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No, Flesh-Eating Sea Bugs Aren’t Going to Devour Your Legs – Lifehacker

August 7th, 2017 by admin

An Australian teen was recently hospitalized after a mysterious swarm of creatures seemed to bite his legs and cause serious bleeding. While the incident has produced some shock and awe, theres no reason to get too worked up about it.

This is part of Lifehackers new Never Fear series. The world is a scary place, but we tend to misplace our fear in things that dont really deserve our precious time and energy. Lets fight those fears together with a little knowledge.

Bed bugs are some of the most horrifying pests out there. They suck your blood, spread from place

As soon as the incident occurred, the media and internet users were quick to blame sea lice, a small crustacean that lives as an external parasite on fish and other marine animals.

They feed on mucus, epidermal tissue, and are literal bloodsuckers, but they rarely attempt to feed on people. Video of the creatures in question was soon put online by the victims father, showing the tiny monsters devouring chunks of raw meat. Its pretty gross:

Frightening indeed, but the Museums Victoria, located in Carlton, Victoria, Australia, quickly identified the creatures as lysianassid amphipods or sea fleas, a type of scavenging crustaceannot sea lice. According to marine biologist Genefor Walker-Smith, who examined a sample collected by the teens father, sea fleas have bitten people before, but this type of attack is unusual:

It was just unlucky. Its possible he disturbed a feeding group but they are generally not out there waiting to attack like piranhas.

Alistair Poore, a University of New South Wales associate professor, told The New York Times that there may have been greater numbers of them in the area than normalperhaps caused by a large number of dead fish in the area. And Poore goes on to say that these animals are no different than the leeches and mosquitoes youd find on land. Theyre not fun, but they arent exactly life-threatening either.

So why was does this case of sea flea bites seem so extreme? Walker-Smith suggests a few possibilities. First, the teen may have unknowingly stepped on or near a fish carcass where a swarm of fleas was already in feeding frenzy mode. Second, the water was very cold so the teen probably couldnt feel the bites as they occurred. Lastly, the amphipods may have employed an anti-coagulant similar to the way leeches feed, causing a great deal of blood to flow.

The teen told the press that he was just trying to soak his sore legs for a half-hour or so in Dendy Streets Beach in Brighton after a football match. Walker-Smith says its possible the teen had injuries or small cuts on his legs that drew the scavenging fleas to him initially, and the more they bit the more they caused him to bleed, drawing more in on the feast. Marine biologist Michael Keough, from the University of Melbourne, explained the process to The Age:

Theyre scavengers wholl clean up dead fish and feed on living tissue... if hes been standing around for a long time, its the chance for more of them to come in and start biting. Just be attracted to a little bit of blood. And if hes standing in the water and hes cold and may not notice a whole lot of little bites.

In truth, youre more likely to encounter swimmers itch, also known as cercarial dermatitis, which is a harmless skin rash caused by microscopic water parasites and their larvae. The larvae burrow into your skin, causing an allergic reaction, then die because youre not a suitable host. It sounds a lot scarier than it is. And most of the bites, or sea bathers eruptions, you think you get from sea lice or sea fleas are probably actually caused by jellyfish larvae.

Its hard to complain about a day at the beach, but sand can be a big pain. It sticks to your body

Sea fleas are in every ocean all over the planet and number in the hundreds of millions, so you cant really avoid them entirely if you want to go swimming at the beach. That said, there are a few things you can do to greatly reduce your chance of being bitten:

Remember, these little guys are mostly harmless, and most of the experts weighing in on the event say theres no reason to avoid going in the water. For most people, sea fleas are nothing but an annoyance. Think of them as sea mosquitoes, not teeny-tiny piranhas. Theyre not venomous, rarely this voracious, and this incident was simply a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Also, theyre a vital part of the marine environment. Walker-Smith explains that ...if we didnt have them we would have a sea filled with dead and decaying fish. Yuckthat sounds much worse to me.

Sharks dont really like the taste of people, but their poor vision and the splashing of beachgoers

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Couple Accused of Putting Flea-Infested Kids in Back of U-Haul – NBC New York

August 5th, 2017 by admin

Two city workers thought something was amiss when they saw five children getting into the back of a U-Haul truck at a gas station in Ohio. They stopped the driver from leaving and called 911.

Elyria police and firefighters arrived Wednesday afternoon and found the children, ranging in age from 2 to 15, soaked with sweat, infested with lice and covered with flea and bedbug bites.

A woman who described herself as the children's godmother was in the back of the U-Haul being driven by a 55-year-old man. Her fiance was a passenger in the truck's cab.

The woman, 25-year-old Jamie Adkins, explained to officers that she had been caring for the four younger children the last two weeks and that they had left Cleveland early that morning to travel to a flea market in Amherst, a city in Lorain County near Elyria. Adkins said she had called the children's mother, who hadn't seen them for two weeks, and had told her where they were going and how they'd be getting there.

