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  • Here’s How the World’s Fattest Man Lost 250kg, And Now Dreams of Walking Again

    02/23/2018 10:40:51 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | Feb 24, 2018
    Juan Pedro Franco, from Mexico, was the world’s fattest man at 595kg in October 2016. After undergoing medical treatment, he lost 250kg and plans to lose about 100 kilos more in the next year-and-a-half. The folds of flesh on Juan Pedro Franco’s back sway heavily as he cranks the pedals of a modified bicycle with his arms, exercising to boost his already jaw-dropping weight-loss total of 250kg. Franco, who comes from northern Mexico, used to be the world’s fattest man. Guinness World Records certified the title after he weighed in at 595kg in October 2016. At the time, he was...
  • This Restaurant Is Charging $100 for One Meatball

    02/23/2018 9:17:19 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | Thursday, February 22, 2018 | Gina Salamone
    That’s a pricey meatball. A Midtown restaurant will be serving up a swanky version of the Italian classic for a whopping $100, which includes just one meatball paired with a glass of wine, for one day only. On National Meatball Day, March 9, Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse will offer an upgraded take on its Kobe beef meatballs that normally sell for just $13. The boosted ball will be made with wagyu beef and winter truffles and stuffed with truffle caciocavallo cheese and foie gras. It’s topped with a creamy shallot and champagne sauce. Odell Beckham Jr. shares Super Bowl meatball...
  • Five injured in teen's rampage at Granite Hills (17 years ago hero stopped school shooter)

    02/23/2018 3:31:33 PM PST · by jeannineinsd · 17 replies
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 3/23/2001 | Jeff McDonald
    This time, the bloodshed was at Granite Hills High School in El Cajon, half a dozen miles south of the Santee high school where two were killed and 13 wounded in a shooting spree less than three weeks ago. Only one of yesterday's shooting victims suffered serious injuries. -snip- The student accused of opening fire, 18-year-old Jason Hoffman, was shot twice, once in the face and once in the buttock. - snip- All of the injured are expected to recover, including the accused gunman. Hoffman was taken to a hospital in handcuffs after being shot by an El Cajon police...
  • Winter Olympics: Germany Stun Defending Champions Canada to Face OAR in Men's Ice Hockey Final

    02/23/2018 1:48:40 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    BBC ^ | 2/23
    Germany reached the men's ice hockey final at the Winter Olympics for the first time by beating defending champions Canada in the semi-finals. The 10th-seeded Germans won 4-3 at Gangneung Hockey Centre despite Canada fighting back from 4-1 down at the start of the third period. Germany will face the Olympic athletes from Russia (OAR) in Sunday's final.
  • Ex-Dolphin Jonathan Martin taken into custody over social media post

    02/23/2018 1:38:23 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    ESPN ^ | Kyle Bonagura
    Former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin has been detained for questioning in Los Angeles as a result of a threatening image posted on social media, according to reports. "The individual we believe responsible for the social media post in question has been detained and our investigation is ongoing," the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement. ABC News confirmed that Martin was the man detained by police.
  • Bullied NFL Lineman Posts Shotgun Photo, Forces High School to Close

    02/23/2018 1:35:29 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 23, 2018 | Justin Terranova
    Former Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin posted a chilling Instagram story that forced a high school to close. On Thursday, Martin caught the attention of school officials with a story that featured a photo of a shotgun and the names of former Dolphins teammates Richie Incognito and Mike Pouncey as well as the Los Angeles-area high school, Harvard-Westlake, that Martin attended. The 28-year-old was taken into custody on Friday, ABC reported. “When you’re a bully victim and a coward, your options are suicide or revenge,” Martin cryptically posted.

