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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Did you know 'Mickey Rourke To Wrestle WWE Star Chris Jericho?

HOUSTON — Actor Mickey Rourke, who has won acclaim for his starring role in "The Wrestler," says he's ready to rumble with a professional wrestler in real life.
He's signed to wrestle WWE superstar Chris Jericho at Wrestlemania 25 in Houston on April 5, the Houston Chronicle reported.
Rourke portrays professional wrestler Randy the Ram in the acclaimed movie "The Wrestler." He won a Golden Globe for his performance.
The actor made the surprise announcement Sunday night on the red carpet before the Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles. He said he was pleased by the acceptance of the movie by all the WWE wrestlers — except Jericho.
Then Rourke said he was going to toss Jericho "around the ring like tossed salad."
Meanwhile, Jericho, appearing on WWE television, said, Rourke was out of line and that he was offended by Rourke's comments. He said Rourke made "a mistake."

Acrobat Falls to His Death During Arizona Performance

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — A performer with an aerial acrobatic troupe fell to his death Tuesday during a show in front of hundreds of people in Scottsdale.
Scottsdale police Sgt. Mark Clark says the 30-year-old man fell during what he described as a Cirque du Soleil-type performance in which the man slowly unravels his body from a sash while suspended in the air.
But Clark says "something went tragically wrong," and the man fell on his head in front of a crowd of about 750 inside the Bird's Next party and concert tent at the FBR Open golf tournament.
Clark says the man was with a five-person troupe called Aerial Artistry.
He says the fall was caught on film and that investigators will review it to see how the accident happened.
Clark says everyone who saw the fatal fall is "absolutely stunned."

Did you know a Man stole work computer, then its replacement


LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) - He didn't even pay for the warranty. Police in Long Branch said a man allegedly stole a $20,000 diagnostic computer from a garage where he used to work, then returned the broken unit several months later - only to steal its replacement.
The man was been charged Friday with two counts of theft.
Police said the first computer went missing from Contemporary Motor Cars sometime between last June and October. The 29-year-old man couldn't be questioned because he had resigned and traveled to Trinidad.
When he returned, he allegedly went to the garage to revisit former co-workers and even brought coffee and doughnuts. But he soon disappeared and employees noticed the old computer was back and the new computer was gone.

Did you know that a Florida Couple paid $155G Cloned Dog

MIAMI — A Boca Raton couple got a new dog, and it's just like their old dog. Not just the same breed and gender, but the same DNA.
Nina and Edgar Otto picked up their cloned yellow lab puppy at the Miami International Airport Monday night. Lancelot Encore was cloned from the DNA of the Ottos' late dog Lancelot, which died of cancer in January 2008. Guessing that pet cloning would one day be possible, the Ottos had DNA samples of their dog frozen five years ago.
The Ottos paid $155,000 in a San Francisco biotech firm's dog-cloning auction last July.
BioArts International created Lancelot Encore in South Korea, where he was born 10 weeks ago. The Ottos say he's the first single-birth, commercially cloned puppy in the United States.

Superior Court Judge Curtissa Cofield: “Negro Trooper” Arrest (Video)

Superior Court Judge E. Curtissa Cofield was arrested by Glastonbury, Connecticut police on October 10, 2008 for driving under the influence of alcohol. In a video released yesterday by Glasonbury police, she is seen addressing the officer booking her with racist language, calling him a “Negro trooper” and the N-word.
Curtissa Cofield
Connecticut’s Judicial Review Council released a video Monday of Manchester County Superior court judge Curtissa Cofield being booked by Glastonbury State Police. The Council is now investigating judicial misconduct charges against Cofield for using racist language against police officers booking her. Since Cofield is African American, this a very disturbing case of black-on-black racism.
She was being booked with sideswiping a state trooper’s cruiser with her BMW.
Some of the more disturbing quotes:
“We’re ghetto Negroes. We don’t have Triple-A.”
When asked if she took medication: “Yeah, I need to take anti-Negro, ummm …”
“Do you have a reading on my urine test, Negro trooper?” more

Did you know that Man Attacks His Lawyer In Court With Feces

SAN DIEGO -- A mistrial was declared Monday when a home-invasion robbery suspect smeared human feces on his attorney's face then threw more at the jury.
Weusi McGowan, 37, was upset because San Diego Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Fraser refused to remove Deputy Alternate Public Defender Jeffrey Martin from the case, prosecutor Christopher Lawson said.
At the mid-morning break, McGowan produced a plastic baggie filled with fecal matter and spread it on Martin's hair and face, then flung the excrement toward the jury box, hitting the briefcase of juror No. 9 but missing the juror himself.
"That juror didn't even see it coming," Lawson said.
The prosecutor said the defendant was compliant after the outburst and was taken into custody without further incident.
After lunch, Fraser dismissed the jury, telling them McGowan would have to get a new lawyer and that his trial would be delayed.
The judge scheduled a status conference for Feb. 9 and raised the defendant's bail from $250,000 to $1 million, finding he is a danger to the community.
Lawson said McGowan originally became upset last week when he claimed one of the jurors saw him in shackles as he entered the courtroom. Fraser dismissed all jurors who saw the defendant in shackles, the prosecutor said.
"The judge had been very fair," Lawson said. "All jurors who saw it were dismissed."
Fraser had also denied McGowan's attempt to represent himself, saying the request was untimely, Lawson said. more

St. Lucie firefighter who took severed foot charged with theft

PORT ST. LUCIE - The St. Lucie County Fire District firefighter accused of absconding with a portion of a man's leg from an Interstate 95 crash scene last year was arrested Monday on a misdemeanor theft charge, a Florida Highway Patrol spokesman said.Cindy Economou, 38, who wanted the remains to help train her cadaver dog, eventually resigned after taking Karl Lambert's foot and part of his leg from the Sept. 19 crash scene, officials said.FHP officials on Monday arrested Economou, of the 500 block of Aster Road, on a second-degree petit theft charge, which is punishable by up to 60 days in jail, in connection with the incident. The warrant lists the value of Lambert's foot at less than $100."I think the issue here for everyone was unfortunately the value of the foot," said Lt. Tim Frith, FHP spokesman. "This particular bizarre incident involving a body part is not listed in the statute as far as specifying it, so therefore it would relate back to some type of monetary value."
An arrest affidavit states Economou took the foot "with the intent to either permanently or temporarily deprive the owner, Mr. Lambert, the right to his property.""This is just so unbelievable, it's like a dream I'm in," Lambert said Monday. "I can't believe it's happening."Lambert is in a wheelchair, and said the portion of his left leg from about 5 inches below the knee is missing."Every person has his breaking point and I've had mine," he said. "Sometimes it just gets harder than normal."Lambert said the end of his leg still needs to get toughened up before he can get fitted for a prosthesis. He also needs to strengthen the extremity and be able to straighten it fully. Lambert, who was in the hospital for nearly a month following the incident, couldn't talk about some aspects of the situation on the advice of his attorney, Raymond Christian, who did not immediately return a call. more

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Did you know Hartford mayor turned hhimself in for bribery?

HARTFORD, Conn. — Hartford's mayor turned himself in Tuesday on charges of having a city contractor do $40,000 in work at his home and paying for it only after being confronted by investigators.
Eddie A. Perez, a native of Puerto Rico and the first Hispanic mayor in the city's history, admitted "a lapse in judgment" but said he did not commit a crime. He pledged to remain in office.
"There is no excuse for it," Perez told The Hartford Courant. "I apologize for putting my family and my city under this situation."
Perez, the Democratic mayor of Connecticut's capital city since 2001, was charged with receiving a bribe and falsifying evidence.
The contractor, Carlos Costa, told investigators he believed he would be shut out of lucrative city contracts had he not done the work for free, prosecutors said Tuesday.
Costa, who was awarded a $5 million city streetscape contract, did the kitchen and bathroom renovations at Perez's home in 2005. Perez paid $20,000 for the work in 2007, but only after being questioned by a grand jury probing possible corruption in city government, prosecutors said. Neither Costa nor Perez obtained building permits for the work, prosecutors said.

