Woman Charged After Officials Find Emaciated Pitbull in Flooded Apartment

first_imgA West Palm Beach woman is facing animal cruelty charges, after allegedly abandoning her dog in a flooded apartment.According to the arrest affidavit, 32-year-old Brittany Hansen was evicted from her apartment on West Tiffany Drive, where officials with Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control (ACC) found an emaciated pitbull named Cash on January 8 of this year.Hansen had apparently turned on all of the faucets so the apartment would flood.ACC launched an animal cruelty investigation after a woman called them to report that she had found a thin black and white dog.When animal control officers scanned the dog for a chip, they identified him as Cash, a male pitbull registered to Hansen at the same address.Maintenance workers informed ACC officers that they been called to the residence due to water leaking, according to the arrest document. They were initially unaware that a dog was inside, until they heard movement from another room. That is where they discovered the dog sitting on the bed and trying to eat a shoe. The maintenance workers also reported finding mounds of feces in the home.When ACC contacted Hansen, she told them she had given the dog away to a man named John who lives in Lantana, although she did not provide them with a a number or current address for him.Several neighbors confirmed that Hansen was the person living in the apartment. She has been charged with one count of cruelty to animals and one count of confinement of animals without sufficient food, water, or exercise, as well as a count of abandonment of animals.While in the care of ACC, Cash was provided with basic nutrition and treatment of internal and external parasites. He has since gained 29 pounds, the report states.last_img read more

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Fiammetta: Seau death brings much-needed debate

