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Subject: Todays Headlines Locally Or Otherwise

Written By: RockandRollFan on 06/25/05 at 10:20 pm

Okay...what is happening in YOUR neck of the woods? OR you can talk about todays worldwide headlines. As for around here today:

Teenagers Sparkling at U.S. Women's Open
CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. (AP) - Two teenagers in pink shirts and ponytails showed Saturday that history at the U.S. Women's Open doesn't have to be all about Annika Sorenstam and the Grand Slam. Michelle Wie was a 15-year-old model of poise at Cherry Hills, relying on power to get out of some rough spots on her way to a 1-over 72 while playing in the final group. She was tied for the lead with 17-year-old Morgan Pressel, whose game is built around passion and putting. She shot a 70 to get into the final group.

Colorado Springs woman killed by mud flap

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Charges are unlikely to be filed in the death of a Colorado Springs woman who was killed when a mud flap broke off a government dump truck and crashed through her windshield, police said.


Forsberg wants to return to Avalanche, if money permits

DENVER (AP) - Peter Forsberg wants to return to the Colorado Avalanche if a proposed salary cap doesn't make him too expensive for the club, his agent says.


Subject: Re: Todays Headlines Locally Or Otherwise

Written By: Jessica on 06/26/05 at 3:59 am

They're getting ready to release a man from prison into Santa Cruz county. A man who is a sexual predator and murderer. A man who brutally RAPED and SODOMIZED and KILLED a three year old. Needless to say, the people of Santa Cruz County aren't very happy about that. I don't blame them.

Subject: Re: Todays Headlines Locally Or Otherwise

Written By: GoodRedShirt on 06/26/05 at 4:23 am

Electioneering. (Only less than 90 days left!)

Chief film censor Bill Hastings has hit out at Destiny Church (A fundamentalist cult-like "church") leader Brian Tamaki, who describes him in a DVD as a "self-confessed gay" responsible for allowing "explicit sexual and violent content of the worst kind into our country".

The All Blacks left the Lions cold, battered and beaten with a dominant 21-3 first test rugby win in freezing conditions at Jade Stadium tonight.


Thats about it as far as Sunday's news goes. ---> http://stuff.co.nz/national_news.html for more, if you so wish.

Subject: Re: Todays Headlines Locally Or Otherwise

Written By: RockandRollFan on 06/26/05 at 5:11 pm

Breast cancer walk raises more than $1 million

DENVER - Nearly 800 Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Denver participants raised more than $1 million for access to care and finding a cure for breast cancer.

Woman searches for beloved dogs lost on Interstate 25

http://gazette.com/db_images/231_doggies.jpg

Sissy, Ranger and Loki — Golden resident Kathy Fox’s dachshunds — were riding in Fox’s truck when she was involved in a roll-over crash Monday morning on Interstate 25 near the South Academy Boulevard exit. The dogs escaped through a window. A man found Loki and returned him to Fox, but the other dogs remain at large.

All Kathy Fox could think about as she was hanging upside down, bleeding and smelling gasoline, was getting her dog out of harm’s way.

And that she did, pushing Loki, the chestnut-haired dachshund, out of the overturned truck. Just as her other two dachshunds had, Loki bolted from the scene along Interstate 25.

Almost a week later, Loki and she were reunited, but Fox is still looking for the two younger dogs, Sissy and Ranger.

“They’re my buddies, my companions — it’s like a part of my heart was ripped out,” said Fox, 45, of Golden. “It’s been hard to rest. I keep wanting to get up and go look for them.”

Fox’s mother, Jane, lives in Pueblo and has been ill recently. Fox drives down from Golden regularly to stay with her and help. She was returning to Golden on I-25 early Monday morning in the 1988 Chevy S10 that belonged to her grandfather.

About 4:45 a.m., as she passed the south Academy Boulevard exit, a deer dashed in front of her.

“I slammed on my brakes, but the truck started to roll,” Fox said.

The vehicle rolled 1½ times down an embankment and stopped upsidedown in a field near the interstate.

The two smallest dogs, who are about a year old, leapt through a broken window.

Loki, however, sat where she had landed and just looked up at Fox as if waiting for her to untangle herself and leave the truck.

“I smelled gas, so I pushed him out of the truck.”

After she freed herself from her seat belt, Fox got out of the truck and started calling for her dogs.

“People who stopped to help wouldn’t let me wander around to look for them,” Fox said.

Suffering from a deep gash in her arm, a cut on her hand, and bruises to her head and face, Fox was sent by Colorado State Patrol troopers to Memorial Hospital.

She pleaded with the troopers to find her dogs.

They alerted city animal control officers, a state patrol official confirmed Saturday. Fox called her brother, Joe Fox, who lives near Peyton. He went to the accident scene to look for the dogs — to no avail.

Fox was released from the hospital after a couple of hours and searched, too, but there was no sign of the dogs.

So Fox made up fliers she sent to every area veterinarian, called the local Humane Society and took out an ad in The Gazette.

A man who saw the ad found Loki wandering near the Spring Creek Youth Detention facility off east Las Vegas Street. He returned the dog to her Friday night.

Loki’s paws were sore, Fox said, but he appeared OK.

“He turned down the reward and said he just wanted to make sure the dog got home,” Fox said. “I was so happy to see my dog; that was just the coolest thing.”

She wants the other two home with her as well.

Subject: Re: Todays Headlines Locally Or Otherwise

Written By: Howard on 06/27/05 at 4:24 pm

It would take more than a queer eye to tell who enjoyed yesterday's gay pride parade more - the drag queens or the straight guys.
The annual rite of summer known officially as the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride March drew hundreds of thousands of marchers and spectators from all walks of life.

The legions of cross-dressed cheerleaders, beauty queens and same-sex couples began at 52nd St. and Fifth Ave. and ended in Greenwich Village, leaving a wake of rainbow flags.

Alexia Lima of Massachusetts - wearing a rhinestone bra, feathers and G-string - admitted his 4-inch heels hurt his feet, but insisted, "It's worth it."

Eddie Simons, 48, a tourist from England, declared the parade "Fantastic!"

Gazing at the gay couples pushing strollers and older children marching with their gay parents, Simons' wife, Sue, agreed.

"It's nice to see the children involved," she said.

The march caps gay pride month and commemorates the 1969 Stonewall uprising, a police raid on a Greenwich Village gay bar that sparked a riot and the modern gay rights movement.

Yesterday's marchers included contingents from the NYPD and FDNY, as well as Mayor Bloomberg and the Democrats who want his job - Fernando Ferrer, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Brooklyn, Queens), City Council Speaker Gifford Miller (D-Manhattan) and Manhattan Borough President Virginia Fields.

The Rev. Al Sharpton, who has yet to make a mayoral endorsement and had never marched in the parade, sparked speculation by marching with Fields. "She's been here every year, and I wanted to join for the first time so I walked with who was here all along," he said.

Bloomberg called the parade "a chance for lots of New Yorkers to express themselves and lots of people on the sidelines to have fun."

The mayor was asked if - along the lines of the pronouncements he makes at the St. Patrick's and Puerto Rican Day parades - he would declare himself gay for the day.

