Friday, August 17, 2012
Thursday, August 16, 2012
“I want to be a household name,” said Barry Moskowitz, 55, who deploys Velcro fasteners in his diaper design that four rabbis have endorsed. “I want to be the kosher diaper king.”
Observant Jews aren’t supposed to open regular disposable diapers with adhesive glue-laden fasteners during the Sabbath because the ripping motion is considered “work,” which is forbidden.
They must open up a stack of them beforehand — enough to make it through sundown Friday to sundown Saturday. Exposing the glue to the air weakens it enough to eliminate the ripping motion — but fasteners don’t hold so well.
“Nobody was thinking about Orthodox moms,” said Moskowitz, whose Velcro diaper fasteners come apart with a “hooking” motion that’s not considered work.
Another example of Orthodox stupidity. The Jewish Sabbath has been a day of rest for thousands of years. The restrictions on work are found in Leviticus 23:3 "do no manner of work" on the Sabbath. The rabbis who wrote the Talmud established 39 categories of work that cannot be performed on the Sabbath according to the Hebrew Bible. These include cooking, washing clothes, constructing, repairing, writing, making a fire, cutting, fishing, and so on. However, the modern world has all produced some wonderful inventions to remove a burden from us. Driving a car means no longer having to ride a mule somewhere and it's less work than walking. Electricity produces light with no effort. This has created a dilemma for Orthodox Jews and their rabbis have banned driving and turning on lights on the Sabbath. Over the last century, rabbis have had to figure out how to apply the ancient laws to modern inventions. So no surprise that ripping open plastic is considered "work."
18-year-old Sydney Spies, the Colorado teen who gained national attention earlier in 2012 after submitting a photo of herself that was deemed too racy for the Durango High School yearbook, has been arrested along with her mother.According to The Durango Herald Sydney and her 45-year-old mother Denise "Miki" Spies have both been arrested after police busted a party at the home of Miki Spies, who was home at the time of the party, where "numerous" underage partygoers were drinking alcohol.
Sydney Spies made headlines in January by protesting the omission of a photo she submitted of herself wearing a short yellow skirt with a black shawl that exposed her shoulders and midsection for the high school yearbook. Student editors deemed it too racy.
The story logged more than 1 million hits on The Durango Herald’s website, and, within days, it was picked up by the Huffington Post, ABC News and Denver news stations. It also was published in international newspapers and websites.
Spies and her mother were invited to New York City to appear on the “Today Show,” where Spies called the photo “artistic.”
A few months after the controversy, Spies announced she landed a small role in a forthcoming SyFy channel movie titled “American Horror House.” The movie is scheduled to air on Halloween.
Police said 30-year-old Kristen DaCosta was careful breaking into a Somerset through a bedroom window.
Police said she stole jewelry and left everything just as she found out. However, she didn't realize she was leaving detectives all the evidence they could need.
"She didn't destroy the place. She did not ransack it. But she certainly left her electronic fingerprint on the place for us. This lady was on a GPS monitoring device," said Chief Jospeh Ferreira of the Somerset Police Department.
DaCosta was ordered to wear a GPS ankle bracelet because she was on probation in an earlier case. Ferreira said she apparently didn't realize her movements were being tracked.
"Lo and behold, we actually saw the full track of her coming into Somerset and stopped at a certain bedroom window," he said.
Police told NBC 10 DaCosta was also sneaking through other neighborhoods, suspecting of breaking into at least a dozen homes all over Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
DaCosta is charged with at least 17 break-ins while wearing the monitor, including burglaries in New Bedford, Dartmouth, Fairhaven and Tiverton.I'm sure you were to check the IQ of thieves, the lowest scores would actually be the ones sitting in prison. Police resources tend to be stretched pretty thin so anyone who is caught is either unlucky or just plain dumb. If you are caught more than once well you are likely not too bright. If you are caught because of a GPS monitor on your ankle well then you are a certified moron.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
A 56-year-old man accidentally shot himself in the buttocks inside the Century 14 movie theaters in downtown Sparks on Tuesday night when a gun he had brought into the cinema discharged, police dispatch said.
No one else was hurt in the theater when the gun discharged while the unidentified man was seeing “The Bourne Legacy,” police said.
Calls reporting shots fired in the theater came in about 8:40 p.m., according to preliminary information.
