Sunday, November 30, 2008

Disgruntled 8-year-old boy crashes teacher's car


BERLIN (Reuters) – An eight-year-old German schoolboy who wanted to complain to his mother about being sent out of class took his teacher's car and crashed it, police said.

The boy, banished from class for disrupting a lesson, pinched the 40-year-old teacher's car key when she was not looking and managed to start up her compact car, accelerating and putting the vehicle into first gear.

"The little fellow drove for about 25 m (yards) before crashing into a Volvo, also parked in the car park outside the school," a police spokesman in the eastern German city of Zwickau said on Thursday.

The boy later told police he had wanted to drive home to his mother to complain about the teacher sending him out of class.

Police estimated he caused 8,000 euros ($10,340) of damage.

(Reporting by Josie Cox; editing by Michael Roddy)

Odd News-After 55 days, contest ends for 2 living in truck


What, 55 days in a truck, that is odd!
MADISON, Wis. – A Wisconsin radio station had to make two contestants an offer they couldn't refuse in order to get them to quit a game to win a new car.

Tommy Kempfer, 26, of Sun Prairie, and Lisa Thompson, 40, of Westfield, had been living in a truck, hoping to outlast the other to win a new $30,000 vehicle from WMAD-FM in Madison.

After 55 days, the station became concerned that the contest would never end.

"We sensed these two were not going to back down," said John Flint, a co-host on the station's morning show. "There was no way we expected this to go 55 days. If it was not for the deal, it's possible they could have gone on until New Year's."

On Tuesday, the station offered the two a compromise: End the contest and receive $10,000 toward the purchase of a car, among other prizes, or continue with the runner-up receiving nothing.

Within 15 minutes, both agreed to the deal.

"Both of us were ready to go home," Kempfer said, "but we didn't want to leave with nothing after you put in that much time."

Thompson called the contest a "very good experience" but said she wouldn't do it again.

Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsj

Thief steals Thanksgiving dinner off woman's porch


REGON, Wis. – A Wisconsin family found it hard to be thankful after a thief made off with their turkey dinner.

Lillian Moore says she sent a cooler stuffed with Thanksgiving food to her daughter Cindy, only to have it stolen from her porch.

Moore packed the cooler with half a turkey, potatoes and salad. She left it on her daughter's porch Wednesday evening because her daughter's refrigerator was too small to hold the food.

When Cindy Moore went to get the turkey Thanksgiving morning, the cooler was gone.

Cindy Moore says she had to buy turkey using money she sets aside for bills. The disabled single mother didn't bother reporting the theft to police.

Lillian Moore says it's "just awful" to steal from people who don't have much.

Information from: The Capital Times, http://www.madison.com/tct

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Worker dies - Trampled in Black Friday stampede


Merry Christmas! This is Sad and Stupid News!
New York - A worker died after being trampled and a woman miscarried when hundreds of shoppers smashed through the doors of a Long Island Wal-Mart Friday morning, witnesses said. The unidentified worker, employed as an overnight stock clerk, tried to hold back the unruly crowds just after the Valley Stream store opened at 5 a.m. More...

Bizarre News-Teen lives 118 days without heart


MIAMI - An American teen-ager survived for nearly four months without a heart, kept alive by a custom-built artificial blood-pumping device, until she was able to have a heart transplant, doctors in Miami said on Wednesday. The doctors said they knew of another case in which an adult had been kept alive in Germany for nine months without a heart but said they believed this was the first time a child had survived in this manner for so long. More...
Wow,That is Bizarre Medical News!

Man drives away from jail in cop car



BRAINERD, Minnesota - A Minnesota man just released from a detox center stole an undercover deputy's car for the trip home, the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department alleges.
Christopher Wayne Schwarz, 20, was re-arrested after a chase that lasted less than half an hour, the Brainerd Dispatch reported Thursday. He faces charges of fleeing a peace officer and motor vehicle theft. More...

Stupid News-Man accused of stealing 3-year-old's identity


This is too Stupid!
GRAHAM, N.C. – Authorities say a North Carolina man used a Social Security number belonging to a 3-year-old girl to sign up for telephone and natural gas service. The News and Record of Greensboro reported Tuesday that 44-year-old Michael John Maris of Mebane was charged with one count of identity theft and two counts of obtaining property by false pretense.

Alamance County sheriff's officials said the child's grandmother, Linda Raker, contacted authorities after a collection agency began looking for unpaid utility bills in her granddaughter's name.

The sheriff's office said the suspect is related to Raker, but did not disclose the relationship.

Maris was being held Tuesday on $5,000 bond at the Alamance County jail. Court records didn't show that he had an attorney.

Information from: News & Record, http://www.news-record.com

Stupid News-Full-size cardboard figure causes NJ bank standoff


Now this is Stupid News!
MONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP, N.J. – A standoff at a New Jersey bank is over after police learned a "person" seen inside was actually a full-size cardboard figure.

Officers went to the PNC Bank in Montgomery Township on Thursday night after an alarm went off. They saw what they thought was at least one person through the windows of the bank, which had its blinds drawn.

The area was sealed off and three nearby apartment buildings were evacuated as a precaution. Meanwhile, authorities used bullhorns and made telephone calls in a bid to make contact with whoever might be in the bank.

After repeatedly failing to get a response, a SWAT team entered the building and discovered the cardboard figure.