first_imgI never knew Junior Seau, nor did I know much about him as a person prior to this week.I was well aware he was an All-Pro linebacker who spent several seasons (13, to be exact) with the San Diego Chargers. There, he forged an identity as a talented, relentless linebacker that persisted throughout the duration of his 20-year career.Seau entered the NFL in 1990, the year of my birth. Consequently, I was much more familiar with the latter half of his career. When Seau, after a three-year stint with the Miami Dolphins, signed with the New England Patriots in 2006, I remember questioning the wisdom of acquiring a then-37-year-old linebacker who seemed to be at the end of his career.Yet Seau proceeded to play the next four seasons with the Patriots, remaining a solid contributor, especially for the first two. His “veteran leadership” was consistently displayed beyond the typical usage employed by sportswriters everywhere, as Seau was one of those players who wore his emotions on his sleeve and didn’t have to tell people how much he loved the game.Wednesday morning, Seau was found shot to death in his home in northern San Diego County. Police said Seau’s girlfriend found him unconscious with a gunshot wound to his chest, with a gun found nearby. No suicide note was found, but by Thursday night the medical examiner’s office had ruled Seau’s death a suicide.A near lock to join the Hall of Fame, remembrance of Seau highlighted his brilliance as a player who was beloved by teammates and coaches – consistently observed over the course of his two decades in the league. As several news reports this week have recalled, Seau’s trademark intensity manifested itself from his first days in the league, as he was ejected for fighting in his first exhibition game as a rookie.Those closest to Seau almost unanimously shared testaments to his ebullience off the football field – a trait that isn’t hard to see in him but one that might’ve been obscured by his identity as a pro football player. Wednesday, USC’s athletic department – Seau’s alma mater – released a poignant tribute video showing highlights of his college career paired with his ukulele rendition of the great Eric Clapton song “Wonderful Tonight.” Fittingly, the footage of Seau’s ukulele performance was shot the day of the Trojans’ spring game less than a month ago.Seau’s unfamiliar off-field persona quickly formed an unfortunate parallel with the unseen dangers of the sport, which have garnered a much wider media presence over the past several years. Seau’s suicide links him with two other former NFL players who have taken their own lives in the past 15 months. Former Atlanta Falcons safety Ray Easterling committed suicide in April, while ex-Chicago Bears safety Dave Duerson shot himself in the chest in February 2011.Prior to his death, it was reported Duerson texted family members a request to have his brain tissue examined for the damage found in other retired players. Three months later, Duerson’s brain was found to have the same trauma-induced disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, as more than 20 deceased players.The circumstances of Seau’s death, with a gunshot to the chest, immediately echoed those of Duerson’s. They also pushed the current debate over player safety to an all-time high. Since Commissioner Roger Goodell took over in 2006, a variety of rule changes have been implemented, including tightened regulations on legal tackles and the shortening of kickoffs to make returns safer. Helmets and other player equipment have also undergone rigorous and repeated testing to ensure the highest safety possible in such a violent sport.Nevertheless, more than 1,500 retired players have brought legal action against the NFL, claiming the league hid the dangers of concussions from them. More than 100 ex-players filed a new suit Thursday, including former Atlanta Falcons All-Pro running back Jamal Anderson.All of these circumstances are tragic causes for legitimate and much-needed conversation. Tuesday evening in New York, Slate/Intelligence Squared will hold a debate with the motion “ban college football.” In support will be Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Friday Night Lights author Buzz Bissinger and The New Yorker’s Malcolm Gladwell. Against the motion will be former NFL defensive end and broadcaster Tim Green and Fox Sports national columnist Jason Whitlock.The debate has been scheduled for some time, making its timing suddenly intriguing given Seau’s death. At the forefront of the debate will be the significant medical issues facing the sport, though other issues such as institutional corruption and whether collegiate athletes should be paid will also come into play.Of course, college football isn’t going anywhere any time soon. In all likelihood, it won’t ever be “banned.” More likely – or at least more feasibly – a serious backlash spurred on by concerns over player safety and compensation will drive corporate sponsors away and ultimately diminish the sport to the level of boxing, horse racing and rugby.At least, that’s how other writers more established and in-the-know than myself have theorized the demise of college football. Back in February, four days after Super Bowl XLVI, Grantland even ran an article by two economists with the headline, “What Would the End of Football Look Like”? The article attempted to explain how such demise might come about through, obviously, an economic perspective. It was, unsurprisingly, met with widespread criticism.Regardless of where the debate – both Slate’s and the overall dialogue on player safety – goes, conversation on the matter is the most pressing need for football. Specific reforms, whether that means the elimination of kickoffs and/or helmets or whatever, won’t come today, tomorrow or next week.As a student journalist who hopes to one day join the real, meaningful discourse on the topic, I’m hopeful such conversation on the safety of football grows both in popularity and intelligence. Twitter arguments or any other simpleminded back-and-forth might generate headlines, but that’ll be it.Though the Slate debate might, to some, seem radical, it’s a tremendous step in the right direction. Let’s hope more come afterward, for the sake of the sport, its players and its fans.Mike is a senior majoring in journalism. Have any thoughts on player safety in football? Feel free to share them with him on Twitter @mikefiammetta.last_img read more

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Sumner County Court Docket: May 7, 2014 report

