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  • “Desperate to Marry” Saudi Woman Offers SR5 Million to Find Mr. Right

    04/18/2012 3:43:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    Pilot Africa ^ | Tue, Apr 17th, 2012
    How much will you pay to land Mr. Right? For this Saudi woman, the answer is SR5 million (the equivalent of N208 million). Weird? Yes, but we are talking true love here – can we really put a price on that? The Saudi woman put the attractive advertisement in the local magazine, Roa, calling on all marriage-ready applicants to write in via email or fax. The announcement neither mentioned the woman’s name, age or whereabouts and the millions do come with strings attached. She will only reveal the conditions in person, however, the ad explains. “Applicants should provide their contact...
  • Cops: Dave Matthews Tribute Band Took Swan Boat, Capsized it in Lake Eola

    04/18/2012 3:27:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | April 16, 2012 | Amy Pavuk
    Three members of The Dave Matthews Tribute Band were arrested over the weekend on charges that they commandeered a swan boat on Lake Eola and accidentally capsized the watercraft, Orlando police reported Monday. Carlton Neil Newcomb, Ryan Michael Clifford and Derryck Christopher Gleaton were arrested at about 2 a.m. Saturday after officers responded to the lake. A police report said the boat had capsized, and Clifford and Newcomb were trying to get it back upright again. An officer ended up giving the men a rope to secure the boat to another boat, which was tied to the dock. SNIP Each...
  • Schools told to put witchcraft and druids on religious ed syllabus (Cornwall, UK)

    04/18/2012 12:19:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | PUBLISHED: 16:12 EST, 14 April 2012 | UPDATED: 17:19 EST, 14 April 2012 | Jonathan Petre
    Paganism has been included in an official school religious education syllabus for the first time. Cornwall Council has told its schools that pagan beliefs, which include witchcraft, druidism and the worship of ancient gods such as Thor, should be taught alongside Christianity, Islam and Judaism. The requirements are spelled out in an agreed syllabus drawn up by Cornwall’s RE advisory group. It says that from the age of five, children should begin learning about standing stones, such as Stonehenge. At the age of 11, pupils can begin exploring ‘modern paganism and its importance for many in Cornwall’. The syllabus adds...
  • Drake's Profanity-Laced 'Re-Bar Mitzvha' Video Stirs Controversy

    04/17/2012 5:47:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    JTA ^ | Thursday, April 12, 2012
    Thanks to hip-hop superstar Drake’s latest music video, there are now far more eyes focusing on Temple Israel’s bimah than there are even during the High Holidays. And even though the song’s lyrics are decidedly more profane than sacred, the Reform synagogue's president said he hoped the video would help Jewish youth connect to Judaism. The video, parts of which were filmed in the Miami shul’s sanctuary, purports to depict Drake’s “re-bar mitzvah,” showing the Jewish rapper reading from what appears to be a Torah. But the accompanying song, "HYFR" (Hell Yeah F***ing Right), has nothing to do with a...
  • IRS, Brain Dead Stupidity... HELP ME!

    04/17/2012 1:24:52 PM PDT · by Desron13 · 13 replies
    Vanity ^ | 04/17/12 | Desron13
  • Baby With ‘Six Legs’ Brought to NICH

    04/17/2012 1:15:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Dawn ^ | 4/16/2012 | Mukhtar Alam
    A baby boy, now four days old, born with extra limbs on his lower abdomen at a government hospital in Sukkur was on Monday brought to the National Institute of Child Health, where senior doctors described him a rare and complicated case. “Contrary to popular belief the baby does not have six legs,” said NICH director Prof Jamal Raza, explaining that the infant was a parasitic twin. “One of the twins is living, while the other has become parasitic. The infant is all right and has been admitted to the intensive care unit of the NICH, but the removal of...
  • Rugby Player Says He is Happier Since Stroke 'Turned Him Gay'

    04/17/2012 12:54:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 17 Apr 2012
    A year ago, Chris Birch, 26, was a 19st beer-swilling athlete from the Welsh valleys who loved motorbikes and was engaged to marry his girlfriend at the time. However, after suffering a stroke, he woke up to realise that he was no longer attracted to women. He has since slimmed down, quit his job in a bank to become a hairdresser and is engaged to another man. Reflecting on the dramatic change, Mr Birch, from Caerphilly, told the BBC: “The Chris I knew had gone and a new Chris sort of came along. I came to the realisation that the...
  • Barking man cited for noise violation

