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PC jailed for sex abuse of teenager

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 10:26
An award-winning police officer is jailed for 18 months for sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl.

Reds Pitcher Expected To Recover After Line Drive To Face

NPR News - Thu, 2014-03-20 10:23

Aroldis Chapman suffered fractures above his eye and nose, but only a mild concussion and no brain injury. The All-Star will have a plate inserted into his head and should return this season.

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AirBnB got 99 problems but going public ain't one

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-03-20 10:22

AirBnB is the enormously popular company that lets you rent out your home, apartment, or room to complete strangers.   It's not clear that it's technically always legal in every city, or even permitted by most leases.  The hotel industry is none too enthused either.  But the company is still considering going public, and may end up being valued as high as $10 billion.  In fact, such pressures are common for startups.  In the pharmaceutical industry, for example, companies will go public even before a drug is approved by the FDA.  As for any investment, there's always an amount of risk.  If the problems aren't an existential threat, it's all part of the game.  

AirBnB got 99 problems but goin' public ain't one

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-03-20 10:22

AirBnB is the enormously popular company that lets you rent out your home, apartment, or room to complete strangers.   It's not clear that it's technically always legal in every city, or even permitted by most leases.  The hotel industry is none too enthused either.  But the company is still considering going public, and may end up being valued as high as $10 billion.  In fact, such pressures are common for startups.  In the pharmaceutical industry, for example, companies will go public even before a drug is approved by the FDA.  As for any investment, there's always an amount of risk.  If the problems aren't an existential threat, it's all part of the game.  

Beatles Help! jackets fetch £115,000

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 10:19
Jackets worn by George Harrison and Ringo Starr in The Beatles' 1965 film Help! are sold at action for £115,000.

Drought-resistant gardens can be more than gravel

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-03-20 10:19

As the California drought continues, it’s hard to look at all the lush lawns without thinking about the water that goes into keeping them green. In Los Angeles, the city will actually pay you to rip up your grass.

But a gravel-covered yard isn’t that appealing, unless you are a toddler with a taste for rocks.

“I think that the biggest myth that should be dispelled is that native plant gardens are wild and ugly and look dead during part of the year,” said Lili Singer, with the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants. With drought-resistant natives, you can have lush gardens with flowers.

But it takes time for them to grow in, and it takes some work. You can’t just pop a plant in the ground and walk away.

“When you first put in a drought-tolerant garden,” Singer said, “it isn’t drought tolerant the day you put it in. These are coming from a nursery, they’re little babies."

At Theodore Payne’s nursery, garden designer Wynne Wilson looks at buckwheat, sage, and heuchera, “I’m like a chocoholic in Candyland."

Low-impact gardens can be quite sophisticated.  You have to think about the soil, the sun, the plants, the texture, the time of year they’ll bloom, and how to get them water.

“It’s extremely important how we water these new gardens,” Wilson said.

Modern irrigation systems have moved well beyond sprinklers on timers. They waste less water and they have a lot of moving parts. There are computers, ground sensors, even a 6-inch satellite dish you put on your house that communicates with weather satellites about humidity and temperature.

“We just did a 2,000 square foot front garden, completely new, with the irrigation we did all of our beautiful systems, and that was approximately $3,500,” Wilson said. 

Of course, you don’t need a satellite or a $3,500 irrigation system to have a lovely drought-resistant garden.

Just some knowledge about plants, a $10 garden hose, and the time to water each plant one at at time. 

Man jailed for teenagers' gas deaths

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 10:15
A County Londonderry gas fitter is jailed for the manslaughter of two teenagers who died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning from a faulty boiler.

Council staff offered 1% pay rise

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 10:13
Council employees in England, Wales and Northern Ireland who earn more than £14,880 are being offered a 1% pay rise this year.

MP disputes 'no NHS evidence' claims

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 10:07
Labour MP Ann Clwyd defends claims that she has not given the Welsh government facts or evidence to back up her concerns about the Welsh NHS.

'England lack power to challenge for World T20'

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 10:06
A lightweight and out-of-form England will be happy to progress from the World T20 group stages, says Jonathan Agnew

Everyone’s first tweets are boring

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-03-20 10:02
Friday, March 21, 2014 - 04:00 FRED TANNEAU/AFP/Getty Images

Twitter's logo

The tech world is full of big birthdays it wants you to celebrate in 2014: The World Wide Web turned 25, Facebook turned 10, and to celebrate its 8th birthday, Twitter wants you to find your first tweet.

Unlike Facebook's Look Back videos, a 62-second "life story" pulled from your account pictures, likes, friend posts, and status updates set to the most optimistic elevator music you've ever heard, Twitter is inviting tweeters to find and collect their own content. All of it to encourage users to take a deep sigh and nostalgically ask, "remember when?"

But 25, 10, and 8-years-old? It's just not that old in the scheme of things, and a look back tool for a short period of time has limited value. Twitter’s first tweet tool turns up mostly painfully boring results across the board. Even top executives, business leaders, and entrepreneurs didn’t have their social media strategy together when they first joined.

A review of these first tweets shows most top executives joined to express their pride about the very act of using Twitter, and less about the self-promotional aspects the network is well-known for today: 

Jack Dorsey, co-founder, Twitter:

Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer, Facebook:

Steve Case, former chief executive officer and chairman, America Online:

Martha Stewart, businesswoman, entrepreneur, and television personality:

Although, it appears some caught on quickly....

Donald Trump, businessman, television personality:

Twitter has seen an extraordinary rise tied to its exponential user growth of 140 percent over the last three years. While that growth has slowed down recently, not many companies can boast having 241 million potential clients at the tender age of eight. 

by Tobin LowStory Type: BlogSyndication: PMPApp Respond: No

Trucker cleared over cyclist death

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 10:01
A lorry driver is acquitted of causing a cyclist's death by driving carelessly in an Edinburgh street in January 2012.

Sub-Hunting Planes Use High-Tech Gear To Search For Flight 370

NPR News - Thu, 2014-03-20 09:43

Two of the most advanced maritime surveillance aircraft — Australian P-3 Orions and U.S. P-8A Poseidons — are scouring a stretch of the Indian Ocean for signs of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet.

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Lamborghini pension minister backed

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 09:37
The government defends a minister who said people would be free to spend their pension pots on a Lamborghini following a rule change in the Budget.

Care home rapist jailed for 14 years

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 09:30
A care worker who raped three women with severe learning disabilities in the home where he worked is jailed for 14 years.

Iraq unlawful killing claims dropped

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 09:28
A public inquiry into whether UK soldiers unlawfully killed Iraqi civilians in 2004 hears their relatives no longer believe there is enough evidence to back the claims.

Tamil doctor 'pressed to recant'

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 09:27
A doctor who worked in Sri Lanka's civil war combat zone tells the BBC he was forced by the government to recant his death toll claims.

VIDEO: IFS warning on pension changes

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 09:14
Respected think-tank the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has warned there are likely to be losers following changes to pensions announced in Wednesday's Budget.

VIDEO: A look at England's World Cup song

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 09:05
BBC Sport Relief joins forces with Gary Barlow and many other familiar faces to produce the 2014 World Cup song for England.

Tax and borrowing powers move closer

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 09:03
Plans to give the Welsh government the power to raise some of the money it spends move a step closer as legislation is introduced into Parliament.

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