Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Bog-snorkelling champion claims third crown

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This story is just begging for pictures isn't it?


Saturday, August 28, 2004

Large Fish Catches Boy in Minnesota

Large Fish Catches Boy in Minnesota

Fri Aug 27, 6:52 PM ET

DULUTH, Minn. - An 11-year-old boy was out hunting frogs on Island Lake when he became the prey. A large fish, probably a muskellunge or a northern pike, attacked the boy about 5 p.m. Thursday as he and his young sister were wading in a foot of water.

The resulting wounds on Mason DeRosier's feet and hands required 11 stitches to close.
Mason's father, Richard DeRosier, was in a paddle boat just offshore during the attack. DeRosier, a Lake County deputy sheriff, said he was facing the children when he saw a huge swirl in the water.

"Before I can say 'Holy moley! Look at that!', all of a sudden the swirl is by their feet," he said.
Mason said he saw the fish splash just offshore. "It was like, maybe, 5 feet in front of us," Mason said. "Then it splashed right at my foot and bit me. It hurt."

It didn't let go. "I smacked it in the head and tried to pry it off my foot," Mason said. "He let go, but he bit my hand."

The sister wasn't hurt.

Mason was taken in back to the family's cabin to wash the wounds, then he was off to the hospital.

He received eight stitches in his left hand and three in the bottom of his right foot. He has numerous other bite marks across the top of his foot, his dad said.

"I'll bet he has 20 cuts on his foot and 10 cuts on his hand," Richard DeRosier said.

Major temperature rise recorded in Arctic

Major temperature rise recorded in Arctic this year: German scientists

Fri Aug 27, 7:18 PM ET

PARIS (AFP) - German scientists probing global warming said they had detected a major temperature rise this year in the Arctic Ocean and linked this to a progressive shrinking of the region's sea ice. AWI Photo

Temperatures recorded this year in the upper 500 metres (1,625 feet) of sea in the Fram Strait -- the gap between Greenland and the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen -- were up to 0.6 C (1.08 F) higher than in 2003, they said in a press release received here.

The rise was detectable to a water depth of 2,000 metres (6,500 feet), "representing an exceptionally strong signal by ocean standards," it said.

The experts, from the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven, have been recording temperatures aboard a specialised vessel, Polarstern (Pole Star), for the past six weeks.

The sampling has been taking place in the West Spitsbergen Current, which carries warm water from the Atlantic into the Arctic Ocean.

The institute said water in the Fram Strait has been warming steadily since 1990 and over the past three years, satellite images had documented "a clear recession" of sea ice edges, both in the strait and the Barents Sea.

The latest data "point towards a further warming tendency," the institute said.

In June, a UN organisation announced that American scientists had detected an "alarmingly rapid growth" this year in airborne concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2), the fossil-fuel pollutant blamed for global warming.

CO2 levels recorded in March 2004 at Hawaii measured 379 parts per million (ppm), an increase of three ppm over the previous year.

By comparison, there had been an annual increase of only 1.8 ppm over the past decade. Atmospheric concentrations of CO2 before the Industrial Revolution were 280 ppm.

The June announcement was made at a conference on renewable energies in Bonn by Joke Waller-Hunter, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

(UNFCCC) -- the United Nations (news - web sites)' paramount environment accord.
CO2 is the most important of the six "greenhouse" gases blamed for driving changes to the world's delicate climate system.

These gases hang like an invisible shroud in the atmosphere, trapping the Sun's heat and inflicting what many scientists predict will be serious changes to icecaps, glaciers and weather patterns.

In the Earth's distant past, climate change has occurred naturally, by emissions of CO2 disgorged by volcanoes and other phenomena.

But the overwhelming majority of climate experts say CO2 levels are rising fast today because of the unbridled burning of oil, gas and coal.

Opinions differ, though, as to how fast the effects will occur and how bad they will be.

Friday, August 27, 2004

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Rainiest August since records began

LONDON (AFP) - The British always moan about the weather, but this month there really has been something to complain about -- it has been the rainiest August since records began in the 19th century.
AFP Photo

And with five days of the month still to go, it's not getting any better. The BBC weather centre outlook late Thursday was for outbreaks of heavy rain in Northern Ireland and Scotland, possible floods in the English Midlands and the likelihood of more rain moving south.

The centre said rainfall was up 60 percent on the seasonal average, with one town, Bedford, receiving three times the normal amount of precipitation for the month, with 178 millimetres.

Eskdalemuir in the south of Scotland has registered a whopping 273 millimetres.

With the Cornish village of Boscastle ravaged by a raging river and people having to be rescued by helicopter in Scotland, the British are wondering if global warming will bring yet more deluges.

