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first_imgPhotographs:  Hao ChenLighting Consultant:Zhou HongliangEnergy Efficiency Consultant:Wang JinchengFaçade Consultant:Tang BinfengStructure Consultant:Liu SuCity:BeijingCountry:ChinaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!Courtesy of Atelier About ArchitectureRecommended ProductsWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesDoorsVitrocsaGlass Technology in Hotel BeaulacWoodStructureCraftEngineering – Architectural & FreeformWoodEGGERLaminatesText description provided by the architects. It took three years to complete the design of House W with numerous redesign and adjustments in between. Atelier About Architecture has invested great effort and the process witnessed its own growth. As the owners of the project, the architect duo was playing as both Party A and Party B during design, and the key is to clarify the expectations on living and to solve possible problems with absolute sincerity.Save this picture!Courtesy of Atelier About ArchitectureThe design of House W was challenged by two physical conditions at the beginning: the temperature at the site is extremely low in winter because the building is rested with its back against the hillside, therefore we need to ensure the heat preservation inside will be strong enough under cold weather while to guarantee energy efficiency; it is also a tough job to meet the strict requirements on heat preservation and to create humanistic environment in the building at the same time. In most circumstances, rooms will be arrayed along the four sides of the plan; therefore, the area in the center will barely share any sunlight and become inanimate and cold. The situation generally gets worse when the volume turns larger, which will bring more difficulties to the heating and ventilation.Save this picture!DiagramThe building is standing with its back against the hillside, allowing the cold air to scour along the north façade in winter. AAA defined the program of the building as well as the sizes and positions of the windows based on the site and sunlight. The outside walls were wrapped with 150mm insulation panels, plus the huge glass box in the atrium, providing continuous heat in winter. As proved by the experiment on the data collected in the first heating season, the temperature of the interior will reach an average level of 11 degree in winter without turning on any heating equipment. Meanwhile, cool air will be introduced from the basement and discharged from the inside as a result of natural airflow to reduce the indoor temperature.Save this picture!Courtesy of Atelier About ArchitectureSave this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!Courtesy of Atelier About ArchitectureAAA also invited Architecture and Technology Research Institute of Tsinghua University to carry out a half-year professional examination after the realization of House W with the aspiration of building a passive house that completely meets international standards.Save this picture!Courtesy of Atelier About ArchitectureSave this picture!Courtesy of Atelier About ArchitectureAAA made careful measurements on each independent room according to our own living habits, and have defined the volume of each space by column width of 6 meters instead of blindly maximizing the space. In this blundering era with excessive visual information, architecture itself has become more and more pictorialized where people are more likely to be attracted by the photos of a building instead of the building itself. However, the real beauty of architecture, as well as the abstraction and the relevance of spaces, are beyond the expression by images. Architecture can only be understood through personal experience.Save this picture!Courtesy of Atelier About ArchitectureMartin Heidegger believed that poetic dwelling is not only about poetic watching, but also about living in poetry. The comfort of living is an evitable element in any time. In his article Ornament and Crime (Ornament und Verbrechen),Austrian architect Adolf Loos advocated for removing ornaments from objects as he saw ornament as fraud. AAA was greatly inspired and therefore rejected all ornamental elements for visual impact in this project to ultimately present a “sincere” building that truly meets our expectation on living.Save this picture!Courtesy of Atelier About ArchitectureProject gallerySee allShow lessA Sustainable Design School Aiming to Change the Culture of Education, Research, and…MiscSequence House / Youichi KounoSelected Projects Share Save this picture!Courtesy of Atelier About Architecture+ 35 Share Area:  1200 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project China ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/876747/house-w-atelier-about-architecture Clipboard 2017 “COPY” Projects “COPY” Houses Interior Designers: Atelier About Architecture Area Area of this architecture project Year:  House W / Atelier About Architecture Copy•Beijing, China Photographs CopyAbout this officeAtelier About ArchitectureOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesBuildingsResidentialBeijingResidentialHousingChinaPublished on August 04, 2017Cite: “House W / Atelier About Architecture” 03 Aug 2017. 