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Keys Locked in Car - How to Get In - 26 Sep 2015 16:57

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[[html]]&#13;Have you ever faced this situation where you're out with car keys locked in car? This article will tell you how you can save yourself from a big drama in this case! Read on…<br><br>"I thought how unpleasant it is to be locked out; and I thought how it is worse, perhaps, to be locked in." ~ Virginia Woolf<br><br>This quote made me actually think of the fact, that we dreaded being locked out with the keys locked in car! In fact, we should be happy that we were not actually locked in and had a chance to do something about it! The latter is a rare scenario to take place, but the former is something that is nearly inevitable! I mean, most of the car owners have faced this situation of being locked out of the car, watching the keys dangling in the ignition…and trust me, nothing can be more frustrating than that!!! If you haven't faced this situation till date, thank God and continue to pray so that you don't face 'the bad car problem day' ever! The first thing you need to do is try to keep your cool, though that's not an easy thing to do in a situation like this, this will definitely help you do the much-needed thinking.<br><br>How to Unlock a Car When the Keys are Locked Inside?<br><br>How to retrieve keys locked inside a car? If you are expecting some unrealistic or magical answers then that isn't what we have here! Trust me, I have read many websites mentioning weird things like unlocking a locked car with the help of a tennis ball, drilled hollow from the center, or using a hanger wire to open the lock and what not! My question to people who suggest this would be, 'Who the hell would keep a hanger, or a drilled tennis ball with them all the time?!!!' Even if these things 'supposedly work', I would prefer keeping a spare key with me instead of a drilled tennis ball! Which is what you have to do!<br><br>Keep a Spare Key Handy: I know that you don't lock yourself out with keys locked in car on purpose! But some people are just prone to this, always accidentally! There is no harm in getting a spare key made, it doesn't even cost $10, which is nothing in comparison with the other options that you might have to choose later on to get inside your locked car! There are many magnetic key cases available under for less than $10 which can be hidden under your car on a metal surface. So that every time you have locked yourself out with your car keys locked inside, you can take the spare key and get in the car without any trouble! Keeping a spare key with a trusted friend or relative can also help in such cases.<br><br>Become a AAA Member: Becoming a member of AAA (American Automobile Association) helps as they provide 24 hours roadside assistance, which includes lock-out services as well, along with many other services like towing service, battery service etc. The best part about the membership is that you can avail all these services by paying less than $70 a year! Isn't it totally worth it?<br><br>Get in Touch with Your Insurance Company: If you don't have a spare key or the AAA membership, then most likely you will have to get ready to spend some money from your pocket. Therefore, your next step should be to get in touch with your car insurance company as soon as possible and check if they cover the lock-out service. If they do, then you don't have much to worry about!<br><br>Get in Touch with the Towing Service: Now since you would not have much of an option, you can call for a car towing equipment which would cost you money (about a $100 or more), but then it's definitely better than being stuck without any help! If your insurance company covers that, there is nothing like it!<br><br><img style="float:right;margin:10px;border:none;" src="http://a1thewoodlandstxlocksmith.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Locksmith-Masterkeys.jpg" width="359" /><br><br>Get in Touch with the Police: For those of you who are not willing to spend money for unlocking the car, you can call the cops to come to your rescue. They do keep many tools with them and can definitely help you unlock the car… without any charge! Although these days I've heard that they have stopped doing that in some cities because of the additional cost! So… let's move on to the next option…<br><br>Get in Touch with the Car Dealer: Another way to get the spare key made is to get in touch with the car dealer as soon as possible and provide him with the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) number which is usually located on the dashboard in front of the driver's seat. This number would help the dealer make a duplicate key within a few minutes. Although, this way would only work if you can see the VIN from outside and if you can arrange someone to go pick the keys for you.<br><br>There are other options that are known to be helpful like the slim Jim. The reason why I haven't mentioned it on the aforementioned list is because the success of this device works only depending on the type of car that you have, as it works only on old cars of the 1990s. The new modernized cars don't unlock using this tool as the new cars have improved car safety techniques! Many people also say that if your keys are locked inside, you can use your cell phone to call home or wherever you have your spare keys. They say that if you hold your cell phone a few inches away from the door and the person on the call presses the unlock button from wherever, the lock opens up instantly! However, many people also say that this is just a hoax and this stuff doesn't work! Therefore, instead of checking out all the tricks and tips to open a car with keys locked in car, just remember, call for AAA roadside assistance by becoming a member, or just keep a spare key hidden in the magnetic key case. For now, just pray that you never ever go through this situation again! Good luck! :)&#13;<br><br><a href='http://www.buzzle.com/articles/keys-locked-in-car-how-to-get-in.html'>http://www.buzzle.com/articles/keys-locked-in-car-how-to-get-in.html</a><br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Home Improvement :: Home Master's Secrets And Techniques For Home Security Lighting - 26 Sep 2015 13:35

