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  • This Man Climbed the Ladder by Sticking With Gutters

    “I had no idea what gutters were,” recalls Jimmy Olang, who moved from Nairobi, Kenya, to LaGrange-ville, N.Y., in 2001 after waiting a decade for a visa. He’d met Ken Parsons, owner of The Brothers That Just Do Gutters, when Parsons was on a mission trip to Kenya four years earlier; once in the U.S., Olang looked him up. “He told me that if I ever made it to the U.S., he’d have a job for me,” Olang says. “We didn’t have gutters in Nairobi. The job description made no sense to me. Kenny said to just come the next morning and he’d show me.” Olang arrived in shorts and flip-flops and set out with Parsons to do home gutter installations, learning about steel-toe boots, downspouts and elbow joints along the way. “Jimmy had no idea about tools or how to put things together,” Parsons says. “But he was good at using his hands and …

    August 29, 2015 6:15 pm


  • Obama heads north to Alaska, where drilling decision looms large

    WASHINGTON President Barack Obama on Saturday defended his decision to allow Royal Dutch Shell to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean under what he said were rigorous standards, fending off criticism by environmental groups. His message comes on the eve of a three-day tour of Alaska aimed at drawing attention to powerful images of melting glaciers and eroding coastlines as a “wakeup call” to Americans in the Lower 48 states about the urgent need to address climate change. The trip is part of a broad campaign to seal an international deal later this year to curb carbon emissions, something the White House hopes will cap Obama’s legacy on climate during his time in office. It also highlights inherent contradictions in his climate and energy policies. While Obama pushes the world to wean itself from fossil fuels, his administration gave Shell the green light earlier this month to drill in the oil-rich Chukchi Sea. Environmental …

    August 29, 2015 2:51 pm


  • Can the global gloom sink the U.S. economy?

    We saw the good, bad and ugly side of fear over the global economy last week. The Dow fell 1,000 points shortly after it opened Monday as global markets nosedived and fears about the scale of China’s economic slowdown rippled across the world. The Dow also had its best 2-day rally in its history on Thursday, after finding out that the U.S. economy is doing pretty well. And, oh, the Fed sent mixed signals — again! — about a possible interest rate hike in September, less than three weeks from now. The solid and steady U.S. economy still stands out against all the global turmoil. And next Friday’s crucial jobs report will provide an important check-up on America that could confirm the strength of the economy. Related: China’s contagion: how it ripples across the world Why this jobs report is extra important This jobs report is especially key because it plays a big role in …

    August 29, 2015 4:52 pm


  • Playing 2nd game in 6 days, Titans played like ‘tired’ team

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Marcus Mariota keeps showing he can shake off a rough start. Now the Tennessee Titans need to stop making so many mistakes and start helping out the rookie quarterback. While Mariota missed on his first three passes, the Titans hurt themselves as they gave up the first 17 points in a 34-10 loss at Kansas City on Friday night. Missed tackles kept alive too many drives, while penalties and poor execution stopped the Titans from getting much started. The Titans (1-2) were playing their second game in six days while also traveling to Kansas City, and coach Ken Whisenhunt said the Titans played like a tired team at times. ”It’s a great teaching tape,” Whisenhunt said Saturday. ”We’re not real happy with some of the things that went on in that game, and we’re going to work to correct them.” Whisenhunt called missed tackles by linebacker Zach Brown ”unacceptable” after the game, …

    August 29, 2015 6:15 pm

World News

  • US decries al-Jazeera jail sentences

    The US has said it is “deeply disappointed and concerned” at the three-year jail sentences passed in Egypt on three al-Jazeera journalists. Echoing criticism from the UK, Canada and Australia, the US state department urged Egypt to “redress the verdict”. The reporters, Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy, Egyptian Baher Mohamed and Australian Peter Greste, were convicted of “spreading false news”. Mr Greste was deported to Australia this year and was tried in absentia. State department spokesman John Kirby said in a statement: “We urge the government of Egypt to take all available measures to redress this verdict, which undermines the very freedom of expression necessary for stability and development. Image caption Mohamed Fahmy (left), Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed were freed before their retrial “The freedom of the press to investigate, report, and comment – even when its perspective is unpopular or disputed – is fundamental to any free society and essential to democratic development.” Australia’s Minister …

