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  • Yelling Fire in a Crowded Theater Metaphor vs Texas Cartoon

    05/09/2015 10:28:39 AM PDT · by SERKIT · 34 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | November 2, 2012 | Trevor Timm
    Oliver Wendell Holmes made the analogy during a controversial Supreme Court case that was overturned more than 40 years ago. Ninety-three years ago, Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote what is perhaps the most well-known -- yet misquoted and misused -- phrase in Supreme Court history: "The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man in falsely shouting fire in a theatre and causing a panic." Without fail, whenever a free speech controversy hits, someone will cite this phrase as proof of limits on the First Amendment. And whatever that controversy may be, "the law"--as some have curiously...
  • Lesbian:I use math class to teach young kids about homosexuality so I can ‘hide’ it from parents

    04/24/2015 6:46:00 PM PDT · by massmike · 44 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | 04/24/2015 | Pete Baklinski
    TORONTO, April 24, 2015 -- A lesbian teacher ‘married’ to another woman revealed at a pro-gay teachers’ conference earlier this month how she teaches grade 4-5 students to accept homosexuality through what she called “social justice” math. Alicia Gunn, an elementary public school teacher in Mississauga, Ontario, told attendees at the April 10 conference in Toronto’s City Hall that injecting LGBTQ issues into the classroom, especially in math, helps students as young as nine “disrupt the single story that many of our kids have about LGBTQ families.” When asked by one of the workshop attendees if she first asks parents’...
  • Off-Duty Firefighter Tackles Woman Trying to Set Person on Fire in Mill Valley

    04/06/2015 10:19:45 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Apr 5, 2015
    A firefighter tackled a woman allegedly trying to set a person on fire in Mill Valley, and investigators are wondering if she might be responsible for a number of other crimes. Nai Feuy Saelor, 24, of Richmond was booked Sunday on charges of arson, assault with a caustic chemical and vandalism counts, according to Marin County jail records. Officers said an off-duty Marin County firefighter saw a woman throwing lighter fluid on a 50-year-old woman off Panoramic Highway on Mount Tamalpais. He then tackled the woman before she could set the victim on fire. "The sheriff's department took its samples...
  • Litigation Is Beginning to Free Up Speech on Campus

    04/02/2015 8:48:19 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 2 replies
    National Review ^ | March 31, 2015 | Jennifer Kabbany
    The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is busy making good on its promise to fight for students’ free speech rights through a massive litigation campaign. Since last year, FIRE’s Stand Up For Free Speech effort has filed nine First Amendment lawsuits against campuses that quash the First Amendment, according to its website. Four of the cases have already enjoyed successes in FIRE’s favor, and the others continue to wind their way through the court system. FIRE’s early victories in its litigation campaign illustrate that colleges’ limits on free speech are onerous and unconstitutional. But the battle continues.
  • Woman Arrested For Allegedly Starting Fire In Plymouth Church

    03/30/2015 2:40:57 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 8 replies
    CBS Boston ^ | March 29, 2015
    PLYMOUTH (CBS) — A woman has been arrested after fire officials say she set a fire in one of the oldest churches in New England. Firefighters responded to a fire alarm at the First Parish Church in Town Square shortly after 6:30p.m. Sunday. Officials said a woman inside had put items in the front entryway of the church and set them on fire. The woman allegedly threw items at responders. According to the parish’s Facebook page, the woman had been hiding inside the church after Sunday’s service. The fire caused some damage to the foyer carpeting. No one was hurt.
  • Firefighter’s Account of East Village Blast: ‘Oh Man, It’s a Big One’

    03/27/2015 2:59:53 PM PDT · by proxy_user · 7 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 27, 2015 | AL BAKER and MARC SANTORA
    Firefighter Mike Shepherd, 47, of Squad 41 in the Bronx, is a third-generation New York City firefighter, following in the path of his grandfather and great-grandfather. When there was an explosion at a building in the East Village on Thursday, he raced to the scene. This is his account. “I was having lunch at a restaurant around the corner, on Seventh Street,” Firefighter Shepherd said. He was alone and off-duty. “There was a couple. They were taking a photo. I went out and I said, ‘Would you like me to take a photo of the two of you?’ They said...
  • John Kerry to Boston College Graduates: 'Set the World Aflame'

