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September 24, 2005

Google creates new desktop software

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Google creates new desktop software

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Saturday, September 24, 2005

Recently, Google had released Google Desktop 2 (beta), software that aims to provide information on a side-bar that sticks to the right end of your screen. Content on Google Desktop include e-mail searching, news and weather, subscribing to RSS-syndicated websites, and more features.

One particular feature of Google Desktop is how it sends anonymous information of your computer use to Google (at option) in order to help choose RSS feeds and the like for you. This is much akin to how spyware works, however, said features can be disabled rather simply. Along the same lines are the ability to automatically find Weather and Stocks you would like at the first time you open it. This is a Beta so there are a few kinks in this system that can be expected to be sorted out at the full release.

Google Desktop replaces the “Gmail Notifier”, so you can check your gmail emails directly from the Sidebar. In addition to the Gmail mail checker, if you have Outlook, Outlook Express or Thunderbird email clients on your computer then it will check the email accounts in them. All this is automatic, so you get all these emails. Emails can be hidden by using filters.

The program is a 1.3MB download and requires Windows 2000 or Windows XP. It automatically starts up when you load your computer.

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Google releases Final version of Desktop Search” — Wikinews, March 9, 2005

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Massive traffic jams, gas shortages plug evacuation routes near Houston

Massive traffic jams, gas shortages plug evacuation routes near Houston

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Saturday, September 24, 2005

Hurricanes – 2005

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Recent hurricanes in 2005
  • Hurricane Epsilon
  • Hurricane Beta
  • Hurricane Philippe
  • Hurricane Vince
  • Hurricane Stan
  • Hurricane Rita
Hurricane Rita

Hurricane

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  • 2005 Atlantic hurricane season
  • 2005 Pacific hurricane season
  • List of notable tropical cyclones
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  • Wiktionary’s definition of a hurricane
  • Blog from New Orleans
  • NOLA hurricane wiki

Before Hurricane Rita arrived, cars idling for hours in traffic jams near Houston began running out of gas, stranding evacuees in their cars.

Police supervised 2 hour wait in line at gas station.

The New York Times reported Friday morning that “Colossal 100-mile-long traffic jams left many people stranded and out of gas as the huge storm bore down on the Texas coast on Thursday. … Acknowledging that “being on the highway is a deathtrap,” Mayor Bill White asked for military help in rushing scarce fuel to stranded drivers.”

The obvious express routes slowed to a crawl. Some drivers reported easy travel on rural roads, while others encountered heavy traffic on two-lane highways. Constantly during the evacuation on two-lane highways, people would take over the other lanes, causing some head-on collisions. Even when the line jumpers didn’t get in a wreck, they still slowed the flow of traffic because they had to merge back into the right lane at some point. The general attitude towards these cheaters was very hostile. Curses and hand signals were exchanged. To stop the cheaters, cars would swerve in front of those who tried to pass or not let them merge back in line, often causing an accident, or at least causing a backup in the lane of oncoming traffic. Sometimes blockers would occupy the shoulder as well as the lane to stop them cutting back into the line.

Line jumpers driving on wrong side of road, who were later pulled over by the police. Click the image for the full sub-story.

Small towns such as Magnolia were overwhelmed by the evacuees passing through. The majority of gas stations were closed and out of gas, and only a few restaurants were open.

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Hurricane Rita makes landfall

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Hurricane Rita makes landfall

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Correction — August 8, 2014
 
This article incorrectly states that Hurricane Rita first made contact with the shore in Texas, west of the Louisiana border. It actually made landfall just east of the border (the southern end of Sabine Pass), in Louisiana, near Johnson Bayou LA.
This error was widely propagated in the media at the time, and, as of this writing, still persists in historical coverage.
 

