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iPhone 4 Glassgate lawsuit may affect Apple and Pro Bowl score – Khabrein

iPhone 4 Glassgate lawsuit may affect Apple and Pro Bowl score. Long at last a die-hard Apple user has lashed out at the company for knowingly uploading flawed iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS. Report has surfaced that the California resident Donald LeBuhn has filed a lawsuit this week.

In it Donald has accused the corporate giant of unloading flawed devices. He has done so by citing personal experience with his own iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS.

Donald discussed in detail the problem that he had with his iPhone 4. It is understood that he got upset after its glass broke three weeks after he bought the device. However, in no way could Apple be involved in it. His daughter was responsible as she dropped it three feet to the ground.

The incident completely left his shocked. It appears that this was not one off incident for him. Earlier too his iPhone 3GS, however, was apparently dropped. But it was able to survive a number of drops from similar heights. He makes it a point to mention that he has dropped every generation of iPhone from many different heights, and most of them have survived.

That is why when this one broke he smelled rat and wanted to find out the real reason behind it. At once he suspected that something must be wrong with it.

Interestingly, it was broken despite the fact that Apple has been advertising from time to time that the iPhone 4’s glass is “20 times stiffer and 30 times harder than plastic,” After this incident. Donald realized that something is terribly wrong with the device.

He has directly hold Apple responsible and said that the company that always talks about quality and other things is misleading consumers when selling the iPhone 4. In the complaint, he mentioned: “Months after selling millions of iPhone 4s, Apple has failed to warn and continues to sell this product with no warning to customers that the glass housing is defective.”

NFC Pro Bowl win:

NFF performed amazingly well to win over American Football conference. A report says, “A dominant first half performance helped the National Football Conference to a 55-41 Pro Bowl victory over the American Football Conference on Sunday. In the NFL’s All Star match, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan threw nine from 13 for 118 yards and two touchdowns and Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson had 14 carries for 80 yards, including one touchdown, as the NFC stormed to a 42-7 half-time lead at the Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii”.

Source: iPhone 4 Glassgate lawsuit may affect Apple and Pro Bowl score – Khabrein

City Council to declare May 14 ‘Migratory Bird Day’ in Racine – RacinePost

The City Council will declare May 14 “Migratory Bird Day” at its meeting on Tuesday.

Here’s the ordinance:

Whereas, migratory birds are some of the most beautiful and easily  observed wildlife that share our communities; and

Whereas, many citizens recognize and welcome migratory songbirds as  symbolic harbingers of spring; and

Whereas, these migrant species also play an important economic role in  our community, controlling insect pests and generating millions in  recreational dollars statewide; and

Whereas, migratory birds and their habitats are declining throughout the  Americas, facing a growing number of threats on their migration routes and  in both their summer and winter homes; and

Whereas, public awareness and concern are crucial components of  migratory bird conservation; and

Whereas, citizens enthusiastic about birds, informed about the threats they  face, and empowered to help address those threats can directly contribute  to maintaining health bird populations; and

Whereas, since 1993 International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) has become a primary vehicle for focusing public attention on the nearly 350 species  that travel between nesting habitats in our communities and throughout  North America and their wintering grounds in South and Central America,

Mexico, the Caribbean, and the southern U.S.; and

Whereas, hundreds of thousands of people will observe IMBD, gathering in  town squares, community centers, schools, parks, nature centers, and  wildlife refuges to learn about birds, take action to conserve them, and  simply to have fun; and

Whereas, while IMBD officially is held each year on the second Saturday in  May, its observance is not limited to a single day, and planners are  encouraged to schedule activities on the dates best suited to the presence  of both migrants and celebrants; and

Whereas, IMBD is not only a day to foster application for wild birds and to  celebrate and support migratory bird conservation, but also a call to action.

Now, therefore, be it resolved, that the City of Racine proclaim May 14,  2011, as International Migratory Bird Day in the City of Racine, and all  citizens are urged to celebrate this observance and to support efforts to  protect and conserve migratory birds and their habitats in our community and the world at large.

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Blizzard Watch: Chicago (3-6+" metro, maybe 8" southern suburbs) – Minneapolis Star Tribune (blog)

55.7″ snow this season at MSP.

Trace of snow fell Saturday.

