UWF Baseball vs. Rollins on Monday Rained Out

first_img Share Eric Kroll (photo by Ron Besser) UWF Baseball vs. Rollins on Monday Rained Outcenter_img WINTER PARK, Fla. – The West Florida baseball team’s scheduled game at Rollins on Monday, February 2 was cancelled due to thunderstorms in the Central Florida area.  There are no plans at this time to schedule a make-up date.The Argos split Sunday’s season-opening doubleheader at Rollins, winning 18-9 in Game One and falling 3-2 in Game Two.  UWF will be back in action on Wednesday, February 4 in the 2009 home opener at Jim Spooner Field at Pelican Park against NAIA opponent Mobile.  First pitch is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.For information on all UWF athletics visit www.GoArgos.com.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Calmer, potty-trained old dogs find new homes

first_imgLOS ANGELES | Erin O’Sullivan wants to change lives by finding new homes for old dogs.Visitors to her popular Facebook page say she has done just that by helping them discover the pets they didn’t know they were missing. O’Sullivan’s page tells stories about pooches past their prime that need loving homes and taps into the wellspring of animal lovers seeking calmer, well-trained dogs or those wanting to care for pets in their twilight years. Shelters will ask her to help place older dogs that aren’t as sought-after as puppies, many of which have extensive health problems that can stall adoptions.“I think more than food or water, companionship is lifeblood to a dog,” O’Sullivan said. She is convinced that when an older dog is adopted, they will live longer because of an owner’s love.Many shelters and rescues online and off focus on senior dog adoptions that are growing in popularity. But O’Sullivan’s page, Susie’s Senior Dogs, has gotten more attention than most thanks to a big boost from her boyfriend, an Internet star who knows how to build buzz online — and owns a dog named Susie.Brandon Stanton of Brooklyn is the author of a book and much-read blog called “Humans of New York,” which claims more than 4 million followers on social media and chronicles the lives of New Yorkers, enrapturing overtaxed Web surfers with heartfelt photos and snippets of text.Three years ago, Stanton adopted an 11-year-old Chihuahua named Susie.“She is the greatest dog in New York … I didn’t realize what it meant to have an animal attach itself to you so her only concern in life is being close to you,” he said.O’Sullivan had set up a Facebook page for Susie, which had about 10,000 “likes” the morning she changed its purpose to finding other old dogs new homes. Stanton pitched the page on his blog, and by nightfall the page had 10 times as many followers. That number has since grown to over 150,000, and she has helped nearly 200 dogs since January.That includes a 12-year-old pooch that Britany Spangler of Grand Rapids, Mich., found on the page.“I never intended on getting a dog until I saw our Molly and I knew we had to have her,” she said.The Lhasa apso was missing a whole side of teeth, was infested with worms and fleas, had an allergy that made her hair fall out and suffered kidney problems.Despite the health issues, the dog gets along beautifully with her three children, who are all under 3 years old, Spangler said.“It was like they had been together forever,” she said. “She came potty-trained and full of love. If she is with us for six months, she blesses us for six months. If she is with us for five years, she enriches our lives for five years. She’s the dog I never knew I needed.”Steve Greig, who owns a menagerie of animals, found a 10-year-old dog to love on O’Sullivan’s page, but the nearly hairless Chihuahua-poodle mix named Phyllis also came with problems.The dog is blind, weak, had sores on her face from trying to escape her cage, and lost all her hair to an infection, Greig said. In February, he took in Phyllis because he didn’t have hope she would be adopted from a shelter otherwise.“She looks like a fox with a bad perm,” he said, but that hasn’t bothered his dogs, cats, chickens, ducks or pot-bellied pig. “The other dogs must realize the 10-year-old Chihuahua-poodle is blind and feeble. They are so gentle with her. She’s fitting in fine.”Greig is looking into getting Phyllis surgery to possibly restore her eyesight.Meanwhile, O’Sullivan and animal rescue owner Elli Frank are trying to help Tanya, an 8-year-old pit bull mix that was all but forgotten after being dumped at a shelter as a puppy.Frank, founder of Mr. Bones and Co. in New York City that takes in a few animals at a time, won’t acquire other dogs until Tanya has a home. The dog has been adopted twice, but little things went wrong and she was returned.Frank has since sent her to an obedience school in Connecticut.“I want her to be the most adoptable dog she can be,” Frank said. “It’s so wrong that she doesn’t have a home … But who is going to gamble on a dog that’s never had a home?”O’Sullivan would call her an underdog — her favorite kind.Online:— www.facebook.com/susiesseniordogs— www.mrbonesandco.orgCopyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Power outage disrupts SoCal air traffic

