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Today in History

1223 In France, Louis VIII succeeds his father, Philip Augustus.
1430 Joan of Arc, taken prisoner by the Burgundians in May, is handed over to Pierre Cauchon, the bishop of Beauvais.
1456 Hungarians defeat the Ottomans at the Battle of Belgrade, in present-day Yugoslavia.
1536 France and Portugal sign the Treaty of Lyons, aligning themselves against Spain.
1789 The Bastille, a fortress in Paris used to hold political prisoners, is stormed by a mob.
1798 The Sedition Act is passed by the U.S. Congress.
1864 At Harrisburg, Mississippi, Federal troops under General Andrew Jackson Smith repulse an attack by General Nathan Bedford Forrest.
1900 European Allies retake Tientsin, China, from the rebelling Boxers.
1933 Nazi Germany promulgates the Law for the Protection of Hereditary Health–the beginning of the Euthanasia program.
1940 A force of German bombers attacks Suez, Egypt, from bases in Crete.
1941 Vichy French Foreign Legionaries sign an armistice in Damascus, allowing them to join the Free French Foreign Legion.
1945 American battleships and cruisers bombard the Japanese home islands for the first time.
1951 The George Washington Carver National Monument in Joplin, Missouri becomes the first national park honoring an African American.
1964 The United States sends 600 more troops to Vietnam.

Religio-wingnut 'christian' ‘expert’ on feminism insists that submitting to marital rape makes jesus happy

This is the “biblical” advice married couples who seek 'christian' counseling for relational problems encounter on a daily basis.

9 Facts That Westboro baptist cult Would Rather You Not Know About Them

9 Facts That Westboro Baptist Church Would Rather You Not Know About ThemWho are Westboro baptist cult? How can they afford to travel around and picket?

Human News

Why are some people racist, but others are not?
The world’s collective disbelief with America’s gun culture is most strongly voiced after tragic shooting incidents.
Human hair comes in a variety of colors; including brown, blonde and black. Why doesn’t it occur as blue or green?
How much of a role can culture play on mental health? Apparently enough that many cultures have their own unique mental disorders.

Meanwhile in Burlingame, California

At 7:22pm on July 2, a person waiting for a pizza to be delivered to an address on Murchison Drive, called police.
They said that when the delivery driver arrived a neighbor took it.
An officer responded, determined the person's complaint was unfounded, and that the neighbor had also ordered pizza.
At 8:03pm on July 2, another person, also of Murchison Drive, wrongly accused of pizza theft reported being upset.

Homeowner claims contractor stole his roof

A Florida homeowner claims a contractor stole the roof off his home as payback for a fight about money. While police are investigating the claims, the contractor says he’s completely in the clear. “It’s my castle, and he’s taken something that’s mine,” said Mike Fink of Fort Myers. “I had a roof. It’s gone,” said Fink.
Fink is in the process of restoring his home. He says he signed a contract with Nastar Roofing of Cape Coral to replace the old shingle roof with a new metal one. “My general contractor selected them. He’s had other jobs with them in the past,” said Fink. But after paying Nastar Roofing in full, Fink says the company’s owner William Skaggs demanded more money after crews had to remove the new roof so the general contractor could make other repairs.
Fink refused, and the next day his roof was gone. “I was furious that somebody came on my property, and took something that I paid for,” said Fink. Fink claims a witness saw the roofer’s truck sitting in the driveway the morning the roof was stolen. But the roofer denies those claims. “I was blown away. I had no idea what they were talking about,” said William Skaggs, Jr.

Skaggs acknowledged he though his company was owed more money, but says the general contractor agreed to pay him later. “None of my men, none of my staff would take panels off a roof. It makes absolutely no sense,” said Skaggs. But attorneys say even if Skaggs was owed more money, the cost should’ve been included in the initial price. “From a homeowner’s perspective, when you get a contract from a company claiming they’re going to do X, Y and Z, you expect them to do X, Y and Z,” said attorney Lance Dunford.

Woman hospitalized after drinking air freshener she mistook for moonshine

A woman from Appling, Georgia, was hospitalised on Monday morning after she reportedly drank air freshener that she had mistaken for moonshine.
According to an incident report from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, 57-year-old Neil Berry of Appling came home on Sunday night to find his wife, 59-year-old Sandra Berry, in his home. The couple are reportedly separated. Mrs Berry told Mr Berry that she drank something from a plastic bottle under a cabinet labelled “Apple Cinnamon.”
She believed it to be moonshine. Mr Berry informed her that what she had drank was in fact, car air freshener. Mrs. Berry reportedly sat down because she had become dizzy. While Mr Berry began researching the effects of drinking air freshener, Mrs Berry reportedly collapsed from her chair.
Mr Berry then called the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and put his wife in his vehicle to meet with deputies at a nearby parking lot. When deputies met them, Mrs. Berry was reportedly slumped over in the back seat of the vehicle and had labored breathing. Emergency responders transported Mrs Berry to Doctor’s Hospital.

