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with the best chances east and southeast of the District. Under partly sunny skies highs are still quite warm in the mid-to-upper 80s Winds are from the northwest at 5-10 mph and humidity slowly drops off from high to medium during the course of the day MediumTomorrow night: Cooler drier air finally starts to assert itself?" The reference to 1917 is simply straining. , Since we do not use ½ Pinocchios, the major fact-checking organizations come to more or less the same conclusion. Jan 31 2012 A reader asked us about Rubios statement saying "I do not recall Obama being overly negative in his campaign" But it appears to be an article of faith for Republicans Joe Scarborough a former GOP member of Congress who hosts MSNBCs "Morning Joe" : "Barack Obama won ugly in 2008; he ran more negative ads than anyone else in the history of television"But is this really the case The FactsThe nasty campaign of 2008 actually was raised in one of the presidential debates at the time Sen John McCain of Arizona Obamas Republican rival complained that Obama had "spent more money on negative ads than any political campaign in history" Obama responded that almost all of McCains ads were negativeThe exchange gets to the crux of the issue Obama had raised more money than any candidate in US history so he was able to spend significant amounts of money on negative adsand positive ads ( Obama and his allies had $380 million to spend compared to $195 million for McCain and his allies) But the truth is that McCain had a higher percentage of negative ads and quite likely matched or even exceeded the number of negative ads aired by Obama So his campaign on a percentage basis was more negative As we have often explained in this column raw numbers can be misleading without proper context Rubio could have just as easily have said that no candidate had raised as much money as Barack Obama but instead he choose to focus on the fact that a good chunk of that money was spent on negative ads But Obama could afford to spend money on positive ads especially in the final days of the campaign while McCain turned increasingly negative as the campaign progressed (This could be one reason why the reader who asked about Rubios comment has an impression that Obama was not overly negative)In the University of Wisconsin Advertising Project (which is as the Wesleyan Media Project) surveyed presidential advertising in the 2008 campaign The report concluded that McCain ran more negative ads than Obama in July August and November while Obama ran more negative ads in September and October But while Obama ran slightly more negative ads in October he could also afford to spend tens of millions of dollars on positive ads so that one third of his ads in October were positive compared to only a small percentage of McCains ads (Look on the bar chart )The report unfortunately does not mention actual numbers but the bar chart suggests that both men aired just about the same number of negative ads between July and election day245000 (The bar chart also has June but those numbers are too small to estimate) If you only count September October and November Obama appears to have a slight edge in negative ads but virtually all of McCains ads were negative "At certain points in the campaign Barack Obama aired nearly as many negative or contrast ads as John McCain aired altogether" the report concluded "As a proportion however it is clear that most of McCains ads were negative in tone"(One caveat: Counting just ad spots can itself be misleading since an ad spot in a small market will not reach as many people or cost as much as an ad spot in a large market)Alex Conant a spokesman for Rubio said: "People dont think of advertising in relative terms; the bottom line is that they saw more negative ads from the Obama campaign than any other campaign ever"We found that analyzed the content of the ads not the number of ads and it gave a slight edge in negative statements to Obama--68 percentcompared to 62 percent to McCain But it turns out that Obama wasnt the worst in history "The only campaign in history that matches this level of negativity was in the first ever presidential TV spot campaign [in 1952] when Dwight Eisenhower had negative attacks in 69 percent of his ad statements"said formerly with the University of Missouri and now with Ohio University He notes that this could be considered a "virtual tie" between Eisenhower and ObamaIn fact we thought it was a bit rich for the Obama campaign to issue a memo Wednesday complaining about the negative tone of Romneys ad campaign in the Florida primary The president certainly did run a lot of negative ads to win election in 2008 and judging from the campaign so far--the negativity on both sides is only beginning The Pinocchio TestRubios statement is a good example of a "fact" that needs context On balance it appears that Obama and McCain ran just about the same number of negative ads; certainly McCain ran a larger percentage of negative ads Obama may well have spent more money on negative ads but after all he spent much more money on positive ads too One Pinocchio ()Check out our candidate Follow The Fact Checker on and friend us on Track each presidential candidate's Tex. fertilizer plant that exploded last month killing at least 15 and injuring scores moreLast Thursday Ohman that criticized Perrys pro-business stance that involves lower regulations tying the governors approach to the explosion In a published the next day Perry called Ohmans cartoon a "detestable attempt at satire" and demanded an apology; the newspaper has not apologized Asked to share the thinking behind his cartoon Anderson tells Comic Riffs: "I just have a question: Why do people seem more offended by a cartoon than they are by the lax regulatory climate that likely contributed to or even caused this tragedy "Jacks cartoon was clearly motivated by a desire to protect life not to mock the loss of life that is more likely in an atmosphere of open hostility to government regulation"Andersons Houston Chronicle cartoon skewering Gov Rick Perrys reaction to the Jack Ohman cartoon (Used by permission of NICK ANDERSON - )On Tuesday Barbara Boxer as head of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee said that her panel will "hold a hearing in the near future on the disaster and will probe whether there are any gaps in the enforcement of US chemical-safety laws" according to In Texas a state House committee was scheduled today on the explosionThe Association of American Editorial Cartoonists industry group expressing support for Ohman Texass lieutenant governor David Dewhurst that the Bee fire Ohman Rick Perry is depicted as getting more outraged over a cartoon by Sacramento Bee cartoonist Jack Ohman than the actual oversight and regulation issues involving the West, If we dont nurture our , the most collective wealth.

anecdotal evidence suggests it is helping. a think-outside-the-box developer who saw townhouse potential in an overlooked seven-acre parcel in Occoquan that was zoned for multi-family garden-style apartments A 76-unit project had been approved for the parcel in 1972 but that deal fell through and the property sat vacant for nearly four decades "off the beaten path and behind a commercial area" as Basheer described it until her firm bought it in 2010The purchase included some unusual cost-saving provisions When the earlier project was approved Prince William did not levy impact fees on new housing projects As long as Basheers townhouses stayed within the physical parameters of that project the "no impact fee status" of the property would be retained This required her to maintain the same density she had to have 76 units and the units had to fit into the same volume (length depth and height) that the originally proposed garden-style apartment buildings would have occupied Though it was a huge design challenge sticking to the original playbook lowered the cost of each unit by $35000 to $40000 Basheer said Fitting the requisite number of townhouse units into the volumes of the earlier project had no obvious solution Basheer said Fourteen-foot-wide townhouses would produce the correct unit count but this width precluded a garage a non-starter in this market A 16-foot width could accommodate a garage but the number of units would be 10 short Basheers directive to her architect was simple but succinct: "Be creative"Such an open-ended commission from a builder client is rare Anand said But as this project demonstrates when you give your architect free rein you will get unusual resultsHere’s where we gather tweets from Robert Griffin III and Mike Shanahan’s after-practice news conferences in one place for you to discuss what’s being said as it’s trickling out E-mail Mike Jones at mike. grab and go.)●Green eggs and ham (Chop a handful of spinach into tiny pieces and toss with eggs before scrambling.The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is hearing testimony Tuesday about the potential use of military force in SyriaTestifying are Secretary of State John Kerry Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel andJoint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen Martin DempseyThe hearing will beclosely watched around the world as lawmakers weigh whether or not to formally authorize the use of US forces in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons on Syrian refugees As of now The hearing begins at 2:30 pm eastern time. chief executive of Motorola Mobility, once attached to the best-selling phone in the world.

So BLM could alleviate overcrowding by scaling back livestock grazing on public lands." detailed the myriad ways financial sharks take advantage of unsuspecting clients These practices supposedly no longer exist In fact all too many portfolios are assembled in those sausage factories About 10 percent of the new accounts that we see are muppet portfolios These typically hold hundreds of positions Mind you these are not from a family office with $150million but a portfolio 1percent of that size There is no rational reason for these sorts of assemblages to be holding 100-plus positionsHow does this happen As Brown explained brokers are constantly barraged by the Streets financial wholesalers These are the mutual fund families the exchange-traded funds merchants the product providers who spend their days making presentations to financial retailers The broker goes to some conference room or hotel where over a free lunch of rubber chicken the product du jour is pitched The explanation of why the product even exists is made a hypothetical historical performance flashes by a clip of the manager on TV is played Afterward the brokers return to their offices where they start "smiling and dialing" Every client gets the smooth sales pitch filled with those sexy details the broker only learned existed an hour earlier Repeat every month and after a few years you end up with muppet portfolios A better way to view the investing world in my opinion is to break it down to 15 broad asset classes and own all of them These include stocks bonds real estate commodities and cash US stocks differ from emerging markets which are not the same as Treasurys or foreign high-yield bonds to name a few You want to own all of these because from year to year no one ever knows which asset class is going to perform the best And no one can tell in advance which asset class is going to have a bad year So you own them all and you dont worry about it Much of what you own is going to be going up most of the time The beauty of diversification is its about as close as you can get to a free lunch in investing The best part about modern investing is you can access these broad asset classes at very low costs typically 15 to 50 basis points And the cost of buying these now through an online broker is less than $10 Today a smorgasbord of ETFs offer investors direct access to these asset classes Exotic instruments add little if any value to a properly diversified portfolioDont be a muppet "Returnless risk" is not how you prepare for a decent retirementRitholtz is chief executive of FusionIQ a quantitative research firm He is the author of "" and runs a finance blog Follow him on Twitter: Things played out far differently. while the offense settled in with rookies starting at quarterback and tailback.Heritage turkeysTurkeys were domesticated by the Aztecs in Mexico long before Spaniards arrived in the mid-1500s Like other heritage breeds,")But while Romney was on the board of directors, a 1996 Boston Globe article quoted a spokeswoman for Corning as saying that that her company knew when it acquired Damon that its billing practices would face scrutiny from federal officials. The ad overall might merit three Pinocchios but the abortion language is so underhanded that it really discredits the entire ad.000 an hour for a total of at least $1.

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Mich. and the in Chapel Hill NC Low-income African American children were randomly selected for high-quality preschool programs and then their school performance jobs and other life events were tracked over the years The initial expenditure was high $90000 in todays dollars in the case of Abecedarian () but studies indicated that the investment paid off over time: The children who received intervention earned more money and committed fewer crimes than those who did not receive preschool education These studies carry weight because they were started decades ago in the 1960s and 1970s respectively and the outcomes have been carefully tracked But they were also relatively small programs with only about 100 children participating in each Another program known as the has plotted the lives of some 1500 students with similar results but it did not involve random selection The big question is whether these results would carry over into larger less costly state-run programs The federal government already offers Head Start for low-income children at a cost of about $8 billion a year and the results have been mixed "There were initial positive impacts from having access to Head Start but by the end of 3rd grade there were very few impacts found for either cohort in any of the four domains of cognitive social-emotional health and parenting practices" concluded that tracked children in Head Start over time "The few impacts that were found did not show a clear pattern of favorable or unfavorable impacts for children" Lets look again at Obamas State of the Union statement: "In states that make it a priority to educate our youngest children like Georgia or Oklahoma studies show students grow up more likely to read and do math at grade level graduate high school hold a job form more stable families of their own"The Georgia program for instance began in 1996 and the in 1998 meaning the oldest participants are now only 20 So how does the president know such state programs mean these children will be able to hold a job or have stable marriages He doesnt The White House could provide no studies backing up his claim so we can only assume he is jumping to the conclusion that the results in Perry and Abecedarian would be easily replicatedBut that may be a risky assumption "Generalizations to state pre-K programs from research findings on Perry and Abecedarian are prodigious leaps of faith" director of the Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institution last month "Perry and Abecedarian were multi-year intensive interventions whereas state pre-K programs are overwhelmingly one-year programs for four-year-olds" He also noted that todays students face different the circumstances than those of 30 to 40 years ago The Oklahoma program has been by Georgetown Universitys Center for Research on Children in the United States (CROCUS) co-director of CROCUS agreed that the presidents statement went too far: "If I had been crafting this sentence I would have worded it differently Our Oklahoma research to date shows some persistence of cognitive gains through at least 3rd grade This is cause for celebration Extrapolations that link the Oklahoma data set (kindergarten test scores) to other data sets (adult earnings as a function of kindergarten test scores in other sites) also suggest that long-term economic gains are highly likely This is encouraging but not definitive "Other reputable studies of the Perry Preschool Project and the Chicago Parent Centers for example have documented precisely the kinds of positive long-term changes that President Obama referred to in his State of the Union message "That said the premise of your question is correct: we do not yet know for sure whether the phenomenal short-term gains from a high-quality preschool program that we have documented in Tulsa will translate into equally phenomenal long-term gains"Bentley D Ponder director of research and evaluation at the agreed that the president could not be citing a study that involved the Georgia program"The study we on Georgias Pre-K Program looked at children during their pre-K year and found that they made gains in all domains of learning language and literacy math general knowledge and social skills" said Ellen S Peisner-Feinberg senior scientist at the FPG Child Development Institute "Further we found that children who were Spanish-speaking dual language learners made gains in both English and Spanish even though the primary language of instruction was English""President Obama cited an array of long-term effects and a 7 to 1 return on investment that can only be attributed to the high-quality preschool program studied by the HighScope Perry Preschool Study and I wish he had been explicit about that" said president of the HighScope Educational Research Foundation who has conducted research on the Perry Preschool Project since 1975 He noted that the president did not explicitly say the studies were in Georgia or Oklahoma "although I agree that that is a reasonable inference"The Pinocchio TestIn the State of the Union the president went too far by rhetorically linking the long-term results of a handful of unrelated programs to state pre-K programs that he wants to tout There is evidence of near-term gains from such state programs but not yet the long-term impact claimed by the presidentThe presidents phrasing in Georgia was better as his statement then was in the realm of opinion not facts attributed to "studies" But the State of the Union was the marquee speech heard by millions of Americans Thats when his phrasing should have been the most accurate Two Pinocchios ()Check out our candidate Follow The Fact Checker on and friend us on an explanation of what research showed that the children in states receiving preschool education were more likely to hold a job or form stable families. and sisters Lisa and Maggie." But her first name Margaret did inspire the naming of one of TV historys most famous mothers. "Will Eisner said his years of teaching at SVA [New Yorks School of Visual Arts] did the same for him. Jantze has added "stretch goals" including a $14, 2001. including assistant managing editor/foreign and assistant managing editor/national.