"Let me get back to you on that," he quipped.

The Gay Pride Parade

Subject: Re: Todays Headlines Locally Or Otherwise

Written By: GoodRedShirt on 06/28/05 at 3:17 am

What's going on in my neck of the woods.  ::)

Destiny Church leader slams civil union law

The name of the show may have been Nation Under Siege, but it was the Government and the media that were the targets of a 45-minute bagging from Destiny Church leader Brian Tamaki in Rotorua last night.
Mr Tamaki addressed a meeting of about 400 people in the Rotorua Boys' High School Hall, in which he left the audience in no doubt about his views on the "evil Government" and its "radical homosexual agenda", as well as the media's practice of "modern-day witchcraft".
Rotorua was the latest stop on Mr Tamaki's Nation Under Siege tour, with Destiny New Zealand party leader Richard Lewis, which is being held to drum up support prior to this year's general election.
Prime Minister Helen Clark's Government bore much of the responsibility for the decline in the nation's moral values, he told the crowd -- particularly since the introduction of the civil union bill, now the Civil Union Act.
"Sodomy had a 10-year prison sentence once upon a time.
"You thought it was just so a few people in a corner could practise their homosexuality ... we knew the deeper agenda.
"They ordered it law so they could get your child and your grandchild."
Mr Tamaki also lambasted those Government's MPs who chose not to acknowledge the Bible when they were sworn in to Parliament.
"one even swore on the Koran -- in my Christian nation."
Many of the bishop's pronouncements were met with fervent shouts of "that's right" and "awesome" from supporters interspersed throughout the crowd.
The media were also guilty of perpetuating moral decline, he said.
" give full coverage to everything that's negative.
The media had also been "allowed to get away with portraying us as Nazis and haters and a cult".


Mr Tamaki also lambasted those Government's MPs who chose not to acknowledge the Bible when they were sworn in to Parliament.
"one even swore on the Koran -- in my Christian nation."

This guys a nut.  ::)

Subject: Re: Todays Headlines Locally Or Otherwise

Written By: RockandRollFan on 06/28/05 at 10:14 am

Man sentenced to 9 months for threatening Bryant accuser, prosecutor

DENVER (AP) - A man accused of sending 70 profanity-laced death threats to the accuser and prosecutor in the Kobe Bryant rape case was sentenced Monday to nine months in a federal prison camp.

Cedric Augustine, of Long Beach, California, had pleaded guilty in March in Denver to a single felony count of making interstate threats.

A mental evaluation had concluded that the 38-year-old is mildly retarded but able to make decisions for himself. He was visibly frightened and broke down in tears several times during Monday's hearing.

Augustine's attorneys had asked for probation and prosecutors asked for a ten-month sentence.

Two other people have pleaded guilty to making threats against Bryant's accuser.

John Roche of Iowa was sentenced to four months in prison and a $1,000 fine. Patrick Graber -- a Swiss man living in California -- was sentenced to three years in prison.

The sexual assault charge against the Los Angeles Lakers star was dropped in September 2004 after his accuser said she no longer wanted to participate in the case. She and Bryant later reached an undisclosed settlement in her civil lawsuit against him.

Bryant maintained the sex was consensual while the accuser maintains it was not.

Subject: Re: Todays Headlines Locally Or Otherwise

Written By: Howard on 06/28/05 at 4:16 pm

Ex-Newsday boss charged in child pornography case:





A former Newsday publisher who also has served on the state's education policy board has been charged with possessing child pornography, authorities said on Tuesday.
Robert Johnson, 59, of Huntington, was awaiting arraignment in federal court in Manhattan after surrendering to agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Two federal law enforcement sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press that Johnson is the former chief executive of Bowne & Co., a financial printing firm on Long Island.

Johnson also served as Newsday's publisher and chief executive from 1986 to November 1994, when he resigned, said Stu Vincent, a spokesman for the newspaper.

Prosecutors allege that Johnson used his company computer to download two films containing child pornography from Web sites being monitored by federal investigators.

In May 2004, after learning that agents had contacted his company, Johnson allegedly sought to destroy incriminating files on his hard drive. He retired about a week later and stepped down later that month from the state Board of Regents.

Johnson represented Long Island on the state board from April 1995 until he resigned without giving a reason.

If convicted of all three counts — receiving child pornography, possessing pornography and willfully destroying a record — Johnson faces a combined maximum sentence of 50 years in prison.

A call to his attorney was not immediately returned.


Subject: Re: Todays Headlines Locally Or Otherwise

Written By: Indy Gent on 06/28/05 at 5:24 pm

Michelin To Refund U.S. Grand Prix Ticketholders
Indianapolis Attorney Says Tire Company Needs To Do More

INDIANAPOLIS -- The tire company at the center of a controversy that saw 14 drivers pull out of the June 19 U.S. Grand Prix in Indianapolis says it plans to refund ticketholders and offer some of them tickets to next year's race.



In a statement on its corporate and motorsports Web sites Tuesday, Michelin said it regretted that the public was "deprived of an exciting race."


"Michelin ... therefore wishes to be the first among the different groups involved in the Indianapolis race to make a strong gesture towards the spectators," the statement said.

The statement said that Michelin would offer refunds to the people who were at the race last week. Also, Michelin will offer to buy tickets for the 2006 U.S. Grand Prix for 20,000 of them.

Michelin's announcement comes about a week after the president of Formula One's governing body, FIA, said Michelin should compensate fans who bought tickets to this year's race.

Only six cars -- using Bridgestone tires -- started the race after 14 drivers left the track following the warmup lap.

Michelin, concerned that its tires wouldn't be safe on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway course, had unsuccessfully asked FIA to ease its rule prohibiting teams from changing tires after qualifying. FIA also refused to consider installing a curve that Michelin said would slow speeds and make the track safer for its tires. Michelin then advised its teams not to compete.

Attorney: Michelin Gesture Not Enough

An Indianapolis attorney who filed what he hopes will be a class-action lawsuit against Michelin said compensation should go beyond tickets.

The attorney, Bill Bock, filed a federal lawsuit last week on behalf of a Colorado man who had a ticket to the June 19 race. The suit seeks attendee reimbursement including ticket price and travel expenses.

Bock told RTV6 Tuesday that he commends Michelin for its prompt action, but he believes more needs to be done.

"Michelin hasn't done everything that they need to do to fully compensate the ticketholders," Bock said. "Obviously part of the damages were the price of the ticket, but the damages go beyond that and include all of the expenses that were incurred for people to attend the race."

Michelin Blasts FIA For Rejecting Proposed Race Solutions

In its statement, Michelin said it was unacceptable that its partner teams were accused by FIA of having boycotted the U.S. Grand Prix.

"The reality is that together, Michelin and its partners have done everything possible to assure that the race could take place in total safety," the statement said.

FIA has summoned teams using Michelin tires to a Wednesday hearing in Paris, charging them with a breach of Article 151c of the International Sporting Code.

Michelin said FIA on June 19 had "all the means necessary to preserve the interest of the race."

"And yet, the sporting authority rejected the proposed solutions. Why? In our view this is totally incomprehensible and reflects a lack of respect for the spectators," the statement said.

