OGDEN It happens something like this: The harried shopper pulls up next to the outdoor lawn and garden section of a big retail outlet. The little annex has its own cash register. Avoid the crowds, dash in through the side entrance for a quick purchase. The car is gone when the shopper returns. No trace, no notice, no explanation. Matt Shuman thought he was safe parking 6 feet from the Home Depot outdoor section at the store on Wall Avenue. The long vacant Fred Meyer building adjacent to the south and Home Depot are separated by a roughly 10 foot strip of asphalt that's part of the Meyer property. "A ticket is one thing, but to tow me, that's excessive," Shuman said. "I was held hostage." Shuman said he went into Home Depot, hoping the store had towed his car and that it wasn't stolen. "They said, 'Not again,' " and gave him Slickrock's phone number. Still irate, Shuman called Slickrock and was told to go to the tow company's impound yard, 3520 Wall Ave., to recover his car. No one was there, a sign noting it was by appointment only. "And it was cash only," Shuman said. "I called them back and asked them why they didn't tell me that, and they said it was because I wasn't being nice." Of 879 private tows recorded in Weber County this year so far, 285 were by Slickrock Towing in this, its debut year here, according to a GRAMA request of Weber Consolidated Dispatch tow logs. By law, a towing company must contact dispatch when it arrives at its impound yard with all "nonconsent, nonpolice tows." The majority of Slickrock's tows were tied to the Fred Meyer lot, according to the statistics. The Fred Meyer lot was beset with problems, according to Slickrock, from overnight parking to vandalism, theft and damage around the huge lot, but mostly to the south of the building. In one case, a light pole was knocked down. The problems led to the tow company being hired to monitor the lot earlier this year. Slickrock offers its patrol tow function for free. Its website notes, "We pay for all services. No charge to you . Our services cost you nothing!" Home Depot employees said the towing adventures began next to their store this spring and became almost daily occurrences. Employees took to announcing the license plate numbers on the store intercom when they witnessed a tow. "People come in and they think it's us," said Cari Montgomery, an assistant manager. "Or they think their car's been stolen. We give them Slickrock's number." Employees noticed the Slickrock tow truck parked at the Del Taco restaurant to the west, waiting. "We just kept calling them and kept calling them, even though they're not the nicest people in the world," Montgomery said of attempts to urge restraint. "But we wanted to protect our customers. "Weekends were the worst. They'd tow three a day." Slickrock's signs at the north side of the Fred Meyer lot lie to the east and west ends near the entryways. There are none in the mid block area by Home Depot. Home Depot put up three warning signs of its own in that area six weeks ago, and the towing has since slowed. Ogden city and state regulations say the signage is required of tow companies at all entrances or exits to the property, "or . other conspicuous locations." "I cringe at the thought of anyone being taken advantage of like this in particular, mothers with kids, the elderly, those with limited means," said Shuman, an Ogden resident who works at a Salt Lake City investment firm. "It really is a despicable practice. The only way to stop them appears to be through public awareness and in the court of public opinion." Edward Olsen has sued Slickrock, so far successfully, for $10,000 in damages and $215 in fees in a small claims action in Ogden City Justice Court. Slickrock has appealed to 2nd District Court, and an Aug. 29 trial date was set last week before Judge Scott Hadley. Slickrock towed Olsen's 27 foot boat and the truck it was attached to in March. 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The story was short, it was boring and it was published during the busiest week of the year the Ducks, after all, were busy making plans to play BYU in the NCAA tournament after being awarded a spot the day before the story came out. Who cares about graduation rates at a time like that? But even if fans weren paying attention to that all important Associated Press story about the team graduation rate (known in NCAA circles as the Academic Progress Rate), you can be certain it didn't escape the attention of coaches or the athletic department. According to the March 17 story, the Ducks' APR was in bad shape. It had dipped to 918 fifth lowest of the 65 teams in the NCAA tournament, worst in the Pac 12 and well below what they needed to keep themselves safe from all kinds of harsh penalties. You might have never heard of APR, but the little known measuring stick of academics in college