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April 4:1850 – Los Angeles, California is incorporated as a city.

Los Angeles (i/lɔːs ˈændʒələs/, /lɔːs ˈæŋɡələs/ or i/lɒs ˈændʒəliːz/; Spanish: [los ˈaŋxeles], which is written Los Ángeles, Spanish for The Angels), officially the City of Los Angeles, often known by its initials L.A., is the most populous city in the U.S. state of California and the second most populous in the United States, after New York City, with a population at the 2010 United States Census of 3,792,621.[5] It has an area of 469 square miles (1,215 km2), and is located in Southern California. The city is the focal point of the larger Los Angeles–Long Beach–Santa Ana metropolitan statistical area and Greater Los Angeles Area region, which contain 12,828,837 and nearly 18 million people respectively as of 2010, making it one of the most populous metropolitan areas in the world[6] and the second largest in the United States.[7] Los Angeles is also the seat of Los Angeles County, the most populated and one of the most ethnically diverse counties[8] in the United States, while the entire Los Angeles area itself has been recognized as the most diverse of the nation's largest cities.[9] The city's inhabitants are referred to as Angelenos.[10]

Los Angeles was founded on September 4, 1781, by Spanish governor Felipe de Neve.[11] It became a part of Mexico in 1821 following the Mexican War of Independence.[12] In 1848, at the end of the Mexican–American War, Los Angeles and the rest of California were purchased as part of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, thereby becoming part of the United States.[13] Los Angeles was incorporated as a municipality on April 4, 1850, five months before California achieved statehood.[

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Angeles,_California

April 4: Is Vitamin C Day.

Time for some OJ?

Study: More Americans Drinking Coffee

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Coffee consumption is on the rise with eight in 10 Americans (83%) drinking java, up from 78% in 2012, according to the National Coffee Association.

Hispanic Americans are helping spur the trend with 76% confirming that they drank a cup of coffee the previous day vs. 63% of the total population. Less than half of African American (47%) respondents and 64% of Caucasian Americans drank a cup of coffee the day before the poll was conducted.

Americans are also switching up their brewing habits with 13% of past-day drinkers consuming coffee brewed using the single-cup brewing format vs. 4% in 2010. Awareness of these systems is up 11 points from last year to 86%, while ownership has grown to 12% from 10% last year. Past-day consumption of coffee made in a drip maker has dropped to 37% from 43% in 2010.


Read More: http://supermarketnews.com/consumer-trends/study-more-americans-drinking-coffee#ixzz2PTvxql4i

Walmart to Provide 35M Meals, $3M in Anti-hunger Grants

Walmart and 10 well-known U.S. food companies have begun the third chapter of the “Fighting Hunger Together” initiative, which aims to reduce hunger across the country. The Bentonville, Ark.-based mega-retailer, joined by top grocery suppliers Campbell Soup Co., ConAgra Foods, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, General Mills, Kraft Foods Group, Kellogg Company, Mondelez International, Nestlé USA, PepsiCo and Unilever, will engage millions of customers and Walmart associates this spring to bring food and funding to nonprofit hunger relief organizations.

To address the critical issue of children in food-insecure households, Fighting Hunger Together will team with Chicago-based Feeding America to deliver $3 million in grants for hunger programs and provide more than 35 million meals for local Feeding America food banks and their partner agencies across the United States.

“An astonishing one in five children in America are food insecure, not knowing, at some point during the year, where their next meal will come from, and as the nation’s largest grocer, we have a responsibility to help change this reality,” noted Julie Gehrki, senior director of the Walmart Foundation. “With this initiative, we are working to help families across the U.S. by generating meals and awarding grants to local food banks and agencies to support hunger relief programs, including backpack programs providing vitals meals to children when they are out of school, and community gardens teaching families how to grow their own healthy foods.”

http://www.progressivegrocer.com/top-stories/headlines/corporate-responsibility/id37735/walmart-to-provide-35m-meals-3m-in-anti-hunger-grants/?icid=homepage

This is interesting on several levels

How to Shield Yourself From Smartphone Snoops

Your smartphone knows more about you than any other device, and it can so easily get into the wrong hands.

If a stranger got hold of your smartphone, it would take just a few minutes to get to know you intimately. Your apps, messages, address book, calendar, browser history and photos tell a story about what you do for a living, who your best friends are, where you have been and what you like to do.

What can you do to shield yourself from snoops who gain possession of your phone? Fortunately there are some simple settings and apps to protect your smartphone so that if it is lost or stolen, it will be harder to peek into your life. Here are some basic tips.

