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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

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Today in History

The War of Vespers in Sicily ends with an agreement between Charles of Valois, who invaded the country, and Frederick, the ruler of Sicily.
The British at Fort William Henry, New York, surrender to Louis Montcalm of France.
Captain Meriwether Lewis leaves Pittsburgh to meet up with Captain William Clark and begin their trek to the Pacific Ocean.
At the Democratic convention in Chicago, General George B. McClellan is nominated for president.
The Communist Labor Party is founded in Chicago, with the motto, “Workers of the world unite!”
Kurt Weill’s The Threepenny Opera opens in Berlin.
Joseph Avenol steps down as Secretary-General of the League of Nations.
The British army under General Bernard Law Montgomery defeats Field Marshal Erwin Rommel’s Afrika Korps in the Battle of Alam Halfa in Egypt.
The British Eighth Army penetrates the German Gothic Line in Italy.
Six of the 16 surviving Union veterans of the Civil War attend the last-ever encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic, held in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The 1st Marine Division begins its attack on Bloody Ridge in Korea. The four-day battle results in 2,700 Marine casualties.
A concrete wall replaces the barbed wire fence that separates East and West Germany, it will be called the Berlin wall.
US Congress creates Department of Housing & Urban Development.
The Dasht-e Bayaz 7.3 earthquake in NE Iran completely destroys five villages and severely damages six others.
Lonnie McLucas convicted of torturing and murdering fellow Black Panther Party member Alex Rackley in the first of the New Haven Black Panther Trials.
Polish government forced to sign Gdansk Agreement allowing creation of the trade union Solidarity.
Police capture Richard Ramirez, dubbed the “Night Stalker” for a string of gruesome murders that stretched from Mission Viejo to San Francisco, Cal.
A Russian cargo ship collides with cruise ship Admiral Nakhimov, killing 398.
Longest mine strike in South Africa’s history ends, after 11 people were killed, 500 injured and 400 arrested.
East and West Germany sign the Treaty of Unification (Einigungsvertrag) to join their legal and political systems.
Ken Griffey and Ken Griffey Jr. become first father and son to play on same team simultaneously in professional baseball (Seattle Mariners).
Last Russian troops leave Estonia and Latvia.
The Irish Republican Army (IRA) announces a “complete cessation of military operations,” opening the way to a political settlement in Ireland for the first time in a quarter of a century.
Diana, Princess of Wales, dies in a Paris car crash along with her companion Dodi Fayed and driver Henri Paul while fleeing paparazzi.
New York Yankees retire Don Mattingly’s #23 (first baseman, coach, manager).
Edvard Munch’s famed painting The Scream recovered by Norwegian police. The artwork had been stolen on Aug. 22, 2004.

The Top 8 Tastiest Mascots

Forget trojans, lions, or bulldogs. Nothing's more intimidating than a mascot capable of giving you food poisoning.

Peeing in the Pool Is Grosser and More Dangerous Than You Thought

Overseas Companies Bankroll the NRA—Where Is the Wingnut 'Pay-For-Play' Outrage?

NY Times Reporter Shows What Is Fundamentally Wrong with Corporate Media

Arkansas woman jailed in ‘debtor’s prison’ for the 7th time over a single $29 bounced check

Nikki Petree, who is now unemployed and cares for her ailing father, was released last week after spending 35 days in jail related to the check she accidentally bounced years ago.

Journalist Turned Private Eye Shows How Messed Up Our Criminal Justice System Is

Oklahoma woman kills ‘possessed’ daughter by shoving crucifix down her throat

Gomez had swollen hands and bruises on her arms that she told police were the result of her efforts to remove Satan from her daughter’s body.
Methinks it weren't the daughter who was "possessed". 

The 'Christian' Religio-Wingnuts' Latest Quack Crusade Is No Excuse for Trading in Child Pornography

Fear Culture Gone Wild as False Reports of Gunfire Shut Down Another Airport

Burglary suspect left behind a T-shirt with his name on it

A man accused of breaking into two businesses in Racine, Wisconsin, in late July allegedly left a shirt with his name ironed into it at one of the crime scenes. On July 28, Racine police officers were dispatched to the Port of Call liquor store on a report of a burglary.
When police arrived, the observed two broken glass doors leading into the store in addition to a grey T-shirt laying in the entrance way. Police observed that the cash register had been taken. When they talked with the owners, they indicated the cash in the register was about $300 and the register itself was valued at about $1,000.
When police reviewed the security footage, they observed that the T-shirt on the floor contained the name "Dustin Brannon" ironed onto it. Officers looked up the aforementioned name in their lookup system and found a picture of Brannon. They compared the photo with Port of Call's security footage and made the match.
Brannon is also accused of robbing a second Racine-area business, a Citgo gas station. Brannon, 35, of Trevor, is being held in the Racine County Jail on a $2,500 cash bond. He has been charged with two counts of felony burglary that carry a combined maximum of 24 years of incarceration if he is convicted. Brannon's next appearance in court is Sep. 1.

