washingtonpost.com – On Sept. 19, 2008, newspaper headlines screamed about the massive federal bailout plan to stem the widening financial crisis. Investors were fleeing to the safety of Treasury bonds, while Hurricane Ike was bearing down on the Gulf of Mexico, causing oil companies to shut down 90 percent of offshore wells and 10 onshore refineries. In the middle of this chaos, here’s an item that did not make headlines:

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