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  • “I Just Want to Be Adopted,” 9-Year-Old Josiah Is Looking for a Permanent Home

    06/02/2015 8:43:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway
    KFOR ^ | 6/2 | Lacey Lett
    Josiah is very driven for a 9-year-old. When he grows up, he says he wants to a be race car driver. For now, Josiah loves science and math at his elementary school. In his spare time, Josiah loves indoor or outdoor go kart racing. He’s a curious kid who spent the morning climbing to new heights on the rock wall at Andy Alligators. When he’s not reaching for the sky, he’s building a new future in his foster home where he can create his own magical place. “Yeah, and I like playing video games and playing with LEGOS,” Josiah said....
  • Elementary School Kitchen Manager Fired for Giving Students Without Money Free Lunch

    06/02/2015 8:33:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    KFOR ^ | 6/2
    A married mother of two was fired from her job as the kitchen manager at an elementary school in Colorado for giving lunches to students who didn’t have money, CBS Denver reports. Della Curry was the manager at Dakota Valley Elementary School near Aurora. She told CBS Denver that she would see students — who often times weren’t signed up for free lunch programs — crying because of hunger and no lunch money. “I had a first grader in front of me, crying because she doesn’t have enough money for lunch,” Curry told CBS. “Yes, I gave her lunch.” Typically,...
  • Casey Anthony in Talks With NBC for First Interview Since Acquittal

    06/02/2015 7:37:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    New York Post ^ | 6/2 | Emily Smith
    Casey Anthony has met with senior NBC producers and bookers about a TV deal. Anthony, who in 2011 was acquitted of murdering her 2-year-old daughter Caylee, was flown first class by NBC to New York last Thursday. She was accompanied by Don Wood, a veteran news producer who works for NBC in Florida and also writes and produces reality TV programming.
  • Man allegedly pulled knife on officers before Roslindale shooting worked at CVS

    06/02/2015 7:11:27 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 11 replies
    Fox Boston ^ | June 2, 2015
    BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) -- A man was shot and killed by police after he allegedly approached them with a large knife in Roslindale on Tuesday morning. Police say the shooting happened near a CVS on Washington Street around 7 a.m. Law enforcement officials said Tuesday afternoon that they did not approach the man, 26-year-old Usaama Rahim, with their guns out, but that Rahim pulled out a large, military-style knife.
  • Road Rage Suspect Told Ex She’d Run Him Over: Docs

    06/02/2015 7:06:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | 6/2 | Monica Garske
    At least two exes filed restraining orders against Darla Jackson, claiming she harassed and threatened them with violenceA San Diego woman accused of intentionally running over a motorcyclist in a deadly act of road rage allegedly once told an ex she was going to run him over with her car, according to a restraining order filed against her. Imperial Beach resident Darla Jackson, 26, was arraigned Tuesday on one count of murder in connection with the death of motorcyclist Zachary Buob, 39 – a Navy Chief Petty Officer. On May 28, Jackson was driving her black Nissan Altima on northbound...
  • Ex-girlfriend admits role in shooting over Instagram feud

    06/02/2015 2:11:42 PM PDT · by BBell · 21 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 6/02/15 | Paul Purpura
    A 20-year-old New Orleans woman admitted Tuesday (June 2) she set her ex-boyfriend up to be shot in what appeared to be a feud over Instagram. Earlneishka Johnson accepted a plea offer, admitting to a charge of aggravated battery and taking a 3-year prison sentence in exchange for her testimony against the accused shooter, Dorrell T. Moten, 20, of Monroe. As part of her plea deal, she gave sworn testimony in which she said she saw Moten shoot the 20-year-old victim in the 13000 block of Sevres Street. It happened just after midnight on Jan. 13, 2014. About a half...
  • Police: Mother Arrested For Stabbing Teen Daughter

    06/02/2015 7:00:57 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 3 replies
    CBS Miami ^ | Oralia Ortega
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A mother is in custody while her teen daughter was rushed to the hospital after an argument escalated Sunday afternoon, City of Miami Police said. “We received a 911 call from mom stating that her daughter had been stabbed,” said Miami Police Officer Kenia Fallat. That call led police to a home at NW 2nd St. and 60th Ave. As it turns out, investigators determined it was the 47-year-old Odalys Rodriguez who had stabbed her 18-year-old daughter.
  • Police Chase Ends In Multi-Car Crash In San Francisco’s SoMa Neighborhood; 1 Hurt, 1 Arrested

