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  • Former Port Authority Cop Who Toured With His Metal Band Cousin Sleaze While on Disability Pleads

    04/22/2014 4:25:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Tuesday, April 22, 2014 | JOHN MARZULLI
    Christopher Inserra, 32, was on disability for an injured arm while performing shows and thrashing around with the metal group. He pleaded guilty Tuesday to mail fraud and faces up to 14 months in prison when he's sentenced.Now he’s singing the blues. A former Port Authority cop who moonlighted as the lead singer for a Brooklyn-based heavy metal band called Cousin Sleaze, pleaded guilty Tuesday to collecting more than $30,000 in disability pay while he was touring with his fellow head-bangers. Christopher Inserra resigned from the force on Monday as part of the plea deal with federal prosecutors in which...
  • Baby Girl Weighing 6kg Born in Saudi Arabia (Premature, 13.23 LBS)

    04/22/2014 4:15:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
    It was a premature delivery; Mom and baby in good healthA Saudi mother gave birth to a baby girl weighing six kg and doctors said it was one of the highest weights for a newborn to be recorded in the Gulf kingdom. The woman underwent a Caesarian operation at the hospital in the northern town of Tabuk after she went into labour in an early stage. “She had a premature delivery and the baby weighed around six kg, one of the heaviest babies to be born in the Kingdom,” the hospital’s public relations director Fahd Al Tuwaijri said, adding that...
  • A Top Hospital Opens Up to Chinese Herbs as Medicines

    04/22/2014 4:08:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Christina Lunka appeared nervous and excited as she sat in the Chinese herbal therapy center recently opened by the Cleveland Clinic. The 49-year-old had been to many doctors seeking help for ongoing issues that included joint pain and digestive problems. Now the Kirtland, Ohio, resident was hoping to find relief through herbal remedies. Evidence Is Lacking That Herbs Are Effective"Do you have something for inflammation?" Ms. Lunka asked herbalist Galina Roofener during a one-hour consultation. "Absolutely," responded Ms. Roofener. "This is for pain, for digestion, for inflammation, all of the above," she said, handing Ms. Lunka a bottle with capsules...
  • Criminals Using Drones To Find Marijuana Farms, Steal Their Crop

    04/22/2014 4:05:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    BetaBeat ^ | 4/22 | Jordyn Taylor
    Criminal gangs in the UK’s Shropshire county are using drones to locate marijuana farms, and then blackmailing the farms’ owners or straight up stealing their weed, ITProPortal reports. It’s a tactic that law enforcement authorities worldwide have been employing for years — using thermal imaging to detect possible locations of grow houses. Marijuana requires hot temperatures and hydroponic lamps to grow, meaning that grow houses generally emit a ton of heat, and show up on cops’ thermal cameras. Now, criminals are reportedly using the same technique, except they’re hooking the thermal cameras up to unmanned drones, and joining police in...
  • Urgent Surgery Saves Pregnant Camel, Baby

    04/22/2014 3:33:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
    Veterinary doctors at the public health and safety department of Dubai Municipality have saved life of a pregnant camel by performing an emergency surgery, said Hashim Al-Awadhi, head of veterinary services section at Dubai Municipality. He said the camel and new born are safe and in good health now. The camel was suffering acute pain due to delivery complications which might have led to death of the animal if emergency surgery was not done, he said. He urged the public to be careful of the health and safety of all kind of domestic animals by following approved methods of animal...
  • Rep. Eagle on DUI Arrest: Not 'Complete and Accurate Picture' (Drunken Taco Bell Run)

    04/22/2014 3:13:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Naples News ^ | April 22, 2014
    A Southwest Florida lawmaker who advocated for a new state law to drug test all elected officials was arrested early Monday and accused of drunken driving, Tallahassee Police Department officials say. State Rep. Dane Eagle, 30, R-Cape Coral, was arrested around 2 a.m. after hitting a curb and running a red light near the campus of Florida State University, police say. Tallahassee police say Eagle’s vehicle was first noticed after leaving a Taco Bell near the university campus. “When the defendant exited, he stumbled to his left and fell against the rear passenger door of his vehicle,” the police report...
  • When the People Cheer: How Hip-Hop Failed Black America