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Koleszar said there was also a malfunction in the back-up generating system, which should have kicked in immediately. At Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, travelers remained calm after hearing news of delays. Locals left the airport altogether, while travelers from out of town whipped out cell phones to cancel plans. Jane Davis held her head in her hand when she heard of her flight delay. As a result, she would miss all her connecting flights to Pennsylvania and would have to come back to the airport on Thursday, in hope of making it to a 50th reunion party in time. “This is the first flight I was going to take in years,” said Davis, a La Crescenta resident. PALMDALE – A power outage at a key air traffic control center disrupted flights in and out of Southern California airports for more than an hour Tuesday, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said. Power was reported out shortly after 5:30 p.m. at the Los Angeles Air Route Traffic Control Center in Palmdale and was restored about 90 minutes later, said Allen Kenitzer, a regional spokesman for the FAA. “The generator kicked in, and backup power was re-established,” Kenitzer said. The FAA said the cause of the problem was not known. But Garth Koleszar, a facility representative of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association for the Palmdale center, said he heard in a briefing that “a truck accident or auto accident took out power to the facility.” “I started driving to Pennsylvania, but I got in an accident. My friend Margaret convinced me to fly. I guess I’m not driving and I’m not flying.” The high desert air traffic facility handles high-altitude aircraft in Southern California and parts of Arizona, Nevada and Utah. Such an outage can cause backups in air traffic nationwide, Kenitzer said. Smaller facilities were helping the center communicate with a large volume of planes that were in the air and heading to the region, Kenitzer said. “Safety is never compromised, but obviously it’s caused an inconvenience,” he said. Some planes on lower-altitude routes were able to take off and land, said Harold Johnson, a spokesman for Los Angeles International Airport.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Rangers clinch first Premiership win of season against Dundee

first_imgHaving sold star man Greg Stewart to Birmingham on Friday, Dark Blues boss Paul Hartley went with the same side that defeated Ross County 3-1 last weekend.Gers, meanwhile, made six changes to the line-up which romped past Peterhead in the Betfred Cup on Tuesday, with Miller given the nod ahead of Joe Dodoo to deputise for injured frontman Martyn Waghorn.The game took time to warm up but once it did, it was compelling stuff.When the sides met in the William Hill Scottish Cup last season, it took Forrester just 14 seconds to fire his side ahead. This time, it took 14 minutes. Dundee failed to cope with a Rangers raid down the right and Barrie McKay was allowed to knock a loose ball into the box. Forrester still had it all to do as Cammy Kerr put him under pressure but he did well to hook an impressive finish into the top corner.The hosts tried to counter with a Danny Williams effort which Rangers goalkeeper Wes Foderingham gathered comfortably.But Gers were quickly back on the front foot. Andy Halliday sent Wallace down the right but Forrester fired over from the skipper’s cut-back before the former Doncaster playmaker headed over from a James Tavernier cross.Their second goal after 39 minutes, however, was clinically executed as McKay clipped a perfect ball forward for Wallace to sprint on to. The captain pulled the ball back again, with the on-rushing Miller rifling the ball into the roof of the net.The 36-year-old should have killed the Taysiders’ challenge off moments later but allowed Scott Bain to pinch the ball as he tried to round the keeper.And instead of going in at the break 3-0 up, suddenly their lead was cut to one when Barton allowed O’Hara to bullet home a header from Williams’ corner in the final minute of the half.The tempo dropped a couple of notches as the second period got under way but Rangers relaxed too much on 65 minutes when Williams was allowed to run in behind. Foderingham, though, came to the rescue.The keeper was almost at fault, however, when he fired a clearance straight at Nick Ross, but was relieved when Dundee substitute Yordi Teijsse could not provide a finish.Forrester, booked just two minutes after the break, was then replaced by Michael O’Halloran to ensure there was no chance he might be sent off after a couple more risky challenges.McKay should have made added a gloss to the scoreline when another of Gers’ replacements, Dodoo, sent him galloping through on goal, but he nudged his stoppage-time effort wide. Rangers gave a signal of their intentions as they battled to their first Scottish Premiership victory of the new season with a 2-1 win at Dundee.First-half strikes from Harry Forrester and Kenny Miller put the Light Blues two up as Mark Warburton’s side produced some tidy attacks.However, Mark O’Hara – relishing a new advanced midfield role – gave Dundee hope just before the interval when he lost Joey Barton at a corner to score.Dundee made Gers graft in the second half but the newly-promoted Ibrox side held on to collect their first top-flight success since beating St Johnstone 4-0 back in May, 2012.last_img read more