Saturday, June 06, 2009
New York police made a gruesome discovery earlier this week while getting ready to tow a heavily-ticketed van – a decomposed body in the back seat.
It was that of a missing man, and now his family wants to know to how officers could ticket the vehicle numerous times - and never notice what was inside.
Jennifer Morales wondered how her father's body could go unnoticed for so long.
"I'm shocked. I'm surprised, um...," Morale said.
The daughter of 58-year-old George Morales wants everyone to remember her handyman father in a different way, not as a decomposed body found in a van under the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway on Wednesday. He'd been dead a month, in a van with four parking tickets.
The star was found with a noose around his neck and another rope around his genitals in a wardrobe in his hotel room in Bangkok.
Police commander Lieutenant General Worapong Siewpreecha said it was unclear whether the 72-year-old killed himself or died from suffocation or heart failure due to ejaculation.
"Under these circumstances we cannot be sure that he committed suicide but he may have died from masturbation."
A post-mortem is expected later while forensic police have already dusted Carradine's hotel room and are testing a drink found there.
Michael Hutchence, singer with Australian band INXS, died in similar circumstances in 1997.
Friday, June 05, 2009
ATTENTION: All those who are after a Toronto hockey franchise please take a number for quicker service.
There was a press conference today where a band of venture capitalists calling themselves The Toronto Legacy Group announced their intention to acquire a second NHL franchise in Toronto for the 2012-2012 season. Just like that.
The team, to be called the Toronto Legacy, plans to build an arena (price unknown) at Downsview Park, with no help from the public purse. The arena who hold 30,000, 50 percent of which would be sold for $50 or less. Another notable part of the plan is the group's charitable priorities, which say that 25 percent of the team's annual profits would go to a selected group of international charities. Never mind that the largest NHL arena holds 21,000 and an 30,000-seat arena would likely have terrible sight lines.
Yup everyone wants a hockey franchise in Toronto. So soon we have a hockey team in Hamilton, Vaughan, and North York. What's next, Scarborough, Leaside, Barrie or maybe Pickering. Afterall this is the centre of the hockey universe. We can support 6 NHL teams. Maybe the NHL can create a GTA division.
So the geniuses behind this plan - have they had discussions with the NHL? No. Have they spoken to the federal government regarding Downsview Park? No. Do they have an arena design? No. How about the capital to make this project work? No. Do they have any big names to front their expansion bid? No. Well what have they developed so far? A name and logo.
Good Luck with that.
Thursday, June 04, 2009
Rachel Welch, 21, says she decided at the age of 14 that she wasn't going to kiss any guy until she was married.
She and Todd Ritter, her fiance who she met through their church youth group two years ago, show their affection by rubbing noses and giving hugs.
The couple got engaged last December and plan to wed in July.
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
Police said Cynthia White Roberson, who lost her job six weeks ago, made the gang commit the offences to pay for her rent and a car loan. She was charged in connection with at least 20 armed robberies in Phoenix and Glendale, Arizona, and aggravated assault.
Four boys, including her two sons aged 12 and 14, and three men, Jorge Elias, 18, Tony Vaughn, 20, and Jason Moore, 20, were also accused of the same offences.
Roberson drove the getaway car in all of the robberies, which took place in parks and streets on weekends, police said. She also allegedly coached a 14-year-old when he was having trouble stealing a mobile phone from a victim.
Sergeant Phil Roberts of Phoenix police said: "All of us should be disgusted by this. This is absolutely not how to raise your children."
Leighton Meester sure turned heads at the MTV awards with this outfit. The dress sure does accentuate the ass region. I have no idea who Leighton Meester.
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
Supermarkets may be saving on salaries when customers use the self-checkout but they are losing sales too. There are fewer snacks and impulse items at the self-checkout registers and the lines are shorter which means less time to think about impulse purchases.
A 2007 study by retail consulting firm IHL Group found that impulse purchases among women dropped by 32.1 percent and 16.7 percent among men when self-checkout was used instead of a staffed checkout line. The study also suggests that a woman could lose up to 4.1 pounds a year by resisting the urge to purchase checkout items, and men could lose 3.1 pounds.
Monday, June 01, 2009
Although Brian Burke tends to do a lot of talking, he isn't foolish enough to get hit with a tampering charge so there is no way of knowing which free agents he will go after. His recent announcement that he plans to spend to the cap suggests he won't be going after fringe players.
A lot of rumours floating around have the Leafs chasing after the Sedin twins. I continue to skeptical. It has been suggested that the Canucks have offered the two Swedes 10-year contracts at $5 million per year. That's a lot of money to spend on 28 year olds that are pretty soft and do not ormally finish in the top 20 scorers (sounds like copies of Mats Sundin). You might have to offer $120 million or more to sign them both. That would require the Leafs shedding some big salaries if they are to fill the other 4 or 5 holes in their roster. Some poor unfornate Leafs could be suiting up for the Marlies this fall to free up cap dollars.
