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NY jury finds ex-Gov. Pataki didn't violate sex offenders' rights through psych ward transfers

In a case pitting convicted sex offenders against former Gov. George Pataki, a jury decided Wednesday that the three-term governor didn’t violate the criminals’ rights by authorizing a program to involuntarily commit them to mental institutions after they completed their sentences. …read more

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Want To Help Solve The Global Food Crisis? Eat More Crickets

By Ashoka, Contributor

Greg Sewitz and Gabi Lewis, two Brooklyn, NY-based entrepreneurs, are taking the consumption of insects to a whole new level. Their company, Exo, produces protein bars that pack a punch with dates, almonds, coconut and – you guessed it – crickets. Their mission is not only to change consumer mindsets but also to provide a new, sustainable food source that will slow the process of environmental degradation. Recently, the team took some time off from power bar production to chat with Addie Thompson (@adelinemt) about their company, the team’s vision for the future of food and why even vegetarians are on board. Exo produces protein bars made of crickets. Why? How did you come up with this idea? Gabi: There are two main reasons why. The first is nutrition; crickets are just really healthy. They are high in protein, iron and calcium and low in fat. The second is sustainability. Unlike traditional protein sources, crickets consume barely any resources and produce almost no greenhouse gases. So from the joint perspective of an individual and the environment, cricket protein is superior to the alternatives. Greg: Gabi was working on trying to develop a better protein bar (most either taste terrible or are simply candy bars disguised as health food) but was struggling to find the right protein source. I went to a conference around that time on the future food crisis and climate change and was reminded of an article I’d read a while back about how insects could be the protein of the future – if only we could just convince people to eat them. We’ve lived together for the past few years, so over dinner one night we put the two ideas together. …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Forbes Latest

4G wireless now a necessity for businesses

Sprint and AT&T both unveiled new 4G coverage zones today. The realm of 4G wireless networking continues to grow with each passing week, and for business users it has matured from a luxury to a necessity.

Sprint finally introduced 4G/LTE coverage in New York (or at least part of NY)—obviously a major wireless market. Meanwhile, AT&T added 4G coverage in eight new regions, bringing AT&T 4G service to a total of 336 markets across the United States.

Wireless providers continue to expand 4G/LTE coverage across the nation.

It wasn’t that long ago that wireless providers first started rolling out the next-generation 4G networks. In just a couple of years, though, 4G/LTE networks have become the standard—at least in larger metropolitan areas—and for business users trying to get things done from mobile devices, 4G makes all the difference.

PCWorld conducted an extensive nationwide survey of wireless service last year. Verizon and Sprint yielded sad results on their CDMA-based 3G networks, with average download speeds of about 1Mbps for Verizon, and about half that for Sprint. AT&T and T-Mobile did much better thanks to their HSPA+ 3G networks service, which T-Mobile actually marketed as 4G even though it’s not.

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New study shows inbreeding in winter flounder in Long Island's bays

Research conducted in six bays of Long Island, NY, and led by scientists from the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University (SBU) showed that local populations of winter flounder are inbred, which is a situation that is not usually considered in marine fisheries management. The scientists also determined that the effective number of breeders in each bay was below 500 fish, suggesting that the spawning populations of this historically common fish are now relatively small in the area. …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Phys.org

Rainbow Flag Banned During Rochester Pride Week By Monroe County Official Maggie Brooks

By The Huffington Post News Editors

A rainbow flag in Rochester, NY has raised some tempers after an official said that the Monroe County Office Building in Rochester would not be flying the flag for the city’s Gay Pride week.

In a report by the Democrat and Chronicle, Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks argued that it was “not county practice to “fly ‘issue-based’ or ‘advocacy’ flags” at the county building,” but a number of county legislators decided to display the rainbow flag from the building anyway.

Among those to defy Brooks’ proclamation was the county’s Chief of Staff Joe Rittler attached the flag outside his office window anyway, and according to the Democrat and Chronicle:

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Huffington Post

Today in History for 21st July 2013

Historical Events

1934 – 113anddeg;F (45anddeg;C), near Gallipolis, Ohio (state record)
1960 – Francis Chichester arrive in NY aboard Gypsy Moth II, setting record of 40 days for a solo Atlantic crossing
1974 – 29th US Women’s Open Golf Championship won by Sandra Haynie
1984 – USSR performs underground nuclear Test
1985 – Judy Clark wins LPGA Boston Five Golf Classic
1997 – The fully restored USS Constitution (aka “Old Ironsides”) celebrates her 200th birthday by setting sail for the first time in 116 years.