    05/20/2014 9:23:04 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 29 replies
    BostInno ^ | 5/19/14 | Nate Boroyan
    United States Secretary of State John Kerry reminded the Boston College Class of 2014 that its responsibilities don't stop once diplomas are received. Echoing the words of St. Ignatius, Kerry urged BC graduates to "Set the World Aflame," when they step foot off campus and into the real world. Kerry's politically-charged speech touched on the meaning – and value – of human dignity, calling it a "struggle" fought across all towns – and across the entire world. Human dignity, Kerry said, is achieved "when families have access to clean water and clean power." Specifically, Kerry thrust the "challenge" and ongoing...
  • 7 kids killed in tragic Brooklyn blaze

    03/21/2015 2:08:10 AM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 6 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 21, 2015 | Larry Celona, Aaron Feis and Josh Saul
    Seven children, ages 5-15, were killed in a raging fire that destroyed a Brooklyn home early Saturday morning, law-enforcement sources said. The mother of at least three of the children, and one other youngster, were critically injured. The fire started at 12:23 a.m. in the brick home on Bedford Avenue between avenues L and M in Midwood. FDNY firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze while Hatzolah and other paramedics frantically worked to keep the victims alive. “Two of the children weren’t breathing when they brought them out. The firefighters were running with them down the street on stretchers,” said a...
  • Mother Dog Saves Puppies From Forest Fire In Chile By Digging Hole And Placing Them Inside

    03/20/2015 4:47:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    CBS12 ^ | Friday, March 20 2015,
    A mother dog saved her nine puppies from burning alive in a forest fire in Chile by digging a deep hole and placing her babies inside where they were later found untouched by the flames, according to rescuers. SNIP They were reunited with their mother and are all expected to be OK.
  • Fire starts at Petronas Towers in Malaysia

    11/04/2005 8:55:52 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 14 replies · 620+ views
    AP ^ | November 4, 2005
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - A fire in a movie complex in Malaysia's iconic Petronas Twin Towers late Friday night triggered widespread panic among patrons who fled screaming and coughing from the thick, acrid smoke, witnesses said. There were no immediate reports of injury. Hundreds of people rushed out of several theaters on the third floor of the Suria KLCC shopping mall in the twin towers a little before midnight after dark gray smoke engulfed hallways, foyers and the cinemas, they said.
  • Galax House Fire Claims 3 Children

    03/07/2015 5:18:32 AM PST · by sevinufnine · 6 replies
    Mount Airy News ^ | March 7, 2015 | Allen Worrell
    The Twin Counties are mourning the loss of 3 children who died as a result of a Thursday morning house fire. A 4-year-old girl, Ryleigh Delp, and 9-month old boy, Randy Delp, were rescued from a bedroom. The two children, along with their 5-year-old brother, Gabriel Delp, were transported to Twin County Regional Hospital in Galax, where Ryleigh Delp later died. The remains of 7-year-old Dominic Delp were recovered inside the house, Carroll County Sheriff John B. Gardner said. The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office said on Friday afternoon that 9-month old Randy Delp diedy at Brenner’s Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C.
  • Men catch kids dropped from burning building, saving them [Brooklyn: Urban heroes]

    02/17/2015 11:13:18 AM PST · by Colofornian · 32 replies
    NYPost.com ^ | Feb. 16, 2015 | Gabrielle Fonrouge and Matt McNulty
    Two men saved a little boy and his teen sister from a Brooklyn blaze on Monday, scaling scaffolding at a burning apartment building and catching the children as they were dropped from a window by their mother. Davon Flunory, 20, and his friend Kevin Ravenell, 27, leaped into action after spotting Cipriani Lundy and her kids, 4-year-old Julian and 15-year-old Imani, screaming for help in the window of their smoke-filled third-floor apartment in the Eleanor Roosevelt Houses in Bedford-Stuyvesant. “My first instinct is to call the Fire Department,” recalled Flunory, who was visiting a relative in the building when the...
  • Staples threatens to fire employees who work more than 25 hours a week

