- ALTADENA – Two violent pit bull attacks on pet dogs in northern Altadena have stirred concern in the quiet neighborhood near Loma Alta Drive and Olive Avenue that the assailants could strike again. “I am still so sick about what happened to my little dog. It didn’t have to happen, it was just sick,” said Kim Price, whose Pomeranian, Katie, was killed recently by the roving dogs. “I’m certainly afraid it will happen to someone else, or even a child, or even me,” she said. Price returned home a week and a half ago to find Katie in her yard, lying motionless on a dog bed. “I came closer and saw she was dead and torn about,” she said. “It looked like they had not only torn off her leg but were eating her.” There was blood everywhere, and a trail of it led into Price’s house where more dripped from the curtains and the walls. Inside, she found two of her dogs – including a large Chow mix – shaking on her couch. “I looked to my right, and there was my other dog, covered in blood and barely alive,” Price said. “\ was just covered with mud and dirt and blood and was torn up all over her left side,” said Woody Walker, a veterinarian at La Ca ada Pet Clinic who helped treat Kelsey, Price’s 12-year-old Australian shepherd. After a five-day stay at the animal hospital, Kelsey is on the road to recovery. But Price is still shaken by the experience. “I never for a minute didn’t think I was safe around here,” she said. “It’s a very sobering feeling to think `Hmm, maybe I can’t go out at night.”‘ A few days earlier, neighbors down the street chased away two pit bulls that were attacking another dog. That dog survived, though its side was ripped open, Price said. Nobody is quite sure who owns the violent dogs, or even if it the same animals responsible for the attacks. Price describes the two dogs that broke into her yard as a brindle pit bull, tiger striped in golden black and brown, and a black, short-haired, pit bull/shepherd mix. In Altadena, the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control is responsible for roaming or dangerous animals. In Pasadena, La Ca ada Flintridge, South Pasadena, San Marino, Sierra Madre and Arcadia, residents can call the Pasadena Humane Society. firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
- SEATTLE — Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck’s eyes widened. His eyebrows raised. His head shook slightly. He seemed impressed. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “They’re a physical defense,” Hasselbeck said. “They’re going to hit you. They’re going to make you pay.” Washington’s defense knocked out both of Seattle’s starting receivers in October. The Redskins were one of only five teams to hold league Most Valuable Player Shaun Alexander under 100 yards rushing. “That was a tough game,” Hasselbeck said of an overtime loss at Washington on Oct. 2. And Hasselbeck has had enough tough games over previous years to know one and to thoroughly enjoy this year’s emergence as the often-unflappable leader of the NFC’s top seed. The cost of the October loss to Washington for Seattle was a pittance compared to what’s at stake today. A defeat would devastate a franchise that hasn’t won a playoff game since 1984 but enjoys its best postseason position ever. Not because Seattle is two wins from the Super Bowl. Or because the Seahawks are playing host to a divisional playoff game at Qwest Field for the first time today. It was the punishing Washington Redskins defense that had Hasselbeck’s attention. It would also devastate a region that has seemingly invested three decades of hope, waiting for the Seahawks to play in their first Super Bowl. The Redskins want to smash those hopes and some ball carriers and receivers. “Being physical, that’s going to be the key for us,” Washington safety Ryan Clark said. “They are going to take those 2-yard and 5-yard passes … But when a guy catches a 2-yard pass and they hit them in the mouth, they don’t like that. “That will make a receiver go back to the quarterback and say, `Hey, if you see 53 (linebacker Marcus Washington) or 21 (safety Sean Taylor) around me, you might not want to throw it right there.’ ” Hasselbeck said the Redskins don’t just hit. They also trick. He said Washington is great at disguising “exotic looks” such as blitzes, fake blitzes and combination coverages. Redskins defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, the brains behind the operations, recently received a three-year contract extension reported to be worth almost $8 million. But Alexander said the Seahawks should thank the Redskins for their bullying tricks. The loss to Washington helped change Seattle’s offensive schemes, Alexander said. That, in turn, led Seattle to a team-record 11-game winning streak and the NFC’s top playoff seed. “That was an eye-opener game for us,” said Alexander, who finished the season as the league rushing champion with 1,880 yards and an NFL-record 28 touchdowns. The Seahawks defense may have had a hard time keeping its eyes open watching Washington’s offense slog to just 120 yards of offense last week at Tampa Bay. That was the lowest output for a winning team in the playoffs. The Redskins won because their defense scored one touchdown and set up the other in a 17-10 victory. Clinton Portis is the man Seattle needs to stop. Seattle coach