Adkins told police the mother said she hoped the kids "would have fun."

The 2-year-old, a boy, was taken to an Elyria medical center and then flown to a children's hospital in Cleveland to be treated for heat exhaustion.

Elyria is about 30 miles (48 kilometers) west of downtown Cleveland.

Adkins and the U-Haul driver, 55-year-old Brian Dekam, both Cleveland residents, were taken into custody and charged with multiple counts of child endangering. They were eventually released for medical reasons, police said. Court records don't indicate whether they have attorneys.

The four older children, ages 3, 4, 6 and 15, have been placed in foster care in Cuyahoga County, which includes Cleveland. The 2-year-old also will be placed in county custody after leaving the hospital.

Elyria police Capt. Chris Constantino on Friday called the two city workers heroes for having "intervened in the right way." He said the 2-year-old was bright red, nonresponsive and in "serious medical duress" on a day when temperatures rose above 80 degrees.

"If they hadn't taken action, it could have been tragic," Constantino said.

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How (Not) to Find Psychiatric Help in New York City – TheFix.com

August 5th, 2017 by admin

My husband tried to hang himself last week. Suicidal over the unmanageability of his life as a chronic alcoholic, he looped a noose around an exercise bar in our kitchen doorway. But he couldn't get the right angle, and he gave up and went back to drinking.

I found out about this when I arrived home the next day after a dogsitting gig. My husband sat there on the couch sobbing as he told me what he had done.

I am no stranger to suicide attempts, addiction, or depression myself. Once, I swallowed a bottle of Depakote, a mood stabilizer, and came to in the ICU just in time to hear a doctor telling my family that I might be permanently brain damaged.

It took 15 years and 12 hospitalizations to finally get sober, find the right meds, and become stable.

At the end of my rope dealing with my addicted, suicidal husband, I had been begging him to check into a hospital or rehab for months. Despite the fact that it took 12 hospitalizations for me to get well, I really had no other game plan for him.

Jimmy surprised me when he finally agreed to go to a hospital. The door of willingness, shut tight for so long, finally opened a crack. Amazingly, he was finally ready to ask for help.

We called Jimmy's sponsor, Gus, and Gus offered to drive us to a nearby university hospital, which supposedly has a good rehab program.

For a city the size of New York, there are surprisingly few detoxes and rehabs. Only about a dozen hospitals serve the needs of thousands of addicts who need help.

The whole drive down the Staten Island Expressway, I expected Jimmy to change his mind. But we safely arrived at the ER and began the process of being evaluated.

A nurse took blood, vitals, procured a urine sample. Jimmy sat there on a gurney, with me by his side, waiting for a psychiatrist to come talk to him.

After six hours, the doctor finally arrived to assess Jimmy's condition. He explained about the noose, the drinking. She did a mental status exam: Remember these three words: rabbit, truck, cloud. Count backwards from 100 in multiples of 7. Who is the president? What were those three words I asked you to remember?

At last, the doctor explained Jimmy's options. He could either go to the psych ward, or he could choose to go to detox followed by rehab.

Jimmy chose the detox and rehab. The doctor left to process paperwork and Jimmy smiled for the first time in weeks.

I feel hopeful, he told me, and I was so grateful. Perhaps there would be a good ending to this crisis after all.

And then came the bad news: No bed available in detox.

OK, I said to the nurse. He'll go to the psych ward.

No, she explained. The doctor has discharged him. He can come back tomorrow morning to try to get a bed.

How could they release him when he was suicidal? Didn't they hear him? He had tried to hang himself!

I was very angry, and scared. But it soon became clear that there was no getting around the doctor's decision to discharge him.

And so, after eight hours in the the hospital's ER, Gus drove us back to Brooklyn.

I should really kill myself now so you can sue the hospital, Jimmy said, and I knew he was only partially joking.

Gus explained that he couldn't take us back to Staten Island the following morning due to his job. And there was no way for us to get all the way out there without a car.

Gus suggested we try the detox at another nearby Hospital, and surprisingly, Jimmy agreed. But after sitting in that ER for two hours without even being acknowledged by staff, Jimmy decided he had had enough.

We went home. And I spent that night wide awake, listening to his snoring, afraid that if I wasn't vigilant, he would get up and try to kill himself again.

The next morning we reviewed our options. We called a few rehabs, listed on a printout given to us by the first hospital.

No beds were available.

And then a friend suggested a hospital in Manhattan. It supposedly has a good psych/addiction unit.

Amazingly, Jimmy was still willing to get help even after we wasted a day on Staten Island.

And so we took the subway into Manhattan and checked into the ER.