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Hurricanes – 2005

Related stories
  • Bush’s Katrina statement contradicted by emerging evidence
  • Record-breaking 2005 Atlantic Hurricane Season officially ends
  • Tropical Storm Zeta becomes second cross-season tropical storm in history
  • Tropical Storm Epsilon forms as 2005 Atlantic hurricane season comes to an end
  • Lingering Ophelia lashes at U.S. Carolinas coast
  • Hurricane Beta makes landfall in Nicaragua
Recent hurricanes in 2005
  • Hurricane Epsilon
  • Hurricane Beta
  • Hurricane Philippe
  • Hurricane Vince
  • Hurricane Stan
  • Hurricane Rita
Hurricane Rita

Hurricane

External/Inter-wiki links
  • 2005 Atlantic hurricane season
  • 2005 Pacific hurricane season
  • List of notable tropical cyclones
  • Wikipedia’s entry on Hurricanes
  • Wiktionary’s definition of a hurricane
  • Blog from New Orleans
  • NOLA hurricane wiki

The core of Hurricane Rita made landfall just west of the TexasLouisiana border as a category 3 storm at 3 AM Saturday with sustained winds near 120 mph. The center of the eye crossed the coast southeast of Beaumont, Texas, near Sabine Pass, with the eyewall extending into Louisiana.

Rita is expected to produce rainfall accumulations of 8–12 inches, with the storm slowing down and producing a total of as much as 25 inches across eastern Texas and western Louisiana. Bursts of tropical storm winds and rainfall amounts of 3–5 inches are possible in New Orleans.

Path forecast 5 hours before landfall.

New Orleans’ Ninth Ward, which saw as much as 20 feet of water during Hurricane Katrina, is currently in waist high water as a nearby levee was overtopped. Water is spilling over the levee in a section 100 feet wide. There are reports of damage or leakage at three levee breaches.

Near the center of the storm, coastal storm surge flooding of 15 feet above normal tide levels is expected, reaching 20 feet in bays and rivers. Tides are about 2 feet above normal along the Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama coasts, and tides will increase to 4–6 feet above normal, with large waves and swells.

Radar image of eye at shoreline. The radar tower was destroyed by the storm.



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Fire breaks out in Galveston

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Fire breaks out in Galveston

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Saturday, September 24, 2005

Three buildings in Galveston, Texas, have gone up in flames as Hurricane Rita approaches. Winds in Galveston are currently around 60 to 70 mph as firefighters try to control the blaze from a distance. Most of Galveston has already been evacuated in anticipation of the hurricane. The cause of the fire is unknown.

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Delta Air Lines to cut up to 9,000 jobs

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Delta Air Lines to cut up to 9,000 jobs

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Saturday, September 24, 2005

Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines announced plans to cut 7,000 to 9,000 jobs by the end of 2007, approximately 17% of its employees.

CEO Gerald Grinstein will take a 25% pay cut. Executives have their pay cut by 15%. Other employees will have their pay reduced by 7 to 10%. Employees that make less than $25,000 a year will not be affected by these pay cuts.

Delta has already cancelled leases on 40 aircraft and they plan to reduce its fleet by at least 80 more. They plan to reduce domestic capacity by 15 to 20 percent and increase international capacity by 25 percent.

Delta is the third-largest airline in the US. They have lost 10 billion dollars since 2001 and are 14 billion dollars in debt. Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last Wednesday, joining United Airlines and US Airways. Four of the seven largest US carriers are operating under bankruptcy protection. Chapter 11 protection gives companies time to rearrange its finances while continuing to operate.

Delta CEO Gerald Grinstein said they intended “to move from being an unprofitable airline today to a profitable airline in just over two years”. “This means we will become a smaller, more cost-efficient airline, with a strengthened network and a stronger balance sheet.” These cuts should help save Delta up to $3 billion dollars.

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E-Inquiries – Bring Public Inquiries to the Net

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E-Inquiries – Bring Public Inquiries to the Net

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Saturday, September 24, 2005

A search in Wikinews for “Inquiry” will return many examples of Public Inquiries conducted by governmental organizations into issues that are often deeply controversial.

The processes and terms of reference of such ‘Public’ Inquiries are normally determined by the commissioning governmental body. However the Internet has now made possible the emergence of a new type of Public Inquiry, called an “E-Inquiry” that appears to be not only independent of government but also, like a Wiki, enables anyone who wishes to partake in the Inquiry to do so by contributing evidence and by posing questions that contribute to the process of determining the Terms of reference of the E-Inquiry.

