Sunday, September 30, 2012

Crestwood Park officially reopens, as Birmingham Mayor William Bell stumps for support of bond initiative

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Birmingham city officials and residents of the Crestwood neighborhood turned out this morning to formally re-open Crestwood Park following a $2.56 million renovation project.

The park, which dates to the 1940s, was revamped over the past 10 months. It opened earlier this month, but an official ribbon-cutting was held today.

Improvements include new wildflower plantings, a children's playground, a "tailgate lawn" for picnicking and updates to the pavilion, patio, pool, tennis courts and walking track.

Mayor William Bell and Councilwoman Valerie Abbott both called for support in the Oct. 9 referendum on a $150 million bond initiative for city projects, including parks, street improvements and economic development.

On the ballot, citizens will be asked for their support of bond money in different categories; if approved, the Birmingham City Council will decide specific projects.

Bell asked for support of the measure "so we can make sure Birmingham continues to grow and all of our parks look like this wonderful park."

Whit Macknally of Macknally Land Design and Kris Nikolich of Design Initiative, both Crestwood residents, spoke about their firms' work on the park.

Macknally said natural, strong and sustainable materials were used in the construction, so it would hold up amid frequent use. There also was a concerted effort -- through flyers, emails and Facebook -- to gauge residents' opinions on the new features.

"Our whole design philosophy was to make it a reflection of its neighborhood," he said of the park.

Sister Mary Oliver, secretary of the North Crestwood Neighborhood Association, gave an account of its history.

The city bought the land for the park, on Crestwood Boulevard, in 1946. Nothing happened until the early 1950s, when civic groups began collecting money for it.

The city got involved then, clearing land for the tennis courts, a baseball diamond and other features. Residents also pitched in, building barbecue pits and doing other work.

Years later, a grassroots effort in the neighborhood prompted the most recent renovations.

"This has been a neighborhood project since its? inception," Oliver said. "From the beginning, it's been a joint effort between the neighbors and the city."


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Movie Review: 'Hotel Transylvania' is a Howl - Cumming, GA Patch

Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy...they all come out in this 3D animation where monsters who have to get away from humans and the horrors of modern life head to Hotel Transylvania.

Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler) is the head of the house at Hotel Transylvania. And when his daughter Mavis (voiced by Selena Gomez) longs for the human world, problems arise, causing quite a scare for the hotel guests.

There are more than a dozen celebrity voiceover characters here which does add to the mainly slapstick animation consisting of supernatural chase scenes and jokes involving excrement, ectoplasmic goo, rear ends and breaking wind. ?The film is a perfectly Halloween-themed movie for kids, but leaves very little for the adults.

It's a fun film but the 3D really isn't necessary, and the storyline, as you might expect, is predictable. The funny gags and lovable characters help make this film, so the Flick-O-Meter gives Hotel Transylvania a three out of five. It's good enough for the trick-or-treat crowd but it certainly could have used a bit more bite and a lot less gas.

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The worst part of going to the doctor's is being poked and prodded with any number of terrifying probes and needles, but you probably haven't seen many of the really scary implements that are out there. Here are 16 crazy ones you probably don't want anywhere near you. More »


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2,000 Turn Out for Biden in Florida as 725 Show up for Ryan in New Hampshire

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The GOP ticket?s attendance problems apparently aren?t just limited to Mitt Romney. 2,000 people turned out for Vice President Biden in Florida, while Paul Ryan spoke to a crowd of 725 in New Hampshire.

According to the AP, ?More than 2,000 people crowded into a community center to see Vice President Joe Biden talk about Medicare, the federal deficit and tax cuts for the wealthy.?

The Merrimack Patch reported on Ryan?s rally, ?A crowd of 725 supporters squeezed into the school?s field house, with at least a hundred stationed on rows of bleachers behind Ryan with a sign above reading, ?We can?t afford four more years.?

Both candidates did manage to fill their respective venues, but with the number of campaign days starting to dwindle down before Election Day, it is important to ask, what was Paul Ryan during in New Hampshire? While Joe Biden was out campaigning for Florida?s 29 Electoral College votes, Paul Ryan was in New Hampshire courting the state?s four Electoral College voters. If Romney and Ryan are serious about winning, shouldn?t they be spending their time courting voters in bigger states?

Medicare is the obvious reason why the Romney camp isn?t going to let Paul Ryan spend much time in Florida, but instead of campaigning Mitt Romney was in Pennsylvania yesterday in order to raise money to spend in states that he is more competitive in. Beyond efficient time management, the bigger problem for the Romney/Ryan ticket is that voters aren?t turning out to see them.

Paul Ryan was supposed to bring the conservative star power to the ticket, but hundreds are showing up for his events. In contrast, Joe Biden and Barack and Michelle Obama are drawing thousands to their campaign stops.

