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  • Henley Bridge gets rainbow-lit for marriage equality (Knoxville, Tennessee)

    06/29/2015 10:09:48 PM PDT · by Semper Mark · 14 replies
    knoxnews.com ^ | June 29, 2015 | Chuck Campbell
    The Henley Bridge became a rainbow of lights Monday evening in recognition of last Friday’s Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality. In a Facebook announcement, Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero said the decision was made “to celebrate the historic ruling,” which made same-sex marriage the law of the land. (Excerpted) Read more...
  • Farewell, Station Master Tama [Station Master Kitty RIP; w/pix]

    06/29/2015 4:02:10 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 10 replies
    This dapper calico named Tama had a very important role as the station master of an electric railway station in Japan. After eight years on the job, she was laid to rest in a beautiful ceremony which 3,000 co-workers, admirers and friends attended. As you can see, she took her job very seriously. The Kishi Railway Station where Tama worked was nearly shut down, leading to her adoptive owner, a local grocer, to be named station master in 2006 to cut costs. A year later Tama took over the role. Her popularity as station master is credited for saving the...
  • Confederate flag cake, no. ISIS flag cake, yes. Wal-Mart apologizes after YouTube flap(worked there)

    06/29/2015 1:41:16 PM PDT · by BBell · 12 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 6/29/15 | Bob Warren, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    A Wal-Mart store in Slidell refused a request to decorate a cake with a design featuring a Confederate flag, but agreed to decorate a cake featuring the flag of the Islamic State terrorist group, or ISIS, a man says in a video posted to YouTube. Wal-Mart has apologized for selling the cake, explaining that the employee who handled the order did not recognize it as the ISIS flag. The corporation, a spokesman said, does not support ISIS. The YouTube video, posted Friday (June 26) by a man identified as Chuck Netzhammer, shows a man sitting on a motorcycle unfurl a...
  • Is It Just Me, Or Did Judge Janine Really Coward Out this Weekend?

    06/29/2015 6:36:14 AM PDT · by xzins · 40 replies
    Vanity ^ | 29 Jun 15 | Xzins
    I've always been struck, even though I didn't always agree, with the fierceness with which the Judge presented her weekly diatribe against her cause of the week. She was to the point, sarcastic when necessary, and absolutely brutal with her honesty, taking no prisoners. So, I was really surprised when her entire hour, unless I missed it on a 'necessary run', did not mention the Scotus decision on homosexual marriage. Ignoring one of the most momentous decisions by the court that seeks to transform our nation and human history, Janine was silent as a lamb. We heard about the bogus...
  • NC prison worker had sex with convicted murderer and helped in escape, officials say

    06/28/2015 11:50:11 PM PDT · by Morgana · 22 replies
    wncn.com ^ | June 28, 2015, | Rod Overton, WNCN News
    POLKTON, NC (WNCN) — The North Carolina Department of Public Safety and local law enforcement officers are on the lookout for an escaped inmate from a facility in Anson County. And, on Sunday, they say a woman who worked at the prison had sex with the escapee — and helped him escape. The NC Dept. of Public Safety says the inmate, Kristopher McNeil, was discovered missing just after midnight Saturday morning. Investigators believe he scaled the fence of the Brown Creek Minimum Unit in Polkton, about 45 miles east of Charlotte. McNeil, age 34, was serving a 14-year sentence for...
  • This Man Owns the Largest Collection of Nazi Artifacts

    06/28/2015 9:20:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 61 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 27, 2015 | Alex Preston
    When he was 5 years old, Kevin Wheatcroft received an unusual birthday present from his parents: a bullet-pocked SS stormtrooper’s helmet, lightning bolts on the ear-flaps. He had requested it especially. The next year, at a car auction in Monte Carlo, he asked his multimillionaire father for a Mercedes: the G4 that Hitler rode into the Sudetenland in 1938. Tom Wheatcroft refused to buy it and his son cried all the way home. When Wheatcroft was 15, he spent birthday money from his grandmother on three WWII Jeeps recovered from the Shetlands, which he restored himself and sold for a...
  • "500 pound" pig found trapped in Detroit basement

