Hollywood sign modified to read ‘Hollyweed’

Hollywood sign modified to read ‘Hollyweed’
 Correction — January 22, 2016 The vote on November 9 was of California voters, not the California legislature. 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The Hollywood sign in Los Angeles, California was modified to read “Hollyweed” on Sunday. Security camera footage shows the perpetrator was dressed all in black, said Sergeant Robert Payan.

Christopher Garcia, a spokesperson of the Los Angeles Police Department, said the suspected male offender is being investigated for trespassing rather than vandalism. The sign was not physically damaged; the modification was done using black tarpaulins decorated with signs of peace and heart to alter the “O” to read lowercase “e”.

Betsy Isroelit, a Hollywood Sign Trust spokesperson said, “There was obviously recent legislation in California that may have inspired people. But to me, it looks more like a New Year’s Eve prank.” On November 9, legislators voted in favor of a ballot for legalising recreational use of marijuana in California for the age group of 21 and above.

Previously, on January 1, 1976, Daniel Finegood had vandalised the sign using curtains in a similar manner to read “Hollyweed”. As a college student, Finegood had modified the sign for an assignment in art class. Finegood, in 1990, had modified the sign again, signifying a political issue, modifying the sign to read “Oil War” to protest the Persian Gulf War.

The sign was vandalised in 1992 before the US presidential election. Supporters of presidential election candidate Ross Perot altered the sign to read “Perotwood”.

The law legalising recreational marijuana is due to come into effect in 2018.

 This story has updates See Artist who changed Hollywood sign to ‘Hollyweed’ surrenders to authorities, January 12, 2017 
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NATO to take control of Libyan no-fly zone

NATO to take control of Libyan no-fly zone

Friday, March 25, 2011

NATO has agreed to take control of the no-fly zone in Libya as early as this weekend, after a unanimous vote to do so by all 28 member states.

Only the no-fly zone will be the responsibility of NATO forces; other military operations in Libya will remain under the control of the group of nations already involved. A two-level command system will be put in place, with political oversight being the responsibility of a new committee headed by NATO but also including other countries that are engaged in military operations in Libya. Deployment of military assets will fall under the purview of NATO alone.

An agreement was reached on Wednesday afternoon, after a conference call between US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, British foreign secretary William Hague, French foreign minister Alain Juppe, and the Turkish foreign minister. This was proposed to the North Atlantic Council, and NATO secretary-general Anders Fogh Rasmussen later confirmed that all NATO members had agreed to implement it.

Turkey and France had previously disagreed over the issue of NATO control, with France opposed and Turkey in favor of having NATO command of military forces.

Hague said of the agreement that “this is a new coalition, put together very quickly for obvious reasons last week, and so there are bound to be issues to sort out in its management. But we are getting through those pretty well.”

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Interview with Tony Ciufo, City Council candidate for Ward 10 in Mississauga, Canada

Interview with Tony Ciufo, City Council candidate for Ward 10 in Mississauga, Canada

Friday, September 22, 2006

The upcoming 2006 Mississauga municipal election, to be held November 13, features an array of candidates looking to represent their wards in city council.

Wikinews contributor Nicholas Moreau has contacted as many candidates as possible, including Tony Ciufo, asking them to answer common questions sent in an email. There is no incumbent in the newly created ward; the sixteen resident competing for the position are Shah Rukh Alam, John Briers, Jamie Dookie, Dale D’Souza, Prag Euclid, Adnan Hashmi, Elias Hazineh, Jack Janiak, Fasal Javaid, Craig Lawrence, Sue M. McFadden, Patrick Mendes, Barbara Polis, Graziano Roti, Ali Tahmourpour, and Scott Wilson.

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Feverfew compound gets at leukemia roots

Feverfew compound gets at leukemia roots
October 27th, 2020 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Wednesday, February 23, 2005A compound in the common daisy-like plant feverfew kills human leukemia stem cells and could form the basis for newer, more effective drugs for the disease.

American researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York say that it could take months to develop a useable drug from the compound, parthenolide.

However, they are working to do so with chemists at the University of Kentucky who have identified a water-soluble molecule with the same properties. The US National Cancer Institute has also accepted the work into its rapid access program, which aims to speed experimental drugs into human clinical trials.

