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Today in History

Constantinople falls to Muhammad II, ending the Byzantine Empire.
Charles II is restored to the English throne, succeeding the short-lived Commonwealth.
South Carolina is formally incorporated as a royal colony of England.
Rhode Island becomes last of the original thirteen colonies to ratify the Constitution.
Wisconsin becomes the thirtieth state.
A patent for lifting vessels is granted to Abraham Lincoln.
Confederate general P.G.T. Beauregard retreats to Tupelo, Mississippi.
The first running of the Indianapolis 500.
The premier of the ballet Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) in Paris causes rioting in the theater.
U.S. forces invade the Dominican Republic.
Ecuador becomes independent.
The U.S. Supreme Court rules organized baseball is a sport not subject to antitrust laws.
The German Army completes its encirclement of the Kharkov region of the Soviet Union.
C. F. Blair becomes the first man to fly over the North Pole in single engine plane.
Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay become the first men to reach the top of Mount Everest.
Nixon agrees to turn over 1,200 pages of edited Watergate transcripts.
Boris Yeltsin is elected the president of Russia.

A plausible rationale for the Ultimate Answer

From a column at The Guardian:
On a Sunday in the spring of 1981 Douglas Adams was typing a letter. "Dear Ken," he began. "Your book was really very useful to me . . ." The thank-you letter from Adams to Australian writer Ken Welsh, author of Hitch-hiker's Guide to Europe, continues, "[One evening in 1971] I got frantically depressed in Innsbruck . . . When the stars came out I thought that someone ought to write a Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy...
For many followers the question of "Why 42?" has been an enjoyable part of the enigma. Adams kept his magic in the tin, never revealing (other than to his friend Stephen Fry, who claims he'll take the secret to his grave) the full story... Adams was ever meticulous in his choice of words and numbers, and it's safe to say it wasn't a random pick.
As the book's title suggests, Adams, like most authors, was not afraid to borrow, and there are revealing similarities between Welsh's Hitch-hiker's Guide to Europe and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. One of these provides perhaps the most intriguing explanation for "Why 42?". As you may remember Adams had Deep Thought perform a little expectation management and say: "You're really not going to like it" before revealing the Ultimate Answer.
Curiously, Hitch-hiker's Guide to Europe had told of visitors to the UK searching for family roots finding "the answer a little disappointing" – after traveling around the world in search of "the solution to the most puzzling question of all". A coincidence, perhaps . . . but this coincidence is on page 42.

Doctor who invented Heimlich maneuver 42 years ago uses it for the first time to save woman’s life

Dr. Henry Heimlich describes using the Heimlich maneuver for the first time at 96 (Screenshot/Cincinnati Enquirer)Doctor who invented Heimlich maneuver 42 years ago uses it for the first time to save woman’s life

Illinois man charged with making bombs to attack US government

Illinois man charged with making bombs to attack US government

Want to know what sex workers want?

Rights -- not rescue: Want to know what sex workers want? Try asking them

Wealthy sex assault survivor pledges to defeat wingnut who won’t let victims sue their abusers

Gary Greenberg, a minority owner of the Vernon Downs racetrack, has pledged $100,000 of his own money to unseat state Sen. John DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse) and other lawmakers.

Teen Girl Who Allegedly Had Sex With Multiple Partners in School Bathroom Was Once Human Trafficking Victim, Mother Says

The news was shocking: A 15-year-old Florida girl allegedly had sex with multiple partners in a high school bathroom earlier this month, sparking an investigation by police and hundreds of news stories.
But advocates for the girl have come forward with a troubling explanation – that the girl had previously been a victim of human trafficking.
As news of the incident became international news, the girl’s mother contacted NBC 2 to share the girl’s alleged tragic history.
According to the mother, the girl had run away from home when she was 13 and was held captive for nearly 2 years. The mother rescued her daughter with help from Megan Estrem, the founder of Be the Light, an advocacy group for victims of sex slavery.
After her rescue, the girl has been placed in several treatment centers. She had only been a student at South Fort Myers High School for two weeks.
The Disturbing Incident
According to the girl’s mother, she had gone to the bathroom to meet up with a boy she liked. He wanted to have sex, so she complied. Then, according to Estrem, word got out and more boys showed up in the bathroom.
But although the girl had multiple partners, her family wants to make it clear that the news stories were overblown. “She did not sleep with 25 boys in the bathroom,” Estrem told the news station. “There was only a handful that she did sleep with. In this case, it was more of a spectator sport.”
The girl has been pulled from school. According to the school district, 16 other students – many of them student athletes – have been disciplined.

Berkeley student details professor’s disturbing sexual advances — and how the university failed her

Nicole Hemenway was coming out of a class when her thesis adviser pulled her aside and asked if she could talk. It was 21 November 2014, and the professor, Blake Wentworth, walked her to a secluded area.

Principal flawlessly slams racist busy-body who didn’t want child to receive his murdered mother’s diploma

A critic of a Memphis high school that agreed to let the child of a murdered student accept his mother’s diploma got a lesson in decency — and grammar — after the school’s principal hit back with a blistering response.