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are a list of criminal court complaints recently filed by the Sumner County Attorney’s office.These are formal charges introduced into the Sumner County District Court system. The suspects listed in the complaint have not been tried by a judge or jury. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.•••••Casey Thompson, born in 1984, of Augusta was charged with speeding 65 in a 55 mph zone, a traffic infraction; driving while suspended, a Class B misdemeanor; DUI, a Class B misdemeanor; possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor; possession of methamphetamine, a level 5 drug felony; and possession of marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor.Thompson is accused of on April 24, 2014, of speeding on the 1300 block of North K-15 when driving privileges were suspended. Thompson allegedly was under the influence of a combination of drugs that rendered her incapable of driving a motor vehicle. She also allegedly had two glass pipes, a small amount of methamphetamine inside a match box inside her vehicle and a small baggy of meth found in her underwear when she was booked into jail. She also had marijuana hid in her clothes, allegedly.Her court deposition is set for Thursday at 9 a.m.•••••Alec Joseph Stanley, no date of birth given, of Conway Springs was charged with driving under the influence – first offense in a lifetime; possession of alcoholic liquor by an underage adult, a Class C misdemeanor; and driving left of center, a traffic infraction.Stanley is accused of on April 29 of attempting to operate a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration more than .08 or more, drinking a beer greater than 3.2 percent alcohol by weight while under 21; and driving left of center.•••••Randall McPhail, born in 1994, of Wellington was charged with two counts of stop sign violation, a traffic infraction;  driving under the influence, a Class B misdemeanor; possession of marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.McPhail is accused on April 22 of not stopping at a stop sign at College and Plum and also at College and High Street intersections. He allegedly tested .08 blood alcohol concentration on the breathalyzer test. He allegedly had marijuana residue in a pipe and a small amount in a Crown Royal bag in his vehicle.•••••Sean David Lawson, no date of birth given, of Belle Plaine was charged with either consumption of cereal malt beverage or alcoholic liquor by a minor, a Class C misdemeanor or failure to provide proof of insurance, a Class B misdemeanor; and speeding, a traffic infraction.Lawson is accused of operating a motor vehicle on West 4th Avenue North in Belle Plaine at a speed of 50 mph in a 40 mph zone on April 11, while unlawfully possessing and/or consuming alcoholic liquor greater than 3.2 percent alcohol by weight.•••••Clifford Leon Barney, born in 1968, of Wellington was charged with criminal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, a level 8 felony; domestic battery, a Class B misdemeanor; and disorderly conduct, a Class C misdemeanor.Barney is accused of possessing a firearm and two black powder revolvers after being convicted of rape in Kingman County in the past 10 years. He also allegedly intentionally caused physical contact and screamed and cussed at a household member.•••••Kyle Dunn, born in 1989, of Wellington was charged with possession of methamphetamine, a level 5 drug felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.Dunn is accused of having a baggy of methamphetamine underneath the driver’s seat of his car on Feb. 2, 2014.•••••Thaddeus Myers, born in 1973, of Wellington was charged with criminal deprivation of property, a Class A misdemeanor.Myers is accused of getting unauthorized control over a cellphone with another person while driving back to Wellington from the Kansas Star Casino on April 17, 2014.  Allegedly the two were in an argument and the girl in the car was going to call police when Myers allegedly took her cell phone away from her without her permission and wouldn’t give it back to her. He allegedly tossed it into the yard at 502 N. Park in Wellington.last_img read more

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FLOW scores with massive Man U deal

first_img Things didn’t get better for United, who lost the game 2-1, but as FLOW’s head of marketing and products Carlo Redwood, underlined, Manchester United and football fans in general will have much to cheer about as this partnership unfolds. “We are now the official sponsors of Manchester United in the Caribbean, and that’s a huge deal for us. It’s a partnership that allows us to connect with our customers in unique ways. Manchester United is the most popular football club in Jamaican and the region and it was important to partner with a brand like Manchester United. It allows us to provide new and exciting experiences for our customers,” Redwood said. “A key part of the arrangement is geared towards development of football in Jamaica and the Caribbean. We are working through the specifics of how we will make that happen in Jamaica and the Caribbean, but we will be seeing programmes rolling out in terms of coaching and in terms of different elements of developing football in Jamaica and the region,” Redwood added. FLOW subscribers can also download a free co-branded mobile app, which will feed them with content related to the club. This is also available through SMS subscription. FLOW will also have exclusive distribution rights of the dedicated MUTV channel in the region, allowing subscribers to get access to exclusive Manchester United programming as well as behind-the-scenes access to the club, starting with the upcoming 2016-17 Premier League season. Manchester United legend in attendance. Check. Why stop there? Let’s bring in Manchester United’s mascot, ‘Fred the Red’ as well. Check. A Manchester United game on big screen (even if it was only a Europa League loss to lowly Midtjylland). Check. Telecommunications company FLOW has scored a heck of a deal and they went all out to make that point, certainly ticking all the right boxes yesterday as they launched their ground-breaking multi-year partnership with Barclays Premier League giants Manchester United. Despite their current sporting struggles, the ‘Red Devils’ remain one of – if not the most – recognisable brands in world football and FLOW’s ‘Official Sponsor’ tag will certainly excite their disciples in Jamaica and the region. The deal, which was originally announced several weeks ago, follows the company’s securing of the exclusive broadcast rights for the Barclays Premier League, starting next season, and will include, among other things, engagement opportunities for fans and other programmes geared at the development of the sport in the region. Andy Cole, who scored 93 goals in 195 games for Manchester United and who is also known as half of a fearsome strike partnership with another United legend, Dwight Yorke, was introduced to deafening cheers with the ‘ManU’ mascot Fred also getting his fair share of lens time with the specially invited guests who had packed the aptly-themed Spanish Court Hotel lounge. “It’s (the partnership) fantastic! The Caribbean market is massive, especially when it comes to football, and for FLOW to get involved with Manchester United, it’s a great partnership. It’s just starting out, but, no doubt, it will go from strength to strength, not just here, but right across the Caribbean,” Cole beamed before a quick glance at a television monitor to his right as he checked the score – 1-1 at the top of the second half. MUCH TO CHEER ABOUTlast_img read more

