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ORANGE, Conn. (AP) -- There's a new twist for police in Orange, Conn.: They've had to break a man out of handcuffs.
Assistant Chief Ed Koether tells the Connecticut Post newspaper that officers were called Thursday afternoon to an adult entertainment store in Orange, a town just west of New Haven. The man had been trying on the cuffs and locked himself in a pair.
Koether says shop employees couldn't get the man free and called the fire department and then police.
The cuffs were similar to the kind police officers carry. But Koether says the officers tried several keys that didn't work. The handcuffs had to be removed with bolt cutters.
Koether says he doesn't know if the man had to pay for the broken handcuffs.
Contrails or chemtrails? That streak behind an aircraft in the sky
When I show a sky photograph on Channel 2 with an aircraft's contrail scratched across the blue sky, I expect to see a few emails asking me about "chemtrails." Don't know what those are? Google it sometime and you'll be surprised at what you find.
A guy in glasses wouldn't hurt a fly, right?
That's what some defense lawyers hope people believe when they tell their clients to wear specs to trial.
These days, thick-framed non-prescription "hipster" glasses are all the rage in court,
St. Patrick's Day Roller Derby; Mendo Mayhem versus Sacramento's Sacred City
Ukiah Daily Journal
... way since it's humble creation, with players from past seasons retired from play, new dual league skaters from Sonoma County and several changes in it's coaching team, namely new Coach John B., the Rock Star and new assistant coach "Chem Trails".
Let's consider those lines in sky
So I thought I'd take a moment to talk to you about chemtrails. There are chemtrails and there are contrails, but both describe the same phenomenon; a series of grid-like lines you see high in the skies on certain days. What's interesting are the two ...
Frumpy Middle-Aged Mom: Kids throw trash on the ground
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(In paragraph 2, the debris is moving east, not west)
By Bill Rigby
SEATTLE, March 26 (Reuters) - An empty Japanese fishing boat drifting off the coast of western Canada could be the first wave of 1.5 million tons of debris heading toward North America from Japan's tsunami last March.
The wreckage from flattened Japanese coastal towns - including refrigerators, washing machines, televisions, roofs and fishing nets - is heading inexorably east across the Pacific and could arrive sooner than expected, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
"The early indication is that things sitting higher up on the water could potentially move across the Pacific Ocean quicker than we had originally thought," said Nancy Wallace, director of NOAA's Marine Debris Program, which had forecast the appearance of tsunami debris on North American shores only in 2013.
"Those higher-wind, quicker moving items may actually be onshore much sooner - pretty much now."
On March 20, Canada's transport department spotted what it said was an empty Japanese fishing vessel 150 nautical miles south of the Queen Charlotte Islands, adjacent to the main coast of British Columbia.
The ship has been declared a hazard to shipping, but Canada has not said what - if anything - it will do with it. The country's Coast Guard said it will take action only if fuel spills from the ship, which is not likely.
The so-called ghost ship is the first major piece of evidence that Japanese tsunami debris is heading to the United States.
"It does confirm that debris generated by the tsunami will make landfall on the west coast of North America," said Nicholas Mallos, a conservation biologist and marine debris specialist at the independent Ocean Conservancy, which monitors the problem of Ocean trash.
"However, what the quantity of that debris is, what it looks like, all of those questions are still largely unanswered."
The NOAA, which is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, initially expected to find debris hitting the northern Hawaiian islands this winter and moving slowly onto Alaska, Canada and the U.S. West Coast next year. But those forecasts, made shortly after the tsunami on limited historical current and wind models, are proving inaccurate.
The agency is finding that debris is moving north of Hawaii's northernmost points, and making its way to the continent ahead of schedule, said Wallace. It is now tweaking its forecast to account for new material, such as analysis of recent oil spills and how wind will affect some objects more than others.
"Right now, we are trying to get that methodology of the new models validated by peer review experts," she said.
WALL OF WATER
A magnitude 9.0 earthquake off Japan's northeast coast on March 11, 2011, triggered a 75-foot (23-metre) wall of water that flattened waterfront towns, killing 16,000. Three thousand people are still unaccounted for.
U.S. authorities were immediately aware that the clockwise circulation of the Pacific's northern waters would deliver some remnants of that destruction.
But the extent and composition of the debris is unclear. For about a month after the tsunami, a 'debris field' was visible by satellite. But it has since been dispersed, making it impossible to track except from vessels.
The Japanese government has estimated that debris from the coastal prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima totaled 5 million tons. Of that, it says, 70 percent would have sunk quickly onto the coastal seabed of Japan, but the other 30 percent, or 1.5 million tons, would have floated. It is impossible to say how much of that will break up and sink en route and how much will end up on American beaches.