    06/28/2015 2:10:04 PM PDT · by BBell · 56 replies
    http://www.wxyz.com/ ^ | 6/26/15 | Curtis Jackson
    DETROIT (WXYZ) - Detroit and Michigan State Police are investigating after finding a 500 pound pig trapped inside the basement of a Detroit home. According to Assistant Police Chief Steve Dolunt, an anonymous tip brought investigators to a house in the 10400 block of Orangelawn. They found the pig in a basement standing in feces. "No pun intended but it looks like a pigsty," Dolunt said. "There's two feet of feces down there." Dolunt said the caller told police the pig had been fed human remains. However, police did not find anything suspicious. Neighbors said the man who lived in...
  • Ted Cruz Rally at Drake University 6.27.15 FULL SPEACH

    06/28/2015 12:10:03 PM PDT · by erod · 19 replies
    YouTube ^ | 6.27.15 | NA
    Ted Cruz rally in Des Moines, IA at Drake University. Watch Sen. Cruz in a hour long speech touching on topics such as, the recent SCOTUS decisions on Obamacare and gay marriage. This is new material from Ted Cruz, not the prepared standard stump speech, enjoy.
  • My Little Blessing

    06/28/2015 8:03:33 AM PDT · by Resettozero · 30 replies
    Patheos.com ^ | June 28, 2015 | by Bristol Palin
    So here are the things you should all get straight before you continue to mock me, judge me, and talk about me.
  • 18-Year-Old Filipina Has 144-Year-Old Body

    06/27/2015 11:19:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Sunday, June 28, 2015
    Suffers from rare and fatal condition called progeriaAna Rochelle Pondare seen here with her idol Filipino super-star Sarah Geronimo. (Instagram/YouTube) An 18-year-old Filipina has a body of a woman aged 144. According to a report in'Asiaone', Ana Rochelle Pondare suffers from a rare and fatal genetic condition called progeria, which causes her body to age 10 times faster than normal. Life expectancy of those suffering from this condition is an average 14 years. So, Pondare's 18th birthday was a momentous occasion as she lived well past her prognosis. And one of Pondare's birthday wishes was to meet Sarah Geronimo,...
  • Ramsey Co. K-9 Handler Charged with Abusing his Dog Partner

    06/27/2015 7:25:39 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 24 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 6/26/15 | Dave Aeikens and Eric Chaloux
    A Ramsey County deputy is on administrative leave after he was charged with hitting his canine partner, the Carlton County Sheriff's Office said. The charges are from an incident that happened early June 15 at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton. The sheriff's office says 48-year-old Brett Arthur Berry is charged with assaulting a public safety dog and animal cruelty, both misdemeanors. Berry has been a Ramsey County deputy since 1996. Black Bear security told deputies they had been called into the Cobalt Lounge to ask a man to leave. Security followed him with video and saw him return to...
  • N.Y. prison escapee Richard Matt fatally shot: official

    06/26/2015 2:06:34 PM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    chicagotribune.com ^ | June 26, 2015 | Tribune wire reports
    One of two convicted killers who staged a brazen escape from an upstate maximum-security prison and had been hunted for three weeks was shot and killed Friday, but the other is still on the run. An official with knowledge of the manhunt said Richard Matt was killed and David Sweat is still on the run. The official wasn't authorized to talk about the development publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity.
  • NYC bill would require some bathrooms to be gender-neutral

    06/26/2015 12:02:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 26, 2015 2:28 PM EDT | Michael Balsamo
    Aiming to curb gender bias and harassment in New York City, officials are readying a plan that would require businesses to convert some restrooms to gender-neutral facilities. Legislation is being introduced that would require publicly available, single-occupancy restrooms in both public and private buildings to be designated as gender-neutral. It would also amend the language of some city laws, including the plumbing code, which requires separate lavatories for men and women. “This is a very important issue,” said New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, whose office is releasing a report Friday recommending the changes. “It’s time to help individuals who...
  • Michael Jackson sighted moonwalking in the clouds over Goochland County, Va.