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Dead Teenager Kept in Home 36 Years

Tue Aug 24, 8:14 AM ET

HANOI (Reuters) - The family of a 17-year-old Vietnamese boy who died 36 years ago kept his body in their home after a fortune teller told relatives they had buried the teenager alive by mistake.

The boy's family thought he had died in 1968 of illness, but a herbal medicine man said told the father his son was still alive after the burial, the Ho Chi Minh City Police newspaper said on Tuesday.

Stricken with remorse, the father dug up the body and displayed it in a glass-covered coffin, keeping it in the family home in southern An Giang until he recently confessed the macabre secret to a police news reporter.

The newspaper ran a photo of the dead boy's brother posing with his arms folded next to the coffin of his sibling. The body of the boy had not decomposed, the report said.

Well. That seems awfully strange doesn't it?

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

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Monday, August 23, 2004

Bodies of WWI Soldiers Found in Glacier

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ROME (Reuters) - The bodies of three Austrian soldiers killed in World War One have been found frozen and almost perfectly preserved in an Italian Alpine glacier.

Mountain rescue worker Maurizio Vicenzi discovered the mummified bodies on Friday, encased upside down in ice at 11,940 feet altitude on San Matteo mountain near the Swiss and Austrian borders.

"Using binoculars, I saw what looked like a stain on the Forni glacier and went to look," Vicenzi, 46, from the northern Italian town of Peio told Reuters on Monday.

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Sunday, August 22, 2004

Quiz: Are You a Fiscal Fool or Money Maven

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Friday, August 20, 2004

I guess Al Gore was right...

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Think about this on your next swim!

N.Y. Swim Student Bitten by Rabid Otter
Fri Aug 20,12:33 AM ET

PUTNAM VALLEY, N.Y. - A rabid otter latched onto, and bit, a 6-year-old boy who was taking swimming lessons at a small public lake Wednesday.

Police said Ethan Pederson emerged from the water with the otter hanging onto his back and legs. Lifeguards wrestled it off, but the animal ran in and out of the water several times, chasing after others in the class, police said.

Putnam County Sheriff's deputies were called to the lake about 11:15 a.m. Lifeguards finally trapped the animal under a plastic crate, and a deputy shot it dead. Police said the Putnam County Department of Health reported a positive rabies test.

Pederson was treated for hand and back wounds as well as for rabies.

Freshwater otters have brown fur and grow about 4 feet long. They are usually nocturnal and live off of fish, and sometimes fowl.
Information from: Poughkeepsie Journal, http://www.pojonews.com

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Thursday, August 19, 2004

Restaurant for Cats Opens in New York

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NEW YORK - Dressed in a tuxedo, Simba sat at the front of one of Manhattan's newest dining establishments and nodded at people who greeted him. Then he yawned & began to roll on the floor and lick his paws.

Saturday, August 14, 2004

Skinny-dipping (thanks Mark!)

An old farmer in Canada had owned a large farm for several years. He had a
large pond in the back, fixed up nice; picnic tables, horseshoe courts, and
some apple and peach trees. The pond was properly shaped and fixed up for
swimming when it was built. One evening the old farmer decided to go down to
the pond, as he hadn't been there for a while and look it over.

He grabbed a five-gallon bucket to bring back some fruit. As he neared the
pond, he heard voices shouting and laughing with glee. As he came closer he
saw it was a bunch of young women skinny-dipping in his pond. He made the
women aware of his presence and they all went to the deep end of the pond.
One of the women shouted to him, "We're not coming out until you leave!"

The old man frowned, "I didn't come down here to watch you ladies swim naked
or make you get out of the pond naked." Holding the bucket up he said, "I'm
here to feed the alligator."

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

But where is my soul??

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Real justice is served. Completely...

By MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press Writer

DELAND, Fla. - The state has fired a probation officer and three of his supervisors for missing key opportunities to lock up a violent ex-convict before he became the suspected mastermind of a home invasion that left six people dead — supposedly over an Xbox (news - web sites) video game system.

AP Photo
Slideshow: Six Found Slain in Florida Home

Corrections Secretary James Crosby said the officials let the suspect, Troy Victorino, slip through the cracks when he should have been behind bars long before Friday's slayings.
"There is no excuse for this inaction," Crosby said Monday.

Victorino's probation officer let him leave a regular appointment even though Victorino should have been detained for violating his probation for allegedly punching an acquaintance in the face in a dispute over money, state officials said.

"I think somebody, somewhere dropped the ball," said Mark Shukwit, the stepfather of 19-year-old Michelle Nathan, one of the six people beaten and stabbed to death early Friday as they slept.

Victorino, 27, and three teenage defendants have been charged with first-degree murder and armed burglary. The four were denied bond and appointed public defenders Monday during their first court appearance.