At first it seemed promising. The main ER was clean, bright, and staff was kind. We got through the intake process quickly and were then informed Jimmy would be going to the Psych ER.

Immediately upon entering the locked unit, we were overwhelmed by the smell of urine and body odor.

The room was painted a shade of puke green. And it was filled with several people brought in by police, handcuffed to gurneys.

A homeless man named Ronald came out of the bathroom butt naked and ran around the room, chased by staff who tried to put a gown on him.

Another man named Arthur kept yelling, I need a ticket to Albany to go to my economics class! And,

Somebody give me an iced cappucino!

He threw cups and garbage at staff when they asked him to empty his pockets and put on hospital pajamas. They bribed him with a tray of food: If he emptied his pockets and took off his boots, he would get the lunch tray.

Finally Arthur dumped about 20 granola bars and a jar of Folgers coffee from his pockets. But he continued to menace the staff and other patients.

And one of the handcuffed patients kept yelling and making inappropriate sexual comments to women in the room until the staff was able to stick him in the ass with a dose of Ativan.

To be fair, the staff were very respectful of the patients, despite the fact that many of the patients were really abusive. One staff member washed Ronald's sweat suit and brought him a new pair of shoes. He even helped Ronald put his socks and shoes on, despite the fact that Ronald's feet were pretty gnarly. And another psych aide didn't take the bait when Arthur called him the N word, even providing some ice to put in Arthur's coffee to placate his demands for an iced cappuccino.

At first it seemed the the doctors were going to send Jimmy upstairs to a rehab ward. We were told that the rehab ward would be calmer and less scary. So we sat there for hours amidst the chaos, waiting for this to happen.

Then we were informed that, instead of going upstairs, the doctors were going to keep him in the Psych ER for 24-72 hours for further observation.

Please don't leave him in there, I begged the nurse. But the plan was firm. He would have to stay with Ronald, Arthur, and the handcuffed patients in the urine-soaked, puke green Psych ER.

When I left Jimmy, I looked at him behind the locked door, and he looked so sad and alone.

He called me that night from the patients' pay phone.

This is your fault I'm in this shithole, he ranted. You made me do this. I felt heartbroken, but then my sister reminded me that I used to say the same thing to my family when I was locked up in psych wards. Just as it was clear it was not my family's fault that happened to me, so it was clearly not my fault Jimmy was in this situation.

Jimmy is a tough guy, and I knew he could take care of himself if the other patients got violent.

But I couldn't help but worry that he might get himself into trouble while locked up in there.

Two days later he was released. The hospitalization did nothing for him. He was given no medication and zero counseling. The doctors recommended he go to the Chemically Dependent Outpatient Program, but other than that referral it was a waste of time, not to mention being very traumatic.

Jimmy couldn't wait to take a shower when he got home to wash the Psych ER off himself. He quickly washed his clothes in case they had been in contact with bedbugs or body lice.

Amazingly, he was still willing to ask for help, and he followed through with applying to the outpatient program. Time will tell if this new treatment component helps him stay sober.

It turned out to be a blessing for me that I was in there, Jimmy told me. It made me realize there's still hope for me. So many of those other people in there are beyond help.

But it strikes me that when someone suicidal and struggling with addiction is finally willing to ask for help, it shouldn't be this hard to find it. It's truly shameful that in a city like New York, it is so hard to find help for mental health and addiction issues.

Jimmy had insurance, and a wife to advocate for him. And he still got the Psych Ward run-around.

What about those homeless people in the Psych ER and on the street? With no insurance, no one to advocate for them. If Jimmy has to jump through so many hoops to get help, what chance in hell do those people have?

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OHIO CITY The Ohio City Park Association and the Lambert Days Committee has finalized plans for the 2017 festival.

Lambert Days is always the third full weekend in July. This years dates are July 21-23. This is also the 50th anniversary of Ohio Citys celebration of the life of John W. Lambert and his invention of Americas first automobile.

This years edition of Lambert Days will feature a communitywide garage sale. For more information, contact Laura Morgan at 419.965.2515. There will also be food all weekend in the newly renovated Community Building on Ohio 118.

Friday, July 21

Festivities start off with a steak dinner (carryout is available), starting at 4 p.m. Friday. Ohio Citys American LegionHarvey Lewis Post 346 will have aflag-raising ceremony at 5 Friday evening, while kids games and inflatables will also open at 5. At 6 p.m., the Lambert Days Wiffleball Homerun Derby will take place. For more information, contactLorenzo Frye 419.771.7037.

There will also be entertainment at 6 p.m. featuring Cass Blue. At 7, there will be a adult Wiffleball tournament. For more information, contact Brian Bassett419.203.8203. A Texas Hold em Tournament will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, along with Monte Carlo Night, which begins at 8 p.m. For more information, contact Jeff Agler at 419.513.0580.