    02/23/2018 1:15:49 PM PST · by Elderberry · 16 replies
    Sentinel Alert ^ | 2/23/2018 | Jennifer Richie
    A city spokesperson (not city attorney) called The Sentinel just as we finished the update below. According to the young lady, the city had rethought their position after my 'clarification' from two days ago and had indeed found some responsive documents to my request. Instead of releasing the documents, The Waco City website regarding OR's now designates my request for 'proof of purchase' as sent to the OAG. Our office has not received any letter or carbon copy of a letter to the OAG yet. The change in designation was made today as we had just gotten a screen snip...
  • Man Burns Down Home In Attempt To Remove Skunk

    02/23/2018 9:11:54 AM PST · by Gamecock · 45 replies
    CBS Local ^ | Feb. 21, 2018
    (Ferndale, MI) A man who was just trying to get some skunks to leave him alone ended up burning down the rental home where he was living in Ferndale. The man told investigators he had enough with the skunks, who made a home in his crawlspace, and was attempting to drive them out with a smoke bomb when things went awry. The bomb triggered a fire that spread through the crawlspace and onto the first floor of the home, on W. Webster near Edgewood Place. The fire was burning for roughly 15 minutes before the man called 911 for help,...
  • Local groups hoof it to Tucson Rodeo Parade

    02/23/2018 5:49:33 AM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies
    SIERRA VISTA — More than 200,000 spectators are expected to line today’s 93rd annual Tucson Rodeo Parade route, with folks arriving early for prime viewing spots. Two local high schools — with very different entries — will be represented in this year’s parade lineup. The Buena Marching Colts, directed by Duane Chun, will have about 125 students in the parade, while the Tombstone High School JROTC Mounted Color Guard will be represented with five horseback riders, along with additional support members on foot. “We participate in this parade about every five or six years,” Chun said. “The Buena Marching Colts...
  • Switzerland’s tough stance on migrants criticized by Amnesty International

    02/22/2018 9:25:40 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies ^ | 22 February 2018 10:23 CET+01:00
    Switzerland has been taken to task by the human rights group Amnesty International for its tough treatment of asylum seekers and migrants. The country was violating international legal principles by returning migrants and asylum seekers with rejected asylum claims to countries where they are in danger of persecution, Amnesty said in its annual report published on Thursday. The human rights group cited the examples “of people with failed asylum claims or undocumented migrants” being sent back to countries including Sri Lanka, Turkey and Sudan where they were at risk of “serious human rights” violations. In its report into the state...
  • Police release photos of Ventura chase, rape suspect who took poison to find other victims

    02/22/2018 5:38:08 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    KABC ^ | Leane Suter
    Jonathan Hanks, 33, was suspected of being a sexual predator on Snapchat. He was caught on surveillance video and authorities released the images because they fear he may have targeted numerous young girls. "We have real concrete reasons to believe that this was not his first time doing something like that. Because of that, we believe that there are other victims," LAPD Detective Ninette Toosbuy said. The bizarre and deadly drama unfolded on the 101 Freeway in Ventura, when Hanks fled from police who had been doing surveillance on a suspected rapist. "Our primary pursuit officer saw indications of that...
  • Pensioner, 91, leads police on 15-mile motorway chase, after mistaking them for a gritting lorry

    02/22/2018 5:00:37 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    A 91-YEAR-OLD driver mistakenly led police on a 15 mile pursuit on a motorway – when he confused a marked patrol car with flashing lights for a gritting lorry. Gordon Lee was driving in the middle lane when officers did a check of his vehicle registration, which revealed he had no licence or insurance. Despite putting on their lights and sirens, the pensioner continued at 70 mph, even indicating to overtake other vehicles. The pensioner said signs on the M27 between Fareham and Portsmouth said gritting was in progress and so he confused the police car for a lorry dispensing...
  • Escort Shows Up at Wrong House in Florida

    02/22/2018 4:16:56 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    ABC15 ^ | Feb 22, 2018 | Lisa Greenberg
    An escort and "her protection" were arrested in Florida after they apparently showed up to the wrong house. Linda Elkins and Bosha Dawes, both 26, are facing loitering charges after Cape Coral Police said they showed up to a home on SE 10th Terrace and rang the doorbell just before 3 a.m. "I would have answered the door with my shotgun," Rachad Leanari, a neighbor, told Scripps station WFTX in Fort Myers, Florida. The couple who lives in the home called police. They told officers Dawes rang their doorbell with something white covering his face. Elkins was with him. The...
  • Connecting cultures over spring break Buena band heads to Hawaii

