Thursday, March 01, 2007

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Teacher cuts student's tongue with scissors

A teacher cut a unruly 7-year-old pupil's tongue with scissors to silence him, police and school officials said on Tuesday.

The child, of North African origin, needed to go to hospital for five stitches to close the wound. The boy's family has filed suit against the teacher, who has been suspended after last week's incident.

Police are trying to find out whether the injury was inflicted intentionally or was a joke gone wrong, a police source said. The teacher, a support tutor on a temporary contract, risks being fired from the elementary school. Article here.

French dude climbs buildings with bare hands, no ropes

Paris Hilton get's her $200k Bentley towed away

Paris Hilton went to the Virgin Megastore in West Hollywood to pick up some DVDs last night at around 10:30, when she was stopped by the cops -- and her $200K 2007 Bentley Continental GTC Convertible was towed away.
Paris' publicist, Elliot Mintz, tells TMZ the heiress was exiting the parking structure which "is brightly lit so she had not noticed that her headlights were not activated." As she drove a few blocks, she was confronted by other bright lights -- those of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.
Deputies tell TMZ Paris was speeding down Sunset Blvd. without headlights. She was pulled over and deputies discovered she was driving with a suspended license. According to Mintz, "If that was the case, she was not aware of it." Article here.

The worst knee injury I've ever seen (Shaun Livingston)

Woman uses infant as car down payment? WTF?

Three people were arrested on charges of swapping a 5-month-old boy for a down payment on a used Dodge Intrepid and cash, police said Tuesday.

Nicole Uribe, 23, is accused of trading the baby to Jose-Juan Lerma, 47, and his wife, Irene, 27, in exchange for the down payment and an unspecified amount of cash.

All were arrested on suspicion of felony trafficking in children and were being held at the Pueblo jail under $50,000 bail each. The baby was placed in a foster home, Police Sgt. Brett Wilson said. Article here.

She's just 'hitching a ride'...

Eating ice cream can help you get pregnant

Ben and Jerry or Haagen-Dazs might help you get pregnant.

A study suggests that a diet rich in ice cream and other high-fat dairy foods may lower the risk of one type of infertility. But some doctors said it sounds too good to be true and probably is.

Researchers found that women who ate two or more low-fat dairy products a day were nearly twice as likely to have trouble conceiving because of lack of ovulation than women who ate less than one serving of such foods a week.

Conversely, women who ate at least one fatty dairy food a day were 27 percent less likely to have this problem. Article here.

Oh really? Only two times?

Janitor gets lock in courthouse cell for two days

Harold Jones spent 2 1/2 days without food, water or access to a restroom when he was accidentally locked in a secure room at the Dutchess County Courthouse Friday night.

“I was just going crazy in there,” the LaGrange man said Monday afternoon. “I was banging on the door so someone could hear me.” But no one heard Jones, 32, a janitor who works an evening shift at the Market Street courthouse and other county buildings.

He was stuck for nearly 60 hours, until a Dutchess Department of Public Works employee found him Monday morning.

Now, Dutchess officials and Occupations, Inc., the Middletown-based company through which Jones was hired, are investigating why no one realized Jones was missing. “I’m just thankful the gentleman wasn’t hurt,” said Ken Monahan, a Public Works building administrator. Full article here.

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Washing dishes in cold water is the same as hot water

Researchers at Ohio State University said washing dishes doesn't have to be a hot and steamy undertaking. A new release on dish washing says cooler water can do the same cleaning job -- provided you use a bit of dish sanitizer containing ammonia.

The OSU scientists washed dinnerware that had been covered with cheese, eggs, milk and jelly and also contained E. coli and other bacteria that cause food-borne illnesses. They said that hot, soapy water and a dish sanitizer killed off nearly all the germs, but so did the same technique substituting water at room temperature.

The federal government has recommended that restaurants use water heated to at least 110 degrees when dishes are washed by hand. Researchers Jaesun Lee and Melvin Pascall found, however, that one substance is hard to get off: lipstick.

"After washing, there were lipstick stains still left on a few glasses, but it was the least hospitable substance for bacteria," Pascall said. "It seems to have antimicrobial properties, which was a big surprise to us."

