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  • World's Oldest Woman With Down Syndrome Living In Chickasha (Oklahoma)

    07/07/2015 7:30:56 PM PDT · by Morgana · 3 replies
    news9.com ^ | July 2, 2015 | Christy Lewis
    CHICKASHA, Oklahoma - Dollie Grissom is 74 years old and she has Down syndrome. She’s one of nine kids and her siblings spoil her during visits several times a week. “This is home so we just come to her,” her sister, Marilyn Crossen said. Home has been the Chickasha Nursing Center since 1969. “I wouldn’t take her out of here for anything,” Crossen added. And Dollie has done nearly the same thing each day for the last 47 years. “She wakes up when she gets ready to wake up. We bring her breakfast, usually pancakes. She will sit around and...
  • California right-to-die bill stalls in blow to movement

    07/07/2015 3:41:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 7, 2015 6:37 PM EDT | Fenit Nirappil
    In a blow to the right-to-die movement, California lawmakers on Tuesday dropped one of the strongest legislative efforts in the U.S. to allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives. The move came despite pleas involving the case of Brittany Maynard, who moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to Oregon, which has a right-to-die law, when she was 29 so she could die on her own terms after a brain cancer diagnosis. Aid-in-dying advocates had hoped the nationally publicized case would prompt a wave of new right-to-die laws. But no state has passed such legislation this year, with...
  • Owner of garbage service terminates employee who shot and killed dog

    07/07/2015 3:33:53 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 19 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | July 07, 2015 | Theresa Ghiloni
    JACKSON, MI – A Modern Waste Services employee involved in an incident where a dog was killed no longer works for the company. The owner of the garbage service, Phil Duckham, said the employee was terminated Tuesday afternoon. Duckham said he wanted to meet with the former employee in person before making a decision on how to handle the fatal Monday night shooting of a 9-year-old Rottweiler-Labrador mix. "This isn't how we do business," Duckham said. "I wanted to hear both sides of the story, and we don't condone damaging people's property. ... It's a service we give and it's...
  • Ex-Disney performer placed firework on head upside down before he died, authorities say

    07/07/2015 12:56:25 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 91 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | July 6 2015 | By Steven Lemongello
    Staples and his friends had been drinking and setting off fireworks Saturday night in a friend's backyard in rural Calais, Maine, when Staples died instantly of a fatal head injury, said Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland. On Monday officials released new information about the incident. "He placed the firework in the (mortar) tube upside down," McCausland said. "And rather than being projected upwards, it projected into his skull."
  • California Family Supports 4-Year-Old’s Decision To Transition From Male To Female

    07/06/2015 9:36:41 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 82 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | 07/06/15 | Kerry Picket
    Some parents are preparing to transition their children from one gender to the other as early as pre-school. National Public Radio interviews one Oakland, Calif. family with a young child who started life out as “Jack” but became “Jackie” by age four.
  • City of Weatherford Insists Brown Water Safe to Drink

    07/07/2015 4:13:58 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | Monday, Jul 6, 2015 | Kevin Cokely
    Residents of Weatherford say their water has been brown for weeks. While they say the city told them it can't be fixed, officials insist the water is safe to drink. "I'm not drinking this water," said Weatherford resident Carole Vernon. "They assured us that it's OK to drink, but I'd like a third party to test it. I don't know if, I mean, that's not very appetizing." The water flowing from Vernon's faucet looks clear, but a bathtub full of the water has a noticeable golden brown tint. "When you get a concentrated [amount], like in a bathtub or a...
  • Brisket Thief Costs Thousands at Denton BBQ Joint

    07/07/2015 1:54:47 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | Brian Scott
    An attempt to steal meat ended with a fire and a lot of lost meat — and money — for a Denton barbecue restaurant. Last Friday morning, firefighters had to come to Bet the House BBQ on South Elm Street just before 5 a.m. to put out a fire that started behind the building in the restaurant's smoke house. Owners said the fire appeared to start because someone left the doors on the smoker open, letting in oxygen that mixed with grease and heat to start the blaze. They didn't believe it was anyone who worked there that would have...
  • Poached Alligator Identified as Southeast Texas Man's Killer

