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  • Why China Is on an L.A. Spending Spree: "It's Just Monopoly Money to Them"

    10/03/2015 9:41:12 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 10/2/2015 | Seth Abramovitch
    Why China Is on an L.A. Spending Spree: "It's Just Monopoly Money to Them" by Seth Abramovitch 10/2/2015 6:00am PDT "$20,000 on drinks is a plain night on the town," says one local restaurateur, as big-time Chinese money pours into Los Angeles, consuming everything from wine to diamonds to watches to cars to prime real estate (in one case, 25,000 square feet for a teenage college student). The ultra-wealthy Chinese tend to get what they want, and right now most of them want one thing: to get out. More than 60 percent of China’s most affluent citizens have already left...
  • Any Freepers from Sierra Vista, AZ?

    10/03/2015 5:01:31 AM PDT · by PatriotCJC · 12 replies
    There was an active shooter situation behind my house in the Shilo church parking lot. It ended with a sniper shot. Talked to the Circle K attendant that had police/FBI in and out during the night and he said that it started as a police pursuit from Patagonia. He said that the perp started shooting at the Helicopter (that must have what woke me up).
  • Lawsuit Claims Man’s Flatulence Prompted Firing

    10/02/2015 6:59:23 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 32 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | October 2, 2015 | Staff
    OCTOBER 2--A Pennsylvania man was fired from his job at a pork roll producer due to extreme flatulence brought on by gastric bypass surgery, according to a discrimination lawsuit filed by the man’s wife. In a federal complaint, Louann Clem, 59, charges that the Case Pork Roll Company terminated her husband Richard, 70, last year after the Trenton, New Jersey firm’s president frequently complained about her spouse’s condition. Louann Clem, who also worked for the company, said that her husband--who weighed 420 pounds--underwent gastric bypass surgery in 2010. “As a result of the surgery, Mr. Clem suffered side effects such...
  • Shootings, Murders Spike In Chicago In September

    10/01/2015 6:08:50 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 9 replies
    CBS (Chicago) ^ | October 1, 2015
    CHICAGO (CBS) — While overall crime is down since last year, Chicago saw a big increase in fatal shootings last month, which was the deadliest September in more than a decade. Compared to the first nine months of last year, murders were up 21 percent through the end of September. Shooting incidents were up 19 percent, and the number of shooting victims was up 14 percent. Overall crime – including robberies, burglaries, and thefts – was down 7 percent.
  • Fort Myers Woman Calls 911, Says She Was Shorted in Weed Deal: Police

    10/01/2015 10:53:56 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    A southwest Florida woman landed herself behind bars after calling 911 to complain about being shortchanged in a drug deal. According to a Fort Myers Police Department report, 36-year-old Erin Klich called police to complain that she'd attempted to buy $75 worth of marijuana, but never got the goods from the dealer. Officers arrived outside a home to find Klich outside the reported dealer's home, still on the phone with police. Klich told the responding officers that the dealer inside took her money. Klich was arrested for misuse of 911.= Upon searching Klich, police found a clear plastic baggy, later...
  • Woman Says She Is Happier Than Ever After Fulfilling Lifelong Wish of Becoming Blind

    10/01/2015 10:46:05 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 86 replies
    KFOR ^ | OCTOBER 1, 2015 | Dallas Frankllin
    A North Carolina woman says she is happier than ever after she fulfilled her lifelong wish of becoming blind. Jewel Shuping, 30, has Body Integrity Identity Disorder, according to Barcroft TV. BIID is a condition in which able-bodied people believe they are meant to be disabled. She told Barcroft TV that her fascination with blindness started when she was a child. “By the time I was six I remember that thinking about being blind made me feel comfortable,” she said. Shuping says that when she was a teenager, she started wearing thick black sunglasses, and even got her first cane...
  • Woman Seeks Divorce From 'Short' Husband

