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Earlier this month, we wrote about the taking advantage of the federal governments tax incentives on particular home improvement projects . These tax credits for upgrades made to improve the energy…
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Weather kept the president away from the golf links yesterday and so far today too. Hawaii has been pelted by heavy rain that will become a major ingredient for the storms headed to California. National Weather Service meteorologist Robert Ballard said moisture from this system is being injected into the system hitting Southern California today. A second straight day of stormy weather caused scattered flash flooding and minor landslides in Hawaii.
For the White House, statements by Hawaiis new governor Neil Abercrombie were almost as unwelcome as the foul weather. Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton responded with a terse no thanks when asked for a comment on Abercrombies plan to take on the birthers, people who question Barack Obamas US citizenship.
The White House clearly believes it did away with the questions during the 08 campaign when it released Mr. Obamas Hawaiian certification of live birth. Baby Obamas birth announcement from the local newspapers was also produced.
While the White House views the issue as closed, it is personal for Abercrombie who is a longtime Obama family friend. He used interviews with a number of news organizations to to voice disgust with the birther movement. Abercrombie remembers when Barack Obama was born in Honolulu.
He told CBS affiliate KGMB-TV, This has to do with the people in Hawaii who love him, people who loved his mom and dad. This has to do with the respect of the office the president is entitled to.
Abercrombie added, Its an insult to his mother and father. How would anybody like to have their mother and father in that kind of situation? I was friends with his mom and dad.
It remains unclear how Abercrombie will be able to produce any evidence that would silence politically-motivated Obama critics. He told the Honolulu station, We have to take a look at what we can do with that. But I cant imagine that we cant find some way to see to it that those who are honest about it, that dont have a political agenda could have no further argument about it.
First off, Natalie Portmans announcement that she was both expecting and engaged to boyfriend Benjamin Millipied probably reminded even the hoariest Academy members that they should go see that Swan Lake movie. We extend our (sigh) heartiest congratulations to the future Mrs. Millipied, although judging from our Twitter feeds, the general male reaction has been closer to William Shatners one-word soliloquy in The Wrath of Khan: Millipieeeeeeeeed! As to whether Ms. Portmans joyeux news has any impact on her or Black Swans snagging Little Gold Men, were not surebut the only way it could hurt would be if the Oscar voting blocks coincided with the male population of Facebook.
Of course, The Social Network wasnt resting on its laurels, despite winning every critics award under the sun except perhaps the Tacoma Regional Amateur Online Movie Critics and the Ladies Book Club League (predictably, they broke for Eat Pray Love). Perfectionist director David Fincher was airlifted from filming Girl with a Dragoon Tattoo to the Sony lot, where he was subjected to a non-stop regimen of QA-boarding with the cast, the crew, and Trent Reznor last week. The last techie-geared screening was a particularly ingenious idea, as it allowed below-the-line voters to marvel at Ren Klyces sound design, as well as Angus Wall and Kirk Baxters editing prowess in not only keeping Sorkins 160-page script on the two-hour mark but also slogging through 260+ hours of David Finchers selects. Still up and coming: a mysterious event in January to celebrate The Social Networks well-timed DVD/Blu-ray release.
Of course, the big winner of this holiday weekend might be True Grit. The Coens surprisingly mainstream Western shocked everyone with a second-place showing at the five-day, Christmas-weekend box officeeclipsing neon-Mobius-rave Tron and earning the Coens their best opening ever. Considering that the Academy has elevated the Coens to Chosen Ones status, the combination of commercial and critical praise for the film will definitely perk the ears of older voters; a good chunk of Academy voters may in fact see this it in the cinema. This shouldnt be glossed overremember, its much easier to fast-forward through a DVD when you hit a boring part. Having captive Academy members wowed by an actual big screen, with actual surround sound, could go a long way toward making True Grit a meaner Oscar contender than some pundits have predicted.
