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Portland trying to be less dog friendly

Oregon Wants ‘Dog Friendly’ to Be Less So - NYTimes.com
. . . In the last year, the food safety division of the Oregon Agriculture Department has received more than 600 complaints about animals in food stores, and a disproportionate number of them have come from the Pearl District of Portland, an affluent, dog-passionate procession of newer condominiums and shiny retail shops at the edge of downtown. Whole Foods has had complaints; the Safeway a few blocks away has had even more. “Usually they’ll hold off and not make a complaint until they’ve seen a dog urinate in the grocery store or jump up and try to swipe a pack of meat,” said Vance Bybee, the head of the food safety division. “Or they’ve seen dogs pooping in the aisle, that sort of thing.” “That sort of puts them over the edge,” Mr. Bybee said. In response to the complaints, Oregon is about to begin an unusual campaign, distributing posters and pamphlets to about 4,500 retail stores that sell food. The message is this: Animals, except those trained to help the disabled, are not allowed. The campaign, however, is not likely to make the problem go away, state officials and dog owners say, particularly in a neighborhood like the Pearl District, where many people who are not physically disabled consider the company of their pets therapeutic and insist on taking them just about everywhere. Some banks put water bowls by their front doors, and dog day-care facilities take time to serve pets the specially packed lunches their owners make for them.

September 07, 2009

Serial killer caught in Milwaukee

Milwaukee man arrested in connection to 9 killings - Yahoo! News
MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee police said Monday that they arrested a man connected to the slayings of nine women dating back to 1986 by using a DNA sample he provided just last week. Walter E. Ellis, 49, was taken into custody after a struggle at a motel on Saturday, said police Chief Edward Flynn. Ellis was charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide and more charges are expected, said Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm. Police said Ellis' DNA was found on the bodies of nine women who were killed between 1986 and 2007 on the city's north side. Investigators believe eight of the women were prostitutes and one was a runaway. They ranged in age from 16 to 41. Flynn said police used a warrant to obtain Ellis' DNA on Friday, so investigators had to move quickly to test the evidence because Ellis knew they were looking for him. He was arrested in nearby Franklin.

NewsCorp launches new global wire service called (confusingly)NewsCore

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp launches global service to link all its outlets | Media | guardian.co.uk NewsCorp is best known in America for owning Fox tv, Bill O'Reilly, and Glenn Beck.
News Corporation is launching a global service that will make all its news stories and videos instantly available to its entire network of TV, print and online news outlets. The service, called NewsCore, will operate like a global wire service for all the company's newspapers, TV networks and websites. News Corp is describing the venture as a "21st-century multi-media information service that will draw on the worldwide news and sports resources within News Corporation and make them available to other News properties everywhere". "When Sky News reports that Gordon Brown has called an election, everyone in the NWS family can run with it. When TG24 learns that Vesuvius has blown its top again, everyone in NewsCorp will have it. Immediately. And from a source we can trust – us," said an internal briefing obtained by MediaGuardian.co.uk.

September 06, 2009

Crack in Bay Bridge may delay opening

Crack in span may delay Bay Bridge opening Every year they close the Bay Bridge during Labor Day weekend to make repairs, to perform inspections, and to slowly transition to what will eventually be the new Bay Bridge. This year they found a problem.
The flaw was found in a chainlike steel link that helps hold up the eastern portion of the bridge. The link is almost 2 inches thick and was cracked halfway through, said Ken Brown, senior bridge engineer. "The crack is significant enough to have closed the bridge on its own," Caltrans spokesman Bart Ney announced at a news briefing late Saturday night. "We have to make this repair before we reopen the bridge." The bridge has been closed since Thursday night as part of a long-planned seismic upgrade project. Officials used the shutdown to conduct a thorough inspection of the 73-year-old bridge, which partially collapsed during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. It was during the inspection that the problem was discovered Saturday afternoon. The bridge had last been inspected in 2007, leading officials to conclude that the fissure occurred sometime after that. Ney said inspectors do not believe it was related to this weekend's construction project.