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The Mighty Sound of Thunder to Unfurl in New Picture Book

Author Sandra K. Chesser’s new Xlibris release to be featured at this year’s New York Library Association Book Exhibit

Kissimmee, FL (Vocus) October 19, 2010

From self-published author Sandra K. Chesser comes a delightful picture book that lets children hear claps of thunder—or so it seems. Released through Xlibris, Is That Thunder? introduces two young children who confuse the sound of thunder with different kinds of noise.

The story begins on a sunny day at the beach, where siblings Austin and Ashley hear a loud noise from the sky. Soon, the sky turns gray and drops of rain stop the children’s playtime. The children then learn from their mother that what they heard is the sound of thunder. However, during the succeeding days, the children begin to hear other sounds which they thought were claps of thunder: the roaring of the jet, a loud booming radio, a motorcycle roaring down the street, and so on.

Will they learn to identify the true sound of thunder? Chesser invites young readers to discover for themselves in Is That Thunder?

This book will be featured at this year’s New York Library Association Book Exhibit in Saratoga Springs, NY on November 2-5, 2010. For more information, log on to .

About the AuthorSandra (Sandy) K. Chesser was born in Michigan and has lived many years in Florida with her husband, Jim. Chesser is a mother of four grown children and is also a grandmother. She loves working with children.She has been a teacher most of her life in church, preschool, and elementary settings. Chesser likes reading inspirational books, going on work mission trips to Mexico, writing, playing and watching sports, gardening, and having fun with her family.

Is That Thunder? * by Sandra K. ChesserPublication Date: July 12, 2010Picture Book; $21.99; 36 pages; 978-1-4535-1177-0

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4 charged in Medicare scam against mentally ill

MIAMI – Federal authorities in Florida have charged the country's largest chain of community mental health centers with Medicare fraud for allegedly overcharging for services to patients with dementia.

Court documents allege the Miami-based company billed Medicare $200 million dollars in a scam that altered patient files so they could charge for more services.

According to court records, American Therapeutic Corporation paid the owners of assisted living facilities and halfway houses to force patients to attend programs at their seven mental health centers. Some patients also cashed in on the scheme by providing their Medicare numbers, while others were "not coherent enough" to demand kickbacks.

An employee tip prompted the investigation by the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services.

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IBM raises guidance as 3Q beats expectations

SAN FRANCISCO – IBM Corp. said Monday that its net income rose 12 percent as it wrung more out of its services and software divisions and gets a lift from a new mainframe computer.

The technology company also raised its profit forecast slightly for the remainder of the year, demonstrating its skill at increasing profits faster than its businesses are growing.

The stock fell, though, apparently on fears about a dip in IBM's outsourcing business. IBM said that business would have grown if a big contract hadn't been signed just after the quarter ended.

IBM earned $3.59 billion, or $2.82 per share, in the July to September period, compared to $3.21 billion, or $2.40 per share, in the same period last year. Analysts on average expected $2.75 per share, according to a poll by Thomson Reuters.

Revenue rose 3 percent to $24.27 billion. Analysts expected $24.13 billion.

The value of the services contracts IBM signed during the quarter fell 7 percent to $11.0 billion. IBM is the world's top technology-services supplier, and its long-term contracts provide a steady source of revenue even in bad times.

A decline in outsourcing deals led to the shortfall. Mark Loughridge, IBM's chief financial officer, said that one large outsourcing deal would have caused overall signings to rise if it had been signed 8 days earlier.

The Armonk, N.Y., company's shares fell 3.7 percent, or $5.22, to $137.61 in extended trading, after the results were reported. They had risen 1.3 percent, or $1.77, to finish the regular trading session at $142.83.

IBM's new guidance calls for net income of at least $11.40 per share this year. The previous guidance was for at least $11.25 per share. Investors have grown accustomed to IBM raising its guidance, but were expecting a smaller bump to $11.30 per share.

IBM's results help Wall Street check in on corporations' appetite for new technologies, though it's a cloudy window.

IBM has had nearly eight years of uninterrupted year-over-year earnings increases, including stretches when sales have dipped. IBM has some unusual characteristics that help it ride out economic slumps, such as its enormous pipeline of long-term service contracts that provide steady revenue even when new sales dry up. IBM's services backlog was $134 billion at the end of the latest quarter, flat with the year before. Cost cuts and stock buybacks are other important ways IBM boosts its profit.

The company faces frequent worries from analysts and investors, though, about its ability to meaningfully improve revenue. That's partly a function of the company's size — it's hard to grow when you're that big. To keep growth going, IBM does lots of acquisitions, with one of the latest being the $1.7 billion takeover of Netezza Corp., which provides "analytics" technologies that help companies predict future trends, such as how price changes affect sales.

IBM's fortunes are no longer tied to its hardware division, as it once was, but the company's mainframes are mainstays in many corporations and offer an unparalleled opening to sell those customers other things, such as services and software, which are now IBM's two biggest businesses. The company's latest mainframe, which was released this summer, is a high-end offering that starts at $1 million and costs more as more processors are added.

The company rescued itself from the brink of collapse by focusing on those businesses while its mainframes were under intense pressure in the 1990s.

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