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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...