Lee and Pascall discovered that washing dishes in hot dishwater, followed by soaking in extra sanitizers, eliminated almost all of the bacteria on them, even when coated with dried-on cheese. But dishes washed in soapy room-temperature water, rinsed, and then weakly sanitized with ammonium-based chemicals also achieved FDA-acceptable results. Article here.

Drinking a beer bong like everyone else is boring.

'A jazz musician was injured Friday after jumping from a burning motor home driven by a one-time roller-skating stripper from Lodi'

NOTE: I just wanted to post this article because the headline was f*ckin' hilarious.

A jazz musician was injured Friday after jumping from a burning motor home driven by a one-time roller skating stripper from Lodi.

Francis Courtney, 60, a guitarist and singer for Stockton-based "Cradle of Sound," leaped from the motor home on the Highway 99 overpass at Peltier Road shortly before noon.

In the process, the 1979 motor home's brakes failed and the driver, Anthony "Tony" Luccketta, 49, had to stop the vehicle by crashing into a fence.

Courtney, whose band opened for BB King on New Year's Eve in Stockton, was taken by ambulance to Lodi Memorial Hospital with minor injuries, said California Highway Patrol Officer Roberto Iniguez.

Luccketta, who is still known for his roller skating stripper gig but now focuses on playing music, was not injured. There was no sign of alcohol involvement, Iniguez said, and the Coors Light beer can on the motorhome's dashboard appeared to be a decoration. Article here.

Bored college kids draw 'Super Mario' in the snow

Nic, Daniel, Garrett Ian, Daniel , Justin and Craig are engineering and computer science students at New Jersey Institute of Technology, so when they saw that mother nature was dropping some white stuff on the ground outside, they decided to construct a wonderfully nerdy shrine to their favorite Italian plumber. Apparently, they used a string grid to get it, right.

Al Gore's own 'inconvenient truth' about his electric bill

Al Gore, a leading voice against global warming, is being criticized by a conservative group that claims his Nashville mansion uses too much electricity. A Gore spokeswoman said the former vice president invests in enough renewable energy to make up for the home's power consumption.

The Tennessee Center for Policy Research issued a statement saying Gore was not doing enough to reduce his own electricity consumption.

Utility records show the Gore family paid an average monthly electric bill of about $1,200 last year for its 10,000-square-foot home.

The Gores used about 191,000 kilowatt hours in 2006, according to bills reviewed by The Associated Press. The typical Nashville household uses about 15,600 kilowatt-hours per year. Full article here.

Skateboarder dude 'slaloms' cones at world-record speed

Foster dad ties up son and puts him in closet to die

A man pleaded guilty to murder Tuesday, admitting he left his 3-year-old foster son bound up in a closet where he died and then burned his body and threw the remains into the Ohio River.

David Carroll Jr. was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison, with an additional year in prison for his guilty plea to gross abuse of a corpse.

He and his wife, Liz, were charged with causing Marcus Fiesel's death by leaving the developmentally disabled boy wrapped up with a blanket and packing tape in a closet for two days while they went to a weekend family reunion in Kentucky in August. Carroll admitted his role, but continued to blame a live-in companion, Amy Baker, for playing a major part in the boy's confinement and the subsequent cover-up of his death.

"We left him there," Carroll told the judge. "And when we came back, he was gone ... he was dead." A jury last week convicted Liz Carroll, 30, of murder and six other charges, including involuntary manslaughter and kidnapping, in the boy's death. She was sentenced to 54 years to life in prison. Article here.

Big pimpin'

Teacher duct-tapes student to desk as punishment?

A teacher was placed on leave while police investigate allegations she duct-taped a kindergarten student to a desk as punishment.

"My teacher duct-taped me to that table," 5-year-old Dylan Negron said. Dylan told his mother that his teacher, Mrs. Maki Monje, at Cambridge Elementary was punishing him because he wouldn't put his head down on the desk on Friday. His mother, Donna Negron, said she immediately reported the incident to the school and police.

"I'm very hurt," she said, "Thinking that I was sending him to school and he'd be safe at school and I didn't expect nothing like that to happen." Article here.