    04/17/2012 10:52:36 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 11 replies ^ | April 16, 2012
    Officers cited a man for violating the county’s daytime noise violation Sunday afternoon after people complained he was cursing and barking like a dog in his yard in the 100 block of Brentwood Drive, Athens-Clarke police said. The ordinance forbids noise in residential areas that can be heard more than 300 feet away, and the officer noted in the report he marked a distance of 320 feet from the spot where he heard the man, police said. The 35-year-old man denied that he was yelling, and told the officer some people call him “the holy lamb of God,” according to...
  • Best Earth Day Events in LA

    04/17/2012 9:11:55 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies ^ | April 15, 2012 9:04 AM
    Celebrate the place that we all call home on April 22nd for Earth Day. Help make the Earth a better place by participating in a clean-up, interact with endangered species, or get educated on how to help our Earth. It’s more important than ever to become educated on the challenges our Earth faces, with the unprecedented environmental changes we are all currently facing.
  • Swedish Gang Member in Garden Gnome Drug Bust

    04/16/2012 10:24:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    The Local ^ | 13 Apr 12
    A 26-year-old man with ties to a Hells Angels branch in central Sweden was sentenced to prison Wednesday after being fund guilty of selling large quantities of synthetic drugs imported from China and hidden inside garden gnomes. The man was apprehended by police on the outskirts of Eskilstuna when he was transporting the drugged-up gnomes to various suppliers, reported the local Eskilstuna-Kuriren newspaper. According to the paper, police believe the man has connections to the local branch of infamous Hells Angels, one of Sweden's most feared motorcycle gangs. The drugs, allegedly the synthetic substances MDPV (Methylenedioxypyrovalerone) and Methylone, amphetamine-like and...
  • George the goldfish develops Hitler moustache

    04/16/2012 8:21:36 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 19 replies ^ | 15 April 2012 | Tariq Tahir
    Meet George the goldfish who has recently come to resemble the infamous Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. His owner swears he raises a fin towards her as she walks into the room. The five-year-old has already seen off two other fish and has a liking for vegetarian-only food, just like the Führer. ‘George’s colour has changed a lot over the years, he was originally brown,’ said his owner Deborah Cochrane from Belfast. ‘But he has stayed a glorious orange over the past year or two and that’s when the moustache developed. ‘He refuses to eat fish food. He will only eat...
  • NH Town Solves Mystery of Old Safe's Contents

    04/15/2012 8:59:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | April 14, 2012 | Lynne Tuohy
    Milton is a small New Hampshire town that knows how to safeguard its secrets -- namely by losing the combination to one very large safe. No one's quite sure when the safe was last opened, but the town's administrator and selectmen were determined to end the mystery of its contents. So they hired a safecracker, Seacoast Lock and Safe owner Paul Letourneau. Letourneau says it took him three hours Thursday to drill through and reset the combination of the safe. "On a scale of 1-10, it was probably a seven," Letourneau said. The safe was immediately closed and relocked so...
  • Palm Beach County's Infamous Teen 'Cookie Monster' Thief Charged With Violating Probation in Broward

    04/15/2012 8:33:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Palm Beach Post ^ | Friday, April 6, 2012 | ALEXANDRA SELTZER
    The infamous "cookie monster," now 22 and a brunette, found herself in a familiar place this week: Behind bars. Stefanie Woods, who has been staying with her parents in their Parkland home, was arrested Thursday by Broward County Sheriff's deputies on a felony charge of violating her probation. Woods, previously of suburban Lake Worth, gained national notoriety in 2008 when she and a friend stole $168 from 9-year-old Girl Scout Gracie Smith who was selling cookies outside a Winn-Dixie in suburban Boynton Beach. She was placed on house arrest and probation in 2010 after she pled guilty to kidnapping and...
  • Unrepentant Obituary Deemed ‘Best Ever’