In addition to its spreading mat of fungal filaments, “so it felt good when we got it right.They were a tough crowd to please”In addition to my own testing which was incompetent I allowed two boys I know ages 10 and 7 1/2 to play Treehouse Wars and they loved it and will resume their quest for Level 30 whenever I let them have my iPhone againBy May it was ready and in early June it was approved by Apple for the App Store first on iPad then on iPhone in July both for free And that’s when Jefferson launched seeking $1000 to fund his upgrade including money to pay Allen “I told him I’d fund him in the beginning” his father said “but he’d have to chart his path going forward”Word of Treehouse Wars apparently had spread through the tech world by mid-July In 24 hours he had topped $1000 “We’re going to start building the upgrade next week” Jefferson said and it will cost 99 cents when available He promises an “ultimate weapon” and may even draw some of his own graphics including a blond-haired boy in the treehouse this time which might just resemble himHere’s a clip of what the game looks like now before the “ultimate upgrade:” boomerangs and other stuff you can acquire as you rise through the 30 (!) increasingly difficult levels of the gameJefferson then got his game into the where you can download it for free but he wanted more: more weapons more protection for the treehouse and to fix some minor bugs So he launched a to try to raise $1000 And within a day he had $1200 He will soon begin working on his “legendary upgrade package” for Treehouse Wars“It’s good” Jefferson said of his game in which he admits he has only gotten to Level 29 (!) “I might make more games we’re not definite about anything yet” And by “we” he means himself and his brother Talmage 8 with whom he co-founded his company Candy Wrapper Inc two years ago His father entrepreneur Bryan Johnson was an initial investor but is now insisting that Jefferson take more responsibility for both fund-raising and creative control within the companyJefferson who turned 10 in June explained the genesis of Treehouse Wars by saying that “me and my Dad have always been wanting to do projects together We did robots But it was either too hard or Dad did all of the work Then one day we were thinking of ideas and we thought of an app”Jefferson is not an overly tech-oriented kid: He doesn’t have an iPod Touch as many his age do and he is limited to three one-hour computer game sessions a week as many his age are But he certainly knew what an app was and his dad knew of a website called which allows anyone to produce a video game for free without much coding knowledge and produce a really good video game for $299“We wanted this to be a kid-based app” Jefferson continued “We had to think of what kids would like We came up with the idea of treehouses kids like treehouses So we put that in the app Then we had to think of what weapons we could use” And that evolved beyond standard projectiles to smoke bombs anvils (H/T the Roadrunner) and tornadoesJohnson didn’t want to be the one to do the heavy lifting again “I wanted him to learn how to do it” he said So he went to where freelance computer experts offer their services and found Luke Allen a 23-year-old programmer in Melbourne Australia who agreed to tutor Jefferson for $20 an hour via Beginning in February the two Skyped twice a week for about 90 minutes per session Allen said it was thoroughly enjoyable“Typically clients have an idea of what they want in their mind but often can’t articulate it to me” Allen said in an e-mail “Jefferson was the opposite which was very refreshing He had no problemsexplaining exactly what he wanted but if we came to the conclusion that one of his ideas wouldn’t work he would just drop it and move to the next one straight away It was amazing”The pair worked together for about three months “It’s pretty hard” Jefferson said “They use all these big words that I don’t really know” such as “interpolate” and “X axis” and “Y axis” Jefferson and his tutor both logged into the same website so they could work on the project simultaneously while 10000 miles and 14 hours apart “As I watched him do it” Jefferson said “I figured it out”“Jefferson was great” Allen said “He would come up with these incredibly creative thoughts for the aliens or the weapons in the game and then I would try to think of the best way to implement them without influencing his decisions too much? accommodations), the Avis rental agent.some say the health care law is driving those rates higher at an even faster pace."That revolution has left paying considerably more for their coverage than their counterparts at large companies.Reality: Test costs will increase for most states.

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School Improvement Network works with thousands of schools and districts in every state and around the world and has visited over 3,500 classrooms to document best practices in action. Learn more at .School Improvement Network and its logos are trademarks of School Improvement Network. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.For the original version on PRWeb visit: Information contained on this page is provided by an independent third-party content provider. WorldNow and this Station make no warranties or representations in connection therewith. If you have any questions or comments about this page please contact .To our readers,This is a short message to let you know that we are closing the India Masala blog, but we aren’t saying goodbye. We will continue to write about Bollywood and the wider world of India’s cinema at our blog. You still will be able to search for older posts in the India Masala archive, of course. 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SeeChange Health Solutions provides a completely customizable consumer engagement and health incentive technology platform to employers, and health plans delivering the health improvement and cost-controlling advantages of value-based plans.Fast Company magazine acknowledged the power of SeeChange Health's approach to wellness in naming it one of the World's Top Most Innovative Companies in February 2013.Media Contact:For SeeChange Health:Susan Cotton818-824-9164Read more news from .?2012 PR Newswire. All Rights Reserved.@flashrooster,Let’s try to stick to the facts, then. “…the US economy wasn’t robust during the 1940s – 1960s because of War Bonds.” “The war ended in 1945, not at the end of the 1960s.” Yeah, I got it. Try to envision the “big picture here”. War bonds BOUGHT to 1945 of varying maturities. The American people were getting back their money, plus interest as they cashed in those War Bonds. I’m not sure how long after maturity they continued to pay interest (if they did). But they bought them over time, and so their money would come back over a similar or longer period. I speculated to 1955 or so, at which time the country turned it’s attention and priority to American infrastructure. The building of the Interstate Highway System and associated investment and employment carried forward into the sixties.You and I agree that over this period “…we had high taxation, unions were at their apex, the government was investing heavily in our country–infrastructure, education, etc.–companies paid good wages, and yet there were still plenty of rich people living the life of Riley.”But the surge of money that made all this economic activity possible was WAR MONEY! Today’s economists understand that a dollar earned and spent is just the first of three and four “economic bounces” benefiting the economy. Raise taxes today to the levels of the ’40s, 50s and 60s and money will leave this country like rats leaving a sinking ship. Try to limit CEO pay, and companies will relocate from U.S. soil. We aren’t Venezuela. We don’t nationalize companies in America. Get used to it. Changing applicable laws requires consensus that takes time to build. The gate will inevitably close long after the horse is gone because private enterprise is infinitely more financially agile than government.There’s NO “war money” today, “monetary manna from heaven” to replay the post-WW II scenario. Economists have also learned, much to their dismay, that today’s “printing press money” does NOT convey the same economic “bounces” as “war money” did. Our government is today “investing” almost unbelievable amounts “in our country”…the sheer dollars going out to unemployment benefits without end, Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, Food Stamps, federal, state and local union bureaucrats, military wages and defense contracts, disaster relief, and an infinite number of new alphabet soup government agencies..Add those all together and pretty soon government expenditures become downright frightening. We see this in an exploding deficit even as America keeps running up against it’s Debt Limit. There’s NO FREE LUNCH! But cheer up. When government again “invests” in infrastructure, Davis-Bacon will insure that the American taxpayer will be “on the hook” for UNION wages on it ALL!So why not start now? I’m ready, but uncertain how. As I have said previously, let’s cut the up to one third waste in Medicare payments and allow negotiation of drug prices under Medicare and Medicaid. Let’s seriously investigate investment fraud and bank mismanagement and send some people to jail. Let’s eliminate the practice of lobbying and earmarks…institutionalized bribery for influence. Let’s establish two term limits such that the “political class” must disband and find honest work. Let’s agree that the way forward is not on the back of an ass or in the trunk of an elephant.“We, the people” need to enter into good faith national dialog as to what we are willing to pay government to do. Let’s collectively and realistically separate our “needs” from our “wants” with full understanding that one person’s “want” is another person’s “need”. I would like to see Congress prioritize and allocate available tax revenue to fund current government obligations to demonstrate the reasonable taxpayer expectation that they understand their job. Only when they demonstrate such willingness and capability should additional tax revenue be considered. ALL of your concerns and all of my concerns should be “on the table”. I fully agree that the “status quo” is absolutely unsustainable and the time for change is now. BUT you don’t start out on a journey without a destination and a route. How would YOU start this process, flashrooster?Information contained on this page is provided by an independent third-party content provider. WorldNow and this Station make no warranties or representations in connection therewith. If you have any questions or comments about this page please contact .SOURCE Seiki Digital, Inc.Seiki Prices Its Largest 4K Ultra HD Screen Size at $2,999DIAMOND BAR, Calif., Oct. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --?Delivering on its brand promise of providing the ultimate digital entertainment experience at an affordable price, Seiki Digital, Inc. (), announced today the availability and pricing for its 65-inch class 4K Ultra High-Definition television (Ultra HD TV). The new 4K Ultra HD model (SE65UY04) will be available early-December at an MSRP of $2,999.(Photo: ) The new 65-inch class model joins the current Seiki 4K Ultra HD lineup that includes a 50-inch model priced at $1,199 MSRP and a 39-inch at $699 MSRP. Like previous models, the 65-inch set features a panel resolution of 3,840-by-2,160, and an input refresh rate of 120Hz on a 1080p signal and 30Hz on a 4K signal via HDMI 1.4 standard cable.?? "Riding the success of the Seiki 50- and 39-inch Ultra HD models is the new 65-inch model offering an expansive 4K digital entertainment experience," said Frank Kendzora, executive vice president, Tongfang Global, Inc., for Seiki Digital brand. "It's no secret that the Seiki brand is the price leader in the 4K Ultra HD category, and we aim to further our market leadership by offering the best value in large-screen 4K Ultra HD TVs with exceptional picture and build quality."The Seiki 65-inch class 4K model features a thin piano black finish bezel, 64.5-inch diagonal panel size, built-in digital and analog channel tuning, USB port for displaying 4K photos via USB flash drive, and multiple video and audio connections to support current high-definition video content. The model is also packaged with an HDMI 1.4 standard cable.For all of its Ultra HD TV models, Seiki offers the industry's first one-year, no-nonsense, replacement warranty through its U.S.-based technical support at (855) MY-SEIKI.About Seiki Digital, Inc.Seiki (pronounced "SAY-key") represents a new way of thinking in consumer electronics. Seiki offers straightforward, reliable digital entertainment experience that is affordably priced and backed by the industry's most comprehensive customer support.Featuring the industry's first one-year, no-nonsense, replacement warranty, Seiki markets a full range of high-definition LED televisions that feature 4K Ultra HD and Full HD 1080p resolution. The company also markets an audio product line that includes multi-channel stereo sound bar solutions and portable Bluetooth? speaker models. Seiki products are available at select authorized national in-store and online retailers. For more information about Seiki and its complete list of North American retail partners, please visit .FOLLOW SEIKIFacebook ?Twitter ?Website ?2012 PR Newswire. All Rights Reserved.By Alex Cameron, Oklahoma Impact TeamJONES, Oklahoma -- Oklahomans have proven they can handle most anything Mother Nature can dish out: tornadoes, wildfires, ice storms, flooding. Been there, done that. Residents of one town can now add earthquakes to the list.The people of Jones and other rural communities in eastern Oklahoma County and western Lincoln County, in the central part of the state, have been experiencing what geologists refer to as an earthquake "swarm" over the past year.Relative to the temblors that recently struck Haiti and Chile, these quakes have not been very strong -- ranging in magnitude from 1.5 to 3.8, and yet many have been big enough, not only to be felt, but to rattle houses and rattle nerves."It was just ka-boom!" said Jenifer Reynolds, describing one of the first tremors she felt at her Jones home last year. "And it shook the windows and shook the house."Reynolds and her husband, Chris Cook, said they've personally felt about a half a dozen quakes like that -- not strong enough to seriously scare them, but enough to scare their animals."Ya know, horses take off running, and dogs are running off the porch, ya know, it's kind of.. of that magnitude, ya know," Reynolds said.At Shuff's Main Street Grill, a local lunchtime mainstay, the seismic activity is a popular topic of conversation."It'll rock ya pretty good," said Vic Walker, a lifelong resident of the area.And among the patrons, there's no shortage of ideas on what could be causing the earthquakes. They range from the ridiculous to the sublime."A bunch of gophers," laughed Buddy Moseley;"The only theory that I have is that it's a Biblical statement," ventured Buddy's wife, Grace.A popular theory that's also circulating is that the earthquakes are the result of increased oil and gas drilling in the state.Rather than speculate on a cause, the Oklahoma Geological Survey is researching the quakes and trying to come up answers, based on facts, and the facts surrounding the seismic swarm are fairly startling:- between 1977 (when Oklahoma modernized its seismic monitoring system) and 2008, there were a total of 28 earthquakes in Oklahoma and Lincoln Counties; a rate of less than one earthquake per year.