Entertainment for Friday night starts at 8 and will be the band Colt & Crew. There will also be a fireworks display at 10:15 p.m. Friday (Saturday night is the rain date).

Saturday, July 22

Saturday morning begins with a softball tournament at 8. For more information, contact Brian Bassettat 419.203.8203. There will also be a coed volleyball tournament that starts at 9 a.m. Saturday. For more information, contact Tim Matthews at 419.203.2976. The Lambert Days Kids Wiffleball Tournament starts at 10 a.m. Saturday. For more information, contact Lorenzo Frye at 419.771.7037.

Kids games and Inflatables continue at 11 Saturday morning. Cornhole tournament registration and 3-on-3 basketball tournament registration start at noon, while both tournaments begin at 1 p.m. For more information on cornhole, contact Josh Agler at 567.259.9941 and for 3-on-3 basketball, contact Scott Bigham at 419.953.9511.

The Hog Roast Dinner starts at 4 p.m. Saturday and carryout is available. There will also be music under the tent by Jeff Unterbrink at 4. Bingo will start at 5 p.m., and the night ends with entertainment by Megan White and Cadillac Ranch.

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Bed Bugs in the Workplace – It’s Real | BrightMove – Brightmove Recruiting News (blog)

August 4th, 2017 by admin

Posted by: Robert Friedman in Recruiting Software Blog, August 3, 2017

Bed bugs They are creepy and crawly, and if you are not careful, they could be coming home from work with you. At least that is what happened at New-York-based media firm, Buzzfeed, last month.

In mid-June, Buzzfeed employees logged on to find an email from the company communications officer alerting workers that the office would be fumigated the following day in the fastest and environmentally safest manner.

Just like no fancy hotel wants it known that there are bed bugs on the premises, neither do employers. For HR in cities with a high incidence of bed bugs, the little bloodsuckers could prove a nightmare. According to pest control company, Orkin, the current top-ten cities for this notorious pest, including residence and commercial properties, include:

While you might think bed bugs should be sticking close to bedrooms, they dont. They could be in your office chair, or in the crack of your desk drawer. While not inclined to bite during the day, they can hitch a ride home with youleading to problems with residential or building infestation.

Bed bugsthey arent just for bedrooms anymore

The bed bug, Cimex lectularius, is a flat, brownish-red insect that feeds on the blood of sleeping humans and animals. As adults, they are about the size of an apple seed, and they hide anywhere they can drop and wait for a nocturnal meal. Bed bugs are not known to spread disease, and they are terrifically difficult to eradicate.

Although Buzzfeed may have fumigated their offices, bed bugs are a whole-building problem that requires vigilance and best practices on the part of all occupants of the space. Once an infestation has occurred in a public space or building, the chore is deterrence and surveillancewithout both, theyll be back.

Pop quizwhich of these types of places has not been known to harbor bed bugs?

Okayyou knew it was a trick question, right? Bed bugs are found anywhere humans and animals are found. While these sites might not harbor large populations, they can provide a ready pool of bugs to jump in your purse, on your coat, backpack, or on your shoe. In the last decade, bedbugs have made an aggressive return to cities, spurred by increasing resistance to pesticides, transmission by traveling populations, and rebound after DDT went out of style as a preventative.

Bed bugs are not new, they are just back. Remember the sweet night time saying, dont let the bed bugs bite? Well, it isnt so sweet. Older generations knew to keep their purse and hat in their lap in the theatre, instead of the seat or couch next to them. Bed bugs like to hop a ride, and can easily do so in a crowded theatre, subway, or other venue.

Who you gonna call?

Unless it cannot be avoided, most commercial and residential property owners do not alert social media when they have a bed bug problem. Even the most expensive hotels have bed bug problems, which are quietly and quickly managed. So what can you do if you happen to work in a charming olderor newerbuilding that could have a bed bug problem?

Office management and HR must respond to signs of bed bugs. Quick action is essential to avoid damage to brand reputation, a bigger infestation, or potential legal claims from affected workers. For HR, the most effective tool is education, letting workers know of the problem and providing information about recognizing bedbugs in their home or workspace. Bed bugs can be brought to work unknowingly by workers who do not realize they have an infestation at home. If a source is identified, the worker may need confidential help ridding their home of the bugs, without bringing them back to your workspace.

Bugs are not just inside computersthey could be behind yours. Know what to look for and how to handle your workplace if it turns out bed bugs are bugging you.