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first_img Tagged with: corporate corporate fundraising The October Club has opened applications for the position of its 2019 charity partner.Applications are open until 12 February. The October Club funds small and growing charities with a voluntary income of between £500,000 and £2.5 million per annum. The funding is for a transformational project based across several UK regions, and the funds must be used within three years.One charity is supported each year, and the average amount raised in recent years for charity partners has been £500,000.The October Club’s 2018 charity is WellChild, while in 2017 it supported The MS Trust.October saw The October Club raise £700,000 for WellChild at its annual dinner at The Savoy. The event saw over 400 guests attend. Funds were raised via a live and silent auction, with lots including a David Yarrow original image, ‘The Barber off Fairfax’, a private box at Ascot Racecourse and a unique behind the scenes experience at the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden, raising over £384,000. In addition, guests were able to make pledges to support WellChild’s Better At Home Units. WellChild Chief Executive Colin Dyer said: “We would like to thank The October Club for their fantastic support in organising this wonderful event and in donating so generously towards WellChild’s work for seriously ill children and their families. Their support will be invaluable as we establish our Better At Home Units across the UK which will allow parents looking after children with complex needs to get the training and vital skills they need to care for them safely at home.” Chairman of The October Club, Henry Knapman, said: Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis25 “WellChild have been a terrific partner throughout this year and the October Club committee was delighted with another hugely successful annual dinner. For 31 years we have been helping smaller UK charities transform their offering and I’m confident that WellChild has the project, the strategy and the management to do just that. We look forward to maintaining our connection with them and watching their success for many years to come.”The October Club was founded in 1987 by a group of City workers, who decided to hold a fundraising dinner in aid of Leukaemia sufferers. Since then, the Club has held annual dinners, raised over £11 million for transformational charity projects.  151 total views,  1 views today About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. 2019 charity partner sought for The October Club  152 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis25 Melanie May | 3 December 2018 | Newslast_img read more

first_imgReddIt printTCU descended back to its 2014 ranking as No. 82 on the U.S. News 2016 selection of Best National Universities.TCU dropped from No. 76 to No. 82 in the 2016 rankings. + posts The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years Twitter FrogFest and Pep rally will both take place in the Campus Commons. Linkedin Facebook Twitter ReddIt Facebook Previous articleFrogs remain No. 3 in AP Poll, now tied with Ole MissNext articleSGA swears in Class of 2019 reps, looks to fill remaining open seats Dee Stolzenthaler RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Dee Stolzenthaler Linkedin TCU looks to similar institutions for ideas Dropping from the previous rank of 76, the university is ranked behind fellow private Texan schools Baylor University (72) and Southern Methodist University (61).Universities are placed in their given spot mainly due to the proportion of first-year students who return to campus for sophomore year and eventually graduate, class size, faculty salary and student selectivity.Current TCU students said that the ranking was not a factor of why they chose the university. Alex Bauer, senior accounting major, stated that it was not the rank at all that made him decide to commit to TCU, but instead that he liked how he did not feel as if he was a number, but an actual student.“You can walk around campus and have familiar faces and you can’t get that with every school,” Bauer said.Freshman criminal justice major Kelly Eke said that she chose TCU because of the feeling she had when she stepped on the campus for the first time.“Eighty-two is not bad,” Eke said. “I am very proud of our school.”When asked why TCU is still ranked highly, director of freshman admissions Heath Einstein explained that TCU continues to attract good students.“TCU focuses on bringing in high quality students, making each class stronger than the last,” Einstein said. Dee Stolzenthalerhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dee-stolzenthaler/ Students debut performances of drag personas as part of unique new course Condensed semester, lost week to snowstorm adding to some students stress during finals weeklast_img read more

