Saturday, April 21, 2012
On February 1, 1971, in a steal of a trade with Philadelphia, Jim Gregory managed to acquire a future Hall of Fame goalie in Bernie Parent. The previous summer, the Leafs were also fortunate to have obtained the veteran Jacques Plante, who would act as the mentor for the young Parent. Plante carried a incredible 1.88 GAA that season at the age of 41. Besides the young and maturing defence, the Leafs now had some firepower up front including centres Dave Keon and Norm Ullman who both had their greatest offensive seasons in 1970-71. As well, the Leafs had speedy wingers Paul Henderson and Ron Ellis together with the vast potential of Sittler.
For the first round of the 1971 playoffs, the new-look Leafs were pitted against the New York Rangers, a powerhouse team at the time. Although the Leafs put up stiff resistance, the Rangers won the bitterly contested series four games to two, which was highlighted by one of the wildest scenes involving hockey players in a long while. In Game 2 of the series, in one of the many fights that took place, the Rangers’ Vic Hadfield tossed Bernie Parent’s mask into the Madison Square Garden’s hostile crowd. Leafs executive King Clancy bravely, but vainly appealed to the partisan fans to return the mask, which was never seen again (see 4:00 mark of the video below). I might add that the violence in this season's playoffs pales in comparison to the violence back in the 1970s.
There continued to be a power struggle for control of the Leafs between Stafford Smythe and Harold Ballard and John Bassett. Although Bassett had Smythe and Ballard removed from the management positions, he did not force them to sell their shares, and both men remained on the board. This proved to be a serious strategic blunder; Smythe was the largest single shareholder in Maple Leaf Gardens, and he and Ballard controlled almost half the company's stock between them. They were thus able to stage a proxy war and regain control of the board in 1970. Smythe was once again appointed president. Facing an untenable situation, Bassett sold his shares in the Gardens to Smythe and Ballard for $6 million in 1971. Ballard would be convicted of tax evasion, but Smythe died of a bleeding ulcer at the age of only 50 just before his trial was scheduled to begin. Ballard took control of the Leafs in 1972, winning a battle with members of Smythe's family for ownership of Smythe's shares.
A man who shocked passengers on a Brisbane train by carrying what they believed was a human head has escaped charges after police found a collection of dolls at his home.
Some reports suggested the man had been sniffing and eating the dolls on the train around 7pm on Tuesday night.
CCTV was used to identify the man, aged in his 20s, when he got off the train at Landsborough, but he was not at his address when police arrived to speak to him.
They later found him on a bus and removed him before taking him back to his home to investigate.
Once inside, police found a bag of dolls - some of which had bald patches on their heads where the man apparently gnaws at them.
A Queensland Police spokeswoman said no offences had been committed and no charges were laid as a result of the incident.
Friday, April 20, 2012
Experts say a New Zealand woman's 2-gallon-a-day Coca-Cola habit probably contributed to her death, a conclusion that led the soft-drink giant to note that even water can be deadly in excessive amounts.
Natasha Harris, a 30-year-old, stay-at-home mother of eight from Invercargill, died of a heart attack in February 2010. Fairfax Media reported that a pathologist, Dr. Dan Mornin, testified at an inquest Thursday that she probably suffered from hypokalemia, or low potassium, which he thinks was caused by her excessive consumption of Coke and overall poor nutrition.
Symptoms of hypokalemia can include abnormal heart rhythms, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health.
Mornin said that toxic levels of caffeine, a stimulant found in Coke, also may have contributed to her death, according to Fairfax.
Harris' partner, Chris Hodgkinson, testified that Harris drank between 8 and 10 liters (2.1 and 2.6 gallons) of regular Coke every day.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
9. Francois Leroux elbows Pat Lafontaine (October 17, 1996)
8. Scott Stevens hits Eric Lindros (May 26, 2000)
7. Wayne Maki hits Ted Green in the head with his stick (September 21, 1969)
6. Marty McSorely hits Donald Brashear with his stick in the head (February 21, 2000)
5. Nick Kypreos knocked out by Ryan Vandenbussche (September 15, 1997)
4. Lou Fontinato hit into boards (March 9, 1963)
3. Todd Bertuzzi attacks Steve Moore (March 7, 2004)
2. Ace Bailey tripped from behind by Eddie Shore (December 12, 1933)
1. Bill Masterton dies from a fall onto his head (January 13, 1968)
A Kentucky man who siphoned gas from a police car may have gotten away with it, had his girlfriend not posted a picture of the crime on Facebook.
