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Posted by Blue_Tires in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Tue Jun 08th 2010, 02:38 PM
UPDATE: The Navy says that as of 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, a search is still under way for the missing mini-subs.


Four underwater unmanned vehicles went missing Sunday during training to conduct search, classify and map missions.

The Navy, Coast Guard and local authorities were searching for the missing vehicles in the Thimble Shoals Channel between the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, a Navy news release said.

Communication was lost with four of the 13 unmanned vehicles Sunday about 1 p.m. while the vehicles were using bottom-mapping sonar to look for mine-like contacts in the water as part of the training. Search and recovery operations began immediately.

Efforts continued Monday using small-craft, shore-based teams, air assets and marine mammal systems, which could include sea lions and dolphins trained to hunt mines.

The cause of the vehicles’ disappearance is under investigation. The missing vehicles do not pose a danger to civilians or the environment, the Navy release said, but if an unmanned vehicle is discovered floating in the water, boaters should avoid it as they would any other navigation hazard.

The unmanned vehicles were being used as part of a larger training exercise with about 2,500 personnel from Canadian and U.S. military forces and government civilian agencies. The annual training exercise will continue through Friday.
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Posted by Blue_Tires in The DU Lounge
Wed May 19th 2010, 07:52 AM
New York Public Library visitors got quite the surprise when comedy troupe, Improv Everywhere, dressed up as the "Ghostbusters" and reenacted a scene from the famed movie about a trio of down-on-their-luck guys who turn to supernatural-seeking in order to make some money.

Though the pranksters were easily recognizable in their specter-exterminating gear, it's not as clear exactly which scene they were reenacting. Regardless, there they were in the hallowed literary halls of the Library's Rose Main Reading Room, dressed as the team of supernatural slayers, chasing around actors draped in Halloween-costumey white sheets. Observers' expressions -- those who dared to peek up from their books and laptops -- ranged from giddily amused to frightened to the typical New York "seen it all" blase.

And let's be honest: This is just a video of four guys in pajamas chasing around a couple of guys wearing sheets while a knockoff version of Ray Parker Jr.'s "Ghostbusters" theme plays in the background. (Ironic, considering that the song "Ghostbusters" is, itself, allegedly, a knockoff of Huey Lewis and the News' "I Want a New Drug.") Improv Everywhere did confirm that the music playing is an original composition that they have the complete rights to (hopefully Huey Lewis agrees with them more than he agreed with Ray Parker Jr.)

Really, the idea alone of visiting the New York Public Library dressed as the Ghostbusters is what makes this appealing. And, apparently, the library thought the same thing; surprisingly, it was the library that contacted the troupe -- which is infamous for its anarchic displays in public places -- about the idea. The New York Public Library is facing massive budget cuts and hopes to raise awareness through its Don't Close the Book campaign. And this video, they hope, will help raise the awareness of the $34 million in funding that is said to be on the chopping block.

I still like the re-enactment from "Be Kind Rewind" best of all...
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Posted by Blue_Tires in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Tue Mar 09th 2010, 06:46 PM
A 14-year-old Camden girl was charged with murder today in the grisly slayings of a man and a woman found buried last month in the backyard of a South Camden rowhouse.

The girl was among a group of at least 10 people who beat and strangled Muriah Ashley Huff, 22, of Cinnaminson on Feb. 22, authorities said.

Members of the same group also killed Huff's boyfriend, Michael Hawkins, 23, of Mount Holly.

Hawkins was bound and beaten for hours - until most of the bones in his face were broken - and then shot and stabbed repeatedly, said Jason Laughlin, spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor's Office.

The couple were buried before dawn Feb. 23 in one grave, Laughlin said.

The girl, who was not identified because of her age, has been in custody since March 3 at the Camden County Youth Detention Center, Laughlin said.

Two other juveniles and an adult were also charged today in the slayings.

The juveniles, both 17-year-old males - one from Pennsauken, the other from Astoria, N.Y. - were each charged with two counts of murder and were being held at the county detention center, Laughlin said.

