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  • Man shot in face in Oxnard; green SUV sought

    09/16/2012 7:13:19 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    KABC) ^ | Wednesday, September 12, 2012
    OXNARD, Calif. Oxnard police officers were called about 10 p.m. Tuesday by a report of a shooting victim in the street. The 23-year-old Hispanic male victim was shot once in the face. A suspect allegedly followed the victim in a green SUV to the location near Charles and Clara streets, where he confronted the victim, according to police. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male about 19 or 20 years old, standing 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing about 200 pounds, with a shaved head, wearing a black and gray flannel shirt. The victim was hospitalized at Ventura...
  • Stowaway cat survives 10 hour trip in owners suitcase for trip to Disneyland

    09/15/2012 11:16:52 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 32 replies
    Metro [UK] ^ | 14th September, 2012
    Bob-bob the sly moggie decided that he was not about to let his owner go to the Happiest Place on Earth without him and so slipped into her suitcase ready for the ten hour journey. Ethel Maze from Ohio didn't realise that she was in fact harbouring her pet in her luggage and despite the bag being screened at Port Columbus International Airport it wasn't until she checked into her hotel room and unzipped her bag that she noticed the black cat tucked into her belongings. The 14-month old kitty appeared to be shaken from the long-haul flight, however soon...
  • Painted Roman tomb found in Corinth

    09/15/2012 7:49:35 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | September 2012 | Central Archaeological Council
    A Roman period tomb containing vivid murals was found in January 2012 during excavation work on the new highway between Corinth-Patras in Greece, according to a report in To BHMA newspaper... The underground chamber tomb has been dated stylistically to the 3rd century CE and measures 2.40 x 2.30 metres internally. The roof, which has been partially damaged is barrel vaulted. There are two decorated sarcophagi, one of which is not well preserved, but the other contains a picture of a beautiful young woman lying on a bed. Within the sarcophagus were two urns, one of which contained a female...
  • Roman military camp dating back to the conquest of Gaul throws light on a part of world history

    09/15/2012 7:36:07 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies
    Institute of Pre- and Protohistory ^ | Friday, September 14, 2012 | Dr. Sabine Hornung
    In the vicinity of Hermeskeil, a small town some 30 kilometers southeast of the city of Trier in the Hunsrueck region in the German federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate, archaeologists from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) have confirmed the location of the oldest Roman military fortification known in Germany to date. These findings shed new light on the Roman conquest of Gaul. The camp was presumably built during Julius Caesars’ Gallic War in the late 50s B.C. Nearby lies a late Celtic settlement with monumental fortifications known as the "Hunnenring" or "Circle of the Huns," which functioned as one of the...
  • Mexican Experts Explore Tomb of Presumed 5th-Century Mayan Leader

    09/15/2012 7:18:23 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    foxnewslatino ^ | Friday, September 14, 2012 | EFE
    Mexican experts entered for the first time a 1,500-year-old funerary chamber in Palenque believed to contain the remains of one of the first rulers of this Mayan city... K'uk Bahlam I, who came to power in 431 A.D. and founded the dynasty to which the famed Mayan ruler Pakal belonged. The royal tomb, discovered 13 years ago inside Temple 20 of this archaeological zone in the southern state of Chiapas, is at least two centuries older than the tomb of Pakal, discovered 50 years ago at the same site... "As for dates, we're looking at the birth of the Palenque...
  • Archaeological research into funeral rituals at Baelo Claudia

    09/15/2012 7:13:38 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | September 2012 | Asociacion RUVID
    Set in the current municipality of Tarifa (Cadiz) and opposite the Moroccan coast, Baelo Claudia is one of the best preserved Roman cities in Spain. Declared a National Historic Monument in 1925, the once prosperous city was founded in the late 2nd century BC... The archaeological work conducted at the site since the early twentieth century has uncovered what is probably the best preserved city from the high imperial Roman period of the Iberian Peninsula, though many elements link it to the Mauritanian-Punic African world, especially visible in certain architectural and structural features of the forum and the temple area....
  • ‘Stay Away From Seattle Day’ marks Emerald City’s anti-love letter to the nation

