Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The Obama administration on Tuesday is set to propose stricter fuel economy standards in an effort to cut down vehicle greenhouse gas emissions. The plan will require passenger cars and light trucks to get an overall average of 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016. By that year, cars will be expected to average about 39 mpg and 30 mpg for trucks. Current fuel economy standards are 27.5 mpg for cars and 23.1 mpg for trucks. The proposed plan is expected to add about $600 to the cost of a car, on top of $700 added by changes to fuel economy rules that have already been recently enacted, but consumers should be able to save enough in gas to make up for the cost. CNNMoney.com

Making an H1N1 (swine) flu vaccine appears to be more difficult than experts first thought, the World Health Organization acknowledged Tuesday as U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and WHO chief Dr. Margaret Chan met with pharmaceutical companies. Health officials from around the world are attending WHO's annual meeting in Geneva this week to discuss the outbreak that has infected 9,000 people in over 40 countries, killing 76 of them. Flu experts have told WHO that vaccine manufacturers will not be ready to produce a swine flu vaccine until mid-July at the earliest. Previously, WHO officials had thought production could start in late May. CBS News

A defense attorney says prosecutors are the real bullies for seeking a stiff sentence against a Missouri mother once accused of scheming over the Internet to humiliate 13-year-old neighbor Megan Meier who later committed suicide. Lawyer Dean Steward represents Lori Drew, who is scheduled to be sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court after being convicted in November of three misdemeanor counts of accessing computers without authorization. The government has asked U.S. District Judge George Wu to send Drew to prison for three years for violating the terms of service of the MySpace social networking site and fining Drew as much as $300,000. Drew allegedly set up a phony MySpace profile for a boy named "Josh Evans" with her then-13-year-old daughter and a business assistant. Prosecutors believe Drew and her daughter created the profile and sent flirtatious messages to Megan Meier in the boy's name to find out if Megan was spreading rumors about Drew's daughter. The fake boy then dumped Megan in a message saying the world would be better without her. She hanged herself a short time later in October 2006. CBS News

Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons has been denied a meeting with President Obama when he is in town next week to attend a fundraiser for Sen. Harry Reid at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Gibbons had demanded a sit-down meeting following Obama's controversial statement that companies shouldn't book trips to Las Vegas if they have received federal bailouts and claims statements he made that were critical to Nevada and have caused economic damage to convention business and tourism business in the Silver State. In a statement Gibbons put out Monday, the governor said Obama's quote that "you can't get corporate jets. You can't go take a trip to Las Vegas or go down to the Super Bowl on the taxpayer's dime" was seen by many as an insult to Las Vegas and as a message to companies across the nation to stay away from Las Vegas for corporate meetings and conventions. FOX News

1 comment:

  1. First, I hate when I judge other people. But, people really need to start being and FEELING more accountable for their actions. So...yes, I think the mother who screwed with the emotions of a teenager over petty crap should go to jail.

    Second, I agree with Obama. Organizations, private- and public-sectors, need to understand that if they want to waste money, that's their right as long as it's just their money. If you beg the citizens of a country to help you, you should respect the fact that many of them haven't been outside the city they live in. They just might have a problem with you squandering money they didn't have or want to give you in the first place.

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