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Friday, April 29, 2016

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Today in History

1289
Qalawun, the Sultan of Egypt, captures Tripoli.
1429
Joan of Arc leads French forces to victory over English at Orleans.
1624
Louis XIII appoints Cardinal Richelieu chief minister of the Royal Council of France.
1661
The Chinese Ming dynasty occupies Taiwan.
1672
King Louis XIV of France invades the Netherlands.
1813
Rubber is patented.
1852
The first edition of Peter Roget’s Thesaurus is published.
1856
Yokut Indians repel a second attack by the ‘Petticoat Rangers,’ a band of civilian Indian fighters at Four Creeks, California.
1858
Austrian troops invade Piedmont.
1859
As the French army races to support them and the Austrian army mobilizes to oppose them, 150,000 Piedmontese troops invade Piedmontese territory.
1861
The Maryland House of Delegates votes against seceding from Union.
1862
Forts Philip and Jackson surrender to Admiral David Farragut outside New Orleans.
1913
Gideon Sundback of Hoboken patents the all-purpose zipper.
1916
Irish nationalists surrender to the British in Dublin.
1918
America’s WWI Ace of Aces, Eddie Rickenbacker, scores his first victory with the help of Captain James Norman Hall.
1924
Open revolt breaks out in Santa Clara, Cuba.
1927
Construction of the Spirit of St. Louis is completed.
1930
The film All Quiet on the Western Front, based on Erich Maria Remarque’s novel Im Western Nichts Neues, premiers.
1945
The German Army in Italy surrenders unconditionally to the Allies.
1945
The Nazi concentration camp of Dachau is liberated by Allied troops.
1946
Former Japanese leaders are indicted in Tokyo as war criminals.
1975
The U.S. embassy in Vietnam is evacuated as North Vietnamese forces fight their way into Saigon.
1983
Harold Washington is sworn in as Chicago’s first black mayor.
1992
Four Los Angeles police offices are acquitted of charges stemming from the beating of Rodney King. Rioting ensues.

The True Cost of a Cheap Meal

Why, in Heaven's Name, Aren't Teeth Considered Part of Our Health?

Honolulu may give quarter million dollars to help megacult get even more mega

Two members of the Honolulu City Council want to give a quarter of a million dollars of taxpayer money to a 'christian' megacult.

Scientology Honcho Miscavige Threatens to Sue Own Father to Block Book That Would Finally Bring Down 'Cult'

Michigan teacher says she was fired for saying ‘vagina’ during lecture on Georgia O’Keefe

Allison Wint, who had been substitute teaching at Harper Creek Middle School since January, was discussing controversy in art when she held up some prints of O’Keefe’s work.

Alabama town passes ordinance to jail trans people caught using the bathroom in Target

Woman sitting on the toilet (Shutterstock)
An Alabama town slapped the invisible hand of the free market with an ordinance aimed at Target — which has welcomed transgender customers to use whichever restroom they wish.

Bundy lawyer urged militia supporters to flood government offices in act of ‘mass harassment’

Ethics complaints have been filed against the attorney representing Ammon Bundy, who in January led an armed take-over of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon.

Wingnut child molester Hastert sentenced to two years supervised release

Dennis Hastert (Wikipedia Commons)
Wingnut child molester Hastert was sentenced to two years supervised release Wednesday for breaking federal banking rules in an attempt to cover up decades of sexual abuse.

The Legal Argument That Could Overturn ‘Right-to-Work’ Laws Around the Country

Why Portland, Maine Is Currently Exhibit A in How Undemocratic Austerity Drives Can Make America's Opioid Crisis Even Worse

The Supreme Court Just Reacquainted This Police Department With The First Amendment

Police seek owner of mystery box

Police in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire are trying to solve the mystery of a box that was found on the side of the road in Bristol. They want to know where this box came from and who it belongs to. The wooden box has a gold-colored metallic overlay.
“It's fairly large, has a lot of emblems on it. It looks ancient, but I don't believe it’s that old,” said Officer Nicholas Kelley. Police received a phone call from a concerned passer-by who spotted it about two weeks ago, not knowing whether it was trash or treasure. Police said the box measures nearly two feet wide and features what looks like a family dining together on the front.
The box was basically empty, except for a red bow, some lint and a “Made in England” sticker that police said could have transferred from another item. “I have no idea. It’s probably just some family heirloom that was probably taken from someone's home,” said Kelley. Police say the mystery box could be part of a crime, stolen from a seasonal home, emptied and then dumped.

“We believe it may have been burglarized from a home, and the people haven't come up yet and hopefully people will see it and know it’s theirs,” said Kelley. Kelley said the box could be special to someone, especially if it was passed down. Bristol police are seeking the rightful owner to solve the case.

Woman surprised to find that her dead mother's bank account was overdrawn by $99 billion

The daughter of a woman from Chicago Heights, Illinois, who passed away last month received an interesting message from Chase Bank recently. “Your checking account has a negative balance of $99,999,999,545.90”

When Plants Are Cut, They Bleed, Sort Of

Find out what happens when a plant is cut. It's some crazy stuff.

Earth News

A lake, and large canyon system, under the Antarctic life may harbor life. 
The extensive reef stretches 600 miles along the Brazil–French Guiana border.

No Brain? No Problem! Slime Mold Can Learn

Slime mold, a unicellular organism at the bottom of the food chain, can learn, a finding that has important implications for understanding the evolution of learning, as well as how many creatures can be 'smart' and successful without a brain. 
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Slime Mold Can Learn ... 
That Puts Slime Mold One Up On Wingnuts

Animal News

The towering and shaggy Wookiee character Chewbacca from the 'Star Wars' movies has a new namesake: a tiny weevil.
Communal living and free love were all the rage in the 1960s, but scientists have discovered a species of bird that still enjoys such a life.
At least some sea animals that regularly feed on the algae seem to experience a temporary high.
When catsharks glow, they become easier to see, the deeper they swim. And all of that glowing might help the sharks recognize each other.

Animal Pictures