Published 12:04 am, Saturday, May 19, 2018 EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — He's 57 and a hairy house painter with a boozy past. She's 27 and a feathered fowl with a sassy attitude. Man and macaw have been a couple for 17 years. What's up with that? Rod Shafer and Sally, a rescue parrot, are seldom apart. She stays clawed to his shoulder much of the time, almost as if they are conjoined. He talks to her. She squawks back. "I take her to Walgreens with me. She rides on the shopping cart," Shafer said. "I had her on the lawnmower yesterday. People stopped and were going, 'What the heck? Look at that bird mowing the lawn.' " They make quite a pair, he with his long grayish-brown mane and she with bright blue and yellow plumage. Sally sits on the handlebars of the chopper-style bicycle he pedals around town. It replaced the Harley motorcycle he rode before the two DUIs in four months he got three years ago. "The whole time I was in jail I was thinking of nothing but my bird: How was … [Read more...] about Everett man and 27-year-old pet macaw are inseparable
Getting 3 year old to sleep in own bed
Leanne Italie, Associated Press Updated 8:49 am, Tuesday, May 8, 2018 Photo: Paul Zalewski, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 This Jan. 3, 2017 photo released by Paul Zalewski shows his infant daughter Ruby in a smart-tech sleeper called the Snoo, which gently rocks and jiggles babies to sleep from birth to 6 months old. (Paul Zalewski via AP) less This Jan. 3, 2017 photo released by Paul Zalewski shows his infant daughter Ruby in a smart-tech sleeper called the Snoo, which gently rocks and jiggles babies to sleep from birth to 6 months old. (Paul ... more Photo: Paul Zalewski, AP Swaddle, rock, whoosh: Putting babies to sleep in the Snoo 1 / 1 Back to Gallery NEW YORK (AP) — "I don't even call it a bed. I kind of think of it as your grandmother." So declares Dr. Harvey Karp, a Los Angeles pediatrician … [Read more...] about Swaddle, rock, whoosh: Putting babies to sleep in the Snoo
THERE are few things that shock Judge Rinder. From money laundering to international fraud, the criminal barrister turned TV judge has worked on some eye-opening legal battles. But he was horrified to learn that 400,000 British children do not have a bed of their own to sleep in. Judge Rinder says: “It’s a number that in the First World — in an advanced economy — should make us all think, ‘How can we solve this?’ If it doesn’t make you ask that question, you’ve got a problem. “When I first heard the figure, it gripped me. It made me want to be a part of the community determined to make a change.” That is why the 39-year-old Sun columnist is backing our Beds for Kids campaign to support desperate families. Alongside Dreams Beds and charity Buttle UK’s Chances for Children campaign, we are asking YOU to help raise money for those youngsters who do not have a bed. Without somewhere to get a good night’s sleep, a … [Read more...] about Half a million British children don’t have their own bed so help us change that with our Beds For Kids campaign
By The Washington Post | PUBLISHED: April 25, 2018 at 7:58 am | UPDATED: April 25, 2018 at 7:59 am By Cleve R. Wootson Jr. | The Washington Post As 4-year-0ld Elianna Grace sat in the back seat of the SUV, battling her second fever in three days, her mom flashed back to the coughing and vomiting fit the preschooler had the previous weekend – and to a niggling fear about the girl’s sudden illness. Elianna had spent April 14 playing in her grandparents’ pool in Bradenton, Florida. She blew a geyser of water at family members with a pool noodle. One of them tried to spray her back, but Elianna was already inhaling and got a mouth full of water. The preschooler coughed, vomited and retched for the next few minutes, her mother, Lacey Grace, told The Washington Post, trying to expel a lung- and a stomachful of chlorinated water. But half an hour later, Elianna was happily splashing in the pool. The next day, she seemed fine on a shopping trip with mommy. The crisis … [Read more...] about She read about a 4-year-old’s mysterious death. A year later, it saved her own daughter’s life.
Hampton Roads is among the worst areas in the nation for evictions of rental tenants.New data on court-ordered evictions lays bare this statistic: All of the region's cities in 2016 saw judges order tenants out of their homes at least three times the average national rate.The figures come from Princeton University's Eviction Lab and do not say how many people were physically evicted from their homes, only how many went through the courts.But they do show that landlords asked courts to issue eviction orders for between a third and a fifth of the region's renting households, depending on the city. In roughly a third of those cases, the courts ordered tenants out. Large cities are defined to have a population greater than 100,000. Mid-size cities are between 20,000 and 99,999. Source: The Eviction Lab Built by Will Houp | The Virginian-Pilot Why the rates are so high in Hampton Roads is harder to pin down.Those with an eye on the problem point to several possible factors. … [Read more...] about Why eviction rates in Hampton Roads are among the worst in the United States