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Dog owner charged with murder of jogger - "what pit-bull's do best is (LOVE FIERCELY!) Humans are always the problem!"

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Dog owner charged with murder of jogger

The dog pack murder of a jogger in Southern California earlier this month results in murder charges against the owner of the dogs involved.

By Associated Press / May 31, 2013
Dog pack murder: One of the six pit bulls confiscated from a Littlerock, Calif. home after a fatal attack on a 63-year-old jogger is held at the Lancaster animal shelter. A Southern California man was arrested May 30, 2013 on a felony murder warrant stemming from death.
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 The owner of four pit bulls that killed a woman jogger in a gruesome mauling was charged with murder in a highly unusual case that strains the memories of law enforcement officials to find comparable uses of the felony murder law.

"I found this lovely picture, this is what pit-bull's do best is (LOVE FIERCELY!) Humans are always the problem! "My pitbull's loved people and my kids. It should be illegal to purposefully raise dogs to be killers. Kill two birds with one stone. Convicted criminals are forced to work in nursing homes. Community service working with the elderly instead of useless prison sentences. This would break this cycle overnight."Vick got away to easy, kids mimic that bastard. He would have benefited from clean elderly poop for 5yrs at a nursing home and diaper duty. That would cool down those naughty ways. The smell of elderly poop, could cure anyone while reducing the cost of health care."
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JPMorgan Chase accused of rigging energy markets

JPMorgan Chase developed schemes to sell electricity at falsely attractive prices in Michigan and California, according to The New York Times. The market manipulation could result in JPMorgan Chase receiving penalties from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. 

By Correspondent / May 6, 2013
The lobby of JPMorgan Chase headquarters is shown in New York. The nation's largest bank is facing the possibilities of stiff penalties from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, a low-profile agency charged with regulating the sale of electricity.
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JPMorgan Chase is reportedly accused of manipulating energy prices to make money-losing power plants seem profitable.
David J. Unger is a correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor, writing primarily for the Monitor's Energy Voices.
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Between 2010 and 2011, JPMorgan Chase sold electricity to authorities in California and Michigan at prices “calculated to falsely appear attractive,” reads a confidential government document acquired by The New York Times.
The alleged market manipulation cost the states $83 million in excess payments.
The nation's largest bank could face stiff penalties from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), a low-profile agency charged with regulating the sale of electricity. FERC has not yet made a public statement about the investigation, but analysts suggest the regulator is likely to pursue charges. Call it the "Enron effect."
"In 2001, FERC acted as if market manipulation was a sort of boys-will-be-boys situation," Frank Lindh, general counsel at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), said in a telephone interview. "Now, they seem to be taking it more seriously."
While not directly involved in the current investigation, CPUC continues to seek billions of refunds from companies involved in the 2000-2001 California energy crisis, Mr. Lindh said. In that case, market manipulation caused a shortage in electricity and multiple widespread blackouts in the state.
Enron Corp., the most infamous of the energy companies involved, used accounting loopholes to hide billions of dollars in debt from shareholders. The company's stock plummeted to less than a dollar in mid-2000 and it filed for bankruptcy in December 2001.
The fallout pushed Congress to expand FERC's regulatory powers. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 allowed FERC to pursue market manipulation cases and impose penalties in addition to ordering refunds.
The agency has been active recently, issuing its largest fine ever to London-based Barclays Plc last December. The bank faces $488 million in penalties for a “three-part manipulative scheme” to rig energy markets.
In January, Deutsche Bank agreed to pay $1.6 million in penalties for manipulation of California power markets.
"If you’re committed to markets, you would take umbrage if people abused your discretion," said Marc Spitzer, a former FERC commissioner and partner at Washington-based Steptoe & Johnson LLP.
It's not unusual for FERC to send warning letters to companies that are under investigation, Mr. Spitzer noted, but a lot of those cases are resolved amicably upon additional review.
"The cases where FERC votes on order to show cause reflects a small percentage of investigations that are opened."
JPMorgan has until at least mid-May to respond to the charges, according to the document reviewed by The New York Times.
A FERC spokesman declined to speak on the matter. JPMorgan did not respond to a request for comment. 

Bed bugs on the eve of summer vacation: A mom’s guide [+video] -

Bed bugs on the eve of summer vacation: A mom’s guide [+video] -

Bed bugs on the eve of summer vacation: A mom’s guide [+video]

Bed bugs come to visit one Virginia family and Mom does a quick inventory of prevention methods  – a helpful tool as you push off for summer vacation and beds others use.