    04/15/2012 1:52:39 PM PDT · by Lazlo in PA · 31 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 04-14-12 | Erica Ritz
    Full Title: ‘He Enjoyed Booze, Guns, Cars, and Younger Women Until the Day He Died’: Unrepentant Obituary Deemed ‘Best Ever’ ------------------------------------------------------- Michael “Flathead” Blanchard’s obituary, published in the Denver Post on April 12, bears little resemblance to the standard “in memoriam.” Penned by Blanchard before his death, the obituary notes, among other things, that Blanchard was “weary of reading obituaries noting someone’s courageous battle with death.” Rather, he wanted it known that he “died as a result of being stubborn, refusing to follow doctor’s orders and raising hell for more than six decades.” “He enjoyed booze, guns, cars, and younger...
  • Sent Home From School - skirt Too Long

    04/15/2012 12:06:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    A secondary school student near Paris was accused of wearing provocative clothing and sent back home. The school thought her skirt was too long, and conveyed religious values. "Other students come dressed up as hippies or goths and nobody says anything," the girl, Khadija, told the French daily Le Parisien, "but I’m not even allowed to wear a gypsy skirt." "If I had come to school wearing a veil I would have understood their reaction," says Khadija, who is a student at the Edmond-Rostand secondary school at Saint-Ouen-l’Aumône near Paris. On Monday, Khadija was sent home from school for wearing...
  • Stoned Swedish Nurse Ignored Suffering Patient

    04/15/2012 11:49:43 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    The Local ^ | 13 Apr 12
    A Swedish night shift nurse has been fired from a Gothenburg hospital for being high on cannabis and failing to notice a patient's rapidly deteriorating condition. "You can't be stoned while on the job," Anne Skånberg of the human resources department of Sahlgrenska Hospital told The Local. Staff at the hospital first noticed signs that the nurse, who had worked at the hospital for nearly a decade, may have been drugged after his questionable behavior in response to a patient's worsening condition. The patient had previously been taken from intensive care to the regular ward, but when the patient’s symptoms...
  • Retiring Man Admits He 'Did Nothing for 14 Years'

    04/15/2012 11:39:33 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    The Local ^ | 11 Apr 12
    A German state employee got one last hurrah when he sent a farewell email to 500 colleagues detailing how he had been paid €745,000 for “doing nothing”. He said he had been “present, but not really there” for the 14 years he had been employed as an engineer at a state surveying office in North Rhine-Westphalia, Die Welt newspaper reported. Parallel structures of the organisation and shuffling around of work constantly left him with an empty in-tray. “I am entering retirement fully prepared,” he wrote in the email, before stating exactly how much he had been paid during his career...
  • Fill in the blank: If Obama had a son ________________

    04/14/2012 10:57:40 PM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 43 replies
    4/15/2012 | Nunya Biddness
    Fill in the Blank: If Obama had a son ________________
  • Why were 10 dead bodies found in Benjamin Franklin’s basement? (Ambassador's London residence)

    04/14/2012 11:25:49 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 22 replies
    IO9 ^ | April 14, 2012 | Lauren Davis
    Why were 10 dead bodies found in Benjamin Franklin’s basement? In 1998, a group called the Friends of Benjamin Franklin House began renovations on Franklin's London residence, No. 36 Craven Street, and discovered a nasty surprise: 1,200 pieces of bone from 10 bodies, six of which were children. And the bodies were buried in the basement around the time Franklin was living in the house. No, Franklin didn't engage in a murder spree in between penning Poor Richard's Almanack and flying kites in lightning storms. In fact, it's unlikely that the bodies were murder victims at all. The bones were...
  • Astronauts condemn NASA’s global warming endorsement

    04/14/2012 12:14:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    In an unprecedented slap at NASA’s endorsement of global warming science, nearly 50 former astronauts and scientists—including the ex-boss of the Johnson Space Center—claim the agency is on the wrong side of science and must change course or ruin the reputation of the world’s top space agency. Challenging statements from NASA that man is causing climate change, the former NASA executives demanded in a letter to Administrator Charles Bolden that he and the agency “refrain from including unproven remarks” supporting global warming in the media. “We feel that NASA’s advocacy of an extreme position, prior to a thorough study of...
  • Have I been banned!