Since his release from prison in 2002 on battery and grand theft charges, Victorino, 27, has been accused of battery, a hit-and-run and making harassing phone calls. Yet each time, he managed to stay out of jail, court records show.

Victorino was arrested July 29 — a Thursday — on a felony battery charge, accused of punching a man over a car debt. He was released on $2,500 bond, and sheriff's deputies filed a routine report with the probation office the next day.

The probation office was supposed to send a report to a judge requesting an arrest warrant for probation violation within 48 hours of getting the police report, Crosby said. But instead of that being done on that Monday, the paperwork was not filled out until last Wednesday. It wasn't taken to the courthouse until last Friday, when the judge issued an arrest warrant, court records show.

The report outlined the facts of Victorino's July 28 alleged crime and July 29 arrest, noted that he was on probation for a violent battery and said he appears to be "a threat to the community."
It recommended that he be put in jail.

That recommendation was not carried out during Victorino's regular check-in last Thursday and Crosby said he had no answer for why Victorino was able to walk away. Within hours, the six victims, who ranged in age from 18 to 34, were dead.

Crosby fired Victorino's probation officer, who specialized in handling violent offenders; an administrator in charge of four counties in northeast Florida, and one of three regional probation directors in charge of northern Florida. All four men had been with the corrections department or probation system more than 20 years each.

Police said the killings were the brutal culmination of an argument between Victorino and one of the victims, whom officials identified Monday as Erin Belanger, 22. She was singled out for a beating so brutal that even dental records were useless in trying to identify her.

Authorities say the source of the dispute was an Xbox video game system and clothes owned by Victorino. Belanger's grandparents own a Florida winter home that was supposed to be vacant this summer, but police said Victorino and other squatters used it in July as a party spot.

The squatters were kicked out, but they left behind the Xbox and clothes. Belanger took the items back to the three-bedroom rental home she shared with friends. Investigators said Victorino organized the attack to retrieve the items.

Some relatives of the victims attended Monday's hearing. Victorino kept his head down during the proceedings. "I wanted to see this. I wanted to see who murdered my daughter," said Kay Shukwit, mother of Nathan. "I want to look at him."

Now I know how people can afford to live in Woodbury, MN 55125


A Woodbury woman who became Mrs. Minnesota International while collecting more than $190,000 in disability benefits was convicted Monday of nine federal fraud charges.

Denise "Dee" Henderson, dressed in a cream-colored pantsuit and high heels, sat expressionless in a Minneapolis courtroom as U.S. District Judge David Doty read the verdict. She would not comment afterward.

"She's not talking because, at this point, she's numb, and she's shocked," said Steve Silton, one of her attorneys.

Jurors deliberated for nearly seven hours over two days before convicting Henderson of five counts of wire fraud, one count of concealment from the Social Security Administration (news - web sites) and three counts of making false statements to Social Security (news - web sites) officials.

Full story at St Paul Pioneer Press

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Monday, August 09, 2004

Gorilla Seeks Help Using Sign Language

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By BILEN MESFIN, Associated Press Writer

WOODSIDE, Calif. - When Koko the gorilla used the American Sign Language gesture for pain and pointed to her mouth, 12 specialists, including three dentists, sprang into action.

The result? Her first full medical examination in about 20 years, an extracted tooth and a clean bill of health.

Thursday, August 05, 2004

I have a blonde friend who sent this to me. (thanks Cheryl!)

I decided that I needed a few days off and I realized that I ran out of vacation time already.

I figured the best way to get the Boss to send me home was to act a little crazy. I figured he'd think I was burning out and give me some time off.

I came in to work early the other day and began hanging upside down from the ceiling. Just then one of my coworkers (she's blonde..it'll be important later) came in and asked me what I'm doing.

"Shh," I said, "I'm acting crazy to get a few days off. I'm a light bulb." A second later the Boss walked by and asked me what I was doing.

"I'm a light bulb!" I exclaimed.

"You're going crazy," he said. "Take a few days off."

With that, I jumped down and started walking out.

My coworker started following me and the Boss asked where she was going.

"I can't work in the dark," she said.

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Conway Twitty? (Thanks Sue!)

The new Texas preacher was a dead ringer for Conway Twitty, the country music singer. One day he decided to visit some of the church members who hadn't been to service lately.

He went to the first lady's house and knocked on the door. When she answered the door, she said, "Conway Twitty!" No ma'am, he replied. I'm your new pastor, and I came to have prayer with you. So she said come right on in.

He visited several more homes, and everyone thought he was Conway Twitty. Then he came to a widow woman's house on the end of the street.

She was taking a shower at the time, so she just wrapped a towel around her and opened the door. When she saw her caller, she threw up her hands which allowed the towel to fall to the floor.

"Oh my God!" she exclaimed. "It's Conway Twitty!"

And the preacher said....... "Hello, Darlin!"