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How FluidDB Built an API for Boing Boing in an Evening

first_imgRelated Posts Why You Love Online Quizzes klint finley Tags:#APIs#hack Here’s a bit more about how it works:Furthermore, while I was cleaning/preparing the data for upload I made sure to extract every domain name and URL referenced in each post and annotate the publication date as computer friendly values rather than just a human readable date.An instant win is the ability to query data. For example, you’ll be able to search for all posts that link to techcrunch.com written in 2010 by Cory Doctorow. This is how to write the query in FluidDB’s super simple query language:boingboing.net/domains contains “techcrunch.com” andboingboing.net/year = 2010 andboingboing.net/author = “Cory Doctorow”Why would you want to do this?This brings me to the killer point: accessing data from boingboing.net is good, but the facility to annotate, discover and re-use everyone’s data about boingboing.net posts is better. That’s why we sometimes say we’re trying to do to databases what Wikipedia did to encyclopaedias. 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? This week, Boing Boing posted its entire 11 year archive (63,999 posts) in XML format. But Nicholas H.Tollervey from FluidDB wanted more.” XML is good, but having a searchable database of posts is better,” he writes on the FluidDB blog. So he ported Boing Boing’s XML archive into FluidDB.“Because of FluidDB’s open nature anyone can now make use of boingboing’s data via a few simple and easy to construct RESTful calls to FluidDB,” he writes. In other words, FluidDB is hosting a Boing Boing API. For free.The cool thing – apart from being able to use FluidDB to mine BB for interesting data – is that you can do this yourself with your own blog.last_img read more

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10 months agoWest Ham defender Cresswell: Anderson the new Payet

first_imgWest Ham defender Cresswell: Anderson the new Payetby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham defender Aaron Cresswell has likened Felipe Anderson to former teammate Dimitri Payet.Anderson has been in sensational form in recent weeks, scoring seven goals in his last nine Premier League games.Cresswell said: “I’ve obviously not played as much as I’d have liked this season but every time I have played with him, going forward he’s outstanding.”He is definitely a game-changer. You look at the amount of games he has changed for us and the amount of goals he has scored, assists, created chances, he has been fantastic and long may that continue.”He’s a similar type of player to Payet, coming in off the left and creating things, scoring goals and getting assists, and this season he is our top goalscorer now, he has been fantastic for us.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Alabama’s Bo Scarbrough, Who Had Knee Surgery 2 Days Ago, Posts Video Of Leg Lift