It was not immediately clear what set off the bank alarm

Friday, November 28, 2008

Man with gun under pillow forfeits licence


BERLIN (Reuters) – A German man who slept with a loaded revolver under his pillow has lost his gun license after a court ruled it to be irresponsible behavior.

The 56-year-old was stripped of his license for failing to store the weapon properly, Braunschweig administrative court judge Torsten Baumgarten told Reuters Tuesday. The gun was only discovered by chance during a police inspection.

"His home was being checked because he had threatened to throw a hand grenade if the city council approved plans to build a high-voltage power line in his neighborhood," Baumgarten said. "The decision to take his license was made independently."

Baumgarten said the ruling, which sets a legal precedent in Germany, in effect outlaws sleeping on top of a firearm -- because the owner of the gun is not in control of the weapon and is therefore putting himself and others at risk.

"Anyone could come along and take the gun away from him, his wife for example," Baumgarten said. The man, who also owned several other weapons, said he kept the gun under his pillow because he feared burglars.

(Reporting by Josie Cox; Editing by Charles Dick)

WTF! Be On Lookout For Pirates-Somali pirates hijack 1 ship, free another




NAIROBI, Kenya – Somali pirates seized control of a chemical tanker in the Gulf of Aden on Friday and a NATO helicopter gunship, too late to prevent the hijacking, picked up three security guards who jumped into the sea.

Both France and Germany, which have ships in the area as part of an international anti-piracy coalition, sent the aircraft after receiving a distress call just after dawn, French military spokesman Cmdr. Christophe Prazuck said. But in the 15 minutes it took to get to the site, the pirates had already boarded and had taken the crew of 25 Indians and two Bangladeshis hostage.

The two British guards who leapt overboard with their Irish colleague were safe onboard a French warship, he said.

Germany and France have ships in the area as part of a NATO fleet which, along with warships from Denmark, India, Malaysia, Russia and the U.S., have started patrolling the vast maritime corridor.

They escort some merchant ships and respond to distress calls in the fight against increasingly brazen pirate attacks off Somalia's coast, a major international shipping lane through which about 20 tankers sail daily. Friday's was the 97th ship hijacking this year.

One of the hijacked ships, the Malta-flagged cargo ship Centauri, was released Thursday with all 25 Filipino crew unharmed after more than two months in the hands of pirates, Greece announced.

The ship hijacked Friday, the Liberian-flagged MV Biscaglia, is operated out of Singapore, said Noel Choong, head of the International Maritime Bureau's piracy reporting center in Malaysia.

The pirates are growing bolder. Hugh Martin, manager of Hart Security, said 20 speedboats filled with pirates launched a simultaneous attack on two slow-moving companion vessels off the south coast of Yemen on Thursday. Hart staff onboard both ships were armed, but managed to use evasive maneuvers and non-lethal methods to prevent the pirates from boarding during the four hour attack.

On Friday, Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said it was possible the U.N. might pass a new resolution with more aggressive rules of engagement.

"Even harsher sanctions, harsher measures, harsher calls to the international community may be passed," he told Russian TV channel Vesti-24. "It would give the possibility for more energetic actions by the naval forces of those countries, including Russia, that have dispatched their ships (to Somalia) for the fight against piracy."..more

Odd News-Upset over pet, man stabs bureaucrat, wife


This is nutty odd news!

TOKYO (Reuters) – A Japanese man upset by the death of his pet turned himself in after fatally stabbing a bureaucrat and his wife, Japanese police and media said on Sunday.

Police were searching the house of a 46-year-old man who said he murdered a former vice minister for health and welfare, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Department said.

Kyodo news said the man also admitted to the fatal stabbing of the 66-year-old bureaucrat's wife, although the police spokesman was unable to confirm that.

Takehiko Yamaguchi and his 61-year-old wife, Michiko, were found dead at their home with stab wounds to the chest on Tuesday, Kyodo News said.

Also Tuesday, the wife of another former health and welfare bureaucrat was seriously stabbed at the entrance to her home by a man pretending to be making a delivery, domestic media reported.

Her husband, who had also been vice minister, was not home at the time, according to media reports.

Japanese police and media originally believed the stabbings may have been a backlash against former employees of the Ministry of Health and Welfare, due to widespread resentment over the government's handling of the national pension system.

However, the man who turned himself in to police said he was upset over the death of a pet, Kyodo said.

"I was angry because my pet was killed in a public welfare center," Kyodo quoted the man as saying.

The police spokesman could not confirm the comment, but did say the found "several" survival knives after searching his car.

While Japan still has relatively low crime rates, the country has been shocked in recent years by several grisly stabbings.

In June, a man who said he was tired of life went on a stabbing rampage in Tokyo's crowded shopping district of Akihabara, killing seven people and wounding a dozen others.

(Editing by David Fox)

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving Fun Facts



Thanksgiving Fun FactsOver the YearsThough many competing claims exist, the most familiar story of the first Thanksgiving took place in Plymouth Colony, in present-day Massachusetts, in 1621. More than 200 years later, President Abraham Lincoln declared the final Thursday in November as a national day of thanksgiving. Congress finally made Thanksgiving Day an official national holiday in 1941.

