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2008 May 12 — Why Now?
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A New Phish In My Pond

I “hooked” this at Noon.

From: “Internal Revenue Service” <refunds @ irs·gov>
Subject: Get Your Annual Tax Refund
Date sent: Mon, 12 May 2008 13:52:22 -0400
Send reply to: <refunds @ irs·gov>

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After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of $109.30. Please submit the tax refund request and allow us 6-9 days in order to process it.

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May 12, 2008   13 Comments

Atlantic Coast Wildfires

CNN reports on the Wildfire battle continues as interstate reopens

(CNN) — Wildfires scorched two counties in eastern Florida Sunday, closing a major interstate and forcing the evacuation of some coastal residents.

Interstate 95 reopened Monday, in time for the morning rush hour. It had been shut down in both directions from U.S. Highway 192 to the Indian River County line.

Thick smoke continued to drift across the highway, according to CNN affiliate Central Florida News 13.

A state trooper told the station that visibility on the interstate was less than 10 feet.

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Chinese Earthquake

The BBC reports that Thousands dead in Chinese quake

A powerful earthquake has killed at least 8,500 people in China’s south-western Sichuan province, up to 5,000 of them in just one county.

Many more are feared killed and injured in other parts of the country after the quake, which had a magnitude of 7.8, struck at 1428 local time (0628 GMT).

At least 50 bodies have been recovered from the rubble of a school where an estimated 900 students were buried.

President Hu Jintao has urged “all-out” efforts to rescue victims.

The epicentre of the earthquake was about 92km (57 miles) from Chengdu, Sichuan’s provincial capital.

Because the earthquake struck in the middle of the day, it is feared that many schoolchildren may be among the victims.

The USGS Earthquake Center has recorded almost twenty aftershocks ranging between 6.0 and 4.9 in the 9 hours after the initial event, so relief efforts are hampered by the continued shaking.

May 12, 2008   9 Comments