According to warrants in the case, investigators found "numerous instances" where Perez intervened in matters to help Costa.
Costa was charged Monday with two counts of bribery, fabricating evidence and conspiracy to fabricate evidence in connection to the case.
Perez is charged with receiving a bribe, fabricating physical evidence and conspiracy to fabricate evidence. The felonies can bring a maximum sentence of five to 10 years in prison if convicted.
Perez did not return a phone message left by The Associated Press, but scheduled a 1 p.m. news conference to discuss the charges.
Perez grew up on Hartford's gritty North end and street gang leader before turning away from gang life in the 1970s and forming a neighborhood civic group.
Though technically powerless in the city's weak-mayor form of government, Perez upended Hartford politics by aligning himself with a Republican and a Green Party member to seize control of the City Council. In 2002, voters approved a charter change that shifted the power from the council to the mayor's office and made Perez the most powerful mayor in Hartford history. In 2005 he also took over the city's school system.
Another city hall employee, Edward Lazu, was charged with one count of receiving a bribe, fabricating evidence and three counts of forgery. more

Did you know that Julie Amero Faced Up to 40 Years in Prison After Spyware Caused Porn to Pop Up on Her


Julie Amero spent years fighting porn charges after a computer malfunction.
But her life took a drastic turn on Oct. 19 of that year and now, four years later, Amero has a scarred reputation and said she has suffered emotional distress after facing serious pornography charges that destroyed her teaching career.
"Everybody out there should be afraid," the now 47-year-old Amero said on "Good Morning America" today. "If it can happen to me it can certainly happen to you."
The Back Story: Spyware Cause Porn Popups on Teacher's Computer
Amero started that fateful school day at Kelly Middle School in Norwich, Conn., by checking her personal e-mail and then she stepped out of the classroom to use the bathroom. While she was away from her desk, the computer began displaying a flurry of pornographic images.
She returned to find two students giggling at the computer screen. Amero said she tried to close the inappropriate images, but to no avail.
"The pop-ups never went away. It was one after another. They were continuous. Every time I clicked the box in the corner, the red box, the red X, more were generated," she said according to a court transcript. more

Did you know that Citigroup abandon plans to purchase luxurious new 50 million corporate jet?


The high-flying execs at Citigroup caved under pressure from President Obama and decided today to abandon plans for a luxurious new $50 million corporate jet from France.
The bank used TARP funds to purchase a new corporate jet for executives.
The decision came 24 hours after the banking giant, which was rescued by a $45 billion taxpayer lifeline, defended buying the state-of-the-art Dassault Falcon 7X -- one of nine to be flying in U.S. skies -- as a smart business deal.
The jet, the epitome of corporate prestige and privilege, can carry 12 passengers in elegant comfort.
ABC News has learned that on Monday officials of the Obama administration called Citigroup about the company's new $50 million corporate jet and told execs to "fix it." more

Monday, January 26, 2009

Did you know a California woman gave birth to eight babies?

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A California woman shocked doctors by giving birth on Monday to octuplets, believed to be only the second set of eight babies born in the United States.

The six boys and two girls were doing well and were in stable condition in the neonatal intensive care unit, said Dr. Karen Maples at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in the Los Angeles suburb of Bellflower.

But two needed some help to breath with ventilators, she told a press conference.

The eight babies were born nine weeks prematurely by Caesarean section over a five-minute period, stunning a 46-member medical team that was expecting only seven babies.

They weighed between 1 pound 8 ounces (680 grams) and 3 pounds 4 ounces (1.47 kg) and doctors initially identified them by the letters A through H as they were born.

"We decided to proceed with the delivery in anticipation of seven babies. We had done some drills, some preliminary dry runs," Maples said.

"Lo and behold, after we got to Baby G, which is what we expected, we were surprised by Baby H."

Maples said she had been following the mother, who was not identified, since the first trimester of her pregnancy.

Citing patient confidentiality rules, the hospital declined to say whether the mother had become pregnant through fertility treatments, which can raise the likelihood of multiple births.

"It was a shock, especially with the eighth baby," Maples said.

The mother plans to breast feed all eight babies, her doctors said.

The last octuplets known to have survived in the United States were born in Houston in 1998, in that case six girls and two boys. One of the babies, a girl, died one week after birth.

Did you know that Lehman Brothers CEO Richard Fuld transferred his $13.75 million ocean front estate in Jupiter Island, FL to his wife for $100?



Less than two months after the investment banking firm he led collapsed in the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history, Lehman Brothers CEO and Chairman for just one Benjamin Franklin bill, Florida real estate records reveal.
Richard Fuld transferred his $13.75 million ocean front estate in Jupiter Island, FL to his wife
This home in Jupiter Island, Florida was purchased by former Lehman Brothers CEO and Chairman...
This home in Jupiter Island, Florida was purchased by former Lehman Brothers CEO and Chairman Richard Fuld and his wife Kathleen in 2004 for $13.75 million. In November, less than two months after Lehman Brothers collapsed intro bankruptcy, Fuld transferred the home to his wife for $100.
(ABC News)The move is garnering attention for what might be Fuld's attempt to avoid creditors as he could face civil lawsuits in the future.

It sounds like Fuld is "trying to save as many assets as he can," said Palm Beach attorney Jeffrey Zane, who does not represent Fuld. The move, he added, is basically an interfamily transfer that was necessary because Fuld, as a non-resident of Florida, was not safeguarded by the state's homestead property laws that can protect a family home from creditors.

After failing to find a financial savior to save it from collapse - which was a partial consequence of its heavy involvement in sub-prime mortgage investments - Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy Sept. 15, 2008. more

Did you know that there was More Than 40,000 Layoffs?


Miserable Monday:

Home Depot, Caterpillar, Sprint Nextel and Pfizer announce cost-cutting plans."Labor reductions are always the most difficult action to take, but many companies are finding it necessary in this environment," Sprint Nextel CEO Dan Hesse said in a statement today.

The nation's third largest wireless carrier will cut 8,000 jobs by the end of March or about 13 percent of its work force.

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Home Depot, Sprint and Caterpillar
Sprint was one of at least four large U.S.-based companies announcing large-scale job cuts. Pfizer, which is buying rival pharmaceutical giant Wyeth for $68 billion, is planning to cut 8,000 jobs, or about 2 percent of its work force.

The closure of Home Depot's high-end EXPO stores, meanwhile, will affect 7,000 employees, or 2 percent of the company's work force. In addition, Home Depot today said it would also institute a salary freeze for company officers. more

Did you know thsi 93 year old man froze to death in his home?

BAY CITY, Michigan — A 93-year-old man froze to death inside his home, an autopsy has determined, just days after the city limited his flow of electricity for not paying his bills.

Marvin E. Schur died "a slow, painful death," said Kanu Virani, Oakland County's deputy chief medical examiner, who performed Schur's autopsy.

Neighbors discovered Schur's body on Jan. 17. The indoor temperature was below 32 degrees at the time, the neighbors told The Bay City Times for a story Monday.

Schur had no children, and his wife passed away several years ago.

The man had almost $1,100 in unpaid electric bills, said neighbor George Pauwels Jr., who discovered Schur's body.

The utility installed a "limiter" device outside Schur's home on Jan. 13, said Bay City Manager Robert Belleman. The device limits electricity flow to the home and blows out like a fuse if more than allowed is drained. Belleman said he doesn't know if anyone talked to Schur to explain how to reset the device to restore power.

Did you know that man survived two days on whisky while trapped under his sofa

Joe Galliott first became ensnared by his sofa when he tripped over a phone cord during a power cut, sending him tumbling onto the sofa. This made the sofa flip over, landing on top of him and trapping him underneath.

While he was unable to get out from under the furniture, and had no food or water, Galliott was fortunate enough to have knocked a bottle of whisky within reach of his sofa-prison as he fell.

He told The Sun: 'I didn't have the strength to shift anything. I never had anything to drink except from that bottle of whisky, and I sipped on that.'

The 65-year-old was finally rescued from his ordeal when his grandson paid him a visit and called for help. He spent five days in hospital recovering from his sofa hell.

Did you know a man died from a gushot wound playing kick draw?


A 42-year-old West Virginia man died from a gunshot wound in the stomach early Saturday after playing a game of quick draw at a home in the Falls Mills area of Tazewell County, Sheriff H.S. Caudill said Saturday.

Wesley K. Miliam Sr., of Kegley, W. Va., died in the ambulance on the way to Bluefield Regional Medical center shortly after the 4 a.m. incident on Compton Road, said Randy Ann Davis, a spokeswoman for the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office.

After the shooting, deputies arrested Randy Miller Howerton, 31, of Bluefield, Va., who was participating in the game. Howerton was charged with manslaughter, shooting a gun in an occupied dwelling and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, the sheriff’s office said.

“What was really surprising was that there didn’t seem to be any alcohol at all,” Caudill said Saturday. “No drugs, no guns, it was very different, very surprising.”

Howerton did not know Miliam well, Caudill said.

“The man charged with the shooting lived at the house with a lady, and had for some time. They had friends over for the night and some of them knew” Miliam, Caudill said. “It was just reckless handling of a firearm.”

Howerton is being held at the Southwest Regional Jail in Tazewell without bond, Caudill said.

His prior felony convictions include larceny.

Did you know a man who shined a green laser light into cockpit of plane sentenced to 3 years


Man who shined laser into airplanes sentenced to 3 years
CLEVELAND — A Brook Park man who shined a green laser into the cockpits of airplanes and a helicopter last June will spend three years in prison after pleading guilty to those crimes and separate drug-dealing charges.

