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Friday, October 9, 2015

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Today in History

28 BC The Temple of Apollo is dedicated on the Palatine Hill in Rome.
1470 Henry VI of England restored to the throne.
1760 Austrian and Russian troops enter Berlin and begin burning structures and looting.
1779 The Luddite riots being in Manchester, England in reaction to machinery for spinning cotton.
1781 Americans begin shelling the British surrounded at Yorktown.
1825 The first Norwegian immigrants to America arrive on the sloop Restaurationen.
1863 Confederate cavalry raiders return to Chattanooga after attacking Union General William Rosecrans’ supply and communication lines all around east Tennessee.
1888 The Washington Monument, designed by Robert Mills, opens to the public.
1914 Germans take Antwerp, Belgium, after 12-day siege.
1934 In Marseilles, a Macedonian revolutionary associated with Croat terrorists in Hungary assassinates King Alexander of Yugoslavia and French Foreign Minister Louis Barthou. The two had been on a tour of European capitals in quest of an alliance against Nazi Germany. The assassinations bring the threat of war between Yugoslavia and Hungary, but confrontation is prevented by the League of Nations.
1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt requests congressional approval for arming U.S. merchant ships.
1946 Eugene O’Neill’s play The Iceman Cometh opens at the Martin Beck Theatre in New York.
1949 Harvard Law School begins admitting women.
1950 U.N. forces, led by the First Cavalry Division, cross the 38th parallel in South Korea and begin attacking northward towards the North Korean capital of Pyongyang.
1983 The president of South Korea, Doo Hwan Chun, with his cabinet and other top officials are scheduled to lay a wreath on a monument in Rangoon, Burma, when a bomb explodes. Hwan had not yet arrived so escaped injury, but 17 Koreans–including the deputy prime minister and two other cabinet members–and two Burmese are killed. North Korea is blamed.
1999 Last flight of the Lockheed SR-71 "Blackbird" stealth reconnaissance aircraft.
2006 North Korea reportedly tests its first nuclear device.

The Warriors: Last Subway Ride Home

We told you about the Warriors Festival a couple of weeks ago, with the original movie cast reuniting for an appearance. How did that go? The actors from the 1979 film The Warriors arrived by the Q train, of course, recreating the journey in the movie in which they left the city gang wars to return to their home turf on Coney Island. Rolling Stone followed along with cameras. It was a little different this time around.
For one thing, the subway cars are no longer covered in graffiti. There was no turnstile-jumping, of course. And along the way, they met fans of the movie and even modern day gang members! See more videos of the event at Rolling Stone.

Elderly McDonald's Customer Couldn't Feed Himself, So a Cashier Helped Him

Facebook user Destiny Carreno of Chicago stopped by a local McDonald's during the lunchtime rush on September 16. As you might expect, the staff was slammed trying to keep up with all of the orders.
An elderly man in a wheelchair ordered a meal, but lacked the muscular control necessary to eat it. That's when one of the cashiers shut down his register, put on gloves, then helped the man eat. Carreno writes:
I had to stick around and see how this would play out, especially since it hit me so close to home with my own uncle.
The cashier came out from the kitchen, sat down, and began cutting the man’s meal and helped him eat.
This employee, who put everything on hold for this man, went above and beyond his responsibilities to help this handicapped customer out. That was the kindest and most humble thing I had ever seen.

US Drug Company Becomes International Embarrassment By Suing Canada For Selling Meds Too Cheaply

Prescription drug prices in the U. S. continue to soar. Pharmaceutical companies deploy armies of lobbyists and lawyers, and pile up $270 billion in sales. Image: Chris Potter @ FlickrU.S. drug company is suing Canada for saying its $700,000 drug is too expensive.