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[[html]]Home security lighting is one of the easiest methods for hardening your home defense. It is inexpensive, easy to install, and an extremely effective tool for deterring criminals. I wrote this article to help folks see the validity of the previous statement. In addition to this, I'll give the homeowner some implementation tips for beefing up their lighting situation. <br><br>Firstly, home security lighting is much less costly than other forms of enhanced home security. Bars on windows, security screen doors, alarm systems, and camera systems are all more expensive. Just one set of security bars for one window will cost you a minimum of twenty five dollars. Multiply this number by how many windows the average house has, and you can see how this can get expensive very quickly. <br><br>Using lights for security can be as cheap as having motion detection lights installed neared your doorways and on the sides of your house. Motion detection lights will throw light onto anybody approaching your home. Most people already have lights setup near their entryways, so it would just be a matter of switching out the actual light system on the wall. <br><br>Another easy install method for adding security lighting would be to add solar lighting. Solar lights can be had for about two or three dollars each. Even though small solar lights do not produce significant amounts of illumination, they do make pathways safe and they do take away hiding spots from rapists and vandals. You'll find that the only thing you need to do with a pathway solar light is to stick it in the dirt. <br><br>The reason home security lighting is so effective is that it deters criminals from staying near your property. Criminals want to move onto your property unseen. They also want to have lots of time to get into your home without interference. When you place security lighting around your home, criminals lose these two things. <br><br>Another reason lighting is so effective is that you can use lots of it without having to spend much money. Instead of buying one security door, you can buy lights for your entire home. While the first safe guard would only protect one of your doors, the lighting would protect both you and your entire house. <br><br>Also, home security lighting serves more than one purpose. The lighting can be used to enjoy your yard at night, find your keys easier, and keep you from tripping. Can you think of a dual purpose for having bars on your windows? Because this type of security has two purposes, it ends up being a much better bang for your buck.<br><br>&#13;<br><br><a href='http://www.articlebiz.com/article/1051523808-1-home-masters-secrets-and-techniques-for-home-security-lighting/'>http://www.articlebiz.com/article/1051523808-1-home-masters-secrets-and-techniques-for-home-security-lighting/</a>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Never Need a Locksmith Again - 26 Sep 2015 06:48

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[[html]]<img src="http://www.yankodesign.com/images/design_news/2015/08/locksmith/locksmith_01.jpg" alt="locksmith_01" width="1050" height="571" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-122509"/><br><br>My Own Locksmith is a key and lock cylinder combination with a resettable function that makes it easy to change the lock without actually having to permanently remove any hardware. Simply set the number on the cylinder and the numbers on the key to match and youll have a custom combination that you can always do by yourself!<br><br>Designer: Liao Hung Lin, Chiang Ming Huang, Liao Hung Lin, Tsai Alan, Wu Jean<br><br><img src="http://www.yankodesign.com/images/design_news/2015/08/locksmith/locksmith_02.jpg" alt="locksmith_02" width="1050" height="750" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-122510"/><br><br><img src="http://www.yankodesign.com/images/design_news/2015/08/locksmith/locksmith_03.jpg" alt="locksmith_03" width="1050" height="574" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-122511"/><br><br><a href='http://www.yankodesign.com/2015/08/27/never-need-a-locksmith-again/'>http://www.yankodesign.com/2015/08/27/never-need-a-locksmith-again/</a>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Black Friday Gets Freaky | Fox News - 26 Sep 2015 03:26

