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8:35 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Poor Will's Almanack: February 12 - 18, 2013

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Poor Will’s Almanack for the Final Week of Late Winter.

The days are lengthening a minute every day, but it is still hard for me to believe in spring. In the garden, daffodils and snowdrops have budded. Pussy willows are emerging with every thaw.

But I always want more, and I want it sooner, and I think that it is accepting just part of the whole that causes the problem. Considering just warmth and green as normal and good: That is what makes it hard to wait.

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Health, Science & The Environment
7:15 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Thursday, February 7th is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, and the Centers for Disease Control say that, although blacks make up just 14% of the national population, they account for about 44% of all new HIV infections.

Here in Ohio, Blacks make up just twelve percent of the population but account for almost half – 49% of all new HIV infections.  So, health organizations around the country, including Ohio, say they’re mobilizing to encourage populations of color to get educated, get tested, get involved, and get treated.

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Health, Science & The Environment
7:04 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Ohio Seeks to Overhaul Medicaid Eligibility System

Ohio is closer to replacing an outdated system that's known for rejecting eligible people from the Medicaid program.

Officials said Wednesday the state will contract with Accenture LLC for a new system that will help determine eligibility for programs across Ohio's health and human services agencies.

The announcement comes as the governor wants to expand the federal-state Medicaid program to cover more low-income people.

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Nature
8:30 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Poor Will's Almanack: February 5 - 11, 2013

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Poor Will’s Almanack for the Third Week of Late Winter.

Between the first day and last day of February, the day increases by more than an hour throughout most of the United States, and natural history shows the growing power of the spring. Like the steady shifting of the sun and the stars, precedents from previous years make promises for the fledgling seasons

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Nature
12:00 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Poor Will's Almanack: January 29 - February 4, 2013

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Poor Will’s Almanack for the Second Week of Late Winter.

Two days from now, on the 31st of January, the sun reaches a declination of 17 degrees 35 minutes, one fourth of its way to spring equinox.

Near this same day, a temperature pivot throws the entire northern and southern halves of the planet into reverse.

And average temperatures start to rise throughout the country.

Your personal thermometers not only mark that process at home, but almost everywhere.

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