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July 18th, 2017 by admin

You can report bed bugs in:

If you report bed bugs in a residential building, hotel, or SRO, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) will conduct an inspection. HPD may conduct inspections with a bed bug-sniffing dog. If bed bugs are found, the residential building owner may get a ticket. To report bed bugs in a private house or apartment, you must be a tenant in the building, and you must provide your contact information.

Under the NYC Bed Bug Disclosure Act, landlords must notify prospective tenants in writing about any bed bug infestations that have occurred in their building in the past year. If you want to make a complaint about a landlord who is not complying with this law, you should contact NYS Homes and Community Renewal at (718) 739-6400.

To report bed bugs in businesses, nonprofit organizations, or child care facilities, you should contact the manager or owner of the facility.

If you are a private homeowner, you should hire a pest control professional licensed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to evaluate the pest problem and to exterminate if necessary. Licensed exterminators should always provide proof of their license upon request.

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Doxycycline and dizziness – Doxycycline 100mg side effects for dogs – The Village Reporter and the Hometown Huddle

July 16th, 2017 by admin

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The building management used me as bedbug ‘bait’: suit – New York Post

July 8th, 2017 by admin

A Bronx woman is bugging out, claiming her buildings exterminators told her to stay in her apartment as bedbug bait after her apartment was sprayed for the pests, according to a Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit.

Dana Alonzo filed a suit against her building and its management company Thursday on behalf of herself and her infant son, alleging that the building told her that they should not vacate the apartment after the eradication attempt because [Alonzos] presence in the apartment was necessary to bait the bedbugs into the apartment, the court papers state.

Alonzos spouse stayed as bait but it was to no avail. She claims the bedbugs remained in the apartment after the treatment using chemical spray.

She initially discovered the pests by examining her infant son, who had red marks as a result of the infestations, according to the court papers. Alonzo alleges her son now has permanent scars.

The court filing argues that using chemical spray on bedbugs is not effective.

[Alonzo] suffered substantial financial cost, including but not limited [to] medical bills, laundry and cleaning bills, moving bills and the cost of replacing furniture that was infected with bedbugs and could not be brought to the new apartment without transferring the infestation, papers state.

Alonzo is suing for unspecific damages. She and her attorney declined to comment.

We stand by our long track record of resolving resident inquiries made by our residents quickly and professionally, and the issue that is the subject of this baseless lawsuit is no exception, a spokesperson for the buildings owner said.

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July 8th, 2017 by admin

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — Best friends Blake Walker and Tristen Gibson had a weird first meeting – he robbed her. Walker spent three years in prison for robbing Gibson of $198 as she clerked at a Port St. John, Florida, gas station in 2013, according to Florida Today . He used a broken toy gun, saying now that he needed the money because he was a homeless drug addict. “Are you joking?” she remembers asking him as he pointed the toy pistol at her. Walker knew he looked “like an idiot,” but told her, “No, this isn’t a joke, dear. I need your money.” She handed it over. He was arrested two weeks later. After his release last year, he moved to his family’s farm in Mississippi to start over. Days later, Gibson contacted Walker on Facebook to chew him out. Anxiety from the robbery had caused her to resume drinking, an addiction she had struggled with for years. “I said, ‘Do you remember me? Because I remember you every day,'” Gibson told the newspaper. Walker apologized, telling her he was a changed man. Angry, Gibson blocked him. But after a few days, she says she had a hunch Walker was a good person who made a bad choice. She contacted him again to make amends. The first conversations were all on Facebook. They conversed for hours, learning that both faced addictions but were trying to get better. They became a team to bolster each other’s sobriety. They have talked daily since. They still communicate mostly through Facebook messages, with the occasional phone call. Walker brags that Gibson has been sober for almost 620 days. “I let her know every day how proud I am of her,” he said. Gibson boasts that Walker has become an amazing person. “I think we were meant to cross paths,” she said. “Our higher power works in mysterious ways.” The two can now laugh about Walker’s botched robbery. “It’s funny now,” Gibson said. “It wasn’t then.”

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AUBURN, Maine (AP) — A professional runner from Kenya says he had to outrun two charging bears while training in the woods in Maine. Moninda Marube went for a run early Wednesday out on a nature trail near his home in Auburn. The Lewiston Sun Journal reports he ran into two black bears just after passing a vacant house near Auburn Lake. Marube says he froze and engaged in a stare-down with the bears. He says he thought his only option was to run away. He says he ran back toward the vacant house and got inside its screened porch with the bears about 10 yards (9 meters) behind him. He says the bears just looked at him through the screening and then wandered off. —————————————————————————————————-

NEW YORK (AP) — Workers at a construction site dug up what first appeared to be an unexploded World War II-era bomb but turned out to be a time capsule from a nightclub that helped launch Madonna’s career. Police found the device Wednesday in the Flatiron section of Manhattan and determined quickly that it was not dangerous. It turns out the capsule was buried in 1985 by clubgoers and bartenders from the club Danceteria. Former owner John Argento told the Daily News of New York he bought it for $200 at an Army Navy store on Canal Street. “It was just an excuse to do a party,” Argento said. “We forgot about it and went on to the next party.” Madonna danced through Danceteria in the movie “Desperately Seeking Susan,” and she performed there in real life, as did Billy Idol, Duran Duran and many other ’80s icons. The club closed in 1986. “The city was exciting then – it was innovation, music, art, fashion because kids could still afford to come to New York City and get an apartment for $100 and the drinks were $2,” Argento told TV station WCBS. Argento, who now runs two clubs in New Jersey, said he can hardly remember what was inside the Danceteria capsule. “I was hoping the contents survived and I want to get them back because a lot of people ask about it,” Argento said. The police said Argento may be able to pick up the contents of the capsule once they’ve been thoroughly searched.

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MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — The owners of a pizza shop in Pakistan say business is booming now that they’ve introduced a robot waitress. Osama Jafri, the engineer who designed the 25-kilogram (55-pound) robot, says it can greet customers and carry pizzas to their tables. The robot resembles a short, slender woman wearing a long dress and apron. He says he wrapped a scarf around the robot’s neck so as not to offend conservative patrons. He says sales at Pizza.com, in the town of Multan, have doubled since the robot was unveiled in February. Jafri’s father Aziz, who owns the restaurant, says he has three more robot waitresses and plans to open a new branch. He says, “I used to sell pizzas, but now restaurant owners want to buy robots from me.”