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UWS Council hopefuls spar at debate – New York Press

August 2nd, 2017 by admin

Published Aug 1, 2017 at 2:35 pm (Updated Aug 1, 2017)

Candidates clash over campaign contributions, museum expansion plan

Candidates for the District 6 City Council seat gathered at Fordham Universitys Lincoln Center Campus for a debate. From left: Bill Raudenbush, David Owens, Helen Rosenthal, Cary Goodman and Mel Wymore. Photo: Michael Garofalo

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All five candidates seeking to represent the Upper West Side in the City Council faced off for the first time July 31 in a spirited public debate. Incumbent Helen Rosenthal was joined at Fordham Universitys Lincoln Center Campus by the four challengers seeking to unseat her this fall in her reelection bid, Cary Goodman, David Owens, Bill Raudenbush and Mel Wymore, for a discussion on land use and quality of life in Council District 6.

There was broad agreement among the candidates on many of the topics discussed all are opposed to overdevelopment, for helping small businesses, and in favor of affordable housing but they differed over how to achieve those goals and, of course, who among them would best represent the communitys interests in City Hall. The fact is, everyone is gonna stand up here and more or less tell you what you want to hear, Raudenbush said. The question is: who do you believe?

Rosenthal touted her support of the zoning change initiatives designed to promote affordable housing during her first term, and said that she focuses on realistic technical solutions to problems. The only solutions that count and are worth your time listening to are solutions that we can actually implement, she said, adding, Theres never gonna be a kumbaya moment when youre dealing with difficult issues.

Wymore, who lost narrowly to Rosenthal in the 2013 Democratic primary and, like Rosenthal, is a former chair of Community Board 7, said that he is focused on technical solutions, citing his work on zoning issues and community organizing against overdevelopment. Helen says that its wishful thinking to think that we can reform land-use laws, but we made those laws in the first place, and the only reason it would be wishful thinking is if you feel beholden to real estate industry lobbyists, he said.

Wymore and Rosenthal clashed over campaign contributions. In response to a question about money in politics, Wymore spoke of the importance of independence from the real estate industry and said that he had returned contribution from developers during his 2013 campaign.

Rosenthal countered, Its funny, the notion that you would return a donation from a developer. No developer has ever thought to donate to my campaign. Thats why Ive never returned one.

Wymore responded by referencing a $1,000 contribution Rosenthal received earlier this year from Dana Lowey, the CEO and president of the real estate firm Holliswood Development, along with other donations Rosenthal has accepted in the past from individuals with connections to the development industry.

Shes not a high-rise luxury developer, Rosenthal said of Lowey. Holliswoods website says that the company is best known for luxury conversions of multi-unit residential properties into single family mansions on Manhattans Upper West Side.

Campaign finance records show that while Wymore returned contributions from several developers during the 2013 campaign, he received but did not return contributions from real estate developers Jeffrey Levine and Robert Quinlan. A Wymore spokesman said that the campaign attempted to return Levines contribution and said that the failure to return Quinlans donation was an error. Wymore said in a written statement, While I regret that we missed this contribution, it doesnt change my goals as a community advocate. If any developers donate to my 2017 campaign I will return those checks, and I remain proud of my 2013 team and the work they did on that campaign.

Raudenbush, an information governance consultant who has worked on community efforts to block the American Museum of Natural Historys Gilder Center expansion plan and the planned high-rise development at 200 Amsterdam Ave., said that he would bring independence to the City Council, which he called a wholly-owned subsidiary of the development business and the real estate industrial complex. Raudenbush said he would champion a 500-foot height limit on new buildings on the Upper West Side, along with a proposal to block development plans that would cast new shadows on public parkland.

Goodman, a longtime Upper West Side resident and director of the 161st Street Business Improvement District, is another vocal opponent of the American Museum of Natural Historys planned Gilder Center expansion, which is in the environmental review process. Goodman repeatedly branded the plan as toxic for the surrounding environment.

Raudenbush said that he supports the museums mission, but said that any expansion should take place within the institutions current footprint and not encroach upon the park. Were not anti-museum, were pro-park, he said.

Owens, a longtime Upper West Side resident who founded and coaches the New York Grays Baseball Club, a youth team that seeks to use the sport as a vehicle to put children on track towards college, said he supports the expansion, but said that environmental studies and traffic mitigation need to be properly completed and added that he would like the museums plan to include jobs for local residents. If we happen to lose some of the park, I know its not a very popular stance right here, but its going towards progress, he said. Owens said that the districts next City Council member needs to improve neighborhood engagement in civic life. I think theres a lack of communication from all constituents on the Upper West Side, he said. Theres 180,000 of us and only a few people are represented, it seems, or involved in the process.

Wymore has concerns about the size of the expansion and its impacts on traffic and environmental sustainability and said that he would freeze public funding for the project pending additional public hearings and input.

Rosenthal supports the opportunity to expand the museum as a community resource and research venue, but says that the museums plan needs to do more to ease traffic congestion and ensure community safety during construction. She noted that politicians have allocated public resources to the museum for years. Her response was met with boos from some audience members.