    02/09/2015 10:25:04 PM PST · by Nachum · 70 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 2/9/15 | Ashley Lutz
    Part-time Staples workers are furious that they could be fired for working more than 25 hours a week. The company implemented the policy to avoid paying benefits under the Affordable Care Act, reports Sapna Maheshwari at Buzzfeed. The healthcare law mandates that workers with more than 30 hours a week receive healthcare. If Staples doesn´t offer benefits, it could be fined $3,000 in penalties per person. Buzzfeed spoke with several Staples workers who revealed their hours have been drastically cut over the past year. Many reported working as few as 20 hours. The workers started a petition on Change.org asking
  • Hamas Claims Egypt Opened Fire on its 'Military Posts' in Gaza

    02/03/2015 9:54:48 PM PST · by Nachum · 29 replies
    inn ^ | 2/3/15 | Ari Yashar
    Not only has Egypt been able to expel Gazans from the border with Sinai and demolish their homes and mosques to create a counter-terror buffer zone as the world silently watches, but on Tuesday morning Egyptian troops reportedly opened fire on Hamas "military posts" in Gaza near the border with impugnity. Reports of the shootings were relayed by witnesses in Gaza to the Palestinian Arab Ma'an News Agency, although there were no reports of wounded. Iyad al-Buzm, a spokesperson for the Hamas terrorist government's "Ministry of Interior," accused the Egyptians of "firing directly and deliberately at two Palestinian military posts...
  • Emanuel won't rule out property tax hike for police, fire pensions ($550 million)

    02/01/2015 4:16:33 AM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1/30/15 | John Byrne
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday defended the way he has dealt with the city's looming financial crisis against attacks from his challengers, touting his record of crafting the city's budget during his first term but refusing to rule out a property tax increase to deal with huge upcoming government worker pension payments. The back-and-forth took place at the Chicago Sun-Times editorial board endorsement session, the second time all five mayoral candidates appeared face to face. City Hall has a looming $550 million payment to make to shore up police and fire department pensions, and 2nd Ward Ald. Bob Fioretti called...
  • Man sues Walmart over gas can explosion (Darwin award)

    01/26/2015 8:44:56 PM PST · by aimhigh · 55 replies
    KOIN.com ^ | 02/25/2015 | AP
    The Register-Guard reports Daniel Rowlett is seeking $13 million. He says Walmart sold him a plastic can produced by Blitz USA that exploded as he poured fuel into a burn barrel in October 2013. He suffered burns over nearly half his body.
  • Millionaire cybersecurity expert missing as Maryland mansion burned to rubble

    01/20/2015 8:29:37 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 102 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 19, 2015 | Phillip Swarts
    An executive at ScienceLogic, a company used to monitor the online networks of the FBI and the Department of Defense, among others, were missing Monday after a four-alarm fire destroyed his 16,000-square-foot Annapolis home. Don Pyle, the chief operating officer at the Reston-based technology provider, and his wife Sandy, couldn’t be located, authorities said Monday. It took 85 firefighters nearly three-and-a-half hours to get the blaze under control and firefighters had yet to set foot inside the building, uncertain about its integrity, Monday afternoon. Neighbors told The Washington Times the Pyles’ grandchildren may have been staying with them for the...
  • Woman Allegedly Sets Baby On Fire In Pemberton, New Jersey

    01/17/2015 6:52:58 AM PST · by mykroar · 27 replies
    CBS Philly ^ | 1/17/15 | CBS Philly
    PEMBERTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBS) — Police say a newborn child was found burning in the middle of a road in Pemberton Township, New Jersey. It happened late Friday night along the unit block of Simontown Road. Sources say neighbors witnessed a woman, in her 20’s, douse a newborn child in an unknown flammable substance and then set the infant on fire. Responding officers doused the flames and the child was flown to St. Christopher’s Hospital For Children with second and third degree burns on the entirety of the baby’s body. The child’s condition was not immediately known. Police have not...
  • One dead, two critical and 82 hurt as DC Metro fills with smoke from huge electrical

    01/13/2015 3:25:55 AM PST · by nuconvert · 14 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Jan. 12, 2015
    One dead, two critical and 82 hurt as DC Metro fills with smoke from huge electrical fault: Terrified passengers lie in the dark for an HOUR before help arrives - as announcers tell them to 'stay calm' *Passengers described being stuck inside a pitch-black train for 40 minutes with some lying down to avoid the smoke *One female passenger was reportedly taken to hospital after paramedics found her unresponsive. She later died *Two other passengers are said to be in a critical condition at George Washington Hospital *A firefighter was also hurt during the evacuation and was transported to hospital....
  • Three-Alarm Blaze Reported at NYC's Penn Station

