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Monday, October 12, 2015

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Today in History

1492 Christopher Columbus and his crew land in the Bahamas.
1576 Rudolf II, the king of Hungary and Bohemia, succeeds his father, Maximillian II, as Holy Roman Emperor.
1609 The song "Three Blind Mice" is published in London, believed to be the earliest printed secular song.
1702 Admiral Sir George Rooke defeats the French fleet off Vigo.
1722 Shah Sultan Husayn surrenders the Persian capital of Isfahan to Afgan rebels after a seven month siege.
1809 Meriwether Lewis, of the Lewis and Clark expedition, dies under mysterious circumstances in Tennessee.
1899 The Anglo-Boer War begins.
1872 Apache leader Cochise signs a peace treaty with General Howard in Arizona Territory.
1933 Alcatraz Island is made a federal maximum security prison.
1943 The U.S. Fifth Army begins an assault crossing of the Volturno River in Italy.
1949 Eugenie Anderson becomes the first woman U.S. ambassador.
1960 Inejiro Asanuma, leaders of the Japan Socialist Party, is assassinated during a live TV broadcast.
1964 1964 USSR launches Voskhod I, first spacecraft with multi-person crew; it is also the first mission in which the crew did not wear space suits.
1970 Nixon announces the pullout of 40,000 more American troops in Vietnam by Xmas.
1971 The House of Representatives passes the Equal Rights Amendment 354-23.
1984 The Provisional Irish Republican Army detonates at bomb at the Grand Hotel in Brighton, England, in an unsuccessful attempt to assassinate British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher; 5 others are killed and 31 wounded.
1994 NASA loses contact with the Magellan probe spacecraft in the thick atmosphere of Venus.
1999 Chief of Army Staff Perez Musharraf seizes power in Pakistan through a bloodless military coup.
2000 Suicide bombers at Aden, Yemen, damage USS Cole; 17 crew members killed and over 35 wounded.
2002 Terrorist bombers kill over 200 and wound over 300 more at the Sari Club in Kuta, Bali.

Ancient Human Genome From Africa Sequenced For The First Time

Embarrassment for fire-warning Forestry Minister after accidentally starting forest fire

German Forestry Minister Helmut Brunner accidentally started a forest fire over the weekend, after dumping ashes in a thicket near his house.
The Bavarian forestry ministry confirmed on Wednesday that Brunner tipped what he thought were extinguished ashes into a small forest near his house. But a few hours later he found flames rising from the same spot and had to call the fire services.
"I totally underestimated it, it's really embarrassing," the minister said. "You can't be careful enough." Half a dozen firefighters turned up to quell the blaze. The number was deemed necessary due to the heightened fire risk caused by a dry summer.
Brunner himself has repeatedly warned the public about the danger of forest fires during recent weeks. The firefighters were able to dampen the flames before they caused any damage to property.

Secret sharia law takeover?

Angry man screaming (Shutterstock)
Secret sharia law takeover? A look inside the confused delusion system of the Islamophobes

5 Awful Things Frats Have Done Recently

‘Too High’ Man Found in Pile of Doritos

An unnamed 22-year-old man in Austintown, Ohio, called 911 and reported that he was “too high on weed.”
When officers arrived, they were directed to an upstairs bedroom by the caller’s grandfather. As they got upstairs they could hear “groaning from a room at the end of the hall.” When they opened the door, they found the 22-year-old laying on the floor in a fetal position, surrounded by “a plethora of Doritos, Pepperidge Farm Goldfish and Chips Ahoy cookies.”
The man refused medical attention, and faces charges of drug and drug paraphernalia possession. The emergency call has been released.

Store robbed by man armed with bow and arrow

A man robbed a 7-Eleven in Virginia Beach, Virginia, early on Friday morning.
The robber used a bow and arrow to hold up the convenience store, just after midnight.
He then left the area with an undisclosed amount of cash. No injuries were reported.
Police have not yet provided a description of the suspect.

Police seek window-removing 'snake burglar'

A slithering suspect hunted by investigators in Douglas County, Georgia, may be responsible for a half dozen burglaries at businesses. They said they know it's the same suspect because he is breaking into the businesses in a unique way.
At one convenience store surveillance cameras show the suspect removing a full glass window from a door to get inside. Douglas County Sheriff Investigator Dale Kelley said the suspect is removing the trim from around the glass to remove the windows.
"I believe he's done some type of work with windows to be able to do it so neatly," Kelley said. Once inside, the suspect slithers along the floor like a snake to get to the cash register booth. Kelley said he's trying to avoid being detected by motion sensors which would set off an alarm.

"He's covering his face up to the bridge of his nose, only exposing his eyes and he's always wearing gloves," he said. Kelley said he's equipped with tools to open a panel and crawl into the secure cash register booth. Investigators have tied the suspect to six burglaries in ten days. Four happened in Douglas County, one each in Douglasville and Marietta. Inv. Kelley said he always gets in the same way, by removing a full window.