By Guest Blogger / May 22, 2013
As the kids watched their beds, blankets, and dressers make their way to the curb, our son Avery, 14, said, “Man, I never realized grandmothers meant it literally when they say ‘Goodnight. Sleep tight. Don’t let the bed bugs bite.’ ”
Lisa Suhay, who has four sons at home in Norfolk, Va., is a children’s book author and founder of the Norfolk (Va.) Initiative for Chess Excellence (NICE) , a nonprofit organization serving at-risk youth via mentoring and teaching the game of chess for critical thinking and life strategies.
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Bed bugs are real, easily transferred to our homes, and expensive to cope with. However, everything we need to know comes from my granny, her sayings, and some moms who went buggy over these critters.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, bed bugs — blood-sucking insects that feed on humans while they sleep — are literally everywhere. “Everyone is at risk for getting bed bugs when visiting an infected area," the CDC reports. "However, anyone who travels frequently and shares living and sleeping quarters where other people have previously slept has a higher risk of being bitten and or spreading a bed bug infestation.”
Contrary to urban legend, bed bugs are not microscopic; those are mites. Bed bugs are reddish-brown, wingless, about the size of an apple seed, and can live several months without a blood meal.
I can tell you that while bites are painless, welts left behind are itchy, but they don’t transmit diseases. Some people are mildly allergic to them. The welts from bed bugs sometimes get written off as mosquito bites.
That was all the bad stuff. Now let’s talk about getting them to bug-off. I was perfectly serious about taking our cues from nursery rhymes and old wives' expressions because those old girls have forgotten more than we even know.
The bed bug, Cimex lectularius, was my childhood nickname given to me by my maternal grandmother, Anne. She called me “My little vance (vants)” which is Yiddish for bed bug. This makes little sense because she was a blonde, blue-eyed, Roman Catholic to the bone. According to her, it was also a Polish expression of endearment. I looked it up and in Polish the word for bed bug is pluskwa.
While she might have been a little off-base on nicknames, I am rapidly coming to the conclusion that Grandma Anneisms had some practical sense when it came to bed bug riddance.
“Some Like it Hot,” was one of my Grandma Anne’s favorite films and it works as an extermination plan for bed bugs because bed bugs hate warmth, according to Scientific American.
However professional heat treatments are costly, between $2,000 and $4,000 per single-family home, according to Scientific American, which also tells us that today’s bed bug has become “pesticide resistant,” while heat remains effective.
The best and thriftiest solution comes from friend Theresa who had them through two moves until she learned to put things in the dryer for 25 minutes and then put the still hot items into a plastic bag in a warm place for a few hours. She actually had bags in her car in the sun for the day and that did the job better than chemical treatments that had repeatedly failed to get the job done.
That means if it can go in the dryer on high for 25 minutes you’re probably going to be able to keep it. If the bed doesn’t fit in there it’s time to call the trash guys for a bulk pickup or rent a dumpster.
“Snug as a bug in a rug.” Well that says it all for how we got bed bugs at our house after accepting a beautiful, but infested rug from a neighbor. Beware the magic carpet that will take you on a hellish ride through bed bug land.
We put it in the room shared by Avery and Ian, 18,  over the tatty old tan wall-to-wall carpeting to hide the stains and make the room bearably warm in winter.
At first we thought the plush oriental carpet was itchy because of its age and not being aired. Later we thought it might have mites so we sprinkled it with powdered insecticide. This had the effect of sending the bugs deeper into the carpet where they lay dormant through the cold winter as our furnace repeatedly broke down – thus keeping the house quite cold.

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East Haven, CT -Malik Jones case could end up before U.S. Supreme Court- The New Haven Register - Serving New Haven, Connecticut

East Haven-Malik Jones case could end up before U.S. Supreme Court- The New Haven Register - Serving New Haven, Connecticut

East Haven-Malik Jones case could end up before U.S. Supreme Court

NEW HAVEN -- The attorney for the estate of Malik Jones Thursday filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the justices to take up a lower court’s denial of damages to the Jones family for his shooting death by an East Haven patrol officer.

When asked what are the chances the high court will accept his petition, attorney David Rosen said, “It’s always a surprise when the Supreme Court takes a case, unless it’s health care or gay marriage.”

But he said the denial by the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals last August, reaffirmed in January, “is in conflict with six other appeals courts around the country” who ruled on civil rights cases.

Because in his view this is an important issue, with implications “beyond East Haven and police departments,” Rosen said the justices might decide to take it up.
But Hugh Keefe, the attorney who has represented East Haven in this case for many years, said, “As I noted before, this case is over, for all practical purposes.”

Keefe said it’s very unlikely the Supreme Court will take the case or, if it did, to rule in favor of the Jones estate.

“On this one, the odds are on East Haven by a substantial margin,” Keefe said.

Jones, 21, had a confrontation with East Haven police on April 14, 1997. Police said Jones ignored their attempts to pull him over. They chased Jones’ car from East Haven to Fair Haven, where East Haven Officer Robert Flodquist approached Jones’ car. Flodquist said Jones drove toward him and Flodquist fired at him because he believed his life was in danger. Rosen said Flodquist fired at least four times.

The case led to racial tensions because Jones was black and Flodquist is white. Jones’ mother, Emma Jones, had led annual marches and rallies to commemorate the day he died.

Rosen said the key issue in his petition is this: if there’s evidence racial bias is pervasive in a police department or public agency, does the complainant have to prove the head of the agency knew what was going on -- or is it enough that he should have known? The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals panelists ruled the Jones side didn’t prove that then-East Haven Police Chief James Criscuolo “knew about racist conduct in his department,” Rosen said. Continued...

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