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Utility officials say a snake caused a power outage that left more than 4,000 customers without electricity in northwestern South Carolina. Duke Energy spokesman Ryan Mosier told media outlets a snake that crawled into a substation disrupted service and left Greenville County residents in the dark about 5 a.m. Wednesday. It took about 90 minutes to completely restore service. Mosier says the utility constantly works to improve its barriers to prevent snakes, squirrels and birds from crawling into the electrical equipment at substations and causing outages. But he says it’s not uncommon, especially this time of year. Mosier said small animals remain a big reason for power outages.

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Authorities say a man who threw a cup of bedbugs onto a counter at the municipal office building in Augusta, Maine, has been charged with two misdemeanors. The city manager said the building had to be sprayed for bedbugs. About 100 of them scattered on June 2, and the facility had to be closed for the day. The Kennebec Journal reports 74-year-old Charles Manning was charged with assault and obstruction of government administration. He’s scheduled to appear in court Aug. 7. Authorities say he had complained to the code enforcement office about bedbugs at his former apartment and left. He returned and let the bugs loose after he was told he didn’t qualify for assistance for a new apartment. It wasn’t immediately known if Manning had a lawyer, and a phone number couldn’t be found for him.

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The bedbugs are back at a South Carolina fire station one month after an outbreak at four stations. The Charleston Fire Department said in a news release Wednesday that bedbugs have been found at one of the stations that had problems earlier this year. Firefighters are being moved to another station about 3 miles (5 kilometers) away. Charleston spokesman Jack O’Toole said the bugs were found on a covered mattress in the station’s dorm. A pest-sniffing dog determined the infiltration was limited to one area of one room. Interim Fire Chief John Tippett says the department has a set of pest control procedures after the earlier outbreak. The last infestation lasted a month. Officials eventually used large propane tanks to heat the stations to rid them of bugs.

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Police say customers and vendors at a supermarket subdued a Pittsburgh man who tried to steal $150 worth of steaks. Online court records show 37-year-old Robert Twigg’s record of shoplifting and drug arrests go back 11 years. His latest arrest happened Wednesday at a Giant Eagle in the city’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood. Witnesses tell police Twigg was putting the meat into a backpack when a vendor grabbed the bag, the store’s manager called 911 and customers chased Twigg and held him down until police arrived. Court records don’t list an attorney for Twigg, who was unable to post $2,000 bail and remained jailed Thursday. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 19.

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CLINTON, Maine (AP) – This Santa made the naughty list. Maine State Police say they arrested the driver of a stolen vehicle who identified himself as Santa Claus following a nearly 50-mile (80-kilometer) chase Tuesday. Police said the chase started in Clinton after they tried to pull the driver over for a traffic violation. The chase reached 112 miles (180 kilometers) an hour before spike strips were deployed in Newburgh, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) away. Christos Kassaras, of Goffstown, New Hampshire, drove on busted tires another 15 miles (24 kilometers) before troopers caught and arrested him. It wasn’t immediately known if the 54-year-old had a lawyer. A woman who identified herself as his mother said she hadn’t spoken to him and had no comment. Kassaras was jailed on stolen vehicle and criminal speed charges.

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ATLANTA (AP) – A disruptive passenger was removed from an Atlanta-to-Chicago flight after yelling at a flight attendant while letting her dog run through the cabin. Passenger Michael Nash posted video of the altercation that took place before takeoff Wednesday on the American Airlines flight. Nash said the woman had reclined her seat while the plane was taxiing to the runway and yelled profanities after being asked to stop. The video shows passengers yelling at the woman to sit down as she follows a flight attendant to the back of the plane with her dog by her side. The plane returned to the gate, and another video shows a man escorting her off the flight. An Atlanta airport representative tells Chicago’s WBBM-TV that the woman wasn’t arrested and was rebooked on another flight. American Airlines says the plane arrived in Chicago four hours late.

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But it’s none of the above. The MicroPAD is Councilman Jeff Harris’ bold remedy to Sacramento’s chronic … – Sactown Magazine

July 5th, 2017 by admin

From Los Angeles to London, civic leaders are searching for creative ways to combine technology and high design to shelter their cities growing homeless populations. In Sacramento, where tent villages have brought unwelcome national headlines, a home-builder-turned-councilman and an ambitious MIT-trained developer believe they may have the answer to solving the housing predicament. Meet the MicroPAD, a modular, stackable, prefab apartment unit that was originally developed for millennial tech workers. Could this tiny dwelling be the big idea that finally contains our citys most pressing crisis?

You may have noticed a sleek gray pod parked in front of Sacramento City Hall this past January, a futuristic dwelling George and Jane Jetson would feel right at home in. If you Ystepped inside the MicroPAD, youd have found a bright, cheerful space with a full-size bath and kitchen cleverly engineered into 160 square feet where track lighting spotlights a gleaming countertop against one wall and a floating set of shelves and a desk along the other, and an ingenious closet that collapses 4 feet of hanging space into 13 inches when the door closes. The curved opaque glass and stainless-steel-trimmed wall of the bathroom, inspired in part by the shiny 2007 Airstream Bambi travel trailer and infused with a subtle blue glow by ambient LEDs, lend the tiny space architectural panache.

This could easily be a high-end hotel room in Paris or Manhattan. In fact, its manufactured to the same standards as the murderously handsome CitizenM hotel in Times Square, where a nearly identical 160-square-foot prefab room costs up to $400 a night and rates higher on TripAdvisor than a room at the Ritz-Carlton overlooking Central Park. It could be a first class cabin on an intergalactic cruise ship, or a college dorm room at the first university to open on the surface of Mars.

But its none of the above. The MicroPAD is Councilman Jeff Harris bold remedy to Sacramentos chronic homelessness, a problem thrown into sharp relief by the wet winter the city just endured.

Our goal in this city ought to be to help 2,000 people off the street over the next three years, says Mayor Darrell Steinberg, who cites homelessness as one of his top three issues in office. I give Jeff Harris a lot of credit for championing this. I think its very promising. The MicroPAD concept is a much better option than tents or other temporary fixtures.

The capitals homeless population might not have exploded overnight, but it sure seemed like it did as rising water levels displaced people from their riverside campgrounds and left them feeling exposed and even criminalized (Sacramento maintains a hotly debated anti-camping ordinance on the books, which can get you fined or even jailed if you pitch a tent in public). It has proven a crisis, too, for householders who now might find a fellow citizen living under a bush in their yard, or helping themselves to a quick bath with their garden hose. On a somber note, two homeless men died of exposure this past winter while camped out in front of City Hall, prompting a rush to establish warming centers and other emergency measures.

