Accessories likely safe if not on recall list
DCadmium, an element that exists naturally in soil, rocks and coal, is found in some consumer products, including batteries. It is also present in cigarette smoke and car exhaust. If ingested, it can weaken bones and kidneys. Like lead, cadmium made news recently as glasses at McDonald’s and jewelry at stores such as Limited Too have been recalled due to elevated levels of the metal.
Douglas Borys, director of the Central Texas Poison Center, says that much of the danger from cadmium comes from ongoing exposure to contaminated objects. Borys adds that though cadmium test kits are available, he doesn’t recommend spending the money, as the results are not going to be as reliable or reproducible as largescale tests. Instead, he recommends buying children’s jewelry from larger stores that publicly post recalls and remove recalled products from shelves immediately. He adds that recalls typically happen quickly, and that if your granddaughter has a piece of jewelry that has not been recalled, it is probably safe.
If you have VHS movies that you think other people might watch, you can donate them to thrift stores such as Goodwill. If you plan to attend a Texas Rollergirls bout, you can also donate VHS tapes (along with CDs, DVDs, cassettes, etc.) there. For a $6.95 shipping fee, online company Greendisk, www.greendisk.com, will accept up to 20 pounds of VHS tapes, as well as a variety of other media-related waste for recycling.
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Austin’s city code states that the owner or handler of a dog must keep that dog under restraint (with the exception of leash-free areas) and under control. The code also states that the owner or handler must “promptly remove and sanitarily dispose of feces left on public or private property,” unless it is on the owner’s property. So, if you are picking up after your dog you are not violating any codes, but if your neighbor really does not want you on her property, perhaps it is best to avoid that particular lawn.