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[[html]]The Christmas shopping rush ground to a sticky stop in Lafayette, La., Friday as dozens of shops planned to open up early — only to find their locks glued shut.<br><br>"I arrived at the store to open up around 7:30 this morning and went to put my key in the lock and it just would not go in," Chuck Trenchard of S&amp;K Men's Sportswear (search) in the Courtyard Shopping Center told KFLY-TV of Lafayette. "Then someone came over to me and said 'Your key is not going to work — someone super-glued the lock shut.'"<br><br>Across the street at the Mall of Acadania, hundreds of eager customers waited for the Old Navy (search) store to open up at 5 a.m. — but had to wait even longer for a locksmith to arrive.<br><br>"There was about 500 people in the way [outside Old Navy], so I had to move through them," Garan Wilson of local locksmiths Pop-a-Lock (search) told the TV station. "Then I found about a half a tube of glue stuck inside [the lock]."<br><br>In all, about 200 locks in more than a dozen large retail stores along Lafayette's main shopping district — among them Toys R' Us, Barnes &amp; Noble, Marshalls and Bed, Bath and Beyond — were hit.<br><br>Not only were front doors glued shut, with adhesive squirted deep inside the locks, but employee entrances and loading docks were as well.<br><br>"I started at about 4:30 this morning and have been going all day," Joel Broussard of Lafayette Locksmith Service (search) told the Lafayette Daily Advertiser. "I've probably replaced more than 15 locks by myself. We do a lot of commercial work, but nothing like this."<br><br>Trenchard, the S&amp;K manager, thinks it was probably just a prank, but one that had financial consequences.<br><br>"The customers were frustrated. We were frustrated," he told the Daily Advertiser. "They cost us a lot of sales, easily about $1,000 from people having to wait and then just leaving."<br><br>Smaller retailers, however, found themselves untouched by the vandal or vandals.<br><br>"There was nothing in our locks. We tried the key and it turned," Ed Faske of Pets Unlimited told the Daily Advertiser. "I'm glad it didn't happen to us."<br><br>Cathy Wyatt of Daystar, a Christian-oriented retailer, invoked a higher power.<br><br>"I hadn't heard much about what happened. God protected us, I guess," she said to the newspaper.<br><br>And the U.S. Post Office located along the shopping strip was unscathed.<br><br>"Maybe they thought we weren't open today," clerk Debra Curry told the Daily Advertiser. "That, or they were smart enough not to vandalize a federal building."<br><br>Lafayette police had no suspects, but were investigating the vandalism as cases of possible criminal mischief or criminal damage to property, both misdemeanors, Lt. Angelo Iorio said.<br><br>"Black Friday," the day after Thanksgiving, is traditionally the busiest shopping day of the year and puts many retailers into "the black" for the calendar year.<br><br>— Thanks to Out There reader Sabrina G. The Associated Press contributed to this report.<br><br>Granny Nabs Half-Naked Thief<br><br>LYNNWOOD, Wash. (AP) — When this granny saw a handcuffed man trying to flee from a department store, she didn't just step out of the way of the charging scofflaw.<br><br>"I get pushed and shoved a little sometimes at the mall, but nothing like this," said 60-year-old Janice Lewis.<br><br>Lewis, who has 10 grandchildren, grabbed the man's jacket and held on until he was tackled by Officer Anne Codiga. She broke a finger and bruised her hand in the scuffle.<br><br>The chase began across the street from Alderwood Mall on Nov. 22, when workers at Verity Credit Union reported a man was trying to use an account that wasn't his.<br><br>Police had arrested and handcuffed the man, and were leading him outside when he bolted.<br><br>As he ran, with two officers in pursuit, his jeans slid to his ankles and he tripped over them, falling in the middle of the road. He flipped off his shoes, wriggled out of his pants, got to his feet and ran.<br><br>Wearing boxer shorts, one sock, a jacket and a shirt, he ran into the mall parking garage. Codiga followed.<br><br>Lewis had seen the man running from police near the credit union, but thought officers had caught him. So she was shocked to see him suddenly running toward her from the parking garage.<br><br>The man was booked for theft and assault.<br><br>Old Folks' Gambling Den Shut Down<br><br>BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — Police have shut down what they said was an illegal gambling club, an establishment frequented mostly by senior citizens looking for a place to try their luck on video poker and card games.<br><br>The club, located in a Main Street professional building just steps away from a day-care center, was in operation for at least three years, authorities said.<br><br>The alleged ringleader, Charles J. Matta, 65, was charged with several gambling-related counts. He said the club's clientele included mainly bored old-timers.<br><br>"We're a bunch of old people looking for something to do," he said from his subsidized high-rise apartment. "You got people sitting around all day waiting to die."<br><br>Matta was arrested Monday when he arrived at the club, which went by the name New England Salesmen's Association.<br><br>A second man, Roy P. Marian, 57, was charged with gaming and unlawful selling or keeping alcohol for sale. Two women who were hostesses also will be charged, police said.<br><br>Police used an undercover officer to gather evidence. Seized were seven video poker machines, playing cards and poker chips and records listing names and amounts owed or paid out, Lt. William Conlon said.<br><br>Mobile Phones Go Airborne<br><br>STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) — Authorities in Sweden arrested a man who shot mobile phones into the yard of a high-security prison with a bow and arrows, police said Saturday.<br><br>The 25-year-old man is charged with planning to aid a prison escape and could get up to a year in jail, police said.<br><br>The suspect, whose name was not released, taped two cell phones and a battery charger to three arrows, and fired them over the 12-foot wall into Mariefred prison outside Stockholm on Friday night, police spokeswoman Susanne Abrahamsson said.