    06/26/2015 11:41:03 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6-26-2015 | Kevin Ambrose
    The likeness of Michael Jackson was spotted in the clouds over central Virginia earlier this week, moon-walking through a thunderstorm. The photo went viral in the local news circuit and on social media — or at least as viral as a cloud story can go. You can see him in the top center of the photo above, taken in Goochland County, Va., on Tuesday by John Plashal. It’s a bit of a stretch, but I suppose it’s feasible that the King of Pop, with his quintessential black pants + white shirt combo is visible without much of a head or left...
  • Driver believes object that smashed into his car was thrown off I-95 overpass

    06/26/2015 10:38:29 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    cbs ^ | Updated at 10:38am, June 26, 2015 | Chris Peralta and Wayne Covil,
    Linwood Jones, with Windshield Express, said it was not the first time someone has reported having their car hit with objects while driving on Interstate 95. “Just had a lady come in with a sunroof that was smashed in and she said she was on 95 and didn’t know what hit her,” he said. Meadows said Virginia State Police informed him they would patrol the area, but said that’s all they could do for now.
  • Debris on Expressway 83 causes traffic jam in Harlingen

    06/26/2015 10:35:21 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    Action 4 News Staff ^ | 04.02.2015 at 8:44 AM
    A "very large piece of iron" caused the traffic jam, according to information released by the Texas Department of Transportation. At 6:41 a.m. the Department of Transportation received a call about unknown debris on the road. A crew arrived 10 minutes later and discovered the piece of iron.
  • New LADWP Plan Looks to Capture Storm Runoff Amid SoCal’s 4-Year Drought

    06/25/2015 6:37:36 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    L A Times ^ | June 25, 2015, 3:00 AM | Monte Morin
    It may not rain much in Los Angeles County, but when it does, a single storm can send up to 10 billion gallons of water surging into a vast network of storm channels with a single destination: the Pacific Ocean.. ... After four years of drought, unprecedented restrictions on urban water use and steady increases in the cost of imported water, officials in Los Angeles and other cities are now looking at stormwater runoff as more than just a flood risk. At a public hearing Thursday, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will present its Stormwater Capture Master...
  • Marriage Annuled after Groom Turns Out to be a Woman (Jerusalem, Israel)

    06/25/2015 5:07:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    INN ^ | 6/25/2015, 2:02 PM | Hezki Ezra
    The Jerusalem Rabbinate was forced this week to announce the nullification of a marriage it had performed, when it became clear that the groom was actually a transgender man, thus making the marriage invalid according to Jewish law. The saga began when the couple approached the Rabbinate to register for marriage. The Rabbinate saw that the woman was pregnant, and the man claimed the fetus was his child. […] However, two weeks later, the Rabbinate received information that the man married had not actually been born a man, and was previously a woman who had sex reassignment surgery in 2013....
  • Mentor, community leader slain in 9th Ward was 'a hell of a man,' friends say(Vet)

    06/25/2015 4:24:30 PM PDT · by BBell · 2 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 6/25/15 | Heather Nolan, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    Tim Thompson's friends all agree he was great man. He was a mentor to neighborhood youth. He knew just how to make people laugh. And he bought donuts for his girlfriend's dance class on the day of their big recital. Friends and family who gathered Tuesday night (June 24) to remember Thompson still are in shock over his violent death Sunday. Thompson, 40, was gunned down in the driveway of his girlfriend's mom's home in the Lower 9th Ward. No arrests have been made in his death. Tonja Walston, Thompson's girlfriend of four months, said whoever killed him "took away...
  • Chemical spill causes evacuation on campus

