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  • Five Points to reimburse Washington for Palin visit (Illinois)

    04/24/2010 10:57:41 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 2 replies · 276+ views
    Peoria Journal-Star ^ | Apr 23, 2010 | John Sharp
    PEORIA — Five Points in Washington will reimburse the city of Washington $2,200 in security-related costs related to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's April 17 appearance. The move was described by at-large Peoria City Councilman Gary Sandberg as "honorable." "I think that is the way government should work, and to be more like business and not afraid to charge for extraordinary services," said Sandberg, a critic of the city of Peoria's lack of recouping $41,615 in costs associated with Vice President Joe Biden's March 31 trip to Peoria. Washington City Administrator Bob Morris and Police Chief Jim Kuchenbecker said a...
  • Women struck with bat and robbed in Bucktown

    04/24/2010 7:26:13 AM PDT · by TigerBait · 33 replies · 1,112+ views
    They were two young women out on the town and celebrating success. One was 24-year-old Stacy Jurich, a recent college grad who earned a glowing work review. » Click to enlarge image Stacy Jurich (top left) and Natasha McShane were attacked near this viaduct on Damen early Friday morning. Both were beaten unconscious and were in intensive care later Friday. (John H. White/Sun-Times) The other was Natasha McShane, 23, an exchange student from Ireland attending the University of Illinois at Chicago. At about 3:30 a.m. this morning, they were walking to Jurich’s Bucktown home from a bar in Wicker Park...
  • Police: White Robber Masqueraded as Black M

    04/23/2010 11:52:15 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 13 replies · 505+ views
    CINCINNATI, Ohio -- A caucasian man charged in six robberies across southern Ohio masqueraded as an African American in an effort to get away with his crimes, prosecutors say. Conrad Zdzierak, was arrested on Wednesday in Springdale, Ohio after police raided a hotel room where he was staying. According to authorities, Zdzierak has been charged with six counts of aggravated robbery for robbing five banks and one pharmacy. Police say five of the robberies took place on the same day.
  • Suspect Found Neck-deep in Manure Pit

    04/23/2010 11:50:21 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 11 replies · 419+ views
    Police said that officers searching for a man wanted on methamphetamine charges found him hiding neck-deep in a liquid manure pit at a northeastern Indiana farm. Noble County sheriff's deputies thought they'd lost the man until an officer spotted him in the tank beneath an outbuilding floor on the farm near Albion. Chief Deputy Doug Harp said the man, 52, had been neck-deep in the combination of hog and dog feces for at least an hour Tuesday evening. He later became combative and had to be shocked twice with a stun gun.
  • Woman Gets Death For Killing O.C. Fortuneteller

    04/23/2010 11:22:42 PM PDT · by Touch Not the Cat · 11 replies · 592+ views
    CBS) ^ | Apr 23, 2010 6:40 pm US/Pacific
    Tanya Jamie Nelson was convicted Feb. 16 of killing Ha Smith, 52, and Smith's 23-year-old daughter Anita Vo, on April 21, 2005. Nelson hired Smith to get her ex-lover back. But when the soothsayer told her to accept reality, prosecutors say she became upset and plotted to drive across the country to kill her. Prosecutors say Smith and her daughter were stabbed as many as 10 times and their faces and hands were covered in white paint, which may have been an attempt to cover up evidence.
  • Utah woman sentenced in 'surprise' hammer beating

    04/23/2010 8:20:43 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 37 replies · 1,027+ views
    SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah woman has been sentenced to 30 days in jail with credit for two days served for blindfolding her husband and promising him a surprise before hitting him in the head with a hammer three years ago. Amy Teresa Ricks also was sentenced to probation and community service Monday in 3rd District Court. The 37-year-old pleaded guilty to second-degree felony aggravated assault in February.
  • Reward for a valiant dog: engraved bowl

    04/23/2010 7:46:39 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 23 replies · 844+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | April 23rd, 2010 | RACHEL D'ORO
    Buddy the German shepherd was hailed Friday as a hero for guiding Alaska State Troopers through winding back roads to a fire at his owners' workshop. Buddy is an untrained dog who for some reason recognized the severity of the situation and acted valiantly in getting help for his family," Col. Audie Holloway, head of the troopers, said Friday at a ceremony for the 5-year-old dog, who stood quietly before an adoring crowd. Buddy, whose good deed was caught on a patrol car's dashcam video,
  • Sturgeon Survived Dinosaurs; What About Man?--Whisker-Snounted Sturgeon Rebounding

