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  • Woman Busted For Attacking Live-In Boyfriend When He Refused To "Cuddle" In Bed

    12/30/2013 11:16:14 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 55 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | December 30, 2013
    A Florida woman was arrested early Saturday for battering her live-in boyfriend after he refused to “cuddle” with her when they went to bed, police report. Shavonna Rumph, 31, and Henry Price, 33, “had been drinking together at their residence and had been doing so throughout the night,” according to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report. The couple subsequently quarreled, a deputy reported, “over Henry refusing to ‘cuddle’ with Shavonna when they went to bed.” The argument “turned physical when Shavonna grabbed Henry by the shirt, causing it to tear.” Price then attempted to leave the couple’s Bradenton residence to...
  • Unknown explosion with fire just occurred a few minutes ago - California (News vanity)

    12/30/2013 4:00:15 PM PST · by Neil E. Wright · 134 replies
    I had just gotten out of the shower, and was getting dressed for work, when I heard a loud explosion. I looked out the window and saw a large plume of smoke. I went out with my digital camera and recorded the video I posted on my YouTube channel. I don't know what exploded yet, and I don't have time to check because it is almost time for me to start the job. I'll probably find out later what happened. The video is HERE or at the link above.
  • Fire destroys Obama Meat Market in St. Louis

    12/30/2013 3:53:25 PM PST · by Paul R. · 29 replies ^ | 12/30/13 | Staff reports
    ST. LOUIS • Firefighters using five ladder trucks in the frigid cold early Monday fought a raging pre-dawn fire that destroyed the Obama Meat Market in St. Louis.

    12/30/2013 12:14:43 PM PST · by lowbridge · 18 replies ^ | december 30, 2013 | liz klimas
    A California woman opening up what she thought was a new iPod on Christmas morning was surprised and dismayed to find nothing but school supplies — pink erasers and index cards — inside the box instead. Similar to the iPad Mini purchased by a Florida man at a Walmart that turned out to be a couple of books instead, the iPod purchased by Jim Nevarde for his wife at a Mira Mesa, Calif., Target store was swapped and fraudulently returned. -snip Thankfully, the Target employees were understanding of his plight and provided him with another iPod. But Nevarde wasn’t about to leave...
  • Meteorologist: Loud boom that shook the Brainerd lakes area seems consistent with meteor event

    12/30/2013 12:46:01 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 18 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 12-30-13 | AP
    BRAINERD, Minn. — Residents in the Brainerd lakes area reported seeing flashes of light streaking across the sky and hearing a boom that rattled homes and buildings, and meteorologists say the reports are consistent with a meteor event. The reports started flowing in to authorities on Friday between 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., the Brainerd Dispatch reported ( ). Some residents said they saw a turquoise streak light up the sky, and others say a bright light illuminated their homes, even darkened rooms where the drapes were closed.
  • Fun at the 2014 Rose Parade. For a good cause.

    12/30/2013 9:24:27 AM PST · by Mjpaco · 10 replies
  • 24 Years Later, Providence Man Confesses to Murder — of the Wrong Target

    12/30/2013 8:16:54 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Providence Journal ^ | December 27, 2013 | Amanda Milkovits
    A homeless man told the police on Friday that his conscience drove him to reveal something he’d kept secret — that he’d beaten a man to death in South Providence 24 years ago. By nightfall, Daniel Serrano, 65, was charged with the murder of 32-year-old Michael Holliday — a man he said he didn’t intend to kill, Maj. David Lapatin said. “He claims he was feeling very guilty about it,” the police major added. A workman discovered Holliday’s body in a vacant third-floor apartment at 27 Somerset St. on Feb. 24, 1990. The man had been beaten to death. He...
  • Aggressive Bull Charging Cars On Highway 12 Area Near Rio Vista

    12/30/2013 8:03:32 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    CBS Local ^ | December 30, 2013
    The California Highway Patrol responded to a report of an aggressive bull that was loose in the area of state highways 12 and 113 near Rio Vista this morning. SNIP About 10 minutes later, another caller reported that the bull was charging at cars on Highway 113 south of Hastings Island Road. SNIP
  • Dad Loses 40 Pounds To Become Daughter’s Liver Donor

    12/29/2013 6:45:50 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Newsone ^ | Dec 27, 2013 | Dec 27, 2013
    A year ago, Eduardo Camargo (pictured) was on one of the toughest missions of his life, but it was a battle he had to win at all costs. Camargo needed to lose forty pounds in less than two months so that he could be a liver donor for his baby girl, Jazlyn (pictured), according to ABC News. The 35-year-old dad, who weighed in at 210 pounds, had a fatty liver, which is common in people who are overweight. People who are obese in general are also not good candidates for organ donation because they have a greater risk of complications...
  • Cleveland Browns to fire Chudzinski...rumor

    12/29/2013 5:07:47 PM PST · by 88keys · 15 replies
    88keys ^ | today | 88keys
    Rumor has it Rob Chudzinski (sic) will be fired as Browns coach after today's loss to Pittsburgh. IMHO, it's Lombardi and Banner that ought to be fired. Just saying. Five Pro-Bowler's plus one alternate, and an abysmal record...this tells me it's not the coach, it's the player personnel he was given to work with. Perhaps the Browns really could re-build, like KC did, but not if there is absolutely no stability to the program, and we have "back-stabbing crap-weasels" in charge of the draft/front office (quote from a friend - sums it up, check the history in C-town!)...
  • The 1.3 Million "Still Unemployed".Where Do They Live?Los Angeles?,New York?,Chicago?