    06/25/2015 1:45:36 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 1 replies
    kykernel.com ^ | June 24, 2015 by News Staff
    A troop of hazmat suit-wearing firefighters crowded around an animal research building near the W.T. Young Library on Wednesday afternoon after a chemical spill forced an evacuation of the building. Some people reported irritation to the eyes and nausea, but no one was seriously injured after the unknown chemical spilled inside of a refrigerator. People who were close to the chemical did undergo a decontamination process and were transported to the UK Chandler Hospital, but all were expected to be released by the end of the day.
  • Allentown man convicted of strangling woman, burning her body

    06/25/2015 4:58:28 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 26 replies
    Lehigh Valley L:ive ^ | June 23, 2015 | Sarah Cassi
    The family of Angela Steigerwalt burst into sobs Tuesday in a Lehigh County courtroom as jurors found an Allentown man guilty of strangling her and setting her body ablaze. The Lehigh County jury deliberated for more than 5 hours before convicting Anthony Heath of all the charges against him: murder in the first degree, abuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence, theft, receiving stolen property and access device fraud.
  • School Board Committee Votes To Ban “Dixie” Song & Rebel Mascot At Southside High School (AR)

    06/25/2015 1:46:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    KFSM, CBS 5, Fort Smith, AR ^ | 10:36PM, June 23, 2015 | Zuzanna Sitek and Aubry Killon
    A Fort Smith School Board committee passed a motion Tuesday (June 23) to ban the “Dixie” song during the 2015-2016 school year and to replace the rebel mascot for the 2016-2017 school year. The motion passed five to zero. Susan McFerran, a member of the school board, said the decision comes after the mass shooting in Charleston, South Carolina and a recent class reunion. “There was a 30 year class reunion this weekend,” she said. “It came to our attention that the public has been pretty upset about the Confederate flag, which has already been removed, the rebel mascot [and]...
  • California school backtracks on Common Core opt-out punishment

    06/25/2015 12:28:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 24, 2015 | Perry Chiaramonte
    A California high school where a majority of juniors opted out of Common Core testing has backed off of plans to ban the students from using the school’s parking lot and from taking part in senior class activities after parents and education groups raised a fuss. C.J. Foss, principal of Calabasas High School in Los Angeles County, last week sent an email to seniors-to-be announcing that certain privileges would be withheld from students who skipped the controversial test, which detractors say is an attempt to nationalize America’s public education system. Although the test, which critics say dictates curriculum, is widely...
  • Detroit police issue arrest warrant for artist behind Obama ‘Hope’ poster

    06/25/2015 12:33:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 25, 2015
    Detroit police have issued an arrest warrant for the artist who created the famous “Hope” poster in support of President Obama during the 2008 election, it was revealed Wednesday. The Detroit Free Press reported that Shepard Fairey faces two felony counts of malicious destruction of property. The warrant was filed Friday. Police claim that Fairey caused about $9,000 in damage while he was in Detroit to complete a commissioned mural. The charges carry a maximum penalty of up to five years in jail, as well as fines that could exceed $10,000. …
  • Kids Create Salt Black Markets in Cafeterias Due to Michelle Obama’s Lunch Rules

    06/24/2015 2:04:04 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 51 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 24, 2015 | by Elizabeth Harrington
    Children are creating their own black markets to trade and sell salt due to First Lady Michelle Obama’s school lunch rules. During a hearing before the House, a school administrator told Congress of the “unintended consequences” of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. “Perhaps the most colorful example in my district is that students have been caught bringing–and even selling–salt, pepper, and sugar in school to add taste to perceived bland and tasteless cafeteria food,” said John S. Payne. “Students are avoiding cafeteria food,” Payne said. “More students bring their lunch, and a few parents even ‘check out’ their child from...
  • As women keep washing up dead, Ohio town fears a serial killer is on the loose