<br><br>The man was not spotted by guards when he fired the arrows, but was arrested after police found his car parked about 650 feet from the prison walls, with a bow hidden underneath it, she said.<br><br>After the man returned to his car, police dogs traced his scent back to the prison wall, and guards were able to find the arrows in the prison yard, where inmates go for exercise.<br><br>It was unclear which inmates were supposed to receive the phones, Abrahamsson said.<br><br>Cell phones smuggled to inmates have played a vital role in three highly publicized prison breaks in Sweden between July and September.<br><br>Police suspect the inmates used them to coordinate their escapes with accomplices on the outside. All the inmates who escaped in the three prison breaks — including from Mariefred prison — were recaptured within days.<br><br>Several prison employees were later charged with smuggling phones into the prisons, which has led to more frequent searches of all prison employees.<br><br>Using a bow to get phones into prison seems to be a new technique, Abrahamsson said.<br><br>"As far as I know, this is a first," she said.<br><br>Disneyland Keeps Santa Grounded<br><br>ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Santa Claus can build toys, shimmy down a chimney and harness flying reindeer. But one thing he can't do any more is skydive near Disneyland.<br><br>An annual "Jingle Bell Jump," with Santa parachuting to the Anaheim Town Square shopping center with gifts and greetings, was canceled for a second year because of a federal law restricting use of area airspace.<br><br>Instead, Santa will float in a hot air balloon tethered to the ground Friday.<br><br>Disney officials say the flight restrictions are needed to thwart terrorists who could target the park. Managers of the 50-store shopping center don't buy it.<br><br>"The terrorists are not involved in any way whatsoever," said Ryan Williams, promotions director for center owner NewMark Merrill. "This is Santa landing with his elves."<br><br>Under the restriction, aircraft are banned from flying below 3,000 feet within 3 miles of Disneyland or the Disney World resort in Orlando, Fla. No other U.S. theme parks have such protection.<br><br>The law has also drawn complaints from local pilots who have had to change flight paths and operators of banner-towing planes who can no longer fly above the park.<br><br>Last year, Santa arrived in a fire truck.<br><br>Williams said he still hopes next year to resurrect the skydive, which began in 1999 and drew a few thousand people a year. He said he will circulate a petition asking Congress to reconsider the law and distribute signs that read, "Let Santa land in 2005."<br><br>Optimists Give Up<br><br>QUAKERTOWN, Pa. (AP) — It's a glum day for optimists.<br><br>After 24 years of community service, the Quakertown Optimists Club (search) is calling it quits. They're holding their last meeting on Thursday, citing declining interest.<br><br>"I feel sad," club president Bernard Kensky said.<br><br>Kensky said that fewer club members were taking part in sporting and scholastic activities for children, and fewer kids were getting involved in club events.<br><br>The group worked with schools to hold essay, spelling and public speaking contests for students, sponsored a youth bowling league and organized golf tournaments and football and basketball events.<br><br>A bicycle derby sponsored by the club and the Quakertown police department drew only 12 children last year, down from previous attendance of 50 to 70 children, Kensky said.<br><br>The Optimist Club is an international organization that formed in 1920. The Quakertown chapter started in 1980 with 35 members, but dropped to 15 members this year.<br><br>"Four or five people would come to meetings and only two or three people would help out with the activities," Kensky said. "I don't know why people stopped getting involved."<br><br>Quakertown is about 35 miles north of Philadelphia.<br><br>Compiled by FOXNews.com's Paul Wagenseil.<br><br>Got a good "Out There" story in your hometown? We'd like to know about it. Send an e-mail, with a Web link (we need to authenticate these things), to moc.swenxof|erehttuo#moc.swenxof|erehttuo.<br><br><a href='http://www.foxnews.com/story/2004/11/29/black-friday-gets-freaky.html'>http://www.foxnews.com/story/2004/11/29/black-friday-gets-freaky.html</a>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Car Locksmith what is this all about? - 26 Sep 2015 00:01

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National Home Security Month makes annual return! - 25 Sep 2015 20:40

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[[html]]<img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-3622" src="http://www.locksmithjournal.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/NHSM15-Yale-1024x770.jpg" alt="NHSM15 Yale" width="584" height="439"/><br><br>Having established success and gained growing support over the past few years, National Home Security Month will return again this October, highlighting the importance of home security to homeowners across the UK.<br><br>Research shows that as the evenings turn darker, burglaries increase, with household thefts rising by 5% in the week the clocks go back, Halloween seeing a 160% increase in thefts, and Bonfire Night being the worst day of the year for burglaries*. As a result, National Home Security Month is designed to help locksmiths with the demand for security products over the autumn and winter months.