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Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Business News News Feature Stories What You Should Know Before You Come Face-to-Face With a Bear in Your Backyard By BRANDON VILLALOVOS | Photographs courtesy EATON CANYON NATURE CENTER Published on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 | 7:02 pm Make a comment Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Top of the News HerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Is What Happens To Your Face After DermaplaningHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Beauty Secrets Only Indian Women KnowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRemove Belly Fat Without Going Under The KnifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeauty Editor’s Note: Bears of some sort have lived in California for thousands of years. For example, the short-faced bear (Arctodus spp.) is an extinct bear that inhabited North America during the Pleistocene epoch until 11,000 years ago and their remains have been found in the La Brea tar pits. Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week 4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Bear sightings this time of year have become the norm for the San Gabriel Valley. Even so, Monday evening’s sighting of a large bear in northeast Pasadena near the Eaton Canyon Golf Course seemed to have startled and unnerved some residents.The bear was first spotted at Riviera Drive and Sierra Madre Boulevard at 7 p.m. and was seen again on Rim Road off Sierra Madre Boulevard, Pasadena Police Lt. John Luna said.“He went over a twelve foot wall like it was no big deal,” said Elizabeth Holland, a Hasting Ranch resident who said she was frightened to see the black bear roaming her back yard.Bears have lived in California for thousands of years and the black bear population has actually been increasing, according to the state. The California Department of Fish & Game estimates there are from 16,000 to 24,000 bears throughout the state.It is a good idea for residents to be “in the know” just in case they happen to encounter one of these these indigenous local omnivores.“Majority of the bears we see around here are second generation bears that are taught to go through trash as a food source,” explained Kim Bosell, Natural Areas Adminstrator at The L.A. County Department of Parks and Recreation.These bears have learned to exist close to homes that have routine trash pickups and easy access to canyons and the open areas where bears live.“Bears know when it’s trash day. It’s their natural habitat so you can’t blame them for showing their faces,” said Lisa Derderian, Pasadena Fire Department Public Information Officer.The bears that roam the nearby foothills are black bears by species, despite the fact their fur coats range in color from blond to black. Most black bears in the San Gabriel Valley are actually brown in color (as was Monday’s).The average size of a male black bear ranges from 350 to 400 pounds, while females average slightly smaller, from 200 to 250 pounds.While trash is the obvious draw that attracts these bears to residences, other features such as bird feeders and koi ponds tend to be easy food sources that attract the hungry bears.“Bears are quite lazy when it comes to gathering food, which is why they go to things like trash cans and bird feeders: because it’s easy. They aren’t known to hunt down animals or people,” said Bosell.This is a relief for worried residents who fear being mauled or having a pet whisked away in the paws of a black bear — whose curved claws are normally one to two inches in length. Historically speaking, there has only been one recorded death by a bear in California and that dates back to the nineteenth century. The typically bear’s diet consists of vegetation, insects and fruit, with only five percent accounted for by consuming meat.Simply put, bears are used to the human population and just want to munch on scraps that are readily available. For residents who have had close encounters with these bears, it’s still a fright even after you know that bears flee in 95 percent of all cases in which they come too close to people.“It’s not cute and it’s not funny to see it in person at your home. The bear seemed like it knew the place,” said Holland.Experts do warn that if you cannot keep your distance and a black bear directly approaches you, you should try to demonstrate to the bear that you may be a danger to it. Make yourself appear larger, stand up, raise your arms and open your jacket. Yell and create a commotion.In efforts to keep these animals away from your home, the Pasadena Humane Society has outlined some basic tips to discourage bears from visiting your property.• Do not put out trash cans the night before pick up• Store garbage cans in a garage or shed• Keep garbage cans clean. Disinfect with ammonia or bleach.• Promptly collect fruit that falls from trees. Harvest fruit as soon as it’s ripe.• Remove plants that attract bears, such as any berries including Dogwood.• Eliminate bird feeders during spring and summer when there are natural foods available for birds.• Eliminate compost piles.• Keep barbecue grills clean and free of drippings.