At last official count, which was January 2015, Sacramento Countys homeless population was 2,650, although many experts believe it to be far higher. While homelessness has been decreasing slightly for the past few years on a national scale, locally the population of unsheltered single adultsthose for whom the MicroPAD is intendedhas risen over 20 percent since 2013.

All of this is why Harris hopes the council will be voting on moving forward with a MicroPAD project as early as this summerwhich means future tenants could well be snug as bugs inside them by fall of next year.

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The MicroPAD (the name stands for Micro Prefab Affordable Dwelling) is the brainchild of Patrick Kennedy. The real estate developer has an inventors mind and a crusader-like commitment to problem solving. He earned a law degree from Harvard and a masters in real estate development at MIT, and after a stint working for Bay Area Rapid Transit, found his niche in building housing, constructing more than 500 infill units in Berkeley in the late 90s before turning his attention to a particularly enticing new brainteaser in 2007: how to shoehorn more housing into high-density areas like San Francisco, even then one of the tightest markets in the country.

Kennedy came up with various plans for building market-rate housing using both conventional and prefab construction (In Scandinavia, 30 percent of all housing is prefab, he says. Were still in the horse-and-buggy phase.), and along the way he dreamed up the MicroPAD as a fast, easy-to-implement way to accommodate San Franciscos 6,000-plus-strong homeless population. A flurry of positive press greeted the notion, but Kennedys hopes of building hundreds of units to house the homeless there were unceremoniously dashed last year, crushed beneath rounds of vocal dissent.

Even though the city of San Francisco has warmed to the idea of micro-housing in general, there were other concerns, ranging from not in my backyard neighborhood reactions to construction union objections to the fact that the units were manufactured overseas. Since no U.S. company possesses the technology to produce the sturdy steel units at the massive scale Kennedy hopes to achieve, he uses the same companies in China and Poland that supply those Scandinavian units he mentions. Some took exception to the notion that a private company might profit from a civic problem like homelessness, to which Kennedy shakes his head. Affordable housing in San Francisco costs $400,000 a [unit], he says. Somebody is making money there [for example, builders, vendors and construction workers]. It may not be the developer, but its everybody else. Kennedys MicroPAD, on the other hand, could cost as little as $200,000 per dwelling.

The diminutive home is so efficient it could be heated with the energy output of a hair dryer, with a powerful HVAC system that cycles the air 24 times a day. Bamboo floors, tall ceilings, quartz countertops and a wall of windows give no clue that this prefabricated, stackable yet altogether groovy 21st-century living module is intended for anyone other than wealthy denizens of some near-future urban paradise.

Kennedy says that most people, when stepping inside the model unit for the first time, let out a contented sigh, the way one does when stepping into a treatment room in a New Age spa retreat; the clean materials and freshly circulated air elicit involuntary aaahs. Thats because the MicroPAD uses the identical prefab technology and quality of design Kennedy uses to build housing for hip, idealistic millennial tech workers. Nothing has been designed down. All interior surfaces are pet-friendly and pest-proof (theyre ultra durable and a blue UV light under the beds steel frame kills bedbugs). Theres even a mudroom entry with a bench and a storage wall for the stowing of any kind of gear an individual might arrive toting, from bicycles to bundles to backpacks.

Kennedys team designed the steel-shelled MicroPADs to come in pairs, separated by a hallwaythey have a combined footprint of 8 by 45 feet, which conforms to base dimensions of a typical shipping containerfor ease of transportation by ship from their point of manufacture overseas to the Bay Area. Once there, their narrow width makes them legal to truck by road without special permits, and theres yet another advantage to borrowing from container technology: the units can be attached to one another, snapping together a bit like Legos. Their form factor and attachment technology also allow Kennedy to ship the apartments worldwide en massea large vessel could carry up to 19,000 MicroPADs in a single trip.

The developer is quick to point out, however, that these are not repurposed containersthey are sturdier and taller. Theyre meant to be stacked into multistory apartment blocks of up to 12 stories, typically above a ground floor dedicated to parking, retail or common areas like workspaces, dining rooms, communal kitchens, counseling centers and clinics. The finished product is indistinguishable from high-end architectural projects. While his company, Panoramic Interests, hasnt built a MicroPAD building yet, it has built market-rate prefab buildings of larger units using the same methods, and they blend right into the modern cityscape.

Harris met Kennedy at a Local Government Commission conference on smart growth in Yosemite in March 2016. Kennedy was midway through a presentation on his use of prefab components for his market-rate urban infill projects when he casually mentioned that he was thinking about making a prototype for homeless housing.

Man, I just jumped on that, Harris says. I got his card and started calling him every month. By the end of the year, Kennedy had good news: a prototype was on its way from the manufacturer in Shanghai. Harris took city planning director Kate Gillespie and real estate developer Scott Syphax to see the MicroPAD in person. I knew right off the bat this was something I wanted to pursue, he says. At his behest, Kennedy brought the demonstration model to Sacramento and parked it in front of City Hall this past winter, where local citizensincluding the homelesscould take a tour.

My daughter asked me to buy her one immediately, laughs Harris. He reports that locals reactions to seeing the MicroPAD in person were similar to those of San Franciscans stepping into one for the first time, which Kennedy captured on video. In one segment, a low-income SRO resident named David marveled that he felt like Dorothy stepping into Oz, then choked up as he summarized what this kind of housing would mean in his life. Maybe I can pass from this world the way I came in, David says, his voice cracking with emotion, with dignity and respect.

On the demonstration units bookshelf sits a framed portrait of German industrial designer Dieter Rams, 85, one of Kennedys idols, who is quoted on Panoramic Interests website saying, Indifference towards people and the reality in which they live is actually the one and only cardinal sin in design. Like Rams, Kennedy believes that a homeless person is just as deserving of beautiful surroundings as a millennial tech worker earning $200,000 a year.

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If you think the MicroPAD looks suspiciously chic, and that providing unqualified housing on the taxpayers dime is an extravagant entitlement, then your thinking is about 20 years out of date.

The MicroPAD project is an example of Housing First, a model that has upended the way cities approach homelessness. Until recently, the trend in residential programs for homeless individuals was to require successful and ongoing adherence to addiction and mental health treatment programs, and even then the assistance offered was usually temporary. An addict needed to achieve sobriety to be deemed ready for housing, and had to maintain sobriety in order to keep it.