    07/07/2015 1:44:22 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | Jul 6, 2015
    An 11-foot, 400-pound alligator game officials say was shot and killed without a permit has been identified as the beast that killed a late-night swimmer at a Southeast Texas marina. Texas game officials say the alligator was shot in the head and killed Monday afternoon in Adams Bayou in Orange, near where Tommie Woodward's maimed body was found early Friday. Justice of the Peace Rodney Price of Orange County Precinct 4 said remains found inside the carcass were identified as those of the 28-year-old Orange man. An autopsy determined Woodward died by drowning but lost his left arm below the...
  • Volo Museum Offers to Buy 1st General Lee, Save Flag (From Bubba Watson)

    07/06/2015 11:23:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Daily Herald ^ | 7/5/2015 | Eric Peterson
    Golfer Bubba Watson says he'll paint over Confederate flagThough the Volo Auto Museum already owns one General Lee car from the television series "The Dukes of Hazzard," museum director Brian Grams is making a bid to preserve the historical significance of the very first version seen in the show's opening titles. That car is owned by professional golfer Bubba Watson, who recently announced his plans to paint over the car's Confederate flag with an American flag because of the recent controversy over what some have said is the Confederate flag's racist overtones. As he said about the General Lee he...
  • Boy Hurt in Carlsbad Plane Crash Is a 'Miracle Dude': Mom

    07/06/2015 11:05:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | 7/6 | Elena Gomez
    A Carlsbad boy underwent brain surgery after he was struck in a plane crash on the beach Saturday. Nicholas Baer had no idea he was in the path of danger on Carlsbad beach near Cannon Road. Fraying Family Ties Cut to Heart of Theater Gunman's Defense He was walking back from the water after body surfing and to his left, a plane with engine trouble was flying low along the sand. As the pilot reached the area where Nicholas was standing, the plane flipped over and landed upside down, striking the 12-year-old boy in the head. "Nicholas was pretty much...
  • Officer Tasered While Taking Shoplifting Suspect to Jail

    07/06/2015 10:49:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Jul 6, 2015
    A police officer was hit with his own Taser while trying to take a shoplifting suspect to jail in southwest Florida. St. Petersburg police say Officer John Douglas was transporting 37-year-old Jason Lee Benedict to jail after he allegedly stole three bottles of cough syrup and drank them in the grocery store bathroom. As the officer handcuffed Benedict on Friday, authorities say he punched and kicked the officer. Police said Benedict bit the officer's hand and reached for his Taser, causing it to discharge in the officer's left hand. The suspect was initially taken to a hospital, but was in...
  • Casanova Who Cheated 20 Women Arrested

    07/06/2015 10:31:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    ASIAONE ^ | Monday, Jul 6, 2015
    It was the end of the road for a Casanova who has swindled about 20 women of their money and jewellery when he was arrested by police. The 34-year-old man was believed to have been involved in 20 fraud cases amounting to about RM155,000 (S$55,000). [US$40,600] Identifying himself as Aidid Iskandar, Afzan Iskandar and Hafis, the man would approach his victims on Facebook and sweet-talk them into believing he was sincere. The father-of-three is said to have cheated about 20 women between the ages of 28 and 38 of their cash and jewellery in two years. Brickfields police chief Asst...
  • Mother, children seriously hurt after being hit by drunk driver who had been deported 6 times

    07/06/2015 9:40:22 PM PDT · by WillyBA · 24 replies
    Twitchy ^ | Bill A
    In the sanctuary city of San Francisco, a man in the U.S. illegally who had been deported five times was on Monday formally charged with murder for shooting and killing a woman. That horrible story has re-ignited talk about the revolving door at the border, and the following from Arizona adds yet another example to the list:
  • Miami police: Knife-wielding man dies after being shot with Taser stun gun

    07/06/2015 9:14:13 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 7 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | July 6, 2015 | David Ovalle
    A half-naked knife-wielding man who chased a Miami police officer in Little Havana over the weekend died a day after being shot by Taser stun guns. State agents are now investigating the death of 52-year-old Maximo Rabasa, who had a history of psychiatric problems. The confrontation unfolded Saturday night when a Miami police officer saw Rabasa — clad only in boxer shorts — wielding a knife on the street near Southwest 22nd Avenue and First Street. According to Miami police, the man ran toward the officer, who then locked himself in his patrol car and called for backup.
  • Emanuel: Violent Weekend Not A Sign That Anti-Violent Strategies Are Failing