first_imgAlabama Bo ScarbroughAlabama Bo ScarbroughThis past Friday, Alabama freshman running back Bo Scarbrough, a five-star recruit from Tuscaloosa, tore the ACL in his right knee during a team scrimmage. Monday, he underwent surgery to repair the injury. Wednesday, he’s already starting rehab, completing straight leg lifts. Really.Scarbrough, who is clearly excited about how his recovery is going, posted a 30-second Twitter video of himself extending and lifting his right leg in a doctor’s office. It’s impressive, given the quick turnaround.Two day out of surgery and already can do a straight leg lift! It’s a blessing to be able to come back and work hard! pic.twitter.com/8NQ31ZDsjR— Bo Scarbrough (@starbo06) April 8, 2015Scarbrough was a huge get for the Tide, and has a bright future ahead. Let’s hope he’s back on the field as soon as possible.last_img read more

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Tennessee Wideout Marquez North Suffers Knee Sprain

first_imgMarquez North of Tennessee Injured.Marquez North Tennessee Injury RumorYou can exhale, Tennessee fans. Junior wide receiver Marquez North is not sidelined for the season, despite what rumors suggested Wednesday night. North, one of the team’s top playmakers, instead is only suffering from a knee sprain and will be out of action for around one week. Both Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports and Brett McMurphy of ESPN confirmed the news Thursday morning.SOURCE: Speculation on #Vols big WR Marquez North possibly being injured & lost for the season is all false. He may be out 1 wk or less— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) August 13, 2015Tennessee WR Marquez North’s knee injury appears to only be a sprain source told ESPN— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) August 13, 2015North caught 68 balls for 816 yards and five touchdowns in 2014, but a shoulder injury sidelined him for most of the second half of the season. At 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, he has the potential to be a serious threat for the Volunteers.last_img read more

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United Nations Marks International Day Against Nuclear Tests

first_imgMarking the International Day against Nuclear Tests, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for a renewed global commitment to a world free of nuclear weapons and nuclear tests.“On this International Day against Nuclear tests, let us all take a fresh look at survivors’ stories. Listen to their words and imagine the effects of these detonations as if they were experienced by each of us,” Mr. Ban said in his message.He recalled meeting with courageous survivors of nuclear weapons and nuclear tests in Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Semipalatinsk. Their “resolve and dedication should continue to guide our work for a world without nuclear weapons,” he said.In December 2009, the UN General Assembly declared 29 August the International Day against Nuclear Tests by unanimously adopting resolution 64/35. The resolution calls for increasing awareness and education “about the effects of nuclear-weapon-test explosions or any other nuclear explosions and the need for their cessation as one of the means of achieving the goal of a nuclear-weapon-free world.”The resolution was initiated by Kazakhstan, which had closed its nuclear test site near Semipalatinsk on this day – 29 August – in 2009. Moreover, on the same date in 1949, the Soviet Union conducted its first nuclear test, followed by another 455 nuclear tests over succeeding decades, with a terrible effect on the local population and environment.“These tests and the hundreds more that followed in other countries became hallmarks of a nuclear arms race, in which human survival depended on the doctrine of mutually assured destruction, known by its fitting acronym, MAD,” Mr. Ban said.The Secretary-General appealed to citizens of those States that have not yet ratified the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), especially the eight remaining Annex 2 States whose ratification is required for the Treaty’s entry into force: China, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Egypt, India, Iran, Israel, Pakistan and the United States.Since nuclear weapons testing began in the mid-twentieth century, with the first test on 16 July 1945, nearly 2,000 have taken place. The Day is meant to galvanize the UN, Member States, and non-governmental organizations to inform and advocate the necessity of banning such tests.“Together, let us demand an end to all nuclear tests, get on with the unfinished business of achieving a world free of nuclear weapons and usher in a safer and more prosperous future,” Mr. Ban said.last_img read more

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Why The Raptors Need To Strike Early

The NBA Finals kick off Thursday night when the Toronto Raptors host the Golden State Warriors in Game 1. Golden State is dealing with several key injuries, and in the video above, FiveThirtyEight breaks down why the Raptors should try to strike early, before the Warriors can field their full team.

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