Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Insp Chris Poole, 50, said the cattle repeatedly butted and stamped on him when he was out walking his dog on the South Downs earlier this month.
The officer, from Brighton, said he was crossing a field along a footpath.
One cow butted him in the back, forcing him to the ground, before the others joined in, he recalled. Mr Poole said he managed to escape when his Golden Retriever, called Zak, fled, distracting the cows.
He was taken to Eastbourne District General Hospital by air ambulance after attracting the attention of another dog walker.He suffered bruising from his thigh to his shoulder, and faced a life-threatening situation three days later when one of his broken ribs severed an artery.
Mr Poole, who spent 11 days in hospital, said he wanted to warn other walkers to give cows a wide berth.
"It was unlucky the cows attacked... it is very rare but obviously it can happen," he said.
The RSPCA said cows could become protective of their young to the point of becoming aggressive, especially if a large dog was nearby."
Here is a pic of the poor guy. This story will have me viewing those Chick-Fil-A commercials with the cows differently.
Monday, October 29, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Saturday, October 27, 2007
"Amateur Hockey Player Killed After Puck Strikes Chest
SHELTON, Conn. — An amateur hockey player died after a puck struck him in the chest and caused him to go into cardiac arrest late Thursday, officials said.
Nathan Crowell, 22, a University of New Haven student, was pronounced dead at Bridgeport Hospital shortly after the incident during a league game at a Shelton hockey rink, police and team officials said.
His death remained under investigation Friday, but police said no foul play is suspected.
Crowell, who is from Portsmouth, R.I., tried to block an opposing player's slapshot with 3 seconds left in the game when the puck struck him and he collapsed, said Howard Saffan, a co-owner of the SportsCenter of Connecticut facility.
Crowell was wearing the required chest protector and other gear, but the puck apparently struck an unprotected part of his torso just below the pad, Saffan said.
A doctor playing in the game immediately began treating Crowell and gave him CPR until an ambulance arrived to take him to Bridgeport Hospital, but he could not be revived.
The rink's staff and fellow hockey players are "devastated," said Saffan, who also is president of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers team of the American Hockey League.
"You build a rink for the community and to make a positive impact in the community, and to have something like this happen is devastating," he said. "It has sent shock waves throughout the facility."
The referee and the player who made the shot are both devastated, Saffan said.
"He is tormented by what happened," Saffan said.
Similar fatal injuries have occurred in other sports, such as youth baseball, when an unprotected player is struck in the chest by a ball and the blow stops the player's heart.
In 1998, St. Louis Blues defenseman Chris Pronger suffered an acute heart attack after being hit the chest during a National Hockey League Stanley Cup playoff game. He recovered, but was sidelined for a few games."
The New Haven Register has more details on this story...
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Dallas City Hall kicks off its ad campaign in the anti-saggy pants battle to advise people to "Pull'em Up" with more than two dozen billboards.
His parents, Louisa, 34, and Martin, 36, from Cullompton. Devon eventually had to call the Somerset Fire and Rescue Service for help.
"We've had kids stuck in various things and had saucepans stuck on them but never a traffic cone," he said.
"I've never known an incident like it."
Mrs Thomas said Charlie loved Harry Potter and at first seeing him in the cone was "very sweet".
"But when we couldn't get it off it was a bit scary," she said.
"We shouldn't have laughed but we had a chuckle - he looked so comical even though he was a bit upset.""
Sunday, October 21, 2007
"There were girls lying everywhere—draped over furniture, sprawled spread-eagled in the corner, and huddled close like animals," FBI Special Agent Curtis Froman, who oversaw the raid, said at a press conference. "Many of them had been given nothing more than a pair of tube socks or men's briefs to wear."
Froman said it took agents nearly 20 minutes to cut through the holding-cell padlocks, only to find the ambiguously ethnic-looking captives living in "unspeakable conditions."
"They just stared up at us with blank expressions of utter confusion," Froman added. "I don't think they'd seen the sun in weeks."
Nine American Apparel security enforcers were also killed during the raid.
The models, who range in age from 18 to 22 but appear to be 12 to 14, were taken to an emergency safehouse where they were given food, clothing, and access to soap. Officials said they were conducting tests to determine whether the girls were subjected to brainwashing during their captivity.
"I thought it would never end," said Fiara, a Brazilian-Finnish brunette who was held in an empty white room for weeks in nothing but Lycra tights and a halter top. "I can't believe how good it feels to wear something that buttons again."
After freeing the captives, many of whom appeared drugged, agents seized thousands of amateur Polaroids and several dozen pairs of oversized sunglasses whose purpose remains unclear, FBI reports said.
"We may never know the full extent of what went on in there," Special Agent Hugh Conroy said. "We do know they were held against their will in an airless, windowless basement under harsh fluorescent lights, forced to sign liability waivers, and posed in contorted positions on bare cement floors. "The humiliating combinations of flimsy unitards, leg warmers, and '70s-inspired tank tops they were forced to wear clearly show a deranged mind at work. Those poor, poor girls."
