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By Tom Fitton
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - James Burke
A longtime bookkeeper pleaded guilty Wednesday to embezzling more than $50 million from a small city in Illinois to fund a lavish lifestyle that included a nationally known horse-breeding operation.
U.S. manufacturing grew for the first time in four months, buoyed by a jump in new orders and more jobs. The increase is a hopeful sign that the economy may be improving after a weak stretch.
The small-town bookkeeper dazzled friends and co-workers with invitations to her immaculate horse ranch and home, where she displayed trophies brought back from world championship exhibitions and offered for sale some of the best-bred horses in the nation.
In recent decades, the U.S. publishing industry has unleashed a tidal wave of books about creativity in science and business, and almost all of them have been like fake Viagra: The more the subject is discussed, explored and celebrated, the less impressive are the results in the real world.
What this deft little book kind of reminds me of is the old PBS series "Connections" (since revived, I understand, without my having noticed). In "Connections," the historian of science James Burke highlights a technological development that gave us the modern world.
They had come to trust Crundwell to manage the town's finances with little oversight, and Mr. Burke said her plea was welcome.
Dixon Mayor James Burke said independent auditors who reviewed the city's books over two decades failed to catch on to Crundwell's scheme.