    06/02/2015 1:38:50 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    A suspect was taken into custody after a police chase ended in a multi-car pileup in San Francisco’s South of Market area, causing a traffic mess and spectacle for bystanders Monday evening. The chase began at Third Street and Cesar Chavez, with the suspect vehicle reaching speeds between 20-45 miles per hour. Multiple collisions occurred along city streets before the chase ended in the crash at 5th and Market Streets, where one woman was injured. The victim was transported to a nearby hospital. The accident scene was cleared at 7:30 p.m. No further details were available.
  • British Army Tank Crushes Small Car

    06/01/2015 11:13:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    The Local ^ | 01 Jun 2015
    Oops! A British army tank drove over an oncoming Toyota on a public road on Monday, crushing the bonnet in the process. For the second time this year, a British tank has been involved in a public crash while out on exercise in Germany. This time a tank drove over the bonnet of Toyota which was being driven by an 18-year-old woman. The soldiers were able to rescue the woman from the car and no serious injuries were reported. In a similar incident in February, blamed on a mechanical failure, a British tank drove into the garden of an elderly...
  • Pizzeria in Israel ‘Sprinkles Marijuana Instead of Oregano’

    06/01/2015 11:02:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Israeli police have arrested the owner of a pizzeria in the city of Holon who sprinkled a drug known as ‘Mr. Nice Guy’ on a pizza order belonging to two policemen, The Times of Israel reported. The pizza peppered with the drug, which reportedly turned out to be synthetic marijuana, left the two policemen in the Tel Aviv area hospitalized for dizziness, vomiting and hallucinations. “I knew the order was placed by police officers, but the officer who called it in seemed cool – plus he told me to add whatever toppings I wanted. So, instead of oregano, I sprinkled...
  • FBI Plans Leadership Summit for High School Athletes

    06/01/2015 7:12:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    The FBI in Buffalo is holding a first-of-its-kind leadership seminar for high school athletes. The Captains Leadership Seminar scheduled for Friday is the result of a partnership between the FBI, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, University at Buffalo and Erie Community College.
  • Father believes son was shot for talking to police

    06/01/2015 7:09:04 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 24 replies
    Tampa Tribune ^ | June 1, 2015 | Keith Morelli
    TAMPA — Did Tampa’s no-snitch culture cost another young teenager his life? Edward Harris III thinks so. He says his son, 14-year-old Edward Harris IV, witnessed a stabbing last year and cooperated with police. A few months later, somebody shot at him five times but missed. Late Sunday afternoon, Edward Harris IV was killed in a driveby shooting on the north side of Woodland Terrace Park. Tampa police said the shooting did not appear to be a random act but stopped short of saying the motive for the homicide was retaliation in a part of Tampa where talking to police...
  • Owner of dog, Rocky, who chewed off part of his leg to get free, won't face criminal charges

    06/01/2015 4:33:53 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 19 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | June 1, 2015 | Sean Emery
    A Westminster man whose alleged abuse of his dog forced the pup to chew off part of a foot to get loose of a tether had his criminal charges dropped last week, after he took part in an animal neglect prevention program. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss misdemeanor failure to care for animals and cruelty to animals charges after Samer Ibrahim took an active role in completing a 10-class program teaching the 23-year-old how to properly care for dogs. He also agreed to voluntarily provide his DNA to the Orange County District Attorney’s office.
  • Man convicted of hiring hit man to kill pregnant girlfriend after she refused to have abortion

    06/01/2015 4:17:49 PM PDT · by Morgana · 19 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 5.28. 2015 | AP
    HARTFORD, Conn. – A Connecticut man has been convicted of hiring a hit man to kill his pregnant girlfriend after she refused to have an abortion. A jury in Hartford Superior Court found 23-year-old Carlton "C.J." Bryan guilty Thursday of conspiracy to commit murder and being an accessory to murder. He faces a potential life prison sentence. Sentencing is set for July 30.
  • D'Iberville man arrested after stealing Jackson County deputy's patrol car(mugshot)