<br><br>Sponsored by Yale, the nationwide campaign is now in its third year and focuses around weekly themes on different aspects of home security, delivering valuable advice to consumers via a dedicated microsite, social media and marketing activities.<br><br>The campaign will kick-off in the first week of October with a series of hints and tips highlighting ways consumers can keep their homes, families and possessions safe.<br><br>The focus for the second week is ensuring door and window security is up to scratch, which provides locksmiths with the perfect opportunity to champion British Standard locking solutions.<br><br>Week three looks at how to protect valuables inside the home, and therefore locksmiths should consider promoting burglar alarms and home safes during this period of the campaign.<br><br>The great outdoors will then provide the focus in week four. This gives locksmiths the opportunity to increase add-on sales with products such as padlocks, anchors and hasps.<br><br>The final week of the campaign focuses on smart security and looks at the latest security gadgets locksmiths should be offering to increase profits.<br><br>David Herbert, Head of Marketing for Yale, said: With the success of previous years, we want National Home Security Month 2015 to be bigger and better than ever. Research continually indicates that the autumn and winter months are peak time for sales of home security products as theft rises, and so we aim to help locksmiths take advantage of this opportunity by promoting the importance of keeping homes protected.<br><br>For further information about National Home Security Month and to find out how your business can get involved please visit www.homesecuritymonth.com or contact moc.htnomytirucesemoh|ofni#moc.htnomytirucesemoh|ofni.<br><br>*Aviva<br><br>**The Telegraph<br><br><a href='http://www.locksmithjournal.co.uk/national-home-security-month-makes-annual-return'>http://www.locksmithjournal.co.uk/national-home-security-month-makes-annual-return</a>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Mystery around crusading Argentine prosecutor's death grows as more questions arise - 25 Sep 2015 17:18

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[[html]]<img src="http://a57.foxnews.com/global.fncstatic.com/static/managed/img/fn2/feeds/Associated Press/2015/01/22/876/493/d819f7b18a6ce8036b0f6a7067001f97.jpg?ve=1&amp;tl=1" alt="d819f7b18a6ce8036b0f6a7067001f97.jpg" itemprop="image"/>People gather outside the AMIA Jewish community center asking for "Justice" in the death of a prosecutor who had accused Argentinas president of a criminal conspiracy, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. Special prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who had been investigating the 1994 bombing of the Jewish community center that killed 85 people and who accused President Cristina Fernandez of shielding Iranian suspects, was found dead from a gunshot to the head, in his apartment late Sunday, hours before he was to testify in a Congressional hearing about the case. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)(The Associated Press)<br><br><img src="http://a57.foxnews.com/global.fncstatic.com/static/managed/img/fn2/feeds/Associated Press/2015/01/22/876/493/9dcb34f16622e7036b0f6a706700b83c.jpg?ve=1&amp;tl=1" alt="9dcb34f16622e7036b0f6a706700b83c.jpg" itemprop="image"/>A man holds a sign that reads in Spanish; 'Justice' outside the AMIA Jewish community center, where a group gathered asking for "Justice" in the death of a prosecutor who had accused Argentinas president of a criminal conspiracy, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. Special prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who had been investigating the 1994 bombing of the Jewish community center that killed 85 people and who accused President Cristina Fernandez of shielding Iranian suspects, was found dead from a gunshot to the head, in his apartment late Sunday, hours before he was to testify in a Congressional hearing about the case. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)(The Associated Press)<br><br><img src="http://a57.foxnews.com/global.fncstatic.com/static/managed/img/fn2/feeds/Associated Press/2015/01/22/876/493/Argentina Prosecutor Killed-4.jpg?ve=1&amp;tl=1" alt="Argentina Prosecutor Killed-4.jpg" itemprop="image"/>A woman chants the Argentine national anthem holding a portrait of the late prosecutor Alberto Nisman outside the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. Nisman, who had been investigating the 1994 bombing of the Jewish community center that killed 85 people and who accused President Cristina Fernandez of shielding Iranian suspects, was found dead from a gunshot to the head, in his apartment late Sunday, hours before he was to testify in a Congressional hearing about the case. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)(The Associated Press)<br><br><img src="http://a57.foxnews.com/global.fncstatic.com/static/managed/img/fn2/feeds/Associated Press/2015/01/22/876/493/Argentina Prosecutor Killed-5.jpg?ve=1&amp;tl=1" alt="Argentina Prosecutor Killed-5.jpg" itemprop="image"/>People gather outside the AMIA Jewish community center asking for "Justice" in the death of a prosecutor who had accused Argentinas president of a criminal conspiracy, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. Special prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who had been investigating the 1994 bombing of the Jewish community center that killed 85 people and who accused President Cristina Fernandez of shielding Iranian suspects, was found dead from a gunshot to the head, in his apartment late Sunday, hours before he was to testify in a Congressional hearing about the case. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)(The Associated Press)<br><br>BUENOS AIRES, Argentina A locksmith says the service door wasn't fully locked at the apartment where a crusading Argentine prosecutor was found shot dead and investigators have revealed the existence of a previously unknown entry as more questions arose in the death of the man who had accused the president of a cover-up in a terrorist car bombing.<br><br>Prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who was about to testify to Congress on his allegations that President Cristina Fernandez conspired to protect Iranian officials blamed for Argentina's worst terrorist attack, was found late Sunday lying next to a .22-caliber handgun and a bullet casing on the floor of the bathroom of his apartment in Buenos Aires.<br><br>Viviana Fein, the lead investigator into Nisman's death, said Monday it appeared to be suicide and there were no indications anyone else was involved. The apartment's door was locked from the inside and there were no signs it had been forced, she said.<br><br>But family and friends of Nisman immediately rejected the finding and protesters took to the streets demanding justice for the prosecutor who had spent 10 years investigating the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people.<br><br>Details began trickling out that raise questions about the suicide hypothesis.<br><br>No suicide note was found and a test of Nisman's hand showed no gunpowder residue, though Fein said that may have been due to the small caliber of the gun. Also feeding suspicion was the rapid appearance of national Security Secretary Sergio Berni at the apartment, since he is a government, not a judicial, official. He denied he altered the crime scene.<br><br>Then the locksmith who opened the back door to give investigators access to Nisman's apartment said it hadn't been properly locked, raising speculation about whether a killer might have entered or exited the 13th-story apartment.<br><br>After testifying to investigators Tuesday, the locksmith, who gave his name to journalists only as Walter, said he was called to let authorities into Nisman's apartment.<br><br>The front door had a keyless system so he decided to go in through the service door. Authorities said Monday that Nisman's mother hadn't been able to open the service door because a key was in the lock on the other side.<br><br>"The service door wasn't closed. I simply pushed the key and entered in two minutes," the locksmith told reporters.<br><br>He said he was able to quickly open the door with the help of a hook. "It took me longer to pack up my things (tools) than to open the door."<br><br>He added, "If someone entered or not, I don't know."<br><br>The official news agency Telam, meanwhile, said investigators had found a third access to the home, a narrow passage holding air conditioning equipment that connects to a neighboring apartment occupied by an unidentified foreigner. They were investigating a seemingly recent footprint and fingerprint found inside.<br><br>Fein said the gun found beside Nisman was registered to another man, Diego Lagomarsino, described by officials as a colleague of Nisman, who had given it to him.<br><br>The death, and Tuesday's release of Nisman's full report, caused a crisis for the government, which scrambled to promise "maximum transparency and cooperation" in the investigation.<br><br>The report accused Fernandez and Foreign Minister Hector Timerman of reaching agreement with Iran to avoid prosecution of eight Iranians, including former senior officials, charged with involvement in the bombing. He said that would open a lucrative trade in Argentine grains and meat for Iranian oil.<br><br>In the end, Interpol never dropped its "red notices" for the arrest of five of the Iranians, and the government said trade with Iran has diminished in recent years.<br><br>Writing with passion, Nisman called it "a criminal plan to erase at a stroke the serious accusations that weigh on the Iranian fugitives … something unprecedented and never before seen."<br><br>The document did not appear to show direct or documentary evidence of a deal, but it did include wiretap transcripts of several people discussing such negotiations and saying the deal was approved by "la jefa" Spanish for a female "chief" and "at the highest level."<br><br>The government dismissed Nisman's allegations as "weak" and "baseless," and Fernandez on Tuesday released a long message saying Nisman's investigation was meant "to divert, to lie, to cover up and confuse" ahead of a trial of former President Carlos Menem and other officials for a separate alleged cover-up of the bombing. Nisman, however, was the prosecutor in that case as well.<br><br>Nisman was appointed to his post in 2005 by then President Nestor Kirchner, Fernandez's late husband, after a bungled 10-year probe launched under Menem that led to a trial in which all the defendants were found innocent.<br><br><a href='http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/01/21/mystery-around-crusading-argentine-prosecutor-death-grows-as-more-questions/'>http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/01/21/mystery-around-crusading-argentine-prosecutor-death-grows-as-more-questions/</a>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

How to Change Your Lock Cylinder - 25 Sep 2015 13:52