    07/06/2015 4:23:42 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 41 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | July 6, 2015 | Craig Dellimore
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel says police are doing all they can to quell violence on the streets, but the problem requires having fewer guns on the streets and more moral values in the homes, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore. Mayor Emanuel says he is both saddened and sickened by the rash of gun violence that claimed so many lives this weekend while police officers were on 12-hour shifts and the city’s summer jobs program is employing more people than ever.
  • Motorcyclist fleeing state police severed at waist in crash

    07/06/2015 12:54:54 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 94 replies
    Midland Daily News ^ | July 6, 2015
    BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) — A motorcyclist has been severed at the waist during a crash while fleeing police in Bay City, east of Saginaw. The Bay City Times reports (http://bit.ly/1CW9SvX ) Monday that 47-year-old Christopher Henry struck a curb then a utility pole cable before hitting a tree Sunday night.
  • Doc Told Hundreds of Healthy People They Had Cancer

    07/06/2015 1:01:00 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 48 replies
    Yahoo! Health ^ | July 6, 2015
    Dr. Farid Fata put hundreds of people through hell in order to line his own pockets, and now federal prosecutors are seeking to put the Detroit-area oncologist away for 175 years. Fata has admitted that he misdiagnosed patients — 553 of them, according to prosecutors — and ordered chemotherapy and other unnecessary treatments for patients who didn’t even have cancer, report NBC News, which says some 9,000 needless injections or infusions were allegedly given.
  • Mom, 26, is arrested 'after dumping her helpless baby daughter on the roadside at midnight...

    07/06/2015 9:13:55 AM PDT · by Morgana · 20 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 6 July 2015 | Anneta Konstantinides For Dailymail.com
    FULL TITLE: Mom, 26, is arrested 'after dumping her helpless baby daughter on the roadside at midnight in a car-seat' A 26-year-old mother whose baby was found abandoned on the side of a Maryland road strapped in her car seat has been charged with child neglect and reckless endangerment, police said. Sandra McClary called police herself at 10am on Sunday to say the baby - who was discovered shortly before midnight on the 900 block of Druid Hill Avenue in Pasadena - was her daughter. McClary also claimed that the baby's father was supposed to have the infant and she...
  • Historic Tampa Cigar Factory Destroyed by Fire

    07/05/2015 10:29:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Jul 5, 2015
    A historic Tampa cigar factory has been destroyed in a fire. Authorities say the roof and floors of the Palmetto Beach Cigar Factory collapsed in the fire which broke out shortly after midnight Sunday. The fire marshal said the building is considered a total loss. It's unclear whether anyone was inside at the time. Firefighters were not able to enter the building for safety reasons. They had the fire under control in less than two hours, but were still putting out hot spots on Sunday afternoon.
  • Archeologists Find U.S. Army Bacon and Sunscreen Buried at Salisbury Plain

    07/05/2015 10:13:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    UPI ^ | July 5, 2015 | Fred Lambert
    Wessex Archeology says it has in recent years found remains from World War II mess kitchens in the area.Archeologists say they have unearthed several tins filled with U.S. Army bacon and sunscreen at Salisbury Plain, England, home of the famous Stonehenge ruins. Wessex Archeology shared the find on its website in celebration of American Independence Day. Salisbury Plain has been a British military training ground since the early 20th century, but U.S. military forces staged there in preparation for the 1944 invasion of Nazi-occupied France during World War II. "The military has been on Salisbury Plain for decades so it's...
  • Emerald Isle Police: Deck Collapse During Family Photo Injures 24 in North Carolina

    07/05/2015 2:32:27 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    NBC ^ | Jul 5 2015, 5:08 pm ET | Phil Helsel and Elisha Fieldstadt
    Emerald Isle Police said officers responded at around 7 p.m. to reports of the collapse and multiple injuries, which ranged from cuts to possible "spinal issues," said Town Manager Frank Rush. ... Rush said the family gathered on a third of the deck for the picture during what was supposed to be their last night of a family reunion vacation, and the victims ranged from age 5 to 94. Officials said that at least two people were in critical condition as of Sunday morning. All but five of the victims had been treated and released from various hospitals by Sunday...
  • Man fatally shot in Dorchester Saturday night ("Guns are killing too many young people...")

