Saturday, September 20, 2014

Liquid lunch

Koalas have a disagreement

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Police car smashed into Dunkin’ Donuts

A South Jersey police car smashed into a doughnut shop on Friday morning.

The police SUV crashed into the Dunkin' Donuts shop in Berlin, New Jersey just before 11am. Winslow Township Police said the vehicle crashed into the building after colliding with another car.

The unidentified officer suffered minor injuries, according to investigators. The other driver refused treatment. No customers or employees inside the store reported any injuries.

Police said the crash caused structural damage to the building. Investigators said that the officer wasn't heading to a call at the time of the wreck. The cause of the wreck remains under investigation.

Boy put in detention for sharing his school lunch

A 13-year-old boy from Weaverville Elementary School in California was given a detention slip for sharing his school prepared lunch on Tuesday. Kyle Bradford shared his chicken burrito with a friend who didn’t like the cheese sandwich he was given by the cafeteria. Kyle didn’t see any problem with sharing his food.

"It seemed like he couldn't get a normal lunch so I just wanted to give mine to him because I wasn't really that hungry and it was just going to go in the garbage if I didn't eat it," said Kyle. But the Trinity Alps Unified School District has regulations that prohibit students from sharing their meals. The policies set by the district say that students can have allergies that another student may not be aware of.

Tom Barnett, the Superintendent of the Trinity Alps Unified School District says that hygiene issues also come into play when banning students from sharing meals. "We have a policy that prohibits students from exchanging meals. Of course if students are concerned about other students not having enough to eat we would definitely want to consider that, but because of safety and liability we cannot allow students to actually exchange meals," said Barnett.

Kyle’s mother Sandy Bradford thinks that her son did the right thing by sharing his lunch. She also believes that it isn’t up to the school to discipline her son for good manners. “By all means the school can teach them math and the arithmetic and physical education, but when it comes to morals and manners and compassion, I believe it needs to start at home with the parent,” Sandy said. Kyle says that he would definitely share his lunch again if a friend wanted a portion of his meal.

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Cat emerged from collapsed rubble of burning hotel

A cat scrambled out of a burning hotel in Dauphin, Manitoba, Canada, just after the building crashed to the ground.

Witness David Katcsma captured the feline's escape as the Towers Hotel collapsed on Thursday.

The Parkland Humane Society said they took a cat with the same description to the Dauphin vet clinic, but there’s no word on its condition.

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Police said the building is considered a total loss. One person is in police custody following the blaze.

Caring thief saved homeless man from ATM blast

A thief who was preparing to blow up an ATM has pulled a homeless man to safety after the vagrant wandered into the blast zone.

CCTV camera from the convenience store in Sao Paulo, Brazil, captured the moment a gang of thieves stormed into the shop and wired up the ATM.

Clad in hoodies and helmets, two of the bandits can be seen fiddling with the front of the ATM for several seconds while another thief empties the register. The group then burst out onto the street and begin to run off before one of the thieves' spots a homeless man wandering past the blast zone.

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At first, after appearing to yell at the man the thief then runs towards him and grabs him by the scruff of the neck before pulling him in the opposite direction. Seconds later, the bomb explodes. Thankfully, both men manage to escape harm. It is unknown if the thieves have been captured.

Indian TV news anchor fired after calling Chinese president Xi Jinping 'Eleven'

An Indian TV news anchor has been sacked after she referred to the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, as Eleven Jinping, apparently confusing Xi's name with the Roman numerals XI, a senior official at the state television channel said on Friday.

Xi left India on Friday after a visit to boost trade and economic ties that have been marred by a longstanding border dispute. The blooper occurred on Doordarshan News on Wednesday.

"It is an unpardonable mistake," the official said. "We have debarred her from newsreading for a few months." The official said the anchor had been employed on a casual basis, after a shortage of newsreaders forced the channel to run some news bulletins with casuals.

The incident comes at a time when Doordarshan News is trying to reinvent itself to compete with private broadcasters. Its programmes are often a matter of public ridicule for their poor production quality.

