By Contributed Content | PUBLISHED: April 27, 2018 at 12:38 pm | UPDATED: April 27, 2018 at 12:38 pm By Deborah Paul, contributing writer For about three years, neighbors and myself living near a bushy overgrowth on Miraleste Drive have witnessed the comings and goings of shady-looking men and women crawling into what has become a brothel, thieves den and drug addict lair. Two years ago, after a persistent letter writing campaign, my hero, newly appointed Capt. Dan Beringer of the Lomita Sheriff station, sent a crew to clean out the area. Quicker than “The Rock’s” next action movie, the area filled back up with stolen debris two-feet deep. Confronting culprits was a precarious undertaking for middle-age-plus me. Plus, law enforcement never arrived quick enough to question someone getting high before the person grudgingly moved on – from me barking at them like a chihuahua. As the trash piled up, Rancho Palos Verdes friend and resident Suzanne Mayer came up with … [Read more...] about Mad about blight, here’s how a group of citizens teamed up – and cleaned up
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Erin Murphy Gazette-Lee Des Moines Bureau Tom Tauke co-founds Iowa Values conservative think tank Fred Hubbell contributes $2.1 million to himself; Gov. Reynolds girds for general election with $4 million Capitol ideas: Debates give Democratic voters more to think about Iowa primary voters will be asked for ID as new law gets soft rollout Disagreements over tax assistance, health care drive Democratic gubernatorial debate All articles by Erin DES MOINES — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Fred Hubbell led Iowa’s economic development department for just a short time while the state was cleaning up after a scandal over tax credits for movie projects. But even so, Hubbell was important to the process and provided valuable leadership at the time, according to Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, also a Democrat. … [Read more...] about Hubbell called helpful in cleaning up film tax credit mess
Volunteers across the state and on Long Island took to their parks Saturday, picking up trash, painting bike racks and trimming brush for the seventh annual I Love My Park Day, a statewide initiative in which thousands of volunteers help prepare state parks and historic sites for the season. (Credit: Newsday / John Williams, Keshia Clukey) … [Read more...] about LI volunteers help clean up state parks
Q. Can a Chapter 7 bankruptcy help or hinder your credit score? A. No bankruptcy is good for your credit score. A Chapter 7 bankruptcy stays on your credit report for 10 years, said Beverly Harzog, a consumer credit expert and bestselling author. "The reason it stays on your report so long is that it gives you a clean start," she said. But, she said, this isn't always a bad thing. If you felt like you were drowning in debt, a bankruptcy might have been one of the few options available to you, Harzog said. Try to view this as a chance to start over. The bankruptcy has less impact on your score each year, Harzog said, and now is the time to think about ways to minimize its impact. "Consider getting a secured credit card or a credit-building loan," she said. "Whatever credit tools you choose, continue to pay all your bills on time. Keep your utilization ratio under 30 percent -- under 10 percent if you want to speed up the credit-boosting process." As you begin to use credit to rebuild … [Read more...] about What will bankruptcy do to my credit score?
In September, acting U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, Joon H. Kim, left, and FBI assistant director William Sweeney, Jr., announced the results of their ongoing investigation. (Bebeto Matthews/Associated Press) One morning late last August, Miami men’s basketball Coach Jim Larranaga was about to board a flight to North Carolina for a recruiting trip when he got a phone call from his wife. Two FBI agents were at the house, Liz Larranaga told her husband. She then handed the phone to one of the agents, who asked Jim to remain at the airport until they reached him. One month later, at a news conference in New York City, a federal prosecutor and a top FBI official touted the results of an ongoing investigation into the black market surrounding college basketball. A “high-level” Adidas executive had arranged six-figure payments for the families of high school recruits, prosecutors alleged, at the behest of coaches at Miami and Louisville. Assistant … [Read more...] about Is the FBI cleaning up college basketball, or wasting its time?