The absence of a US government sponsored independent public inquiry into the Katrina hurricane disaster could well be the spur that led to the development of a new non-profit web site that incorporates a framework for conducting a Public E-Inquiry. That site http://www.ForumKatrina.org carries the banner line “Katrina Support, Recovery, Planning & E-Inquiry”.

The web site owners have given permission to quote the following extract from its statement on the web site about the objective of its E-Inquiry:

“Everyone who may think of getting involved in the E-Inquiry is asked to remember, at every stage in the process, that the end purpose of the E-Inquiry is to provide recommendations, for the future. The objective of those recommendations is to help everyone to avoid death, disease and destruction in consequence of forthcoming natural and man-made disasters. If those recommendations are to be taken seriously, and this, the first E-Inquiry, is to acquire any public credibility, then the process must be democratic, patently fair and intellectually rigorous.”

It will be interesting to see whether an E-Inquiry is capable of meeting these ideals and whether they become a common feature of internet activity.

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September 23, 2005

Katrina conspiracy meteorologist quits Idaho TV News

Katrina conspiracy meteorologist quits Idaho TV News

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Friday, September 23, 2005

Scott Stevens, the Idaho meteorologist who claimed that a weather manipulating conspiracy (possibly under the control of Japanese Yakuza mafia) caused Hurricane Katrina, has quit his job at KPVI-TV in Pocatello.

Stevens reportedly quit to pursue his weather conspiracy theories full time. According to KPVI’s general manager Bill Fouch, Stevens left his job voluntarily.

Wikinews reported on Stevens’ theories on Monday September 19, 2005.

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WinMX shut down following RIAA requests

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WinMX shut down following RIAA requests

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Friday, September 23, 2005

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The network run by the file sharing program WinMX, as well as the WinMX homepage, has become the first casualty of a Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) crackdown on file-sharing programs.

In mid-September, the RIAA sent Frontcode Technologies a cease and desist letter asking them to implement filters to make it impossible for users to download copyrighted material from their site, or shut down. Frontcode seems to have shut down the network for now.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that maintainers of a network can be held responsible to the content shared on P2P networks.

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  • Richard Menta. “WinMX Shut Down” — MP3 Newswire, September 21, 2005
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Ask Jeeves to remove valet from website

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Ask Jeeves to remove valet from website

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Friday, September 23, 2005

The well-recognised butler

The mascot for Ask Jeeves is to disappear over “user confusion” on what the butler actually does. The butler has been known to be a global symbol for the search site. As of September 23 there is no confirmed date of when the butler will be removed from the web site. There is also no decision yet on changing the name of the web site since there will be no “Jeeves” anymore.

It was revealed by owner Barry Diller that the butler will no longer be the icon for the site.

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St. Anthony Foundation provides hope

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St. Anthony Foundation provides hope

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Friday, September 23, 2005

Logo for St. Anthony’s foundation

On the corner of Golden Gate Ave. and Jones St. in the Tenderloin, San Francisco, right next to the Civic Center you can see a throng of low-income and homeless people lining up outside of St. Anthony’s Dining Room hall which opens up it’s doors everyday at 11:30 a.m. Volunteers dressed in St. Anthony Foundation shirts help keep the lines moving as hundreds of homeless and low income people shuffle their way towards the dining hall underneath the watchful eyes of a small statue of St. Francis of Assisi.

“There’s a lot of people who go hungry out here and it ain’t right.” says Jimmy Scott, a slightly brawny 44-year-old black man who has been living homeless in San Francisco for the past three years. “There are families out here with kids and everything and they have to walk around all night just to stay awake so they don’t get hurt or killed…Right here in the U.S. this is going on…it ain’t right.”

The dining hall, which has been open for the past 54 years, is owned by the St. Anthony Foundation which helps low income and homeless people and families in the Civic Center, Tenderloin, and SOMA areas with clothing, shelter, food, drug rehabilitation, and many other services. St. Anthony’s administrative offices are found at 121 Golden Gate Ave. with the majority of the foundation’s buildings on Golden Gate Ave. and Jones St.