The Facebook photo shows Michael Baker, 20, giving the camera a middle finger as he siphons gas from a Jenkins Police Department cruiser on Friday April 13.
It didn't take long for the picture to spread on the social networking website. Among the many who saw the photo were Jenkins police. Ironically, Baker was placed in the back of a Jenkins police cruiser when he was arrested Monday and charged with unlawful taking. He spent the night in jail.
Baker told WYMT in Hazard that the stunt was intended as a joke and there wasn't much gas in the cruiser. However, police did not find it funny and said if Baker would steal from law enforcement, he'd steal from "just about anybody."
Jenkins police said they will install locking gas caps on their cruisers to prevent something like this from happening in the future.
An Australian barrister stole 79 cents from a wishing fountain on the Gold Coast 20 years ago.
He has now turned himself in 20 years after being caught for the offence.
Simon Matters, now a barris
ter in Melbourne, was reportedly “highly embarrassed” about taking the coins as a 19-year-old in 1992.
He apparently grabbed the loose change, including some now defunct 2-cent coins, during a holiday at Surfers Paradise.
Mr Matters subsequently
returned home to Melbourne and entered a career in the law.
Almost two decades later, he turned himself in to Queensland police and appeared before the Southport Magistrates’ Court on charges of stealing and failing to appear in court.
Chief Magistrate, Ron Kilner, accepted Mr Matters’ plea of guilty.
The court ordered that Mr Matters not be punished and no conviction be recorded on his criminal record.
An Arizona woman who sparked an investigation when she called her mother and claimed she had been kidnapped admitted she made the story up so she could visit her boyfriend in Mexico, myFOXphoenix reports.
22-year-old Jessica Rodriguez was considered a missing and endangered person until she showed up at a border crossing station in Nogales, Arizona Saturday.
The woman's mother reported her missing March 30 after Rodriguez called her and said she had been kidnapped. Rodriguez told her mother she had been tied up, blindfolded and taken to an unknown location.
Rodriguez told authorities Tuesday she had lied to her mother and actually traveled to Mexico to see her boyfriend, Jesus Mondragon. Mondragon is a person of interest in a homicide in January.
Rodriguez says she fabricated the kidnapping because she knew she would not be allowed to travel to Mexico to see Mondragon.
As a result of their low finish, the Leafs were able to draft a young centremen from the London Knights whose hero was Jean Beliveau of the Montreal Canadiens. With their first pick (8th overall), the Leafs selected Darryl Sittler who would prove to be one of the greatest Maple Leafs in the history of the Toronto hockey club.
That season Bobby Orr became the first defenceman in NHL history to win the NHL scoring championship. He did it by setting a new record for assists with 87 and totalling 120 points.
It was strange season because both Can adian teams missed the playoffs. The circumstances surrounding Montreal's 5th place finish were extremely bizzare. Entering their last games of the regular season, the New York Rangers were two points behind the Montreal Canadiens for the final playoff spot. A New York victory and a Montreal loss would have left them tied in points, but the Canadiens had a five-goal advantage in the "goals for" category. In their second-last game, the Detroit Red Wings had clinched a playoff spot and many of their players went out celebrating after the game, despite the fact that they were scheduled to face New York the next day to finish the season. Several Detroit players st ill had hangovers when they took to the ice against the Rangers.
The Rangers managed 65 shots on Detroit goalie Roger Crozier to amass a 9-3 lead early in the third period. Looking for even more goals, Coach Emile Francis repeatedly pulled goalie Ed Giacomin for the extra attacker though this failed to add to the Rangers' tally and the game ended 9-5. New York now had equal points with Montreal and had four more goals for the season. The Canadiens played the Chicago Black Hawks in their final game. But Chicago was playing for first place in the division. With nearly nine minutes left in the third period and down 5-2 to the Hawks, the Canadiens would make the playoffs if they scored three more goals regardless of the game's outcome, so Coach Claude Ruel pulled his goaltender for the extra attacker. Montreal failed to score while Chicago scored five times into the empty Montreal net, to win 10–2. The Canadiens, ending the season with two goals behind the Rangers, were out of the playoffs.