Justin Dewalt, 26, pleaded guilty to several felonies and was sentenced Friday, officials said.

According to the Cuyahoga County prosecutor's office, the laser incidents unfolded this way:

Dewalt bought a high-power laser off the Internet and brought it to a party on West 130th Street June 4. That night, flight crews of two planes about to land at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport reported that someone hit their cockpits with a laser.

One airliner carried about 20 people, the other about 100.

About an hour later, a laser hit the cockpit of a MetroHealth Medical Center helicopter flying a patient to the hospital from Elyria.

The helicopter pilot told Cleveland police the area where the laser came from and when a pilot for the police helicopter flew over to investigate, he, too, was hit in the eye by a laser that was coming from a moving car.

Cleveland police stopped the car a short time later and found Dewalt in the back seat with a laser.

Did you know a woman shot her boyfriend for not letting he sleep?

A Monroe woman, who said she was angry because her boyfriend wouldn't let her sleep, shot him with a small-caliber handgun, according to an arrest affidavit.

Charged with aggravated battery was Roshonda Anding, 21, of 3002 Burg Jones Lane. She remained in Ouachita Correctional Center on Saturday afternoon with no bond set.

The arrest affidavit said Ouachita deputies found the victim in his car at the intersection of Beverly Street and Morton early Saturday. The victim had been shot once in the hip, and was taken to LSU Medical Center.

Deputies said they encountered the suspect walking in the vicinity of the shooting scene. The affidavit said Anding led authorities to the handgun, which she had thrown into a culvert.

"Anding was cooperative," the affidavit said, and "only stated that she shot (the victim) because he was bothering her and wouldn't let her sleep."

Did you know a boys tantrum cause him to throws his teddy bear down hill, parents have to be rescued after they were trapped trying to retrieve it

A boy throwing a temper tantrum threw his teddy bear over a cliff, which resulted in a hillside rescue of his parents.
A teddy bear thrown in a temper tantrum turned into a full-scale search-and-rescue operation after the parents tried to retrieve the stuffed animal, but slipped down a steep Glendale hillside and needed to be rescued.

A 10-year-old boy named Soski threw his stuffed animal over a guardrail and down a hillside in the midst of a tantrum around 9 p.m. on Nolan Avenue near McGinn Drive.

"I threw my teddy bear, and then my mom went down to get it, but then she slipped," Soski said.

The child's father, Harry, went to help his wife, but he also slipped on the slick hillside. The couple found themselves 80 feet down the rain-slicked hillside, in need of help.

"We could not climb up because it was very slippery," Harry said, adding that he and his wife were worried because they had left their son alone atop the hill.

Soski ran to a neighbor's house, and they called 911.

Arriving firefighters then used ropes to pull the man and woman up to safety, and neither parent was hurt.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Did you know that Car dealers try to survive as economy, sales drop

NEW ORLEANS – At this year's version of the National Automobile Dealers Association convention, survival has passed maximizing profits as the focus of the annual event.
So as thousands of dealers from across the U.S. gathered Saturday in New Orleans, they were greeted by workshops entitled "Selling up in a down economy: Taking the bull by the horns" and "Tough times, tougher dealers: Saving your dealership's assets."
By almost all accounts, 2009 will be among the toughest years ever faced by the roughly 20,000 new car dealerships in the U.S., with sales of cars and lightweight trucks projected to shrink by as much as 6 million vehicles from the 16.1 million sold as recently as 2007. Sales last year were 13.2 million, down 18 percent from 2007, and December sales ran at an annual rate of around 10 million. Last year's sales were the worst in 26 years.
The workshops, said convention Chairman Jeff Carlson, are designed to help dealers cope with 2009 and make it to the day when the auto market bounces back.
"It's our charge to serve the dealers and to help them do everything that they can to remain viable," said Carlson, who runs two Ford Motor Co. dealerships in Colorado.

Did you know that 68% of Americans approve of Obama performance


WASHINGTON (Jan. 25) - Barack Obama is enjoying about a two-thirds approval rating for his first days as president, a poll released Saturday found.
The Gallup Organization survey found 68 percent of Americans approve of Obama's performance as the nation's chief executive. That's a number near the high end for new presidents, but short of President John F. Kennedy's 72 percent in 1961.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Baby’s phone call from indoor marijuana farm lands dad in jail

A baby playing with a telephone inadvertently called police to his house in westernmost Canada, and to his "very surprised" father’s marijuana growing operation inside, police said Wednesday.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police responded to an emergency 911 call in which the caller hung up without saying a word, Const. Janelle Canning told AFP.
The officers entered the White Rock residence, after knocks at the door went unanswered, she said.
"The father was very surprised to see us and insisted he hadn’t called police," she said. "The officers then observed his 11-month old child playing with a cordless phone, pressing buttons randomly."
The mystery caller was identified, she said. "It appears the baby called us."
During a routine search of the house, the officers also uncovered 500 marijuana plants in two locked rooms on the main floor.
The 29-year-old father was arrested and faces charges of production of a controlled substance and mischief. He is to appear in court in April.
The baby boy was removed from the home by the Ministry of Children and Family, and was later released into his mother’s custody.

Man sues Akron strip club for injury


Yusuf Evans says he still bears the pain of his first visit to an Akron strip club.
He says he got the boot — right in the nose, from the wicked flick of a dancer's foot.
It happened, he said, as he sat near the stage with friends inside the XTC nightclub on Brittain Road.
Evans, 37, has filed a lawsuit against the club and an unnamed dancer. He is seeking more than $25,000 for injuries he claims he suffered during his visit a year ago. The case has been assigned to Summit County Common Pleas Judge Brenda Burnham Unruh.
Representatives of the club did not respond to a request for an interview.
''I got injured and I shouldn't have gotten injured just going out and trying to show somebody a good time,'' Evans said in a phone interview. ''I have to live with this the rest of my life probably.''
Evans said he doesn't normally frequent strip clubs, but he made an exception when an out-of-town cousin visited Akron. He said he wanted to be hospitable to his guest and another friend.
The three men were seated near the dance stage while a stripper nicknamed ''Tiara'' performed her routine. The dance included a demonstrative kick, which Evans said caused the stripper's boot to fly off her foot.
Evans said he never saw the boot coming. The thick-heeledshoe, similar to the platform style worn in the 1970s, smacked him squarely in the face.
He said he was treated at a local hospital for injuries to his nose. Doctors have recommended surgery.
''That was my first time ever there. Isn't that crazy?'' he said. ''My nose got chipped on one side and I constantly lose the ability to breathe out of one nostril; the passageway gets clogged up.''
The lawsuit claims XTC management allowed improper attire to be used by their dancers. The dancers are required ''to wear certain articles of clothing'' and ''actively participate in stage dances'' and that during these routines, ''the stage becomes a hazardous area.''
Evans' attorney, John Brooks Cameron of Medina, could not be reached for additional comment.

Yusuf Evans says he still bears the pain of his first visit to an Akron strip club.
He says he got the boot — right in the nose, from the wicked flick of a dancer's foot.
It happened, he said, as he sat near the stage with friends inside the XTC nightclub on Brittain Road.
Evans, 37, has filed a lawsuit against the club and an unnamed dancer. He is seeking more than $25,000 for injuries he claims he suffered during his visit a year ago. The case has been assigned to Summit County Common Pleas Judge Brenda Burnham Unruh.
Representatives of the club did not respond to a request for an interview.
''I got injured and I shouldn't have gotten injured just going out and trying to show somebody a good time,'' Evans said in a phone interview. ''I have to live with this the rest of my life probably.''
Evans said he doesn't normally frequent strip clubs, but he made an exception when an out-of-town cousin visited Akron. He said he wanted to be hospitable to his guest and another friend.
The three men were seated near the dance stage while a stripper nicknamed ''Tiara'' performed her routine. The dance included a demonstrative kick, which Evans said caused the stripper's boot to fly off her foot.
Evans said he never saw the boot coming. The thick-heeledshoe, similar to the platform style worn in the 1970s, smacked him squarely in the face.
He said he was treated at a local hospital for injuries to his nose. Doctors have recommended surgery.
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Did you know a Iowa woman was arrested for overdue library book

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa — An Independence woman who police say failed to return a library book has been arrested.Thirty-nine-year-old Shelly Koontz was arrested Thursday night on a fifth-degree theft charge. She is accused of keeping ``The Freedom Writers Diary,'' which she checked out from the Jesup Public Library in April 2008.Police say the book was valued at $13.95.Court records show library employees tried repeatedly by telephone and mail to contact Koontz about the book. A police officer visited her home in September 2008 and told Koontz's teenage daughter that her mother needed to pay for the book or return it.Officials at the Buchanan County jail say Koontz was released after posting $250 bond.No telephone listing for Koontz could be found in the Independence area

Did you know that a Dog Stoped an Attempted Rape in Florida by Biting Woman'''s Attacker',''

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. — A Boston terrier stopped a rape attempt by biting a Florida woman's attacker, police said.
The Broward Sheriff's Office said the 46-year-old woman allowed a man inside her apartment Wednesday after he said he was a repairman.
Once inside, however, the man attacked her, according to deputies. Her female dog then bit the man on the shoulder, and he fled the apartment.
The woman was treated at a hospital and released.
She described her attacker as 40 to 55 years old, about 6 feet tall and 180 pounds. She said he has wavy brown and gray hair and very white teeth.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Did you know that a woman gave birth while stepping out of the shower?

SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 22 (UPI) -- LaShay and Miguel Lozano say they were shocked when their new daughter came into the world while her mother was stepping out of the shower in San Jose, Calif.
LaShay Lozano said while exiting from her home's shower this week, she suddenly began to give birth and she immediately called to her husband for assistance, the San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News said Wednesday.
"I felt her head coming out and I held it,'' LaShay said of Monday's birth. "I said 'Catch her!' and she slid out into his hands.''
Miguel said being placed in a role traditionally reserved for trained doctors was a shocking experience to be sure.
"I got so freaked out. I thought 'What do I do,'" he said. "I told her, 'Keep pushing, babe.'"
"I felt so helpless," the relieved father added. "It was really scary.''
Despite the unique birthing details faced by the couple, who already had a 2-year-old daughter, they successfully welcomed a new daughter, Maya, to the world, the Mercury News reported.

Did you know that a New York Landlord was fined for removing tenant toilet?

A New York landlord accused of removing the toilet and other fixtures from a basement apartment to get a tenant to move out has been fined nearly $10,000. The Rockland Board of Health issued the fine to Fausto Pinos of Bushkill, Pa., on Wednesday. Pinos did not appear at the meeting, but his brother, Jesus Pinos, speaking on his behalf, said the landlord did not dispute the charges. He said Pinos thought that removing the toilet, a bathtub, kitchen sink, stove, oven and countertop from the Spring Valley, N.Y., apartment would force the woman and her child to move. It is not clear why the landlord wanted her evicted.Officials said Fausto Pinos was charged with 24 housing code violations. There was no listing for a Fausto Pinos in Bushkill, Pa.

Man drinking crashes stolen car into Alcoholics Anonymous building


COLUMBUS, Ohio — A man was arrested late Wednesday after police said he stole a car and crashed into a building.
Investigators said Richard Glover stole the car on South Roys Avenue, located on the city's west side, just before midnight, 10TV's Patrick Bell reported.
He drove less than a mile before crashing into an Alcoholics Anonymous building on Sullivant Avenue.

Ernestine Little, who lives near the crash site, said she saw the incident.
"(I saw) a guy coming down the street and he hit another car and hit a wall," Little said. "I saw his face and asked him if he was OK. He said 'Yes' and took off."
Glover, 38, was arrested nearby. He was charged with receiving stolen property and drug paraphernalia.
Police found an open can of beer inside the car, Bell reported.
Glover was expected to be arraigned on Friday.

Did you know that a man was arrested for abandoning 300 rats on the side of the road?

CK, R.I. — A Providence man who abandoned nearly 300 rats on the side of a road has been ordered to pay $1,000 restitution and perform 50 hours of community service.
Toby Duffany pleaded no contest on Wednesday to animal abandonment.
Authorities say the 22-year-old Duffany left 280 rats crammed into aquariums and cages by the side of a Foster road last month. By the time they were discovered Dec. 30, the animals had been there several days, 72 were dead and the survivors had resorted to cannibalism.
The living rats were euthanized by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Duffany said in court he got rid of the rats because they could not live in his apartment with his new baby.
An RISPCA official tells The Providence Journal the punishment was disappointing.

Did you know girls basketball team won 100-0?


DALLAS -- A Texas high school girls basketball team on the winning end of a 100-0 game has a case of blowout remorse.
Now officials from The Covenant School say they are trying to do the right thing by seeking a forfeit and apologizing for the margin of victory.
Samantha Peloza grabs a rebound in practice a week after their 100-0 win."It is shameful and an embarrassment that this happened," Kyle Queal, the head of the school, said in a statement, adding the forfeit was requested because "a victory without honor is a great loss."
The private Christian school defeated Dallas Academy last week. Covenant was up 59-0 at halftime.
A parent who attended the game told The Associated Press that Covenant continued to make 3-pointers -- even in the fourth quarter. She praised the Covenant players but said spectators and an assistant coach were cheering wildly as their team edged closer to 100 points.
"I think the bad judgment was in the full-court press and the 3-point shots," said Renee Peloza, whose daughter plays for Dallas Academy. "At some point, they should have backed off."
Dallas Academy coach Jeremy Civello told The Dallas Morning News that the game turned into a "layup drill," with the opposing team's guards waiting to steal the ball and drive to the basket. Covenant scored 12 points in the fourth quarter and "finally eased up when they got to 100 with about four minutes left," he said.
Dallas Academy has eight girls on its varsity team and about 20 girls in its high school. It is winless over the last four seasons. The academy boasts of its small class sizes and specializes in teaching students struggling with "learning differences," such as short attention spans or dyslexia.
There is no mercy rule in girls basketball that shortens the game or permits the clock to continue running when scores become lopsided. There is, however, "a golden rule" that should have applied in this contest, said Edd Burleson, the director of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools. Both schools are members of this association, which oversees private school athletics in Texas. more

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Did you know man was arrested for 190th time in Flordia?

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Police say a 46-year-old man was arrested for the 190th time in Florida this week.
Authorities arrested Henry Farrell after he tried to carjack a man outside a Boca Raton coffee shop. Police said Farrell threatened to kill the man after he refused to give Farrell a ride.
Officer Sandra Boonenberg, a police spokeswoman, said authorities have spent years dealing with Farrell, who "lives locally and apparently likes Boca Raton."
Farrell is being held without bond on charges of carjacking, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.
The man's mother says her son has struggled with severe mental illness since his teens and is diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Did you know Fort Worth woman claims friend took her lottery ticket?

A Fort Worth woman says she won $20,000 on a scratch-off lottery ticket but was left empty-handed when a friend took the winning ticket.
Here's the story from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
The woman, 34-year-old Nancy Charlez, told police she gave the winning ticket to a friend to take to a nearby gas station so she could see if it really was a $20,000 winner.
When the friend returned, according to Charlez, she claimed that a man in a white pickup had taken the winning ticket from her.
"It's a bunch of bull corn," Charlez was quoted as saying.
Fort Worth police and the Texas Lottery Commission are investigating.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Did you know New York Divers have found engine of crashed jet?

NEW YORK (AP) - Officials in New York City say divers have found the jet engine that broke off a US Airways plane that crash-landed in the Hudson River. New York City and State Police said the divers confirmed Wednesday afternoon that an object detected by sonar near the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum is the missing engine.
The airliner's other engine remained attached to the right wing of the plane.
The Airbus A320 crash-landed in the Hudson on Thursday after hitting birds and losing thrust from both engines. All 155 people on board survived.
The rest of the plane has been taken to a New Jersey marina to be studied by investigators.

Did you know Woman was jailed after daughter showed where she was hiding?

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) - A Fort Pierce woman ended up in jail because of a little girl with a big mouth. Police went to the home of 22-year-old woman on Friday to serve warrants for assault, harassing phone calls and violation probation carrying a concealed weapon without a permit.
Officers said two men and a woman at the house told officers that the woman had left, but then a 4-year old child approached one of the officers and revealed that the woman was under a bed.
Officers found the woman exactly where the child said she would be.
She was arrested and being held without bail.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Did you know that Man calls cops, says he stole car and crashed it




CEDAR GROVE, Wis. (AP) - Sheboygan County prosecutors say a 21-year-old man who crashed his uncle's car called police to report that he stole the car and had been drinking. The man was charged Friday with a felony count of taking and driving a vehicle without the owner's consent. The charge carries a maximum penalty of six years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
According to the criminal complaint, the man had been drinking heavily early Friday morning, then decided to drive for cigarettes about 1:30 a.m.
The man lives with his uncle, who was sleeping at the time. The complaint said the man took his uncle's car and drove about half a mile before crashing and rolling the vehicle.
Prosecutors said the man also told police he didn't have a license.

Deputies make traffic stop, find $1 million in car

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Gwinnett County deputies found more than $1 million in cash in a car they had stopped for a traffic violation. Sheriff's spokeswoman Stacey Bourbonnais said the man was stopped Friday after deputies noticed he was swerving in and out of lanes.
While speaking to him, the man allegedly pushed a deputy and fled on foot. He was captured and charged with obstruction of a law enforcement officer.
The deputies then searched the vehicle and found the money, which was seized, in a duffel bag.