Genital Mutilation

Photographer Captures Moments in the Tragic Lives of Child Brides

Mejgon, 16, with her caseworker at a shelter run by Afghan women in Herat, Afghanistan. Mejgon’s father sold her at the age of 11 to a 60-year-old man for two boxes of heroin.
Worldwide, each year a staggering 14.2 million girls under the age of 18 are forced to marry. After learning about heartbreaking cases such as Mejgon's (above photo), National Geographic photographer Stephanie Sinclair set out to document the problems of child brides.
Sinclair's series, "Too Young To Wed," is a campaign to raise awareness and funds for girls who are trapped in child marriages, which can lead to situations such as abuse, death from complications of childbirth and other health issues. Sinclair said,
“I have no idea what became of [Mejgon]. I’m sure it wasn’t good. The fact that I was powerless to do anything about it has been one of the main reasons why I continued the project and why I’m still working on it today.”
See additional pictures and learn more about Sinclair's project here.

The Nepalese wedding ceremony of Niruta, 14. Niruta moved in with the family of Durga, 17, and became pregnant when they were engaged. She was nine months pregnant at her wedding.

Refugee Rights

Europe is faced with the worst refugee crisis since World War II, forcing countries to change their policies toward new faces on their borders.

Where the Children Sleep

It is estimated that two million children have fled from the war in Syria and surrounding countries with or without their families over the past five years. Award-winning photographer Magnus Wennman traveled to various refugee camps and gatherings of refugee groups in many countries to document their plight. A series of his pictures showing where the children sleep is accompanied by their stories at the Swedish site Aftonbladet. Shown above is 5-year-old Lamar, and here’s her story.
Back home in Baghdad, the dolls, the toy train, and the ball are left; Lamar often talks about these items when home is mentioned. The bomb changed everything. The family was on its way to buy food when it was dropped close to their house. It was not possible to live there anymore, says Lamar’s grandmother, Sara. After two attempts to cross the sea from Turkey in a small, rubber boat, they succeeded in coming here to Hungary’s closed border. Now Lamar sleeps on a blanket in the forest, scared, frozen, and sad.
That is only one of 22 such stories in the post. See more of Wennman’s photography at Instagram. Some of it may be disturbing.

City Intentionally Endangered School Kids with Illegal Traffic Signs so Cops Could Write More Tickets

The Evidence was on Facebook

John Mogan and Ashley Duboe were arrested last week in connection with a bank robbery in Asheville, Ohio. The bank was robbed on August 24 when a man wearing a hoodie demanded cash from a teller. Just a few days later, Mogan and Duboe began posting a series of photographs on Facebook featuring Mogan posing with wads of cash.
Mogan is a convicted felon who was just released from prison after serving about five years for robbing a bank in Lancaster, a city 20 miles east of Ashville. A female accomplice was also arrested in connection with Mogan's July 2010 robbery of a Fairfield National Bank branch.
Mogan began serving a three-year parole term immediately following his July 19 release from an Ohio state lockup. The heavily tattooed Mogan has the phrases “Loyalty’s Thin” and “Betrayal’s Thick” on opposite cheeks.
Investigators allege that prior to driving Mogan to the Ashville bank, Duboe applied makeup to his face and neck to cover numerous tattoos.
Mogan and Duboe are being held in the Pickaway County jail in lieu of $250,000 bond. You can see a slideshow of the incriminating images at The Smoking Gun.

Motorist set car and gas pump on fire after trying to kill spider with lighter

A man trying to kill a spider at a gas station in Center Line, Michigan, caused a dangerous fire. Using a lighter to kill the bug, he started a blaze that quickly engulfed the pump.
He somehow escaped serious injury and the station's damage was contained to one pump, which was destroyed. Employee Susan Adams kept calm and hit the fuel automatic stop button and quickly called the Center Line fire department.
The man grabbed a nearby extinguisher and put out the flames before firefighters arrived. Later he admitted what he did, saying he spotted a spider on his gas tank and because he's deathly afraid of them. He pulled out his lighter and decided to burn it. But his embarrassing mistake didn't stop the man from coming back the next day as a customer.
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"He was sorry," Susan said. "He was sorry, he said he didn't know. It is just one of those things that happen - stupidity." Adams said this serves as a reminder about being careful around gas pumps. Whether it is using a cell phone or static electricity, the smallest spark can cause a fire. The accident is expected to be covered by the station's insurance.