- since the start of 2009, there have been 134 earthquakes recorded in those same counties; a rate of 95 per year.To make sense of this increase, OGS brought in Austin Holland, a PhD candidate at the University of Arizona and a research seismologist.For Holland, the first order of business was to get better location data on the quakes, which required that he set up temporary seismic stations in and around the area of seismicity. The U.S. Geological Survey lent him 10 new accelerometers, which have been deployed and whose recordings Holland can access through a link on his computer.Such a network of seismic monitoring stations and the data they providedwere critical in unraveling a similar mystery a year ago in Texas.On Halloween night, 2008, residents around the Dallas-Fort Worth airport began experiencing a series of tremors -- the first felt earthquakes in that area since 1950. Geologists from Southern Methodist University and the University of Texas were intrigued and decided to take a closer look.Dr. Brian Stump, a professor Earth Sciences at SMU, said the seismic equipment they put in place showed them something extraordinary about the epicenters of the earthquakes they recorded."They all locate in that little square," Stump said, pointing to a spot just south of the Dallas-Fort Worth airport.And that square, he said, was right along a known fault line, and right next to a wastewater injection well.Stump and other geologists said production wells have not been tied to earthquakes, but disposal wells, where the saltwater and other fluids used in oil and gas production are injected back into the earth have been shown, in some cases, to cause small quakes."Fluids of all kinds, when they're injected underground, do, in some cases, induce small earthquakes," Stump said.Stump said they also learned that the injection well in question has started putting fluids into the ground just a few weeks before the DFW quakes began."And so, as we finished the study," Stump said, "we can't be absolutely sure that's the cause, but the timing and locations and things seem to say at least we should consider that as a possibility."The resulting peer-reviewed paper got plenty of attention, including Holland's."We've looked at the saltwater disposal certainly as a possible theory," Holland said.By far, the highest volume disposal wells in the area of earthquakes belong to Tulsa-based New Dominion, LLC. They pump, on average, 3.5 million gallons of saltwater a day into the Arbuckle formation, along a fault known as the Nemaha Ridge.During a visit to their facilities recently, we asked if they thought they could be causing earthquakes."Well, we didn't think we were," said Roland Rollins, a New Dominion supervisor, "but we sure didn't want to be the cause of it, so that's why we thought, well we'll just take the positive approach and find out."With the help of OGS, the company installed two seismic stations on its property in south Oklahoma City, but the wells are 10 to 15 miles from the general location of all the earthquakes, and the monitors are not picking up any unusual seismicity, so Holland has pretty much ruled them out.But what about other injections wells? Holland said he's looked and the ones closest to the seismic activity are all low-volume and low-pressure. What's more, he said, the earthquakes, unlike those in Dallas a year ago, are spread out."If it was triggered seismicity, you'd expect the earthquakes all to be located in a fairly small spatial area," Holland said.And still, you don't have to be a skeptic to wonder how a 10,000 percent increase in seismic activity could not be triggered.So we asked Holland if he would have a problem saying the earthquakes were tied to oil and gas activity, if the data pointed to that."No," Holland emphasized, "that would be very important...[but] I just can't make the connection, there just doesn't seem to be a link, and it's the easy answer. Everyone wants to pin it on the oil activities, but it just doesn't seem to be there yet."Whether the earthquakes are induced or somehow the work of nature, they are taking a toll, as many people, like Jenifer and Chris, are now paying for earthquake insurance."For the most part, it's become kind of just part of life, but you would kind of like to know what the answer is," Reynolds said.Holland said he hasn't completely ruled out the possibility the quakes are induced (man-caused), saying he still has much more analysis to do. He said he hopes to publish the results of his research in about a year.SATURDAY, Oct. 5 (HealthDay News) -- A good pair of sunglasses can help protect your eyes from sun-related damage, so you need to know what to look for when shopping for a new pair, experts say.Long-term exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun is associated with a number of eye conditions, including cataracts, skin cancer on the eyelid and around the eyes, melanoma of the eye, and benign growths on the surface of the eye, according to researchers at the University of California, Berkeley.In the United States, there are no federal standards for sunglasses and labels are inconsistent and confusing. Tags or stickers that say "blocks UV" or "UV absorbent" are meaningless because they don't tell you how much UV is blocked.Your best bet is to look for sunglasses that claim to block most or all UV. For example, "99-100 percent UV absorbent" or "UV 400." However, there is no independent verification for such claims, so you might want to have an optician test your sunglasses to find out if they block all or most UV, the UC Berkeley researchers noted in a university news release.For those not in the market for a new pair of shades, it might be a good idea to have your old sunglasses tested, because scratches and abrasions can wear down UV coating over time. An optician can also put a UV-protective coat on sunglasses.Be aware that darker lenses don't necessarily provide greater UV protection. And, darker lenses that don't block UV can be more harmful than wearing no sunglasses at all because they cause pupils to open wider and allow more UV to enter your eyes.The larger the frames of your sunglasses, the better. Wrap-around sunglasses block light coming in through the side, according to the news release, but they may cause distortion.Everyone should wear sunglasses when spending time outdoors, including children (their eyes are especially vulnerable to UV) and people who wear contact lenses. Even if contacts are UV-treated, they don't cover the whole eye.Sunglasses are essential for people who are sun-sensitive due to medications or other reasons, and for those who have had cataract surgery. Light-colored eyes are particularly vulnerable to UV, according to the news release.More informationPrevent Blindness America has more about . Copyright 2013 . All rights reserved.The choices you make in selecting and obtaining your pet make a world of difference. Here are a few questions to think about: PUREBRED OR MIXED BREED?Dogs and cats fall into one of two categories: purebreds or mixed breeds. The only significant difference between the two is that purebreds, because their parents and other ancestors are all members of the same breed, generally conform to a specific "breed standard." This means that you have a good chance of knowing what general physical and behavioral characteristics a puppy or kitten of that breed is likely to have. The size, appearance, and temperament of most mixed breed dogs can be predicted as well. After all, mixed breeds are simply combinations of different breeds. So if you can recognize the ancestry of a particular mixed breed dog or cat, you can see how a puppy or kitten is likely to look as an adult. Some people think that when they purchase a purebred, they're purchasing a guarantee of health and temperament, too. This is simply not true. In fact, the only thing the "papers" from purebred dog and cat registry organizations certify is that the recording registry maintains information regarding the reported lineage and identity of the animal. Mixed breeds, on the other hand, offer several advantages many prospective pet owners don't think about. For example, when you adopt a mixed breed, you get the benefit of two or more different breeds in one animal. You also get a pet who is less prone to genetic defects common to certain purebred dogs and cats. Whether you're thinking about getting a dog or cat, purebred or mixed breed, it's important to make sure your favorite type of animal fits with your lifestyle. You may love border collies, for example, but these active dogs likely aren't a good match for busy apartment dwellers living in a city. So first become knowledgeable about what kind of animal you want and about what it takes to be a responsible pet caregiver. WHERE CAN I GET A PUREBRED DOG OR CAT?Perhaps you're set on getting a purebred. Where should you get one? Not all sources are the same, so it's critical to choose carefully. Here's information about four common sources of purebred pets: Copyright ? 2001 All rights reserved.By Sadie Gennis,had to cancel the Russian leg of her tour because Russian officials denied her visa request,reports. Concert organizers blamed Russian's anti-gay laws as the reason for the singer's visa denial.The laws, signed by President Vladimir Putin in July, ban "propaganda on nontraditional sexual relationships" to minors, adoption by gay couples or people who live in countries that have same-sex marriage equality, and allow for gay or "pro-gay" tourists to be arrested or detained for up to two weeks in Russia before being expelled from the country.Two days before Gomez was denied a Russian visa, gay rights activist John Becker started apetition asking the singer to speak out for LGBTQ Russians at her upcoming two concerts there. "Selena Gomez knows all too well what it's like to be bullied, and as an international pop star she has a unique platform and a special obligation to join other celebrities like Madonna, Lady Gaga, and Cher in speaking out against the Russian government's bullying of LGBT people. By speaking out, Selena can let LGBT folks in Russia know that we stand with them, and that they are not alone," Becker wrote. As of now, the petition has 14,360 signatures.Last year,andboth used their concerts in Russia as platforms to openly support LGBTQ rights, inspiring Russian officials to become stricter with which performers they give visas to. Both singers were also threatened with potential prosecution and Madonna was even sued by conservative Russian activists for violating the new anti-gay laws. View original at Other Links From TVGuide.comDescription Self Storage Facilities in Tulsa, South Tulsa, Bixby, and Glenpool Oklahoma. Tulsa Oklahoma Storage, Tulsa Oklahoma Mini Storage, Tulsa Oklahoma Storage Facility. Self Storage Depot is a state of the art self storage facility that offers both conventional and climate controlled self storage units. We are conveniently located at 13455 S. Memorial Drive, just South of 131st Street South. Visit our site today for more details on the free move in truck with rental, the online reservation and payment system and more. Web LinksSAND SPRINGS, Oklahoma -When a criminal attacks, how a victim responds in those first few seconds can be the difference between life and death.I interview a lot of victims who tell me, in that moment, they are so scared, they can't even think straight, let alone act.I attended a 12-hour class offered by Sand Springs police teaches women how to spot and avoid bad situations, but also teaches basic moves the average woman can use to fight off an attacker."We're not teaching boxing, we're teaching to win and fight dirty," said Casey King.Sgt. Shannon Newman, with Sand Springs Police, and Cherokee Nation Marshal Casey King taught us how to recognize a threat and respond to it more quickly.They say having the element of surprise is key, since most attackers don't expect a woman to fight back, especially with the goal to hurt them."You're not going to go toe-to-toe with somebody who outweighs you by 100 pounds, you're gonna do all the mean and dirty tricks you've got to, to get away safely," Sgt. Newman said.Yelling makes sure you keep breathing, because some people hold their breath when they get scared. 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the Diaspora.? Haaretz Daily Newspaper Ltd. All Rights ReservedNews: Jewish World: Culture: Haaretz.com Blogs: Haaretz.co.il: Design by Accelerated by Haaretz.com, the online edition of Haaretz Newspaper in Israel, and analysis from Israel and the Middle East. Haaretz.com provides extensive and in-depth coverage of Israel, the Jewish World and the Middle East, including defense, diplomacy, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the peace process, Israeli politics, Jerusalem affairs, international relations, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, the Palestinian Authority, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, the Israeli business world and Jewish life in Israel and the Diaspora.? Haaretz Daily Newspaper Ltd. All Rights ReservedThe case for our right to be called “the start-up nation” is clear and simple. First off, the entire world comes here to learn how we built a start-up culture of entrepreneurship and risk-taking that gives rise to dozens of exits a year. If people from Singapore, Germany and China are coming to learn how we cultivate this ecology, then apparently we’ve done something right. Second, the financial statistics speak for themselves: Given the massive risks involved in building a large company, floating shares on the stock exchange and tackling the cruel international markets, selling a company is almost always the best way for entrepreneurs, investors and employees to maximize profits. Third, alongside the start-up nation is a nation of multinational high-tech companies: Intel, HP, Microsoft, Motorola, EMC, Cisco and even Apple have employed thousands of workers here over the years, and most offer more stable employment than start-ups. They have a reciprocal relationship with the start-ups, hiring their workers while also grooming potential hires. Fourth, the start-up nation nurtures itself: After every exit, most of the entrepreneurs go back to their garages in order to launch their next start-up, and the lucky ones ? those who raked in tens of millions of dollars in the sellout ? become investors, mentors and angels. Every day, the Israeli start-up nation ecology sends its roots down a little deeper. Fifth, the tough competition between big technology firms drives them to pay inflated prices for start-ups. They’re not buying merely technology or a team, but also “insurance” that their competitor will not be able to buy this technology. They are occasionally willing to pay significant premiums for this insurance ? much more than the cash flow the start-up is forecast to generate for them. Sixth, Israeli technology and expertise combined with the buyer’s distribution and marketing infrastructure is a winning mix. The buyer is unable to create that kind of innovation in-house, while the seller’s chance of success on the global market, given the massive investment required in marketing, production and logistics, is very low. Seventh, for the past 40 years, the world has associated Israel with the occupation, the Palestinian conflict, terror and battles between ultra-Orthodox and secular Jews. The only way in which we’ve managed to improve our brand is by building a name as the start-up nation. If we didn’t have this narrative, we’d be left with only the conflict and the occupation. But does this success hide negative phenomena that are hard to see, quantify and even understand? It seems the answer is yes. First off, the start-up nation encompasses only a very