Undertaker shames child-killing hit-and-run driver

Ethan Hernandez, 3, was walking with his parents in a crosswalk last week when the driver of the truck hit him and drove away.

Noose found on DePaul campus days after black protesters disrupt wingnut blogger’s hate speech

Black Lives Matter protesters (Shutterstock)
Noose found on DePaul campus days after black protesters disrupt wingnut blogger’s hate speech

Brain diseases thrive in a dirty mind

Brain diseases thrive in a dirty mind
So that's why wingnuts' brains are so diseased!

Judge Handcuffs Defense Attorney In Court To Teach Her 'A Lesson' For Speaking Out

Woman wearing 'Stop Domestic Violence' T-shirt faces domestic violence charges

A woman wearing a “Stop Domestic Violence” T-shirt faces domestic violence charges after firing a gun during an argument with her husband inside the couple’s Maine home.
Emily Wilson, 38, was arrested last week following a confrontation with her spouse Kyle over whether he was having an affair. During the argument, investigators allege, Wilson waved a handgun and fired a shot into the couple’s bed.
The husband, who is not being named because he is a possible victim of domestic violence, called the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Office to report the incident who called the Maine State Police to investigate.
Wilson, a high school social studies teacher, was subsequently arrested. A criminal complaint filed against Wilson charges her with domestic violence reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon and domestic violence assault. Wilson is free on $200 bail in advance of a June 6 court appearance.

Credit card fraud investigator arrested for credit card fraud

Police in St. Petersburg, Florida, have arrested a credit card fraud investigator for stealing customer credit card information. 26-year-old Reynaldo Colon was arrested earlier this week for the crime that started in 2014, according to police. Arrest documents show he worked for PSCU, a credit card service company for more than 800 credit unions.
The company's website says it deals with about 18-million credit cards. "(Detectives) uncovered 21 stolen card numbers" SPPD Spokesperson Rick Shaw said. "A loss of about 13,000 dollars had incurred." According to arrest documents, customers would call Colon if they noticed suspicious purchases on their accounts.
He is accused of writing those numbers down, putting those numbers into his cell phone, then using his phone to make purchases. "Probably around 100 transactions, mostly at fast food restaurants." Shaw said. PSCU released a statement saying: "Our sophisticated internal security fraud detection measures worked as designed to protect against aberrant behavior. We were able to quickly identify an issue before it escalated and turned it over to law enforcement.

"PSCU worked with its credit union member-owners to ensure that their cardholders were protected and made whole." Shaw says Colon was fired in November. But, police say, he got a job at Chase sometime after. The arrest document shows Chase as his current employer. Shaw says police notified Chase about the arrest. Chase refused to comment, saying it's policy not to discuss current or former employees.

Man on secret and classified mission broke into store to steal energy drinks and a honey bun

A Florida man was arrested for throwing a brick through the door of a convenience store to steal a single honey bun. Ryan Fricks, 22, of Fort Meade, grabbed a couple packs of cigarettes and two energy drinks in the process, according Polk County deputies.
The total value of items he stole was around $20. The damage to the front door, however, was around $1,000. Fricks told investigators he was on a "secret and classified mission", but could not disclose details of what the mission entailed.
He added that he didn't care about the money, he was just thirsty. The burglary happened early on Wednesday morning at the Dixie #2 convenience store in Frostproof.
Fricks admitted that after stealing the items he hid in bushes to eat the honey bun and drink the Monster energy drinks, while watching police respond to the burglary. They later found him hiding between two buses at a nearby school. Fricks was charged with burglary of an unoccupied business and petit theft (first offense). He was taken to the Polk County jail.

This ‘dangerous sleeping giant’ volcano near Mt. St. Helens could imperil half a million people

Mount St. Helens
Mount St. Helens is “recharging” with magma, setting off more than 100 earthquakes in recent weeks — but scientists warn a nearby “sleeping giant” may pose a bigger threat.

Silver Boa Discovered in Bahamas

The discovery is made when the boa slithered onto the head of a researcher.
A large new species of boa made itself known to the world in a dramatic way: it slithered onto the head of a researcher who was sleeping on a beach in the Bahamas.
Named the Bahamian Silver Boa (Chilabothrus argentum), the over three-foot-long snake lives up to its name both due to its shimmery metallic-like body coloration and because of where another such individual was found: up a Silver Palm tree (Cocothrinax argentata). The boa is described in a paper that will soon publish in the journal Breviora.
First Snake Crawled on Four Feet
Graham Reynolds, now an assistant professor of biology at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, was the beach snoozer who wound up with the snake on his head. Reynolds, then a Harvard Postdoctoral Fellow, was leading a nocturnal survey for reptiles in July 2015 in the Bahamas.
Before his disrupted slumber, Reynolds -- along with co-author Nick Hermann and other colleagues -- had admired one of the silver snakes in a Silver Palm tree near the water's edge on a remote island in the southern portion of the Caribbean island chain. They suspected the snake was a new species, having never seen anything like it before, so they camped out on a nearby beach to rest before hoping to gather and document specimens. That is when one of the snakes essentially discovered Reynolds, instead of the other way around.

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