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  • Crowd of 500 fights in L.A. mall brawl

    01/11/2009 1:24:01 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 72 replies · 3,634+ views
    kabc ^ | Sunday, January 11, 2009
    TORRANCE, Calif. (CNS) -- Police were still piecing together Sunday what caused a crowd of 500 people to start fighting in one of the largest shopping malls in the nation. A unruly crowd of about 500 people was brought under control by an estimated 100 police officers, one of whom was assaulted, at the Del Amo Fashion Center, police said Sunday. Officers and sheriff's deputies from El Segundo, Gardena, Hawthorne, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach were called in to assist Torrance police and mall security when a large and rowdy crowd near the AMC Theatre Del Amo 18 got out...
  • Nantucket takes bite out of rat control efforts

    01/11/2009 1:59:03 PM PST · by Radix · 18 replies · 510+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 11 January 2009 | Eliot Baker
    Nantucket will curtail its 30-year rodent program, saving dollars and, alas, a few rats, too. Health director Richard Ray said more than money was at issue. The town is worried about liability now that the rats have grown so immune to the poison that the amounts needed to kill them are fatal to pets and other animals. “We’re not getting into the field any longer so we don’t have control to deal with the placement of this stuff,” he said. “We don’t want to see an incident where a family pet gets into this stuff.” High demand for rat eradication...
  • Lobster Regains His Freedom At Age 140

    01/11/2009 1:34:30 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 48 replies · 3,002+ views
    Reuters ^ | 01/01/2009 | Michelle Nichols
    Lobster to regain his freedom at age 140 01/01/09 NEW YORK (Reuters) - A lobster thought to be about 140 years old will be returned to the ocean after briefly becoming the mascot for a New York City restaurant, an animal rights group said on Friday. The 20-pound (9-kg) lobster was caught off the coast of Canada about two weeks ago and bought for $100 (65 pounds) by City Crab and Seafood to become its mascot, said manager Keith Valenti. "We bought a big lobster, started taking pictures with kids and it worked out real well," said Valenti, adding it...
  • Cold case closed 31 years after the murder

    01/11/2009 10:13:16 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 1 replies · 246+ views
    KHON2 ^ | Jan 7, 2009 | Jai Cunningham
    After more than 31 years the family of Toshio Kawano has some closure Wednesday. 52 year old Melvin Kumukau pleaded guilty to manslaughter and robbery in the 1977 murder case. Toshio Kawano owned Moiliili Bakery. On a night in September two men entered his place with ill will in mind. "31 years ago defendant Kumukau as well as defendant Meyer entered the store intending to rob Mr Kawano of his samurai sword set," said Deputy Attorney General Christopher Young. What ensued was a gun battle between all three men. "Multiple shots were fired and Mr Kawano was shot twice, once...
  • Jokesters drop their pants and take a ride on the subway for laughs [from the NY moron weirdo file]

    01/11/2009 5:26:30 AM PST · by ETL · 16 replies · 1,058+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | January 11th 2009 | VERONIKA BELENKAYA nd RICH SCHAPIRO
    Snow wasn't the only thing that fell Saturday: so did pants - and jaws - on the subway. Hundreds of brave New Yorkers dropped their bottoms in Saturday's sub-freezing temperatures before taking to the rails for the eighth annual No Pants Subway Ride. "They couldn't have picked a better day to do this?" asked John Ocskai, 18, of Long Island, wearing a pair of spiffy gray boxers. "This is my first time. I was shocked it was still going on." Dana Sterling, 33, was shivering even before she stripped down to her three pairs of undies. "I'm cold already," Sterling...
  • Neighbors: Teacher seemed like wholesome family woman Educator, 29, accused of seducing 13-year-old

    01/11/2009 3:40:12 AM PST · by billorites · 50 replies · 3,795+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | January 10, 2009 | Jessica Fargen
    Neighbors of a suburban schoolteacher who is accused of seducing a 13-year-old boy are still reeling from the shocking allegations lodged against the “clean-cut” woman who appeared to be dedicated to her husband and her job. “When you talk to her, she is quiet, really nice,” said Erica Mara, 20, who lives across the street from Christine McCallum, 29, who was charged Friday with seven counts of statutory rape. No one answered the door at McCallum’s home on Central Street in Rockland yesterday. Mara questioned how McCallum, a teacher at an Abington elementary school, would find time to have an...
  • The Masterpiece That May Never Be Seen Again