small percentage of the population. A bubble detached from the rest of the country, it exacerbates social and economic inequality. The start-up lifestyle and culture characterize a very specific group of people of a very specific age. Second, the start-up industry is incredibly cruel: Its workers are very unlikely to have a long-term career. Very few companies are built to last, and the collapse of large companies and turnover at the top are crucial parts of the free market ? but it takes a critical mass of large companies to create a job market and provide employment opportunities for all kinds of people over the long term. Third, the culture of start-ups and the quick exit have filtered throughout the rest of the economy. Everyone wants to make fast cash and move on to the next thing. If in the private sector the goal is to win the sprint, it’s not surprising that the public sector, politicians and all aspects of public life in Israel show no long-term thinking; instead, everyone is trying to maximize utility over the short term. Fourth, the start-up and exit culture mean that most Israeli innovation is based on new products, and very little innovation is based on new processes. The private and public sectors, which desperately need innovative processes, better management and a culture of competition and talent, won’t find any of this in start-ups so long as the latter exist within their own private bubble focused on research and development. If Israel’s start-up sector were to produce more large companies, more entrepreneurs thinking about the long term, then we would also find ourselves developing management, marketing and long-term thinking that would filter through to the rest of the economy. High-tech’s focus on flipping start-ups means that this industry is entirely detached from the rest of the economy. Thus the country’s most successful sector cannot truly become an engine for changing the economy, the culture, values and skills. Two entirely separate nations are sprouting up here ? the start-up nation, which excels in research and development, quick change and finding opportunities, and the nation of Israel with its outdated public sector and excess of economic concentration. As far as the start-up nation is concerned, the current model is working great, and it offers tremendous advantages to its entrepreneurs, investors and employees. But in terms of the nation as a whole, this is a huge missed opportunity that perpetuates the current economic structure. The first case is simple and clear ? the second one is much more complex.News: Jewish World: Culture: Haaretz.com Blogs: Haaretz.co.il: Design by Accelerated by Haaretz.com, the online edition of Haaretz Newspaper in Israel, and analysis from Israel and the Middle East. Haaretz.com provides extensive and in-depth coverage of Israel, the Jewish World and the Middle East, including defense, diplomacy, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the peace process, Israeli politics, Jerusalem affairs, international relations, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, the Palestinian Authority, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, the Israeli business world and Jewish life in Israel and the Diaspora.? Haaretz Daily Newspaper Ltd. All Rights ReservedNews: Jewish World: Culture: Haaretz.com Blogs: Haaretz.co.il: Design by Accelerated by Haaretz.com, the online edition of Haaretz Newspaper in Israel, and analysis from Israel and the Middle East. Haaretz.com provides extensive and in-depth coverage of Israel, the Jewish World and the Middle East, including defense, diplomacy, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the peace process, Israeli politics, Jerusalem affairs, international relations, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, the Palestinian Authority, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, the Israeli business world and Jewish life in Israel and the Diaspora.? Haaretz Daily Newspaper Ltd. All Rights Reserved"Mommy, I want you to buy the drink that tastes like Nestea," said my 4-year-old son. Funny, he never used to drink that brand's iced tea before. But the massive, focused Israeli ad campaign by the Coca-Cola Company's local franchisee, the Central Bottling Company, had done its work. At a time when companies are watching their consumers' attention spans dwindle and their ad campaigns miss the mark, the Central Bottling Company managed to win over the public with a targeted campaign promoting a singular, sharp message. The results are undeniable. After Coca-Cola handed over distribution of several of its Nestea products, prompting the name change of one of this country's most beloved iced teas, the newly christened Fuze Tea was introduced in a flurry of ads. Two weeks in, the nascent brand's market share among iced tea beverages, in terms of financial total sales volume, reached 61 percent, according to figures compiled by market research company Storenext and published September 9 in TheMarker. Nestea's market share plummeted from 76 percent to a negligible 15 percent market share, with Fuze Tea effectively knocking its predecessor off the shelves. The market share for other competing brands, including Tempo Beverages' Jump, Jafora-Tabori's Spring Tea and supermarket chain Super-Sol's generic iced tea held steady. But all brands can take heart in the fact that sales of iced tea jumped across the board. The Fuze Tea marketing campaign was a blitz the likes of which had not been seen in Israel for many years. At a time when most companies have been scaling back on advertising, Central Bottling Company set aside a reported NIS 15 million to push its brand. This was a focused, thought-out campaign. It began with a simple press announcement that was reminiscent of a product recall. Like all good ad campaigns, however, it left consumers thirsty for more, saying only that an established product was about to change its name. Nothing more was revealed. With consumers curious, the message returned in an all-out public relations campaign. Sources close to the campaign say that even before it got off the ground, consumer awareness surveys showed that 60 percent of the target audience was already aware of a pending iced tea name switch. The success of the campaign can be measured not just in how much tea was guzzled, but also how much buzz it generated. Perhaps driven as much by curiosity as confusion, customers who encountered the bottles with the same taste but different name began to chatter about what it all meant. Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it also, apparently, sparked the thirst, as consumers hurried to try to the newly labeled drink and taste what all the fuss was about. But the future of Fuze can't yet be read in the tea leaves. Despite the success of the launch, Osem Investments, Nestle's local distributor, has still not even begun to respond in force with the new version of Nestea iced tea. It??s also possible that despite Fuze's apparent success, some of those glugging it down are just trying out the drink, and won't stay loyal to it in the future. One thing, however, is clear. The successful launch of Fuze Tea and its nearly instantaneous replacement of an established brand highlight several important lessons for marketers everywhere. Product branding As all good marketing students know, companies invest in their brand name, because a strong brand will generate customer loyalty and allow the company to charge higher prices. While competitors are selling their products at two bottles for NIS 10, Fuze Tea is charging between NIS 6 and NIS 7 per bottle. Despite the fact that Israelis are entrenched in a social justice debate about the inflated cost of products here, Central Bottling Company launched a new brand-name product selling at a higher price than its consumers. And the result? The cash-strapped masses bought it up in droves. Taste versus image Part of Fuze Tea's success can probably be chalked up to the fact that it tastes exactly the same as the old Nestea. When Nestle and Coca-Cola split up, Coca-Cola got the drink's recipe while Nestle walked away with the brand name. One of the key product development tests used by Nestle to determine a new drink's readiness for market is called the 60-40 test. A product is considered ready for public consumption when roughly 60 percent of those surveyed in taste tests call it delicious and say they prefer it to competing brands. But this entire premise revolves around the idea that people are blindly loyal to brand names. The story of Fuze Tea suggests that companies may need only to preserve the taste that people love, and consumers will continue to buy the product, whatever the name. The great irony here is that the company that has demonstrated this lesson in the iced tea market is the same company that markets Coca-Cola, a brand that in the past took a serious hit for trying to change its taste. This is also brand whose biggest competitor, Pepsi, tried without much success to draw away some of Coca-Cola's loyal customers through a blind taste test promotion to prove that consumers prefer its dark fizzy drink more. Brand name versus product design Perhaps the discussion is focused on the wrong dimension of the problem. Maybe we need to ask what really makes a brand ?C maybe it??s the font used in the logo or the container's evocative appearance. Nestea's bottle was very distinctive. After the falling out between Nestle and Coca-Cola, the latter changed the name on their bottle's paper label but left everything else completely intact. Keeping the same identifiable bottle, it appears, told consumers that the drink inside had remained the same, despite the name plastered across the front. Product design folks will tell you that if you received a black carbonated drink served in Coca-Cola's distinctive glass bottle that you would be confident that you were drinking Coca-Cola, even if you were actually sipping RC Cola. Other research shows that it's not even product design that serves as a determining factor, it's simply color. When red food coloring is added to water, people think it tastes like raspberry. Regardless product design, when a drink's flavor remians the same and the drink comes in the same shape bottle, the impact of a changed name is significantly reduced. Distribution versus branding Albeit much less sexy to talk about, another key element is a product's distribution channels. Fuze Tea's launch wasn't just exceptional in its scope or because the underlying product was left unaltered. It was also different because within two weeks of the product hitting the market, it had the same market penetration of Nestea. You could find the drink at almost every kiosk and grocer in the country. Almost every single Israeli who went looking for a soft drink over the past few weeks had Fuze Tea as one of their choices. It's unlikely that any company other than Coca-Cola and its local distributor, the Central Bottling Company, could have reached this distribution level in a similar time frame. The Central Bottling Company's distribution muscle is one of its most significant advantages and probably played a significant role in Fuze Tea's success in the Israeli market, as much as the media campaign. Location, location, location Central Bottling Company has another distribution trump card: where its soft drinks are sold. Sales of Heinz ketchup really took off in Israel when the brand-name condiment received wide exposure at local branches of McDonald's. Likewise, one of the advantages that Central Bottling has over its competitor Tempo is that its soft drink offerings are carried in most restaurants, food chains and bars. The more frequently a customer is exposed to a product, the more he is bound to like it. Brand power versus corporate muscle One of the reasons Fuze Tea was featured so prominently at most supermarket chains may have had something to with it belonging to the Coca-Cola Company, whose namesake product is instantly recognizable around the world. When you own such a powerful brand, retail chains have an interest in keeping you happy. You don't even need to make demands. You can just ask nicely and watch all the stores scramble to follow suit.It was Bill Clinton who stole the show last night at the Mann Auditorium. The waves of love that lapped around him were almost palpable. But it was his predecessor, George Bush Sr., who in his recorded message of congratulations to Shimon Peres encapsulated the significance of the evening. "We do it," Bush said of himself and the dozens of other world figures who attended personally or sent greetings to Peres, "because we know what he stands for." Peres, for those in the world that wish Israel well, and for the thousands of his own friends and well-wishers who thronged the hall last night, stands for peace. And the fact that he failed to attain it, and that it seems so far off now, added to the poignancy of the moment. "You are a light unto the nations," Clinton told him, homing in to the heart of our national discomfort. "In hard times it's so easy to give in to despair - so hard to think about tomorrow." Almost everyone seemed to cry at some point during the emotion-filled evening. The wide-eyed little Ethiopian boy sitting on Peres' lap in a huge photograph drew a smile and a sigh. When the same face - now atop the uniform of an IDF officer - smiled down from the stage and wished Peres happy birthday, people choked up. When a young Russian immigrant, badly wounded in the Dolphinarium bombing, urged Peres to keep on fighting for peace, the tears flowed freely. But it wasn't just these scenes that brought on the sadness. Rather, it was the haunting sense that the celebration of Peres' longevity was also, inevitably, the marking of his inability, despite his now-waning years of trying, to make the longed-for breakthrough. It was almost an admission of Israel's inability to reach peace. After all, Mr. Peace himself, for all his indefatigable efforts, could not deliver it. In this spirit, perhaps a bit maudlin but nonetheless authentic, Ariel Sharon won his warmest applause when he suggested, at the end of a warm and generous speech, that the two of them, old friends for half a century, could get together again to work for those two desperately elusive goals - peace and security. Clinton, suddenly serious and focused in a speech full of humanity and humor, recalled that the new Palestinian prime minister, Ahmed Qureia, and Shimon Peres had together crafted a peace plan before. That plan was still workable, Clinton urged. "A few miles from here there are Palestinians living who are not so different from you, who hate terror as you do, who are afraid too, who are exhausted too." A partnership between Israelis and Palestinians, he added, "could turn the whole world away from the wretched curse of terror." It was a motley assortment of past and present statesmen - more past, in fact, than present - that took the trouble to come to Tel Aviv to pay Peres homage. Peres pointed to the special common denominator that bound together the most prominent among them. "These are world leaders who made history," he said. He was referring to Gorbachev, to de Klerk, to David Trimble - men who changed the flow of events in their own countries. Peres sees himself as one of them. His admirers, here and abroad, also see him as a rightful member of that select company. But those same admirers know - and hence the tinge of sadness in yesterday's proceedings - that the history Peres sought to make is yet unmade.News: Jewish World: Culture: Haaretz.com Blogs: Haaretz.co.il: Design by Accelerated by Haaretz.com, the online edition of Haaretz Newspaper in Israel, and analysis from Israel and