In 2001, the U.S. Postal Service issued a commemorative Thanksgiving stamp. Designed by the artist Margaret Cusack in a style resembling traditional folk-art needlework, it depicted a cornucopia overflowing with fruits and vegetables, under the phrase "We Give Thanks."


On the RoadsDespite record-high gas prices (more than $3.00 per gallon) in 2007, the American Automobile Association (AAA) estimated that 38.7 million Americans would travel 50 miles or more from home for the Thanksgiving holiday, a slight increase (1.5 percent) over the previous year.

Of those Americans traveling for Thanksgiving in 2007, approximately 80 percent (31.2 million) were expected to go by motor vehicle, 12.1 percent (4.7 million) by airplane and the rest (2.8 million) by train, bus or other mode of transportation.


On the TableAccording to the U.S. Census Bureau, Minnesota is the top turkey-producing state in America, with a planned production total of 49 million in 2008. Just six states—Minnesota, North Carolina, Arkansas, Virginia, Missouri and Indiana—will probably produce two-thirds of the estimated 271 million birds that will be raised in the U.S. this year.

The National Turkey Federation estimated that 46 million turkeys—one fifth of the annual total of 235 million consumed in the United States in 2007—were eaten at Thanksgiving.

In a survey conducted by the National Turkey Federation, nearly 88 percent of Americans said they eat turkey at Thanksgiving. The average weight of turkeys purchased for Thanksgiving is 15 pounds, which means some 690 million pounds of turkey were consumed in the U.S. during Thanksgiving in 2007.

The cranberry is one of only three fruits—the others are the blueberry and the Concord grape—that are entirely native to North American soil, according to the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers' Association.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest pumpkin pie ever baked weighed 2,020 pounds and measured just over 12 feet long. It was baked on October 8, 2005 by the New Bremen Giant Pumpkin Growers in Ohio, and included 900 pounds of pumpkin, 62 gallons of evaporated milk, 155 dozen eggs, 300 pounds of sugar, 3.5 pounds of salt, 7 pounds of cinnamon, 2 pounds of pumpkin spice and 250 pounds of crust.


Around the CountryThree towns in the U.S. take their name from the traditional Thanksgiving bird, including Turkey, Texas (pop. 465); Turkey Creek, Louisiana (pop. 363); and Turkey, North Carolina (pop. 270).
Originally known as Macy's Christmas Parade—to signify the launch of the Christmas shopping season—the first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade took place in New York City in 1924. It was launched by Macy's employees and featured animals from the Central Park Zoo. Today, some 3 million people attend the annual parade and another 44 million watch it on television.

Tony Sarg, a children's book illustrator and puppeteer, designed the first giant hot air balloons for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1927. He later created the elaborate mechanically animated window displays that grace the fa├žade of the New York store from Thanksgiving to Christmas.
Snoopy has appeared as a giant balloon in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade more times than any other character in history. As the Flying Ace, Snoopy made his sixth appearance in the 2006 parade.

The first time the Detroit Lions played football on Thanksgiving Day was in 1934, when they hosted the Chicago Bears at the University of Detroit stadium, in front of 26,000 fans. The NBC radio network broadcast the game on 94 stations across the country--the first national Thanksgiving football broadcast. Since that time, the Lions have played a game every Thanksgiving (except between 1939 and 1944); in 1956, fans watched the game on television for the first time.

Thanks To The History Channel

Odd News-Singaporeans jailed for kangaroo T-shirts in court


SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Three Singaporeans were jailed on Thursday after being charged with contempt of court for showing up at Singapore's Supreme Court wearing T-shirts depicting kangaroos in judges robes.

Isrizal Bin Mohamed Isa and Muhammad Shafi'ie Syahmi Bin Sariman were sentenced to seven days' jail, while Tan Liang Joo John received 15 days imprisonment. They were each ordered to pay S$5,000 (2,147 pounds) in costs.

Tan is the Assistant Secretary-General of the opposition Singapore Democratic Party, led by Chee Soon Juan.

The three had worn the T-shirts at a court hearing in May to determine the damages that Chee Soon Juan and his sister Chee Siok Chin were to pay after being found guilty of defaming Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and former leader Lee Kuan Yew.

Singapore's attorney-general said in bringing the case to court the trio had "scandalised the Singapore judiciary."

Singapore bans gatherings and protests in all public areas without a permit except Speakers' Corner, the country's equivalent of the historic free-speech haven in London's Hyde Park.

(Reporting by Matthew Webster; Editing by David Fogarty)

Thief uses lubricant to swipe ring on woman's hand



FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Police said a thief used a Vaseline-like lubricant to swipe an expensive ring off an elderly woman's hand in broad daylight. Authorities said two men bumped 80-year-old Helen Artim's car, then asked her to open her trunk to check for damage.

Police said the suspect ran his hand over hers, covering it with "some type of lubricant," then used a towel to wipe it off. It's then that police believe he slipped the ring off Artim's finger. The piece of jewelry was valued between $20,000 to $30,000.

No arrests in the Nov. 14 incident have been made.

Information from: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Stupid News-Accused drunk driver ends up running over himself


Stupid News!
Tonight is the biggest bar night in America, the night before Thanksgiving! Don't Drink and Drive!

SANTA FE, N.M. – A 21-year-old man was accused of driving drunk and leading police on a chase that finally ended with him running over himself. The man was treated for minor injuries at a Santa Fe hospital and booked in to the Sandoval County detention center on charges of aggravated driving while intoxicated, fleeing a police officer, careless driving and two other outstanding traffic warrants.