"What oceanographers are estimating right now is that the debris is dispersed over an area of 2,000 miles by 1,000 miles, roughly the size of the state of California," said Mallos at Ocean Conservancy.
"Within that area there is large variability in terms of how dispersed the debris is. It's certainly not a solid floating mass the size of California."
Mallos is set to embark on a one-month voyage from Tokyo to the Hawaiian island of Maui on June 1 to follow the projected path of the debris and finds out more about it.
One of the difficulties is how to distinguish tsunami debris from regular ocean trash, which is a growing issue in its own right.
"Unfortunately debris is a problem every single day," said Wallace. "We're doing baseline monitoring of debris along the West Coast, Hawaii and Alaska, working closely with locals, trying to get a handle on what baseline numbers are so that if there's an upswing in debris we might be able to trace it back to the tsunami."
The NOAA advises people to clear up small pieces of trash - such as plastic bottles - but to report heavy or potentially dangerous items to local authorities.
Wallace said the agency will work with the U.S. State Department and the Japanese diplomatic missions to organize the return of any valuable or sentimental items such as jewelry or photographs, if the need arises.
"What we are saying is, if you see anything let us know. And also if you don't see anything, let us know that too because that's helpful in terms of trying to model and estimate when debris could come ashore," said Wallace.
"Will there be a flotilla of washing machines across the Pacific Ocean? No. Could there be an appliance here and there? Yes, it's a possibility." (Reporting By Bill Rigby; editing by Mohammad Zargham)
CALGARY - Buddy the purloined Labrador retriever is heading home to Arkansas from Calgary after being on the lamb for four long years.
Calgary animal control officers found the purebred chocolate lab last week roaming around.
When they checked a microchip imbedded in the dog's skin, they discovered that he had been stolen as a puppy from a family who live just outside of the state capital of Little Rock.
Bill Bruce, director of animal control, says it turns out that Buddy lived in Oregon for awhile and then British Columbia before turning up in Calgary.
Buddy's registered name is Rivers, and his owners are thrilled at the prospect of getting him back.
"We're just excited, I can't wait to see him," Mary Sue Farmer said Monday night in a telephone interview from her home near Little Rock.
Her son, Peter, got the call from a Calgary animal control officer.
"She said, 'I just scanned this dog and your name comes up', and he said his heart started beating really fast. He said, 'Are you talking about Rivers?' and she said, 'Well, I think so, can you come and get him?'
"He said, 'Where are you?' and she said, 'I'm in Calgary, Canada, where are you?' and he said, "I'm in Arkansas,'" Farmer recounted.
The 45-kilogram dog is to fly home to his loved ones on United Airlines in a specially designed crate.
Local TV stations are going to be there, says Farmer, adding the dog also has a date with the veterinarian.
"He has unfortunately some unhappy news. He's going to get neutered when he gets home," Farmer said, laughing.
"I have no doubt that he was out looking for a girlfriend and my worst fear is that he's left a wake of puppies behind him in Oregon and Canada."
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Sea Monster Appears on South Carolina Beach
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Chandro Tomar may look like your typical grandmother: She's 78, has six children and dotes on her 15 grandkids.
But don't let the silver hair and kindly smile fool you. According to the Daily Mail, Tomar is believed to be the world's oldest female professional sharpshooter.
The grandmother from India's Baghpat district in Uttar Pradesh has won over 25 national championships -- even more impressive when you consider that it was only 10 years ago that Tomar picked up a gun for the first time.
It all began when Tomar had accompanied her granddaughter -- who was interested in trying sharpshooting but was too shy to go alone -- to a shooting club, Asian News International reports.
"As I was waiting around, I decided to have a go," said Tomar. "The coach spotted me and was amazed at my aim."
She soon became a regular.
â??She was so good some of the men stopped turning up altogether to avoid being humiliated by her, an old woman," the club's coach, Farooq Pathan told the Daily News and Analysis. "She has the ultimate skill, a steady hand and a sharp eye.â?
This talent for shooting seems to run in the family. According to the BBC, Tomar's daughter, Seema, was the first Indian woman to win a medal at the Rifle and Pistol World Cup in 2010 and one of her granddaughters, Neetu Solanki, is an international shooter who has represented India in countries like Hungary and Germany.
Both women say that Tomar has inspired them to excel.
"She is amazing," Seema said of her mother. "If she can do it then so can we. She showed us that anything is possible. She has helped so many of us improve our lives."
