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  • Vigil Planned Outside Queens Slaughterhouse Where Bull Escaped

    02/22/2017 12:30:19 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    NY1 ^ | Wednesday, February 22, 2017
    NEW YORK - Animal lovers will pay their respects to the bull that ran away from a Queens slaughterhouse and died Tuesday. A vigil is being held Wednesday night at the Aziz slaughterhouse on Beaver Road in Jamaica, where the bull escaped from. Bull Who Escaped from Queens Slaughterhouse Has Died Officers chased the bull through the streets for hours, shooting him with tranquilizers. He was eventually cornered at 158th street and 116th Avenue, nearly two miles away. The bull died while on its way to the Animal Care and Control Center in East New York, Brooklyn. The vigil begins...
  • FSU student organizations, community groups rally for undocumented students

    02/22/2017 11:36:43 AM PST · by VaeVictis · 15 replies ^ | February 20, 2017 | Brittany Bedi
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – Florida State University students and members of community organizations collaborated at FSU to make the school a safe-haven for undocumented students. The demonstrators want the FSU administration to publicly declare the university as a sanctuary campus. By doing so, demonstrators want university agencies to refuse to release the immigration status of undocumented students to Immigration or Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers.
  • UPD: Woman calls police ‘Trump-loving pigs’, headbutts officer

    02/22/2017 10:56:06 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Alligator ^ | Feb 10, 2017 | Meryl Kornfield
    She and her boyfriend were arguing behind MidtownA couple arguing behind Midtown resisted arrest Thursday and called police “Trump-loving pigs,” University Police said. Amber Louise Thomas and Jesse Norton, both 27, were arguing at about 2 a.m. near Pascal’s Coffeehouse, according to a police report. An officer saw Norton shove Thomas to the ground with his shoulder. Thomas punched Norton in his face, according to the report. They both fell back from the force of the blow and police instructed them to stay on the ground. Both seemed drunk and said they were at a bar earlier, police said. After...
  • Alligator Decides to Play Third Wheel During Valentine’s Day pPcnic

    02/22/2017 10:46:37 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Alligator ^ | Feb 16, 2017 | Romy Ellenbogen
    A 3-to-4-foot gator approached a couple at UF, ate their food and took a cameraTwo Valentine’s Day picnics were crashed Tuesday by an uninvited guest: an alligator with an appetite. Tatiana Radulovic and her boyfriend, Chris Day, were eating a picnic dinner by the Baughman Center at Lake Alice on Tuesday when a 3-to-4-foot alligator began to approach at about 6:40 p.m. The pair, sitting near another couple, thought the alligator wouldn’t be an issue — until it went for their food. They said they had seen the alligator in the water while they were eating, but Radulovic, 19, told...
  • Israeli Model Cashes In As Melania Trump Impersonator

    02/22/2017 8:32:18 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    The Forward ^ | February 21, 2017 | Shira Hanau
    Looking like Melania Trump is propelling an Israeli actress and model based in New York City to national acclaim. Mira Tzur first started acting the part when John Di Domenico, a long-time Donald Trump impersonator, asked her to play Melania alongside him in a video, her publicist wrote the Forward in an email. Tzur, 45, charges $3,000 plus expenses for each appearance as the First Lady, who is 46, according to the Miami Herald. She’s done it eight times so far, with more gigs coming. Tzur grew up near Tel Aviv, and her Israeli accent adds to her resemblance to...
  • ‘Sanctuary city’ law let gang member walk free from Rikers

    02/22/2017 8:09:35 AM PST · by EinNYC · 10 replies
    NY Post ^ | February 21, 2017 | Daniel Halper, Yoav Gonen and Carl Campanile
    An illegal immigrant gang member from El Salvador was allowed to walk free from Rikers Island under Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “Sanctuary City” law — in defiance of a federal petition to hold him for deportation, officials said Tuesday. “This man is by his own admission a member of a violent street gang and he was released back into the community,” said Thomas Decker, field office director for the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement unit in New York. “Honoring a detainer request is not about politics, it is about keeping New York citizens safe.”
  • Swiss army wants to recruit more women