The candidates were not the only ones who elicited strong responses from the audience. After the discussion of the Gilder Center, moderator Lesley Massiah-Arthur, associate vice president of government relations and urban affairs at Fordham, posed a question about whether Raudenbush and Goodman, who have focused heavily on the issue, would withdraw their candidacies if the other candidates adopted stances identical to their own in opposing the Gilder Center plan. The premise prompted a loud and persistent protest from some members of the crowd, who shouted over Massiah-Arthur as she repeated her question. Massiah-Arthur eventually moved on from the topic. Raudenbush said later, I just want to be clear that Im not a one-issue candidate. Thats a little ridiculous.

The debate, sponsored by Fordham, Landmark West, the Historic Districts Council and the League of Preservation Voters, was the second in the span of a week for the Democratic candidates, who met four days earlier to record a primary debate that will air on Manhattan Neighborhood Network in mid-August.

In the primary debate, Rosenthal and Goodman had a contentious exchange over a sign posted near the entrance to Rosenthals district office asking constituents with bedbugs not to enter. Goodman said, that the sign sends a message about people who are living in more dire circumstances, adding that it signals a certain level of disgust with who they are.

In her rebuttal to Goodmans comments, Rosenthal said, I found it incredibly offensive when Dr. Goodman ascribed bedbugs to a certain class of people, adding that bedbugs are a serious issue not to be made light of and impact residents across the economic spectrum. Rosenthal said that her office has required fumigation in the past due to bedbug infestations and that she wants to assure residents that they wont bring the insects back to their homes after visiting her office.

Goodman countered that he has never come across anything as offensive as this sign, and said that he would conduct business differently.

Rosenthal will face fellow Democrats Goodman and Wymore in the Sept. 12 primary election. The winner of the Democratic nomination will face independent candidates Owens and Raudenbush in the Nov. 7 general election.

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New survey finds Peterborough is best in Canada for fewest bed bug cases – Peterborough Examiner

August 2nd, 2017 by admin

If Peterborough: Where Roads and Rivers Meet wasn't good enough for a city slogan/tagline, how about Peterborough: Where Beds and Bugs Don't Meet?

Peterborough ranked tops in Canada as the city with the fewest bed bug problems in a nationwide ranking of 25 Canadian cities released Tuesday.

The ranking of 25 Canadian cities was released by pest-control provider Orkin Canada, based on the number of residential and commercial bed bug treatments the company performed between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017.

Even without including Scarborough, North York and Etobicoke, Toronto had the most bed bug cases, followed by Winnipeg in second, Vancouver in third and Ottawa fourth. Oshawa was 17th.

Bed bugs thrive in cool, dark places and, while rare, can be found on planes, trains and automobiles.

The critters could be present if you see any of these signs: dead bugs, spots of blood stains, or eggs in the crevice of folds of a mattress or sheets, any sort of soft furnishings and even framed photos. A clean room does not prevent bed bugs as two bugs can lay up to 10 eggs in a single day.

Those who are travelling are advised to keep their luggage elevated and away from linens and fabrics. If you suspect your luggage may have been carrying bed bugs following a trip, put all the clothing in the dryer at the highest appropriate temperature as heat is the only way to kill the bugs.

Orkin offers the following tips to avoid bed bugs while travelling:

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Homeless people living in FiDi hotels can’t afford food – New York Post

August 1st, 2017 by admin

The city is shelling out a fortune to house hundreds of homeless people in pricey Financial District hotels but they hate living in the red-hot Manhattan neighborhood.

The free housing bestowed on scores of down-on-their-luck families is negated by the sky-high cost of food and other services in the trendy area, homeless hotel residents griped to The Post.

A homeless man whos living with his wife in the DoubleTree by Hilton at 8 Stone St. said it was disturbing the city would put us in a neighborhood like this, one of the richest neighborhoods in New York.

We are trying to be in the shelter to save up money, not spend. The sandwiches are $17, I cant afford that, said the man, 67, who did not want to be identified. We live out of Burger King and eat the cheapest thing.

Homeless mom Leeyen Riggon, who is eight-months pregnant, said she and her two daughters, ages 2 and 6, have spent the past three months crammed into a room at the Holiday Inn Express at 126 Water St. She also showed The Post a photo of a bedbug on the linen Friday.

My room is one bed, no microwave, no refrigerator, and I am sleeping on the bed with my two kids, said Riggon, 25. Its just terrible being here. I dont get treated like a human; I am treated like Im in jail.

The city wouldnt say exactly how much its spending to house homeless people near the New York Stock Exchange, but the three hotels being used typically charge as much as $429 a night.

Regular paying guests werent happy to learn that their hotels are doubling as homeless shelters.

I wish I would have known ahead of time ... It kind of grosses me out, said Stacy P., a business traveler from Milwaukee, as she checked out of the DoubleTree.

