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Commercial Real Estate Finance – A Gold Mine

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Vikram Kumar

There are various sources for funding your real estate venture and in order to help you deciding, you can check the following guidelines.

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Mortgage banking companies – These people are experts and can provide you with a mortgage loan. Of course, there are not many people who have enough liquid funds or savings, in order to invest them in a property right away. In this case they usually fund their house purchases through a Real estate mortgage rate Manhattan that these companies provide to them. It’s actually a type of loan, which gives you the opportunity to buy real estate with agreed payment methods and rates. More specifically, in this case you give to your lender legal claim against the property, which is kept as collateral against the loan.Banks – They can provide you with different kind of loans, in case you want to buy a real estate. In addition, they have various rates and terms, which are decided based on various factors.Private investors – The returns of a real estate funding can be enormous. This can in fact motivate a lot of private investors, who are searching for quick money. Usually they are interested more in the returns the property will give them in the long run, rather than collaterals and documentations.Commercial financing depends on a number of factors, such as the following:Size of the property – The price and the interest rates certainly depend on the size of the real estate, where the price is directly proportional to the size of the property. As you can understand, the larger the property, the larger would be the price. But this is not always the case. It depends also on the geographical position of a real estate.Type of the property – It makes a difference if the property is a retail operation, a house or an apartment and it actually plays a very important factor on deciding the price of the property. It can’t be the same price if it’s a house or an operation.Geographical location of the property – It’s also a very significant factor where the estate is situated, so the prices can be determined accordingly. For example, if the estate is situated in an expensive suburb, it’s price will be higher than if it was in a less known residential area.Expected use of the property – If you are using the property as a home, the value will generally be based on the price of the house. But if it’s a retail operation, the Real estate mortgage rate Manhattan value will be based on the future value that the operation might bring in the long run.Market situation – If the demand of the property increases, the higher will be the price and vice versa.Above all, it’s important for you to understand the rate of interest that you’ll have to pay, as well as the conditions and terms in a situation like this. Generally you have to be careful, and it’s better for you to find a lender who meets the requirement of your business, in order to help you expand with time.

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. Also find out how other customers rate them according to their satisfaction. Decide on a business that focuses on commercial lending. Do not go for a business that provides all kinds of mortg

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Looted, possibly contaminated body parts transplanted into USA, Canadian patients

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Monday, March 20, 2006

Fears of contaminated bone and skin grafts are being felt by unsuspecting patients following the revelation that funeral homes may have been looting corpses.

Janet Evans of Marion Ohio was told by her surgeon, “The bone grafts you got might have been contaminated”. She reacted with shock, “I was flabbergasted because I didn’t even know what he was talking about. I didn’t know I got a bone graft until I got this call. I just thought they put in screws and rods.”

The body of Alistair Cooke, the former host of “Masterpiece Theatre,” was supposedly looted along with more than 1,000 others, according to two law enforcement officials close to the case. The tissue taken was typically skin, bone and tendon, which was then sold for use in procedures such as dental implants and hip replacements. According to authorities, millions of dollars were made by selling the body parts to companies for use in operations done at hospitals and clinics in the United States and Canada.

A New Jersey company, Biomedical Tissue Services, has reportedly been taking body parts from funeral homes across Brooklyn, New York. According to ABC News, they set up rooms like a “surgical suite.” After they took the bones, they replaced them with PVC pipe. This was purportedly done by stealth, without approval of the deceased person or the next of kin. 1,077 bodies were involved, say prosecuters.

Investagators say a former dentist, Michael Mastromarino, is behind the operation. Biomedical was considered one of the “hottest procurement companies in the country,” raking in close to $5 million. Eventually, people became worried: “Can the donors be trusted?” A tissue processing company called LifeCell answered no, and issued a recall on all their tissue.

Cooke’s daughter, Susan Cooke Kittredge, said, “To know his bones were sold was one thing, but to see him standing truncated before me is another entirely.” Now thousands of people around the country are receiving letters warning that they should be tested for infectious diseases like HIV or hepatitis. On February 23, the Brooklyn District Attorney indicted Mastromarino and three others. They are charged with 122 felony counts, including forgery and bodysnatching.

