Greencastle Banner-Graphic blogs Recent blogs from the Greencastle Banner-Graphic newspaper in Greencastle, Indiana en-us Oil Market Slides Down (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) Less than a month after OPEC announced a plan to collectively reduce oil production to boost prices, it appears that the deal may be falling apart. Originally, all 14 member nations and Russia had agreed to work together to reduce production, but now nations are asking for exemptions from the pact. Iraq, Nigeria, Iran, and Libya have all suggested that they should be able to produce at current levels while the other nations cut back, which could lead to squabbling amongst member... Fri, 28 Oct 2016 13:35:03 -0400 Friday Jam: House of the Rising Sun - The Animals (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) With Halloween three days away, I had to choose something to get me in the mood this week. Of course, obvious choices like "The Monster Mash" or "Thriller" came to mind pretty quickly. But I dismissed those out of hand because they are ... well ... obvious. Thinking a little deeper, a slightly less obvious choice like "I Put a Spell on You" came to mind. But that still seemed a little on the nose . For me, the best songs I know to get me in that spooky... Fri, 28 Oct 2016 13:07:26 -0400 'Ahsoka' review (Raising Caine by Caine Gardner) With fans just coming down from the high of “The Force Awakens” and now turning around and getting amped up for December's release of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” a book hit shelves on Oct. 11 that is the best book to be released in the new canon era. E.K. Johnston “Ahsoka” follows Anakin Skywalker's former Jedi Padawan as she sets down on the remote farming world of Raada years after escaping the Empire's infamous Order 66 which wiped out out... Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:29:17 -0400 A Willing Act (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) I will. In the future it shall be. I shall do. We shall see. Will. Or will. In one sense a verb indicating tense, and in another a noun indicating your wish or intent. It is my will. Willpower. The New Oxford American Dictionary defines “willpower” as “control deliberately exerted to do something or to restrain one’s own impulses: a stupendous effort of will.” Amen and amen, Brother; every effort of the will seems stupendous to me. There... Sun, 23 Oct 2016 21:50:27 -0400 Beef Bounces Back (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) Cattle prices exploded this week, rebounding from a six-year low. Prices rose by more than 5.5 cents per pound, “locking limit up” at one point on Thursday, as the market moved the daily maximum of 3 cents per pound. The market was especially active Friday after the market resumed trading as ranchers, meatpackers, and traders positioned themselves ahead of the USDA’s monthly Cattle on Feed Report, which was released after the market closed. Cheap boneless beef is... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:26:37 -0400 Friday Jam: Landslide - Various Artists (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) Stevie Nicks announced on Thursday that she'd like to put together an all-star version of the Fleetwood Mac hit "Landslide." It's an interesting concept. As noted in the AV Club article I linked, it may be a way to settle what's the best version of the song — the Fleetwood original, the 1994 cover by The Smashing Pumpkins or the 2002 rendition by the Dixie Chicks. Presented without comment (at least initially) are the three versions of the song. I've chosen a... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:00:00 -0400 Discomfort (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) Ever have those moments when you feel high? I’m not talking about drug-induced euphoria. I’m talking about the kind of ground you stand on when you shooting the winning ball, when beloved walks in the room, or when the future looks happy and secure. Well, I had one of those soaring moments about two weeks ago. I’ve always loved the outdoors. I love to be in the open air, under the trees, on the hilltop. My two favorite places in college were two trees, one with a fountain... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 11:02:48 -0400 Corn Rallies, Despite Record Harvest (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) Corn prices topped $3.58 per bushel on Friday morning, the highest price in almost three months. Corn is accelerating higher, even as a record crop is coming in out of the field. Over a third of the corn crop has already been harvested, and the USDA is expecting that it will be the largest on record, topping 15 billion bushels. Normally, the harvest onslaught would be depressing prices, but farmers have been holding onto their corn, waiting to sell at higher prices. This is... Fri, 14 Oct 2016 15:02:44 -0400 Friday Jam: Chickamauga - Uncle Tupelo (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) As a music fan, I seem to love lost causes. I love Gram Parsons. I love Blind Melon. I firmly believe that those were two of the best artists of the 1970s and 1990s, respectively, but