    06/01/2015 2:57:21 PM PDT · by BBell · 16 replies
    GulfLive.com ^ | 6/1/15 | Warren Kulo
    MOSS POINT, Mississippi -- A 19-year-old D'Iberville man was arrested Friday night after he attempted to elude Jackson County deputies by stealing and fleeing in a patrol car. According to Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell, deputies responded to a domestic dispute call in the 7300 block of Big Point Road in Moss Point Friday night around 10:30 p.m. Upon arrival, deputies learned the dispute was between a father and his son, Chance Alexander Dearman. When confronted by the deputies, Dearman became agitated and attempted to flee on foot.A JCSO 2013 Dodge Charger patrol car was nearby, with the motor running,...
  • Dog Dies After Being Left in Petco Dryer, Owner Says

    06/01/2015 1:21:35 PM PDT · by McGruff · 60 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jun 1, 2015 | KAYLEE HECK
    A Virginia woman said she is considering legal action against Petco after she says her Golden retriever died while in the care of a store's grooming services. Allison Marks told ABC News today she dropped off 2-year-old Colby at a Petco in Midlothian, Virginia, early Friday morning and was told he'd be finished around noon. Marks said she started worrying when she didn't hear from the groomers by 1 p.m., so she called and was told to go to a local animal clinic.
  • Pot Rock Smokes Into Denver

    06/01/2015 7:01:17 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 17 replies
    Radio Insight ^ | June 1, 2015 | Lance Venta
    Featuring a mix of Rock hits and marijuana themed programming, KBUD will also air the syndicated Bubba The Love Sponge in mornings. The station is focusing on the niche of weed smokers in the first state to legalize marijuana, just like the short-lived on-air version of “K-High” in Colorado Springs.
  • Army combat veteran's call for help lands him in jail

    05/31/2015 8:24:52 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 21 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | May 31, 2015 | Mandy Locke
    <p>For years, Ryan Broderick has been trapped inside his mind, watching a constant reel of explosions that rocked the Army vehicles he had scrubbed of blood during three combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.</p> <p>Since January, Broderick has been stuck inside a real jail, fortified by cinder blocks, surrounded by barbed wire. The government that Broderick upended his life to serve locked him up in Edgecombe County, about 75 miles east of Raleigh.</p>
  • Free round-trip ride on Staten Island Ferry costs two tourists $400

    05/31/2015 4:03:17 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 31, 2015
    A bogus tourism operator charged two out-of-towners $200 each-way to ride the Staten Island Ferry even though the trip hasn’t cost anyone a dime since 1997, the New York Post reported Saturday.
  • Manspreading Can Get You Arrested

    05/31/2015 3:53:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 5/28/2015 | Jessica Roy
    The NYPD has found a new Broken Windows crime, and it's being a man and taking up too much room on the subway. The feminists win again! Gothamist writes that according to a new Police Reform Organizing Project report: On a recent visit to the arraignment part in Brooklyn’s criminal court, PROP volunteers observed that police officers had arrested two Latino men on the charge of "man spreading" on the subway, presumably because they were taking up more than one seat and therefore inconveniencing other riders. Before issuing an [adjournment contemplating dismissal] for both men, the judge expressed her skepticism...
  • Court: Lottery Misprint means Woman Out of Luck

    05/31/2015 3:36:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Palm Beach Post ^ | Wednesday, May 27, 2015
    Florida’s 1st District Court of Appeal Wednesday ruled that a woman is not entitled to collect a $500,000 prize because the scratch-off lottery ticket purchased by her husband included a misprint. A three-judge panel upheld a ruling by Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis against Anna Maria Curcio, whose late husband in 2007 purchased a $20 “Gold Rush” lottery ticket that the couple thought was a winner. A number on the ticket appeared to be the number one, which would have been a winning match. But Wednesday’s ruling said a caption under that number included the letters “TH” and a...
  • Dallas chase suspect beaten by female motorist after crash

    05/31/2015 1:50:47 PM PDT · by BBell · 10 replies
    A robbery suspect appeared to be glad to see police arrive after a chase through North Dallas streets ended with him being beaten by a female motorist whose vehicle he rear-ended
  • Spike Lee Comes to Film ‘Chiraq,’ Unsettling Some Chicagoans

    05/31/2015 6:41:28 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 33 replies
    New York Times ^ | MAY 31, 2015 | JULIE BOSMAN
    A reference to the gun violence that has left parts of Chicago feeling like a war zone to many residents, the word is believed to have been coined by local rappers years ago. But it is taking on another life as the working title of a new Spike Lee movie that is expected to be filmed here this summer. Local politicians have lined up against the title. Mr. Lee has been confronted by Chicago’s mayor, Rahm Emanuel, who told him in a meeting last month that he was “not happy” about the name.