Mike Holmgren called the Redskins running back “a little package of dynamite.” Portis set a franchise record with 1,516 yards rushing, fourth-most in the league. The last time Seattle faced a premier runner aside from a one-quarter cameo of Indianapolis’ Edgerrin James in a meaningless game Tiki Barber of the New York Giants romped for 151 yards on Nov. 27. But Portis had just 53 yards, on 16 carries, against the top-ranked Buccaneers defense last week. He also pinched nerves in both shoulders. Yet he said he is fine now. He’s even ready to go back to hitting opponents, just like his defense. “I’m going to hit them or they’re going to hit me,” Portis said. “I want to come out with the better end of that.” The Redskins also have the potential to hit big plays with wideout Santana Moss, whom veteran quarterback Mark Brunell loves to find on deep routes. Marcus Trufant, the Seahawks’ best cover cornerback, will likely cover Moss most of the day. Trufant, who is returning from a lower back bruise, expects to see “a whole lot of Portis.” “Oh, yeah,” Trufant said. “They’ve been doing that all year.” Seahawks Pro Bowl left tackle Walter Jones will see plenty of his former teammate, Redskins defensive end Phillip Daniels. Daniels one of the best seasons of his 10-year career with eight sacks including four in one game last month against Dallas. Clark said Daniels has allowed the formerly blitz-dependent Redskins to keep more defenders in pass coverage. Jones was just named to his sixth Pro Bowl. Daniels has never been to one. But that didn’t keep Daniels from semi-joking that he is Jones’ mentor. “He knows me. I’m his teacher. I taught him everything he knows,” Daniels said. Ultimately, the Seahawks must slow that punishing Redskins’ defense. “They made us mature in some areas,” Hasselbeck said. Today’s game will prove how much they’ve grown up. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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UPDATED June 27, 2013 with an author’s postscriptNine years ago, I co-authored a Journal of Light Construction article with David Hansen on HRV installation. The article noted, “Stale air is exhausted from bathrooms, the laundry, and the kitchen. (An HRV is not intended to handle grease or smoke, so a range hood should be separately exhausted to the exterior.) Fresh air is supplied to the bedrooms, living room, and other living areas.” This advice is consistent with the long-standing recommendations of most HRV manufacturers.The advice is logical: after all, it makes sense to exhaust air from the smelliest rooms in the home and to supply the fresh air to the rooms where people spend most of their indoor hours.Although this traditional ventilation duct layout works well, I’ve begun to rethink the issue lately. It may be time to experiment with different ducting methods for HRV systems — especially for homes with single-point heating systems.There is a strong trend among designers of superinsulated houses to use ductless minisplit systems for space heating and cooling. These systems can work well even when outdoor temperatures drop to -17°F or -20°F. Moreover, the systems are inexpensive, easy to install, and very energy efficient.What type of ventilation system is best in such a home? Since there is no heating or cooling ductwork, a central-fan-integrated supply ventilation system is obviously out. The usual choices: either an exhaust-only system (for example, a bath exhaust fan that runs for much of the day) or a heat-recovery ventilator (HRV) with dedicated ventilation ductwork. (Throughout this article, I’ll use the term “HRV” to include energy-recovery ventilators as well as heat-recovery ventilators.)As more HVAC engineers and builders wrestle with the details of designing a house with a single-point heat source (for example, a… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Members
Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The race to one million apps between Google’s Android operating system and Apple’s iOS is apparently over. At an event in San Francisco today, Google’s VP of Android product development Hugo Barra announced that the Google Play store had more than one million apps in its app store.(See also: Google Unveils New Chrome And Android Devices)Apple said at its World Wide Developer Conference in June this year that it had hit 900,000 apps and reiterated that number on its quarterly earnings call yesterday. That includes 375,000 iPad optimized apps. Google’s product manager for Google Play said that the company will add a tablet-optimized section for apps in Google Play’s top lists. In January of this year, ReadWrite predicted that Android would hit the one million app mark ahead of Apple’s iOS, based on growth projections. Tags:#Android#Google Play Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement dan rowinski The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
