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Ask me what I do now,” the BBP’s current director of operations says in a thick, north Georgia drawl, “and I’ll tell you I’m a glorified trash man.” It was in 2003 that the BBP first deployed a boat, called the Mighty Tidy, to gather up the flotilla of junk streaming down Buffalo Bayou toward Galveston Bay using a hydraulic conveyor-belt mechanism. That vessel—named in a contest by a local fourth-grader and painted a disarming powder-pink—turned out to be a dud, breaking down repeatedly and proving clumsy and inefficient at cleanup. “Those things just don’t work,” Robinson says as he gestures to pieces of the now-scrapped vessel scattered across the grass at BBP’s sprawling field office in the Second Ward. The trash is just unending. Buffalo Bayou, White Oak Bayou, just between the two of them drain about 227 square miles of urban streets. Down by the water, he shows us its replacement: the Bio-Vac, a Frankensteined-together vacuum boat custom-made by the operations team from repurposed street-sweeping equipment. Although it was out of service for repairs during most of the past year, as of this month you’ll once again see it patrolling from Allen’s Landing down to the port, hoovering up 10 dumpsters’ worth of footballs, Styrofoam cups, and—most of all—plastic bottles each month. Two BBP staff members handle the controls, while a crew of voluntee... (w Is Buffalo Bayou's Trash Picked Up?)
Wilkins, Deon Cain and Ray-Ray McCloud.)Tennessee (Best recruits:Drew Richmond, Kyle Phillips, Khalil McKenzie and Alvin Kamara.) Georgia, Auburn, LSU, THE Ohio State and Texas A&M. Half of those schools have had coaching changes since that signing day. (Clay Helton was named the full-time head coach in November 2015.)Two of the top five had miserably disappointing seasons last year. Yes, three of the four teams in the college football playoff as well. So yes, getting the players is the starting point, but man getting talent and wasting talent will get you fired quickly. LeBron and Cavs debacleThe Cavs are a dumpster fire. LeBron and the Boys had a 21-point lead and got smoked in the second half by a terrible Orlando team. The wheels have come off.LeBron was even asked about waiving his no-trade clause after the game, and he said he would never do that to his teammates. (In truth, we believe LeBron is unwilling to waive that trade clause because of what it would mean down the road. No not to LeBron and future earnings. Rather, LeBron would seemingly be willing to sacrifice the extra millions he could get by resigning with a new team for the assets it would cost his new team in the trade, if that makes sense.) Stink, because we'll ask this: Would Lebron James being willing to waive his no-trade clause be the most interesting thing that could possibly happen in sports during the next 24-plus hours?OK, let's clarify. We must take all deaths off the books. And cheating/sexual scandals, because let's be honest, after the Michigan State stuff, 'interesting' is not the right word.Which brings us back to LeBron and the talking point of his no-trade clause. Multiple teams have, according to this story, inquired about whether LeBron would waive his no-trade clause. It makes sense. The Cavs are free-falling. Other than James, that roster is a first-round flame-out waiting to happen. It also makes sense for the Cavs to look to deal James. He's a free agent at the end of the season. The team rightly does not want to deal the unprotected Nets' No. 1 pick. (As of right now that pick is a lottery pick but is only three wins ahead of Atlanta for last place. Tanking Fever, catch it.)It also makes sense for LeBron. He can craft where he wants to go. Heck, he likely could craft a deal that would include a spot for BFF Dwyane wade, too.)This Cavs structure is broken. LeBron hates owner Dan Gilbert and vice versa, regardless of the chance each presented the other for redemption. It's done. And LeBron is headed somewhere.But if he would agree — and the construct of a deal could be woven — would that not behoove both sides. And then, as we become a sports culture that loves the transaction more than the action — and that's a discussion all to itself — LeBron James on the trade block would be awesome sauce. Per... (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
