Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Who do you want on your team?

Boy executes guy who killed his father?

A teenage Somali boy has stabbed to death his father's killer in a public execution ordered by an Islamic court.

Large crowds gathered at a Koranic school in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, to watch Mohamed Moallim, a 16 year-old-boy, stab Omar Hussein in the head and throat.
Hussein had been convicted of killing the boy's father, Sheikh Osman Moallim, after a row about Mohamed's education. Islamic courts have brought a semblance of order to Mogadishu, imposing Sharia law after years of rule by warlords.

Under Sharia law those who commit murder are punishable by death.
Speaking afterwards, the boy said he felt satisfied that Hussein was dead.

"I am happy now because I killed the man who killed my father," he told the Reuters news agency.

The execution marked the first time the local court in the Bermuda district of Mogadishu had handed down a death penalty, local media reported.

Residents in the nearby area have reported a drop in robberies, murder and general lawlessness since the court began its work, Radio HornAfrik said.

There has been no effective central government in Somalia for 15 years, leaving warlords to fight for control of local areas. Article here.

Bobby Knight golf outtakes = hilarious

Woman comes home finds naked stranger

A 23-year-old Reno man has been jailed after a woman found him naked in her bed when she returned from work.

Ronald Zendejas was found in the bed in a home in the 2300 block of Tripp Drive after the resident asked a neighbor to summon police just after 5 p.m. Saturday, officers said. Police booked him into Washoe County Jail on suspicion of open and gross lewdness and trespass.

Police believe the suspect may have prowled the neighborhood. He is dark-skinned, 5-foot-7, 160 pounds with short dark hair and wore khaki knee-length shorts with an untucked dirt white T-shirt.

Creepy. Really creepy. Article here.

The stare down

Angelina Jolie may drown her baby in water

Celebrity Spider is reporting that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are going to deliver their first child in a giant tub of water. The couple have been looking into birthing possibilities at the Welwitschia Hospital in Namibia, and have decided to go aquatic when Jolie goes into labor.
Iris Wabuto, a nurse at the clinic, says, "It will be natural and beautiful. Instead of a man like Brad being pushed into the corner of a labor ward, he will be part of the birth process."

Yeah… so I can just imagine this scene actually unfolding: Angelina will think this is a great idea until about 5 minutes into the birth- in which she will then be kicking and screaming for drugs.

I’d put my money on Kanye West

6/10 young adults can't find Iraq on a map

Despite the wall-to-wall coverage of the damage from Hurricane Katrina, nearly one-third of young Americans recently polled couldn't locate Louisiana on a map and nearly half were unable to identify Mississippi.

Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 fared even worse with foreign locations: six in 10 couldn't find Iraq, according to a Roper poll conducted for National Geographic.
"Geographic illiteracy impacts our economic well-being, our relationships with other nations and the environment, and isolates us from the world," National Geographic president John Fahey said in announcing a program to help remedy the problem. It's hoping to enlist businesses, nonprofit groups and educators in a bid to improve geographic literacy.

Among the findings:

• One-third of respondents couldn't pinpoint Louisiana on a map and 48 percent were unable to locate Mississippi.

• Fewer than three in 10 think it important to know the locations of countries in the news and just 14 percent believe speaking another language is a necessary skill.

• Two-thirds didn't know that the earthquake that killed 70,000 people in October 2005 occurred in Pakistan.

• Six in 10 could not find Iraq on a map of the Middle East.

• While the outsourcing of jobs to India has been a major U.S. business story, 47 percent could not find the Indian subcontinent on a map of Asia.

• While Israeli-Palestinian strife has been in the news for the entire lives of the respondents, 75 percent were unable to locate
Israel on a map of the Middle East.

• Nearly three-quarters incorrectly named English as the most widely spoken native language.

• Six in 10 did not know the border between North and
South Korea is the most heavily fortified in the world. Thirty percent thought the most heavily fortified border was between the United States and Mexico. Article here.


Friends with benefits... explained:

Some parents have never heard this phrase- but students say it's happening in high schools/colleges across the country.

"Friends with benefits" is a phrase is used to describe a sexual relationship between two people. NewsChannel 19 talked with local teens to see why it's being labeled as the cool thing to do. Friends with benefits, or F.W.B.'s, according to teens we talked with, is sex with no strings attached. We talked with teens whose identities won't be revealed. They say the whole idea has grown into a weekend activity for some.