“This research is a very important step in setting the stage for future development of a new therapy for leukemia,” says Rochester researcher Craig Jordan. “We have proof that we can kill leukemia stem cells with this type of agent, and that is good news.”

Parthenolide appears to target the roots of myeloid leukemia, stem cells, while current treatments including the relatively new drug Gleevec don’t. So, “You’re pulling the weed without getting to the root,” says Jordan.

Used for centuries to fight fevers, inflammation and arthritis, feverfew earned interest from the Rochester researchers after other scientists showed that it could prevent skin cancer in animal models.

So the researchers investigated how a concentrated form of the plant component parthenolide would affect leukemia cells and normal cells.

Comparing the impact of parthenolide to the common chemotherapy drug cytarabine, they found that parthenolide selectively killed leukemia cells while sparing normal cells better.

While the findings suggest that parthenolide is a good starting point for new drugs, people with leukemia aren’t being encouraged to take high doses of feverfew as they could not take enough of the remedy to halt the disease.

The research is reported in the journal Blood.

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Home Cooling Systems For The Diy Expert

October 24th, 2020 in Air Conditioning Servicing | No Comments

By Chickie Maxwell

Heating and cooling a house is a concern for all homeowners, especially for those people that pride themselves on being do-it-yourselfers. Which cooling systems are the most effective while offering a low energy cost over the life of the unit? Luckily, technology has provided a number of different system types to keep everyone warm and cool as the seasons change.

One basic way to cool a home is to use ventilation techniques through strategic fan placement. Homes can be outfitted with rooftop fan ventilators that will pull heated air from the top of the home, like in the attic, so that it escapes into the atmosphere. The air that replaces the escaped heated air within the space will generally be cooler. Other cooling systems include permanently installed ceiling fans and removable window fans. These are commonly operated in spaces that have a lot of use, like living rooms and bedrooms. Alternatively, some DIYers take advantage of a home’s duct system; a fan system can be installed to move air throughout a home that has ducts entering each main room area. Regardless of the fan ventilation choice, the main benefit to this home cooling system is its inexpensive operation over the years; it only takes a minimal amount of electricity to run the fans.

Homeowners may also use the same ducts for heating that they use for cooling systems. A boiler or furnace can be attached to this duct system to provide warm air during the colder months. As a result, the entire home is kept at a comfortable temperature while retaining a low energy bill at the end of the month.

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These same ducts for fans and heat systems can also be equipped with an air conditioning system. These cooling systems are highly effective for cooling a home, especially if the outside temperatures are extremely dry and hot. However, a DIYer should note that the air conditioning installation can be relatively difficult, along with increasing the home’s electrical bill.

Alternatively, some homeowners in dry climates use evaporative coolers as another inexpensive strategy for cooling a house. Much like air conditioners, the cooler chills hot, incoming air. But, the cooler adds moisture to the incoming hot air to cool it off. This use of evaporation cools the interior of the home while hot air escapes through a cracked window. These coolers are also referred to as swamp coolers.

Some DIY homeowners install radiant heating and cooling systems within their floors for warming and cooling the building. As suggested by the name, radiant heating sends out warmth from its installed piping within the floor; many installations use hot water flows from a heated boiler to warm the home’s interior. Alternatively, radiant cooling helps retain a comfortable temperature within the home during the warm months. Operating in the opposite direction, radiant cooling absorbs heat through the floor and into the piping to pull hot air from a specific area.

Every DIY homeowner should research the best heating and cooling system for the particular climate the home resides within. Each system has its benefits and drawbacks, based on the humidity or dryness of a region.

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Wikinews interviews Joe Schriner, Independent U.S. presidential candidate

Wikinews interviews Joe Schriner, Independent U.S. presidential candidate
October 18th, 2020 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Journalist, counselor, painter, and US 2012 Presidential candidate Joe Schriner of Cleveland, Ohio took some time to discuss his campaign with Wikinews in an interview.

Schriner previously ran for president in 2000, 2004, and 2008, but failed to gain much traction in the races. He announced his candidacy for the 2012 race immediately following the 2008 election. Schriner refers to himself as the “Average Joe” candidate, and advocates a pro-life and pro-environmentalist platform. He has been the subject of numerous newspaper articles, and has published public policy papers exploring solutions to American issues.

Wikinews reporter William Saturn? talks with Schriner and discusses his campaign.