    04/22/2014 2:57:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    This is the first in a weekly series of six essays looking at hip-hop's recent past, thinking about its distant past, and wondering about the possibility of a future. There are three famous quotes that haunt me and guide me though my days. The first is from John Bradford, the 16th-century English reformer. In prison for inciting a mob, Bradford saw a parade of prisoners on their way to being executed and said, “There but for the grace of God go I.” (Actually, he said “There but for the grace of God goes John Bradford,” but the switch to the...
  • Car in Pool: Campbell Woman Drives Camry Into Swimming Pool

    04/21/2014 4:11:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Monday, Apr 21, 2014
    Investigators are saying it's fortunate no one was hurt when an elderly woman drove her car into a Campbell swimming pool over the weekend. Capt. Charlie Adams added that it was likely scary for the Camry's driver. But, thankfully, neither she nor anyone else at the Casa de Rosa apartments on South Bascom sustained injury when she hit the gas instead of the brakes on Sunday, he said. Witnesses said the woman drove straight into the pool and even left the engine running, but she managed to get out and run into her daughter's apartment. Since no one was injured,...
  • Yes, Of Course That Was Rape on Last Night’s Game of Thrones

    04/21/2014 3:11:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 4/21/14 | Margaret Lyons
    [This post contains spoilers from last night's GoT.] Game of Thrones has been a rape-heavy show from very early on. And it hasn't exactly been progressive in its take on sexual violence — Daenerys falls in love with her rapist, for example. But last night's rape scene, in which Jaime assaults his sister Cersei inches away from their dead son's body, is a new low for the deeply violent series, because the scene was rewritten from the book to recast the sex as not consensual, and yet the show's cast and crew aren't even sure whether it constitutes rape. "It...
  • Pilot Mistakes Saudi City for Another?

    04/21/2014 2:59:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, April 14, 2014
    Hundreds of Pakistani passengers travelling from Karachi to the Saudi capital Riyadh got the shock of their life when their aircraft landed and found themselves in Jeddah. The pilot of flight 731 operated by the Pakistani International Airlines appeared to have mistaken the Western Red Sea town of Jeddah for the Saudi capital when he landed in King Abdul Aziz Airport, the Saudi press said, quoting Pakistani newspapers. The carrier had to rent buses to transport the passengers hundreds of miles from Jeddah to Riyadh, the report said. “Airline officials did not explain the reason for such a mistake while...
  • Should Elderly Drivers be Retested?

    04/21/2014 2:47:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    Last week, a 72-year-old New Canaan man faced vehicular manslaughter charges for allegedly striking and killing a motorcyclist last fall. In Darien, an 89-year-old man turned himself in after allegedly hitting and severely injuring 15-year-old pedestrian on Hoyt Street. He claimed he didn't know he hit anything until he saw the accident reported in the paper the next day. And on Friday an 85-year-old man sustained minor injuries after rolling his car over on West Avenue in Darien. For years, lawmakers, senior advocates and the children of elderly parents have debated the need for retesting older drivers. Now that seniors...
  • Ospreys Forced to Feather Their Nests in the Oddest of Westport Places

    04/21/2014 2:42:28 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Necessity has become the mother of invention for certain birds of prey looking for a place to lay their eggs and raise their young as their natural habitats are lost to development. Local ospreys, for instance, are getting creative about selecting nesting sites in the wild ... or not-so-wild sites in the area. Pairs of ospreys, one of North America's largest birds of prey with a wing span of up to six feet, are currently building nests in densely developed sites in the region. One of the couples is weaving branches together atop a utility pole along busy Post Road...
  • Bill Kristol Floats Hillary Clinton–David Petraeus Ticket in 2016, Is Wrong

