On this past Friday, a judge in Florida made the ruling that Casey Anthony will serve one year of supervised probation. Anthony was convicted of felony check-fraud as a result of her stealing her friend Amy Huizenga‘s checkbook and spending five checks which totaled almost $650. A probation order being set states that Anthony has no personal contact with Huizenga. Anthony is ordered to serve one year of supervised probation upon her release. Anthony already served a probation sentence while in jail during her murder trial. Anthony’s defense team is responding by saying it would be double jeopardy (a clause of the 5th amendment of the US Constitution) for Anthony to serve another probation sentence. According to the probation order, Anthony is not allowed to leave her county of residence (Orange County) without approval from her probation officer. She is ordered to report to an Orlando state Department of Corrections facility by no later than noon on August 26. The judge whom sentenced Anthony’s probation has also ruled for the Department of Corrections to keep Anthony’s address private to protect her as the judge noted there is a high probability there are a lot of people whom would like to physically harm Anthony. Based on the terms of Anthony’s probation sentence she has to check in the probation office once a month and answer their questions while also undergoing regular breath, urine, and blood tests to assess the alcohol and controlled substance content in her body. Anthony is limited to not drink alcohol in an excess that would impair her normal faculties.
This week on Long Island, there were a handful of festivals and fairs, and let me be the first to say, this was a great weekend in general to have one. Friday and Saturday had beautiful weather for most of the day, and this Sunday morning began with some rains but turned out to be quite a nice day.
To keep you filled in, some of the towns that had festivals occurring this weekend were:
These towns kept everything fresh from live music, vendors selling everything from small jewelry to expensive artwork, amusement rides, car shows and amusement park games for everyone. Many towns in the Suffolk County area take pride in their town and like to show it each Summer with small events like this. Some of them even turning out to be 1 day all the way up to 4 days long.
It is a great and fun time on Long Island this weekend and I hope many of you were able to catch the rays and walk around the streets of some of the finer towns on Long Island.
With all of the fairs going on, this also is kicking up the night life for a couple of days in that area. Some of the local places that have seen an increase in business due to the amount of people these events attract are:
Half-penny pub in Sayville
Brickhouse Brewery in Patchogue
Don’t miss out on these fun times occurring in these small towns right near you!!
As a result of fear for another recession, on last Thursday the stock market faced its worst drop since the fall of 2008 financial crisis. The industrial average of the Dow Jones fell over 500 points, which was its 9th steepest dip. The recent sell off counteracted the Dow Jones’ gains so far for 2011. Now the Dow Jones and other stock indexes are in a “correction” according to investors. The Dow is down ten percent since their highs of last spring. The prices of gold hit a record high value, and the prices of oil even fell lower than stocks, at approximately a decline of six percent. The Dow lost over 1,300 points as a result. The Dow closed at 11,383.68, which is down 512.76 points. Approximately two weeks ago, as a result of the deadlocked negotiations going on in Washington DC investors appeared worried in regards to expanding the ceiling on the government’s debt. When the ceiling was raised for the government immediately investors’ attentions turned toward the economy and resultantly selling accelerated in the market. Then on Friday, after following all this; the government released an unemployment report about July showing expected rise in unemployment, when the rate is already at 9.2 percent. One can only hope for progression in August.
Heat advisories have been issues to fifteen southern states, and as of now Texas is getting hit the worst. Recently, Dallas has had 34 straight days with temperatures above 100, record setting, and showing that this is by far the hottest summer ever.
The heat wave is having its consequences for the crops and the people. In Kansas City, Missouri they held their “Warrior Dash” course, and one of the runners collapsed and died at the end of the race.
Not only is it very hot, but dry as well. This has been the third hottest July and crops are feeling the heat and lack of water.
All over, electricity companies are urging people to stop using electricity as much as they can. The thermostat should be set to 80 Degrees, and you should stop using dishwashers and dryers for a couple of months.
In Arkansas, they reported a 114 degree day; the hottest day in Little Rock ever. Three high school fool ball players also passed away due to the heat. These numbers hit hard, and the overuse of energy is hitting our wallets.
It will be very important to stay hydrated this summer; drink around 60 fluid ounces a day, and if you feel dizzy sit down. Also, try to have salts before you start drinking water, otherwise the water will sweat right out of your pores and you will become exhausted.
Harry Reid, the Democrat Senate Majority Leader from Nevada, has recently confirmed that there is a working solution between Reps and Dems coming soon.
The deadline to reach an agreement over what the debt ceiling is will be due two days from now. The importance of this decision will represent how soon the country will start emergency actions against the debt, and where they think it can’t get any higher. Traditionally, the unemployment rate is more indicative of the debt problem, but congress has reached an agreement to use a cap of the fiscal debt.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky agreed that they are on the way to make an agreement very soon. Originally, there was talk of extending the debt limit until 2012 so that Obama can have more time on the campaign and the country could put the problem aside for a while.
However, if Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling cap of 14.3 trillion, we will see a declining interest rate and dollar value.
It isn’t the best course of action for the long term, but Congress is yet to build a longterm for our debt solution and is protecting people from further debt and loss of property value.