Police saved man’s life with Heimlich maneuver before arresting him over drugs he coughed up

A police officer in Buffalo, New York, saved a choking man’s life by performing the Heimlich maneuver, but after the man coughed up a bag of cocaine, he arrested him.
Central District Officers Sean McCabe and Omar Rodriguez said they were on routine patrol on Thursday when they saw Bryan Ramos sitting outside a vacant house. When they approached Ramos for questioning and for a pat down, he put a pack of cigarettes that appeared to contain drugs in his mouth, according to an arrest report.
Ramos struggled, and he was pulled by the officers to the ground. He continued to resist, so the officers sprayed him with pepper spray. Ramos began having a hard time breathing, and was turning purple, so McCabe performed the Heimlich maneuver on him. Officers said Ramos coughed up the cigarette pack containing a plastic bag of cocaine.
Ramos, 23, was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence, obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest and criminal trespass following the incident. After his arrest, Ramos told the officers his cousin had asked him to hold the items. “If there is something in that bag I am (in deep trouble). That bag is huge. I know it’s probably a B felony,” Ramos said, according to police.

Police used fishing hook to capture criminal in canal

Police in Queensland, Australia, went to great lengths to catch an alleged armed criminal on the Gold Coast, chasing him down in a teenager's dinghy and finally capturing him with a gaff hook.
Officers said the man, 38, fled when they arrived at a Palm Beach house on Sunday morning over reports he was seen armed with a knife and trying to enter a house.
Neighbor David Rowe said the man tried to get away by jumping a number of fences into the nearby canal, where he tried to swim to the other side. Quick thinking police saw three teenagers cruising past in a dinghy and commandeered their vessel. "He was in the water a good 20 minutes or so before they used the gaff hook and pulled him to shore," Mr Rowe said.

The alleged offender could been seen trying to swim away despite being hooked, until he was dragged to shore where three officers were waiting. The man, from Maroochydore, has been charged with possessing a knife, trespass and assault or obstruct police officer. "I've seen some weird arrests, but this is the weirdest one I've seen in a while," a Queensland police spokesman said.

Woman says she came face-to-face with Old Stinker the werewolf

A woman has described the moment she came face-to-face with the notorious werewolf Old Stinker. Jemma Waller, an animal rescue worker, was driving through the East Riding of Yorkshire village of Halsham when she believes she saw the legendary creature. The 24-year-old said the beast looked like a big dog "with a human face". Ms Waller was with two friends at the time of the sighting. She said: "We were driving down this country lane on our way to get some pizza and my friend in the back seat said that he had seen a fox.
"I looked on my driver's side and saw this beast on all fours who started to walk straight towards my car on two legs. It looked like a big dog, probably bigger than my car, but it had a human face. It also had this cream and grey fur. My automatic reaction was to keep on driving, but thankfully it didn't keep coming towards me. It just turned around and ran off diagonally. Everyone in the car was really shaken. We'd never seen anything like that before." The party stopped their car at a nearby petrol station to calm themselves down.
When concerned staff asked what was wrong, the friends described what they had seen. Staff then told them about the Beast of Barmston Drain. Ms Waller said: "We had never heard about it before, but when we started reading up about it, it was exactly like what we saw. It just made us more scared to be honest and I didn't get any sleep that night. It was just like a horror movie." Sightings of "Old Stinker" are believed to date back to the 18th century when wolves still stalked the countryside.
In one report from the 1960s, a lorry driver said a creature had tried to smash its way through his windscreen as he drove along a remote Wolds road. Last month, Hull City Council officially confirmed it has no written policy on dealing with werewolves after a resident submitted a freedom of information request. Wayne Carr asked if a risk assessment had been "undertaken on Barmston Drain with regards to werewolves". The council replied by saying it had no written policy on werewolves, no record of werewolf-related risk assessments and no secret stock of silver bullets locked away in a Guildhall cupboard.

Village abandoned by its residents due to hoax ghost threat

A village in Jharkhand, India, has been abandoned by its residents due to a hoax ghost threat.
Reportedly, at least 10 people of the Parhiya caste in Khirakhar in the Latehar district have died in the past year.
This has frightened the residents of the presence of some supernatural powers in the village.

However, residents of nearby villages claim that it’s the lack of proper medication and diagnosis due to which these people have died. The village also lacks basic water and electricity facilities.

Life on Tristan da Cunha

Tristan da Cunha is the most remote inhabited island in the world. We’ve posted about the island before. Now you can take a little tour of island life with Stewart McPherson. Resident Harold Green says it’s quiet and peaceful, except for that volcanic eruption in 1961 that forced a two-year evacuation. Fifty-five years later, it’s still a traumatic memory for the islanders.
With less than 300 permanent residents, it’s no wonder they consider each other brothers and sisters. It’s likely they are all at least cousins. They have what they need, for now. There’s a bus, which is something my town of 8,000 doesn’t have. Then again, we have cars.

Fascinating New Discoveries Involving The Vikings

Recent archaeological finds reveal that the Vikings were not only fierce, bloodthirsty warriors but also farmers, skilled craftsmen, impressive mariners, and expert traders as well.
As more discoveries are made, our knowledge of the Vikings will widen even more - dispelling many myths surrounding this fascinating group of people.

Number of Potentially Habitable Planets Is Greater Than The Number of People Alive on Earth

Animal Pictures