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  • Man walking barefoot across America killed in Florida

    01/25/2017 6:39:40 AM PST · by Brilliant · 78 replies
    The Naples News ^ | Jan. 23, 2017 | Ashley White
    Mark Baumer, an activist who was walking barefoot across America, was hit and killed by an SUV Saturday afternoon outside of Mossy Head, Florida... Baumer was pronounced dead at the scene. FHP said alcohol was not a factor. Charges are pending. Baumer, who was raising awareness for climate change, had just finished his 100th day of his journey. He started in Providence, R.I., and was destined for California. He took a bus to Florida after it started snowing in Ohio. He passed through Tallahassee on Jan. 7. “The big overall goal is to raise awareness and fight climate change,” Baumer...
  • Cops: NBA Player Killed While Breaking Into Apartment

    05/28/2016 3:55:51 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 76 replies
    newser ^ | 05/28/2016
    Police responded to a shooting at an apartment around 3:20 am and found Bryce Dejean-Jones of the New Orleans Pelicans wounded with a gunshot. He died at the hospital. The resident of the apartment tells police he was sleeping when someone kicked down his front door then his bedroom door. He says he fired his gun once. According to the New York Daily News, it appears Dejean-Jones thought he was breaking into an acquaintance's apartment but got the wrong one.
  • MARY KAY LETOURNEAU JAILED AGAIN IN SUSPENDED LICENSE CASE

    01/06/2014 7:32:48 PM PST · by massmike · 18 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | 01/06/2014 | SASHA GOLDSTEIN
    Mary Kay Letourneau, the former teacher convicted of having sex with a 12-year-old student whom she later married, has been jailed again in Seattle in a suspended license case, reports CBS affiliate KIRO TV. Letourneau was booked into King County Jail early Monday for allegedly failing to appear in court after being accused of driving on a suspended license. She was expected to post a $5,000 bond, reports the station. She was reportedly arrested around 8 p.m. Sunday. Letourneau became infamous after she was arrested in 1997 and accused of having sex with her former sixth-grade student, Vili Fualaau. Letourneau...
  • Rapper Inkyy Tweets 'YOLO' Before Dying in Fiery Crash

    09/13/2012 9:23:35 PM PDT · by South40 · 61 replies
    Gather.com ^ | September 13, 2012 | Tom Rose
    In a chillingly prophetic, weird course of events, promising rap artist Inkyy was on Twitter moments before dying in a 120 mph car crash. What makes the story so bone-tingling horrific was his last tweet: "Drunk af going 120 drifting corners #F***It. YOLO." YOLO, of course, stands for You Only Live Once in web speak.
  • Tigers maul man to death in Copenhagen zoo

    07/11/2012 11:24:15 AM PDT · by george76 · 27 replies
    AFP - ^ | 11 July 2012
    A man was mauled to death by three tigers after breaking into their enclosure at a zoo in Copenhagen, police and staff at the zoo said on Wednesday. The victim, a 20-year-old Afghan who was given Danish nationality last month, was found lying on the floor ... "He was attacked by the three tigers... Police said they do not know why the man broke into the enclosure
  • Man Bursts Into Flames After Accidentally Drinking Gasoline, Lighting Cigarette

    02/29/2012 5:46:12 AM PST · by mmanager · 64 replies
    AP via CBS ^ | 2/29/12 | CBS
    <p>HAVELOCK, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man is dead after police say he accidentally drank from a jar of gasoline and then smoked a cigarette.</p> <p>Havelock police received a 911 call about 9:55 p.m. Monday after 43-year-old Gary Allen Banning set himself on fire. Banning was transported to UNC Burn Center in Chapel Hill, where he died early Tuesday morning.</p>
  • Bangkok bomber blows off his own legs [can't get good help anymore]

    02/14/2012 6:46:56 AM PST · by VA Voter · 51 replies
    UK Daily Mail Online ^ | 2/14/2011 | lee Moran
    A bungling Iranian bomber blew off his own legs when he hurled a grenade at Thai police outside a Bangkok school - which bounced off a tree and then exploded at his feet. It came after he had blown up his own home and then hurled a grenade at a taxi driver who would not accept him as a passenger, the Bangkok Post reports. Police allegedly found an Iranian ID card in a satchel close to the blast in the Thai capital, and unconfirmed reports suggest he is called Saeid Moradi. Four people, three men and one woman, were injured...
  • Gumby calls it a robbery, clerk thinks it’s a joke