    09/15/2012 2:35:12 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 13 replies
    Yahoo ^ | September 14, 2012 | Eric Pfeiffer
    Pacific Northwest residents are well regarded as some of the friendliest folks in the nation. But that doesn't necessarily mean they want visiting guests to stay forever. To that end, some of the city's 3.4 million residents will be celebrating "Stay Away From Seattle Day" on Sept. 16.
  • Mammoth fragments raise cloning hopes

    09/15/2012 11:44:55 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | Tuesday, September 11, 2012 | AP
    Well-preserved frozen woolly mammoth fragments have been discovered deep in Siberia that may contain living cells, edging a tad closer to the possibility of cloning a prehistoric animal, the mission's organiser has said. Russia's North-Eastern Federal University said an international team of researchers had discovered mammoth hair, soft tissues and bone marrow some 328 feet (100 meters) underground during a summer expedition in the northeastern province of Yakutia. Expedition chief Semyon Grigoryev said Korean scientists with the team had set a goal of finding living cells in the hope of cloning a mammoth. Scientists have previously found bones and fragments...
  • Older bikers opt for third wheel

    09/15/2012 7:32:11 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 36 replies
    upi ^ | Sept. 14, 2012
    MOUNT AIRY, N.C., - Three-wheeled motorcycle riders at the National East Coast Trike-In in North Carolina said the extra wheel can be beneficial to aging bikers. Grady Howard, 74, who said he began riding motorcycles about 50 years ago with his wife, Barbara, said during the Labor Day weekend event in Mount Airy he was forced to switch to the three-wheeled design due to leg aches and other health issues, The New York Times reported Friday. "I told my wife it was either trike it or park it," Howard said. "And she said, 'Trike it.'" Industry experts told the Times...
  • Big Billy Kinder Outdoors 9/15/12

    09/15/2012 4:23:09 AM PDT · by mylife · 13 replies
    Big Billy Kinder Outdoors ^ | 9/15/12 | Billy Kinder
    Big Billy Kinder Outdoors is ON THE AIR, Saturdays, 5:00am to 6:00am on WBAP, our Flagship station, AND...a Growing NETWORK OF STATIONS! Grab your coffee and join Big Billy Kinder at 5:00am Saturday mornings! We invite you to come into the camp-house for an hour of outdoor talk that will get your weekend going. Weekly, you will enjoy Big Billy and other Pro Staff, WFAA, Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus, and Dallas Morning News, Columnist, Ray Sasser PLUS invited special celebrity guests. See you in the camp THIS Saturday!
  • London mansion on sale for record asking price of nearly $500M

    09/13/2012 5:01:22 PM PDT · by workerbee · 11 replies
    Fox ^ | 9/13/12
    A London mansion believed to be adorned with millions of dollars worth of gold leaf decoration is on the market for a record asking price of $483 million. The 60,000-square-foot home, once was owned by late Lebanon Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, contains 45 bedrooms, underground parking, a swimming pool and possibly bulletproof windows, according to the Telegraph.
  • Josh Sankey Will Travel Across America Using Only Bacon as Money

    09/12/2012 12:11:54 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 50 replies
    FoodBeat.com ^ | September 12, 2012 | Angela Ayles
    Well this brings a whole new meaning to the term bringing home the bacon. Actor Josh Sankey has been hand-selected by Oscar Mayer to embark on a journey unlike any other where he will be required to travel to 12 American cities using only Oscar Mayer bacon as money. Sankey’s journey will conclude in Los Angeles on September 23, 2012 if everything goes to plan. The actor/comedian will have 3,000 pounds of the company’s new, thick bacon which they insist is “worth its weight in gold” but will have no form of currency, including credit cards, debit cards, cash or...
  • Tutankhamun's death and the birth of monotheism

    09/10/2012 6:16:15 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 5 September 2012 | Jessica Hamzelou
    ...says Hutan Ashrafian, a surgeon with an interest in medical history at Imperial College London. Tutankhamun died young with a feminised physique, and so did his immediate predecessors. Paintings and sculptures show that Smenkhkare, an enigmatic pharaoh who may have been Tutankhamun's uncle or older brother, and Akhenaten, thought to have been the boy king's father, both had feminised figures, with unusually large breasts and wide hips. Two pharaohs that came before Akhenaten -- Amenhotep III and Tuthmosis IV -- seem to have had similar physiques. All of these kings died young and mysteriously, says Ashrafian. "There are so many...
  • Early Cannibalism Tied to Territorial Defense?