    01/10/2009 6:12:00 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies · 967+ views
    'Do you realise how much strength is needed to strangle a man?" asked Francesco Marino Mannoia. The magistrate listened carefully. "It can take as long as 10 minutes," Marino Mannoia went on, "and sometimes the victim slips out, bites and kicks. Some even manage to break free for a while. But at least it's a professional way of doing the job." This witness was genuine, magistrate Giovanni Falcone decided after listening to such insights into life in the Sicilian mafia. He considered Marino Mannoia an exceptionally bright and honest pentito - the Italian term for a mafioso who turns informant...
  • Da Vinci artworks stored in a cave during WW II

    01/10/2009 5:50:38 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies · 1,308+ views
    Western Mail ^ | Jan 9 2009 | Sally Williams
    DRAWINGS by Leonardo da Vinci on show at a Welsh coastal town were previously stored there in a wartime “secret cave of masterpieces”, researchers have discovered. A travelling exhibition of 10 of the Italian genius’s works is currently on display at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth. But workers delving into the institution’s archives last night revealed how the images once arrived in the town on the eve of World War II, along with other priceless masterpieces. Medi Jones-Jackson, communications officer for the library, said: “It’s been discovered that the works were originally here 70 years ago – evacuated from...
  • World War II hero from Wash. dead at 89 (Jim Prince;Portrayed in 2005's 'The Great Raid')

    01/10/2009 4:34:51 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies · 517+ views
    Examiner ^ | Jan 10, 2009
    A U.S. Army officer who was the assault force commander of a World War II mission to liberate Allied prisoners that was portrayed in the 2005 movie "The Great Raid" has died. Robert Prince was 89. His son, Jim Prince of Port Townsend, Saturday confirmed his father's death on New Year's Day in Port Townsend. In the movie "The Great Raid," James Franco starred as Prince, while Benjamin Bratt portrayed Lt. Col. Mucci, who selected Prince to lead the raid on a Japanese prison camp. Robert Prince was awarded the U.S. Army's highest award, the Distinguished Service Cross, for his...
  • Officer Will Not Face Charges In Shoving Of 71-Year-Old Wal-Mart Greeter

    01/10/2009 4:34:15 PM PST · by decimon · 86 replies · 1,776+ views
    Chattanoogan.com ^ | January 6, 2009 | Unknown
    Chattanooga Police Det. Kenneth Freeman will not face charges in an incident in which he shoved a 71-year-old greeter at the Wal-Mart in Collegedale to the floor after he tried to stop him while doing a receipts check. > A police report says a customer then told Det. Freeman, "You can't push down an old man" and began struggling with him. It says Det. Freeman then shoved that man, Gholom Ghassedi, through a glass door. Officers found Mr. Ghassedi with blood on his neck, but he declined medical treatment. Sgt. McPherson broke up the fight between Det. Freeman and Mr....
  • Mass. teacher accused of having sex with teen

    01/10/2009 1:59:22 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 1,837+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/10/09 | AP
    ROCKLAND, Mass. – An elementary school teacher accused of having sex with a teenage boy pleaded not guilty to rape charges Friday. Christine A. McCallum, 29, of Rockland, is accused of having multiple sexual encounters with the boy that began when he was 13 years old. The alleged incidents occurred in Abington and Rockland. ... The married fifth-grade teacher has been fired ..
  • Marie Callender's founder remembered as innovator (obituary)

    01/10/2009 11:08:28 AM PST · by EveningStar · 20 replies · 890+ views
    The Orange County Register ^ | January 9, 2009 | Nancy Luna
    Don Callender, credited with turning his mother's modest home-based bakery business into a restaurant and pie dynasty in Southern California, has died.
  • Crossdresser leads police on high-speed chase (Connecticut)

    01/10/2009 10:32:34 AM PST · by Graybeard58 · 3 replies · 576+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | January 10, 2009 | Andrew Larson
    A man dressed as a woman led multiple police agencies on a 25-mile, high-speed chase Friday starting around 8 p.m., police said. The man, Richard Famiglietti, 39, of 175 Westfield Ave., Ansonia, was at River's Edge Apartments on Sharon Road in Waterbury when a witness spotted what he thought was a half-naked woman being forced into a van. "He believed there was an abduction in progress," said Wolcott Police Capt. Domenic Angiolillo. The witness tried to block the driveway to prevent Famiglietti from leaving. Famiglietti ran over a snow bank to escape. The witness got in his vehicle and followed...
  • Horrific crash kills firefighter

