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Posted by Zephie in The DU Lounge
Wed Dec 07th 2011, 03:20 PM
MONTESANO, Wash. A jury has acquitted a Washington man accused of breaking into a home and throwing a dead mink at another man during a confrontation that made weasel headlines across the country.

Defense lawyer Chris Crew said Monday that 33-year-old Jobie J. Watkins of Hoquiam was found not guilty of burglary.

Police said Watkins was carrying the dead animal when he went to the other man's apartment looking for his ex-girlfriend on June 6. The other man said he was struck after he asked Watkins why he had a dead weasel and Watkins reportedly insisted that it was a marten.

Crew said witnesses provided inconsistent accounts and the "prosecution failed to prove a link to the mink."

oddnews.org/component/content/article/1-odd-news/2509-wash-man-acquitted-in-mistaken-marten-assault-(ap).html

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Thus ends our epic tale.
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Posted by Zephie in General Discussion
Thu Nov 17th 2011, 03:55 PM
A children's store in Colorado has been forced to pull its range of crotchless underwear for children after sparking outrage among local parents.

Mother Erin French visited the new store at Greeley Mall, Kids N Teen, where she said kids' backpacks are on sale among princess dresses.

'Then we saw crotchless panties. And I was mortified,' she told Colorado's 9 News channel. 'My first initial response was "Am I really seeing that?"'

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'They're sized to fit a seven-year-old - that's just totally inappropriate,' the mother-of-two said.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-...

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The store defended itself by claiming that 25% of it's products are aimed at teenagers.
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Posted by Zephie in General Discussion
Thu Nov 10th 2011, 04:41 PM
Gang affiliations are oftentimes set in stone, with members choosing sides and vowing to remain loyal to their selected group. But two members of the infamously rival gangs the Bloods and the Crips, have put aside their differences in favor of one common cause: Occupy Atlanta.

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Guillory, a 20-year-old who joined the Crips at age 14 met Britton, a 29-year-old Blood member, during an impromptu freestyle rap session at Occupy Atlanta.

"I saw him in the park, saw his colors.," Guillory told Franzen. "There was no mean mug or rivalry because we realized that what's happening here is so much bigger then gang rivalry."

Both men were attracted to the protest and its purpose. Guillory joined the movement after hearing about it on the news. Britton, who was passing the demonstration one day, said he stopped to get more information and never left.

"I stayed for the common cause, speaking for the people," Britton said. "I feel strongly that we have the right to jobs, health care, and affordable higher education."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/07/o...
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Posted by Zephie in The DU Lounge
Mon Nov 07th 2011, 08:49 PM
Thank you all for your support and love. Things got a little sketchy at the end there but everythings ok now and I truly appreciate all your care. So here's baby Gareth, 7lbs 5oz and 20.5 inches long. I'm going to go to sleep now.

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Posted by Zephie in The DU Lounge
Sun Nov 06th 2011, 12:45 PM
I've been in the hospital for over 24 hours while they try to induce me for birth, but there have been practically no contractions and I'm hitting the upper limit of what they can give me for pitocin soon. I developed preeclampsia last week and I hadn't even been intending a hospital delivery, so I'm worn out, stressed out, and freaked out... Get this thing out of me vibes please? Everything has gone to pieces.
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Posted by Zephie in General Discussion
Sun Oct 23rd 2011, 03:04 PM
Traumatized and just minutes from death, a disabled stray was rescued after allegedly being buried alive by school caretakers.

Police think the unwanted pet had annoyed the men by barking and they callously vowed to bury him alive in the school playing field as punishment.

Horrified witnesses spotted the disabled stray, now named Warrior after his ordeal, yelping for mercy as he was buried in the Cape Town township of Khayelitsh.

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Police spokesman Frederick van Wyk today confirmed two 59-year-old men had been arrested and would be charged.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-20...

Edit: The dog is alive and in the care of a vet.

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Posted by Zephie in General Discussion
Wed Sep 28th 2011, 07:28 PM
KARACHI, PAKISTAN -- Kainat Soomro is a 17-year-old Pakistani girl who has become a local celebrity of sorts in her battle for justice in the Pakistani courts, a daring move for a woman of any age in this country, let alone a teenager.

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As she shared details of her days in captivity and multiple rapes, she kept repeating, "I want justice, I will not stop until I get justice." After three days, she was finally able to escape she said. As she spoke, her father gently tapped her head. He said he tried to get Kainat's alleged rapists arrested, but instead he was rebuffed by the police.

Kainat said that despite the pressures her family refused to kill her. "It is the tradition, but if the family doesn't permit it, then it won't happen. My father, my brother, my mom didn't allow it," she said.

And that defiance has left the family fearing for their lives. The family's new home in Karachi has been attacked a number of times.

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/a...
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Posted by Zephie in General Discussion
Fri Sep 23rd 2011, 03:08 PM
BAY MINETTE, Alabama --

Non-violent offenders in Bay Minette now have a choice some would call simple: do time behind bars or work off the sentence in church.

Operation Restore Our Community or "ROC"...begins next week. The city judge will either let misdemenor offenders work off their sentences in jail and pay a fine or go to church every Sunday for a year.