    07/05/2015 6:30:29 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 24 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | July 05, 2015 | Katherine Landergan
    A man in his mid-20s was fatally shot late Saturday night in Dorchester, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said in an interview. At 10:50 p.m. on Holborn Street, a car was seen firing shots before it fled, Evans told reporters on the scene. The man, whose name was not released, died at the scene. A second man had his arm “grazed,” Evans said, and he was taken to the hospital for minor injuries.
  • Preserving the Truth Behind Gandhi’s Murder

    07/04/2015 11:01:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    The Hindu ^ | HARI NARAYAN
    BEYOND DOUBT — A Dossier on Gandhi’s Assassination: Compiled by Teesta Setalvad; Tulika Books, 35 A/1 (ground floor), Shahpur Jat, New Delhi-110049. Rs. 450. TOPICS books and literature history books June 25, 1934 has got a curious connection to the three shots fired at around 5:10 pm on the fateful Friday of January 30, 1948, shots that would go on to silence the life of a 79-year-old frail but resolute Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. For it was on that day, while on a visit to Pune, that Gandhiji witnessed the first of six attempts on his life, the sixth of which...
  • Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe 'Murdered 23 More Victims'

    07/04/2015 9:40:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    Mirror ^ | Andy Lines
    The Yorkshire Ripper killed a further 22 women and one MAN, according to explosive new evidence. One of the “new” victims was a famous Playboy bunny girl. Peter Sutcliffe was only ever convicted of 13 murders. But now a former police officer and an investigative journalist have written a book which insists this figure is just the tip of the iceberg. The Yorkshire Ripper killed a further 22 women and one MAN, according to explosive new evidence. One of the “new” victims was a famous Playboy bunny girl. Peter Sutcliffe was only ever convicted of 13 murders. But now a...
  • Miss Bosnia and Playboy Model Reportedly Linked to (5) Mob Murders 21

    07/04/2015 8:53:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | July 2, 2015 | | Yaron Steinbuch
    Slobodanka Tosic is pictured in this undated Facebook photo. Tosic, a Playboy model and former Miss Bosnia, has been extradited after reportedly being linked with five murders and a string of robberies. (Handout/Postmedia Network) 1 Change text size for the storyPrint this story Report an error A former Miss Bosnia and Playboy model has been taken into custody for links to five Mob murders in her home country, according to local media. Croatia extradited Slobodanka Tosic, 29, earlier this week. She's one of 32 people rounded up in Operation Doll, an investigation into five murders and a string of robberies...
  • Two ResCare Employees Charged With Abuse of Incapacitated Adult

    07/04/2015 5:00:29 PM PDT · by Morgana · 13 replies
    wowktv.com ^ | Jul 03, 2015 | By Melissa Murray, Marion & Taylor County Reporter
    FAIRMONT - Two caregivers are charged with abuse and neglect of an incapacitated adult after Fairmont police said they sprayed a man with a water hose. Court documents said Melissa Shonce, 33, and Courtney Mundell, 21, were trying to get a man to come inside the ResCare facility on Mary Lou Retton Drive on June 10. When he did not, officers said the women sprayed the man with the water hose. Police said an officer received a complaint from a ResCare director.
  • Man Is Killed by Alligator in Texas While Swimming, Despite Warnings From Local Officials Not to

    07/04/2015 1:32:27 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 88 replies
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    Orange County Police were called to Burkart’s Marina near the Louisiana state line early Friday morning.... Orange County Justice of the Peace Rodney Price told CNN affiliate KFDM that Woodward ignored verbal warnings and a posted “No Swimming Alligators” sign and seemed to mock the deadly creatures before going in the water. “He removed his shirt, removed his billfold … someone shouted a warning and he said ‘blank the alligators’ and jumped into the water and almost immediately yelled for help,” Price said. The “No Swimming Alligators” sign was posted this week after a 10-foot alligator was spotted in the...
  • Donald Trump says he may re-open Trump University

    07/04/2015 10:38:36 AM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 32 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS / ^ | Published: Thursday, October 16, 2014, 4:21 PM | BY Ken Lovett
    Confident he is going to beat back a $40 million fraud lawsuit by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, billionaire developer Donald Trump said Thursday he is considering re-opening his defunct Trump University.
  • These places have the slowest Internet in the country

    h2>Do you think your Internet is slow? That's nothing compared to what these folks are going through. If you live in Chicago, and try to connect via AT&T (T, Tech30) from 4 p.m to 11 p.m., speeds for certain websites and Internet services are basically like dial-up in the 1990s. There are a handful of other examples from researchers at M-Lab, which provides tools to assess Internet performance. In some cases, Internet speeds can be as slow as 0.5 Megabits per second. Take Seattle, where CenturyLink (CTL) customers trying to access particular sites from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. will...
  • Colorado Stoner Resort Plans Go Straight to Pot

