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Noontime News Roundup – June 15, 2010

Noontime News is a snapshot of our RSS feeds from the noon (Eastern time) hour. Financial lobbyists whine to Wall Street Journal about not having easy access to lawmakers. “Democratic and Republican lawmakers began House-Senate negotiations last week in the final push for comprehensive Wall Street reform. Since the start of this year, the financial industry has invested over $28 million in a platoon of lobbyists to weaken the overhaul and “protect the status quo.” Denied an inital opportunity through “backroom negotiations,” lobbyists “pinned their hopes” on the conference process for face time with key lawmakers.” ∞ Inhofe Calls Climate Threat A Hoax As Floods Ravage Oklahoma “Last week, 47 senators launched a failed assault on science, supporting Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s (R-AK) resolution to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency’s scientific finding that greenhouse gas pollution endangers the public health and welfare.” ∞ After generations of independence, some Gulf Coasters asking for help ” DELACROIX, La. — A month into the oil spill, Bernard Johnson sat in his living room in this Gulf Coast fishing village watching news of the crude’s slow and deadly seep into the bays and bayous where he has made a living for nearly three decades. He thought of his wife and 5-year-old daughter. And he made a decision. For the first time in three generations of fishermen, a Johnson would accept outside help. Days later,...

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Morning Feature: The best years of your life? Whoa!

I’ve been pushed onto memory lane by my youngest daughter’s graduation from high school. Reflection after 42 years can be interesting: how things have changed, and how little some of that “important” past means now. They really weren’t the best years of my life. (More) Enthusiasm…for what? Watching my daughter prepare for her big day has been fascinating. She’s been down, and up. Everything else seems to have disappeared from her consciousness, yet she can’t wait to get started in college. A month ago she was heartbroken that she would lose so many good friends as they scatter into life. She felt nostalgic about the good times, and even scared about the future. She didn’t seem to remember the times she hurt, and hurt badly. All that has changed. Now that we’re past prom and into ceremonies, rehearsals, senior breakfasts, and other special events. She has that cap and gown in hand – and her hard-earned honors cord – and she can’t be done fast enough. Last week at her senior awards ceremony there was an unintentional moment of humor. The principal tried to rally school spirit and get the grads to chant “We are (name of school)” after his every remark about their class accomplishments. They weren’t exactly silent, but their chant was hardly throaty enthusiasm. They may not have their diplomas yet, but they seemed to have...

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