    05/30/2015 11:48:28 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Westword ^ | FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2015
    People perusing Craiglist are typically looking for love or searching for bargains. This ad one of our readers stumbled upon certainly appears to offer the latter. It features a 1979 Volkswagen Bus — the kind of vehicle that generations of free spirits have transformed into hippie vans — selling for the incredibly low price of $35. Really. That's what it says. And even if you get bad vibes by the vehicle being located in Crook (it's a town in Logan County), perhaps the owner's flexibility will reassure you. After all, he isn't insisting on cash: He's willing to trade. But...
  • Board Game Lovers Come Out To Play On World’s Biggest Monopoly Board

    05/30/2015 10:40:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | May 30, 2015
    If you are big on board games, there’s a big board game going on in Suisun City that is guaranteed to please. Folks at the Salvation Army Kroc Center set out to build the biggest Monopoly board ever to raise money for their kids programs. The result is a whopping 3200 square foot board, complete with a huge pair of dice, giant houses and even larger hotels. The big Monopoly board was unveiled at the 3rd Annual Kroc Fest this weekend. It dwarfs the previous Guinness World Record of 2422 square feet. Board game lovers played Monopoly on it all...
  • ‘TowIt’ App Publicly Shames Drivers Of Badly Parked Cars

    05/30/2015 9:43:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | May 28, 2015
    A new app lets annoyed cyclists or drivers harness the power of crowdsourcing to report illegally parked cars. “We’re not out here to ruin people’s lives or tow people endlessly,” Michael McArthur, co-founder of Toronto-based TowIt, told Fast Company.”It’s all a behavioral shift to make our societies function better. Really, we just want people to think about how their actions are impacting others.” McArthur and his business partner came up with the idea after a new Toronto mayor had come into office along with a towing initiative for cracking down on illegally parked cars clogging up streets. The team wanted...
  • Officials Identify Man, 20, Fatally Shot by Long Beach Police Officer

    05/30/2015 8:23:37 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 35 replies
    ktla ^ | John A. Moreno,
    A man at the location was “acting erratically” and got into a into a fight with his friends, who tried to restrain him before he broke loose, crashed through a window, and fell two stories to an alley below, the Police Department said in a news release. Long Beach firefighters responded to a report that an apparently intoxicated man had fallen from the second floor of the building and was behaving violently, the release said. A Long Beach police officer arrived at the scene after the firefighters requested assistance. According to the statement, the officer saw three male subjects in...
  • Camera catches intruder in woman's home

    05/30/2015 5:07:24 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 34 replies
    myfoxphilly.com ^ | may 29, 2015
     A young Dallas mother suspicious of activity in her apartment installed a camera, and over the weekend, her fears came true. That camera caught a nighttime intruder in her bedroom stealing as she slept at the Hampton Terrace apartments, where she's lived nearly three years. The intruder stole money, but put some of it back before sneaking out of her apartment the same way he came in. The victim asked that FOX 4 not use her real name due to concerns that the intruder may try to look her up, so we call her Alice.       “I started noticing things coming...
  • Woman Plunges 36-Feet to Her Death From Attraction at San Bernardino County Fair

    05/30/2015 4:21:00 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    ktla ^ | Ashley Soley-Cerro and Christina Pascucci
    Video of FreeFall USA appeared to show three platforms jumpers could leap from. Gordon was some 36 feet in the air when she was set to jump, then appeared to change her mind and fell, Victor Valley News reported. The newspaper reported an employee attempted to grab the woman, but she fell, landing on the front side of her body. ... According to the statement, the attraction will not reopen, and the “San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is conducting a thorough investigation.” FreeDrop USA made its California debut at the fair this month, and promoters boasted it offered a “pure...
  • Shocking mock abortion TUTORIALS ignite debate in Chile (Disturbing)