    01/10/2009 6:14:20 AM PST · by Boston Blackie · 3 replies · 344+ views
    boston.com ^ | January 10, 2009 | Maria Cramer, Michael Levenson, Eric Moskowitz, Donovan Slack, Milton Valencia, and Megan Woolhouse
    A fire engine returning from a routine medical call apparently went out of control on a steep side street, screamed across four lanes of traffic, rammed through a gate, and smashed into a high-rise apartment building, killing a veteran firefighter, critically injuring another, and spraying a half dozen children inside a first-floor computer lab with shards of glass.
  • South Shore teacher charged with raping teenage boy

    01/09/2009 7:48:24 PM PST · by Maelstorm · 82 replies · 3,315+ views
    http://www.boston.com/ ^ | January 9, 2009 | By John R. Ellement and Andrew Ryan
    BROCKTON -- Police described an Abington elementary school teacher today as an obsessive predator who allegedly seduced a 13-year-old boy and carried on a sexual relationship that lasted for 18 months. Christine A. McCallum, 29, had become like a surrogate mother to the teen, who was being raised by a single father, prosecutors said today. That relationship allegedly progressed to snuggling and kissing after McCallum plied the boy with alcohol. Then on Feb. 7, 2006, she allegedly had sex with the teen for the first time, said Assistant Plymouth District Attorney Michael Scott. The boy, who is now 16, told...
  • Flag Flap Cause Of Frustration (NM-Peter Lynch)

    01/09/2009 7:58:07 PM PST · by CedarDave · 7 replies · 487+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | January 9, 2009 | Joline Gutierrez Krueger
    This is Peter Lynch, his e-mail begins. The guy who tore down the Mexican flag. That is his identity now, still, more than a year since he tore down — and tearing up — both the fabric of another country and the fabric of his life. It is not the identity he wanted. He never imagined himself the poster boy of both patriotic zeal and xenophobic bile, never imagined his single act would crystallize in him both what he loves about his country and what he hates. You remember this guy. On Sept. 17, 2007, Lynch was fresh from eight...
  • Parents upset after Merced elementary teacher asks students to shave his face

    01/09/2009 3:03:55 PM PST · by vivalaoink · 30 replies · 1,064+ views
    Merced Sun Star ^ | 8 January 2008 | DANIELLE GAINES
    Parents upset after Merced elementary teacher asks students to shave his face Young girls say teacher had them shave his beard, then told them not to tell anyone about it. Although the events occurred in the third week of November, a letter from Principal Nolan Harris about his investigation wasn't sent home until Dec. 12. It read, in part: "As you may be aware, the last week before the Thanksgiving break, Mr. McLane had the class participate in a face-shaving activity with an electric razor as a story starter for a writing assignment. He later instructed the students that if...
  • I-5 reopens

    01/09/2009 12:30:50 PM PST · by djf · 2 replies · 274+ views
    Interstate 5 had been closed for 36 hours or so on a twenty mile stretch south of Olympia, Washington due to flooding. It has just reopened to truck traffic and will be open to all traffic this afternoon.
  • Murder Charge Laid in Cold Case From 1970

    01/09/2009 12:25:04 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 2 replies · 777+ views
    The Toronto Star ^ | Jan 09, 2009 | Robyn Doolittle
    Homicide maps Kirkland Lake search never turned up body of 12-year-oldAline Wilson never gave up hope that one day she would find out what happened to her daughter. Kathy Wilson went missing Oct. 20, 1970, on the outskirts of Kirkland Lake. The skinny, curly-haired 12-year-old had made the kilometre and a bit walk into town to buy groceries. But she never returned. More than 300 volunteers in the small Ontario mining town searched the area woods and swamps for weeks. Police combed the countryside with dogs, helicopters and boats, but they never found her body. Several witnesses reported seeing a...
  • Quieter sound of freedom

    01/09/2009 9:43:23 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 2 replies · 285+ views
    Valley Press on ^ | January 9, 2009 | ALLISON GATLIN
    supersonic aircraft is nearing completion at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center. The project uses the center's unique, modified F-15B to gauge the effects of changing the lift surfaces and engine nozzles on the shock waves created in supersonic flight. It is these shock waves that create the signature sonic booms heard on the ground when a supersonic airplane flies overhead. Supersonic jets are prevented by law from flying over land, except in specially designated corridors, due to the discomfort and noise of the resultant sonic booms. Quieting these sonic booms could lead to supersonic aircraft that may fly cross-country and...