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September 28

Strawberry Cream Pie Day,

Drink Beer Day and National Good Neighbor Day


Battle of Fort Davidson

The Battle of Fort Davidson, also known as the Battle of Pilot Knob, was the opening engagement of Price's Missouri Raid during the American Civil War. This engagement occurred on September 27, 1864, just outside of Pilot Knob in Iron County, Missouri. Although outnumbered by more than ten-to-one, the Union defenders managed to repulse repeated Confederate assaults on their works, and were able to slip away during the night by exploiting a gap in the Southern siege lines. The attacking Rebels took possession of the fort the next day, but Price's profligate expenditure of men and ammunition ended his goal of seizing St. Louis for the Confederacy.




I was able to visit Fort Davidson a couple of years ago and found it to be an interesting site with a nice museum.

Islamic State 'targeted by strikes on Syria border'

Source: BBC

Islamic State fighters besieging the Syrian town of Kobane on the Turkish border have been targeted by air strikes, the BBC's Paul Wood reports from the area.

Warplanes circled the area through Friday night and explosions were heard.

Kurdish fighters have been defending the town from an advance by Islamic State militants.

There has been no word from the US-led coalition on whether it carried out air strikes in the area.

Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-29390781

Pine Lawn Mayor Faces Federal Extortion Charges

The mayor of a small North County municipality has been arrested on federal extortion charges.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation took Sylvester Caldwell into custody on Thursday. He'll be arraigned on a single count of interference with commerce by extortion on Monday.

As mayor, Caldwell was in charge of selecting the company that would handle towing for the Pine Lawn police department. According to the indictment, Caldwell demanded at least $1,600 over four months from an unnamed towing company in exchange for directing most of the towing business to that company. The payments allegedly took place at gas stations and restaurants in the St. Louis area.


Picking Up Steam: The Expansion of Chinese Railways in Africa

If everything happens as planned, the construction of the new East Africa railway signed by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Kenyan president Kenyatta earlier this year will formally commence in October. The railway will link the Kenyan port city of Mombasa with Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan and is hoped to rejuvenate the existing but outdated East Africa railway system. According to a report by Bloomberg, China Exim Bank will provide 90 percent of the $3.8 billion cost of the project and Kenya will finance the remainder. One of China’s largest overseas construction contractors, China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) will be the lead contractor of the project. The project has been cheered in Africa as a historical event for East Africa’s regional connectivity and integration, as well as in China for another success by Chinese companies in the railway construction business and the expansion of Chinese railway standards in the continent.

In the past few years, Chinese railway construction companies have achieved great business successes in Africa. At the top of a long list, in August 2014, China Railway 20 Bureau Group Corporation (CR20) completed the $1.83 billion reconstruction of the Benguela railway that connects Angola, Zambia and southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Meanwhile, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) has been building the $4 billion, 740-km electric railway that connects Addis Ababa and Djibouti, as well as the $5.6 billion Chad railway network since 2012. CCECC also secured the $13 billion coastal railway project with the Nigerian Ministry of Transportation in May 2014. CRBC’s success in nailing down the East Africa railway is the latest, but likely not the last success of the Chinese railway construction contractors’ African expedition.


Paid Maternity Leave Push Underway At U.S. Labor Department

The Obama administration wants to remind Americans that the United States is the only developed country without laws providing paid maternity leave.

A new video from the U.S. Labor Department compares two pregnant women who work full time and share the same due date. One will get 14 weeks of paid leave, because she lives in Germany. The other will get none because she lives here.

"The United States is the only developed nation without paid maternity leave," text in the video states. "In fact, it's one of the only countries without any paid leave."

The video accompanied a Wednesday announcement that the Labor Department is awarding half a million dollars to help three states and the District of Columbia conduct feasibility studies on new paid leave policies.


Governor orders criminal probe, workplace safety investigation of Stericycle

NORTH SALT LAKE — Stericycle critics say a three-pronged probe of the medical waste incineration facility announced by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert's office Thursday is a positive development and an indication that the state is taking the allegations surrounding the company seriously.

"The caveat is that this needs to be moved along as quickly as possible because every day that this operation continues to function, it is really putting at risk the many people who live in North Salt Lake around the facility," said Tim Wagner, executive director of the Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment.

"We urge the governor and the state to push this investigation through as quickly as they can."

Herbert's office ordered a multi-agency review of the North Salt Lake plant, including a review by investigators under Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes who will look for evidence of any criminal activity.


Will mayors one day rule the world?

Hundreds of mayors are getting together to build a global network that could shift the balance of power and create a new force to be reckoned with.

Tousle-haired and enthusiastic Mayor Eberhard van der Laan welcomes his guests. Today he is not addressing Amsterdam's council members as usual, but his peers.

From across Europe and America, city mayors have accepted his invitation to help build an institution which, if successful, could transform the way we are governed: A Global Parliament of Mayors.

In the US, polls show that the level of public trust in Congress runs at a paltry 12%. Trust in American mayors, by contrast, runs at between 60% and 65%.


From reading the article, I would think that simply the sharing of good ideas will be of benefit.

September 27

National Chocolate
 Milk Day, National Corned Beef
 Hash Day and

International Lace Day.

Cancer kills three 9/11 firefighters on the same day

Three firefighters who were on duty at Ground Zero during the 9/11 attacks have died on the same day from cancer, fire officials have said.

Lieutenant Howard Bischoff, 58, and firefighters Robert Leaver, 56, and Daniel Heglund, 58, died within hours of one another on Monday.

Thousands of people who helped the 9/11 rescue efforts have been diagnosed with illness, including cancer.

But doctors say it is unclear whether sickness can be linked to the attacks.

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