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Plane Crashes in Indiana Field

September 30, 2009

A single-engine plane crashed into an Indiana field on Wednesday after the pilot, who was seen slumped over, lost consciousness and the aircraft started flying out of control.

From the Associated Press:

Military officials do not believe the crash was terrorism-related but said the pilot may have had a health problem or have been suffering from a lack of oxygen. After air traffic controllers lost contact with the pilot, F-16s from Indiana National Guard intercepted the plane and followed it for about an hour until it crashed.

Indiana State Police Sgt. Rod Russell said the pilot, who was the only person aboard the plane, died in the crash. No one on the ground was injured when it crashed, and no other details were immediately available about the pilot.

David Lykins, 54, of Muncie said he and his nephew were doing construction work when they saw the plane fly in three circles overhead, then tilt on its side with the wings pointed down and crash into trees on the edge of the field.

“I didn’t know what to think. I knew whoever was in it didn’t have control of it,” he said.

The plane departed from Grand Rapids, Mich. and then flew north to Traverse City, Mich., said FAA spokesman Tony Molinaro in Chicago. It turned around in Traverse City was flying back to Grand Rapids when it lost communication with ground air traffic controllers, Molinaro said.

The plane crashed around 12:40 p.m. EDT in a field in a rural area of eastern Indiana, about 60 miles northeast of Indianapolis and 185 miles south of Grand Rapids, NORAD said. John Erickson, a spokesman for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, said the aircraft crashed on its own.


Kroger Adds Mayonnaise Products to Recall

April 1, 2009

Kroger has announced that it is adding “sell-by” dates to its shelled pistachio recall and also recalling a store-brand light mayonnaise product.

From the Associated Press:

The Kroger supermarket chain says it’s recalling some store brand mayonnaise sold in three states because it may be contaminated with salmonella.

Cincinnati-based Kroger Co. says the recall involves 32-ounce plastic jars of Kroger Lite Mayo sold in Kroger stores in southwest Ohio, northern Kentucky and southeast Indiana. The suspect jars have a “Sell by” date of “SEP-25-09.”

Kroger says no illnesses have been reported.


The recall of Private Selection shelled pistachios, first announced March 27, also will include these sell-by dates: Jan. 14, 2010; Feb. 10, 2010; Feb. 11, 2010; and March 23, 2010, with the UPC code 11110 73615. The initial recall included sell-by dates of Dec. 13, 2009, and Dec. 14, 2009, with the same UPC code.

The grocer (NYSE: KR) said in a news release that supplier Setton Farms has expanded its recall of products that might possibly be contaminated with salmonella. No confirmed illnesses have been reported.

The recall covers the 31 states where Kroger and its subsidiaries have locations, including Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.

Fisher-Price High Chairs Recalled

March 25, 2009

Here is the list from the Associated Press:

High chairs
About 24,000 3-in-1 high chairs, manufactured in Mexico and imported by Fisher-Price of East Aurora, N.Y., because the seat can fall backward from the frame if the release is unlatched while a child is inside. The seat back can also detach if not snapped fully into place. The company has received one report of a detached seat back that resulted in a fractured skull. The high chairs were sold at Target stores around the country between December 2008 and March 2009. Details: by phone at 800-432-5437; by Web at or


About 2,900 Baby Necessities pacifiers, manufactured in China and imported by OKK Trading of Los Angeles, Calif., because they failed federal safety tests. The nipples can separate from the base and pose a choking hazard. No incidents have been reported. The recalled pacifiers were sold at dollar and discount stores around the country between August 2007 and January 2009. Details: by phone at 877-655-8697; by Web at or

Heart medication
Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc. is recalling one lot of Propafenone HCL 225 milligram tablets sold in 100 count bottles in the United States. Some of the tablets may contain higher levels of the active ingredient than specified. Some patients who are particularly sensitive to small variations in dose might experience serious side effects, including irregular heartbeat or low blood pressure. No illnesses or incidents have been reported, according to the company.

Propafenone is a prescribed drug used to treat cardiac arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeats. The recalled product was shipped to customers between Oct. 15 and Nov. 26 last year. It has the lot number 112680A and the expiration date July 31, 2010. For more information, consumers can call 888-352-9616.