STUART — More than 200 people — from infants through adults — will receive shoes Jan. 22 thanks to the collaborative efforts of several organizations, including Mothers against Gun Violence Treasure Coast and Tamiqas House, Soles4Souls, Inc. and Finding My Shoes.
After the murder of her 26-year-old daughter, Tamiqa Taylor, in October 2009, Belinda Taylor-Strachan of Port St. Lucie channeled her heartbreak into founding a local chapter of Mothers against Gun Violence Treasure Coast. Shes now launching Tamiqas House, a drop-in center for kids and teens. The Jan. 22 event at the Robert Morgade Library on the Chastain Campus of Indian River State College in Stuart will help promote awareness of those organizations.
Taylor-Strachan has been working with Brenda Combs, a friend and founder of Finding My Shoes, to organize the event. Combs, of Phoenix, founded the organization to provide the homeless with shoes. Once homeless herself, she is now a teacher, author and motivational speaker who will speak at the Jan. 22 event.
For the past few months, Taylor-Strachan has been working with local agencies, including Tykes and Teens, SafeSpace, Marys Shelter and the Martin Girls Academy, to gather names and shoe sizes of clients who need shoes.
Although she originally wanted to hold the event in December, Taylor-Strachan said theres now enough time to collect all the information and make matches. All the shoes for the event have been donated.
Our guests will definitely get a pair of shoes, she said.
Those receiving shoes will also receive care packages that include personal hygiene items, such as toothbrushes, soap and shampoo.
Wayne Elsey, CEO and founder of Soles4Souls, will also be at the event. Elsey founded the organization in the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia and the groups mission since has been to procure and get shoes to those who need them.
Taylor-Strachan hopes even those who dont need the services of the groups sponsoring the events will attend.
The more people who come out, the more people understand whats happening in our community, Taylor-Strachan said.
If you go
What: Finding My Shoes event, distribution of shoes and personal hygiene items to previously screened individuals. Brenda Combs, motivational speaker and founder of Finding My Shoes, will speak.
When: Jan. 22 from 2-5 pm
Where: Robert Morgade Library on the Chastain Campus of IRSC, 5851 SE Community Dr., Stuart
Info: Contact Belinda Taylor-Strachan at MAGVTreasurecoast@yahoo.com or visit www.tamiqashouse.com
How you can help: Cash donations are still needed to purchase hygiene items. Online donations are accepted at www.tamiqashouse.com or can be mailed to: Mothers against Gun Violence Treasure Coast, PO Box 8484, Port St. Lucie, FL 34953. Donations of new or gently used shoes for Soles4Souls, Inc., are also welcome at the event.
Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is still in preview performances, but that hasnt stopped some news organizations from sending their critics to see the troubled Broadway musical, breaking with the widely accepted journalistic protocol of waiting until opening night. Over the weekend, critics from Bloomberg and Newsday published pseudo-reviews — or an interim report as Jeremy Gerard of Bloomberg described his write-up.
Gerard wrote: On the evidence of what I saw, the second act still has yet to be completed. We might expect more of a show that has been in the works for almost nine years. Linda Winer of Newsday described the musicals book as meandering and the second act as weak in her report, but added that the shows up-close flying really is exciting and scary, in a circus way. Bloggers and other amateur reviewers have been offering their opinions of Spider-Man since previews began in late November.
All of which raises the question: Should news outlets be running reviews of Spider-Man before the official Feb. 7 opening? With significant changes still being made, Spider-Man remains very much a moving target (although tickets for previews generally cost the same as what regular tickets will sell for).
Director Julie Taymor and songwriters Bono and the Edge are reportedly reworking the book and the score. And despite official assurances that the new Feb. 7 opening is definite, theres still talk that the musical might not even make it through previews.
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How to avoid bedbugs and stinky teens: product reviews
| Friday, December 17, 2010, 02:01 AM
Ive been reviewing some products that will ease your holiday travel stress and help your car and home stink less guaranteed!