    01/13/2015 12:48:25 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 33 replies
    NBC News ^ | 1-13-2015 | NBC News
    Emergency crews responded to a three-alarm fire early Tuesday morning at Penn Station, according to the FDNY. The fire happened just before 2:30 a.m. at the station, located at West 33rd Street and 8th Avenue in Manhattan, the FDNY said.
  • L'Enfant Plaza Metro station closed, evacuated due to smoke (D.C.)

    01/12/2015 1:56:26 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 19 replies
    Fox5 ^ | 11-12-2015 | Fox5
    The L'Enfant Plaza Metro station has been evacuated due to smoke in the station. Metro says trains are bypassing the station and the station has been temporarily closed. Metro says the source of the smoke has not been determined and it has activated tunnel fans to ventilate the area.
  • L'Enfant Plaza Metro station closed, evacuated due to smoke (D.C.)

    01/12/2015 1:28:27 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 76 replies
    Fox5 ^ | 11-12-2015 | Fox5
    The L'Enfant Plaza Metro station has been evacuated due to smoke in the station. Metro says trains are bypassing the station and the station has been temporarily closed. Metro says the source of the smoke has not been determined and it has activated tunnel fans to ventilate the area.
  • This Is How Fast Texas Wildfires Can Move (video)

    12/23/2014 4:19:15 AM PST · by servo1969 · 6 replies
    dump.com ^ | 12-23-2014 | Texas Park and Wildlife Department
    The engulfing flames of a Texas wildfire quickly shifted directions and burned two-thirds of the 6,000-acre park at Bastrop State Park. This clip from the Texas Park and Wildlife Department shows the intensity of the flames in real time.
  • Massive Da Vinci fire in downtown L.A. was arson, investigators say

    12/18/2014 11:14:58 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    LA Times ^ | By Victoria Kim
    The blaze, which broke out in the middle of the night, all but obliterated a seven-story building of the Da Vinci apartment complex and caused extensive damage to the adjacent 110 Freeway and city buildings. It took 250 firefighters an hour and half to put out the flames that rose to heights taller than many downtown buildings. The total damage was estimated to be in the tens of millions of dollars.
  • Israeli cave offers clues about when humans mastered fire

    12/13/2014 6:40:04 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Science ^ | 12 December 2014 | Nala Rogers
    In layers older than roughly 350,000 years, almost none of the flints are burned. But in every layer after that, many flints show signs of exposure to fire: red or black coloration, cracking, and small round depressions where fragments known as pot lids flaked off from the stone. Wildfires are rare in caves, so the fires that burned the Tabun flints were probably controlled by ancestral humans, according to the authors. The scientists argue that the jump in the frequency of burnt flints represents the time when ancestral humans learned to control fire, either by kindling it or by keeping...
  • UN peacekeeping troops fire at protesters in Haiti

    12/14/2014 11:27:01 AM PST · by Patriot777 · 21 replies
    Liveleak.com ^ | December 13, 2014 | unknown
    United Nations peacekeepers on Friday fired at a crowd of protesters who were demanding new leadership just days after a government-appointed commission recommended that the country's prime minister resign. Thousands of protesters marched through the capital, Port-au-Prince, as they burned tires and clashed with U.N. troops and police, who also fired tear gas. Read more at http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=e07_1418461116#8MvX3mZS12tKGJ2v.99
  • Massive fire in downtown LA

    12/09/2014 8:03:46 AM PST · by Patriot777 · 26 replies
    Liveleak.com, ^ | Dec-8-2014 | unknown
    Massive blaze in downtown LA: 250 firefighters, 2 major freeways closed A massive fire in downtown Los Angeles early Monday destroyed an apartment tower under construction, damaged two other buildings and left two major freeways closed. The California Highway Patrol said the 110 Freeway is closed between the 10 and 101, and that the 101 southbound is closed at Alvarado Street. More than 250 firefighters are battling the blaze at an apartment tower under construction 909 W. Temple St., Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman David Ortiz said. The LAFD said two other buildings along Figueroa Street were also damaged by...
  • Massive downtown L.A. fire closes freeway, 250 firefighters battling

