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I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream — For What?

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So earlier today I heard some of the neighborhood kids screaming outside. You never quite know if a six-year old is screaming due to joy or due to anger.

Usually hearing the parent’s reaction a few seconds later reveals the answer.

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July 8, 2011 at 10:42 pm

Posted in Life

Seeds Of Organic Discontent

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‎What cracks me up is that THIS is what the Detroit region feels the need to confront. Yeah, what an eyesore.

Oak Park Woman Faces 93-Days in Jail For Planting Vegetable Garden

OAK PARK, Mich. (WJBK) – “The price of organic food is kind of through the roof,” said Julie Bass.

So, why not grow your own? However, Bass’ garden is a little unique because it’s in her front yard.

“We thought it’d be really cool to do it so the neighbors could see. The kids love it. The kids from the neighborhood all come and help,” she said.

Bass’ cool garden has landed her in hot water with the City of Oak Park. Code enforcement gave her a warning, then a ticket and now she’s been charged with a misdemeanor.

“I think it’s sad that the City of Oak Park that’s already strapped for cash is paying a lot of money to have a prosecutor bothering us,” Bass told FOX 2’s Alexis Wiley.

“That’s not what we want to see in a front yard,” said Oak Park City Planner Kevin Rulkowski.

Why? The city is pointing to a code that says a front yard has to have suitable, live, plant material. The big question is what’s “suitable?”

We asked Bass whether she thinks she has suitable, live, plant material in her front yard.

“It’s definitely live. It’s definitely plant. It’s definitely material. We think it’s suitable,” she said.

So, we asked Rulkowski why it’s not suitable.

“If you look at the definition of what suitable is in Webster’s dictionary, it will say common. So, if you look around and you look in any other community, what’s common to a front yard is a nice, grass yard with beautiful trees and bushes and flowers,” he said.

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July 8, 2011 at 9:53 pm

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But Is It A Dry 122 Degrees?

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First FIFA didn’t realize people in South Africa brought vuvuzelas with them to soccer games. Now they just figured out it gets hot in Qatar during the summertime.

FIFA doesn’t mess around with its fact-finding when determing future World Cup venues.

World Cup in 2022 could become a game of three halves in the 40 degree heat of Qatar

It has been a game of two halves ever since it was codified by the British in the 19th century but Fifa’s controversial decision to award the World Cup to Qatar in 2022 could see football become a game of three thirds.

Having decided to play the tournament in the middle of summer in a country where temperatures regularly exceed 40C, Fifa have been wrestling with the problem of how the world’s best players are going to cope with the conditions.

Air conditioned, indoor stadiums will help, but even that might not be enough to keep them at a safe temperature according to Michael Beavon, a director of Arup Associates, the company responsible for developing the zero-carbon solar technology intended to cool them.

As a result, one proposal being considered by Fifa is to play the 90 minute games over three 30-minute periods if the temperature inside the stadiums exceeds 30c because of the potential health risks involved.

“There is a moderate risk of heat injury to the players between 24C-29C but if you go above that you have high and extreme risk of injury, ” said Beavon, who was speaking to delegates at the Qatar Infrastructure Conference in London.

“The one thing Fifa do say, although it is for guidance, is if it’s 32C they will stop a match and play three 30-minute thirds rather than two 45-minute halves.

“The reason would be to re-hydrate the players before they could carry on playing. That of course would play havoc with TV schedules and those kind of things.

“The commitment from Qatar was to provide conditions in the moderate band, so that matches would go ahead and be played as normal. Matches have to be played at an acceptable temperature and in safety so that Fifa do not intervene.”

A Fifa spokesman attempted to calm fears that a huge break in tradition is about to happen last night, insisting nothing has been finalised at this stage.

All I know is someone got paid for putting the World Cup in Qatar.

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July 8, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Posted in Sports

Civic Duty To Save Civic Arena?

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Mr. Preservation Group, tear down this arena.

Preservation Pittsburgh has filed suit in federal court for the Western District of Pennsylvania against the Sports and Exhibition Authority, the city’s Urban Redevelopment AuthoritybizWatch and Allegheny County to stop what it claims are the illegal actions to take and demolish the Civic Arena.

The organization’s suit claims the federal law should bar federal financial assistance going to the arena site “unless and until the National Historic Preservation Act and National Environmental Protection Act have been complied with.”

In its announcement of its lawsuit, Preservation Pittsburgh argued it has taken legal action to make sure the federal funds needed to redevelop the arena site are available out of a concern that the SEA’s process has not heeded federal law for historic review. The organization maintains that the site could be rendered ineligible for federal highway funding to restore a street grid on the site if a federal historic review process is not followed.

Preservation Pittsburgh also accused the SEA of not undertaking “substantial, independent exploration of alternatives” for demolition and hopes the suit will help provide time to identify candidates to develop and become tenants at the property.

Last week, City Council voted against a historic nomination of the arena, leaving only limited options to preservationists opposed to the total demolition of the nearly 50-year-old arena.

It’s not “historic.” It’s a dump. See if you can buy a seat from inside the building before its date with the wrecking ball if you are going to miss the Mellon/Civic Arena that much.

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July 8, 2011 at 3:41 pm

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