    04/23/2010 4:32:36 PM PDT · by SJackson · 2 replies · 318+ views
    CBS ^ | 4-23-10
    Sturgeon Survived Dinosaurs; What About Man? Whisker-Snounted Sturgeon Rebounding But Still Fighting Habitat Destruction It's been a tough fight for the whisker-snouted sturgeon. The fish survived whatever killed the dinosaurs and have struggled against habitat destruction and overfishing. Now many of its 25 species are endangered, but a small pocket in upper Wisconsin boasts of having one of the world's largest concentrations of the fish. The success is because of the state's strict spearing limits, poaching laws, restocking efforts and the popular - and well-protected - spring spawning, which mostly finished last week. "If we can restore the sturgeon population...
  • Wolf population continues to rise in Wisconsin

    04/23/2010 4:29:07 PM PDT · by SJackson · 24 replies · 327+ views
    Lakeland Times ^ | 4-23-10 | Leah Gernetzke
    At a Wisconsin Wolf Stakeholder Committee meeting last Friday and Saturday, members tallied and announced an official state wolf population range from 702-746, further widening the gap between the species' endangered status and reality. "The wolf population has shown to be very secure in the Great Lakes area," mammalian ecologist Adrian Wydeven said in a previous interview with The Times. In fact, the number of wolves has increased by 75-100 animals since 2008-09 alone, and well exceeds the current state management goal of 350 wolves. Considering their near extinction in the state from the 1950s to the 1970s, the wolves...
  • Death of "Caveman" Ends Era in Idaho

    04/23/2010 2:38:10 PM PDT · by verum ago · 17 replies · 954+ views
    The Idaho Statesman ^ | 23 April 2010 | Tim Woodward
    Known as the "Salmon River Caveman," Richard Zimmerman lived an essentially 19th century lifestyle, a digital-age anachronism who never owned a telephone or a television and lived almost entirely off the land. "He was in his home at the caves at the end, and it was his wish to die there," said Connie Fitte, who lived across the river. "He was the epitome of the free spirit." Richard Zimmerman had been in declining health when he died Wednesday. Read more: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2010/04/23/1164899/death-of-caveman-ends-an-era-in.html#ixzz0lxgdlF8u
  • Man charged with killing wife, torching house as coverup (over Penguins game)

    04/23/2010 1:31:32 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 12 replies · 692+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | April 23, 2010 | Sadie Gurman and Jim McKinnon
    A man struck his wife in the head with a hammer at least 10 times and stabbed her before starting a fire in his South Fayette home this morning in what police said was an attempt to conceal evidence of the killing. Robert Abrams, 40, was charged with homicide, arson and abuse of a corpse in the death of his wife, Jeannette, 44. The two quarreled, in part because Mr. Abrams had stayed up late to watch the Penguins' game, which went into three overtimes, before he killed her, Allegheny County Police Superintendent Charles Moffatt said.
  • Co-worker: Ivins didn't do it

    04/23/2010 12:44:05 PM PDT · by Justice Department · 7 replies · 365+ views
    fredericknewspost ^ | April 23, 2010 | Megan Eckstein
    It is absolutely impossible that Bruce Ivins, accused of mailing anthrax and killing five people in 2001, could have created and cleaned up anthrax spores in the timeline and manner the FBI alleges, Ivins' former co-worker said Thursday. The National Academy of Sciences brought in former USAMRIID microbacteriologist Henry Heine to explain spore preparation to the panel, which is tasked with investigating the science the FBI used to accuse Ivins, also a former microbacteriologist for the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases. And though Heine discussed only scientific methods and technologies before the panel, he said afterward he...
  • Students revolting over JP Morgan's Jamie Dimon as graduation speaker