    04/21/2014 2:13:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 4/21 | Joe Coscarelli
    Because what Hillary Clinton really needs is a running mate who resigned in disgrace over an affair with a much younger woman, a.k.a. a constant reminder of the darkest time in her public and private life. If that sounds like the dream scenario of a desperate neocon who would like to drudge up that ugliness over and over again in columns for months come election time, that's because it is! Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol credits his "savvy friend" with the prediction in a bizarre parenthetical in his weekly email newsletter that promises "timely observations and reflections." Earlier in the...
  • World (U.S.) Wrestlers Given Islamic Gifts in Saudi

    04/21/2014 10:23:42 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, April 21, 2014
    Saudi religious officials used the presence of scores of world wrestling superstars to present copies of the Holy Quran and other Islamic gifts to them. Newspapers said 37 wresters were given translated copies of the Quran and other presents meant to explain the meaning of Islam to them. The wresters included John Cena, Randy Orton, Wyatt family, Kofi Kingston, the three members of the Shield, and other WWE stars. The wrestlers arrived in Saudi Arabia last week for a three-day show in Riyadh and other cities in the conservative Gulf Kingdom. Sabq newspaper published pictures showing a Saudi official presenting...
  • Saudi Woman Defies Driving Ban, Husband Fined

    04/21/2014 10:21:32 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, April 21, 2014
    A Saudi woman defied the kingdom's ban on female driving, getting behind the wheel of her husband's car before police detained the couple and fined the man, a newspaper said Sunday. The 23-year-old woman was caught driving on Thursday in the Qatif district in Eastern Province, the Saudi Gazette said, adding police forced the couple to sign a pledge not to repeat the offence. They were released on bail and the traffic department fined her 28-year-old husband 900 riyals ($240) and impounded his car seven for days, it said.
  • "Exceptionally Lucky" 16-Year-Old Survives 5-Hour Flight in Jet's Wheel Well (San Jose to Maui)

    04/21/2014 10:16:19 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Monday, Apr 21, 2014 | OSKAR GARCIA
    "Kid's lucky to be alive," FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu told The Associated Press.A 16-year-old boy stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from California to Hawaii on Sunday, surviving the trip halfway across the Pacific Ocean unharmed despite frigid temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen, FBI and airline officials said. Not only was he unharmed, but officials also said he wasn't even dirty.
  • A Look at Balancing Easter's Meaning With Commercialism

    04/20/2014 1:31:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Aiken Standard ^ | Sunday, April 20, 2014 | Derrek Asberry
    Commercialism versus true meaning has been an ongoing battle for years when it comes to religious holidays, and Easter is no exception. In the eyes of many, chocolate bunnies and Easter egg hunts are much too recognized in the place of a sunrise service on Easter morning ... especially when it comes to children who may be easily influenced by commercialism. So, is there enough room to balance the commercial aspect and biblical meaning behind Easter? The Aiken Standard posed this question to pastors and Christian leaders in the local community. Battling the distractions For the Rev. Douglas Slaughter, pastor...
  • After John Ashcroft Visit, UMass Must Remember That Free Speech Works Both Ways

    04/20/2014 1:09:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    MassLive ^ | April 18, 2014 | Ron Chimelis
    Just when you think you know a state ... Hours after an outpouring of support for gay basketball player Derrick Gordon had sent a message that tolerance reigns in Massachusetts, John Ashcroft came to Amherst on Wednesday. The former attorney general of President George W. Bush spent his University of Massachusetts visit fending off hecklers who called him a hyprocrite and a war criminal among other things. I am not here to defend Ashcroft. I am here to dispute hypocrisy, a label that becomes attached to university communities such as UMass when freedom of speech and opinion is treated as...
  • Meow! Internet Cat Video Festival Returns to Oakland

    04/20/2014 12:52:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 04/18/2014 | Jessica Yadegaran
    The spot: Oakland Internet Cat Video Festival, 3-10 p.m. May 10, Great Wall of Oakland, West Grand Avenue between Telegraph Avenue and Broadway. The vibe: It's so hard to find like-minded couple friends, isn't it? People who share your interests. Your values. Your love of cats. You might just find them on May 10, when Uptown Oakland transforms into a feline frenzy, and the funniest and cutest Internet cat videos
  • Del Taco Customer Mistakenly Charged $4,050 for 2 Tacos and Pizza

