Archive for February, 2009

Desperate Times: Woman Shot in Recycling Robbery

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA – In a busy parking lot in the middle of the day, a woman was shot three times by a gunman apparently trying to rob a recycling center.

The 38-year-old woman, identified as Celia Webster, works as an attendant at the outdoor recycling bins. She was shot in the hand and in the leg but is expected to survive her wounds as she undergoes surgery at Mercy San Juan Hospital, according to her husband.

“Desperate times, people are doing desperate things,” said a shaken Lester Webster, who was bringing his wife her cell phone when he drove up and saw a swarm of police and saw his wife being attended by paramedics

“Her clothes were torn, they said they were checking her injuries. It looked like she was walking through and somebody drove a speeding car through and hit her in the kneecaps,” said Webster. “That’s when I found it was a gunshot.”

Just before 11 a.m., the gunman approached the woman at the recycling bins next to Fireside Lanes bowling alley on Auburn Boulevard north of Antelope Road. Ernie Robbins was driving in to recycle some cans and bottles when he heard the woman screaming and the gunman running after her.

“Then she ran around the bins, fell behind the car and he shot her about four times. Well, he shot four times. She was only hit three. Two in the hand and one in the leg,” said Robbins.

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Wise recycling is a TDOT goal

By Steve Hall • February 25, 2009

Renew, reuse, recycle are three words familiar to most Americans, but they can be applied in surprising ways.

For instance, for the past several decades, the Tennessee Department of Transportation has used coal ash generated by a number of power-producing facilities as an ingredient in some road construction materials. It’s a process that allows TDOT to recycle materials from the plants that might otherwise be unusable.

The recent event at TVA’s Kingston Steam Plant renewed focus on what happens to coal ash. As clean-up in Kingston continues, Gov. Phil Bredesen has asked TDOT to evaluate material from the spill to determine how it might be reused in road and bridge projects.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Federal Highway Administration approve the use of fly ash in certain road construction applications, such as a supplement to cement in concrete, an aggregate component in both concrete and asphalt paving, fill material in embankments and roadbeds, as a stabilizing agent for soils and aggregate bases and in flowable fills. Fly ash is less commonly used as an anti-stripping agent in hot-mix asphalt and as a de-icing agent.

Here is some good news about coal ash. Tennessee Department of Transportation uses it for road construction materials.

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Shift to Digital Sends More CDs to the Trash

Americans throw away millions of CDs every year, the Environmental Protection Agency says. Who needs the clutter when you can organize your music files in a neat database on your computer?

Even though consumers made the shift long ago to downloadable music files, recording powerhouses like Sony, Warner Music Group) and EMI still rely heavily on CD sales. They’re incented to keep pumping out plastic instead of embracing the green technology their customers prefer.

There isn’t a lot of data about the music industry’s carbon footprint. What’s available is incomplete and fairly self-serving.

A British nonprofit called Julia’s Bicycle contends that CDs are responsible for 26% of the greenhouse gases created by the U.K. music industry.

But those numbers are somewhat misleading. The group attributes the largest portion of greenhouse gas emissions to something beyond the industry’s control: audience travel to live shows. Half of the gases music companies directly produce come from making and shipping CDs. Touring generates the other half, the group says.

Used CDs and old credit cards are two items I hate throwing in the trash. Is there anyway to recycle them?

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Sign Up for Bellevue Curbside Recycling

It is not too late to sign up for curbside recycling in Bellevue. Go to one of these locations to talk with a representative and sign up:

– Wednesday: Bellevue Library 9:30am – 5:30pm
– Thursday: Bellevue YMCA 8:00am – 3:00pm
– Friday: Bellevue YMCA 8:00am – 5:00pm

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A Great Dilbert Cartoon

Along with Gary Larsen, Scott Adams has always been a favorite of mine. I have often thought that Scott follows me around since so many of his cartoons over the years paralleled my experiences. This one is great for The Earth Is Not a Trash Can:

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No More Yellow or White Page Books

yellowbook_1182If you are like me, I immediately toss these phone books into the recycling bin when I receive them unsolicited on my doorstep. I use the internet for a phone directory if necessary. We can now opt out of receiving these unnecessary tomes. Go to http://www.yellowpagesgoesgreen.org/index.html to unsubscribe. Feel free to keep them, but please recycle them when new ones are issues.
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Thanks to Cool People Care for offering this tip today! And since it takes less than five minutes to opt out of this service, you can do something else nice today.

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Home Recycling Bin

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Right after I wrote the post below, I heard outside a loud clatter, and ran down to see what was the matter. My new recycling bin was being delivered. I took the picture at left shortly before I sideswiped it with my Mini. Both survived.

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