Good Guy With A Gun Shoots Carjacking Victim In Head, Runs Away Before Police Arrive

Good Guy With A Gun Shoots Carjacking Victim In Head, Runs Away Before Police Arrive (VIDEO)A “good guy with a gun” accidentally shot a carjacking victim, allowing the criminals to escape — then ran away before police arrived.

Man who tried to open plane door at 30,000ft thinking it was the toilet banned by airline

A hapless passenger has been banned from flying with a major airline for five years after he mistook a jet’s outside door for the toilet. James Gray said airline staff accused him of trying to open the door of the plane he was on while traveling at 30,000ft. However, he claims he only touched the handle after confusing it for the door to the toilet.
James, from Alloa, Scotland, was marched off the KLM flight from Edinburgh to Amsterdam the moment it touched down at Schiphol Airport. He was then whisked away to a nearby detention center where he spent the night before he was fined £434 (600 euros). But when he went to fly home he said KLM staff refused to let him board and said he was banned from flying with them for five years. He only made it back after a pal paid for him to travel with a rival airline.
James said: “The crew told me to stay in my seat and I was to be arrested when the plane landed. I tried to explain it was a simple mistake. It was a misunderstanding. The police came and arrested me. They weren’t too friendly.” James claims he spoke to a translator by phone as he was being interviewed by Dutch police officers. He also had to borrow money after the fine wiped out his holiday funds. He said: “I was charged and fined 600 euros.
"I only had 750 euros with me so I had to borrow money for the rest of the stay over there.” James said he doesn’t know if he will face any further action over the incident but is adamant he wouldn’t dream of opening a plane door on purpose. “I realize the danger of that sort of thing,” he added. A spokeswoman for Schiphol Airport and a spokesperson for the Royal Dutch Border Police both refused to comment. KLM said a passenger had been handed over to authorities due to “his misbehavior” on-board.

Man avoids jail after dry humping woman who complained that he'd urinated over toilet seat

A man “dry humped” a woman after she complained that he had urinated over the toilet seat, a court heard. Oliver Johns, aged 24, sexually assaulted her when she asked him to clean up. Johns also made an indecent suggestion, Plymouth Crown Court heard.
A judge said it was not necessary to send him to prison because he had apologized to the woman by text. Johns, of Greenbank, Devon, admitted sexual assault on May 15. He also pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage when he punched a door two days later. Kelly Scrivener, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said Johns had used a communal lavatory.
She added the woman had asked him to clean up because he had urinated over the seat. Miss Scrivener said Johns exposed himself, made an indecent suggestion and grabbed the woman’s hand. She added they had fallen to the floor and he had “dry humped” her. The court heard that the offense put Johns in breach of a conditional discharge for possession of cannabis imposed two months before.
Recorder Lawrie cut across the defense barrister to say he would follow a recommendation in the probation report. He told Johns: “You were in drink or under the influence of something. You duly apologized. This could have been dealt with by a significant custodial sentence.” He handed the defendant an 11-month community order with probation’s Rehabilitation Activity Requirement. He must also pay £900 criminal court charge and £60 victim surcharge.

Police hunt woman who stole large pink piggy bank from hotel

Police in the Sunbury suburb of Melbourne, Australia, are appealing for public assistance to identify a woman who stole a large pink piggy bank from a hotel last week.
The incident happened at the Sunbury Hotel when the woman approached the cashier’s office on Wednesday 23 September just before 12.30pm.
No one was in the office and the woman was seen on CCTV moving the large pink piggy bank across the counter, closer to the window. The woman then threw a black jacket over the piggy bank, lifted it from the counter and walked away.
The large pink piggy bank collects donations for terminally ill children and their families. The woman is perceived to be Caucasian, aged in her 30s, with brown hair and a medium build. Investigators have released images of the woman they believe may be able to assist them with their inquiry.