Drunk teenager who crashed his father's car into house avoids jail but has pocket money stopped

A drunk teenager who smashed his father’s £100,000 sports car into an elderly couple’s house, causing £25,000 worth of damage, has avoided a jail sentence. But Birmingham Crown Court heard Harry Bishop’s pocket money had been stopped by his furious father, who also banned him from going on holiday. The 19-year-old was twice the drink-drive limit when he crashed the Audi R8 into Harold and Janet Perry’s house as they were sleeping. It happened less than 100 meters from his own home in Sutton Coldfield at 4.30am on May 2.
Bishop awoke his father Martin and told him: ‘I have just crashed your car into a house’ before they returned to the scene. Recorder Anthony Warner handed the IT apprentice a 15-month suspended sentence after he admitted aggravated vehicle taking, drink driving and driving without insurance at an earlier hearing. He also ordered Bishop to carry out 200 hours unpaid work and placed him under an electronically-monitored curfew for three months. The teenager was banned from the roads for two-and-a-half years. The judge told Bishop: “You demonstrated a quite fantastic lapse of judgement in the moment you decided to get into your father’s car. I have no doubt you feel shame and disgrace.”
The judge said Bishop was only saved from an immediate jail term by his positive references and burgeoning IT career. He added: “For you, going to prison would have a disastrous effect. I don’t consider any public interest would be served by sending you to prison now.” Bishop, of Netherstone Grove, Four Oaks, lives just a stone’s throw from the Perrys’ house in Hill Hook Road. The court heard 72-year-old Mr Perry and his 71-year-old wife were likely to sue to recover their costs. Bishop had an allowance from his parents stopped and was banned from going on holiday with friends after the crash. The court heard he was surviving on £100-week-wages and had been ordered to carry out more chores at home.
Naomi Gilchrist, defending, said: “For a defendant who is simply not given to criminal behavior the embarrassment, shame and fear of such proceedings can not be underestimated. He has felt all three in spades. He completely accepts responsibility for his actions and is genuinely remorseful. His father, while supportive, was angry and disappointed. He no longer receives an allowance to top up his apprenticeship pay. It is a full-time position and reflects pay of around £2.30 an hour.” Ms Gilchrist said Bishop had been looking forward to the holiday with pals but had been told he could not go. “He has accepted that without question,” she said. It was also heard Bishop had apologized in person to Mr and Mrs Perry and had offered to help them in any way he could.

Woman accused of setting up elaborate sound system to harass neighbor

A Florida woman said her life was turned upside down because of the noise coming from her upstairs neighbors condo. “I had to wear earplugs to sleep and noise-cancelling headphones just to talk around in the condo,” said the woman, who did not want to be identified. The victim said the noise would rattle her condo in Dr. Phillips, Orange County, at different times throughout the day.
Investigators said a system with speakers was set up so that the suspect, Marianna Seachrist, 41, could set the noise off anywhere, anytime and with a smartphone. Seachrist’s downstairs neighbor said she never expected the noise from the condo above to affect her life so much. “You couldn’t sit at the dining room table. You couldn’t be in the kitchen. I had to wear foam earplugs,” the neighbor said.
She said the noise would sometimes shake the walls. Deputies responded at least eight times to Seachrist's condo, and sometimes, they heard the noise as well. But Seachrist would never be home or didn’t answer. Residents started keeping a detailed log and eventually got an injunction. When the noise didn’t stop, deputies got a search warrant and forced their way through the front door last week.
They found three low-frequency speakers hooked up to an amplifier and a tablet playing an MP3 on loop. Deputies said the subwoofers were facing down on the floor with dumbbells holding them down and could be activated with a smartphone. They believe Seachrist purposely set it up the elaborate system to bother the neighbors. The investigators wrote in their report they were shocked by the set up upstairs. Seachrist is facing a charge of aggravated stalking. She has since bonded out of jail.
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Man left baby unattended in buggy to urinate on railway station seats and steal bicycle

Police are searching for a man who left a baby unattended while he urinated at a railway station before stealing a teenager’s bicycle. British Transport Police (BTP) are appealing for information about the incident which happened at Coryton railway station in Cardiff, Wales, on Saturday, May 30, at about 7.45pm.
PC Chris Jones, who is investigating the incident, said: “The victim, a 15-year-old boy, locked his mountain bike to a lamp post at the station. However, when he returned later in the day, he discovered it had been stolen. “CCTV inquiries show a man entering the station with a baby in a pushchair.
“A short time later, he urinates on the seats in the waiting shelter before proceeding to rip a bicycle free of its lock. While stealing the bike, the child was left unattended in the pushchair, just a few feet away from the track. He then finishes a drink he had with him and throws the empty can on the floor before leaving the station with the stolen bike.”

