Thursday, September 22, 2011

Koalas need tunnels, kindergartener brings crack pipe and meth for show and tell, and $16 muffins and $8 coffee served in Justice audit

Koala joey named 'Boonda' sits on his mother's head in their enclosure at Wildlife World in Sydney

Good Morning Humboldt County!

C’mon in…bring your coffee mug and I’ll serve up some hot coffee and a few stories to start your day. I’m all about saving the Koalas and their story is about survival. Teachers never know what a child is going to bring for Show and Tell. To wrap up this morning’s trio of headlines we have a story on government waste. Need I say more?

Koalas need tunnels, speed limits say Australian politicians

Special koala tunnels and tougher road speed limits would help avoid one of the leading causes of death of Australia's iconic marsupial, lawmakers said on Thursday.

No-one knows how many koalas are left in the wild -- experts estimate anywhere between 43,000 to 300,000 -- but the numbers are slowly falling and road deaths are the second biggest cause. An inquiry by the upper house Senate urged national and state government to take action to nurture the much-loved furry marsupial.

Kindergartener brings crack pipe, meth for show-and-tell

A kindergartener in rural Sweet Springs, Missouri, brought a bag of crystal meth and a crack pipe to school for show-and-tell, but an alert teacher kept the boy from sharing his treasure with others at the school, an official said on Tuesday.

"He was very excited when he got to school," Superintendent Donna Wright said of the September 6 incident. "But I don't think he knew what he had." A teacher recognized the drugs and pipe and police were called to the elementary school. "It didn't ever get into the classroom," Wright added.

$16 muffins, $8 coffee served in Justice audit

As the U.S. government grapples to find ways to trim the bloated federal deficit, a new report suggests officials might start with cutting out $16 muffins and $10 cookies.

"We found the Department (of Justice) spent $16 on each of the 250 muffins served at an August 2009 legal conference in Washington," said a DOJ Office of Inspector General report recently released.

The DOJ spent $121 million on conferences in fiscal 2008 and 2009, which exceeded its own spending limits and appeared to be extravagant and wasteful, according to the report that examined 10 conferences held during that period.

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