first_imgCommunity News Pasadena to Launch Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program Application period opens Jan. 25 By BRIAN DAY Published on Friday, January 8, 2021 | 4:37 pm Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Business News 17 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Top of the News center_img STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe Pasadena city officials on Friday announced the launch of a new grant program to offer relief to local small business owners who have suffered hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program is being administered in partnership with the Pasadena Community Foundation, which will select recipients and distribute the funds, city officials said in a written statement.It will provide grants of $7,500 to up to 50 qualifying businesses, officials said.Applications will be collected online. The application period will open Jan. 25 and close Feb. 12.PCF Senior Program Officer Kate Clavijo said the program was meant to offer a helping hand to small businesses struggling through the pandemic.“Small businesses are suffering a huge financial burden due to the pandemic, and many don’t have the resources to hold on long term, she said. “PCF is grateful that the City has stepped up to help once again and is counting on the Foundation’s history of grant-making expertise to get that help to the businesses that need it most.”Funds for the grants are coming from the city’s annual Community Development Block Grant allocation, officials said.To be eligible, applicants must own 51% or more of the business, have five or fewer employees, operate out of a street-level storefront in Pasadena and have experienced economic hardship due to the pandemic, according to the city statement.Complete program guidelines are available online at pasadenacf.org/grants/pasadena-small-business-relief-fund-grant.A series of information Zoom meetings will be held at noon on Jan. 20, 22, 28 and 30. The meetings can be accessed at https://pasadenacf.org/info-session/For more information on the program, Clavijo can be reached at (626) 796-2097 x7 or at [email protected], or Program Officer Mike deHilster can be contacted at (626) 796-2097 x5 or at [email protected] Make a comment CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  HerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Real Truth About The Pain Caused By MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTop Important Things You Never Knew About MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeautylast_img read more

first_img Related Articles About Author: Krista Franks Brock Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / BCFP May End ‘Proactive Oversight’ of Military Lenders Krista Franks Brock is a professional writer and editor who has covered the mortgage banking and default servicing sectors since 2011. Previously, she served as managing editor of DS News and Southern Distinction, a regional lifestyle publication. Her work has appeared in a variety of print and online publications, including Consumers Digest, Dallas Style and Design, DS News and DSNews.com, MReport and theMReport.com. She holds degrees in journalism and art from the University of Georgia. Share Save  Print This Post Previous: FHA Provides Relief to Hurricane-Affected Homeowners Next: Delinquencies Remain Low But Household Debt Rises Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago BCFP May End ‘Proactive Oversight’ of Military Lenders Tagged with: BCFP Borrowers CFPB Homeowners Lenders Lending Military Sign up for DS News Daily center_img Subscribe Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Senate Democrats recently asked the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (BCFP) to reconsider its plans to discontinue its routine checks for violations of the Military Lending Act after an article by the New York Times reported that the agency was planning to suspend these routine checks. The Military Lending Act (MLA) was passed in 2006 and is aimed at preventing active-duty military members and their families from falling victim to predatory lending, financial fraud, and credit gouging. “The Trump administration is planning to suspend routine examinations of lenders for violations of the Military Lending Act,” the New York Times reported, adding that “Mick Mulvaney, the interim director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, intends to scrap the use of so-called supervisory examinations of lenders.” According to the Times, Mulvaney said the “proactive oversight is not explicitly laid out in the legislation.”Public radio station, NPR, recently reported that the BCFP was planning to ask the Congress to give it express permission to do this active monitoring of lenders’ MLA compliance if that is what lawmakers intended. “That’s according to a draft document circulating within the bureau obtained by NPR,” the public radio station said. “It is unclear if Congress would do that to spur the CFPB to return to its previous level of enforcement.”In a statement to NPR, the bureau said that any changes to the MLA would be made “only if necessary and in a way that does not reduce the MLA protections afforded Service members and their families.”Instead of the current method of “proactive oversight,” the BCFP will rely on consumer complaints to identify and deal with violations of the Military Lending Act. Senate Democrats responded with a letter on Wednesday, signed by all 49 members. “The CFPB should not be abandoning its duty to protect our servicemembers and their families, and we seek your commitment that you will utilize all of the authorities available to the CFPB to ensure that servicemembers and their families continue to receive all of their MLA protections,” the Senators wrote.