    04/13/2012 8:44:13 PM PDT · by goodtomato · 106 replies
    4/13/12 | Good Tomato
    Have I been banned?
  • Islamic ‘Adult Breastfeeding’ Fatwas Return

    04/13/2012 8:15:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 53 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | April 13th, 2012 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Back in May 2007, Dr. Izzat Atiya, head of Al Azhar University’s Department of Hadith, issued a fatwa, or Islamic legal decree, saying that female workers should “breastfeed” their male co-workers in order to work in each other’s company. According to the BBC:He said that if a woman fed a male colleague “directly from her breast” at least five times they would establish a family bond and thus be allowed to be alone together at work. “Breast feeding an adult puts an end to the problem of the private meeting, and does not ban marriage,” he ruled. “A woman at...
  • Divorcing Death Cab, Taking up with Cutie (Jurnalism is Fun)

    04/13/2012 1:13:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Slate ^ | Thursday, April 12, 2012 | Forrest Wickman
    In what could only have been a failure in reading comprehension, or the work of an overactive copy editor, Yahoo has just posted an article suggesting that actress Zooey Deschanel left her husband “Death Cab” for “Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard.” While there’s no word on whether Deschanel had been cheating on Mr. Cab, the article goes on to note that “Deschanel and Cab were married for a little more than three years.”
  • 'Mafia' Sells Fake Cocaine

    04/13/2012 12:53:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Daily Mercury ^ | 14th April 2012
    A MACKAY-BASED business has been producing a synthetic substitute to cocaine and distributing it across the country. The group, called Our Baked Mafia, have been selling the drug 'Shaman's Dust' and a number of other substances via their website and Facebook sites. Users from as far away as Albury-Wodonga have reported purchasing the drug, which is sold through the region's adult shops. Queensland police said it was difficult to determine the drug's legality, as the active ingredient in Shaman's Dust was unknown. However, Curtin University drug and alcohol researcher Stephen Bright said reported chemical tests had suggested the active ingredient...
  • Mafia to Pothead: ‘Kill or Be Killed Next’

    04/13/2012 12:45:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    New Post ^ | April 12, 2012 | MITCHEL MADDUX and LEONARD GREENE
    They made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. A self-described pothead said he was drafted into a mob war against his will when a Mafia associate took him out for what he thought would be a night of club hopping — but he was instead given a gun and told to participate in a gangland hit. Robert Ventriglia — who wasn’t even in the mob — yesterday told jurors in the trial of two Colombo Mafia members, that he was taken to a street in North Massapequa, Long Island, and told to “shoot at the people” who get into a...
  • How I Lost a Giant Pizza Challenge.

    04/13/2012 12:37:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    A CALZONE measuring 65cm wide and weighing more than two kilos is on the plate in front of me at Amici Pizza Restaurant in Holloway Road. For 15 months the supersize feast has been taunting diners, and now I have taken up the calzone challenge. Anyone who can finish the giant folded pizza receives a free dessert and coffee. Simple. Despite the restaurant taking, on average, 50 orders a week only one person has completed the challenge. The traditional Italian calzone dough is hand-made on the premises and filled with tomato, mozzarella, goat’s cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, ham and olives. The...
  • Injured bobcat on US 301 in Hillsborough County [FL] bites woman trying to come to its aid

    04/13/2012 10:40:36 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 70 replies
    WPTV ^ | April 13, 2012 | Brad Davis,
    RIVERVIEW, Fla. - An adult bobcat caused quite a scene around 8:30 Thursday morning on US 301 just south of Symmes Rd. in Riverview. A 911 took a call from a motorist. "People are trying to catch a bobcat in the median. A bobcat? Yea, there's a bobcat and everybody's getting out of their cars and they're trying to catch this cat," said the unidentified female driver.
  • Are we dealing with racial mysticism here? (Vanity)

    04/12/2012 2:37:52 PM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 19 replies
    Self | 4/12/'12 | Zionist Conspirator
    During the latter part of the nineteenth century a coalition of moralists and social reformers sincerely thought that giving political power to women would eliminate all traditional social evils. After all, men had always ruled, and women were supposedly inherently more moral and more religious than men. Maybe this would fix everything. Thus the push for women's suffrage. And when it was all over, women were just like the men. I am going to suggest something absolutely outrageous. But it's been knocking around in my mind for a while, and I hope that the example of women's suffrage will show...
  • Cops: Firefighter robs bank, leaves $20 tip