Subject: Re: Todays Headlines Locally Or Otherwise

Written By: GoodRedShirt on 06/28/05 at 7:11 pm

Four arrested after urinating at Aussies
29 June 2005

Four people were arrested after they urinated at a group of Australians in Wellington yesterday.

Police said the group started abusing and behaving obnoxiously towards a visiting Australian choir while they were singing in Cuba Mall in the central city.

Those arrested were charged with disorderly behaviour and will appear in Wellington District Court on Monday.


Question: How does one "urinate at" someone?

Subject: Re: Todays Headlines Locally Or Otherwise

Written By: Powerslave on 06/28/05 at 9:26 pm

;D


That's funny.

Subject: Re: Todays Headlines Locally Or Otherwise

Written By: RockandRollFan on 06/28/05 at 11:07 pm


Four arrested after urinating at Aussies
29 June 2005

Four people were arrested after they urinated at a group of Australians in Wellington yesterday.

Police said the group started abusing and behaving obnoxiously towards a visiting Australian choir while they were singing in Cuba Mall in the central city.

Those arrested were charged with disorderly behaviour and will appear in Wellington District Court on Monday.


Question: How does one "urinate at" someone?

Point your pisser, I suppose ;D

Subject: Re: Todays Headlines Locally Or Otherwise

Written By: GoodRedShirt on 06/28/05 at 11:13 pm


Point your pisser, I suppose ;D
;D ;D

Subject: Re: Todays Headlines Locally Or Otherwise

Written By: Indy Gent on 06/29/05 at 12:28 am

If I'd pointed my pisser, I would've lost my job. ;)
;D ;D

Subject: Re: Todays Headlines Locally Or Otherwise

Written By: GoodRedShirt on 06/29/05 at 2:15 am

Shania Twain's house approved
29 June 2005

Singer Shania Twain's house site on Motatapu Station near Wanaka was given the go-ahead today subject to 17 conditions, Newstalk ZB reported today.

The decision by Queenstown Lakes District Council commissioner Trevor Shiels had already been released to Twain, also known as Eileen Lange, and her husband, Mutt Lange, yesterday and was also to have been sent to people who made submissions.

After a hearing in May, CivicCorp consultant planner Andrew Henderson reversed his recommendation that the house site was inappropriate. His change of heart was based on further evidence produced by Twain's consultants.

Mr Henderson's original recommendation created controversy in Wanaka and sparked a backlash against the Upper Clutha Environmental Society, which had opposed the location because it was an outstanding natural landscape.

- Stuff newsroom and NZPA

Subject: Re: Todays Headlines Locally Or Otherwise

Written By: Howard on 06/29/05 at 4:28 pm

Beware, New Yorkers: The subways are filled with potential lawbreakers.
They're the fiends who put their feet on seats. They sip water - or worse, coffee.


They might even be you.

The Daily News hit the subway yesterday and caught dozens of commuters flouting soon-to-be adopted rules revising the transit system's code of behavior. The new rules, which also include a ban on walking between cars, will take effect Oct. 1.

Here's a look at some of the lawbreakers in our midst, and their words of defense:

George Morales, 39, of Jamaica Hills, Queens
Subway offense: Coffee drinking

"The cops should be informing people now. I guess I'm drinking my last cup of coffee on the train."

Hazel Camposano, 17, of Brooklyn
Subway offense: Feet on the seats

"If it's empty ... it should be fine. If an older person wants to sit down or a pregnant lady, of course I'm going to move my feet. For the $2, you should be able to sit comfortably."

Al James, 17, of Harlem
Subway offense: Walking between cars

"Say it smells in the car. You can't stay in the same car for the whole train ride. Or, if you want to sit down but can't get a seat, what are you supposed to do?"

Justin Angotti, 25, of Brooklyn
Subway offense: Coffee drinking

"I'm curious how they're going to enforce this. It's going to take a lot of tickets before people realize you can't drink coffee on the train."

Kevin Takafuji, 34, of Summit, N.J.
Subway offense: Drinking water

"I don't see any problem with having drinks on the train. How are you going to enforce it?"

>:(

Subject: Re: Todays Headlines Locally Or Otherwise

Written By: Indy Gent on 06/29/05 at 4:34 pm

No wonder nobody wants to ride in New York subways. Some rape or murder or mugging might happen while the cops are accosting Juan Valdez. ;D ::)
Beware, New Yorkers: The subways are filled with potential lawbreakers.
They're the fiends who put their feet on seats. They sip water - or worse, coffee.


They might even be you.

The Daily News hit the subway yesterday and caught dozens of commuters flouting soon-to-be adopted rules revising the transit system's code of behavior. The new rules, which also include a ban on walking between cars, will take effect Oct. 1.

Here's a look at some of the lawbreakers in our midst, and their words of defense:

George Morales, 39, of Jamaica Hills, Queens
Subway offense: Coffee drinking

"The cops should be informing people now. I guess I'm drinking my last cup of coffee on the train."

Hazel Camposano, 17, of Brooklyn
Subway offense: Feet on the seats

"If it's empty ... it should be fine. If an older person wants to sit down or a pregnant lady, of course I'm going to move my feet. For the $2, you should be able to sit comfortably."

Al James, 17, of Harlem
Subway offense: Walking between cars

"Say it smells in the car. You can't stay in the same car for the whole train ride. Or, if you want to sit down but can't get a seat, what are you supposed to do?"

Justin Angotti, 25, of Brooklyn
Subway offense: Coffee drinking

"I'm curious how they're going to enforce this. It's going to take a lot of tickets before people realize you can't drink coffee on the train."

Kevin Takafuji, 34, of Summit, N.J.
Subway offense: Drinking water

"I don't see any problem with having drinks on the train. How are you going to enforce it?"

>:(

Subject: Re: Todays Headlines Locally Or Otherwise

Written By: RockandRollFan on 06/29/05 at 6:36 pm

June 29, 2005
Mudflap warning unheeded


A dump truck driver for El Paso County repeatedly requested repairs to a loose mudflap and metal bracket before the bracket broke free from the truck last week and smashed through a woman’s windshield, killing her.

The truck driver, Thomas Edmisten, filed four repair requests on truck No. 124 in which he noted deterioration of the bracket that held the rubber flap in place. He filed the latest request Thursday, the day before the mudflap bounced along Marksheffel Road and hit a Toyota RAV-4 driven by Eileen Langan.

The request form says: Right rear mud flap bracket needs tightened or welded, very loose, according to a copy obtained Tuesday by The Gazette.

Langan is survived by her husband, Daniel Langan, who said Tuesday that no county official had alerted him to the repair requests. He said the information puts his wife’s death in a new light.

They’re culpable, then, he said. I feel they’re culpable.

Rosary services and visitation for Langan are scheduled for today, and funeral services will be Thursday.

County officials said they are baffled at how the damaged bracket slipped through a multilayered system for detecting safety problems. Tom Delia, superintendent of the Fleet Managment Department, called off all work with vehicles like the dump truck until about noon Monday, while county workers looked for other problems with mudflaps. The workers identified various safety problems such as missing lights, he said, but found no other deteriorated mudflap brackets.

