Opinion: Does Mitt Romney trust us?

// August 13th, 2012 // No Comments » // Weird or Interesting News

Opinion: Does Mitt Romney trust us?: “‘Can we trust that politician?’

Chapmanville’s Dingess dings Beckley East in seventh inning – Martinsburg Journal

// August 9th, 2012 // No Comments » // Weird or Interesting News

I’m not doing too bad: three-run homer. ;-)Chapmanville’s Dingess dings Beckley East in seventh inning – Martinsburg Journal: “


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Chapmanvilles Dingess dings Beckley East in seventh inning
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It was the second time Chapmanville rallied from behind after it took a 5-2 first-inning lead that held up until Bradley Packs three-run home run in the fourth inning gave Beckley East a 6-5 lead. Beckley Easts 7-6 lead in the seventh came after

The state comes to ‘play ball’ – Martinsburg Journal, I have 6 home runs ;-)

// July 23rd, 2012 // No Comments » // Weird or Interesting News

The state comes to ‘play ball’ – Martinsburg Journal: “


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The state comes to play ball
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Bradley Pack (6 HR); Michael Maiolo (4 HR); Hunter Fansler (1 HR). Top pitchers:?Fansler, Sutton Radford, Maiolo. Managers comment: ?’Thanks for having us. Its a very nice park.’ SHADY SPRING. Colors:?Navy Blue and White. Manager: Darrell Frasier

AT&T to launch shared data plans in late August, offer base price around $45 per smartphone

// July 18th, 2012 // No Comments » // Cheap iPhone Monthly Service, iPhone

AT&T to launch shared data plans in late August, offer base price around $45 per smartphone: “

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You can’t argue with a bit of competition.

Per AppleInsider, wireless carrier AT&T on Wednesday announced its new shared data plans, ranging from 1 gigabyte to 20 gigabytes of cap space, and starting at US$40 for 1 gigabyte of data plus an additional US$45 per smartphone.

The cost per gigabyte and smartphone decreases as customers add more data to their plan, so 4 gigabytes of data has a base price of US$70, plus US$40 per smartphone, all the way up to US$200 for 20 gigabytes of data per month and US$30 per smartphone.

Cellular capable tablet-style devices like Apple’s iPad are less expensive, and will cost US$10 per month to add to a shared data plan. Laptops and mobile hotspot devices are another US$20 each month, while basic and messaging phones can get shared data, unlimited talk and text for US$30 each month.

The new shared data plans allow customers to choose open of AT&T’s existing individual or family plans, and current customers are not required to switch to the new plans. Those who decide to switch to AT&T’s shared data plans can do so without a contract extension, and the rates are also available for business customers.

Customers can choose up to 10 devices to attach to their shared plan, and at least one of those devices must be a smartphone. The plans include tethering and unlimited domestic calls and texts for smartphones.

Competing U.S. carrier Verizon launched its own shared data plans on June 28, called ‘Share Everything.’ With it, line access for smartphones like Apple’s iPhone run US$40 per month, while tablets like the iPad are US$10 per month.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

The Church and Its Financial Independence

// July 13th, 2012 // No Comments » // LDS, Weird or Interesting News

The Church and Its Financial Independence: “Salt Lake City | Thursday, 12 July 2012 00:00:00 -0700 |

The Church exists to improve the lives of people across the world by bringing them closer to Jesus Christ. The assets of the Church are used in ways to support that mission. Buildings are built for members to come together to worship God and to be taught the gospel of Jesus Christ. Missionaries are sent to invite people to come to Christ. Resources are used to provide food and clothing for the needy and to provide ways for people to lift themselves up and be self-reliant. What is important is not the cost but the outcome. As former Church President Gordon B. Hinckley said, ‘The only true wealth of the Church is in the faith of its people.’

A dictator’s worst nightmare

// June 25th, 2012 // No Comments » // Weird or Interesting News

A dictator’s worst nightmare: “An unlikely radical’s explosive ideas about the power of nonviolence to overthrow corrupt, repressive regimes have literally revolutionized the world.

Opinion: A history teacher’s brilliant idea

// June 25th, 2012 // No Comments » // Weird or Interesting News

Opinion: A history teacher’s brilliant idea: “In a typical, unassuming classroom at Rosemount High School in the suburbs of Minneapolis, U.S. history teacher Josh Hoekstra had a very novel idea about how the subject is taught.

Apple Launches Improved Employee Hardware Discount Program for Mac and iPad

// June 21st, 2012 // No Comments » // Tech Notes, Weird or Interesting News

Apple Launches Improved Employee Hardware Discount Program for Mac and iPad: “Back in January, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced to employees that the company would begin a new hardware discount program in June, offering employees $500 off a Mac (excluding the Mac mini) or $250 off an iPad.

In line with that schedule, 9to5Mac reports that the new program has now gone live. As had been previously claimed, the discount is available to employees who have worked at Apple for at least 90 days, can be used once every three years, and can be stacked upon existing 25% employee discounts on hardware.



Unfortunately for those Apple employees looking to apply the discount to the new Retina MacBook Pro, the model is not included in the program and is not even available through the employee purchasing portal. This is typical for new Apple products, and with supplies remaining tight for consumers it may be some time before availability loosens up enough for Apple to add it to the employee purchasing program.

The enhanced hardware purchase program comes as Apple’s retail store staff has begun seeing salary increases of as much as 25% depending on market and performance. Those raises are set to go into effect in mid-July.

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Apple Retail Store Staff Set to Gain Raises of Up to 25%

// June 20th, 2012 // No Comments » // Tech Notes, Weird or Interesting News

Apple Retail Store Staff Set to Gain Raises of Up to 25%: “Earlier this week, Business Insider reported that all Apple retail store staff would be receiving raises of at least $4 per hour, a claim that the site later backpedaled from somewhat as other sources from the companys stores reported in to note that they had heard nothing of the sort.



But Dow Jones Newswires is now weighing in with its own claims that Apple is indeed raising staff pay by ‘as much as a quarter of their wages’.

Employees began learning of the raises in face-to-face meetings with managers last week, according to three Apple employees in various regions across the U.S. The raises, which are based on performance, will begin appearing in paychecks around the middle of July, two of these people said. […]

The overwhelming staff complaint during an internal review was wage levels, one employee said. Higher-level retail staff, such as its ‘Genius’ tech support teams and ‘Creative’ educational teams were among the most frustrated, this person said. At one store, another employee noted, a nearby competing Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) retail shop had begun poaching employees by offering promotions and higher wages.

The report notes that sales staff at Apple retail stores are currently paid between $9 and $15 per hour before the forthcoming raises are factored in, with Geniuses at the high end of the pay scale earning as much as $30 per hour.

It is unknown just how the raises will be distributed across staff and what proportion will be closer to the 25% end of the raise spectrum, but it is clear that Apple is making a significant effort to increase wages for its retail store workers in order to help retain staff and increase satisfaction amid booming sales and retail store traffic.

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