sports has enormous ramifications. A team ability to hand out scholarships is on the line. So is its NCAA tournament eligibility. So are tens of thousands of dollars in bonus money for coaches and athletic directors. A three month examination by the On Your Side Investigators found that the timing of the University of Oregon internal investigation of alleged sexual assaults by three basketball players was consistently beneficial to the team APR. The school is bound by two federal mandates designed to maintain a safe environment on campus. The Clery Act requires schools to report crimes on and near campus, while Title IX is designed for the protection of sexual violence survivors. the young woman did complain about it, clearly what brought this to the attention is the fact the university looks like it didn't want anyone to know about it, said Prof. Cheyney Ryan, an emeritus professor at UO who teaches conflict and dispute resolution and is a nationally recognized expert on Title IX. what it looks like. think what happened here is a bunch of young people lives have been destroyed, all of them have been destroyed due to the negligence of U of O administrators. The math is straightforward. During the course of each term, each player gets one point for being academically eligible and one point for staying in school. The scores translate to percentages if the team gets 95 percent of the points for which it eligible, it scores a 950. The minimum scores required to remain compliant are growing stricter. For the 2012 13 season, schools needed either a four year average of 900 or an average of 930 over the two preceding years. By last season, that had increased to either a 930 four year average or a 940 two year average. Fall below those numbers, and serious sanctions kick in. Failing to make the APR grade can devastate a program for years. If a school is punished, it runs a serious risk of current players and new recruits looking to play elsewhere. Things can snowball. One trip to the Big Dance can become small potatoes in comparison. Behind the scenes, the U of O men's basketball team was dealing with a crisis of another sort and it couldn have come at a worse time. Nine days before the APR story broke, a female student had accused three players Damyean Dotson, Dominic Artis and Brandon Austin of gang raping her at a party off campus. The alleged assaults presented the university with two substantial dilemmas. The first and most immediate was whether to play Dotson and Artis in the NCAA tournament. (Austin, who had recently transferred from Providence, wasn yet eligible.) If they sat out, the university ran the risk of benching two potentially innocent players for the biggest games of the year. But if they played, two alleged rapists would be on the court with the world watching. The school said it was asked by the Eugene Police Department to send the players to the tournament in the interest of keeping the criminal investigation pure, though Eugene police have repeatedly denied that. The second and more far reaching dilemma was whether to kick the players off the team, or perhaps expel them from school. An immediate internal investigation would have put the players in jeopardy of parting ways with the university devastating the Ducks APR and potentially crippling the program for years to come. Because of the way APR is calculated, the Ducks were in danger of losing out on crucial points if Dotson and Artis were expelled immediately. Players still get APR points if they're kicked off the team but are still in school, but would lose them if their grades suffered from the investigation or if they were kicked out of school altogether. The potential outcomes ranged from extremely problematic to not at all problematic. John Infante is a nationally recognized APR expert. He worked in the compliance office at Loyola Marymount for three years and at Colorado State University for one more, and runs a website called the Bylaw Blog. He told the On Your Side Investigators there were strong incentives for UO to keep Dotson and Artis in school as long as possible. would be helpful for their APR for them to remain in school and finish their coursework and then be dismissed or suspended at the end of the term, Infante said. 