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  • City fire truck catches fire inside station

    02/06/2007 12:40:37 PM PST · by SubGeniusX · 15 replies · 604+ views
    St Louis Post Dispatch ^ | 02/05/2007 | Harry Levins
    Four St. Louis firefighters struggled early Sunday with a blaze in their own firehouse, where their truck caught fire. It happened about 4 a.m. at Engine House 24 in the 5200 block of Natural Bridge Avenue. This morning, fire Capt. Steve Simpson gave this account: The firehouse crew of four had returned an hour of two earlier from a call. Three were alseep, and the fourth -- Firefighter Darian Benford -- was on watch. He smelled smoke, checked and found that the engine of the pumper was on fire. Benford rousted his three mates, and the four grabbed fire extinguishers...
  • Jimmy Carter apologizes over book passage [Forced to admit he is stupid]

    01/27/2007 4:28:44 PM PST · by Alouette · 22 replies · 990+ views
    YNet ^ | Jan. 27, 2007 | Yaakov Lappin
    Addressing US Jews, former president says controversial passage in his new book 'Peace Not Apartheid' does not justify terror; Australian Jews call for action against company that distributed DVDs in which Muslim sheikh is seen describing Jews as ‘pigs’ Yaakov Lappin Published: 01.27.07, 08:00 Former US President Jimmy Carter has apologized to a US Jewish audience over a passage in his controversial book 'Peace Not Apartheid,' the Jewish Week newspaper reported Friday. "Asked if he was justifying terrorism in a passage in the book calling on Palestinians to cease terrorist attacks if the Israelis agree to abide by international law,...
  • Plane landed at wrong airport

    01/11/2007 5:22:18 PM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 65 replies · 1,866+ views
    Ireland.com ^ | 1/11/2007 | staff
    The crew of an Airbus plane with 39 passengers on board landed at the wrong airport, an accident report revealed today. The Dublin-based Eirjet flight, being operated on behalf of Ryanair, should have touched down at Derry, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said. But the Airbus A320, flying from Liverpool, landed at Ballykelly airfield, an ex-RAF base now used by the British Army, about five miles from Derry Airport. The AAIB report said air traffic controllers (ATC) had been told by the Airbus A320 aircraft crew: "We've just touched down." ATC replied: "It was the wrong airport, you've landed...
  • Official caught off-roading in preserve

    01/05/2007 11:25:27 AM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 26 replies · 1,002+ views
    Herald Tribune ^ | 1/5/2007 | PAUL QUINLAN
    It beat Chris Sharek, the director of Venice's utilities department, whose job is to ensure that the city obeys environmental regulations, though he apparently failed to do so himself. A judge slapped Sharek with 25 hours of community service and probation last month for off-roading through a protected wilderness preserve with his wife and father-in-law. When their vehicles got stuck in the mud at Myakka River State Park, Sharek phoned for help. Friends arrived and dismantled a fence so they could drive in to free them. Their cars, in turn, got stuck. Another round of calls went out. Another round...
  • Police: Carjacker Gets Lost, Calls 911 On Self

    12/28/2006 12:59:57 PM PST · by ShadowDancer · 43 replies · 1,601+ views
    ClickonDetroit ^ | December 28, 2006
    Police: Carjacker Gets Lost, Calls 911 On SelfPOSTED: 11:06 am EST December 28, 2006 BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Police said a man who carjacked an SUV in Boca Raton drove all the way to Palm Springs before becoming lost and calling 911 on himself. According to police reports, Claude King, 31, approached Caroline Funkey's black GMC Envoy while it was stopped at a red light in Boca Raton. The report said King smashed the driver's side window and pulled the driver out of the vehicle. Once inside, police said King began to punch the other four passengers. One of Funkey's...
  • Man Calls 911 to Report Stolen Drugs

    12/11/2006 6:54:42 PM PST · by aculeus · 41 replies · 1,266+ views
    Earthlink.net ^ | December 11, 2006 | From Associated Press
    WICHITA, Kan. - A Wichita man called 911 to report he was the victim of an armed robbery. The theft? A pound of marijuana worth about $1,100 that he had been trying to sell at his home. The victim told police Thursday that a buyer had pulled out a sawed-off shotgun and stole the drugs. Police brought in a drug-sniffing dog to the house and located more marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The victim was booked into Sedgwick County jail on several charges, including possession with the intent to sell drug. The thief has not been found.
  • Simpson sponsors