    04/23/2010 12:06:41 PM PDT · by metmom · 22 replies · 466+ views
    The Guardian ^ | April 12, 2010 | Andrew Clark
    He may be a hero on Wall Street but the JP Morgan boss Jamie Dimon is seriously uncool in the eyes of students. There's revolt in the air at Syracuse University in upstate New York where Dimon is due to give a graduation address next month. Disgruntled students complain that the university's invitation to Dimon amounts to an attempt to use their commencement ceremony (graduation to us Brits) as a tool to rebuild the public image of the disgraced banking industry. And they point out that while JP Morgan coins in record profits, the credit crunch has left many students...
  • Remain Faithful and Trust in HIM in These

    04/23/2010 7:48:08 AM PDT · by iHikeinGodsCreation · 8 replies · 235+ views
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIkQ7YVys_A ^ | April 23, 2010 | iHIkeinGod'sCreation
    Dear FReeper's: In these difficult times in the midst of chaos of an overbearing government, higher taxes, a crumbled economy, and horrible natural disasters resulting in countless deaths we must remain faithful to HIM. We must TRUST God. It is human nature to grumble and complain. Look where the grumbling and mistrust got the Isrealites from the Old Testament- wondering the desert for many years but STILL God provided them with their every need, including manna from heaven and pillars of fire and smoke to lead them in the wilderness. The minute Let us remember the blessings God provides for...
  • Longtime Seattle meteorologist Harry Wappler dies

    04/22/2010 11:29:56 AM PDT · by djf · 10 replies · 286+ views
    Longtime Seattle meteorologist Harry Wappler dies Harry Wappler, who told Seattle whether to expect showers or sun for three decades, died Wednesday, KIRO-TV announced. He was 73.
  • Police find NE Indiana man hiding in manure pit

    04/22/2010 8:19:43 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 35 replies · 694+ views
    wthr.com ^ | Apr 22, 2010
    Albion - Police say that officers searching for a man wanted on methamphetamine charges found him hiding neck-deep in a liquid manure pit at a northeastern Indiana farm. Noble County sheriff's deputies thought they'd lost 52-year-old Thomas Hovis Jr. until an officer spotted him in the tank beneath an outbuilding floor on the farm near Albion.
  • Animal Cruelty - Vanity

    04/22/2010 9:17:27 AM PDT · by mbynack · 28 replies · 550+ views
    My family has been involved in animal rescue for about 5 years and we're seeing a lot of stuff that really makes me sick. People have moved away and left their pets in the homes they've abandoned. One guy got a puppy from the pound, decided he didn't want it anymore and threw it out in the street. One 6 week old puppy had his ears cut off with scissors. The family that owned him had returned a different puppy to the pound after their son "accidently" spilled battery acid on it.
  • Obama coming to my town (Quincy IL /Macon MO area). Cue "Darth Vader" Theme

    04/22/2010 8:34:20 AM PDT · by iHikeinGodsCreation · 9 replies · 590+ views
    KTVO Heartland Connection ^ | April 21, 2010 | AP
    Most people here really don't like him. We're rural, conservative, mostly Christian people. The only reason I'd go is to protest. Anyone in the Hannibal/Shelbina/Macon, MO area? http://www.heartlandconnection.com/news/story.aspx?id=446551 OTTUMWA, IOWA (AP) -- KTVO has learned the tentative schedule for President Obama's swing through the Heartland planned for next week. The President is scheduled to land in Quincy, Illinois at roughly 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday April 27. He will then travel to Fort Madison, Iowa, Mt. Pleasant and Ottumwa. He is expected to arrive in Ottumwa at about 4:45 and hold a town hall event or rally. No location or format...
  • Rooftop ban for criminal

    04/22/2010 7:19:14 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 15 replies · 342+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | 20 Apr 2010
    Rooftop ban for criminal A criminal who escapes officers by climbing on the roof of his house has been banned from every rooftop in his borough - in case he falls and sues police. Adam Paul Corbett regularly staged 10-hour rooftop stand-offs when officers came to arrest him. The force helicopter has been called out on numerous occasions, which had cost thousands of pounds. Police say they had to ensure the 22-year-old's safety because if he fell while trying to escape, he could sue the force. They have now successfully applied for an interim anti-social behaviour order in an attempt...
  • Girl, 12, pitches second perforct little league game