    06/24/2015 8:49:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Washington Post's Morning Mix ^ | June 24, 2015 | Michael E. Miller
    For years, Chillicothe, Ohio, was known as just another notch on the Rust Belt, afflicted by the same old problems of drugs, poverty and unemployment. If the town ever made national news, it was because a presidential candidate stopped by vowing to fix things, only for those promises to evaporate after Election Day. But in the past couple of months, Chillicothe has crept back into headlines for something other than a stump speech. Something much darker. Something evil. Chillicothe is no longer just another Rust Belt town. Now it’s the place where women go missing and wash up dead. In...
  • They’ve Been in Love Since They Were 10, so the Proposal Had to Be Perfect

    06/24/2015 7:12:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    KFOR ^ | JUNE 23, 2015 | M.DELATORRE
    Sam Maccarone and Jessica Burzichelli say they have been in love since they were 10 years old. They dated through high school, and didn’t let going to different colleges break their relationship. “In the end, I just think both of us realized we were meant for each other,” Burzichelli told BuzzFeed News. Maccarone says his girlfriend had been dropping hints about getting engaged for months. Little did she know, the proposal was already in the works. Maccarone told his sweetheart that his cousin – who is a musician – wanted to feature them as a couple in his music video....
  • Painfully Skinny Jeans Land A Woman In The Hospital

    06/24/2015 6:11:28 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    NPR ^ | JUNE 22, 2015
    If you've wondered whether there's a downside to wearing superskinny jeans, this story's for you. A 35-year-old Australian woman wound up in the hospital after wearing skinny jeans while helping a family member move. The move involved "many hours of squatting while emptying cupboards," according to a report published Monday in the journal Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry. As the day went on, those jeans were making her increasingly uncomfortable. But it wasn't until that evening that the situation went south. As she walked home, the woman found herself struggling to lift her increasingly numb feet. She fell to the ground,...
  • 8-Year-Old Appears to Be Bitten by Shark, Suffers Minor Injuries(NC)

    06/24/2015 6:02:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    WBTV ^ | Jun 24, 2015
    An 8-year-old boy suffered minor injuries Wednesday afternoon from what appeared to be a small shark bite, according to the Surf City Police Department. Officials said the incident happened around 12:25 p.m., near 700 South Shore Drive. Police say the wounds were superficial and the child is expected to be okay. Surf City Police and Pender East EMS responded and provided treatment on scene. According to the police chief, the victim had what looked like a bite mark on the top of the foot and a puncture wound on the heel. The bite was about 7 inches in diameter. A...
  • Man suspected of bashing Asian women in face with hammer is found dead

    06/24/2015 5:45:26 PM PDT · by PGR88 · 24 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | June 25, 2015 | South China Morning Post
    A man suspected of bashing Asian women in the face with a hammer in a series of brutal, racially motivated attacks in New York city has been found dead in an apparent suicide, police said, just days after he detailed in an online blog a plot to attack the women and then kill himself. Tyrelle Shaw, 25, was found hanged in an elevator shaft in an apartment building Monday, police said on Tuesday. Shaw was wanted for four attacks on Asian women two weeks ago. In each instance, the attacker hit the victim in the face with a hard object....
  • The founder of Nation of Islam Lied About His Race (Rachel Dolezal)

    06/24/2015 5:30:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Disinformation ^ | June 16, 2015
    With Rachel Dolezal being in the news, I thought now would be the perfect time to write an article on this subject. “He told us that the silks he carried were the same kind that our people used in their home country, and that he was from there. So we asked him to tell us about our own country.” Scholar C Eric Lincoln wrote this about Wallace Fard Muhammad, the founder of Nation of Islam.The man known as Fard came to Detroit claiming to know all of how the blacks should correctly live. The culture hungry blacks invited him into...
  • All about Al: Ringling Day re-enactment Thursday