    04/12/2012 9:49:37 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 4 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 4-12-12
    A firefighter has been arrested after allegedly robbing a Dallas bank, then giving $20 of the stolen funds back to the teller as a tip. Jesus Ventura, 37, of Irving has been charged with robbing a Chase Bank on April 10, according to U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldana. According to the federal complaint, Ventura entered the bank late in the afternoon and asked to use the restroom. The restroom was outside the bank lobby, but when Ventura returned, he was greeted by a teller offering assistance. Ventura then reportedly said, "Give me all the money," multiple times to the teller...
  • Sacrificial Ritual Site With Machetes, Animal Remains, Human Skull Found in NW Miami-Dade

    04/11/2012 8:21:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Wednesday, Apr 11, 2012 | Hank Tester
    It's a site for rituals performed by practitioners of the Palo Mayombe religion, Richard Couto saysThe curious are beginning to seek out a bizarre site that sits nestled up against a major roadway in northwest Miami-Dade. The ground is littered with pots full of small tools, machetes, the remains of animals – and, before the police arrived, human bones and a skull. Richard Couto explains that it is a site for sacrificial rituals performed by practitioners of the Palo Mayombe religion. "They often use human remains in their ceremonial sites and that is exactly what we found at the bottom...
  • Souls & Rivers of Faith (With Ghost EVP's)

    04/11/2012 8:45:53 AM PDT · by Revski
    Revski youtube Classics ^ | 4-11-2012 | Revski
    This is a classic signature o7jimmy video with scenic views children singing and a few ghost EVP's (Electronic Voice Phenomenon)!
  • Petrified postmen ordered to stay away from Snowball the cat

    04/10/2012 8:47:31 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 36 replies
    Metro [UK] ^ | 4th April, 2012 | Mark Molloy
    Frightened postal workers have been banned from delivering letters to one notoriously hazardous address after being repeatedly 'attacked' by a three-year-old cat called Snowball. -snip- Following a thorough investigation the Royal Mail has stopped its workers from delivering mail to the address after labelling the black and white moggy a 'health and safety risk'.
  • Redondo Beach Residents Address Stray Voltage Concerns With SoCal Edison

    04/10/2012 8:09:48 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    CBS) ^ | April 9, 2012 11:07 PM
    REDONDO BEACH (CBS) — Residents of Redondo Beach raised concerns during a meeting with Southern California Edison, claiming that a substation in their neighborhood is producing stray voltage and making people ill. Emotions were heated during the three-hour public forum held by Redondo Beach city leaders. “I don’t see my daughter, son; I don’t have a house anymore. This is far from fun and games,” a resident said. “We have a newer house. There are older houses. Everybody has had issues,” a woman added. “California may be the most integrative standards that there are, but they’re not doing what is...
  • Ex-Girlfriend Busted For Brutal Scrotum Attack

    04/09/2012 10:28:26 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 119 replies
    APRIL 5--An Indiana man had his scrotum severely torn when his “on-again, off-again” girlfriend entered his home and pummeled him in an attack that resulted in the woman’s arrest on several criminal charges, including two felonies. -snip- Reber, the victim told cops, first struck him repeatedly in the head before latching onto his scrotum and “squeezing as hard as she could.” The man, interviewed by police at a hospital emergency room, said that he “was in incredible pain when Reber grabbed his scrotum and began digging in her fingers.” The victim recalled that Reber “refused to let go of his...
  • Just how big is the United States?

    04/09/2012 3:04:29 PM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 26 replies
    Well take just Texas for example. Superimpose Texas over Europe and even Adolph Hitler would have an inferiority complex... Now Texas is pretty big. But let's take Alaska all by itself and superimpose it on the lower 48. Line up the North Slope of Alaska with Minnesota and you end up with Juneau down in the Carolinas and the Aleutians run clear to the coast of Southern California! Well I just thought this was pretty darn impressive.
  • Self-Centered Vanity Posts Inconvenience Me (Vanity)

    04/09/2012 9:52:24 AM PDT · by Lazamataz · 138 replies
    April 9, 2012 | By Lazamataz
    Just this morning, RetSignMan posted this post apologizing for his self-centeredness over the years.Does he know how much this inconveniences ME? My life was slightly impacted, negatively, by this post and I'm not seeing how it benefits me.People have to think how will it affect LAZ before they post a selfish- and self-centered vanity post. Being self-centered is no excuse for failing to think about me: My life, my fortunes, my good luck, and the other things in my life.Self-centeredness is a vile trait that I have eliminated in my life to benefit my path and my mental heath. I...
  • That's no egg... kids on Easter chocolate hunt find hand grenade

