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8:35 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Poor Will's Almanack: November 6 - 12, 2012

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Poor Will's Almanack for the first week of Late Fall

There is an emptiness at the end of Middle Fall, an absence of flowers and birdsong, the slowing of the pulse of the crickets, the opening up of the sky in the woods when leaves come down, and sometimes I try to fill the emptiness with whatever is close at hand.

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Health, Science & The Environment
12:06 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Teen Births Decreasing in Ohio

The number of teen births in Ohio is still declining.

The rate of women 19 and younger who gave birth in Ohio fell for the fourth consecutive year in 2011. That's according to an analysis by The Dayton Daily News of preliminary state data.

Ohio Department of Health statistics show that the 12,189 teen births last year were down 11 percent from 2010. And it was the fewest recorded since the state began keeping track in 1990.

Nature
8:35 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Poor Will's Almanack: October 30 - November 5, 2012

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This is Bill Felker with Poor Will's Almanack for the LAST WEEK of Middle Fall

I wake up to leaves from the redbud tree and the white mulberry tree on the lawn where I just yesterday. Today, I will just look and listen.

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Health
12:04 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Ohio Cracks Down After Meningitis Outbreak

The state of Ohio is cracking down on pharmacies that custom-mix individualized prescriptions after a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak linked to a Massachusetts compounding company.

Jesse L. Wimberly, pharmacy inspector for the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy, tells the Dayton Daily News that the state is checking all 17 pharmacies statewide that custom-mix compound prescriptions. Those pharmacies are typically inspected at least once every three years.

Nature
8:35 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Poor Will's Almanack: October 23 - 29, 2012

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Poor Will's Almanack for the third week of Middle Fall.

It wasn’t that long ago that all the workings of the world were great mysteries. Since people didn’t know what kinds of forces made the weather, they gave equal weight to a regular rain shower and a shower of frogs (yes, there have been showers of frogs). Stories about amazing weather phenomena were popular not only because they were different, but because people couldn’t figure out at all why they were occurring. Some people… a lot of people… thought the unusual events were signs from heaven.

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