    06/24/2015 5:04:25 PM PDT · by gorush · 16 replies
    The Baraboo News Republic ^ | 6/24/15 (2015) | Ben Bromley
    Downtown Baraboo is about to party like it’s 1915. A century ago today, people paused at 2 p.m. to gather on the courthouse square and hear speeches lauding Al. Ringling and the palatial theater he was building across the street. On Thursday before this week’s installment of Concerts on the Square, those assembled at that very spot will witness a re-enactment of Al. Ringling Day. Four dignitaries – Mayor Mike Palm, Al. Ringling Theatre Friends President Charlene Flygt, Sauk County Historical Society President Paul Wolter and Wisconsin Historical Society Executive Director Ellsworth Brown – will repeat parts of the speeches...
  • 3 killed, 16 wounded in city shootings

    06/24/2015 4:29:18 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 12 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 24, 2015 | Deanese Williams-Harris, Tony Briscoe and Quinn Ford
    In a 12-hour span beginning Tuesday afternoon, three people were killed, and at least 16 others were wounded -- including a 14-year-old girl -- in shootings across the city.. In four of the shootings, two or more people were killed or wounded, including a Bronzeville incident in which a 52-year-old bystander was fatally shot and three others were wounded.
  • What is REALLY needed is a ban on the display of the MEXICAN flag in the United States

    06/24/2015 4:11:54 PM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 24 replies
    24 June 2015 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    It is time for State governments as well as the National government to ban display or sale of the Mexican Flag in the United States since Mexicans in general are prejudiced against blacks (fact).
  • 5 boys arrested, jailed on gun charges in St. John Parish

    06/24/2015 3:18:13 PM PDT · by BBell · 13 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 6/24/15 | Littice Bacon-Blood, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    Five boys, ages 14-16, have been arrested and booked with illegal possession of a firearm after a St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff's deputy on patrol in Reserve on Tuesday said he saw one of the teens drop a gun behind a tree. The deputy said he began to draw his own weapon after it appeared that another boy pulled a gun from the waistband of his pants as he approached the group in the 8800 block of Houma Drive around 3:30 p.m. The boys ran off, and authorities say the deputy found two handguns behind a tree.
  • I Love South Carolina (Ben Stein)

    06/24/2015 2:05:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    American Prowler ^ | 6.24.15 | Ben Stein
    A brilliant example of what America can be.A ffew humble thoughts on race, violence, and South Carolina. The crimes of Dylann Roof were spectacularly horrible. To murder in cold blood nine men and women who were praising the Lord is unfathomably evil. There is simply no excuse for it. The moral power and restraint of the Charleston black community is historically magnificent. Nothing less than that. The love and forgiveness of the victims’ families is breathtaking, one of the great moments in human history. And while I don’t think that the rebel battle flag flying over the statehouse in Columbia...
  • Encinitas Carjacking Victim Tried to Stop Carjacking Suspect by Hanging Out of Car: Deputies

    06/24/2015 12:22:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Jun 23, 2015 | Samantha Tatro
    A 64-year-old tried to stop a man from driving away in his car by hanging out the window as the man backed up, deputies said. The carjacking happened around 7:40 a.m. when the man parked at a walk-up ATM at the Chase Bank on 105 N. El Camino Real in Encinitas, the San Diego Sheriff’s Department said. The victim had left his keys in his 2009 Toyota Corolla and saw an unidentified male suspect, later described as a 24-year-old male from Costa Mesa, walking toward his car. The suspect got into the car, started the engine, putting it in reverse...
  • British Tourist Booted Out of Canada For Helping His Girlfriend With DIY (filling cracks in walls)

    06/24/2015 10:19:42 AM PDT · by dennisw · 54 replies
    A British tourist has been booted out of Canada after he helped his girlfriend decorate her flat. Tom Rolfe was just being helpful, but immigration officials in the country felt that he was ‘doing a Canadian out of a job’, after they found photographs of him helping girlfriend Sam Edwards to fill in cracks in the walls of her flat. Tom, 24, from Abergavenny, said: ‘It is ridiculous, I was just helping Sam to tidy up her flat before she sold it so we could get a place together. I was treated like a criminal and told I have eight...
  • San Diego Zoo's 150-Year-Old Galapagos Tortoise Dies