    09/13/2011 5:57:52 PM PDT · by massmike · 11 replies
    bostonherald.com ^ | 09/13/2011 | Associated Press
    A person dressed as Gumby walked into a Southern California convenience store, claiming to have a gun and demanding money, but costume trouble and a skeptical clerk thwarted the would-be robber. Gumby demanded money, but the store clerk thought it was a joke and ignored the life-size Claymation character, telling him he was cleaning up and didn’t have time to waste. "You don’t think this is a robbery? I have a gun," the costumed man said, fumbling inside his costume as if trying to retrieve a weapon. But the green-gloves seemed to get in the way, and rather than pull...
  • Parents demand answers from Israel in bulldozer death

    03/10/2010 6:29:51 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 90 replies · 1,922+ views
    CNN.com ^ | March 10, 2010 | By Paula Hancocks
    Jerusalem (CNN) -- A 23-year-old American activist stands in front of an Israeli bulldozer in Gaza. The bulldozer drives over her, crushing her to death. These are the facts. Rachel Corrie, along with colleagues from the International Solidarity Movement, was trying to prevent Israel from bulldozing homes in Rafah, close to the Egyptian border. Her activism cost her her life in March 2003. A colleague said at the time, "Many times the bulldozer came up to us and buried us with dirt, but they always stopped." Corrie's parents want to know the truth about their daughter's death, whether the killing...
  • Chattanooga man's jump in flood water described as 'ego thing'

    09/23/2009 12:21:58 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 14 replies · 1,283+ views
    Knox News | AP ^ | 9/22/09 | Bill Poovey
    CHATTANOOGA — With children and other onlookers holding umbrellas, Sylvester Kitchens stood in the flooded street, laughing and bragging he could swim an overflowing Chattanooga storm ditch outside their house. Wearing shorts and shirtless, the 46-year-old Kitchens dared onlookers to bet him $5 he couldn't do it. Even when nobody showed any money, Kitchens jumped in. After bobbing along in the gushing water about 150 feet late Sunday afternoon and grabbing a chain link fence above the ditch, Kitchens lost his grip as family members tried to toss him the end of a water hose. He washed away into an...
  • Iraqi shoe thrower killed by US troops!

    09/16/2009 12:17:07 PM PDT · by ColoradoAce · 44 replies · 2,262+ views
    An Iraqi man who witnesses said shouted abuse before throwing a shoe at a US army vehicle was shot dead on Wednesday in what the American military said was a suspected grenade attack
  • Man joyriding on roof of car dragged to his death

    05/17/2009 11:17:10 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 25 replies · 1,474+ views
    SUNNYVALE, Calif.—Police say a man is dead after slipping from the roof of a car while joyriding. The man was one of two male passengers riding on the roof of a Toyota Camry in Sunnyvale Saturday night, police say. The car was traveling between 30 and 40 miles per hour. The victim slipped off the car's roof, holding on while being dragged an undetermined distance and then falling onto the road.
  • Man jumps from plane with no parachute, dies

    06/07/2008 8:28:58 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 84 replies · 636+ views
    DUANESBURG, N.Y. - A 29-year-old man leaped out of a plane at 10,000 feet with a camera but no parachute Saturday. His body was found next to a house with a damaged roof, police said. Sloan Carafello of Schenectady, who was observing on the flight, followed an instructor, student and videographer out the door, wearing no skydiving gear, officials said. Police said they did not suspect foul play but would not elaborate. Robert Rawlins, pilot and owner of the Duanesburg Skydiving Club, said he was flying the single-engine plane and had begun to close the door when Carafello jumped. His...
  • Child, 2, Is Killed Riding On ATV

    01/09/2007 9:26:25 AM PST · by SmoothTalker · 134 replies · 2,350+ views
    "A 2-year-old boy was killed in Charles County over the weekend when the child-size all-terrain vehicle he was operating overturned on him, according to the Charles County Sheriff's Office. The sheriff's office said the boy was operating a Baja Wilderness 50 four-wheeler, which is designed for children 6 to 12 years old and equipped with a remote cutoff switch. When the boy's mother turned the ATV off by the remote, the vehicle stopped but the front wheels turned, causing it to overturn on the boy, sheriff's deputies said. He was wearing a helmet." "According to the company's Web site, the...
  • Teenager Hangs Herself Over Saddam's Execution (India)