Did you know that in New York Girl, 13, Dies in Snow- tubing Crash Into Tree

A 13-year-old girl died sledding when her snow tube hit a tree at a golf course outside New York City, police confirmed to FOXNews.com.
The girl was sliding down a snow-covered hill in an inflatable tube with another girl Monday when they slammed into a tree at the Philip J. Rotella Golf Course in Haverstraw, N.Y.
Haverstraw Police identified the 13-year-old victim as Aleyris Martinez, an eighth-grader and resident of West Haverstraw.
The teen went into cardiac arrest after the crash, The Journal News reported. Paramedics, who were called about 2 p.m., treated her at the scene and rushed her to a hospital in Suffern, but doctors couldn't save her.
"She was unconscious and in very grave condition when we got there," Ray Florida, executive director of Rockland Paramedic Services, told the News.
The other girl suffered severe head and facial injuries. The accident happened on a particularly steep slope at the golf course that is a popular area for sledding.

Did you know that German Woman Missing 12 Years Found Alive in Swiss Woods

BERN, Switzerland — A German woman missing for 12 years has been found living in the woods on the outskirts of the Swiss capital with nothing more than an umbrella and tarpaulin for shelter, police said Monday.
The 52-year-old woman, whose name was undisclosed, appeared to be healthy after living in the simple shelter near the community of Bolligen for the past year.
Even the ranger who makes regular checks of the woods had failed to notice her before a hiker told police this month that he had seen a woman living there, said Juerg Mosimann, spokesman for the Bern police.
Bolligen's Mayor Rudolf Burger said he was told about the woman on Thursday and found her the next day in the makeshift tent she had constructed.
"She answered our questions and told us she didn't want any contact with her family," he said.
She conversed normally, but she also spoke of a mission that she had to fulfill, Burger added. He declined to elaborate.
Mosimann said it was unclear where the woman lived before she moved to the woods.
She is still living there, but the Bolligen Citizens Community that owns the woods will soon tell her she will have to leave, said community clerk Andreas Kohli.

"There's no point in waiting for months," Kohli said. "We are looking for an appropriate place for the woman in cooperation with the social services of Bolligen and the government of Bern."
The woman was reported missing in 1997 in a village near Potsdam, Germany, outside Berlin. She was identified with the aid of an information system shared by the 25 member nations of the so-called Schengen accord enabling passport-free travel in Europe.

Did you know that Florida Shoplifter Run Over by Her Own Getaway Car — Twice";

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — Authorities are looking for a shoplifter who was run over twice by her getaway car after stealing $1,200 worth of designer purses from a Cape Coral store.
A T.J. Maxx security guard told police she saw a woman stuff six designer Dooney & Bourke purses into her pants Tuesday morning and walk out of the store. The guard says she was confronting the woman when a car pulled up.
A report says the shoplifter tried to get into the vehicle but fell out and was run over by the car. She then got up and jumped onto the hood of the car. As the car was driving away, the report says the woman fell off and was run over again. On her third attempt, she finally made it into the vehicle.
Police are using the car's license plate and a check the woman dropped to track her down.

Did you know that pilot accused of trying to fake death is jailed

MIAMI (Reuters) - A pilot accused of attempting to avoid financial fraud charges by faking his death has been transferred from a hospital bed to a jail cell in northern Florida, authorities said on Monday.
Marcus Schrenker, 38, parachuted out of his plane over Alabama and let it crash in Florida a week ago, investigators said. He was arrested a day later at a campsite and taken to a hospital with wounds to his wrists that apparently resulted from a suicide attempt.
Police said Schrenker was transferred on Sunday to the Escambia County Jail in Pensacola from a hospital in Florida's capital, Tallahassee, He faces federal charges of making a false distress call and purposely crashing a plane.
Schrenker was wanted in Indiana on financial fraud charges alleging he misled consumers who invested money in his wealth management companies and misappropriated hundreds of thousands of dollars of their money.
Last Monday, he radioed a distress call from his single-engine Piper, reporting that the plane's cracked windshield had imploded and that he was bleeding profusely.
Authorities dispatched two rescue helicopters, a Coast Guard cutter and two military F-15 fighter jets. When the jets caught up with the plane, the windshield was intact, the door was open and there was no sign of the pilot, investigators said.
The Piper crashed in a swampy wooded area north of Milton, Florida. When rescuers reached the scene, they found evidence including a book of campsites in America missing its pages on Alabama and Florida, and a bullet-point list scribbled on the back of a book that read: "cracked windshield, window imploded, bleeding profusely," a court affidavit said.
No one was injured and no structures were damaged in the crash, investigators said.
Schrenker parachuted safely to the ground near the Alabama city of Harpersville, got a police officer to give him a ride to a hotel and then fled, police said. He previously stashed a motorcycle near the hotel and got away before local police learned of the plane crash.
He was arrested last Tuesday at a campground in the north Florida town of Quincy.

Did you know that man cuts off finger in court over debt

LISBON (Reuters) - A Portuguese businessman said he cut off one of his fingers in court with a butcher's knife in an "act of despair" after a judge refused his offer to settle a 170,000 euro debt and said part of his farm must be sold.
"My intention was to tear up all the case papers and splatter them with blood so I could prevent the expropriation order for my land," Orico Silva was quoted as saying in local media after his drastic action in the court house.
Silva, who owns a 20 hectare (50 acre) farm in the central town of Figueira da Foz, was being sued by a company for holding onto a cash deposit on a land deal which had fallen through, the local newspaper said.
"I freaked out when the judge refused my offer to pay the debt and ordered the sale of part of my land. I told her I had a 1.2 million euro bank guarantee which would have allowed me to pay the debt," Silva said.
When he went to take the bank papers from his briefcase, he noticed the butcher's knife he had recently bought at a market and decided to cut off his index finger, using a court desk as a chopping board. He then cut the finger into three.
"I didn't feel anything, I could even have cut off all my fingers. It was an act of despair," he said.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Did you know Convicted Murderer on the Loose After Scaling Maryland Prison Wall

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Authorities say a man caught on video killing his former boss at a Bladensburg tire shop scaled a fence and escaped from a western Maryland prison.
Maryland Division of Correction spokesman Mark Vernarelli says Kanderlario Garcia-Ramos escaped Saturday morning from the medium-security Maryland Correctional Institution in Hagerstown, about 70 miles northwest of Baltimore. Garcia-Ramos was serving the first year of a 40-year sentence for the December 2007 killing.
Prince George's County State's Attorney spokesman Ramon Korionoff says a few weeks after Garcia-Ramos was fired, he returned to the shop and fatally stabbed his former boss.
Korionoff says authorities are working to secure the victims' family and witnesses.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Did you know this video shows the plane crash landing?

Friday, January 16, 2009

Did you know that Sharks are immune to cancer?

Did you know?

Sharks are immune to cancer.

Despite the hump, a camel’s spine is straight.

Cheetah's can accelerate from 0 to 70 km/h in 3 seconds.

A giraffe's neck contains the same number of vertebrae as a human.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Did you know that Stan Lee is creating the world’s first gay superhero?

SPIDER-MAN creator Stan Lee is to unveil the world’s first gay superhero.
High school basketball star Thom Creed hides his developing superpowers along with his sexuality.
Former Marvel Comics boss Stan, 86 — who also created the Hulk and the X-Men — will unleash the character in an hour-long TV drama being shot in the US.
If it’s a hit there it will cross to the UK.
TV execs hope it will rival the huge success of shows likes Heroes.
Lee developed the idea of a gay character from the award-winning novel Hero by Perry Moore.
A TV insider said: “It was only a matter of time before we had our first gay superhero. And if there is one man who can make him a success it is Stan Lee.
“There’s a real buzz among comic book fans.”

Did you know that Germany firefighter burned their station down for 2nd time

German firefighters lost all their engines for a second time after their station burned to the ground in a fire they are believed to have set themselves, the Austrian Times reported.
The weekend blaze in Syke, northern Germany, was reportedly set by the firefighters themselves in a training exercise accident. However, faulty wiring could have been to blame.
It took 250 firefighters from the surrounding areas to bring the flames under control, the Austrian Times reported. All six fire engines were lost in the inferno.
This was not the first time the bumbling fire brigade lost its headquarters. The station was rebuilt in 1994 after another blaze gutted the structure, according to the Austrian Times.

Did you know that a Bristish Teenager had a 2 inch sewing needle lodge?

