Jay Cronley: Modern pestilence dominates the news
BY JAY CRONLEY World Staff Columnist
Friday, August 17, 2012
8/17/12 at 3:01 AM
A lot is taking place all at once.
West Nile virus is causing a dangerous situation in Dallas, with 10 deaths reported in the metropolitan area.
Health concerns have prompted spraying from the air in the area, as officials have concluded that the chemicals flying through space are less dangerous than the disease.
National and local politics dominate the top of most news cycles.
President Barack Obama faces a multitude of problems in his re-election campaign, an example of one of the fall concerns being any upcoming vice-presidential debate.
On the local scene, county residents will be asked to vote on a high-dollar sales-tax measure featuring a number of as-yet unnamed and unspecified projects that a number of residents hope will be identified by voting time.
The current drought is turning the heartland a dangerous shade of brown.
Stimulating sports: Sports are in the spotlight in a bad way.
One of Major League Baseball's best players has been suspended for using testosterone.
Somebody familiar with that drug scene estimated that as many as half of Major League Baseball players could be using the stimulant, which can clear the system and avoid detection in the space of about 24 hours.
Some college football programs seem to be operating on the three strikes and you're sent to bed without ice cream, four strikes and you have to run stadium stairs, five strikes and you're out plan.
Keeping the punks and dangers to society eligible to play football is one of the chief duties of coaches everywhere.
Many Oklahomans are fired up about a movie whose subject material portrays the key locals as druggies and nuts.
Some news is great. A restaurant in Los Angeles is offering a 5 percent discount on food to anybody who checks a cellphone at the door and refrains from the mindless chatter during dinnertime.
By the way, we're at war: And, as hard as it is to believe, in what some consider "other" news, the war in Afghanistan continues in a deadly manner.
It costs between $850,000 and $1.4 million to keep a soldier in Afghanistan for a single year.
About 90,000 American troops remain there, trying to stay alive.
Nearly 2,000 fresh faces from patriotic places in this country have been killed.
Seven Americans died in a helicopter crash this week.
The families of soldiers don't have to be reminded that we're still at war.
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