What?s even worse for the GOP is that Vice President Biden is outdrawing their presidential nominee. More people are coming out for Biden than are showing up to see Mitt Romney. It is difficult to believe that more people would show up to hear a sitting vice president than would come out for one of the two men who could be our next president, but this seems to be exactly what is happening.

Through out the entire 2012 campaign, Mitt Romney has drawn only hundreds of people to many of his campaign events. Romney couldn?t draw a crowd during the primaries, and slapping the title of presidential nominee on him hasn?t helped.

It is becoming impossible to escape the fact that not only is the Romney/Ryan campaign poorly run, but it is also generating very little enthusiasm. For a self-styled Mr. Fix It, Mitt Romney is running a terrible campaign. And if Romney can?t handle a presidential campaign, how is he going to govern the country?

While Joe Biden was outdrawing the Republican ticket on his own, another day slips by on the campaign calendar as Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney continue to tread water.


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Saturday, September 29, 2012

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Conn. teacher kills masked teen, learns it was son

Visitors arrive at the home of Jeffrey Giuliano in New Fairfield, Conn., Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. Giuliano fatally shot a masked teenager in self-defense during what appeared to be an attempted burglary early Thursday morning, then discovered that he had killed his son, Tyler, state police said. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Visitors arrive at the home of Jeffrey Giuliano in New Fairfield, Conn., Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. Giuliano fatally shot a masked teenager in self-defense during what appeared to be an attempted burglary early Thursday morning, then discovered that he had killed his son, Tyler, state police said. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

The home of Jeffrey Giuliano is scene here in New Fairfield, Conn., Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. Giuliano fatally shot a masked teenager in self-defense during what appeared to be an attempted burglary early Thursday morning, then discovered that he had killed his son, state police said. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Students leave New Fairfield High School where in New Fairfield, Conn., Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. Tyler Giuliano, a student involved in Civil Air Patrol at the school was killed by his father Jeffrey Giuliano during what appeared to be an attempted burglary early Thursday morning. Giuliano fatally shot a masked teenager in self-defense, then discovered that he had killed his son, state police said. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

A blue tent protects the scene of a fatal shooting in New Fairfield, Conn., Thursday, Sept, 27, 2012. Police say Jeffrey Giuliano shot a masked teenager in self-defense during what appeared to be an attempted burglary early Thursday morning, then discovered that he had killed his son, Tyler. (AP Photo/The News-Times, Carol Kaliff) MANDATORY CREDIT

New Fairfield and state police respond to the scene of a fatal shooting in New Fairfield, Conn., Thursday, Sept, 27, 2012. Police say Jeffrey Giuliano shot a masked teenager in self-defense during what appeared to be an attempted burglary early Thursday morning, then discovered that he had killed his son, Tyler. (AP Photo/The News-Times, Carol Kaliff) MANDATORY CREDIT

(AP) ? A small Connecticut town was sent reeling in grief and confusion Friday after a popular fifth-grade teacher shot and killed a knife-wielding prowler in a black ski mask, only to discover it was his 15-year-old son.

No immediate charges were brought against the father, Jeffrey Giuliano, in the slaying of his son, Tyler, who was gunned down in his aunt's driveway next door to his own home around 1 a.m. Thursday.

"It's something out of a Hollywood script," said John Hodge, the first selectman, or top elected official, in the town of nearly 14,000 people about 50 miles from New York city. He said he couldn't recall another killing in his eight years on the job.

State police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance said the boy had never been in trouble with the law, and some of those who knew him described him as a good kid with an easygoing personality. Investigators and acquaintances said they were at a loss to explain what he was doing outside dressed all in black and carrying a weapon.

"Certainly, that is the major question we are trying to answer at this point," Vance said.

State police said the shooting happened after Jeffrey Giuliano got a call from his sister next door saying that someone might be trying to break into her home in their neighborhood of attractive colonial-style houses. Giuliano grabbed a handgun and went outside to investigate, troopers said.

He confronted someone in a ski mask and opened fire when the person came at him with something shiny in his hand, police said.

When police officers arrived, Tyler was lying dead in the driveway with a knife in his hand, and his father, in T-shirt and shorts, was sitting on the grass. Detectives informed the elder Giuliano several hours later that he had shot his son, Vance said.

"All in all it's a tragedy," Vance said.

Police were investigating whether the father's gun was registered.

No one answered the door at Giuliano's home or his sister's.

Tyler was a student at New Fairfield High School and a Civil Air Patrol cadet. Some of those who knew him said he enjoyed spending time with his family and flying gliders and small planes. He was adopted by Giuliano and his wife a few years ago, friends said.

One classmate said many students were baffled by what happened.

"I just thought it was so weird when I heard because I knew Tyler, not very well, but he was just a sweet person and he always made everyone laugh. I met him in the chorus room, actually, and he just wasn't the type to do what happened," said Erin Pallas, 16. "So it didn't make sense to us. It doesn't make sense to the student body."

