James Lamkin (Street Articles Author)
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Worked in IT for 10 years mostly on Help Desk. Have been a railroader for the last 5 years, it is a good job with good pay, good benefits and a good retirement plan.

I graduated from college with a BA in Biology, planning to enter into the Medical Technology Field. This work would have been in a hospital lab, testing samples from hospital patients. When I finished my degree, the Med Tech field was pretty much filled up and I found out I probably would not even get an internship (which was required to complete the college program) at a hospital. So I decided to just complete my last year and get the Bachelor of Arts degree.

I had a great interest in environmental problems at the time and went on to get a MS in Environmental Science. After which I worked at the University for a few years in the Environmental Training Facility. I moved on to work in an Environmental Lab and started testing PCBs (Poly Chlorinated Biphenyls) in oil and soil. These were commonly found in electric transformers (like the ones you see on the utility poles not in the movies!). Power companys have now removed (or should have removed) these from service. PCBs were known to cause cancer and were a problem when transformers blew up, they contaminated the surrounding soil and ground water. I later started to analyze drinking water and groundwater on an instrument called a Mass Spectrometer (made by Hewlett Packard) which basically blasts the concentrated sample apart and breaks it down into a "spectra" so the computer generated report will show what contaminants are present. This led me to my IT job and as the IT industry dried up and decided to join the railroad.

Festival Of Lights - East Peoria Illinois
The City of East Peoria is located in Central Illinois on the east side of the Illinois River. It's original settlers were mostly from the Alsace Lorraine region of France. East Peoria was originally known as Bluetown, possibly named after the men settlers who wore blue smocks or the blue…
By:  in  Home and Family  >  Holidays   Dec 22, 2012  
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Saving The Wolves Of the West
Wolves have been given a bad rap throughout history. There have been very few reported attacks by wolves on humans and those that have occurred have been wolves suffering from rabies. Wolves are the largest member of the Canid family and average between 80 to 100 pounds depending on gender.…
By:  in  News and Society  >  Environmental   Nov 19, 2012  
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History Of Itunes
Apple developed iTunes based on the program SoundJam in 1999. Apple purchased the program in 2000. Apple released iTunes version 1.0 in January 2001. It was originally developed for the Mac OS application. In 2001 version 2 was released for Mac X and the all new iPod. Version 3 added…
By:  in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Music   Nov 10, 2012  
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The Saab 9000
Saab built the 9000 from 1984 to 1997 and was introduced as a replacement for the 900. The 9000 was shorter overall but had a longer wheelbase and was the first Saab imported into the United States that was classed by the EPA as a large car. The 9000 was…
By:  in  Automotive  >  Classic Cars   Nov 07, 2012  
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The Saab Sonett
The first Saab Sonett was introduced in March 1956, the Sonett I or Saab 94 was powered by a three-cylinder two stroke 748cc engine rated at 58 horsepower with an estimated top speed of 120 mph. The Sonett I as originally designed for the European race circuit and 2000 of…
By:  in  Automotive  >  Classic Cars   Nov 06, 2012  
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After Dinner Smoke - the Cigar
Tobacco was introduced in Europe by Christopher Columbus after he returned from the New World. Cigar originated from the word sikar a Yucatec Mayan word for smoking. Cigars are made by harvesting tobacco leaves and aging them with heat and shade to reduce the sugar and water which is controlled…
By:  in  Home and Family  >  Entertaining   Nov 06, 2012  
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Fuel Waste In the United States
The United States consumed 367 million gallons of fuel per day in 2011 and the global consumption increased 0.7 percent and reached an all-time high of 88 million barrels a day in this same year. With this much consumption I don’t know why drivers are not trying to conserve more…
By:  in  News and Society  >  Energy   Nov 04, 2012  
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Swedish Automaker Saab
What happened to the Swedish auto maker Saab? The Koenigsegg group, a Swedish consortium, sought Chinese backing to purchase Saab in late 2009, GM stopped the proposed takeover, because of the danger of losing technology to Beijing Automotive (BAIC), a competitor in the Chinese market. General Motors then tried to…
By:  in  Automotive  >  Classic Cars   Nov 03, 2012  
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History Of Swedish Automaker Saab
In 1937 the Swedish company Svenska Aeroplan AB was started to build fighter planes to protect Sweden's neutral position during World War II. When the end of World War II was apparent the company had to find a new niche in the post war manufacturing world. In 1945 plans were…
By:  in  Automotive  >  Classic Cars   Nov 03, 2012  
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The All Electric Nissan Leaf
The Nissan Leaf is a completely electric car; there is no gas engine as a backup so it is necessary to have a plan in place for recharging when on the go with this vehicle. The car does have a navigation system that you can program battery friendly routes from…
By:  in  Automotive  >  Hybrid Energy Efficient   Oct 31, 2012  
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