    04/20/2014 12:44:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 19, 2014
    Dozens of customers at a Del Taco restaurant in Santa Paula were mistakenly charged thousands of dollars for their fast-food tacos, drinks and other menu items. One customer said he was charged $4,050 for one CrunchTada Pizza and two beef tacos, according to the Associated Press. The meal should have cost less than $5.
  • Butter Lambs Are Polish Easter Tradition

    04/20/2014 12:31:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    The Daily Gazetter ^ | Tuesday, April 15, 2014 | Karen Bjornland
    "Do you have any butter lambs?” When I called the Schenectady meat store, the woman who answered knew exactly what I wanted. “We don’t have them, but my sister gets them in Utica,” she said. I called another store, this time in Niskayuna, and was referred to the manager. “Come again?” he said. “I’m not sure what that is.” The butter lamb is an Easter tradition for Polish-Americans, and since the Middle Ages, the lamb has been a symbol for Jesus Christ. A small block of butter, molded into the shape of a seated sheep, is put into a basket...
  • Ska Band Laugh Off Airport Security 'Farce' (Band Name: Bombskare)

    04/20/2014 12:27:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Shetland News ^ | Neil Riddell
    A MEMBER of popular ska band Bombskare has branded Edinburgh Airport’s security "humourless" after being ordered to cover up a t-shirt bearing the group’s name before boarding a flight to Shetland on Saturday. The group were catching a flight to Sumburgh Airport before headlining Saturday night’s hugely successful MS fundraising concert at Mareel. Keyboardist Matthew Bartlett told Shetland News that two members of security had told him the t-shirt could offend fellow travellers. After putting his hand luggage through the security machine, he walked through a body scanner which did not bleep, and he was not searched. “But the guy...
  • What's Your Easter Tradition?

    04/20/2014 12:19:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    WTVA ^ | 4/18 | Jessica Albert
    People in North Mississippi prepared for Easter on Good Friday. "[We're] shopping for the kids, making sure the kids have their Easter dresses," Tupelo resident Andre Johnson said. The Mall at Barnes Crossing was the place to be Friday. Many start their holiday weekend by searching for not just any outfit, but a special Easter look. "Something that looks like spring and doesn't look like it's going to rain outside," Fulton resident Judy McFadden said. "Something bright and cheery." Painting and hunting Easter eggs is also on the top of the list. "I like to draw and stuff, so that's...
  • There Is Nothing Like A Dame: Angela Lansbury Meets The Queen

    04/20/2014 12:15:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    BBC America ^ | April 16th, 2014 | Fraser McAlpine
    There’s something enormously compelling about these pictures of famous people getting honors from the Queen. It’s not unlike seeing friends from two different parts of your life chatting in a bar. The immediate reaction is almost “I didn’t know you two KNEW each other!?” Of course, everyone knows Angela Lansbury, who yesterday made the trip to Windsor Castle for her investiture as a Dame Commander. Best known for playing Jessica Fletcher in Murder, She Wrote, she’s had a lifetime’s experience on stage and in front of the camera, in such notable productions as The Manchurian Candidate, Nanny McPhee and Bedknobs...
  • Five British Easter Traditions That Will Surprise Americans

    04/20/2014 12:04:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    BBC America ^ | April 16th, 2014 | Fraser McAlpine
    Tradition is the simple matter of doing something once because it’s the right thing to do, and then doing it again (and again) for no good reason at all. And traditions that have withstood the warping effects of hundreds of passing years are even harder to explain than those with a clear mandate from the recent past. The British Isles are riddled with traditions like these, especially around Easter, when superstitions around crops and growth get muddled up with Christian imagery and a sudden glut of rabbits and eggs. Some of them are eccentric, some are downright dangerous, but to...
  • For Orthodox Christians, Red Eggs Embody the Meaning of Easter