1-2″ possible by Monday AM rush hour.

3-6″ possible by Tuesday morning.

10″ on the ground in the Twin Cities.

32 F. Warmest January temperature so far in the Twn Cities (for 3 consecutive hours late Friday night).

54 number of minutes of daylight since December 21 (by the end of January).

55 number of days until the spring equinox.

34 number of days until “meteorological spring” (the real start of spring is March 1, as far as the atmosphere is concerned). Historically the 90 coldest days of the year run from roughly December 1 through February 28.

52 number of years I’ve been on planet Earth.

26 number of winters I’ve spent in Minnesota.

1190 Paul’s SAT score in 1976 (really messed up on the math section, not proud of that number, no).

11 years: my maximum life expectancy at any local, Twin Cities TV station.

6: companies I’ve started since graduating college.

10 number of on-air meteorologists at WeatherNation (most in Minnesota).



Blizzard Potential. NOAA has a special (experimental) product capable of predicting blizzard conditions (visibility under 1/4 mile in falling/blowing snow, sustained winds over 35 mph). This graphic, valid around 7 am Wednesday morning, shows near-blizzard conditions from near St. Louis and the Quad Cities to Chicago, South Bend, Detroit and Buffalo.


How Much? The NAM model is printing out 3-6″ for the metro, with the greatest amounts south and west of Minneapolis, a long-lasting snow event starting Sunday evening, with light snow spilling over into Monday, possibly Tuesday morning.



Metro Close-Up. With a temperature close to 20 much of Monday, a snow ratio of 15:1 is possible, and a very real possibility of some 3-6″ amounts in the metro, maybe closer to 8″ for some of the southern suburbs. Models are suggesting more than 8-10″ south/west of Willmar and Morris.



Take Your Pick. There’s still a fairly wide spread in predicted amounts from over a dozen different weather models (each running slightly different physics and initiatlization schemes). A good midrange amount would be 4-5″, enough to shovel and plow, although with a snow/rain ratio close to 15/1 amounts may be closer to 6-8″ in some towns.



Latest NAM Model. The 00z Saturday night run prints out .41″ by late Monday night/Tuesday morning – 3 runs/row around .4 to .5″. Could we still see less? Absolutely. But I’m not sure how we see anything less than 1-2″ Monday. Upper end: 5-6″, most likely southern and southwestern suburbs by Tuesday morning.


Winter Storm Warning. The local NWS has issued a winter weather advisory for all of central and southern Minnesota for a much as 3-6″ of accumulation Monday and early Tuesday. The immediate metro area is in the watch area – but Winter Storm Warnings are posted for the far southwestern suburbs, with some 6-10″ amounts possible from Mankato and Glencoe to Willmar and Hutchinson by Tuesday morning. More details here.


Monster-Storm. Some 10-20″ amounts are predicted from Kansas City to Chicago, Detroit and (by Thursday) the northern suburbs of New York and Boston. In terms of counties impacted – this could be the biggest winter storm in a decade.



How Much Snow After February 1? I asked Pete Boulay, at the MN State Climate Office, and he spent me this spread sheet, showing the last 10 years. The magic number (averaging the most recent 10 years): 23.6″ from Feb. 1 through the end of the snow season in April. Before you stick your finger down your throat – remember that snow falling in March and April melts (almost instantly) – very different from snow in January and early February. By Tuesday we’ll probably have close to 60″ for the winter so far. At this rate we may easily see an 80″ winter.


A More Active Week. The meteorologists at Planalytics, outside Philadelphia, are predicting another series of significant storms from the Upper Midwest and central plains into the northeast, as the next surge of Canadian air interacts with warmth and moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic.



Interactive Snow Amounts. Ham Weather, a division of WeatherNation that focuses on data, maps and interactivity, has a new map that shows how much snow is on the ground. You can also call up radar, different satellite images, and the probability of snow 3 days into the future.



Metro Snow. I find it (vaguely) interesting that the heaviest snow has fallen over the south metro, where a cool 20-30″ is on the ground, with lesser amounts north of MSP and St. Cloud. See for yourself here, courtesy of NOAA’s Interactive Snow Information tool.