    07/04/2015 2:11:15 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    THE AURORA SENTINEL ^ | July 3, 2015
    CannaCamp couldn't cultivate kush resort after national derision becomes a real downerA planned pot-friendly ranch resort in southwest Colorado has been snuffed before it opened. The 170-acre CannaCamp resort touted weed-friendly activities such as hiking and fishing. But a deal with the landowner fell through, and the marijuana-tourism company promoting CannaCamp announced Thursday that the resort won’t open after all. The MaryJane Group, which runs marijuana-friendly inns in Denver and Silverthorne, announced that it hopes to find a new home for CannaCamp by 2016. Guests who already booked stays starting at $395 per person per night are being offered stays...
  • 11-Year-Old With the Ultimate Break-Up Burn

    07/04/2015 12:45:42 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    KFOR ^ | JULY 1, 2015 | DALLAS FRANKLIN
    Is this the breakup text to end all breakup texts? An 11-year-old girl texted her boyfriend, Joey, after she found out he cheated on her when he went to the park with another girl. Madi Nickens tweeted pictures of her little sister’s conversation where she called out Joey for cheating. “Don’t talk to me in middle school. I didn’t even love you,” the little girl said to Joey. The boy then brought up the time she bought him Starbucks, saying, “well you were the one that bought my Starbucks drink so you obviously loved me a little bit.” But it...
  • Police detain soldier walking around NC mall with rifle, ammunition

    07/03/2015 8:50:02 PM PDT · by rikkir · 45 replies
    Fox News / Associated Press ^ | 7/3/2015 | Associated Press
    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – Authorities say a Fort Bragg soldier has been charged with creating a panic at a North Carolina mall after appearing there with an assault rifle and other military gear. Fayetteville police say Bryan Scott Wolfinger, 25, was arrested and charged with "going armed to the terror of the public" in connection with Thursday's incident at Cross Creek Mall in Fayetteville. A statement from the Fayetteville Police Department says Wolfinger was preparing to have photographs taken with the military equipment and rifle when 911 calls were received of an armed male at the mall.
  • (NJ) Teacher from Lyndhurst accused of sexually assaulting student

    07/03/2015 5:47:08 PM PDT · by Coleus · 13 replies
    northjersey.com ^ | 06.19.15 | JIM NORMAN
    A 32-year-old Lyndhurst woman, a second-grade teacher, has been arrested and charged with aggravated sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a 15-year-old girl from the Jersey City school where the woman is employed, authorities said Friday.Bergen County John L. Molinelli said Lauren H. Mitchell was arrested after an investigation by his office’s Special Victims Unit and the Lyndhurst Police Department.Molinelli said several teachers at the Dr. Lena Edwards Academic Charter School in Jersey City observed what they believed was inappropriate behavior between Mitchell and the girl during a class trip and reported what they had seen to school...
  • Burglars smash van into sporting goods store only to find owner waiting

    07/03/2015 4:26:34 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 50 replies
    WISN.COM ^ | 03 JULY 2015 | WISN.COM
    MILWAUKEE — Shortly before sunrise, police said a stolen van smashed through the doors of the Bouchard’s Sporting Goods store near North Avenue and Martin Luther King Drive. The burglars were unaware the owner was sleeping inside. Police said he greeted them with gunfire. A short time after the shooting, three guys showed up at the emergency room at Columbia St. Mary's. One of them had been shot multiple times. Police arrested all three of them.
  • 10 shot, 4 fatally, in Chicago as July 4th weekend begins

    07/03/2015 4:20:31 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 25 replies
    ABC 7 CHICAGO ^ | 03 JULY 2015 | ABC 7 CHICAGO
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The Fourth of July holiday weekend is already shaping up to be a violent one. Ten people were shot, four fatally, across Chicago in the last 24 hours. The violence started Thursday morning when a 22-year-old man was killed during a drive-by in the 13200-block of South Greenwood. He was taken to Christ Medical Center, where he later was pronounced dead. Later than night, a 20-year-old man was killed while he was riding his bike in the 2700-block of South Karlov, where police say a gunman shot him several times. He died after being taken to Mt....
  • Gun safety instruction OK in public elementary schools, new Louisiana law says

