Off-campus thefts reported

first_imgResidents of three separate student housing units reported burglaries before the start of the spring semester, according to a Jan. 21 email sent from Notre Dame’s Off Campus Council.One burglary reportedly occurred in the 1500 block of Turtle Creek Drive between Dec. 12 and Jan. 11. Entry was gained by unknown means, and a 42-inch Samsung television was taken, the email stated. Suspect information is not available.Another burglary occurred between Dec. 20,  and Jan. 10, this time in the 800 block of East Washington Street. Entry was gained by unknown means, and the email stated that a 32-inch Vizio television and an Xbox 360 were taken. Suspect information is not available.The third burglary reportedly occurred in the 1600 block of Turtle Creek Court between Oct. 21, and Oct. 27. Entry was gained through an unlocked sliding rear door, and a 60-inch Sony flat screen television was taken, according to the email.  Suspect information is not available.In the email, the Off Campus Council directed students to the Notre Dame Police Department’s website for more information on crime prevention. A live crime map of Notre Dame, South Bend and Mishawaka is available at www.crimereports.com/agency/nd Tags: Crime, Off Campus, South Bend, winter breaklast_img read more

Cracking fruit

first_imgMany parts of Georgia have received excessive amounts of rain over the past few weeks. Although the rain is good for the state’s drought conditions, too much rain in a short period of time can cause havoc in vegetable gardens. Too much water can cause classic cases of fruit split in watermelons. This is relatively common in melons as well as tree fruits such as plums. Watering evenly is extremely important, especially in the last two weeks of growth. Excess water at this stage can cause the fruit to pop. Excessive amounts of rain can also cause fruits to lose flavor if they are close to ripening. Have you ever taken a bite of a juicy piece of melon and been disappointed by the lack of sweetness? This is in part due to the variety of the plant, but it is also affected by the amount of water that was applied to the plants during that final stage of ripening when sugars are being formed. If you are relying on Mother Nature to provide your irrigation, you have to take what you can get — and sometimes what you get is split fruit. Cracked tomatoesHigh temperatures and prolonged rainfall or wet soil can also cause radial cracking in tomatoes, as the tomatoes expand too rapidly and crack their delicate skins. Another form of cracking is called concentric cracking. This encircles the tomato and also is caused by rapid growth, but generally occurs when there are alternating periods of rapid growth followed by slower growth. This can occur with wet and dry cycles or cycles of high and low temperatures. Generally this type of cracking occurs as fruits near maturity. Even moisture throughout the growing period will help alleviate this problem. Blossom End RotFluctuation in watering patterns can also cause blossom end rot in peppers and tomatoes.This is due to a calcium deficiency that causes the bottom of the tomato or pepper fruit to develop a rotten spot. Just as calcium gives humans strong bones, it gives plants strong cell walls. Calcium is transported into a tomato through the vascular system of the plant in a process called transpiration. When this process is disrupted by either long periods of dryness or excessive watering or rain, the normal calcium transport process is derailed and developing tomatoes or peppers don’t get enough calcium. To ward off blossom end rot, have your soil tested several months before planting to insure the soil pH is right. It needs to be about 6.2 to allow the plant to absorb the nutrients in the soil. Using dolomitic lime to correct the pH and add extra calcium and magnesium to the soil.Foliar sprays that contain calcium are on the market, but these have little effect on blossom end rot as calcium is only taken up by the roots and vascular system. It is more important to try to regulate the amount of water given to the plants. If you have an irrigation system, make sure it is not applying water during rainy periods. If you don’t have an irrigation system, try to water on a regular schedule to avoid spikes in nutrient and water uptake. Vegetable gardens only need about an inch or two of water a week. Don’t kill them with kindness.last_img read more

