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Playing with Worcester's City Council video downloads and live stream

Submitted by Mike Benedetti on January 6, 2009 - 5:51pm. ::
If you're using Windows, you should be able to click here and watch the Government Channel with Media Player. (Here's the City's page with the live stream.) Looks like the stream is ASF, with WMA2 audio and WMV3 video. The resolution is 320x240, half of standard TV broadcast. The audio is 16bit, 22050 Hz, 16kbps. With VLC, I can watch the stream at this address: http://view.liveindexer.com/ASXGenerator.aspx?mediaSKU=gX0%2bQho2Oh4btw%2fhUV%2fdVw%3d%3d VLC translates this to: mms://worcester.ecstreams.com/WorcesterLive/?MSWMExt=.asf This also works: mms://worcester.ecstreams.com/WorcesterLive/ VLC complains about this URL but gets it to work: http://worcester.ecstreams.com/WorcesterLive/


Kevin Ksen notes:
I was able to record stream using the freeware program, Orbit Downloader http://www.orbitdownloader.com and this stream mms://worcester.ecstreams.com/WorcesterLive/?MSWMExt=.asf on Windows XP
Much like Barry Marshall dosing himself with ulcer bacteria to prove they were the cause of stomach ulcers, I've installed Microsoft Silverlight on my computer and agreed to install Microsoft Media Pack. I can now view the City Council archive pages. The doggone pages have no video download link! URLs like this will let you stream, but not download easily: http://worcester.ecstreams.com/WorcesterOD/\City Council\2009\20090106.wmv

CDC: More Americans HIV-positive than previously believed

Submitted by Mike Benedetti on August 2, 2008 - 5:39pm. ::
Congratulations to those Worcester activists who've been leading efforts to pressure the CDC into releasing its latest HIV/AIDS statistics. They believed the CDC was staying silent because the stats showed an increase in infections--and they do. CNN:
There are more new cases of Americans infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, than previously believed, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Saturday. About 56,000 people became infected with HIV in the past year, which translates to about 40 percent more cases than officials had estimated, said Dr. Kevin Fenton, director of the CDC's National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention. Previous CDC estimates suggested about 40,000 new people were infected each year. But those estimates used "limited data and less precise methods," said the center, which is now using technology capable of determining when someone was infected.

City Manager's Plan to Close Worcester Pools

Submitted by Mike Benedetti on July 7, 2008 - 2:18pm. ::
Full story at Indymedia. Summary: 1. Beaver Brook 9 Mann St 2. Crompton Park 40 Canton St 3. East Park 200 Shrewsbury St 4. Greenwood Park 20 Forsberg St 5. Holmes Field 221 Plantation St 6. Kendrick Field 7 Brooks St 7. South Worcester 53 Camp St 8. Tacoma Pool 485 Tacoma St 9. University Park 955 Main St

Printable guide to vegetarian eating in Worcester

Submitted by Mike Benedetti on April 8, 2008 - 8:23am. ::
I bet this will be super-helpful. Link

Worcester Vegan Challenge

Submitted by Mike Benedetti on March 27, 2008 - 8:52am. ::
by Mike Benedetti, Eileen Botti, Rachel Hamilton, Artur Janc, Cody Rank, Jaclyn Marie Kateri Snow Sargent, Allison Vasallo, and Drew Wilson We challenge every self-proclaimed vegetarian and vegan in the city to hand out one (1) booklet about factory farming to a college student this semester. Duckie Last semester, along with our friends, we handed out more than 1,000 booklets about the cruelties of modern animal agriculture to local students. It was time well-spent, both because of the many positive comments we received and because if only 1% of those students make a change in diet, thousands of animals will be spared needless suffering. Drew On one of our last days leafleting in 2007, a local vegan came to join us when we had only a single booklet left. We were surprised at what a positive experience it was to get a new person involved even in such a small way. Mike We'd like to see this positivity repeated hundreds of times in Spring 2008. If you'd like to leaflet with "Team Worcester," or just pick up a free Vegan Outreach booklet to hand out on your own, please contact us: info@vegworcester.com or 305-393-3250. IMGA0005 We wish you a happy and cruelty-free Spring!

KFC protesters cop plea: $63, probation

Submitted by Mike Benedetti on March 26, 2008 - 11:31am. ::
Clive McFarlane has the story in the T&G.
Well, a $100 fine each for defacing public property and up to a $500 fine and five months in jail for disturbing the peace could have happened had the students taken their case to trial and lost. So they put their youthful idealism aside and copped a plea — a three-month unsupervised, pretrial probation without any admission of wrongdoing. If they pay their $21 per month probation fee and stay out of trouble, the case will go away.

Worcester to recognize Abby Kelley Foster's birthday

Submitted by Mike Benedetti on March 18, 2008 - 8:47am. ::
From the last City Council meeting:
12a. RESOLUTION That the City Council of the City of Worcester hereby endorses to yearly recognize Abby Kelley Foster on the anniversary of her birth; January 15, 1811. (Toomey) Mayor Lukes recognized Councilor Toomey who explained to City Council and the viewing public that the origin of the request came from a six year old student, Aisling Novick, who felt strongly that Abby Kelly Foster, considering her reform efforts for women's rights and abolition, should be recognized. Aisling was present and recognized by the Council and the Mayor who thanked Aisling for her advocacy, hard work and interest in civic affairs. Resolution adopted on a roll call vote of 11 Yeas and 0 Nays.

"Stop unwanted trash" campaign begins

Submitted by Mike Benedetti on February 24, 2008 - 12:26pm. ::
A campaign has begun to help people ask the T&G to stop throwing trash on their lawns. The Pleasant Area Community Team has begun a “Stop Unwanted Trash” campaign "to end the Worcester Telegram & Gazette’s distribution of advertisement circulars on sidewalks and curbs across Worcester." If you are tired of throwing these ads away, you can download a form, add your address, maybe have your neighbors add their addresses, and return it to the Neighborhood Network Center or directly to the Telegram & Gazette. Or, you can e-mail your address to: netwkctr at verizon dot net Much more information at Indymedia. Even more photos. Jeff "Wormtown Taxi" Barnard is also frustrated: ". . . I insisted that getting a 'free newspaper' carelessly tossed into my yard was nothing more than unlawful littering. Anybody else, I pointed out, would AT LEAST make an effort to ensure that the advertising material was either lodged inside my storm door."

Just to clarify

Submitted by Mike Benedetti on January 23, 2008 - 9:12am. ::
In today's T&G:
WCCA-TV Channel 13, the city’s public access cable station, is providing video of City Council meetings on its Web site.
This is a little misleading. This is an Indymedia project facilitated by WCCA. Both partners have an important role. Council meetings archive
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