Letters Catastrophe here, and not just for lake; take land for canals

Catastrophe is here;take land for canals

So, the Army Corps of Engineers fears a “catastrophic loss” to 37,000 homes and businesses sitting south of Lake Okeechobee. My heart is bleeding for Big Sugar, which already has collected over $2 billion in subsidies from U.S. taxpayers. How about the catastrophic event that is already here affecting the tens of millions of people living along Florida coastal regions? Not to mention the ecological disaster to our wetlands.Has anyone noticed the peculiar murk in the ocean lately? That lovely shade of beige isn’t natural, honey; that is agricultural runoff.
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This problem isn’t confined to just St. Lucie County; the runoff also flows through canal systems affecting the west coast, the Loxahatchee River, Okeeheelee, Lake Clarke Shores, Lake Osborne and Lake Ida.Sorry to hear that the district …
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Using oil of lemon eucalyptus instead of DEET for mosquitoes

Even the CDC recommends this botanical ingredient as comparable to DEET for repelling disease-carrying insects.Oh the dichotomies of DEET.While DEET is the gold standard of insect repellents, it is also a strong synthetic chemical with a tarnished reputation. Known to the chemistry set as N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide, DEET was potentially linked to 14 cases of brain damage in the 1980s and 90s, inciting a flood of fear amongst consumers that has yet to recede.Other reports of ill effects from the ingredients haven’t helped its cause. Scientific American describes one study, among others:”A study conducted in the late 1980s on Everglades National Park employees to determine the effects of DEET found that a full one-quarter of the subjects studied experienced negative health effects that they blamed on exposure to the chemical. Effects included rashes, skin irritation, numb or burning lips, nausea, headaches, dizziness and difficulty concentrating.”Meanwhile, in 2014 …
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Hybrid hassles: Ontario Kia customer frustrated with long repair delays

The Korean automaker’s motto is “The Power to Surprise,” but an unexpected power failure in Randy Starr’s new Kia was about the last thing he said he thought he would experience on North America’s busiest highway in April.“All of a sudden this message came on saying, ‘Hybrid System Failed,’ and I lost the functionality of the car, all ability to accelerate; if I hit the brakes it would be very choppy,” Starr said, referring to his experience on Highway 401, which runs through Toronto. Story continues below

Starr said he drove the under-powered Kia Niro hybrid off the highway and called Plaza Kia, the dealership where he bought it.The vehicle was taken in for evaluation, but a technician initially found no defect.“As soon as I drove off the (dealership) lot, the system failed again. (The technician) said he drove it for 20 minutes, he said everything’ …
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“Habitual Offender” Dog Shop Fights to Stay Open After City Passes Anti-Puppy Mill Law

Puppy Collection Inc., a Broward County pet shop with interior decor like a Barbie Dreamhouse, sells a range of “teacup puppies” — the extremely small, $1,000 dogs you might find in Paris Hilton’s handbag. The store, whose slogan is “Where celebrities buy their puppies,” says it’s a pet seller to the stars with “over 100+ celebrities” as clients. Their website boasts a long lineup of alleged A-list customers, ranging from Ariana Grande to Dennis Quaid to 70s-era NASCAR executive Bill France (who died in 1992; the store opened around 2011). But the pink-painted venue is owned by James Anderson, who has a long, well-documented history of abuse allegations, ties to puppy mills, and lawsuits over allegedly deceptive sales practices. Now the City of Oakland Park is trying to put him out of business via an ordinance designed to shutter his shop. “This is not new. [Anderson] is a habitual offender. He just moved from …
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Ask Finney: Skimming devices, pothole refunds, vehicle lemon laws

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — 7 On Your Side’s Consumer Expert Michael Finney answers your consumer questions.Question 1: Andrew asked on Twitter: How can a consumer sniff out a card skimming device before putting their own card through a system?Answer 1:It can be hard. Skimmers are credit and debit card readers crooks use to steal your information at gas pumps, ATM’s and the like. Those that are installed in the machines are undetectable, but many are placed outside, and for those, you should check for any signs of tampering, like a loose or ill fitting card slot or keypad or mismatched colors, or if it just looks different. It never hurts to move to the next machine. And use readers where there is good lighting, and closest to attendants.Question 2:Richie asks: I hit a big pothole in Oakland that cracked my rim, and was forced to buy a new one. …
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