An Australian public servant will receive compensation for injuries she sustained while having “hard” sex in a motel room on a business trip.
Her claim was rejected at first by ComCare, the workers’ compensation insurer for the Australian Commonwealth government, but she rejected the ruling, challenging the decision in the country’s federal court.
"If the applicant had been injured while playing a game of cards in her motel room she would have been entitled to compensation, even though it could not be said that her employer induced or encouraged her to engage in such an activity," said Justice John Nicholas, according to the BBC.
The woman was hit by a glass light fitting above her bed while having sex in a New South Wales motel room in 2007.
Four games and 45 goals scored 23 by Philadelphia and 22 by Pittsburgh. Philadelphia's powerplay success rate is 64.3% and Pittsburgh is just 33.3%. Both teams had identical 19.7% success rates in the regular season.
The stats for the goalies has been horrendous.
Bryzgalov: GAA - 4.96; SAV% - .844
Bobrovsky: GAA - 8.13; SAV% - .732
Fleury: GAA - 5.43: SAV% - .817
Johnson: GAA - 6.00; SAV% - .667
The reality is that neither of these teams will be able to cope with a potential matchup against a teams the Rangers, Devils or Bruins with no defensive game. But it's been exciting hockey.
Two screening lanes were closed as a result. Some passengers covered their eyes as well as their children’s and retreated from the "sight." But others laughed and began snapping photos. TSA screeners asked Brennan to put his clothes back on, but he refused. He was arrested without incident and taken to jail, held on $4,000 bail. He faces charges of disorderly conduct and indecent exposure.
While in custody, police said Brennan told them he's a frequent flyer, and he took off his clothes to protest the harassment he receives from TSA screeners when he goes through security. Brennan was supposed to fly to San Jose, Calif. Said Brennan's father, also John Brennan, said: "This is quite a shock. He hasn't been under any stress that I know of.
"He's never really under any stress. He works for a computer company in California. He does something with the Internet, which is just kind of mystical to me. This is quite a surprise." In a statement TSA said: "TSA partners with the traveling public to screen all passengers safely and efficiently. When a passenger chooses to be purposefully disruptive, we notify law enforcement."
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Frederiksberg Council is set to introduce a new 'wake up' programme in order to combat truancy. The move comes after the success of Nyborg Council’s wake-up system, which was implemented last year and has resulted in a significant decrease in absenteeism. Similar to Nyborg, Frederiksberg will hire an employee whose job will be to ensure that school children attend school regularly and on time. “We feel just like several other schools where kids are failing to turn up,” Margit Ørsted, the chairman of Frederiksberg’s teaching committee, said.
“A council ‘waker’ will function as an authority and show up at the child’s address and make both the parents and the child aware that they should attend school.” Ørsted added that the employee would be available to assist parents and students with problems in the home, but stressed that it is the responsibility of the parents, and not the council, to wake children up in the morning. Merete Riisager, the children and education spokesman for Liberal Alliance, said that it is “catastrophic” that the government wants to take over the role of parents.
"Excessive spoon feeding of this kind often disconnects the child from the harsh realities of the global labour market.” Dorte Gammelholm, who wakes up 16 children – and some of their parents – daily in Nyborg, said that it is usually high school boys who have problems with getting up early in the morning.
The old expression you can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink might apply here. Sure you can drag a teenager ass out of bed but that doesn't meen he or she will be awake in class or even show up. The student and parent can be held accountable then what's the point.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
The 104 residents of the village will cast their votes later this week on whether to alter the name.
“People are now willing to discuss changes to the spelling of the name,” Franz Meindl, the village’s mayor, said in a television interview. “But first all Fuckingers have to agree on whether want to change it or not.” For centuries the tiny village in northern Austria lived life in happy obscurity, but life changed when US troops, stationed in the area at the end of the Second World War, discovered it, and since then the village’s name has been a constant source of amusement for tourists and irritation for locals.
At least 13 road signs bearing the village’s name have been stolen, and the sight of semi-naked women posing for photographs beside signs has become a common sight. One local business woman, exasperated with people stealing her sign has taken to adding another “g” in the hope it will deter thieves.
A brisk market in postcards and Christmas cards making liberal use of the name have also managed to spread its fame.
In an attempt to curtail the fun had at the village’s expense some locals want to readopt its 16th-Century spelling and replace the “ck” with a single or double “g”.