    02/22/2017 5:59:40 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies ^ | 22 February 2017 11:03 CET+01:00
    Increasing the number of women recruits would be “beneficial” to the Swiss army, a top commander has said. “For me, it would be desirable if we could significantly increase the proportion of women in the medium term,” said Corps Commander Daniel Baumgartner in an interview with Neue Zürcher Zeitung published on Wednesday. “Women think and act differently. That would be good for the army,” he added. While Baumgartner did not suggest that compulsory military service should be extended to women, he said a compulsory ‘information day’ should be introduced where women can find out about the opportunities the army could...
  • Norway bishop calls on churches to employ paperless migrants

    02/22/2017 5:45:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies ^ | 20 February 2017 22:08 CET+01:00 | NTB/The Local
    Christian organizations in Norway plan to join a campaign to employ undocumented migrants, despite the threat of fines and imprisonment. Tor Berger Jřrgensen, the former bishop of Sřr-Hĺlogaland in northern Norway, launched the campaign last week, arguing that breaking the law in this way was not about saving money, but about providing a livelihood to people “in a hopeless situation”. The 71-year-old priest sent letters out to Christian organizations across Norway, asking them to give jobs to those who could neither return to their home countries nor get residency in Norway. He told the newspaper he was “optimistic” that his...
  • Utah moves to toss school ban on 'advocacy of homosexuality'

    02/21/2017 7:24:37 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 21, 2017 8:51 PM EST | Michelle L. Price
    Utah lawmakers took the first step Tuesday to get rid of a state law that bans the “advocacy of homosexuality” in schools, a move driven by a court challenge from gay rights groups. The Senate Education Committee voted unanimously in favor of a Republican bill cutting the phrase from sex education law. The National Center for Lesbian Rights and Equality Utah sued last fall, saying the law creates a “chilling culture of silence that stigmatizes LGBTQ students” and exists only to express disapproval of being gay. A number of states have similar laws, but few others are moving to overturn...
  • MNfusion: Tullibee Chef Crowned Prince Of Pigs At Cochon555

    02/21/2017 6:48:44 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 6 replies ^ | 2/21/17 | Katie Fraser
    Where’s the beef? Well, it made way for the pork. On Sunday afternoon in downtown Minneapolis, Twin Cities foodies celebrated the pig in all of its glory at Cochon555. An event dedicated to all things pork, Cochon555 celebrates heritage pigs and sustainable farming of the animal. The competition featured five chefs, who compete head-to-head creating dishes using a whole heritage breed pig. The focus is on fine dining. Proceeds from the 14-city event go to Piggy Bank, a charity focusing on sanctuaries for heritage breed pigs and Open Access Agriculture.
  • Long Persecuted, Assyrians Find Safe Haven in the Central Valley

    02/21/2017 5:10:34 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    KQED ^ | 2/20 | Alice Daniel
    Alice Daniel FEBRUARY 20, 2017 SHARE Inside the Assyrian American Civic Club of Turlock there’s a large banquet hall, a catering company and a radio station that broadcasts Assyrian music. “The music that you’re hearing, this is the original language. We speak the modern Aramaic dialect,” says the club’s president, Sam David. Assyrians are some of the earliest Christians. They’re indigenous to Mesopotamia, which is defined as the land between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, including much of modern-day Iraq. Assyrians also scattered to parts of modern-day Syria, Turkey, Lebanon and Iran. Audio Player 00:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase...
  • Why is Marin County So White?

