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Tiny helpful wasps are coming to save your citrus

To prevent the spread of the devastating citrus greening disease, the California Department of Food and Agriculture is releasing thousands of flea-sized wasps into neighborhoods around Santa Clara County in January and February as part of their Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention program. The teeny wasps, called Tamarixia radiata, while harmless to humans, are highly specialized predators of the invasive Asian citrus psyllid (ACP), which is responsible for spreading citrus greening disease, or Huanglongbing. Since it was first spotted in Florida in 2005, Huanglongbing has ravaged the state’s citrus industry and spread to other citrus-producing states, like Texas and California. Though it hasn’t yet been found in citrus groves or the Santa Clara region, ACP’s have — prompting the state’s agr

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‘Why does my dog eat poop?’ A Texas dog owner wonders

DEAR JOAN: We rescued two large dogs. One is a Belgian Malinois/German shepherd mix. He was on the highway. We fell in love immediately. He has been a member of our family for two years. The second one is an unknown mix. Someone dropped him off, and he ended up in my next door neighbor’s backyard. I’m not sure when he started eating poop, but he does. We rescued him a year ago and now our first rescue has started eating poop as well. We have tried all kinds of deterrents — products from the vet, from different companies, meat tenderizer — but to no avail. I know it is not healthy and it is horrible for them. I don’t know what it is doing to them. Do you have any wisdom on the matter? They are both great dogs, except for this detestable fact. Sharon Gaines, Lubbock, Texas DEAR SHARON: You’r

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One Good Thing: Detransition, Baby lays bare the innermost thoughts of trans women

One World/Random HouseThe book’s hot-button premise could only be handled by a trans novelist. “I’m like five pages into this book,” my friend said, “and I’m upset that the cis are going to read it.” My friend was talking about Torrey Peters’s Detransition, Baby, the book seemingly every trans person I know has been reading since it hit shelves on January 12. As one of just a handful of novels by trans people published by a major publishing house — in this case, One World, which is part of Random House — and one of a scant few novels, period, to try to describe the inner lives of trans women, Detransition, Baby arrived with a tremendous weight of expectations on it. It lives up to them. Peters’s novel follows three characters whose lives intertwine around an unexpected pregnancy. Reese, a

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Nordstrom Is Having a Great Sale. Here’s What to Get

Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/NordstromA long weekend means taking a day to relax, maybe get some chores done, but it also means extra time to shop. This MLK weekend, one of the best sales out there is happening over at Nordstrom. They are taking an extra 25% off clearance items, as well as taking up to 40% off home essentials, marking down coats, and slashing prices on dresswear. Because there is just so much to choose from, we’ve hand picked some of our favorites. Assorted 4-Pack Face Masks: We could all use some face masks right now and this is an excellent deal. They are washable, adjustable, and come in a pack of four fun designs. UGG Flufette Slipper: Looking for the perfect WFH shoe? These might be the softest out there. Imagine walking on a plush rug all day, every...

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Rio Ferdinand rates Man Utd’s title chances and tells Solskjaer how to approach Europa League

Ferdinand gave his take on United’s current situation (Picture: Youtube)Rio Ferdinand believes Manchester United are capable of winning the Premier League after their 0-0 draw with Liverpool and thinks Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side should not spread themselves too thin by playing their strongest teams in the Europa League. While Ferdinand thinks the goalless draw suited the likes of Manchester City, Leicester and Tottenham Hotspur, he wouldn’t swap United’s position – at the top of the table – for any other side’s in the league. And being in such a ‘great position’, he senses United can go all the way. Asked if they can win the league, Ferdinand told Stretford Paddock: ‘Yes, they can. ‘They’re in the position. I always say it, I didn’t always look at the league table until thi...

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3 ways I’m using my side hustles to build generational wealth and support my family

Summary List Placement After getting out of debt, I focused on increasing my income. I started side hustling and earned over $100,000 in 2020. Now, I'm using my side-hustle income to build generational wealth and support my family in three ways. I'm accelerating my retirement savings so I have plenty of money to leave behind, I'm building a college fund for my niece, and I'm supporting my parents as they enter retirement. This article is part of "Money That Lasts," an ongoing series about generational wealth from Personal Finance Insider. Sign up to get Personal Finance Insider's newsletter in your inbox » When it comes to building wealth and passing it along to future generations, many people think of investing in things like real estate or the stock market. But did you know that side...

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James Duggar-Lauren Caldwell Courtship: Is It Already Happening?

When Joseph Duggar married Kendra Caldwell back in 2017, two of the most prominent families in the Arkansas Evangelical community were joined together. Obviously, the Duggars are a big deal in that very insular world, but the Caldwells are also highly regarded for different reasons. Kendra's father, Paul Caldwell, is a highly esteemed pastor who has served as a friend and spiritual mentor to Jim Bob Duggar. It's for this reason that many fans are convinced that Joseph and Kendra's marriage was arranged by their fathers. While we have yet to see any conculsive evidence to that effect, the latest rumor out of Duggarville has some folks convinced that Jim Bob and Pastor Paul are at it again. For several months now, we've been hearing reports that James Duggar and Laur...