they never got the chance to prove it due to the drug deaths of Parsons and Blind Melon frontman Shannon Hoon. Of course, it's easy to make a lot of claims when you're dealing in hypotheticals. If only... Which brings us to this week's song. If only Uncle Tupelo co-founders Jay Farrar and... Fri, 14 Oct 2016 13:24:25 -0400 Friday Jam: My favorite solo Beatle song (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) What if I told you the best solo song from one of the Beatles was by Ringo? That's right, Ringo. You know, the one you don't appreciate enough as a drummer, the least-celebrated member of the band and almost certainly the worst singer in the four. But I'm not telling you that Ringo is has the best solo song. He has my favorite post-Beatles song. There is a difference, kind of like how I prefer the Stones or Zeppelin or the Clash to the Beatles, but I would never say they are... Fri, 07 Oct 2016 12:03:01 -0400 Is this just fantasy? (Wilson's Words by Nick Wilson) Long have I been a fan of the Indianapolis Colts. I can still remember the magically mold-breaking season of 1995 when then-Colts’ quarterback Jim Harbaugh (Captain Comeback himself) led our team deep into what was our first playoff appearance in many years. Though my nine-year-old brain simply couldn’t comprehend the last time we’d seen such a successful season (born in 1986, we hadn’t appeared in the playoffs since 1987), I nonetheless became caught up in the... Tue, 04 Oct 2016 12:39:03 -0400 Living the Single Life (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) This past weekend my Facebook exploded with pictures of weddings. It seems that Oct. 1 was the happy day for many a happy couple, but really this happens to me all the time nowadays. People I know are constantly dating and having babies and getting married, and it’s the magic of technology that I get to see and hear it all. It’s fun to watch, but at the same time it’s odd to realize you’re right there too. Ever have those moments when reality slaps you in the face?... Mon, 03 Oct 2016 13:22:17 -0400 Friday Jam: Box of Rain - Grateful Dead (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) This blog is about a song by the Grateful Dead and, eventually, my dad. That's ironic because to my knowledge, Dad has never listened to the Dead. He would probably call them a bunch of dope-smoking hippies. While he wouldn't be wrong, I suppose I don't take that to be such a negative thing. A lot of my favorite music was made by dope-smoking hippies. When music is a constant presence in your life, it can have a way of sort of lying dormant in your life until one day it suddenly... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -0400 Learning for Life (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) After nine months of being graduated (or “grad-gee-ated,” as Old Pa would say), I have a confession to make: I miss school. In a secluded somewhere my college self is throwing hand grenades at that statement, but it’s true. Well, maybe I don’t miss school. A more accurate statement is that I miss certain aspects of school, like the learning that happened when I wasn’t preparing for an exam or working on one project among many. Going to work has... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 18:30:57 -0400 Friday Jam(s): I Was Made for Lovin' You and Hard Luck Woman - Kiss (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) I've taken great pains to introduce my son to a variety of music. In doing so, I had him listen to some Kiss a couple of months back. While the boys from Detroit Rock City have never exactly been my favorite, they made some charming, straightforward rock music over the years. Besides, I figured the face paint and outfits would amuse a six-year-old. I was right. He loved "Rock and Roll All Nite" (which I sort of hate, actually), "Detroit Rock City," "Shout... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:11:00 -0400 Sugar Rushes Higher on Global Shortfall (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) Sugar prices exploded this week, pushing over 23 cents per pound, the highest level in over four years. Prices have more than doubled during the last year as a global sugar shortfall looms after two years of disappointing harvests. Sugar is produced around the world, extracted from sugarcane in tropical climates and sugar beets in higher latitudes, but almost half of all sugar production comes from just three countries: Brazil, India, and Thailand. All three nations’ sugarcane... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:09:26 -0400 Stuck ‘between a rock and a hard place’ (Wilson's Words by Nick Wilson) U.S.A. -- If there’s anything on which both Republicans and Democrats can agree this election season, it’s that America definitely deserves better. After more than a year of extensive and exhausting campaigns that have reached millions of voters, the general consensus of the population seems to be that both the free-wheeling, billionaire business tycoon known as Donald Trump and the hot-button-issue candidate typically found embroiled in (and seemingly quite comfortable with)... Tue, 20 Sep 2016 15:52:48 -0400 Friday Jam: Everybody Wants to Rule the World-Mayer Hawthorne (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) This post is a last-minute change. I had already written a blog about a pair of Kiss songs, but you'll have to wait for those. This song was just released yesterday and I got an email about it when I was sitting at my desk shortly after midnight. It's intriguing to me for two reasons. First, I generally like the music I hear from Mayer Hawthorne. Modern artists making classic soul music usually makes me happy. Secondly, "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" is a great... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:38:00 -0400 Gasoline Explodes after Pipe Leak (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) Gasoline prices spiked this week after the Colonial Pipeline was shut down, closing off nearly 40% of the gasoline supply to 13 states running from Alabama to New York. The leaking pipeline, which serves over 50 million Americans, may not be fully functional until next week, which is prompting fears of gasoline shortages on the East Coast. Gasoline futures, which represent the price of the fuel at a major hub in the New York harbor, without taxes and other costs included, jumped by more... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:37:20 -0400 Those fleeting mispronunciations (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) When each of my kids has started to talk, my wife and I have almost immediately tried to get them to do so correctly. Correct pronunciations. Correct grammar. Correct usage. Complete sentences. It’s not that we put pressure on them, telling them to “Do it right!” but we try to pattern the correct way to speak. Soothing tones, but no baby talk. It seems to have worked well. As a six-year-old, Miles speaks like a little adult, with a vocabulary beyond his years and an... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 10:49:18 -0400 King of the Roost (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) Mother and I have been playing the jailer for the last month or so. We have a little Bantam rooster named Nemo, who actually belongs to Jessica. The fact that he doesn’t belong to me is the only thing, as far as I’m concerned, that’s kept him out of the freezer. Jessica had originally left him with a neighbor’s chickens, but after he started killing her silkies we brought him home. Not wanting to risk our own feathered friends, we placed him in solitary... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 17:25:39 -0400 Oil Swings on Supply Shocks (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) Crude oil staged a huge rally throughout the week as OPEC members talked again about cutting production to prop prices upward toward $60 per barrel. The oil cartel has been unsuccessful thus far, but collaboration between its members could shock the global oil market higher. The U.S. Department of Energy fueled the run up by reporting on Thursday morning that U.S. petroleum inventories unexpectedly tumbled by more than 14 million barrels, which helped boost prices to $47.75 per... Fri, 09 Sep 2016 15:31:49 -0400 Friday Jam: I'm Amazed-My Morning Jacket (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) It's probably inaccurate to even call this my Friday Jam because My Morning Jacket has been in my head all week. While that may sound maddening, they are a darn good band with a pretty deep catalog. What I wish I had for you, though, is not the My Morning Jacket version, but the version that War Radio played last Friday night at the Swizzle Stick. After the local five-piece thrilled the crowd with a spot-on cover, vocalist and guitarist shared with us that the band had never played... Fri, 09 Sep 2016 10:30:43 -0400 Well, that was fun, wasn't it?! (Daze Blog by Eric Bernsee) It's been 36 hours or so now and my feet are still moving like the music is still playing. Wow, was that a great time Saturday evening on the courthouse square or what? Like R-O-C-K in the U.S.A. good ... Crash! Boom! Bang! The seventh annual Greencastle Music Festival certainly didn't disappoint. Thank you, Gail Smith. I know she has some sponsors and some help but essentially this festival has been her baby and it keeps getting bigger and better each year. So if you haven't told her yet,... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:49:26 -0400 The Salt Mine (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) Tomorrow begins my first-ever vacation as an employed person. I have allotted myself a whole week with no instructions on what to do or where to go, and these days I have little to no supervision. This could be really good, or really bad. Perhaps we should alert the sheriff. But either way, I'm pretty excited. After eight months with my nose to the grindstone -- working holidays, Sundays, and the occasional Saturday -- it'll at least feel different. I've made a heap of salt for the salt... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:49:07 -0400 Friday Jam: Cruel to be Kind-Nick Lowe (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) I've commented a number of times over the years that my weeks at the Banner Graphic the inverse of what they should be. With no deadline, Mondays are fairly easy going -- a day to get some things done but without too much to stress about, what with no deadline and all. Fridays, on the other hand, come with way too much to do. While everybody else is winding down on Friday afternoon, there never seem to be enough hours in a Friday to get done all we need. It's stressful, far from what a... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:48:55 -0400 Most agree booster support vital (Bennett's Minutes by Joey Bennett) **Money tight for essentials Football is an expensive sport to administrate, due to its great amount of needed equipment, and you don't have to be a coach or athletic director to realize that obvious fact. Schools and their athletic departments provide each program as much assistance, financial and otherwise, as possible. Sometimes, though, there are things that are needed or desired for which the money isn't there. Everyone agrees there is a huge value in athletes having a personal stake in... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:47:20 -0400 Housing Hoists Lumber Higher (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) Sales of new homes exploded last month to the highest level since 2007. The US Census Bureau estimated that a seasonally-adjusted 654,000 new homes sold in July, a jump of over 30% in the last year. More active homebuyers have begun cutting into the inventories for existing homes, pushing prices higher across the board and incentivizing construction crews to hammer out more new homes to meet demand. This wave of construction has helped to boost lumber prices, which are up by more than a... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:31:00 -0400 Legends of the 'fall' (Wilson's Words by Nick Wilson) As we steadily approach the end of summer, many may be thinking "it'd be nice to get a break from this weather" or "I can't wait for the holidays to get here." Well, I would have to place my opinion in both camps -- I cannot wait until this heat finally breaks and the holidays return. To me, they're one in the same -- you can't have one without the other. These literal "winds of change" always signal a new chapter of the year for me: Hoodies, jeans, pumpkin pie, football, bonfires, chili and... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 21:30:29 -0400 Marvin's delivers to the delivery room (Daze Blog by Eric Bernsee) Marvin's -- the Greencastle eatery that famously "delivers anywhere" -- has made some noteworthy "deliveries" over the years. There was that time students unfurled a "Marvin's delivers" sign on Red Square in Moscow and found themselves in some Cold War hot water. Eiffel Tower? Been there, done that. Grand Canyon, Grand Rapids, Grand Cayman? You betcha. Or the hundreds of Winter Term excursions in which the signs have made their way to Aruba, Jamaica and Kokomo. But none of those really... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 13:42:33 -0400 Mini Monon Game: Let's do this every year (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) I came to Greencastle nearly 10 years ago thinking there would be some kind of great athletic rivalry between Greencastle and Crawfordsville high schools. After all, the institutes of higher learning located in the two small cities -- Wabash College and DePauw University -- are of course bitter rivals, particularly in football. I found that it wasn't exactly the case. Of course, the two high schools are in different conferences, which makes scheduling one another a bit more difficult --... Sat, 20 Aug 2016 01:29:58 -0400 Gasoline Revs Up (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) In just over a week, gas prices have exploded more than 20 cents per gallon higher, a staggering move that could soon hit drivers at the pump. Gasoline is becoming more expensive as the overwhelming glut of oil and gasoline in the U.S. wanes in the face of higher demand. The U.S. economy continues to show signs of strength, which should allow Americans to travel more and boost industrial demand for energy. Meanwhile, OPEC nations and Russia are continuing to suggest that they may work... Fri, 19 Aug 2016 14:11:48 -0400 Corn & Bean Crops Shatter Records (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) The USDA shocked grain markets Friday with its newest outlook for the corn and soybeans crops that are getting ready to be harvested. The government agency is now projecting record-breaking yields for corn at 175.1 bushels per acre and soybeans at 48.9 bushels per acre. If these projections come true this fall, the corn and soybean crops will be the largest in US history, adding to the global surplus of grain. While record yields are a point of pride for the agricultural industry, the... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 13:22:53 -0400 What did we learn from the Fair? (Daze Blog by Eric Bernsee) OK, so another Putnam County Fair has come and gone for another year. So what did we learn from the fair this year? We learned that the annual big gulleywasher rainstorm doesn't always come on Sunday or Monday to make the parking a muddy mess for the entire week. It came on Thursday night this time, threatening to send several cars floating away and causing the cheerleading contest to scramble inside at South Putnam. We learned that no matter what, heat is almost always a factor (the fair is... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:10:35 -0400 Natural Gas Rises (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) Natural gas sprang to life this week, jumping up by 21 cents on Thursday. The increase in natural gas stockpiles was only 17 billion cubic feet, which is the smallest increase in summertime for the last ten years. One of the reasons for the small increase was the fact that the eastern seaboard has been having unusually hot weather. More people have been running their air conditioners to combat the heat, so more natural gas is being used to power the AC. The reduced stockpile has some... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 16:54:35 -0400 What's the difference? (Wilson's Words by Nick Wilson) As the big day rapidly approaches, I'm reminded of the age-old question: "Are you getting cold feet yet?" Sure, a wedding is a big deal and a big responsibility, but with the support of so many loved ones helping me through this ceremonious occasion ... what is there to be nervous about? I've always wondered why men become so high-strung and edgy before their wedding day. Are they unsure? Are they having second thoughts? Maybe it just hasn't hit me yet. But, then again, I believe it has, and... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 13:26:54 -0400 A tiring experience (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) Fair week is taxing around these parts. It's always hot, busy and demanding. In spite of it all, I think the staff here enjoys it -- although I might be the only one who will admit it publicly. The Putnam County 4-H Fair is a good time to get out and see people I don't see much otherwise. Some of them don't even exist the other 51 weeks of the year, as far as I can tell. Witnessing the satisfaction of a job well done on the faces of 4-H'ers and adult open class participants is also a nice... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 09:19:57 -0400 Bad Week in Corn and Beans (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) Farmers and traders were anxious about the "heat dome" that hit the Midwest earlier this week. Both crops are at a critical stage, and high temperatures now can drastically reduce crop yields. Even though one might expect the prices for corn and beans to rise due to the heat, the opposite occurred. The drop was caused by a much shorter heat wave than meteorologists originally forecasted, combined with forecasts for less extreme temperatures and more rainfall in the coming weeks. The "threat"... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 13:08:29 -0400 Working with Men (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) As of today, I've been a Banner Graphic staff writer for seven months. When people ask how I like my job, I always respond that I love reporting for my home county and it's an accelerated learning experience. But I also can't neglect to say that working with all men continues to be the most educational aspect of that experience. Sure, there are -- thankfully -- other women in the building, but in our five-person newsroom I be the only female representative. I am literally surrounded. I can... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 19:49:28 -0400 Bargain Barbecue (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) Pork prices are dropping due to record pork and poultry production this year, bringing backyard barbecues to the cheapest level of the summer. While low prices are making it difficult for livestock producers to turn a profit, they are still benefitting from low corn prices, near $3.55 per bushel on Friday. It appears that pork prices could keep falling. Hogs are already cheap at 80 cents per pound, but futures markets are priced under 60 cents by December, which means that Christmas... Fri, 15 Jul 2016 13:24:41 -0400 It's a Cool Thing (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) I know, I know. It's been shameful long since I last posted a blog. So to extinguish your ardor, a word which I can't help saying is from the Latin "to burn," I shall make this most tardy post about something cool: Water. At this point I would like to point out that your disappointment is case-and-point for the first point I would like to make about the stuff, which is that most people in America and other well-watered countries take water for granted. This is a sad thing for the same... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 12:40:34 -0400 Gasoline Market Gutted (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) As Americans enjoyed the Independence Day holiday last weekend, they likely noticed lower gasoline prices as they fueled up their cars and boats. US refineries have been running near full speed for months, making more gasoline than drivers are using. This led to all-time high gasoline stockpiles, nearly 10% higher than last year. Even if refineries slow down, some analysts expect that prices could stay lower for the foreseeable future as crude oil stockpiles are at record high levels as... Fri, 08 Jul 2016 14:27:18 -0400 Silver Sparkles, Gold Booms (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) In a major move akin to the past inflationary displays, the price of gold and silver exploded this week as investors, hedgers, and speculators rushed to jump on the precious metals train as prices blew over the highs of last year. Concerns about political and financial stability dominated the news after the British referendum to exit from the European Union. There has also been growing doubt that near-zero and negative interest rates will solve the problems of massive unfunded government... Fri, 01 Jul 2016 13:53:05 -0400 The 'tools' of a good life (Wilson's Words by Nick Wilson) Sometimes ... all you need is the right tool. This can apply to many areas of life in many different ways: To have the right career, one requires the tools necessary to achieve that goal, i.e. a good education and/or strict work ethic; in order to gain healthy relationships with your friends, family and coworkers, one should have excellent people-skills and the wherewithal to maintain those relationships through patience and understanding; and when you look for a house or property to purchase,... Fri, 01 Jul 2016 12:57:00 -0400 Just like Dad (...and the beat goes on... by Jared Jernagan) Look at the intensity of this kid. It's like he's seen someone else do this sort of thing. Frame 1: Feet sill moving but the mind's already racing, lining up the perfect shot. Frame 2: Stop. Squint. Take a good look at what you want to shoot. (As he gets more polished, he'll learn to do this through the viewfinder.) Frame 3: Raise your Canon and fire. (See what I did there?) It even appears that although he's right-handed, he's shooting with his left eye. Again, just like the old man. He... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 14:40:41 -0400 Greatest thing since sliced bread? (Daze Blog by Eric Bernsee) Once upon a time it was simple enough ordering your favorite soft drink. You had your choice between Coke and Pepsi, Dr. Pepper and 7-Up. OK, maybe Royal Crown Cola and Nehi, too. Then all that diet soda came along, followed by decaffeinated drinks and crazy flavors and Mountain Dew and now grocery stores need both sides of an entire aisle just to display all the varieties of pop. Don't look now but a similar thing is happening in the bread aisle. Where once you had a choice of wheat, white... Tue, 21 Jun 2016 13:35:17 -0400 A Girl's Best Friend (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) Predictable: I'm going to write about fathers for Father's Day. But if I had to choose between writing about mothers on Mother's Day and writing about fathers on Father's Day, I would choose the latter for the simple reason that fathers are too often overlooked (if, of course, they are present at all). Americans coo and ah about the bond between mother and child, and truly it is worth all that and more, but the bond between father and child is worth as much too. Sure, they can't carry,... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 21:38:48 -0400 'Brexit' Reaches Breaking Point (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) The United Kingdom could be breaking away from the European Union in the near future, depending on the outcome of a vote next week. The June 23 referendum could set the stage for a British exit, or "Brexit," from the EU, putting strain on their respective economies and creating political turmoil on both sides of the English Channel. Earlier this week, it appeared increasingly likely that the British citizens were going to vote to leave the EU, which was causing investors to flee out of... Fri, 17 Jun 2016 13:09:58 -0400 The Great Stink Bird (Bits and Pieces by Chelsea Modglin) Here we are again, needing to write about science. But what to write about? With what, Dear Eliza, shall I entertain my mind, which is not entirely unlike a hole-ful bucket? I know, Dear Henry! With Opisthocomus hoazin! Friends, let me tell you about one of my favorite creatures in all creation. Opisthocomus hoazin is the scientific name for a South American bird otherwise known as the hoatzin or stink bird. I love it so much (It is my desktop wallpaper) because it is so endearingly clutzy and... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 16:15:06 -0400 Florida's OJ not so Sunny (Commodity Futures File by Alex Breitinger) Orange juice futures hit a four-year high after Tropical Storm Colin tore across Florida. June 1 marked the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season, and three named storms have already struck this year, worrying citrus growers in America's most hurricane-prone state. This week, Colin dumped heavy rains on citrus groves, damaging fruit and threatening to further crimp Florida's crop. Florida's groves are already being devastated by a tree-killing disease, and the USDA projects this year's... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 13:36:20 -0400