    10/01/2015 10:34:19 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | hursday, October 01, 2015
    Lady embarrassed to go out with him A Saudi woman in her 20s has filed for a divorce from her new husband on the grounds he is very short and embarrasses her in public places. The woman, who married nearly seven months ago, told the Department of Islamic Affairs in the Eastern Saudi province of Al Qateef that her friends and other people “look with sarcasm” at her when she goes out with her husband. “She wants to be divorced on the grounds she feels embarrassed when she goes out with her short husband…this is one of the strangest...
  • Black Bear Gnaws on Delta 15s Seakayak in Berg Bay, Alaska

    09/30/2015 11:43:21 PM PDT · by 21twelve · 35 replies
    Youtube ^ | Sept. 29, 2015 | Mary Maley
    During a solo kayak trip, intended to go from from Ketchikan, Alaska to Petersburg, Alask, a bear attacked my kayak. This incident occurred outside of a US Forest Service cabin in Berg Bay, Wrangell District, Alaska.
  • Dresden Buddhists Drop Swastika to Keep Peace

    09/30/2015 3:35:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    The Local ^ | 28 Sep 2015
    On Sunday eastern Germany's first Buddhist graveyard opened in Dresden, marking a turning point for the region's Vietnamese community. But a missing symbol makes the burial ground a peculiarly German affair. The burial ground is long overdue, Ding Linger, a spokesperson for the Vietnamese Buddhist Centre in Dresden told The Local. "It's been needed for 40 years since Vietnamese people first came to East Germany," he said. Vietnamese are the largest immigrant population in east Germany, making up 100,000 of the population. Of those, 7,000 live in Dresden, reports the Hamburger Morgenpost. With around 85 percent of the Vietnamese population...
  • Drunk Driver Sentenced to Spend Victim’s Birthday in Jail

    09/30/2015 2:39:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    WWLP ^ | September 30, 2015 | Clare Kaley
    A Waupaca County woman who struck and killed an 18-year-old man will spend his birthday in jail, as well as the anniversary of the day she hit Dylan and every Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, for the next 10 years. A judge sentenced 40-year-old Heather Schmidt on Wednesday for the death of Dylan Thorne three years ago. Prosecutors say Schmidt’s blood-alcohol level measured twice the legal limit after she hit
  • “Sea Cruise” Singer Frankie Ford Has Died

    09/30/2015 2:35:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    WWLP ^ | September 30, 2015 | JANET McCONNAUGHEY
    Ford was 76 years old, had been ill for quite some timeFrankie Ford, a rock ‘n’ roll and rhythm and blues singer whose 1959 hit “Sea Cruise” brought him international fame when he was 19, is dead at the age of 76. Ford died Monday of natural causes, according to the Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, coroner’s office. “He was a great guy. He had the best voice in rock and roll,” said Mike Shepherd, a friend of Ford’s and head of the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, which inducted Ford in 2010.
  • Man Charged After Nearly 100 Guns Stolen from Pembroke Pines Home

    09/30/2015 2:28:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Tuesday, Sep 29, 2015 | Keith Jones
    Pembroke Pines Police have arrested a man in connection with a burglary in which nearly 100 firearms were stolen from a home. On Thursday, Sept. 17, police said a house in the 10000 block of Northwest 1st Street was burglarized and thieves made off with 96 firearms valued at $60,000. Police said 19-year-old Jesus Regueiro was seen receiving a container that contained some of those firearms from within the victim's fence line. A search warrant served later that day at Regueiro's Hollywood home uncovered 55 of those stolen firearms. Regueiro was arrested Monday and charged with burglary. He's been ordered...
  • Workers Jump Into Water to Escape Bees in Pembroke Pines

    09/30/2015 1:48:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Fire rescue officials say half a dozen workers were spraying a marshy area Wednesday near Southwest 7th Street and 184th Terrace when they encountered the bees. Officials one of the workers was stung and was hospitalized. His condition is not known. Rescuers were initially concerned because the workers were separated when they jumped into the water, but officials said they were eventually all accounted for. Officials said the workers were on a boat spraying pest repellent when they encountered the bees.
  • A Grandmother's Ordeal in the Hands of Mexican Kidnappers