On Nov. 5, Campos-Martinez and de Guerra worked the evening shift, starting at 4 p.m., at the KFC on University Boulevard West, three blocks east of Georgia Avenue.Campos-Martinez left the restaurant at 11:45 p.m. De Guerra left less than an hour later, at 12:30 a.m.Police began their search for her later that day. During the investigation, they learned that de Guerra and Campos-Martinez were involved in a relationship, according to a police charging document.It wasn’t clear from the arrest records how quickly police suspected that Campos-Martinez was responsible for what had happened to de Guerra.At 3:30 p.m. Friday, her body was found “partially obscured by trash behind a dumpster” behind a building along University Boulevard West.“The victim appeared to have suffered trauma to her head and face, and there were defensive wounds to her hands,” detectives wrote in court records.Investigators spoke to Campos-Martinez.He said that after he’d gotten off work late Sunday night, he waited near the KFC for de Guerra to get off work. He said they met up, she told him she wanted to break up and an argument ensued, according to police.Campos-Martinez “disclosed punching the victim three times and pushing her to the ground where she hit her head,” court documents allege.Campos-Martinez said de Guerra appeared to be unresponsive. He took her purse and cellphone and called a taxi to leave the area, according to the documents.Campos-Martinez also said that he discarded the cellphone and purse in a dumpster after he got home.The charging documents do not detail any further questions detectives may have asked Campos-Martinez, such as whether he tried to call 911 after he saw de Guerra appear to be unresponsive.Detectives charged him with second-degree murder, which does not carry with it the premeditation needed for the state’s more serious charge of first-degree murder. In cases like this, evidence is presented to a grand jury to see if the case should proceed. During that process, the specific charges also can change.
Many of them went to Texas to clean up after Hurricane Harvey a week before Irma pummeled Florida and Georgia. Irma’s huge trail of destruction further spread out the people and equipment that responded.But there’s not much cities can do about it, says Stermer, who is the Broward County League of Cities' point person on debris removal. “What are we going to do? Go to court?” he says. “That’s not going to fix the problem today. Everybody wants it done, and they want it done yesterday.”That said, the Florida attorney general’s office is investigating at least three waste-hauling companies to determine whether they tried to gouge cities by raising their rates after the hurricane hit.Attorney General Pat Bondi sent the companies subpoenas as part of an investigation into allegations that the contractors are not doing work for the rates they negotiated before the storm, are holding off on doing work until they can negotiate higher rates or are responding slowly for their contract work.“Sitting debris is a health and safety hazard and needs to be removed as soon as possible – but instead of doing their jobs and helping Floridians recover, apparently some contractors are delaying the work or requesting higher rates,” Bondi said in a statement.Another big source of frustration for Florida city officials? The high concentration of gated communities. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has a long-standing policy that it won’t reimburse cities for the cost of removing debris from private property, including gated communities.That's a problem, says Stermer, the Weston mayor. Most of his city, in fact, is made up of gated communities. The public roads look great, he says, but the situation in gated communities varies widely. Some homeowners associations have used their reserve funds to pay for clean-up, but others are still waiting to see whether the city will do it. Weston, like more than 40 other cities in Broward County, has applied for a waiver to FEMA’s policy but has not yet heard back on whether they’ll get it.Federal law only allows FEMA to reimburse local governments for debris removal on private property under limited circumstances, such as to eliminate life-threatening conditions, mitigate property damage or to help the community as a whole ... (Governing)
Throughout Texas and Louisiana, Hurricane Harvey cleanup is underway. Florida, Georgia and the Caribbean islands are just starting to assess the damage from Irma, while the storm pushed north to flood Charleston, S.C. Hurricane Jose’s path is still uncertain, but one thing is true: If you’ve been hit by either of these — or any other storm — cleaning up can be a nightmare, and few resources tell you where to start.Storm cleanup is different from regular, and even heavy duty, cleaning. There are hazards, health concerns and other issues that go beyond normal cleaning that require specialty products, tools and cleaning techniques, as well as protective gear and safety measures not required in regular cleaning. After a large storm and flooding, many belongings will be a total loss, but often there are unexpected treasures that survive that can be restored. Here are guidelines to follow for cleaning what can be salvaged.Removing Water and Eliminating MoldAfter a flood, removing water and drying everything out can be daunting. In addition to utility pumps for water re...