    12/29/2013 3:51:01 PM PST · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 73 replies
    In regards to the 1.3 Million still unemployed for 2 or 3 years and still begging for more,anyone want to take a guess where the bulk of them live? If we had a "Top 10 Laziest/Least Educated Towns" in America, odds are most of these 1.3 Million live there.These unfortunate/unemployed have had plenty of time to look for work and develop new work skills to get them back into the working class. And yet the left is making the GOP look so evil because they want to stop wasting billions on these people who should of found a job by...
  • The Toby Keith restaurant “no guns” policy non-story

    12/29/2013 3:08:19 PM PST · by servo1969 · 18 replies ^ | 12-29-2013 | Jazz Shaw
    Sadly for all concerned, there are more holes in this story than the soles of a four dollar pair of shoes after running a marathon. First and foremost, the supposed “outrage” (more on that below) is being directed at Toby Keith. What none of these outlets seemed to have done was check one of the essential facts which the local news station actually did uncover. I’ll highlight it below for those who missed it. Some comments accuse Keith, who doesn’t own the restaurant, of being anti-gun. The franchise is named after one of Toby Keith’s bigger hits, I Love This...
  • A Most Noble Pursuit (Local Metal Arts Community Breathes New Life Into Ancient Craft)

    The 100-plus members who comprise the Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild (MBMAG) share a deep love and appreciation of the metal arts in its various forms, and are dedicated to helping this ancient craft thrive in the modern, technological world. “One of the nicest benefits of belonging to the guild is that you are surrounded by mentors who are already very skilled and willing to share techniques, resources, and help you with problem-solving,” says Toni Danzig, MBMAG vice president. “I have seldom been in a group that is as sharing as these people are.” The guild, which was formed 15...
  • No firearms policy at Toby Keith restaurant draws ire of gun rights advocates

    12/29/2013 12:54:54 PM PST · by servo1969 · 39 replies ^ | 12-29-2013 | Fox News
    A policy at a new restaurant owned by country music star Toby Keith has some gun owners singing the blues. According to WTTG Fox 5, Keith's new restaurant in Woodbridge, Va., displays a sign on the front door that reads, "NO GUNS PERMITTED." Virginia is a gun-friendly state, the station reports, and citizens are allowed to openly carry a weapon into a bar or restaurant, as long as it's clearly visible. State law does, however, reportedly prohibit most citizens who are legally carrying a concealed weapon from consuming alcohol, but they are also allowed to go into a bar or...
  • obamacare is intolerably hurtful to everyone,

    12/29/2013 12:28:32 PM PST · by franky8 · 14 replies
    Dec 29, 2013 | Jim McDonough
    As shown in the clip above, though funny, to it's core obamacare is intolerably hurtful to everyone, including obama himself. Having shown his true colors by hoisting his flag of indifference to the welfare of the citizens of America, and by using the 'race card' on every single issue he can connect it too, he now feels, and deserves the pain of utter rejection by all responsible persons, rich or poor, black, brown, red, white or yellow. Only those irresponsible functional illiterates who get their tepid understanding of the news from their fellow irresponsible functional illiterates at the local bar...
  • 5 Minors, 1 Adult Arrested In Temecula For Impersonating Police

    12/28/2013 4:26:37 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies ^ | December 28, 2013 3:12 PM
    TEMECULA ( — A group of suspects in Temecula have been arrested for reportedly using high-powered flashlights and megaphones to startle people sitting in parked cars and make them believe they were police officers. The suspects would order the victims to exit their vehicles and lie face down on the pavement, according to the Temecula Police Department. The first incident occurred at 6:45 p.m. Monday, at the intersection of Lakehouse Road and Harveston Drive, and the second stunt occurred at 8:40 that same night, in the 31000 block of Sonoma Lane. Investigators believe the incidents were pranks and that the...
  • Only On 2: Mother Of Arson, Attempted Murder Suspect Fatally Shot By Police Speaks Out

    12/28/2013 8:49:08 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies ^ | December 27, 2013 11:37 PM
    TORRANCE ( — The mother of an arson/attempted murder suspect fatally shot by police Thursday is speaking out. In a story Only On CBS2, Andrea Dolak spoke to Melanie Woodrow about her son, Asa James Dolak. Authorities said Torrance Police were conducting a search of Madrona Middle School in Torrance when they discovered Dolak, a man matching the description of an attempted murder and arson suspect earlier in the day. He was hiding in a girls’ restroom about 1:30 p.m. Police said Dolak was armed with a knife and led them on a brief chase. The suspect was shot dead...
  • Police: No beer led to ceramic squirrel stabbing

    12/28/2013 1:41:34 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 79 replies
    NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — South Carolina authorities say a 44-year-old woman angry at a man for returning home without beer on Christmas beat and stabbed him with a ceramic squirrel.
  • Two People Arrested After the Jumped Out of a Car During a High Speed Chase

    12/27/2013 5:32:31 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 10 replies
    KION ^ | Dec 27, 2013 | Kiki Jones
    GREENFIELD, Calif. - Two people were arrested after they jumped out of a moving vehicle trying to escape during a high-speed chase, said police. Thursday a Greenfield police officer saw a gold 1998 Mazda on Elm Avenue and recognized the passenger as Israel Cota, a wanted felon. Officers tried to get the driver to pull over but she sped off, said police. Officers followed the car down several residential street reaching a speed of 80 mph, said police. At the intersection of Elm Avenue and Second Street, police said Cota and the driver both jumped out of the moving vehicle....
  • Teen charged in decapitation death 'wanted to leave his aunt a present'

    12/27/2013 4:48:46 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 39 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 27, 2013 | Steve Schmadeke
    A teen has confessed to killing his aunt's boyfriend with a hammer, then dismembering the body and placing the head on his aunt's bed, according to prosecutors. "He wanted to leave his aunt a present," Assistant State's Attorney Kingsley Sawyers said during a court hearing where Alexis Valdez, 18, was ordered held without bond.