A married couple living near the Holiday Inn on Nassau Street blasted the arrangement as a Band-Aid on the problem of homelessness, and fretted it would drive down their quality of life.

Its not a good solution, said the wife, 30, who didnt want to be identified. One homeless person can say, Hey, this hotel is down here, now more homeless people can come down to the area.

The de Blasio administration said its renting 180 rooms to house 336 people because there are no homeless shelters in the area, where 450-plus people in the shelter system formerly lived.

Homeless people now fill more than one third of both Holiday Inn hotels, which the city began using last August, and 25 percent of the DoubleTree, which was added in February.

In April, The Post revealed that the city has used 30 Manhattan hotels to house homeless people, and Comptroller Scott Stringer has said taxpayers spent $73 million on hotel rooms during the 12 months ending Oct. 31, 2016 including $629 a night for some rooms in Times Square.

Asked what the Financial District lodging is costing taxpayers, officials provided only an average of $222 per hotel room, including social services.

Even that rate which works out to $6,660 a month dwarfs the cost of nearby studio apartments currently on the market for $2,195 to $3,795 a month.

Officials are planning to replace the hotels with a new homeless shelter, according to the city Human Resources Administration.

HRA rep Arianna Fishman said. We anticipate identifying new shelter space within this community for at least 450 individuals.

Neither the owners of the hotels nor their corporate parents returned requests for comment.

Additional reporting by Rich Calder and Ross Toback

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Morning News: Hudepohl smokestack can’t be saved, Port says; Fairfield councilmember votes to bar pot, puts in pot … – Cincinnati CityBeat (blog)

July 31st, 2017 by admin

The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow owes more than $60 million to the state after revelations it hasn't been educating as many students as it claims an amount the school says could make it go out of business. But rewind. How did we get here?

Hello all. Did you enjoy the improbably perfect weather this weekend? Id like to be out enjoying it right now, but its Monday and we have news to talk about. So lets do that.

Last year, Cincinnati City Council made the Queen City the first in the nation to ban controversial, religiously based conversion therapy for LGBT individuals following the suicide of Mason transgender teen Leelah Alcorn. But the law has never been put into practice, according to this story, possibly due to how difficult it is to lodge a complaint about those therapies. The city has a different read on the situation, however, saying that The Cincinnati Enquirer reporter who wrote the above story requested forms for reporting sexual discrimination, not conversion therapy, as outlined in this memo from city solicitor Paula Boggs Muething.

A historic landmark that greets drivers heading through Cincinnati on I-75 cant be saved, the Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority said in a letter to Cincinnati City Council last week. The iconic Hudepohl smokestack in Queensgate would cost almost $1 million to salvage a price Port Authority CEO Laura Brunner says isnt economically feasible. The Port owns the site and hopes to redevelop it. Initially, it estimated saving the smokestack would cost about $100,000. But it would cost nearly that much just to demolish a 45-foot section of the structure that cant be made safe, plus another $240,000 to partially rebuild the stack and $614,000 to do tuck-pointing and other restorative measures on the landmark. Council asked for a report on the feasibility of saving the stack in March, when it approved money for the Port to clear the site for redevelopment.

No way around it. This sucks. New owners of Cincinnati Magazine, Hour Media, last week jettisoned much of the publications upper editorial brass, axing editor-in-chief Jay Stowe, senior editor R.J. Smith, dining editor Joanne Drilling, photo editor LuAnne DeMeo and creative services head Sue Goldberg. Before coming back to Cincinnati in 2004, Stowe worked for Esquire, Spin, Outside Magazine and other high-profile publications. Smith joined the magazine in 2013 after serving as senior editor at Los Angeles magazine and writing for the Village Voice, the New York Times Magazine, GQ and others. Drilling spent a decade and a half as a much-lauded chef before joining the magazine in 2013. The layoffs come just before Cincinnati Magazines 50thanniversary issue, which will hit stands in October. Staff at the magazine has spent months putting the giant issue together.

Im a regular bus rider, and Ive never seen this on a bus or at a stop, but it still makes me itchy. An online video taken at Government Square purporting to show bedbugs streaming out of a crack in a bench there prompted Metro bus officials to immediately dispatch pest control to the downtown transit hub. Metro officials say the central bus stop is cleaned every day and that buses are preemptively treated to avoid infestations of pests like bedbugs.

"We appreciate our customers notifying us if they believe they have seen any pests on buses or at any of our facilities and it will be immediately treated as we work to diligently ensure our service is clean and pest-free," Metro said in a statement responding to the video.