    04/20/2014 12:02:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | April 20, 2014 | Jonathan Pitts
    Tradition that goes back centuries is kept alive by faithfulOn Sunday morning, as Christians in the region and around the world take part in the Easter traditions they enjoy, an observer might be tempted to ask: How do the ways they celebrate the holiday reflect its meaning? Children pet bunnies and gobble jelly beans. Wal-Mart sells more than 500 types of Easter confection, including unicorn- and space alien-themed baskets. Just a few of them allude to Christianity. How does eating a package of Peeps recall the man Christians believe redeemed the world by rising from the dead nearly 2,000 years...
  • Woman's 'Stomach Bug' Actually a Baby

    04/19/2014 6:37:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 67 replies
    Westport News ^ | Frank Juliano
    A woman feels a little ill. Not knowing why she's queasy or has excruciating stomach pains, she calls for an ambulance. Shortly after it arrives, she gives birth -- to a baby she never knew she was pregnant with. It sounds like a scene out of reality TV show, but, for Jennifer Scollin it was just plain reality. Scollin, who lives in Seymour gave birth to her second child early Saturday morning in an ambulance while it was parked in her driveway. That morning, she knew something was wrong, but "I didn't know I was pregnant," Scollin said in a...
  • Army Ranger Steven Elliott Fears He May Have Killed Pat Tillman

    04/19/2014 6:31:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    ABC15 ^ | Apr 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Erwin
    It's one of the most famous military mysteries of the past decade, Pat Tillman, the former ASU and Cardinals player turned Army Ranger killed in 2004 after he left the NFL to fight in Afghanistan. The Army said it was friendly fire, but never said whose shots killed Tillman. Three soldiers acknowledged firing at his position, but none have spoken publicly until now. Steven Elliott told ESPN's "Outside the Lines" that two convoys entered the mountains, but got separated. He said Tillman's group scaled a ridge line to help fellow rangers under attack, but a squad leader mistakenly thought an...
  • Happy Easter: Worker Sends 1,000 Ducklings to Boss’s Home in Wages Dispute

    04/19/2014 6:20:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Metro UK ^ | Saturday 19 Apr 2014
    A disgruntled worker hatched an unusual revenge plot against his former boss when he sent more than 1,000 baby ducks to his home. Builder Chiu Xiang arranged for the 1,130 live ducklings to be dropped in the home of his employer, Hung Bin, in a dispute over wages. The 60-year-old, who worked for Bin for three years, said he was owed £300 in unpaid wages after quitting his job in China’s Sichuan province last year, according to the Shanghaiist. ‘It was all he deserved,’ he said. ‘I hope the ducks drove him quackers.’ Xiang organised for a contact who runs...
  • Family’s Car Catches on Fire While in Lion Enclosure at UK Safari Park

    04/19/2014 5:56:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Metro UK ^ | Saturday 19 Apr 2014 | Jimmy Nsubuga
    A family visiting Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire were faced with a nightmare scenario after their car caught on fire while they were driving through a lion enclosure. Footage of the family’s car ablaze was filmed by another visitor to the sanctuary yesterday and seemed to show them in a precarious situation. Luckily staff at the park had already pulled the woman and two children from the car before the fire had started. ‘The lions just kept their distance and didn’t take their eyes off the fire and smoke,’ eyewitness George Lear told the BBC. ‘The rangers were pushing them...
  • 108th Anniversary of 1906 San Francisco Earthquake

    04/19/2014 5:44:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Friday, Apr 18, 2014 | Lisa Fernandez
    Crowds gathered early Friday in San Francisco - as they have done every year for 108 years - to remember the great quake of 1906. Children and grownups gathered at 5 a.m. around Lotta's Fountain to lay a wreath and sound sirens remembering the moment the quake struck. The gold-painted fountain on Market Street served as a meeting point during the earthquake and its aftermath. The early 20th century earthquake struck at 5:12 a.m. on April 18, 1906 in San Francisco, leading to a devastating fires that lasted for several days. In the end, about 3,000 people died and more...
  • Teenager With Cervical Cancer Wrongly Told by Doctors She Had Sexually Transmitted Disease