NewsChannel 19 asked, "At what age did you start having friends with benefits?" "At 15," she said. The teens who called in say F.W.B.'s are very common in high school.

"We're just still young and people don't want to make a commitment like that because it scares them," the caller said. Big Ant, WEUP's radio personality said, "So the commitment scares you, but the sexual act doesn't? Right."
"You know, you go out on a date -- dinner and a movie sometimes," a Huntsville teen said. "You know, just as friends. And then afterwards, there's the benefits. It's like a drug almost. You know where you can get it and you know where you can get it cheap. And that's where you go."

"When you have a friend," a Decatur teen said, "It doesn't necessarily have to be a girlfriend or boyfriend. Can be just a friend that you have sexual activities with. It doesn't necessarily have to be sex. It can be oral sex or anything like that."

In 2001, Bowling Green State University in Ohio conducted a study about teens having sex. Of the local 11th graders who engaged in intercourse, 60% said they'd had sex with a partner who was no more than a friend. Click here to read the full article.

My Humps

scary... just scary...

Woman killed when visiting husbands grave

A 76-year-old woman was killed in a Queens cemetery yesterday when her own idling car rolled into her as she visited her husband's grave.

"She may have left the car running and not realized it," said an official at the scene. Cops said the car rolled over and pinned the elderly woman, who was pronounced dead at the cemetery.

A man who lives at the edge of the cemetery said he saw Vartholomeou being pulled out from under her car by emergency workers. The vehicle was about 25 feet from her husband's grave on Memorial Hill.

Flowers and a note card were left at the grave, said the man, who declined to give his name. Cops said her death appeared to be an accident.

A big lake that looks like an eye


eBay auction: purse made out of a bra?

taken from the actual auction description:

"This is a small purse made out of a white bra. As you can see, it's decorated with a rose and various sequins, etc. Carry this around as a unique fashion statement or a conversation piece and I'm sure you will attract plenty of attention!"

Ingenuity? Or Stupidity? Click here to see the actual eBay listing. Currently it is selling for $4.99.

Wal-Mart customer found glued to toliet?

A 20-year-old was found by a Wal-Mart employee in the bathroom Sunday night after he sat down and was glued to the toilet seat.
The man, whose name was not released by police, was taken to the hospital late Sunday night, said Lt. Cheryl Rantz of the Salisbury Police Department.

"The man had gone into the bathroom and sat down," she said. "He was banging on the wall when the employee came in."

Rantz said the man was treated and released.

Embarrassing? Yes, I’d imagine. Who goes to the bathroom at a Wal-Mart anyways? That’s just dangerous to begin with. I’m assuming someone put the glue on the seat as a practical joke. Ouch. Article here.

Curiosity can lead to bad things…like death

During his execution: "It's not working..."

A murderer was put to death in Ohio on Tuesday… at one point during his execution he sat up and told his executioners, "It's not working".

Spokeswoman Andrea Dean said the execution was delayed about 90 minutes because technicians had trouble initially finding a site in Clark's arm for the intravenous line carrying the chemicals.

Then shortly after the poisons were supposed to have been pumping into his body, she said, he sat up saying, "It's not working. It's not working."
Officials determined that a vein had collapsed. Curtains were closed to block witnesses' view until technicians found a vein in his other arm. They were then parted to reveal him dying, witnesses said.

The method involves three separate drugs: the first renders the victim unconscious, the second stops all muscle movement except the heart and the third stops the heart, causing death. Clark was given a meal of his request on Monday, consisting of shrimp, steak, chicken wings, fries, rolls with butter, cherry pie and a soft drink.

Freaky. I bet the guards were in a little shock when this happened. Article here.

Teamwork: working together for one goal

Teens drive steamroller into school?

A group of school boys allegedly started steamroller Tuesday, which ran out of control and smashed into a school in central Serbia, a Serbian news agency reported.

No one was injured in the accident in Gornji Milanovac, 50 miles south of Belgrade, but the school was seriously damaged by the 4.5 metric ton piece of machinery, the Beta news agency reported.

Authorities were investigating how the school boys, whose identities were not released, got access to the steamroller, which was parked outside the school by workers who were repairing pavement.

The workers reportedly left the vehicle unattended to seek shelter from pouring rain, and the boys found the keys underneath the seat and started the engine.

They jumped off the steamroller when they realized they could not control it, but machine rolled toward the school, and smashed through the main entrance, hitting a few walls and before stopping at a staircase. Article here.