Torres Hillsdale Country Cheese LLC is recalling Asadero and Oaxaca soft Mexican-style cheeses due to possible listeria contamination. Eating food contaminated with listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a potentially fatal disease. No illnesses have been reported, according to the company.

The products were distributed to retailers and delis in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Wisconsin.

The recalled cheeses were sold in 10-pound balls and 16- and 12-ounce plastic packages under the name “Aguas Calientes” and in 6-pound blocks shrink-wrapped in clear plastic under the name “El Jaliciense.” For more information, consumers can call 517-368-5990.

Thousands Lose Power in South, East

February 12, 2009

Wild weather with wind gusts reaching hurricane force knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of customers from the Midwest, to the South and to the East.

From the Associated Press:

About 255,000 customers were without power in Ohio alone. There were also about 52,000 outages in Michigan, more than 30,000 around Buffalo, N.Y., and about 80,000 in Pennsylvania. Outages are also reported in Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, Indiana, Maryland and other states.

The weather service reports a wind gust of 92 mph in Allegheny County in Pennsylvania. About 200 people in the county were evacuated from homes and an assisted living center because of a storm-related gas leak.

Government Warns of “Catastrophic” Midwest Earthquake

November 21, 2008

I guess it’s not just us out here on the West Coast who need to worry about the next big earthquake. According to a new Government report, people in a large seismic zone in the southern and midwestern United States will face catastrophic damage if a major earthquake struck there.

From Reuters:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said if earthquakes strike in what geologists define as the New Madrid Seismic Zone, they would cause “the highest economic losses due to a natural disaster in the United States.”

FEMA predicted a large earthquake would cause “widespread and catastrophic physical damage” across Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee — home to some 44 million people.

Tennessee is likely to be hardest hit, according to the study that sought to gauge the impact of a 7.7 magnitude earthquake in order to guide the government’s response.

In Tennessee alone, it forecast hundreds of collapsed bridges, tens of thousands of severely damaged buildings and a half a million households without water.

Transportation systems and hospitals would be wrecked, and police and fire departments impaired, the study said.

The zone, named for the town of New Madrid in Missouri’s southeast corner, is subject to frequent mild earthquakes.

Experts have long tried to predict the likelihood of a major quake like those that struck in 1811 and 1812. These shifted the course of the Mississippi River and rang church bells on the East Coast but caused few deaths amid a sparse population.

“People who live in these areas and the people who build in these areas certainly need to take into better account that at some time there is … expected to be a catastrophic earthquake in that area, and they’d better be prepared for it,” said FEMA spokesperson Mary Margaret Walker.

Barack Obama Elected 44th President of the United States

November 5, 2008

For the first time in history, an African American will be sitting in the Oval Office as the President of the United States. Both CNN and MSNBC have projected Barack Obama to win the Presidency. Unbelievable!!!

From CNN:

CNN projects that Barack Obama will be the nation’s 44th president.

As polls closed on the West coast, the Illinois senator was projected to receive enough electoral votes to pass the 270-vote threshold.

Obama is projected to win California, Washington, Oregon and Hawaii.

He also is projected to win Virginia, a state that hasn’t voted for a Democratic president since 1964.

As Obama built up a commanding lead over Sen. John McCain, senior aides to the Arizona senator were growing pessimistic about his chances.

When asked if they saw a path to victory, two senior McCain aides said no.

CNN earlier projected that Obama will win Ohio, a key battleground state with 20 electoral votes.

McCain Aides Don’t Believe He Can Win

November 5, 2008

It’s beginning to set in that Senator John McCain might not be the next President of the United States in the GOP camp. CNN is reporting that senior aides to the Arizona senator are growing pessimistic about his chances.

From CNN:

According to CNN’s latest projections, Obama has 207 electoral votes and McCain has 135.

In order to win the presidential election, a candidate needs 270 electoral votes.

When asked if they saw a path to victory, two senior McCain aides said no.

Polls are closed in the key battleground states of Florida, North Carolina and Virginia, but the races there are too close to call.

CNN earlier projected that Obama will win Ohio, a key battleground state with 20 electoral votes.

No Republican has won the White House without winning Ohio. Going into the election, polls showed Obama with a 3-point lead there.

Obama and McCain are running a tight race in Indiana as results are tallied in the battleground state.

With about 85 percent of precincts reporting, McCain held a slim lead in the state.