    05/30/2015 9:43:55 AM PDT · by Morgana
    dailymail.uk ^ | 28 May 2015 | Associated Press
    The video shows a woman climbing a stairwell, her belly visibly pregnant, as she offers suggestions: Make sure there are no security cameras. Be careful not to look down or you might regret it. She tumbles backward as the screen goes black. 'When you reach the bottom everything will be OK,' she says. The video is one of a series of mock abortion tutorials, part of a public campaign urging Chile to allow women to end pregnancies in cases of rape or medical complications. It would be a radical change for Chile, one of only six countries that prohibit all...
  • Girl, 2, Among 14 Shot in Chicago Since Thursday evening

    A man was killed and at least 13 others, including a 2-year-old girl, were injured in shootings across Chicago since Thursday evening, police said. Police said the 2-year-old girl was wounded around 10:30 p.m. in the 6200 block of South Honore Street in the city's Englewood neighborhood when shots were fired, striking a group of people on a sidewalk.
  • Waffle-maker dispute results in 30 people kicked out of Mason County hotel, police say

    05/30/2015 6:09:37 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 56 replies
    Mlive ^ | 26 May 2015 | Heather Lynn Peters
    MASON COUNTY, MI – Two women fighting over the waffle maker in a Mason County hotel apparently ignited a major disruption over the holiday weekend inside the hotel's buffet-style breakfast area, police say. A Mason County Sheriff's Office deputy stood by as 30 people were ordered by the property manager to pack their bags and leave the America's Best Value Inn, 5095 U.S. 10, in Pere Marquette Township. Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole said it allegedly all started over the hotel's waffle maker around 9 a.m. on Sunday, May 24. "It sounded like one lady walked up and asked the...
  • Woman stabbed with fork for 'taking the last rib,' police say

    05/29/2015 8:14:05 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 45 replies
    fox ^ | May 29, 2015
    <p>An Indiana woman was arrested Sunday night after stabbing another woman in the eye with a fork in a fight over the last rib at a barbecue.</p> <p>The Star Press reports that Sabrina A. Davis. 45, was arrested and received a preliminary charge of criminal recklessness.</p>
  • Intoxicated Pilot Told Not to Take Off Crashes at Melbourne Airport

    05/30/2015 2:15:23 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    News13 ^ | Thursday, May 28, 2015 | Jerry Hume, Greg Pallone and John W. Davis
    A pilot arrested Wednesday after crashing into a piece of equipment at Melbourne International Airport faces charges of operating an airplane while intoxicated and endangering his passenger, his young son. Christopher John Hall never made it off the ground Wednesday, thanks in part to air traffic controllers who noticed something was wrong well before the plane could take off. Hall, 57, walked out of the Brevard County Jail after posting a $4,000 bond Thursday morning. He said very little as he was rushed to his car. Airport police arrested Hall on charges of reckless operation of an aircraft while under...
  • Florida Man, 82, Arrested For Slashing 88-Year-Old Woman's Tires Over Bingo

    05/29/2015 11:20:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | May 29, 2015
    Police have arrested an 82-year-old Lake Wales, Florida, man for slashing a woman's tires because he claimed she was sitting in his favorite bingo seat. WTVT-TV reports Fred Smith was charged with criminal mischief last Monday when police say he took an ice pick to 88-year-old Ethel Britt's van during a weekly bingo game at the Lake Ashton Retirement Community Club House. Police say Smith stormed out of the bingo hall and punctured two of Britt's tires because she was sitting in a chair he usually sits in. Smith was caught on surveillance video in the act. Lake Wales Deputy...
  • Local USGS, LA Times ‘Quakebot’ Mistakenly Report Magnitude 5.1 Earthquake Near Redding

    REDDING (CBS SF) – An earthquake with magnitude of 5.1 was reported but never hit the Redding area overnight. The United States Geological Survey reported the quake just after midnight, seven miles outside of Lewiston, just under Buckeye Ridge at Clair Engle Lake. But the Associated Press confirmed Friday morning that this was a “…erroneous alert based off an earthquake that struck in Alaska.” The event record of the California quake has since vanished from the USGS seismic activity map. As of 9 a.m., the computer algorithm used to automatically “write” earthquake stories for the Los Angeles Times continued to...