Woman fined after recreating Psycho knife scene in prank to give neighbour a fright

A mother-of-two who tried to give her friend a fright by recreating a knife-wielding scene from the film Psycho has been fined more than £400. Lisa Peck knocked on her neighbors door holding a black kitchen knife to scare her. Colchester Magistrates’ Court heard Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 classic Psycho is the favorite film of Peck and her pal. However, another neighbor spotted her through her front window and called the police.
When they arrived, Peck, 36, of Colchester, Essex, was back in her home, but when they searched the house they found a knife on the floor in her hall and she was arrested. Peck admitted possessing an offensive weapon in public when she appeared at Colchester Magistrates' Court. Lesla Small, prosecuting said: “Miss Peck said she thought it would be funny to knock on the door and give her friend a bit of a fright.”
James O'Toole, mitigating, said Peck is extremely remorseful and was under considerable pressure at the time because her two teenage children had moved back in with her after living with their father. He said: “For whatever reason, it came into her head to re-enact a scene from their favorite film, Psycho. It was absolutely stupid and foolish beyond belief. She had absolutely no intention of using the knife and she knows it was absolutely stupid.”
The court heard Peck is a binge drinker rather than someone who has habitual trouble with alcohol. She admitted to being drunk at the time of the incident. Robert Clubb, chairman of the bench, said he accepted Peck’s excuse but added: “The court takes a pretty dim view of someone rushing around with a knife in a public place. However, we are minded to view this in the lowest level of this particular offense.” Peck was ordered to pay £405.

Irate lady kicked woman in the face after victim farted near her

As she was being transported to jail, a Florida woman became “irate” and kicked another female detainee in the face after the victim “‘farted’ near her,” police allege. Jeanelle Callahan, 48, was arrested on Thursday afternoon after she punched her male roommate in the face, according to an arrest affidavit.
Callahan, who was reportedly “highly intoxicated,” left the man with a bloody nose. Following that arrest, Callahan was placed into a jail transport, where she encountered Virginia Turner, 60, who had been arrested for trespassing. Both women were handcuffed in the police vehicle.
En route to the county lockup, “the suspect claimed that Virginia Turner ‘farted’ near her,” reported Officer Stephen Zulauf. Callahan became “irate” and attempted to strike Turner in the face with her elbow. Callahan then “raised her right leg and kicked Virginia Turner’s right side of her face.”
Turner did not fight back during the attack, which was recorded by the vehicle’s camera system. Callahan, who was already facing a battery charge for punching her roommate, was then charged with a second battery count for attacking Turner. Callahan is locked up in the county jail on $1,000 bond.

Quick Hits

Anonymous knocks Saudi government websites offline over plan to publicly crucify man
Soldiers keep girls as young as 12 as sex slaves in South Sudan 'rape camps'
John Oliver busts Fox News using 5-year-old clip of chanting Muslims to create fear of 'terrorist' refugees
Oklahoma man who shot wife is then fatally shot by neighbor
Missouri AG finds no evidence Planned Parenthood mishandled fetal tissue
It is now clear that the hippies won the culture war
Belgian scientists look for biofuel clues in panda poo
Junipero Serra statue at California mission vandalized days after Pope Francis made him a saint
8-year-old girl suspended from school for wearing wrong shade of green
Los Angeles police fatally shoot woman armed with knife
New York woman gets seven years prison for helping inmates escape
Trump Hotel workers use candidate's anti-Latino rhetoric to push for union

How French Artists in 1899 Envisioned Life in the Year 2000

In 1899, 1900, 1901 and 1910, French artists Jean-Marc Côté and other of his contemporaries prepared these illustrations of what life in France would be like in the year 2000. Initially they were printed on paper cards placed in cigarette and cigar boxes; later they were used as artwork on post cards. The first series was created exclusively for the 1900 World Exhibition in Paris.
Some of these now whimsical drawings come close to actual inventions that appeared in future years. Others are simply amusing in their fanciful ideas, such as the "whale bus."
See a collection of these drawings at The Public Domain Review. Via Open Culture

Wild Yeast

Wild strains of yeast could one day help brewers develop new kinds of suds.

