Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Today is Wednesday, July 08, 2009 (or) 07 – 08 - 09
This one is a stretch, but…at 12:34:56pm today, if you take away the zeros from the dates, it will be 123456789! Just a thought…

Stephen Mason (of the band 'Jars of Clay') is 34 today.

The mayor of Elkin ordered the flags to be lowered at town hall yesterday to pay tribute to Army Capt. Mark A. Garner. Garner was among seven US troops killed on Monday in Afghanistan. Garner was the commander of Company B, 1st Battalion of the 4th Infantry Regiment based in Germany. Garner was a 1997 graduate of Elkin High School. He was married to Nickayla Myers Garner, who also attended Elkin High School. Thousands of US troops are participating in Operation Khanjar in Afghanistan.

Four sites in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school system's FREE breakfast and lunch program this summer have closed because of poor attendance. Free meals are no longer being served at Carter Vocational High School, Mineral Springs Middle School and Kernersville and Walkertown elementary schools. Since June…20 schools in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School system have been providing FREE meals to students up to age 18. The program will continue through August 14. Details at 336-771-4526

Federal environmental experts will visit Oak Ridge School on July 13 to investigate health complaints. Students and staff have complained of headaches, fatigue and other problems. Overall, 47.7 percent of students reported having headaches, and 22.8 percent reported daily headaches, according to a health survey. http://www.wxii12.com/health/19989610/detail.html

President Obama and other world leaders are meeting in L'Aquila Italy this week for the G-8 Summit. Topics will include the ongoing global economic crisis, regional security and development and aid for the poorest people of the world. The town of L'Aquila is in central Italy and was hit by a powerful earthquake back in April.

The public memorial service of Michael Jackson may be done, but legal details about his children and his finances will linger for some time. In his 2002 WILL, Jackson made his wishes clear - his three children should remain under the care of his mother, Katherine Jackson.
Authorities released his death certificate, which did not list a cause of death.

Google going head to head with Microsoft? Officials with Google are introducing a new operating system for ‘net books’. The new operating system, announced late last night on Google's Web site, will be based on the company's nine-month-old Web browser, Google Chrome. Google is designing the operating system primarily for "netbooks," a lower-cost, less powerful breed of laptop computers that is becoming increasingly popular among budget-conscious consumers primarily interested in surfing the Web.

THE RECESSION IS HELPING TRAFFIC CONGESTION…but it was a spike in gas prices in the second half of 2007 that really began to thin out heavy traffic. That's according to the annual congestion report from the Texas Transportation Institute. Meanwhile, the TTI says travelers spent one hour less stuck in traffic in 2007 than they did the year before and wasted one less gallon of gasoline.

FOR THE FIFTH YEAR IN A ROW, SWITCHFOOT STAGED ITS "BRO-AM" CONCERT AND SURFING CONTEST ON THE SANDY BEACHES OF SUNNY CALIFORNIA. The proceeds from the show and grueling athletic competition went toward the organization Stand Up For Kids. Stand Up For Kids helps homeless and underprivileged teens in the region. Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman and the rest of the band have been in the studio lately, putting the finishing touches on their forthcoming CD. http://www.switchfoot.com/

-Jim Grobe (head football coach for Wake Forest) had an inspiring trip to visit US troops in Iraq.

-Lance Armstrong has moved into second place in the Tour de France. The racing continues through July 26.

-Making wishes come true. 10 year old Cole, from Oregon, wanted to meet NBA star (and former Wake Forest stand-out) Chris Paul. And he got his ‘wish’ back in June. Check out the meeting on ESPN / Sports Center this Wednesday, evening at 6pm. www.ncwish.org