Profane Name Changes Greet Some Customers Of Cable Companies

The names some cable customers are being called after contacts with the companies that provide them services can be staggeringly profane: scatological and sexual, with allusions to body parts and perverted acts.

They are often mailings of things like bills. Almost all of the names defy mention in a news story, but for some sense of it, here is one of the more temperate ones, received by a female Comcast customer: Super Bitch, which was first reported in the Chicago Tribune earlier this month.

On Wednesday, a Time Warner Cable Inc. customer in Orange County, Calif., received a cancellation letter with her first name changed to a derisive four-letter term for female genitalia.

Esperanza Martinez, 34, said she was shocked at the profanity. She had called Time Warner Cable about an issue with her set-top box and had what she thought was a satisfactory conversation with a representative Feb. 12. Then, bang, the Feb. 16 letter.

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/business/20150222_Profane_name_changes_greet_some_customers_of_cable_companies.html#1WSxt0EkF4FuZ0Oh.99

Tankers In West Virginia Explosion Were Newer, Supposedly Safer Model

The railroad cars involved in the fiery derailment in West Virginia on Monday were a newer model that was supposed to be safer than older tankers blamed in other oil train explosions.

The ruptured cars were built to specifications adopted by the railroad industry in 2011 amid criticism that older tankers were dangerously susceptible to puncture and a risk of explosion. Called CPC 1232 cars, they were also involved in an April 2014 derailment and explosion in Lynchburg, Va.

The specifications for the newer cars were issued by the Association of American Railroads, whose members include major freight carriers in North America. They came amid concerns that older models called DOT-111s, which still carry a majority of the crude oil shipped by rail, were unsafe.

CSX spokeswoman Melanie Cost today confirmed that the ruptured tankers that caught fire were CPC 1232 models.

Read more:

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2015/02/17/Derailed-CSX-train-in-West-Virginia-hauled-newer-model-tank-cars-oil/stories/201502170171

Lehigh Valley Arts Box Office Upcoming Performances

 

Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra:
Black diamond (cards) August 17, 2014 | 7:30 PM @ Wesley Church: Valley Vivaldi IV
Black diamond (cards) October 18, 2014 | 7:30 PM @ Christ Lutheran Church: Emerging Genius

Chamber Music Society:
Black diamond (cards) September 5, 2014 | 7:30 PM @ Foy Hall: Horszowski Trio
Black diamond (cards) October 10, 2014 | 7:30 PM @ Foy Hall: Arianna Quartet

Lehigh Valley Arts Council:
Black diamond (cards) September 20, 2014 | 10:30 AM @ Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum:Creating Your Legacy
Black diamond (cards) October 3 & 4, 2014 | 10:00 AM @ Lehigh Valley Arts Council: Audio Description Training

Moravian College Music Institute:
Black diamond (cards) September 13, 2014 | 7:30 PM @ Foy Hall: A Night of Moravian Stars
Black diamond (cards) September 14, 2014 | 4:00 PM @ Foy Hall: “Czech Dreams” w/ Skip Wilkins, jazz piano, & Libor Smoldas, jazz guitar
Black diamond (cards) September 19, 2014 | 7:30 PM @ Peter Hall: “Seasons of the Heart” w/ Suzanne Kompass, soprano
Black diamond (cards) September 21, 2014 | 4:00 PM @ Peter Hall: “Mostly Modern” w/ The DeMarina Trio
Black diamond (cards) October 3, 2014 | 7:30 PM @ Foy Hall: Moravian Works for Choir & Orchestra
Black diamond (cards) October 5, 2014 | 4:00 PM @ Foy Hall: “Cowboys in Capes” Neil Wetzel, saxophone
Black diamond (cards) October 26, 2014 | 7:00 PM @ Peter Hall: Moravian College Early Music Ensembles
Black diamond (cards) October 31, 2014 | 7:30 PM @ Peter Hall: Moravian College Celtic Ensemble & Guitar Ensemble

Monarch Butterflies Declining

English: Monarch butterflies

English: Monarch butterflies (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mary Malinowski’s garden in Plains Township blooms with clusters of purple flowers of the common milkweed, planted to attract monarch butterflies.