Brett Rasile, a 14-year-old friend, said he and Tyler were playing an online game called Minecraft while talking and laughing together via Skype until about 10 p.m. Wednesday, when Tyler said he had to go to bed. Brett said Tyler wasn't in any trouble that he knew of, and nothing seemed out of the ordinary.

"Same old Tyler. He was perfectly fine," Brett said. "He didn't really leave any evidence, any hints towards what he would do."

Alicia Roy, New Fairfield superintendent of schools, said the elder Giuliano grew up in the town, holds summer music and zoology camps for his students and plays guitar in a local rock band that raises money for charity. He is affectionately known as "Mr. G" around Meeting House Hill School.

"He was the teacher you requested in the fifth grade. He was a great teacher. All the kids loved him," said Rosemary Rasile, Brett's mother.

Brian Wyckoff, 17, said Mr. G "was always walking around with a smile on his face. He always says hi to everyone."

The high school stayed open late to provide grief counseling for students and parents.

"The community is deeply saddened, and our hearts go out to all the family members," Roy said.


Associated Press reporter Dan Sewell reported from Cincinnati. Pat Eaton-Robb and Stephen Singer reported from Hartford, Conn. AP video journalist Ted Shaffrey also contributed to this story.

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U.N. criticizes "shrill war talk" in Iran nuclear dispute

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. on Friday urged all sides in the dispute over Iran's nuclear program to tone down "shrill war talk," reacting to this week's clashes at the world body between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

"It's obvious that harsh tones and rhetoric are not going to be helpful, that is quite clear," said U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky when asked about Netanyahu's speech on Thursday to the General Assembly.

"What is also clear is that Iran needs to prove to the international community that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes," Nesirky said.

Using a cartoonish diagram of a bomb, Netanyahu suggested in his speech that Israel might take military action to prevent Iran from reaching the point where it has enough enriched uranium for a bomb. He indicated that point could come by the spring or summer of 2013.

"Even without a chart, the secretary-general in his quite forceful remarks to the General Assembly on Tuesday made very clear that there does indeed need to be a toning down of the rhetoric from all sides," Nesirky said.

"He referred to the shrill war talk of recent weeks," Nesirky said, referring to U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon.

He also noted that the recent exchange of threats has sparked jitters across global financial markets.

Ban met with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday and warned him of the dangers of incendiary rhetoric. Ahmadinejad disregarded Ban's caution, predicting on Monday that Israel would be "eliminated."

U.S. President Barack Obama followed on Tuesday with a warning to Tehran that it would do what it has to do to prevent Iran from getting an atomic weapon.

Iran's U.N. mission responded to Netanyahu's speech, saying Tehran was strong enough to defend itself and that it reserved the right to retaliate with full force against any attack.

Iran rejects allegations by Western nations and Israel that it is seeking the capability to produce an atomic weapon. Tehran insists its nuclear ambitions are limited to the peaceful production of medical isotopes and electricity.

(Additional reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by David Brunnstrom and Christopher Wilson)


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The 10 Worst Fictional Boyfriends | Thought Catalog

You can find the 10 best fictional boyfriends here, and the 10 best fictional girlfriends here.

1. Mr. Big, Sex and the City

I know that a lot of you out there feel some strange attraction to Mr. Big ? Mr. Darcy for girls with Rabbits and a prescription for birth control ? but I feel safe in my assertion that he is amongst the worst fictional boyfriends of all time. If your idea of a good time is running around Manhattan wearing clothes appropriate for Cruella de Vil?s audition at the Hustler Club, chasing after a guy who could not be less interested in you, I guess he?s ripe for the taking. But given that he spends roughly 700 hours a week at a job that seems to consist of wearing a suit, writing checks, and being an asshole to everyone, you at least won?t have to be exposed to his d-bagginess too often. It could be worse.

2. Patrick Bateman, American Psycho

If only we could freeze time and just enjoy the image of Christian Bale in adorable 80s-preppy garb, dancing to Huey Louis and offering us frozen yogurt for all eternity, it would be perfect. Unfortunately, all of those gorgeous muscles and 50-dollar-an-ounce face mask ultimately go to the act of cutting prostitutes up and hacking his coworkers apart with an axe. (The sexiest axe the Home Depot sells, to be sure, but an axe nonetheless.) He is also, it should be said, what appears to be Bret Easton Ellis? weird Level 9000 Asshole self-insert, so take that as you will. If you can get over the sociopathy and murdering, though, he has a really sweet apartment.

3. Joffrey Baratheon, Game of Thrones

Listen, I think we all want a castle. No one is judging you for wanting to be a fabulous queen who just gets to drink wine and shit on people all day, ? la Cersei Lannister. However, there have to be better ways to achieve that outside of dating/marrying Joffrey ? and those ways include rolling around on a pile of acid-covered scorpions. Even Sansa, a girl who by all accounts has the fortitude and personality of a bowl of oatmeal that?s been sitting out on the counter all day, knows better than to settle for him. Come on.