“In addition, for our service members, especially those who are deployed overseas facing hostile fire, it is unreasonable to place the burden of detecting and reporting MLA abuses on servicemembers, especially when they should be given every opportunity to focus squarely on their missions,” they said. The BCFP has returned $130 million to service members, veterans, and their families and received more than 72,000 complaints each year since the bureau’s founding in 2011. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago BCFP Borrowers CFPB Homeowners Lenders Lending Military 2018-08-16 Krista Franks Brock The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago August 16, 2018 1,390 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agolast_img read more

first_img Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ Previous articleThe state of Donegal’s roads to be raised later todayNext articleJake Carter takes home Dancing with the Stars trophy News Highland WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Homepage BannerNews Twitter Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Pinterest You can sign the petition here:https://www.change.org/p/charlie-flanagan-bring-ricky-back-to-his-home-in-kilcar-co-donegal-bringrickyhome?recruiter=713834372&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=autopublish&utm_term=share_for_starters_page WhatsApp Twitter ‘Ricky from the Chippy’ to know his fate this morning Pinterest By News Highland – March 26, 2018 A man who has reportedly been forced out of his home in Kilcar by immigration officials will know his fate later this morning.Vikram Sharma, known also as Ricky, had become an active member of the community of Kilcar having got involved in local festivals, Tidy Towns and many community events.Over 1400 people have already signed a petition in support of him.Martin Burn is a member of the ‘Bring Ricky from the Chippy Back Campaign’ and has been giving an update of the situation on today’s Nine Till Noon Show:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/rickydfgdfg10am.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Facebook Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

first_img12PrevNextStartStop Email the author “We have a lot of family and friends’ gatherings out here,” May said. “And, it’s a great place to say ‘thank you’ to those who work so hard throughout the year to make life a little better for those in need right here in Pike County. There’s no way to say much how they are appreciated.“Lester’s Flat wasn’t a fancy place but it was a popular place,” May said. “Daddy loved people and he loved country music. He like having people around and there was usually a crowd around Lester’s Flat.” Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBest 13 Fortnite Skins That You NeedTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Latest Stories Book Nook to reopen By Jaine Treadwell Kim May, Pike County Salvation Army director, inherited her dad’s grill skills and her burgers are every bit has good as those he flipped for more than a decade from the 1970s until the mid-1980s.When Lester’s Flat closed, the grill, wood stove, signage and enough photos to paper a wall were transported across the highway to a hide-away gathering place, also none as “Lester’s Flat, for family and friends.A “Lester’s Flat is where it’s at” sign lets visitors know almost immediately they are at a place where old times, good times and good friends meet. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Sponsored Content Published 3:00 am Friday, December 14, 2018 Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Print Article You Might Like Although he couldn’t play a note or sing tune, Lester Sanders loved bluegrass music and there were always pickers and singers hanging around.“One of Daddy’s favorite groups was American Bluegrass Express with Marty Raybon, who went on to play with Shenandoah,” May said. “A lot of really good bluegrass musicians played at Lester’s Flat. A lot of people have fond memories of Daddy and this place. It’s special to me and it’s a special place to be with friends and to say thank you for all you do for Pike County people in need.” Patriots sweep Autauga in Thursday doubleheader The Pike Liberal Arts Patriots swept the Autauga Generals on Thursday night inside the “Patriot Oven” in Troy. The Patriot… read more WHERE IT’S AT: Group gathers at Lester’s Flat to give thanks By The Penny Hoarder Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Each year at Christmastime, a small group of folks gather at Lester’s Flat to celebrate the season and to give thanks for the generosity and volunteer spirit of the people of Pike County.Those folks are members of the Pike County Salvation Army Advisory Board and much of the time is spent reflecting on the passing year and considering ways to better meet the needs of friends and neighbors in the New Year.However, at some point –usually around the time the burgers are served hot off the grill – talk turns to Lester Sanders and the good ol’ days when Lester’s Flat out on Highway 29 just north of Troy was the place to be. Skip Troy falls to No. 13 Clemsonlast_img read more