Of course our goal is to put things out there that are absolutely faultfree, Delia said. When something like this happens, it’s just truly unbelievable because we put our heart into this thing.

The county Fleet Management Department oversees about 1,200 vehicles ranging from small trailers to snowplows. The fleet includes about 75 vehicles like the dump truck that weigh more than 26,000 pounds and are subject to federal inspection rules, Delia said.

Colorado Springs police have impounded the truck and are investigating but have not cited anyone, said Sgt. L.C. Morgan. Police said Friday they do not expect to cite the driver.

Edmisten could not be reached.

Vehicles like the dump truck Edmisten was driving are subject to hundreds of federal regulations. Drivers must have special licenses and fill out safety inspection reports before and after they use the vehicle.

El Paso County provided dozens of inspection and maintenance reports for the dump truck that showed no reported problems with the mudflap. An annual inspection conducted Aug. 27, 2004, reported no problem with the flap.

Other orders for work on the truck indicate repairs for problems such as a coolant leak but nothing about the mudflap bracket.

The documents in which Edmisten noted the bracket deterioration are submitted for minor repairs, said Fleet Director Praim Mangar. Minor repairs requests are for problems that aren’t thought to pose a safety hazard and can be handled along with scheduled maintenance, he said.

We fit it in as time permits, based on our workload, Mangar said.

Mangar said his department has eliminated the minor repairs request form to cut down on paperwork and ensure that no similar problems escape notice.

One mysterious document Mangar found is a work order dated June 8 that he said indicates repairs to the mudflap were completed. Mangar said he couldn’t vouch for the document’s accuracy or explain how the bracket could deteriorate again so quickly.

County Commissioner Wayne Williams said the county should investigate to find out what changes to policy might prevent similar accidents.

It’s a deep loss to the family and we will do our part in terms of investigating and finding out what needs to be done at the county, Williams said.

Commissioner Douglas Bruce said the accident is even more tragic if repair requests went unheeded.

We should do what is just and demonstrate, to the extent any government entity can do so, our compassion for the victim’s loss, Bruce said.

Subject: Re: Todays Headlines Locally Or Otherwise

Written By: jiminy on 06/29/05 at 6:57 pm


June 29, 2005
Mudflap warning unheeded


A dump truck driver for El Paso County repeatedly requested repairs to a loose mudflap and metal bracket before the bracket broke free from the truck last week and smashed through a woman’s windshield, killing her.

The truck driver, Thomas Edmisten, filed four repair requests on truck No. 124 in which he noted deterioration of the bracket that held the rubber flap in place. He filed the latest request Thursday, the day before the mudflap bounced along Marksheffel Road and hit a Toyota RAV-4 driven by Eileen Langan.

The request form says: Right rear mud flap bracket needs tightened or welded, very loose, according to a copy obtained Tuesday by The Gazette.

Langan is survived by her husband, Daniel Langan, who said Tuesday that no county official had alerted him to the repair requests. He said the information puts his wife’s death in a new light.

They’re culpable, then, he said. I feel they’re culpable.

Rosary services and visitation for Langan are scheduled for today, and funeral services will be Thursday.

County officials said they are baffled at how the damaged bracket slipped through a multilayered system for detecting safety problems. Tom Delia, superintendent of the Fleet Managment Department, called off all work with vehicles like the dump truck until about noon Monday, while county workers looked for other problems with mudflaps. The workers identified various safety problems such as missing lights, he said, but found no other deteriorated mudflap brackets.

Of course our goal is to put things out there that are absolutely faultfree, Delia said. When something like this happens, it’s just truly unbelievable because we put our heart into this thing.

The county Fleet Management Department oversees about 1,200 vehicles ranging from small trailers to snowplows. The fleet includes about 75 vehicles like the dump truck that weigh more than 26,000 pounds and are subject to federal inspection rules, Delia said.

Colorado Springs police have impounded the truck and are investigating but have not cited anyone, said Sgt. L.C. Morgan. Police said Friday they do not expect to cite the driver.

Edmisten could not be reached.

Vehicles like the dump truck Edmisten was driving are subject to hundreds of federal regulations. Drivers must have special licenses and fill out safety inspection reports before and after they use the vehicle.

El Paso County provided dozens of inspection and maintenance reports for the dump truck that showed no reported problems with the mudflap. An annual inspection conducted Aug. 27, 2004, reported no problem with the flap.

Other orders for work on the truck indicate repairs for problems such as a coolant leak but nothing about the mudflap bracket.

The documents in which Edmisten noted the bracket deterioration are submitted for minor repairs, said Fleet Director Praim Mangar. Minor repairs requests are for problems that aren’t thought to pose a safety hazard and can be handled along with scheduled maintenance, he said.

We fit it in as time permits, based on our workload, Mangar said.

Mangar said his department has eliminated the minor repairs request form to cut down on paperwork and ensure that no similar problems escape notice.

One mysterious document Mangar found is a work order dated June 8 that he said indicates repairs to the mudflap were completed. Mangar said he couldn’t vouch for the document’s accuracy or explain how the bracket could deteriorate again so quickly.

County Commissioner Wayne Williams said the county should investigate to find out what changes to policy might prevent similar accidents.

It’s a deep loss to the family and we will do our part in terms of investigating and finding out what needs to be done at the county, Williams said.

Commissioner Douglas Bruce said the accident is even more tragic if repair requests went unheeded.

We should do what is just and demonstrate, to the extent any government entity can do so, our compassion for the victim’s loss, Bruce said.



I read this and Spinal Tap instantly came to mind   ;D

The bigger the cushion, the sweeter the pushin
That's what I said.
The looser the waistband, the deeper the quicksand
Or so I have read.
My baby fits me like a flesh tuxedo.
I love to sink her with my pink torpedo.
Big bottom
Big bottom
Talk about bum cakes,
My gal's got 'em.
Big bottom,
Drive me out of my mind.
How can I leave this behind?
I saw her on monday, twas my lucky bun day
You know what I mean.
I love her each weekday, each velvety cheekday
You know what I mean.
My love gun's loaded and she's in my sights
Big game's waiting there inside her tights
Big bottom
Big bottom
Talk about mud flaps
My gal's got 'em.
Big bottom
Drive me out of my mind.
How can I leave this behind?

Subject: Re: Todays Headlines Locally Or Otherwise

Written By: RockandRollFan on 06/29/05 at 7:00 pm


I read this and Spinal Tap instantly came to mind   ;D

The bigger the cushion, the sweeter the pushin
That's what I said.
The looser the waistband, the deeper the quicksand
Or so I have read.
My baby fits me like a flesh tuxedo.
I love to sink her with my pink torpedo.
Big bottom
Big bottom
Talk about bum cakes,
My gal's got 'em.
Big bottom,
Drive me out of my mind.
How can I leave this behind?
I saw her on monday, twas my lucky bun day
You know what I mean.
I love her each weekday, each velvety cheekday
You know what I mean.
My love gun's loaded and she's in my sights
Big game's waiting there inside her tights
Big bottom
Big bottom
Talk about mud flaps
My gal's got 'em.
Big bottom
Drive me out of my mind.
How can I leave this behind?