• Consider purchasing bear spray and keep it at your front/back door.According Bosell, wildlife officials and law enforcement often engage in practices called hazing which are efforts employed to guide black bears back into the wild when sighted in residential areas. Bears can only be tranquilized and relocated during hunting season under California law.Residents are urged to alert law enforcement or the Humane Society if they see a bear in their neighborhood, and to also refrain from trying to get to close to the animal.“Leave it to the professionals,” said Derderian.For more information and tips about bear safety and prevention, visit www.pasadenahumane.org. 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Twitter By admin – April 25, 2018 Previous articleFamily science nightNext articleDPS identifies man killed in Sunday wreck admin WhatsApp Local News Pinterest Odessa District of the Texas Department of Transportation has scheduled a public meeting in Fort Stockton to gather input from residents on rural transportation needs.The meeting will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 10 at the Rooney Park Small Community Hall on Highway 285 in Fort Stockton.The public meeting will gather input from the public to help the Odessa District develop the 2019-2022 Rural Transportation Improvement Program, which is the mechanism used by TxDOT and the Federal Highway Administration to fund projects for the next four years, a TxDOT news release stated. It includes all federally funded projects.For those who can’t attend the meeting, three exhibits will be available for review 15 days before and after the meeting. The exhibits are online at https://tinyurl.com/y9nkm9fy. The exhibits will also be available at the following locations:Andrews Maintenance Office, 1000 S. Main, Andrews.McCamey Maintenance Office, 830 W. Fifth Street, McCamey.Monahans Maintenance Office, 3411 S. Stockton, Monahans.Odessa District Office, 3901 E. Highway 80, Odessa.Pecos Maintenance Office, 197 South Frontage Road IH-20 West, Pecos.Sanderson Maintenance Office, 53 N. US Highway 285 Sanderson.Written comments may be submitted to Texas Department of Transportation, Attention: Robert Ornelas, P.E., 3901 East Highway 80, Odessa, Texas, 79761 or by email at [email protected] 15-day public comment period to submit written comments will close at the Odessa District Office at 5 p.m. May 25.The Odessa District includes Andrews, Crane, Ector, Loving, Martin, Midland, Pecos, Reeves, Terrell, Upton, Ward and Winkler counties.More Information Pinterest Facebook Facebook Twitter Public meeting set to discuss rural transportation needs WhatsApp Texas Department of Transportation.
The National Academy of Engineers (NAE) elected Joan Brennecke, the Keating-Crawford Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, to their prestigious organization earlier this month. Membership in the governmental-based non-profit group is considered among the top titles an American engineer can hold, Brennecke said. Of the 1,100 members in the NAE, 156 are chemical engineers. “It’s a recognition by your peers that you’ve made significant contribution to chemical engineering,” she said. “It’s sort of like a lifetime achievement award. Kind of a stamp of approval that you’ve really made a difference, and that feels great.” Brennecke said election to the NAE is based on a scholar’s entire contribution to the industry. Brennecke said fellow engineering professor Dr. Ahsan Kareem is the only other NAE member inducted while at Notre Dame. “When people look at schools and ranking universities, they’ll look at the National Academy to determine if it’s a top place,” Brennecke said. “So, for the university, it’s really important.” Brennecke said her research specializes in the use of ionic liquids and supercritical fluids for environmentally benign chemical processing. Brennecke has three postdoctoral, 11 graduate and seven undergraduate students working in her Ionic Liquids Lab. “In my 23 years here, we have seen huge growth in external research funding the number of Ph.D. students,” Brennecke said. “That has been important to me because I’ve been able to do research that I’m interested in.” The focus on undergraduate teaching is also a very important facet of Notre Dame, she said. “Notre Dame has provided me with the opportunity to teach really great students in a setting where teaching is valued and appreciated,” Brennecke said. “Notre Dame is very committed to enhancing and growing our graduate programs.” Brennecke said Notre Dame is a wonderful environment to work in since the research conducted on campus makes a difference. “Notre Dame has created an environment that’s very conducive to doing great research,” she said. Brennecke said her election is advantageous for both her work and the university. “Everybody tells me it’s great for me, the department and Notre Dame,” Brennecke said. “It’s great that we’re being recognized here.”
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Brookville, In. — A Napoleon woman is behind bars following an investigation into a stolen credit card in Franklin County.A report from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department says the card was reported stolen on August 5, 2017 and had been used several times in the Greensburg area. An acquaintance of the victim, Elizabeth Whipple was located in Brookville and arrested for felony fraud and misdemeanor theft.If convicted Whipple could spend up to 2 ½ years in prison and be required to pay a $10,000 fine.
