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Monday, September 14, 2015

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Today in History

1146 Zangi of the Near East is murdered. The Sultan Nur ad-Din, his son, pursues the conquest of Edessa.
1321 Dante Alighieri dies of malaria just hours after finishing writing Paradiso.
1544 Henry VIII’s forces take Boulogne, France.
1773 Russian forces under Aleksandr Suvorov successfully storm a Turkish fort at Hirsov, Turkey.
1791 Louis XVI swears his allegiance to the French constitution.
1812 Napoleon Bonaparte’s invasion of Russia reaches its climax as his Grande Armee enters Moscow–only to find the enemy capital deserted and burning, set afire by the few Russians who remained.
1814 Francis Scott Key writes the words to the "Star Spangled Banner" as he waits aboard a British launch in the Chesapeake Bay for the outcome of the British assault on Fort McHenry during the War of 1812.
1847 U.S. forces under Gen. Winfield Scott capture Mexico City, virtually bringing the two-year Mexican War to a close.
1853 The Allies land at Eupatoria on the west coast of Crimea.
1862 At the battles of South Mountain and Crampton’s Gap, Maryland Union troops smash into the Confederates as they close in on what will become the Antietam battleground.
1901 Theodore Roosevelt is sworn in as the 26th President of the United States upon the death of William McKinley, who was shot eight days earlier.
1911 Russian Premier Piotr Stolypin is mortally wounded in an assassination attempt at the Kiev opera house.
1943 German troops abandon the Salerno front in Italy..
1960 Iraq, Iran, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia form OPEC.
1966 Operation Attleboro, designed as a training exercise for American troops, becomes a month-long struggle against the Viet Cong.
1975 Mother Elizabeth Ann Seton becomes the first native-born American saint in the Roman catholic cult.
1979 Nur Muhammad Taraki, president and former prime minister of Afghanistan, is assassinated in a coup in which prime minister Hafizullah Amin seizes power.
1982 Bachir Gemayel, president-elect of Lebanon, is killed along with 26 others in a bomb blast in Beirut.
1984 Joe Kittinger, a former USAF fighter pilot during the Vietnam War, becomes the first person to pilot a gas balloon solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
1994 Major League Baseball players strike over a salary cap and other proposed changes, forcing the cancellation of the entire postseason and the World Series.
2007 Northern Rock Bank suffers the UK’s first bank run in 150 years.


It's often assumed to be synonymous with witchcraft, but proponents of Wicca claim their pagan religion is misunderstood.

Remember The Warriors

The Making of a Cult Classic
It’s been 36 years since The Warriors made the rounds in theaters. Some of the cast members are heading to a reunion this Sunday at the Warriors Festival in Coney Island. In addition to reminiscing about old times together, they’ll probably talk about how fantastical the film seems now, because New York City now is nothing like it was in the ‘70s. When they filmed The Warriors on the city streets at night, those streets were anything but safe.
In the late Seventies, Paramount was notorious for being one of the toughest Hollywood studios to work for; they wanted their films made fast and cheap. To be a Warrior would mean running all night, every night, through the sweltering summer streets of Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx. It would mean showing up for work at six in the evening and not wrapping until the crew could see the sun rise over the East River. It would mean hopping subway turnstiles and enduring the taunts of the local street gangs. The line separating art and life would become blurred, the making of the film an adventure in and of itself.
"I was really going to put them through it out there," [director Walter] Hill remembers. "You never quite knew what you were going to run into."
The producers ended up paying various street gangs for enough peace to complete the movie. There were times when the young actors actually had to fight the locals, but some of them were pretty streetwise, having grown up in the same type of culture. And there were plenty of other challenges in bringing The Warriors to the big screen. The Village Voice talked to several actors and crew members about the experience, in an oral history of The Warriors.

11 Popular Restaurant Chicken Dishes, Hacked

Not everyone has the time and money to go to their restaurant of choice when hit with a craving for one of their dishes. It can be a money saver in the long run to learn to approximate some of your favorite restaurant fare at home.
This article lists eleven "hacked" recipes for popular restaurant chicken dishes. Take your pick and serve up something fun for the kids. Or better yet, treat your date, partner or spouse to something restaurant quality while keeping the par-tay at home.

Alzheimer's By Accident

The findings do NOT suggest the disease is contagious, but rather may have been transferred during a banned medical procedure.

The U.S. Is Still Sweating Out Heat Waves In September

Cage used to restrain boy with autism at school

A photo of a cage used to restrain a young boy with autism at a school in Canberra, Australia, has become public, against the ACT (Australian Capital Territory) Education Minister's wishes. Constructed of blue metal pool fencing, the two-meter by two-meter cage clearly has a roof and a rear door - which was able to be latched shut. The cage was built by an external contractor with $5,195 of school funds. It stood for 14 days at a school in Canberra's south before it was ordered to be dismantled in March by the ACT Education and Training Directorate. On Tuesday ACT Education Minister Joy Burch called the cage "disgusting" and said a government investigation had found the school's principal was solely responsible for approving its construction.
The principal was stood down from her role and will not be able to teach in a government school again, however she will continue working for the Education and Training Directorate. Ms Burch criticized media organizations for publishing the photo of the cage. In a statement Ms Burch said she believed publishing the photo was heartbreaking for the boy's family and emotionally damaging for other parties involved. "I accept that the community rightly wanted answers as to how such a structure came to be," she said.
"Publishing this photo does not assist in getting to the truth or add any more insight as to why it was constructed." Parents had previously complained they were kept in the dark about the investigation into the cage and when it was going to be finalized. Ms Burch acknowledged that the time taken to complete the investigation had been extremely frustrating. "The length of time this has taken did not meet community expectations or my expectations as Minister," she said.

