November 22, 1963 has been described as the day America suddenly grew up.
Matured for many reasons: the realization that doubt could overcome youth and dreams; the recognition that the most mystical of historical moments, the mythical Camelot, could screech to an abrupt, untimely and bloody halt.
(CBS News) DALLAS - President John F. Kennedy was murdered in Dallas fifty years ago next week. Among the young reporters on the scene that day were Peter Jennings of Canadian TV and later ABC; Dan Rather of CBS; Jim Lehrer of the Dallas Times Herald and later PBS; and a cub reporter from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram -- our very own Bob Schieffer. Those who covered the assassination and who are still around all these years later have had a long time to think about what might have been.
How the state ended up committing $1.825 million to build a Louisiana first, a kind-of gubernatorial library/parish historical center, illuminates both the political intricacies that can imprint themselves on the capital outlay process and how observers who do not or who do not care to understand that process can end up promulgating a distorted and unserious view of it.
Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy said residents should beware of an email scam that directs unclaimed property recipients to pay a fee in order to make a claim.
Kennedy said the program is free. He added the scam surfaces every few years.
According to the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators, taxpayers nationwide are receiving emails appearing to originate from a regional auditor of the association.
The email claims the recipient has inherited a large amount of money and promises further details upon receipt of personal information. Kennedy said NAUPA does not contact individuals directly.
According to Kennedy, so-called finders who search for unclaimed property for a fee do not have access to information that an individual can't find for him or herself for free through the department's website of toll free hotline.
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While half-wise isn’t as good as totally wise, it’s much better than stupid, although certain pundits and politicians would have you believe otherwise.
In 2009, when Alvarez & Marsal, a national performance auditor, recommended a handful of common-sense business practices that would save taxpayers $72 million a year at the state's Big Charity hospital in New Orleans, I asked for a similar audit of the state's nine other Charity Hospitals. The Charity Hospitals resisted.
As Americans face a variety of problems around the globe: financial crisis in Europe, mounting debt here at home, tensions in Asia between China and its neighbors over remote islands, threats of war between North and South Korea, violence in Kashmir a troubled region between India and Pakistan, and Islamic violence throughout Africa, and uncontrolled violence in central America, we have to ask ourselves, What is our role in all of this?