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Military
8:35 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Wright-Patt Looking to Privatize Utilities

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is expected to privatize more energy and utility operations as it tries to offset steep cuts in the federal defense budget.

The base has already asked for bids to privately manage two water plants on the base that pump more than three millions of gallons a day out of an underground aquifer.

Base spokesman Daryl Mayer tells the Dayton Daily News that the Defense Logistics Agency also has asked for bids to maintain the base infrastructure for waste water collection and natural gas distribution at the state's largest single-site employer.

Nature
8:15 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Poor Will's Almanack: December 3 - 9, 2013

Credit Flickr Creative Commons user pamramsey

In the great collapse of the year, I have found an anchor in noting and recording the details of the world.

And I think maybe the best part of that practice is knowing I will never understand the significance of those details.

Now I suppose it is possible I may be victim of a certain kind of nihilism that keeps me from find any meaning in acts or objects or people.

But, it also may be that I find in my observations the kind of exclusive attention that blots out ultimate concerns.

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Statewide News
7:35 am
Tue December 3, 2013

13 People Killed On Ohio Roads Thanksgiving Weekend

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says 13 people lost their lives in crashes on Ohio’s roadways during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend between midnight on November 27th to midnight Monday morning. The Patrol’s Sargent Vincent Shirey says the department also cracked down on drunk and impaired drivers.

Arts & Culture
7:59 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Conrad's Corner: December 2, 2013

Janeal Ravndal reads Marsha Bush's poem, "Trees."

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Books
5:27 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Book Nook: The Tilted World, by Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly

If you surveyed some passersby and asked them to name the most destructive river flood in American history most of them probably wouldn't know the right answer. It happened in 1927. The swollen Mississippi River had burst through the levee system. 27,000 square miles, an area 50 miles wide and 100 miles long was flooded and under as much as 30 feet of water.

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