I Love Spinal Tap...but this is truly a sad story and shows that most of the city workers in this town are lazy losers

Subject: Re: Todays Headlines Locally Or Otherwise

Written By: jiminy on 06/29/05 at 7:04 pm


I Love Spinal Tap...but this is truly a sad story and shows that most of the city workers in this town are lazy losers

as soon as i saw "mud flaps" the song popped into my mind

Subject: Re: Todays Headlines Locally Or Otherwise

Written By: Indy Gent on 06/29/05 at 7:06 pm

Oden decides on Ohio State
By Jeff Rabjohns
jeff.rabjohns@indystar.com


It's official.

Lawrence North teammates Greg Oden and Mike Conley donned red and grey caps this afternoon then said in unison they were going to Ohio State University.

The Star reported last week both Oden and Conley would play at Ohio State.

“I just felt more comfortable at Ohio State,” Oden told reporters at Lawrence North. “I love this coaching staff.”

The NBA’s recent decision to stop drafting high school students didn’t bother Oden.

“It didn’t really affect my decision, because I always knew I wanted to go to college,” Oden said

Knowing that Conley would join him on the same college team aided the decision.

“He makes me better. He challenges me,” Oden said.

Conley knows there will be high expectations for this class of recruits at Ohio State.

“I hope we turn out to be as good as people think we will be,” Conley said.

Oden this year joined NBA star LeBron James as the only players to be named National High School Player of the Year as juniors. Conley is one of the top-ranked point guards in the nation.

The duo led Lawrence North to a second consecutive Class 4A state title this season.

Oden, a 7-foot, 245-pound center, averaged 20 points, 9.6 rebounds and 3.7 blocked shots. Conley, a 6-1 point guard, averaged 10.7 points and five assists.

Oral commitments are nonbinding. The earliest Oden and Conley can sign a national letter of intent is Nov. 9.

Next month, Oden will travel to Hollywood as one of 10 nominees for the Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year. The award will be presented July 13, prior to the taping of the ESPY awards.

Oden and the other nominees will attend the ESPY awards, which air July 17.

Read tomorrow's Indianapolis Star for more details about this story.


I would have loved to see them at IU, but this just goes to show how poorly Mike Davis has recruited for our high school boys. :( >:(



Subject: Re: Todays Headlines Locally Or Otherwise

Written By: RockandRollFan on 06/29/05 at 8:06 pm


as soon as i saw "mud flaps" the song popped into my mind
I understand ;)

Subject: Re: Todays Headlines Locally Or Otherwise

Written By: karen on 06/30/05 at 5:06 am

This weeks headline in the local weekly paper

Student Exodus out of Town House price fall predicted along with move

"A student migration back to campus over the next few years was being widely forecast this week - with mixed news for the town's housing market as a significant knock-on effect"

So basically after years of campaigning to get the university to build more on-campus accomodation (and then protesting at the submitted plans) the town is now complaining in part because the university is providing more on-campus accomodation and so house prices will fall in the town.  ::)



The best headline I've seen from this local paper was Virgin Signs on the Dotted Line. 

A story that suggests all sorts of possibilities but was about the most mundane of topics.  Virgin Megastore had signed a contract to lease a unit in a newly built shopping centre in town

Subject: Re: Todays Headlines Locally Or Otherwise

Written By: Howard on 06/30/05 at 3:02 pm

Subway brass blinks

TA puts off vote on controversial fines

BY JOE DONOHUE
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

The MTA's proposed rule revisions for subways and buses has become a tempest in a coffee cup.
A vote on a host of new regs - including bans on drinking beverages and walking between subway cars - was postponed for at least a month yesterday amid questions, objections and confusion.

"We do listen," MTA Chairman Peter Kalikow said after a board meeting. "When people say something to us, we do think about it. We're actually not ashamed to admit we might have gone too far."

A current, longstanding rule bans open containers of liquids on subways and buses. The new proposal would specifically nix sipping any beverage.

That prompted an uproar from riders fearful they couldn't drink their morning coffee on trains without getting hit with tickets.

"Are you actually New Yorkers?" station agent and transit union rep Marty Goodman asked board members yesterday. "Why not ban newspapers? In the wrong hands, they can become litter as well."

A Transit Authority spokesman was asked repeatedly by reporters to clarify what's an open-container violation.

Having a cup of coffee that has a lid but also an opening for drinking? Having a soda can with the tab depressed? He couldn't say.

He later issued a statement saying that the agency expects police and hearing officers "will exercise reasonableness and common sense in enforcement."

If history is a guide, cops won't aggressively enforce a no-drinking rule. They issued just 48 summonses to riders for having open containers of liquid, not counting alcohol, last year.

The proposal to ban walking between subway cars also has been blasted. Critics have noted that riders flee cars to avoid foul odors, threatening passengers or simply to find seats.

The TA - which first floated the proposed changes in May 2004 - said the no-stroll rule is needed to protect riders, citing 117 injuries and 13 deaths of passenger riders who fell between cars in the last decade.


Jumpin' & drinkin' really tix 'em off

Fare-beaters, smokers, seat hogs, litterbugs and boozers rank as the biggest violators of subway rules, according to Transit Authority statistics.

Police last year issued 150,531 summonses for jumping turnstiles, lighting up, taking up more than one seat, trashing a station or train and tippling.

That's more than 90% of all tickets issued last year.

Turnstile jumpers led the pack - by several train lengths - getting hit with 101,914 summonses.

"I pay every day," said Joe Tolino, 29, a real estate agent from New Jersey. "Everybody else should pay, too."

Smokers were burned 16,767 times. The rule against occupying more than one seat resulted in 14,454 summonses.

Litterers received 11,524 tickets, and those who made their train ride a booze cruise got 5,872 summonses.

Nevenka Vujanovic, 45, a sales associate from New Jersey, agreed with cracking down on underground drinkers.

"It could cause violence and people feel uncomfortable," she said.


>:(

Subject: Re: Todays Headlines Locally Or Otherwise

Written By: RockandRollFan on 06/30/05 at 9:04 pm

I want to use this post to sincerely thank all that have contributed stories here :)

Subject: Re: Todays Headlines Locally Or Otherwise

Written By: Howard on 07/01/05 at 3:35 pm


Water you'll do?
Boil it, city sez



City officials warned sick and frail New Yorkers to boil their tap water until noon today after muddy runoff into one of the city's reservoirs caused a glitch in purifying drinking water.
Infants, the elderly and pregnant women also should avoid drinking tap water, and should consider using boiled or bottled water for brushing their teeth, Health Commissioner Thomas Frieden said.

"We don't think this is a major problem. we are asking people to take precautions out of an abundance of caution," Frieden said of the rare citywide warning - only the third of its kind in the past several years.

Frieden rejected the notion that city officials should have issued the warning sooner, since monitors first detected the tainted water Wednesday evening at the Kensico Reservoir, about 15 miles north of the city.

A portion of that water then reached the Hillview Reservoir just north of the Bronx-Yonkers border, causing the cloudiness there to rise just above the acceptable level around 2 a.m., Frieden said. The city issued its warning at 12:10 p.m. yesterday.