Neetu, her granddaughter, added that in a male-dominated society like India's, her grandmother is giving hope to younger generations.
"Young girls say, 'If granny can do it, why can't we?' I say to them: Work hard and keep your chin up and you will go places," she told BBC, in a 2011 interview.
SNC prof makes significant discovery
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Lair of the Beasts: The Boggy Creek Monster
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UFO in Russia? Huge 'UFO fragment' discovered in Siberia
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Chemtrails from military jets may be toxic
By James Lee I have noticed a lot of "chemtrail" spraying in skies over Ogden lately. This spraying usually begins in the morning and lasts throughout the day. It's called "geo-engineering," or "Project Cloverleaf." These chemtrails are sprayed into ...
Kickstarter Project Seeks to Flush SOPA and PIPA
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HONOLULU (AP) -- It got personal for a judge in Honolulu when he put a man in a chokehold for jumping onto his bench and breaking a flagpole bearing the state flag, authorities said.
District Judge Lono Lee knocked down Steven Michael Hauge and restrained him Monday after the man caused a ruckus in Lee's courtroom, Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Toni Schwartz told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Hauge had been going from courtroom to courtroom in the Honolulu District Court building screaming, State Sheriff Shawn Tsuha said. "He was quite upset about something," Tsuha said.
It was not clear why Hauge was in the building. Court records show a criminal record dating to 1977 with more than 50 convictions on charges including, burglary, fraud and assault.
Hauge was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, obstruction of government operations and fourth-degree criminal property damage. Tsuha said Hauge allegedly broke the flag's staff while swinging it.
Hauge couldn't be reached for comment Wednesday at Oahu Community Correctional Center, where he was being held on $ 1,500 bail.
Photo a new clue in Amelia Earhart case?
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Newly enhanced photo a fresh clue in the Amelia Earhart mystery?
Area 51 Exhibit To Feature Russian Roswell UFO Artifact At National Atomic ...
On March 26, the Smithsonian-affiliated National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas plans to unveil the first-ever Area 51 exhibit, and it will be loaded with UFO and possible extraterrestrial-related items. The exhibit, dubbed "Area 51: Myth or ...
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Search For Amelia Earhart To Continue In July
The Bermuda Triangle, The Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot are a few famous ones. In the United States no one mystery will ever be greater than Amelia Earhart's disappearance in her famous 1937 trip around the world. Several attempts have been made in the ...
Awesome Or Off-Putting: Spring Heeled Jack Is Back! (Unless He Isn't)
by Shawn Lindseth on March 19, 2012 0 Comments Awesome or Off-Putting is a weekly delve into cryptozoology, ufology, aliens, medical marvels, scientific wonders, secret societies, government conspiracies, cults, ghosts, EVPs, ancient artifacts, ...
The Chicago Reader, for decades one of America's most respected and profitable alternative weeklies, is for sale again, its troubles attributed to dramatic declines in classified ad revenues. The proximate cause: free ads offered by such competing web outlets as Craigslist. "Once [classified revenues] dried up," commented Charles Whitaker, a professor at Medill journalism school, "there was just no place else for them to turn." The Reader's sister papers in Atlanta and Washington, D.C. are also on the block, and across-the-board pay cuts were announced at all three papers.
At its best, the Reader -- like the Village Voice, LA Weekly, where I was publisher for nearly 20 years until 2002, and dozens of others in the alternative weekly niche -- offered a sharp critique of the journalism malpracticed by the mainstream press. As revenues have slumped all over the country, alt-weeklies have scrambled, slashing editorial staffs and page counts and cutting pay and benefits.
The sad state of newspaper classifieds makes me feel lucky that I worked at LA Weekly during the early '80s, when the classifieds did more than drive revenue: they said as much about the city's culture as the cover stories.
In those days, a follower of the Weekly's classifieds could find mind-bending New Age remedies ("Breast Enhancement Through Hypnosis!") intermingled with phone-sex lines, help wanteds (with headlines like "Cocaine Has Nothing To Do With This Job"), personals and apartment rentals. (One ad for a "clothing-optional apartment complex" prompted a perplexed call from an electrician who was asked to fix some wiring wearing only his boots and tool belt.)
The impossibly young classified crew was captained by legendary record collector/amateur drummer Jim Kaplan, who handled a steady barrage of freaked out clients with the mantra, "You got new business from your ad, so we must be doing something right." His staff included a Stanislavski-trained actress channeling Hollywood B-list icon Lola Lane; a guitarist/vocalist for a popular death metal band; a comic book writer with an English accent so thick clients couldn't understand him; a 21-year-old already twice-divorced personals manager; and a proudly punk messenger with a pet rat residing in his hair. The pages were pasted up with an Xacto knife and a straight edge, which permitted last-minute mischief like the substitution of the head of a German shepherd for the headshot of a prominent psychic.