Having followed a number of lines of inquiry, including circulating images on police intelligence databases and to rail staff in the area, officers have now released the footage in a bid to identify the man. The stolen Saracen mountain bike, which was black and white with front suspension, was worth around £300.

The Secrets of …

From international trade secrets to old family cookbooks, here are the stories behind five famous secret recipes. 

Roman Concrete

Roman concrete, one of the world's most durable compounds, closely resembles the rock formed in the depths of a dormant supervolcano in Italy.

Archaeologists scour half-buried Marden Henge for answers to mystery of Stonehenge

"Beautiful view of Stonehenge site" on Shutterstock
“We’ve over-fetishized Stonehenge for far too long, because those giant trilithons are just so damn impressive,” said Dr Jim Leary, director of this summer’s excavation with the Reading University archaeology summer school, in the lush Vale of Pewsey. “It could well be that this was really where it was at in the Neolithic.”

Earth News

What would 2 degrees Celsius of warming mean for the future and heritage of the United States? A map we don't recognize.
Hundreds of wildfires are burning in Alaska and Canada, consuming more than 5 million acres of forest.
History shows it doesn't take as much of a global temperature increase to cause a big rise in sea levels.
The desiccating Santa Ana winds of California may be blasting the land with fire-enhancing ozone carried all the way down from the stratosphere.
As far as bizarre waterways go, Bolivia's Laguna Colorada is in a class by itself.

Astronomical News

As NASA's New Horizons spacecraft barrels toward Pluto, rapidly approaching its close encounter on July 14, long-distance reconnaissance by the probe is revealing a fascinating planetary surface.
Astronomers convened to present the latest findings on just about everything under the sun, and well beyond our solar system.
A new-found giant black hole nearly as massive as 7 billion suns is dozens of times larger than astronomers expected given its host galaxy's size, researchers say.

Animal News

Relative to their size, giant pandas have a smaller brain, liver and kidneys than other bears and they have extremely low thyroid hormone levels.
Some carnivorous plants ‘talk back’ to bats using the flying mammals’ own communication system.
A great white shark in Mossel Bay, South Africa, steals the limelight from its friend.
Like many other species, sharks face the looming threat of climate and its impact on oceans. Here's how warmer, acidic waters could affect them. 

Warning after puppy swallowed whole tennis ball

An 11-months-old puppy that swallowed a tennis ball is recovering after being saved by the vets. The Dogue De Bordeaux called Zeus, of Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, was enjoying a run on the beach when he spotted another dog playing with the ball. Zeus made a grab for it and accidentally gulped it down.
A couple of days later Zeus had gone off his food and started being sick, so worried owner Richard Waugh, 53, rushed him to Gateshead PDSA Pet Hospital. Vets there took X-rays to determine where the ball was and decided emergency surgery was needed, as he had become dangerously ill. Gateshead PDSA senior vet, Catriona Atkinson, said: “Without surgery, it is highly likely that Zeus would have died.
“As with all major operations, there are risks, but it was the only option.” Emergency surgery was carried out and the tennis ball was removed intact. Zeus’s operation went “extremely well” and he was kept in overnight for observation. He quickly bounced back to health, and has returned to his lovable self. Mr Waugh said: “Zeus is a big softie and loves meeting other dogs while out on walks.
“I couldn’t believe it when he swallowed the ball.” This was the second time that Zeus had wolfed down a ball. When he was four-months-old, he found a discarded ball in the park, but nature took its course. The PDSA is urging pet owners to think twice about letting their dogs play with tennis balls, as every year the charity treats cases – ranging from broken teeth and eye injuries to intestinal blockages.

Man found drunk and naked in hog barn said 'I just like pigs'

A man from Manor Township, Pennsylvania, has been charged with trespassing on a neighbor's farm after police found him drunk and naked in a hog barn.
Larry William Henry, 65, is charged with indecent exposure, criminal trespass and public drunkenness regarding the incident. Henry was previously banned from being on the farm after he was found trespassing there in 2011.
However, police allege, Henry broke the order and was naked with pigs inside a barn on the night of June 26. "I just like pigs," Henry told officers who asked why he was there.
Police noticed an odor and alcohol, and Henry admitted to drinking a six-pack of "Hamm's beer made by Miller Brewing Company." Henry, who lives nearby the farm, was charged on Wednesday and is free on $25,000 unsecured bail.

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