BASINGSTOKE, England, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- A British teenager appeared to have an insect bite on her neck but doctors found the real problem -- a 2-inch sewing needle lodged in her throat.
Abbey Walsh, 16, went to North Hampshire Hospital in Basingstoke, England, with a pain in her neck and doctors told her the red mark was an insect bite, The Mirror reported Monday.
However, the pain did not subside and five days later Walsh went back to the hospital and the needle was discovered and removed in emergency surgery.
"I couldn't believe my eyes when the doctors showed me the X-ray," the teenager said. "I just froze thinking 'that needle is in my throat'. They told me they had no time to waste and had to operate there and then."
Walsh said the needle must have entered her neck when she collapsed in a sewing classroom at Hurst Community College.
"As I fell in class I felt a scratch on my neck but I was in such agony with my back I hardly felt the needle going in," she said.

Did you know 5 teens were arrested after they called victim?

SCARSDALE, N.Y. - Police in a New York City suburb say they arrested five teenagers in the beating and robbery of a 50-year-old man after they called the victim the next day to taunt him.
Police say the victim was waiting for a bus in Scarsdale last Tuesday night when a group of young men robbed and beat him. He suffered head and facial injuries and his briefcase was stolen.
Authorities say the teens called the man the next day to taunt him.
Police traced the call to a house in White Plains, where they found three young men and the victim's briefcase. They later arrested two other suspects. All five are charged with second-degree robbery.

Did you know a pilot tried to fake his death by jumping out of plane?

MIAMI - A pilot wanted on fraud charges parachuted out of his plane over Alabama and allowed the aircraft to crash in neighboring Florida in an apparent attempt to fake his death, media reported on Monday.
Authorities launched a manhunt for the pilot, who survived and checked into an Alabama hotel under a false name, and then fled, a Florida sheriff's officer told local media.
The pilot, identified as Marcus Schrenker, 38, was the only person aboard the plane that took off on Sunday from Indiana.
The pilot made a bogus emergency call, put the plane on autopilot and parachuted out over Alabama, Santa Rosa County, Florida, Sheriff's Sgt. Scott Haines was quoted as saying.
The empty plane, a Piper PA-36, crashed on Sunday night more than 220 miles away in northwest Florida near the city of Milton.
A man believed to be the pilot approached police near the Alabama city of Harpersville on Sunday night, wet up to the knees and seeking help. He told them he had been in a canoe accident, showed them a drivers license identifying him as Schrenker and was taken by police to a hotel.

Did you know if you reverse your pin number, the ATM Machine will call police?


The recent tragedy of a young woman being kidnapped and eventually killed; after she had repeatedly given the kidnapper a wrong PIN to her ATM card. If she knew the method below, she could have been saved. So I think it is important enough to let you know. Here you go. If you should ever be forced by a robber to withdraw money from an ATM machine, you can notify the police by entering your Pin # in reverse. For example if your pin number is 1234 then you would put in 4321. The ATM recognizes that your pin number is backwards from the ATM card you placed in the machine. The machine will still give you the money you requested, but unknown to the robber, the police will be immediately dispatched to help you. This information was recently broad cast on FOX TV and it states that it is seldom used because people don't know it exists.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Did you know that 3.4 million people are stalked


(NEW YORK) — An estimated 3.4 million Americans identified themselves as victims of stalking during a one-year span, according to federal crime experts who on Tuesday released the largest-ever survey of the aggravating and often terrifying phenomenon.
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About half of the victims experienced at least one unwanted contact per week from a stalker, and 11 percent had been stalked for five or more years, according to the report by the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics. It covered a 12-month period in 2005-06. (Read "Letting Victims Track Tormentors".)
The study was described as a groundbreaking effort to analyze the scope and varying forms of stalking, which had not been featured in previous versions of the National Crime Victimization Survey.
The researchers defined stalking as a course of conduct, directed at a specific person on at least two separate occasions, that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear. The most commonly reported types of stalking were unwanted phone calls (66 percent), unsolicited letters or e-mail (31 percent), or having rumors spread about the victim (36 percent).
More than one-third of the victims reported being followed or spied upon; some said they were tracked by electronic monitoring, listening devices or video cameras.
Nearly 75 percent of victims knew their stalker in some capacity — most commonly a former spouse or ex-boyfriend/girlfriend.
Women were far more likely than men to be stalking victims, and people who were divorced or separated were more vulnerable than other marital categories. People aged 18-24 were more likely to be stalked than older people. more

Did you know that a 22-year-old was auctioning her Virginity? Lastes bid 3.7 million!


A San Diego woman who is auctioning off her virginity said she has now received a bid of $3.7 million, according to a published report.
Natalie Dylan, a 22-year-old San Diego woman, said she got the idea for the auction after her sister was able to pay for her college education after prostituting herself for three weeks, according to the London Telegraph.
Dylan has a degree in women's studies. She told the paper she hopes to pay for an advanced degree in family and marriage therapy with the proceeds from the auction.
She told the Telegraph that she doesn't think she's the only one who will be benefit from the auction.
"I think me and the person I do it with will both profit greatly from the deal," Dylan told the paper.

Did you know two men were stoned to death for commiting adultry?

TEHRAN, Iran — Two men convicted of adultery were stoned to death in northeastern Iran last month but a third convicted man managed to escape, Iran's judiciary spokesman said Tuesday.
Ali Reza Jamshidi said the stoning took place in the city of Mashhad in late December but did not provide the names of the convicted men.
Under Iran's Islamic law, adultery is punishable by stoning, but such sentences are rare. International human rights groups have long criticized stoning in Iran as a cruel form of punishment.
Jamshidi did not describe how the stonings were carried out. But typically under Islamic rulings, a man is buried up to his waist, while a woman is buried up to her neck. Those carrying out the verdict then throw stones until the person dies. If the person manages to escape from the hole, he or she will remain free under Islamic law.
"Given that the third person managed to pull himself out of the hole, the verdict was not carried out," Jamshidi told reporters.
Stonings were widely carried out in the early years after the 1979 Islamic revolution that toppled the pro-Western government and brought hardline clerics to power. But in recent years, it has seldom been applied, although the government rarely confirms when it carries out stoning sentences. more

Did you know that walking 20 minutes can add to your life?


Did you know that when you exercise you extend the days of your life?
Now then again you can take the easy way out and get a laugh!

-Walking 20 minutes can add to your life. This enables you at 85 years old to spend an additional 5 months in a nursing home at $7000 per month.

-My grandpa started walking five miles a day when he was 60.. Now he's 97 years old and we don't know where he is.
-I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.
-The only reason I would take up walking is so that I could hear heavy breathing again.
-I have to walk early in the morning, before my brain figures out what I'm doing..
-I joined a health club last year, spent about 400 bucks. Haven't lost a pound. Apparently you have to go there.
-Every time I hear the dirty word 'exercise', I wash my mouth out with chocolate.
-I do have flabby thighs, but fortunately my stomach covers them.
-The advantage of exercising every day is so when you die, they'll say, 'Well, he looks good doesn't he.'
-If you are going to try cross-country skiing, start with a small country.
-I know I got a lot of exercise the last few years,...... just getting over the hill.
-We all get heavier as we get older, because there's a lot more information in our heads. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
-Every time I start thinking too much about how I look, I just find a Happy Hour and by the time I leave, I look just fine.
-You could run this over to your friends... But just e-mail it to them!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Did you know that 107-year-old Chinese woman never married is looking for a husband?

Makes up her mind it's finally time
Wants man roughly her own age
A 107-year-old Chinese woman who was afraid to marry when she was young has decided to look for her first husband and hopes to find a fellow centenarian so they will have something to talk about, a Chinese paper reported.
Wang Guiying is worried she is becoming a burden to her aging nieces and nephews since breaking her leg when she was 102 and had to stop doing chores like washing her clothes.
"I'm already 107 and I still haven't got married," the Chongqing Commercial Times quoted her saying. more

Did you know that maternity wards are forced to widen delivery-room doors for obese mothers


Maternity units have been forced to widen delivery-room doorways because of the increasing numbers of obese mothers.
Leading hospitals across the country have revealed they have had to expand frames by up to four inches to cope with overweight women.
Thirty out of 33 birthing centres in London have confirmed that the dimensions of their doorways have increased.