    04/21/2010 3:51:26 PM PDT · by jerry557 · 31 replies · 908+ views
    tbo.com ^ | 04/21/10 | Aaron Oberlin
    PLANT CITY - For the second time in less than a year, 12-year-old Chelsea Baker has accomplished one of baseball's rarest feats. After throwing a perfect game June 30, the Turkey Creek Middle School seventh-grader did it again April 9. The Plant City Little League pitcher's first perfect game was during a 21-0 rout of North Lakeland. The latest came during a game in which she struck out 16 of 18 batters in six innings to defeat J.R. Farms, 1-0. "Nobody really notices she's a girl because she's just a great athlete," said Stephen Gude, Baker's coach for the Plant...
  • Woman Took Whippets Before Fatal Firefighter Crash: Report

    04/21/2010 12:44:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies · 760+ views
    NBC Miami ^ | Wed, Apr 21, 2010 | BRIAN HAMACHER
    Woman took nitrous oxide minutes before collision with Miami firefighter's motorcycleThe Hollywood woman involved in the deadly collision that killed an off-duty Miami firefighter two weeks ago had gotten high on nitrous oxide minutes before the crash, according to a new report. Sherry Marks, 19, was also taking anti-anxiety pills that may have helped her black out shortly before her Ford Mustang struck firefighter Leslie Luma's motorcycle at the intersection of North State Road 7 and West Park Road in Hollywood on the night of April 8. Luma died shortly after the accident at Memorial Regional Hospital. Hollywood Police may...
  • Suburban arts centers ... Are they worth it? (More Local Spending in Minnesota...)

    04/21/2010 10:28:51 AM PDT · by MplsSteve · 8 replies · 259+ views
    Minneapolis StarTribune (aka The Red Star) ^ | 4/21/10 | Jon Bream - Staff Reporter
    Lorita Powell couldn't erase the smile on her face. It wasn't just comedian Sinbad's performance that made her beam; it was also the new Burnsville Performing Arts Center, where he'd performed. "This is wonderful," said the longtime Burnsville resident as she showed off the town's new $20 million jewel to a friend from St. Paul. "What a great asset to the community. I'm proud to be in Burnsville." Ask anyone who has been to the sparkling new facility and its 1,000-seat main theater, and they will gush like a Twins fans at Target Field. But the bad news has been...
  • Throwback mission: Eye in the sky in NJ a tribute to Navy's past (Hindenburg)

    04/20/2010 8:39:10 PM PDT · by Coleus · 6 replies · 336+ views
    northjersey.com ^ | Sunday, March 20, 2010 | Evonne Coutros
    A naval reconnaissance program — that uses a blimp for surveillance and intelligence missions — has been reintroduced at joint base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst after nearly 50 years.   The team that oversees the MZ-3A, in the background, at the naval air station in Patuxent River, Md.  The "lighter than air" program is a fleet of one at this point, with the $3.6 million MZ-3A airship, built about four years ago, patrolling the eastern skies.  "It is a fair-weather craft," said Bert Race, a retired Navy commander and government flight representative for the project.   The airship also has ties to the ill-fated Hindenburg,...
  • Accused killer neo-Nazi Allgier won't wed, after all (calls off marriage on Hitler's birthday)

    04/20/2010 5:01:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies · 230+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 04/20/2010
    Curtis Michael Allgier, facing execution if convicted in the 2007 slaying of a prison guard, won't be getting married on Adolf Hitler's birthday, after all. Salt Lake County Sheriff's Lt. Mike DeNiro offered few details on the change for Tuesday's scheduled wedding in the Salt Lake County jail, but confirmed Allgier had canceled what had been planned as a brief ceremony with his unidentified fiancée. "There are no plans to reschedule. We have no further information at this time," DeNiro said. News of the jailhouse nuptials had made headlines for the neo-Nazi skinhead, whose face is covered with white supremacist-themed...
  • Carriage Driver Wants Suspect To Apologize To Horse