    06/23/2015 10:55:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | 6/22 | Samantha Tatro
    The San Diego Zoo's Galapagos tortoise Speed, estimated to be more than 150 years old, has died. Speed had been under veterinary care for geriatric conditions including arthritis and was euthanized by zoo staff on Friday. Veterinarians had worked to treat Speed with medications, hydrotherapy, acupuncture and physical therapy treatments during his later years. The tortoise came to the zoo in the 1930s as a part of an effort to help preserve tortoise species from the Volcan Cerro Azul Island of the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. Speed was known in his younger years as an alpha male who would butt...
  • Marine Was “Abnormally Intoxicated” Before Fatal Crash: Best Friend

    06/23/2015 10:34:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Jun 23, 2015 | Andie Adams
    Jason King, 21, faces two counts of murder after a crash killed two medical studentsStanding in the parking lot, the two briefly argued before Talbott said she backed away, yelled something at him and drove off in her own car. During cross-examination, Talbott told the defense she could not recall the number of drinks the two had through the night. When asked if she was drunk as well, Talbott admitted, “I was.” Prosecutors have previously alleged that King was drinking with friends at the Mission Valley Hotel before meeting up with Talbott. Gary Martin, a manager at In Cahoots, took...
  • Richmond Police Officer Shoots K-9 After Dog Bites Him: Police

    06/23/2015 10:27:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 59 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Jun 23, 2015 | Riya Bhattacharjee
    A Richmond police officer shot one of the department's K-9 officers on Tuesday morning after the dog bit him, authorities said. Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said the act was in self-defense. She said the dog, a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois, bit the officer just before 7 a.m. in the parking lot of the Richmond Police Department. The K-9’s handler left his car with the dog still in it to go inside the station for a meeting, police said. The dog somehow got out of the car and bit another police officer in civilian clothes. The officer who was attacked, a four-year veteran...
  • Fargo Police Have Guns Drawn And Major Road Blocked Off

    06/23/2015 5:17:08 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 41 replies
    VALLEY NEWS LIVE ^ | 23 JUNE 2015 | VALLEY NEWS LIVE
    Fargo Police have their guns drawn and are ordering two men to the ground with their hands up near the Cork N' Cleaver in Fargo. Workers at the Cork N' Cleaver tell us an incident happened a few buildings down the road and everyone was instructed to stay put. University Drive has been blocked off at 32nd Avenue South. We have a crew on the scene and will bring you more updates as information becomes available.
  • A Lil Wayne Show Was Canceled When His Entourage Refused To Be Searched

    06/23/2015 10:50:11 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 23 replies
    UPROXX.com ^ | 6/23/15 | Ryan O'Connell &bullet
    At a recent stop in Minneapolis, Lil Wayne had no problems getting through club security, but his entourage was another story… specifically, a story about a group of dudes who flat-out refused to be searched. The show ended up being cancelled, with the venue simply saying that “members of his (Lil Wayne) entourage refused to take part in the Venue’s standard safety procedures” in a Facebook post.
  • How 400 Germans Won the Battle of Waterloo

    06/23/2015 10:34:58 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    The Local ^ | 18 Jun 2015
    On June 18th, 1815, 400 Hanoverian soldiers were the only thing standing between defeat and victory for the alliance against Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo.In 1811, Napoleon's empire and its allies had over 44 million subjects and covered most of Europe. But after being defeated in 1813 and 1814 by the Sixth Coalition, which included Austria, Prussia, Russia, Britain, Portugal, Sweden, Spain and other German states, Napoleon was forced to abdicate and exiled to the island of Elba. The First French Empire was dissolved, and the Bourbon monarchy restored, but in February 1815 Napoleon escaped from his exile and...
  • Cat Bites German Woman - So She Bites Boyfriend