first_imgABC News(FORT WORTH, TX) —  From the moment that Crystal Merrill arrived for her overnight shift on May 18 at the 911 call and dispatch center in Fort Worth, Texas, the phone would not stop ringing.Police were more than four hours into a manhunt for a suspect in the area and an 8-year-old girl he was accused of kidnapping. Her mother said he’d snatched the girl out of her arms during an early evening walk and thrown the child into his car. The suspect was now on the run with the little girl.As Merrill fielded call after call, tip after tip, she said, her nerves started to get to her. A 30-year-old mother with two kids herself, ages 10 and 5, she said she couldn’t help but feel a strong connection to this particular missing-child case.“I had heightened senses because…I’m trying to get every piece of detail and see, ‘OK, how should we process this?’” Merrill said. “’Do I just let our officers know or do we actually send a call up and we need to go check this out?’ Every call was like that.”A few hours later, however, at 2 a.m., a 911 call from a good Samaritan gave Merrill pause. She didn’t know then that it was a tip that would play a key role in the case.Merrill connected the call to the closest police department in the suburb of Forest Hills. Normally, after connecting the caller with law enforcement, Merrill would hang up, but something made her stay on the line and listen.“I asked the [the caller], I said, ‘Do you have the license plate of that car?’ And I got the license plate from him,” Merrill said. She said she thought the call sounded like something Fort Worth police should also check out. She got the alert out to the Fort Worth police and within minutes, she was tracking officer after officer as they arrived on the scene.Then, all she could do was wait and hope that her instincts had been right.Every second counted.Watch the full story on “Nightline” tonight at 12:35 a.m. ET on ABCFort Worth Police Sgt. Amelia Heise was the detective on call that Saturday night when the report came in about a child being abducted.“I was a detective before I was a mother,” Heise said. “After I became a mother, that protective sense just grew and I could really relate more to the cases and how the parents were feeling. And it really hits home a little bit more after you become a parent.”Earlier that day, at 6:30 p.m. when the kidnapping was first reported, officers had arrived at a neighborhood tucked into the Fort Worth area. They found the distraught mother and a critical piece of evidence: A man’s doorbell camera had captured the abduction. On the footage, police could see the mother falling onto the street as a car drives away.“The stranger abductions, they’re rare,” Heise said. “You don’t really get a lot of them, and when I was hearing the details, the seriousness and the unusual nature of it was setting in. And I just knew that this case was different.”When they interviewed the mother, police said, she told them a man had approached her and her daughter twice. The mother said when the stranger had returned, he’d grabbed her daughter and shoved her into his car.The mother had fought back and at one point, police said, she told them that she had tried to jump in the kidnapper’s lap to stomp on the brake, but he’d managed to throw her out of the car and speed away.“The Ring doorbell video was the only piece of video that was available for this particular case. It was absolutely critical,” said Chris Thompson, a special agent with the FBI’s Crimes Against Children and Human Trafficking Task Force.“The person who owned the home, essentially, accidentally activated the Ring doorbell at that time. It wasn’t supposed to go off just from a passing car or from a person being observed in the street, as was seen in the video,” he said. “It was accidentally enabled by the homeowner and still captured the critical piece of information we needed.”The mother was able to give the police a rough description of the suspect and they had images of his car on the door cam surveillance footage. Based on that, police were able to quickly get in touch with vehicle experts to determine the car’s make and model.“As the officer … was telling me the details that he had at the time… I knew that we had to go, that time was against us and that we just could not move fast enough,” Heise said. “I realized we had 100 things we needed to do, and we needed to do them all at once because we just don’t have time.”News of the abduction quickly spread in local media and some members of the community also joined the search. Heise said her department reached out to its federal counterparts at Homeland Security and the FBI, which also showed up to help.Nevertheless, each passing moment weighed heavily on her.