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Today in HIstory

King Wenceslas of Poland is murdered.
Charles IX of France signs the Treaty of St. Germain, ending the third war of religion and giving religious freedom to the Huguenots.
The invading armies of Spain, Austria and Bavaria are stopped at the village of St.-Jean-de-Losne, only 50 miles from France.
Ibrahim, the sultan of Istanbul, is thrown into prison, then assassinated.
Jacques Balmat and Dr. Michel-Gabriel Paccard become the first men to climb Mont Blanc in France.
Brigham Young is chosen to head the mormon cult, succeeding Joseph Smith.
Confederate President Jefferson Davis refuses General Robert E. Lee‘s resignation.
Thomas Edison patents the mimeograph.
The first household refrigerating machine is patented.
The first national congress of the Ku Klux Klan opens.
The Japanese Army occupies Beijing.
The German Luftwaffe attacks Great Britain for the first time, beginning the Battle of Britain.
U.S. Marines capture the Japanese airstrip on Guadalcanal.
U.S. forces complete the capture of the Marianas Islands.
The Soviet Union declares war on Japan.
U.S. troops repel the first North Korean attempt to overrun them at the Battle of Naktong Bulge, which continued for 10 days.
England’s “Great Train Robbery;” 2.6 million pounds ($7.3 million) is stolen
Nixon resigns from the presidency as a result of the Watergate scandal.
Pioneer-Venus 2 launched to probe the atmosphere of Venus.
Iraq’s president Saddam Hussein executes 22 political opponents.
Brigadier General Efrain Rios Montt is deposed as president of Guatemala in the country’s second military coup in 17 months.
Angola, Cuba and South Africa sign cease-fire treaty in the border war that began in 1966.
NASA Space Shuttle Columbia begins its eighth flight, NASA’s 30th shuttle mission.
Iraq annexes the state of Kuwait as its 19th province, six days after Iraqi troops invaded Kuwait.
Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley raised to surface, 136 years after it sank following its successful attack on USS Housatonic in the outer harbor of Charleston, South Carolina.
An EF2 tornado hits Brooklyn, New York, the first in that borough since 1889.
Georgia invades South Ossetia, touching off a five-day war between Georgia and Russia.

Linebacker Luke Kuechly's Brutal Pre-Season Strength Workout

by A.C. Shilton   
NFL stars like Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly start training for the next season as early as April. And by the time they hit August's training camps, they're going full-tilt in the weight room to not just get fit for the coming games, but to build strong bodies that last for seasons.
As camp approaches, Kuechly, a three-time All-Pro, splits his week between heavy lifting and explosive power work, followed by tons of lean protein (Kuechly just joined the board of Eat The Bear, a sports nutrition company that’s also based in North Carolina). “Putting on weight and keeping it on is important, so I’m a big post-workout protein and branch-chain guy,” he says.
His other secret weapon — besides protein — is this workout, designed by Panthers strength and conditioning coach Joe Kenn. "This routine challenges every muscle in Kuechly’s upper body," he says.
While Kuechly and his teammates are physical beasts, their workouts (like this one) don't focus on building a one-rep max or pushing the biggest weight possible. “What’s heavy for me when I lift, probably isn’t actually a lot of weight,” says Kuechly.
We doubt the 6'3", 240-pound linebacker's weights are unimpressive, but Kenn explains that the team focuses on heavy but submaximal loads because the real focus is to develop long-term muscle function (so they can play longer) rather than hitting a number that looks amazing on paper. “Most football players enter the pro ranks after a structured college program that is geared toward improving the one-repetition maximum of several foundational movements,” he says. But, “as the NFL athlete’s career longevity increases, we feel it’s beneficial for our athletes to handle submaximal loads for longer periods of time and handle higher loads longer into their careers.”