    04/20/2010 3:35:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 284+ views
    WSBTV ^ | April 20, 2010
    Driver Charged With Following Too CloselyThe man, whose horse-drawn carriage was smashed in downtown Atlanta when a car ran into it and sent multiple people to an area hospital, wants the driver of that vehicle to apologize to his horse. "I felt like I was shot out of a cannon," Donald Borchardt told Channel 2 Action News Action News reporter Linda Stouffer. Borchardt said the crash left him with seven broken bones and a chipped neck. Driving the carriage was something he did part-time because he loves horses and people. Now he needs weeks of full-time recovery. "I have a...
  • Motorist sues city, seeks $7 million over traffic ticket (Greensboro, NC)

    04/20/2010 10:24:06 AM PDT · by wbill · 32 replies · 1,056+ views
    Greensboro News and Record ^ | 4/20/10 | Ryan Seals
    GREENSBORO — A man is suing the city for $7 million, claiming a police officer trespassed and violated his rights by writing him a traffic ticket in March. In a civil lawsuit filed Friday in federal court, Tornello Fontaine Pierce El-Bey, 43 — who says he is a member of the Washitaw Empire — accuses the police department and Officer B.J. Nida of causing him financial distress and violating his rights. He also accuses the city of copyright infringement for using his name on the ticket. As a member of the Washitaw de Dugdahmoundyah Muur’s Indigenous People, El-Bey claims he...
  • Dine Like It's 1955

    04/19/2010 11:46:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies · 497+ views
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Mon, Apr 19, 2010 | SAJID FAROOQ
    San Francisco restaurant celebrates its anniversary by turning back the prices You may get tired of hearing you grandfather tell you how cheap things were in the 1950s but Tuesday is your chance to walk in his shoes without getting annoyed. Villa Romana in San Francisco's Sunset district will celebrate its 55th anniversary Tuesday by turning back its menu to 1955 prices. The authentic Napolo restaurant was opened when a 16-year-old Antonio Accardo got off the boat from Italy and somehow convinced the Bank of America to give him a loan to open the restaurant. Try doing that in today's...
  • Shark Fin Ban Uncertain

    04/19/2010 9:11:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 239+ views
    KHON ^ | Andrew Pereira
    Supporters of a bill that would ban the possession of shark fins in Hawaii are making a final push for its passage. Senate Bill 2169 faces an uncertain future in conference committee next week as lawmakers debate whether eating shark fin soup is a cultural Chinese practice. On Sunday Sen. Clayton Hee, who introduced the proposed ban, tried to set the record straight during a rare weekend press conference. “This issue has taught me that in fact it is not a Chinese cultural issue,” said the chair of the Water, Land, Agriculture and Hawaiian Affairs Committee. “It is something that...
  • Antioch baby girl dies after being left in car..(North CA)

    04/19/2010 6:18:08 PM PDT · by GSP.FAN · 25 replies · 957+ views
    SF Gate ^ | April 19 2010 | Henry.K.Lee
    A 7-month-old girl was found dead in Antioch after being left in her family's car overnight, police said today.Sofia Wisher of Antioch was pronounced dead after she was found in her car seat outside the In Shape Sports Club on Lone Tree Way shortly after 2 p.m. Sunday, authorities said.
  • Man fatally shoots 1, wounds 2, then kills self at Parkwest Medical Center(TN)

    04/19/2010 5:51:50 PM PDT · by deoetdoctrinae · 4 replies · 321+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 04-19-10 | Rebecca Ferrar
    KNOXVILLE — Three women were shot and one has died after a gunman opened fire at Parkwest Medical Center and then killed himself this afternoon, according to police. Authorities have released few details in the shooting, which was reported just after 4:30 p.m. at the West Knoxville hospital. The two surviving victims were taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center, where their conditions were not immediately available.
  • Austin Renaud, charged with rape in Phoebe Prince case, arrested for DUI of alcohol

    04/19/2010 12:56:06 PM PDT · by jerry557 · 17 replies · 908+ views
    masslive.com ^ | 04/19/10 | Fred Contrada
    HOLYOKE – A Springfield man charged with statutory rape in the Phoebe Prince case was arrested for operating under the influence of alcohol early Sunday. Austin Renaud, 18, is scheduled to be arraigned in Holyoke District Court Tuesday on the charge. According to police reports, an officer spotted Renaud’s vehicle stopped along Route 5 at about 3 a.m. Sunday morning with the hazard lights on. Renaud handed the officer his driver’s license without being asked and said he had a flat tire. The officer noticed that Renaud’s eyes were bloodshot, his speech was slurred and that he had an odor...
  • Despair Jordan: English Family Stuck in Newark Gets Helping Hand