Hear the World

Our ancestors apparently had a lot to say 2 million years ago, even if they said it quietly.

Mummy's Kidney

The mummy dates back to some 2,800 years and his kidney was preserved thanks to end-stage renal tuberculosis.

Fossil Michigan

The 93-pound Petoskey stone is a reminder of the state's ancient history as a warm sea.

Martian Water

NASA's Curiosity rover finds nitrogen on Mars, a significant discovery that adds to evidence the Red Planet could once have sustained life (AFP Photo/--)
Liquid water runs down canyons and crater walls over the summer months on Mars, according to researchers who say the discovery raises the odds of the planet being home to some form of life.

Animal News

These cold-blooded behemoths would be ranked contenders in any ring.
The announcement was welcomed by conservationists, who, citing its detrimental impact on wildlife, have long been pushing for an all-out ban.
Viruses have just joined the tree of life in a dramatic way -- they even predate modern cells.
A new way of drinking has just been discovered, providing certain bats with a quirky claim to animal fame.

Dog Gently Covers Sleeping Baby

Papa Dog loves his puppy, even though he's not blood kin. It takes a pack to raise one, you know. So he makes sure that the vulnerable infant stays warm while napping.

This Monkey Looks Like Wolverine

On the left is Marvel superhero Wolverine. On the right is a Wolf's mona monkey (Cercopithecus wolfi) photographed by Lessy Sebastian. Comic Book Resources points out that they're almost mirror images! If Marvel ever creates an alternate universe in which the X-Men are lower primates, then the Wolf's mona monkey is ready for a starring role.
But wait--Marvel apparently already has! Now it's time for Marvel Apes to be a movie trilogy.

Zoo meerkat-keeper glassed monkey-keeper in the face over love rival llama-keeper

A London zoo love triangle between keepers of meerkats, monkeys and llamas led to bloody fight at a Christmas party, a court has heard. Caroline Westlake, who worked in the meerkat enclosure, was convicted on Friday of assault by beating after glassing her colleague, Kate Sanders, in the face.
Sanders, who cared for the attraction’s monkeys, and Westlake came to blows in the zoo’s Prince Albert Suite after a row over llama-keeper Adam Davies, who dated Sanders for five years but after they split started a relationship with Westlake. Sanders saw the couple together for the first time at the Christmas party on 8 December and made a derisory comment about Westlake’s appearance. Her comments sparked an argument that ended with Sanders being struck in the face with a wine glass, for which she required stitches.
Westlake, from Banstead in Surrey, denied one count of assault by beating but was found guilty at Westminster magistrates court. The 30-year-old, who worked at the zoo for four and a half years, was sacked from her job looking after the meerkats and the rainforest zone. Sanders, from north London, was given a final warning and banned from Zoological Society of London events for two years as a result of the fight. Sanders earlier told the court of her shock when blood came pouring out of her mouth during the fight. “Things were being said on both sides that shouldn’t have been said,” she said.
“I told her I’d seen a text she sent him asking him out for a drink while we were still dating and the next thing I know I was hit in the face with something very hard. I was hit on the left cheek and from the feeling it was a glass and had come from a low position. I was extremely shocked when it hit me. I tried to protect myself by reaching out my right hand and pushing her against the nearest thing to me, which was some railings.” Defense solicitor Suzanne Kelly told Sanders it was she who instigated the fight with Westlake by punching her in the face, lunging at her and pushing her over nearby railings, which she denied. Westlake is to be sentenced on 14 October.