    09/30/2015 1:20:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Hastings Tribune ^ | 9/30/15 | E. EDUARDO CASTILLO
    The kidnappers promised Yolanda Alvarez Antunez they would free her husband after she paid the ransom. The mother of five, grandmother of 13 saw no other option. Around 10:30 p.m. on that Wednesday, Yolanda and her brother-in-law drove the old family truck to a mountain town in the southern state of Guerrero, where they were stopped by two pickups full of armed men. She handed over a plastic bag full of bills, but instead of buying her husband's freedom, she was taken captive, too. "You're going to stay because your husband escaped and you're not leaving until we find him,...
  • Herhold: A Father's Three-Decade Search For His Kidnapped Son

    09/30/2015 1:17:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 09/26/2015 | Scott Herhold
    Late in the evening of March 17, 1981, a rickety Vietnamese river boat embarked on an ocean journey to Thailand, carrying 27 people in a desperate attempt to find a new life. A day and a half at sea, they were picked up by a Thai fishing boat, which they saw as salvation. Instead, the new vessel brought them a plague of robbery, kidnapping and starvation. When they were set back aboard their own disabled craft several days later, only 25 Vietnamese remained. Two infants -- a boy of five months, a girl of 11 months -- were kept by...
  • Forest Acres police officer killed in shooting at Richland Mall (So Carolina)

    09/30/2015 10:10:45 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 43 replies
    WIS News 10 (Columbia, SC) ^ | September 30 | Jeremy Turnage
    FOREST ACRES, SC (WIS) - Police in Forest Acres confirmed at a noon news conference that an officer with the Forest Acres Police Department was killed in a shooting Wednesday morning. The suspect has also been arrested in connection with the case. "What a tragic day here in Forest Acres," Police Chief Gene Sealy said to start the news conference. "This morning we had one of our police officers shot and killed." The officer, identified as Officer Greg Alia, 32, was a graduate of Richland Northeast High School and a 7-year veteran of the force. He was married and just...
  • How climate change is making Antarctica royally crabby (+video)

    09/30/2015 6:37:58 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 25 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 9-29-2015 | Eva Botkin-Kowacki
    Warming waters on the Antarctic continental shelf could be inviting to King crabs, a predator that has been unable to live in those chilly waters for tens of millions of years. Ocean waters are getting hotter, and that could make Antarctica crabby.  Warming global temperatures are prompting many animals to shift their ranges. One of those animals, the King crab, could be moving into shallower waters off the Western coast of Antarctica, where it hasn't been found for tens of millions of years.  The royal crustaceans, Lithodidae, now live on the continental slope off the western Antarctic Peninsula, a surprise...
  • Man starts gas station blaze trying to kill spider with lighter

    09/29/2015 9:24:18 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 98 replies
    Fox 2 Detroit ^ | September 30, 2015 | Taryn Asher
    CENTER LINE, Mich. - A man tried to kill a spider at a gas station using a lighter causing a dangerous fire. Using a lighter to kill the bug, he started a blaze that quickly engulfed the gas pump.
  • Arsonist Night Deposit Backfires

    09/29/2015 4:24:40 PM PDT · by BBell · 8 replies
    Colorado Springs, CO - Colorado Springs Police are looking for the man in this video. He's accused of trying to light a jar of gasoline and put it through a Wells Fargo overnight drop box. Based on the surveillance video, police believe the suspect may have been burned during the arson attempt. They are hoping for help in identifying the burnt moron. If you have any information that can help, call CSPD at 444-7000.
  • Teen accused of stealing $310 and Nike Jordans from victim turned in to police by mother(mugshot)