the Middle East. Haaretz.com provides extensive and in-depth coverage of Israel, the Jewish World and the Middle East, including defense, diplomacy, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the peace process, Israeli politics, Jerusalem affairs, international relations, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, the Palestinian Authority, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, the Israeli business world and Jewish life in Israel and the Diaspora.? Haaretz Daily Newspaper Ltd. All Rights ReservedNews: Jewish World: Culture: Haaretz.com Blogs: Haaretz.co.il: Design by Accelerated by Haaretz.com, the online edition of Haaretz Newspaper in Israel, and analysis from Israel and the Middle East. Haaretz.com provides extensive and in-depth coverage of Israel, the Jewish World and the Middle East, including defense, diplomacy, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the peace process, Israeli politics, Jerusalem affairs, international relations, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, the Palestinian Authority, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, the Israeli business world and Jewish life in Israel and the Diaspora.? Haaretz Daily Newspaper Ltd. All Rights ReservedAt some point Mahmoud Darwish began to speak of Troy as the mythic vanquished party - the one no one would speak for, not even Euripides, the other side of the conventional story. In this story Israel and the West are Greece. The Palestinians are Troy. Troy is a cultural absence, because the vanquished are not remembered; they are missing. Absence is a common word in Palestinian discourse, poetry, life. The abandoned home, the field from which you were expelled, the place that awaits your return - all of it speaks of absence (ghiab, in Arabic). It's a term that recurs in Darwish's poetry, and not only in his exquisite book "Why Did You Leave the Horse Alone?" Director Nasri Hajjaj constructs his film "As the Poet Said" ("Kama Qal a-Shai'r") around Darwish's absence as the distilled essence of the absence in his poetry. The absence that recurs in the poems resonates in the images that Hajjaj has sought to craft out of those poems. Hajjaj is a Palestinian, born in the Ein al-Hilweh refugee camp in Lebanon and now a documentary maker living in Beirut. In "As the Poet Said," he undertook a difficult task and made two brave decisions: He did not use any of the many hours of footage that show Darwish reading his poems to an audience or to the camera; and he let the images captured by his camera be accompanied by Darwish's voice, along with the voices of others reading in their own languages - Portuguese, French, Kurdish, Hebrew and, of course, Arabic. This is a film whose text is pure poetry, nothing but poetry, read all throughout the movie. Most of the images are accompanied by Darwish's clear, musical voice. In this sense, watching its premier in the packed Al-Kasaba theater in mid-January in Ramallah was an intriguing experience. The audience was spellbound. No, they didn't recite

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This webinar recording is a valuable resource for educators trying to increase community engagement in their schools, and it will help them get closer to making 100 percent of students college and career ready.In this webinar recording, educators will learn: About School Improvement NetworkFounded in 1991 by teachers, School Improvement Network has spent decades researching and documenting the best practices in education. From this research, School Improvement Network has developed the Educator Effectiveness System for both school leadership and teachers. This system delivers a process to improve teacher practice, and gives educators a set of powerful tools to drive the process. Research shows that districts and schools that use the tools in the Educator Effectiveness System increase educator effectiveness and, as a result, experience dramatic increases in student achievement, driving up student proficiency an average of 19 percent in a single year. 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Dr. Penwell will join a distinguished panel of health experts and speak on the use of financial incentives, personalized health action plans and consumer engagement tools to encourage individuals to better manage their health and chronic conditions.Developed and produced by Joslin Diabetes Center, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, Diabetes Innovation is a unique forum that brings together stakeholders in diabetes and obesity care to take action toward cost-effective solutions that work in policy, delivery, research, technology and adherence.SeeChange Health delivers plans, technology and services aimed at creating better health and quality of life for employees, increasing workforce productivity, and lowering health care costs by encouraging individuals to play an active role in managing their health to prevent, detect and treat serious health conditions. SeeChange Health Insurance provides value-based benefit plans to fully insured employer groups in California and Colorado. SeeChange Health Solutions provides a completely customizable consumer engagement and health incentive technology platform to employers, and health plans delivering the health improvement and cost-controlling advantages of value-based plans.Fast Company magazine acknowledged the power of SeeChange Health's approach to wellness in naming it one of the World's Top Most Innovative Companies in February 2013.Media Contact:For SeeChange Health:Susan Cotton818-824-9164Read more news from .?2012 PR Newswire. All Rights Reserved.@flashrooster,Let’s try to stick to the facts, then. “…the US economy wasn’t robust during the 1940s – 1960s because of War Bonds.” “The war ended in 1945, not at the end of the 1960s.” Yeah, I got it. Try to envision the “big picture here”. War bonds BOUGHT to 1945 of varying maturities. The American people were getting back their money, plus interest as they cashed in those War Bonds. I’m not sure how long after maturity they continued to pay interest (if they did). But they bought them over time, and so their money would come back over a similar or longer period. I speculated to 1955 or so, at which time the country turned it’s attention and priority to American infrastructure. The building of the Interstate Highway System and associated investment and employment carried forward into the sixties.You and I agree that over this period “…we had high taxation, unions were at their apex, the government was investing heavily in our country–infrastructure, education, etc.–companies paid good wages, and yet there were still plenty of rich people living the life of Riley.”But the surge of money that made all this economic activity possible was WAR MONEY! Today’s economists understand that a dollar earned and spent is just the first of three and four “economic bounces” benefiting the economy. Raise taxes today to the levels of the ’40s, 50s and 60s and money will leave this country like rats leaving a sinking ship. Try to limit CEO pay, and companies will relocate from U.S. soil. We aren’t Venezuela. We don’t nationalize companies in America. Get used to it. Changing applicable laws requires consensus that takes time to build. The gate will inevitably close long after the horse is gone because private enterprise is infinitely more financially agile than government.There’s NO “war money” today, “monetary manna from heaven” to replay the post-WW II scenario. Economists have also learned, much to their dismay, that today’s “printing press money” does NOT convey the same economic “bounces” as “war money” did. Our government is today “investing” almost unbelievable amounts “in our country”…the sheer dollars going out to unemployment benefits without end, Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, Food Stamps, federal, state and local union bureaucrats, military wages and defense contracts, disaster relief, and an infinite number of new alphabet soup government agencies..Add those all together and pretty soon government expenditures become downright frightening. We see this in an exploding deficit even as America keeps running up against it’s Debt Limit. There’s NO FREE LUNCH! But cheer up. When government again “invests” in infrastructure, Davis-Bacon will insure that the American taxpayer will be “on the hook” for UNION wages on it ALL!So why not start now? I’m ready, but uncertain how. As I have said previously, let’s cut the up to one third waste in Medicare payments and allow negotiation of drug prices under Medicare and Medicaid. Let’s seriously investigate investment fraud and bank mismanagement and send some people to jail. Let’s eliminate the practice of lobbying and earmarks…institutionalized bribery for influence. Let’s establish two term limits such that the “political class” must disband and find honest work. Let’s agree that the way forward is not on the back of an ass or in the trunk of an elephant.“We, the people” need to enter into good faith national dialog as to what we are willing to pay government to do. Let’s collectively and realistically separate our “needs” from our “wants” with full understanding that one person’s “want” is another person’s “need”. I would like to see Congress prioritize and allocate available tax revenue to fund current government obligations to demonstrate the reasonable taxpayer expectation that they understand their job. Only when they demonstrate such willingness and capability should additional tax revenue be considered. ALL of your concerns and all of my concerns should be “on the table”. I fully agree that the “status quo” is absolutely unsustainable and the time for change is now. BUT you don’t start out on a journey without a destination and a route. How would YOU start this process, flashrooster?Information contained on this page is provided by an independent third-party content provider. WorldNow and this Station make no warranties or representations in connection therewith. If you have any questions or comments about this page please contact .SOURCE Seiki Digital, Inc.Seiki Prices Its Largest 4K Ultra HD Screen Size at $2,999DIAMOND BAR, Calif., Oct. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --?Delivering on its brand promise of providing the ultimate digital entertainment experience at an affordable price, Seiki Digital, Inc. (), announced today the availability and pricing for its 65-inch class 4K Ultra High-Definition television (Ultra HD TV). The new 4K Ultra HD model (SE65UY04) will be available early-December at an MSRP of $2,999.(Photo: ) The new 65-inch class model joins the current Seiki 4K Ultra HD lineup that includes a 50-inch model priced at $1,199 MSRP and a 39-inch at $699 MSRP. Like previous models, the 65-inch set features a panel resolution of 3,840-by-2,160, and an input refresh rate of 120Hz on a 1080p signal and 30Hz on a 4K signal via HDMI 1.4 standard cable.?? "Riding the success of the Seiki 50- and 39-inch Ultra HD models is the new 65-inch model offering an expansive 4K digital entertainment experience," said Frank Kendzora, executive vice president, Tongfang Global, Inc., for Seiki Digital brand. "It's no secret that the Seiki brand is the price leader in the 4K Ultra HD category, and we aim to further our market leadership by offering the best value in large-screen 4K Ultra HD TVs with exceptional picture and build quality."The Seiki 65-inch class 4K model features a thin piano black finish bezel, 64.5-inch diagonal panel size, built-in digital and analog channel tuning, USB port for displaying 4K photos via USB flash drive, and multiple video and audio connections to support current high-definition video content. The model is also packaged with an HDMI 1.4 standard cable.For all of its Ultra HD TV models, Seiki offers the industry's first one-year, no-nonsense, replacement warranty through its U.S.-based technical support at (855) MY-SEIKI.About Seiki Digital, Inc.Seiki (pronounced "SAY-key") represents a new way of thinking in consumer electronics. Seiki offers straightforward, reliable digital entertainment experience that is affordably priced and backed by the industry's most comprehensive customer support.Featuring the industry's first one-year, no-nonsense, replacement warranty, Seiki markets a full range of high-definition LED televisions that feature 4K Ultra HD and Full HD 1080p resolution. The company also markets an audio product line that includes multi-channel stereo sound bar solutions and portable Bluetooth? speaker models. Seiki products are available at select authorized national in-store and online retailers. For more information about Seiki and its complete list of North American retail partners, please visit .FOLLOW SEIKIFacebook ?Twitter ?Website ?2012 PR Newswire. All Rights Reserved.By Alex Cameron, Oklahoma Impact TeamJONES, Oklahoma -- Oklahomans have proven they can handle most anything Mother Nature can dish out: tornadoes, wildfires, ice storms, flooding. Been there, done that. Residents of one town can now add earthquakes to the list.The people of Jones and other rural communities in eastern Oklahoma County and western Lincoln County, in the central part of the state, have been experiencing what geologists refer to as an earthquake "swarm" over the past year.Relative to the temblors that recently struck Haiti and Chile, these quakes have not been very strong -- ranging in magnitude from 1.5 to 3.8, and yet many have been big enough, not only to be felt, but to rattle houses and rattle nerves."It was just ka-boom!" said Jenifer Reynolds, describing one of the first tremors she felt at her Jones home last year. "And it shook the windows and shook the house."Reynolds and her husband, Chris Cook, said they've personally felt about a half a dozen quakes like that -- not strong enough to seriously scare them, but enough to scare their animals."Ya know, horses take off running, and dogs are running off the porch, ya know, it's kind of.. of that magnitude, ya know," Reynolds said.At Shuff's Main Street Grill, a local lunchtime mainstay, the seismic activity is a popular topic of conversation."It'll rock ya pretty good," said Vic Walker, a lifelong resident of the area.And among the patrons, there's no shortage of ideas on what could be causing the earthquakes. They range from the ridiculous to the sublime."A bunch of gophers," laughed Buddy Moseley;"The only theory that I have is that it's a Biblical statement," ventured Buddy's wife, Grace.A popular theory that's also circulating is that the earthquakes are the result of increased oil and gas drilling in the state.Rather than speculate on a cause, the Oklahoma Geological Survey is researching the quakes and trying to come up answers, based on facts, and the facts surrounding the seismic swarm are fairly startling:- between 1977 (when Oklahoma modernized its seismic monitoring system) and 2008, there were a total of 28 earthquakes in Oklahoma and Lincoln Counties; a rate of less than one earthquake per year.