    02/21/2017 5:05:49 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    KQED ^ | FEBRUARY 16, 2017 | Ericka Cruz Guevarra
    Take a trip through some pivotal moments in Marin history that contributed to its demographics today. Bay Curious is a podcast from KQED that answers your questions about the Bay Area. Six years ago, Henry Ma moved to the Bay Area with his wife from New York City. They settled in San Rafael — the perfect location between both of their jobs. Bay Curious is a podcast from KQED that’s all about answering your questions about the Bay Area. Find us on iTunes, NPR One or your favorite podcast platform. When they had two girls, he started to notice something...
  • Five Homeless People Rescued from Flooded San Jose Golf Course

    On Tuesday, fire crews rescued five homeless people from the Los Lagos Golf Course in San Jose after a swollen creek flooded the area. A series of storms in the South Bay, combined with runoff from nearby hills and water spilling from the Anderson Reservoir has overwhelmed Coyote Creek, triggering a swift-moving torrent of water to flow right through the golf course. Rescue crews waded through waist deep water to save those stranded at a homeless encampment along the Coyote Creek river, including two who were inside a tent on the third hole tee box. One rescued man said he...
  • Vietnam Vet Lost His Purple Heart as Thieves Swept Into the Oroville Dam Evacuation Zone

    02/21/2017 4:52:05 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | FEBRUARY 17, 2017 | Sam Stanton
    Authorities are investigating a series of looting incidents in neighborhoods evacuated this week during the Oroville Dam crisis, with residents reporting the thefts of cash and credit cards. One Vietnam veteran had nearly two dozen military medals stolen from his Yuba City home. At least six people have been detained so far in various incidents, and authorities say they still are investigating some reports. Among the victims was Mike Pomeroy, 69, a Vietnam veteran who left his Yuba City home Sunday with his wife, Gaylene, after the evacuation was ordered, then returned to find he had lost nearly two dozen...
  • It’s Official: Los Angeles Traffic is the World’s Worst

    02/21/2017 2:03:26 PM PST · by xzins · 68 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 21 Feb 2017 | Jae C. Hong
    Los Angeles officially has the worst traffic in the world, a new study has revealed. Global traffic research firm INRIX reports that Angelenos spent an average of 104 hours stuck in traffic in 2016. The study also notes that traffic and congestion costs each Los Angeles driver “$2,408 each and the city as a whole $9.6 billion from direct and indirect costs. Direct costs relate to the value of fuel and time wasted, and indirect costs refer to freight and business fees from company vehicles idling in traffic, which are passed on to households through higher prices.” INRIX noted that...
  • Paris region loses 1.5 million tourists over terror fears

    02/21/2017 9:44:32 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies ^ | 21 February 2017 12:00 CET+01:00
    Tourism in the greater Paris region Île-de-France has been hit hard by terror fears, the latest figures show. But it’s turning around. “In total, in 2016, hotel owners in Île-de-France welcomed 1.5 million fewer French and international tourists compared to 2015,” the Regional Tourism Committee reported on Tuesday. While the average number of tourists visiting the region has only decreased by 0.8 percent, the drop was particularly sharp among some countries more than others. There were 21.5 percent fewer Chinese tourists setting down their suitcases in the Paris region, and 41.2 percent fewer tourists from Japan checking in to hotels...
  • Good Samaritans help rescue 7 teens who fell into icy pond in Central Park

    02/21/2017 2:30:25 AM PST · by SMGFan · 13 replies
    ABC 7 ^ | February 21, 2017
    Good Samaritans jumped into icy water to rescue several teenagers who fell through the ice in Central Park Monday evening. Nine boys were walking on the ice just before 6 p.m. at the pond at Central Park South and Sixth Avenue in Central Park. A witness said he saw the group go out onto the ice, where they were taking selfies and jumping on the ice -- then they broke through the surface.
  • Bob Beckel refers to our president repeatedly as Comrade Trump on The Five 2/20/2017