    05/29/2015 8:05:02 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 31 replies
    ABC 7 ^ | May 29, 2015 | Josh Einiger
    LYNDHURST (WABC) -- A police-involved shooting at the Lyndhurst Public Library in New Jersey left one person dead Friday. The officers involved were transported to the hospital for trauma, but were not physically injured. Officials say the building also houses the police department, fire department and courthouse, which is why the response was so quick. "There was nothing else they could have done," said Chief James O'Connor, Lyndhurst Police Department.
  • Muir Woods Entry Fee Increases From $7 To $10

    05/29/2015 12:57:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    The fee for an adult to enter Northern California’s popular Muir Woods will increase from $7 to $10 in 2016. Entry for children under 16 years of age will continue to be free, said the National Park Service, which announced the price increase on Thursday.
  • Man Caught Stuffing Assault Rifles Down His Pants at Davie Pawn Shop: Police

    05/29/2015 12:51:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | May 27, 2015
    A 19-year-old man faces grand theft charges for allegedly trying to steal assault rifles from a pawn shop in Davie by stuffing them down his pants. Marlon Paul Alvarez of Fort Lauderdale made his first court appearance Wednesday. The Sun Sentinel reports that Broward County Judge John Hurley, reading from an arrest report, said Alvarez was seen Tuesday taking an AK-47 from a display and sticking it down his pants. Hurley said Alvarez removed the weapon, then took another assault rifle off another display, put it down his pants and then limped out the door. Police say the owner of...
  • Bring Kelly Rutherford’s Kids Home!

    05/29/2015 12:42:21 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 29, 2015 | Andrea Peyser
    Kelly Rutherford’s long international nightmare may soon be coming to an end. She’s thrilled. So am I. “This is about my kids,’’ she told me this week, exhausted, after getting off a plane in New York City from Europe, where Rutherford was barred from seeing daughter Helena, 5, and son Hermes, 8. “They’ve been through a lot,’’ she said. Yet she’d fight the kids’ father for their company until her last breath.
  • Huck Finn's waiter's racist action did damage to New Orleans

    05/28/2015 5:33:55 PM PDT · by BBell · 22 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 5/25/15 | Brett Anderson
    There are countless reasons to be outraged by last week's revelations that a waiter at Huck Finn's, a French Quarter restaurant, thought it appropriate to print the N-word on a receipt delivered to a table of African-American diners. Debate over whether the racial invective was an "isolated incident" has raged online for a week. While I find it difficult not to question a working environment that allowed for an employee to use the company point of sale system as a forum for bathroom wall graffiti, the truth of whether the act was an aberration is immaterial to the issue of...
  • Georgia High School Football Player’s Final Wish Fulfilled by Teammate After His Death

    05/28/2015 4:48:04 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    ktla ^ | Tracy Bloom,
    Georgia high school football team made national headlines this week for what they did to fulfill their teammate’s last wish before he passed away. With a group of mourners lining the field, the Coffee County High School Trojans carried the coffin of 18-year-old Malik Sparkman through their team’s stadium tunnel, CNN affiliate WSB-TV reported on Wednesday. Sparkman has told his teammates before he died last week that he wanted to go through the tunnel and into the stadium with them one final time, the Atlanta-area station reported. His death came after he was diagnosed with kidney cancer last year. “He...
  • 84% of Women Worldwide Dealt With Catcalls Before Age 17: Study

    05/28/2015 3:25:28 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 46 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | Wednesday, May 27, 2015 | ERICA PEARSON
    Women the world over have to deal with “hey, baby” and worse from catcallers while walking on the sidewalk or riding the train — and most say the harassment started when they were girls. Street harassment is so common around the globe that 84% of women say they experienced it before turning 17, a new study found. More than half told researchers they have been fondled orgroped, according to the global online survey of more than 16,600 women, by anti-harassment group Hollaback! and Cornell University. “This is a global problem. This really points to the fact that it is a...
  • CPD cops posed for photo standing over black man dressed in antlers