Surfer accidentally solved crime while reporting theft to police

A surfer from Melbourne, Australia, who tracked down the name of the man who sold his stolen surfboards was standing next to him at a police station when reporting the crime. Earlier this week, Ross Moresi discovered two of his prized surfboards, worth $1,000 each, had been stolen. He sent photos to local surf shops and second-hand dealers in the hope someone had seen them.

Mr Moresi said before too long he got a call from Zak Surfboards in Thornbury saying they had both the boards, along with video footage and the name of the man who had sold them. Armed with this evidence, Mr Moresi went straight to Prahran police, where he ran into Daniel Burne, the same man who sold the surfboards. "A random bloke walked in checking in for bail, as he gave them his name, I had it on a piece of paper, it triggered my memory," Mr Moresi said.

"I looked at him and just said 'it's your unlucky day mate" Mr Moresi said he then alerted the police. "The police couldn't believe what was going on," he said. "It was like a movie. One of the head of police from the site came down; he had tears in his eyes from laughing so hard, saying he could not believe it." Burne was arrested and charged on the spot with handling stolen goods, obtaining property by deception, committing an indictable offence while on bail.

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Mr Moresi said Burne was in complete shock. "He couldn't believe his dumb luck," he said. On Thursday, Burne pleaded guilty to all the charges and received 120 hours of community service and was ordered to repay the surf shop. Mr Moresi said it was not the money that sent him on the search for the surfboards, but sentimental reasons. He bought one of the boards on a trip to Bali three years ago. "Surfboards can be quite expensive. It wasn't so much the money issue for me, it was more the sentimental value," he said.

Heartbroken man spent 44 hours queueing for new iPhone in bid to win back his wife

Polish-born Darius Wlodarski, 41, from Swindon, began queuing outside the Apple store in Cabot Circus, Bristol, at noon on Wednesday to make doubly sure he would not fail to buy a new iPhone 6 for his wife, Joanna. The couple split up a month ago and Darius was determined to fulfil his promise to himself to buy one for her.

He does not expect the present will necessarily get them together again but hopes it will bring her some happiness. Darius was led into the shop first by staff, after his camping feat. He was shaking as his iPhone 6 was wrapped up for him. He said: "I think the camping out has been worth it, I want to keep this promise to my wife. I am heartbroken and devastated we split up, but now it has happened, I realise I could have been a better husband.

"I know a phone won't make up for everything that has happened between us, but I want to make her happy. I want to apologise to my wife and daughter. I have been camped out for days. People in the restaurants supported me and gave me food and drink and I'm very grateful. I haven't had a chance to look properly at the phone yet." He added: ""Lots of people in the queue were very happy but it was different for me because of the circumstances.

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"We would have been married for 20 years next February but I wasn't the best father and husband. It took me a while to realise what really mattered - and that is my family. My wife said to me I should remember that it is now 'things' that matter, that I was worrying too much about saving for things, and she was right. I know an iPhone is another 'thing' , but I told her I would get her one and I wanted to keep my promise." Out-of-work Darius and his wife Joanna met on the doorstep of a house party in their native Poland more than 20 years ago and he said it was "love at first sight".

University agrees to spend £150,000 on seven chairs

Plymouth University has agreed to spend £150,000 on seven chairs for graduation ceremonies, it is understood.

The university's senior management team commissioned the handcrafted chairs by furniture designer John Makepeace. However, the university's PR department have warned this could cause reputational damage.

Professor David Coslett, deputy vice chancellor, said the university hoped to pay for the chairs through "private donations and charitable foundations". Prof Coslett said Plymouth University's annual graduation week attracted more than 25,000 students and guests and injected about £700,000 into the city's economy.

"The planned commissioning of new graduation furniture is the next stage in the development of our graduation ceremonies," he said. The design and cost of the chairs are yet to be confirmed, but sources have said the project is due to cost more than £150,000.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Who goes there?