"We made the decision as soon as we had all of the information we needed," he said. Test results "weren't so clear. It was a judgment call whether or not to issue an advisory."

The problem began when a storm dumped nearly 5 inches of rain over Kensico, causing runoff from a nearby construction site, which then raised the water's cloudiness, or turbidity, said Natalie Millner, a spokeswoman for the city Department of Environmental Protection, which oversees water quality.

Dirt-laden water can interfere with chlorination to kill waterborne bugs such as giardia and cryptosporidium, which can cause severe diarrhea.

"The chlorine just doesn't work when there's a lot of dirt," Mayor Bloomberg said at a news conference with Frieden.

Though potential health risks are minuscule for healthy adults, Frieden said, people with weaker immune systems should see their doctors if they suffer from diarrhea or jaundice in the coming days.

In particular, people with HIV or AIDS, leukemia patients and those who have recently received bone marrow transplants should drink boiled or bottle water.

About only 1% of the 1 billion gallons of water used in the city every day is actually consumed as drinking water.




Subject: Re: Todays Headlines Locally Or Otherwise

Written By: RockandRollFan on 07/01/05 at 9:45 pm

Okay, I don't have a link but this did happen. A couple and thier 2 year old son changed lanes south of Denver the other day. Apparently the driver of another car was pissed and cut them off....pulled them over and the guy gets out and draws a GUN! Turns out he was an off-duty cop!! The wife called 911 and the officer was reprimanded for pulling someone over while off-duty...the couple recieved a ticket for unlawful lane change yet it was alright that he pulled a loaded gun ::)

Subject: Re: Todays Headlines Locally Or Otherwise

Written By: woops on 07/02/05 at 2:13 am

Celebrity B'Day: Ashley Tisdale turns 20!!!  :D  :)

http://www.ashleytisdale.com/cmn_images/suite_life-madie.jpg

Subject: Re: Todays Headlines Locally Or Otherwise

Written By: GoodRedShirt on 07/02/05 at 5:49 am

Just when you thought New Zealand couldn't get any weirder:

This article is reproduced from The New Zealand Herald

The Black Cocks. That's the name Badminton New Zealand is considering taking as a quirky, marketing-friendly moniker for its representative team.

Now don't laugh, this is serious. The Black Cocks is the most popular suggestion so far in a competition being run by the organisation.

Despite what you might be thinking, the Black Cocks is actually derived - innocently - from the shuttlecock used to play the game.

And it follows the general trend for naming New Zealand sports teams, such as the Black Sticks for hockey and softball's Black Sox.

But will it get the feathers flying?

I don't know, but some of the leading players don't seem to mind," Badminton New Zealand chief executive Peter Dunne laughed.

Why not? leading New Zealand player Dan Shirley said.

New Zealand internationals Sara Runesten-Petersen and Rebecca Bellingham have said they don't mind the name either.

Badminton NZ may be playing along with Black Cocks at present as it is attracting much-needed publicity after the national team beat Australia 5-0 in the first test of the Whyte Trophy series.

But Dunne can envisage the headline "Black Cocks win Whyte Trophy" in the future if the national body adopts the most popular name suggested so far. "I know some people won't like it, I guess there will be players who will mind as the sport is being played by a lot of Asians and Polynesians or Maori as well as white players. There will be some who will be offended - maybe.

"We haven't decided yet, though we have been thinking about a name for a few years.

"We're quite happy with the Black Cocks if everyone thinks it's a good name."

Badminton is undoubtedly testing the waters and the name has marketing appeal.

Dunne is aware it could be attractive to big sponsors such as condom companies or even impotence drugs, one of which was an America's Cup sponsor in Auckland.

A sport such as badminton is struggling at the bottom of the sponsorship chain in New Zealand, where rugby dominates.

There were a few chuckles and raised eyebrows when New Zealand Hockey announced their men's team would adopt the same name as their women's team - Black Sticks.

Dunne doesn't doubt Black Cocks will attract publicity. It already has.

"You wouldn't be ringing me if it wasn't for the name, would you?" he said.

- NZPA

Subject: Re: Todays Headlines Locally Or Otherwise

Written By: Howard on 07/02/05 at 2:06 pm

Luther Vandross, who died yesterday at 54, was the defining soul music voice of his generation, the successor to Marvin and Smokey and Aretha as an artist who needed only one name - and whose singular talent was a given in any discussion.
"As soon as you heard that voice, you knew it was Luther," said fellow Grammy winner James Mtume last night on WRKS. "That's the highest quality you can achieve as an artist. And he kept the bar high."

From the time he went solo in 1981 through the four-handkerchief, four-Grammy "Dance With My Father" in 2004, Vandross set a standard for silky, romantic vocals.

Just last Sunday on Imhotep Gary Byrd's WBLS radio show, a caller made the oft-heard argument that there are no more great soul singers. Byrd countered with Luther, and they quickly agreed that whatever the merits of the argument, Luther was an exception.

No contemporary singer was more loved by his fans, to whom his music personified soul. Many of those fans spent last evening calling WRKS, WBLS and WBAI, all of which aired with tributes.

Music was Vandross' life the way it was Duke Ellington's life. By the time he was a teenager, he had studied Aretha Franklin records so closely that he could pick out the individual voices of members of her backup group, the Sweet Inspirations.

When he went solo, he said he had a wish list that included working with Aretha, Dionne Warwick and the other goddesses of his youth. By decade's end, he had checked off every item, and even as he became a major star, he never lost his love for the subtlest nuances of vocal music.

"Very few people will ever achieve what he achieved," said Mtume. "He left us enough music to last 100 years."

Vaughn Harper of WBLS noted that the last two years, after Vandross' April 2003 stroke, were hard.

"So this is how we remember him," said Harper, and cued up "Dance With My Father."

:\'(

Subject: Re: Todays Headlines Locally Or Otherwise

Written By: RockandRollFan on 07/04/05 at 8:38 pm

Sir Paul McCartney spent a day busking in London in disguise. .

The Beatles legend, who opened Live 8 with U2, donned a fake beard and dark glasses and took his guitar to central London - and, amazingly, his true identity was never discovered.

He revealed: "It was for a film thing and it was something I'd always wanted to do So I scruffed myself up a bit, put on a false beard and shades, and went down to Leicester Square tube station It was really cool.
"A couple of people came up and said, 'Is it you?' but I just said, 'Oh, no'.

"But I got a few shillings and I thought, 'This doesn't feel right' So I gave it to charity" . Sir Paul also claims he rarely gets noticed when he goes out and about .

He told Britain's BBC Radio One: "Nobody recognises me much, particularly when on the Tube and you're sitting there like a zombie, and people go, 'No, it can't be?'

"I know a lot of stars who won't go to the supermarket or the cinema, but I do The worst thing that can happen is someone will ask you for an autograph and if that happens I just go, 'Sorry, I'm shopping' But I'll shake their hand and say hello"

Subject: Re: Todays Headlines Locally Or Otherwise

Written By: RockandRollFan on 07/04/05 at 9:14 pm

Hall of Fame coach Stram passes away
2005-07-04 19:10:00

Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Former Kansas City Chiefs head football coach Hank Stram has died at the age of 82. According to Monday's edition of the Kansas City Star, the legendary coach passed away due to complications from his long fight with diabetes and a congestive heart problem.

