Ouch. She bit me.

first_imgGlove up before clearing brush, cleaning out the garage or pulling logs off the woodpile this winter. A brown widow spider or her more commonly known sister, the black widow, may be hiding in the shadows.The brown widow’s camouflage – an orange hourglass on a brown body – makes her hard to see. That’s good for her but bad for the person who sticks a hand too close to her web. Avoids peopleThe brown widow usually tries to stay away from people, said Whitney Boozer, an entomology graduate student with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.“If they’re disturbed, they drop off the web, curl up in a ball or retreat,” Boozer said.They can’t retreat when they’re pressed up against someone’s skin, though. A brown widow gets in this situation when someone wraps a hand around her while she’s holed up some place.Wear long sleeves and glovesGloves and long sleeves will protect you “if you’re working in areas where brown widow spiders are commonly found,” Boozer said. Outside, brown widows prefer woodpiles, tires, empty containers and eaves. Indoors, the spider prefers protected places like under furniture and in shoes. Shake clothes and check shoes before putting them on if they are left outside or in a garage.Bites by brown widows cause severe reactions in 5 percent of people who are bitten. The young and old are especially vulnerable. With medical intervention, bites are almost never fatal. The only scientific data collected on deaths attributed to widow spiders was taken between 1950 and 1959. During that time, 63 people died from the spiders’ bites, said Nancy Hinkle, a CAES entomologist.Indoor plumbing lowered bite numbers“Doubtless those numbers are much lower now that we have indoor plumbing because most widow bites occurred in privies,” she said.According to Boozer, the brown widow’s venom is more toxic than that of her black cousin, but she injects less venom when she bites.“In my whole life, I have known only one person bitten by a widow spider, and actually I didn’t know him, he just called my office,” Hinkle said. “On the other hand, I have personally known three people who were struck by lightning.”She estimates that there are fewer than seven people killed each year by widow spiders. More than 1,000 people each year are struck by lightning. A bad reputation“So your chance of being killed by a widow spider bite — even without treatment — is over 100 times less than your chance of being struck by lightning,” Hinkle said.Despite the odds, brown widows still aren’t spiders most people want wandering around in their homes. If you do see one, don’t panic. Boozer suggests taking it outside or vacuuming it up.“Even outside, you’re allowed to kill widow spiders,” Hinkle said, who usually cringes when the conversation turns to smashing spiders.Crush the egg sack, too, Boozer said. A brown widow’s egg sack is sphere shaped with spindly spikes of webbing sticking up all over it.If desperation leads to a chemical attack, it’s best to spray spiders directly, Boozer said. Spraying a home’s perimeter may prevent spiders from entering it, but it won’t kill the ones already there. Brown widow spiders avoid places that have been sprayed.last_img read more

Church and state should be separate

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Mr. Hughes also asserted that the Johnson Amendment empowers the federal government to “punish the clergy and their churches if they choose to speak out and guide their members in regard to choosing government representatives or to comment on legislation” and he urges churches “to permanently regain their guidance role in government affairs.”Thomas Jefferson stated: “History, I believe, furnishes no example of … a people maintaining a free civil government” in a society where clergy dominate and further stated that the clergyman, “In every country and in every age … has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own.”I believe it’s reasonable to conclude that the Founding Fathers attempted to build a “wall of separation between church and state,” with each institution functioning fully independently of one another, as part of their efforts to ensure the establishment of a sustainable democracy, rather than a theocracy.A February 2017 poll conducted by the National Association of Evangelicals — 89 percent of Evangelical leaders said they don’t think pastors should endorse politicians from the pulpit.Paul DeierleinSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Troopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positions Re Jan. 2 letter, “Let churches have freedom of speech”: Mr. Wallace Hughes begins by stating “The churches’ influence on our Constitution is obvious. U.S. Law is based on Judeo-Christian principles. Our democracy, Constitution, and Christian heritage eroded due to church muzzling legislation.”John Adams stated “The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.” The Constitution doesn’t include a single reference to “God,” “the Almighty,” nor any other moniker for a deity. Furthermore, the First Amendment states, “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” In Thomas Jefferson’s words, adoption of this amendment “was meant to comprehend, within the mantle of its protection, the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and the Mohammedan, the Hindu and Infidel of every denomination.”last_img read more