MSP Meteogram. Click any zip code into this site and you’ll get a forecast for the next 12 days (highs and lows). The Ham Weather calculator also superimposes the “normal” highs and lows over the predicted data, to better put things into perspective. Note that the average high rises from 21 on January 29 to 23 by Feb. 11. Progress?



Growing Flood Threat. Here is the latest from NOAA’s North Central River Flood Forecast Center, showing a greater than 80% of flooding on the Red, Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers through early May. With more snow in the forecast, as much as 6″ of liquid water trapped in the snow pack near Montevideo – and the prospect of a rapid thaw in late February and early March, I suspect river flooding in late March/April may be worse than anything we’ve seen in recent years. The primary factor: this could wind up being the snowiest winter since 1992. Depending on how much rain falls in March, we could be facing some of the worst flooding conditions since 1997 on many of Minnesota’s rivers. I want to emphasize that I am NOT a flood forecaster. I have immense respect for NOAA’s team of hydrologists focused on the upcoming flood risk; they do an amazing job. But just looking at the meteorological ingredients necessary for major flooding – we have all of them. Factors that can’t be predicted: 1). How quickly we thaw out, and 2). Whether the coming thaw will be accompanied by frequent/heavy rains, which would accelerate snow melt and make a bad situation much worse. People that live in flood-prone areas should check their insurance policies and get serious about creating a plan, should conditions go downhill in 45-60 days. We’ll know more by mid February – but right now I do not have a good feeling about the potential for major, widespread flooding. I think it’s all but inevitable.



Heavier Snows May Stick Around, Climate Experts Say. Renee Schoof from the McClatchy Newspaper Company delves into the sheer quantity of snow in the east, and how a “real winter” is muddying the message that more frequent and intense snowfalls may be yet another symptom of a warmer, wetter atmosphere:


Tree limbs snap, the power goes out, the car needs digging out again. Along with the grumbling about winter snow there’s also a common curiosity: So what does all this say about global warming? How can the average world temperature be inching up and 2010 be tied for the warmest year ever, when places from North Carolina to New England get buried by whopper winter storms? There are several scientific explanations that help sweep away the snow confusion. But like everything else related to climate science, it’s all rather muffled these days, at least in the nation’s capital. Those who don’t accept climate science are vocal. Some of those who do accept it think it’s better to talk about jobs or technology, rather than what’s going on with warming oceans and atmosphere.”


How Bad Is The Snow? Depends Where You Live. The New York Times points out the different responses to the snowiest January on record for the Big Apple: there is Manhattan, and then there’s everything else. The article explains: “The difference between Manhattan and the rest of the city is so ingrained in the local psyche that residents of the other four boroughs are more likely to take pride in, rather than offense at, the notion that they live in a different New York City. But rarely have those two New Yorks felt more different than in the last 34 days. New Yorkers in Manhattan have mostly had their building superintendent shovel out their stoops and sidewalks. New Yorkers in Bayside, Queens, have had to do it themselves, using shovels and another tool foreign to apartment-dwellers in Manhattan: electric or gas-powered snow blowers. New Yorkers in Manhattan walked to the subway, which ran smoothly for the most part there, or took a cab. New Yorkers in Flatlands, Brooklyn, or in nearby Mill Basin — where the closest subway is two miles away on some blocks — shoveled the stoop, and then the sidewalk, and then the driveway out back that leads to the garage. New Yorkers in Manhattan were often late for work. New Yorkers elsewhere had to burn vacation days.”



Tornado In A Box. This “tornado simulator” was constructed by Landon and Payton Frostad for the Imagination Fair at the Excelsior Elementary School (with a little help from their father – my friend and business partner, Todd Frostad). It’s really quite extraordinary, powered by a fan at the top, and dry ice to create the visible funnel vortex. If you have the time, the (basic) materials and the desire, you can build your own tornado simulator, maybe score some points for your kid’s next science fair? The specs can be found here.


Saturday Statistics. Yesterday’s high was 32 (around midnight) falling through the 20s during the day with a trace of snow. Highs ranged from 16 at Alexandria to 22 in St. Cloud.