    06/23/2015 10:27:44 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 55 replies
    The Local ^ | 21 Jun 2015
    A cat bit a woman in Germany, sending her into such a rage that she then repeatedly bit and beat her boyfriend, the owner of the pet, police said on Sunday.A police spokesman said that the 26-year-old woman was attacked by her 39-year-old partner’s feline in the western city of Hagen in the early hours of Saturday. After she tried in vain to discipline the cat, "a fight between the bitten person and the cat's owner ensued in which the 39-year-old was hit and bitten several times," the spokesman said in a statement.
  • Maya Rudolph Finally Did the Rachel Dolezal Impression We’ve All Been Waiting For

    06/23/2015 9:58:09 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | June 23, 2015 | Dee Lockett
    Rachel Dolezal's 15 minutes of fame have (thankfully) come and gone. But because many comedians — including Dave Chappelle — didn't quite know what to make of her story, most refrained from poking fun at her expense. Maya Rudolph isn't one of them. Since Rudolph can no longer use Saturday Night Live to scratch her impersonation itch, Seth Meyers provided both a forum and and a wig to get her into full #AskRachel character on Monday's Late Night. It doesn't disappoint.
  • 20-year-old suspect killed during Route 51 shootout with Pittsburgh police

    06/23/2015 7:39:50 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 39 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | June 23, 2015 | Liz Navratil
    Tyrone Harris’ life ended Monday morning on a crowded Bon Air road, moments after he aimed a rifle out the window of a stolen car and fired at officers, police and witnesses said. Five officers returned fire, striking Harris and killing him. It marked the end of a chaotic 30-minute period in which officers said Harris, 20, began opening fire about two blocks away from his previous home in Knoxville, stole a car from a man on Rochelle Street, and fired at a sheriff’s sergeant, prompting a chase through busy city streets. Anthony Miess, 33, of McKees Rocks watched from...
  • Man shot by trooper was facing harassment charges

    06/22/2015 8:36:34 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 3 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | June 22, 2015 | John R. Ellement
    The 44-year-old man armed with a knife who was shot and killed by a state trooper near Boston University on Friday was wanted on charges of criminal harassment, distribution of obscene matter, and annoying a person of the opposite sex, officials said Monday. Santos Laboy was being sought on arrest warrants issued out of Roxbury Municipal Court when BU police spotted him Friday afternoon. A trooper who was assisting the university police fatally shot Laboy when he allegedly refused to drop a knife and made “threatening gestures.’’
  • San Francisco Zoo Adapts Dog Toy for Feeding Rhinos

    06/22/2015 6:37:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 6/22 | Tamara Palmer
    A circular dog puzzle feeding toy called Foobler is being built in a large scale format to feed rhinos at the San Francisco Zoo. Experts at the Zoo are wondering whether such a toy would encourage their rhinos to exhibit more natural foraging behaviors. An Asian rhino named Gahati and a black rhino named Boone enjoy playing with large balls so a rhino-sized Foobler would probably be received really well by the pair, noted Jason Watters, vice president of wellness and animal behavior at the Zoo. "If we can combine their desire to play basically soccer with a foraging goal,...
  • Marine Vet Skateboarding Across Country to Draw Light to Suicides

    06/22/2015 6:28:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | 6/22 | Laura McVicker
    A Marine veteran is skateboarding 2,426 miles across the country, to South Carolina in hopes of shedding light on veteran suicides. Sean Delaire will make the trek alone and with a large backpack filled with camping supplies. He’s planning on skateboarding from the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, where he graduated recruit training, to the only other Marine recruiting depot in the U.S., in Beaufort, S.C. Delaire served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2007 to 2011. He said he had a veteran friend who died of suicide and wants to raise awareness on the topic. “It’s something...