“We are right in the heart of the homeless population of San Francisco,” says Barry Stenger, 55, who’s been working for the St. Anthony Foundation for one year, and is the Director of Development and Communications, “and people are pushed here because of the economic forces of San Francisco because it’s hard to be upper middle class in San Francisco.”

According to the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, “San Francisco’s cost of living remains one of the highest in the country” with the average household income in San Francisco being around $76,400 and the average price of housing being $543,000. Average household income for the United States in 2002, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, was $42,409 and the average price of housing for the United States according to the National Association of Realtors was $185,200 in 2004.

“We served our 32 millionth meal on Tuesday,” said Stenger, “and we serve 2,500 meals a day. Some of our people who work here actually get served [food] here because they spend all their money towards rent and medical costs.”

The St. Anthony Foundation was started by Fr. Alfred Boeddeker in 1950 one year after Fr. Boeddeker became pastor of St. Boniface church on Golden Gate St. where he was baptized as a child. During his lifetime, according to the foundation’s website, he was referred to as the “Patron St. of the Tenderloin” and had Boeddeker park named after him because of his, and his foundation’s, achievements with helping out the homeless and low income community.

“[St. Anthony’s] is a good thing,” said Jimmy Scott, “they provide a good service and they feed people and they clothe them and provide furniture when you get housing and give you groceries when you have AIDS. It’s a good little organization.”

“Our dining room is open 365 days a year.” Said Stenger. “Our other facilities are open seven days a week. We have a residence for senior women and our [free medical] clinic is open five days a week and we also have a furniture and clothing store. We have 12 programs all together.”

Some of those programs are the Father Alfred Center which provides 61 men two programs for getting out of drug and alcohol abuse, the Employment Program/Learning Center which helps participants in educational and employment opportunities and provides each one with a personal staff advisor, and a Senior Outreach and Support Services center which states its mission is to “promote independence, self determination, and alleviate isolation” for seniors who are 60 and older.

A few homeless people who were interviewed complained that St. Anthony’s had some staff who were rude and that they were kicked out of the dining hall; other homeless within the area refuted those claims saying St. Anthony’s has nice staff and only kicks people out who cause trouble.

“It’s a good place and good people. Everybody is so kind and so respectful and everything is under control.” Said John Henderson, a tall and skinny 57-year-old homeless black man who has only been living in San Francisco for close to two months because he recently moved there from Phoenix, Arizona. “It’s pretty cool because they’re under control because yesterday I saw at Glide [Memorial Church which also has services for the poor and low income] and they were handing out food boxes and people were just rushing in and the woman in charge there was freaking out and so she just sat down. That would never happen at St. Anthony’s.”

“And they clean too!” Henderson said laughing with a grin on his face referring to the fact that there are no drugs allowed in the premises. “Not that Glide ain’t clean if you know what I mean.”

“We [also] have a whole division that deals with justice education and advocacy to change the system that brings people to our doorstep.” Said Stenger. “We hear a lot of appreciation from the people we serve. We get a lot of testimony from our clients who have become clean and sober. Sometimes we have to push them a little to get them out the door because they love the [foundation] so much because it has changed their lives.”

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  • Donald R. Andrews, 40, homeless and has lived in San Francisco for 20 years.
  • David Burleigh, 36, homeless and recently released from prison and hospital.
  • William Campbell, 58, homeless.
  • Sarah Chand, works at “Smoke Shop” on Market and Jones St.
  • R.K. Hampton, 49, homeless.
  • Ross Pritchard, 49, homeless and has been living in San Francisco for 18 years.
  • Roland, 45, homeless and was selling body wash at the Civic Center MUNI Station.
  • Jimmy Scott, 44, homeless in San Francisco for 3 years.
  • “Natasha” Scott, 32, homeless transgendered male who is Jimmy Scott’s “wife”.
  • Barry Stenger, 55, Director of Development and Communications at St. Anthony’s.
  • Cedric Thomas, homeless and has been living in San Francisco for 4 years.
  • Sara White, 34, homeless in San Francisco for 3 years originally from Florida.
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