“It felt like time was flying by and that I was moving so slow, and that I just could not move fast enough,” Heise said. “Because I knew we needed to move fast, and it just felt like I just couldn’t get it done.”As word spread, a tip call came in around midnight to the police in Forest Hill, a suburb just south of Fort Worth. Someone reported a man and a child at a hotel there.Forest Hill police officers responded to Woodspring Suites, an extended-stay hotel about 7 miles from the street where the girl had been taken. They spoke to a man in Room 333 and even went inside, but reported that they had not seen a child and left.Around 2 a.m., about eight hours into the manhunt, a new 911 call came in. This time, though, it went into the Fort Worth call center and Merrill answered.During that call with her, a good Samaritan reported seeing a car that matched the police description parked at the Woodspring Suites in Forest Hill.Body-camera footage, obtained exclusively by ABC News from the Fort Worth Police Department, shows officers racing to the hotel. As the squad car approaches the hotel, the officer driving cuts the lights out at the last second. His partner is heard asking why.“If this guy’s looking out the window, I’m not trying to let him see that we’re rolling around,” the officer says in the video.The officers located and checked out the car in question. An employee provided them with a copy of the driver’s license belonging to the man who’d rented Room 333. Officers were able to determine that the motel patron matched the description of their suspect.Once they had enough information, a group of police officers and task force agents prepared to enter Room 333.Body camera footage of what happened next had never been made public before, until now.The footage shows officers making their way up flights of stairs and getting into position outside of the room. An officer warns the man inside to open the door.“I’m trying to get dressed,” the suspect inside shouts back.Officers break open the door and pull the suspect out of the room. The team rushes in, searching for the little girl. At first, they don’t see her.Then, the officer’s body camera captures the moment when the little girl they had been searching for all night pops her head out of a storage bucket full of dirty clothes.“Hey, here she is! We got her! We got her!” an officer says.Cheers and sounds of relief could be heard ringing out among the officers and over their radios as they scooped up the little girl and carried her out of the hotel room.She told officers that the suspect had forced her to hide and threatened to kill her family if she made a sound, police said. She had stayed quiet the first time officers had come to the door, but this hadn’t worked the second time.“I was in a state of shock,” Heise said. “I was working as hard as I could to find this little girl. And I just couldn’t believe that we had done it. And in that moment, I just felt a great sense of gratitude to the community, because they did this. They did this. It wasn’t us. You know, they’re the ones that were out there doing it.”The man who had made that crucial 911 call was a pastor who knew the family. He was on the scene when the rescue happened and delivered the good news that the girl was alive and safe to her father on the phone.Back at the call center, Merrill could hear her colleagues cheering.“It was like a ton of bricks had been knocked off of me when I found out that they had found her,” she said. “I did cry at work. … I think it was just because my adrenaline was so high and my nerves [were] so bad, and [there was] a sense of ‘We found her,’ like, no more worrying.”At the end of her shift, Merrill said, she drove home, woke up her two children and hugged them tight.“I went straight in and I just hugged my babies,” Merrill said. “It was just a lot because like I said, you could just [keep] thinking, ‘Oh, that could’ve been me.’ And it was good to know my babies were at home.”In a different part of town, another mother who had grappled with the intense weight of the situation was also holding her children tight.“I went home, and I sat down at the breakfast table, and everything that I wouldn’t allow myself to feel that night, it hit me, and I felt it,” Heise said. “It was so strange. I knew [the abducted child] was, I knew we had her, but I was still experiencing the fear and the stress, but that I wouldn’t allow myself to process, and it was pretty intense.”The suspect — 51-year-old Michael Webb — was charged with federal kidnapping. He pleaded not guilty.U.S. attorney Erin Nealy Cox picked up the case instead of delegating it to an attorney in her office.