Several models said they were initially drawn in by American Apparel's progressive environmental policies, sweatshop-free manufacturing, and youthful corporate identity. But their dreams of success were soon shattered.
"Before I knew it, I was squatting on the floor in this humid room with a camera pointed at my crotch," said model Gabrielle, whose image can be found on the back page of this newspaper.
Law enforcement agencies have long suspected that the company's much-vaunted vertically integrated structure deliberately hid the unpleasant realities of this international model-exploitation ring. Despite their ongoing investigations, agents present during the raid were "completely unprepared" for the level of degradation they discovered inside the American Apparel facility.
"I'll never forget those hollow, emotionless eyes," Special Agent Jane Cosgrove said. "I don't care how many stock options they were given—nothing is worth what those girls went through." Still at large, FBI sources say, is the models' alleged captor, a shadowy, unkempt, elaborately facial-haired figure in his late 30s or early 40s known only as "the Creepy Man.""
To read more about this and see the evidence click here.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
According to the BBC, "A 10-week-old kitten used up one of its nine lives when it survived a 20-minute ordeal in a washing machine.
Molly was saved when 11-year-old owner Bethany Hall saw the helpless animal clawing at the inside of the washing machine door at her County Durham home.
The pet, which had crawled into the machine at the Hall family home in Meadomsley, near Consett, suffered eye damage and had breathing difficulties.
But after a course of antibiotics and physiotherapy, Molly recovered.
Bethany's mother Sonia Hall, said: "I was in a state of panic when I saw her, but thankfully we have one of those machines that switches off easily. Even then I had to wait two to three minutes until it drained, but on touching the glass I found it was warm so I thought she couldn't possibly have survived.
"When we were finally able to open the door and move away the laundry she seemed OK as she was sitting up and meowing, but her eyes were closed."
Molly was taken to the Prince Bishop Veterinary Hospital in nearby Leadgate.
Principal vet Jacqui Molyneux said: "Molly was brought to us in a very bad way and we thought that she wouldn't pull through. However, she proved to be a real fighter and responded to the treatment incredibly well."
Mrs Hall added: "We'll definitely be watching her more closely after this. The whole family think she's a really special and a very lucky little kitten." "
You can see the related news video here.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
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Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Within minutes, the media seemed to know everything about Clooney's condition, and sources tell CBS 2 HD that hospital officials are now investigating whether or not their own employees may have leaked information about Clooney to the media.CBS 2 HD has learned as many as 40 employees are being investigated, with more than two dozen already suspended without pay after being accused of accessing Clooney's medical records and giving that information to the press -- which is a violation of federal law.
A union spokesperson who represents some of the workers addressed the issue to CBS 2 HD:
"It was inappropriate but they are paying a steep price. But I don't even think George Clooney would want people to pay. Again, the apology to him for his privacy rights [is necessary], but I think in fact the hospital is overreacting," says Jean Oterson of the HPAA.Clooney agreed in a statement issued on Tuesday evening:
"This is the first I've heard of it. And while I very much believe in a patient's right to privacy, I would hope that this could be settled without suspending medical workers."Sources say while doctors were tending to Clooney's injuries, employees not involved with his care logged into the hospital computer system to review his medical records. CBS 2 HD has learned a security guard even gave out the number to one of Clooney's family members."It's egregious that these hospital personnel gave out this information," said Rosemarie Arnold, an attorney who has handled cases of this nature. "Obviously the information was leaked to the press. Because the press had the information and the only people who were privy to the information were the hospital personnel," Arnold said."
Monday, October 8, 2007
US Capital - 478,000 matchsticks
Harry Potter's Hogwarts - 602,000 matchsticks
P-51 Mustang - 15,000 matchsticks
Matchstick Marvels DVD
Friday, October 5, 2007
“So I look down and I see flames coming up to my chest,” said Danny Williams.
Williams said the burn hole from the pocket of his pants marks the spot of his 15 seconds of flame. He said he had an iPod Nano and an glossy piece of paper in his pocket. He believes the paper shielded him from being burned.
“I’m still kind of freaked out that after only a year and a half my iPod caught fire in my pocket,” said Williams.
The iPod uses a lithium ion battery -- the same type of battery under recall for setting laptops on fire.
Williams said the fact is iPod Nano burst into flames while he was at work was bad enough, where he works could have been another issue. He works at a kiosk in Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
“If TSA had come by and seen me smoking, they could have honestly thought I was a terrorist,” said Williams.
Williams said Apple wants him to send his iPod back and they’ve vowed to replace it. Williams’ mother called [WSB-TV] because she said this is more than one iPod. She said it’s about what could have happened.
After [WSB-TV] sent Apple pictures of the iPod, they called back but they refused to say how common the problem is. In fact, Apple refused to talk about this particular incident at all. "