That was the case until 1992, when Sam Tsemberis, a professor of psychiatry at New York University Medical Center, launched the initial Housing First program in Manhattan. Tsemberis wanted to learn what would happen when permanent housing was offered with no such preconditions (rent was free or capped at 30 percent of income, and housing would not be taken away from a resident because of substance abuse, relapse or brushes with the law). The experiment worked, and continues to work around the country. The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless reported that its Housing First program has saved an average of $31,545 in emergency services (fire, police, paramedics and emergency room visits) per resident per year.

Harris office has drawn a detailed picture of the actual costs that homelessness imposes on city agencies, and what his team found and published in an October 2015 report was astonishing.

There are roughly 100 people who use our emergency services to such a great extent that those 100 people cost us millions of dollars, Harris says. Around half of the $14 million the city spent on homelessness in 2015 paid for fire department and police responses and transportation to emergency rooms, usually for the kinds of issues that could be dealt with via on-site services, had the individuals been housed.

The MicroPAD isnt Harris first stab at addressing the needs of the citys dispossessed. A general contractor by trade, he has devoted what he estimates as 40 percent of his council time to homeless issues since he was elected into office in 2014, and last June, he launched the Pit Stop program, which established an attended, mobile restroom in the River District, where the lack of bathroom facilities and a high concentration of the homeless population meant that the smell of human effluent marred the Delta breeze of a typical evening.

But Harris nixed the Pit Stop after six months, despite its seemingly stellar performance (it was used 25,000 times), convinced that such stopgap solutions, with often escalating costs, were nothing but bureaucratic black holes, sucking time and money away while failing to solve the problem. I dont want to spend $100,000 on toilets right now when were on the cusp of creating a pretty robust program to house people, he says.

Our goal in this city ought to be to help 2,000 people off the street over the next three years, says Mayor Darrell Steinberg. I give [Councilman] Jeff Harris a lot of credit for championing this. I think its very promising. The MicroPAD concept is a much better option than tents or other temporary fixtures.

Harris likes to point to a new development called 7th and H as an ideal model of Housing First in action locally. It consists of 150 ultra-low-income units with on-site support services developed and managed by Mercy Housing, a national nonprofit organization. Half of the buildings apartments are designated for the homeless (the other half are income-qualified affordable units), and Mercy maintains a slew of services, from a walk-in clinic to yoga classes and cooking lessons. The studio units, with full kitchens and baths, are a far cry from the run-down SRO (Single Room Occupancy) hotel rooms of yore. The modern complex features an airy lobby and a second-floor patio dominated by a stylish stepped fountain and barbecue areas for entertaining, and lounges with big-screen TVs on every other floor for socializingthe eight-story building was designed by Mogavero Architects, the local firm responsible for the high-toned Capitol Yards at the foot of the Tower Bridge in West

Sacramento, where a studio rents for $1,300-$1,700. If a resident invited you over to 7th and H for a barbecue on the terrace, you wouldnt know you were in supportive housing unless your host chose to tell you. Its no wonder the retention rate is over 90 percent, typical for Housing First programs.

The result has been better than the city could have expected, according to La Shelle Dozier, executive director of the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency (SHRA), which obtained the funding and the site for the building. Its hard for people to stabilize until youve met their basic need for shelter, she says. Its been a proven success across the country, so we understood that was necessary to move forward.

But 7th and H was constructed in 2012, one of the last projects to use redevelopment funds before that program was terminated statewide. With construction funds scarce, proposals have surfaced like fellow Councilman Allen Warrens current bid to seek an exception to the citys anti-camping ordinance to permit an Enhanced Living and Triage Communitya tent cityto rise in his North Sacramento district, a well-intentioned and even thoughtful plan thats received the mayors reluctant support. While Im willing to try Allen Warrens project, Steinberg says, I just dont think its the answer. Harris, too, respectfully disagrees with the idea of a tent city.

I think it would be injurious to our work of creating real housing solutions, Harris says. His objection is partly based on his experience touring one such encampment in Seattle. There was a big homeless camp up there called The Jungle, he says. It got to be about 400 strong, but it was under the I-5 [freeway, under state control], so the local PD had no jurisdiction to bust it up. There were murders in the camp, numerous rapes, an unbelievable amount of larceny. The state troopers finally disbanded the whole thing, but it was a nightmare. When we did a study mission up there to look at their tent city approach, the deputy chief of the Seattle PD took me aside and said, Dont ever let go of your camping ordinance. If you do, its at your peril.

While Warrens detailed plan specifies security measures and on-site services like a food bank, dining hall and medical center that make the project sound like a far cry from Seattles Jungle, to Harris, its still a temporary solution to a long-term problem. He wasnt much more impressed by tiny house colonies in Portland and Eugene, Oregon, where a collection of Seussian wooden sheds in pastel colors dot a verdant field. Harris dismisses the tiny home as basically a plywood shack for the homeless. Housing them in substandard housing is not my idea of success, he says.

Although not as quick a fix as a tent city, the financial model for the MicroPAD does not require an up-front capital investment, as the dwellings are leased from the developer. (Sacramento has not yet negotiated a rate, but Kennedys San Francisco proposal put each unit at $1,000 a month.) Also, in contrast to traditional build-outs, construction would take place in months, not years. Kennedy would erect the structure, including common areas and room for support services, most likely on city-owned property (site-selection is ongoing but currently under wraps). He can supply as many units as the city can commit to, and Steinberg isnt interested in pussyfooting around: he wants to build 2,000 apartments, one way or another.

Earlier this year, Berkeleys city council voted to explore micro-housing options for the homeless, including Kennedys. If a deal can be struck in Sacramento, we might be the first city in the country to deploy prefab housing for the homeless on a massive scale.

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Other cities have taken creative approaches to housing the homeless, with exciting results.

In Los Angeles, the Skid Row Housing Trust erected 102 prefab permanent supportive housing units in 2014, with amenities like an on-site health clinic, running track and art gallery. The concrete and wood units, designed by prominent L.A.-based architect Michael Maltzan, are at home sharing the downtown cityscape with Frank Gehrys Walt Disney Concert Hall (a project a young Maltzan worked on under Gehry). The building has received excellent reviews in the architectural press and from residents, one of whom described it as mind boggling to the Los Angeles Times.

Close in spirit, too, is the 36-unit Y:Cube project put up last year for a YMCA in London by the renowned architecture firm Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners (Richard Rogers designed the iconic Lloyds of London building). The studio apartments, which the Y deems aspirational housing, are designated for young people who would otherwise be at high risk for falling into homelessness. The firm also designed an innovative complex of temporary, portable prefab buildings, Place/Ladywell, which houses 24 formerly homeless families while the city builds more permanent structures. The project won two 2016 New London Architecture awards, including the prestigious Mayors Prize.