Ohio religio-wingnuts think trans elementary student using girls’ bathroom is violating their ‘christian rights’

Ohio parents voice concerns about transgender student to school board (WOWK)

Why Arkansas Might End Up With A Statue Of Satan On Its Capitol Grounds

Man stabbed after finding wife naked in bed with father-in-law

Police in Oakland County, Michigan, say a man was stabbed by his father-in-law after finding the 47-year-old naked in bed with his wife - the man’s own daughter - and the older man is now behind bars. The incident unfolded just after 3:30am on Saturday at a home in Pontiac.
A 25-year-old man told police that he had arrived home and discovered his wife and her father completely nude, laying together in bed. The man woke up his father-in-law and got into an altercation that continued outside of the home. That’s when the older man, since identified by police as Henry Allen Michael of Detroit, allegedly stabbed the younger man in the back with a knife. After the stabbing, Michael got into his son-in-law’s vehicle and fled the scene.
Deputies were dispatched to McLaren Hospital after the man arrived with a non-life threatening stab wound that possibly perforated his right lung. After interviewing the victim, deputies located his wife. The 24-year-old woman told police that she and her father were out drinking and when she arrived back at the house, she passed out. She did not know what had happened until her husband woke her up, police said.
The woman told police she had reason to believe that she was sexually assaulted and was examined by hospital staff. She was transported to the Haven START Program for further examination before being taken to a relative’s home. Michael, who was staying at the couple’s home after being released from prison, was later arrested and is lodged at the Oakland County Jail on pending charges. An investigation is ongoing.

Texas cop fires gun into wall in anger after server tells him to stop groping her

Temple Police Officer Kenneth Lee Sheka (Facebook)
Temple Police Officer Kenneth Lee Sheka, 28, was attending a law enforcement convention.

New Department of Justice Guidelines Tell Prosecutors To Go After Individuals

Manipulating The Markets - High Speed Trading

Manipulating The Markets- High Speed Trading The huge swings in stock prices up and down that have occurred several times daily are most likely due to market manipulation by high speed traders, who exacerbate any volatility that might be present normally.

300 Businesses Oppose Drilling In The Atlantic: ‘It’s A Reckless Gamble’

Businesses depend on a steady stream of tourists to keep revenues up, and they worry that an oil spill would cause visitors to avoid the Atlantic Coast.

El Niño

Sea surface temperature in the equatorial Pacific Ocean (NOAA)
As the summer ends, heat is dominating the meteorological landscape, with the warmest month ever recorded and the drought continuing unabated in California. At the same time, it is clear that an El Niño is building.

The Last Surviving 9/11 Rescue Dog Returns to New York

In September of 2001, Denise Corliss of Texas Task Force 1 and her trained search and rescue dog Bretagne answered the call to come to New York City and search the ruins of the World Trade Center, first for survivors, then for bodies. Bretagne later helped in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Ivan, and retired at age nine. The golden retriever still volunteers for light duty at an elementary school.
Fourteen years later, Bretagne is the last known living of the hundreds of service dogs who worked the site. BarkPost and 1 Hotels teamed up to bring Bretagne and Denise back to New York for the dog’s 16th birthday celebration! Other sponsors joined in to make the trip special. Bretagne rode around in a limousine, frolicked at the park, and enjoyed a birthday party with cake and gifts. That’s a good dog.

Clever Monkey Learns How to Use Tools ... To Pick Her Nose

The task is not an easy one: the monkey must deliver the contents of her nose into her mouth for consumption. You might use your finger for that task. But the capuchin monkey is more clever than you. She uses a stick.
This is an adult female bearded capuchin monkey (Sapajus libidinosus)--an animal clearly ready to challenge humanity for dominance. With their advanced nose picking technology, the capuchins are already the equal of humans, if not our superiors. Science News reports on this startling finding from Brazil:
For about five minutes, an adult female bearded capuchin (Sapajus libidinosus) in northeastern Brazil repeatedly inserted a twig or stem into its nostril, usually inducing a sneeze. The monkey also rubbed sticks back and forth against the base of its teeth, probably to dislodge debris, Haslam and Oxford colleague Tiago Falótico report in the July Primates. After picking its nose or teeth, the monkey often licked the tool tip, perhaps to wipe the stick clean.

Animal News

Affectionately named Pinky, the blush-colored creature was first spotted in 2007 in Louisiana.
The longest running coastal shark research survey along the East Coast completes its field work and shows increasing numbers.
A species of remarkably faithful penguins may have found the secret to monogamy -- plenty of time spent very far apart.
Sperm whales create social cliques based on a shared dialect of vocal clicks, evidence that humans are not alone in having culture.
The two-inch spider is believed to be from the Hadronyche genus, which typically lives in trees.

Animal Pictures