But the last two years, the milkweed’s broad, flat leaves have been free of monarchs, their caterpillars or their eggs.

“This year, so far nothing,” she said. “But the years before, they were always here before the first of June.”

Butterfly observers and scientists are warning that the monarch, North America’s most famous butterfly, is in trouble. Overwintering populations counted in Mexico are at their lowest in 20 years, according to data collected by Mexican biologists and compiled by MonarchWatch.org, a website run by University of Kansas professor Orley “Chip” Taylor, Ph.D.

Read more: http://citizensvoice.com/news/monarch-butterflies-declining-1.1714975

3 Youth Artists Will Win $500 In Art Supplies!

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Snikiddy is proud to be supporting Youth Art!

Submitted art will be displayed in grocery stores around the country for two months. Three lucky entrants will also win $500 worth of art supplies.

Submit your child’s original signed artwork to:

Snikiddy, LLC
8603 Long Acre Ct
Bethesda, MD 20817

All artwork must be 9″ x 9″ and submitted with a signed release form. Download the form here and get more information about Snikiddy’s Youth Art Project!

Submissions are due July 31st; winners will be announced October 15th.

Snikiddy * 2505 Walnut St. Suite 100 * Boulder CO 80302 * http://www.snikiddy.com

Census: Texas Has 3 Of 5 Fast-Growing Cities

Map of Texas highlighting Ector County

Map of Texas highlighting Ector County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 — Oil equals boom — especially in population right now. And Texas, in the midst of a significant energy rush, is seeing its towns and cities burst at the seams.

Three of the nation’s five fastest-growing cities — and seven of the top 15 — are in the Lone Star State, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau, part of a trend across the West largely fueled by an oil boom. Most of the cities are West of the Mississippi.

Now these cities need to have enough roads, schools, water and infrastructure to keep up — the growing pains of a surging population. And while it is viewed as opportunity, city planners are frazzled.

Odessa, Texas, smack-dab in the middle of the oil-rich Permian Basin, is No. 11 on the Census Bureau list. People are flooding the oil fields, booming thanks to new hydraulic fracturing technologies that allow drillers access to once out-of-reach resources.

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U.S. Small Business Confidence Back At Pre-Recession Levels

WASHINGTON – U.S. small business sentiment jumped to its highest level in 6-1/2 years in April, which should bolster hopes of an acceleration in economic activity in the second quarter.

The National Federation of Independent Business said on Tuesday its Small Business Optimism Index rose 1.8 points to 95.2 last month, the highest reading since October 2007, when the economy was on the cusp of its worst recession since the 1930s.

“April’s reading took the index to a post-recession high and a recovery high level,” the NFIB said in a statement.

It adds to data such as employment and surveys on the manufacturing and services industries that have shown the economy regaining steam early in the second quarter after growth braked abruptly in the first three months of the year.

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/business/small_business/US_small_business_confidence_back_at_pre-recession_levels.html#pVIe8UF3EDjeX4HO.99

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Pittsburgh Fringe Festival Offers Three Days Of Performances

Locator map with the Shadyside neighborhood in...

Locator map with the Shadyside neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania highlighted. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After beginning with a pair of warm-up acts last weekend, what’s billed as the first Pittsburgh Fringe Festival gets under way May 9 with a three-day flood of two dozen productions — many with multiple performances — taking place in eight locations in and near Shadyside.

The festival is the brainchild of Dan Stiker, who had enjoyed attending and performing at the New York International Fringe Festival and missed its excitement when he moved back to Pittsburgh.

“It’s the kind of theater I want to be a part of,” he says.

Like Striker, some may have developed a taste for fringe festivals by attending the best known ones in New York City or Edinburgh, Scotland, or those in smaller U.S. cities such as Minneapolis, San Diego, Cincinnati and Asheville, N.C., or those in farther flung locales including Singapore, Budapest and Melbourne.

Read more: http://triblive.com/aande/theaterarts/6036617-74/fringe-festival-stiker#ixzz31F5pB7wF
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Put Yourself On The Map! Lehigh Valley Arts Council Spring Membership Reception

ImageProxy (5)Join the Lehigh Valley Arts Council for a celebration of the future and twenty-five years of service at the sleek, sophisticated headquarters of Lehigh Gas Partners LP in the soaring, new 11-story tower, Two City Center, which is transforming downtown Allentown.