    01/04/2007 7:25:18 AM PST · by meg88 · 37 replies · 1,064+ views
    Times of India & Agence France Presse ^ | 4 Jan, 2007 1453hrs IST | staff report
    KOLKATA: A 15-year-old girl from Kharda district hanged herself in response to the execution of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein on Thursday. "She said they had hanged a patriot.' 'We didn't take her seriously when she told us that she wanted to feel the pain Saddam did during the execution," the girl's father, Manmohan Karmakar, said. He said his daughter, Moon Moon, had become extremely depressed after watching Saddam's execution on television. "She kept watching the scene over and again and didn't take food on Saturday and Sunday to protest the hanging," he said. Police superintendent Pravin Kumar confirmed the suicide,...
  • Deadly motorcycle stunt(Darwin candidate)

    11/17/2006 5:14:11 AM PST · by radar101 · 40 replies · 3,072+ views
    Inland Daily Bulletin ^ | 11/16/2006 | Wes Woods II
    Rashawn Brown As a motorcycle lies in the middle of Foothill Blvd. San Bernardino County Sheriff Deputes look over a fatal accident involving a motorcycle and a pickup truck near Day Creek Blvd. in Rancho Cucamonga. The driver of the motorcycle was dead at the scene. Friends described a 28-year-old motorcyclist who died Wednesday as a great rider who was not at fault in the accident that claimed his life. Rashawn Mykal Brown, of Rancho Cucamonga, was performing a wheelie on his 2003 Yamaha motorcycle right before he struck a truck, which was turning into a parking lot near...
  • Women will laugh, men will wince at this story

    11/14/2006 10:06:19 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 89 replies · 3,608+ views
    Kansas.com ^ | November 14, 2006 | Stan Finger
    Maybe it was karma. Three men attempted to kidnap a teenager in a dispute over stereo speakers shortly before 4:45 p.m. Monday, Wichita police reported. One of the three pulled out a gun and fired it at the teen in the 1000 block of South Wichita. The shot missed the teen. The shooter jammed the gun back into the waistband of his pants... and it went off. The bullet struck the 23-year-old man in his left testicle, causing him to cringe -- which caused the gun to fire again. The second shot struck him in the left calf. He walked...
  • Brothers Die In Crashes On Same Road, Same Night

    08/07/2006 9:12:51 AM PDT · by ShadowDancer · 20 replies · 682+ views
    ClickonDetroit ^ | August 7, 2006 | AP
    Brothers Die In Crashes On Same Road, Same NightPOSTED: 10:44 am EDT August 7, 2006 BUTLER, Pa. -- A double tragedy has impacted a Pennsylvania family. Two brothers were killed in separate motorcycle accidents on the same road within two hours of each other on Saturday, authorities said. One was headed to the scene of his brother's accident. Steven Kerr, 37, died shortly before 9 p.m. when his motorcycle crashed into a speed limit sign on state Route 38, state police said. Less than two hours later and about 100 yards away, 29-year-old Jeremy Kerr, was fatally injured when his...
  • Password-Protected Bullets

    06/27/2006 12:10:22 PM PDT · by steve-b · 68 replies · 1,333+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 6/27/06
    Safety catches do not always prevent firearm accidents and even newfangled biometric guns, which check the identity of a user by their fingerprint, cannot stop thieves from using stolen ammunition in other weapons. The way to make firearms really safe, says Hebert Meyerle of Germany, is to password-protect the ammunition itself. Meyerle is patenting a design for a modified cartridge that would be fired by a burst of high-frequency radio energy. But the energy would only ignite the charge if a solid-state switch within the cartridge had been activated. This would only happen if a password entered into the gun...
  • Lioness in zoo kills man who invoked God

    06/05/2006 7:18:09 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 118 replies · 2,470+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 5, 2006
    A man shouting that God would keep him safe was mauled to death by a lioness in Kiev zoo after he crept into the animal's enclosure, a zoo official said on Monday. "The man shouted 'God will save me, if he exists', lowered himself by a rope into the enclosure, took his shoes off and went up to the lions," the official said. "A lioness went straight for him, knocked him down and severed his carotid artery." The incident, Sunday evening when the zoo was packed with visitors, was the first of its kind at the attraction. Lions and tigers...