Florida Highway Patrol have said that a woman who was spotted defecating next to a car on Interstate 95 was arrested on charges including vehicle theft.
Investigators said that a trooper spotted a woman squatting next to a stopped vehicle with her pants down on northbound Interstate 95, just 6 miles south of the St. Lucie County Rest Area, and asked the woman what she was doing.
The woman, who gave her name as Mellisa Mansfield, 31, told the trooper she was going to the bathroom.
Mansfield told the trooper she did not have her driver’s license with her and investigators determined she was driving without a license.
The highway patrol said they also discovered the vehicle the woman was using had been reported stolen from Key West.
Mansfield was arrested on charges including indecent exposure, vehicle theft and operating a motor vehicle without a valid license.
Monday, April 16, 2012
Both the Pittsburgh Penguins and Vancouver Canucks are heading for stunning quick exits from this season's playoffs. Vegas had the Pens at the top of the board at 4/1 with the Canucks right behind them at 11/2.
Both teams choked!
You have to think that both Mike Gillis and Ray Shero will be shaking up their lineup during the offseason. Gillis will likely be moving a goalie - who knows if it's Schneider or Luongo. Shero is deep at centre with Crosby, Malkin and Jordan Staal. It may be time to move Staal to address other needs.
If players like this become available Brian Burke needs to be at the front of the line. Staal on the Penguins is a 3rd line centre but on the Leafs he would fit in nicely between Kessel and Lupul and add some toughness. Now if someone was willing to take Luongo's contact off the hands of the Canucks, would they be asking for much in return? His cap hit is just $5.333 million. The problem is the term - it runs until 2020.
A South Dakota prison inmate is suing the hospital where he was circumcised as a newborn, saying he only recently became aware that he'd undergone the procedure and that it robbed him of his sexual prowess.
Dean Cochrun, 28, is asking for $1,000 in compensatory and punitive damages. He also asks in the lawsuit that his foreskin be restored "in the hopes I could feel whole again," though he acknowledged that he didn't expect such a restoration to be anything more than aesthetic.
Cochrun, who is imprisoned in Sioux Falls on a kidnapping conviction, filed the federal lawsuit Friday against Sanford Hospital. Cochrun claims that an "unknown doctor" at the then-named Sioux Valley Hospital misled his mother to believe that the procedure was medically necessary. Cochrun argues that the procedure was unnecessary, unethical and without medical benefit.
Well you can understand where he is coming from. He and his cellmate in prison are not going to enjoy sex as much with his circumcised penis. Even worse, he is probably subject to ridicule in the shower by the other inmates because his penis looks different than everyone else's. Though I'm not sure the hospital has been hanging on to his foreskin for the past 28 years.
A bizarre break-in at a Goodwill Store in Sherman, Texas, is perplexing the charity and police alike. A naked man smashed through the glass at the store and put on a red dress and heels. Police say that's just one of the unusual things the man did that night. Sherman police and Goodwill workers say it's one of the most bizarre things they've ever seen caught on tape.
The man in the video is now in the Grayson County jail charged with three different crimes. When Goodwill employees looked at their surveillance tape, they couldn't believe what they saw: A man, bleeding, wearing a dress and carrying a purse. "It just makes you wonder what the heck somebody can do," said Bill Williams, Goodwill's operations director. "Just for one person to tear up what he tore up... it kind of looked like a war zone in here."
Sherman police identified the intruder as 33-year-old Adam Mabery, who broke through the glass window of a nearby motel, then cut himself on the head and arm. They say Mabery walked down Texoma Parkway to the Goodwill store, broke in, then went on a rampage — splattering blood on everything. "We had eight barrels of donations that hadn't been processed yet. And every one of those had to be thrown out," said Lisa Gann, a Goodwill spokeswoman.
An Egyptian man who went online to watch a porno film for the first time got the shock of his life when he found that the woman in the film was his own wife.
The man, identified as Ramadan, instantly collapsed in disbelief on the floor at an internet shop before coming round and rushing home to face his unfaithful wife.
The woman first denied his allegations and started to swear at him, prompting her husband to face her with the film.
Unable to deny it any more, she confessed to have betrayed him with her pre-marriage boy friend, telling him she had never loved him although they had four children during their 16-year marriage.