A tip to the state's DrunkBuster hot line Sunday afternoon alerted authorities to a possibly drunken driver.

State Police Officer Grace Romero spotted the man's pickup truck swerving across both lanes of a highway, driving slowly and then fast. He refused to stop.

After narrowly missing other vehicles, police said the suspect drove through a ditch and a barbed-wire fence before stopping. He tried to put the truck into park, but it ended up in reverse.

Police said the man fell from his open door and both of his legs were run over by the front driver's side tire.

Wow,Chelsea Handler Playboy Spread On Tap?


Wow,Chelsea Handler Playboy Spread On Tap?

Chelsea Handler nude in Playboy Magazine? very possible. The 30 something Jersey girl has become a popular late night host (Chelsea Lately) and best selling author.

Handler's first book was a riotous memoir, "My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands" and her latest book is "Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea."

Fame has been knocking on the funny girl's door since she was just 21 and fresh in Los Angeles. The Livingston, New Jersey native got her big break when she appeared at the Aspen comedy festival and was seen by bookers from "The Tonight Show" who were drawn to her sharp material

Siri Pinter, Carson Daly Expecting


Celeb News-Siri Pinter, Carson Daly Expecting

Talk show host Carson Daly’s girlfriend Siri Pinter is with child.

Daly’s rep confirmed the news saying that “Carson is thrilled to be a father and they are looking forward to an extra special Thanksgiving this year with family and friends.”

Siri Pinter is said to be 5 months in and expecting in early spring.

Siri Pinter is a writer’s assistant for Last Call with Carson Daly and was previously an executive producer’s assistant. Pinter describes herself as an owner of four cats, a cigar aficionado and part time sushi chef on weekends.

Secret Messages in Google's SearchWiki System???orthogonal terwilliger accordion


Sending Secret Messages Via Google's SearchWiki System
Greetings. I've previously written of some concerns associated with Google's new "SearchWiki" feature, a concept with considerable merit in theory, but as currently implemented appears to be easily abused.

Up to now I've noted the issues of "electronic graffiti" and similar problems associated with the current unmoderated SearchWiki environment, which also lacks site opt-outs, simple user opt-outs, or useful comment control mechanisms of the sort that do exist for Google's YouTube.


More...
It appears that SearchWiki also provides an interesting platform for the global distribution of secret messages. By allowing users to attach publicly viewable, arbitrary comments to virtually any URLs returned in Google search results, SearchWiki can be used as a gigantic "spread-spectrum" secret message transmission medium.

Users need only associate individually innocuous message fragments (which may themselves be encoded in a wide variety of ways) as comments to the limited set of URLs returned by obscure Google search queries.

Without knowing the exact search query used to "aggregate" the comment set in any specific case, outside parties who might stumble across individual message fragments (as comments on arbitrary URLs) would be extremely unlikely to recognize them as parts of a coherent message, and would have no simple technique to locate the other parts of the message in any case. This is a key attribute of the described technique -- a message that is dispersed in this manner is unlikely to even be recognized as a message worthy of attention or log-based analysis.

Before I present an example, a few additional points of note.

Users must be logged in to Google with their Google accounts to attach or see SearchWiki comments. While for this example I created all message fragments with the generic nickname "Searcher" from a single account, in practical use it is likely that users would submit fragments from different accounts, and probably from different IP addresses. Google accounts can be easily created in just a few minutes, and using different accounts would not only help to defeat algorithmic methods that might be aimed at slowing comment submissions, but also could complicate associated forensic analysis of activity logs. By staging message fragment submissions in various ways over time, algorithmic detection of message creation patterns could also be made more difficult.

While Web pages and search results are typically ephemeral in nature, initial experiments suggest that they are stable enough over periods of time that would be useful for the sending of messages as described.

For this trivial example, I have created ten simple plaintext sentences that are attached to ten URLs. I cannot guarantee how long these comments will be present, and other comments may be added, since this query will now be widely publicly known (which wouldn't be the case in a practical use of this technique).

Each comment has been sequence numbered in an obvious fashion for demonstration purposes. Comments were individually created then the "promote" up-arrow was selected for each associated URL (this "promotion" step appears important to enable the rapid appearance of comments to other Google users).

In practical use, sequence information would most likely be kept more obscure. Keeping the actual comments in some form of plaintext would help avoid possibly being deleted as "unintelligible" text, though of course the actual meanings of the text words could be subject to code-based obscuring techniques. With a bit of effort, any data, including images, could probably be transmitted in this manner.

Only one word in each of the ten comment sentences for this basic example is part of the actual secret message. Your mission is to derive the complete secret message, which is currently dispersed across the space of Google's search database.

To aggregate the message fragments, you need to enter the appropriate search query into Google, while logged into a Google account. Then select the "See all notes for this SearchWiki" link at the bottom of the page. You should then be able to see comment links associated with a number of the associated URLs. Click on the links as necessary to view the actual comment texts, remember the encoding procedure I outlined above, and the secret message is yours.

One final thought before we begin. If I can use this technique, we can be sure that other parties can use it as well, including entities who would figure it out on their own without ever seeing this blog item. Forewarned is forearmed.