    02/22/2018 3:14:38 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Alexis Ramanjulu
    SIERRA VISTA — On the back wall of the Buena High School band room, names of cities from across the United States and around the world are painted in different colors. “That’s our legacy,” drum major Sam Martinez said while describing the wall. Every two to three years, band director Duane Chun takes members on a “big” trip. This year from March 11 to March 16, 120 Buena band members and roughly 59 chaperones will travel to Honolulu for two performances and the experience of a lifetime. “It gives the students a chance to perform outside of our four walls...
  • Man Hit Two Cops

    02/22/2018 2:10:32 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 6 replies
    BlueLivesMatter ^ | 22 February 2018 | Andrew Blake
    Blake Rutledge is accused of shooting a gun out of a car and then fighting police. Tornado, WV – A West Virginia man who was believed to have been shooting a pistol out of a car window is facing multiple charges after he is accused of striking two police officers who tried to arrest him. Blake Rutledge, 23, is charged with battery on a police officer, obstructing an officer and brandishing a dangerous weapon, according to WCHS-TV.
  • 'I Miss Him So Much': Vonn Scatters Grandfather's Ashes Near Downhill Course

    02/22/2018 12:15:13 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Hyung-Jin Kim
    Vonn said she sprayed parts of Don Kildow's ashes "just a few days ago" on a rock that she was told was special when she visited South Korea last year to be named a Pyeongchang Olympic ambassadorLindsey Vonn came to South Korea with the goal of taking home an Olympic medal and leaving something even more special behind. SNIP The American ski great said Thursday she recently scattered some of the ashes of her grandfather, who served during the Korean War, on a rock near the mountain where the downhill races were run. "I know that it would mean a...
  • Macron eyes action against Chinese buyers of French farmland

    02/22/2018 12:01:38 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies ^ | 22 February 2018 15:23 CET+01:00 | AFP
    President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday promised measures to help prevent foreign investors buying agricultural land in France after a string of international controversies over Chinese purchases. “For me, French agricultural lands are strategic investments on which our sovereignty depends, so we can’t allow hundreds of hectares of land to be bought by foreign powers without us knowing the aims of these purchases,” Macron told a crowd of young farmers at the presidential palace. He was referring to news last year that a Chinese fund had bought 900 hectares of land in the cereal-growing Allier region in central France, following an...
  • Robber shot himself while pistol-whipping victim, cops say

    02/22/2018 11:07:16 AM PST · by Gamecock · 22 replies
    NJ.Com ^ | 2/21/2018 | Matt Gray
    Four South Jersey residents plotted to rob an acquaintance Tuesday night, but it all went wrong when one of the suspected bandits shot himself, authorities said. Officers learned that one of the robbers allegedly struck the 20-year-old victim on the head with a gun. The weapon discharged, striking the assailant in the hand, police said. The four fled the scene as police arrived, but were quickly apprehended following a motor vehicle stop not far from the scene. The gun allegedly used in the assault was found in the car.
  • Police Urge People Not to Contact Them About KFC Chicken Shortage

    02/22/2018 10:46:05 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Thursday, February 22, 2018
    The police have been forced to remind people not to contact them during the KFC chicken shortage. The closure - which has now gone on for five days - was caused by issues with a new delivery contract with DHL, but Scotland Yard have been forced to release a statement after they received multiple "nuisance calls" regarding the meat dilemma. Officers in London issued a reminder not to bother to police with the problem with the Tower Hamlets force writing on Twitter: "Please do not contact us about the #KFCCrisis - it is not a police matter if your favourite...
  • Police say carjacking suspect made woman buy him Wendy's, drive him to drug deal

    02/22/2018 10:42:22 AM PST · by Gamecock · 20 replies
    KHQ ^ | 2/22/2018
    LOVELAND, Ohio - An Ohio man was arrested Saturday after police say he abducted an 84-year-old woman and forced her to give him money, buy him fast food and drive him to a drug deal. 31-year-old Brett Engel is facing charges of felony aggravated robbery and abduction according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Police say Engel jumped into thee woman's car in a pharmacy parking lot with a box cutter on February 15. Engel then ordered her to drive to a bank and withdraw $200, which he took, according to court records. Then he's accused of forcing the woman to take...