    07/03/2015 3:26:13 PM PDT · by BBell · 13 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 7/1/15 | Emily Lane
    When school starts this fall, public schools in Louisiana will have the option to instruct elementary students on gun safety. Gov. Bobby Jindal on Wednesday (July 1) signed a bill into law that permits cities, parishes and local public school boards to provide students with "age and grade appropriate" firearm accident prevention and safety instruction. A suggested curriculum includes the Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program, developed by the National Rifle Association.(snip)The bill received full passage by the Legislature, by a vote of 94-3 in the House and 38-1 in the Senate.
  • Man who allegedly punted cat 'like a football' found dead

    07/03/2015 3:14:31 PM PDT · by BBell · 76 replies
    A South Pittsburg man found dead in North Alabama was previously charged with animal cruelty after allegedly punting a cat "like a football." Dejion "D.J." Roberson, 21, was found dead in an isolated area of County Road 208 in Bridgeport. The sheriff's office determined the death was a homicide. Roberson was arrested on Christmas Eve 2013 in McMinn County. Several witnesses saw him carrying a cat by the neck and kicking it like a soccer ball, according to an incident report.
  • Massachusetts Police Seek Help ID’ing 4-Year-Old Girl Found Dead in Trash Bag

    07/03/2015 12:42:35 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    Massachusetts authorities are seeking help in identifying a little girl whose body was found on Deer Island in Boston Harbor last week. The child was found in a garbage bag on the western shore of the 185-acre peninsula on June 25. Her body showed no obvious signs of trauma, and investigators said her body had only been there for a short time ... A Massachusetts State Police Facebook post urged the public to “be alert for any children who seem to have gone missing from their communities” over the holiday weekend.
  • Same-sex couple in Mississippi goes to court to seek divorce

    07/03/2015 12:26:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 3, 2015 2:45 PM EDT | Jack Elliott Jr.
    Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has asked the state Supreme Court to allow a lesbian couple to seek a divorce. Hood sided Thursday with a similar request filed by the attorney for Lauren Czekala-Chatham, who argued a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on June 26 requires all states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and to recognize same-sex marriages validly performed in other states. That was key to Chatham’s arguments as she seeks a divorce from Dana Ann Melancon. They were married in California in 2008. “That’s awesome,” Czekala-Chatham told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. “I can get...
  • Pittsburgh Regatta will go on without boats, water events

    07/03/2015 11:56:09 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 12 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune Review ^ | July 3 | Tom Fontaine
    Organizers of this weekend's EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta said Friday they canceled all scheduled boat races because of hazardous river conditions
  • Anti-2nd Amendment gun smuggler, Democrat Leland Yee, headed to prison

    07/03/2015 7:18:05 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 7/3/2015 | Robert Laurie
    We’re glad this criminal is off the streets, but we’ll also be honest. We were hoping this one would go to trial because an anti-2nd Amendment Democrat who also happens to be an international gun-runner is just too much fun to pass up. Have fun in the slammer, Mr. Yee.
  • Good-natured jokester has last laugh with self-written obituary

    07/03/2015 12:54:18 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    KFOR ^ | K. QUERRY | JULY 2, 2015
    Doug Legler had a simplistic nature and always wanted to make people laugh. Even though he spent most of his life working as a driver for Nash Finch, he didn’t want his career choice listed in an obituary. In fact, Legler had a simple request from his family when he died. He said he didn’t want a detailed narrative of his life. When he passed recently, his family felt obligated to follow his wishes. Legler’s obituary was even shorter than his name. It simply read, “Doug Died.” “He said over and over, ‘When I die, I want my obituary to...
  • ‘Holistic’ cardiologist in Santa Fe accused of fraud

    07/02/2015 5:16:52 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 4 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | July 2, 2015 | Mark Oswald
    SANTA FE – Dr. Roy G. Heilbron, 51, a self-described “holistic” cardiologist in Santa Fe, has been charged with health care fraud and wire fraud in a 24-count federal indictment. The indictment, announced Wednesday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Albuquerque, alleges that Heilbron executed a scheme to defraud Medicare and other health care benefit programs from January 2010 to May 2011 by submitting false and fraudulent claims. Heilbron entered a not-guilty plea in federal court Wednesday and was released on his own recognizance. His medical license had been suspended by the New Mexico Medical Board for three months last...
  • Owner Responds to Complaints About Airbnb ‘Camping Retreat’ in ...Hollywood Hills Neighborhood