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[[html]]Cylindrical locks are one of the most common types of locks, but can be deceptively complicated to change. If this is the only lock on your apartment door, or if you want actual security, you might consider just leaving it alone and installing a deadbolt above it, since a cylindrical lock provides basically very little resistance to burglary.<br><br>Because of the great differences between cylindrical lock cylinders of different manufacturers and even between different product lines of the same manufacturer, it may not be feasible to purchase a replacement cylinder in advance unless you know the exact make and model of the lock. If you do not have a replacement cylinder in advance, you will have to leave the secured space open while you fetch a new cylinder or get the existing one rekeyed, so plan to have someone watch the space while you are gone.<br><br>Many manufacturers offer their cylindrical lock installation instructions online. If you identify your cylindrical lock make and model you may be able to find these instructions online.<br><br>Above right is shown a cylindrical key-in-knob lock. Below that is the latch face of a cylindrical lock, where you can usually find the brand name. Below this section is an illustration of a cylindrical key-in-lever lock.<br><br>To access the cylinder, you will need to remove the outside knob or lever. To do this, you will need a piece of stiff wire and the key to the lock. In the illustration below I have (rather crudely) indicated the location of the all-important poke hole. If you determine that your lock has no poke hole, that means that your lock is either cheap, old, or complicated to disassemble. Your best bet is to replace the whole lock.<br><br>If your lock indeed has a poke hole, to remove the outside knob or lever, insert the key and turn it 90 degrees. Depending on the lock function, this action may or may not retract the latch. With the key turned to 90 degrees, insert a piece of stiff wire or other slender, rigid object straight into the poke hole. Beneath the poke hole there is a pin which must be depressed in order to allow the lever or knob to slide off. This process would be easy if you had three hands. To remove the knob or lever, you must pull on the knob or lever while depressing the pin beneath the poke hole and turning the key to the 90 degree position. It should slide off with a small amount of force.<br><br>Once you have removed the knob or lever, look inside from the back. The cylinder should be loose inside the knob or lever, or held in by a piece of plastic or sheet metal. Remove whatever is holding it in and remove the cylinder. Now look on the latch face (visible on the edge of the door) for the brand name of the lock. Armed with the brand name of the lock and the cylinder, you should be able to bring the cylinder to a locksmith and either purchase a replacement cylinder or have the locksmith rekey the cylinder as an over the counter transaction.<br><br><a href='http://tomrubenoff.hubpages.com/hub/How-to-Change-Your-Locks'>http://tomrubenoff.hubpages.com/hub/How-to-Change-Your-Locks</a><br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Portland Home Values Based on Various Metrics 2007 to 2011 - 25 Sep 2015 10:28

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[[html]]The average cost per square foot for a home in Portland, Oregon today is $153.00 but in 2007 it was $205.00. In 2008 the price per square foot went down to $203.00 and in 2009 it was $183.00 and in 2010 it was $161.00. As mentioned above, the price per square foot indicates the average replacement cost or what it would cost to reproduce a property on today's market. These figures show a steady decline from 2007 to the present.The median sales price in Portland today is $263K. In 2007 it was $257K; in 2008 it was 271K; in 2009 it was $264K and in 2010 it was $253K. This shows that median home prices were up and down during the period of time from 2007 to 2011.Homes that sold for a loss in Portland for February amounts to about 23% of all homes sold. In 2007 only about 3% of the homes sold, sold for a loss. In 2008 almost 5% of homes sold for a loss. In 2009 the percentages went way up and a little more than 13% of homes sold for a loss. In 2010 sixteen percent of homes sold for a loss. These figures reflect the growing number of foreclosures and short sales the market is experiencing currently.Average list price for a home in Portland today is $240,000. A year ago, the average list price for a Portland home was $260,000 and in 2009 it was $285,000. Again, these figures show a steady decline in the cost of a home in the area.<br><br>Will Prices Continue to Decline?<br><br><img style="float:right;margin:10px;border:none;" src="http://locksmith--grandprairie.com/images/locksmith.jpg" width="373" /><br><br>That, of course is the $64,000 question but if you are attempting to time the market to ensure that you buy at the low point, it is a good idea to keep a constant watch on the statistics for Portland or for whatever area or areas you are considering and be ready to take action as soon as you see a change in market direction. Consider such elements as cost per square foot, recent sales prices and whether the market prices are rising, falling or remaining fairly stable. However, unless you are an all-cash buyer you must also take into consideration the cost of financing. In other words, you have to take into consideration both the price of the home and its cost in terms of interest rates into the mix.<br><br><a href='http://cost.ezinemark.com/portland-home-values-based-on-various-metrics-2007-to-2011-17d9fec8c49.html'>http://cost.ezinemark.com/portland-home-values-based-on-various-metrics-2007-to-2011-17d9fec8c49.html</a><br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