Hospitals across the country have revealed they have had to expand frames by up to four inches to cope with overweight women
While rising obesity is a concern in the general population, it is a particular problem for pregnant women because of the health risks to them and their unborn children.
Doctors say up to 50 per cent of women giving birth in some areas of the UK are now classed as obese, with the highest figures in Liverpool, Glasgow and London.
The news was revealed at a conference at the British Library last week held by Government-funded research body the Confidential Enquiry Into Maternal And Child Health (CEMACH).
Jo Modder, CEMACH’s clinical director of obstetrics and consultant obstetrician at University College of London Hospital, said she had witnessed instances where maternity staff could not fit women through delivery-room doors.
She said: ‘It’s not by much, only a couple of inches. But it causes problems and it’s not very dignified for patients.’
Hospitals have admitted spending £50million on equipment to deal with overweight patients, including £21million on stronger beds.
The CEMACH study found two-thirds of maternity units in London had bought new beds. Most could deal with weights of up to 250kg (40 stone), but one birthing centre reported that it had ordered a bed that had a safe working load of up to 300kg (47 stone).
It now appears that hospitals have also had to pay for structural changes. Siobhan Quenby, consultant obstetrician at Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust, said the hospital had been designed with wider beds in mind but that some brands of bed for larger patients still did not fit.
‘The hospital had to find a company that made delivery beds for larger women which would fit through our doors, even after the architect had widened them,’ she said. ‘I think the doors were widened by something in the region of around two to four inches. more

Did you know that a woman was arrested for carrying dead baby hidden in plane hand luggage

PAPAU New Guinea police have arrested a woman attempting to carry a dead baby in her hand luggage on an internal flight.
Police in PNG capital Port Moresby were called to the airport today when security discovered the dead baby in the woman's traditional string bag.
The unnamed woman's husband fled the scene while police made the arrest, police sources said.
The couple had wrapped the body of a dead baby in a cloth and was put inside the bilum (string bag) when boarding an Airlines PNG flight from Port Moresby to Lae.
The woman did not have any documents that are required to transport a dead body on a plane.
Authorities could not confirm whether the woman was related to the baby.
Chief executive officer of PNG airports Clement Kapapal confirmed a dead baby had been discovered by security.
Last week police arrested a PNG Highlands man for having a rocket launcher and nine grenades in his luggage when travelling on a flight to Mt Hagen police station.

Did you know that a Bankrupt Ant Farmer Commits Suicide

A bankrupt Yilishen ant farmer killed herself by jumping off her apartment building in China’s northeastern city of Fushun on January 9, leaving behind her 13-year-old son and elderly mother.The woman, who was known by her Internet name Sister Blood and Tears, jumped off from her home on the third floor of the building at around 5 p.m. that day without leaving any message, said some ant farmers who later visited her family.The dead ant farmer and her families invested over one million yuan (US$ 146,200) on Yilishen Tianxi Group, purchasing and raising boxes of ants from the company for a promised high profit. After the company was exposed as a ponzi scheme in 2007, Sister Blood and Tears appealed and protested to local authorities but obtained no help. The desperate woman had had two unsuccessful suicide attempts since then.Sister Blood and Tears was only one of the 1.3 million frustrated investors, and far from the first ant farmer who committed suicide. Ant farmers blamed the authorities for first helping the company’s fraud and then manipulating the company into bankruptcy and not compensating the deceived farmers, many of whom had lost their life savings to the company. Farmers said their protests had been cruelly suppressed.“The government pushed Sister Blood and Tears to death,” said an elderly ant farmer. “They are ruining all of us ant farmers. We have no way out.” He also said the ant farmers are under the authorities’ surveillance. When Sister Blood and Tears was hospitalized after her first suicide attempt, the authorities sent officials and police to blockade the hospital to prevent information from going out, the ant farmer said.After her death, Sister Blood and Tears’ family informed some other ant farmers who then spread the news to many more. Some local ant farmers plan to hold a ceremony to commemorate the dead. more

Did you know that a 40 year old Woman allegedly tries to kill hubby with visine?


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A 40-year-old southwest Missouri woman is accused of trying to kill her husband by spiking his tea with a half bottle of Visine eye drops. Greene County deputies said the woman was jailed Thursday night on $100,000 bond on a first-degree assault charge.
She was arrested late Wednesday after a co-worker told Greene County deputies that the woman told her about the plot to kill her husband.
A probable cause statement said the husband told investigators he'd been having stomach problems for the past two months.
The statement said poison control experts told a detective that ingesting too much Visine would lead to a coma and other "serious symptoms."
Authorities say the woman researched other means of killing her husband when the first attempt didn't work.
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Did you know that the largest eggs in the world are laid by a shark.

Did you know that:

The animal with the largest brain in relation to its body is the ant.

The largest eggs in the world are laid by a shark.

A crocodile’s tongue is attached to the roof of its mouth.

Crocodiles swallow stones to help them dive deeper.

Giraffes are unable to cough.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Did you know that a zebra is white with black stripes.

Did you know that:

Moths have no stomach.

Hummingbirds can't walk.

Sea otters have 2 coats of fur.

A starfish can turn its stomach inside out.

A zebra is white with black stripes.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Did you know that Most people blink about 17,000 times a day?

Did you know that:

Muscles are made up of bundles from about 5 in the eyelid to about 200 in the buttock muscle.

Muscles in the human body (640 in total) make up about half of the body weight.

The human body has enough fat to produce 7 bars of soap.

The human head is a quarter of our total length at birth, but only an eighth of our total length by the time we reach adulthood.

Most people blink about 17,000 times a day.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Did you know 15 million blood cells are produced and destroyed in the human body every second?

Did you know that:

15 million blood cells are produced and destroyed in the human body every second.

Every minute, 30-40,000 dead skin cells fall from your body.

The brain uses more than 25% of the oxygen used by the human body.

If your mouth was completely dry, you would not be able to distinguish the taste of anything.

There are more living organisms on the skin of a single human being than there are human beings on the surface of the earth.

greatest come back ever

Did you know these nine word that women use?


(1) Fine: This is the word women use to end an argument when they are right and you need to shut up.

(2) Five Minutes: If she is getting dressed, this means a half an hour. Five minutes is only five minutes if you have just been given five more minutes to watch the game before helping around the house.

(3) Nothing: This is the calm before the storm. This means something, and you should be on your toes. Arguments that begin with nothing usually end in fine.

(4) Go Ahead: This is a dare, not permission. Don't Do It!

(5) Loud Sigh: This is actually a word, but is a non-verbal statement often misunderstood by men. A loud sigh means she thinks you are an idiot and wonders why she is wasting her time standing here and arguing with you about nothing. (Refer back to # 3 for the meaning of nothing.)

(6) That's Okay: This is one of the most dangerous statements a women can make to a man. That's okay means she wants to think long and hard before deciding how and when you will pay for your mistake.

(7) Thanks : A woman is thanking you, do not question, or faint. Just say you're welcome. (I want to add in a clause here - This is true, unless she says 'Thanks a lot' - that is PURE sarcasm and she is not thanking you at all. DO NOT say 'you're welcome' . that will bring on a 'whatever').

(8) Whatever: Is a woman's way of saying Forget YOU! I don't give a shit.....Lol

(9) Don't worry about it, I got it: Another dangerous statement, meaning this is something that a woman has told a man to do several times, but is now doing it herself. This will later result in a man asking 'What's wrong?' For the woman's response refer to # 3.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Did you know that the human brain is 80% water?

Did you know that :

Only humans sleep on their backs.

The human brain is 80% water.

Everyone's tongue print is different.

As an adult, you have more than 20 square feet of skin on your body--about the same square footage as a blanket for a queen-sized bed.

In your lifetime, you'll shed over 40 pounds of skin.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Did you know that a cat's jaws cannot move sideways?

Did you know that?

A cat's jaws cannot move sideways.

Armadillos get an average of 18.5 hours of sleep per day.

Armadillos can walk underwater.

There are more beetles than any other kind of creature in the world.

Certain frogs that can survive the experience of being frozen.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Did you know Ex-eBay CEO to run for California Governor?


AP Source: Ex-eBay CEO to Run for Calif. Governor
AP source says former eBay chief Whitman plans to run for governor of California
By JUDY LIN Associated Press Writer

Former eBay Inc. chief executive Meg Whitman plans to run for governor of California, a person with knowledge of her political aspirations said Monday.

Meg Whitman, longtime chief executive of eBay, Inc., smiles during the Web 2.0 Summit in San...
Meg Whitman, longtime chief executive of eBay, Inc., smiles during the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco in this Oct. 18, 2007 file photo. Whitman is preparing to retire after a decade at the helm of the online auctioneer, according to a published report.
(Paul Sakuma, file/ AP Photo )The 52-year-old Republican plans to run in 2010 for the seat Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is leaving but is not ready to make a formal announcement, said the person, who was not authorized to talk publicly and spoke Monday on condition of anonymity.

Whitman made the decision while spending time with family over the holidays and will make the announcement official in four to six weeks. more

Did you know Some US cities drop criminal-history question from job applications?


Hoping to prevent convicts from being shut out of the work force, some major U.S. cities are eliminating questions from their job applications that ask whether prospective employees have ever been convicted of a crime.

Most of the cities still conduct background checks after making conditional job offers, but proponents say the new approach will help more convicts find work and reduce the likelihood they will commit new crimes.

"This makes sense in terms of reducing violence. The amount of recidivism — committing crimes again — in this population is dramatic, and it has taken a toll on this community," said John DeStefano, mayor of New Haven, where officials recently proposed a so-called "ban the box" ordinance that drops the criminal-history question from job applications.