Perhaps the most promising undertaking in the supportive housing arena is a new 16-unit development called Potters Lane that opened in Orange County to house homeless veterans in 480-square-foot units built from recycled shipping containers.

Donna Gallup, the president and CEO of the nonprofit development agency American Family Housing, which serves Southern California, said the choice to invest in a high-design project was deliberate. We knew this was going to be the first project of its kind in the country, and we wanted to set the bar high so that in the future, when people are replicating modular housing [they will] take into account that these are supposed to be assets to our communities and not detract from the value of our neighborhoods, she says. When you are developing housing for the homeless, you want it to be viewed as an asset, so people dont view it as having a negative effect on their home values or their businesses.

Equally important, Gallup wanted the homes to honor the veterans who would occupy them, like 62-year-old Dale Dollar, who served in Vietnam and had been homeless for 12 years, most recently living on the Santa Ana riverbed, when he got into Potters Lane.

The MicroPAD is so efficient it could be heated with the energy output of a hair dryer. Bamboo floors, tall ceilings, quartz countertops and a wall of windows give no clue that this prefabricated yet altogether groovy living module is intended for anyone other than wealthy denizens of some near-future urban paradise.

I was thinking about taking my life, Dollar says. I had lost all self-respect and dignity. Weeks after moving in, he was on his way to interview for a job as a machinist making parts for Harley Davidson motorcycles. My whole life has changed, he says. Ive got a passion for life now.

To work this soul-redeeming magic, Gallups organization enlisted a volunteer interior designer to make each space both beautiful and functional. Ive found that when you give homeless people a beautiful place to live, and you treat them with the respect and care that they deserve, she says, theyll then treat the housing and the other people in the community with that same respect and care.

Low-income housing as a net asset to a community? Gallup is so bullish on the concept that shes hoping to lead a movement. Ever since the projectwhich took six months to completeopened in March, she has been welcoming a steady stream of civic leaders and developers from other cities who want to replicate it. The first such clone, utilizing the same prefab manufacturer, broke ground in April in Vacaville on 39 units of supportive housing for veterans. The Community Development Partners project has a six-month timeline. At $21 million, the cost per unit is similar to that of conventional construction, but Gallup says she expects it to be lower for future projects as the production process becomes more efficient. She also points out that the installation of the units, once theyre trucked in, takes all of about 45 minutes.

The big question is how we get the manufacturing to scale, Gallup says. Im working on it. The more cities she can recruit to participate, the lower the per-unit cost will become, to a point.

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The main obstacle to achieving this design-forward and aspirational vision may not be funding, however, but people. Sacramento has a lot of good hearts and minds working to solve the homelessness dilemma, but for the most part they disagree with one another on how to go about it. Sometimes wildly.

Thirty-two people signed up to comment publicly on Councilman Warrens proposal for a tent city at a city council meeting on April 25. The vast majority of them, ranging from homeless advocates to homeless individuals, supported Warrens idea, their voices trembling with frustration as they scolded Mayor Steinberg for refusing to consider lifting the citys anti-camping ordinance, which many claim criminalizes homelessness. This litany of disapproval came despite Steinberg having already agreed to support Warrens project in the absence of other short-term alternatives.

But dissent isnt limited to the general public. One of the oldest organizations in the area, Volunteers of America (VOA), runs the Mather Community Campus on the former Air Force base, which offers transitional housing and supportive services to around 400 formerly homeless individuals and families per year, with an average stay of nine months. Mathers director, Sherman Haggerty, explains that the organization doesnt subscribe to the Housing First philosophy. From the front lines, he sees the rampant drug and alcohol abuse in the population, which he pegs at closer to 80 percent, not the official 24 percent figure put forward by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and he doesnt think a model like Housing First, which he believes fails to address that issue aggressively enough, should be our go-to.

To its critics, Mathers program would be deemed old-fashioned, because it requires participation in substance abuse treatment services. Only those who are willing to commit to this rule are accepted. For the ones who are, however, it can be life-changing.

Were literally taking people off the street, getting them settled, getting them vocational training, placed in work, in nine and a half months, Haggerty says. We remove barriers so they have a fighting chance for long-term recovery.

He contends that while a Housing First concept like the MicroPAD is appropriate for some clients who might not be candidates for mainstreamingsomeone disabled by schizophrenia, for examplemany more of Mathers clients end up as self-supporting members of society than one might think once theyre put through a rigorous program.

A low-income SRO resident named David marveled that he felt like Dorothy stepping into Oz, then choked up as he summarized what this kind of housing would mean in his life. Maybe I can pass from this world the way I came in, David says, his voice cracking with emotion, with dignity and respect.

Barbara Gaines, a Mather client and former FedEx package sorter who fell through the cracks due to health complications and ended up on the streets in her 60s in 2015, was in the process of filing for Social Security disability benefits when she enrolled at Mather. I was just a woe is me kind of gal, she says. But Mather enlightened me as to what I can do. I can be active in my life; I dont have to lay down and wait for assistance. In her ninth month of residency in May, she was preparing to interview at a senior living facilty for a nursing assistant position, which would enable her to move into market-rate housing and support herself without government assistance. Im coming out furious, she says with a grin.

As unassailably virtuous as VOAs program is, Housing First advocates would argue that the model has its failings, too. A study published by Tsemberis in the American Journal of Public Health in 2004 demonstrated that Housing First clients stayed in housing longer than those in conventional programs where sobriety and participation in treatment was a requirement. And while enrollment in treatment was lower among Housing First clients, actual substance use was the same for both groupsin other words, you can lead the horse to AA, but you cant make him stop drinking.

Setting aside uplifting but anecdotal success stories, the metrics dont lie. Loaves & Fishes director of advocacy, Joan Burke, who has been working with the homeless locally for 35 years, cautions against getting too attached to specific outcomes like Barbaras. The goal is for people to be housed, she says unsentimentally. So thats your benchmark. There are a lot of studies that have convinced me, and more importantly have convinced the federal government and the state of California, that Housing First is the model that works most effectively.

Mayor Steinberg would agree. Im very big on numeric goals, he says. For a long time, we just sort of managed it. But by managing it, its getting worse. We havent had a numeric goal. We havent had a drive to get to functional zero.