Special thanks to Lou Katz of Metron Computerware for his assistance in the testing of this technique.

OK, let's start. The secret message keyword search string is:

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From-Lauren Weinstein's Blog

Who won Dancing with the Stars 2008: winner is Brooke and Derek.


If anyone cares! Who won Dancing with the Stars 2008: winner is Brooke and Derek.

The final three couple’s on Dancing with the Stars 2008 were Brooke Burke and Derek Hough, Lance Bass and Lacey Schwimmer, and finally Warren Sapp and Kym Johnson. It was a tough dance off but it was finally Brooke and Derek who was announced the winners.

Congratulations to Brooke and her partner Derek Hough who said earlier that his sister had won on the show as had his best friend and he believed that this year was a good time to break into the winner's circle and he certainly had an outstanding partner in Brooke as she was almost flawless at times and may have saved the show this season.

Dancing With The Stars 2008 Winner

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Washingtonienne Jessica Cutler Engaged - Charles Rubio


Remember Washingtonienne Jessica Cutler? She was the young oversharing blogger who got fired from Capitol Hill because she blogged up a storm about her after-work sexual exploits—much of it with older, well-known politicos, some of it paid. Sample blog excerpts: "W = a sugar daddy who wants nothing but anal. Keep trying to end it with him, but the money is too good." She got famous on Wonkette and outed. She turned the debacle into a respectable-selling novel, The Washingtonienne, posed for Playboy, went broke, and inked an HBO deal. Then there were a bunch of rumors that she was working as an escort—or at the very least, was buddies with a madam who provided girls to Eliot Spitzer. But love is to make an honest woman out of her—she's engaged now, reports Wonkette via Reliable Source, to a dude named Charles Rubio. He's a lawyer! Let's learn more about him.

Here he is! He's 28 and an associate at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy in New York. It says here that Charlie got his JD in 2007 from NYU, and got his BBA and BS at the University of Texas. A nice Southern boy. Cutler, 30, told Reliable Source that they met "randomly in a bar."

"Charles is working and I'm about to go do my Thxgiving shopping, [but] I want to respond! We met in March of this year. We sort of did everything backwards: He asked me if I wanted to have kids with him before he proposed. After asking my Dad for his blessing, we went to Cartier and he bought me a Love bracelet instead of a ring (because I tend to lose things). On the way home from the store, he formally proposed in Grand Central about a month ago.

How we met is sort of a blur. I was so wasted.

Well, mazel tov!...Article From Gawker

Pardoned White House turkey going to Disneyland


WASHINGTON - United Airlines says it will help the turkey that dodges Thanksgiving dinner at the White House make its getaway to Disneyland this week. The airline will strap the lucky bird into a first-class seat Wednesday for a non-stop flight from Washington to LAX where it will be whisked to Orange County and a date as grand marshal of the annual Thanksgiving parade at Disneyland. More.

Hot Santa Pics-Sexy Xmas Babes-Christmas Chicks


Here is a fun gallery link to Sexy Christmas Pics, Hot Santa Babes and Sexy Xmas Chicks!
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School Bus Driver Allegedly Asked Cheerleaders to Lift Up Shirts for Money



Massachusetts - A longtime school bus driver could be fired after several members of a cheerleading squad in Lynnfield, Mass., said he offered them $40 to lift up their shirts. Driver Bill Diamond, 56, was suspended without pay after the allegations surfaced, MyFOXBoston.com reported. Diamond has been at the job for 23 years.
"This clearly goes well beyond any bounds of acceptable behavior," said town administrator William Gustus. More...

Celeb News-Kijafa Frink Is Michael Vick's Fiancee!



Kijafa Frink, Michael Vick’s fiancee, was present at Vick’s state dogfighting case today. Fiancee Kijafa Frink and Michael Vick have two children together.

Frink witnessed Vick plead guilty to state dogfighting charges in Virginia Tuesday, reportedly a needed step to expedite his return to the NFL.

Vick was reportedly given a three-year suspended sentence today.

“I want to apologize to the court, my family, and to all the kids who looked up to me as a role model”.

Frink’s living arrangements last came up during a Bankruptcy Court hearing on October 4. At that hearing, three of six homes would be sold. But Vick would keep two homes in Suffolk, one his mother lives in and one Kijafa Frink and their two children live in

Monday, November 24, 2008

Odd News-Bra for the boys an online bestseller


This is odd news!
TOKYO - Who said bras are only for women? A Japanese online lingerie retailer is selling bras for cross-dressing men and they've quickly become one of its most popular items.
Since launching two weeks ago on Rakuten, a major Japanese web shopping mall, the Wishroom shop has sold over 300 men's bras for 2,800 yen ($30) each. The shop also stocks men's panties, as well as lingerie for women. More...

Facebook-Pics----Political Roast----Lingerie Football Pics

Missing Teenage Girl Found in Teacher's Closet


Now this is Bizarre News!
A 17-year-old Zion-Benton High School student was found hiding in the closet of a Waukegan middle school teacher.
A missing-person report was filed Nov. 8 by the girl's family with the Zion Police Department when she did not return home by curfew after being out the previous day. More...