    07/02/2015 4:35:19 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    ktla.com ^ | July 2, 2015 | Melissa Pamer and Erin Myers, Updated at 03:38pm,
    “This is my property. There’s a couple of people making up stories of things happening here that are not happening,” de Leon told KTLA as she sat in a vehicle, small dog on her lap. “They made up stories that people are somehow having sex in a public place. First thing, it’s not public, it’s a private place. And second, that’s completely false.” ... They are particularly upset over a listing on Airbnb.com for a “Hollywood Hills Camping Retreat.” The listing, taken down following news coverage earlier this week, described the rental of a “tent” that could accommodate 10 people...
  • Bay Area news crews robbed on live TV while reporting on homicide

    07/02/2015 4:14:23 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    L A Times ^ | July 2, 2015 | Veronica Rocha
    Crews from KNTV-Channel 11 and KTVU-Channel 2 were reporting live at 6:03 a.m. on the shooting death of a woman at Pier 14 when someone stole camera equipment, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Part of the robbery was captured on air, showing a man hitting KNTV-TV camera operator Alan Waples with a gun. Video shows the gunman approach Waples and put a gun to his head while reporter Kris Sanchez pleads for him not to shoot, the Chronicle reported.
  • Virginia School Board Votes to Teach Seventh Graders about ‘Gender Identity’

    07/02/2015 11:15:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 2, 2015 | 10:14 AM EDT | Lauretta Brown
    Beginning in seventh grade, public school students in the Virginia suburbs outside Washington, D.C., will be taught about “sexual orientation terms,” including heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality—“and the gender identity term transgender,” according to a newly adopted sex education curriculum. The Fairfax County School Board voted last week to adopt the controversial new “Family Life Education Curriculum.” The meeting was crowded with angry parents, many of whom spoke out against the sudden changes. …
  • Former Applebee’s employee among 2 charged in manager’s murder

    07/01/2015 9:59:52 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 10 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | July 1, 2015 | Nina Golgowski
    Nearly a month after an Applebee's manager was shot to death in a Georgia restaurant’s parking lot, two men have been charged with his murder. Fayetteville police say Greg Haney Jr., 24, and Ledarius Jawon Jackson, 25, gunned down Gregory Smith in a coldblooded robbery attempt that wrongly assumed he was carrying cash. The 27-year-old father to a 15-month-old girl was discovered dead several hours later by his fiancée after he failed to return home and she grew concerned.
  • Man, 35, Marries Six-Year-Old Child in Name of Tradition

    07/01/2015 8:19:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Thursday, 2 July 2015
    Girl married off to man 29 years her senior in exchange for moneyChild marriage is rampant in some parts of India till date. However, a recent image that showed a 35-year-old man marrying a six-year-old girl in the Indian state of Rajasthan has created fresh furore over this notorious tradition. According to the UK daily Metro, Ratan Lal Jat, 35, a counciller married the child in a secret ceremony. The wedding was arranged by a local marriage broker who dealt with such shady marriages in return for fees. Ratan Lal Jat, if the police officials are to be believed, got...
  • What This Arizona Teen Pulled From His Ear Is Frig­htening

    07/01/2015 7:50:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 47 replies
    KSAT ^ | 7/1
    A Saline County teenager woke up Tuesday morning with excruciating pain in one of his ears. Grant Botti, 14, says he felt something strange in his ear and decided to grab hold of it. What he pulled out, would shock everyone. It was a 4-inch long centipede. Grant's mom, Angela Botti, put the still-alive centipede in a plastic bag and took Grant to the emergency room because he was still in pain. A doctor at Saline Memorial examined Grant's ear, finding some small abrasions in his ear drum. He was treated and released. Grant's mom says they don't know where...
  • Mayor: Chicago school cuts include layoffs, less maintenance

    07/01/2015 7:21:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 1, 2015 9:22 PM EDT | Sophia Tareen
    Chicago school and city officials detailed $200 million in cuts—including layoffs, scaled-back maintenance and reduced transportation—to the nation’s third-largest school district Wednesday, one day after the district paid a $634 million pension bill officials said it couldn’t afford. Mayor Rahm Emanuel said schools would still open on time in the coming school year and class sizes wouldn’t be affected. He put the blame on state legislators for worsening the situation and said a property tax increase was up for consideration. The district had to borrow and factor in the cuts to make the pension payment by Tuesday’s deadline because legislators,...