4. John Smith, Pocahontas

Pocahontas, also known as Watch This Hot Blonde Guy Check His White Privilege for An Hour and A Half, is a movie worth noting for its demonstration of a woman?s ability to overlook a guy?s shortcomings in the name of love. Despite his tendency to want to kill/enslave/sprinkle smallpox on everything in a 100-mile radius, Pocahontas is willing to take her time and show him that things have meanings, and that feral raccoons make for the best hangout buddies. The truth is, though, we don?t have time for that. We have neither Pocahontas? patience, nor her fabulous chunky necklaces. He is just a fixer-upper that is not worth investing in.

5. Walter White, Breaking Bad

Just as much as Jesse is the JNCO-wearing, Michelin-starred meth chef you just want to snuggle with until someone comes to murder your loved ones, Walt is the guy you want to avoid at all costs. Aside having a hilariously soccer-dad-found-a-silly-hat-in-the-attic sense of style, being a completely terrible/absent father, and driving Skyler to be the most disliked character (when she?s really reacting quite rationally to his absurd shenanigans), he?s also just not very fun. He doesn?t have any of the style or charisma that you would imagine defines a criminal of his stature ? he?s just a fuddy-duddy science nerd who got mixed in with the wrong crowd. Pass.

6. Craig Manning, Degrassi

Unless your five-year plan includes making terrible music with your high school boyfriend and dying a single lock of your hair blue to show how SXE you are, Manning is probably not your guy. He?s the emo tool who uses his cunning Pokemon-esque ?I have feelings? move to woo ever-hotter girls as he treats pretty much all of them like a worn-out guitar pick. With all of the empathetic capacity of a 13-year-old listening to your problems over AIM, there is little hope that Craiggles is ever going to evolve into a more deserving boyfriend.

7. Dean, Blue Valentine

I will forever resent this film, and this character, for having shown me that not only can Ryan Gosling be unattractive when put through the right makeup, he can also be a character whom you actually hate (without even a tinge of, ?Oh, but he?s a softy underneath!?). Basically, this guy just spends his time ruining the lives of otherwise-good girls with his selfish antics and inability to control his strange jealousy/anger/feeling of defeat in life. Sure, we?d all love Ryan Gosling to come show up at our work and humiliate us ? but not unattractive, balding Ryan Gosling. That guy can stay at home on his barca lounger.

8. Jimmy McNulty, The Wire

While no one is arguing the entertainment factor of watching good ol? McNulty crash his car into various hilarious locations, nail diner waitresses with increasing levels of inebriation, and be a totally irresponsible cad with his estranged wife/kids/?girlfriends? ? it?s clear that no one should ever actually be subjected to this guy. Unless your idea of a good time is waiting up until four in the morning to have a slobbering-drunk detective come home and pass out in the kids? room while he was trying to steal some diaper rash cream for what he thinks are his herpes, probably best to steer clear of this one.

9. Tom Sloane, Daria

Not only is Tom an elitist fop with a mother who openly looks down on Daria for her life choices/uncertainty about going to a stuffy liberal arts school, not only does he just fundamentally not get our perfect little be-spectacled ball of sarcasm, he came between the golden couple of Girl Crushes. The fact that any man almost ruined the beautiful, perfect friendship between Daria and Jane is an unforgivable sin ? the fact that it was such a boring pseudo-intellectual is even worse. No, Tom. We?ll take Trent, thank you very much.

10. Don Draper, Mad Men

I don?t care how hot Don Draper is. Frankly he could be made out of liquid gold and red velvet cake, and it would make dating him any less of a walk over a bed of flaming nails. How do you like the idea of constantly wondering who he is having sex with any second in which he is not directly in front of you? How about being treated like you?re a child who couldn?t possibly understand anything because you?re not a Big Strong Man with a Big Smart Penis? Oh, wait, you don?t like that ? because that?s a terrible way to go through life, being constantly disrespected to your face? Yeah, you probably shouldn?t date Draper. Date Kenny Cosgrove, he?s adooorable. TC mark

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Less Than Half Of Shoppers Will Pay More For Green Cars

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It's a refrain we've often heard here at Green Car Reports and elsewhere: environmentally friendly technology and products are great, but consumers won't adopt them until they're competitively priced.

Now, research firm GfK has conducted a study to prove (or disprove) that hypothesis, and the results are...interesting.