    05/28/2015 2:59:14 PM PDT · by BBell · 45 replies
    http://chicago.suntimes.com ^ | 5/26/15 | Frank Main and Kim Janssen
    It’s a racially charged photo the Chicago Police Department didn’t want the public to see: two white cops posing with rifles as they stand over a black man lying on his belly with deer antlers on his head. But a Cook County judge has refused to keep secret the shocking image of former Officers Timothy McDermott and Jerome Finnigan kneeling with what the police department says is an unidentified African-American drug suspect. Believed to have been taken in a West Side police station between 1999 and 2003, the Polaroid photo was given to the city by the feds in 2013...
  • NOPD investigating Central City fight(photos)

    05/28/2015 2:11:11 PM PDT · by BBell · 31 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 5/28/15 | Heather Nolan
    New Orleans police are investigating a fight that broke out Wednesday (May 27) evening on a Central City street. Officer Juan Barnes said police were called to the 2400 block of Magnolia Street around 7:30 p.m.
  • Volunteers Fight Brazilian Pepper Tree in Flagler County

    05/28/2015 1:36:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    MyNews13 ^ | 5/28
    There's something in the trees of Betty Steflik Memorial Preserve in Flagler Beach. It is not the elusive Florida Skunk Ape though. It's something much more real and dangerous: pepper pickers -- a group of volunteers trying to remove invasive Brazilian pepper trees from the park. Mike Lagasse is the Flagler County Land Management Coordinator. “Even if we knock it out of this park, you know, it's in people's yards," He said. "And birds don't know boundaries, you know.” That's because birds like the bright red berries the trees produce in the winter and have helped spread the plant. The...
  • Did Robert Louis Stevenson Have the World's Weirdest Honeymoon?

    05/28/2015 1:29:52 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    KALW ^ | Sarah Stodder
    Most people who visit Calistoga -- a town in the Napa Valley -- come for the wine and the spa treatments; few come for the literary history. But they could: one of the most romantic honeymoon getaways ever written about happened one hundred and thirty five years ago. Instead of mud baths and geysers, picture an abandoned mining shack infested with snakes, poison oak, and rusty nails. Now picture a sickly writer and his new wife spending their first two months of married life living there. Sounds crazy, right? But that’s exactly what Robert Louis Stevenson — author of the...
  • "God Bless Him:" Antioch Gas Station Hostage Describes "Nice" Suspect Who Drank Brisk Tea

    05/28/2015 1:20:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 5/28 | odi Hernandez
    Many would imagine that being taken as a hostage would be scary and nerve-wracking. But Jagdish Bhalla, 75, who was one of two hostages held against his will inside an Arco gas station in Bay Area for hours on Wednesday, described the ordeal differently. "I'm feeling great," the Antioch gas station owner said Thursday. "He was nice to me. He never misbehaved, did not use filthy language. He treated me very respectful." In turn, Bhalla offered the 35-year-old Newark suspect – who was arrested after surrendering peacefully to police Wednesday afternoon – Brisk tea so that he wouldn't "have a...
  • Man dismembered in 'ritualistic killing,' L.A. prosecutor tells jury

    05/28/2015 7:29:25 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    L A Times ^ | Marisa Gerber
    The hotel room held more clues. Investigators found a syringe, bags with meth residue and a box of Hot Tamales candy. They also found two pairs of men’s boxers and a pair of women’s underwear, all soaked in blood. As the prosecutor described the bloody scene, White’s mother, Elizabeth White Peterson, sat with her arms crossed over her chest. Her brow was frozen into a furrow. “I could feel what my son felt that night,” she said outside of the courtroom. “Horrendous.” Memories of him raced through her mind, she said. She thought about his love for basketball. She reminisced...
  • Pit Bull Plays Hero in Antioch Hostage Situation

    05/27/2015 8:11:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 5/27 | Kim Yokenaka
    An unlikely hero emerged during Wednesday’s hostage situation in Antioch: Two witnesses tell NBC Bay Area, if it wasn't for their dog, Cash, things may have turned out differently. The two women said they came face to face with the suspect. They say he tried to carjack them, but their 7-year-old pit bull scared him away. “It was surreal,” Tammy Jones said. ”We were on our knees, praying, crying and saying 'this is really happening right now.'" Jones said she and a friend were at the ARCO gas station on Contra Loma Boulevard about noon, when they saw a car...