Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Moscow High School Flooded, Cleanup Crews Hope to Reopen Next Week

Posted By on Tue, Dec 31, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Emergency restoration and custodial crews will need to work through much of the remaining holiday break in order to make sure that Moscow High School opens on time in the New Year.

This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that an old pipe just outside of Moscow High burst, causing a major flood of the school's first floor. The flood was first discovered Dec. 26.

Moscow school officials said crews have already been working through much of the holiday break just to make it safe to turn the building's power and boilers back on. The water pipe was the main water line into the school.

The Moscow School District has already brought in electricians, plumbers and carpet cleaners to help with the flood aftermath.

"And they're still cleaning up as we speak," Moscow School District Superintendent Greg Bailey told the Tribune.

Meanwhile, school officials are still expecting staff to report to the school on Monday, Jan. 6, and students to resume classes on Tuesday, Jan. 7.

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Police Blotter: New Year's Eve's First Felony DUI

Posted By on Tue, Dec 31, 2013 at 11:19 AM

Christine Dilbeck, 43, is charged with felony DUI.

Boise Police say an early morning felony DUI arrest highlights law enforcement's stepped-up efforts this New Year's Eve to stop impaired driving.

An officer on patrol at approximately 3 a.m. Tuesday morning saw a vehicle whose registered owner had a suspended license from a previous DUI. When the officer made contact with the driver, the officer could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage and noticed the driver's eyes were glassy and bloodshot. The driver also failed field sobriety tests and blew a .098 blood alcohol level. The suspect had two prior DUIs, making the latest arrest a felony.

Christine Dilbeck, 43, of Boise was booked into the Ada County Jail on a felony count of DUI.

Cody Bauer, 20, is charged with possession of meth and drug paraphernalia.

Boise Police also report that during a Dec. 30 traffic stop at North 13th and Front streets, an officer found two glass pipes with white powdery residue and a clear plastic baggie with white powdery residue, which both tested positive for methamphetamine.

Cody Bauer, 20, of Boise was charged with felony meth possession and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Netflix Tinkers With Its Subscription Plans

Posted By on Tue, Dec 31, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Netfllix, which saw record usage and critical acclaim in 2013, is trying something new for 2014: subscription fees based on the number of users per account.

According to an offer posted on its website, Netflix is offering some new customers plans that provide access on as many as four screens, letting household members watch different shows at the same time. The monthly prices range from $6.99 to $11.99.

In essence, Netflix is looking for ways to curb account-sharing, which chisels away at Netflix's revenue stream from is approximate 40 million subscribers.

Currently, standard Netflix streaming costs $7.99 per month.

But Netflix runs the risk of a number of its customers downgrading to one-screen for $6.99 a month.

“If consumers who would have taken the $7.99 plan now sign up at $6.99, that all comes out of their profit margin," media business analyst Richard Greenfield told Bloomberg Businessweek. "This is not the next pricing move investors were expecting.”

Netflix was the top-performing stock in the Standard & Poor's 500 Index for 2013, nearly quadrupling its value while seeing record subscriber growth.

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New Study Maps the Body's Emotional Reactions

Posted By on Tue, Dec 31, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Feeling the love surround you (or the anger).
  • Lauri Nummenmaa, Enrico Glerean, Riitta Hari, and Jari Hietanen
  • Feeling the love surround you (or the anger).

There are countless medical journals that display the human anatomy, but Finnish researchers have found a way to map human emotions. For instance: Where in your body do you feel when you see the person you love? How about when you feel angry or nervous?

Researchers used five different experiments to create new "corporal topography," with evidence pointing to specific areas of the body where people feel emotion. The scientists used various stimuli to test 13 different basic and complex emotions.

For instance, our body goes warm and we feel happiness across our chest and hips when we're happy but those areas dull when we feel sad. Anger and contempt we feel in our heads.

The study was published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences.

And scientists are encouraging the public to participate in their ongoing experiments by clicking here.

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