PROTECT THE LOCK SCREEN One of the easiest ways to add a layer of security to your smartphone is requiring a password to get past the initial lock screen. For iPhones, you can turn on a setting to require entering a four-digit passcode to use the device. For Android phones, you can set up a passcode or a secret gesture that you draw with your finger to unlock the screen. There is also a setting to make the phone erase all your data if a person enters the passcode incorrectly after a certain number of times.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/04/technology/personaltech/how-to-shield-yourself-from-smartphone-snoops.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

Fast-Food Workers Plan Second Strike for More Pay

Tabitha Verges, a minimum-wage worker at a Burger King in Harlem, was caught unawares when 200 workers at other fast-food restaurants in New York City walked out last November to demand higher wages.

But Ms. Verges, 29, says she definitely plans to walk out on Thursday when the movement to raise wages for the city’s fast-food workers holds its second big job action. The movement’s leaders are predicting that twice as many workers — more than 400 — will engage in a one-day strike at 60 to 70 McDonald’s, Domino’s, Taco Bell and other fast-food restaurants.

Ms. Verges said that her $7.25 hourly wage had not increased since she began working for Burger King four years ago, and that though she had asked for a raise, “They always give me the same excuse — that they’re not making enough money.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/04/nyregion/fast-food-workers-plan-second-strike-for-more-pay.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

With St. Louis visit, Bill Clinton hopes to spark students to act on big ideas

resident Bill Clinton is no stranger to Washington University.

The private university was home to the first presidential debate in 1992, when the then-Arkansas governor squared off in a rhetorical showdown with incumbent President George H.W. Bush and Texas businessman Ross Perot. Less than a month later, Clinton would defeat both men to become the nation’s 42nd president.

Flash forward nearly 20 years later and Clinton is coming back to Washington University -- but this time for a decidedly different reason.

The former chief executive will be in town from April 5-7 to convene a Clinton Global Initiative University, an event bringing some of the world’s most prominent thinkers together with hundreds of college students from around the country. Many of the students have ideas aimed at solving problems in the United States -- and around the world.

https://www.stlbeacon.org/#!/content/30171/bill_clinton_cgiu_qa?coverpage=3022

Missouri government's revenue collections outpace early projections

Growth may be slowing, but the Missouri’s revenue stream continues to flow heavier than expected.

The latest numbers released today by state Budget Director Linda Luebbering, show that Missouri’s general-revenue collections for the current fiscal year are running at a pace that’s up 8.3 percent overall, compared to a year ago.

That means the state has collected $5.48 billion in general revenue, compared to $5.06 billion at the same point last year. In other words, Missouri has collected $420 million more in FY2013, compared to the same point in FY2012.


https://www.stlbeacon.org/#!/content/30174/mobudg_luebbering_040213

llinois, deep in pension hole, trying to dig out

Springfield, Ill. – It’s hard to imagine how the proud and prosperous prairie state of Illinois could have turned itself into one of the nation’s financial basket cases, but there’s no getting around it.

And it’s all for one main reason – a succession of governors and legislatures have failed for decades to properly fund pensions for state workers, leaving a potential liability of $98 billion. That’s billions – with a ‘B’ – and not millions.

The problem stretches back through the administrations of governors both Democratic and Republican, all of whom have eased budget difficulties by underfunding the public employee pensions. Quinn is the first governor to make full payments, but they are nowhere near enough to make up the gap.

After years of underpayments, a deal in 1994-95 under Gov. Jim Edgar was supposed to solve the problem with increased payments, but the money never materialized, and the deferrals continued right through the Blagojevich administration.

http://labortribune.com/illinois-deep-in-pension-hole-trying-to-dig-out/

Sequestration hits Air Force museum

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, will close its Presidential and Research and Development Galleries until further notice beginning May 1, as part of budget reduction requirements due to sequestration.

According to Museum Director Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jack Hudson, museum leadership has been working with the Air Force to comply with Department of Defense sequestration guidance to determine the best possible course of action for reducing museum operational and maintenance costs with the least impact to the public.

"This was not an easy decision, as we have several popular exhibits in the Presidential and R&D Galleries, including President Kennedy’s Air Force One and the XB-70 Valkyrie," Hudson said in a news release. "Our goal has been to make every effort to maintain museum operations to the maximum extent possible, and we hope to reopen these galleries as soon as possible."

The main museum complex will remain open to visitors from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. The Air Force will fund utility costs for six days each week, and the Air Force Museum Foundation, Inc., will fund those costs one day per week from May through September.

http://www.legion.org/news/214509/sequestration-hits-air-force-museum
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