This week’s historic cold snap could lead to more than just frostbite and dead batteries. As the Twin Cities braces for cold not seen in decades, homeowners could deal with a rude and costly surprise: ruptured pipes. Remember the brutal winter of 2013-2014, when the Twin Cities was hit with the coldest winter in more than 35 years? How could you forget? That winter led to a spike in frozen pipes inside and outside homes, causing major headaches for residents and keeping local plumbers busy. If you become one of the unfortunate ones this week, don’t panic. Remember these tips, which are recommended by the American Red Cross: If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Likely places for frozen pipes include against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation. Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Running … [Read more...] about Frozen water pipes? Historic cold snap to blame. Here’s what to do.
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By Stephen Tucker Paulsen, Correspondent Updated 3:49 pm CDT, Tuesday, October 23, 2018 Chris Keller says feral hogs have been running wild in the Stonecrest Ranch subdivision east of The Woodlands. Locals describe it as a “hog epidemic” and have been calling on officials to solve the problem, all to little avail. Keller estimates he’s spent at least $5,000 fixing his lawn after multiple hog invasions. less Chris Keller says feral hogs have been running wild in the Stonecrest Ranch subdivision east of The Woodlands. Locals describe it as a “hog epidemic” and have been calling on officials to solve the problem, ... more Photo: Stephen Tucker Paulsen / Contributor Chris Keller says feral hogs have been running wild in the Stonecrest Ranch subdivision east of The Woodlands. Locals describe it as a “hogepidemic” and have … [Read more...] about Feral “hog epidemic” causing headaches for residents near Woodlands
Updated 5:43 pm CDT, Tuesday, October 23, 2018 Alyssa Aclcala and Katie Killbourne walk 4 blocks or more from their downtown office Monday, October 22, 2018 after purchasing 12 cases of water from CVS in Austin, Texas The city of Austin's water utility told all residents early Monday to boil water before using until the city's water treatment system is stabilized. Austin Water customers, which include residents in Austin, Rollingwood and West Lake Hills, need to boil water before drinking it, cooking with it or using it for ice until further notice, city officials said. >>PHOTOS: Before and after October's flooding in Central Texas less Alyssa Aclcala and Katie Killbourne walk 4 blocks or more from their downtown office Monday, October 22, 2018 after purchasing 12 cases of water from CVS in Austin, Texas The city of Austin's water utility told ... more Photo: Ricardo B. Brazziell, AP Before and after … [Read more...] about Austin boil-water notice could last 2 weeks, official says
Marlene Cimons, The Washington Post Published 11:08 am PDT, Saturday, October 13, 2018 Migraine can afflict men, women and children. But it is not an equal opportunity disorder. Of those who suffer chronic crippling migraine attacks, the vast majority are women. They are as many as 85 percent, according to the Migraine Research Foundation. "A researcher once said that 'the femaleness of migraine is inescapable,' " says Elizabeth Loder, associate professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and chief of the division of headache and pain at Brigham and Women's Hospital. "It's true. Migraine disproportionately affects women." A migraine is much more than just a terrible headache. To be sure, migraine typically involves a painful throbbing headache, most times on one side of the head, sometimes both. But it also is an incapacitating neurological disease with a wide range of symptoms, including visual disturbances, nausea and vomiting, dizziness, sensitivity to lights, … [Read more...] about Migraines: Bigger headaches for women than men
Google desperately wanted to copy Facebook's success on social media. Instead it may be left with a version of one of Facebook's biggest failures.In 2011, as Facebook was rapidly approaching the one-billion-active-user milestone, Google made a last-ditch effort to beat back its online rival with the launch of a rival social network called Google+. The service unmistakably resembled Facebook, though with some novel additions, including more customized sharing options and group video chats.Seven years later, Google+ — the also-ran social network that Google was never willing to let die — is finally being moved to the company's trash folder, joining previously abandoned social products like Google Reader, Wave, Buzz and Orkut.But it appears Google Plus may have lasted just long enough to land Google in hot water.Google said Monday that it is shutting down Google Plus for consumer use after discovering a security bug that … [Read more...] about Google tried to beat Facebook and all it got was Facebook’s headache