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June 26, 2009

Iran: History, nukes and missiles


It is refreshing to see democracy alive and kicking in Iran — a country known for its ultra-strict religious political structure. The aftermath of the June 12 elections is really taking a toll on Iran's government (and I'm not just talking about its image).

Reading between the lines, a major (yet unspoken) concern is over the country's stability and the safety of Iran's nuclear and missile facilities.

To understand the scope of the situation, one must brush up on Iranian history first. Here are a couple of wire graphics to help you out. And then you can check out my News Illustrated page (coming out Sunday) to understand the political hierarchy and why there is growing international concern.

If you want more, the New York Times has a nice page filled with stories and summaries that I used as reference. Or you can visit Global Security or the Federation of American Scientists to get more information about Iran's nuclear and missile programs.




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June 19, 2009

Finding Earth-like planets

Have you ever gazed into the sky and wondered if there were actually other planets like ours in this huge galaxy? It is a fun question to ponder, a mystery beyond our imagination.

Well that mystery might become reality a couple of years from now. NASA's Kepler satellite is out in space right this moment staring down 100,000 stars for the next 3.5 years in search of Earth-like planets.

Kepler will look for tiny changes in a stars brightness when a planet crosses in front of the star. The changes will be measured by scientist to see if the planet is Earth-like.

If everything goes well, scientist expect to find at least 50 Earth-like planets within the search area and the mystery question of whether there are other planets like ours in space may have an answer!

Make sure you read this Sunday's News Illustrated page to learn more about Kepler.

Here is a video about the Kepler mission:

Here is a animation of how it works:

Photos of Kepler can be found at

POSTED IN: Kwency Norman (13), Science (44), Space (9), Technology (27)

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June 15, 2009

South Florida whitefly killing ficus

Take quick action when fig whitefly hits your neighborhood.
Don't hesitate or it may be too late. Be ready with solid information.

Watch a video on pesticide use and application, for the homeowner.


For alternatives to ficus download a list of ornamental plants. List gives size; plants tolerance to drought, salt and cold; if they bear fruit and description.

A full-page graphic by the Sun Sentinel is also packed with information.


More information is also available from the Florida Division of Plant Industry.

POSTED IN: Cindy Jones-Hulfachor (46), Environment (52), Home (7)

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June 10, 2009

How to hook up a Digital TV converter box

Ready for the switch to digital TV? If you need to buy a converter box or need help hooking one up, download our News Illustrated page that you see below.

It explains the difference between analog and digital broadcasting, how converter boxes work and how to hook them up.


You can still apply for a coupon for $40 off a digital-to-analog converter box. But be warned, it typically takes nine business days to process the request and mail out the coupons.

POSTED IN: Cindy Jones-Hulfachor (46), Government (48), Home (7), Len De Groot (29), Technology (27)

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June 5, 2009

South Florida levees: Upgrades on the way

New federal standards prompted by Hurricane Katrina's flooding of New Orleans will likely require costly repairs of South Florida's vast system of levees. That includes the East Coast Protection Levee that keeps the Everglades from flooding Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties.



POSTED IN: Cindy Jones-Hulfachor (46), Environment (52)

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June 4, 2009

Mosquitos are here

Mosquitoes can be a real pain in South Florida. Look to one of our News Illustrated pages to help keep mosquitoes at bay, and summertime more enjoyable. The graphic includes information on:

• Mosquito repellents
• How to mosquito-proof your home
• Information on a powered bug trap, foggers & sprayers, insect zappers, ultrasound devices and citronella candles
• Tidbits on the mosquito


POSTED IN: Cindy Jones-Hulfachor (46), Environment (52), Health (21)

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June 1, 2009

Carbon monoxide kills

With the recent news of two young girls passing from carbon monoxide, I thought it would be helpful to post a graphic with preventive tips.


POSTED IN: Cindy Jones-Hulfachor (46), Health (21)

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