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Discount Men Nike Free Run 4.0 V2 Dark Grey Cool Grey Volt,Men Nike Free Run 4.0 V2 Dark Obsidian Silver Soar Blue Here are six of the most important points to consider before you buy your hockey skates, including common misunderstandings and frequent mistakes. If 'skate comfort and performance' really matter to you, then you need to read this! Buying the top manufacturers model of skate may not be the best choice of skate to buy, for you. Manufacturers make several models of skates to accommodate different levels of skating and the different physical sizes of skaters, as well as to cover many price points. The higher the model of skate, the more expensive it is and the stiffer it is. If you're not physically heavy enough to deal with the stiffness of the skate it won't matter how much money you pay, your skating performance will suffer. Skates that are too stiff for a skater means no knee bend. Very often, it also means long term discomfort. Be honest with yourself when it comes to your skating ability and physical size. Purchasing a model of skate that matches those two criterions, can dramatically increase your skating performance, and save you money. Fitting hockey skates like shoes. Skates and shoes do not fit the same. A rule of thumb to use is that a skate will always fit a size, to a size and a half, smaller than your shoe size. Depending on how you fit your running shoes, a skate may even occasionally be as much as two sizes smaller. If your skates are currently the same size as your running shoe? they are too big. For example if you wear a size 10 running shoe start with trying on a size 8 ? hockey skate. If you generally wear an extra wide shoe, start with a 'D' width skate. The ideal fit, length wise, has been achieved when you are standing in a skate that is laced up. The longest toe of the foot should, in fact, feather the end of the toecap. When you bend your knees slightly (like when you skate) the toes will pull completely away from the front of the toecap. If they don't pull away, then go up half a size. If you need growing room, then go up half a size. Trying on a pair of skates and not lacing them up. This is one of the most common reasons skaters end up in skates too big. Hockey skates are, by design, meant to fit when they are laced up. As the boot is laced up, the foot will draw into the back of the skate. A skate that ultimately fits properly will, more often then not, feel small when the foot is placed in the boot prior to lacing it. Trying on a pair of skates without lacing them up is like trying on a button shirt without buttoning it? both are meant to fit when they are done up. So?when you put the skate on, be sure to give your heel a good kick into the back of the boot and then lace it up. Buying the same make and model of skate that that the pro's (NHL) have. This can be a tough one because the younger skaters want what their favorite player is wearing. The bottom line with this is that the skates that the general public is able to buy off the shelf, are not the same as what an NHL player is wearing. The Bauer Vapor XX or CCM PRO or what ever the model might be, is not the same skate as what the general public are able to purchase. The pros are wearing custom made boots from the manufacturer. The NHL is a great marketing vehicle for the skate manufacturers. Consumers need to be aware of this fact. Buying a longer length to try and accommodate a wide foot. If your foot is wide and the skate is tight then buy a wider skate not a bigger length. The really big skate that feels good in the store, will come back to haunt you almost every time. A skate has a very specific shape that is relative to the length of the foot going into it. If you purchase a skate that is the wrong length, nothing about the shape of the foot will line up with the boot. For example; the widest part of the foot comes back into the narrowest part of the boot. The arch of the foot no longer lines up with the arch of the skate. None of that will bother you in the store, but get out skating and it will show up. Not setting enough time aside to properly fit the skates. It can take time to fit a skate for comfort. Wrapping a very stiff piece of material around the foot can sometimes be a challenge. How a skate fits in the first few minutes of putting it on compared to how it fits after spending some time to warm the boot up can make a dramatic difference. Give yourself at least an hour, so you can walk around the store and get a feel for the boot as well as warm it up. Also you may want to take the time to try more than one manufacturers skate and model. Men Nike Free Run 4.0 V2 Dark Grey Cool Grey Volt Sept. 20, 2012 On average, a human can run approximately 12 to 15 mph not bad if you're chasing down an errant Frisbee on a Sunday afternoon. But what about during an emergency? In moments like such, speed can often mean the difference between life and death. Add 60 pounds of protective gear and equipment that first responders often wear and speed and agility become a sluggish after thought. Is there anyone or anything else to turn to for a speedy rescue? "You can always send in fireman, but when it gets really bad, you'd rather lose a machine," said Jessy Grizzle, Jerry and Carol Levin Professor of Engineering at the University of Michigan. Grizzle is one of many engineers and roboticists currently working on running robot projects for rescue