    02/21/2017 2:42:14 AM PST · by nikos1121 · 97 replies
    nikos1121 | 2/20/2017
    I was already furious with the ravings of Shepherd Smith after our president's press conference last week, but at least Shepherd was respectful of the office. This chump, Bob Beckel is not, AND NEVER WILL BE. For those of you who missed it, this tough guy, who continues his "dry drunk" repeatedly referred to our president as "Comrade Trump". This picture captures the look on Eric Bolling's face when he said it. In fact, Eric and Kimberly asked him to stop. He wouldn't. I think for me, it's not only the fake news that offends me, it's the lack of...
  • Prefecture in China's Xinjiang to track cars by satellite

    02/20/2017 10:00:29 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 21, 2017 12:52 AM EST | Gerry Shih
    A prefecture in China’s far western Xinjiang region is requiring all vehicles to install satellite tracking systems as part of stepped-up measures against violent attacks. Traffic police in Bayingolin Mongol Autonomous Prefecture announced the regulation on Sunday, shortly after thousands of heavily armed police paraded in the Xinjiang capital and ruling Communist Party officials vowed to ramp up their campaign against separatists and Islamic militants. The vehicle-tracking program in Bayingolin will utilize China’s homegrown Beidou satellite system, launched in recent years to reduce China’s reliance on U.S.-based GPS providers for sensitive applications. Authorities said they will also track cars using...
  • 4-Year-Old Girl With Autism Saved by Two Boys After Almost Drowning in Creek

    02/20/2017 4:14:57 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    A 4-year-old with autism is back with her parents after she was saved from almost drowning in a creek. Officials say the little girl, Melody, had wandered away from home and accidentally fell into the creek. The mother told KDAF she had left for work, and her husband did not realize the little girl had left the home. "She went out on an adventure. She's likes to do that. She's got autism, and we just found out about it. She just likes to wander off and do her own thing sometimes," said Melody's mother. Thanks to the help of two...
  • 'Cash Me Outside' Teen Danielle Bregoli Tears Into Kardashians & Threatens To ‘Whip Their A**es’

    02/20/2017 11:04:31 AM PST · by drewh · 28 replies
    Hollywod Life ^ | Mon, February 20, 2017 9:33am EST by Allison | Allison Sadlier
  • Tanzania threat to list gay people

    02/20/2017 6:47:31 AM PST · by tekrat · 18 replies
    BBC ^ | 2/20/2017
    The threat to publish the names of suspected homosexuals in Tanzania has been defended by the deputy health minister in a fierce row on Twitter. Homosexual acts are illegal in the East African nation and punishable by up to 30 years in jail. Those who advertised homosexual activities online would also be targeted, the politician warned. Tweeters accused him of homophobia and infringing on the right to freedom of expression online.
  • 4 killed, 24 wounded in holiday weekend city shootings so far (Chicago)

    02/20/2017 6:37:55 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 6 replies
    Despite unseasonably warm temperatures that can lead to more people being outside — and, thus, more violence — the number of people killed and wounded in shootings citywide is slightly down from last year. Four people have been killed and at least 24 more wounded, including two 13-year-old boys, in South and West side shootings since 6 p.m. Friday, according to Chicago Police.
  • Woman helps prevent man from beating Baton Rouge officer

    02/19/2017 7:06:09 PM PST · by BBell · 22 replies | The Times-Picayune ^ | 2/19/17 | Beau Evans, | The Times-Picayune
    A woman came to the rescue of a Baton Rouge Police officer who was attacked by a 28-year-old man he was trying to handcuff following a traffic stop Sunday morning (Feb. 19), police said. Vickie Williams-Tillman, 56, leapt on the man's back and helped prevent him from continuing to hit the officer with his own baton, the Baton Rouge Police Department said in a Facebook post thanking her for her efforts. According to WBRZ, the officer initially found Thomas Bennet, 28, asleep in a car parked on Harry Drive in Baton Rouge. Syringes and a bag of cocaine were in...
  • An elderly woman sat in one chair so long, her skin started to mold to it