- since the start of 2009, there have been 134 earthquakes recorded in those same counties; a rate of 95 per year.To make sense of this increase, OGS brought in Austin Holland, a PhD candidate at the University of Arizona and a research seismologist.For Holland, the first order of business was to get better location data on the quakes, which required that he set up temporary seismic stations in and around the area of seismicity. The U.S. Geological Survey lent him 10 new accelerometers, which have been deployed and whose recordings Holland can access through a link on his computer.Such a network of seismic monitoring stations and the data they providedwere critical in unraveling a similar mystery a year ago in Texas.On Halloween night, 2008, residents around the Dallas-Fort Worth airport began experiencing a series of tremors -- the first felt earthquakes in that area since 1950. Geologists from Southern Methodist University and the University of Texas were intrigued and decided to take a closer look.Dr. Brian Stump, a professor Earth Sciences at SMU, said the seismic equipment they put in place showed them something extraordinary about the epicenters of the earthquakes they recorded."They all locate in that little square," Stump said, pointing to a spot just south of the Dallas-Fort Worth airport.And that square, he said, was right along a known fault line, and right next to a wastewater injection well.Stump and other geologists said production wells have not been tied to earthquakes, but disposal wells, where the saltwater and other fluids used in oil and gas production are injected back into the earth have been shown, in some cases, to cause small quakes."Fluids of all kinds, when they're injected underground, do, in some cases, induce small earthquakes," Stump said.Stump said they also learned that the injection well in question has started putting fluids into the ground just a few weeks before the DFW quakes began."And so, as we finished the study," Stump said, "we can't be absolutely sure that's the cause, but the timing and locations and things seem to say at least we should consider that as a possibility."The resulting peer-reviewed paper got plenty of attention, including Holland's."We've looked at the saltwater disposal certainly as a possible theory," Holland said.By far, the highest volume disposal wells in the area of earthquakes belong to Tulsa-based New Dominion, LLC. They pump, on average, 3.5 million gallons of saltwater a day into the Arbuckle formation, along a fault known as the Nemaha Ridge.During a visit to their facilities recently, we asked if they thought they could be causing earthquakes."Well, we didn't think we were," said Roland Rollins, a New Dominion supervisor, "but we sure didn't want to be the cause of it, so that's why we thought, well we'll just take the positive approach and find out."With the help of OGS, the company installed two seismic stations on its property in south Oklahoma City, but the wells are 10 to 15 miles from the general location of all the earthquakes, and the monitors are not picking up any unusual seismicity, so Holland has pretty much ruled them out.But what about other injections wells? Holland said he's looked and the ones closest to the seismic activity are all low-volume and low-pressure. What's more, he said, the earthquakes, unlike those in Dallas a year ago, are spread out."If it was triggered seismicity, you'd expect the earthquakes all to be located in a fairly small spatial area," Holland said.And still, you don't have to be a skeptic to wonder how a 10,000 percent increase in seismic activity could not be triggered.So we asked Holland if he would have a problem saying the earthquakes were tied to oil and gas activity, if the data pointed to that."No," Holland emphasized, "that would be very important...[but] I just can't make the connection, there just doesn't seem to be a link, and it's the easy answer. Everyone wants to pin it on the oil activities, but it just doesn't seem to be there yet."Whether the earthquakes are induced or somehow the work of nature, they are taking a toll, as many people, like Jenifer and Chris, are now paying for earthquake insurance."For the most part, it's become kind of just part of life, but you would kind of like to know what the answer is," Reynolds said.Holland said he hasn't completely ruled out the possibility the quakes are induced (man-caused), saying he still has much more analysis to do. He said he hopes to publish the results of his research in about a year.SATURDAY, Oct. 5 (HealthDay News) -- A good pair of sunglasses can help protect your eyes from sun-related damage, so you need to know what to look for when shopping for a new pair, experts say.Long-term exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun is associated with a number of eye conditions, including cataracts, skin cancer on the eyelid and around the eyes, melanoma of the eye, and benign growths on the surface of the eye, according to researchers at the University of California, Berkeley.In the United States, there are no federal standards for sunglasses and labels are inconsistent and confusing. Tags or stickers that say "blocks UV" or "UV absorbent" are meaningless because they don't tell you how much UV is blocked.Your best bet is to look for sunglasses that claim to block most or all UV. For example, "99-100 percent UV absorbent" or "UV 400." However, there is no independent verification for such claims, so you might want to have an optician test your sunglasses to find out if they block all or most UV, the UC Berkeley researchers noted in a university news release.For those not in the market for a new pair of shades, it might be a good idea to have your old sunglasses tested, because scratches and abrasions can wear down UV coating over time. An optician can also put a UV-protective coat on sunglasses.Be aware that darker lenses don't necessarily provide greater UV protection. And, darker lenses that don't block UV can be more harmful than wearing no sunglasses at all because they cause pupils to open wider and allow more UV to enter your eyes.The larger the frames of your sunglasses, the better. Wrap-around sunglasses block light coming in through the side, according to the news release, but they may cause distortion.Everyone should wear sunglasses when spending time outdoors, including children (their eyes are especially vulnerable to UV) and people who wear contact lenses. Even if contacts are UV-treated, they don't cover the whole eye.Sunglasses are essential for people who are sun-sensitive due to medications or other reasons, and for those who have had cataract surgery. Light-colored eyes are particularly vulnerable to UV, according to the news release.More informationPrevent Blindness America has more about . Copyright 2013 . All rights reserved.The choices you make in selecting and obtaining your pet make a world of difference. Here are a few questions to think about: PUREBRED OR MIXED BREED?Dogs and cats fall into one of two categories: purebreds or mixed breeds. The only significant difference between the two is that purebreds, because their parents and other ancestors are all members of the same breed, generally conform to a specific "breed standard." This means that you have a good chance of knowing what general physical and behavioral characteristics a puppy or kitten of that breed is likely to have. The size, appearance, and temperament of most mixed breed dogs can be predicted as well. After all, mixed breeds are simply combinations of different breeds. So if you can recognize the ancestry of a particular mixed breed dog or cat, you can see how a puppy or kitten is likely to look as an adult. Some people think that when they purchase a purebred, they're purchasing a guarantee of health and temperament, too. This is simply not true. In fact, the only thing the "papers" from purebred dog and cat registry organizations certify is that the recording registry maintains information regarding the reported lineage and identity of the animal. Mixed breeds, on the other hand, offer several advantages many prospective pet owners don't think about. For example, when you adopt a mixed breed, you get the benefit of two or more different breeds in one animal. You also get a pet who is less prone to genetic defects common to certain purebred dogs and cats. Whether you're thinking about getting a dog or cat, purebred or mixed breed, it's important to make sure your favorite type of animal fits with your lifestyle. You may love border collies, for example, but these active dogs likely aren't a good match for busy apartment dwellers living in a city. So first become knowledgeable about what kind of animal you want and about what it takes to be a responsible pet caregiver. WHERE CAN I GET A PUREBRED DOG OR CAT?Perhaps you're set on getting a purebred. Where should you get one? Not all sources are the same, so it's critical to choose carefully. Here's information about four common sources of purebred pets: Copyright ? 2001 All rights reserved.By Sadie Gennis,had to cancel the Russian leg of her tour because Russian officials denied her visa request,reports. Concert organizers blamed Russian's anti-gay laws as the reason for the singer's visa denial.The laws, signed by President Vladimir Putin in July, ban "propaganda on nontraditional sexual relationships" to minors, adoption by gay couples or people who live in countries that have same-sex marriage equality, and allow for gay or "pro-gay" tourists to be arrested or detained for up to two weeks in Russia before being expelled from the country.Two days before Gomez was denied a Russian visa, gay rights activist John Becker started apetition asking the singer to speak out for LGBTQ Russians at her upcoming two concerts there. "Selena Gomez knows all too well what it's like to be bullied, and as an international pop star she has a unique platform and a special obligation to join other celebrities like Madonna, Lady Gaga, and Cher in speaking out against the Russian government's bullying of LGBT people. By speaking out, Selena can let LGBT folks in Russia know that we stand with them, and that they are not alone," Becker wrote. As of now, the petition has 14,360 signatures.Last year,andboth used their concerts in Russia as platforms to openly support LGBTQ rights, inspiring Russian officials to become stricter with which performers they give visas to. Both singers were also threatened with potential prosecution and Madonna was even sued by conservative Russian activists for violating the new anti-gay laws. View original at Other Links From TVGuide.comDescription Self Storage Facilities in Tulsa, South Tulsa, Bixby, and Glenpool Oklahoma. 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Shannon Newman, with Sand Springs Police, and Cherokee Nation Marshal Casey King taught us how to recognize a threat and respond to it more quickly.They say having the element of surprise is key, since most attackers don't expect a woman to fight back, especially with the goal to hurt them."You're not going to go toe-to-toe with somebody who outweighs you by 100 pounds, you're gonna do all the mean and dirty tricks you've got to, to get away safely," Sgt. Newman said.Yelling makes sure you keep breathing, because some people hold their breath when they get scared. It also lets other people know you are in trouble.We also learned what to do if we're being choked during an attack, even how to fight back when the worst happens and we're knocked to the ground and he's coming in with a haymaker knockout punch."If I really want to get down there and take it, I'm gonna have to earn it," King said.Once we'd learned awareness, avoidance and fighting back techniques, it was time to put them to the test. King got in a padded suit and we were each given a scenario. Mine was walking on the trail.Casey King: "Have you girls seen a dog?"Lori Fullbright: "Stay back."Casey King: "Hey, I know you."Lori Fullbright: "No, you don't, stay back."Casey King: "C'mere."Lori Fullbright (attacking): "No, No, No."Even though it was a simulation, the nerves and adrenalin hit, causing Tammi Dole-Lee to hesitate when she was first grabbed."That first second, I got scared, then it just kicked in, everything they taught us," Dole-Lee said.She's a runner and, after hearing a woman was nearly raped on the running path, she signed up for the class and is now more confident about protecting herself. She said she wants her teenage daughter to take it, too.Karen McFarland signed up after hearing one of my safety talks. She said she's learned she doesn't have to be a victim."There's always going to be bad guys, always going to be bad guys, but we can have less victims. We can win, we can come out on top," McFarland said.The instructors say this isn't the end all-be all in self defense training, but it is a first step to knowing when and how to fight back in order to save yourself from someone determined to hurt you.Of course, the best way to win a fight, is to never get into one in the first place.This class is taught by the , but the same class is offered in a few other places in Green Country. .The Sand Springs class is free. Some places charge a small fee, but there's a lifetime return policy, where anyone can go back for a refresher any time, at no charge.A convicted sex offender on Thursday grabbed a girl on her way to school in Broken Arrow.She was able to get away.The biggest first step is to talk to your kids, practice what-if scenarios with them, so they can also escape.Having a plan is key. Kids need to act immediately if something happens, because they're more likely to survive right then, than if someone takes them into a car, house or other secluded area.Few things are more gut-wrenching than for someone to take a child. Kids are smaller, weaker and taught to listen to adults and not to fight. But kids can be taught to protect themselves, even against bigger, stronger adversaries. It just takes practice."Take that pinky, like you're going to take it out of that joint, and they're going to let go," Steve Whitaker said.Steve: (Yank away) "Okay, there's no way I can hold on to you."Reporter: "That's true. I'm surprised, because you're strong and I'm not as strong, let me do that again. See, there's no way I can hold on to you."What if it comes down to a fight? Steve recommends three basic strikes that children can try against people who are bigger and stronger and all involve using the heel of their hand.Here are some other tips to get away:If you want to see a knee strike kids can use, click the video above.radKIDS is a reputable self-defense program for children, and. radKIDS is taught at these Oklahoma agencies:Cherokee Nation Marshal ServiceDaniel King Phone: 918-316-4369TahlequahClaremore Police DepartmentRobin Blair Phone: 918-341-1212ClaremoreNortheastern State UniversityCari Keller Phone: 918-444-3514TahlequahU.S. ArmyNancy Jo McLeodLawton, OK, 73505By Steven ReinbergHealthDay ReporterTUESDAY, Aug. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Tracking your own blood pressure at home can help you control hypertension, a new research review finds.And if you have a clinician's help in monitoring your blood pressure, you'll likely do even better, at least in the short term, according to the study, which was published Aug. 6 in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine."For adults with hypertension who are willing and able to monitor their blood pressure at home in conjunction with their health care center, self-monitored blood pressure can be a useful tool to lower blood pressure, and possibly lower the risk of cardiovascular events, at least for the short term," said lead researcher Dr. Ethan Balk, from the Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.Whether the benefits extend beyond one year needs further research, said Balk, whose team looked at more than 50 studies on the effectiveness of home blood pressure monitoring. Self-monitoring includes keeping a record of the readings so a physician can determine if your blood pressure medicine is working effectively or needs tweaking. Left uncontrolled, high blood pressure can lead to stroke, eye and kidney damage, heart disease and disability.Exactly how home monitoring keeps blood pressure levels low isn't clear, Balk said. "Likely reasons are improved monitoring and tailored treatment of blood pressure by both the clinician or nursing staff and the patient, and increased incentives to control one's diet and increase physical activity," he said. "But these explanations are purely conjectural." Also, it isn't clear to what degree additional support enhances the benefits or which methods of additional support are best, Balk said."An important caveat is that the evidence refers to self-monitored blood pressure used in conjunction with clinicians and/or nurses who are using and monitoring the information," he said. The results don't apply to people who decide on their own to measure their blood pressure at home without consulting medical professionals, he said.The findings support current health care guidelines, said Dr. Gregg Fonarow, a professor of cardiology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a spokesman for the American Heart Association."National and international guidelines, including those from the American Heart Association, recommend that patients with hypertension measure and monitor their blood pressure in the home setting, and a number of studies have shown this can result in better blood pressure control," he said."These findings ... highlight the importance of actively engaging patients in the measuring, monitoring, goal achievement and goal maintenance of their blood pressure," he said.Blood-pressure-monitoring devices available in drugstores and other shops range in price from $30 to more than $100.When choosing a device, the American Heart Association recommends an automatic, cuff-style, upper-arm monitor. Wrist and finger monitors are not recommended because they yield less reliable readings. Monitors for the elderly or pregnant women should be validated specifically for those purposes.For the current report, Balk's team reviewed 52 published studies in which patients monitored their blood pressure with and without assistance. Such help ranged from educational materials to contact with a nurse or pharmacist or counseling over the telephone.They found some evidence that monitoring blood pressure at home improved control at six months, but not at 12 months.When patients got help, either through educational material or direct contact with medical professionals, home monitoring improved blood pressure control at both six and 12 months.From this data, Balk's group concluded that home blood pressure monitoring is effective in the short term. More informationFor more information on blood pressure, visit the . Copyright ? 2013 . All rights reserved.Ted Parmigiani, a research analyst, was fired by Lehman Brothers in 2005, after he upgraded a company called Amkor from Sell to Neutral. He discussed his upgrade on the firm-wide squawk box at 10am on June 1, and it seems that he was hoping that his upgrade would move the market. He was disappointed: while Amkor did rise that day, it rose before his 10am call, rather than after it. Convinced that the early-morning move was attributable to Lehman insiders and their clients buying Amkor with foreknowledge of his upgrade, Parmigiani started a series of complaints.First, Parmigiani complained to Lehman superiors; that just got him fired. So he filed a wrongful-termination suit, which got settled out of court. And with his suit behind him, Parmigiani kept on complaining about what had happened. First he went to the SEC, which looked into his allegations and found no evidence of wrongdoing. After striking out with the SEC, Parmigiani complained to Senator Charles Grassley, and also to Preet Bharara, United States attorney for the Southern District of New York. Again, nothing. Finally, with nowhere left to go, and despite the fact that Lehman went spectacularly bust back in 2008, Parmigiani went to Gretchen Morgenson, some seven years after the events in question happened. And this time, he got results, if by “results” you mean a big in the New York Times.I’ll let Morgenson explain what Lehman is supposed to have done wrong:Mr. Parmigiani says traders there were routinely advised of changes in analysts?? company ratings before those changes were made public. That way, Lehman could profit on subsequent market moves. Here is how he describes it: First, research officials tipped off the traders; then Lehman??s proprietary trading desk, which cast bets with the firm??s own money, positioned itself accordingly. Lehman salespeople also alerted favored hedge funds. Only later, he says, were ratings changes made public.I have to admit that I’m a bit confused with what exactly Morgenson means by the phrase “made public”. I, for one, never had access to Lehman Brothers squawk-box calls, and I’ve never seen sell-side upgrades or downgrades filed with the SEC or be made subject to .Now it’s true that the SEC does consider the news that an investment bank is going to change its rating on a stock to be material nonpublic information, and therefore subject to insider-trading rules. But it’s a very weird, grey-area sort of inside information. Let’s say Lehman upgrades Amkor: is that inside information about Lehman, or is it inside information about Amkor? The news would be very unlikely to affect Lehman stock, so it’s not really the former. But at the same time, no Amkor insiders are involved at all, so it’s hard to see how it can be the latter.There can’t and shouldn’t be any rule against analysts doing independent analysis on companies, based on publicly-available information. Similarly, once that analysis has been done, the analyst can do what she likes with her analysis. She can trade the stock, she can write it up, she can talk to hedge funds about what she thinks, she can sell it to clients, she can make it public. Or, she can do all of the above, in any order she likes.The tricky thing happens when that analyst gets a job at an investment bank, and the individual’s analysis mutates into being the bank’s analysis. There’s a kind of invisible special sauce which a bank pours onto its analysts’ reports: if Joe Schmo puts out a “buy” rating on XYZ Corp on Seeking Alpha, few people will notice or care. But if Mr Schmo gets a job at Goldman Sachs, then that rating can move XYZ shares. And at that point, the SEC starts getting interested.Now the SEC does not say that banks need to make their research reports fully public. In its against Goldman Sachs “huddles”, for instance, the SEC has no problem with news of upgrades and downgrades being “disseminated broadly to all clients of the firm”. There’s a huge difference, of course, between the set of Goldman Sachs clients and the set of public-company investors, but as far as the SEC is concerned, it seems that if all of Goldman’s clients have a certain piece of information, then that piece of information can be considered to be public information.Similarly, Morgenson and Parmigiani seem to think that once a call has been made on the Lehman Brothers squawk box, that too counts as public information. If something’s available — in theory — to any Lehman client, then it’s public. If it’s only available to select Lehman clients, then it’s inside information.Here’s Morgenson:While insider trading commonly involves nonpublic corporate information, advance warning on research changes can also yield quick, illicit gains. The S.E.C. said as much in 2007 involving an executive at the Swiss banking giant UBS. In that case, eight individuals and three hedge funds were charged with profiting on tips about coming analyst ratings changes ?? ??valuable and material, nonpublic information,?? the S.E.C. said. One executive went to jail, and others settled with the S.E.C.This is disingenuous. The case in question involved individuals, not the bank as a whole: a UBS executive director, Mitchel Guttenberg, was personally tipping off his friends, in return for under-the-table payoffs, about upcoming UBS upgrades and downgrades. In that sense, the case is really about misappropriation rather than about insider trading. As explains, using the example of :An employee??s undisclosed and self-serving use of information belonging to his employer to trade securities is a securities fraud. The employee is ??misappropriating?? the information from his employer and using it for his own personal gain??If the Wall Street Journal had authorized Winans to leak to his roommate and his stockbroker, no violation would have occurred. In that case, there would be no breach of duty to his employer, which means there??s no misappropriation.In other words, as far as I can tell, no one has ever been successfully prosecuted for the crime that Morgenson and Parmigiani are so upset about here — the crime of giving information about ratings actions to some clients before other clients. The Goldman huddle case, in particular, seems particularly thin: the SEC is basically shocked — shocked! — that before an analyst upgraded a company, that analyst was bullish on the company in question. Whereas the rest of us would probably be shocked if an analyst wasn’t bullish before upgrading a company. And in the end, the Goldman huddle case was more about internal controls than it was about inside information.The fact is that if no corporate insiders are involved, there’s really no good reason at all to prosecute or criminalize anybody using information they’ve obtained to act in the markets. The markets should be a game of people using independently-obtained information and analysis to make their own determinations about what various securities are worth — that’s the best way to maximize the amount of information reflected in the price of those securities.As the Facebook IPO demonstrated, pricing securities, especially stocks, is always more of an art than a science. Facebook’s underwriters thought they had a pretty good handle on where the demand was for Facebook’s stock, but they were wrong: all those investors were deliberately upsizing their orders just because they knew they wouldn’t get all the shares they were asking for. And because they also reckoned they could lock in a nice profit by selling some of their shares at the very first tick. By the end of the day, Facebook’s banks were being forced to buy back stock, in significant quantities, at the same price they’d sold it.So let’s let brokerages’ clients trade what they like, so long as they’re not trading on genuinely inside information from the company in question. If we’re going to be serious about the Volcker Rule, and prevent the brokerages from trading for their own account, the least we can do is let them monetize their analysts’ research as best they can.Do sellers have to tell you about problems in their home that you can't see? The answer, generally speaking, is yes, and most states require the seller to deliver this disclosure in writing, via a completed "seller disclosure" form.Most states require sellers (even those selling "by owner") to disclose major defects known at the time the form is completed. If the seller has fixed a problem, the seller might indicate that he is "unaware" of a material defect relating to the home. But if the seller has repeatedly repaired the same problem, he should disclose this problem and indicate what has been done to take care of it.Buyers should carefully review the seller disclosure form to see if the seller checked off any item to disclose a defect. If there are items checked off, hire a professional home inspector or other professional to investigate the situation further. If you've already had an inspector tour the home, ask if he'll come back to look into the defect listed.You should also ask the seller for additional information about the cause of the defect and for the name of the person or company that made repairs to the home. Contact the repair company to determine what was done and what is the likelihood that the problem will return. Ask if there is something further the seller could have done to correct the problem. If you close on the home knowing it has a defect and there is a recurrence, you'll have to pick up the cost of the repair, and probably won't have any recourse against the seller. However, if you close and there is a recurrence of a problem the seller did not disclose, you may have the right to seek reimbursement for your expenses for repairs under limited circumstances:Finally, if you decide to go forward, consult with the attorney or agent who assisted you in the closing of your home. They may be able to direct you to an attorney that specializes in seller disclosure issues and litigation.Copyright (c) 2008 Studio One Networks. All rights reserved.When Madison Avenue pitches artificial knees, do we all pay?Americans — personally, or through private insurance or Medicare — spend more than $12 billion a year on artificial knees and hips. That’s more than Hollywood takes in at the box office.A TV ad I’ve seen recently for artificial knees and hips made by Smith & Nephew, a British medical technology company, may help explain why we spend so much on these implants. It is not the kind of ho-hum ad we now see so regularly, urging us to seek relief from a disease we’ve never heard of by taking a pill with so many side effects it takes the pitchman half the air time to recite them. Instead, Smith & Nephew’s ads look more like a pitch for Nike.Here’s how the ads are described in an article I found on the website of a trade publication, Pharmaceutical Executive:A gray silhouette moves seamlessly, flowing like ink through water — swimming, golfing, playing tennis. The only discernable, solid characteristics in these figures in motion are the hip and knee replacement devices from Smith & Nephew. Chief creative officer Jonathan Isaacs and group account director Ann Woodward from Ogilvy Healthworld, part of Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide, are two of the many creative people who took part in developing the ad campaign for Smith & Nephew hip and knee replacement products, encouraging patients to “rediscover their go.”This DTC [Direct to Consumer] campaign manifested as TV spots aimed to showcase joint replacement devices in a nonconventional way, delivering the message that “this isn’t your grandfather’s hip,” according to Isaacs. “I think we tried to do something that felt much more state-of-the-art. This literally is the next generation of hip and knee replacement.”Given how much we spend on these devices, including the money spent by Medicare for seniors who opt for them, I’d like to see an article that explores whether these ads create demand rather than shift market share among manufacturers. What do Smith & Nephew’s reports to stock analysts, or even its own internal reports, say about whether the ads are a good return on investment and are creating demand?When did these commercials start running? (There have apparently been ads like this on U.S. TV for at least the last five years, but they seem more prevalent lately.) What is the ad budget? And what are the profit margins on the company’s knees and hips?I know from my on the outsized U.S. healthcare costs that Americans buy artificial hips and knees at far higher rates per capita than patients in any other country. Is this one of the reasons?The last paragraph of the celebratory Pharmaceutical Executive article seems to imply that creating demand is exactly the goal:Another differentiating factor for the Smith & Nephew campaign was that it aimed to reach a broader audience. … We were trying to make the point that anybody who is active can create wear and tear on their bodies, and there are a lot of folks — young and old — that can need joint replacement,” Isaacs says.Is this kind of television advertising allowed in other countries? I’m not in favor of the government prohibiting speech, even corporate speech — especially speech that presents a choice that people can make.But reporting that pins down what we might be paying for