    12/08/2014 3:10:11 AM PST · by Bodleian_Girl · 128 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | 12/8/14 | LAUREN RAAB AND SHELBY GRAD
    Massive fire in downtown Los Angeles closed down portions of two major freeways Monday morning and could be seen for miles.
  • Investigation continues into fire that killed 32 horses

    11/24/2014 1:22:16 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 11 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | November 24, 2014 | Dana Ferguson
    An investigation continued Monday into the cause of a fire that killed 32 horses and injured a firefighter at a stable in McHenry County over the weekend.. Rescue Chief Paul DeRaedt, with the Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Department, said the remains of the 32 horses have been removed from the charred stable and owners will decide this week how they would like to move forward.
  • France: Huge Fire Breaks Out at Radio France Headquarters in Paris

    10/31/2014 5:36:07 AM PDT · by McGruff · 35 replies
    INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES ^ | October 31, 2014 | Gianluca Mezzofiore
    A massive fire has broken out at the Radio France headquarters building in Paris, causing the evacuation of personnel, according to reports. The fire engulfed the seventh and eight floors of Maison de la radio (Radio House) in the 16 arrondissement of Paris. Several windows exploded due to the extreme heat. Firefighters were called to the scene. Radio programmes of France Inter and France Info were suspended as a necessary safety measure. The fire reportedly hit the area of a ventilation system under works. No injuries were immediately reported. "I hope we can resume our radio programmes as soon as...
  • India and Pakistan exchange fire in Kashmir border clashes

    10/08/2014 11:46:17 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 1 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 10/08/14
    Indian and Pakistani troops traded gunfire over their border in the divided Himalayan region of Kashmir, killing at least four civilians and worsening tensions between the longtime rivals, officials on both sides have said. The small-arms and mortar exchanges – which Indian officials called the worst violation of a 2003 ceasefire – also left 18 civilians wounded in India and another three in Pakistan.
  • UPDATE: WV Fire Marshals say Milton Flea Market fire caused by faulty wiring

    10/03/2014 9:20:46 PM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    WOWKTV ^ | staff
    MILTON, WV - UPDATE: Donald Barker spent Friday morning sifting through rubble, trying to salvage what he could after a fire tore through the Milton Flea Market. He and his family have been vendors for years and lost everything in their booth to the blaze. “It's not as bad as some of the other people, they lost a lot of money,” Barker said. A Milton police officer first spotted the blaze around 8 a.m. Four fire departments responded and were able to contain the fire within an hour. News spread quickly through social media, sparking a frenzy among vendors praying...
  • Fire reported at Flight 93 National Memorial

    10/03/2014 1:16:02 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 22 replies
    www.dailyamerican.com/ ^ | 10-03-2014 | Staff
    Six fire departments have been called to a working structure fire at the Flight 93 National Memorial headquarters along Park Headquarters Road in Stonycreek Township, according to scanner reports. The fire was reported around 3:15 p.m. Friday. The Daily American has sent a reporter to the scene and will provide updates as they become available.
  • Millennials are Winning the Battle Against Campus Speech Codes

    10/01/2014 10:09:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 1, 2014 | Elliot Tengstrom
    Despite its protection in our Constitution, free speech has never been a given in the United States. From the struggle to pass the First Amendment to Twentieth Century prohibitions on anti-war speech, every American generation has fought some sort of battle to protect this most sacred of rights. In 2014, Millennials are waging their generation's fight for free expression on college campuses across the nation. And today, they are winning. Over the past several decades, "speech codes" have proliferated at an alarming rate across our nation's college campuses. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education defines such a code as...
  • Flights Halted At Chicago Airports Due To Fire At FAA Radar Center

    09/26/2014 7:09:39 AM PDT · by mykroar · 64 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | 9/26/14 | CBS Chicago
    Flights at both Chicago airports have been halted Friday morning, due to a fire at Federal Aviation Administration radar facility in Aurora. Emergency crews found a man with self-inflicted wounds while putting out the fire. A ground stop was in place at O’Hare International and Midway International airports as a result of the fire. Flights headed into both airports were being diverted to other airports, while flights departing the airports were being delayed. The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said fire investigators were at the scene, as part of the DuPage County Fire Investigation task force. Aurora...
  • Tuition Pays for This