    09/29/2015 3:39:24 PM PDT · by BBell · 24 replies | The Times-Picayune ^ | 9/29/15 | Emily Lane, | The Times-Picayune
    A New Orleans teen whose mother turned him into police Monday night (Sept. 28) was part of a group accused of stealing $310 in cash, a cell phone and the Nike Jordan's off a victim over the weekend, according to police documents. New Orleans Police Department officers arrested Lance Lindsey, 17, about an hour after media reports surfaced that police were seeking him in a weekend armed robbery and kidnapping. His mother called police around 8:20 p.m. Monday, notifying them Lindsey was at her home on Ebbtide Drive, less than a mile from the scene of the alleged crime in...
  • Doctor Arrested Working as Butcher

    09/29/2015 2:40:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Sunday, September 27, 2015
    Most doctors are in reality butchers, says Kuwaiti resident, on social mediaAn Arab doctor was arrested on the first day of Eid Al Adha in Kuwait roaming around the residential areas offering to slaughter the Eid sheep of residents. This story went viral on social media, where many said that he must be punished for what he did as he was not a licensed butcher, and also he ignored all rules of hygiene which are part of a butcher's job. The doctor works in a private hospital and wanted to earn extra money by offering to slaughter Eid sheep...
  • Omani Reunited With Estranged Family After 30 Years (Married U.S. Woman, Left)

    09/29/2015 2:31:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Gulf News ^ | September 29, 2015 | Fahad Al Mukrash
    An Omani family in Liwa province has been reunited with a son after 30 years of estrangement. Jalal Al Balushi embraced his family last week with tears of joy in his family home in Guzail village of Liwa province on the north western coast of the country. The family had lost contact with Jalal in 1985 after he graduated from a university in Texas, where he was studying mechanical engineering. “It was the best and one of the most heartfelt moments ever in my life to meet my family and relatives”, Jalal told Gulf News last week. He had been...
  • Police: Dog Rescued After Driving Owner's Pickup Into Lake

    09/29/2015 2:18:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    UPI ^ | Sept. 29, 2015 | Ben Hoope
    Police in Maine said a small dog was to blame for driving its owners pickup truck into a lake by knocking the vehicle out of gear. The Ellsworth Police Department said the Yorkie's owner had been walking the dog around Branch Lake Saturday afternoon and he put the canine back into his pickup truck while it was idling. Lt. Harold Page told the Ellsworth American the dog "knocked the truck out of gear and it rolled down the parking lot into the lake." The Ellsworth Police Department said in a Facebook post the dog was rescued from the submerged pickup...
  • Nine Month Sentence for Nazi Postings

    09/29/2015 12:30:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    The Local ^ | 28 Sep 2015
    A 24-year-old German man has been handed a nine month conditional jail sentence for posting hundreds of right-wing extremist comments online. Austrian found guilty of Nazi Facebook post (26 Aug 15) Neo-Nazi handed 20 month sentence (19 Aug 15) Hungarian neo-Nazis take Austrian mini-break (13 Aug 15) Neo-Nazi codes banned from number plates (23 Jul 15) The man, who lives in the Lavant Valley in Carinthia, made a total of 399 entries on the right-wing extremist online discussion site between 2009 and 2010, some of which glorified Nazism. He registered on the internet forum a few days before his...
  • Hikers Beaten Up by Mountain Bikers in Tyrol

    09/29/2015 12:09:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 48 replies
    The Local ^ | 28 Sep 2015
    A group of hikers in Tyrol were attacked by three aggressive mountain bikers on Saturday afternoon as they descended the Rumer Alm in the Innsbruck Land district. One of the hikers suffered multiple lacerations. Police told local media that five hikers were descending from the alm towards the valley at around 5.30pm when they were overtaken at high speed by a mountain biker. The group called after the biker that he should slow down - at which point he stopped and put one of the hikers in a stranglehold. The man struggled to free himself and the biker sped off...
  • Beggar Caught With 'Five' Pockets

    09/29/2015 11:52:58 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Tuesday, September 29, 2015
    Trick to make more money A beggar appears to have come up with an innovative way to make more money by wearing a special shirt under his clothes with five pockets. Policemen arresting the beggar were surprised to find he has wore a specially designed shirt with five pockets under his main shirt. “The pockets were full of money. He was wearing that shirt to trick people so they will think his pockets are empty and he has no money,” 'Al Ittihad' daily said.
  • Santa Rosa Cannabis Providers Donate $20,000 Worth of Medical Marjuana to Valley Fire Victims