GfK's latest?Green Gauge survey asked consumers across America to answer questions about their shopping habits. Here are the major takeaways:

  • A whopping?93% of those surveyed said that within the past year, they've done something to conserve energy at home. (Respondents weren't asked what they did, however, so it's unclear whether they achieved conservation through, say, purchases of more energy-efficient appliances or through actions, like adjusting thermostats a few degrees hotter in summer.)
  • Also within the past year, 77% have done something to conserve water.
  • Over the past 12 months, 73% of respondents purchased a product made from organic materials. Though GfK didn't ask what those products were, the firm notes that food (for both humans and pets) as well as cleaning supplies and apparel have seen huge growth in green product sales over the past five years.
  • What tools are consumers using to go green? Many say that smartphones have been hugely useful. On average, 29% have used apps?to do things like monitor household energy consumption or track public transportation. (We'll see if that number drops now that transit-free Apple Maps has become the default mapping app for handsets using iOS 6.)
  • But the stop-and-start U.S. economy is taking a toll on consumers' willingness to go green. In 2008, before we'd hit bottom in the Great Recession, 70% of GfK's survey participants said they'd pay more for energy-efficient lightbulbs. Today, that figure stands at 60%.
  • On the auto front, it's worse. In 2008, an impressive 62% of respondents said they'd be willing to pay more for a vehicle that's more environmentally friendly. Today, that figure has dropped 13 points to 49%.

What's especially disconcerting about that last statistic is that today's auto shoppers have many, many more eco-friendly options than they did four years ago, from hybrids to electric cars to fuel-efficient conventional vehicles. That suggests that today's green-car manufacturers are going to have a tough time selling those new models. And like a nasty Catch-22, the prices of those vehicles won't truly go down until sales pick up and economies of scale kick in.

Thankfully for eco-friendly car fans, there is some cause to be optimistic. Fuel-efficiency remains a major concern among shoppers -- and it'll likely continue to be so, as long as fuel prices stay high.

Then, too, there's Toyota's new (thought admittedly vague) plan to roll out quite a few hybrids over the next few years. If anyone can jump-start the green car market, it's probably the world's largest automaker.

Would you pay more for an eco-friendly ride? How much more? Drop us a line, or leave a note in the comments below.

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Earn More With Your Home Based Business ? Diabetic Diet ...

TIP! Prepare a written business plan if you have a home-based business. Every small business needs an outline of what its goals are.

Many people have learned that one path to financial success is a work from home business. While owning a home business can be a profitable endeavor, knowing where to start can be difficult. To be successful, you need to learn everything that you can about home business enterprise. The information presented in this article will help you in this learning process.

TIP! If you are going to be running a business from your home, it may be a useful tip for you to save all your receipts. When you own a business, everything that you use for business, including costs for vehicles, is tax deductible.

Decide on how much you will charge for your merchandise. If you will be producing your own product, find out what it will cost to make it. Standard pricing is twice the cost of materials. That is the equivalent of the wholesale price you would charge others. You should multiply your wholesale prices by three for an appropriate retail price.

TIP! Try to keep a record of all out outcome and income. You will be less likely to run into problems if you know what you are dealing with during tax season.

Designate a specific work area in your home. Make sure you have the space in your house to keep all things organized. A little organization goes a long way in most home based business environments, and this is the most effective option.

TIP! Make sure that your lunch breaks include laughter! Laughing relaxes your muscles for up to 45 minutes, relieving both physical and mental stress. When you feel yourself burning out you can watch some funny videos online.

Make yourself accessible by email, telephone or regular mail. Keep track of your contacts and find out who bought your products after asking questions. Your response might have led to their purchase decision; so find out what it was that influenced their decision, and apply that method again.

TIP! Security and safety standards are just as important for a home business as for any other business. Your family?s well being depends on it.

While it may initially seem like a luxury to make business calls and respond to customer emails in your robe and slippers, you?ll soon start to miss the camaraderie you shared with your former colleagues on a daily basis. You should try and go to other locations a few times a week in order to maintain personal relationships.

TIP! You need a rock solid business plan to succeed. Try making one regardless of whether or not you need a loan or investors.

Having a checking account designated for your business can help you keep track of your business spending. Use your business checking account for all your business purchases. Once you are organized, you have a convenient way to review your business finances at any time. It is also a good idea to open a specific credit card for your business.

TIP! Look online for the supplies that you can use for your home-based business at wholesale costs. Luckily for you, the Internet is perfect for finding all the prices and requirements that you?ll need when starting up your first home business.

Before you try selling, you need to understand the price range in the market for the items you want to sell. When you research the competition?s price for your product or service, consider whether you can offer more reasonable rates. The most effective way to generate more income for your business is to focus on your good qualities, rather than focusing on the bad qualities of other businesses.

TIP! Starting a home business takes a considerable amount of time and work. If you believe that the business will have a negative impact on family life, it may be wise to reconsider.

In work from home business, your website needs to maintain a professional appearance. A website that looks unkempt and unprofessional may drive customers away. Look around at other websites of the same nature to gain ideas on how to make a professional looking website.

TIP! Be sure to know your competitor?s prices. That will help you stay on top in the market.

When you are starting your online business, try to keep your costs down. Working from home has the benefit of not costing you money for office rental. Keep the savings from this choice by monitoring your other expenditures and making sure you don?t buy things you don?t need. With proper budgeting, you can keep your charges low.