Wikinews interviews Joe Schriner, Independent U.S. presidential candidate

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Wikinews interviews Joe Schriner, Independent U.S. presidential candidate

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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Journalist, counselor, painter, and US 2012 Presidential candidate Joe Schriner of Cleveland, Ohio took some time to discuss his campaign with Wikinews in an interview.

Schriner previously ran for president in 2000, 2004, and 2008, but failed to gain much traction in the races. He announced his candidacy for the 2012 race immediately following the 2008 election. Schriner refers to himself as the “Average Joe” candidate, and advocates a pro-life and pro-environmentalist platform. He has been the subject of numerous newspaper articles, and has published public policy papers exploring solutions to American issues.

Wikinews reporter William Saturn? talks with Schriner and discusses his campaign.

Seeds placed in Norwegian vault as agricultural ‘insurance policy’

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Seeds placed in Norwegian vault as agricultural ‘insurance policy’

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a vault containing millions of seeds from all over the world, saw its first deposits on Tuesday. Located 800 kilometers from the North Pole on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, the vault has been referred to by European Commission president José Manuel Barroso as a “frozen Garden of Eden“. It is intended to preserve crop supplies and secure biological diversity in the event of a worldwide disaster.

“The opening of the seed vault marks a historic turning point in safeguarding the world’s crop diversity,” said Cary Fowler, executive director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust which is in charge of collecting the seed samples. The Norwegian government, who owns the bank, built it at a cost of $9.1 million.

At the opening ceremony, 100 million seeds from 268,000 samples were placed inside the vault, where there is room for over 2 billion seeds. Each of the samples originated from a different farm or field, in order to best ensure biological diversity. These crop seeds included such staples as rice, potatoes, barley, lettuce, maize, sorghum, and wheat. No genetically modified crops were included. (Beyond politics they are generally sterile so of no use.)

It is very important for Africa to store seeds here because anything can happen to our national seed banks.

Constructed deep inside a mountain and protected by concrete walls, the “doomsday vault” is designed to withstand earthquakes, nuclear warfare, and floods resulting from global warming. Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg called it an “insurance policy” against such threats.

With air-conditioned temperatures of -18 degrees Celsius, experts say the seeds could last for an entire millennium. Some crops will be able to last longer, like sorghum, which the Global Crop Diversity Trust says can last almost 20 millenniums. Even if the refrigeration system fails, the vaults are expected to stay frozen for 200 years.

The Prime Minister said, “With climate change and other forces threatening the diversity of life that sustains our planet, Norway is proud to be playing a central role in creating a facility capable of protecting what are not just seeds, but the fundamental building blocks of human civilization.” Stoltenberg, along with Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai, made the first deposit of rice to the vault.

“It is very important for Africa to store seeds here because anything can happen to our national seed banks,” Maathai said. The vault will operate as a bank, allowing countries to use their deposited seeds free of charge. It will also serve as a backup to the thousands of other seed banks around the world.

“Crop diversity will soon prove to be our most potent and indispensable resource for addressing climate change, water and energy supply constraints and for meeting the food needs of a growing population,” Cary Fowler said.

Criteria Of Luxury Life

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byAlma Abell

People may not even realize that Italy is one of the most desirable places to go on vacation and is visited more than any other country in the world. There is a plethora of historical landmarks to visit that have been standing and preserved for thousands of years. Many of these beautiful architectural structures can be seen in cities like Venice, Rome, Milan and Florence.

Italy also encompasses a beautiful countryside, incomparable to anything else around the world. It has numerous beaches with beautiful white sand, access to numerous seas as well as astounding views of the Alps. Whatever time of year one visits Italy, there will be something to accommodate; from skiing to sunbathing, shopping to sightseeing – there is something for everyone to fall in love with. The Tuscany private tours are impeccable as well, surely something to remember for a lifetime.

Intro to history of Tuscany.