Car given parking ticket despite having wheels stolen

Adding insult to larceny, a car in Chicago that had all four of its wheels stolen overnight was given a parking ticket in the morning because it didn't get out of the way of a street cleaner. The 2011 GMC Denali was put up on cinder blocks after its wheels were stolen sometime between midnight and 7am on Thursday, according to the car owner's wife.
The owner parked the car at round 10:40pm on Wednesday evening near his home, according to his wife and police. It was the family's nanny who first noticed that the car wheels had been stolen. She told the car's owner, who then called the police to file a report. The policeman who helped them was "great," telling them all they had to do was put a note on the car with the police report number to avoid getting a ticket, the owner's wife said.
So the owner put the note up, making sure it was displayed prominently on the windshield. But that didn't stop a ticket writer from slapping a parking ticket directly over the note later on Thursday morning. "It's usually something you see in movies. It's crazy. I can't believe it happened," said the owner's wife, who declined to be named for fear of repercussions. "I'm disenchanted with city workers for not taking notice. We pay a lot of tax dollars so you think they'd take the time to read the note."
The ordeal was a huge inconvenience, the owner's wife said. Not only did her family have to deal with getting the car towed and repaired, but they also had to make sure the ticket is reversed, she said. Molly Poppe, spokeswoman for the city's department of transportation, said the ticket writer "had no way to confirm how long the car had been parked on the street or the police report number." "However, due to the circumstances of this issue and with knowledge that the wheels were stolen overnight, the city is voiding this ticket," she added.

Bad Cops

Kelli Wilson as she was punched by Florida cop - screenshotUnarmed black woman beaten and tackled by Florida cops for filming arrest of her husband

Texas School Resource Officer Caught on Camera Choking and Slamming 14-Year-Old Student

Texas School Resource Officer Caught on Camera Choking and Slamming 14-Year-Old StudentOnce again, we have a video of an adult officer assaulting a child, and once again his actions are being defended. If this act had been committed by a parent or other adult who was lacking a shiny badge and uniform, it would most certainly be considered child abuse. Why do we see these incidents differently?

Cop Beats Charges for Raping Woman at Gunpoint Because He Said She Asked For It

Divided residents of city overrun with rabbits search for solution

A bunny brouhaha has been brewing for some time in Langley in Island County, Washington. Proliferating rabbits have overrun the city. Residents are ready for action. The island community has lost count of the cottontails, but they know damage is on the rise with rabbit holes hurting foundations at the fairgrounds and causing tripping hazards all over.
“It’s got to stop. It’s not cute anymore,” Langley resident Fran Johnson says. She’s tired of them chewing through her garden. Johnson recalled, with a hint of envy, how her father’s generation would have handled the situation: “You put them in a gunnysack and throw them off the dock. That’s not going to go over too good with too many people,” she said.
Langley residents are split on how to deal with the reproducing rabbits, who are digging up yards and even a middle-school football field. Some residents are feeding and sheltering the rabbits. Others support eradicating them, perhaps calling on raptors to kill the furry intruders. One resident, so frustrated by the bunnies, shot at them with an air-powered gun, which led to a criminal charge.

At a Langley community meeting on Tuesday, residents talked over their options. It is said they found common ground and could be nearing a rabbit resolution. The city is working to get an accurate count on their rabbit problem as they continue to search for a solution that will be a good fit for the whole community.

Whale Lights

Nature's epic beauty is evident in new footage that shows humpback whales hunting underneath the Aurora Borealis.

Animal News

According to a Moscow researcher, the search, and debate are over concerning which free-living bug is the tiniest.
The ability, known as protrusion, allows fish to extend their jaw and snap up otherwise elusive prey, making them effective hunters.

Ecotourism can put wild animals at risk

Ecotourism can put wild animals at risk, scientists say
Ecotourism, in which travelers visit natural environments with an eye toward funding conservation efforts or boosting local economies, has become increasingly popular in recent years. In many cases it involves close observation of or interaction with wildlife, such as...

Court clears allegations against dog in domestic abuse case

An Indian court has dismissed allegations against a former Delhi minister's pet dog, Don the Labrador. Somnath Bharti's wife had accused him of domestic violence and said Don would bite her at his master's behest. The dog became the subject of media speculation after he went "missing" with Mr Bharti, a former law minister, after the charges.
The court dismissed the accusations against Don after he refused to obey Mr Bharti's commands to attack. A Delhi court judge cited a police report where it was observed that the dog did not respond to the commands "Don come, Don bark, Don bite, Don sit down". Don's refusal to obey also won his master bail on Wednesday.
Described as overweight at 35kg (77lb), and lazy, the 12-year-old Labrador became the subject of a police hunt, and intense media attention, when he "disappeared" along with his master, soon after they began investigating the case. It was eventually discovered that the former minister had left Don in his office in south Delhi before fleeing to an undisclosed location. Mr Bharti surrendered two weeks later, after India's Supreme Court refused to say it would grant him bail. Office workers reportedly told police that Don "mostly sleeps and eats, and barks when the AC is turned off".

Mr Bharti's neighbors had all testified that Don was harmless. A neighborhood restaurateur said Don walks around the apartment block unrestrained. "He walks slowly. He comes down to go to the park where he does his business and goes back. He is a harmless dog that does not cause any trouble." Officers had to seek medical attention for the dog after they discovered he had heart disease and his pills were in a locked cabinet in Mr Bharti's office. Meanwhile Mr Bharti's wife Lipika, who has accused him of domestic abuse and attempting to kill her, has said that the former minister also mistreated Don.

Love letter stopped by fastidious beagle

A love letter filled with fresh rose petals will never make it to its destination in New Zealand thanks to a fastidious beagle.
Cleo the Ministry for Primary Industries detector dog sniffed out the ill-fated romantic gesture during one of her shifts at the International Mail Center in Auckland last month.
MPI said the fresh rose petals posed a risk of disease and insects being brought into the country and was intercepted thanks to the detector dog's work. This was one of 26 seizures the young beagle made during September.
She also sniffed out a fresh salad and guacamole in a passenger's bag at Auckland International Airport. "Cleo is only a young dog, but she's really clocking up the finds," MPI said. While the letter did not get past Cleo, the recipient was sent a photo of the romantic gesture instead.

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