TIP! There are lots of home business owners congregating online. Join a forum discussion relative to your niche or just about business and trends in general.

Now that you have a greater idea of what you need to do to create and manage a work from home business, you should start feeling like you can accomplish your home business enterprise goals. Remember that the information you learned is only going to work if you apply it. If you follow the tips in this article, then your home business should succeed

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

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Atlanta, GA / Boston, MA (PRWEB) November 10, 2004

iCongo, Inc., a leading provider of collaborative e-business systems and solutions, and Turner Sports Interactive, a Time Warner (NYSE: TWX) company, announced today that Turner Sports Interactive is utilizing iCongo?s ICE3 eMail Campaign Manager for subscription-based email marketing communications and data management.

iCongo?s ICE3 eMail Campaign Manager will provide Turner Sports Interactive with a dynamic web platform for the design, delivery and reporting of targeted email campaigns. The system will allow Turner Sports Interactive to easily create, schedule, distribute and track rich-content and text-based emails to both new and existing email subscribers.

?We chose the iCongo email platform because of it?s advanced technology features, which include an easy-to-use Content Management System for the design and development of customized email templates and communications, a robust administration module for management of subscriber information and profiles, and its sophisticated reporting and tracking tools,? said Phil Sharpe, General Manager, Turner Sports Interactive. ?iCongo also offers a very strong level of technical support and service, which is important for a company like ours.?

?We are pleased that Turner Sports Interactive has chosen to use iCongo?s ICE3 eMail Campaign Manager to help them as they continue to rollout various business programs and services to PGA Professionals and users nationwide,? said Irwin Kramer, President and CEO of iCongo. ?At iCongo, our goal is to provide comprehensive marketing, communications and e-commerce systems that help our clients meet their growth objectives and improve profitability. Turner Sports Interactive?s selection of iCongo?s email platform clearly demonstrates our position as a top tier Internet marketing systems company.?

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Turner Sports Interactive (TSI), an AOL Time Warner company produces, the official online destination for the PGA and home to the PGA Championship, the Senior PGA Championship, The PGA Grand Slam of Golf, The Ryder Cup, and The British Open. TSI and the PGA formed the 10-year alliance in June 2002 with a mission to serve the golfing public, PGA Professionals and golf trade with products and services that inspire, direct and facilitate participation nationwide. Turner Sports Interactive is the online production company of Turner Sports, Inc. Based in Atlanta, TSI is also the exclusive producer of

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Pubblicato il bollettino straordinario MS12-063 su Internet Explorer relativo al Microsoft Security Advisory 2757760

[English readers: you can find English links in this post for your convenience]

Come vi anticipavo, lo scorso venerd? sera Microsoft ha provveduto al rilascio straordinario (OOB=out-of-band) di un bollettino di sicurezza cumulativo su Internet Explorer (per tutte le versioni di Internet Explorer, e quindi di Windows, attualmente supportate; vi ricordo ancora che solo IE10 in Windows 8 non ? interessato dal problema) per correggere la vulnerabilit? nota descritta nel Microsoft Security Advisory 2757760, pubblicato lo scorso 17 settembre e approfittando per fornire le correzioni di altre 4 vulnerabilit? non ancora note pubblicamente:

e l?utile versione italiana del collega Gerardo Di Giacomo, che lavora direttamente nel MSRC in qualit? di Security Program Manager:

Indicazioni per utenti finali: sono quelle consuete?

  • Assicuratevi di aver abilitato il meccanismo degli Aggiornamenti Automatici di Windows (consultate l?articolo 294871 se avete bisogno di chiarimenti) in modo da ricevere e installare automaticamente tutti gli aggiornamenti appena pubblicati che si applicano al vostro PC, senza alcuna necessit? di intervento da parte dell?utente (a parte assecondare la necessit? di un riavvio del sistema).

Maggiori dettagli tecnici per professionisti IT:

Il riepilogo degli aggiornamenti di settembre, che include questo rilascio straordinario, ? disponibile a questo link

e il bollettino con i dettagli tecnici:

  • [EN/IT] MS12-063 - Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (2744842)

Vi avevo gi? anticipato che non attendevo contenuti diversi da quelli un normale aggiornamento cumulativo di IE: vi segnalo solo che l?aggiornamento include delle modifiche di tipo Defense-in-Depth che per? non vengono dettagliate.

In queste occasioni una tipica domanda ricorrente che viene posta ? se si debba disinstallare il FixIt (ovviamente per coloro che l?avessero installato) prima di procedere all?aggiornamento: in questo caso non ? necessario.

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Due to the condition of your housing marketplace, some property owners want to make a lot of changes before itemizing their property in order to increase the worth. You won?t always need to have a professional to assist you for making these upgrades, however, you must nevertheless study these tips to understand more about the topic.

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Give an older baggage carrier the opportunity to shine by making it an affordable, but effective side desk within your living room area. Take the glass from a big image structure and secure it for the travel luggage rack with permanent sticky. Pile a number of guides as well as a light fixture, and you will have a good side desk.