The Surprising Side Effect of Having Your Appendix or Tonsils Removed

Xtreme Eating 2016

You’ve seen plenty of restaurants that offer a “dare you to eat it” entree that appeals to total gastronomes, or more likely, journalists and bloggers who are willing to give free advertising to something outrageous. In addition to extreme meals that you can get for free if you finish all of it, there are more and more extreme meal combos that appear to give you a lot of bang for your buck. They might intrigue your palate, but your eyes may be bigger than your stomach, not to mention your metabolism.
“Think you can handle this Whole Hog Burger?” asks the menu at Uno Pizzeria & Grill (129 locations). “OVER A POUND OF MEAT. Hamburger, sausage, bacon, prosciutto and pepperoni. PLUS–Four types of cheese, garlic mayo & pickles. With fries & onion rings. Extra napkins free!”
Exta calories, too! Enough to hit 2,850—more than a 24- hour supply. And don’t forget the three days’ worth of sat fat (62 grams), six-day stockpile of sodium (9,790 mg), and white-flour bun! You might as well eat four McDonald’s Quarter Pounders with Cheese and two medium fries doused with 18 packets of salt.
That’s just one of eight extreme meals you can pig out on. The Center for Science in the Public Interest compiled a list of menu offerings from restaurants that tip the scales in volume, calories, salt, or just plain overindulgence.

Surprising Realities Of South Korea's Gaming Crazy Culture

No country on the planet takes gaming as seriously as South Korea, where video game addiction has become so bad the government was forced to institute gaming laws to save the lives of their young gamers.
Gamers in South Korea are dropping out of school to game 18 hours a day, injuring themselves by playing so often they require surgery and some have even gamed themselves to death.
So it's understandable for the South Korean government to step in and institute shutdown laws (no teen gaming between midnight and 6 a.m.) and such, but the laws aren't working because they all want to go pro.
Professional gamers often live in sponsored grid-houses, where rent, food and maid services are covered by their financial backers, and for many making a living playing video games seems like a dream come true.
But the reality is they're putting their health and physical well-being at risk to be part of a corrupt system that doesn't care whether pro players end up permanently damaged by the process.

Rio Olympics Opening Ceremonies Had A Big Message That Made Wingnuts Foam At The Mouth

Rio Olympics Opening Ceremonies Had A Big Message That Made Wingnuts Foam At The Mouth
Wow. Wingnuts will always find something not to like about absolutely everything.

Barber Destroys N.C. Wingnut’s Defense Of Racist Voter Laws

Barber Destroys N.C. Wingnut’s Defense Of Racist Voter Laws
This Reverend just tore North Carolina’s teabagger wingnut moron’s arguments to shreds.

Americans Are Being Thrown Off Planes For Appearing Muslim

Americans Are Being Thrown Off Planes For Appearing Muslim
These incidents happen all across the country all too frequently as a symptom of anti-Muslim behavior we see during election season.…

After Wingnuts Gut Zika Funding, Rubio Says Infected Women Can’t Have Abortions

Wingnuts claim to be “pro-life,” but one needs only observe to realize that they simply like babies — as long as they are in the womb,...

Yet Another Wingnut Argument About Poverty Is Wrong

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Much-loved man memorialized with obituaries from both his wife and girlfriend in newspaper

A late 55-year-old New Jersey man was survived by both his “loving wife” and his “long-tome girlfriend,” (sic) according to his two obituaries.
The near-identical obituaries for Leroy Bill Black appeared on Friday morning in the Press of Atlantic City in both the newspaper’s print edition and online.
Black died at home on Tuesday of lung cancer, the obituaries state. Depending on which one you are reading, he was survived by his loving wife Bearetta Harrison Black, or his long-time girlfriend Princess Hall.
The competing obituaries were put in the newspaper separately because "the wife wanted it one way, and the girlfriend wanted it another way," someone at the Greenidge Funeral Home said.