    04/19/2010 12:25:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies · 643+ views
    NBC New York ^ | Mon, Apr 19, 2010 | IDA SIEGAL and HASANI GITTENS
    For many tri-staters, the Jordans of Yorkshire, England, have become the poster family for the thousands of passengers stranded by fallout from Icelandic volcano eruption. The Jordans were stuck at Newark Airport since the volcano erupted, and are looking at a wait of ten days before they can get a flight to London. They were rationing themselves on one meal a day because they were running low on Monday and didn't have any credit cards. "Nobody's given us no help," Mick Jordan told NBCNewYork on Sunday. "They won't pay for this food, they won't pay for a hotel or anything."...
  • Drunk Marathon Man Caught Swiping Sand: Cops

    04/19/2010 12:16:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies · 1,074+ views
    NBC Miami ^ | 4/19/10 | BRIAN HAMACHER
    Sand thief trapped when truck gets stuckLife's a beach for the South Florida man who police said tried to steal a truckload of sand at Coco Plum Beach in Marathon. Brian Splain, 46, was arrested around 9 p.m. Sunday after Monroe County Sheriff's deputies found his Ford F-150 truck stuck on the shore and loaded down with sand, according to a police report. Officers found a large hole nearby where the sand had evidently been dug out, the report said. Splain told the officers he needed the sand for some sort of job he was doing, and that he went...
  • Trooper clocks motorcycle at 152 mph on two-lane highway

    04/19/2010 7:48:16 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 137 replies · 2,731+ views
    KOMONews.com ^ | 04/16/10 | KOMONews.com
    GOLDENDALE, Wash. - A Vancouver, Wash., motorcyclist was clocked doing an incredible 152 mph when he blew past a state trooper on a winding, two-lane highway near the Oregon border. The trooper said he was working a stretch of Highway 14 near Maryhill on Sunday afternoon when he spotted the motorcyclist barreling toward him at high speed in the opposite lane. The trooper quickly took two radar readings of 152 mph from his forward-facing radar, and a third reading of 151 mph from his rear-facing radar after the motorcyclist zoomed past him.
  • Freep A Poll

    04/19/2010 7:19:35 AM PDT · by jdietz · 23 replies · 565+ views
    Freep a Poll on Obama's performance at bottom of page. Only 24 votes so far. 54% says poor. http://bdtonline.com/
  • This dinosaur had a Jersey attitude

    04/18/2010 2:52:10 PM PDT · by Coleus · 10 replies · 510+ views
    northjersey.com ^ | 04.13.10 | Bill Ervolino
    Gary Vecchiarelli is in love with a dinosaur. That may sound like a great premise for a Saturday morning cartoon show, but Vecchiarelli, a 33-year-old Boonton resident, is a real person, not some Barney Rubble wannabe. A paleontological field associate and graduate student at New Jersey City University, where he is completing his master's in geology and education, Vecchiarelli is also a man on a mission: to turn the 66.5-million-year-old Drypto-saurus, one of two Late Cretaceous-era dinosaurs known to have lived in what is now New Jersey, into a household name, right up there with Albert Einstein, Snooki Polizzi and...
  • Ancient treasure comes home: 200-million-year-old fossil back in N.J.

    04/18/2010 2:47:00 PM PDT · by Coleus · 10 replies · 490+ views
    star ledger ^ | 04.11.10 | Brent Johnson
    For millions of years, Tany laid buried under layers of rock in what is now Hudson County. She was unearthed in 1979 by a trio of amateur fossil hunters in an abandoned quarry: a rare, complete skeleton of a primitive reptile — one that swam through waterways in the northeast as dinosaurs began to roam the planet. But in the decades since her discovery, Tany has been stored out of state, modestly displayed in the lobby of a New York research laboratory. Now, she’s back home. The fossil’s founders, Steven and Trini Stelz and James Leonard, recently donated the 200-million-year-old...
  • Alexander Hamilton and New Jersey perfect together