I'm still convinced Burke's number one target is Jay Bouwmeester. He will be the best free agent available. Also I can see him going after Toronto boy, Mike Cammalleri. I also see the Leafs moving Pavel Kubina despite the fact that Burke likes the way he plays. Not sure there will be enough ice time for Bouwmeester, Kubina and Kaberle.
The goaltending situation is still up in the air. Jonas Gustavsson is not talking to teams at the moment as his mother died recently. But he may not be ready for the NHL. But there could be some good veteran goalies available including J.S. Giguere.
The Islanders appear to be leaning towards using their first pick to grab Victor Hedman. That means that Tampa Bay could be persuaded to deal away their second pick overall (John Tavares) and Brian Burke is certainly eager to deal. But don't expect it to happen until draft day if it happens at all.
A recent large poll by EKOS shows that no one has a clear shot at winning the next election. The Liberals may have done a litle better if not for the Ruby Dhalla mess.
Another polls by Angus Reid gives the Liberals a slight edge, which is significant only be cause its the first time in quite a while that Angus Reid shows the Liberals in the lead.
The Liberals would love to battle the Conservative in an election over Employment Insurance reforms. To me there position on EI has no credibility. The federal budget surplus built up by Paul Martin and Jean Chretien in the 1990s was partially supported by significant cuts to EI. Money that should have been going to the unemployed were instead used to make the Liberals look good. That included eligibility rules of between 420 hours and 910 hours worked, depending on various factors.
Now Ignatieff wants a national minimum threshold of 360 hours to collect EI benefits as a temporary measure during the recession.
Instead the government is proposing refoms that include a $500-million program for retraining laid-off, long-tenured workers and an extension of EI benefits if applicants participate in longer-term training of up to two years.
Officials claim Miss Pullen, a single mother, from Nottingham, lacks the intelligence to cope with the complex medical needs of the child, who was born prematurely.
The child, named only as Baby K, is currently with foster parents even though a psychiatrist said Miss Pullen "good literacy and numeracy and her intellectual abilities appear to be within the normal range."
"It has been going on for three years now. She has been kidnapped," said Miss Pullen, "All I want to do is care for my daughter and she wants her mummy back. She keeps asking why she can't come home to live with me when I visit her."
What a surprise. After the NHL bends over backwards to accommodate NBC who doesn't even pay the league to broadcast games we find out that U.S. television ratings for Game 1 of the Red Wings-Penguins Stanley Cup final rematch were down from last year's levels.
The NBC telecast drew a 2.6 rating and a 5 share. That's compared with a four-game NBC average of a 3.2 rating and a 6 share one year ago. That means that less than 3 million households in the U.S. were watching the game which is likely just barely above the CBC's numbers. So obviously the NHL's strategy to build their U.S. base is...ummm..well needs some work.
Speaking of the NHL strategy. How about the league office overriding Malkin's automatic suspension last night? Or as I like to describe it, the NHL suspended the instigator penalty so no suspension applied which means Malkin wasn't an instigator. Do you follow? Meanwhile Sean Avery gets a suspension if anyone falls within 10 feet of where he is skating. And you wonder why the NHL has problems ...and no viewers.
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Sunday, May 31, 2009
A 32-year-old man in southern Sweden found guilty of assaulting his ex-girlfriend has been granted a lower than usual sentence because of the suffering caused when he was bitten in the testicles by the woman's Rottweiler.
A reformed drug addict turned to crack cocaine because his girlfriend didn't make any gravy for their Sunday roast dinner. Paul Dibble, 30 then went on to steal 44 chocolate bars to sell for drugs.
A Russian woman got so upset by the news that her boyfriend intended to leave her that she tied several firecrackers to his penis and exploded them. The 33-year-old victim had lived with the woman for about two years, but when the girlfriend started suggesting that they should marry, the man refused and said that he would rather return to his first wife with whom he had a son.
A German appeals court overturned a five-year jail sentence on Monday for an obese bus driver who fatally squashed his wife by falling on her during a booze-fuelled row.
The court in Hildesheim near Hannover decided the 52-year-old man, who weighs more than 280 pounds, was guilty of causing bodily injuries by negligence and issued him with a warning and a fine. The court could not rule out an accident in the woman’s death in April 2006 and actually said she was most responsible for her own death because she failed to see a doctor for a follow up appointment after an initial three days in the hospital - even when she coughed up blood for several days. An autopsy found she had 18 broken ribs and several litres of fluid in one of her lungs.
A man who considered his dog a "child substitute" and rocked it to sleep every night murdered his partner because she woke the animal up, an Australian court has been told. Anthony Sherna, 42, is accused of strangling Susanne Wild, 53, and burying her body in the backyard of their home at Tarneit in Melbourne's southwest. He's pleaded not guilty to murder.
Her world destroyed by an unfaithful husband, Deborah Jackson was bent on revenge. She was determined that her husband Kurt should get nothing - so she set the house on fire hours before the sale was to be completed.
A man called police because his 28-year-old son wouldn't clean his bedroom. Andrew Mizsak, of Cleveland, Ohio, called 911 after a domestic argument got out of hand. His son, also called Andrew, had thrown a plate of food across the kitchen table and clenched his fist at his dad when told to clean his room.
A Bakersfield man with a history of drug abuse remains jailed after allegedly biting out one of his 4-year-old son's eyes and mutilating the other. Angel Vidal Mendoza, 34, has been charged with mayhem, torture, child cruelty and inflicting an injury to a child in the alleged attack on his son.
A furious wife performed some drastic DIY after her husband boozed away a week's wages — drilling a hole into his manhood. Horrified Andrei Karaj told police he was asleep on the sofa when he was woken by an agonising pain. He saw raging wife Larissa, 38, standing over him with a power drill at their family home in Moscow, Russia.
A young woman cut the strings of her partner's guitar collection after she found out he was cheating on her, a court has heard. Roisin Murray, 20, of Aberdeen, spent a night in the cells after attacking the instruments. Her lawyer Mike Monro said she found out "he was not only playing his guitar but was also playing away from home".
Private school girls in Australia are being ordered to wear bike pants under their clothes at social functions to reduce the risk of being sexually assaulted. Girls' schools have issued the directive to students attending dances amid concerns that inappropriate touching by boys could lead to criminal charges.
In a recent newsletter, Catholic girls' school All Hallows, in Brisbane's inner north, detailed the dress code for students at dances.
"Girls should not wear overly revealing clothing such as very short, tight shorts or skirts or strapless, strappy, backless or plunging tops or dresses," the newsletter said. "Short skirts, dresses or shorts must only be worn over leggings or tights."
The strict dress code is being enforced at entry points to school dances.
Toronto's domed stadium opened up 20 years ago this week. It was thought to be state of the art at the time because of its retractable roof thus providing the feel of an outdoor stadium during our short summers and a domed facility the rest of the year. This made sense for the Blue Jays after playing at Exhibition Stadium and being subject to cold winds off the lake each spring. I remember sitting on this frigid aluminum benches in spring shivering in my winter coat.
There was a design competition and winner was the facility that provided for the largest roof opening. The concept made it a showcase facility but it has never been considered a good baseball stadium for players or fans. The hard turf surface has taken its toll on players. The facility was supposed to have cost $150 million but the construction ran into numerous problems. There was a water pumping station that had to be moved. The site had contaminated soil from a century of industrial use. Then there were the archaeological finds that had to be carefully removed. A hotel was built into the stadium. By the time the facility was completed the final price tag was $570 million and three levels of government had chipped in money. The price tag doesn't even include the value of the land since the stadium was built on Crown (government-owned) land.
Well the huge debt load carried by the stadium meant that it could never be profitable. It eventually ballooned to $400 million. One government study indicated that it would need 600 bookings a year to break even. So eventually the taxpayers paid off the debt and the stadium was sold in 1994 to a private group for a bargain basement price of $151 million. In 1998 the stadium filed for bankruptcy as luxury suite owners failed to renew their boxes (they all jumped to the new Air Canada Centre) and revenue plummeted. It was sold for $85 million. Then in 2004 Ted Rogers bought the 15-year old stadium for a cool $25 million or about 4% of the original construction costs.
The was a naming contest for the dome prior in 1987 prior to the opening. I was one of about 2,000 people to submit the winning name Skydome. So they had a draw to choose the winner who received 2 tickets behind home plate for life to every event at the dome. All I got was a certificate indicating I was one of people to submit the winning name. I was pretty peeved when Ted Rogers decided the name the stadium after himself when he bought it. The winner was a woman from Wallaceburg which is almost 200 miles southwest of Toronto. In a recent interview she revealed that they rarely use the tickets. What a waste!
The only interesting aspect of the stadium is the roof. I remember many people speculating on whether it would actually work. If the forecast is for rain it is left closed. But on occasion a sudden storm appears and the roof is closed during the game. I have been at a number of games where the roof was closed while the game was in progress. On one occasion the roof had to be closed when a huge cloud of bugs, likely attracted by the stadium lights entered the through the open roof. The 31-story roof consists of four panels; one is fixed in place and the other three are moved by electrically driven 'train' engines, that run on standard railway rails. The roof, which takes 20 minutes to open, was made out of steel trusses covered by corrugated steel cladding which in turn is covered by a single ply PVC membrane. Below is a time lapse video of the roof closing.