    08/20/2014 4:42:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 20, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    According to College Board, average tuition and fees for the 2013-14 school year totaled $30,094 at private colleges, $8,893 for in-state residents at public colleges and $22,203 for out-of-state residents. Many schools, such as Columbia University and George Washington University, charge yearly tuition and fees close to $50,000. Faced with the increasing costs of higher education, parents and taxpayers might like to know what they're getting for their money. Campus Reform documents outrageous behavior at some colleges. Mark Landis, a former accounting professor at San Francisco State University, frequently entertained students at this home. He now faces 15 charges...
  • Check Out This New, Incredibly Stupid And Deadly Online Dare That’s Sweeping America

    08/10/2014 10:13:19 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 64 replies
    http://www.thefederalistpapers.org ^ | august 10, 2014 | steve straub
    US health officials have warned of the dangers posed by the latest deadly dare sweeping the internet: The Fire Challenge. Those taking part in the challenge douse themselves in flammable liquids and set fire to themselves, then extinguish the flames as quickly as they can, uploading the videos onto sites including YouTube and Facebook. Santa Clara county health officials in California have warned of the dangers posed by the game, and say that several taking part in it have suffered severe burns as a result. “A number of kids have suffered second- and third-degree burns across the country,” said Joy...
  • Prayer Request: Fire Approaching Home of Daughter, N. Idaho

    08/09/2014 5:01:13 PM PDT · by Veto! · 31 replies
    KREM.com ^ | August 9, 2014, 4:54 p.m. PDT | Veto!
    I just saw this announced in a streamer over the golf game on TV, sent text to my daughter, who is shopping in another town and had no idea. She and her husband are racing home. Their home is very close to this fire. Please join me in praying for all who live near this fire and especially for Katy and Fred and their dogs. May they stay free of fire, dear Lord, and damages of every kind. Thanks so much, Veto!
  • Man Killed After E-Cig Charging Snafu

    08/09/2014 10:49:50 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 46 replies
    Newser ^ | August 9, 2014 | John Johnson
    A UK man was killed after his device misfired and ignited his oxygen equipment, reports the BBC. Fire officials say David Thomson, 62, was charging his e-cig in his bedroom when it "exploded, caught fire, and ignited the oxygen tube of an oxygen concentrator, which may have been in use by the occupier."
  • Rescue Cat Saves Family's Home From Massive Fire

    08/03/2014 5:45:03 PM PDT · by Innovative · 13 replies
    Mashable ^ | Aug 1, 2014 | Jenny Ryall
    SYDNEY — A newly-adopted cat has been credited with saving the home of its new family. Tilly, a tabby, alerted her owner Matt Clayton to a fire in the roof of the family home in Melbourne, Australia. As he was leaving for work later than usual, Tilly refused to move out of his way. Instead she starred at the ceiling, purring repeatedly. There was a silent, odourless fire in the roof but traces of danger were hidden. At Tilly's insistence, Matt gently touched a down-light and smoke came billowing out. He said the straw insulation would have caught alight and...
  • Teen Sets Himself on Fire for Online 'Challenge' (LOL!)

    07/30/2014 8:55:17 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 53 replies
    Newser ^ | July 30, 2014 | Elizabeth Armstrong Moore
    If pouring rubbing alcohol on your chest and lighting it on fire sounds like a bad idea, you're on the right track. A 15-year-old boy in Kentucky had to learn the hard way, however, after he attempted a stunt called the "fire challenge" that's been popping up on sites like Facebook and YouTube. "I just poured alcohol on it, and lit it, and it just automatically went and burst," the teenager, who suffered second-degree burns, tells WKYT-TV. (snip) "Unbearable," the teen says. "Literally after it got put out it was already blistering."
  • Man sets house afire trying to kill spider with lighter, spray paint