Facebook-Pics----Political Roast----Lingerie Football Pics

Teens order and eat takeout food after fatal crash


Australia - A group of teenagers involved in a crash that killed an 82-year-old man and left his 72-year-old partner fighting for her life had fast food delivered to them at the crash site, a witness says.
The elderly couple were in a van involved in a collision at a Gold Coast roundabout with an unregistered car allegedly driven by a disqualified teen driver on Saturday, the Gold Coast Bulletin reported. More...

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Odd News-Nightclubs Burned Down in War Between Nudists


France - One of Europe’s most famous nudist colonies has become the subject of an unusual investigation by French detectives after the destruction of three nightclubs in fires blamed on naturist “hardliners”.
The normally peaceful Cap d’Agde, a magnet for nudists in the south of France, has been plunged into anxiety. More...
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Bizarre News-Boy stabs himself in front of classmates - Dumped by girlfriend


Bizarre News!

UK - A 13-year-old schoolboy today stabbed himself in the stomach in front of horrified classmates after being dumped by his girlfriend.
Pupils at the school say he walked into a registration class, confronted her and said: 'I know you don't love me.'
The Year 9 student then stabbed himself with a kitchen knife in front of around 30 classmates and a teacher. More...

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Odd News-Mystery piano baffles police


HARWICH, Massachusetts - Police in Harwich, Mass., said they are investigating the origins of an intact and in tune piano found without explanation in the woods.
Investigators said the Baldwin Acrosonic piano, model No. 987, was found alongside a bench positioned as though someone had intended to sit down and play. More...

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It's Weed Dude! Amsterdam closes cannabis shops


ALMERE, Netherlands (Reuters) – Almost a fifth of Amsterdam's popular marijuana-selling coffee shops will be closed down because they are too close to schools, the city council said Friday.

Of the 228 coffee shops in the Dutch capital, 43 must close by the end of 2011 because they are within 250 meters of a school, the council said.

The Dutch coffee shop policy has come under fresh criticism after the Dutch cities of Bergen op Zoom and Roosendaal, located near the Belgian border, said they will close all their shops within two years to combat drug tourism and crime.

Amsterdam, home to a quarter of the nation's cannabis coffee shops that are a big draw for tourists, joined with 32 other Dutch mayors or city council representatives Friday to back a continuation of the Dutch "soft drugs" policy of toleration.

But the mayors also called for better rules on the sale and trade of cannabis. They stressed that while a ban on marijuana use was not a solution to the problem, the use of the drug should be discouraged.

The policy on soft drugs in the Netherlands, one of the most liberal in Europe, allows for the sale of marijuana at coffee shops, which the Dutch have allowed to operate for decades, and possession of less than 5 grams (0.18 oz).

But the cultivation or supply of the drug to the coffee shops, the so-called "back door" of the business, is banned.

Annemarie Jorritsma, Almere Mayor, said mayors agreed to push for a system of "heavily regulated toleration."

"Make it transparent who is dealing, who is delivering it to the coffee shops and take care that there are no criminals entering there, which they are at the moment," she said.

Gerd Leers, Mayor of Maastricht which earlier angered Belgian authorities by proposing to move its city center coffee shops to the edge of the city, said 60 percent of the people who visit the city's coffee shops each year are French or Belgian.

He added that the problem is not the fact the Netherlands has coffee shops, the problem is that other countries don't.

Arjam Roskam, a spokesman for the Cannabis Retailers Association which represents 100 members, said the proposals from the mayors were a step in the right direction.

The government will finalize next year an evaluation of its soft and hard drugs policy and a Justice Ministry spokesman said the proposals from the mayors may be taken into consideration.

(Editing by Diana Abdallah)

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Odd News-Country faces Santa shortage


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BERLIN (Reuters) – Wanted: Cheerful, chubby men, preferably with fluffy white beards and no criminal record, ready to work hard for one month.

Germany is running out of qualified Santa Clauses and needs to recruit and train them fast, a leading job agency says.

Germans are trying to shut out the financial crisis by taking comfort in traditional festivities, and there is an acute shortage of Santas to entertain children at shopping centers, Christmas markets and private parties.

"Being Santa is not an easy job," Jens Wittenberger, in charge of Santa Claus recruitment at the Jobcafe Munich, told Reuters Monday. "To be honest, not many people have what it takes to be a good Father Christmas."

The job center wants its Santas to be child-friendly, good organizers, reliable and have acting skills. They also need a clean police record.

"You can't have your Santa drive up in a car," said Wittenberger. "Every child knows that Santa travels in a sleigh pulled by reindeer so we don't want to disappoint anybody." Santas are told to park their car a few streets away and walk.

"People are turning to traditions to protect their children from the 'evils of the real world', especially in the wake of this financial turmoil," Wittenberger said.

Recruitment sessions are being held in cities across the country, and while the job may be stressful, it's better than being jobless, Wittenberger said.

"Santas can make up to 60 euros ($75) an hour," he said. "That's not bad, is it?"

(Reporting by Josie Cox, editing by Tim Pearce)

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Odd News-Obese have right to two airline seats



OTTAWA (Reuters) – Obese people have the right to two seats for the price of one on flights within Canada, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled on Thursday.

The high court declined to hear an appeal by Canadian airlines of a decision by the Canadian Transportation Agency that people who are "functionally disabled by obesity" deserve to have two seats for one fare.

The airlines had lost an appeal at the Federal Court of Appeal in May and had sought to launch a fresh appeal at the Supreme Court. The court's decision not to hear a new appeal means the one-person-one-fare policy stands.

