Friday, February 10, 2012
A teacher in a Newfoundland fishing village put a student out in the hallway for a period and sprayed him with Febreze—for smelling fishy. The mother of 10-year-old Christian Robertson said he was teased by other students after having fried fish for lunch, and then bullied by his teacher. "I think my son was treated not like a human being—I think he was treated like a dog, or a cat," she tells CBC. "I'm very hurt and very angry over this." The school board has apologized, and placed the teacher on paid leave while it investigates.
This story kind of surprises me. Every Newfie smells of fish. I'm not being bigoted that's all there is in Newfoundland, fish and screech rum. You would think the teacher would be used to the smell. Still the kid was sprayed with Febreze. This isn't Officer Pike spraying students with pepper spray.
A father who was upset after a Tennessee couple deleted his adult daughter as a friend on Facebook has been charged in the shooting deaths of the couple, authorities said Wednesday.
The victims had complained to police that Marvin Potter's daughter was harassing them after they deleted her as a friend on the social networking site, Johnson County Sheriff Mike Reece said Wednesday.
Potter, 60, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder in last week's slayings of Billy Payne Jr. and his girlfriend, Billie Jean Hayworth. The couple was shot to death in their Mountain City home in the far northeast corner of the state. Their 8-month-old baby was found unharmed in Hayworth's arms.Hey everyone knows that the number 1 rule of the Internet is you never unfriend someone on Facebook. I'm not saying these people deserved to die but not the least bit surprised. I'm sure dad's lawyer can plea bargaining down to manslaughter.
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
The force is no longer with him.
Jedi Master Flynn Michael is searching the galaxy far and wide for his stolen lightsaber — and you, Brooklyn Paper readers, may be his only hope.
The Bedford-Stuyvesant engineer was at a Myrtle Avenue bar last fall when a thief snatched what Obi-Wan Kenobi once described as “an elegant weapon for a more civilized age” — a $400 custom sword Michael used to teach young Jedi honor and self-esteem.
“Who steals somebody’s lightsaber? It’s like stealing someone’s toy out of the sandbox,” said Michael, the founder of New York Jedi, a stage combat performance group. “I finally got my uber custom saber, and then some jerk walks out with it.
“I guess that’s the joke — some Jedi I turned out to be,” he said.
On Sept. 22, Brooklyn’s own Obi-Wan met some padawans at Project Parlor and set his saber beneath the bar. A few hours later, at about 2:13 am, a bearded dark lord grabbed it and fled, according to Michael.
The Jedi says he caught the phantom menace on a security camera, but didn’t go to cops, saying that police reports would be useless. Instead, he put up about a dozen flyers along Myrtle Avenue with the alleged crook’s photo, imploring him to return the flashy light saber (see below).
Then, in December, Michael stood face-to-face with the dark side when the suspected Sith returned to the bar.
But, alas, the scruffy-looking nerf-herder denied taking the blade.
According to an arrest affidavit cited by NBC Miami, Joseph Bray, 47, and his wife Sonja got into a fight after Bray neglected to wish her a happy birthday. Sonja told police he shoved her and grabbed her neck at their Plantation residence.
At the Tuesday hearing, Judge John Hurley asked the wife about her preferences for a night out on the town and sentenced the husband accordingly.
According to the Sun Sentinel, he ordered Bray to "flowers, birthday card, Red Lobster, bowling."
He also requested that the Brays start seeing a marriage counselor.
The majority of Brits were so cynical when it came to accepting a genuine offer of goodwill that they turned down free money, research has revealed. Cash was offered by five women to commuters at busy bus stations up and down the UK but an average of only eight people at each station, out of thousands of bus travellers, took up the offer.
Women wearing a sandwich board that read "Ask me to pay your bus fare and I will" were positioned at bus stations in Newcastle, Medway, Manchester, Perth and Leicester, but were mostly just ignored. The experiment ran during morning rush hour each day for a week and just 38 people in total across the country accepted the offer.
When questioned, the minority who did eventually accept the free cash admitted they were reluctant at first because they thought the offer was too good to be true. Those who did accept were generally teenagers, suggesting that the older we get, the more cynical of goodwill gestures we become. Results showed that 69% of Brits were too suspicious to accept offers of goodwill and also felt rewards and freebies are often too good to be true, while only 23% of people thought it possible to get something for nothing.
Tuesday, February 07, 2012
The 33-year-old "Extra" correspondent found herself on the losing end of a bet against her colleague A.J. Calloway Sunday after her beloved New England Patriots fell short of the Super Bowl championship.
According to the terms of the bet, Menounos had to host the show in a red, white and blue bikini - and luckily for her, a pair of warm, furry black Uggs.
If Calloway had lost, he would have had to don a Patriots cheerleader outfit. Just another good reason for the Giants to win.
A robbery suspect was arrested Saturday after allegedly attempting to hold up an East Sacramento bank by claiming a bag containing apple pies was actually a bomb, authorities said.
