 1996, to announce its purchase of the Liberty Bell to help reduce the nation’s debt. … more
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