Huh. A Fairfield City Council member who voted to bar medicinal marijuana in the city applied for a license to grow the crop himself in nearby Monroe. Chad Oberson, who owns Obersons Nursery and Landscapes, is one of 185 applicants vying for one of 12 level-1 state-issued cultivation licenses for medicinal pot. That license would allow him up to 25,000 square feet in which to grow the crop. Oberson and the five other Fairfield councilmembers unanimously voted to keep such grow sites from operating in the city.

Finally, Ohio taxpayers paid more than $1 billion between 2001 and 2016 to an online charter school that records show hasnt been serving nearly as many students as it claims. The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow owes more than $60 million to the state after those revelations an amount the school claims could make it go out of business. But rewind. How did we get here? Tied up in the ECOT saga is the improbable riches-to-rags-to-riches story of the schools founder, William Lager. After his office supply company went bust in the 1980s and creditors took him to court throughout the 1990s, Lager hatched his next business idea: a school without classrooms where thousands of students log in from home. He snagged a charter for his nascent company in 2001 and hit the ground running, collecting millions from the state even as ECOT hit problem after problem. You can read more about ECOTs beginnings in this Columbus Dispatch story.

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Now this columnist can ‘sleep tight’ – San Diego Jewish World

July 30th, 2017 by admin

Posted on 29 July 2017.

By David AndersonThe Moderate Voice

David Anderson

NEW YORK I live in a 20 story apartment building in Chelsea, Manhattan. I was a little concerned yesterday when the building manager whom I ran into in the elevator whispered: We need to chat in private.

Ive had problems with one particular neighbor so I assumed it was about him. After his spurious complaints about the occasional waft of tobacco smoke emanating from under my door he tried to sue me weeks after my moving in seven years ago. Sue a lawyer with time on his hands: good move, asshole.

It wasnt idiot neighbor, though. Apparently the folks one below me, a nice young couple I know as elevator friends, brought home some bedbugs. The building manager wanted to arrange an inspection by a professional bedbug search and destroy firm for apartments contiguous to, above and below the poor couple in 13G.

To contextualize this you really need to understand the horror and the sadness of people afflicted with these severe little buggers. Theyre typhoid and malaria and flesh eating herpes all rolled into one for New Yorkers and we dread them. The local news never shuts up about them, and if you throw out a mattress in this city the sanitation department wont touch it unless its sealed in a $40 mattress condom to prevent jumping bugs. Im from Australia where insects are the size of telephones and kill you with neurotoxins in minutes, but I was still knocked off-kilter by all this.

Exterminator Jim and his dog arrived promptly at 7pm they get to make their own hours it seems and curt hellos were exchanged. Jim was telling me you cant even kill them with cold or hot laundry washes or you just end up with cleaner bedbugs. Theyre mainly found in poorer neighborhoods. So they look ugly, suck the blood of the poor and are almost impossible to get rid of. Like Republicans, really, I quipped.

Id seen his companys adds on TV where they use a beagle to sniff out the bedbugs like at the airport with heroin in suitcases. My dog, a friendly Australian Shepherd named Aussie assumed Id invited the beagle over for him as a playmate. But no: this dog was all business.

You know when youre at the airport and customs is going through your bags, sorting, sifting, sniffing? And youre pretty sure theres nothing in there but your mind goes to what could be there and you think of how Paul McCartney once spent two weeks in a Japanese jail for an inadvertent spec of hash found in Linda McCartneys make-up case. Our psyches arent up to this kind of buffeting. It wasnt just the prospect of an almost unlimited amount of money and hassle to de-louse my house, what griped me was the gossip that would burn through the building like a London tower block that David is the Bed Bug Guy, and attendant community shame.

It was all very Midnight Express: Theres something! my inspector-inquisitor exclaimed when his dog got interested in a pile. I kept my cool: Is it Ebola? I asked like a smartass.

Ehhhh? Nah. Looks likelike a hidden dog treat.

DAMN IT, AUSSIE!

Then I thought: What a fantastic job he has! He gets to go into peoples homes, people already a little psychologically off-balance by the thought of being THE INFECTED, poke through their stuff: their bed, their closets, their laundry baskets, crotchless lingerie, rubber mankinis, guns, drugs, and INSPECT them. And with his dog! How wonderful: its like being a modern day witch hunter: or walkies for the officiously curious. Im sure the beagles enjoy it: dogs love a job.

The upshot? The infected neighbors downstairs in 13H were of course walked through the lobby nude in irons and swiftly lynched (pursuant to our Rental Agreement, Sec. C, subpara 4.5). We all got em in the lobby, a nice local touch as the Management Company usually do capital punishment at their office in Midtown. Their apartment was scorched to a cinder with flamethrowers. My apartment came up clean and now we can all get some unbitten sleep. So sleep tight, and dont let the well you know the rest. *

David Anderson is an Australian-American who lives in New York with his dog Aussie, and absolutely no bedbugs.

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