    02/19/2017 6:26:23 PM PST · by Gamecock · 35 replies
    The State ^ | FEBRUARY 19, 2017 | GREG HADLEY
    n Springfield Township, Ohio, one house lay quiet for months, its neighbors not noticing anything unusual or alarming, according to the Toledo Blade. But inside that house, a 75-year-old woman was living in squalor, surrounded by feces and trapped in one chair for months. According to police reports, Barbara Foster was finally rescued Thursday from her house, where she had been trapped for as long as a year, so long that her skin had begun to mold itself into the very fabric of the chair, per WCMH. Foster, who weighed 550 pounds when she was rescued, was transported to a...
  • Contractors kicked down the door and gutted the place — but it was the wrong house

    02/19/2017 5:39:15 PM PST · by Gamecock · 28 replies
    The State ^ | 2/18/2017 | Mark David Smith
    FORT WORTH, TEXAS When a Texas rental house was gutted last week, just before it was to be sold, the owners had lots of questions. Thinking burglars had destroyed the house and taken all the fixtures, they called Fort Worth, Texas, police to report the crime. Their plight — remarkable in part because of the thoroughness of the burglars, who took appliances, toilets, furniture, cabinets, shutters, doors, molding and even the doorbell — made the news in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Worse still, owners Lee and Lelia Beckelman, of the Houston area, had a contract to sell the house at...
  • Armed Robber Shot by Victim's Neighbor, Police Say

    02/19/2017 3:52:50 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    Riverfront Times ^ | Doyle Murph
    An armed robber in north St. Louis County was blindsided by a not-so-passive bystander, who pulled out a gun of his own and opened fire, authorities say. Tre'von Johnson, 24, was in the midst of a stickup at 1:40 a.m this morning when the victim's neighbor intervened, according to St. Louis County Police. The neighbor peppered Johnson with bullets as the would-be thief ducked back in his vehicle and sped off. The incident happened in the 1700 block of Bradshaw Drive in north county's Dellwood municipality. Police found Johnson, who lives nearby on Harneyworld Drive, shortly after at the hospital,...
  • Fayette County father and son killed in head-on collision with each other

    02/19/2017 3:34:17 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 59 replies
    FAYETTE COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — A father and son are dead after a head-on collision with each other in Fayette County. It happened just after 4 a.m. Saturday. ... Neither were using a seat belt when the crash happened. Troopers are still investigating but a preliminary investigation reveals alcohol was a factor in the accident.
  • Federal Agents Recall Branch Davidian Shootout 24 Years Ago

    02/19/2017 2:51:12 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 88 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | 2/19
    Nearly 24 years after the Branch Davidian standoff began near Waco, some federal agents are opening up about their experiences that resulted in the worst day in the history of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and ultimately the deaths of some 70 people inside the compound more than seven weeks later. "I've decided I'm never going to forget, and I owe it to the guys who were killed to tell their story," ATF Agent Gary Orchowski told the Houston Chronicle in a story published Sunday. Four agents were killed Feb. 28, 1993, when more than 130 ATF...
  • High School Transgender Wrestler Wins Texas Regional Title

    02/19/2017 2:01:02 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    A 17-year-old Dallas-area high school transgender wrestler who is transitioning from female to male has won a girls regional championship after a female opponent forfeited the match. Mack Beggs, a Euless Trinity High School junior who is undefeated this wrestling season, hugged losing opponent Madeline Rocha, from Coppell, on the victory stand Saturday after their match for the 110-pound Class 6A Region 2 championship never took place when Rocha declined to wrestle. Beggs and Rocha advance to the state championships next weekend. The top four finishers in the region qualified for the state tournament. Beggs did wrestle Kailyn Clay, of...
  • 'Nobody's a Nazi Here': Heavy Metal Fans Decry Cancellation of Band's Oakland Gig

