Morning Minutes Nov. 18, 2010

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

    Word of the Day

    Peculation pek-yuh-LAY-shun (noun) Embezzlement - www.merriam-webster.com

    Website of the Day

    The Great American Smokeout

    www.cancer.org

    The American Caner Society is celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Great American Smokeout, encouraging everyone to stop smoking today or declare a "quit date" today. Visit the site to find information, research, treatment and support services.

    Number to Know

    400,000: Approximate number of deaths in the U.S. each year that are from smoking-related illnesses, according to the National Institutes of Health.

    This Day in History

    Nov. 18, 1978: Jonestown incident: In Guyana, Jim Jones led his Peoples Temple cult to a mass murder-suicide that claimed 918 lives in all, 909 of them in Jonestown itself, including more than 270 children. Congressman Leo J. Ryan is murdered by members of the Peoples Temple hours earlier.

    Today's Featured Birthday

    Actor Owen Wilson (42)

    Daily Quote

    "Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action." - W.J. Cameron