Texas cop shoots black woman dead in her own home, through her window

A black woman was shot dead by a white police officer early Saturday in her own home. The officer, responding to a call from a neighbor concerned about an open door, opened fire only four seconds after seeing Atatiana Jefferson, 28 through a window. He approached the house, spotted her in the dwelling she shared with an 8-year-old nephew, shrieked instructions at her, then shot and killed her.

The clip shows police searching the perimeter of the residential property, before noticing a figure at the window. After demanding the person put their hands up, an officer then fired a shot through the glass.

The Fort Worth Police Department said in a statement that the officer, who is a white man, had “perceived a threat” when he drew his weapon.

He has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation, officials added.

The undeniable fact that this is a problem of training will mask another undeniable fact: that this is another blatantly lawless execution of an innocent person in their own home by cops. Fort Worth police are already circulating crudely-edited screengrabs that appear to show there was a gun in the house–an unwielded gun posed as a rationale for killing an unarmed woman on the spot after the officer’s bizarre and bungled attempt to stealthily enter her house exploded into hysterically-screamed instructions and gunfire.

To call the cops on a dark-skinned person (or anyone else they can claim to be scared by as an prelude to eager and murderous escalation, such as the mentally ill) is a death sentence.

Saalfeld Construction Roofing – Lincoln Is The Trusted And Reliable Roofing Company In Lincoln

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As the leading roofing company in the area, Saalfeld Construction Roofing – Lincoln understands the importance of the roof to commercial and residential buildings. They are constantly working on new and improved ways to ensure that customers get the best roofing service which guarantees peace of mind, durability and longevity. To make this a reality, the company has formed a longstanding relationship with tested and trusted industry manufacturers. This partnership allows them to not only offer the best roofing materials at the best prices but also to offer a warranty on all roofing materials used.

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Being an accredited, licensed, and insured roofing business, Saalfeld Construction Roofing – Lincoln has enjoyed widespread recognition throughout the industry. Employing top quality craftsmanship, honesty, and integrity on every job undertaken, Saalfeld Construction Roofing – Lincoln has become the go-to roofers for all needs relating to residential roofing including new roof installations, asphalt shingle roofing, metal roofing, roof repair, roof replacement, roof inspection, flat roofing and other roofing services.

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Do California power shutoffs work? Hard to know, experts say

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Millions of Californians spent part of the week in the dark in an unprecedented effort by the state’s large electrical utilities to prevent another devastating wildfire. It was the fifth time Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has pre-emptively cut the power but by far the largest to date in the utility’s effort to prevent a deadly wildfire sparked by its power lines.

But do the power shut-offs actually prevent fires?

Experts say it’s hard to know what might have happened had the power stayed on, or if the utility’s proactive shutoffs are to thank for California’s mild fire season this year.

“It’s like trying to prove a negative,” said Alan Scheller-Wolf, professor of operations management and an energy expert at Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business. “They can’t prove they prevented a disaster because there’s no alternative universe where they didn’t try this.”

The winds that prompted the mass outage that affected nearly 2 million people in northern and central parts of the state shifted southward by Friday, where a wind-fueled wildfire prompted officials to order the evacuation of 100,000 people from their homes in foothills of the San Fernando Valley.

California is experiencing the first major fire activity of the season after two years that brought some of the most devastating fires on record, many of them caused by utility equipment. Until Monday, fires had covered only about 5% of the acreage burned by that date last year, and only about 13% of the average for the last five years.

But it’s too early — and maybe impossible — to tell if that can be attributed to increased measures to cut power.

“We have good reason to be skeptical, and the reason is that PG&E bears the costs of starting a fire, but they don’t bear the costs of shutting off power,” said Severin Borenstein, faculty director of the Energy Institute at University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

He noted that weather forecasting is notoriously difficult, “so even if PG&E were doing the best possible job, it would not get it right sometimes.”

PG&E said in a statement that employees located 23 spots where parts of its systems were damaged during the strong winds, but officials have declined to provide details, saying it will be included in a state-mandated report.