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Former Indonesian president, Suharto in critical condition

Former Indonesian president, Suharto in critical condition
October 17th, 2020 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Former Indonesian President Suharto, 86, is in a Jakarta hospital in critical condition. Doctors say he is suffering heart problems. Chad Bouchard reports from Jakarta.

The former president was admitted to a hospital on Friday with swelling throughout his body. Doctors say Mr. Suharto’s heart has become too weak to pump blood properly, and his kidneys are deteriorating.

Andi Mallarangeng, spokesman for current president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, says the president visited Mr. Suharto in the hospital Saturday and found him too weak to talk.

He was conscious, he was not in a coma in that sense, he was conscious, but he was very weak

“He was conscious, he was not in a coma in that sense, he was conscious, but he was very weak,” he said. “The presidential doctors informed the president that President Suharto is in [a] critical situation.”

Suharto ruled Indonesia for 32 years, stepping down after widespread demonstrations and rioting during the Asian economic crisis of 1998.

He has since lived quietly in an upscale district of central Jakarta.

The anti-corruption organization Transparency International says Mr. Suharto embezzled more from Indonesia than any other modern leader, an estimated $15 billion to $35 billion. Mr. Suharto has steadfastly denied such accusations.

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Toothpaste fills cavities without drilling

Toothpaste fills cavities without drilling
October 8th, 2020 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Thursday, February 24, 2005

A paste containing synthetic tooth enamel can seal small cavities without drilling. Kazue Yamagishi and colleagues at the FAP Dental Institute in Tokyo say that the paste can repair small cavities in 15 minutes.

Currently, fillers don’t stick to such small cavities so dentists must drill bigger holes. Hydroxyapatite crystals, of which natural enamel is made, bond with teeth to repair tiny areas of damage.

Yamagishi and colleagues have tested their paste on a lower premolar tooth that showed early signs of decay. They found that the synthetic enamel merged with the natural enamel. The synthetic enamel also appears to make teeth stronger which will improve resistance to future decay. As with drilling, however, there is still the potential for pain: The paste is strongly acidic to encourage crystal growth and causes inflammation if it touches the gums.

The paste is reported in the journal Nature.

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Category:Animal rights

Category:Animal rights
October 8th, 2020 in Uncategorized | No Comments

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Plywood Boat Plans The World Standard

September 26th, 2020 in Timber | No Comments

By David Web

For a boating lover, every aspect related to boating is very important. It would be very exciting for any boating lover to know about the best plywood boat plans, as then it is possible for him or her to build a unique masterpiece at home themselves. There are several methods available, by which you can prepare several boating accessories at home. Boating was not considered very popular previously, but now the trend is changing and more and more people are opting for boating, as a leisure time activity. The popularity of boating can be seen from the fact that there are large numbers of events organized in order to promote it.

There are several techniques available by which you can prepare your own plywood boat like with the help of some useful reference guides that would enable you to make your own accessories and are sufficient to provide the best boating pleasure. There are 2 techniques, by which you can make the masterpiece by your own. Out of the two methods, we are just going to take the first method here that would assist you in making the best possible masterpiece and that too on your own. As for everything, for this work also there is need of some special attributes like skill, intelligence, creativity etc. In addition, you must have the will to convert your dream into reality as well.

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Among the two methods, we are considering the traditional method where first of all you need to make the plywood plans of all the things you require for making the project. In this method ply on the frame is used. Among other things, it is also very important that you should have the best tools to complete the project. Boating is really a pleasurable activity, but it is not just a measure for fun, rather it is also associated with the lives of several people. For this reason, it is very important not to make any mistakes in constructing the boat. Proper tools as well as materials should be used in order to ensure full safety. After considering the above aspects only, you can think of proceeding with the next step.

Starting with the first method of preparing the ply boat, the first and the foremost thing that is required is best quality wood. Quality of wood is very important because it is with the help of wood only, that you can make the best quality wooden frame that is a must for the whole construction. This wooden frame is popularly known as the ribs. The ribs are positioned in such a way that the hull can be built on the upside down direction with the help of the jig.

After the first phase is over, the next thing is to attach the longitudinal members of the wooden frame with the notch slots that are available in the ribs. The first element used is quite heavy and is known as keelson and it runs to the center down to the ribs. It is on the forward end point of this element only, that the vertical timber is attached. This vertical timber is known as stem and is used in forming the prow for the plywood boat.

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