Tom Hooker interviews Morgan the Sea Lion

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Man arrested for bathing and washing hair with mayonnaise in public fountain

Oklahoma Police say a man was arrested for bathing in a city fountain.

Officers received complaints about the man in the fountain at Reno and Mickey Mantle.

When officers got there they found Jorge Arturo Perez, 23 soaking wet and breathing hard. Perez told police that he was taking a bath in the fountain and was washing his hair with mayonnaise.

The officer told him a city ordinance prohibited him from bathing in the fountains and canal. Perez was arrested and taken to jail.

Man upset about having to move back in with his parents wandered neighbourhood firing AK-47

A man from Deltona, Florida, told deputies he was trying to release some built-up anger on Tuesday morning when he fired off multiple rounds from an AK-47 rifle while wandering around his neighbourhood, Volusia County deputies said.

Frederick Wenzel IV said he was upset because he’s 28 and had to move back in with his parents, so he drank several beers before taking a walk with his firearm in tow, according to a sheriff’s charging affidavit. Multiple residents told deputies they could hear the gunshots and a man yelling at about 5:30am.

Wenzel said he never intended to hurt anyone, but he had thought about shooting at the K-9 officer he saw looking for him, according to the affidavit. Children who had arrived at school bus stops in the area were told to return home to ensure their safety.

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Wenzel was arrested and charged with six counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, using a firearm while under the influence of alcohol, open carrying of weapons and carrying a concealed firearm. He is being held at the Volusia County Branch Jail without bail.

Burned armpit hair led to crash injuring several teenagers

Several teenagers had to go to the hospital in Boise, Idaho, after a prank with a lighter went horribly wrong over the weekend.

The Ada County Sheriff's Office says an 18-year-old was driving a Ford Bronco early on Sunday morning when a 16-year-old front passenger lit the driver's armpit hair on fire with a lighter.

The vehicle ended up rolling, tossing two teen girls from the vehicle. Paramedics had to take three of the teens to the hospital after the crash for non life-threatening injuries.

The driver originally told deputies that he swerved to avoid hitting an animal, but detectives quickly learned that the teens in the front of the car were messing around just prior to the crash. The Ada County Sheriff's Office cited Tristian Myers with inattentive driving. The teen who allegedly lit the boy's armpit hair on fire was also cited for interfering with the driver's safe operation of a vehicle.

Man armed with banana robbed store

Police are looking for a man who was caught on camera on Tuesday morning robbing a West Philadelphia corner store with a banana tucked inside his sweatshirt.

A 24-year-old woman who was working behind the counter of Tejada Grocery told investigators that the unknown man approached her shortly after 9:15am and demanded money and cigarettes.

The suspect held his right hand inside his sweatshirt, acting as though he had a handgun in his pocket, the woman told police. After watching store surveillance video, investigators determined the man actually picked up a banana from the counter and stuffed it inside his shirt, simulating a weapon.

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He fled on a bicycle after taking an undetermined amount of cash. The suspect is described as a 5-foot-9-inch- to 5-foot-11-inch-tall, thin black male weighing about 140 pounds. He was last seen wearing black pants and a tan hooded sweatshirt with “Pacific Coast Hollister 19” written on the front in red lettering.

Family find cross with face of Jesus in fallen tree

A famiily from Liberty in Texas believe they've been touched by God, and they say the proof is in their backyard. The Gillards say it all began when a storm caused a dead oak tree behind their house to collapse. Their 7-year-old granddaughter first noticed what the downed tree resembled.

"Something told me there was something on that tree. I just looked, and took a good look, and I was like, there's a cross," explained Kelsie Gillard. Kelsie Gillard couldn't wait to tell her grandmother. "All of a sudden, she says look, there's a cross," recalled Deena Gillard. "I think it's absolutely a gift." Deena Gillard says there's no disputing that what's left of the tree looks like a cross.