Lance Fulton, 19, of Camden, was charged with murder in connection with Hawkins death. Fulton was arrested Saturday by U.S. Marshals in North Carolina and is awaiting extradition to New Jersey, Laughlin said.

Another 19-year-old Camden man, Dennis Welch was charged with murder Friday. He was being held on $1 million bail in the Camden County Jail.

Investigators believe the group set upon Huff and Hawkins shortly after the couple arrived at a house on the 500 block of Berkley Street.

edit: some other news stories have said it is gang related
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Posted by Blue_Tires in The DU Lounge
Tue Jan 26th 2010, 12:20 PM
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- A man who encouraged his children to try to kill their mother by beating her with a baseball bat has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Arthur Davis III of Lawrence was sentenced yesterday for attempted first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and contributing to a child's misconduct.

Prosecutors say Davis encouraged his 12-year-old daughter and 15-year-old son to kill his ex-wife last June. After the children began beating her, Davis went to her house and joined the attack.

The woman escaped and was treated for cuts to her head.

The daughter was granted immunity for testifying against her father. The son entered a plea to a reduced charge of aggravated battery and was sentenced Friday to three years in state custody. He will serve the sentence at a state youth center.

-- The Associated Press
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Posted by Blue_Tires in The DU Lounge
Wed Jan 20th 2010, 11:41 AM
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Posted by Blue_Tires in The DU Lounge
Tue Jan 19th 2010, 06:44 PM
So we found this new website after our trip to the D for the 2010 Detroit Auto Show called Do You Come with the Car? It's written by an anonymous auto show model who, as we speak, is likely standing on a platform in Cobo Hall fielding that very same question from some old guy who thinks he's funny. We've always been fascinated by this trade, so her insights into the inner workings of the auto show model profession, particularly while the Detroit show is open to the public, are interesting, at least to us.

Her latest blog post illustrates just one of the many frustrations with which auto show models have to do deal on a daily basis. A reporter from FOX Toledo roped a Chrysler model named Lauren into an on-camera interview – you may remember her from our gallery – and then uses the occasion to ask such probing questions as "Is that comfortable?" (referring to her metallic mini-dress) and remarking "I hope you can't read what my eyes are saying." Top notch reporting, creepy dude. He increases his creepiness quotient to skin crawling levels by closing the interview with a come on in his final question. Being the savvy, street smart girl we assume her to be, Lauren gives him the cold (bare) shoulder and walks away.

We're no strangers to accusations of sexism and exploitation when we publish galleries of these models after an auto show, but we very much respect them and what they do. Having been trained to speak knowledgeably about whatever vehicle they're showcasing, they probably know more about the car than most of us. Hopefully that respect comes across when we're taking their picture (we usually ask permission first unless the model is posing for a crowd of photogs) and to everyone else when we publish those galleries. We'd certainly hate to be lumped into the same class as this guy. Follow the jump to watch him go down in flames.
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Posted by Blue_Tires in The DU Lounge
Sun Jan 10th 2010, 08:53 PM
Q: You joked that Tiger broke two of the rules of Cheating 101. Are there more rules than those two? I am just curious.
-- Kelly, Tarzana, Calif.

SG: I attacked this from a different direction: Studying Tiger's pattern of behavior as a laundry list of things NOT to do if you were (allegedly) cheating on your wife. I came up with nine in all.

Rule No. 1: Never say your own name on an answering machine.

Rule No. 2: Never leave a message on an answering machine that's longer than four words.

Rule No. 3: Never get involved with a girl whose name ends with two n's or two e's, or a girl who has a name with two k's or two x's back to back.

Rule No. 4: Use a password for your BlackBerry at all times, and don't pick a password your wife could hack easily like "TIGER" or "GROWL."

Rule No. 5: Text only from your friend's phones and phones that can't be traced back to you. If drug dealers could successfully pull this off on "The Wire," so can you.

Rule No. 6: Don't hook up with a porn star or someone who wants to be on a reality show, because either of those things means they will do anything to become famous or make a few bucks.

Rule No. 7: Don't hook up with anyone who has a tattoo bigger than a softball on her lower back.

Rule No. 8: Don't cheat on your wife with people who look like your wife, because it will make your real wife feel like you thought she came off an assembly line.