90-year-old man unrepentant when told he faced charge after reporting alleged theft by prostitute

A 90-year-old Massachusetts man was arrested for soliciting a prostitute after he called police to report that the woman stole a piece of jewellery after he paid her $100 to perform a sex act. When officer told Nicholas Salerno that he would face a criminal charge for admitting to hiring a prostitute, the nonagenarian replied, “I don’t give a fuck. I’m 90 years old for christ’s sake.” As detailed in a Dennis Police Department report, Salerno called police in late-June to report that he had paid Karen Proia, 48, for a sexual encounter in his home. Salerno said that he got Proia’s first name and phone number from a friend who reported that he “paid a girl one hundred dollars for a blowjob.” Salerno added that his unnamed friend assured him that the woman “would do it for him too.” Salerno said that he paid Proia $100 for oral sex.
Upon her departure from his home, Salerno said that he discovered a gold chain missing from atop a bedroom dresser. Salerno said he waited a week to report the theft because he “wanted to give Karen a chance to bring the necklace back,” police noted. When asked if he knew the woman’s last name, Salerno told police, “All I know is her phone number and that she lives in an apartment across from the Christmas Tree Shop” in West Dennis on Cape Cod.
Salerno’s chain, police noted, was later recovered from a local firm that buys and sells gold and coins. A worker told officers that Proia had recently pawned the item. Salerno and Proia, who was charged with prostitution and larceny, were arraigned on Tuesday on the misdemeanor counts. Both defendants entered not guilty pleas. According to a District Court clerk, the charge against Salerno has subsequently been dismissed and his case is now listed as closed. Proia is next scheduled for a September 1 court appearance.

Face-painted woman ransacked family home, ate food and tried on clothes as they slept

A family in Roseburg, Oregon, woke up to find their entire home in disarray with no clue why. They didn't know who or what caused the mess until they reviewed their home surveillance video footage. Michelle Phelps and her husband have watched the haunting home surveillance video multiple times.
"It's scary to not know what's in the dark and she just strolled around like she knew what was in the dark," said Michelle. On the screen, they watched as a stranger wearing face paint entered their home in the middle of the night. The images of a stranger making herself at home have scared Phelps and her family.
"The time it comes really alive is at night when you close your eyes. Anytime you close your eyes, the video of her walking down the hallway is so haunting," said Michelle. She says the stranger made food for herself and tried on clothes while eight people slept inside the home. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office has arrested 24-year-old Tanisha Camille Mann in connection with the case.

Mann has been charged with multiple counts of burglary, theft, criminal trespass and possession of methamphetamine. "It's just, it's so violating in so many ways. This is your safe haven. You come home and this is where the world is done, this is your home and for the messed up world to follow you into your home, it's really hard," said Michelle.

13-year-old arrested for alleged drunk driving with his inebriated grandmother in the back seat

A sheriff’s deputy who pulled over a car in southwest Santa Fe, New Mexico, early on Thursday reported that he found a drunken 13-year-old boy behind the wheel and the child’s intoxicated grandmother riding in the back seat. Deputy Clay Cullison flipped on his emergency lights to stop the vehicle after watching it weave in and out of lanes while heading west, according to the sheriff’s office.
But the blue 1994 Oldsmobile did not stop at first, according to an arrest statement filed in Magistrate Court by Deputy Michael Matison. When the vehicle eventually came to a stop, Cullison found the driver was only 13 years old, unlicenced and under the influence. Deputies say his grandmother, Sanjuana Mercado-Mendez, 52, was riding in the back seat, together with a 15-year-old, who was sober. She did not answer any questions from deputies, according to the statement.
But Matison wrote that she seemed highly intoxicated, stumbling to his patrol vehicle with breath smelling of alcohol, her speech slurred. The deputy also reported finding at least two open Coors beer cans inside the car. It is not clear where they had been heading, though court records indicate they stopped close to Mercado-Mendez’s home. Deputies booked her into the county jail at about 3am on suspicion of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, child abuse and possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.
According to jail records, Mercado-Mendez was last arrested in February 2015 on charges of driving with a suspended or revoked license. She was also arrested in 2014 on suspicion of larceny and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Deputies also took into custody her 13-year-old grandson. According to the sheriff’s office, he refused a blood test. Though legally too young to drive, he still faces charges of aggravated DWI, failing to yield to an emergency vehicle, driving without a license, failing to maintain lanes and having an open alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle.
There's a news video here.

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