    04/19/2014 5:16:28 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Mirror ^ | Apr 19, 2014 | Yakub Qureshi
    Doctors first told Jessica Bradford she was too young to have cervical cancer but she went home and identified the symptoms on the internetA brave teenager battling cancer has told how doctors wrongly suspected her of having a sexually transmitted disease. Doctors initially believed Jessica Bradford was too young to have cervical cancer and believed her symptoms could be linked to unsafe sex. But numerous tests, scans and biopsies confirmed the 18-year-old trainee hairdresser's worst fears. Now the brave teenager is juggling a college hairdressing course with her treatment and wants to speak out to raise awareness. It was after...
  • Belgian Beer Bar to Bring 'Waffle Burgers' to Ninth Avenue

    04/19/2014 4:54:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    DNAinfo ^ | April 19, 2014 | Matthew Katz
    Belgian beer and waffle-wrapped burgers are on the way to a new Hell's Kitchen bar. The Jolly Monk, a Belgian craft beer spot, is opening this summer at 701 Ninth Ave., the space that was formerly home to the controversial bar Traffic. Hell's Kitchen Hospitality — which owns House of Brews, the New York Beer Company and Oliver's Astoria — envisions the new 74-person bar as a bastion for all things Belgian, from beer to snacks like freshly made waffles. "It's going to be a relaxed atmosphere," said co-owner Patrick Schmidt, who lives in Hell's Kitchen. "We're going to be...
  • The Invention of the ‘Pizza Cake’ Signals a New Dawn for Mankind

    04/19/2014 4:44:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Metro UK ^ | Saturday 19 Apr 2014
    Skies darken, the universe begins to dissolve. A giant sign emerges in the sky. DING! This is it – Level 2. The game has changed ladies and gentlemen, the human race has reached a whole new stage of evolution… with the invention of the ‘pizza cake’. A North American pizza chain has asked its customers to vote for their favourite from a catalogue of wacky pizza innovations. pneumatic pizza cutter A mechanical pizza cutter. Because traditional pizza cutters are so taxing to use (Picture: Boston Pizza) The long list of entries includes a pizza-shaped shirt pocket, a pneumatic pizza cutter...
  • Centipede Eats Viper, From Inside Out

    04/19/2014 4:36:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Saturday, April 19, 2014
    Grisly fight for freedomThe picture as published in 'Ecologica Montenegrina' showing the centipede bursting out of the snake's stomach. (Pic courtesy: Ecologica Montenegrina) The picture is not for those with weak stomachs and the report itself is as creepy as its protagonist. However, if you are looking at the picture, then you may well be looking at the most famous centipede known to man. Also famous now is the Ecologica Montenegrina a hithertho Montenegro college journal of science that published the find. A viper is believed to have swallowed centipede alive. The centipede then fought back – and the paper...
  • Ducklings Rescued From Oregon City Storm Drain

    04/19/2014 4:33:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    kgw ^ | April 18, 2014 | Jeff Thompson
    Firefighters rescued two ducklings from an Oregon City storm drain Friday, officials said. A couple near Beavercreek Road and Highway 213 saw the ducklings struggling to follow their mother up a curb when they fell into the drain, said Jed Wachlin of Clackamas Fire District No. 1. The couple called the non-emergency line and a fire engine from Station 16 was dispatched about 9:30 a.m. Firefighters quickly found the ducklings and pulled them out safely, using "the simple compassion and care located in every Clackamas tool box," Wachlin said.
  • 89-Cent Refill Almost Lands $525 Fine, Man Let Off With warning instead

    04/18/2014 3:49:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    ABC ^ | April 18, 2014
    A man who faced a $525 fine for refilling an 89-cent drink at a Veterans Affairs hospital apparently will get off with a warning. When Christopher Lewis of North Charleston, S.C., refilled his drink without paying Wednesday, a federal police officer gave him a ticket.
  • Mystery of Pregnant Camel With no Mate