Paul’s Star Tribune Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota:


TODAY: Intervals of sun, a few flurries, but little accumulation. Winds: N 7-12. High: near 20

SUNDAY NIGHT: Light snow likely, 1-3″ possible by daybreak Monday. Low: 12


MONDAY: Light snow, 3-6″ possible by Monday night. Icy roads – more south/west of the metro area. High: 22


TUESDAY: Snow tapers to flurries. Colder. Low: -2. High: 8


WEDNESDAY: Numbing sunlight, parka weather returns. Low: -9. High: 9


THURSDAY: Sun gives way to more clouds. Low: -5. High: 11


FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy, “average” again. Low: 6. High: 23


SATURDAY: Flurries, risk of a thaw. High: 31




Potentially “Plowable”


Here we go again. It’s been 2 weeks since we’ve seen enough snow to foul up our commutes (4.4″ fell January 13-14). The next, slow-moving storm sparks a long-lasting snow event from tonight through Tuesday morning. As much as .45″ liquid water (at 20 F) may translate into 3-6″ snow, most of it coming Monday.


Yes, the natives are a bit restless. Adam Platt, Executive Editor at Mpls. St. Paul Magazine put our winter into stark perspective. “It’s taken me 29.5 winters of living here, but I’ve finally figured out why, no matter how many inches of snow NYC or DC or BOS or CHI get above what we get in a winter, it’s still inconsequential. Their snow MELTS. Ours doesn’t. Here, it just piles and piles for about 90 days.” Good point.


I checked with Pete Boulay at the MN Climate Office. He confirmed, “37 hours above freezing since December 1, all in December.” For 3 hours early Saturday we experienced 32 F. Some January thaw.


The sheer quantity of snow, coupled with the lack of any melting, has me increasingly concerned about river flooding by March. Hope I’m wrong. Monday snow will be followed by a cold week (3 nights below zero) – but 32 F returns next weekend. What a winter.



Source: Blizzard Watch: Chicago (3-6+" metro, maybe 8" southern suburbs) – Minneapolis Star Tribune (blog)

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Mayor’s Charity Ball shows ‘Utica at its finest;’ 1,600 attend

The lobby of the Radisson Hotel-Utica Centre filled with glittering dresses and black tuxedos Saturday night as hundreds of local officials and residents made their way to the fourth annual Mayor’s Charity Ball.

Mayor David Roefaro and his wife, Cynthia Roefaro, greeted many of their more than 1,600 guests in front of a large ice sculpture of an artist’s palette and paint brushes, a nod to this year’s beneficiary – the Stanley Center for the Arts’ Arts in Education Institute.

“We do this all for the children of our city,” Cynthia Roefaro said of the event, which donates its proceeds to a different charity each year.

The Arts in Education program, which lost its funding from city schools this year, helps teachers integrate arts into their curricula and organizes arts-based field trips.

“It’s just a wonderful charity,” Utica school board member Anthony Brindisi said of the program. While he has a personal connection to this year’s organization, Brindisi said he attended last year’s ball as well.

“You get to see a lot of people out supporting the community and I’m happy to do my part,” he said.

Other repeat guests said the glamour of the event, coupled with the charitable aspect, was what kept them coming back.

Mohawk Valley EDGE President Steve DiMeo described the occasion as “Utica at its finest.”

“It’s a fun event,” his wife, former school board member Dianne DiMeo, added. “You get to see a lot of people. You get to get dressed up.”

Guests were treated to drinks and hors d’oeuvres at the 6 p.m. event, as well as the chance to dance to music from four different bands – including Playin’ Again and The Scintas – over the course of the evening.

The final amount raised for the arts program was not available Saturday. But last year’s ball raised more than $69,000 for the Utica Zoo with a slightly smaller crowd of around 1,300, according to O-D archives.

Mayor Roefaro said he’s happy to see the event growing each year.

“The best thing is people come out and say, ‘We’ve heard about it from last year,’” he said.

Cynthia Roefaro said the charitable aspect of the event isn’t limited to those attending the ball, either. Local restaurants donated all of the food and drinks served at the event, and the bands donated their time for the entertainment. Students from Thomas R. Proctor High School’s NJROTC program also helped out by running a coat-check room.

“That’s one thing about Utica,” Cynthia Roefaro said. “They’re there for you for charity.”

Source: Mayor’s Charity Ball shows ‘Utica at its finest;’ 1,600 attend