    August 29, 2015 6:15 pm


  • Gadget Ogling: Smart Bikes, Contactless Cards, and Roll-Up Keyboards

    Welcome to Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, the column that sifts through the latest gadget announcement for nuggets of gold. In our precious metal collection this week are an adapter that converts a run-of-the-mill bicycle into a smart bike, a new spin on the singular credit card, a TV remote-speaker combo, and a roll-up keyboard. As always, these are not reviews, as I haven’t even seen any of these items in the real world. The rating for each product denotes only my interest in trying it out with my cynical writer’s hands. Bright Bike Regular readers may recall previous acknowledgments of my inability to ride a bicycle. I never had much interest as a child, and although I now live in a tremendously bike-friendly city, I haven’t found a way to learn without feeling like a total chump in public. Yet I am more interested than ever in leading a life on two wheels after discovering …

    August 29, 2015 3:11 pm


  • Neurodegenerative disease clogs nuclear pores

    Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) scientists have discovered how the most common genetic defect in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis kills nerve cells. Their study suggests that the pores that allow molecules into and out of a cell’s nucleus get jammed, a finding that could speed the search for other genes that promote this fatal illness. In people who have amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the motor neurons that operate the muscles deteriorate. Over time, the disease deprives patients of the ability to walk, swallow, and breathe, and they usually die within three to five years. About 10 percent of ALS cases are hereditary, and researchers have pinpointed about 20 defective genes that can cause the disease. The most common gene variant by far is C9ORF72. The faulty version of this gene contains too many copies of a short DNA segment, known as a repeat. Healthy people usually have 23 or fewer copies of this segment, whereas people …

    August 29, 2015 6:15 pm


  • Healthy workplace tied to fewer obese young workers

    (Reuters Health) – Workplaces that encourage healthy lifestyle practices are tied to fewer obese employees among millennials, according to a new study. About 17 percent of young employees in workplaces that encouraged several healthy lifestyle practices were obese, compared to about 24 percent in spaces that promoted one or no healthy practices, researchers found. “I have personally experienced a range of workplace environments that I feel have influenced my eating habits and my physical activity, both positively and negatively,” said lead author Allison Watts, of the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Those environmental factors include support for colleagues, lunchtime yoga classes and food availability, she said in an email to Reuters Health. “I wanted to see if this was true of other young adults as well,” she added. Researchers used data collected on 1,538 people who answered surveys while in middle or high school during 1998 and 1999. As …

    August 29, 2015 2:31 pm


  • David Beckham Lands In Los Angeles After Attending Funeral In London

    Posted on Sat Aug 29th, 2015 11:50am PDT       By X17 Staff David Beckham landed at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday afternoon, and the soccer star was in a rather somber mood, as he just attended the funeral of Neville Neville, a legendary cricket player and agent. Becks is pals with Neville’s sons Phil and Gary, the latter of whom he hung out with at Tattu Restaurant and Bar the previous night. The retired soccer stud also visited the Old Trafford stadium, which is where Manchester United plays. “Back where I belong ⚽️,” he wrote alongside an image of the venue. Sounds like he really misses the game! Wonder if he’s thought about getting into coaching?   SEE THE GALLERY Sexy Becks Is Back In Hollywood Stories from around the Web

    August 29, 2015 5:52 pm


  • Christians, Martin Luther King and race: What we must do now

    Armed with a handful of warmed-over sermons and big dreams to grow a small church, the newly ordained Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. arrived at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama in May of 1954. According to biographer Richard Lischer, King came to Dexter with a 39-point plan. Included in King’s plan was the purchase of a new pulpit. The two pulpits the church owned – one in the sanctuary and the other in the basement for use in Sunday School – had virtually been there since the last brick was laid at Dexter in 1889. Within a year of arriving, King was the recognized leader of America’s protest for civil rights. Soon, America was marching for change. King had become more than the pastor at Dexter, but he never stopped preaching. In fact, he believed the church was the center for necessary, creative, loving change. The rhetoric that soared at state houses …

    August 29, 2015 5:29 am

Odd News

  • Trump says ‘no interest’ in buying Pope’s favorite soccer team

    BUENOS AIRES U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump denied a newspaper report on Friday that he wanted to buy top-tier Argentine soccer club San Lorenzo, Pope Francis’ favorite team. “Never even heard of the team – no interest!” the real estate magnate and contender for the Republican presidential nomination, tweeted after the New York Post reported that Trump and an associate had sent a letter to San Lorenzo expressing interest in a deal. Earlier in the day, the club’s vice president, Marcelo Tinelli, told Reuters in a text message that the story was “totally crazy” and that the team was not for sale. Pope Francis grew up near San Lorenzo’s original stadium in Buenos Aires and has been a fan ever since. San Lorenzo is one of the top five clubs in soccer-obsessed Argentina. Whether through soccer, the biggest sport in Latin America, or by other means, Trump might benefit from some connection with Latino voters …

    August 28, 2015 6:26 pm