    04/18/2014 3:44:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 17 Apr 2014
    The owners of a farm shop and tea shop were puzzled to find one of their two camels was giving birth on Thursday – as both camels are female. Andrew and Maria Henshaw had no idea that Doris the camel, which lives with its half-sister Delilah, was pregnant until it began to calve. Mr Henshaw, a farmer, who runs the Mainsgill Farm Shop near Richmond, North Yorkshire, suspects that Doris, who has not been near a male camel from more than a year, was impregnanted before she was brought from Cornwall to North Yorkshire.
  • Ikea Plans 'Green' Meatballs to Help Tackle Climate Change

    04/18/2014 3:38:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/17 | Emily Gosden
    'Veg balls' to be launched as eco-friendly alternative to famous Swedish meatballs, which Ikea admits are damaging the planetIkea is developing a new 'green' version of its famous Swedish meatballs in order to cut carbon emissions and help tackle climate change, the retailer has revealed. The flat-pack furniture giant sells an estimated 150 million meatballs, made from beef and pork, in its cafes each year. But the popular snack is also the least environmentally-friendly item on the Ikea menu, because of high carbon dioxide emissions involved in the farming process and high methane gas emissions from cattle. Ikea is so...
  • American Politics: Not Just for White People

    04/18/2014 3:32:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 4/18 | Jonathan Chait
    U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a visit to Bladensburg High School April 7, 2014 in Bladensburg, Maryland. Last weekend, I appeared on Melissa Harris-Perry’s weekend MSNBC show to discuss my cover story on racial politics. It was … not quite what I expected. The segment lasted 12 and a half minutes, and Harris-Perry spent almost half that time on an extended soliloquy about how I am wrong, only allowing me to join the discussion about my story for the second half. There was also a panel following that segment, consisting of four panelists who agree with Harris-Perry and none...
  • Police Explain Controversial Chase After Whitehouse [Texas] Jogger

    04/18/2014 3:27:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    KLTV ^ | Apr 14, 2014 | Melanie Torre
    A Whitehouse woman says she was just out on a morning walk when a police officer attacked her, put her in handcuffs and took her to the police station. The incident happened Friday morning off Maji Road in Whitehouse, but the police department says that's not the whole story. SNIP "I thought you were fixing to take me somewhere and hurt me. I thought you were a bad police officer. I was a teacher for 9 years. I'm a Christian. I go to church," the woman says. SNIP
  • You Can Call a Man Fat But You Can’t Fat-Shame Him

    04/18/2014 3:18:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 4/16/14 | Kat Stoeffel
    When a male contact sent me a 14-slide New York Post slideshow of paparazzi beach photos Leonardo DiCaprio under the headline “The Great Fatsby?” I felt a pang of empathy unprecedented in my relations with A-list actors. Poor Leo, of all people: carelessly frolicking in the Bora Bora surf, his hair in a man-bun and a 22-year-old in his arms, without the faintest idea that his body would soon be served up for our evaluation. He was oblivious to his appearance, yes, but even so, his body hardly seemed to qualify as fat. No question mark! “I look like that,”...
  • Teen Uses FB to Save Romania's Stray Dogs

    04/18/2014 3:04:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Thursday, April 17, 2014
    When French film actress Brigitte Bardot began a campaign to spare the thousands of stray dogs in Romania's capital from being put down, she did it with a $150,000 donation scheme. A similar campaign is being waged by Ana-Maria Ciulcu, a 13-year-old schoolgirl with braces on her teeth who uses Facebook to appeal to dog lovers all over Europe - and to make sure the dogs go to the right homes. "I like to know that my dogs will be spoiled, and will be allowed to sit on the sofa ... so one of my first questions would be: 'Are...
  • Dog Stabbed to Death in San Francisco Street Fight

    04/18/2014 3:00:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Friday, Apr 18, 2014 | Emily Bockian
    A man walking his dog in San Francisco’s Mission district early Friday morning was threatened by two men with a knife, who police said ended up stabbing his pet to death. According to the San Francisco police, one of the suspects grabbed the dog, sparking a street fight between the three men at the intersection of 22nd and Bartlett streets about 3 a.m. After the two suspects, both in their 20s, ran away, the owner realized his dog had been stabbed. The dog later died of its injuries at a nearby animal hospital. The motive for the attack remains unclear.
  • Vietnam Vet Gets Retirement Surprise: He's Not a Citizen