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I’m a butler for wealthy NYC families who earns a six-figure salary and has lots of time to see my kids. From checking for dust with a flashlight to taking wine cellar inventory, this is what my job is like.

Summary List PlacementLike many people who work in hospitality or the private services industry, I started out as an actor. And like many actors, I made a choice to stop acting because it was driving me nuts. My wife was reading Tina Fey's "Bossypants" at the time and in the book, Tina Fey talks about "fake it 'til you make it." That's what I did: I acted the part of a house manager until I figured out how to be one. It just takes a little bit of observational skills and people skills and a good memory. After I left acting, I first went into events and catering and worked my way up. While managing a big charity event in 2009, I met a project manager who introduced me to an ultra-high net worth (UHNW) family. The husband was in finance, the wife was an ex-bartender, and they had twin 4-y...

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A record $3.7 billion in Bitcoin options are set to expire on January 29 as interest in cryptocurrencies surges

Summary List PlacementA record $3.7 billion worth of Bitcoin options are set to expire on January 29, as speculation ramps up following the recent volatility in the cryptocurrency's price and growth in interest in its derivatives. On Monday morning, open options contracts were worth around 245,700 Bitcoin - or roughly $9.1 billion - according to cryptocurrency data analytics website bybt.com. Bitcoin options are contracts that give investors the right, but not the obligation, to buy or sell the cryptocurrency at a specified price within a set time period. They give investors the chance to make money by betting on which way the price will go, without having to trade the digital currency itself. Deribit - the exchange that currently facilitates the most Bitcoin options trading - began offe...

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Ashley Walters thought people died filming ‘crazy’ stunts for Bulletproof: South Africa

Ashley Waters and Noel Clarke are back – and heading to South Africa (Picture: Sky)Bulletproof: South Africa is so next level that Ashley Walters was convinced members of the cast and crew had lost their lives while filming stunt scenes. The three-part special, which arrives next week, sees Walters and Noel Clarke reprise their roles Pike and Bishop as they find themselves caught up in a frightening kidnap of a young girl while on holiday. Speaking to Metro.co.uk, Ashley teased the stunts in the forthcoming new series were so realistic that he was worried people had actually died during the shoot. ‘There are some huge stunt sequences in this where we thought people may have lost their lives if I’m honest because it was absolutely crazy,’ he recalled. ‘The stunts were really...

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Community meetings in the San Fernando Valley, Jan. 18-25

  Uly Aquino, of Granada Hills, plays basketball at Holleigh Bernson Memorial Park in Porter Ranch on Friday, October 16, 2020. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)    Community meetings bring people together for exchange of ideas and memorable shared experiences plus the potential for positive personal, change and community enrichment. Wings Over Wendy’s: Veterans of all services and their supporters meet online on Zoom. Meet and greet, 8:30 a.m., followed by meeting, 9:30 a.m. every Monday of the month. Guest speakers scheduled for every meeting. Contact Ed Reynolds for the Zoom link, ID and password. 818-884-4013. Email: wingsoverwendys@outlook.com Virginia Kamhi – Pastel Painting Techniques: Santa Clarita Artists Association presents the talk and demonstration, 6:3

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1 dead in Thornton rollover crash

One person is dead after a single-vehicle crash Sunday night in Thornton. The fatal rollover occurred in the 11500 block of York Street, according to a tweet posted on the Thornton Police Department’s official Twitter account just after 11 p.m. York Street was closed in Thornton from 112th to 118th avenues Monday morning. Thornton police are investigating the incident. It is not known if speed or alcohol were contributing factors to the crash. The identity of the person who died was not immediately released. ...read more Source:: The Denver Post...

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What Biden can and can’t get from an evenly divided Senate

By ANDREW TAYLOR | Associated Press WASHINGTON — So what does a 50-50 Senate get President-elect Joe Biden? Washington has barely had time to process the implications of Democratic control after two Georgia runoff elections that are delivering the Senate to Democrats. Hours after the races were decided, a mob of zealots ransacked the U.S. Capitol and reshaped the national and political landscape. The unexpected new balance of power giving Democrats only the barest control of Congress has big consequences for the president-elect — easy confirmation of his Cabinet most importantly — but the road ahead for his ambitious legislative agenda remains complicated and murky. Republicans remain poised to block most of Biden’s proposals, just as they thwarted much of President Barack Obama’s efforts

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Marjorie Taylor Greene locked out of Twitter

(CNN) — Twitter on Sunday temporarily suspended the account of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for repeated violations of new rules the social media platform put in place following the violent U.S. Capitol riot, a company spokesperson told CNN. Marjorie Taylor Greene on October 15, 2020, in Dallas, Georgia. (Photo by Dustin Chambers/Getty Images) “The account referenced has been temporarily locked out for multiple violations of our civic integrity policy,” the spokesperson said. As a result, the Georgia congresswoman will be locked out of her account for 12 hours. Greene, who has a track record of incendiary rhetoric and ties to the baseless QAnon conspiracy theory, had tweeted a conspiracy-laden thread earlier Sunday about the Georgia Senate elections. Some of the tweets earned labels from Tw...

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