Similar measures have been adopted in recent years in Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis, Baltimore, San Francisco, Oakland, Calif., and Norwich, Conn. Los Angeles and other cities are considering doing so. more

Did you know that Hummingbirds are the only animals able to fly backwards?

Did you know that:

The leg bones of a bat are so thin that no bat can walk.

Ants cannot chew their food, they move their jaws sideways, like scissors, to extract the juices from the food.

Hummingbirds are the only animals able to fly backwards.

A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Did you know these are the best-selling music artists in the United States

This is the list of the best-selling music artists in the United States only as of December 2008 and based on certifications of albums by the RIAA1. The list therefore excludes large selling artists like Bing Crosby whose sales in the 30s-50s was not certifiable as RIAA began in 1952. Also artists such as Frank Sinatra, who although they were successful after 1952, were also best-selling prior to 1952. Therefore their positions in the chart reflect certifications from 1952 onwards.
The source for the information on total sales was taken from the RIAA 'Top Artists' web page.
A "U.S. studio album" is defined here as an album:
where the majority of tracks were recorded in a studio
with at least one previously unreleased track (otherwise it's considered a compilation)
released in the United States at some point in time
Number
Name
Nationality
Years Active
Genre
Certificationin millions
1
The Beatles
U.K.
60s-70s
Rock'N'Roll/Pop/Psychedelic Rock
170
2
Garth Brooks
U.S.
80s-00s
Country
128
3
Elvis Presley
U.S.
50s-70s
Rock'N'Roll/Pop/Country/Gospel
118.5
4
Led Zeppelin
U.K.
60s-80s
Hard Rock/Blues Rock
111.5
5
The Eagles
U.S.
70s-00s
Rock/Country/Folk Rock
100
6
Billy Joel
U.S.
60s-00s
Piano Rock
79.5
7
Pink Floyd
U.K.
60s-00s
Rock
74.5
8
Barbra Streisand
U.S.
60s-00s
Pop
71
9
AC/DC
AUS
70s-00s
Hard Rock
71
10
Elton John
U.K.
70s-00s
Piano Rock
70
11
George Strait
U.S.
80s-00s
Country
67.5
12
Aerosmith
U.S.
70s-00s
Rock
66.5
13
Rolling Stones
U.K.
60s-00s
Rock
66
14
Bruce Springsteen
U.S.
70s-00s
Rock
63.5
15
Madonna
U.S.
80s-00s
Dance Pop
63.5
16
Mariah Carey
U.S.
90s-00s
Pop/R&B
62.5
17
Michael Jackson
U.S.
60s-00s
Pop/R&B/Rock/Soul
60.5
18
Metallica
U.S.
80s-00s
Thrash Metal/Heavy Metal
58
19
Van Halen
U.S.
70s-00s
Rock
56.5
20
Whitney Houston
U.S.
80s-00s
Pop/R&B
54
21
Kenny Rogers
U.S.
50s-00s
Country
51
22
U2
Ireland
80s-00s
Rock
50.5
23
Celine Dion
Canada
80s-00s
Pop
50
24
Fleetwood Mac
U.K./U.S.
60s-00s
Rock
48.5
25
Neil Diamond
U.S.
60s-80s
Pop
48.5
26
Kenny G
U.S.
80s-00s
Jazz
48
27
Shania Twain
Canada
90s-00s
Country/Pop
48
28
Journey
U.S.
70s-00s
Rock/Pop
47
29
Alabama
U.S.
70s-00s
Country/Rock
46
30
Santana
Mexico
60s-00s
Rock/Blues
43
31
Eric Clapton
U.K.
60s-00s
Blues/Blues Rock/Rock
42.5
32
Guns N' Roses
US
80s-00s
Hair Metal
42.5
33
Alan Jackson
U.S.
80s-00s
Country
42.5
34
Bob Seger
U.S.
60s-00s
Rock
41
35
Reba McEntire
U.S.
80s-00s
Country
40.5
36
Prince
U.S.
70s-00s
Pop/R&B/Funk
39.5
37
Simon and Garfunkel
U.S.
50s-80s
Pop/Rock
38.5
38
Chicago
U.S.
60s-00s
Pop
38
39
Foreigner
U.S./U.K.
70s-00s
Rock/Pop
37.5
40
Rod Stewart
U.K.
60s-00s
Pop/Rock/Disco
37
41
Backstreet Boys
U.S.
90s-00s
Pop
37
42
Bob Dylan
U.S.
60s-00s
Folk/Rock
37
43
2Pac
U.S.
90s-00s
Rap
36.5
44
Willie Nelson
U.S.
50s-00s
Country
35
45
Tim McGraw
U.S.
90s-00s
Country
35
46
Def Leppard
U.K.
70s-00s
Hair Metal
35
47
Bon Jovi
U.S.
80s-00s
Hair Metal
34
48
Phil Collins
U.K.
80s-00s
Pop Rock/Progressive Rock
33.5
49
James Taylor
U.S.
70s-00s
Folk/Rock
33
50
R. Kelly
U.S.
90s-00s
R&B
33
51
Queen
U.K.
70s-00s
Arena/Glam/Heavy Metal/Progressive Rock
32.5
52
John Denver
U.S.
60s-00s
Folk/Rock
32.5
53
The Doors
U.S.
60s-70s
Psychedelic Rock
32
54
Boston
U.S.
70s-00s
Rock
31
55
Britney Spears
U.S
90s-00s
Pop
31
56
Dave Matthews Band
U.S
90s-00s
Rock
21
57
Dixie Chicks
U.S.
80s-00s
Country
30.5
58
Linda Ronstadt
U.S.
60s-00s
Country/Pop
30
59
Pearl Jam
U.S.
90s-00s
Rock (Grunge)
30
60
Ozzy Osbourne
U.K.
60s-00s
Heavy metal
28.75
61
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
U.S.
60s-00s
Rock
28.5
62
Mannheim Steamroller
U.S.
70s-00s
Classical Rock
28
63
'N Sync
U.S.
90s-00s
Pop
28
64
Lynyrd Skynyrd
U.S.
60s-00s
Southern Rock
28
65
Michael Bolton
U.S.
80s-00s
Pop
28
66
John Mellencamp
U.S.
70s-00s
Rock
27.5
67
Barry Manilow
U.S.
70s-00s
Pop
27.5
68
Frank Sinatra
U.S.
30s-90s
Pop (Traditional)
27
69
Boyz II Men
U.S.
90s-00s
R&B
27
70
Eminem
U.S.
90s-00s
Rap
27
71
Enya
Ireland
80s-00s
New Age (Celtic)
26.5
72
Brooks & Dunn
U.S.
90s-00s
Country
26.5
73
Janet Jackson
U.S.
80s-00s
Pop/R&B
26
74
Jay-Z
U.S.
80s-00s
Rap
26
75
Creedence Clearwater Revival
U.S.
50s-70s
Rock
26
76
The Bee Gees
U.K.
60s-00s
Pop/Disco
26
77
Faith Hill
U.S.
90s-00s
Country
25.5
78
Creed
U.S.
90s-00s
Rock
25
79
Luther Vandross
U.S.
60s-80s
R&B
25
80
ZZ Top
U.S.
70s-00s
Rock
25
81
Nirvana
U.S.
80s-90s
Rock (Grunge)
25
82
Rush
Canada
60s-00s
Rock
25
83
Steve Miller Band
U.S.
60s-90s
Rock
24.5
84
The Carpenters
U.S.
60s-80s
Pop
24.5
85
Toby Keith
U.S.
90s-00s
Country
24
86
Vince Gill
U.S.
70s-00s
Country
24
87
Earth, Wind & Fire
U.S.
70s-00s
R&B/Disco/Pop
23.5
88
The Cars
U.S.
70s-80s
Rock
23.5
89
Mötley Crüe
U.S.
80s-00s
Hair Metal
23.5
90
Jimmy Buffett
U.S.
60s-00s
Country/Pop
23
91
Sade
U.K.
80s-00s
Soul/R&B/Jazz
22.5
92
Jimi Hendrix
U.S.
60s-70s
Blues Rock/Rock
22.5
93
The Police
U.K.
70s-80s
Rock
22.5
94
Kenny Chesney
U.S.
90s-00s
Country
22.5
95
Lionel Richie
U.S.
80s-00s
R&B, Soul, Soft Rock
22
96
Green Day
U.S.
80s-00s
Punk rock, Alternative rock
22
97
REO Speedwagon
U.S.
70s-00s
Rock
22
98
Outkast
U.S.
90s-00s
R&B/Hip-Hop/Pop/Dance
22
99
Beastie Boys
U.S.
80s-00s
Punk/Rap
22
100
TLC
U.S.
90s-00s
R&B/Hip-Hop/Pop/Dance
22

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