    04/18/2014 2:55:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Friday, Apr 18, 2014 | Chris Roberts
    San Lorenzo man serves in military, works a lifetime -- "illegally."It took Lee Smith quite some time to find out that he wasn't a U.S. citizen. During which time he served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam and lived and worked in the Bay Area for nearly 44 years. Smith, 65, a retired sheet metal fabricator, discovered he wasn't a citizen upon turning 65 and trying -- and failing -- to collect his Social Security benefits, according to The Daily Review. He joined the Army in 1969 and took the oath of citizenship -- a requirement for him to be...
  • St. Regis Unveils $125 Martini

    04/18/2014 2:49:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Friday, Apr 18, 2014 | Chris Roberts
    This pricey drink is "here to troll us all," SFist proclaims.The World's Best Martini has arrived in San Francisco. And it's yours for a mere $125. Bring the company credit card to that three-martini lunch. SFist reports that the Ame Restaurant bar at the St. Regis hotel and residences in San Francisco's South of Market has crafted "the World's Greatest Martini." The drink, "San Francisco's most luxurious cocktail," is for a "spirits aficionado" who "has tried everything," according to to PR person pushing the drink. 2 Days-Old Kittens Survive Accidentally Being Mailed What could possibly be worth $125? Well --...
  • Journey to Easter: Pretzels

    04/18/2014 2:42:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Arizona Star ^ | Ann Brown
    That pretzel you're munching is not only an ideal accompaniment to a beer, it has a connection with Lent that dates back to the fourth century. In the Roman Empire, the faithful kept a strict fast all through Lent: no milk, no butter, no cheese, no eggs, no cream and no meat, according to CatholicCulture.com Ancient Romans made small breads of water, flour and salt, as a reminder that Lent was a time of prayer. The breads — the first pretzel-like breads — were shaped to form crossed arms to symbolize prayer, as praying was done with arms crossed their...
  • Passenger wIelded a Toblerone 'like a sword' and demanded to be Flown to Sochi to Watch Olympics

    04/18/2014 2:27:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    A Finnish man attempted to 'hijack' a plane using a Toblerone chocolate bar, demanding to be taken to Sochi so he could watch the Winter Olympics. Antti Oskari Manselius, 23, from Finland, had wrapped two economy class blankets around his head, wearing a third as a cape when he waved the chocolate bar 'like a sword' as he walked towards the cockpit. Manselius also made a false bomb threat on the Cathay Pacific flight from Amsterdam to Hong Kong on February 14, and said he was robbing the plane, airplane staff said. SNIP He said he was trying to entertain...
  • A Uyghur Food Truck to Hit the Streets of Boston

    04/18/2014 2:15:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Eurasianet.org ^ | April 17, 2014 | Yigal Schleifer
    In what will be a first for New England and perhaps even the rest of the United States, Boston is about to get its very own Uyghur food truck. Although the truck won't have an onboard noodle maker turning out plates of lagman, the truck -- which is scheduled to hit the streets in the coming days -- will be serving Uyghur style kebabs, sold on skewers or inside wraps. The truck, Uyghur Kitchen, is the brainchild of Payzulla Polat, a professional musician currently studying music production and engineering at Boston's Berklee School of Music and who originally hails from...
  • Basket Cheese Is an 85-Year-Old Tradition for Local Company

    04/18/2014 2:11:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazetter ^ | April 17, 201 | Gretchen McKay
    Easter often is associated with the candy aisle, and its tempting display of rainbow-hued jelly beans, foil-wrapped chocolate eggs and bright-yellow marshmallow Peeps. For an 85-year-old cheese company in Verona, the 40-day Lenten season is punctuated not by sweets but by an unusual cheese product that for two days each week leading up to Easter puts its small staff into curd-making overdrive. And no, it's not the ricotta on which the family has built its name over three generations. It's called basket cheese, and it's been an Easter tradition at Lamagna Cheese Co. for as long as anyone can remember...