    11/18/2006 4:25:24 AM PST · by 13Sisters76 · 25 replies · 601+ views
    Does anyone know who the sponsors of the Simpson special are yet? Is there a list I can access? I have every intention of boycotting every sponsor that funds this piece of garbage.
  • Never put your gun in your pants

    11/16/2006 10:09:24 PM PST · by Zakeet · 24 replies · 787+ views
    Globe and Mail ^ | November 16, 2006 | Associated Press
    WICHITA, Kan. — A botched kidnapping ended with one of the assailants shooting himself in the groin, police said. The man had just stuck the gun in his waistband when it fired, shooting him in the left testicle, authorities said. He cringed, causing the gun to fire again and strike him in the left calf, they said.
  • 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...
  • Paraglider lands in minefield

    09/04/2006 12:34:25 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 6 replies · 837+ views
    Paraglider lands in minefield 1 hour, 30 minutes ago JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An Israeli man was stuck in the middle of a minefield near the Syrian border Saturday after crashing his paraglider and severely injuring himself. The unidentified man took off from a peak in the Golan Heights and drifted east toward the Syrian and Jordanian borders before crashing in the minefield, injuring his legs and breaking several bones, rescue services said. "He's in the process of being rescued," an army spokesman said. Paragliding, in which participants jump off tall peaks or cliffs with a parachute strapped to their back,...
  • Woman Crashes When Teaching Dog to Drive

    08/28/2006 7:26:35 AM PDT · by Millee · 96 replies · 1,167+ views
    AP ^ | 8/28/06 | Staff
    A woman in Hohhot, the capital of north China's Inner Mongolia region, crashed her car while giving her dog a driving lesson, the official Xinhua News Agency said Monday. No injuries were reported although both vehicles were slightly damaged, it said. The woman, identified only be her surname, Li, said her dog "was fond of crouching on the steering wheel and often watched her drive," according to Xinhua. "She thought she would let the dog 'have a try' while she operated the accelerator and brake," the report said. "They did not make it far before crashing into an oncoming car."...
  • Authorities: 'Bomb' Was Sex Gadget

    08/25/2006 12:10:33 PM PDT · by commish · 45 replies · 1,547+ views
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | Aug 26, 2006 | AP
    CHICAGO — Cook County prosecutors say a 29-year-old man traveling with his mother desperately didn't want her to know he'd packed a sexual aid for their trip to Turkey. So he told security it was a bomb, officials said. Madin Azad Amin, 29, of Skokie, was stopped Aug. 16 at O'Hare International Airport after guards found an object in his baggage that resembled a grenade, prosecutors said. When officers asked him to identify it, Amin said it was a bomb, said Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Lorraine Scaduto. He later told officials he'd lied about the item because his mother...
  • Anna Kournikova Sues Tabloid over Nude Photos (yes, pictures at link!)

    08/15/2006 5:35:35 AM PDT · by Coop · 298 replies · 25,324+ views
    23 September - Support the Troops & Their MissionThe D.C. Chapter of FreeRepublic.com invites all those who support our troops and their mission fighting the war on terrorists in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere at home and abroad to join us in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, September 23, 2006, from noon to 3 p.m. on the grounds of the Washington Monument at 17th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW.Announcement here 1 October - Boot MurthaCome to the National VFTT Boot Murtha Rally Sunday, Oct. 1st in Johnstown, PA Location -- Cambria County War Memorial Arena, downtown Johnstown (Murtha's hometown!) Time -- 2:00...
  • Aide to Zarqawi's replacement killed by own bomb

    06/22/2006 2:08:37 PM PDT · by radar101 · 141 replies · 3,205+ views
    World Tribune ^ | June 21, 2006 | WT
    The assistant to Al Qaida's new network chief has been killed in a foiled insurgency strike. Iraqi security sources said a lieutenant of Al Qaida network chief Abu Ayoub Al Masri was found killed in a car on its way to an insurgency strike. The sources said a bomb inside the car blew up prematurely and killed the lieutenant and three other Al Qaida operatives. Officials identified the Al Masri aide as Mansour Sulayman Mansour Khalifi Al Mashhadani. The U.S. military confirmed the killing, reported to have taken place in Yusufiyah, west of Baghdad on June 19. U.S.-led coalition spokesman...
  • MSNBC's David Shuster: 'I Am Convinced That Karl Rove Will, In Fact, Be Indicted.'