    04/18/2010 2:18:40 PM PDT · by Coleus · 6 replies · 312+ views
    northjersey.com ^ | 01.24.10 | RICHARD TOWNSEND
    Our early New Jersey statesmen were more than acquaintances. Alexander Hamilton, with a handful of his associates, was a central figure in the development of the Village of Bergen into Jersey City. Prior to the War of Independence, the colonies under English rule were prohibited from manufacturing products for their own use. For example, iron ore was converted to pig iron and shipped to England. There, the pig iron was used to manufacture a wide variety of products that were shipped back to the colonies for sale. This was one of the causes of the Revolution. After the war, Hamilton...
  • Ghost bikes a soft-spoken memorial to riders killed on road

    04/18/2010 10:23:26 AM PDT · by real saxophonist · 64 replies · 907+ views
    Denver Post ^ | 04/18/2010 | Colleen O'Connor
    Ghost bikes a soft-spoken memorial to riders killed on road By Colleen O'Connor The Denver Post Posted: 04/18/2010The mountain bike, spray-painted white, is chained to a lamppost at the busy intersection in Lafayette where Marvin "Chip" Webb was hit on his bicycle by an RTD bus, and died the next day. It's adorned with some flowers, a memorial card signed by friends, and a stenciled sign that reads "A Cyclist Was Struck Here 4-6-10." It's one of Colorado's growing number of "ghost bikes," roadside memorials erected at sites where cyclists have been killed by motor vehicles. The first ghost bike...
  • Ducks Amok on the Freeways, but CHP Swoops to the Rescue

    04/17/2010 10:43:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies · 441+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 04/17/2010 | Bruce Newman
    It was springtime, when ducks usually are headed north. But suddenly Saturday, the ducks ran amok. In two separate incidents, an intrepid California Highway Patrol officer came to the rescue of ducks attempting to waddle across freeways in the South Bay, in defiance of the laws of nature and the California Vehicle Code. Nine fuzzy yellow ducklings were spotted heading southbound down the center divide of Interstate 880 near Milpitas Saturday morning, when Officer Ryan Nelson — something of a fledgling himself, in his first full year with the CHP — rolled onto the scene in his patrol car. When...
  • "Burn Notice" Set to Out-Miami "Vice"

    04/17/2010 7:10:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 50 replies · 1,194+ views
    NBC Miami ^ | Sat, Apr 17, 2010 | Jani Campbell
    It may not have the cultural or developmental impact of the television show it aims to outlive, but an economically-challenged Miami will happily take that Burn Notice money and take it good, for at least another two years. USA Network has just ordered seasons five and six of its Coconut Grove-based game of spy vs. spies, which follows the plight of mysteriously blacklisted spook Michael Westen as he and his fellow spy friends solve the dangerous problems of Miamians with nowhere else to turn. If all goes well, Burn Notice's sixth season will surpass the local production record of five...
  • Man Who Used Meat Thermometer in Movie Stabbing to Stand Trial

    04/17/2010 9:34:55 AM PDT · by Touch Not the Cat · 36 replies · 628+ views
    knbc ^ | 3:15 PM PDT, Fri, Apr 16, 2010
    It started with a showing of "Shutter Island" and ended with a real life attempted murder charge. A 39-year-old Lancaster man accused of stabbing another moviegoer with a meat thermometer during a screening of the horror film was ordered Friday to stand trial on attempted murder and other charges. Lancaster Superior Court Judge Christopher Estes found sufficient evidence to require Landry Boullard to proceed to trial on one count each of attempted murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon. Boullard is accused of stabbing the victim in the...
  • Cops: Spat over arrows and turkeys led to bar stabbing

    04/17/2010 8:03:51 AM PDT · by DManA · 15 replies · 521+ views
    Duluth News Tribune ^ | April 17 2010 | News Tribune,
    A dispute over blessed arrows and turkeys apparently led to the stabbing at a Virginia bar on Tuesday that left one man in the hospital and another facing felony charges. . . . Police found TwoCrow being supported by another man, gasping for breath and kicking his legs. TwoCrow was taken to Virginia Regional Medical Center and later airlifted to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth for treatment of a laceration to the lower portion of his heart. He was listed in good condition on Friday. . . . When police interviewed TwoCrow at the hospital on Wednesday, TwoCrow told...
  • Jupiter's Ernie Els gives wounded vets a thrill