    09/29/2015 11:41:17 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 55 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Monday, Sep 28, 2015 | Rhea Mahbubani
    Two Santa Rosa cannabis providers are coming to the rescue of Valley Fire victims. Care by Design and AbsoluteXtracts have teamed up to donate $20,000 worth of medical marijuana products to Lake County residents who have prescriptions but lost access to their medicine because of the fire, the Press Democrat reported. The companies issued a joint statement, saying: "This disaster happened in our own backyard. As a company that prides itself on putting patient needs first, we felt there was no better time to reach out and help our neighbors in their time of need." Through Oct. 7, each victim...
  • Banksy to Send Timbers From Dismaland to Refugees

    09/29/2015 11:38:40 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Monday, Sep 28, 2015
    Street artist Banksy has said he will send the material from his closed amusement park in England to France to help shelter refugees who are camped out there. Banksy said on his Dismaland website Monday that all of the timbers and fixtures from the park are being sent to a refugee camp outside the northwest French port of Calais for the construction of shelters. Thousands of refugees are in the Calais area seeking entry into Britain. "Coming soon ... Dismaland Calais," the artist said on his posting. The unusual amusement park that closed Sunday after five weeks poked fun at...
  • City Employee Gets in Trouble Again for Talking Like a Robot

    09/29/2015 11:04:37 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | September 29, 2015 | Jen Kirby
    The saga of this city worker is a gift that keeps on giving: Despite receiving a 20-day suspension last year for mimicking a robot while answering IT calls to the Department of Health's help desk, employee Ronald Dillon is about to be disciplined once again for talking to customers like a droid. Dillon will likely be put on 30-day unpaid leave after he overrode supervisors' orders to stop impersonating a machine, which the judge who presided over Dillon's hearing described as "a slow, stilted and monotonous voice." Dillon was also censured for not responding to customer-service requests and purposefully misdirecting...
  • A ‘Date’ With Hummus: Israel Embraces Beer With Microbrew Twist

    09/29/2015 10:58:21 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Al Alarabiya ^ | Tuesday, 29 September 2015
    Monday, 28 September 2015 In an industrial zone among the hills of Galilee in northern Israel, a ponytailed sociologist with an intolerance for gluten explained what he was up to: beer made with chickpeas and dates. "It's a very Middle Eastern food," 52-year-old Bryan Meadan said of his gluten-free beer made with chickpeas, familiar to most through hummus and falafel. "Local beer with local products." In the part of the world where Jesus is believed to have turned water to wine, enterprising Israelis are opting for beer – local, craft beer that often has a regional twist.
  • ‘Good Samaritan’ Tells Crash Victim He’s There to Help, Then Does the Unthinkable

    09/29/2015 10:44:13 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    KFOR ^ | SEPTEMBER 29, 2015
    A woman was scared and dazed, trapped upside down after her car rolled three times during an accident in Texas. But it’s what happened after the crash that is even more unsettling to her and her family. In a Facebook post, Joshua Smith said a man posing as a Good Samaritan robbed his sister, Kimberly, who was the driver involved in the single-vehicle crash. Joshua Smith said the crash happened on Sept. 27. He said a man stopped to “help” his sister, and even found her purse for her. He then said he was going to call 911. While Kimberly...
  • ‘Killer Bees’ Found in the Bay Area for the First Time

    09/29/2015 10:31:28 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    KSBW ^ | Sep 28, 2015
    An Africanized breed of honeybees, sometimes known as “killer bees” because of its swarming, aggressive and deadly nature when its colony is threatened, has found its way to the Bay Area for the first time, researchers say. The bees were found in a Lafayette subdivision called Reliez Valley, near the southeast side of Briones Regional Park, by UC San Diego researchers who have been tracking the bees’ movement throughout the state. Until now, the bees had been detected only as far north as Mariposa County in California’s more inland Central Valley, but are likely attracted by the Bay Area’s warming...
  • Church of Scotland minister says to teach Jesus died for sins is "ghastly theology"