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Youth Baseball Coach Accused of Stalking Rival

Youth Baseball Coach Accused of Stalking Rival

(YAPHANK, N.Y.) ? The coach of a youth baseball team called the Long Island Vengeance allegedly pursued a real-life vengeance of his own against a rival coach.

Robert Sanfilippo, 45, was arrested Friday on 20 counts of aggravated harassment and one count of stalking during a game at Baseball Heaven in Yaphank, N.Y.

Police said Sanfilippo bought an untraceable cell phone after an altercation with John Reardon, a rival coach, in May.

He then sent ?several text messages with pictures, threatening to do harm to the victim, his son, and his wife,? the Suffolk County Sheriff?s Office said in statement.

Reardon told Newsday the texts included pictures of him and his wife that appeared to have been taken with a long-distance zoom lens. Even more disturbing, Reardon told the newspaper, the person threatened to pick up his 10-year-old son at the bus stop.

?When he suddenly started mentioning my son by name, it just hit me that it was this guy,? Reardon said of Sanfilippo. ?That?s when it got scary and that?s when I went to the police.?

Sanfilippo was scheduled to be arraigned today at First District Court in Central Islip, N.Y. It was not immediately clear if he has an attorney.

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

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Cell death discovery suggests new ways to protect female fertility

ScienceDaily (Sep. 21, 2012) ? Melbourne researchers have identified a new way of protecting female fertility, offering hope to women whose fertility may be compromised by the side-effects of cancer therapy or by premature menopause.

The researchers, from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Monash University and Prince Henry's Institute of Medical Research, made the discovery while investigating how egg cells die.

They found that two specific proteins, called PUMA and NOXA, cause the death of egg cells in the ovaries. The finding may lead to new strategies that protect women's fertility by blocking the activity of these two proteins.

Associate Professor Clare Scott from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute said the research showed that when the DNA of egg cells is damaged following exposure to radiation or chemotherapy, such as that received during some cancer treatments, PUMA and NOXA trigger the death of the damaged eggs. This egg cell death causes many female cancer patients to become infertile.

"PUMA and NOXA can trigger cell death, and have been found to be necessary for the death of many different cell types in response to DNA damage," Associate Professor Scott, who is also an oncologist at The Royal Melbourne and Royal Women's Hospitals, said. "This removal of damaged cells is a natural process that is essential to maintaining health but, for women undergoing cancer treatment, can be devastating when it leads to infertility."

Associate Professor Scott, Dr Ewa Michalak and Professor Andreas Strasser from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, together with Associate Professor Jeffrey Kerr from Monash University, and Dr Karla Hutt and Professor Jock Findlay from Prince Henry's Institute of Medical Research, focused their studies on egg cells called primordial follicle oocytes, which provide each woman's lifetime supply of eggs. Low numbers of these egg cells can also be a cause of early menopause. Their findings are published online this week in the journal Molecular Cell.

Associate Professor Jeff Kerr said that when these egg-producing cells were missing the PUMA protein, they did not die after being exposed to radiation therapy. "This might ordinarily be cause for concern because you want damaged egg cells to die so as not to produce abnormal offspring," he said. "To our great surprise we found that not only did the cells survive being irradiated, they were able to repair the DNA damage they had sustained and could be ovulated and fertilized, producing healthy offspring. When the cells were also missing the NOXA protein, there was even better protection against radiation."

"We were very excited to see healthy offspring could be produced from these cells," Associate Professor Scott said. "It means that in the future, medications that block the function of PUMA could be used to stop the death of egg cells in patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy. Our results suggest that this could maintain the fertility of these patients."

A joint leader of the study, Professor Jock Findlay, head of the Female Reproductive Biology Group at Prince Henry's Institute, said the study could also have implications for delaying menopause. "We know that the timing of menopause is influenced by how many egg cells a female has," he said. "Interventions that slow the loss of egg cells from the ovaries could delay premature menopause. As well as prolonging female fertility, such a treatment could have the potential to reduce menopause-associated health conditions, such as osteoporosis and heart disease."

The research was supported by National Health and Medical Research Council, Cancer Council Victoria, the Victorian Cancer Agency, the US Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the US National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, and the Victorian Government.

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Obama responds to Romney's tough talk on Mideast

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks to reporters on his campaign plane en route to Denver, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, as Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, listens at right. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks to reporters on his campaign plane en route to Denver, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, as Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, listens at right. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney gets ready to board his campaign plane in Los Angeles, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(AP) ? President Barack Obama, defending his foreign policy record at a time of anti-American rage in the Muslim world, fired back at suggestions from Republican Mitt Romney that the president has been weak with allies and enemies alike.

In an interview airing the night before Obama meets with other world leaders at the United Nations, the president said, "If Gov. Romney is suggesting that we should start another war, he should say so."

