Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Hey -- don't argue, I don't make the rules

Police fired 110 rounds at man who killed cop

Officers fired 110 rounds of ammunition at the suspect in the killing of a Florida sheriff's deputy.

Angilo Freeland -- who allegedly fatally shot Deputy Vernon Matthew Williams after being pulled over for speeding Thursday -- was hit 68 times by the SWAT team members' shots, the examination showed.

"You have to understand, he had already shot and killed a deputy, he had already shot and killed a K-9 and he shot and injured another deputy," Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said by phone Saturday. "Quite frankly, we weren't taking any chances."

Freeland's death ended a search that plunged the generally quiet central Florida town of Lakeland into a frenzy. Schools were locked down and families were told to stay indoors as some 500 officers from around the state scoured the woods searching for a suspect.

Ten SWAT officers surrounded Freeland on Friday as he hid underneath brush and a fallen tree in a rural area. Authorities say he raised Williams' gun at them, prompting nine of the officers to fire.

"I suspect the only reason 110 rounds was all that was fired was that's all the ammunition they had," Judd said. "We were not going to take any chance of him shooting back." Article here.

New pregnant Britney Spears photo = classy

Baby falls three stories from balcony, caught!

A crying 8-month-old baby dangling off a balcony three stories above a cement sidewalk, hanging on by one hand.

"I thought someone was on the other side of the railing holding on to her," Mary Bussey said of first seeing the baby. "I thought, 'What a rotten trick.' "

As she got closer, though, she saw it was the baby girl's tiny fist clinging to the railing. The girl cried louder as her small hand began to slip.

Somehow the infant managed to hang on just long enough for Bussey to position herself underneath the baby. An instant later, Bussey caught the little girl as she tumbled from the balcony.

"I just got right underneath her," Bussey said, putting her arms out in front of her like catching a football. "Then, boom! She landed right in my arms." While his mother was readying herself to catch the child, 13-year-old Brandon ran desperately up two flights of stairs in an effort to get to the girl before she dropped.

Just as he rounded the corner to start up the second set of stairs, he saw the baby land, uninjured, in his mothers waiting arms. "I was just hoping she caught her," said Brandon.
At a news conference Sunday outside of the Shadow Woods Condominiums in Southeast Denver, Chief of Police Gerry Whitman lauded the Busseys as heroes and praised them for their quick thinking.

"Had the baby landed on the sidewalk, it could have been serious injury or death," Whitman said.

Brandon had first spotted the crying child while he was on his way to take out the trash before his football game. Looking up, he saw the child sitting with her legs on either side of the railing, her feet dangling over the ledge.

According to police, the infant's 17-year- old mother had left the child in the care of her 13- and 10-year-old brothers while she went to work. The baby's grandfather, who also lives in the condo, was not home at the time.

The boys left their third-floor condo and did not close the front door, police said. The baby managed to crawl out the door and onto the balcony. Article here.

No masturbation in showers at Virginia Tech?

Dude stabs guy in hand with a pitchford? WTF?

A garage sale turned violent, an argument between buyer and seller that allegedly ended with the buyer using a pitchfork to stab the seller in the hand.

Freddy Rich, 47, sustained an injury consistent with his account of "being stuck with a pitchfork," an arrest affidavit states.

According to police, Leger wanted to buy $160 worth of merchandise, but didn't have enough money. He went to an ATM and returned with $100, saying he wanted to take the items then and come back Thursday with $60.

"F. Rich told C. Leger either give him the cash now or write a check for the full amount," the report states. "F. Rich stated that C. Leger started a verbal argument and told C. Leger several times to get off his property."

With that, Leger allegedly grabbed a couple of knives that were on sale and "was going to attack" Rich, who told Leger he'd use pepper spray on Leger if he didn't leave.

Leger then "went into more of a rage" and dropped the knives before grabbing a pitchfork from the garage and stabbing Rich in the hand.
Leger told police that Rich kept his $100, but Rich and his 20-year-old son denied taking money from Leger.

"C. Leger stated that F. Rich was the one who got mad and grabbed an axe and was going to attack him," the report shows. When an officer explained to Leger that Rich's injury was a puncture as opposed to a slice, Leger then said Rich got the puncture wounds when he grabbed the pitchfork to attack him.

Leger was released Thursday from the St. Lucie County jail on $10,000 bail, a jail official said. Article here.

A 'different' kind of ladies hairdresser

Woman chases husband, swings axe at him?

A woman has been charged with going after her husband this weekend with an axe. The husband reported that during a heated argument Sunday evening, Linda Masse, 50, chased him through their house with an axe, swung it at him and missed, shattering a glass door.

He said he went to a neighbor's house for help and that his wife tried to get in, with the axe, but couldn't. She accused of bashing his car, then struggling with police.

Masse is charged with attempted assault, resisting arrest and criminal mischief. Article here.

Dude pierced his hands to look like Wolverine?

Why do humans kiss? The science behind it...

Her eyes are wide as they stare into yours. You wrap your arm around her waist and pull her in close. She touches your face and you lean in, tilt your head – to the right, of course – and your lips connect. The rushing sensation leaves you little room to wonder, “Why the hell am I doing this anyway?”

Of course, the simplest answer is that humans kiss because it just feels good. But there are people for whom this explanation isn’t quite sufficient. They formally study the anatomy and evolutionary history of kissing and call themselves philematologists.

So far, these kiss scientists haven’t conclusively explained how human smooching originated, but they’ve come up with a few theories.

A big question is whether kissing is learned or instinctual. Some say it is a learned behavior, dating back to the days of our early human ancestors. Back then, mothers may have chewed food and passed it from their mouths into those of their toothless infants. Even after babies cut their teeth, mothers would continue to press their lips against their toddlers’ cheeks to comfort them.

Supporting the idea that kissing is learned rather than instinctual is the fact that not all humans kiss. Certain tribes around the world just don’t make out, anthropologists say.

Others believe kissing is indeed an instinctive behavior, and cite animals’ kissing-like behaviors as proof. While most animals rub noses with each other as a gesture of affection, others like to pucker up just like humans. Bonobos, for example, make up tons of excuses to swap some spit. They do it to make up after fights, to comfort each other, to develop social bonds, and sometimes for no clear reason at all – just like us.

Today, the most widely accepted theory of kissing is that humans do it because it helps us sniff out a quality mate. When our faces are close together, our pheromones “talk” – exchanging biological information about whether or not two people will make strong offspring. Women, for example, subconsciously prefer the scent of men whose genes for certain immune system proteins are different from their own. This kind of match could yield offspring with stronger immune systems, and better chances for survival.

Still, most people are satisfied with the explanation that humans kiss because it feels good. Our lips and tongues are packed with nerve endings, which help intensify all those dizzying sensations of being in love when we press our mouths to someone else’s. Experiencing such feelings doesn’t usually make us think too hard about why we kiss – instead, it drives us to find ways to do it more often. Article here.