Witnesses inside the theater at the time the shot was fired stated that a (man) was adjusting himself in his seat when a gun he had on him discharged.
The man immediately got up, apologized to those around him and left the theater before police arrived, police said.
He later was found at a Reno hospital where he was being treated for a wound not considered life-threatening.Seriously it's just a month after a massacre at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater and there have been several incidents at movie theatres. People can't you sit through a 2 hour movie with checking your phone for messages and firing off your gun?
One of the top young Scrabble players in the country has been kicked out of the game's national championship tournament in Florida after he was caught hiding blank letter tiles, organizers said Tuesday.John D. Williams, Jr., executive director of the National Scrabble Association, said that a male player was ejected from the 350-player event in Round 24 of the 28-round event.
The cheating was spotted by a player at a nearby table, who noticed the ejected player conceal a pair of blank tiles by dropping them on the floor, organizers said. Blank tiles can be used as wild card letters. When confronted by the tournament director, he admitted to it, organizers said.
Williams said this was the first incident of cheating at a national tournament. However, he said it's been known to occur at smaller, regional events.The ejected player had concluded a previous game and never reinserted the blank tiles into his bag in an attempt to use them at his discretion in the next game, organizers said.
Players in the national tournament format play multiple matches over the five-day event. The winner is determined by a combination of their overall record against other players and the cumulative point spread over the entire tournament.
The ejected player forfeited all of his wins.While Williams said this was the first time the national tournament has dealt with scandal, the incident could shine a brighter light on other advantages players have been known to employ.
Even before Tuesday's cheating ejection it was well-known that some players take minerals known as "alleged brain boosters."
"But no steroids so far," Williams quipped.
The Worcester Tornadoes had an unwelcome delay of game tonight after a local company, armed with a court order, tried to collect on more than $4,000 in unpaid cleaning bills incurred by the independent baseball team.
Stephen S. Buchalter, president of Enterprise Cleaning Co. of Worcester, said lawyers for his company obtained a court order that enabled it to collect the game's receipts and take possession of the team's uniforms, bats, gloves and other equipment.
Constables and a so-called “keeper of the gate” were at the field tonight to execute the court order, Mr. Buchalter said. The game was delayed for an hour while Tornadoes officials contacted the commissioner of the Can-Am League, said Mr. Buchalter.
Enterprise cleans the Hanover Insurance Park stadium, bathrooms and concourses at a discounted rate and has not been paid for any of its services this year, Mr. Buchalter said, a pattern that has played out for the past two years, he said.
The game resumed after Tornadoes officials talked to the league's commissioner, who promised that the league would pay Enterprise on Tuesday, Mr. Buchalter said.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
When the Canadian 4x100 relay team was lost their bronze medal at the Olympics over a lane disqualification, the team members were devastated. 10 year old Elijah from Newfoundland was moved enough by their plight to send this lettter and a Tim Hortons soccer medal.
Now I completely agree with Elijah's opinion of Canadian weather - it's damn cold! But we won the War of 1812? I don't think so. Perhaps I'm being overly technical but Canada was't established until 1867 so it was really the British that won the war. But don't let the Americans know, they think they won.
Dear Justyn, Gavin, Jarred, and Oluseyi,
I'm Elijah Porter. I'm ten and I live in Newfoundland, Canada. When I heard what happened on Aug. 11, I knew it was wrong. The rules were not right. But, at last, I realized how good you were. We're Canadians. We persevere. We create better lives for each other. The cold didn't stop us from living in the north. We didn't lose the War of 1812. We adapt and survive. We have earned our freedom. Someday, if I become a biologist, if I get rich, and, if I remember, I will donate money to the summer and winter Canadian Olympians. I hope you like the medal!
Police in Florida said they were able to track a man accused of shoplifting in all 50 states and overseas by his use of a rewards card.
The Broward County Sheriff’s Office said Ignatius “Michael” Pollara, 46, and his mother, Margaret Pollara, 70, were arrested Thursday and charged with more than a dozen counts of grand theft and petit theft for alleged crimes committed in Florida since June 1, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported Monday.
Investigators said Pollara has been shoplifting for 10 years by purchasing cheap large items and hiding smaller, more expensive items in the boxes.
The sheriff’s office said Pollara made millions of dollars by selling the items on eBay but spent most of his proceeds on traveling the country and abroad where he would commit more thefts.