    09/29/2015 8:26:04 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 51 replies
    Premier Christian Media ^ | 9-29-15 | Hannah Tooley
    Revd Scott McKenna, minister of Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church in Edinburgh, openly denies one of the most accepted teachings of mainstream Christianity and told his congregation that it was "ghastly theology" to believe that Jesus Christ died for sinners. Following the comments, the footage was uploaded online and the current Free Church Moderator Revd David Robertson responded by writing a blog post on the subject, saying such preaching was profoundly anti-Christian. Mr McKenna, who has the potential to be a Church of Scotland Moderator, then contacted Robertson and the men met to discuss theology. A debate has been set for...
  • Mother, Grandmother Of 11-Month-Old Boy Wiped Out In Chicago Shootings, Heroic Officer Saves Boy

    09/29/2015 6:27:58 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 16 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | September 29, 2015 | Mohit Priyadarshi
    An 11-month-old Chicago boy witnessed tragedy late on Monday evening as he saw an unidentified shooter wipe out two generations of his family on his front porch. His pregnant mother and grandmother were those killed in an alleged case of random shootings that rocked the Back of the Yards neighborhood in South Chicago, according to latest reports emerging in the media. The shootings spurred an emergency medical services response to the 5300 block of South Aberdeen Street after multiple people were reportedly shot, according to Chicago Fire Department Cmdr. Frank Velez.
  • Pakistani Saves Wheelchair-Bound Wife From Haj Stampede

    09/28/2015 11:31:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, September 28, 2015
    Grabbed her out of the wheelchair and pushed her to the sideA Pakistani teacher has described how he saved his wife from a deadly stampede in Saudi Arabia by pulling her from her wheelchair as fellow Haj pilgrims were trampled to death around them. At least 769 people died in a crush of pilgrims near Makkah on Thursday when two large groups converged at a crossroads, in the worst disaster to befall the annual event in a quarter of a century. Alamzeb Khan, 48, and his wife, who was suffering from a high fever, were almost killed when the...
  • CHP Investigators Say Booby Trapped Road near Woodside is Targeted at Cyclists

    09/28/2015 10:13:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 93 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 9/28/15 | Michelle Roberts
    The California Highway Patrol is trying to find the person who dumped hundreds of nails and tacks on a road near Woodside that’s popular among cyclists. Officers said Monday that there were so many nails left on Kings Mountain Road that clean-up crews were forced to sweep the lanes to get them out of the way. Cyclists are usually drawn to the road for its views and 1,500-foot climb to Skyline Boulevard. "This is one of my favorite hill climbs," Michael Shorts said. But riders, who are now being warned to pay close attention to the sidewalks, are afraid they...
  • Superhero Window Washers Surprise Kids at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital

    09/28/2015 9:58:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 9/28/15
    Grime-fighting window washers, dressed as superheroes, joined forces to surprise kids at UC Benioff Children's Hospital Monday afternoon. "UCSF window washers are back at the hospital," the hospital tweeted around 11:45 a.m., with a photo of superheroes giving the building's windows a good wiping. The heroes waved at children as they washed windows. Some of the heroes children saw Monday were Supergirl, Batman, Robin, Ironman, Thor, The Flash, the Red Ranger power ranger, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Leonardo and Shrek, UCSF spokeswoman Juliana Bunim said. The event is part of the hospital's child life services program, which aims to provide...
  • Diescho’s Dictum: Only Black People Think That God Is White

    09/28/2015 12:12:03 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    New Era ^ | September 25th, 2015 | September 25th, 2015
    Most world civilizations have either their own version of God with a special connection between themselves and that God, or a name for the religion that connects their being to their God of the past, the present and the future, or both. It would appear that the people on the Afrikan continent are the only group that does not have either a God of their own or even a name for their religion. Pockets of Afrikan societies have a sense of God of the past, not the present or the future. The God of our ancestors – Mukuru Ndjambi, Kalunga,...
  • Total Lunar Eclipse! September 27, 2015 (Southern California)