    07/17/2014 6:56:35 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 23 replies
    KOMO News.com ^ | July 15, 2014 | KOMO Staff
    Man sets house afire trying to kill spider with lighter, spray paint SEATTLE -- Fire officials say a West Seattle man was using a lighter and a can of spray paint to kill a spider in his laundry room when the house went up in flames. Fire crews were called to a home in the 10200 block of 34th Avenue SW just before 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Firefighters originally battled the blaze from a distance after learning there may be ammunition inside. Crews were eventually able to extinguish the fire, but not before it did significant damage to the structure....
  • Tesoro Refinery fire, Anacortes, Washington

    07/16/2014 6:39:38 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 38 replies
    WhiskeyX | 2014-07-16 | WhiskeyX
    At least two large fires that appear to be uncontrolled are visible at the Tesoro Refinery, Anacortes, Washington. No further information is available at this time. The Tesoro website does not say anything about the fires yet.
  • Michelle Obama Says Soldier Was Caught In A ‘Fire Fart’ [Video]

    07/16/2014 6:39:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 34 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7/16/14 | Patrick Howley
    First Lady Michelle Obama told a harrowing story Wednesday of a soldier caught in a “fire fart” during his wartime experience. “There’s this soldier that we met just a month ago,” Obama told the crowd at a Los Angeles event addressing the plight of homeless veterans, “who was caught in a fire fart–fight in Afghanistan.” The soldier returned home to find a bleak environment for veterans of war, according to Michelle’s prepared remarks at the event, which also featured a presentation from Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti.
  • Hamas fire anti-aircraft missile at IAF jets; miss target

    07/08/2014 3:00:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    ynet ^ | 7/8/14 | Elior Levy
    Fighting Get Breaking News Alerts to Your Desktop Red email - send us news tips Hamas fire anti-aircraft missile at IAF jets; miss target Arab media reports Egypt attempting to broker ceasefire, sends warning from Israel to Hamas and Islamic Jihad. Elior Levy Published: 07.08.14, 12:06 / Israel News Hamas' military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, has fired an anti-aircraft missile at an IAF fighter jet flying above the Gaza Strip. The missile failed to hit its target. Meanwhile, reports indicate Egypt is working to broker a ceasefire agreement. The reports came as rockets rained down on Israel, with...
  • FIRE Files Four Lawsuits

    07/07/2014 12:05:36 PM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 5 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 3, 2014 | Jace Gregory
    The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) announced today that it is coordinating the filing of lawsuits against four universities as part of its new Stand Up For Speech Litigation Project. FIRE logo The project goal is to eliminate unconstitutional speech codes at universities by targeting First Amendment violations and initiating lawsuits. First Amendment attorney Robert Corn-Revere will serve as the leading counsel to students and faculty members participating in the project. “For 15 years, FIRE has fought for free speech on campus using public awareness as our main weapon, but more is needed,” said FIRE President Greg Lukianoff,...
  • Video: Woman Tries To Light Bus Passenger's Hair Ablaze

    06/29/2014 7:50:34 PM PDT · by Morgana · 23 replies
    MARYSVILLE, Wash. – A bus ride almost turns into a hair-raising experience for one Washington woman. Police say Robin Myers sat down behind a former friend on the Community Transit bus in Marysville on Monday. In bus surveillance video released by the transit agency later in the week, it seems Myers tried to light the woman's hair on fire using a canister of hairspray and a lighter. A man sitting next to the victim saw what was happening and used his hand to put out the fire.
  • The Most American Way to Light a Campfire Imaginable...

    06/17/2014 9:29:08 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 7 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 17 June 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    This is great, watch the video at YouTube
  • Fire restrictions still in place at national forests

    05/20/2014 1:37:59 PM PDT · by SandRat
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | May 19 2014
    TUCSON – Continuing from the May 1 initiation of fire restrictions across multiple jurisdictions of public lands, all ranger districts of Coronado National Forest remain under campfire and smoking restrictions. Beginning May 1, and until rescinded, the following are prohibited: • Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove other than in a developed campsite or picnic area where grills are provided. • Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site/improved site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all...
  • Photoshop experts: Is this real? (DC-10 drop over San Marcos, CA Fire)

    05/16/2014 1:18:24 PM PDT · by Half Vast Conspiracy · 100 replies
    Facebook ^ | May 16, 2014 | Self
    Posted on a local Facebook page. The photo quality is poor. Is this photoshopped?