The appeal had been launched by Air Canada, Air Canada Jazz and WestJet.

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Man Jailed After Trying To Save Pets As Home Burns



ZEPHRYHILLS - Henry Ben Morgan wanted to save his pets. Instead, he ended up in handcuffs and at least three dogs and a cat perished in the blaze that destroyed his home.
Just before 11 a.m. today, firefighters were called to 35615 Chester Drive and arrived 12 minutes later, finding the home engulfed in flames. More.

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Bizarre News-Doctors Find Worm In Woman's Brain


This is Bizarre News!
PHOENIX - Many around this time of year like to preach the importance of washing your hands to avoid the cold or flu. But a Phoenix-area woman is saying dirty hands might be to blame for a rare illness that sent her to the hospital recently.
And after it turned out that a possible brain tumor was just a worm -- yes, a worm -- her doctor agrees. More...

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Flight attendant helped land passenger jet


Flight attendant helped land passenger jet after co-pilot had 'breakdown' over the Atlantic

Ireland - An air hostess helped land a jet carrying 146 passengers after the co-pilot had an apparent mental breakdown over the Atlantic Ocean, investigators revealed today.
The UK-bound plane made an emergency diversion to Shannon Airport, in Ireland, last January after the Air Canada flight officer began a ‘rambling and disjointed’ conversation, said an official report. More...

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Nude pics in phone lost at McDonald's get online


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Here's some food for thought: If you have nude photos of your wife on your cell phone, hang onto it.

Phillip Sherman of Arkansas learned that lesson after he left his phone behind at a McDonald's restaurant and the photos ended up online. Now he and his wife, Tina, are suing the McDonald's Corp., the franchise owner and the store manager.

The suit was filed Friday and seeks a jury trial and $3 million in damages for suffering, embarrassment and the cost of having to move to a new home.

The suit says that Phillip Sherman left the phone the Fayetteville store in July and that employees promised to secure it until he returned.

Manager Aaron Brummley declined to comment, and other company officials didn't return messages.

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

UFO News-Police helicopter narrowly avoids colliding with UFO


UK - The pilot managed to swerve out of the mystery aircraft's way while he was on a routine police surveillance task over the city centre earlier this year. The helicopter was also carrying two police observers during the journey in May.
All three reported seeing a strange aircraft with two continuous blue/green lights.
The incident is detailed in a document compiled by experts from the Airprox Board, which records near misses and reports them to the military and air traffic control units. More...


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Bizarre News-Woman Loses Hands and Feet In Hospital Mistake


New York ― She was a vibrant young mother who went to a Brooklyn hospital for what she thought was a kidney stone. She wound up leaving without her hands and feet because of what her lawyers call a "medical mistake." Now, Tabitha Mullings is suing. The 32-year-old suffered an infection and ended up a quadriplegic with impaired vision. More...

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Odd News-Ohio police nab possible 'Granny Robber' suspect


CINCINNATI – Police in Ohio have arrested a 68-year-old woman on a bank robbery charge — and they want to know if she's the so-called "Granny Robber" they've been seeking since last May.

Police in the southwest Ohio town of Franklin say a woman handed a note to a teller in a Huntington Bank branch Friday and made off with an undisclosed amount of money.

Officers said Barbara Joly of Middletown was arrested a short time later and they say she fit the description of the woman who robbed the bank.

Investigators say Joly had sunglasses and a scarf with her.

They won't say if those items were worn by the robber in Friday's bank holdup, but that is how an older woman was dressed during four bank robberies in the area since May.

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Animal News-Panda in China zoo bites student who wanted a hug


BEIJING – A college student in southern China was bitten by a panda after he broke into the bear's enclosure hoping to get a hug, state media and a park employee said Saturday.

The student was visiting Qixing Park with classmates on Friday when he jumped the 6.5-foot (2-meter) -high fence around the panda's habitat, said the park employee, who refused to give his name.

The park in Guilin, a popular tourist town in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, houses a small zoo and a panda exhibit. It was virtually deserted when the student scaled the fence surrounding the panda, named Yang Yang, the employee said.

He said the student was bitten in the arms and legs. Two foreign visitors who saw the attack ran to get help from workers at a nearby refreshment stand, who notified park officials, the employee said.

The student was pale as he was taken away by medics but appeared clear-headed, he said.

"Yang Yang was so cute and I just wanted to cuddle him. I didn't expect he would attack," the 20-year-old student, surnamed Liu, said in a local hospital, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.

Liu underwent surgery Friday evening and was out of danger, but will remain in the hospital for several days, Xinhua said.

Yang Yang, who was flown to Guilin last year from Sichuan province, was behaving normally on Saturday and did not seem to suffer any negative psychological effects, the park employee said.

He said it was not clear whether the facility would add more signs around the enclosure or put more fences up.

"We cannot make it like a prison. We already have signs up warning people not to climb in," he said. "There are no fences along roads but people know not to cross if there are cars. This is basic knowledge."

Pandas, which generally have a public image as cute, gentle creatures, are nonetheless wild animals that can be violent when provoked or startled.

Last year, a panda at the Beijing Zoo attacked a teenager, ripping chunks out of his legs, when he jumped a barrier while the bear was being fed.