    09/10/2012 6:08:37 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 34 replies
    Smithsonian 'blogs ^ | Wednesday, September 5, 2012 | Erin Wayman
    The earliest known instance of cannibalism among hominids occurred roughly 800,000 years ago. The victims, mainly children, may have been eaten as part of a strategy to defend territories against neighbors, researchers report online in the Journal of Human Evolution. The new study shows how anthropologists use the behavior of modern humans and primates to make inferences about what hominids did in the past -- and demonstrates the limitations of such comparisons. The cannibalism in question was discovered in the Gran Dolina cave site of Spain's Atapuerca Mountains. Eudald Carbonell of the University of Rovira and Virgili in Spain and...
  • Buried but found: First images of a lost Roman town

    09/10/2012 6:02:01 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies
    Phys.org ^ | Wednesday, September 5, 2012 | U of Cambridge
    Originally founded as a Roman colony in the 4th century BCE, the site of Interamna Lirenas lies in the Liri Valley in Southern Lazio, about 50 miles south of Rome itself. After it was abandoned around the year 500 CE, it was scavenged for building materials and, over time, its remains were completely lost from view. Today, the site is an uninterrupted stretch of farmland, with no recognisable archaeological features. Now, researchers have successfully produced the first images of the ancient site, using geophysical methods that allowed them to look beneath the surface of the earth and map the layout...
  • Runaway Jack Russell found 50 miles from home after train ride to London [w/video]

    09/09/2012 9:42:42 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 9 replies
    Metro [UK] ^ | 29th August, 2012 | Mark Molloy
    A runaway dog was lucky to escape a penalty fare fine after embarking on a 50 mile train journey to London without a ticket. Roving Jack Russell Frankie staged an early morning breakout from his Kent home last week before travelling over two miles to catch a 6:56am service to King's Cross from Gravesend Station. The tenacious terrier was captured on CCTV waiting on the platform for the rush hour train before calmly hopping onto a carriage. Bemused commuters watched the crafty mutt scurrying up the aisle of the train before finally settling for a seat by a window. The...
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "Exodus"

    09/09/2012 1:28:45 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 40 replies
    You Tube ^ | Leon Uris
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySvaWWYGbq0&feature=BFa&list=PLDEE4D91A6D15D8DA
  • Vanity - Feedback on north Dallas area

    09/09/2012 1:27:37 PM PDT · by Cementjungle · 65 replies
    N.A. | 09/09/2012 | self
    A year ago my MIL passed away in Los Angeles, and my wife and I have been here in LA dealing with the estate issues. Our home in WA is leased out, and we're about to put my MIL's Los Angeles house on the market. We want to get out of L.A., and since my wife never adjusted to the rain of the Pacific Northwest, we're looking for a new place to live that doesn't have 9 months a year of dreary rain. Texas seems to fit the bill for weather (we plan to have a pool), and is more...
  • Ugly American Cars (My Vanity Rant)

    09/09/2012 9:23:53 AM PDT · by count-your-change · 183 replies
    count-your-change | 9/9/2012 | count-your-change
    It's that time of year. The auto dealers face a wave of 2013 vehicles and must clear out the 2012 models to make room and avoid the inventory tax where it exists. Pretty much the same as last year and if you're in the market for a car you might be able to strike a good deal for brand new one year old car. But one thing you might have trouble finding is an American auto that is NOT just plain ugly. Ugly and uninspired, ugly and bland, ugly and really ugly seems to be the rule. I offer in...
  • Shipwreck in 'exceptional' condition discovered by archaeologists in France

    09/08/2012 9:36:29 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    Le Monde via Guardian Weekly ^ | Tuesday 4 September 2012 | Stéphane Foucart
    It looks like the rib cage of a large marine mammal, whose bones turned black as it was fossilised. The wreck was discovered in May during a dig in Antibes, on the French Riviera, prior to construction of a car park on the site of the Roman port of Antipolis. Archaeologists have gradually uncovered a 15-metre length of hull and structural timbers, in "exceptional" condition, according to Giulia Boetto, a specialist in ship design at Aix-Marseille University who is involved in the dig. Saw and adze marks are still visible on the wood. Luckily the ground in which it was...