Stram, who was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2003, ended his career with an overall regular-season record of 131-97-10, which included a 15-year stint with the Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs franchise.

The man known as "The Mentor" by his players, Stram served as the Texans/Chiefs coach between 1960-1974 and is the winningest coach in club history.

Stram, who is the only coach in AFL history to guide his team to a pair of Super Bowls, complied a 126-76-10 regular-season mark with the franchise, including a 5-3 record in the playoffs.

He led the Chiefs to their only two Super Bowl appearances as Kansas City lost to the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl I, but the Chiefs were able to knock off the Minnesota Vikings, 23-7, in convincing fashion to capture Super Bowl IV.

"Hank was the most important coach in the history of the American Football League," Chiefs founder and owner Lamar Hunt told the paper.

Hunt hired Stram as the club's original coach when the AFL franchise began play as the Dallas Texans back in 1960.

During the AFL's 10-year history, Stram's squads captured more wins than any other team and he won more championships than any other coach in the league (1962, 1966 and 1969).

The upstart Chiefs also strung together nine straight winning seasons from 1965-1973, including the 1971 AFC Western Division Championship, under Stram.

Stram, who was elected into the Chiefs Hall of Fame in 1986, then concluded his final two coaching campaigns with the New Orleans Saints (1976-1977).

He was a pioneer of the game and is often credited for implementing such tactics as the "moving pocket," which utilized the strength of Hall of Fame quarterback Len Dawson, who flourished under Stram's tutelage. Stram also devised the two-tight end offense that provided an extra blocker to slow down an oncoming pass rush.

Defensively, Stram created the famed "stack defense," which saw linebackers positioned behind lineman, a device that was used to slow down the explosive Vikings' offense in Super Bowl IV.

Stram, though, is perhaps best known as the first coach to wear a microphone during a Super Bowl. His charismatic behavior on the sideline was routinely captured during the Chiefs' lopsided win, which led the league into the video age

I'm NOT a Kansas City fan but I always had HUGE respect for him :\'(

Subject: Re: Todays Headlines Locally Or Otherwise

Written By: Howard on 07/05/05 at 6:14 pm

Trapped in a nightmare she can't escape, a Long Island mother struggled yesterday to tell the world about the horrific death of her 7-year-old daughter - killed, cops say, by a drunk in a pickup truck.
"I don't want people to think this was just a car accident. Kate was stolen from us," said a weeping Jennifer Flynn, 36, whose daughter was killed hours after serving as a smiling, adorable flower girl at a family wedding.

"Her life was cut terribly short," the heartbroken mother added, her voice wrenched with emotion. "I want everybody to know our pain and to know our sadness.

"Drunk driving did this to us. It's been horrendous."

She and her family were heading home from her sister's wedding early Saturday when a wrong-way driver slammed into their rented limousine on the Meadowbrook Parkway in Freeport.

"We drove home from my sister's wedding, a beautiful, beautiful day," Flynn said haltingly. "And we were hit head-on by someone going 70 miles an hour on the wrong side of the road."

With her newlywed sister sobbing beside her and other relatives clutching one another's arms for support, Flynn said the impact felt like a bomb going off.

"It was like an explosion," said. "My mother landed straight at us. My father landed straight at us."

Grasping for words, Flynn described how her parents, husband and daughters were scattered in the wreckage in their suits and dresses - and how Kate, still wearing her white flower-girl dress, died instantly before her eyes.

"I crawled out of the car," Flynn said. "I sat on the side of the Meadowbrook and watched the horrendousness going on around me."

Other relatives following the limousine stopped and tried tohelp, and rescuers who soon arrived at the gruesome scene - including one of Kate's uncles, Michael Tangney, a police lieutenant in Long Beach, L.I. - were traumatized by what they saw.

"I sat there for about an hour with her as they cut my entire family out of this crushed tin can," Flynn wept.

Limousine driver Stanley Rabinowitz, 59, of Farmingdale, L.I., also died in the 2 a.m. crash as he drove the family home from the Crescent Beach Club in Bayville, L.I.

The driver who struck their car, Martin Heidgen, 24, suffered a broken ankle and was held without bond in a prison hospital, charged with drunken driving and two counts of manslaughter.

Flynn suffered minor injuries in the crash. Her husband, Neil, also 36; their 5-year-old daughter, Grace, and Flynn's parents, Chris and Denise Tangney, remained hospitalized yesterday.

As relatives visited them in hospitals across Long Island, they were haunted by memories of Kate, a sweet-natured girl who finished second grade at Long Beach Regional Catholic School and had just received her First Communion.

"I know that she's in a place that is far better than it ever was here, and I'm happy that her life will never know any sadness or tragedy or anything," Jennifer Flynn said. "She only knew beauty and we're so grateful for that."

She was accompanied at Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, L.I., by her sister and new husband, Lisa and David Mascolo, as well as her brother, Thomas Tangney.

"A drunken driver has taken our beautiful, smiling Kate from us," Thomas Tangney said. "It is essential that this crime be punished to the fullest extent of the law to ensure proper retribution and deterrence."


Subject: Re: Todays Headlines Locally Or Otherwise

Written By: Tina on 07/20/05 at 3:01 am

that choir was from my school!

Subject: Re: Todays Headlines Locally Or Otherwise

Written By: Howard on 07/20/05 at 5:21 pm


A little street pool? Kids in Brooklyn take the plunge yesterday. 


Twins Destiny (left) and Francesca Santana get soaked with bucket of water as they try to stay cool in spray of fire hydrant at W. 151st St. and Broadway yesterday. 

As power use soared to a record level, New Yorkers braved another day of stifling heat with perseverance and perspiration.
The thermometer hit 93 degrees yesterday, but it felt like 102 with humidity factored in.

The good news is the worst may be over - although that was little consolation yesterday.

"The humidity is killing me," said Johnny Saddiq, 40, as he labored at a halal food stand near Madison Square Garden. "Everything's sticky. But what are you going to do? You have to feed your kids."

The National Weather Service issued its second severe-weather alert in two days yesterday, urging people to stay indoors with the air conditioning humming.

Con Edison's 3 million customers took the advice to heart as power use at 4 p.m. surged to a record 12,361 megawatts, topping the previous mark of 12,207 megawatts set Aug. 9, 2001, the utility said.

Con Ed said its beefed-up E. 14th St. power plant has helped meet the increased demand.

"I'm not usually one for air conditioning, but on days like today I'm thankful for it," said John Green, 36, who makes 15 to 20 trips a day working for a messenger service. "I haven't been running out of the offices too quickly. I'm in no hurry."

Doug Lisante, 23, who was doling out ice cream from a Mister Softee truck in Union Square, noted, "People don't seem to be in such a good mood. They just want to get out of the heat."

The weather service predicted "relief" today, with temperatures in the 90s but lower humidity.