“I’m a mother of three children, all girls, one of whom is an 8-year-old, just like the victim in this case,” she said. “So I decided that we need to send a message to this community, to everyone living in our community that we would, at the highest levels, be responding to this and ensure that justice was sought and had.”Meeting with the family of the abducted child, Cox said, she couldn’t help but imagine what the mother had gone through.“We met with the family, who is just so courageous and inspirational to me personally about how they were dealing with this,” she said.At the end of the trial, it took the jury just 14 minutes to convict Webb on the charges. He was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole.Cox said the case has had a profound impact on not just her but everyone involved, especially the officers who rescued the girl.“I mean, it was just an amazing moment. And you can hear it when you hear the patrol officer saying, ‘We got her. We got her. We got her.’ I mean, and you could hear it all over everyone’s radios,” Cox said. “There was such a sense of relief. And then there was such a sense of worry and concern for the girl to make sure she was OK. How they dealt with her. How they told her she was safe. How they told her that she wouldn’t be put in harm’s way again.”“They really dealt with it like they would their own child. … And it was really, it was an encouraging (thing) to hear all of that, see how connected they were to this case, even though none of them had ever met this family or knew this little girl before that evening,” she said.Now the next step is to make sure the little girl who was terrorized and kidnapped can not only survive, but also thrive as she and her family move forward.“This victim is a profile in resilience, in strength and courage, and she’s definitely the hero of this story,” Cox said. “She’s doing great. I mean, she’s incredibly resilient. She’s got love of a strong family… (They are) just as brave as she is.”For Heise, this is one of those cases that she said is going to stay with her for the rest of her life.“I look forward to seeing her grow and to see her experience all the wonderful things that life can give to her from here on out,” she said. 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first_imgA local council would cut its right hand off to attract inward investment from a company that employed as many people as Brace’s Bakery – nearly 400, with a successful track record. It would put in all the roads and services necessary, especially if the company had a big international name. Then, probably, like many before it, it would move away once the grants ran out.But Brace’s Caerphilly County Borough Council took the opposite approach when it decided to redevelop the local Oakdale colliery site and tip, and resurrect it as a business park. The council reckoned it could create between 5,000 and 8,000 new jobs. For this project, it would need access to the park. It is an issue we have been battling for the past eight years.== cunning plan ==The local town of Blackwood required easing of its traffic congestion but had plans for a bypass turned down by the Welsh Office on a number of occasions. So the council came up with a cunning plan. By adding access to the business park via Blackwood Bypass, then changing the name from bypass to Enterprise Way, it could have both.There was a flaw to this plan. There were already two existing industrial estates, Pen-y-fan and Croespenmaen next to the business park, where we have production facilities and had perfectly adequate access.What the council did was block this access off to goods vehicles. It did this by calling a public meeting advertised in the local newspaper, which we and many other businesses missed. It did not inform us of what it was up to.The cost of the Enterprise Way was £36m. The problem being it heads west and the existing road heads east, making the new road 6½ miles further around through seven roundabouts.== negative impact ==I even went to see the director, Roger Webb, from the Directorate of Environment (Highways to me and you). He was unaware of how the road disadvantaged existing businesses. In fact, he told me I was wrong and had to look at a plan to see I was correct. They were so caught up in their own planning, they had not considered the negative impact.Every couple of months for eight years, I wrote to him. I did get them to move the weight restriction from 7½ to 18 tonnes but this still means our articulated vehicles, deliveries of flour and raw materials, have to circumnavigate the now open Enterprise Way. This, we consider to have cost us 30 to 40 minutes per trip, a gallon of fuel each way, totalling £100k of extra cost. In this climate of increasing energy costs, it’s another to add to the pile. For a council not to be bound by commercial considerations is par for the course.Even if everyone is against a plan but the council wants to do it, it will, and make you suffer. It has caused a compromise for residents and businesses. I feel disenfranchised by its actions, yet our rates pay for their shortfalls.We have considered moving the business – not an easy task with the amount of capital employed in plant bread production, but maybe further investment would be wiser placed elsewhere. nlast_img read more