    09/27/2015 4:19:08 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 34 replies
    Griffith Observatory ^ | September 27, 2015
    ... Public Star Party begins 2:00 p.m. EVENT BEGINS 6:30 p.m. Livestream broadcast begins 6:30 p.m. Moon rises at Griffith Observatory 6:45 p.m. (Moon in partial eclipse) Totality begins 7:11 p.m. (Moon is totally covered in shadow) Maximum eclipse 7:47 p.m. Totality ends 8:23 p.m. (Moon emerges from shadow) Umbral eclipse ends 9:27 p.m. EVENT ENDS 9:45 p.m. Building closes (as usual) 10:00 p.m. Penumbral eclipse ends 10:22 p.m. Livestream broadcast ends 10:30 p.m. ...
  • Man Tries to Break K-9's Neck to Escape Arrest: SDSO

    09/27/2015 4:00:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Samantha Tatro
    A man who fled from the scene of a report fight in the Fallbrook area later tried to twist a K-9's neck in an effort to escape arrest, San Diego Sheriff's Lieutenant Dave Schaller said. The incident began early Sunday when deputies from Fallbrook responded to reports of a possible fight that may have been related to road rage. The caller told deputies a gun may have been fired and people were fighting. When Deputy Jeremy Banks arrived at the scene, he saw a silver Mitsubishi Galant driving away with its lights off. When he tried to stop the car,...
  • WATCH: Man Proposes to Girlfriend on Roller Coaster

    09/27/2015 11:16:32 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    An Indiana man tested the strength of his nerves last week when he popped the question to his girlfriend on a roller coaster just before the train cars took a plunge down a steep hill. The moment between Austin Crecelius and his now fiancee Allison Boyle was all caught on camera by a friend of Crecelius' who filmed it from the seat in front of them using a GoPro. The group was riding "The Voyage" roller coaster at Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana. Crecelius used a roller coaster metaphor to lead up to the proposal, but he says Boyle...
  • Saratoga Woman's Late Husband's Ashes, Death Certificate Stolen During Burglary

    09/27/2015 10:58:11 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Saturday, Sep 26, 2015
    Sheriff's deputies are seeking suspects in connection with a burglary, after an 83-year-old Saratoga woman reported a box filled with her late husband's ashes missing Friday. Around 11:35 a.m., deputies responded to the 10000 block of Howen Drive for a report of an interrupted burglary, according to sheriff's officials. When deputies arrived, deputies learned the victim had arrived home and saw two young men running away from the residence and get into a cream-colored four-door sedan, containing a male driver, sheriff's officials said. The vehicle was last seen driving southeast from the residence, toward Saratoga High School. When the victim...
  • Archbishop Mitty High School Freshman Fatally Struck by Car While Running Across Street

    09/27/2015 10:54:06 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 | Rhea Mahbubani
    Robert Sears, a math teacher at Hillbrook School in Los Gatos, where Loukas studied from kindergarten through eighth grade, also wrote a letter in honor of his former student. "Loukas embodies the phrase 'Still waters run deep,'" Sears wrote. "The beauty and grace he is capable of is always present, under the surface, and on his feet." The Angelo family plans to create an educational program fund in honor of Loukas. "His spirit, quiet, strong and selfless will continue in our hearts and minds forever," Edwards said.
  • Man Who Clashed With Judge Over Voodoo Beads Now Charged With Murder

    09/27/2015 10:45:35 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Fayetteville Observer ^ | Sat Sep 26, 2015 | Paul Woolverton
    Update: Abu-Bakr Abdur Rahman was arrested shortly before 2 a.m. today in Lumberton, the Fayetteville Police Department reported. He is being held without bail in the Cumberland County Detention Center. --- A man detained by a Cumberland County judge this summer for refusing to cover or remove Voodoo beads he wore in court is wanted for murder by the Fayetteville Police Department. Abu-Bakr Abdur Rahman, 33, was charged Friday with first-degree murder and possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine. He is accused of fatally shooting 36-year-old Desmond Deron Smith on Sunday during a deal to sell 25 grams...
  • Man Avenges Brother's Murder After 6 Years: Abu Dhabi Police