    06/13/2006 10:10:49 AM PDT · by rface · 53 replies · 2,582+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | June 13, 2006 (May 8 FLASHBACK) | David Shuster
    Great moments in political prognostication, from the May 8 edition of MSNBC’s “Countdown with Keith Olbermann.” David Shuster: "Well, Karl Rove's legal team has told me that they expect that a decision will come sometime in the next two weeks. And I am convinced that Karl Rove will, in fact, be indicted. And there are a couple of reasons why. "First of all, you don't put somebody in front of a grand jury at the end of an investigation, or for the fifth time, as Karl Rove testified a couple -- a week and a half ago, unless you feel...
  • Hungry Rays Thwart River Oyster Restoration Effort

    05/30/2006 8:42:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies · 783+ views
    WTOP ^ | May 28th
    STINGRAY POINT, Va. - Cow-nosed rays gobbled up most of the 775,000 oysters in an artificial reef days after they were planted in the Piankatank River to help revive the Chesapeake Bay's declining shellfish population. The rays ate about 90 percent of the oysters earlier this month after the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and The Nature Conservancy placed the shellfish on a man-made reef in the Piankatank, the foundation's Chuck Epes said. Environmentalists were shocked by the loss, which was discovered by divers. The bay foundation placed all the oysters it had grown this year at its Gloucester Point oyster farm...
  • Bombmakers in mosque blow themselves up

    05/08/2006 10:29:06 AM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 67 replies · 2,216+ views
    Multi-National Force, Iraq ^ | 5/7/2006 | MULTI-NATIONAL DIVISION - BAGHDAD PUBLIC AFFAIRS
    Release A060507i BAGHDAD, Iraq – An explosion occurred in the basement of the Sheik Abdel Kader mosque at approximately 6 p.m. May 7 in Rusafa, a neighborhood of east Baghdad . According to the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 6th Iraqi Division the bomb exploded in the basement of the mosque causing a fire. The Iraqi fire department responded and began suppressing the fire when firefighters noticed an improvised explosive device inside the mosque. The Iraqi police explosive ordinance disposal team arrived at the mosque to clear the holy site of bombs and bomb making materials. The team dismantled six IEDs....
  • Two terrorists killed by their own bomb

    05/07/2006 5:56:48 AM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 30 replies · 804+ views
    Multi-National Force, Iraq ^ | May 7, 2006 | 101ST AIRBORNE DIVISION PUBLIC AFFAIRS
    Release A060507a TIKRIT, Country – Two terrorists were killed May 6 near Tikrit when the improvised explosive device they were attempting to emplace detonated. An explosive ordnance disposal team investigated the site of the explosion and determined that the two artillery shells that composed the bomb detonated while one of the men was placing it along the road, killing both men. Evidence gathered by Iraqi police officers at the scene led them to the home of one of the bombers where the officers discovered equipment used to make the IED. -30- FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT THE 101ST AIRBORNE DIVISION...
  • $1.5 million in art disappears along with delivery driver after Boca exhibit

    05/03/2006 4:49:42 PM PDT · by Caipirabob · 16 replies · 406+ views
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | May 3 2006 | By Leon Fooksman, Ivette M. Yee & Missy Stoddard (It took 3 because they couldn't stop laughing...)
    About 35,000 art enthusiasts packed the Boca Raton Museum of Art this spring to view exhibits that included the paintings of Milton Avery, a modernist often called the "American Matisse." Now, seven of those paintings have vanished and so has the ex-con with a suspended driver's license who was entrusted to drive them to the Avery estate in New York. Authorities are looking for Patrick McIntosh, 36, a 6-foot, 9-inch art-transport driver who disappeared April 18 with a rented Budget truck after he loaded Avery's works along with furniture, sculptures, photos and other art from at least 14 other collectors...
  • Thieves gas selves in cyanide heist blunder

    04/29/2006 11:44:14 AM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 15 replies · 682+ views
    Rooters ^ | 4/29/2006 | Staff
    BEIJING (Reuters) - Two hapless Chinese thieves gassed themselves to death with cyanide along with five intended victims while trying to rob a gambling den in the city of Ruichang, the Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday. A court in nearby Jiujiang on Thursday sentenced their three surviving accomplices to death for the robbery, carried out last June. One of the three passed out for several hours from the effects of the gas -- but still remembered to rob the dead of 15,950 yuan (1,090 pounds), five mobile phones and a gold necklace when he came round, Xinhua said.