Joseph V. Topper, Jr., Chairman & CEO of Lehigh Gas Partners LP and partner in City Center Investment Corp, is hosting the event. This annual get-together is a popular occasion for members to renew their connection to the arts and to each other. They will enjoy a tour of the fifth floor offices and expansive views of the Lehigh Valley.

Four prominent cultural leaders will be celebrated for their vision and for taking their organizations in new directions:

  • Greg Funfgeld, Artistic Director & Conductor, and Bridget George, Executive Director of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem
  • Ellis Finger, Director of Williams Center of the Arts, Lafayette College
  • David Mickenberg, President and CEO of the Allentown Art Museum

We chose to celebrate our twenty-fifth anniversary with a nod to the arts community and to the future,” says Randall Forte, executive director. “And of course there will be cake and merriment!

Festivities will include “mapping the cultural community,” as arts professionals and patrons will be encouraged to mark their location on a large-scale regional map. Guests will be greeted by a visual panoply of images from more than 100 cultural organizations, highlighting their vision statements.

Light food will be provided.  Wine will be available on a cash basis.  

Premiere Sponsors: PP&L, EBC Printing, and Lehigh Gas Partners LP;

Supporting Sponsor: Scoblionko, Scoblionko, Muir & Melman Attorneys at Law.

Please RSVP by May 23rd! Reservations are encouraged to expedite check-in at the security desk at Two City Center.

Members attend for FREE and can RSVP http://www.lvartscouncil.org/RSVP.html
Nonmembers can purchase tickets for $10 http://www.etix.com/ticket/online/performanceSearch.jsp?performance_id=1812994&cobrand=lvartsboxoffice

For more information
610.437.5915 ◊ operations@LVArtsCouncil.org 

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California City Looks To Sea For Water In Drought

Santa Barbara, looking east from above Santa B...

Santa Barbara, looking east from above Santa Barbara City College (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 — This seaside city thought it had the perfect solution the last time California withered in a severe drought more than two decades ago: Tap the ocean to turn salty seawater to fresh water.

The $34 million desalination plant was fired up for only three months and mothballed after a miracle soaking of rain.

As the state again grapples with historic dryness, the city nicknamed the “American Riviera” has its eye on restarting the idled facility to hedge against current and future droughts.

“We were so close to running out of water during the last drought. It was frightening,” said Joshua Haggmark, interim water resources manager. “Desalination wasn’t a crazy idea back then.”

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Lehigh Valley Arts Council Presents Spring Membership Reception: Put Yourself On The Map

LVAC-4LinesAllentown, PA – The 2014 spring membership reception, Put Yourself on the Map, embraces the excitement and promise of a new cultural horizon in the Lehigh Valley. On Wednesday, May 28, 2014, from 5:30 – 7:30 PM, the Lehigh Valley Arts Council commemorates twenty-five years of service to the region with a look at what the future holds. Join members and their guests for a celebration at the sleek, sophisticated headquarters of Lehigh Gas Partners LP in the soaring, new 11-story tower, Two City Center, which is transforming downtown Allentown.

Joseph V. Topper, Jr., Chairman & CEO of Lehigh Gas Partners LP and partner in City Center Investment Corp, is hosting the event. This annual get-together is a popular occasion for members to renew their connection to the arts and to each other. They will enjoy a tour of the fifth floor offices and expansive views of the Lehigh Valley.

Four prominent cultural leaders will be celebrated for their vision and for taking their organizations in new directions:

Greg Funfgeld, Artistic Director & Conductor, and Bridget George, Executive Director of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem
Ellis Finger, Director of Williams Center of the Arts, Lafayette College
David Mickenberg, President and CEO of the Allentown Art Museum

“We chose to celebrate our twenty-fifth anniversary with a nod to the arts community and to the future,” says Randall Forte, executive director. “And of course there will be cake and merriment!”

Festivities will include “mapping the cultural community,” as arts professionals and patrons will be encouraged to mark their location on a large-scale regional map. Guests will be greeted by a visual panoply of images from more than 100 cultural organizations, highlighting their vision statements.