USC Security Roundup

first_imgThe following incidents were reported in the USC Department of Public Safety incident report summary between Wednesday, Sept. 16 and Thursday, Sept. 17. Crimes against a personAt 10:26 a.m. on Sept. 16, a student reported that a suspect pushed her off the sidewalk on 34th Street and Figueroa Street and then jogged past him. The suspect could not be located.At 7:15 p.m. on Sept. 16, a student was struck by a vehicle while riding her bicycle near the corner of Jefferson Boulevard and Hoover Street. The student sustained injuries to her hip and foot and was subsequently transported to a local hospital for medical attention.Crimes against propertyAt 1:57 a.m. on Sept. 16, a student was cited to Judicial Affairs for removing three boxes of paper towels from a location on Downey Way and Watt Way.At 3:12 p.m. on Sept. 16, it was reported that a subject drove a vehicle into a chain link fence at a temporary research facility. The subject left the scene without reporting the run-in.At 4:07 p.m. on Sept. 16, it was reported that a suspect had removed a backpack from Dedeaux Field that morning.At 5:41 p.m. on Sept. 16, it was reported that a suspect removed a burgundy 1991 Toyota Camry parked in Parking Structure D.At 8:05 p.m. on Sept. 16, it was reported that a suspect removed a bicycle from the Albert S. Raubenheimer Music Faculty Memorial Building.Miscellaneous incidentsAt 3:45 p.m. on Sept. 16, a juvenile tried to purchase food with a counterfeit $20 bill at Blanche & Frank R. Seaver Student Residence Hall.At 4:05 p.m. on Sept. 16, a fire alarm was activated at the Ahmanson Center for Biological Research due to unknown causes. The incident was later reported as an alarm malfunction.At 5:43 p.m. on Sept. 16, a non-USC male matching the description of a suspect in a previous sexual battery report was detained for questioning on 29th Street. He was subsequently released.At 10:30 p.m. on Sept. 16, a student was examined at the Internationally Themed Residential College and released to get medical treatment after she reported that she had been coughing up blood.At 3:25 a.m. on Sept. 17, a student was treated and released at Portland Villa after suffering from an asthma attack.At 4:22 a.m. on Sept. 17, two suspects were observed loading locked bicycles into a shopping cart. When officers attempted to contact them, the suspects abandoned the bikes and fled on foot. The bikes were then impounded at the DPS office.last_img read more

Paul injured in Clippers’ win over Dallas

first_imgThen they found out that Paul, who had 19 points at halftime, will be out three to five weeks. Coach Doc Rivers said Paul could be out longer and will go to Los Angeles for evaluation while the Clippers head to San Antonio to face the defending Western Conference champion Spurs on Saturday night.“It changes for everybody,” said Darren Collison, who figures to start in Paul’s place and had a season-high 22 points in his first game against the Mavericks after playing one season in Dallas. “Everybody’s got to step up and play big. But we’ll be fine.”Dirk Nowitzki was a game-time decision with a sprained left ankle but hit six of his first seven shots and had 14 points at halftime on his way to 24 for the Mavericks, who were up 13 in the first half and didn’t trail until the third quarter.After Shawn Marion put the Mavericks up 110-103, Griffin had an alley-oop dunk on an assist from Jordan, and Jordan followed with a three-point play. DALLAS >> DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin found a way to win without Chris Paul.The big men for the Clippers are going to have to keep it up because their star guard will be out at least a few weeks.Jordan scored a career-high 25 points to match Griffin, and the Clippers rallied to beat the Dallas Mavericks 119-112 Friday night after losing Paul when he separated his right, shooting shoulder.Jordan and Griffin combined for 10 points on a 16-2 game-closing run to wipe out a 110-103 deficit in the final 4 minutes. Jordan was 11 of 14 from the field and had 18 rebounds, while Griffin added 15 boards. Nowitzki broke a 110-all tie with a jumper, but Griffin sent the Clippers back in front for good on a three-point play. He was 11 of 13 on free throws.“They’ve got those two big guys and I know it’s a load, but we’ve got to do a better job,” said Dallas guard Monta Ellis, who had 13 points and nine assists. “That was a tough one.”The Mavericks missed six of their last seven shots and had two late turnovers, including one when Ellis dribbled off himself with Jordan guarding him and the Clippers up 115-112.“As hard as we worked to get the lead back up to seven in the fourth, we just gave it up too easy,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. “Defensively, they went right through us, and offensively, without getting stops, the shots get harder.”With the Clippers leading by two, Paul was tripped by Ellis while dribbling around a screen. He rolled over and stayed on the floor holding his shoulder while being attended to by trainers. Paul stayed down for about a minute before going to the locker room with 6:43 remaining in the third quarter.“I don’t think you could find one guy in the league, maybe LeBron or whoever, but besides that there’s no one guy who can make up with what Chris brings,” said backcourt mate Jamal Crawford, who had 15 points and a jumper that pulled the Clippers even at 110. “For us we have to lean on each other.”The Mavericks had a season high for points in a half but led just 70-67 at the break. Paul made his first five shots — all from 3-point range — before a miss from beyond the arc in the final seconds of the first half. Jordan had three of the Clippers’ five dunks in the first half, but Los Angeles kept giving up easy slams to a Dallas team that doesn’t make a habit of them. Marion, who finished with 20 points, had two of the Mavericks’ five first-half dunks. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more