    09/27/2015 10:07:50 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Sunday, September 27, 2015
    Suspect admits repeatedly running car over victim before dousing him and his vehicle in gasoline and lighting the fire The Abu Dhabi Police (ADP) have arrested a Pakistani truck driver who is suspected of killing an investor of the same nationality in an act of revenge. The suspect, whose brother was killed six years ago in Pakistan, alleged that the victim had hired someone to kill his brother following a dispute over a plot of land. The details of the incident as narrated by Brigadier Dr. Rashid Mohammad Borshid, Head of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at the Abu...
  • Russia’s Syria Strategy: An Opportunistic Pursuit of National Interests

    09/27/2015 6:17:44 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    WSJ ^ | Sept. 24, 2015 | Yaroslav Trofimov
    Russia’s Syria Strategy: An Opportunistic Pursuit of National Interests In its return the Middle East, Moscow hopes to revive its own economy and challenge U.S. influence in the region By Yaroslav Trofimov Updated Sept. 24, 2015 1:39 p.m. ET 45 COMMENTS Russia’s return to the Middle East, with its lightning military deployment to Syria, has rekindled memories of the Cold War when Moscow and Washington confronted each other across the region. Yet, Moscow’s engagement today is fundamentally different—and, because it is no longer constrained by ideology, could ultimately prove more successful in challenging American influence in the pivotal region. An...
  • Surge in the number of cases of terrifying hospital superbug after NHS relaxes hygiene rules (UK)

    09/27/2015 2:50:47 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 02:22 EST, 27 September 2015 | Stephen Adams
    The number of cases of a terrifying superbug in NHS hospitals has surged after the Government ignored warnings—and relaxed the rules on fighting infections. Hundreds more patients fell ill with deadly Clostridium difficile—known as C.diff—between April 2014 and March 2015 than in the previous year. The increase, from 13,361 to 14,165, came immediately after the system for fining hospitals with too many cases was dramatically weakened. …
  • London Mosque fire: over 70 firefighters tackle blaze

    09/27/2015 2:30:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2:21PM BST 26 Sep 2015 | Camilla Turner
    A large fire has has broken out at a south London mosque. There are 70 firefighters tackling the blaze at the Baitul Futuh mosque in Morden. The London Fire Brigade (LFB) sent investigating officers and the incident has been referred to the police. …
  • Breeding Sphynx Cats Is Animal Cruelty: Court

    09/26/2015 6:19:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 47 replies
    The Local ^ | 24 Sep 2015
    A Berlin court has ordered a cat owner to have her hairless Sphynx cat castrated – because it would be animal cruelty to let the naked pet breed. Willi, a Canadian Sphynx, belongs to Berlin cat breeder Jacqueline Linke. True to his breed, Willi is almost completely hairless – a quality that makes Sphynx cats popular choices for those with pet allergies. Despite his questionable appearance, Willi emerged as champion in the 2013 Pedigree Cat Exhibition in Berlin, and has gone on to become a proud father to three naked kittens. However, Willi won't get to pass on his genes...
  • Swedish Man Sues in ‘Elk Murder Mystery’

    09/26/2015 6:07:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    A man from southern Sweden, who was accused of murdering his wife, is suing for damages after it was established that his wife was killed by an elk.The man, a resident of Loftahammer in southern Sweden, is now demanding 621,000 kronor compensation for being falsely accused of murder. His lawyers are critical of the way in which prosecutors and the police handled the investigation after the 63-year-old woman was found seriously injured near the shore of a lake outside of Loftahammar in northeast Småland in September 2008. According to the man, investigators were too quick to assume that he had...