Monk reveals sit-down talks with Ki

first_img Ki joined Sunderland on loan and played a major part in their run to the Capital One Cup final and successful battle to stay in the Barclays Premier League. Black Cats boss Gus Poyet wanted to make the move permanent, but Monk’s persuasive powers paid off and Ki has since signed a new four-year deal at the Welsh club. “It was important to give Ki the confidence and belief I have in him,” Monk said at his pre-match press conference. “Ki was unsure in the summer what he was going to do or how he felt about things, so I sat down with him. “We had good discussions with how I saw football, how I saw the club going forward, how I wanted the team to play and Ki bought into that. “He’s been one of our most consistent performers and before he went away he was playing well, and now it’s about him producing better football than he was earlier this season.” Monk is also wary of another player who has returned to these shores recently – former England striker Jermain Defoe, who has wasted little time settling in at Sunderland after joining from Major League Soccer side Toronto FC. Defoe scored his first Sunderland goal in last weekend’s 2-0 home victory over Burnley – the Wearsiders’ first win in six league attempts. Swansea manager Garry Monk admits he had to persuade Ki Sung-yu eng to buy into his philosophy and stop him leaving the club last summer. Press Association “He’s a fantastic player with a good Premier League pedigree,” Monk said. “He scores goals and always plays on the shoulder of defenders. “I think he enjoyed his time away but I think he’s already spoken how much he missed the Premier League and we have to be wary of him.” Jack Cork could make his Swansea debut in a re-shaped midfield following the former England Under-21 international’s arrival from Southampton. Swansea’s win at Southampton last weekend took them to 33 points and within seven of the tally traditionally seen to guarantee safety in the top flight. But Monk promised Swansea’s season would not fall away if that mark was achieved sooner rather than later. “You have to be realistic and the first point of call is to get to 40 points,” Monk said. “We have a great opportunity to do that earlier than ever before, but we have an important month that starts against Sunderland. “We want to get those 40 points as quickly as possible and then re-assess our targets, but I will push for more from myself and the players.” The South Korean returns for the Swans against his former club Sunderland on Saturday after spending the last month leading his country to the runners-up spot at the Asian Cup. But Ki could just as easily have been playing for visitors at the Liberty Stadium after being deemed surplus to requirements by former Swansea manager Michael Laudrup last season. last_img read more

Former SU long snapper Sam Rodgers to attend Buffalo Bills rookie minicamp

first_imgSam Rodgers, a former Syracuse long snapper, will attend the Buffalo Bills rookie minicamp this weekend, he told The Daily Orange on Wednesday morning.He went undrafted in the NFL Draft on Saturday — only one has been taken at the position since 2007 — but said it was “a little discouraging” not to receive a call in the days after.“Once the draft ended, it was actually pretty quiet for a while,” Rodgers said. “Some of my friends had been invited to minicamps, I still hadn’t heard anything … just sat by the phone and waited.”Rodgers played in every game during his Syracuse career and was one of four team captains in 2014.He’ll be attending the minicamp on a tryout basis and said he’s celebrating the news quickly before getting back to business. After SU’s Pro Day on April 7, he said he wanted to improve his speed, which is something he said he’s always working on.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the offseason, he’s been working with assistant athletics director for athletic performance Will Hicks and former SU punter Riley Dixon. He said he can’t be over-prepared for the minicamp, which former SU running back Prince-Tyson Gulley and former SU defensive back Darius Kelly will also attend.“As a snapper, and really as anyone, it just takes one opportunity,” Rodgers said. “I’m excited to have this opportunity, whether it’s going to be the best one in my career, I don’t know. But I’m going to take it like it is just go and show them what I can do.”Here are a list of former SU players that have latched on with teams following the NFL Draft:Jarrod West – wide receiver – New York JetsDarius Kelly – safety – Buffalo BillsDurell Eskridge – safety – New York JetsCameron Lynch – linebacker – St. Louis RamsDyshawn Davis – linebacker – Washington RedskinsSean Hickey – offensive tackle – New Orleans SaintsEric Crume – defensive tackle – Jacksonville JaguarsBrandon Reddish – cornerback – Oakland RaidersPrince-Tyson Gulley  – running back – Buffalo Bills Comments Published on May 6, 2015 at 12:10 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more