    04/16/2010 8:40:23 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 18 replies · 870+ views
    Page2Live ^ | 5-16-10 | Jose Lambert
    Not all star golfers are like Tiger Woods. Take Jupiter resident Ernie Els, for example. Els, 40, who finished a disappointing 18th Sunday at The Masters, was relaxing with a couple friends at the Square Grouper in Jupiter Monday afternoon when he noticed three young men sporting crew cuts and suffering from obvious disabilities getting off a fishing charter. Josh Schichtl, a veteran of three tours in Iraq who suffered severe facial injuries in a road-side bombing, picks up the story from there. “We’re walking through this outdoors bar (the Grouper) to catch the van to the hotel and this...
  • No Slop Sloppy Joes for Atlantic City Students

    04/16/2010 11:40:18 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 23 replies · 666+ views
    NBC Philadelphia ^ | Friday, Apr. 16, 2010 | TERESA MASTERSON
    Lunch ladies use cheese sandwiches as weapons of mass punishment In the words of Adam Sandler, "No student can escape the magic of Lunch Lady Land.” This holds true for students under the reign of cafeteria workers’ punishment for a food fight at Atlantic City High School this week. Cheese sandwiches were the only items on the lunch menu for high school students Wednesday and Thursday. The two pieces of bread with one slice of orange-colored cheese cuisine was the only offering at the cafeteria as retribution for a cell-phone-coordinated food fight that broke out recently. Parents were outraged. “It’s...
  • Sacramento Tea Party!

    04/16/2010 10:21:57 AM PDT · by crazydad · 8 replies · 496+ views
    4-16-10 | Doug Stephens
    Just a few pics of the Sacramento Tea Party. Sorry for a link. I dont know how to ad pictures... All in all a good day...Only 3 infiltrators.
  • Huge Meteor Lit Up Wisconsin Last Night

    04/15/2010 5:17:51 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 20 replies · 942+ views
    Seven Sided cube ^ | April 15, 2010 | Staff Writer
    One huge rock was hurtling through the night air over Wisconsin last night. It was so bright that citizens could see the land light up. At around ten in the evening video cameras that are always pointed at the sky showed a very startling sight. A fireball of uncommon size was hurtling through the air. This was not one of those short “now you see it now you don't” type of displays. This event lasted for fifteen minutes. Just due West of Milwaukee, Wisconsin the meteor was seen behind skyscrapers and other buildings as it traveled East. The other states...
  • Family Pit Bull Bites Child; Mom Arrested for Making up Story

    04/15/2010 2:35:48 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 18 replies · 596+ views
    Das Kapital Times ^ | April 15, 2010 | Bill Novak
    A Sun Prairie mother of a 2-year-old boy bitten by a pit bull was arrested for obstruction after telling police her son was attacked by a stray dog when the dog was actually owned by her sister. Laveina Varese, 21, was tentatively charged with three counts of obstructing after Sun Prairie police determined she provided false information about the dog attack. Police had issued a community alert on Tuesday morning after the report of the dog attack came in, since it was reported that the dog was a stray and didn't have a collar or leash. "The story was made...
  • Proposal to Make it Unlawful to Sell Fake Urine

    04/15/2010 1:06:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 40 replies · 659+ views
    WCRB ^ | April 14, 2010
    A proposal that would make it illegal to sell fake urine for the purpose of falsifying a drug test is headed for a vote by the full Senate. The measure sponsored by Democratic Sen. Doug Jackson of Dickson was unanimously approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday and will now be scheduled for a vote on the Senate floor. Jackson says the measure is needed to help companies that do drug testing. He says individuals who use fake urine to try to beat the system create a "public safety issue" because many companies are trying to maintain a drug-free...
  • Woman found guilty of animal abuse

    04/15/2010 6:39:31 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 12 replies · 601+ views
    KJCT ^ | Wednesday, April 14, 2010 | AP
    <p>BOULDER, Colo. (AP) -- A former University of Colorado student has been found guilty of felony animal abuse against her boyfriend's 2-year-old dog.</p>