The BioAuto Council of Ontario held a conference on ways to turn wood into strong, light, cheap, half-plastic material for cars, boats, helicopters and the like, partly by using "nanocrystaline cellulose." Charleston environmental crusader Alan Tweddle, a Canada native, attended the seminar, and asks: Why can't West Virginia, covered with hardwood forests more than any other U.S. state, gain an economic boost from the snowballing development of new scientific composites from wood?
Bearing arms in West Virginia: After their children quarreled on a school bus, two Bluefield mothers began sending angry text messages to each other. Now one of them, Judith Kowaleski, 43, is charged with the shooting death of the other, Elizabeth Slagle, 42.
Although the United States has vastly more gun murders than other advanced democracies, it's peaceful, compared to bloody Honduras. The United Nations says Honduras averages 91 homicides per year per 100,000 population -- while the world rate is around eight. Presidential candidate Juan Hernandez vowed to put an armed soldier on every Honduran street corner.
Sainthood? Did you notice that in a Washington news photo, taken inside the Capitol, a lighted rotunda formed a golden halo over the head of Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.?
President Harry Truman truly was a common man, who never exploited his powerful office. After he left the White House in 1952, he and Bess drove home to Missouri alone, with no Secret Service guards. Their only income was Truman's $13,508 Army pension -- but Congress later awarded them a $25,000 pension. When they died, their only asset was Bess's mother's home, where they lived simply. Corporations attempted to give him high executive positions, but he declined, saying: "You don't want me. You want the office of the president, and that doesn't belong to me. It belongs to the American people, and it's not for sale."
***The tea party movement has splintered into various branches. The Tea Party Tribune says President Obama "wants to rid the United States of Christianity." Tea Party Inc. says Obama "has built a personal domestic army... to carry out his radical plan." But it vows to "take him down, piece by piece." MSNBC's Karen Finney says diverse tea party leaders agree only on "how much they hate Obama. You can't win on just hate."