    04/09/2012 12:52:09 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 42 replies
    The Sun [UK] ^ | 07th April 2012
    CHILDREN searching for chocolate on an Easter Egg hunt found a HAND GRENADE instead. Police called in the bomb squad to explode the device after kids found it lying in a field. Shocked dad Stuart Moffatt raised the alarm after he saw a young boy standing on the grenade during the egg hunt near Holford, Somerset. -snip- “We were beginning to count the eggs up at the end of the hunt and I saw a young boy, around three-years-old, standing on an object. “On closer inspection we realised it looked like a hand grenade. It was brown and about three...
  • Witch 'King' Reveals Bid to Set up occult Centre in Bristol

    04/07/2012 7:36:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    This is Bristol ^ | Saturday, April 07, 2012
    A MAN who calls himself the King of all Witches wants to open an occult centre in Bristol. Magus Lynius Shadee says he is in the final stages of securing a venue in Park Row for his centre. The 66-year-old wants it to be the start of a franchise, and making an unusual comparison he told the Evening Post: "It will be a bit like McDonalds, but we encourage vegetarianism." Mr Shadee, who divides his time between homes in France and London, calls himself a practising occultist. He says his centre will offer services including ritual work, witchcraft and exorcisms....
  • Suspicious Activity on the Rail Trail

    04/07/2012 1:58:19 PM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 26 replies
    So in my neighborhood, there is some kind of “controversy” involving school buses. Apparently the town needs additional tax revenue from homeowners (by way of property tax) to keep them going for the next year and now a referendum vote is on the ballot for the next town election. A “YES” vote would increase property taxes to keep the school bus program at status quo. A “NO” vote would keep taxes the same but cut the number of school buses for the coming school year and would force kids that live within a mile of their school to walk to...
  • Jordan Powers Leaves James Hooker (18-year-old told her former boyfriend when he called from jail)

    04/07/2012 12:24:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    18-year-old told her former boyfriend he was done after he called from jail. Saturday, Apr 7, 2012 The teenage girlfriend of a former Modesto high school teacher, who left his family and job to be with her, has left him. Jordan Powers, 18, left 41-year-old James Hooker after he was arrested this week on charges of oral copulation with a minor at a high school he once taught at. "He called me from jail and I told him we're done," Powers told ABC's Good Morning America. The couple made international headlines after Hooker left his job and family to move...
  • Tarpon Springs Neighbor Gets Slugged for Petting Dog, Police Say

    04/07/2012 12:20:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | Apr 03, 2012
    Relations in the neighborhood were already strained when Michelle Sieber argued with her 69-year-old neighbor just before 7 a.m. Monday about the noise the night before, according to police. Then Sieber's dog got out. The neighbor petted the Great Dane. Sieber warned him not to touch her dog. "What are you going to do ... hit me?" the neighbor asked, according to police. Sieber was arrested early Monday morning for doing exactly that, police said. She punched her 69-year-old neighbor in the left shoulder, according to Tarpon Springs police, and was charged with battery on a person 65 years or...
  • (Crappy Commie Architecture) An Extremely Creepy Tour of an Abandoned Soviet Monument in Bulgaria

    04/07/2012 10:31:30 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 20 replies
    IO9 ^ | Apr 6, 2012 | Cyriaque Lamar
    An Extremely Creepy Tour of an Abandoned Soviet Monument in Bulgaria Remember those derelict Bulgarian war memorials that resemble space fortresses? Well, it turns out they're just as otherworldly inside. Here's one intrepid urban explorer's journey into the shadowy corridors of the shuttered Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship memorial in Varna, Bulgaria. It's also a case study on why you never tour old Soviet monuments alone. In its Communist heyday, the "Park-Monument of the Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship" contained an eternal flame, a bomb shelter, and a tourism center. Loudspeakers would also blast Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 7 on constant loop. The center opened in...
  • UPDATE 1-Ammonia used in many foods, not just "pink slime"