Subject: Re: Todays Headlines Locally Or Otherwise

Written By: RockandRollFan on 08/21/05 at 9:13 am

A kid who went to and ran on the same team as my son Paul, won the Pikes Peak Ascent race yesterday...just before snow and hail hit the mountain. In the city we had flash floods while 30 miles south at Pikes Peak International Raceway, Danica Patrick qualified 5th for today's auto race. I played basketball from 9:30 until noon and then the rain hit :D

http://www.gazette.com/

Subject: No Stones About It: Spate Of Stone Throwing At Vehicles Creates Uproar

Written By: GoodRedShirt on 08/25/05 at 5:25 pm

This is just messed up!  >:(

http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3390311a11,00.html
http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3388322a11,00.html
http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3389606a11,00.html

Should we bring back mandatory "punishment by stoning" for these people?

Subject: Re: Todays Headlines Locally Or Otherwise

Written By: RockandRollFan on 08/28/05 at 2:06 pm

A local runner, Matt Carpenter, won the "Leadville Trail 100" Marothon finishing in 15 hours 42 minutes 59 seconds, smashing the old record by 1 hour 33 minutes and beating the second place runner by over 3 hours :o I like to run but seriously doubt I could ever run 100 miles all at once :D

Subject: Re: Todays Headlines Locally Or Otherwise

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/28/05 at 2:29 pm

The Carnival in my area started today, 1000000 people are expected over the two days.

http://www.thisisthelife.com/photos/experiences/notting-hill-carnival.jpg

http://www.fly.co.uk/fly/archives/nhcv2.jpg

Subject: Re: Todays Headlines Locally Or Otherwise

Written By: RockandRollFan on 08/28/05 at 3:30 pm


The Carnival in my area started today, 1000000 people are expected over the two days.

http://www.thisisthelife.com/photos/experiences/notting-hill-carnival.jpg

http://www.fly.co.uk/fly/archives/nhcv2.jpg
I have to wonder if they'll all look as good as her! :)

Subject: Re: Todays Headlines Locally Or Otherwise

Written By: karen on 09/14/05 at 4:50 am

Two shot dead in Harevey Nichols, an exclusive department store in London

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/4244212.stm

Police are trying to find out why a man apparently walked into an exclusive London department store and shot a shop assistant, before killing himself.
There have been reports the gunman was an ex-boyfriend of the woman, both in their 30s, although police have not confirmed any relationship

Both the suspected gunman and victim, thought to be a beauty counter assistant, were pronounced dead at the scene. Neither have been formally identified.




Further down in the report it goes to show that it might be an 'exclusive' department store but the assistants are no more coherent than your average one.

A 26-year-old employee said: "I was looking at my watch, ready to go home, then bang, bang, bang - four gunshots downstairs.

"A girl got shot. There were shoppers still walking around totally unaware.

"It was really scary. There was no announcement. We just heard people screaming and ran.

"We were all terrified. We thought maybe it was a bomb."


So, that's "bang, bang, bang"  = four shots?

and the leap is then made from gunshots to "we thought maybe it was a bomb"  What?

Subject: Re: Todays Headlines Locally Or Otherwise

Written By: joedeertae on 09/14/05 at 7:33 am

HOUSTON
Five students were arrested after a fight between a group of displaced students from New Orleans and their new classmates at a high school in Houston.
A school district spokesman says the fight yesterday at Jones High School started after a student from Houston threw a soft drink can into a group of New Orleans students. Twenty to 25 students got involved.

Three students, one from New Orleans and two from Houston, were treated for minor injuries.

A school spokesman says the fighting won't be tolerated.

Two New Orleans students and three Houston students have been charged with misdemeanors and will be placed at disciplinary alternative schools.

:( Some people can be such arses  >:(

Subject: Re: Todays Headlines Locally Or Otherwise

Written By: RockandRollFan on 09/15/05 at 6:03 pm

Here in Colorado an arrest warrant was issued for....Dennis Rodman ::)

Subject: Re: Todays Headlines Locally Or Otherwise

Written By: joedeertae on 09/16/05 at 9:26 am

::)
Some Evacuees Spend Relief Money At Strip Clubs
On the same day that the Houston Police Department announced the formation of a task force to find people abusing or scamming the FEMA and Red Cross debit cards, KPRC Local 2 discovered that some of the money has been spent at local strip clubs.

The cards were given to evacuees from Hurricane Katrina to help them relocate and start their lives anew after losing everything they own. There are no rules on how the money should be spent, but most spend it on the necessities -- food, clothing and shelter.

A manager at Caligula XXI Gentlemen's Club on Westheimer Road told KPRC Local 2 that he has seen at least one debit card used at his club.

A woman known only as "Abby" is a bartender at Baby Dolls, another adult entertainment club across the street.

"A lot of customers have been coming in from Louisiana and they've been real happy about the $1.75 beers and they're really nice," she said.

Abby could not say for sure which type of card her patrons have been using, but said she doesn't blame them for using federal dollars.

"You lost your whole house, then, why not? You might want some beer in a strip club. There are a lot of guys out there that like to do that," she said.

The wife of the manager of another strip club told KPRC that her husband has seen patrons from Louisiana offering Red Cross and FEMA debit cards, but she declined to reveal the club's name.

Other strip clubs contacted by KPRC Local 2 would not confirm or deny that they are seeing the debit cards used by customers.

The FEMA and Red Cross cards have few restrictions, but some evacuees have gotten into trouble when they tried to get additional cards.

Police are going undercover as evacuees to keep their eyes on those who get in line more than once.

"There may be some individuals who use some false identifications or providing false information on the forms, so we're targeting those persons also," said Lt. Robert Manzo, with the Houston Police Department.

Officers handed out a warning that falsifying government documents could result in a 20-year prison sentence.
;D ;D

Subject: Re: Todays Headlines Locally Or Otherwise

Written By: GoodRedShirt on 12/18/05 at 6:24 am

;D http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3515717a11,00.html ;D

Three 'Santas' arrested in Auckland

18 December 2005 

The arrest of just three people from a group of 40 who dressed as Santas and caused mayhem in downtown Auckland yesterday has upset the Auckland Chamber of Commerce.

The three were arrested on drunk and disorderly charges.

Chamber chief executive Michael Barnett said today that he was disappointed that a stronger signal wasn't sent out about public disorder.

"It's a bit disappointing that the law is not being enforced that sends a strong signal to the rest of them and to anyone else who thinks this is humorous," he said. Oh, come on! Lighten up!

"There's a group of people obviously organised and going into shopping areas and just intimidating shop owners and operators."

Members of the group were alleged to have knocked over rubbish bins, thrown bottles, stolen from shops and vandalised a Christmas tree at the Skycity casino.

They were taking part in what organisers said was "Santanarchy", a phenomenon that started overseas.

One website says the aim of Santanarchy, which began in the United States a decade ago, is to celebrate Christmas in anti-commercial manner by mixing pranks and public drunkenness.

Subject: Re: Todays Headlines Locally Or Otherwise

Written By: CatwomanofV on 12/18/05 at 11:43 am

This was in today's paper.


http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051218/ap_on_re_us/vermont_fire

It is so sad. I almost cried when I read it. BTW, the article quotes the mayor who used to be my ecomonics professor.



Cat

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