East Hampton Man Burglarized 25 Homes in 10 Months, DA Says

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Justin BennettAn East Hampton man has been indicted on charges of burglarizing more than two dozen houses on the South Fork over the past 10 months to feed his heroin habit, authorities said.Justin Bennett pleaded not guilty Thursday at Suffolk County court to 25 counts of burglary and two counts of attempted burglary.Prosecutors said the 22-year-old suspect stole thousands of dollars worth of jewelry, including family heirlooms and engraved wedding bands, as well as cash from homes in East Hampton, Southampton and Sag Harbor.“He usually entered a house through an unlocked door, or he would use a poorly concealed Hide-A-Key that he’d find without much effort,” Suffolk County District Attorney Tom Spota said.Bennett was allegedly trying to break into a house on Flaggy Hole Road in East Hampton when a resident of the home confronted him and later identified him to police, authorities said.Bennett faces a up to 15 years in prison on each of the 25 burglary charges.Judge Richard Ambro set bail for Bennett at $200,000 cash or $400,000 bond.last_img read more

How to sell your home for the right price this summer

first_imgIf you are considering putting your home on the market, summer may be the perfect time. The frenzy of the spring buying season has ended, meaning there are fewer houses listed and competing for buyers’ attention. Tax refunds have been sent out, so potential buyers who have been saving for a down payment may now have the funds they need. And families hoping to get settled into a new home before the school year starts are abundant.According to the National Association of Realtors, more than 40% of all homes were sold during the months of May through August last year, meaning summer buyers are serious buyers. People visiting an open house in the summer aren’t window-shopping — they are looking for their next home.So how can you make your house stand out in this market? Here are a few simple tips to help increase your chances of quickly finding the right buyer for your home this summer.Maintain or revamp your home’s curb appealYour front yard is your home’s first impression, so make sure that it’s welcoming. Don’t let your lawn and flowerbeds suffer in the summer heat; keep all your plants well hydrated and mulched. Keep the grass trimmed by mowing as much as needed. Replant any unsightly brown spots and plant colorful seasonal flowers. And if your home’s façade is looking a little faded, give it a fresh coat of paint and perhaps spruce up your front porch or walkways. continue reading » 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

A new Lake Erie battle: Lucas County sues U.S. EPA over western basin water quality

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Peggy Kirk Hall, director of agricultural law, Ohio State University Agricultural and Resource Law ProgramDisagreements over how to improve the health of Lake Erie have led to yet another federal lawsuit in Ohio. This time the plaintiff is the Board of Lucas County Commissioners, who filed a lawsuit in federal court in April against the U.S. EPA. The lawsuit accuses the U.S. EPA of failing to enforce the federal Clean Water Act, which the county believes has led to an “alarming” decline in the water quality of western Lake Erie.The Clean Water Act requires states to monitor and evaluate water quality and establish water quality criteria, and also to designate a water body as “impaired” if it does not meet the criteria. Once a water body is on the impaired waters list, the state must create Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for the water body. TMDLs determine the maximum amounts of each pollutant that can enter a water body and still allow the water to meet the established water quality criteria. Plans for reducing a pollutant would be necessary if the pollutant exceeds the TMDLs. The state’s efforts to establish the water quality criteria, designate impaired waters and develop TMDLs are subject to review and approval by the U.S. EPA, who must ensure that the states are taking adequate action pursuant to the Clean Water Act.Lucas County alleges that the U.S. EPA has failed in its Clean Water Act obligations by allowing Ohio to refuse to prepare TMDLs for the western basin of Lake Erie. Even after another court battle forced the designation of the western basin as “impaired,” the county explains, Ohio’s EPA declared the western basin to be a low priority for TMDL development and has not yet proposed either TMDLs or an alternative plan for addressing the basin’s impaired water status. Lucas County argues that since Ohio has not established TMDLs for the impaired waters of Lake Erie, the U.S. EPA must step in and do so.The county also contends that the lack of state and federal action on the impaired waters status of the western basin has forced Lucas County to expend significant resources to maintain and monitor Lake Erie water quality for its residents. According to Lucas County, such actions and costs would be unnecessary or substantially reduced if the U.S. EPA had fulfilled its legal obligations to ensure the preparation of TMDLs for the western basin.Agricultural pollution is an explicit concern in the county’s complaint. The development of TMDLs for the western basin would focus needed attention and remedial measures on pollution from agricultural operations, Lucas County states. The county asserts that TMDLs would establish a phosphorous cap for the western basin and methods of ensuring compliance with the cap, which would in turn address the harm and costs of continued harmful algal bloom problems in Lake Erie.The remedy Lucas County requests is for the federal court to order the U.S. EPA to either prepare or order the Ohio EPA to prepare TMDLs for all harmful nutrients in the western basin, including phosphorous. The county also asks the court to retain its jurisdiction over the case for continued monitoring to ensure the establishment of an effective basin-wide TMDL.This is not the first TMDL lawsuit over the western basin. In early February of this year, the Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC) and the Toledo-based Advocates for a Clean Lake Erie filed a lawsuit that similarly alleges that the U.S. EPA has failed to require Ohio to establish TMDLs for the western basin, which is still ongoing. The case followed an earlier and successful push by the ELPC to order Ohio to declare the western basin as impaired, which the state had refused to do previously.The newest round of litigation again highlights differences in opinion on how to remedy Lake Erie’s phosphorous pollution problem. Like the TMDL lawsuits, a successful effort by the Toledoans for Safe Water to enact the Lake Erie Bill of Rights was also predicated on claims that Ohio and the federal government aren’t taking sufficient action to protect Lake Erie. Lucas County made it clear that it isn’t satisfied with the state of Ohio’s approach of providing funding to promote voluntary practices by farmers to reduce phosphorous pollution, despite stating that the county isn’t “declaring war on agriculture.”In its press conference announcing the current lawsuit, the county explained that the state’s voluntary approach won’t provide the “sweeping reforms we need.” On the other hand, the Ohio Farm Bureau has argued that the TMDL process for Lake Erie can take years longer and be less comprehensive than the voluntary practices farmers are pursuing. Still others believe that more research will help us fully understand the phosphorous problem and identify solutions.As battles continue over the best approach to improving Lake Erie’s water quality, maybe all could at least agree that litigation is costly, in many ways. An alternative but perhaps more challenging path would be appreciation of the concerns on both sides of the issue and cultivation of collaborative solutions. Let’s hope we can find that path.last_img read more