that speech would contribute to the debate over whether what is often an optional medical choice should be protected by the same kind of insurance the covers medical necessities.Failing your way on to TV:Many may only know Marcia Clark as a name appearing in recent weeks under an attractive brunette talking head who has been opining on television about defense and prosecution strategy in the case of George Zimmerman, the man accused of murdering teenager Trayvon Martin. As she critiques each side’s strategy, Clark is typically described as a former prosecutor and expert legal analyst. That’s like describing the captain of the Titanic as a former cruise ship captain or nautical expert.For Clark was the lead prosecutor who lost what may have been the highest profile — and, more important, easiest to win — murder case of the last century: The O.J. Simpson trial 18 years ago.So why can’t a television or legal reporter use Clark’s popularity as an expert analyst as an opening to ask TV producers if there is anything other than fame (and good looks) that goes into decisions about whom to book for these appearances discussing Zimmerman and other cases?A related topic would be describing how obsessive some lawyers are about getting on to these shows, hoping to attract clients who might be drawn to someone who’s not only famous for being on TV but famous for being an expert legal analyst. Does it work to build not only to build their egos but also their practices?As someone who supervised the TV booking of lawyers in the early days of Court TV, I know that many of the best lawyers avoided these TV appearances for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is that they’re too busy actually practicing law. But others craved the camera even if they don’t need new clients. One morning in the middle of the Simpson trial, one of the country’s busiest divorce lawyers, who had never handled a criminal case, was sitting in my reception area waiting for me so that he could try to talk his way onto the air to critique Clark’s performance.Do publishers think Paula Deen is worse than Hitler?One of the more curious aspects of the implosion of celebrity chef Paula Deen last week was the way her book publisher, Random House, announced that it had cancelled plans to publish her new cookbook this fall despite the fact that the book had so many advance orders that it soared to the top of the Amazon best seller list the same week.That major consumer businesses may want to disassociate themselves quickly from someone whose public comments suggest that he or she is a racist is understandable. But isn’t book publishing different?Right now you can click over from reading this and go to Amazon or the Apple book store and buy what seem to be four different versions of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf, including a Kindle edition from Amazon and an iPad edition from Apple.In fact, Houghton Mifflin, which, like Random House, is a leading publisher, was apparently the first bookseller to bring Hitler’s long, virulent rant to the United States. Houghton Mifflin brought the book to the United States in 1939 and then waged a legal fight with a smaller publisher over which held the publishing rights.So, I’d like to see a reporter ask Random House about its apparent policy of not publishing authors whose alleged views might be offensive to some or even many people.One version of Mein Kampf?listed on Amazon is the “Students’ and Teachers’ Classroom Edition.” That, of course, suggests the rationale for publishing Hitler’s book: we learn from reading even offensive ideas.So perhaps if Deen decided to come clean and proclaim that she’s a racist and then wrote a book about it, Random House would be more inclined to publish it than it apparently is to publish another Deen cookbook.Someone ought to get the editors there to explain that.PHOTO: George Zimmerman (R) stands to be identified by a state witness as his attorneys, Mark O’Mara (L) and Don West look on in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Florida, July 1, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Burbank/Pool?Detroit Industry, north wall, Diego Rivera, 1932-33, fresco. Detroit Institute of ArtsHearing that the official hired to sort out Detroit’s financial mess has asked for a of the celebrated in the Detroit Institute of Arts, perhaps with a view to selling off its , , , and the rest, brought to mind remarks by former British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan about then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s privatization program.“It is very common with individuals or estates when they run into financial difficulties to find that they have to sell some of their assets,” in his inimitable aristocratic drawl. “First the Georgian silver goes. Then all that nice furniture that used to be in the saloon. Then the Canalettos go.” Finally, even the “two Rembrandts that were still left” are put under the hammer.Detroit is bust and about $11 billion in debt. The city owns the DIA and its fine collection of art, which is priceless. Estimating the value of such a cache of world-renowned pictures and sculptures is impossible as all its masterpieces are unique. Nonetheless, some guess a fire sale would raise about $2.5 billion.The man charged with balancing the books it is premature to talk of selling the art, but claims city creditors, who will be asked to take cents on the dollar in lieu of what is owed them, are bound to demand that all the city’s assets, including the DIA collection, are sold before they will agree terms. Phooey! To send in the appraisers is to invite creditors to demand the sale.There are a number of significant practical details about selling a large public art trove. Under the federal bankruptcy code’s Chapter 9, neither a judge nor creditors can force the city to sell its assets, so another prolonged and expensive legal battle would likely ensue. A 2012 tax millage, in which residents in three Detroit neighborhoods agreed to pay extra taxes to support the collection, may have to be rescinded.There can also be stiff legal inhibitions against a sale in the donors’ deeds, which would entail elaborate and costly court hearings to unpick. That happened at the , in Waltham, Massachusetts, in a between its owner, Brandeis University, and art donors over the of its important modern art collection, including paintings by Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Rauschenberg. That dispute was only just settled after four expensive years, with the university abandoning the effort to sell its art, which has been described as “the finest of such collections in New England,” to pay down its debt.There is a problem, too, about dumping too many high-quality pictures like Van Gogh’s , Brueghel’s and Matisse’s onto the market at the same time. Even more troubling, for it would also entail destroying the integrity of the DIA’s building, would be the removal of the extensive mural cycle by , which he painted to adorn the museum’s lobby.To maximize the price, the city would have to drip-feed the collection to the auctioneers to give private collectors and art museums time to collect their breath – and find the asking price. It would be anything but a quick fix.Practicalities aside, does it make good financial sense? If you want to pay down debt without delay and can gain legal access to the pictures, selling off what Macmillan called “the family silver” has its attractions. Like gold, you might argue that important and rare pictures and sculptures are “stores of value” to be cashed in at times of need.However, even if the estimates reflect only half the money that may be raised, it is only going to provide half the money the city needs to become solvent. If there were no other considerations apart from monetary, however, putting a collection of publicly owned art up for auction would be a sure, if undignified, way of raising cash.Economically, however, it would be a disaster. Art is not like gold, which has few uses except as a store of value. Sell gold and you can buy back gold. Sell rare masterpieces and they can rarely, if ever, be recovered. Fine art has a value way beyond its mere price. To liquidate the DIA’s art would be a short-term fix that would soon redound on those who say they have Detroit’s best interests at heart.Imagine if Greece, with all its financial difficulties, sold off the Acropolis. Or if the Madrid government auctioned the treasures of the Prado. Or Italy pillaged its classical and Renaissance inheritance to fix a temporary lack of funds. It would destroy overnight the tourist trade that provides such a sure source of revenue and would destroy the politicians who dare sign off on such a cheap, shortsighted deal. Even repo woman Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, has not yet suggested plundering the Mediterranean countries’ cultural monuments to gain her pound of flesh.If Detroit is to survive well into the 21st century the city must attract the best and the brightest. A vibrant arts community is already developing. Highly talented and skilled people will only be tempted to relocate to Michigan and meet the challenge of reviving the city’s fortunes if they feel they are moving to a sophisticated metropolis that can match their high aspirations. Few aspects of a city more accurately reflect the quality of life that can be achieved than the excellence of its public art.To sell off the DIA’s collection in a hurriedly arranged fire sale would send a clear signal that Detroit is washed up, a dead end, an urban experiment that did not survive the rigors of the market. Could Detroit endure a long and virulent campaign by art lovers all over America portraying the Motor City as the broken-backed capital of philistinism? Investors would conclude that Detroit is finished and take their money elsewhere.Once the art is gone, even if only the most valuable works are sold, the DIA will find it impossible to attract high quality art experts, museum administrators and donors. Why would they bother to contribute to a sinking venture? The DIA collection, an acknowledged jewel among America’s top art museums, will become a tragic memory, like New York’s demolished Penn Station — a constant reminder of a wrong turn taken by unimaginative philistines.It is not only the economics of a sale that makes little sense. Art collections are a social good, a notion seldom taken into account by economists of the worst kind who too often appear to know the price of everything and the value of nothing. Art enhances the dignity of a community, educates its citizens and provides pleasure and entertainment that directly appeals to the mind and the senses.You need only fight the crowds in any major art museum at weekends to see that the appreciation of art has become as important to many as an act of worship. Indeed, to some the adulation of art and artists has become an inspiration to an enhanced spiritual life.Are there lessons for other cities in Detroit’s dilemma? Yes. If Detroit gets this wrong it may earn a place in history as the first city to condemn itself to a lingering death because of a failure to understand the value of art to its residents. Any board members of a collection similarly owned by a state body rather than an independent trust should put their institution on a self-determining footing without delay lest the moneygrubbers come for their art.As Tom Campbell, director of New York’s Metropolitan Museum, , “Even in the darkest days of New York City’s fiscal crisis of 1975, and the national economic meltdown of 2008, the cultural treasures closely identified with our own city were never on the table — never considered an asset that might be cashed-in during a crunch to bridge a negative balance sheet.”Selling the Brooklyn Bridge to a gullible visitor is a standard gag among worldly wise New Yorkers. But if Detroit starts a trend, Central Park and Grant’s Tomb may find themselves under the hammer.Anyone want to buy the Statue of Liberty?Nicholas Wapshott is the author of?. Read extracts?.PHOTO (Insert A): Detroit Industry, corner view1932-33, fresco. Detroit Institute of ArtsPHOTO (Insert B): The Window, Henri Matisse, 1916, oil on canvas. Detroit Institute of ArtsBy Richard ReadIf you have plans to sell your current ride anytime soon, we have good news and great news.The good news is that your used car isn't depreciating very much, and it's not likely to do so for the next couple of years. That prediction comes from the National Automobile Dealers Association, which says that used cars are likely to retain a good portion of their value through at least 2014. As an example, NADA gives the example of a used car worth $12,000. Over 2012, that vehicle is likely to depreciate by about 15.7%, or $1,884. In 2014, that same $12,000 used vehicle would likely slip $1,992 in value, which isn't much more.What's more: NADA's depreciation figures are just averages. Certain types of cars -- namely, and smaller fuel-efficient models -- may hold their value far better. The great news? This means that you should have many more options when it comes to replacing your ride. As we mentioned , low depreciation rates mean that the price difference between new cars and used cars can be pretty slim -- especially when dealer incentives are taken into consideration. So, for example, instead of trading in your used car for another used model, you might be able to score a brand-new car for about the same price.Why are cars retaining their valuesAs we've discussed several times before, today's used car values are high for a number of reasons. Chief among them:1. Car sales bottomed out during the Great Recession. Fewer cars were made during that time, and fewer were bought, too. That has put a dent in the availability of used models, and as we all remember from Economics 101, when supply is reduced and demand stays constant, prices edge higher.2. Although the economy is still shaky, the recession is over, and car sales are on the rise. However, NADA points out that automakers aren't overproducing vehicles like they did before the crash. That limits the inventory of new cars, which boosts new-car values and also trickles over to keep used cars from depreciating too much. . That's not just because of economic concerns, it's also because cars are made better than they once were. Ultimately, that decreases the availability of used cars, causing their value to rise.Are you looking to trade in your current vehicle soon? Will you replace it with a new or used model? This story originally appeared at 2012 TheCarConnection.com All rights reserved.NORMAN, Oklahoma -Despite the heat, Saturday's benefit concert was a sellout, with more than 65,000 people traveling far and wide to be in Norman to celebrate the Oklahoma resolve. The list of entertainers was a "who's who" of country music superstars, all invited to perform by Moore native Toby Keith. Keith organized the event to give back to his tornado-ravaged hometown and other communities affected by this spring's devastation.The star-studded concert took place at Memorial Stadium on the campus of the University of Oklahoma and kicked off with Keith's daughter, Krystal Keith, singing the national anthem. Several bands, including Opry veteran Mel Tillis and gang, performed before giving way to one of the most anticipated performances in almost two decades.And from the way the crowd reacted, it was well worth the wait.Oklahoman Garth Brooks, who retired from touring until his daughters are all out of high school, flew in between his Las Vegas stint to perform live in his home state for the first time since 1997. He strutted aroun


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