Functional zerothe point at which every homeless person who could be helped, had been helpedis not absolute zero, of course. Functional zero means that there is never a reason for anyone to live without housing for any period of time before receiving services that allay that homelessness. Mather, Loaves & Fishes and permanent, supportive housing like 7th and H and the MicroPAD each serve a different purpose, and each is a necessary part of the equation.

The budget is workable. The city, according to Steinberg and Harris, has access to the financial resources to bring MicroPADs online to help meet Steinbergs goal of housing 2,000 homeless individuals over the next three years. It will take a symphony of bold action, bureaucratic agility and overwhelming civic goodwill, but its possible for Sacramento to become the first city to truly achieve something resembling an equitable society made of whole cloth where theres always a safe, dry place for the unfortunate to land.

California cities are struggling with this, says Steinberg of the homeless issue. Its a hard problem, but just because its hard doesnt mean we should wish it away. We can do this. S

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Send your announcement at least 14 weeks in advance to jdorsch@giemedia.com. For additional dates, visit http://www.pctonline.com/events.

July 9-12: International Conference on Urban Pests, Conference Aston, University of Aston, Birmingham, UK. Contact: http://www.icup.org.uk.

July 16-20: Georgia Pest Control Summer Conference, Hammock Beach Resort, Palm Coast, Fla. Contact: http://gpca.org.

July 19-21: NPMAs Academy 2017, Westin Kierland Resort and Spa, Scottsdale, Ariz. Contact: NPMA, 703/352-6762 or visit http://www.npmapestworld.org.

July 28-30: NPMA Carolinas/Mid-Atlantic Summer Conference, Hilton Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, S.C. Contact: NPMA, 703/352-6762 or visit http://www.npmapestworld.org.

Aug. 16: University of Georgia Getting the Best of Pests Webinar Series (Biology and Management of Fleas and Biology and Management of Bed Bugs in Low-Income Housing). Contact: Beth Horne, 770/228-7214 or bhorne@uga.edu. Or visit http://gabugs.uga.edu.

Aug. 18-19: Discovery Retreats Surviving a Family Business. Contact: 816/888-9146 or http://www.lloydsmigel.com.

Aug. 23: PCT Mergers & Acquisitions Virtual Conference. Contact: http://www.pctonline.com or call 800/456-0707.

Aug. 29-Sept. 1: Association of Structural Pest Control Regulatory Officials Annual Meeting, Burlington, Vt. Contact: http://www.aspcro.org or 757/753-8162.

Sept. 27-28: Kansas Pest Control Associations Master Tech Program, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan. Contact: 785/271-9220, kansaspest@yahoo.com.

Oct. 18: University of Georgia Getting the Best of Pests Webinar Series (Principles of Insecticide Mode of Action and Biology and Management of Fire Ants and Tawny Crazy Ants). Contact: Beth Horne, 770/228-7214 or bhorne@uga.edu. Or visit http://gabugs.uga.edu.

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June 22nd, 2017 by admin

Tiny bloodsucking bedbugs have become an epidemic in New York City over the last decade. The little pests have invaded even the cleanest and most expensive apartments in neighborhoods around Manhattan. Here’s everything you need to know about bedbugs in NYC:

A bedbug is a wingless, rust-colored insect about the size of an apple seed. Bedbugs are nocturnal parasites, which means they rest during the day and come out to dine on the blood of humans at night.

Bedbugs are attracted by human body heat and the carbon dioxide that we breathe out, and typically favor feasting on our shoulders and arms (ewww).

During feeding, the bedbug’s proboscis pierces the skin of its victim, injecting bedbug saliva (double ewww); they typically feed for 5 to 10 minutes at a time. As the little critter fills with blood, its coloring changes from light brown to rust-red.

If you’re on the lookout, bedbugs typically hide in cracks and crevices. They especially love to live in bedding and on mattresses, where they have easy access to food (that means you). Other living areas favored by bedbugs include:

Aside from those telltale bites (see below), other signs that bedbugs may have moved in include:

Bedbugs are rarely seen in action by their human victims. The first signs of a bedbug infestation are usually bites.

Bedbug bites are generally painless, though itchy and annoying. They tend to start as swollen weals, then fade to red marks and gradually disappear over a few days.

Experts suggest washing bedbug bites with antiseptic soap to avoid infection. The itching can be treated with calamine lotion or anesthetic creams.

Bedbugs often spread by hitching rides on people’s clothing or bags. They jump from host to host when people brush up against each other in crowds (yet another reason to keep your distance on the subway).

They also spread through mattresses. Reconditioned mattresses, which are refurbished old mattresses, often spread bedbugs into stores and homes. In addition, bedbugs can spread when old and new mattresses are transported in the same truck.

Experts say bedbugs have been all but dormant for decades. The recent comeback is said to be primarily the result of increased global travel, along with the banning of potent pesticides like DDT.

Getting rid of bedbugs can be tricky, and in most cases, it’s necessary to hire a professional. A qualified exterminator can use stronger insecticides to kill the bedbugs. Repeat visits may be necessary to ensure that all bedbugs are eliminated, considering that in proper conditions, adult bedbugs can survive without a meal for a year or longer.

However, these annoying pests can be eliminated.

Here are some do-it-yourself methods you can try in addition to calling the exterminator:

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June 22nd, 2017 by admin

We are acting out of an abundance of caution and asking you to work from home tomorrow to give facilities the chance to deal with this in the fastest and environmentally safest manner, chief communications officer Carole Robinson wrote in an email to staff, Poynter reported.

In a post entitled BuzzFeed Has A Bed Bugs Outbreak And Were All Being Totally Mature About It, the company attemptsto make light of the situation by posting a series of memes and photos of staff dealing with the situation.

We have every expectation that it will be all clear to re-enter the office and resume normal course of business by Friday morning, Robinson added.

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June 22nd, 2017 by admin

On Sunday night’s episode of Last Week Tonight, John Oliver targeted the coal industry. Now they are striking back. In the episode, he pleaded with President Trump to “stop lying to coal miners” about his ability to revive the shrinking industry. Oliver also targetedBob Murray, the notoriously litigious CEO of Murray Energy, even though he knew he was likely to be sued for doing so, as the company sent the show a cease-and-desist order before the episode even aired.

Murray runs the country’s largest privately owned coal company, Murray Energy Corporation, and has sued media companies in the past, including recently filing a libel suit againstthe New York Times.Despite that cautionary tale, on the June 18 episode of Last Week Tonight,Oliver said Murray doesn’t do enough to protect his miners’ safety. He illustrated that point witha government report that concluded thatthe collapse of one of Murray’s mines in Utah, which killed nine people, was due tounauthorized mining practices, while Murray claims the collapse actually happened because of an earthquake.