The staff, especially the folks in production, dressed with a point of view. They mocked shoulder-pad clad "power women" by wearing actual football shoulder pads over their torn T-shirts and undoubtedly contributed to various tipping points in retro-hippie, punk or metal attire. A tiny, elderly Japanese gardener who came in to drop off an ad expressed delight that we dressed our employees up in costumes.
To draw readers into the classifieds, we published the idiosyncratic astrology column "Rockie Horoscope" -- in which the late, great Rockie Gardner predicted 10 out of every two earthquakes. In between the ads you could find absurd bits of clip art, like a bird pulling a worm out of a woman's eye. Even the typos could be revealing: an 83-year-old grandmother was horrified that we put her phone number in an ad for "China," a 6-foot-tall cross-dressing adult massage therapist. A few days later, granny was on the phone, complaining that she got only a handful of responses.
And yes, there were plenty of ads from "massage therapists" who specialized in happy beginnings, middles and endings. A libertarian argument could be made for running them, but the truth was we did it for the money, which allowed us to investigate and expose corruptions ignored by the dailies and to publish -- admittedly for minimal recompense -- the superb writing of Michael Ventura, Harlan Ellison, Mikal Gilmore and many other unique voices.
We also tried to use the classifieds to do some good deeds, which rarely went unpunished. "We gave prison inmates free 'pen pal' ads," Kaplan, who now owns his own newspaper, recalls. "One evening, I'm watching a 60 Minutes segment on a scam that involved prisoners in three jails born churning out hundreds of counterfeit money orders. One of their chosen venues to reel in their marks was the personal ads section of LA Weekly, where 'born again in prison' inmates sought 'good Christian pen pals.'"
The classified chaos at the Weekly was not for the fainthearted. It was often excruciating, especially every Thursday, the day the paper hit the streets. That's when the calls began from distribution outlets who hated the "adult" section and clients whose ads were mangled, wrongly categorized or just plain left out. Sometimes, though, the pain seemed a mere hangover from the night before, when, after the paper went out, some of the amazing musicians who populated the Weekly staff pushed furniture out of the way, set up their equipment and jammed far into the night.
Hunka Technologies Releases New Version of PopulariPhone Game CropCircle
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[prMac.com] Bhopal, India — Hunka Technologies has launched a new version of the popular iPhone game Crop Circle. In this updated version one can help the Alien escape from the Crop Circles. Collect uranium to power your spaceship while avoiding the ...
There was certainly no shortage of cute animals in the news this week. Interspecies animal friendships made headlines, with a baby chick that naps on a cat's shoulder and the excited puppy playing with two piglets.
If you didn't get enough baby animals, check out these baby otters and these adorable pictures of miniature animals. If cute older animals are more your style, be sure to check out these tips for caring for pets with arthritis.
In other animal news, two koala joeys at the San Diego Zoo received a clean bill of health after their first routine medical examination this week.
Unfortunately, the wolf population of Michigan's Isle Royale National Park is facing extinction, the Associated Press revealed this week. With only nine known wolves and one confirmed female on the island, the population "could die out within a few years."
Check out some of the week's best animal photos from around the world and vote for your favorites below.
EPL: 10 Famous Fans of Arsenal
Famous fans of the English Premier League and other teams around the globe are pretty well spread out, and sometimes pinning down who is backing who can be harder than taking a picture of the Loch Ness Monster. and after 40 years, it's still not clear ...
By: Jennifer Welsh, LiveScience Staff Writer
Published: 03/17/2012 11:52 AM EDT on LiveScience
Some crayfish "fake out" their opponents with their gigantic right claws, suggests new research showing that these big claws aren't always as strong as they should be for their size.
The slender crayfish, Cherax dispar, fights with other males over territory. They start these bouts of aggression by assessing each other's pincers by rubbing and tapping them. The male with the largest pincer is usually the victor of these fight-less facedowns, and so snags the territory, without the contest escalating further.
"In my experience, most conflicts are settled without fighting," study researcher Michael Angilletta Jr., of Arizona State University, told LiveScience in an email. "Usually, the smaller individual backs away very quickly (often immediately). Escalation to physical combat only occurs when two individuals are similar in size. I'd estimate that more than 80 percent of encounters would be settled without combat."