Gov. Gavin Newsom blasted PG&E for what he called decades of mismanagement, underinvestment and lousy communication with the public. He pointed to San Diego Gas & Electric, which pioneered proactive power shutoffs following a devastating 2007 fire sparked by its equipment, as a model for responsibly shutting off power in bad weather.

“Specifically as it relates to their predictive analysis, their weather station, I had a chance to visit it a few months ago,” Newsom said. “It’s exceptional, it’s at another level.”

SDG&E, which serves 3.6 million people, has spent about $1.5 billion to better predict bad weather and update its equipment, said Chief Operating Officer Caroline Winn. The company hired meteorologists, data scientists and fire experts and deployed an extensive array of weather monitors, she said. It replaced about 18,000 wooden poles with steel, installed new conductors and increased the wind tolerance in remote areas, using data from weather sensors to know which equipment was most at risk. The company also sectionalized electrical circuits so power managers could target outages more precisely to the lines facing danger.

“We didn’t have all the answers then, but what we did know as we had to change and we had to do things differently,” Winn said.

A decade of data and the refined grid have helped SDG&E to narrowly target outages when they’re necessary, she said. Of its 14 outages since 2013, only two affected more than 20,000 customers and most have been significantly fewer.

Outside California, other large western utilities in Nevada and Utah said they, too, are considering proactively shutting off power to avoid sparking fires.

“We want to make sure our system isn’t the cause of one of these devastating fires,” said Tiffany Erickson, a spokeswoman for Rocky Mountain Power in Utah, which has notified 5,000 households and businesses that shutoffs are possible during dangerous weather.

Last month, Southern California Edison shut off electricity to 14,000 customers in the remote Mammoth Lakes area along the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada because of forecasts of extreme winds and extremely dry vegetation.

Winds reached 88 mph (141 kph) and the California Highway Patrol banned trucks and campers from traveling along a highway after gusts blew over big-rig trucks, the utility said. The winds knocked down power poles and damaged electric circuits.

“It’s abundantly clear that the conditions that were in place up there were so severe that they could likely have caused a spark to occur,” said Don Daigler, a company spokesman. “We’re not going to do this willy-nilly.”

Stephen Pyne, a retired Arizona State University professor and fire historian, likened the power line problem to challenges posed by railroads until the early 1900s, when steam engines and train wheels regularly threw sparks that ignited deadly fires.

“Think about the railroads then,” Pyne said. “They were enormously powerful — economically, politically, socially. And we took it on. Railroads ceased to be a source of regular or lethal emissions (of sparks.)”


Cooper reported from Phoenix. Associated Press writers Olga R. Rodriguez in San Francisco; Keith Ridler in Boise, Idaho; Brady McCombs in Salt Lake City and Brian Melley in Los Angeles contributed to this story.

Carson King Honored with Bobblehead, Portion of Sales Being Donated to Children’s Hospital

MILWAUKEE, Wis. — Monday marks one month since Carson King stood behind the anchors of ESPN’s College GameDay in Ames with a sign asking for beer money.

Friday, he delivered a $3 million check to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital after he got way more than he needed for a case of beer.

The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum has now unveiled a Carson King bobblehead. The museum, working with King, will sell the bobbleheads for $25 each. Five dollars of each sale is going to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital in Iowa City.

King said, “It’s amazing that a regular guy wanting to do something nice can spark a movement of generosity. To be honored with a bobble head that will continue to help raise money for worthy projects is enough to leave a guy speechless.”

The bobbleheads will be shipped out to buyers in January.

3 new companies join San Francisco’s scooter program

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – Three new scooter companies will be providing electric scooters around San Francisco.

The SFMTA issued permits to Jump, Lime, and Spin – authorizing them to deploy up to 500 scooters each.

The cap is scheduled to increase to 750 in December and again to 1,000 in February.

The SFMTA also issued a new permit to Scoot.

They will be allowed to operate up to 1,000 scooters.