“He made it a goal of his to steal from all 50 states within one year, which he was very proud of and he did accomplish,” sheriff’s Sgt. Rich Rossman said.
Investigators said they were able to identify several of Pollara’s crimes by tracking his rewards card usage.
“One of the things he would do was he would use a reward card,” Rossman said. “Obviously, for his small-ticket item, he still wanted to get his reward points and that was his downfall.”
It also points to the obsurdity of Ontario's distracted driver legislation which prohibits holding a cell phone or iPod while driving but does not cover applying make-up, reading a map, eating breakfast, or shaving. You can't legislate against stupidity.
Just to clarify the situation with the Mayor "allegedly" reading while driving on the Gardiner Expressway...under the same circumstances, we would not be in position to lay a charge for anyone. The distracted driving legislation does not cover reading paper documents and applies only to electronic devices.
Having said that, if there is evidence that the driving behaviour constituted a specific offence, the driver could be charged. A police officer would have to witness the offence or the person who witnessed the offence could initiate a charge, but only if there was evidence to support a charge.
Some would argue that drinking a coffee, changing the radio station or glancing at a child in the car would be just as distracting, but who amoung us can't be accused of doing that.
Finally, on behalf of all the citizens of Toronto that value road safety, Mr Mayor... please get a driver.
It has been two years since her lover’s death left her millions better off, but that has not stopped a mistress claiming thousands from her former employer.
The mistress of luxury auto dealer Ronald Pecunies, who died in May 2010, is suing his company to enforce a four-year employment contract she secured from him - for which it was alleged in a counter claim her main role was to allegedly sleep with her boss.
German-born brunette Emel Dilek was hired to work at Mercedes Benz of Greenwich, Connecticut, soon after she got together with married Pecunies, who was almost 50 years her senior.Pecunies became smitten with Dilek when he met her on a 2004 business trip to Germany.
He is then believed to have flown her back to the U.S. where he got her a work visa and gave her a job at his company.
Though her job role allegedly required little more than being Pecunies' mistress, the judge has sided with the woman, now in her thirties, saying the agreement could be binding.
According to the New York Post, the German beauty was fired from her $120,000-a-year post as 'business development and marketing manager' after her lover died from pancreatic cancer.
Now technically when the old guy croaked there was no real work for her to do at the company. So isn't this the same as any factory worker who is laid off because of lack of work. If I'm working on an assembly line and it is shut down, I don't expect to be sitting at a motionless line getting paid my salary. This woman's specialty was sex and the company no longer needs her services. I understand that.
Blogger, Bob Sutton writes about a horrible ordeal his friends Annie and Perry Klebahn had in late June and early July when United Airlines "lost" their 10 year-old daughter, who was traveling as an unaccompanied minor.
Here is the headline: United was flying Phoebe as an unaccompanied minor on June 30th, from San Francisco to Chicago, with a transfer to Grand Rapids. No one showed-up in Chicago to help her transfer, so although her plane made it, she missed the connection. Most crucially, United employees consistently refused to take action to help assist or comfort Phoebe or to help her parents locate her despite their cries for help to numerous United employees.
The emergency was finally solved, he says, when the parents reached a United employee who was also a mom, and agreed to help them not as a United employee, but a fellow parent who had empathy.
"When she came back she said should was going off her shift and could not help. My husband then asked her if she was a mother herself and she said “yes”—he then asked her if she was missing her child for 45 minutes what would she do? She kindly told him she understood and would do her best to help. 15 minutes later she found Phoebe in Chicago and found someone to let us talk to her and be sure she was okay."
The Maple Leafs would stumble out of the gate winning just two of their first nine games, as the team adjusted to their new goalie. During that period Belfour was heckled repeatedly by Leaf fans who were still angry over the Joseph fiasco. However the Leafs began to find their way in mid October and quickly rode up the standings in the Northeast Division. However, their struggles against the Ottawa Senators would prevent them from getting over the top as the Maple Leafs won just one of five fight-filled games with their Ontario rivals.