When these meetings do come to blows, the stronger of the two males usually takes home the belt. If the two crayfish get into a physical fight (one doesn't walk away in fear of the big claw, and instead they continue fighting), the winning crayfish isn't always the one with the bigger claw.
The big pinch
To see if the size of the claw matched its strength, Angilletta and crayfish researcher Robbie Wilson, from The University of Queensland in Australia, put crayfish from North Stradbroke Island, off the coast of Australia, to the test. They collected the crustaceans and determined the size and strength of their pincers, also called chelae.
The researchers found that these larger pincers are sometimes made up of lower quality muscle than, and sometimes aren't as strong as, the smaller pincers. The larger claw is sometimes stronger than the small one on the same individual, but not always. "There is lots of variation in strength of the largest claws, but very little variation in the strength of the smallest claws," Angilletta said.
"The force of the biggest pincers is so variable that some pincers can be 10 times as strong as another set that are of the same size." Angilletta said. "Strong individuals with small pincers sometimes flee from large individuals with weak pincers."
This could be useful for a crayfish that has a large but weak claw; he may still scare off competitors without investing in quality muscles.
The hidden punch
This is what the researchers call "cryptic asymmetry," when asymmetries of limb performance don't match up with asymmetries of limb size.
"Cryptic asymmetry raises important question about the ecology and evolution of aggression," the authors write in the paper, to be published Wednesday (March 14) in the journal Biology Letters. It also "adds another dimension of uncertainly to aggressive encounters, because a crayfish cannot predict which chelae poses the greater threat."
This phenomenon isn't just limited to crayfish, the researchers said. "Because the majority of animals possess an exoskeleton, which effectively masks internal structures, cryptic asymmetry of performance could be a fairly common phenomenon," the researchers write.
Crop circles make the way to Rockland library
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Letter: Ah, relief
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On the Animal Channel, "River Monsters" is about a chap who fishes remote areas for gigantic, ugly fish. There's "Finding Bigfoot," the eternal quest like the search for the Loch Ness monster, and "UFOs" to prove we are not alone.
Chupacabras With Fangs, Wings Blamed For Sheep Deaths In Mexico
"Anything mysterious in Mexico is unfortunately labeled a 'chupacabras,' according to Loren Coleman, director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine. After looking at the video of the current chupacabras story, Coleman is dubious.
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Howard takes a step toward return to Phillies
Cherry Hill Courier Post
For two weeks, Ryan Howard sightings have been Florida's equivalent of the Loch Ness monster. Howard was taking swings in a walking boot. Howard is nothing more than a figment of the collective imagination of Phillies fans.
Mother Nature Network
Solar eruption mistaken for refueling UFO spaceship
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What do you do with 5 tons of old toilets? The city of Bellingham, Wash., found a creative (and sustainable) answer: Make sidewalk.
A section of a sidewalk installed as part of a road improvement project replaces conventional concrete with so-called "poticrete," which contains crushed porcelain instead of gravel.
The pieces of old toilets, crushed into three-quarter inch (1.9-centimeter) pieces, replaces about one dump-truck load of gravel, which would otherwise come out of a hillside somewhere, and saves about 5 tons of material -- the toilets -- from a landfill, according to project engineer Freeman Anthony.
When crushed up, the porcelain looks and performs like rocks, Anthony told LiveScience. [Photos: Making of a Green Road]
The city used the poticrete in a small part of sidewalk in the the half-mile (0.8-kilometer) Meador Kansas Ellis Trail project in Bellingham. The project, which improved sidewalk and road along an existing corridor, is the first roadway construction project to earn a Greenroads certification. Greenroads is an independentrating system developed at the University of Washington to promote sustainable roadway construction, similar to LEED certification for environmentally friendly buildings.
The project, which was completed at the end of the year, also made use of about 80 tons of crushed, recycled concrete, and about 30 percent of asphalt laid down was recycled material. Porous concrete was included to reduce runoff, low-energy LED lights were added to reduce electricity use, and the project itself improved pedestrian and bicycle access.
The toilets came from the Bellingham Housing Authority, which had received a federal grant to replace its old toilets with more water-efficient, low-flow toilets. A local nonprofit, Sustainable Connections, helped the housing authority secure the grant, and the nonprofit called Anthony with the suggestion that the city make use of the porcelain.
The project's contractor, Larry Brown Construction Inc., installed the poticrete. The recycled materials used cost slightly less than conventional ones, Anthony said.
"The long and short of it is, there is a lot of useful material out there that can be used in public construction projects," he said.
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FarmVille Pic of the Day: Kiss Me, I'm Ireland by Ribana
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