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Jim Brinling's List: Headlines February 17 to the 20th

  • 16 Feb 09

    In the headlines, 2/17. The economic stimulus package passes Congress and the next step is Presidential signature.

    • $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
      • Jim Brinling
        Jim Brinling on 2009-02-16

        It is good to see a bill finally passed. This may not have been the best model to begin bipartisanship.

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    • The bill got 60 votes -- the minimum it needed to pass. Three Republicans --  Sens. Susan Collins, R-Me., Arlen Specter, R-Pa., and Olympia Snowe, R-Me. --  voted for it.

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  • 17 Feb 09

    In the Headlines, 2/17. Two satelites collide over Siberia.

    • Two big communications satellites collided in the first  crash of two intact spacecraft in orbit, shooting out a pair of massive debris  clouds and posing a slight risk to the international space station.
    • NASA believes any risk to the space station and its three  astronauts is low. It orbits about 270 miles below the collision course. There  also should be no danger to the space shuttle set to launch with seven  astronauts on Feb. 22, officials said
    • The collision involved an Iridium commercial satellite,  which was launched in 1997, and a Russian satellite launched in 1993 and  believed to be nonfunctioning.

      The Iridium  craft weighed 1,235 pounds, and the Russian craft nearly 2,000  pounds.
  • 16 Feb 09

    The economic stimulus package includes a "Buy American" clause many U.S. industries lobbied for. Lesley Stahl reports that businesses that export overseas fear foreign governments will retaliate and keep U.S. products out of their market.

  • 18 Feb 09

    In the Headlines, 2/18. The global economic crisis is now at the top of the list of natinal security concerns. More threatening than terrorism according to Dennis Blair.

    • The global economic situation is so serious that the head of U.S. intelligence  agencies now says it has surpassed terrorism as the top threat to national  security.
    • National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair's dramatic  report last week — that the economic crisis is now the United States' top  "near-term security concern" — caught some members of Congress by surprise.
    • The global economic downturn could easily change the world. Previously stable  countries could become unstable.  The geopolitical lineup could shift sharply, some countries becoming more  powerful while others get weaker. Allies could turn into adversaries.

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  • 19 Feb 09

    In the Headlines, 2/19. Inventor of a poosible cure for cancer John Kanzius dies at the age of 64.

    • Kanzius seemed an unlikely person to invent a possible cure for  cancer.
    • He worked for many years as a radio engineer, first for RCA,  then for WJET-TV. But it was his background designing and fixing radio  transmitters that led to his invention.
    • Doctors had diagnosed him in 2002 with chronic lymphocytic  leukemia, a rare cancer. He was undergoing chemotherapy when he began thinking  about using radio waves to burn cancer cells.

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  • 19 Feb 09

    Debate has emerged as to whether President Obama?s mortgage relief plan will actually be enough to stop the millions of homes now in danger of foreclosure in the near future. Anthony Mason reports.

  • 19 Feb 09

    President Obama has unveiled a $75 billion rescue plan to help homeowners who face foreclosure or whose houses are worth less than their mortgages. Chip Reid reports from Phoenix, Ariz.

  • 17 Feb 09

    Three years before the housing market crash, Paul Bishop says he warned his superiors at World Savings that many of the mortgages they were granting were misleading and predatory.

    • Orchard Park police are investigating a particularly gruesome killing, the  beheading of a woman, after her husband — an influential member of the local  Muslim community
    • Muzzammil Hassan told police that his wife was at his business, Bridges TV, on  Thorn Avenue in the village. Officers went to that location and discovered her  body.
    • Thousands of miles south of here, on the island nation of  the Dominican Republic, a newborn boy's blood contains the critical piece of  evidence in a rape investigation that originated on Erie's east side.
    • The results of the DNA testing will dictate the course of  the case. A test that shows DiNicola is the father would debilitate the defense  and almost certainly lead to a conviction.
    • Influenza cases rose sharply in Erie County for the second  straight week.
    • Eighty-three of Erie County's 104 flu cases so far this  season have been reported in the last two weeks.
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