A legal complaint filed on June 21 in the circuit court of Marshall County, West Virginia, states thatOliver and his team “executed a meticulously planned attempt to assassinate the character of and reputation of Mr. Robert E. Murray and his companies,” They called the segment a “callous, vicious, and false attack” that “childishly demeaned and disparaged” Murray, “a 77-year old citizen in ill health,” which they claim caused “emotional and physical distress and damage.”The complaint also says Murray’s legal team tried to share studies with Oliver’s staff thatproved an earthquake was responsible for the mine collapse, but were ignored.

HBO, however, stands by Oliver and his team.”We have confidence in the staff of Last Week Tonight and do not believe anything in the show this week violated Mr. Murray’s or Murray Energy’s rights,” HBO said in a statement to Fast Company.

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1. Disgruntled man releases bedbugs in Maine city office

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The city manager in Augusta, Maine, says the municipal office building had to be sprayed for bedbugs after a man threw a cup of the pests onto an office counter and about 100 of them scattered off.

City Manager William Bridgeo tells the Kennebec Journal (http://bit.ly/2sySI9f) the man apparently complained Friday to the code enforcement office about bedbugs at his former apartment then left, but returned after he showed the cup of bugs to a manager at his new apartment and was told he couldn’t live there.

Bridgeo says the man let the bugs loose in the General Assistance Office where he asked for a form to request assistance and apparently was told he didn’t qualify.

Police didn’t immediately release the man’s name or say if any charges would be filed.

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2. Man flashing money on Facebook Live arrested on drug charges

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man joyfully flashing money live on the internet got a sudden surprise when police officers barged in and arrested him for allegedly selling drugs.

A man identified by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office as 22-year-old Breon Hollings went on Facebook Live to show friends a handful of money, saying, “It don’t stop, man, it don’t stop.”

He then retrieves more money from another room and starts shuffling it when he hears Jacksonville officers warning over a loudspeaker they are about to raid the house. A stunned Hollings runs out of the room. Seconds later, officers barge in. Hollings was arrested off camera.

Hollings faces numerous drug charges and was being held on $425,000 bail Saturday. It could not be determined if he has an attorney.

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3 .Convenience store Dawa agrees to change name after Wawa suit

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey convenience store called Dawa has agreed to change its name after a lawsuit from Wawa, according to recently filed court documents.

The stores agreed that the Paterson-based store would change its name, though the filing doesn’t specify what it will be called, according to a proposed order filed in U.S. District Court.

Pennsylvania-based Wawa has more than 700 convenience stores in six states and filed a trademark infringement lawsuit earlier this year against Dawa, saying it’s taking advantage of Wawa’s hard-earned reputation.

“Dawa” is a casual way to say “come in” in Korean and is interpreted to mean “welcome.”

Dawa owner Mike Han said in February that he used the name because everyone is welcome there.

A message left for Han on Sunday was not returned.

But Wawa spokeswoman Lori Bruce said at the time that the company has an obligation to protect the brand name and ensure consumers aren’t confused. She said the company reached out to the store multiple times to try to resolve the matter privately.

“We wish them nothing but success,” she said. “Just without our name included.”

Wawa’s name is derived from the Lenape tribe’s word for Canada goose

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4. Inmate planned to escape prison in box, buried in sawdust

AUBURN, N.Y. (AP) — An inmate at a maximum-security prison claimed he repeatedly practiced a daring escape plan involving a coffin-like box hidden under tons of sawdust and that guards never noticed what he was up to.

Gordon “Woody” Mower, who is serving a life sentence without parole for killing his parents two decades ago, told The Post-Standard of Syracuse (http://bit.ly/2svJLOB) that he practiced escaping Auburn Correctional Facility 50 times before guards discovered his plan in April 2015 – two months before two convicted killers cut their way out of a different maximum-security prison in upstate New York.

Mower said his plan involved being buried alive in a bottomless 3-foot by 4-foot wooden box under a big mound of sawdust produced by the prison’s woodworking shop, where furniture is made. The sawdust is hauled away regularly in a tractor-trailer by a local farmer who uses it as horse bedding. Mower said the plot failed when another inmate tipped off guards.

The newspaper reported Monday that the planned escape was confirmed by prison records sent to Mower’s lawyers at Prisoners Legal Services. Karen Murtagh, executive director of the Albany-based agency, said Mower approved the records release to the newspaper.

The Department of Corrections and Community Supervision neither confirmed nor denied details in Mower’s story. Thomas Mailey, a department spokesman, said the agency “continues to review its policies and procedures and make significant improvements to enhance the safety and security in New York’s correctional facilities.”

Mower was 18 when he used a .22-caliber rifle to murder his parents in March 1996 inside their home in rural Richfield Springs. Mower said he hatched a plan while serving his sentence at Auburn, the state’s oldest prison at 199 years old. He has since been transferred to the maximum-security prison in Elmira.

Mower claimed he compiled information on the routines of prison guards overseeing the farmer’s weekly visits. He said another inmate who helped design the scheme would use a small tractor with a front-end loader to put the box on the farmer’s truck, then cover the box with tons of sawdust.

Mower said he would have worn googles and a protective mask from another prison workshop. After the truck left the prison, he said he planned to pull himself free from under the sawdust. He said he was injured several times during dry runs of the escape when the box collapsed under the weight of the sawdust, but the guards never noticed anything unusual.

“Where were the corrections officers?” Mower told The Post-Standard. “How did we build all this stuff, get buried alive and nobody sees or says anything?”

Mower said another inmate alerted guards to the plan on April 3, 2015.

On June 6, 2015, Richard Matt and David Sweat escaped the Clinton Correctional Facility in northern New York by using tools provided by a prison employee to cut their way through their prison cell wall and gain access to the prison’s underground infrastructure. Matt was fatally shot by a U.S. Border Patrol officer three weeks later. Sweat was rearrested and wounded by a state trooper two days after that.

Their escape, which touched off the largest manhunt in New York history, was even more embarrassing for state prison officials when it was revealed that prison tailor shop employee Joyce Mitchell provided Matt and Sweat with tools that a guard unwittingly delivered to the inmates. Matt and Sweat also were able to practice their escape without guards noticing.

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5. Man jumps into moving car to save driver having a seizure

DIXON, Ill. (AP) — Authorities have hailed a northern Illinois man a hero after he jumped through the open window of a moving car to save the driver, who was having a seizure.

