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  • Today's comic by Ruben Bolling is A special message for African Americans:
    Cartoon by Ruben Bolling - A special message for African Americans
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    Bárðarbunga: A Brief Update (updated x3 - scientists evacuating), by Rei

    Police Violence is Becoming the Default, by Richard Lyon

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  • ADP: 204,000 new private-sector jobs created in August: Automatic Data Processing, the payroll services company, reported Thursday that the economy produced a seasonally adjusted 204,000 new private-sector jobs last month. Carlos Rodriguez, ADP's president and CEO, said, “August marks the fifth straight month of employment gains above 200,000, continuing an encouraging trend for the U.S. labor market.” Unlike the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which will report its tally of newly created jobs Friday, ADP does not count public-sector jobs.

    Service-providing jobs increased by 164,000, down from 190,000 in July, ADP reported. Good-producing jobs increased by 41,000, up from 23,000 in July. The count showed 51,000 jobs in professional/business services, 28,000 in trade and transportation, 23,000 in manufacturing (the highest level since December 2012), 15,000 in construction, and 5,000 in financial activities.

    ADP calculations only occasionally mesh with the BLS's count of private-sector job creation.

  • Initial unemployment compensation claims rise slightly: For the week ending August 30, seasonally adjusted initial claims rose to 302,000, up 4,000 from the previous week's 298,000. The four-week running average, which smooths volatility in the weekly numbers, was 302,750, up 3,000 from the previous week's average. For the comparable week of 2013, the number was 328,000.
  • Lying executioners in Missouri? The drug Midazolam, a short-acting sedative under which surgical patients remain partially aware, was used in three recent executions in which condemned men struggled for as long as two hours.
    When lawyers asked Missouri officials under oath whether they were or might ever use Midazolam in the state’s lethal injections, it was significant that they said they would not. “We will not use those drugs,” Department of Corrections director George Lombardi said during a deposition in January. But St. Louis Public Radio reported this week that records show they did use those drugs, in every single execution since November of last year. In fact, the two men who swore under oath that the state would not use the drug signed off on documents authorizing the use of the drug. Not only that; documents suggest that officials administered the Midazolam before the execution warrant was even valid, and before witnesses were taken into the execution viewing room.
  • Sock-eating Great Dane brings a bit of fame to Portland veterinarian: Dr. Ashley Magee at the northwest DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital surgically removed 43 1/2 socks from a Great Dane's stomach earlier this year. Staff at the hospital were amazed and later submitted photos of the socks and X-ray's of the dog's stomach for an ongoing feature of veterinary trade journal Veterinary Practice News called "They ate WHAT?" The hospital was awarded second prize, $500. The money went into a fund to help low-income people pay their vet bills.
  • 3-D printing isn't just about models and prototypes anymore.
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin rounds up Senate modeling, ISIS, Bridgegate & a Glenn Beck sighting. Armando on Halbig. And listeners Rosalyn MacGregor on MI-GOV & GideonAB on the Senate procedure behind the latest ad against Mitch McConnell.

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