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Yard Works Lawn Care Now Offering Services in Jacksonville, FL and Surrounding Areas

Yard Works Lawn Care Now Offering Services in Jacksonville, FL and Surrounding Areas

Yard Works Lawn Care Now Offering Services in Jacksonville, FL and Surrounding Areas

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JACKSONVILLE, FL – 14th October, 2019 – Yard Works Lawn Care is pleased to announce that they are now offering full-scale lawn services and landscaping Jacksonville, FL. The team consists of professional, talented and creative landscapers who are committed to offering natural and organic lawn care service and maintenance services. Commercial or residential, the team is experienced in design, aeration, plant/shrub/tree installation, landscape renovation, grading, lawn renovation, sod installation and incorporating artistic hardscapes into landscapes. For many, lawn mowing is a weekend hobby. And it is recommended on a regular basis. However, it is not as easy as it seems. It is a task that involves lots of technicalities with regards to the growth of grass and enhancing the overall density. 

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Major Service Changes for DART Provides More Stops for Suburbs, Teams Up with Uber

DES MOINES, Iowa — If you use the Des Moines Area Regional Transit (DART) services, expect a lot of changes starting this week. DART is making its largest route and system change since 2012.

It’s all in an effort to better serve the entire Des Moines metro. While you’ll notice changes to a lot of routes, the biggest differences will be felt in the western and northern suburbs.

DART’s marketing and communications manager, Erin Hockman, said after a thorough analysis of all its services DART found areas where there was a need for service, but also areas that their services were under-utilized. So they revamped some routes to reflect that.

DART is hoping with these changes the whole metro will be more accessible for everyone. One of the bigger changes will be consolidating trips on some of their express routes to free up buses and money for routes further north and west.

Not only are they wanting to give access to a lot of retail, grocery stores, and things like public libraries and city halls, but also want to make sure they are helping out those who rely on public transit to get to and from work.

“We hope it will be a huge help for folks. We’ve heard from a lot of people who are excited about the changes and we know workforce is a huge need for our community right now,” Hockman dais. “We know a lot of people who aren’t working do need access to public transit and employers are hearing that and calling us and saying what can we do.”

For example, DART is extending a local route service along University Blvd. in Clive and to the Walmart in Windsor Heights. Hockman said a lot of businesses along that stretch have employees who in the past were walking a long way to get to a bus stop and that will no longer be the case with these new service changes.

One of the other changes include a new pilot program coming to Urbandale called Flex Connect. It combines Uber and taxis with DART.

It’s an on-demand service that provides DART a creative way to serve those in the Urbandale area without having a fixed bus route that is not only costly, but sometimes under utilized. DART said they have residents in Urbandale who regularly use their services, but it isn’t as busy as other parts of the metro.

They are testing this new one year pilot program in a particular zone in Urbandale. The zone is north of Hickman Rd., south of Interstate 80/35, and in between Merle Hay Road and 86th St. In that zone anyone can book an Uber, Yellow Cab Company taxi, or a DART accessible vehicle to take them to and from three stops in Urbandale.

The stops are at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Buccaneer Area, and Merle Hay Mall. These bus stops then can take riders to main DART bus routes around the metro.

During this year-long pilot program, the Flex Connect Uber or taxi ride is free so riders can test the service and give feedback on what DART hopes is a sensible solution for all.

“Ideally it is a better service because it is on-demand,” Hockman said. “It meets what their schedule needs, they have options from Uber, taxis, and an accessible DART vehicle, but at a lower costs overall and that’s partially what’s allowing us to then expand services in other areas.”

As long as you live in that designated flex zone, you can be picked up from your home and taken straight to a bus stop.

If you have a smartphone, you need the Uber app and you can get a voucher for free Uber rides by clicking here. If you don’t have a smartphone, you can then call 515-283-8100 to get a taxi or DART accessible vehicle.

All riders should expect changes to their routes. Click here for updated schedules and maps. Celebrating all these changes, this whole week riders can use all DART local, express, and on-call services for free.

2,500 MS-DOS games enter the Internet Archive

A huge trove of ancient MS-DOS games are now available at the Internet Archive, with in-browser DOSbox emulation and metadata.

Jason Scott: “this will be our biggest update yet, ranging from tiny recent independent productions to long-forgotten big-name releases from decades ago.”

The hot areas for me are the immediate post-Amiga era (Alone in the Dark, Crusaders of the Dark Savant, Discworld, Princess Maker 2, I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream) and all the weird homebrew … and, of course, Microsoft Adventure.