The same panda was in the news in 2006 when he bit a drunk tourist who broke into his enclosure and tried to hug him while he was asleep.The tourist retaliated by biting the bear in the back.

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Friday, November 21, 2008

New Yorker moves to Montana for work - Laid off on first day


BILLINGS - A New Yorker who moved to Montana for work with Stillwater Mining Co. found Monday was his first and last day on the job with the company, which has given layoff notices to hundreds of employees. Sam Gallup, 24, had just finished his initial Stillwater mine shift when he got a recorded telephone message saying he was laid off. More...

Odd News-Playboy Convicted of Throwing Model Girlfriend Off Cliff


Now this is odd news! A Playboy Model!
UK - A British-born playboy has been convicted of murdering his model girlfriend by hurling her from the top of a cliff.
Gordon Wood, 46, was found guilty today of killing 24-year-old model Caroline Byrne and now faces life in prison.
Miss Byrne's body was found 'wedged like a spear' at the bottom of the Gap, a notorious 100ft cliffside suicide spot at the entrance to Australia's Sydney harbour in June 1995. More...
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Cheerleaders indicted in hazing incident - Could face jail time


Texas - Seven Houston-area high school cheerleaders were indicted on hazing charges on Wednesday and could face jail time. The Morton Ranch High School varsity cheerleaders have been accused of restraining several junior varsity cheerleaders, blindfolding them, binding their hands with duct tape and pushing them into a swimming pool at a cheerleader's home on July 25. The charges state that the varsity cheerleaders engaged in reckless conduct that endangered the mental and physical health and safety of the junior varsity cheerleaders. More...

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Bizarre News----Teen Commits Suicide Live on Web Cam - Encouraged by those watching


Bizarre News!!!
Florida - A 19-year-old man has committed suicide live on the internet encouraged by others who were watching, according to reports.
The teenager, named as Abraham K Biggs, from Broward County, Florida, took an overdose of pills while broadcasting himself on Justin.tv, a live video streaming website. More...

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Odd News-Experts call for end of flushing toilets on World Toilet Day


Macau - As the world celebrates World Toilet Day today, sanitation experts have called for the end of the flushing dunny to save water and provide fertilizer for crops. Leading health advocates have called for the use of "dry" toilets which separate urine from faeces and remove the need to flush. Speaking at the recent World Toilet Summit in Macau, World Toilet Organisation founder Jack Sims said the concept of the flushing toilet was unsustainable. More...

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

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Odd News-Police: Man Stole $20,000 Worth Of Wine



Police said they have arrested a Denver man suspected of stealing more than $20,000 worth of wine and selling the pilfered beverages on the Internet.

Investigators said the suspect stole bottles of wine from at least three Denver-area wine stores, including one store, Tipsy's, that recorded the man on security cameras taking three $200 bottles from the fine wines room, KCNC-TV, Denver, reported Monday....More

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Bizarre News-Ind. inmates sneak through ceiling to have sex


BLOOMFIELD, Ind. – Three male and three female inmates at a southern Indiana jail face charges that they devised a way to sneak between cell blocks to help pass their time behind bars by having sex.

The inmates figured out how to remove metal ceiling panels in the Greene County Jail and used the passageway more than a dozen times in September and October, according to court documents.

The men — ages 44, 38 and 17 — and the women — ages 27, 26 and 21 — crawled through the ceiling after midnight, having sexual encounters and drinking homemade alcohol that was found hidden in the male cell block, a police affidavit said.

One male inmate who was not charged said the female inmates would "hang-out, play cards or have sex with some of the male inmates" in their cell block, the affidavit said.

The inmates were able to find a security camera "blind spot" where they could remove ceiling tiles and create a passage between the cell blocks, Sheriff Terry Pierce said Tuesday.

The inmates used a shower drain as a tool to loosen security screws and the ceiling tiles were carefully replaced so they did not appear to be disturbed, Pierce said.

"We could not see it," he said.

The ceiling panels have since been secured, and Pierce said he was seeking funding to improve security at the jail, which was built in 1994 in the city about 25 miles southeast of Bloomington.

Pierce called the inmates' activities "embarrassing" to himself and his staff.

"If your facility has a flaw, if you house prisoners in it, they will show you. They will find it," he said. "We're going to have to find a way to have a better security system."

Prosecutors have filed felony escape charges against the six inmates, who were awaiting trial on a variety of charges. Five of the inmates remain in the Greene County Jail, while one has been transferred to the Monroe County Jail in Bloomington.

Pierce said the investigation is ongoing and other current or former jail inmates may be charged.

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Odd News-Rapper gets 20 years after writing shooting song



DUBLIN, Ga. – He shot a man twice and felt so good about it, police said, a rapper wrote a song describing the shooting and calling out the victim by name. A judge sentenced 25-year-old Rico Todriquez Wright Monday to spend the next 20 years in prison after his victim mentioned the hip hop confession to police.

Chad Blue, 28, told police he had known Wright before the September 2006 shooting, but that the men weren't friendly. He testified companions egged Wright on as he chased and shot his victim in the thigh and groin.

Later, Blue told police he recognized Wright's voice on a CD, rapping "Chad Blue knows how I shoot."

Wright was sentenced to 20 years for two counts of aggravated assault. He will spend another 20 years on probation.
Information from: The Courier Herald

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