First up is a new obsession with me, and likely most other moms as well: BEDBUGS. The mere mention of the word gives me the heebie-jeebies.
Sleeping in bedbug-infested hotels, going to movie theaters and traveling on dirty airplanes puts us at risk.
My sister, a seasoned travel agent and a bona fide clean freak, came to Dayton to spend Thanksgiving with us this year. We already had a houseful, so she and her hubby booked a room at a local hotel, where there just so happened to have been a report of bedbugs a few months before. Ugh.
I hesitated to tell her, but when I brought it up she acted all nonchalant. She said that because theyre so prevalent, everyplace treats for them now. That makes no nevermind to me: I am ON EDGE about the blood-sucking beasties and will do whatever possible to make sure we dont bring any into our home.
So for expert advice, Im turning to Risa Barash, affectionately called The Lice Lady, who knows what it takes to protect the entire family from lice and bedbugs.
She developed Fairy Tales Sleep-Tite,
an organic line of oils and enzymes that repel bedbugs. Her products are available in 3.2-ounce sizes, which make them perfect for travel.
Home Improvement Sues: I Was Fleeced!
12/28/2010 5:38 PM PSTby TMZ Staff
BLAINE, Minn. — The Minnesota Twins are offering kids and teens major league instruction on learning to play baseball.
The winter edition of the Twins Training Camps provide players a chance to continue to develop and improve skills ahead of next seasons tryouts.
Twins on-field personnel as well as alumni, minor league players and top college and high school coaches will provide the instruction.
Players will go through hitting drills designed to correct flaws and improve swings; defensive drills including infield and outfield work and throwing drills designed to teach players the correct way to throw to gain velocity, accuracy and avoid arm injuries.
The 2010-2011 winter edition of Twins Training Camps feature one 2-day camp and a couple 1-day camps. All camps are conducted at the Nationals Sports Center in Blaine.
In addition to the camps, the team also offers the Twins Training Academy.
You can find out more on the Twins website.
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Kids on (Legal) Drugs: According to Medco Health Solutions, more than 25% of kids and teens take medications for chronic conditions, including some drugs that were formerly limited to adults, the WSJ reports. Physicians are catching conditions and diseases earlier, and they and parents are more aware of drugs as treatment or management options — but some medications haven’t been studied in kids over the long term, the paper reports.
Painkiller On Hold: Johnson amp; Johnson and AstraZeneca have joined the list of companies suspending trials of new type of painkiller, Bloomberg News reports. Yesterday Regeneron disclosed in a regulatory filing that the FDA had put a clinical hold on its own experimental drug on concerns that a similar drug by another company caused bone damage, though no current Regeneron trials were enrolling or treating patients. Jamp;J tells BN the FDA halted development of its similar drug, fulranumab, while AstraZeneca says it voluntarily put a hold on early research into its own drug without prompting from regulators. Pfizer suspended some trials of its candidate, tanezumab, in June.
Jobs and Veggies: Among the consequences of higher unemployment rates may be a drop in fruit and vegetable consumption, the WSJ’s Real Time Economics blog reports, citing a new National Bureau of Economic Research paper. The research says employment conditions suggest a 10% to 20% decline in consumption of fruits and veggies among the least educated and certain other groups.
Surgery Scrutiny: A Medtronic device called Hydrosorb Mesh is the subject of scrutiny by Sens. Max Baucus and Charles Grassley for its use in spinal surgeries at Walter Reed Army Medical Center several years ago, the NYT reports. Hydrosorb Mesh hasn’t been approved for use in the spine, and the senators are asking whether patients were properly informed of that fact. Three participating surgeons received money from Medtronic. The head of the Walter Reed Healthcare system tells the NYT he will respond to the query by Jan. 14 and that patients weren’t put at risk. (Medtronic tells the paper it funded research at Walter Reed through a foundation.)
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