    04/07/2012 9:18:13 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 15 replies
    [snip] Compounds such as ammonium hydroxide, ammonium phosphate and ammonium chloride are considered safe in small amounts. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted ammonium hydroxide status as a GRAS, or Generally Recognized as Safe, substance in 1974. Ammonium hydroxide is also an acceptable ingredient under the conditions of "good manufacturing practices" in dozens of foods, from soft drinks to soups to canned vegetables, according to the General Standards for Food Additives set forth by the Codex Alimentarius Commission, a group funded by the World Health Organization and the United Nations' Food and Agricultural Organization. A trip to the grocery...
  • Caught on camera: two OWS protesters busted after recording vandalism for local TV

    04/06/2012 8:20:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | Friday, April 6, 2012, 2:05 PM | Joe Kemp
    Two Occupy Wall Street protesters were collared Thursday for vandalizing subways — a day after a local TV news station recorded the crime, cops said. Jeffrey Brewer, 34, and Aaron Minter, 40, spoke to NY1 News on Wednesday and allowed a news team to follow them as they placed decals on a subway car seats, cops said. The stickers read: “Priority Seating for the 1%.” After receiving a complaint about the underground shenanigans, police watched the news segment when it aired on TV, cops said. … Minter — who has prior arrests for burglary and menacing — gave the TV...
  • Van Jones: Koch Bros To Blame For Trayvon Shooting

    04/06/2012 5:08:13 PM PDT · by Silentgypsy · 27 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | 04/06/2012 | Unattributed
    "...listen, you've got the perfect storm building. You've got all the passion around Trayvon, and what a horrible injustice that was. And it turns out you can draw a direct line back to the Koch Bros, you can draw a direct line back to to mainstream corporations..."
  • Cold Case Gets Chef in Hot Water

    04/06/2012 4:42:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Saturday Apr 7, 2012 | David Fisher
    Cold Case Gets Chef in Hot Water
  • LA sheriff's captain allegedly took inmate out to play golf

    04/06/2012 1:54:23 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    KABC) ^ | Friday, April 06, 2012
    A Los Angeles County sheriff's captain is being investigated for allegedly taking an inmate out of jail and going golfing. Cpt. Jeff Donahue reportedly took professional golfer-turned-jewel-thief Frank Carrillo out of the Avalon jail. Carrillo says Donahue wanted tips to improve his golf game. Donahue is now on medical leave. Sheriff's officials are forbidden from fraternizing with inmates. Carrillo, 41, was serving a two-year sentence after he pleaded guilty to stealing cash and jewelry from people at golf courses. He was at the Men's Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles then transferred to Catalina, where he became a trusty, which...
  • Facebook’s white male board under fire

    04/06/2012 9:47:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10:54 PM 04/05/2012 | Caroline May
    Facebook, the most popular social networking site in America, is under fire from women’s groups because its board of directors consists entirely of white men. With the company about to go public in May, advocates are beginning to pressure the company to diversify its leadership. On Thursday the women’s rights group Ultraviolet began circulating a petition calling on Facebook to appoint female board members. According to the group, the lack of women is “nothing short of shameful.” “Facebook owes it success and makes a ton of money off of its women users. Women are responsible for nearly two-thirds of the...
  • Cafe boss facing jail after attending interviews with teenage girls and woman while naked

    04/05/2012 9:50:12 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 18 replies
    Daily Mail [UK] ^ | 5 April 2012 | Ian Garland
    A middle-aged cafe owner is facing jail after exposing himself to a woman and two teenage girls he interviewed for waitress jobs. The victims, a woman in her 30s, a 16-year-old and a 15-year-old, all fled Rioco restaurant in York after arriving for interviews and finding owner Dave Richards, 53, standing naked in his office.
  • Chupacabra Sighting Raises Concerns at UCR

    04/05/2012 8:35:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    Highlander ^ | April 3, 2012 | Kevin Keckeisen, Gordon Huang
    Last Tuesday a UC Riverside student took a photo of what he believed was a Chupacabra roaming the parking lot outside of the Student Recreation Center. The sighting has prompted mixed responses ranging from deep concern to awe. “I had just finished working out when I saw it standing next to my car, sniffing the air,” the student told the Highlander on the condition of anonymity. “At first I thought it was a dog, but when I got closer it didn’t look like any dog I’ve ever seen. I had to get a picture of it.” In the picture the...