Speaking before a small crowd of students in the Stauffer Science Hall, USC professor and former CIA intelligence officer Maura Godinez spoke about the issue of intelligence leaks, specifically in relation to Chelsea Manning — formerly known as Bradley Manning — who was convicted after releasing classified documents to the website WikiLeaks.The event was sponsored by the International Relations Undergraduate Association and the Center for Excellence in Teaching’s Undergraduate Fellows.“The CET wanted to do a speaker series because our goal is to increase collaboration between students and faculty and facilitate learning inside and outside the classroom,” said Nick Kosturos, a junior majoring in international relations and an undergraduate fellow in CET. “When we were approached by the IRUA with this opportunity, we agreed to provide funding and hope this will become the first of a faculty speaker series.”The event, “Manning: Soldier, Hacktivist, Leaker, Spy,” focused on the role of secrecy in government and under what, if any, circumstances leaking information is appropriate. Godinez began her talk by asking the audience to think about the definition of secrecy by considering some ethical case studies, such as publishing the names of those diagnosed with herpes simplex to prevent transmission of the disease. A theme she reiterated throughout the talk was the need to balance the desire of the leaker to expose wrongdoing with the interest of national security.“No matter what good a leaker may achieve, there is always, in the national security realm, some loss, and we must weigh that damage against the good the leaker hoped to effect,” Godinez said.Godinez also said that the threats arising from the leaking of information of any kind are real because foreign intelligence and terrorist organizations do not discriminate by source when gathering information about targets and, as a case officer, she personally utilized open source resources to build profiles of targets of interest.“These are learning organizations,” she said. ”They would not exist if they did not learn about us and modify their behavior to respond.”In addition, even if intelligence agencies are made aware of the scope and content of a leak, replacing a leaked technological system, for example, can cost billions of dollars in lost research and development.She said that due to the complicated nature of security oversight, civil society has a large role to play in defining the appropriate role of secrecy. Godinez mentioned that traditionally, the legislative and judicial branches have exercised limited authority over the executive in matters of state secrecy because Congress is “made up of adversarial parties” and judges “don’t have depth or breadth of knowledge” in national security matters, so the personal virtues of the executive branch and the media play a significant role in regulating state secrecy.“There is an understanding among the intelligence community that information will come to the public eventually, and that serves as a check,” she said.Godinez also said the issue of leakers and whistleblowers was particularly complicated because of the need to separate the personal motivations of the leaker with the common interest of the country. She said that intelligence officials who have sworn oaths to secrecy cannot divulge information simply because their personal values have been violated; they would instead have to resign.If there is egregious wrongdoing and normal channels of redress have failed, Godinez said, then a truly altruistic leaker would expose the wrongdoing while taking steps to prevent a disproportionate threat to national security.During the discussion period, students weighed in on the actions of Manning, including the leaking of a video of U.S. Marines in a helicopter, war logs from the operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and the release of hundreds of thousands of state department cables.“I didn’t know about the helicopter video and that was disturbing,” said Adela Jones, a junior majoring in interdisciplinary studies. “I was really surprised and really glad of the expertise of the students, and I was really glad that students were getting into it and thinking comprehensively about the issues.”Godinez said that it was important for citizens to debate these issues and provide guidelines for intelligence and military officials, as failing to discuss meant “abrogating” one’s right to pass judgement.“I think it’s good food for thought because we’re the next generation of voters and this is something to keep in the back of our mind to maybe pressure our elected officials about,” Jones said.
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DES MOINES — A bill that would re-establish the death penalty in Iowa has emerged in the Iowa Senate, but it’s unlikely to become law.A key member of the Iowa House who supports the concept of capital punishment tabled a similar plan last year. He concluded it costs taxpayers less to put someone in prison for life than to pay for years of legal challenges to a death sentence.Governor Kim Reynolds, when asked about the bill’s prospects during her weekly news conference, said Senators now have an opportunity to discuss the issue.“But there’s a lot of things that go into considering that and I haven’t seen any shift from where we were last year,” Reynolds said Wednesday.House Speaker Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake doesn’t sense a death penalty bill is a priority for her fellow Republicans in the House.“Sometimes I hear from people: ‘I want to do this.’ ‘I want to work on this,’” Upmeyer told Radio Iowa and The Cedar Rapids Gazette. “I have not heard that, so I guess that would surprise me if that became an issue.”Another wrinkle in this year’s debate is an announcement last August from the head of the Catholic Church. Pope Francis said the death penalty is “inadmissable” and it’s the goal of the church to abolish capital punishment worldwide. Tom Chapman of the Iowa Catholic Conference said priests are talking about the issue in their parishes.“We don’t want to commit violence to try to protect people from violence,” Chapman told Radio Iowa.Twenty Republicans in the Iowa Senate are co-sponsoring a bill to impose the death penalty on those found guilty of kidnapping, raping and killing a child. It takes the support of 26 senators to pass a bill.Iowa abolished the death penalty 54 years ago.