Headlee’s Headlines

Tuesday, June 01, 2010 - 09:39 AM

Headlee's Headlines (Marco Antonio)

Celeste Headlee looks through the country’s newspapers for interesting stories. Here's her roundup this morning:

From The Los Angeles Times
The Amish are moving west. A few years ago, a few people started leaving midwestern communities looking for open space and cheap land. In this article, they talk about a town that now has more than 400 Amish residents and they've had to install buggy crossing signs on Highway 69. From the article:

The unlikely arrival of the Amish to this former frontier town, population 560, was a gradual thing. First, there was the occasional horse-drawn wagon Austin would pass as he drove his school bus route. Then there was the growing number of men in long beards and women in crisp, white prayer caps who came to town for supplies. Before long, the supermarket installed a hitching post.

From The Arizona Republic
Another twist on the oil business in this region of the world. The article says the Mexican drug gangs are "tapping into underground pipelines and siphoning off tons of crude, gasoline and other fuels, some of which is ending up in the United States. The stolen fuel has created a huge income stream, as much as $715 million a year, that gangs can use to buy weapons, bribe officials and bankroll their bloody battle against the Mexican government, experts warn."

From The Houston Chronicle
Texas now says that Hurricane Ike was far froma worst-case scenario. So with the beginning of hurricane season, the state is scrambling to find ways to protect NASA, the Port and its chemical industries from a large storm surge. From the article:

Oceanographer William Merrell proposed the multibillion-dollar Ike Dike project, a series of dikes and gates that would protect Galveston Island, Bolivar Peninsula and all areas threatened by a surge from Galveston Bay.

From The Miami Herald
For a look at concerns about hurricane season and the oil spill, here's a city that was totally devastated by Katrina that had to deal with raw crude from a busted refinery tan. From the article:

Nunez said he's not surprised by BP's and the government's response. 'I didn't expect no more,' he said. 'I was here for Katrina. I didn't expect them to run down here and save us. The first people we saw after Katrina in town was the Canadians.' There's little trust here in either the oil company or the federal government. Mechanic Dud Alphonso, 42, said he has his own hurricane plan.' 'Get the hell out of here,' he said Sunday.

From The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
This is an almost unbelievable story. From the article:

A gunner on a B-24 bomber based in the Solomon Islands, Edward Brennan Healy flew off into a South Pacific morning on his 67th mission on March 9, 1944. During the flight, he and the 10-man crew sent out a distress signal, then disappeared, somewhere near Kapingimarangi in the Caroline Islands. No sign of them was ever found.

Healy had eight children. One of them, Joel, was five when his dad disappeared. It's been 66 years, and out of nowhere he received his dad's dog tag in the mail. And you won't believe the chain of coincidences that led to the delivery of that relic appearing in Healy's mailbox.

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