References:Bruce, K. (n.d.) 5 Things You Should Rent Instead of Buy (And 10 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Rent). Retrieved from http://www.lifehack.org/articles/money/5-things-you-should-rent-instead-buy-and-10-things-you-didnt-know-you-could-rent.htmlYeager, J. (2015). 10 things you should rent instead of buy. Retrieved from http://www.aarp.org/money/budgeting-saving/info-2015/items-to-rent-vs-buy-photo.htmlPresidio of Monterey. (n.d.) Car leases. Retrieved from http://www.monterey.army.mil/Legal/consumer_law/Car_Leases.pdf By Carol ChurchIn part 1 of this series, we discussed the increasing popularity of renting some consumer goods, and why renting appeals to military families. In part 2, we’ll talk about things to consider when making the rent vs. buy decision, and items experts commonly advise for and against renting.What to Consider When Deciding Whether to Rent or BuyWhen is it a good time to rent, and when isn’t it? Experts advise considering these factors: How often will you use the item?If you’ll only pull out that (tent, kayak, circular saw, etc.) two or three times a year, renting is probably the better choice. If you anticipate frequent or long use, don’t rent.Temmu R/Pexels.com, CC0How many times or for how long would you have to rent it before rental costs equal the cost of purchase?For something like a large fishing boat, you’d have to rent it many times to even approach the cost of purchase. On the other hands, items available at typical rent-to-own stores could typically easily be bought for what you’d pay to rent for a fairly short time. What is your commitment to this item or to the activity that the item is for?Ask yourself honestly: will I continue to use this? If the time of high interest is short (as with a video game) or if you’re really not sure if the interest or need will last (as with a fancy tool or a piece of equipment for a new sport), it may be wise to consider renting. How difficult is the item to store and maintain?How much space do you have? Will you be moving soon, and if so, are you going to want to bring this item? Does the item need care and maintenance on a regular basis—and do you want to provide it? Might you actually have to pay to store it? All these factors should be considered. Who are you renting from and what are the terms and conditions?Some rental services are convenience-oriented, some are for luxury-lovers, some are looking to rake in as much profit as possible, and others are trying to appeal to people on a budget. Renters should consider who they’re renting from when thinking about whether this rental is a good choice.They should also look carefully at the conditions and terms. Are there late fees? What if the item breaks while you have it? Have you looked at the company’s reputation online to make sure they’re not known for poor business practices?What to Rent, and What Not ToAlthough every situation is a little bit different, in general, there are some items that financial experts do and don’t advise people to rent.Good candidates for renting:BoatsThere’s a reason a boat is sometimes jokingly described as “a hole in the water that you throw money into.” Although renting a boat can look costly upfront, these expenses still aren’t likely to compare to the sums you’ll spend on buying, maintaining, and storing your own watercraft.Musical instrumentsIs Junior starting the saxophone? Music teachers and money coaches alike suggest renting a quality instrument from a reliable music store until you’re sure the habit will “stick.”Movies and video gamesFor most people, these are short-use or even one-use items. Accumulating the physical version may not make sense.Vacation homesDoes owning your own cabin in the woods seem tempting? Unless you have the time, energy, and know-how to rent it out to others, this is often another money sink.Poor candidates for renting:Furniture and personal electronicsExperts have long warned against “rent-to-own” businesses that offer short- and long-term rentals of items like electronics and furniture while allowing you the option to buy those items. While they may be appealing to those with limited cash or poor credit, the concern is that consumers end up paying way more than the items is worth if they eventually do buy it. The businesses are also often accused of various shady practices, and even of preying in particular on the military.However, this equation may sometimes look a little different for those in very short-term living situations. In a few limited cases, it might sometimes make sense to rent furniture briefly. However, it’s almost never a good idea to try to buy what you’ve rented, as you will overpay.Leased carsFinancial experts typically advise against leasing cars, considering it an option mainly for self-employed people who can consider it a business expense, or those with a lot of disposable income. Why? Although monthly payments may appear lower, hidden costs can be high and include mileage overages, early termination penalties (almost all leases run 3 years), damage fees (they can keep your security deposit), higher insurance, unneeded extended warranties, and more. What’s more, leases often have special dangers for service members, since their location and needs may change with no notice (did you know you typically cannot move a car lease to another state?) The Service Members Civil Relief Act (SCRA) does provide some protections for military in this situation, but it’s likely to be best not to even get started with car leasing.Stay tuned for part 3 of this series, where we’ll introduce you to some of the interesting rental options available today. Renting or Owning….New Questions to Ask
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