House investigators:Disability judges are too lax
WASHINGTON — Social Security isapproving disability beneﬁts at strik-ingly high rates for people whoseclaims were rejected by ﬁeld ofﬁces orstate agencies, according to Houseinvestigators. Compounding the situ-ation, the agency often fails to dorequired follow-up reviews months oryears later to make sure people are stilldisabled.Claims for beneﬁts have increasedby 25 percent since 2007, pushing thefund that supports the disability pro-gram to the brink of insolvency,which could mean reduced benefits.Social Security ofﬁcials say the pri-mary driver of the increase is demo-graphic, mainly a surge in babyboomers who are more prone to dis-ability as they age but are not quite oldenough to qualify for retirement bene-ﬁts.The disability program has beenswamped by beneﬁt claims since therecession hit a few years ago. Lastyear, 3.2 million people applied forSocial Security Disability orSupplemental Security Income.In addition, however, managementproblems “lead to misspending” andadd to the ﬁnancial ills of the program,investigators from the HouseOversight and Government ReformCommittee say.“Federal disability claims are oftenpaid to individuals who are not legallyentitled to receive them,” three seniorRepublicans on the House committeedeclared in a March 11 letter to theagency. Among the signers was thecommittee’s chairman, Rep. DarrellIssa of California.
Tightrope walk over Arizonagorge draws 13M viewers
LITTLE COLORADO RIVERGORGE, Ariz. — Aerialist NikWallenda’s tightrope walk over agorge near the Grand Canyon drewnearly 13 millionviewers to the livetelevision broad-cast.The DiscoveryChannel saidMonday that thequarter-mile stunt atthe Little ColoradoRiver Gorge wasamong the mosthighly viewed shows in the station’shistory.It also prompted 1.3 million tweetsSunday, making it one of the toptrending topics.Wallenda took 22 minutes to crossthe 2-inch-thick steel cable, 1,500feet above the dry river bed. He did itwithout a harness or safety net.The well-known daredevil contendedwith the wind and repeatedly called onGod to calm the swaying cable.He wore a microphone and two cam-eras, one that looked down on the riverbed and one that faced straight ahead.
11-year-old California boysells gun art in New York City
NEWYORK — ALos Angeles boywho hopes to get people talking aboutgun violence made $2,500 in NewYork City selling his art made fromtoy guns and tape.According to the Daily News(http://nydn.us/17wYcoA), CharlesGitnick sold 17 pieces on PrinceStreet and West Broadway this week-end, where many artists sell theirwares to wandering pedestrians.The 11-year-old says he wraps toyguns in multicolored tape and thensplatters the canvases with paint.His parents tell the newspaper theycame to the city in March and Charlessold 20 pieces and made $2,000.Charles says he feels that guns arescary and dangerous. He hopes his artgets people talking about gun vio-lence.He also says he wishes guns wereonly in art galleries.
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Actor-ComedianJimmie Walker is 66.
This Day in HistoryThought for the Day
Fformer White House Counsel JohnW. Dean began testifying before theSenate Watergate Committee, impli-cating top administration ofﬁcials,including President Richard Nixon aswell as himself, in the Watergatescandal and cover-up.
“Four hostile newspapers are more to befeared than a thousand bayonets.”
— Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)
Singer Carly Simonis 68.Comedian RickyGervais is 52.
A man juggles a ﬂaming torch in Belo Horizonte,Brazil,which is hosting the Confederations Cup soccer tournament.
Rain. Highs in the lower to mid60s. South winds 10 to 20 mph with guststo around 35 mph.
Cloudy in the morningthen becoming partly cloudy. Highs inthe mid to upper 60s. Southeast windsaround 5 mph... Becoming west in theafternoon.
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(Answers tomorrow)BOTCH YOUTH KETTLE SEPTICYesterday’sJumbles:Answer:When he asked, “Should we harvest the straw-berries orthe blueberries?”, she said — YOUPICKNow arrange the circled lettersto form the surprise answer, assuggested by the above cartoon.
THAT SCRAMBLED WORD GAME
by David L. Hoyt and Jeff Knurek
Unscramble these four Jumbles,one letter to each square,to form four ordinary words.
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