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Famous Birthdays

1815 – Stewart Van Vliet, Bvt Major General (Union Army), died in 1901
1817 – John Gilbert, painter/illustrator
1826 – James Gillpatrick Blunt, Major General (Union volunteers)
1856 – Louise Blanchard Bethune, 1st US woman architect
1899 – Hart Crane, US, poet (Bridge)
1926 – Paul Burke, New Orleans, actor (Thomas Crown Affair) [or Jan 21]

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Famous Deaths

1938 – Owen Wister, American author (b. 1860)
1946 – Gualberto Villarroel, President of Bolivia (b. 1908)
1975 – Fie Carelsen, actress (Malle Gevallen), dies at 85
1993 – Henk Kersting, bureau chef (Associated Press-WW II), dies at 88
1995 – Edwin “Russell” House, saxophonist, dies at 65
1996 – Francis James Claude Piggott, soldier, dies at 85

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at HistoryOrb.Com – This Day in History

Report: Ford dinged by OSHA for asbestos at Buffalo plant

By Seyth Miersma

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Ford has come under fire from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for violations regarding asbestos exposure in a company metal stamping plant in Buffalo, NY. OSHA has cited Ford for eight violations in total, according to an Automotive News report, and faces fines of up to $41,800. 537 workers are employed at the stamping facility.

The violations include a pipefitter at the facility being exposed to asbestos-containing material while working on a steam line, other workers exposed to the material without respiratory protection and work areas that were not designed to limited the number of workers in contact with asbestos. Further, areas in which asbestos was present were not properly restricted, and levels of asbestos in the air were not monitored.

According to an unnamed Ford spokesperson in the AN report, the company feels that the OSHA citation is erroneous saying, “We have fully cooperated with the local OSHA officials and we don’t believe the citations are warranted.” Ford also maintains that it will work with the authorities to resolve the issue.

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Woman Posed as Boston Victim, Scored $480K: Cops

A New York woman used fake hospital records to pose as a Boston Marathon bombing victim with a brain injury and fraudulently collected nearly half a million dollars from the fund for victims, Massachusetts authorities said yesterday. Audrea Gause, 26, of Troy, NY, was arrested there on a Massachusetts fugitive… …read more

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NY woman accused of posing as Marathon victim

Massachusetts authorities say a New York woman fraudulently collected nearly half a million dollars from the fund for Boston Marathon bombing victims.

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley says 26-year-old Audrea Gause of Troy, N.Y., was arrested there Friday on a Massachusetts fugitive warrant charging her with larceny.

Coakley says Gause submitted a claim to the fund, including false medical records indicating she was treated at hospitals in Boston and in New York for a traumatic brain injury suffered in the bombings. She received a $480,000 check from the fund.

Coakley says authorities got a tip last week that Gause may not have been in Boston on the day of the marathon, and the hospitals later said they didn’t treat her.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether Gause has an attorney.

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NY judge blocks Sept. 11 claims against airlines

The owners of the World Trade Center cannot demand billions of dollars more in insurance money for the Sept. 11 attacks, a federal judge decided Thursday.

Judge Alvin Hellerstein ruled after listening to witnesses for the trade center owners and for the airlines linked to the planes that were hijacked in the attacks. The trial was arranged to decide whether the owners of the trade center complex can collect more than the nearly $5 billion they’ve already received toward reconstruction.

Lawyers for the airlines argued that the claims made against them duplicate claims that have already been paid by insurance companies.

But Developer Larry Silverstein and World Trade Center Properties insisted through their lawyers that the aviation companies owed at least $3.5 billion for letting hijackers board planes that destroyed three skyscrapers on Sept. 11, 2001: the prominent twin towers, and 7 World Trade Center, a 47-story building that caught fire after debris from one of the jet crashes pierced its facade. It collapsed hours later.

Hellerstein had said before the trial began Monday that he would announce his ruling at its conclusion. There was no jury.

Attorney Roger Podesta, speaking for companies including United Airlines Inc., US Airways Inc., American Airlines Inc. and its parent company, AMR Corp., had argued that making aviation companies pay would amount to double compensation.

He said an $8.5 billion total recovery would be more than 2 1/2 times the fair value of the buildings that fell.

But attorney Richard Williamson, representing World Trade Center Properties, said damages from the attacks had totaled at least $7.2 billion.

The trade center owners say it has cost more than $7 billion to replace the twin towers and more than $1 billion to replace the third trade center building that fell.

In court papers, both sides had accused the other of unfairly characterizing their claims.

The developers’ lawyers said they would appeal.

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