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Make growing your own food easier and more fun with new iPhone App

For more information about the app, visit bonnieplants.com/app. About Bonnie Plants Headquartered in Union Springs, Alabama Bonnie Plants grows more than 250 varieties of quality vegetable and herb plants for gardeners across the country, with nearly 70 ...

I-65 Crash Victim Laid to Rest

Daphine Head Bridges, age 51, was born in Troy, Alabama and lived in Spanish Fort with her husband and daughter. Daphine was raised in Union Springs, where she graduated from Bullock Memorial High School. She went on to attend Auburn University Montgomery ...

Make Growing Your Own Food Easier And More Fun With Free New HOMEGROWN IPhone App From Bonnie Plants

mt=8 For more information about the app, visit bonnieplants.com/app. About Bonnie Plants Headquartered in Union Springs, Alabama, Bonnie Plants grows more than 250 varieties of quality vegetable and herb plants for gardeners across the country, with nearly ...

AMBER Alert canceled for child missing from Union Springs, AL

The State of Alabama has canceled an Emergency Missing Child (Amber) Alert. The Union Springs Alabama Police Department and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency was seeking assistance in locating Aaliyah Linton, black female, 5-years-old, 4'3", 100 pounds ...

Amber alert canceled; 5-year-old Ala. girl found safe

5-year-old Aaliyah Linton was reportedly last seen at Union Springs Elementary School in Union Springs, Alabama, about 8:40 a.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2015 CBS affiliate WKRG BULLOCK COUNTY, Ala. -- The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency has canceled an ...

Police: 3 relatives took 5-year-old from Union Springs school

The Union Springs Police Department talked with Alton Linton by phone ...
The woman said she would soon be leaving to pick up the child and bring her back to Alabama. The community breathed a sigh of relief at hearing the Amber Alert was canceled.

UPDATE: Ambert Alert cancelled for Union Springs girl

The child was abducted Thursday morning from her school in Bullock County, Alabama. The incident happened around 8:40 a.m. and prompted an Amber Alert. Investigators say Linton’s aunt and grandmother took the child from Union Springs Elementary School ...

State issues AMBER Alert for Union Springs girl

UNION SPRINGS — The state of Alabama has issued an AMBER Alert for a missing child. The Union Springs Police Department and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency ask for assistance in locating Aaliyah Linton, a black 5-year-old girl who stands 4-foot-3 and ...

Alabama Amber Alert UPDATED-Cancelled

Alert Type: Amber Alert Alert Status: Active Date Issued: 3/19/2015 The State of Alabama has issued an Emergency Missing Child (Amber) Alert. The Union Springs Alabama Police Department and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency ask for your assistance in ...

Union Springs motorcyclist killed after hitting pedestrian, being run over by another vehicle

UNION SPRINGS, Alabama -- A Union Springs man was killed Wednesday night in Bullock County after being hit by a passing vehicle following a collision with a pedestrian. John Jenkins, 62, was killed when the Suzuki Burgman 6 motorcycle he was operating ...

Tennis Team Downs Union Springs for Season’s First Win

The Southern Cayuga Tennis Team won their match against Union Springs on Thursday night, bringing in the first win of the season. The match ended with a score of 5-2, with wins from all doubles teams…

The Secret Lives of Polish Sten Guns: Resistance and Ingenuity in Occupied Europe by Adam Firestone

We are pleased to welcome back RU’s resident weapons expert ADAM FIRESTONE. Today’s post gives us a fascinating look at the Polish Resistance and the weapons of WWII. Firearms history, especially in …

No one injured in shots fired incident near Colorado Springs Safeway

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — No one was injured when shots were fired from a vehicle in a central Colorado Springs parking lot Monday morning. Police said they were called to the Safeway at 2210 North W…

The Weekend in Pictures

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In Memory of Jim

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1 injured in suspected street racing accident in Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – A motorcyclist was transported to the hospital after being involved in an accident Saturday. Colorado Springs police were called a traffic accident at Union Boulevard and Co…

Union Dental Announces a 45 Day Extension on the Letter of Intent to Acquire Drinkable Air

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Civil War ceremony in Saratoga Springs marks Gen. Lee’s surrender

Volunteers from U.S. Grant Cottage Historic site in Wilton will mark the 150th anniversary of Civil War Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s surrender to Union forces with a ceremony in Congress Park in S…

June 1997 - Life in Oak Springs, the Homeplace

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Tips to Prevent Data Theft in UNION SPRINGS ALABAMA

Today, it’s quick and easy to get a credit card approved, transfer money from one account to another, renew your driver’s license, fill a prescription from your doctor at your local pharmacy, use store loyalty cards, and purchase products online. But you pay for this convenience by providing more opportunities for your personal information to be changed, stolen, or reported inaccurately. Companies can also use the information you have shared to direct their future marketing efforts or can sell the information to other companies. To help protect your privacy, follow these tips:

  • Look for privacy statements on websites, sales materials, and forms you fill out. If a website claims to follow a set of established voluntary standards, read the standards. Don´t assume they provide the level of privacy you want.
  • Ask how your personal information will be stored and used.
  • Only provide the purchase date, model/serial numbers, and your contact information of warranty registration forms.
  • Discuss privacy with others in your home. Everyone, even children, should understand what information is not appropriate to share on the phone, while using a computer, tablet, smart phone and in other situations.

Check with your state or local consumer agency to find out whether any state laws that help protect your privacy. Some companies and industry groups have also adopted voluntary policies that address privacy concerns.

Creating Secure Passwords

The number of passwords that you need on a daily basis can be overwhelming. It is tempting to use the same password across several sites; however to get the most protection available, you should use different passwords on each site and change your passwords periodically. The goal for creating passwords is to strike a balance between being something that is easy to remember and unique. Some general tips for creating a secure password include:

  • Use a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters.
  • The longer password, the better it is.
  • Don’t use your name, birthday, license plate, favorite sports teams or other facts that are easily guessed.
  • Create a password based on a phrase. For example “A stitch in time saves nine” can be translated into the password “Ast!Ts9”. where each character represents a word in the phrase.
  • If you must use the same password on several websites, add a prefix or suffix. For example, use “Ast!Ts9:4bnk”for your bank account and “Eml: Ast!Ts9” for your email account.

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Specialty Consumer Reports

Credit reports are not the only reports that you can get for free. The same law that allows you to get a free credit report each year also allows you to get a copy of specialty consumer reports. Just like Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion collect your credit information, there are other companies that collect information about your medical, insurance, rental/tenant and alternative credit histories. Landlords, insurers and other companies buy these reports to help them decide whether or not they will offer their services to you.

Just like your credit reports, you have the right to a free annual report from each specialty consumer reporting agency. Since there is no centralized place to order these reports (like there is for credit reports), you must contact each agency individually. If you are planning to rent an apartment, ask the landlord for the name of the screening company that they use and request a copy of your report in advance. Similarly if you are getting a new insurance policy, you can contact the consumer reporting agencies that collect related information. If there is a mistake on your report, you have a right to correct it.

For a list of specialty consumer agencies, visit the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (PDF) or Privacy Rights Clearinghouse. If you need to file a complaint about a consumer reporting agency, contact the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau or the Federal Trade Commission.



Seven steps to keep your phone number when changing provider in UNION SPRINGS ALABAMA

With a simple phone call you can reach someone who has not contacted in a while. This is one reason why many people prefer to keep their telephone number when they change provider or telephone company.

You can keep your local phone number or mobile if it remains within the United States. But before finalizing any changes, you should follow some suggestions:

1. Verify that you have completed your contract , if you have one supplier. Otherwise, the current company may charge you a penalty.

2. Contact the new provider to start the transfer number.

3. Make sure the provider can keep your current phone number.

4. Verify that there are no additional charges for service change. If so, try to reach an agreement with the supplier.

5. Read through the terms and conditions of the new contract before signing.

6. Provide the new phone company your 10-digit number and any other required, as your customer account number, access code and your 5-digit zip code information.

7. Cancel the previous service after obtaining the service with your new provider. Try to do the day of your closing date to avoid monthly outstanding balance.

Note: You can also transfer a local phone number to a mobile phone, but this process can take longer. Check with your supplier before making the change.

What can you do if you have some problems to transfer your number

If the provider can not solve it, you can file a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission by calling 1-888-225-5322 (English) 1-888-835-5322 (TTY for hearing impaired), or through Internet (in English).

This issue of keeping the phone number is known as Number Portability (keeping your number if you change providers). [26]

The Guardian and a warning to UNION SPRINGS ALABAMA: Jehovah´s Witnesses´ silencing techniques, as terrifying as child abuse

Growing up in a Jehovah’s Witness family is different. As a child, I didn’t celebrate birthdays, Christmas or July 4. Nor did I, or anyone I knew, mix with non-Witness families in Little League or Girl Scouts. Instead, I spent much of my time sharing the “good news.” I used to go door-to-door on my own with a big, strong, well liked man in my congregation, named Jonathan. I was just 9 and 10 when he repeatedly sexually abused me.

It is really hard for kids to speak up when they’re abused. But the Jehovah’s Witnesses make it a lot harder.

They have a “2 Witness” rule, which says that anyone who accuses an adult of abuse must have a second witness. If there is no second witness, the accuser is punished for a false accusation - usually by ordering that no Witness may talk with or associate with the “false” accuser. This is called dis-fellowshipping. For a kid raised only with other Witnesses, it was horrifying. Even your parents would have to ignore you. It was more terrifying than Jonathan.

It was the elders of my congregation who had assigned Jonathan to team up with me. When we separated from the others, he forced me into his pick-up truck and drove us to his house. Then he would say “Let’s play”. It happened too many times. Like everyone else in the congregation, my parents liked “Brother” Jonathan and trusted him in our family.

My parents were consumed with some really huge problems in those years, and later divorced. I was emotionally alone - and wanted to be the best Jehovah’s Witness I could be. That’s why I went out to field service - the door to door ministry that Witnesses are known for.

What my parents didn’t know, was that Jonathan had sexually molested another girl in our congregation. The elders knew this and had kept it a secret. They were following orders from Watchtower leaders, based in the world headquarters in New York, who in 1989 had issued a top-secret instruction to keep known child sex abusers in the congregations a secret. This instruction became Exhibit 1 at my civil trial.

The elders and the Governing Body all knew that child molesters hide in religious groups and often are people who are likeable and friendly - like Jonathan. They knew molesters would likely do it again. But they chose to ignore the safety of the kids, in favor of protecting their image - and their bank account - from lawsuits. It was all in that 1989 letter.

A recent report by the Center for Investigative Reporting revealed that they have continued to issues directives urging silence around child abuse. Last November, elders were instructed to avoid taking criminal matters like child abuse to the authorities. Instead, they were told to handle them internally in confidential committees. The report also showed that Jehovah’s Witnesses evoke the First Amendment to hide sex abuse claims.

It took me learning about Jonathan’s other victims for me to speak up. In 2009, I looked on California’s Megan’s Law website, the state’s official list of registered sex offenders. There, I found he had been convicted a few years before for sexually abusing another 8-year-old girl. I felt horribly guilty that I hadn’t spoken up about him earlier. Now, I need to stop predators from doing this again.

The only way to end this abuse is by lifting this veil of secrecy once and for all.

In http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/mar/02/jehovahs-witnesses-silencing-techniques-child-abuse [27]


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