Hoping to improve the team at the trade deadline the Maple Leafs made several significant trades. As always they traded away their future at a long shot in the playoffs. Management always overestimated the talent on the roster. The Leafs acquired Owen Nolan from the San Jose Sharks, and reacquired Doug Gilmour from the Montreal Canadiens. However the dreams of a great comeback from Gilmour were squashed early as he suffered a knee injury in his first game with the Leafs, which ended his season and his career as Gilmour announced his retirement after the season. The Leafs also picked up Glen Wesley and Phil Housley at the trading deadline. In these deals the Leafs gave up Alyn McAuley, Brad Boyes, and 1st, 2nd, 4th, 6th and 9th round picks.
The Leafs did go on to have a solid season finishing in second place with a record of 44-28-7-3. Alexander Mogilny was their leading scorer with 79 points and Mats Sundin led the team with 37 goals. It was the height of the dead puck era as only these two players scored over 20 goals. Belfour finished well with 2.26 GAA, .922 SAV% and 7 shutouts.
In the playoffs the Leafs were matched up against the Philadelphia Flyers. After splitting the first two games in Philadelphia the Leafs took a series lead with a dramatic 4-3 win in double overtime on a goal by Tomas Kaberle. However, the Flyers would bounce back to take Game 4 in triple overtime. After losing Game 5 in Philly the Leafs staved off elimination with a 2-1 win in double overtime on a goal by Travis Green. However, with Game 7 in Philadelphia the Leafs simply ran out of gas losing 6-1.
All that talent and only 3 playoff wins to show for it.
Monday, August 13, 2012
A Pennsylvania woman is accused of fatally stabbing her husband-to-be just hours before they were scheduled to be married.
Na Cola Darcel Franklin, 31, is facing homicide charges in the death of her husband-to-be, Billy Rafael Brewster, 36, in the apartment they shared according to the Whitehall Township Police Department.
But, according to the Morning Call newspaper, Franklin did not realize her fiance was dead when she came before a judge that same day. The newspaper reported that Franklin stood mute, and seemingly stunned, when a judge told her she was being charged with a single count of homicide.
"You got to check again!" Franklin cried out during the Saturday afternoon court hearing, begging the judge to check once more on Brewster's condition, according to the newspaper.
The newspaper said Franklin began wailing and rocking, and choked out the words: "I ... did ... not ... kill ... him ... on ... purpose," she said. "I want my family back. ... I want to go home."
The judge said that wasn't one of Franklin's options: "You are not going home any time in the near future."
It was not immediately clear what led up to the stabbing, which took place about 2:19 a.m. Saturday morning, according to a media statement released by police. The couple were supposed to be married at 10 a.m.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Emergency personnel were shocked when what they believed to be a cadaver floating in the Susquehanna River suddenly sat up and looked around.
The man, Joseph DeAngelo, said he was just enjoying the cool water on a hot Thursday afternoon.
DeAngelo, who was wearing a flotation device, said he originally had floated out to a mucky area, but then worked his way over toward deeper water. There, in the ripples, he became so comfy that he took a brief nap, he said.
Around 12:30 p.m., an unidentified woman who was traveling along the bike path next to the river, saw DeAngelo floating face-up and not moving. She immediately alerted authorities.
City police and firefighters arrived on scene. They were met by state police and a state forensic unit. The river is state police territory, officials said.
An athlete competing in the Ironman U.S. Championship in New York City and New Jersey died Saturday after having a medical problem during the swimming portion of the grueling triathlon, race officials said.
The competitor “experienced distress” during a 2.4-mile swim in the Hudson River at the start of the all-day competition, a publicist for the race organizers said. The course ran along the New Jersey shoreline, just north of the George Washington Bridge.
The swimmer was pulled out of the water and taken to a hospital in nearby Englewood Cliffs, N.J., but did not survive. The organizers said the cause of death is unknown. An autopsy is planned.
You have to be crazy to swim in the disgusting Hudson. This is unrelated to the tragic death of the competitor but it does illustrate the insanity in a competition like this one. Partly treated sewage began gushing into the Hudson River earlier in August, and officials warned against direct contact with the water.
The water was chlorinated, but with a massive sewage leak only 15 miles north from the eventual race location (in a river that runs north-south), it seemed that the Ironman was in significant danger of being canceled. The discharge was expected to continue into the next day, and wind up with "millions of gallons" of raw sewage in the Hudson. Nonetheless, August 10 saw the NYC Department of Environmental Protection give the green light after conducting a series of water quality tests, and the race was saved.