The Sacramento Police Department said 33-year-old Daniel Hedwood entered the Wells Fargo bank on the 3000 block of Capitol Avenue shortly after 1:15 p.m. and demanded cash from a teller, claiming that a fast-food bag he was holding contained a bomb.
Hegwood fled on foot, leaving the bag behind, but was quickly arrested by officers in a nearby parking garage, police said. Hegwood resisted arrest and again claimed he was in possession of an explosive device, according to authorities.
Bomb technicians inspected the bag inside the bank and determined that the only items inside the bag were two apple pies.
Hegwood was arrested on charges of robbery, resisting arrest and other charges and is being held without bail due to violating his parole.
Monday, February 06, 2012
It's the breast defense she could come up with.
A Florida woman is facing DUI charges after telling cops her “big breasts” caused her to fail a sobriety test, WTVJ-TV reported.
Maureen Raymond, 49, of Port St. Lucie, was collared in Jensen Beach on Jan. 29 after cops spotted her speeding and crossing double yellow lines before parking across two spaces at a drugstore.
Raymond had slurred speech, glassy eyes and staggered, a deputy wrote in his report, according to the station. She also warned him before she did any roadside tests.
“She told me that I needed to understand that she is big-chested and . . . she is not going to balance well,” he wrote.
“She told me, ‘Big breast you don’t balance well.’ ”
When asked to walk a straight line, Raymond began to dance — then “began to take her clothes off to show me her breast and I stopped her.”
Last September, York University student Sarah Grunfeld accused her Jewish professor of anti-Semitism after failing to grasp that he was expressing an outrageous opinion to illustrate a point, rather than as a true statement of his beliefs. Sarah, who was roundly mocked for this, believes she is the real victim in this case.
Now she's made this very professional video accusing the school and the media and, I guess, The Jews of railroading her.
Hard to know what to make of this. Why would other Jews want to suppress information about anti-Semitism at York University?
Welsh weather viewers received a shock this morning when the TV forecast seemed to suggest temperatures would plunge to –99C in parts of nothwest Wales.
The BBC Breakfast forecast, presented by Behnaz Akhgar, provoked some wry comments on Twitter when the graphic mistakenly added an extra 9 to the chilly –9C forecast.
Sunday, February 05, 2012
The Montreal Canadiens have paid Scott Gomez $7,500,000 this past year not to score. Yes today is the one year anniversary since Gomez actually was able to get a puck past a NHL goalie. How can that be? Well under the NHL collective agreement every dollar in his contract is guaranteed irrespective of his performance.
So the Canadiens must have picked him up in a salary dump. They would have gotten a damn good prospect to pick up all that salary. Nope. This was a multiple trade. The Rangers traded Scott Gomez, Tom Pyatt and Mike Busto to Montreal for Christopher Higgins, Ryan McDonagh, Doug Janik and Pavel Valentenko.
Yup buyer beware.
This is a good example of why GMs shouldn't be in a rush to sign long term contracts. You can be stuck for years to come. In addition,you need to avoid paying a player for one good season. This was the risk that the Jays took when they signed Jose Bautista but fortunately for the Jays it paid off. Gomez scored 33 goals during the 2005-06 season which is about double his usual output. He hasn't been close since.
If you hate long lines at the dressing rooms or fighting with a million other people for the clerk's attention, than today is your day to hit the stores. I bet you can even talk someone into giving you a discount for engaging in America's second favorite past time—conspicuous consumption. Don't even think about hitting the supermarket though. You may end up fighting off someone for that last bag of Lays.
Catch a Theatre Show
Normally the theater isn't really a viable option because all the show queens already know that Stupid Bowl Sunday is the time to get some cheap January-priced theatre tickets. Well, this year there is a Nationally Televised Madonna Concert happening on Sunday too (I hear something about their playing some sport game before and after it too?) so you'll be front row center with no one to unwrap a candy during big number. Heaven!
Host a Pre-Oscar Viewing Party
Several Best Picture nominees (Moneyball, The Help, Midnight In Paris) can already be downloaded from On Demand. Invite a group of football haters, bring out the popcorn and set up a little panel to debate the films.
Go To the Gym
Go Out To Eat
You know that restaurant that you're always trying to get into but there is a two hour wait for a table? Not tonight. You'll be only one in there. Just make sure they don't have a big screen TV or you'll be in trouble. Find someone else who hates football just as much as you do, and waltz right in. There's no staring at one of those silly buzzing beepers waiting endlessly for it to summon you to your table. There isn't even any one else to bump up against you or take the waitress' attention. Order two of everything.
Catch a Movie
You know how hard it is to catch a recent release on the weekend. You need to show up 30 minutes before show time or buy advance tickets online then line up to print the tickets at the theatre. It's a hassle. Not on Super Sunday. You'll be the only one in the theater. Show up when you want. Crunch that popcorn and talk as much as you'd like, today the multiplex is basically your living room.
Take Down the Christmas Decorations
Seriously it's almost Valentines Day. It's about time.