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SAN ANTONIO — Eighty-two-year-old identical twin sisters were found dead in their San Antonio home after the city sweltered through days of 100-degree heat.
The bodies of Florence and Emma Jernigan were found Thursday in the home where they had lived all their lives. Police say the single window air conditioner in the home was off.
Authorities said no one had heard from the women for several days. A neighbor called police after noticing an odor. The cause of death was pending, but was believed to be heat-related.
The city set or tied heat records four times in the last week of June, topping out at 104 degrees on June 29.
Neighbors said the women never married and lived frugally on a fixed income. They said the two would ignore friends’ pleas to turn on the air conditioner or a fan.
Churches aid job seekers
BEVERLY, Mass. — As the unemployment rate climbs, some job seekers are looking for help at church.
Church-related unemployment support groups have formed all over the country as the jobless rate climbed to 9.5 percent in June, the worst in 26 years.
The groups offer practical guidance such as resume reviews and networking tips. But members say the groups are also about refining their faith during a difficult time.
Hospitality industry worker Debbie Trainor, who is a member of a support group in Beverly, Mass., says she sees God as a partner when preparing for a job interview.
University of Richmond professor Doug Hicks says faith communities can have real relevance to the unemployed. He says being jobless affects a person’s sense of meaning and contribution, things that can have a spiritual dimension.
Pentagon funds biofuel research
LOGAN, Utah — Researchers at Utah State University and around the country are trying to identify strains of algae that could someday provide fuel for the U.S. military.
The Pentagon-funded project, which is about 6 months old, is aimed at fast-tracking research to eventually produce algae-based biofuel that costs less than $3 per gallon, can be produced at a rate of 50 million gallons per year and meets strict military standards.
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