    02/19/2017 1:56:54 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Brendan Weber and Marianne Favro
    A Swedish heavy metal band scheduled to rock the Metro Operahouse in Oakland Saturday night didn't even see the stage. That's because police were worried about public safety after reports surfaced that the band, coined Marduk, has ties to white supremacy and anti-Semitism. Those reports materialized into threats directed at the Oakland Metro Operahouse. Out of an abundance of caution to protect employees and the public from any potential harm carried out by protesters decrying the band, the Oakland Police Department advised the Oakland Metro Operahouse to call off the event. The music hall did investigate the band and found...
  • Police Locked in Standoff in Bodega, Nearby Roads Closed

    02/19/2017 1:52:49 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Sonoma County sheriff's officials are at the scene of a standoff situation Sunday afternoon in the unincorporated community of Bodega. At 11:55 a.m., sheriff's officials said they were involved with a barricaded suspect in the area and had closed several roads. According to sheriff's officials, Bodega Highway is closed between state Highway 1 and Joy Road. Salmon Creek Road is also closed between Bodega Highway and Tannery Creek Road. Further information was not immediately available.
  • Saturday morning fire destroys McLean mansion

    02/19/2017 7:28:26 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    Fairfax County fire officials said that six people escaped and firefighters rescued two dogs from the stately tan-brick home in the 800 block of Turkey Run Road. No one was injured. The home is owned by the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates, according to property records and two men who lived there. ... A man in the home and a neighbor who did not want to be named said it seemed to take at least 30 minutes for firefighters to spray any water on the house. The closest hydrant, which is the only one in the neighborhood, is up a...
  • 2 Men Allegedly Carjacked, Ran Over Man Trying To Flee Oroville

    02/18/2017 11:02:07 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | February 18, 2017
    Authorities have arrested two people accused of carjacking and running over a man preparing to flee when authorities ordered those living downstream from the Oroville Dam to evacuate. Butte County Sheriff’s Office said Saturday that 27-year-old Cody Bowles and 31-year-old Lucia Ripley were arrested Friday in the town of Biggs. The office says the man was loading his vehicle with the engine running when Bowles and Ripley armed with a shotgun jumped in
  • Illegal aliens often get large insurance settlements when in wrecks or injured. Here's why.

    02/18/2017 10:05:20 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 15 replies
    Local sources of information | 18 February 2017 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    Here's another important fact. Many Mexicans go to Mexico for medical care, including surgery and all kinds of major medical care. As a result, when one of them is in a wreck or injured, no medical records are available here to show previous injuries/conditions and they are able to claim it was because of the wreck/injury. As a result, lawyers argue that all injuries they have were a result of the incident which occurred here. Conversely, Americans whose records are available can not claim previous injuries were caused by the recent wreck/injury due to availability of records AND a different...
  • Campus Leftists at UChicago say Free Speech Shouldn’t Apply Equally to Everyone

    02/18/2017 9:31:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Heat Street ^ | 3:20 pm, February 16, 2017 | Ian Miles Cheong
    Students at the prestigious University of Chicago say that free speech should not apply equally to everyone. The students objected to the school’s Institute of Politics’ invitation to former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. They claim that allowing him to speak “normalizes bigotry” and provides a platform for fascism. Lewandowski did not join the White House staff but by many accounts remains an influential advisor to the president. The coalition of students from U of C Resists, Graduate Students United, Students Working Against Prisons, and UChicago Socialists claim that the school’s “commitment to free expression” doesn’t require the institution...
  • 260 Drought Maps Show California's Deep Drought and Current Recovery

    02/17/2017 11:56:35 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 2/17 | Kyle Kim and Thomas Suh Lauder
    Persistent precipitation in recent months have significantly improved California's drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Extreme to exceptional drought – the most severe levels – have been virtually lifted in the entire state since it first appeared on Jan. 24, 2014.
  • Trump Administration Denies AP Report About Mobilizing NG for Immigration Roundups