Generously underwritten by PP&L, EBC Printing, and Lehigh Gas Partners LP, light foodwill be provided. Wine will be available on a cash basis. Parking is available in the lot on the southwest corner of 7th & Hamilton Streets.

Members attend for FREE; nonmembers pay $10. RSVP by May 23rd. Reservations are encouraged to expedite check-in at the security desk at Two City Center; please call the Arts Council at 610-437-5915 or register online at http://www.LVArtsCouncil.org.

Members RSVP for free here:  http://www.lvartscouncil.org/rsvp.html 
Nonmembers can purchase tickets ($10.00) here: http://www.etix.com/ticket/online/performanceSearch.jsp?performance_id=1812994&cobrand=lvartsboxoffice

For more information:
Call: 610-437-5915
Email: operations@LVArtsCouncil.org 
Web: http://www.lvartscouncil.org/RSVP.html

Location: Two City Center, Lehigh Gas Corp., Fifth Floor
645 Hamilton Street, Allentown, Pa. 18101
Date / Time: Wednesday, May 28, 2014, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Fee: Free for Members; $10 for nonmembers.
Attendance: Reservations are required. Tickets can be purchased online.

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About the Lehigh Valley Arts Council
The Lehigh Valley Arts Council is a nonprofit 501(c)3, membership-supported organization that serves as a regional advocate and ambassador for the Lehigh Valley arts community. Its mission is to promote the arts; to encourage and support artists and their development; to assist arts organizations; and to facilitate communication and cooperation among artists, arts organizations and the community. Through collaborative partnerships, it continues to provide access to the local arts community through education, research, professional development seminars and cooperative marketing initiatives.

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Lehigh Valley Arts Council
840 Hamilton Street, Suite 201
Allentown, PA 18101
610-437-5915 / operations@LVArtsCouncil.org
http://www.LVArtsCouncil.org  / http://www.LVArtsBoxOffice.org

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US Gains 288k Jobs, Most In 2 Years; Rate 6.3 Percent

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. employers added a robust 288,000 jobs in April, the most in two years, the strongest evidence to date that the economy is picking up after a brutal winter slowed growth.

The Labor Department also said Friday that the unemployment rate sank to 6.3 percent, its lowest level since September 2008, from 6.7 percent in March. But the drop occurred because the number of people working or seeking work fell sharply. People aren’t counted as unemployed if they’re not looking for a job.

In addition to the burst of hiring in April, employers added more jobs in February and March than previously estimated. The job totals for those two months were revised up by a combined 36,000.

Employers have now added an average of 238,000 jobs the past three months, up from 167,000 in the previous three.

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/business/20140502_ap_8f84a138e20f4ac28ac7183f68972fba.html#8ZcZ0H6uK0amdHP5.99

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The Heartbleed Bug: Here’s What You Need To Know

How does local cybersecurity expert James Koons describe the Heartbleed bug?

MASSIVE.

“That’s the theme here,” said Koons, who has worked on IT security for the U.S. military and Amazon.com.

Currently he is chief security officer for Listrak, a Lancaster provider of online marketing services, and a board member of the Online Trust Alliance.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/the-heartbleed-bug-here-s-what-you-need-to-know/article_186a3f04-c0cb-11e3-a09f-001a4bcf6878.html

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These Artists In War-Ravaged Damascus Have Broken A Guinness World Record

Editor’s Note:  This is very inspiring and there are many pictures you can view when you click on the link below.  Love how people triumph over adversity!

Six Syrian artists have set a 2014 Guinness World Record. Using scraps from the streets of war-ravaged Damascus, in January they built the largest mural made from recycled material, beautifying the area outside a primary school in Syria’s capital.

It took Syrian artist Moaffak Makhoul and his team six months to complete the mural in the upscale Al Mazzeh area of Damascus. Guinness announced the win on Facebook on March 26.

The team used scrap objects like broken mirrors, bicycle wheels, and aluminum cans to construct the mural, measuring 7,749.98 feet across.

Read more/see pictures: http://www.buzzfeed.com/miriamberger/these-artists-in-war-ravaged-damascus-have-broken-a-guinness

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