Comedy Podcasts Revitalize the Platform

first_img5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#art#Podcasts#web curt hopkins 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Related Posts center_img 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Social media’s like punk rock, it knocks down walls for all, and that’s good. But it frees up as much, or more, rubbish as it does material of quality. Nevertheless, some people, usually those with a love-hate relationship with radio, were very enthusiastic lo these many years ago, about the platform that podcasting provided. That enthusiasm has waned in recent times. (Though not for everyone.) Lately, comedy seems to be revitalizing it. Comedy podcasts run the length of the field, from one-man ruminations to frantic bit-factories to interview shows. Some are free, some cost, and many offer a combination of the two options. Below the fold, I offer a far-from-inclusive introduction to different types of comedy podcasts and have tried to include a few that are acknowledged to be influential.The Ricky Gervais Show. Gervais was an innovator, putting comedy podcasting on the map in 2005, under the auspices of the Guardian. Over the next two years, Gervais released about three dozen podcasts, which went to iTunes for a fee. It is said to be the most downloaded podcast ever. As to the content, I’ve always found Gervais’s comedy to be pub rock posing as punk and the genius mostly in the marketing. I’m clearly in the minority. What the Fuck? Comedian Marc Maron’s podcast has gained huge momentum over the last year and for good reason as far as I’m concerned. Wide in scope, Maron combines introductory monologues of mind-bending self-absorption with interviews, on-site reporting (Creation Museum, anyone?) and live shows. Sometimes the interviews are super funny. Tom Lennon of The State and Reno 911 and Bob Saget of Full House, America’s Funniest Home Videos and How I Met Your Mother almost bent space-time they were so funny. Sometimes, like his interview with the late Mike DeStefano, they’re touching and at other times, like Judd Apatow and Robin Williams, they’re extremely interesting, winkling out details you’d never heard elsewhere. Two interviews were profoundly squirm-worthy: Gallagher (who walked out) and Carlos Mencia (who required two interview for Maron to dislodge him from his talking points.) Few journalists could match Maron’s interviewing technique, neither for quality nor for the risks they take. Comedy Death Ray Radio. CDR Radio grew out of Comedy Death Ray, a weekly Los Angeles-based comedy show that began in 2002 and has been credited in part for creating what is now known as “alternative comedy.” One of CDR’s co-creators, Mr. Show writer Scott Aukerman, is the host. The strong position the show has given the podcast in the world of comedy and comedy fans has given it a lot of reach. Wise guest choices (Paul Tompkins, Andy Richter, Nick Kroll, Reggie Watts, Sarah Silverman, Russell Brand and Tig Notaro) have kept its momentum up. Walking the Room. Comedians Greg Behrendt (best known for “He’s Just Not That Into You” and “telling jokes in front of people”) and Dave Anthony (he’s this one guy) co-host a slop-bucket of a podcast, sloshing with unspeakable filth, studded with neologisms and streaked with tittering. Recent episodes include “Old Yeller Hamster and Fish Cliffhanger,” “Blood Toilet and the Little Big Dollhouse Explanation” and the vacuum-inducing “Blood Face Nap Man and Cracky the Bike Thief.” Sometimes the show’s very funny, sometimes a bit insidery, but always a performance and (so far) free as the wind.Other comedy podcasts of noteJimmy Pardo’s Never Not FunnyPaul F. Tompkins’s Pod F. TompkastSuperegoThe Sound of Young AmericaThe NerdistGreg Fitzsimmons’s Fitzdog RadioDoug Benson’s Doug Loves Movies If you’d like to read much, much more about comedy podcasts, more by far than I hate myself enough to match, check out Splitside’s “A Seriously Comprehensive Guide to Comedy Podcasts.”Finally, if you want to tell me that podcasts have never been more popular and will be the vehicle of our salvation, or that Gervais is a genius, or just recommend comedy podcasts not mentioned above, have at ‘er. And speaking of ‘er, where are my comedy podcast ladies at? They seem a little thin on the ground. last_img read more