    02/17/2017 7:14:55 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 16 replies ^ | 2/17/17 | AP
    The Trump administration is considering a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants, including millions living nowhere near the Mexico border, according to a draft memo obtained by The Associated Press.
  • Glory, Be! Lake Berryessa's Glory Hole Is Spilling Over

    02/17/2017 5:27:44 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 57 replies
    San Fracisco Chronicle ^ | Friday, February 17, 2017 | Amy Graff
    Lake Berryessa's Glory Hole is spilling over for the first time in 10 years. The reservoir two hours north of San Francisco reached full capacity and an elevation level of 440 feet Friday at 6 a.m., and began spilling, according to U.S. Bureau of Reclamation spokesperson Janet Sierzputowski. The unique spillway operates similarly to a bathtub drain
  • Driver Caught Using Mannequin in HOV Lane

    02/17/2017 3:39:54 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    NBC Montana ^ | Feb 17, 2017 | Delaney Strunk
    Driver, mannequin both wearing seatbelts After pulling over a driver for speeding in an HOV lane near Tacoma, Washington, a state trooper noticed something a little off about the woman in the passenger seat -- she wasn't real. As the trooper approached the car along Interstate 5, he realized the passenger was actually a mannequin. Though the skin was rubber, the mannequin was almost lifelike, sporting a pink cardigan, scarf and blond wig.
  • Hope about Trump quickly realized!

    02/17/2017 9:56:41 AM PST · by georgiegirl · 15 replies
    Self | 2/17/2017 | georgiegirl
    Dear Freepers, I have compiled a list of Trump's accomplishments in the last month. I want to publish this in our local weekly newspaper in response to an anti-Trump editorial. Please let me know if I need to add or change anything. (Jim Robinson's original list of Trump's promises was my inspiration). Thank you!
  • Interview: Martha Salomaa Talks About the Night She Defended Her Family With a .38

    02/17/2017 9:26:48 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    OutdoorHub ^ | 2/15 | Dave Maas
    DM: First, it’s an absolute pleasure to meet you, and congrats on your recent marriage. Even though your last name has changed from Lewis to Salomaa, I’m guessing that not everything has changed . . . including your belief in the right to defend your family and home? Martha: Thank you, Dave. I certainly still believe in the right to defend my home and family. My husband is an immigrant from Finland, and he respects and admires the Second Amendment of our Constitution. He counts it among one of the great aspects of American life. My daughters continue to practice...
  • Vigilante Days hit the streets on Saturday

    TOMBSTONE – Historic Allen Street will be bustling with activity this weekend for the annual Vigilantes Days celebration in Tombstone on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Every year, the event delivers a full lineup of activities for folks of all ages. Events on Saturday and Sunday kickoff at 10 a.m. with a presentation of colors by the Tombstone High School JROTC at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday and 10:30 a.m. on Monday. Following the flag presentation and national anthem, performers in the form of gunfights, musicians and dance groups will hit Allen Street throughout the three days.
  • WestJet pilot orders pizza for rerouted Air Canada passengers in Fredericton

    02/17/2017 4:12:44 AM PST · by Don W · 16 replies
    Victoria Times-Colonist ^ | February 15, 2017 | Canadian Press
    Air Canada is apologizing to passengers who found themselves rerouted late at night to Fredericton with nothing to eat - that is, until a WestJet pilot stepped in to buy them pizza, one of which is shown in a handout photo from passenger John Samms.The passengers were on a flight from Toronto to St. John's, N.L. on Feb. 8 when bad weather forced the plane to be rerouted to New Brunswick - See more at:
  • Tinder stalker stabbed date 11 times, then doused her in gasoline

    02/16/2017 4:40:33 PM PST · by Gamecock · 29 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 16, 201 | Jenny Awford
    A young doctor has recalled the horrifying moment she almost bled to death after a Tinder stalker stabbed her 11 times and doused her in gas. Dr. Angela Jay sobbed in relief after being told that Paul Lambert, 36, was shot dead by police after leading officers on a 100-mile chase on the east coast of Australia. Lambert broke into Jay’s home as part of a sick plot to rape and murder her after she ended their two-month relationship, police believe. “He caught me again and started pouring [gas] over me, there was terror now and that gave me extra...
  • SC man convicted of murder of wife’s alleged lover