As Surveillance Reforms Languish, New Tools for Consumers to Protect Data Criticized by FBI | Edward J. Black - 25 Sep 2015 07:06

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[[html]]Recent statements by FBI officials, including Director James B. Comey, are revealing and troubling. They criticize tech companies for deploying technology and privacy measures that more effectively protect customers' and citizens' communications and information from scrutiny.<br><br>These statements are in response to mobile security features in the updated operating system accompanying Apple's recently released smartphones, as well as updates by Google. Other companies are expected to follow with similar long-overdue security enhancements in order to compete and meet consumers' demand.<br><br>The newly strengthened smartphone encryption measures would simply remove device and software manufacturers from the middle of the security equation and instead let consumers take the steps needed to prevent hackers, identity thieves, stalkers — and indeed, the government — from easily intruding into their communications.<br><br>The companies will provide greater security for their users' data by preventing would-be intruders from bypassing their smartphones' passcode locks. Until this point, law enforcement has enjoyed the convenience of bundling up a consumer's smartphone with a warrant, sending away to the manufacturer for a bypass and extraction, and receiving the requested contents in the mail soon after. <br><br>It's easy to understand the unquenchable desire of many in government to want as much information as possible about everyone with minimal obstacles. But understanding this desire doesn't make such an approach Constitutional, legal, or wise.<br><br>The Fourth Amendment preserves the "right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures…" Implicit is the understanding that it should not be an easy thing for the government to read our communications or avail itself of the most intimate details of our lives — regardless of the motivation or context. Reasonable limits on government intrusion are essential if we are to fully enjoy our other fundamental liberties — including the ability to speak freely and associate with whomever we choose, and to participate in the political process without fear or intimidation. The sheer quantity of information detailing a person's life now stored on smartphones heightens risks related to search and seizure.<br><br>The past year of revelations about law enforcement and the intelligence community's pervasive surveillance and collection of data from Americans, and others around the globe, has demonstrated how far the pendulum has swung away from reasonableness. Rather than an environment based on individuals' freedom to act with limited intrusion from the government, the new norm being advocated is one where privacy-enabling technologies are decried as an intrusion on the government's ability to act. The privacy tools that consumers seek from the tech industry are an effort to restore that traditional equilibrium.<br><br>Increased security for the contents of smart phones simply empowers consumers in the digital world, and leaves the government no worse off than it is in the physical environment. Law enforcement does not ask locksmiths to design easily picked locks. That would defeat the purpose of consumers buying them to make their homes secure from thieves and other intruders. <br><br>However, pursuant to a lawful search warrant which respects constitutional imperatives, government agents can use legal tools to compel the homeowner to let them in, or find a way in themselves. The same remedies remain available to the government when seeking information stored on a user's smart phone — without putting manufacturers in the middle.<br><br>The tech community is perhaps uniquely appreciative of the importance of our constitutional protections in preserving the open and free environment in which ideas can be freely communicated, innovations inspired, and individuals empowered. It is inappropriate for the tech community to be in the business of building products with backdoors that make it just as easy for criminals to access consumers' personal information as it is for the government. Increased privacy measures are just some of the many features logically available — and in demand — for a new smartphone. <br><br>Thus, the FBI's complaint about individuals placing themselves "beyond the law" rings a bit hollow. It both ignores the Constitutional realities of government access to individuals' data and lacks self-awareness for government's own role in consumers' desire for these improved privacy measures. Law enforcement and intelligence agencies need to recognize the importance of industry maintaining a trusted relationship with its users.<br><br>The government's tilt in past decades away from respect for civil rights in favor of intrusive measures in the name of security has already harmed our foreign relations in many ways. A myopic, non-strategic approach to the Internet and modern technology has similarly undermined our nation's ability to lead the world toward greater openness, freedom, democracy, and real security. It's time for government to embrace, not try to manipulate, the Internet era.<br><br><a href='http://www.huffingtonpost.com/edward-j-black/as-surveillance-reforms-l_b_5958352.html'>http://www.huffingtonpost.com/edward-j-black/as-surveillance-reforms-l_b_5958352.html</a>[[/html]] - Comments: 0


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