If offenders elect church, they're allowed to pick the place of worship, but must check in weekly with the pastor and the police department. If the one-year church attendance program is completed successfully, the offender's case will be dismissed.

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Bay Minette Police Chief Mike Rowland says the program is legal and doesn't violate separation of church and state issues because it allows the offender to choose church or jail...and the church of their choice.

http://www2.wkrg.com/news/2011/sep/22/serv... /

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At this moment 56 churches have agreed to participate in the program. So... What are they going to do to accommodate Jewish people? Buddhists? Pagans? Muslims? I'm willing to bet nothing.
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Posted by Zephie in The DU Lounge
Wed Sep 21st 2011, 08:03 PM
I love Cafepress. Peoples ability to have just about anything printed makes for some very awesome and unique products, and occasionally a gem of human failure will turn up, like this wonderful little bit of ignorance:

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Posted by Zephie in General Discussion
Tue Sep 20th 2011, 11:25 AM
STAFFORD, Va. - 14-year-old Brian Thompson says he never thought he would be handcuffed and placed in a police car for running down the sidelines during halftime at a football game.

He and his mother, Tavia Thompson, say they are even more puzzled that officials at Colonial Forge High School in Stafford, Va., suspended him for 10 days, apparently for being disruptive.

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Some students at the school wore t-shirts Monday that said "Free The Banana Man." They say the shirts were confiscated and students wearing them were ordered to attend school on Saturday as punishment.

Thompson is autistic. His mother says she thinks her son's autism, that results in impulsiveness, is the real reason for the suspension.

http://www.myfoxdc.com/dpp/news/virginia/c...

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Posted by Zephie in The DU Lounge
Sun Sep 18th 2011, 12:25 PM
I've discovered the website where productivity goes to die: showmenonstop.com. I've been watching kitty videos all day and it has been glorious - GLORIOUS I TELL YOU. Pretty much it takes you to a splash page where you type in anything you want to watch (kittens, raccoons, rocket launches, nyan cat, etc) and it will find video after video after video until the end of time that meets the criteria. You can skip videos by clicking on them, or pause by hitting space.

Watch at your own caution, you might never get anything done again.
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Posted by Zephie in The DU Lounge
Sat Sep 17th 2011, 07:59 PM
Yes, that is indeed my first concern. Witty, geeky, and activist sticker suggestions wanted.
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Posted by Zephie in General Discussion
Fri Sep 16th 2011, 01:54 PM
A new book about evolution that couldn't get published in the United States has won a Canadian book award. On Wednesday, the book "Evolution: How We and All Living Things Came to Be," by Daniel Loxton, won the 2010 Lane Anderson Award in the young reader category for a book published in the field of science and written by a Canadian. Loxton's book was also a finalist for the prestigious Silver Birch award earlier this year, and is a finalist for a third book award for Canadian children's nonfiction.

Loxton's book is, of course, not the first book devoted to evolution; for example eminent biologist Richard Dawkins's "The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution" came out in 2009. So why were American publishers reluctant to take Loxton's award-winning book?

Part of the answer is that, unlike most books on evolution, it's aimed at kids (suggested for ages 8 to 13). To those who dispute evolution, this smacks of indoctrination, not science education. Loxton told Discovery News that he approached several American publishers, but was told that his book might be controversial and was "too hot a topic."

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Surveys show that a significant number of people (around 40 percent, depending on the poll question) have doubts about evolution. Many are creationists who insist that evolution contradicts the Bible, despite the fact that Pope John Paul II issued a statement in 1996 stating that the scientific evidence for evolution was well established ("more than a hypothesis") and compatible with Catholic faith.

http://news.discovery.com/human/evolution-...
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Posted by Zephie in General Discussion
Fri Sep 16th 2011, 07:48 AM
The mother of a cancer-stricken young man had her own idea of how to spend $15,000 in benefit money raised to help him fight his illness: she gambled it away.

Sherry R. Holcomb, 46, of Cortland, pleaded guilty Wednesday in State Supreme Court to a felony count of scheme to defraud.

She opened a bank account and deposited the money raised at a benefit, and even funds sent with get-well cards, for Ryan O'Donnell, her 21-year-old son. Then she used ATM cards to withdraw the money to finance her gambling at casinos across the Northeast, prosecutors said.

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"I'm not sure how much of Ryan's money I've gambled away, but it is virtually all gone," she said in her confession.

http://www.buffalonews.com/city/article557...

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Ryan is dying of Leukemia. Sherry Holcomb is allowed to remain his primary caregiver.
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Posted by Zephie in General Discussion
Thu Sep 15th 2011, 05:36 AM
DETROIT -- A 101-year-old woman who was evicted from her longtime Detroit home after her 65-year-old son failed to pay the mortgage is getting it back, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said Wednesday.

Texana Hollis was evicted Monday and her belongings were placed outside the home where she had lived for nearly six decades. Her son Warren Hollis said he didn't pay the bill for several years and disregarded eviction notices.

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HUD spokesman Brian Sullivan told The Detroit News on Wednesday that the department would pay the taxes, remove the padlocks from the doors and let Texana Hollis return to the home.

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Sullivan said the department has told family members that Hollis can return to the house as soon as she is released from Henry Ford Hospital, where she was taken after the eviction.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/14/t...
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