    02/16/2017 1:27:08 PM PST · by Gamecock · 16 replies ^ | 2/16/2017 | Staff Reports
    Keith Sheldon Levan, of Socastee, was found guilty of murder Wednesday afternoon, according to a press release. Levan, 41, was found guilty of the Feb. 21, 2015 murder of Barry Selmon, 50, of Myrtle Beach. The murder allegedly arose out of an affair between Selmon and Levan’s wife Penny Hubbard. After Levan found out about the alleged affair, he left his house in Hubbard’s Lexus with an AR-15 rifle, a pistol and a hatchet, according to the press release. Levan drove toward the hhgregg store in Myrtle Beach where Selmon was waiting in his own vehicle. According to surveillance footage...
  • Flooding Concerns Heightened in South Bay as Full Anderson Reservoir Expected to Overflow

    02/16/2017 12:20:11 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Feb 15, 2017 | Bob Redell and Brendan Weber
    Rising water filling up Santa Clara County's Anderson Reservoir, which was 99.3 percent full as of Wednesday, is expected to flow over the dam's spillway as a result of this week's impending storms. Unlike the potentially catastrophic situation with Lake Oroville's emergency spillway, the Anderson Reservoir's operational spillway is not at risk of failure, according to Santa Clara Valley Water District officials. Despite that good news, officials in Santa Clara County are warning residents living along Coyote Creek and near Kelley Park to be on the lookout for potential flooding. Water officials for the past month have been releasing water...
  • Hero Catches Teen Who Fell 20 Feet From Mall Escalator

    02/16/2017 11:23:44 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    KFOR ^ | FEBRUARY 16, 2017
    An alert shopper is being called a hero after he caught a teen who fell from an escalator in Missouri earlier this month, according to KTVI. Surveillance video shows two teenagers playing near an escalator inside the South County Center on Feb. 4. The teens are shown grabbing the moving handrail and holding on until it lifts them off the ground. One of the teens held on for too long and was dangling 20 feet above the ground when she started screaming for help. Seconds later, the escalator handrail forced her to let go. Mark Maloy stood under the girl...
  • Myrtle Beach man was planning attack ‘in the spirit of Dylann Roof,’ FBI says

    02/16/2017 11:12:32 AM PST · by Gamecock · 6 replies
    The State ^ | 2/16/2017 | TEDDY KULMALA
    MYRTLE BEACH, SC A South Carolina man with white supremacy connections was charged Wednesday after buying a gun from an undercover agent with the intention to carry out an attack “in the spirit of Dylann Roof.” Benjamin Thomas Samuel McDowell, 29, from Conway, was arrested Wednesday afternoon by FBI agents, according to Horry County jail records. McDowell on Dec. 26 posted a message to Facebook that said, “I love love to act what u think,” followed by a link to the Temple Emanu-El Conservative Synagogue in Myrtle Beach, according to the federal complaint. Horry County police told federal investigators that...
  • IRS, FBI Agents Raid State Senator's Law Office

    02/16/2017 10:52:22 AM PST · by EQAndyBuzz · 18 replies
    WOAI - San Antonio ^ | 2/15/17 | Jim Forsyth
    FBI and IRS agents today conducted an operation at the law office of State Senator Carlos Uresti, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports. The operation took place at Uresti's private law office on Quincy Street, just off I-35 on the north end of downtown.An FBI agent confirmed only that agents are conducting 'lawful law enforcement activity' at the office. They are being assisted by San Antonio Police, officers are keeping bystanders at bay.It is not clear what the agents are looking for. The IRS has not returned a call seeking comment. Developing