“I found 11 films showing my wife in indecent scenes with her lover….it was the first time I watched a porno film and I did this just out of curiosity,” Ramadan told Egyptian newspapers at his house in the northeastern province of Dakhalia.
“She first denied it and accused me of being insane before I faced her with the films…she then confessed to be still in love with her boyfriend, saying he is as young as her and that I am an old man.”
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Too bad the series will be over soon. It doesn't get much better than this from a fan's perspective.
The Leafs finished in 4th place in the East and played the Bruins in the quarterfinals. Toronto did rebound to make the playoffs in the 1968-69 season, but were thoroughly dominated by the ultra aggressive, Bobby Orr-led Boston Bruins and lost in four straight games - the Leafs being humiliated in Boston by 10-0 and 7-0 scores. The Leafs lost 4 straight to the Boston Bruins by a combined score of 24-5. During the series the famous Pat Quinn hit on Bobby Orr took occurred. Quinn was a slow hulking defenseman for the Maple Leafs who caught Orr with his head down and knocked him out. Quinn was assessed a 5 minute major for elbowing on the play, but ultimately referee John Ashley was penalizing him for hitting the game's greatest player, or at least for causing the resulting donnybrook. Forbes Kennedy, playing in what proved to be his last game, was front and center in the aftermath of the hit. When all was said and done he had set NHL records for most penalties in a game (8), most minutes (38 - since bettered), most penalties in a period (6) and most penalty minutes in a period (34). He was also suspended for three games, reportedly for punching a linesman en route to the locker room.
On April 6, 1969, minutes after the embarrassing playoff elimination at the hands of the Bruins, Imlach was fired by the Leafs. He still had a year remaining on his contract, which paid him about $35,000 a year. In the dressing room after the announcement was made, veteran Leafs Johnny Bower and Tim Horton both said they would leave with Imlach (they both returned the following season, although neither would remain with the Leafs for long). Imlach's assistant, Clancy, had previously said that he would walk away if Imlach was fired, but he was persuaded to stay with the team. Jim Gregory was immediately announced as Imlach's replacement as general manager.
Stafford Smythe announced that ‘the Imlach era is over’. And indeed it was for now.
There was also turmoil off ice. The Leafs were controlled by Stafford Smythe, John Bassett and Harold Ballard. Following an RCMP raid at the Gardens in 1968, Smythe was charged with income tax evasion and accused, along with Ballard, of illegally taking money from Maple Leaf Gardens Ltd. to pay for renovations of their houses and other personal expenses. Just before the charges were laid Bassett argued to the Gardens board that Smythe and Ballard should be removed from their posts. On June 26, 1969; Smythe and Ballard were both fired, and Bassett was appointed president of the Gardens.
A bogus doctor was jailed for eight years Wednesday after dreaming up perverted cancer “treatments” so he could sexually abuse female patients. Reginald Gill,77, conned women into believing they had cancer and told one victim her condition could be cured if a man sucked her breasts for 30 minutes a day.
Gill and wife Leila, 35, ran an alternative medical centre from their bungalow where they abused two women. Judge Keith Thomas told Gill:
They said they would go through any humiliation and shame to cure themselves. After giving them this horrifying diagnosis you submitted them to degrading treatment. You also convinced your wife to go along with your depraved scheme. You convinced the women to strip naked in front of you and, under the pretence you were administering beneficial treatment, subjected them to sexual assault.
Jurors heard that wheelchair-bound Gill told his victims he had been an Army doctor but he had no medical qualifications. He was found guilty of three sexual assaults, six assaults by penetration and two counts of fraud. His young wife was given six months after being convicted of sexual assault and fraud.
Running a medical facililty out of your home? How gullible can people be? Sure some people want to try alternative medicine but don't you think you would at least confirm a cancer diagnosis by seeing an oncologist?
A Utica man faces felony charges. Police say he attempted to rob three different banks armed with a toilet plunger. Surveillance photos captured the suspect entering the Key Bank on Genesee Street Thursday afternoon.
Around 1:30 Thursday afternoon, Utica Police responded to the Key Bank for a report of an attempted robbery. Officers also were contacted by two other banks that said the man had also entered there and demanded money.
Bank employees say he came in started yelling obscenities, asking them to put money in a bag. Police say he threatened the tellers with the plunger.
Officers in an unmarked car responded to the scene and saw the suspect walking away. When the suspect saw the officers, he ran. Police caught up with him and took him into custody.