Randy Tompkins, of Dixon, was driving his truck Friday afternoon when he spotted a car driving in the wrong lane heading right at him. He jumped from his truck and through the passenger window of the slowly moving car. He put two fingers into the convulsing driver’s mouth to prevent him from swallowing his tongue.

The incident was captured by a police dashcam . Police praised the 39-year-old Tompkins as a hero for coming to the aid of a “complete stranger.”

Police haven’t released the name of the driver, who was taken to a hospital as a precaution.

Dixon is about 100 miles (160 kilometers) west of Chicago

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6. Artist uses felt to recreate New York City grocery store

NEW YORK (AP) — If the hot dogs in this New York City bodega feel a little, well, soft and squishy, don’t worry, it’s not a health hazard. It’s art.

A British artist has recreated the contents of a city bodega entirely in felt, the soft material usually favored by the school-going set. Lucy Sparrow’s “8 Till Late” opened to the public in a 1,200-square-foot space at The Standard hotel on Manhattan’s west side on Monday and runs through June 30.

Sparrow handmade the 9,000 items in the installation, covering practically everything you might find in the small stores that are synonymous with New York City – there are felt jars of peanut butter and jelly as well as packages of white bread; felt pizza slices and pretzels on the felt grill along with felt hot dogs; felt boxes of detergent and a felt fridge filled with felt ice cream.

The artist has been working in felt for years and says the material “evokes nostalgia with people.”

The New York City exhibit follows a similar one Sparrow created in London, called “The Cornershop.” The point of both, she said, was to generate conversation about what is lost when small mom-and-pop stores like bodegas fade away, often with chain stores coming in as replacements.

“A sense of community is being lost when these places disappear,” she said.

Sparrow said it took several months to make all the items, working for 16 hours every day toward the end of her production period. Among her favorite items in the shop are the sausages and other products in the meat case, all of which have eyes and faces.

“It’s very cute but sort of gruesome at the same time,” she said.

And in the interests of verisimilitude, she of course included that mainstay of the bodegas, the cat that can usually be seen lolling on a pallet of cans or strolling through the aisles.

“I had at least 20 people say to me that having a bodega cat was probably the most important thing about this installation,” Sparrow said, “so I had to get that right.”

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7.Mom spends $25K on exotic cars, sand, camel for son’s prom

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — One Philadelphia teenager’s mom took his prom to the extreme, spending $25,000 on a camel, three tons of sand and exotic cars. He brought three dates , all in custom-made gowns, and wore three different outfits himself.

Saudia Shuler says she had thought of sending her only son, Johnny Eden Jr., to Dubai for a visit. Instead, she decided to bring Dubai to Philadelphia for the formal dance.

She brought the sand and the camel into their neighborhood for photos. Luxury cars , including a Rolls Royce and a Lamborghini, were on loan for the evening.

Shuler says it was all worth it. She says she fought cancer and suffered from a stroke in the past few years. She told herself if she was going to make it, she would put on a big prom for her son.

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8. Idaho woman finds 1938 Nazi explosive in parents’ shed

MERIDIAN, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho woman said she discovered a Nazi explosive as she was helping her parents clean out their shed.

Diana Landa identified the artifact by a Nazi insignia and the year 1938 etched on the bottom of it. It still had a propellant on it, she said.

Landa’s parents have lived in their Meridian home for 25 years. They said they hardly used the old shed they cleaned out last week. They have no idea where the explosive came from and how it got there.

Landa brought the bomb back to her home in Kuna, Idaho, and had planned to keep the artifact or donate it to a museum. But a co-worker recommended she talk to experts first.

“He’s, like, really into history,” Landa said of the co-worker. “He was saying it could be an explosive and how unstable these things can be if they’re old.”

Landa had been keeping the item in her own shed, but she worried about what might happen to her neighbors if her co-worker was right.

The Mountain Home Air Force Base bomb squad confirmed her co-worker’s suspicions. The squad arrived to Landa’s home on Thursday and X-rayed the device. The team identified it as a World War II-era 37-mm German round that “was found to be hazardous” and has since destroyed it via detonation, according to a public affairs spokeswoman for the base.

Landa shared the news of her discovery on Facebook. She considered it “a once-in-life-time-experience.”

“It’s a little scary,” she said. “Now I think about it, we should’ve been more careful. But we didn’t know anything about weapons.”

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9. W. Virginia firefighters rescue truckload of abandoned pigs

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) A truckload of pigs wasnt ready to become bacon, despite being parked in the hot sun for hours in West Virginia.

Bystanders called the fire department Friday after spotting 165 panting pigs in a seemingly abandoned tractor-trailer outside a Long John Silver restaurant.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported that firefighters doused the pigs with water to keep them cool, and had the truck towed to a shady spot until the Ohio trucking company comes to retrieve the animals.

The newspaper identified the driver as 55-year-old Keith Stikeleather, who said its his second week on the job. He said he went for a walk and lost track of time.

Department Assistant Fire Chief Rob Sutler said the pigs appeared healthy but would need to regain the weight they sweated off.

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10 Large part of small Wyoming town sells for $500,000

ALADDIN, Wyo. (AP) A big part of a small Wyoming town sold at auction for a price lower than expected.

Aladdin is home to 15 people near the South Dakota line. Up for sale Friday were the town store, liquor license, post office, gas station, a two-bedroom home, an outbuilding and a seven-unit mobile home park.

A 17-acre (6.8-hectare) tract also was included in the package bid of $500,000 by Maynard Rude and son Lee Rude of Piedmont, South Dakota, the Casper Star-Tribune reported (http://bit.ly/2qMUGX9).

Another bidder bowed out at $490,000, leaving the Rudes with no competitors.

We obviously didnt think it was going to go this cheap. I was thinking at least $750,000 to $800,000, Lee Rude said.

Owners Rick and Judy Brengle also expected a higher price.

I thought it would probably start there instead of end there, Rick Brengle said. It was an absolute roll of the dice.

A cafe and motel offered separately by another couple failed to sell after a few bids.

The store, considered one of the best preserved of five surviving Wyoming roadside mercantiles, was built 125 years ago when a nearby coal mine supported a town population of about 200.

The mine closed, but the store remained a popular stop for ranchers checking their mail, tourists headed to Devils Tower National Monument, and bikers rumbling to the huge annual motorcycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota.

Pearl Jensen, 84, has greeted customers at the town store for more than 40 years and worked for the Brengles more than 30 years.

I just feel like Ive tried to put it in Gods hands, Jensen said. If Im still going to have a job, thats fine, if not, thats fine too.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com

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