efforts, humanitarian assistance and military transport. And these machines aren't your stereotypical, lumbering droids with clodhopper gaits. On the contrary, a couple of them have some real giddy up. "These are some of the fastest legged robots that I'm aware of in today's industrial and academic laboratories," said Grizzle. We've put together a list of fleet footed machines that, to the best of our knowledge, represents the Top 5 fastest running robots. See if you can keep up. ANALYSIS: Terror Bots Being Designed to Hunt You Down Cheetah, 28.3 mph Developed and tested by Boston Dynamics for DARPA's Maximum Mobility and Manipulation (M3) program, Cheetah had already worn the crown of world's fastest robot with a land speed record of 18 mph. However, records are made to be broken and, recently, Cheetah did just that when it was clocked at 28.3 mph on a treadmill, thus trumping Bolt's top speed by .51 mph. One big difference, though: Cheetah is tethered over a treadmill. "My take on speed is that we are not trying to achieve extraordinary speeds, just trying to get legged robots into the speed range of other normal vehicles," Marc Raibert, president and founder of Boston Dynamics, wrote in an email to Discovery News. Similar to its animal inspiration, the Cheetah's back flexes back and forth like an accordion which increases its stride and running speed. "What DARPA is doing with its robotics programs," explained DARPA program manager, Dr. Gill Pratt, in a press release, "is attempting to understand and engineer into robots certain core capabilities that living organisms have refined over millennia of evolution: efficient locomotion, manipulation of objects and adaptability to environments." Later this year Boston Dynamics plans to start testing a free running version of Cheetah capable of operating on natural terrain. Planar Biped, 13.1 mph Young MC wasn't the only one busting a move back in 1989. So was a posse of engineers and roboticists from MIT's Leg Lab who were busy creating a running man of a different sort: the Planar Biped. The Planar Biped was programmed by Jeff Koechling now a chief scientist at Boston Dynamics when he was working on his PhD thesis on the limits of robot running. The machine had two telescoping legs connected to the robot's body by pivot joints at the hips. Within each leg was a hydraulic actuator that worked together with springs to change the length of the robot's leg as it ran along its circular, boom mounted path. Algorithms used to control the Planar Biped focused on operating one leg at a time. Because the idle leg was kept short until it sprang into action, the robot ran with an alternating or hopping gait and could even do flips. The engineers used what they learned from the Planar Biped to improve legged robots that followed. Legged Squad Support System (LS3), 7 mph With speeds topping out at 7 mph on flat surfaces, you may think you could outrun the LS3, but I'd think twice before challenging this robot to a race. For starters, to be fair, you'd need to strap on a 400 pound back pack, because that's how much weight the LS3 has been designed to carry. Developed for DARPA by Boston Dynamics, the untethered, hydraulically powered four legged LS3 is designed to use computer vision, sensors and GPS to follow soldiers on missions as a robotic pack mule of sorts. It's capable of relieving the squad's physical strain and fatigue by carrying over four times the weight of what an average soldier carries in gear. As the LS3 trots along over rough terrain, designers envision it will integrate with troops and interpret verbal and visual commands similar to how a trained animal interacts with its handler. Additionally, the LS3 could be an auxiliary power source, capable of recharging batteries for radios and hand held devices. Three levels of sensors make up the LS3's head and allow the quadruped to track its leader and other objects from as far away as almost 100 feet. In the bot's robust body is the engine, cooling fans and cargo areas for gear. The LS3 may not have the physique of a sprinter, but what it lacks in speed, it makes up for in brawn. If Aesop's fable "The Tortoise and the Hare" taught us anything, it's that sometimes 'slow and steady' wins the race. MABEL, 6.8 mph With a peak speed of 6.8 mph, MABEL is thought to be the world's fastest bipedal robot with knees. Like a human, it has a heavier torso with light, flexible legs equipped with springs. And as a result, it has a MABEL's remarkably human like gait. "MABEL has large springs for energy storage," said Jessy Grizzle, Jerry and Carol Levin Professor of Engineering at the University of Michigan. "They act like tendons in the human body, absorbing energy at leg impact and releasing energy when the robot is launching itself into the flight phase of running."
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