Saint Patrick's Day
Saturday, March 17 is the day that many Americans
will join their Irish counterparts to celebrate their shared
heritage. Saint Patrickís Day has long been a part of American
culture and its part in the fabric of the Nation pre exists the
Revolutionary War. The Day is an acknowledgement of the
contributions of Saint Patrick, a fourth century priest who
dedicated his life to teaching the principals of Christianity to the
masses. Though blue was the original color associated with the date,
early on soldiers donned the color green as a nod to Saint Patrickís
use of the shamrock to demonstrate the trinity.
Saint Patrickís Day is celebrated on March 17, which is the date of
the death of Saint Patrick. Because it is know as a time of feast,
the Irish government has occasionally changed the official date of
celebration. If the holiday falls on another traditional religious
day, such as Palm Sunday, or during any day during Holy Week, the
government will shift the time of celebration. In 2008 the official
date of celebration was changed due to Holy Week observances and it
will most likely be altered in 2160, when it, again, falls during
Though traditionally a religious holiday in Ireland, during recent
years the Irish Government has capitalized on the Day as a means to
bring world wide attention to the tourist possibilities in Ireland.
Saint Patrickís Day brings to mind leprechauns and pots of gold,
green beverages and parades. Americans of Irish decent find the Day
as a way to touch base with their heritage. One addition that
Americans have added to Irish holiday is the playful pinch for those
not sporting green on March 17.
Won't Seek Reelection
(Nashville, TN) March 8, 2012 Ė Senator Mike Faulk announced during
one of his Student Town Hall meetings that he will not be a
candidate for reelection to the State Senate.
ďMy ailing mother and my business need me more than the Senate needs
me. Most folks understand the need to care for a gravely ill
parent.," Faulk said. "Being at her side is a higher priority of
mine than campaigning for reelection for the next 8 months."
In regard to his business, Faulk added: "For the past three years,
having time to work in my business after first doing my Senate
responsibilities has been a struggle. As a solo attorney, I need to
work much, much more over the next four years to keep my business
Faulk also noted his term-limits pledge was a part of his decision.
"As Candidate Faulk, I told folks Iíd serve a term or two. I'll be
keeping that promise by becoming Citizen Faulk,Ē said the Senator.
ďServing in the State Senate has been the highest honor of my
lifetime. Every single day Iíve learned something new about the
special privilege Iíve been given. I will be eternally grateful for
that privilege,Ē Senator Faulk added.
Good Start Gentle Powdered Infant Formula: Recall - Off-Odor
AUDIENCE: Consumers, Pediatrics
ISSUE: Gerber notified the public that it recalled one lot of
Gerber Good Start Gentle Powdered Infant Formula, 23.2 ounce
plastic package, because the affected product might have an
off-odor noticeable to some consumers. In some cases, spit-up
and other gastrointestinal complaints have been reported. The
recall applies to batch GXP1684, expiration date of March 5,
BACKGROUND: See product photos using link below.
RECOMMENDATION: Consumers who have the product with the batch
code and expiration date above should contact the Gerber Parents
Resource Center at 1-800-487-7763 for replacement. Gerber is
working with retailers to retrieve any remaining product from
Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report
adverse events or side effects related to the use of these
products to the FDA's MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse
Event Reporting Program:
Complete and submit the report Online:
Download form or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form,
then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed
form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178
Iran Ready To
Negotiate with IAEA
By Jake Depew, Jefferson County Post Staff
On Thursday, March 8, 2012, Iranís ambassador to the International
Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) stated that the country is ready to
open negotiations with the IAEA again. Although the ambassador
insists that Iran will not fully dismantle to nuclear program,
the news comes as a relief to the several world powers that have
been pushing for tighter sanctions on Iranís nuclear program.
Some nations have grown concerned over the satellite images of
Parchin military base, where earth-moving equipment was
photographed. These nations fear that Iran is trying to cover
signs of nuclear activity, although no direct evidence has been
revealed to support the notion. Despite these concerns, Iran has
shown a willingness to allow United Nations inspectors to visit
Parchin base. These inspections could greatly reduce tensions
between many world powers and Iran. The Iranian ambassador
insists that both Iran and the United Nations must come to
agreement on a wider range of issues before any inspections will
be permitted. Iranian officials still insist that the nuclear
program is intended for civilian energy purposes only, and the
Iranian ambassador has stressed that the country is willing to
open negotiations in order to keep peace.