The devout Christian calls it a sign from above. According to Gillard, the tree fell down on the three year anniversary of her dad's death to the day. "It's a sign. I'm telling you, it's a sign," said Deena Gillard. The more her husband stared at the snapped tree from their porch, he noticed something more distinct. "It is the face of Jesus Christ," said Larry Gillard.

"Some people say I'm nuts or think I'm nuts, but I welcome them to come up here and sit and witness it for their own belief." Larry Gillard says the image becomes more clear as the sun goes down. "The eyes become plain and clear. You can see the beard starting to form," said Gillard. "The crown of thorns appears around the top of the head." The family says they won't be touching the tree or doing anything to it. They're now planning on building a fence around it for protection.

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Indian High Court judges unimpressed with civic agencies Photoshop skills

The South Municipal Corporation and the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) were left red-faced on Wednesday after the Delhi High Court found that some of the photographs of potholed roads and pavements filed as part of a status report listing details of a clean-up operation in Dwarka were “photoshopped”. “You just ordered a cursory clean-up and this picture is photoshopped,” noted the court of Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Siddharth Mridul, after perusing the affidavits submitted by the civic agencies.

The court had earlier directed the South corporation and the DDA to fill in potholes and clean up rubbish from the roadside and empty plots in Dwarka. The direction came after a public interest litigation filed by two law students. The court had also directed the two agencies to take pictures of the same areas which were photographed by the petitioners and submitted as “proof”. On Wednesday, petitioner Ebbani Aggarwal told the court that “nothing had been done” by the civic agencies to clean up Dwarka Subcity.

On close examination of the photographs filed by the agencies, the court found that at least one picture of Dwarka Sector-4 market and two pictures of the Dwarka Sector-13 Metro station parking were photoshopped. “Somebody has tried to brush up these photographs… is this not touched up?” the court said. “You are trying to shield your officers? This is a lesson in how to fudge records,” the judge said. The DDA counsel Arjun Pant and South corporation counsel Ajay Arora then claimed that the cameraman had used a dirty lens.

To this Justice B D Ahmed commented, “I can tell you how this picture has been touched up. If the lens was dirty, the spots would appear in the same place, but your spots keep changing. These are clearly photoshopped,” he said. The agency also claimed that they had not only cleaned up the roads but had also removed litter, filth, rubbish, solid waste and remains of construction material from empty plots and planted saplings there. “If you had planted anything at all, there would be some greenery visible by now. If you leave the lot empty, someone will encroach upon it,” the court said. The court then directed the South corporation and the DDA to clean up the area properly and submit fresh photographs within two weeks.

Record playing dog caused gas leak alert

A dog in the Upper Austrian town of Marchtrenk prompted an emergency call to the fire brigade after turning on a record player in the middle of the night while its mistress slept.

The elderly woman raised the alarm after mistaking the noise of the record player for a leaking gas line. The flat owner woke up during the night after hearing a hissing noise, which she feared was a gas leak.

Because the sound was louder just near the entrance door to her flat, she dared not go out into the stairwell. Several other residents were also worried by the strange noise and eventually the fire brigade was called.

The fire crew soon discovered the source of the disturbing hissing, which came from an old speaker by the woman's front door amplifying the sound of the needle at the end of the record. According to the fire brigade, the dog's paws were particularly suitable for operating the record player buttons.

Police seek to identify man who subtlely attempted to steal painting from art gallery

Birmingham Police have released CCTV footage of the attempted theft of a piece of art from a city centre gallery in a bid to identify the culprit.

A young man is seen attempting to conceal a large frame in his clothing, however the artwork is far too large and eagle eyed staff stopped him outside the gallery where he handed the piece back and walked off. The attempted theft happened just before 5pm on Sunday 17 August in Castle Fine Art Gallery on Broad Street.

Investigating officer, PC Patrick Higgins said: "The thief was quite optimistic in his attempts to conceal the artwork, valued at several hundred pounds, but fortunately he made off empty handed.

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"We are now keen to identify the man in the CCTV to prevent him from turning his attention to smaller objects." Police are appealing for anyone who recognises the man to call them or alternatively information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers.