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Covert ‘body sculptor’ says clients chose her over surgeons

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An aspiring hip-hop artist who boasts about her talent for underground “body sculpting” has one last chance to impress a jury before the panel weighs murder charges against her in a dancer’s death.

[…] authorities believe Windslowe caused the 20-year-old London woman’s death in 2011 and injured several other women through shoddy silicone injections.


Los Angeles police kill man in struggle captured on video

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a fatal encounter captured on video, three Los Angeles police officers shot and killed a man on the city’s Skid Row during a struggle over one of the officers’ guns, authorities said.

The graphic video widely circulated on social media within a few hours of the incident Sunday brought attention to the death of the man who wound up wrestling with police amid the tents, sleeping bags and trash of Skid Row, where many of the city’s homeless stay.

The three officers, one of whom is a sergeant, shot the man as they struggled on the ground for control of one of the police officer’s weapons, after a stun gun proved ineffective, LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith said.

Tents and cardboard shelters cover the sidewalks of Skid Row, the downtown neighborhood where an estimated 1,700 homeless people live.

Hutchinson said in a statement that the shooting “underscores the need for the police commission to hold a special hearing to fully examine police tactics and training in the use of deadly force by LAPD officers involving skid row residents many of whom have major mental challenges.”


Construction picks back up, but it’s a different gig now

Given the amount of building going on, “it’s going to be interesting because we’re going to have a labor shortage here in South Florida,” said Scott Moss, president of Moss & Associates, a South Florida-based construction firm with offices in California, Texas, Georgia, South Carolina and Hawaii.

Apartment buildings are going up at a faster rate than single-family homes, a trend fueled by tighter home-lending standards, an increase in people choosing to live in or near urban centers and a drop in the rate of new households being formed.

Shopping malls are falling out of fashion, though growing Internet sales require the construction of more distribution centers.

During the real estate heyday of the mid-2000s, the building of single-family homes in Florida, Nevada and California led the construction boom, and then the bust.

All of these changes mean increased need for structural steel workers, concrete finishers and crane operators.

Master electrician Nickolas Lombardi recently was trained on software that will allow him to make changes to blueprints on his IPad that can be seen simultaneously by architects, other contractors and others not at the worksite.

[…] for anybody getting into the trade, it’s necessary, said Lombardi, 35, a project supervisor from Lakewood, Colorado, who underwent the training after being hired by Power Design Inc., a large electrical contractor that has a 12,000-square-foot training center at its headquarters in Tampa, Florida.

Other contractors are turning to high schools, but budget cuts and an emphasis on college preparation courses has led to shop and technical classes being axed in recent years.

Construction jobs are expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 2.6 percent through 2022, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics projections, making it among the fastest growing industries into the next decade.