It was Obama's most direct rebuttal yet to persistent skepticism by his White House rival on his handling of an unraveling situation in the Middle East. Romney has charged the U.S. stance has been marred by miscalculations, mixed messages and appeasement.

The foreign policy arguments come as both candidates sharpen their strategy just six weeks ahead of Election Day. Speaking to reporters on a flight to Colorado Sunday night, Romney acknowledged he was slipping behind Obama in several swing states and said he would spend more time with voters in the coming weeks.

"I think the fundraising season is probably a little quieter going forward," he said following a weekend largely devoted to raising money in California.

Facing Republican fears that his campaign is moving in the wrong direction, Romney huddled earlier in the day with his top advisers, preparing for next month's debates and crafting a more aggressive strategy.

"I don't pay a lot of attention to the day-to-day polls. They change a great deal," Romney said. "And I know that in the coming six weeks they're very unlikely to stay where they are today."

Romney and Obama both discussed foreign policy in interviews broadcast Sunday on CBS' "60 Minutes."

Romney, who has criticized Obama's response to unrest in Syria and anti-American protests across the Muslim world, broadened his reproach to include Israel. He said Obama's failure to schedule a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the annual U.N. gathering this week "sends a message throughout the Middle East that somehow we distance ourselves from our friends."

The White House has said scheduling precluded a meeting between the two leaders, who won't be in New York at the same time. But Obama pushed back on the notion that he feels pressure from Netanyahu, dismissing as noise the Israeli leader's calls for the U.S. to lay out a "red line" that Iran's nuclear program mustn't cross to avoid American military intervention.

"When it comes to our national security decisions, any pressure that I feel is simply to do what's right for the American people," Obama said. "And I am going to block out any noise that's out there. "

In a wide-ranging interview conducted the day after U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens was killed in an attack on Benghazi, Obama defended his foreign policy successes, noting he'd followed through on a commitment to end the war in Iraq and had nabbed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

He also waxed optimistic that winning a second term would give him a mandate to overcome obstructionism from congressional Republicans whose No. 1 goal, he said, has been to prevent his re-election.

"My expectation is, my hope is that that's no longer their number one priority," Obama said. "I'm hoping that after the smoke clears and the election season's over that that spirit of cooperation comes more to the fore."

Romney, in an interview conducted last week, sought to deflect attention from his running mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, over their differences in Medicare policy: "I'm the guy running for president, not him."

While reaffirming his commitment to lowering all income tax rates by 20 percent, Romney expressed no unease about his refusal to offer specifics, such as which loopholes and deductions he'd eliminate to pay for the cuts.

"The devil's in the details. The angel is in the policy, which is creating more jobs," Romney said, adding that he doesn't want to see overall government revenue reduced.

Addressing the seemingly unshakable charge of flip-flopping on policy issues, Romney pointed the finger at Obama, noting his changes of heart on gay marriage and military tribunals for terrorism suspects.

"Have I found some things I thought would be effective turned out not to be effective? Absolutely," Romney said. "You don't learn from experience, you don't learn from your mistakes ?why, you know, you ought to be fired."

The series of interviews also offered glimpses into both candidates' personal habits, including their late-night routines. Romney said his nightly prayer is a time to connect both with the divine and with his own thoughts, and said he asks God mainly for wisdom and understanding.

Obama, describing himself as "a night guy," said that after first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters retire around 10 p.m., he hunkers down for reading, writing and occasionally a moment alone on the Truman Balcony, with the Washington Monument and Jefferson Memorial in view.

"Those are moments of reflection that, you know, help gird you for the next challenge and the next day," Obama said.

The "60 Minutes" interviews came as Romney's campaign strove to turn the page on a week of public stumbles and Republican hand-wringing. On the flight to Colorado, Romney said he's looking forward to next month's debates to help reverse his slide, which he attributed to Obama's aggressive advertising.

"He's trying to fool people into thinking that I think things I don't," Romney said of the president. "And that ends I think during the debates."

Romney blamed his fundraising focus on Obama's decision to bypass traditional spending limits during the 2008 campaign. "I'd far rather be spending my time out in the key swing states campaigning door to door if necessary, but in rallies and various meetings," he said. "But fundraising is part of politics when your opponent decides not to live by the federal spending limits."

After Colorado, Romney was to begin a three-day bus tour in Ohio on Monday followed by a stop in Virginia ? states that Obama won in 2008 but that Republicans claimed four years earlier.

While national polls remain tight, polls in several of the most closely watched states, including Colorado, suggest Obama has opened narrow leads. Obama won Colorado by 9 points four years ago, but the state went to a Republican in the previous three presidential elections.

Obama took a rare weekend break from the campaigning ahead of his U.N. address Tuesday, but dispatched top allies to the Sunday talk shows.


Peoples reported from Los Angeles and Denver. AP White House Correspondent Ben Feller contributed to this report.

Associated Press


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