Rule No. 9: Don't cheat in the first place.

(Important note: My lawyer urged me to include that last one.)
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Posted by Blue_Tires in Latest Breaking News
Tue Dec 15th 2009, 12:12 AM
Source: KIRO-TV, Seattle

When the 787 takes off it will be very exciting, but when it quickly disappears into the clouds, the experts say there won't be much for us to see.

"To me, it's rather anti-climactic from that standpoint," said Aviation Industry Consultant Scott Hamilton.

Hamilton said while many will be celebrating the first lift-off, there will be serious anxiety for Boeing engineers because the true purpose for Tuesday’s test flight is to identify and work out problems while the Dreamliner's in the air.

The 787 is the very first all-electronic plane, made of some experimental materials, offering far better mileage and comfort for people onboard.

Hamilton said there are bound to be problems in the first flight.

“The question about indentifying problems is will they be little problems, or a big problem? And if there are big problems, what's it going to take to fix those big problems? And if it's a big problem does that mean the fix is going to create another problem over here? Or over there? " Hamilton said.

He said we may never hear about the little problems because those are for the engineers to work out in testing.

Aviation experts said the true Boeing business test is when the 787 is actually in use by airlines.

“They have to fly the distance, they have to haul the cargo, they have to haul the passengers, they have to do it for the right price. It has to be economically sound as well as technologically sound," said aviation buff Cary Jacobson.

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Posted by Blue_Tires in The DU Lounge
Thu Dec 03rd 2009, 11:58 PM

now a couple of my programs won't run properly??
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Posted by Blue_Tires in The DU Lounge
Sun Nov 22nd 2009, 08:36 PM
The stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 are back on the big screen this holiday season with special guest "Weird Al" Yankovic!

Grab your friends for this one-of-a-kind hilarious holiday event! RiffTrax: Christmas Shorts-Stravaganza will broadcast LIVE to movie theatres nationwide on Wednesday, December 16th with an ENCORE on Thursday, December 17th. Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy (Tom Servo) and Bill Corbett (Crow T. Robot), now of, will zing their wisecracking commentary at a wonderfully warped collection of Christmas shorts for some much needed comic relief.

The evening will feature a collection of brand new and old favorite shorts including the bizarre animated “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” classic commercials and a musical short extolling the virtues of pork.
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Posted by Blue_Tires in The DU Lounge
Mon May 18th 2009, 09:30 AM
MADRID (AFP) – Spanish scientists have detected the presence of cocaine in the air of Madrid and Barcelona by using a new technique for the first time, a research institute said Wednesday.

The scientists looked for 17 components in five different types of illegal drugs -- cocaine, amphetamines, opiates, cannabinoids and lysergic acid.

The results revealed cocaine is the predominant drug in the air of the two cities, the CSIC institute said.

It was found in concentrations of 29 to 850 picogrammes per cubic metre of air. A picogramme is one trillionth of a gramme.

The study is the result of the first use of a new method for the detection of drugs in the air, adapted specifically for the researchers, who are to publish their results in the review "Analytical Chemistry".

"Heroin was also found in detectable levels in the samples taken in Madrid, but not in those from Barcelona," the CSIC said.

This it explained by the fact that the area of Madrid where the sample was taken is close to a district where drug dealers are suspected of operating.
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Posted by Blue_Tires in The DU Lounge
Wed May 06th 2009, 03:50 PM
A Kenyan fan of English football club Arsenal has hanged himself after his team's defeat by Manchester United.

The north London club was beaten 3-1 in the European Champions League semi-final second leg on Tuesday evening.

Suleiman Omondi, 29, who was watching in a bar in the capital, Nairobi, was incensed by the club's poor showing.

He left at half-time after arguing with a Manchester United fan and was found hanging from a rope in his house, still dressed in an Arsenal shirt.

'Broke down'

The BBC's Josphat Makori in Nairobi says the unprecedented incident has shocked football fans in Kenya.

According to his friends, Mr Omondi was in good spirits at the beginning of the match and even when Arsenal conceded the first goal, he did not seem to be affected.
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