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Tuscany is a small town in the Italian province of Viterbo (not to be confused with the region of Tuscany in Italy), which is located about 100 km from Rome. According to legend, Tuscany was founded by the son of Aeneas Ascanio, in the place where they found 12 puppies (cane – um. Dog, hence the Latin name Tus-cane). According to the other legend, the founder of the city is the Tusk son of Hercules. In the 7th century BC, there appeared the first Etruscan settlements, thanks to its geographical position to the 4th century BC; Tuscany has become one of the most important Etruscan centers. In the 3rd century BC, Tuscany came under the rule of the Romans and, apparently peacefully. Tuscany Private Tours is the best way to learn the history of this town.

Little big planet

Tuscany is a calm and cozy town, unspoiled by mass tourism; it can be an ideal place for a romantic weekend or for the history of the Etruscans. Upon entering the main gate of the old city, once the tents could be seen with lavender and everything connected with it. For example – plates, cups, glasses, bottles, etc. lavender.

What to visit

A travel agency will help you to find the best Tuscany Private Tours, which include 5-star hotel accommodations, 24/7 support and private excursions, but there are a lot of traditional places which are so loved by tourists:

Chiesa di Santa Maria Maggiore Chiesa di San Pietro Ostia Antica Castello Baronale di Fondi

In conclusion

Tuscany – a tiny world, far removed from the noise and the impact of the mainland, which has retained its former life rhythms and rituals; if you want to relax from city noise, this small town is good choice for you! To experience a great Tuscany Private Tours visit Italy Luxury Tours website. You can also follow them on Twitter.

Suspected US drone attack kills eight in Pakistan

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Suspected US drone attack kills eight in Pakistan

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Pakistani officials said that a suspected US drone attack has killed at least eight people today, including foreign militants, in the country’s northwest.

The officials said that two missiles were fired at a compound being used by suspected Taliban militants in Mir Ali village, in North Waziristan, a region on the Afghanistan-border that is said to be a militant stronghold.

At least eight people were killed in the drone attack.

“At least eight people were killed in the drone attack. A compound used by militants was targeted,” said an unnamed official to the Agence France-Presse (AFP) news agency.

Police official Mohammad Haroon said to the Reuters news agency that “it was a remote-controlled bomb. Two policemen died on the spot, while a third has succumbed to his injuries a short while ago.”

US military officials generally do not confirm attacks such as these, but its armed forces and Central Intelligence Agency employees in Afghanistan are the only forces that deploy pilotless drones in the region.

At least 65 similar drone strikes have killed about 625 people in Pakistan since August of last year, according to AFP.

Coalition ups ante on Australian school tax rebates

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Coalition ups ante on Australian school tax rebates

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Australian opposition leader Tony Abbott has pledged private school relief if the Liberal/National coalition wins the upcoming federal election. The pledge came in response to the Australian Labor Party leader, and current Prime Minister, Julia Gillard proposing a uniform and school equipment tax break expansion.

Abbott’s proposal includes an offer of tax rebates for sending a child to a private school. For students in primary school, prep to grade 6, the rebate will rise to $500 Australian a year per student and families will be then able to claim 50% rebate up to $1000.

“We are expanding the rebate so it can be claimed for school fees and also for other educational costs such as tuition and special educational costs for children with, for instance, dyslexia,” Abbott said at a press conference in Brisbane.

Before the election was called, Gillard had aimed to pledge $220 million over four years to expand the current tax breaks to cover refunds each worth $390 for primary school uniforms and $779 for high school uniforms, as well as refunds for other school equipment like texts books and computers.

“We all know that uniforms can be an expensive part of sending kids to school, but this change, along with the existing refund for textbooks and computers, will help families with that cost,” stated Gillard.

An opposition spokesperson claimed that the “obvious flaw in Labor’s policy is that it only applies to stationery, computer expenses and uniforms […] You know as a parent that you need help for a whole range of expenses. Extra teachers for children with dyslexia or the costs of doing music and all the other expenses like excursions and so forth.”

The expansion is expected to cost $760 million in total and one that Abbott claims needs to happen as “cost of living pressures tend to be greatest when your kids are at school”.

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Green Surface Protection Product Improvements

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Patricia MullenUsing temporary surface protection and dust containment are two vital methods to protect against expensive job site construction damage. The trend toward using earth friendly construction methods and products is here to stay and has resulted in manufacturers offering a variety of new, environmentally friendly surface protection products. Building customers are asking suppliers about the environmental impact of the products they choose to purchase. Fortunately there area few suppliers focused on helping customers choose surface protection products manufactured with the lowest environmental impact. While surface protection in the past consisted mainly of petroleum based adhesive films, new products comprised of recycled cloth, recycled paper or cardboard, and recycled plastics are just as common.Surface protection made from recycled compressed paper or recycled corrugated cardboard has several common applications including floor, door, and countertop protection. Ram Board is the most well known brand of rolled fiber board and is commonly used to protect floors and countertops. It is manufactured using 100% reclaimed paper of which 90% is post-consumer material. DoorGuard(TM), the first door protector to market and the most well known, is manufactured with 99% recycled content cardboard. The DoorGuard(TM) is commonly reused several times per construction project and is fastened using natural rubber. It is frequently moved from the bottom floors of a high rise under construction to the upper floors as construction progresses. The DoorGuard(TM) and Ram Board can both be recycled into new products.Recycled cotton textiles are used in several types of rolled, reusable floor protection providing a soft layer of adsorbent protection that does not scratch countertops or floors. While in the past, there were no leak proof yet breathable floor protection products, there are now several products on the market. Newly installed glue down wood floors require glue fumes to off gas and fume vapors must be able to escape into the air. Breathable floor protection has tiny micropores that are too small to allow liquids to penetrate but small enough to allow vapor fumes to escape. While in the past a plastic liner was laminated to the textile to render them leak proof, they were not considered truly green as they couldn’t be recycled after use. The new breathable and leak proof products have a higher retail price than plastic lined products but are increasing in market share every month. Although imported from Europe, these products now have a US Master Distributor that supplies warehouses throughout the U.S.The most common types of temporary surface protection and the least environmentally friendly are temporary adhesive films. These films are commonly manufactured in Asia from 100% virgin plastic and then imported to the US. Although these films have a low cost per square foot, they have recommended use times that range from 30 to 180 days and are by no means reusable. Very few manufacturers incorporate used plastics in their products as the cost to recycle plastics are high.The choice to use surface protection is in itself a positive step toward sustainability. Protecting tubs, floors, doors and other finishes lessen the odds that they will require repairs using toxic compounds or worse yet, that they are beyond salvage and end up in a landfill. This unfavorable result hurts both the environmental and the builders’ profits. Hopefully the trend toward sustainable surface protection will continue to move forward quickly in the future as the choices and popularity of green finishes grows.

Patricia Mullen is President of Builders Site Protection, and has patented products both in biotechnology and surface protection design. For more information on the products described above as well as many other surface protection products, please visit http://www.buildsitepro.com

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BP report into Gulf of Mexico disaster lays blame on other contractors

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Friday, September 10, 2010

BP released their report into the causes of the Deepwater Horizon disaster earlier this year on Wednesday, and shifted much of the blame for the explosion and subsequent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry, onto Transocean, the company managing the rig. The report concludes by stating that decisions made by “multiple companies and work teams” contributed to the accident which it says arose from “a complex and interlinked series of mechanical failures, human judgments, engineering design, operational implementation and team interfaces.” The report, the product of a four-month investigation conducted by BP’s Head of Safety Operations, Mark Bly, criticizes the oil rig’s fire prevention systems, the crew of the rig for failing to realize and act upon evidence that oil was leaking from the surface of the ocean, and describes how BP and Transocean “incorrectly accepted” negative pressure test results. The document goes on to note that the blow-out preventer failed to operate, likely because critical components were not operational.

Bob Dudley, who will become chief executive of BP, described the accident as “tragic”. He said, “we have said from the beginning that the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon was a shared responsibility among many entities. This report makes that conclusion even clearer, presenting a detailed analysis of the facts and recommendations for improvement both for BP and the other parties involved. We have accepted all the recommendations and are examining how best to implement them across our drilling operations worldwide.” The report included 25 recommendations, according to a press release, “designed to prevent a recurrence of such an accident.” The oil company has previously blamed Transocean and Halliburton, the well contractor, for the disaster and BP executives feel they have been unfairly blamed by US politicians for the disaster, and the report continues this view.

Tony Hayward, who was fired from the position of BP’s chief executive following multiple public relations issues, squarley places the blame for the disaster on Halliburton. “To put it simply, there was a bad cement job,” he said in a statement, also claiming that BP should not be the only company to take the blame for the explosion. “It would appear unlikely that the well design contributed to the incident,” he argues. The report blames the type of cement used by Halliburton, designed to prevent harmful hydrocarbons from reaching the seabed, as well as criticizing the crew of Deepwater Horizon, for failing to realize for forty minutes that oil had started to leak from the well, and once it was realized, the crew “vented” the hydrocarbons “directly onto the rig”.

Describing how the explosion, which killed eleven rig personnel, occurred, the report states that “the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system probably transferred a gas-rich mixture into the engine rooms,” where the hydrocarbons ignited and a fireball engulfed the rig. But, the report states, the blowout preventer, the ultimate failsafe on the Deepwater Horizon failed, likely due to the fire on the rig. An automated system was not operational because the batteries powering it, located in a control pod, had gone flat, and another control pod contained a faulty solenoid valve.

The report was likely, however, written with the company’s legal liability for the disaster in a prominent position, since they are facing hundreds of lawsuits and criminal charges as a result of the spill. The executive summary is four and a half pages long and the first page is made up entirely of legal disclaimers saying if BP was found to be negligent in their operations of the rig, they could be fined a good deal more.

Questions have also been raised as to why BP has chosen to release their report before authorities examine the blowout preventer. The energy editor of The Guardian, Terry Macalister, wrote that the “catalougue of errors – both human and mechanical” in the report “demolish” the oil industry’s “much quoted mantra” of safety first. “It may come first in the board room but it does not down at the wellhead where the real dangers are faced,” he wrote. “It is worth remembering that BP, its rig operator Transocean and the main well contractor Halliburton are the blue chip companies in the wider oil and gas sector. If the shoddy work practices highlighted here are what the best-in-class do, then what is happening in the lower reaches of this industry?”

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Transocean described the report as a “self-serving” attempt to “conceal the critical factor that set the stage for the Macondo incident: BP’s fatally flawed well design. In both its design and construction, BP made a series of cost-saving decisions that increased risk – in some cases, severely.” In a statement, the company listed five issues they felt had contributed to the disaster that were no fault but BP’s. “Transocean’s investigation is ongoing, and will be concluded when all of the evidence is in, including the critical information the company has requested of BP but has yet to receive.” Members of Congress, who are also carrying out a review into the disaster, also dismissed the report. Ed Markey, the Massachusetts democrat who has been investigating the spill in Congress, said that he felt the report was simply a lengthy defense of the oil company’s handling of the spill. “BP is happy to slice up blame, as long as they get the smallest piece,” he said.

Bly acknowledged during a press conference in Washington that the report did not detail the charges raised against the company in Congress and that BP permitted a culture of recklessness to flourish. He did, however, reject suggestions that cost-cutting had put lives at risk and the rig was a disaster waiting to happen. “What we see instead is, where there were errors made they were based on poor decision-making process or using wrong information,” he said. The Guardian reported that “the report is narrowly focused on the final days before the explosion rather than on earlier decisions about well design and safety procedures. It is also closely focused on the rig itself. No BP officials have been sacked for their role in the explosion, and Bly said there was no indication of any blame beyond the well-site managers.”

The Associated Press reported that Bly “said at a briefing in Washington that the internal report was a reconstruction of what happened on the rig based on the company’s data and interviews with mostly BP employees and was not meant to focus on assigning blame. The six-person investigating panel only had access to a few workers from other companies, and samples of the actual cement used in the well were not released.” The report continued, “Steve Yerrid, special counsel on the oil spill for Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, said the report clearly shows the company is attempting to spread blame for the well disaster, foreshadowing what will be a likely legal effort to force Halliburton and Transocean, and perhaps others, to share costs such as paying claims and government penalties.”

Head of Greenpeace’s energy campaign Jim Footner said that it was “highly likely that a truly independent report would be even more damning for BP.” However, he said, “the real problem is our addiction to oil, which is pushing companies like BP to put lives and the environment at risk. The age of oil is coming to an end and companies like BP will be left behind unless they begin to adapt now. The time has come to move beyond oil and invest in clean energy.” Alfred R Sunsen, whose oyster company operating in the Gulf of Mexico is facing the prospect of going out of business after 134 years, reacted angrily the the report. “The report does not address the people, businesses, animals, or natural resources that have been impacted by the disaster and will be dealing with the consequences of their inadequate and slow response to the disaster,” he said. The New York Times said that the report is “unlikely to carry much weight in influencing the Department of Justice, which is considering criminal and civil charges related to the spill,” and described it as “a public relations exercise” and a “probable legal strategy as it prepares to defend itself against possible federal charges, penalties and hundreds of pending lawsuits.”

Wayne Pennington, head of the geological engineering department at Michigan Technical University, also alleged that BP was wrong to blame other parties involved with the disaster. “The blowout and subsequent explosion and spillage appear to the result of an overall attitude that encouraged unwarranted optimism in the quality of each component of the job, allowing the omission of standard testing procedures, and the misinterpretation of other tests in the most-favorable light.” He continued: “Instead, skepticism should reign on any drilling job, and testing and evaluation at each stage of the drilling and completion would then be routine; instead of questioning the need for such things as the cement bond log, the companies involved should insist on checking and double-checking quality at each step of the process. This was clearly not done, repeatedly, in the case of the Macondo well, and disaster resulted.”

4.9 million barrels of crude oil leaked into the Gulf of Mexico, causing damage to marine and wildlife habitats as well as the Gulf’s fishing and tourism industries. Extensive measures were used to prevent the oil from reaching the coastline of Louisiana, including skimmer ships, floating containment booms, anchored barriers, and sand-filled barricades. Scientists have also reported immense underwater plumes of dissolved oil not visible at the surface. The U.S. Government has named BP as the responsible party, and officials have committed to holding the company accountable for all cleanup costs and other damage.

Dudley went on to say that BP “deeply regret” the disaster. “We have sought throughout to step up to our responsibilities. We are determined to learn the lessons for the future and we will be undertaking a broad-scale review to further improve the safety of our operations. We will invest whatever it takes to achieve that. It will be incumbent on everyone at BP to embrace and implement the changes necessary to ensure that a tragedy like this can never happen again.”

Turner Broadcasting apologizes for Boston scare

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Turner Broadcasting apologizes for Boston scare

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Friday, February 2, 2007

An advertising campaign for shows on Adult Swim, a programming block on Cartoon Network, which is owned by Turner Broadcasting, gave local and federal law-enforcement a scare when devices were discovered on eight different bridges and roads.

The U.S. city of Boston was snarled in traffic jams January 31 as police investigated devices with flashing lights representing a cartoon character were placed around bridges and other areas throughout the city.

Different governmental agencies were brought in to help deal with the problem, which was later found to be no threat, as described by Boston Police Department spokesperson Eddy Chrispin. A bomb squad was deployed under supervision of the FBI, Boston police, the US Coast Guard, and different federal agencies.

The advertising campaign, for the widely popular program Aqua Teen Hunger Force, featuring characters from that series, was in place for two to three weeks in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and many other major US cities.

Two people have been arrested for alleged participation in this incident.

Turner Broadcasting Systems hired New York marketing firm Interference Inc. which in turn hired individuals in the various cities to place the devices promoting the cartoon’s fifth season, scheduled for a February 23 premiere. Road and rail traffic was disrupted by police as they investigated and removed the devices.

The mostly flat devices resemble two-foot-square Lite-Brites with batteries attached to the bottom and visible wires.

G4TV has dubbed the incident “Aquagate” on its broadcast of Attack of the Show segment The Feed.

It is not known why the devices took police several weeks to notice, nor why the devices were believed to be dangerous.